Steve Sperandeo – “Contagious Emotions” – intimate storytelling that inebriates the senses

Like all works of music, there are always going to be some you absolutely love and some you only like. “Contagious Emotions” by Steve Sperandeo one is going on the absolute love list. Steve has added some jazzy, bluesy touches in this album, while maintaining a soft organic-rock style made of elegant guitar work and graceful melody. It’s a masterful blend by a thoughtful musician. But be forewarned, Steve’s music needs more than a single playing to fully savor its nuances. So grab a drink of your choice, sit back and enjoy the storytelling as Steve Sperandeo delivers 11 unhurried

Heistheartist – “Boom” (Love Version) – transposes crystal-clear artistry through spiritual glistening

Heistheartist is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, NY. Formerly a secular neo-soul singer signed to Bentley Records under his biological name LeeMann Bassey, Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord, after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That day he was inspired to teach the world about the Lord like TD Jakes did with his Sermon, but through music. The song “Boom” – a song that mixes sensuality with religion – is actually based on a dream that Heistheartist had one night, in which he had relations with an angel. “Boom”

Bobby Royale – “Live Jazz at Staarsound” – There is an artistic quality in the music that cannot be overlooked

Some see hip-hop and jazz as an unholy alliance, maybe even the vulgarization of jazz. But other musicians see the genre-melding as a positive development. Every so often, in some corner of the globe in fact, you’ll find a handful of jazz musicians experimenting with jazz and hip-hop hybrids. In some ways the musical connection would seem inevitable. After all, early gospel, blues and jazz employed call-and-response cadences dealing with the same themes prevalent in hip-hop today. For some, though, the similarities end there. Straight ahead jazz musicians who have had their music sampled appreciate their work being exposed to

J.Drive – “Untitled” showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas

Hailing from the inner city of Youngstown, Ohio’s Southside, Jessie “J.Drive” grew up in a small apartment in a violent neighborhood without his natural mother or father.  At a very young age he realized that his natural affinity for basketball and Hip-hop music would become the tools necessary to pave his way to a more comfortable lifestyle.  Despite the tragic events that ended his hoop dreams, Jessie’s understanding of what it takes to make the best of his gifts regardless of circumstances is what has brought him thus far. Currently he is pushing his latest single called “Untitled”. In his

“Millions” shows off how talented and self-assured DboySlim is!

“Millions”, the track by DboySlim, has an incendiary takeoff, wasting zero time to underscore the necessary sense of urgency through a compacted sonic boom and a room full of booty. The backdrop is made of a dynamic piano loop, skittering hi-hats, and twisting synths, while the rapper updates his dance-swaying lyricism. DboySlim is impressive to say the least, while the track absolutely bumps. He creates an intense atmosphere that makes you want to jump around and groove. “Millions” shows off how talented and self-assured DboySlim is, and how he can probably live up to any hype you want to put

Andree Cassielll – “Alimento” – a universality that makes him a perfect fit for the modern era!

The Mexico City native, Andree Cassielll, possesses a down-to-earth humility in his vocal tone that makes his storytelling raps feel like they’re always coming from a place of truth over fiction. Considering the producer and artist, predominantly sings and raps in Spanish, which I cannot understand, that’s an impressive feat. The trap-inspired beats flicker in and out as Andree becomes more invested in his storytelling, and it truly feels like you’re on the phone with a rambling friend. He’s a poet, capable of transporting you somewhere otherworldly with his sound. His music has a genuine fluidity, and if he continues

EH – “Mirrors” lets it fly with the fret-board work to thoroughly rock you!

Baltimore rock guitar ace EH reaffirms his top-of-the-heap status on his new 7 track album “Mirrors”. It’s a superlative set of new music full of tightly-written, engaging instrumentals that don’t need a singer up front to rock hard and hold your attention. This type of writing is EH’s trademark, and is one of the main reasons he will develop a audience. While many other technically-proficient rock guitarists mainly play for other guitar players, EH seems to play for the people. He relies less on continuous shredding and more, on dynamically impacting riffs. EH gets us going with his opening track, “Pounding

Boonie Mayfield – “While Black (Red Light, Blue Light, E’s and R’s)” – sentiments nurtured by a history of prejudice

Solomon Vaughn aka Boonie Mayfield has always traded dazzlingly intricate verses, intellectual thoughts and propulsive rhymes, over inventive, nonlinear productions, and his latest release “While Black (Red Light, Blue Light, E’s and R’s)” re-proposes that peerless aesthetic, while adding an ulterior dose of consciousness, and reinforcing his hard-won authenticity. “This song is a 2-part storyteller based on some of my personal experiences with racism; from getting racially profiled by police, dealing with stereotypes while dating and the ugly side of interacting on social media,” explained Boonie. “I was inspired to display some of the scenarios I’ve gone through on a

Sassy Vee – “In My Dreams” has a fantastic chill dance rhythm running its course

Longing, hope, and a need to believe in reality, pour out of “In My Dreams”, the new singer by singer-songwriter Sassy Vee. It’s a clear, accomplished cry from the heart, exorcising its illusions by declaring them bluntly. “In my dreams we’re together. Holding hands and making plans forever. I wish it were true, but I cannot be with you. You have another.” The song introduces Sassy’s strengths: a voice with sultry intensity, songwriting that goes directly to the point and a production that is well aware of both EDM and Pop. The song’s arrangement is lucid and uncluttered, placing all

Adrian Davis Releases Brand New Single: ‘We Can Do It’

July 2020 – This year has not been the easiest by a long shot, with lock-down rules keeping people indoor and breaking havoc on our lifestyles. In addition to that, we are all experiencing social and political tension, casting even more uncertainty on these hard times. Having said that, there is still hope: We Can Do It! Such is the positive message behind Adrian Davis’ brand new single release, and its inspiring title. His music is a great example of what happens when there is a special synergy in a production. Everything feels absolutely balanced, with a stark attention to

Daryl Yahudy: “Nothing Compares” – powerful vocals that flow on an inspirational tour de force

Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete knows that talent without discipline can only go so far. Realizing that his true heritage and roots go back to Yarushalam in the Regions of Afrika; his pride for who he is as a yahudy from the tribe of Yahudah has taken shape. The release of his single “Joy of Yah” and the new EP “Nothing Compares” is a reflection of a new beginning.

The EP cover

The EP cover

Though my only interest may be the music that an artist delivers, before I listened to Daryl Yahudy, I needed to satisfy my fascination for “tribe known as Yahudah”, and found the following (extract) statement by their Chief Prince and National Spokesperson: “We are not a “religious” organization, even though many will define Us as such; We are in fact a People! We will ONLY use Our Tribal name to define who We are in order to avoid the reactionary trend of “cliquism” and “revolutionary set-tripping”, which is doing Us a greater disservice then even the set-tripping done by youth groups and street organizations in the hood! We will not use church titles or Temple labels to define who We are. We are simply “The Tribe of Yahudah”.”

So within this context, what does Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy bring to the musical table.  I know good soulful music when I hear it and it takes a lot to impress me. But when this brother’s satiny vocals started pouring from the speakers, a part of me just melted.

The very first thought that came to my mind was the cool breeze on a humid summer day that just eases you into a peaceful slumber. I know it sounds cliché’, but this guy is both smooth and uplifting. He effortlessly blends a jazz, soul, and gospel vibe, all with that tinge of simple singer-songwriter flavor that makes it so delicious.

Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy

Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy

The opening track “Nothing Compares” is one of my favorites because it reminds me of having a long distance lover that I can’t see or touch, but continuously desire. And it’s just so damn cool. “Pedaling for Life” is another showstopper with powerful vocals that flows on this inspirational, uplifting tour de force.

The songs blend into one another like a seamless line, with stylings and moods reminding me of Luther Vandross. Now for the diehard Vandross fans, this may sound like blasphemy, but it’s true. There is that familiarity and effortless melding of lyrics and melody that make me think young Daryl might just be kin to the late great Mr. Vandross.

This much is so evident on the most beautiful piano-driven ballad, “Return for You”. This song resonated in my mind all night after the first listening. The ambience is intimate and sparse which is totally complimentary to Daryl Yahudy’s vocal prowess.

True music fans, may I have your attention please…if you do not own this EP by now, you’re sleeping on something graciously and powerful impacting. This is truly a mixture of great vocals, production and a unique style like I have not heard in sometime. Whether or not you are part of the Tribe of Yahudah is irrelevant in the total enjoyment of this EP.

The positive uplifting themes that Daryl Yahudy sings about on the “Nothing Compares” EP are universal and all-embracing, without any discriminating distinction.

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