Lyndon Rivers: “Heart To Heart” – a mix of nostalgia and current innovation

The people who decide the sounds of the future are the producers and songwriters of the present. They blend familiar sounds and emotional beats with modern-day lyrics and studio advancements, often capturing the world’s imagination with a mix of nostalgia and current innovation — throwback pop no longer has to sound plainly retro; even the past can pick up future sheen. This is exactly what English-born and Australian based producer Lyndon Rivers is getting up to lately. His latest creative effort is the single, “Heart To Heart”. This reminded me of the some music from the 50s, whimsical, with great energy.

Digital Down: “Open Source Nervous System” – pulsing rhythms, mingling with the spiraling synths

Digital Down is located in central Arkansas and consists of sole member, Melville Bragg. Melville started his professional career in late 2015 with the release of the first EP entitled “Incunabula”. Melville has since placed 2nd in an international music contest hosted by software company Open Labs and sponsored by Linkin Park, as well as release his first full-length album, entitled “Open Source Nervous System”. At this point, many decades into its existence, it can be fairly expected that rock is not going to cough up a new paradigm anytime soon. The advent of digital sampling technology and electronic manipulation,

HALO: “Expressions” moves between various soundscapes which have distinctive influences

Darnelle Treadwell aka HALO, was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He started singing in the church at the age of 4, by 13 he found that he wanted to pursue a professional career in singing but didn’t know how to go about it. He met an artist by the name of B.L.O.U.N.T. who introduced him to M80 a producer from the Midwest that owns an independent label called G.S.P. Music & Film. Halo signed to G.S.P. and has been working closely with M80 for the past 9 years. Their latest artistic collaboration has delivered the album “Expressions”. The recording

Detroit artist – The Infamous Crackhead

Born on the Eastside of Detroit, the youngest of six, The Infamous Crackhead was kept off the streets and into music which became his passion. He worked hard at his craft as a DJ, then a beat-maker, and improving his mic skills before creating The Law Breakers. A couple of months backed The Infamous Crackhead dropped the 14 track album, entitled “Mental”. Focused and furious this is an album that has moments of great energy, toughness, lyrical smartness and a great old school atmosphere. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?  The Infamous Crackhead: About

Adam Idris: “Count On Me” – rich with influences and thoughts

Formerly known as Adamjlss, Adam Idris is musician and composer based in the United Kingdom. Almost a freshman to the scene, Idris started recording and making music seriously in 2016. Entrenched in the urban genres and blending R&B, Pop and Dance elements, the artist has a host of singles in circulation, including “Count on me”, “I’m incarcerated” and Power hungry”. The songs are by turn oblique, smolderingly direct, forlorn, funny, sad and gorgeous: a vertiginous marvel of digital-age urban pop. On the lead single, “Count On Me” Adam wraps his voice in woozy emotion and pivots in the space of

John Grind: “Numb” – a track brimming with confidence and energy

John Grind is a hell of a songwriter with an undeniably cracking voice, brilliant lyrics, colossal tunes, grungy swagger and of course, as always, the right amount of light and shade in his songs. Through his life experiences riddled with pain, darkness, and self-destruction he has quickly moved towards being an adventurous and psychedelic musical maverick and author of timeless sounding pop-rock songs that effortlessly became part of our consciousness. Grind is a masterful song writer. Raw, brash and yet supremely polished – “Numb”, the single taken from his “Beauty Of Decay” EP, is an impressive track an ever-reliable artist.

TONI REDD releases “Take Me To Paradise” featuring the smooth sax of Walter Beasley

Atlanta, GA – The tantalizing talents of multi-faceted entertainer Toni Redd is in the music spotlight with the new release of her latest gem, Take Me To Paradise, a jazzy, soulful, up-tempo feel good song that features the smooth sounds of renowned saxophonist Walter Beasley. Its a brilliant collaboration that will be a signature standout from her forthcoming jazz project. Her soaring, feel-good vocals coexist harmoniously in the infectious tune. I recorded Take Me To Paradise because I love the song and I wanted to show my listening audience the jazzier side of me, just in case they forgot.  Jazz is

A Silver Lining: “Don’t Let me Down” – absolutely massive and immaculately performed

A Silver Lining is a five-member alternative rock band from Bay City, Michigan. Formed in 2017, the band is treading new ground with old influences, and re-discovering the sense of purpose and fun in rock music. Their single “Don’t Let me Down”, taken off their debut album “Paralyzed” is covered in a welcome confidence and swagger that has been disconcertingly absent from the genre for far too long. On this latest offering, we are presented with a concise magnum opus – prepared to weave and shapeshift, prepared to embrace the unknown with reckless abandon, utilizing crunching riffs, pounding percussion, soaring

Shashika Mooruth: “Jogan”- Indian traditional influence on her music style

Jogan is an album of folk songs in the Hindi language that enthralls the listener with an uplifting experience. Shashika Mooruth is an independent artiste from South Africa. Her lineage extends to her forefathers from India hence the dynamic Indian traditional influence on her music style. Under the auspices of her music label, Urja Music, she displays her holistic musical artistry at every level of production. Her voice, however, is her main instrument. In Jogan, she has rendered her voice to compositions based on styles that are popular in North India, particularly the state of Uttar Pradesh, which praise Krishna

Jessie Wagner: “I Want To Dream” – Few can soulfully croon a love song as convincingly

Jessie Wagner returns, and boy do you need this track in your collection. “I Want To Dream” is the kind of quality R&B that brings a tear to the eye. Composed by P.M.B, the strong, emotional lyrical content of this song is a giveaway that Jessie, or perhaps her some of friends have been through a fair amount of dubious moments with the men in their lives. This is more than evident on this smoldering vocal interpretation. The jaw-dropping classy piano lead, the lyrical content, the production, and sheer power of the vocals, would suggest that “I Want To Dream”

Pixelfox releases his debut album “Journey Room”

Eddie Ozarie, AKA Pixelfox is a Mexican-born and raised artist who discovered a strong connection to classical music with the piano at the age of three, and later started discovering more contemporary sounds form old records his father used to play. He started recording his own music the moment he got his first computer and has been doing so to present day. After being accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston at the age of 18, he moved to Massachusetts. Pixelfox’s debut album “Journey Room” was fully produced and recorded in his studio apartment after relocating to Los Angeles.

Eddie Ozarie, AKA Pixelfox

Eddie Ozarie, AKA Pixelfox

“Many of the songs had been written years before moving to California,” says Eddie Ozarie. “I just needed to move there and make them happen. There’s nothing more magical than listing to a good recording and feeling like you’re inside it. Reverberation and delay are like paint and brush. Without them I don’t know what there would be…”

And if you’re thinking that ‘recorded in his studio apartment’, means a kind of hobbyist do-it-yourself sound. Stop right there! “Journey Room” is exquisitely recorded, mixed and mastered. With all the dynamics, tones and nuances you’d expect from a commercial recording studio. This is most evident on the vocal tracks, which is where most ‘home studio’ recordings fall flat on its face.

Pixelfox manages to squeeze out varying intensities of warmth while maintaining crystal clear vocal tracks which are beautifully layered in the mix. Of course it does help when you have a voice that resonates against any musical backdrop, and ranges from right down below to whistling high falsetto.

Well-crafted both lyrically and melodically, every song on “Journey Room” is great. It is rare that you find an album that can be listened to from start to finish without skipping, but that happens here. Pixelfox did an incredible job putting this collection of songs together.

Listening to his music, it becomes clear that this is one of the most diverse and talented individuals you’re likely to come across. “Journey Room” seems to follow a melodic, sleek, catchy feel that transcends genres. Pixelfox’s breathy vocals are uniquely appealing but also deliver effectively in slower tempo tunes.

The album cover artwork

The album cover artwork

More importantly, the depth of his musical talent is evident on this album – he’s a compelling songwriter with remarkably attuned pop sensibilities; he plays his instruments, he sings, arranges and produces his own music. Such a combination of talent will give him the enduring appeal that will likely allow him to obtain and retain devoted fans for years to come.

Yes, I believe Pixelfox will storm the music scene with this debut album, provided he channels the right promotional avenues and gets songs like the groovy swing of “Maybe The Next Time” and “Life”, the darker rock of “Angeleno”, the gorgeous and soaring balladry of “When We Go” and “Angel In Despair”, past the media and industry gatekeepers.

Unlike most people in popular music, Eddie Ozarie, AKA Pixelfox is an artist. And if you have even an ounce of appreciation for a talented artist who can write lyrics, compose music and sing like his life depended on it then “Journey Room” is for you. The songs here are totally engaging and musically sound, often poetic, and rarely ever repetitive.

If you are someone who just listens to music, you will only enjoy this album tremendously. However, if you are someone who truly hears the music like a hummingbird in a garden, “Journey Room” will be a gem that you will cherish in your library forever. Pixelfox is a rare talent who caters to melodic and harmonic perfection.

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