G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Big Chris: ‘Bad Timing’ – high quality production and seamless transitions

After a successful release of his last single ‘F The World’ in Summer of 2016, UK based RnB artist and producer Big Chris releases his newest album ‘Bad Timing’ available via all major media providers. Recorded by Big Chris and John Robinson at Clique Studios, London and Miami Live, Miami. The album mix was finalized by Mixbytrip at Circle House Miami. Inspirations of The Dream, Mike Posner and R Kelly can be heard throughout. This album has some really original, unique, futuristic cuts on it, as would be expected. Big Chris is a more audacious artist than most in the R&B game right now, because he says what

Shellee Coley: “Story Like This” – a maturity that is mesmerizing!

Shellee Coley is a Texas-based singer-songwriter that has released three full length albums. Her current focus is a 5 song book of musical meditations called The Becoming Project that is being released one song or “chapter” at a time by the independent label Red Tree Music Group. Essentially, Shellee has created a unique style that blurs the boundaries between genres and categories. There are recognizable influences from classic songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Lennon & McCartney and Bob Dylan, as well as from some more current acts. Coley is able to absorb them all, and filter them through her own sensibilities

All Atomic: “? ? ? (Track With No Name)” builds multiple climaxes and movements

All Atomic is an electronic music producer and artist from Bristol, UK. He has just released his debut for indie label Pink Dolphin Music, entitled – “? ? ? (Track With No Name)”. The majority of listeners will agree that this track is perhaps one of the best examples of wickedly detailed and technically rich techno and house out there. If that is a mouth-full, it should be. All Atomic has defined the amazingly intricate form of electronic dance music that weaves clever beats into unusual and unexpected sounds to create a masterpiece of rhythmic movement and audio ecstasy. It’s

Ice photographer Lliam Greguez Releases Two Acoustic Prog Punk Albums

New York City, New York – Greguez is not only a man who hits the ice with his camera in hand, but a musician who tackles an apartment studio to collaborate in a mix of acoustic and synthesized sounds. So much sound in fact that he’s released not one, but two albums to mitigate some of the imbalances that surround us. Musically Greguez is well-rounded, using its’ power to heal as a trained creative arts therapist at a handful of children’s hospitals in the New York City Area. In conjunction with this work, he unloosed his experimental tendencies to assemble

ReachingNova: “IT’S ABOUT TIME” reconciles the vices of entertainment with art

The Bronx, NYC creative, ReachingNova is without a doubt one of the smartest, all-round great underground rappers on the block right now. His album “IT’S ABOUT TIME”, features powerful themes and gives amazing personal perspectives on some deep rooted issues and aspirations which inevitably reflect everything happening around ReachingNova, but could so easily apply to any ambitious human being on a serious daily grind, no matter what walk of life they’re in. Each track is superbly produced, and none feel like they don’t belong on this collection. What seperates ReachingNova from his contemporaries is that he’s found way to excel at

Natalie Jean: “Unafraid” – fierce woman power!

I love Natalie Jean. I’m sure I’m not her target audience but I don’t care. I’ve got a thing for songs about strong, independent and capable women. Natalie fills that need. Her new album “Unafraid” is a solid follow up to her previous work. It’s got a different sound in places where she’s trying some new things – which is a good sign, showing that she does not have a tunnel vision on her talents.

Natalie-Jean-Unafraid-CoverOn “Unafraid” she is obviously going for fierce woman power. The rhythm of the album is a more upbeat in places and more intense in others. This is an enormously satisfying album for anyone who likes pop music, but Natalie Jean is so much more than pop – she mixes in flavors of techno, R&B, nu-disco, urban edge and her own original exotic ballad sound.

Natalie has mastered the art of the ear worm. Her melodic hooks work their way into your brain and stick. You’ll find yourself singing bits of her songs in your head all day long.

As I listened to this album for the first time, I found myself smiling multiple times. Though profound and thorough in her compositions, Natalie maintains a flippant quality to her writing that lifts your spirits. This quality is evident in the bluesy swing of “Chasing You” and in the dance rhythms of “Map”.

In my view, Natalie Jean is one the most exciting young female recording artists around, with an enormous potential upside. A wonderful all-round entertainer, Natalie produces music that makes a difference in young lives; especially self-image of young women and their empowerment over their vision of themselves and how others see them.

The title song reveals the album’s recurring and personal themes – confession, affirmation, and fearless self-assertion. Yet she can sing a song called “Unafraid” but still come off as humble. Even her strongest self-empowerment lyrics come with a slight undercurrent of insecurity and a heartfelt admission of pain.

Natalie-Jean-Unafraid-350Like Adele and Taylor Swift before her, Natalie seems to put a lot of personal truths into her lyrics, and this is usually a trait that makes the strongest connection with listeners.

When listening to contrasting songs like the heartrending ballad “Will I” and the infectiously rhythmic “You”, Natalie’s artistic endowments becomes even clearer – refreshing talent with lightly poetic words in lyrical messages that the mind digests easily.

Vocals which are a rare combination – sounding like classic, nostalgic singing being delivered by a unique pure voice with the subtle inflective interpretations and phrasing that one looks for in great emerging artists. This futuristic-retro quality is strongly palpable on one of the albums most outstanding tracks, “Red Room”. The delivery is straight-up classic but the result is cutting edge urban – Shirley Bassey meets Rihanna. The track is also endeared with a really catchy synth hook too.

There is not a single track on this album that I would skip. “Unafraid” just shines from start to finish without any duds throwing listeners for a loop. This album is arguably her best effort yet. While the radio-friendliness of these tracks is exceptionally strong, the collective unison of them is even stronger.

There are plenty of earworms here, once listeners embrace the eclectic yet sonically and emotionally unified collection of tracks that Natalie Jean puts forth on this, her boldest, most personal recording to date!

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