Kill the Reflection: “Forever & Always” keeps itself tight and consistent throughout

Kill the Reflection is group from Oklahoma City, OK, consisting of Morgan Routt (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Martinez (Bass) and Starr Raven (Drums). Their new album, “Forever & Always” is currently available for pre-sale and will release on Dec 27th 2018 on digital and physical CD format with Vinyl to follow in 2019. On the album, Kill the Reflection presents an interesting musical mélange of alternative rock with excellent musicianship and vocals, as well as exceptionally strong lyrics. The instrumental work on the album is worth listening to repeatedly, and the songs are intelligent, though generally dark. “We have adopted the moniker

Son of Andy: “Looking Up” – creating lyrical atmospheres!

Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album “Looking Up” is available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of his game and easily out does his past couple of releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as previous fans. Likewise, you don’t even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what’s bought to the table here. For those not familiar,

Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

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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