Mortinus – “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” – gently beatific music

As the months pass slowly into years, it becomes increasingly plain to all concerned that Danish electronic music producer, Mortinus is taking his craft very seriously. He has been extraordinarily prolific and has maintained an enviable level of quality in his releases. When approaching his two singles “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” the question that arises is how will Mortinus sound fare in the altered musical terrain of 2020? Well the two new singles, are fine examples of some of the best ambient, chillout, downtempo and cinematic instrumental music being made today. Mortinus’ sound is alive and well, and his

Stiff Lauren – “Faith In Me” demands the spotlight!

Fearless and uncompromising, Stiff Lauren is back to deliver a triumphant track about having faith in yourself no matter what. Stiff Lauren is a hip-hop artist who is no stranger to speaking what’s on his mind. Since he hit the scene, he’s never been one to hold his tongue or been one to fear throwing the first punch. Whether or not you’ve followed Stiff from the beginning, one thing has been apparent through the highs and the lows: he’s talented and confident – his latest single “Faith In Me” is a perfect example of that. Stiff Lauren once again takes

Phreckle$ is carving out a music presence with “IDFWP”

Phreckle$ is an independent solo artist out of Los Angeles, California. She writes all her own songs, and produces professional quality artistic music videos. A precocious talent, Phreckle$, played trumpet at 9 years old in the school band, by 12 she was performing at the Carnegie Hall, and a year later she started going to punk shows. At 17 she was playing bass in 3 different punk bands. At the age of 22, she was discovered as a model and is now an internationally signed model working with the top photographers and magazines in the industry, which has put her

“No Mas” oozes with Nancy Diaz’s palatable understated sass

Canadian born Latin pop recording artist Nancy Diaz has been navigating her way through the Canadian music scene since 2011 with her pop single “Summer Addiction” along with official music video. Her sexy and sassy fusion of English/Latin music has led to the release of many well received singles, garnering her critical acclaim and audience satisfaction. Apart from firmly establishing herself among her musical contemporaries and peers, Diaz has also made her mark in the modeling world posing for magazines, fashion labels and fashion photographers such as Cliché Magazine, Deniori Couture and Monarch Photography. Directly involved in quite a few

Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is still a skillfully crafted song

I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the fear of social turmoil that comes with that.” Everything just grooves so well together; it’s a blend of sounds that I haven’t heard done this well from any progressive, jazz, or electronic artist in quite some time. It’s a masterful melding of electronic machinery with

Temperature Falls Release The Video For Their Latest Single “1-2-3”

The sound and atmosphere of Temperature Falls is built around somewhat gritty, blended organic-electronic sounding tracks that hearken the listener back to earlier times. Their latest track, ‘1-2-3’, is a seductive track that pulls the listener in with an eerie melody, sultry vocals and an ethereal reverberating atmosphere. Mixed beautifully, this is the perfect example of what to expect from this indie trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. ‘1-2-3’ is a gorgeous, melancholic song that is heart wrenchingly beautiful. Temperature Falls is one of those bands that are absolutely necessary

Pop Music Artist DAYVID Releases Music Video for “Same Old Feeling”

This song was released last Fall on his self-titled debut EP. DAYVID explains that “Same Old Feeling” was the last song written for this EP. It reflects on an old love that was like no other. “Same Old Feeling” was co-written by DAYVID and Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid (Marshmello, Jack & Jack, CHROMEO). “Same Old Feeling” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music: http://dayvid.lnk.to/SameOldFeeling. The production is simple with piano, vocals, and an 8-member gospel choir providing backgrounds. The lyrics and vocal performance make this song meaningful and powerful. All elements support the soaring voice

Arrows – “After Hours” – Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks

“After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it bang. Every song delivers big in the keyboard hooks department and the moods are consistently melancholy and wistful throughout. “After Hours” is Arrows hitting their stride; this is what it sounds like when a young band is killing it. Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video

PWJazy – “Heroes” – the mind of an alternative creative

LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed up in any other manner. “Heroes”, his latest single, is a really intriguing, diverse recording. I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but the uniquely experimental alternative rock sound, the bombastic lead guitars, and the dark, mysterious lyrics somehow fuse together to produce

João Tostes – “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” exhibits dazzling musical dexterity

How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the most diverse countries – from Brazil to Canada, Italy and South Korea, among others. Someone who dropped a parallel career as an Information Technology entrepreneur in 2017 to fully dedicate himself to music and the ukulele. The Brazilian musician, composer, arranger and musical educator, in

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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