Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

Lew Houston is a hip-hop artist currently based in San Diego. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lew rose above the violence and poverty in his life by playing sports and creating music. Influenced by Southern rap styles, he began writing his own lyrics at a young age and released his debut album “The Progression” in 2016.  His latest EP “Back to da Money” is available now, and features the single “Safe”. With no forewarning, Lew gives us a sharp and compact four-minute statement on “Safe”. It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy, a warning for us not to underrate

Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

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Daud Aur Yahudy: “Home Bound” – The sounds are deep-toned

A former professional athlete in the NFL, now turned singer-songwriter, Daud Aur Yahudy has released his EP “Home Bound”, which follows the re-release of his critically acclaimed debut album “Soulful Life Within”. Daud has earned his right to experiment with his sound and release something that tells us who he really is. The eloquently presents his unique version of future soul lined with a touch of love, spirituality and enchantment. His distinct flare allows him to appeal to the masses without becoming a cookie-cutter R&B and soul singer. The silky smooth, 6 song EP features peaceful and melodic vocals that

Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

Hookdiggy: “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette – full feel-good potential

2019 sees Atlanta-based Hookdiggy, continuing his growing momentum and his promise to put out well written hip-hop that appeals not only to fans of the genre, but fans of creative and innovative lyrical content. In fact he goes beyond that with his latest track, “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette. Utilizing full-bodied smooth instrumentation, Hookdiggy manages to pull off an almost cinematic-like ambiance throughout. The intoxicating mix of jazz, hip-hop, and neo-soul with a dash of dance is maintained at a very high level from beginning to end while the musicianship is top-notch every step of the way. Hookdiggy, together

Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

Tony Marino – the South Philly composer, pianist, and bandleader – has been passionately carrying the torch for his love of Latin Jazz sounds since the release of his debut Cd “Tony Marino & Havana Heat: The Latin Jazz Project” which was dropped in January 1997. The artist who fell in love with the piano at just 7 years of age, has since recorded 10 more albums. Each bringing to the fore his songwriting and performing skills learned over the years, after crossing paths with Bill DelGovenatore, Frank DiBussolo, Al Stauffer, Tom Lawton and Ernest Hopkins – all of whom had an

KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

The KC Sisters aren’t old enough to remember when radio programmed pop records next to country, rock, folk, and beyond, but their artistic DNA tells them that’s the way music was meant to be heard. Their sound on the EP, “Walk With Me”, is like a warm embrace from a loved one. It’s sincere, authentic and absolute, taken from a legacy of sound that comes from their fondness for the all-girl groups of the 1960s. The Casey sisters – Deanna, Noelle, Tasha, Elise and Kathleen – highlight their acapella harmonization, as well as their mastery as skilled musicians, playing piano,

GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – the rhythm and flow of free form poetry

Sometimes a recording catches you off guard, rising from nowhere and worming its way into your ears with new sounds and ideas. Such a recording grows on you over time, and eventually can reorient what music and sounds you thought you liked. “Soul City” released on December 31 by artist and producer GentleBeatz, is such an EP. Emotionally rich, musically rich, and technically brilliant, it appeared with little fanfare or publicity to mesmerize our senses. GentleBeatz is an artist and producer currently residing in Mozambique. The eclectic creative crafts his tracks in the lo-fi hip-hop/chill-hop genres. Here he includes flavors

Younk makes the music business transparent and accessible to all!

Success in the music business has always depended on connections. The only way to make it was to know the right people or be lucky enough to play in front of someone with influence. Today, everything has changed. Younk now allows artists to get their music heard by listeners, quickly build a fanbase, and even create professionally produced Tracks and music videos with recording industry experts (when they receive enough support from the community). Younk’s group of show-business experts and world-famous producers make, for the first time, the music business transparent and accessible for all. There’s no red tape to

musicFlood: “Systemic Polemic” – some powerful aural moments!

Songwriter and guitarist, musicFlood, from Staffordshire, UK, has released his 15 track album entitled “Systemic Polemic”. The album is an eclectic mix of electronic and rock guitar driven songs, as well as instrumental and vocal tracks.  More than go for production shine, musicFlood has opted for creativity. There are no lasers, no pyrotechnics, no dancing girls, no crowd surfing, no adult beverages, and no foul language.

So you will find lots of raw over-driven guitar noise and plenty of instrumental intensity. Of course you will also find softer tracks like the acoustic ballad “Butterfly”, or the weird electronic and funky guitar blend of “Corporate Jargon Song”. Even weirder still is the foot-stomping, tongue-in-cheek, EDM track, “I’m Simon Cowell”, dedicated to the one and only.

musicFlood-coverRunning through this album one question kept jumping to mind, how does a songwriter go from penning and executing a rock driven track like “Sonic Wall”, with its screaming guitars and banging drums, to the synth and electro ambient washes of “Island Sunset Perspective”? And moreover, what degree of courage is needed to put them both on the same album.

My assumption was that musicFlood is a total genius, beyond normal human comprehension, or he is seriously suffering from disorganized schizophrenia. The question is would you put David Guetta on the same album as Metallica? And more confusing still, how could you possibly BE, both Guetta and Metallica, at the same time?

I still don’t know the answer to any of these questions, but I can confirm that any of the above combinations seems to come naturally to musicFlood, as he moves from one contrasting sound and genre to the next. To be perfectly honest though, it’s the rock thing he sticks with most. So you will find decidedly more crunchy guitar-driven songs like “Drunk Or Working On It”, “Handle This”, or my favorite “GirlTrain Blues”.

Through the light and shade of a few well-chosen rock compositions, we experience some powerful aural moments; as we get to hear musicFlood’s dirty, gritty six-string playing. Some songs have extreme edge, while others have an almost, offhand unplugged approach. musicFlood throws in some lead vocal too, but clearly his strengths lie in the guitar playing.

musicFlood-smallWith all the garbage that has saturated the market for the past several years I about gave up on finding anyone with real free-thinking balls. I mean so much of music is just forced or just someone trying so hard to sound mean or badass that it is plain silly, and actually stupid.

musicFlood does none of those things, nothing is forced or contrived as he lets his creativity run free, and doesn’t bother too much about sticking it inside a glossy, shiny package either…except for those electronic arrangements, which are all dressed up and ready to dance!

Even though the album title “Systemic Polemic”, alludes to some serious contrasting, in my humble opinion the album would have been more cohesive with just the rock stuff. And then he could have slapped together a separate Ep with the electronic stuff, but then I suppose it couldn’t be called “Systemic Polemic”!

I get the impression that musicFlood was out to showcase all his musical skills in one album, and that’s what he does, regardless of genre. No selling out, no laboratory productions and no formula songs. Some people like to have their meat cut up for them; instead musicFlood slams a whole side of beef on the table and says “You figure it out”.

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