Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

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FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Monique Defrance: “Wild Ones” ft. Vee Tha Rula – very smooth, listenable and soulful

Monique Defrance is a talented R&B performer splitting her time between Phoenix AZ, and Flint, MI. At ten years old she discovered her love for music through her parents, who would have her entertain their guest at her home. After discovering her love for singing Monique’s parents exposed her to some of the great artists of their time.

Monique Defrance

Monique Defrance

She began singing with her church choir and after hearing Mariah Carey the first time she knew she wanted to be a recording artist. But, with the untimely death of her mother, Monique lost her passion to perform, and put her public performing on hold. She has now taken her first set back into the industry with the release of the track, “Wild Ones” ft. Vee Tha Rula.

First thing I noticed is how she didn’t come out like the rest of these young girls with a patchwork track just to capture fans. No, she actually put work into this track to broadcast who she is now. She honed her skill and craft until it became finely tuned to her tastes.

I respect her approach and work ethic; how she committed to the music she wanted to perform and not simply what sells. Don’t get me wrong, “Wild Ones” ft. Vee Tha Rula is catchy, edgy urban music that will draw its fair share of listeners, with a strong melody, sweet hook, and some serious spitting by Vee Tha Rula. It’s just that the recording and performances are tastefully done.

Monique Defrance

Monique Defrance

Monique has her own flare and twist, knowing how to switch up her style or stay in her comfort zone. She is smooth and confident on this song. A lot of people sing songs, but don’t bring the attitude to match the song. Monique Defrance does just that. She takes you there with her.

Her emotions are blatant and there is no guess work to understand where she is coming from. And she achieves this without overtly sexual posing, reckless lyricism or overplayed vocal pyrotechnics. The girl keeps her cool while carving out a hypnotic groove and a sensual vibe.

I like her smoky, sultry voice to which she adds a nice heap of breathiness during her transitions. She successfully pulls them off and leaves her audience wanting more. I really didn’t know who Monique Defrance was before I heard “Wild Ones” ft. Vee Tha Rula, but now I am definitely going to get to know her.

She is very smooth, listenable and soulful from beginning to end. She is a breath of fresh air to me. You can sense Monique’s personality in her music and I am sure that’s exactly what she wanted it to do.

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