Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

“Final Curtain” represents yet another progression for Roger Cole

Roger Cole is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from his river of musical and artistic expression, his music (usually together with his partner in crime Paul Barrere) is always engaging on an emotional level. Here on his solo effort, the single, “Final Curtain”, Cole is not content to repeat himself, nor is he afraid to confront difficult subjects or at least ideas that many artists don’t frequent. This time around there is this ongoing tug-of-war between moving on and living in the past. The time when someone needs to say no, and the

Pauline Frechette: “Always Lover” (feat. David) works its magic

Not so much a singer as a sublime song stylist, Pauline Frechette returns to release an impeccably performed love ballad simply entitled “Always Lover” (feat. David). Avoiding any pretense or extravagance, Pauline stretches her breathy voice to gently embrace the lyrics, as she brings out the ultimate best of her vocal and piano artistry. Pauline wanted you to hear the instruments, the vocals, and the emotion in the breathing etc., instead of a sonic rush of noise. She does this by allowing some ‘quiet’ in the recording. Pauline is blessed with a great voice, a distinctive and beautifully frayed tone

Lyndon Rivers: “Nothing I Can Do” creates a celebration in your head!

For fans of Lyndon Rivers who love dance music, house, and techno, this is not an EDM single. It’s not the house music that we know Lyndon Rivers to have made, with filtered sampled loops, drum machine-programmed beats, and electronic harsh noise. It’s not any of that that. You can’t fist-pump to this music; you can’t go nuts to it. Well you can go nuts, but in a different way you’re normally used to in the club. So when you listen to “Nothing I Can Do”, the new single by Lyndon Rivers for the first time, go into it with

An Old Friend: “I am, I was” reaches for stratospheric heights

An Old Friend is an upcoming Alternative Rock band based out of Long Island, New York, they have been said to be significantly ahead of most contemporary peers in their stylistic niche; they show an ability to stray from the norm and focus on truly innovative fragments, as opposed to one linear hook yearning for radioplay. Founded in 2011 An Old Friend continue a career of sustained excellence, the new 6-track EP, “I am, I was”, bursts out of your speakers and infects your heart and mind like few other modern-day recordings. Not only is the production quality of the music

Derric Gobourne Jr. “From The Outside” – authenticity and the ambition!

Derric Gobourne Jr. is an 18 year old New Jack Swing artist from Sarasota, Florida. He is a singer, dancer, rapper, songwriter, producer, choreographer, fashion designer, and actor. Derric is currently working on his third official project, an album called “Supremacy”. Derric, who has choreographed and produced for others, started dancing at the age of five and gained recognition locally as a Michael Jackson impersonator. He’s been making music since he was 11, and his biggest influences are Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Bruno Mars, Mc Hammer, Janet Jackson and Jackie Wilson. Recently Derric Gobourne Jr. dropped his version of a

Malvin Éka: “Battle of My Own” – a talented songwriter and able performer

Malvin Éka is a singer-songwriter born and raised in small city Mojokerto, Indonesia. Malvin moved to Jakarta and started his day job as an Information Technology Developer. He has since discovered his love of music and began to hone his craft in songwriting, which then led him to release the singles a “Can You Feel What I Feel” and “Battle of My Own” as well as his upcoming debut album. You will love Malvin Éka’s laid-back vocal styling. He’s an original and you’ll never get him confused with anyone else. So many singers today sound exactly the same with all

Tristan Thompson: “Love You Can Believe In” – on his way to pop stardom!

Following his passion for performing and creating music, 17-year-old Victoria, BC, native Tristan Thompson has kicked his music career into high gear with several chart-topping singles and as well as live  and TV performances. A multi-talented performer, Tristan’s lively vocals have helped him to gain a loyal fan following and attention from music industry insiders. Tristan’s 12-song sophomore album, “Love You Can Believe In”, was released on May 2nd, 2016.

Tristan Thompson

Tristan Thompson

The word is out that this Canadian kid has all the ingredients – the looks, charm, personality, moves and the music. Well, if the buzz surrounding his new album is any indication, Tristan is indeed all that and an unopened can of coca cola. From the videos we already know the girls love him, and soon the guys will be coming around too, bumping along to his new club-flavored fare.

The critics will be jumping on the bandwagon as well, after listening to “Love You Can Believe In”, and before you know it, bob’s your uncle…or rather Tristan Thompson will be on his way to pop stardom!

Admittedly, I too, got sucked into the hype, and I’m not the least bit hesitant about giving Tristan Thompson his due props for this album. The fact this is geared towards the urban and pop markets, is evident right off the bat, as the album kicks off with the slinky lead single “Man Of Your Dreams” and the wall-to-wall pop anthem “Love You Can Believe In”.

They are choice mainstream combinations sprinkled with just the right amount of organic ingredients to give it that tasty radio feel. The wicked drum beats, blazing bass-lines and plucky synth arrangements, kicks in with the subsequent tracks “Forever Mine” and “Unbreakable”.

The album cover

The album cover

Thereafter Tristan unleashes his one-of-a-kind sonic pop mastery on tracks like the soul-and-butt-bouncing “One Of A Kind”, “Number One” and “Pride And Joy”. But he shows that he can slow it down too, as on “Stuff Of Legends”, “Never Loved You More” and “Beautiful Angel”.

Top 40 pop enthusiasts will probably need only one single listen to fully enjoy the results of these songs. The production itself is top-notch, while the lyrics are fitting to the themes. The dose of buttery-smooth, chocolate soul vocals and the positively buoyant performances on many of the aforementioned tracks are impressive all the way around.

Tristan Thompson’s supple vocals flit and flutter through the notes, going anywhere from full-on crooning to a quavering falsetto. As it stands, this sophomore album is very good – solid and definitely fun to listen to.

Tristan obviously still has a whole lot of unexpressed talent to tap into, considering his very young age. So the future looks really bright for him…and for all of us who be expecting a long series of musical gems waiting just beyond the horizon.

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