Dan Oz: “Cave Drops” – twinkling synth sounds and thumping groovy basslines

Let me set a scene: The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking towards the beachfront with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather and a feeling of freedom. Now, what song should be the soundtrack to your unexpectedly pleasant walk? Maybe something jaunty to fit your upbeat mood. Well shake up the soundtrack to your sunny walk with “Cave Drops” by Dan Oz. Dan Oz, who started

IJK: “Dancing Shadows” – a rocking pop sensible track!

“Dancing Shadows” is the latest single by Dubai based rock artist, IJK (Imad Jack Karam). The track released on June 12th 2017 was produced in London and is supported by a video clip available for viewing on YouTube. IJK is a one-man army in the musical field. His style is very retro ’70s, mixed with ’80s guitar riffs, and edgy modern electronic, his songs are highly polished, perfectly produced tracks that defy age or genre. There is something to be said for IJK’s mix of styles, smooth vocals, and refusal to make bland, generic, contemporary music. His tracks are like a bag of pick

Nicki Kris: “Captain America” – lyrics as essential as the air we breathe

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter based who has had her songs have been featured in award-winning movies, TV shows, and on radio stations worldwide, and she has also been on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards for the past four years, since her debut album release, “I Come Alive”, in 2013. The active voting member of The Recording Academy is currently working on multiple projects, and has released her brand new 2017 single, “Captain America”, which she describes as a patriotic song asking each of us to find our inner superhero, capable of kindness,

Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Chuck Murphy: “Peace Be With You” – rejoice, as good music is hard to come by!

Chuck Murphy is an award winning American singer-songwriter from Bloomington MN. In 2015 Murphy’s first single from his first solo EP, quickly moved from AC to Top 40 and then crossed over to the Country charts. The single written by Murphy and produced by Murphy and his long time co-producer Jeff Silverman and a new friend Ainsley Hall Hubbard won two awards, Mainstream Favorite Impact artist 2015 and Favorite Country Crossover 2015. In 2016 Chuck Murphy’s successful run continued as his debut single “How Many Times” (One West) reached all the way to number one.

Chuck Murphy

Chuck Murphy

He has nominations from New Music Weekly for Top 40 breakthrough artist, AC/HotAC New Artist and AC/HotAC breakthrough artist. Chuck Murphy’s new EP “Peace Be With You” has won 4 awards and a nomination for an “Hollywood Music in Media Award”.

He has also had three #1 hits with over 22 million listens to one of his songs, “Falling Star”, on SoundCloud®. As can be clearly from all of the above information Chuck Murphy has been crafting a rather impressive catalog of award-winning music.

Quite simply, he is another one of the great American songwriters of this era, writing lyrics that are literate, poetic and mesmerizing. He’s easily the equal of some of the greats, the only difference being that, at least right now, I’d much rather listen to Murphy.

This album captures some of his best known songs in both their original form and also remixed. The sound quality is excellent, the performances outstanding. If this one grabs you, then rejoice, as good organic music is hard to come by.

The band...live

The band…live

That Chuck Murphy is an incredible songwriter and performer who is clearly on a rapid ascension within Americana music, becomes in more vivid when play the track “Peace be with you”. This is wonderful music executed to near perfection. For the Southern folk and rock fan who likes a little country twist (no tacky country cheese or twang), or the folk and country fan who is ready to abandon manufactured paint-by-numbers sound-alikes, try this out.

This is Southern music that captures a sound missed by the major genres. “Peace be with you” is injected with colorful harmonies and subtle exotic musical flavors which are masterfully guided by Murphy’s uplifting melody.

But the only way you arrive to such excellence as the above closing track, is to start off on a really high note. And that is exactly what Chuck Murphy does by opening the album with his record-breaking track, “Falling star”. All the beauty and grace of Murphy’s music is captured within this track – Proof that you don’t have to do anything transcendental in music to make an impact.

The album cover

The album cover

Chuck Murphy exudes the same fleshed-out, but simple elegance which James Taylor delivers in his musical arrangements – solid melodies, luscious harmonies and a talented group of musicians playing in a tight, lean, and understated style. This forms the perfect platform for Murphy’s smooth, expressive voice and his multidimensional guitar styles.

The lyrics and melody are so evocative and smartly written on “Rolling down the highway” where Murphy ponders love. When he slows it down, as he does on “How many times”, Murphy tells stories and conjures emotional states with exceptional depth and it gives the songs real impact. This record has a lot of layers and textures, and you will derive deep enjoyment from both upbeat tracks “Whisper on the wind” and “Cowgirls”.

It is always a joy to discover new music of this quality, and I will certainly be looking to find Chuck Murphy’s back-catalog very soon. For now, I’m listening to this album repeatedly and getting more out of it each time. I’d recommend this very warmly to anyone who likes beautiful, thoughtful and intelligent songs.

Go to the OFFICIAL CHUCK MURPHY website and find out more.

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