Infectious Rhythm: “Silhouette” – a steady impacting beat, retro analogue sounding synths

I’ve always loved Infectious Rhythm since I first him about a year back with “Daydreams”. To be quite honest, I think the good thing about this independent electronic music producer is that he is consistent. He doesn’t have songs that repeat or sound the same, or at least, I don’t think so. I think what he does is adhere to a certain theme in each release, with a great level of creativity that becomes apparent the more you listen to it. I like it because it shows me that this artist knows who he is are and he knows the

Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

Track Seven Band: “The Try And The Fail” – a crossover-flavored hip-hop album for smart people!

New York’s very own Track Seven Band brings to you a collaboration that connects the elements of Rap, Rock, R&B, and Funk into one cohesive and melodic sound. Track Seven Bands music is deeply rooted in traditional Hip-Hop, over stepping the boundaries of looped samples and beats by introducing the fresh sounds of live instrumentation.

Track-Seven-Band-CostThe bands roots date back to 2011 in the Bronx, New York when front man, Cost was in search of assembling a band to compliment his lyrics of socially hidden struggle messages and awareness with his sound and live stage show.

For almost four years Track Seven Band played live shows and decided to go into the studio mid-2015 to finish up the highly anticipated EP “The Try And The Fail” in which front man Cost says is an emotional roller coaster based on different events he experienced in his lifetime.

“The Try And The Fail” is such a pleasant surprise. Not only is it instantly captivating and beautifully produced, but it actually has sheer emotion. Not simply well-thought ideas but genuine feeling. Not only does it sound good, it feels good. It is a seamless listen that must be enjoyed to in its full rotation.

This is a perfect example of why I still appreciate hip-hop music. With all the mainstream garbage they have been playing on the radio and TV for the past decade or more, Track Seven Band have stayed humble and have made good quality music here.

Track-Seven-Band-LiveI’m not a hip-hop connoisseur but it makes me feel good when hearing something like this because this to me is what hip-hop music should be all about – profound and positive messages, live instruments, uniqueness and creativity.

Straight out of the box, the first thing you grasp when listening to the opening track, “The Message”, is that this band is not confused or burdened by their own, or anyone else’s expectations. They sound like they are on top of their game and comfortable about what they are doing.

The organic aspects of the EP are admirable; real instruments and beats instead of touchpad and computer generated musings, while the pop-sensibility of each chorus is solid and nearly unmatched by modern day rap, save some older Kanye or Jay-Z tracks. In fact Cost’s flow is very reminiscent of Jay-Z’s voicings in places. Particularly on the tracks, “I See Your Body” and “Die”.

Track-Seven-Band-350The songs are personal, intelligent narratives, but catchy; “Today”, “Doubt Me”, and “The Try and the Fail” all got stuck in my head a lot. But unlike many of their more popular peers, this is not simply a vehicle for a few hot singles with some filler in between. This is a real record in that old school sense of the word.

A collection of carefully crafted songs that go well together and mean something. Track Seven Band is a collective that flies high above the anchors of musical genre. This is not really just a rap album or a hip-hop album or a pop album or even a rock album, it’s…well, it’s a Track Seven Band album.

Cost (Frontman, Writer), Silver Fret (Guitar), Eugene RIvera (Drums), Omar Osorio (Keys) and Tony Torres (Bass), essentially deliver a rap-infused, crossover-flavored hip-hop album for smart people, and as such it succeeds brilliantly.

Once in awhile the hip-hop genre will take a break from its occasional obsession with narcissistic posturing and actually deliver on ideas that actually live up to its cultural roots. And it’s no secret that many of the genre’s greatest moments have been those instances where it looks inside itself, and finds something new to say – and a better way to say it. “The Try and the Fail” EP is one of those occasions!

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