Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Blupa Music: “Story of a Freak” – a muscular, punchy sonic exploration

Norwegian project Blupa Music created by Geir Erland Roev aka GER has just released its second EP, entitled “Story of a Freak”.  GER is the composer, producer, mix engineer and everything in between. He is joined on the EP by UK-based drummer, Will Jones and Eric on the Flugelhorn. The EP was mastered by Sola Mastering in the US. This newest release is an excellent and diverse recording that really shows GER’s talent. Though only 4 tracks, it is a musical melting pot bouncing among a range of moods.

Geir Erland Roev

Geir Erland Roev

“Story of a Freak” like most great recordings, impresses on first hearing and gets better with each subsequent listening. Geir Erland Roev’s song writing provides interesting multi-layered rockers, soulful folk, psychedelic laced pieces and beautiful melodies.

It’s like a blend of Phish, Dylan, Clapton, Pink Floyd, Ry Cooder, Tom Waits etc. for sake of reference. He is someone who deeply understands his musical influences, yet is able to fuse them into a sound which is ultimately self-expressive. And with each release GER grows and expands, as such, this record is the high water mark so far. It’s clear that he’s a driven performer and composer who exudes a passion for music.

This exciting, fresh, creative, arousing, new piece of mastery from Blupa Music and his friends is awesome. If you have been waiting for that 70’s or 80’s classic music with a nice modern alternative-rock twist to make it into this century, “Story of a Freak” is it! The opening title track throbs atop a great guitar riff with GER’s voice swaggering with sonic venom – “I trust nobody but myself. These days I’m hiding in a shelter underground. The voices in my head keep telling me I am a freak. I am a freak. I am a freak.”

Album Credits

Album Credits

“Night Train” is a guitar driven instrumental, while “Spellbound” wears a completely different set of sounds wrapped up in a folk and roots vibe with the storytelling melody being totally congenial to GER’s vocals. The Flugelhorn adds the finishing touches to a great song.

Next “Restless Wings” lays down a bluesy and psychedelic guitar soundscape with richly textured vocal harmonies, and a prominently deep bassline. There is absolutely no percussion here, and the track is so much the better for it. Quite frankly, this song alone makes it worthwhile owning the EP.

It is hands down the best piece of musical work Blupa Music has ever put down on record, according to me. “Spellbound” and “Restless Wings” are definitely the EP’s highlights.

Though this was recorded in Geir Erland Roev’s home studio, the audio quality exceeded my expectations. The drums, the bass, the guitars, and especially the vocals have brilliant separation between them, as well as rich, clear and crisp tones.  “Story of a Freak” is a muscular, punchy sonic exploration that has an attitude and edginess without any unnecessary angst.

Many times musicians over complicate music, Blupa Music has proven simple riffs and catches paired with good songwriting and the great understanding of his tools and craft will get the job done. Geir Erland Roev’s is incapable of writing one bad line, let alone a bad EP!

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