Maki – “Atlas Hacked” is as substantial as it metaphysical, in its approach

It’s sometimes hard to find the words that accurately bring justice to avant-garde electronic works. With an artist like Maki you almost only have to mention his name for fans of the underground independent scene, to understand the potential for a great album of music. Maki should be an instantly recognizable global name within the mainstream electronic world of sound. His latest release, “Atlas Hacked”, is a classic album in the making. And I do not say this lightly. There is a growing body of research that has examined the impact on adolescents and adults of internet and social media

KERRIA Takes Powerful Stand to Encourage People to Speak Up with “No More”

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TRIG – “SILENCE” – engaging songwriting, and smooth resonating vocals

Hopewell, VA native, Otis Holmes aka TRIG – singer and songwriter, is back with a double installment release entitled “SILENCE” recorded at his studio Exalt Recordings. The dark covered mixtape release contains 6 songs, while the light colored EP is made of 7 cuts. Throughout his discography, fans have been given a taste of his true versatility. TRIG has shown his lyrical ability time and time again, as well as his R&B crooning style which is just as impressive, and he delivers both across these projects. The production on these recordings is great – taking either a chilled, low-key and

Prodi Lemaj & Skuhd Taylor – “PRESSURE” – a combination of aggressive deliveries mixed with a cool demeanor

Since its beginnings, hip-hop’s most explosive moments have often been its collaborations. When two rappers team up unexpectedly, the results can be compelling. However, when two artists work together frequently they develop a kind of alchemy—everything they’re on together becomes more than the sum of its parts—which is why when you see, see Prodi Lemaj & Skuhd Taylor next to each other on a track-list, you know it’s going to result in something special. It’s those connections—the rappers who keep working on each other—that make rap such a dynamic, versatile genre. Prodi Lemaj & Skuhd Taylor are a duo of

“Days of Summer” – Will Diehl’s voice is made for story and verse

What is remarkable about Will Diehl is not simply that he’s one of the finest, thoughtful underground singer-songwriters around, but the fact that over the course of his career, he has staying true to his essential folk-rock and Americana core while, incredibly, continuing to break new ground. Now on his latest album, “Days of Summer”, we get to hear the most celestial and melodious vocals he’s ever committed to record. The songs themselves blend elements of pop, folk and even jazz and psychedelic rock, to produce an otherworldly, yet intimate set. As always the lyrics, focused and penetrating, deft, emblematic

Gasner The Artist is poised to blow everything else in his category right out of the water

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Forest Robots – “After Geography” – an emotionally-searching, calculated musical narrative

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Bruce Baker – “I Am Your Healer” has no time for shallowness

Bruce Baker was 12 years old when he wrote his first song, entitled People Do It Everyday”. He was attending Progress Village Elementary at the time, and this was just the beginning for him. At age 15 the young singer recognized that he was called by God to minister in the anointing of melody when he entered into a church singing contest and won. As he got older Bruce struggled with eating disorders, family issues and drug addictions that seemed like it would take his life. “I was addicted to drugs for 10 years, but God delivered me from Heroin

GONETCHA – “Instincts” – Stylistically carves out its own path

Too clever for the mainstream, GONETCHA released a string of acclaimed records, and covered a lot of artistic ground over their five albums – Métro de Pensées, Mission, Fickle Games, Pragmatic and their latest, “Instincts”. Re-listening to the band’s catalog, I’ve noticed how detailed and packed with ideas their albums are. Launched in Lyon, France, by a bass player, GONETCHA is an alternative rock project that started out in 2017. They are an intelligent group, brimming with good tunes and interesting ideas. Their bass-driven sound is a great window dressing for the group’s inherent hooks and melodies, and enhances the

PK – “I think the asphalt hates me” (prod. by Dead Spyro) conveys a sense of authenticity

Estonian alternative new school hip-hop and emo rap artist, PK, is also the founder of the “Parema elu nimel” movement in Estonia, which focuses on the fact that everyone is unique and has the human right to spiritual freedom. “I think the asphalt hates me” (prod. by Dead Spyro), is the first single taken off PK’s upcoming bilingual album. “I have been making Estonian hip-hop over a decade. Released several albums and videos but always felt something is missing,” explains PK. “The new approach to music makes me feel very comfortable in my skin and my situation in general.” In

“By The Spell” – gentle rhythms and Andreas Pareli’s deep and sensual baritone voice

Andreas Pareli (Helge Andreas Pareli Notland) is a Norwegian artist who sings as well as plays the piano and guitar. Andres who has a Master’s Degree in music, writes in many different styles and has released his latest track, “By The Spell”, which follows a Kizomba-like romantic slow rhythm.

The single cover

The single cover

The track which uses authentic acoustic instruments, is very easy listening and sensual on the ear. Kizomba which was born in Angola but quickly spread to other Portuguese speaking countries, eventually finding its way into Brazil and other Latin areas.

It is danced accompanied by a partner, very smoothly, slowly and sensuously, with frequent simultaneous hip rotations coordinated between dance partners, particularly in the quieter refrains of the music.

“By The Spell” with its gentle rhythms and Andreas Pareli’s deep and sensual baritone voice, will certainly have you spellbound while looking into your dance partner’s eyes. Andreas’ performance comes across as romantic, cool, and suave – drenched in melody and passion.

Like a Mozart of modern pop music, for the majority of US audiences Andreas Pareli’s is perhaps still an undiscovered male vocalist. This is truly a shame, because this sophisticated song could easily expose Andreas as the equivalent talent as was the oh-so-smooth Sade, to millions of pop fans here in the US.

Andreas Pareli

Andreas Pareli

For the moment this has not happened, and consequently Andreas Pareli’s still remains one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Andreas is essentially a superb songwriter and vocalist and his musical style is difficult to categorize as it contains pop, jazz, electronic, and classical elements, sometimes all at the same time.

The common denominators between all of these complex compositions, however, are beautiful melodies and deep lyrics that transcend the simplicity of ordinary pop music. The verses trigger greater flames in a fire of ardor and pleasure which erupt with the opening whisper of the track, and completes itself with the closing bars, of a song that is tremendously evocative and thrilling.

Throughout Andreas’ voice is as rich as coffee, as smooth as silk. In “By The Spell” he re-defines the possibilities of what pop music can be… what it should be… pure art and not just background or radio filler. Though everyone should thoroughly enjoy his music at a basic level, the deeper, reflective souls among us will get the most of this incredibly talented artist.

Who says we have no Mozart’s among us in pop music today?

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