“HAZEY (The EP)” finds a way to highlight every element of its artistry

Hazey aka Yung Doowee is a 19 year old producer and artist from Dallas, Texas. He moved to Portland 2 years ago and has devoted himself to his music. His latest EP release is the 10 track self-titled “HAZEY (The EP)”. Hazey oscillates between extremes of exhilarating and surreal, through the album, both musically and lyrically. There’s plenty of wheedled and growled phraseology, as well as temperate and tuneful melodic singing, too. Hazey, makes the eccentricities of “HAZEY (The EP)” sound like embryonic visions of a future, calculating take on trap music. The results are something to behold. In its

Flexico Deeskie: ‘Leanin’’ falls within trap’s ever-expanding parameters

Flexico Deeskie comes out of Dallas, TX, to where he moved from Kansas City, MO, in 2005. Fresh on the grid, he became an active artist in July of this year, and has been steadily dropping singles to build his catalog and fan base. Flexico’s emphasis on a positive attitude and grinding, pops up regularly as does his commitment and dedication to his craft. These trademarks of his personality and style, are of course very much evident in the single project, ‘Leanin’’. Trap music’s roots date back quite a few years, and it’s been a presence in rap’s mainstream in

“Trump in the Trunk” attacks political, social and cultural issues

From Backwards is a master at creating high quality music with low quality satire. The only thing more surprising than how well those two aspects mesh, is how well he performs them on stage. His genius, however, lies within the fact that while he will laugh at (not with) almost everything he does, his audience will nod and move in sheer appreciation that someone is able to articulate the frustrations they otherwise are unable to deal with. From Backwards is the much needed fifth of whisky to last year’s presidential debates. Hip-hop and politics have been together for a long

Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ takes synth-pop to a different set of limits

There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic just about any sound today…if you know what to mimic of course! Our current generation of electronic heroes can knock up the most devastating beats, create massive drops, and stirring buildups, so synth-pop might seem like the simplest form of electronica to them. Technically that is. Because musically we’re talking two

C-Los N.S: “Ye-Tape” features a wide range of thought-provoking lyrics

Songwriter and Rap Artist C-Los N.S (Carlos Ruelas) was born in Santa Rosa, California (East L.A.), and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He recently released his mixtape, entitled “Ye-Tape”. After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is a mature product. C-Los N.S sounds like he has graduated from the rap game. He has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music, while the experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers. The production created is haunting with each song bringing about a different mood but it fits the messages masterfully. Beginning

Third Realm: “The Suffering Angel” – a bold and compelling addition to the group’s growing legacy

Recently signed to Distortion Productions, Third Realm is the eclectic dark electronic project founded in 2000 by Nathan Reiner of Buffalo, New York. The danceable darkwave band with powerful industrial tones, is known for their shadowy, sexed-up blend of synth rock and intense vocals. On their brand new album, “The Suffering Angel”, the collective spends half the time perfecting their gritty, driven sound and the other half eclipsing all expectations of their efforts. The result is an intense listen with tremendous highs, and outstanding performances by members, Nathan Reiner (Lead Vocals/Music Production/Songwriter), Arrow Fitzgibbon (Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Sampler), Melanie Beitel (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)

Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

Nika Starr, female Soul/RnB singer from Toronto, is currently working with her mentor DT the Artist for Artist Development from the ‘Ground Up Program’. Her latest single is “Connection” which was produced by ClevaMix Records with an instrumental from ShamGodBeats. Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, means they always want to back you into a corner and force you to wear a label. Unfortunately, that means you either fall into one of two categories: sexy or cute, and maybe lust or love. Now more than ever people need to be reminded that women can be in more than

Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Doublehead: “Infinity Equals One” – the world’s first VR album!

Shaun Oster AKA Doublehead is a Drummer, Singer, and Composer. Deeply studied in Jazz drumset, he weaves unique rhythms into his electronic funky music. Influenced by authentic singers such as Bjork and Tom York, Shaun actually studied voice with the same teacher as Bjork – Ron Anderson.

doublehead-rv-bkcoverRecently releasing his first album, “Infinity Equals One”, Shaun has also completed the world’s first VR album (virtual reality) for Oculus Rift, allowing you to explore a world of visual stimulation while listening to his music. You can find this at the Gear VR store available as a free download. Upcoming versions will include live streaming concerts. Shaun plays a jazz drumset live weekly.

Reviewing Doublehead’s VR creating capabilities is currently out of our spectrum, what we’re really interested in, is the music. So totally naked and deprived of all its other stimulatory apparatus, just what does “Infinity Equals One” sound like?

Shaun effortlessly blends jazz, pop, and rock music with stunningly brilliant lyrics to great effect. He is at his best when his complex melodic ideas are designed to slowly seep into your sub-conscious, and this eight track album offers plenty of opportunities for that to happen.

From the moment I listened to the opening track “All That’s Seen”, I knew this was a winner from Doublehead. I was at once drawn immediately into the warmth of his unique, tender and catchy style and incredible lyrical poetry. But it was only when I heard the second track, “Fly”, that I realized this was more than a winner, this was pure musical genius.

Just surrender to the song’s slow, juicy, tangy and sticky melody and rhythm, and allow yourself to be touched by the ken of Shaun’s unique, mysterious ministrations to passion. “Walk Away” is dished up in a sensuous, summery falsetto, to savor under the palm fronds with a glass of Mango and Coconut milk.

doublehead-rv-profileShaun Oster AKA Doublehead possesses a unique gift for dreaming up eloquent literary imagery and combining it with the right musical accents to create languid and timeless sounds. With his signature laidback vocal style and cool songwriting, Shaun is more of a musician’s musician than a mainstream music marauder.

Yet there is nothing inaccessible about this music, on the contrary it is an absolute easy listening experience…depending on what you want to hear, of course. How could you possibly not be captivated by the melodies on “Run Away” or “Work It Out”? Or not drown in the simmering and swirling atmospherics of “Calm Your Mind” and “To Be”?

But the absolute beauty of Doublehead’s music is that there is more. There is always more. Lot’s more. Layers and layers more. In a bed of clean, crisp and vibrant sounds, Shaun structures, and builds trippy, sophisticated sonic delights that will leave you wanting more after each listen. He doesn’t as much play the instruments as paint with them.

It’s like his holding paintbrushes in his hands rather than drumsticks, while swishing them across his musical canvas in a myriad of pastel colored strokes. Every nuance of sound on “Infinity Equals One” is captured with incredible clarity, detail and warmth. Highly recommended, no matter what your taste in music!

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