This Is Elle releases her debut song ‘Killing My Love’

Powerful, soulful vocalists don’t come around every day, and Italian singer/songwriter Laura Pizzicannella is one of them. Her debut single “Killing My Love” set for release on Jan. 17, 2020, showcases her soaring vocals which are reminiscent of both Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine) and Adele. “Killing My Love” is a love song about a relationship that has ended and how you try to kill any feelings for the other person that are left in your heart. It’s a very strong, heartfelt and melancholy track written and produced by Flavio and Claudio Zampa. As a founding member of

Gemtarra – “Fire Me Up” captures a sense of urgency and energy

Formed twin sisters Gina and Tina Ciera in 2018, Gemtarra is a Philadelphia based band who get its name from the Italian words Gemelli (which means twins) and Chitarra ( which means guitar). The band who recorded their EP “Fired Up” with Grammy award-winning Producer/Engineer Phil Nicolo, is made up of Gina and Tina Cieri (songwriting and guitars), Bryan Feddish (bass), Sunny Dee (drums), Megan Glaubitz (lead singer) and Tawana Simons (percussion). Their latest single “Fire Me Up” is lifted from the aforementioned EP. There is a lot to appreciate about Gemtarra. Their music has a driving beat, with harmonized

Darshae Kiér – “Halasana Girl” is geared towards turntable dominance

Despite a rough start in life, being shuffled from foster home to foster home, Miami, FL based artist Darshae Kiér, has always moved ahead in life with positive conviction and determination. He has created his sound and steadily built up a fanbase mixing pop, dance and reggaeton flavors into his music. Throughout his latest track – “Halasana Girl”, Darshae’s sensitive but street-savvy personality is on display. He returns reggaeton music to its island roots and takes the listener along for the ride. This is Darshae Kiér vibrant getaway into what more the Latin music movement has to offer to Pop

Kidricc James – “Gravy” – The gravity in the words is matched by the sound of the production!

Texas-based rapper, Kidricc James drops his dynamic new single “Gravy”. The track which has been peaking on Digital Radio Tracker’s Global Top 150 Independent Airplay Chart, is also supported by an engaging video shot in Houston. If I had to give a quick intro into this track, it would be: Great emotional depth in storytelling. Engaging beat. Thoroughly satisfying rap skills. More than just multisyllabic rhymes. Relatable and relevant. I think Kidricc James accomplished his intents with this track. “Gravy”really revolves around him in a much more different way than his prior works. It’s his vision in a much fuller

Buss – ‘ELEMENT OF SURPRISE’ sounds like a mission statement

An artist and songwriter, Buss is also the CEO, owner and founder of the label Fatal Thoughts. They have signed a handful of artists, including standout performer Hype Bigga his good friend, and lil brother, and then his twin sons, Johnboy and Jaredteez. ‘ELEMENT OF SURPRISE’ is Buss’ latest EP release.  He also has two mixtapes out, called ‘The Takeover’ and ‘The Takeover Pt2’. ‘The Takeover Pt3’ is set to drop on Jan 31st. In typical hit fashion, this EP release is packed heavily with quality samples from epic tracks, to give each song a nostalgic flavor that will have

Irish Indie Pop Duo – Yes We See

Yes We See is a young Irish band from Roscommon, Ireland made up of Liam Kilcline (lead singer) and Shane Finneran (lead guitarist). Childhood friends, they have been writing music together for over 15 years. Having spent the last 3 years living in Vietnam they have worked hard to create their sound and began building on all the original music they have created over the years. The duo describe their music genre as Indie Pop. Yes We See take inspiration from a range of genres and artists, from Catfish and the Bottlemen, to Two Door Cinema Club and Hozier who

Ervin Mitchell drops the official music video for ‘Break The Internet’

Emerging rap star Ervin Mitchell reminds us to “count our blessings every day” in the official music video to ‘Break The Internet’. On the track, Ervin Mitchell proves that he is a master at his craft of writing. I also love his style when it comes to his vocal and rapping abilities. His sound is different, laidback, almost melancholic in a way. The track is a beautiful character study that will make you consider the importance of social media, the problem of money, and the meaning of life in general. In a world full of meaningless music, it’s always great

INTERVIEW: Malcolm.E – A Hip Hop Artist, Sound Engineer and Producer, from Swaziland

Malcolm.E is a 22 year old Hip Hop artist, Sound Engineer and Producer, from Eswatini (Swaziland). He found his love for rap music during his early high school years and in his last year of high school decided he wanted to create music for a living. Since then he has been releasing music consistently and growing his fan base. In 2018 Malcolm.E graduated from the Cape Audio College in Cape Town, South Africa, with a 3 year Diploma in Sound Technology and Production. He now uses his skills in his everyday life of making music. He dropped his second project

Tatono – “Far” – at the forefront of travel-induced electronic music!

Tatono’s travel-inspired music is created while he explores the world, and which he incorporates into his own filming for breathtaking self-composed videos. Tatono’s music has been featured across many travel shows and on highly acclaimed YouTube channels. The Bend, Oregon-based artist began musical his journey at the young age of 17, when he played drums in high school garage bands. The artist, who has been inspired by the likes of Moby and Thievery Corporation has just released his 2020 album “Far”, which he says sums up his year of 2019. Some songs on the album were made for collaboration projects

Warchief Rasco – “Good Ones Go To Soon” continues his atmospheric Hip-hop fusion sound!

“Good Ones Go To Soon” is an oath for the real ones I’ve lost in my life from either drugs, violence, or suicide to keep going hard and following the dream while spreading love all at the same time,” says Warchief Rasco. Rasco has a gift for writing concise, infectious earworms. When a track such as “Good Ones Go To Soon” arrives at its conclusion, it leaves a void in the listener that can only be filled by playing the track again and again. The cut has a quality backing instrumental, complete with a reverbed staccato guitar riff and a

Sleep Keepers: “ROAR!” – the sound becomes rock art!

Alternative rock band ‘Sleep Keepers’ has released the EP “ROAR!”, which contains 4 heavy dynamic tracks with elements of dubstep, female harsh screaming vocals and cipher-filled lyrics. The Ukrainian-based Sleep Keepers, consists of drummer Toshi, straight from the heart of Japan, the guitar player Ilya, from a war zone and lead singer Talana, from the capital of Ukraine. Even with cascading riffs, powerful vocals, and bouncing choruses, “ROAR!” enlists an underlining layer of trickery. Isolating these clever moments takes many listens, but inevitably adds incredible depth to the recording.

In a music industry plagued by clones and angsty teens trying to sound angry, vocalist Talana evokes the actual tone of the words she sings. For instance, whatever she sings, we as an audience can understand, sonically, her sensation. The delivery and distortion of Talana’s voice generates tangible visions of the lyrics.

sleep-keepers-roarThis furthers our attachment to the songs because we grasp the total sound and feel just as the band intended. It’s not sound for the sake of sound, but tone for the sake of emotion. You may hear hundreds of clichéd lyrics and singers trying desperately to sound emotional, instead of harmonizing the words with their enunciations. Talana confronts this concept head on and nails it.

A producer should always take bands in a new direction, in terms of sound. No one record should replicate another. The most meticulous engineered albums can still fall victim to sameness sometimes. Fans identify this easily and see it as a sidestep from originality.  I’m not sure who produced “ROAR!” but the result is unique because Sleep Keepers come off as heavy, yet incredibly transient.

Their archetype of sound can put listeners in a total trance, while at the same time explode with unbridled energy. They’re one of the few, new breed of alternative rock bands, to force fans to exist at a perfect balance. “ROAR!” flirts with the concept of ever-changing timbres and sounds throughout their tracks, going from electronic to electric, and from soft to loud, barricading listeners into some of the most emotional and driven songs in the genre.

Notwithstanding the fact that their arrangements are brimming with sonic onslaughts that arrive in multiple waves, nothing sounds cluttered or stagnant. The genius of Sleep Keepers’ songwriting comes in these ‘huge’ moments. The band centers on one or two key moments in each song to make it sound monumental and catchy at the same time.

They’re like signatures, sometimes enhanced through careful layered soaring vocal screams or ambient spoken word interludes. Instruments drop in and out to isolate what they want you to hear and feel. The most prominent of course, being Ilya’s guitars and the electronics, while Toshi’s drumming never fails to impress throughout.

You can sample all these goodies straight away on the opening title track “ROAR!” – and once the band goes full swing, at this level, their sound becomes rock art.

sleep-keepers-roar-talanaThe overall pacing of EP is flawless. Sleep Keepers control the tempo, offering needed reprieves before plunging back into the fray. These intervals, although a bit slower is not short on impact – “Kindness Can Kill” is initially disguised as a reprieve, before it explodes into a wall of over-driven sound.

“This City Needs A Hero” functions anatomically, like circuitry of our hearts. Immediate electric bounces kicks off the record with a bang. Repeating riffs and musical cues amplify the track’s reverberations, as the harmonies and lead vocals soar, sweep and dip through the verses and choruses.

The song builds to massive melodic moments, before the instruments slowly drop out to only restart their journey again, carrying the song to even newer heights. “High Voltage” is comprised of fiery, thrashy guitar riffs, pounding drums, throaty screams, and chunky breakdowns.

The tracks on “ROAR!” open the ears and heart up to the variety of textures and feelings explored throughout. There are many undeniable high points on the EP, emotionally and sonically. These songs can rattle out the windows on your car on a regular basis as well as give you massive head to toe tingles, just by the turn of a volume knob.

All-round the music is melodic, hardcore, riffing, and a good mix of production and grit, while the lyrics are quotable, pertinent and insightful. Buy the EP even if you need to sell a kidney for it!

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