“HAZEY (The EP)” finds a way to highlight every element of its artistry

Hazey aka Yung Doowee is a 19 year old producer and artist from Dallas, Texas. He moved to Portland 2 years ago and has devoted himself to his music. His latest EP release is the 10 track self-titled “HAZEY (The EP)”. Hazey oscillates between extremes of exhilarating and surreal, through the album, both musically and lyrically. There’s plenty of wheedled and growled phraseology, as well as temperate and tuneful melodic singing, too. Hazey, makes the eccentricities of “HAZEY (The EP)” sound like embryonic visions of a future, calculating take on trap music. The results are something to behold. In its

Flexico Deeskie: ‘Leanin’’ falls within trap’s ever-expanding parameters

Flexico Deeskie comes out of Dallas, TX, to where he moved from Kansas City, MO, in 2005. Fresh on the grid, he became an active artist in July of this year, and has been steadily dropping singles to build his catalog and fan base. Flexico’s emphasis on a positive attitude and grinding, pops up regularly as does his commitment and dedication to his craft. These trademarks of his personality and style, are of course very much evident in the single project, ‘Leanin’’. Trap music’s roots date back quite a few years, and it’s been a presence in rap’s mainstream in

“Trump in the Trunk” attacks political, social and cultural issues

From Backwards is a master at creating high quality music with low quality satire. The only thing more surprising than how well those two aspects mesh, is how well he performs them on stage. His genius, however, lies within the fact that while he will laugh at (not with) almost everything he does, his audience will nod and move in sheer appreciation that someone is able to articulate the frustrations they otherwise are unable to deal with. From Backwards is the much needed fifth of whisky to last year’s presidential debates. Hip-hop and politics have been together for a long

Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ takes synth-pop to a different set of limits

There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic just about any sound today…if you know what to mimic of course! Our current generation of electronic heroes can knock up the most devastating beats, create massive drops, and stirring buildups, so synth-pop might seem like the simplest form of electronica to them. Technically that is. Because musically we’re talking two

C-Los N.S: “Ye-Tape” features a wide range of thought-provoking lyrics

Songwriter and Rap Artist C-Los N.S (Carlos Ruelas) was born in Santa Rosa, California (East L.A.), and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He recently released his mixtape, entitled “Ye-Tape”. After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is a mature product. C-Los N.S sounds like he has graduated from the rap game. He has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music, while the experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers. The production created is haunting with each song bringing about a different mood but it fits the messages masterfully. Beginning

Third Realm: “The Suffering Angel” – a bold and compelling addition to the group’s growing legacy

Recently signed to Distortion Productions, Third Realm is the eclectic dark electronic project founded in 2000 by Nathan Reiner of Buffalo, New York. The danceable darkwave band with powerful industrial tones, is known for their shadowy, sexed-up blend of synth rock and intense vocals. On their brand new album, “The Suffering Angel”, the collective spends half the time perfecting their gritty, driven sound and the other half eclipsing all expectations of their efforts. The result is an intense listen with tremendous highs, and outstanding performances by members, Nathan Reiner (Lead Vocals/Music Production/Songwriter), Arrow Fitzgibbon (Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Sampler), Melanie Beitel (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)

Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

Nika Starr, female Soul/RnB singer from Toronto, is currently working with her mentor DT the Artist for Artist Development from the ‘Ground Up Program’. Her latest single is “Connection” which was produced by ClevaMix Records with an instrumental from ShamGodBeats. Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, means they always want to back you into a corner and force you to wear a label. Unfortunately, that means you either fall into one of two categories: sexy or cute, and maybe lust or love. Now more than ever people need to be reminded that women can be in more than

Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Setto: “Fvck With Me” – rising from nowhere to captivate the world!

Setto has been carefully and steadily garnering supporters, with a string of hit singles and the much-heralded debut mixtape Coming to America under his belt. Born Trevor Osagie in Edo State, located in western Nigeria, young Setto moved to the States at 14 with his father and settled in the Atlanta suburb of Dacula. “When I first came here, I could speak proper English but I wasn’t strong in my English. I still had that African accent so people didn’t accept me for who I was. That was a battle I had to fight,” explains Setto.  “Somebody tried to clown my culture, calling me ‘African booty scratcher’,” Setto recalls. And fight back he did, eventually earning his respect.

One aspect of American life that needed no adaptation for Setto was with the music. He discovered his natural musical abilities while visiting his aunt and uncle in Boston one weekend. Introduced to a local rapper, Setto ended in a booth inside a studio, to record a verse.

Setto

Setto

When he got back to Georgia, Setto set up his own studio in his uncle’s basement and began recording his own music as well as other aspiring rappers in the area. This led to his first single, “Swag Still Killin Em” in 2009, followed by his debut mixtape Coming to America in the same year.

The current laws of fame mandate that if you’re wanting to be popular or a part of something popular, then you better stay active and produce for the public, and that is exactly what Setto does. Since relocating to the Bronx, New York, Setto has released a string of singles leading to last year’s smashes, “All of These” produced by Diego Ave, and “GO Hater” produced by Pierre Medor. In 2016 Setto has dropped a series of Freestyle tracks leading to his latest piece “Fvck With Me” produced by KashBeats.

It’s clear that this latest release is lyrically a personal track as Setto tackles life’s problems head-on with his pen and paper. He deploys his voice much like an instrument rather than a sound effect. Where other rappers find themselves stringing along halting, chant-like lyrics, often paired with jarring transitions, Setto’s songs are effortlessly melodic and composed with an obvious attention to hooks, bridges and verses; he knows when he needs to snap into his flow before delivering the goods in the chorus, while his verses are just as much felt as they are understood.

Setto has stayed true to himself, his story, and his style. To me, that’s what a true artist does and he deserves respect for this.  His narratives in his songs is a clear reflection of who he is as a person and his experience of having a hard time, and being comfortable with himself and his identity.

Sonically, Setto has always had great taste in beats, but he has noticeably stepped it up with the production on his newer projects.  Step by step, he is moving forward towards finding the perfect balance between using superbly composed musical productions and firm, uncompromising vocal delivery.

Each year we watch acts like Setto rise from nowhere to captivate the world with their infectious music. His narratives prove why hip-hop is one of the most exciting and unpredictable genres in music. Where he goes from here depends largely on how the industry interprets his talent.

With that being said the fact that he is only 24 years-old, gives him a lot of time to experiment with his sound and create an album that is of absolute quality, and which will shock the market out of its current state of lethargy.

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