Vermin & the Beachrat New Single is Set to Strengthen the Legacy of Folk

Here to brighten up the day of all the folk lovers is Vermin & the Beachrat with their new single I Know Everything About you—a high-energy, rustic and boisterous folk-country rock number that is equal parts nostalgic, equal parts sweet and a whole lot of the familiar gusto that has become a signature style of the artist. Yet the subject matter of the song reveals a challenge for an old friend or lover, a knowing, tenacious grin that looms over all the extensive guitar riffs, the electric instrumental solos and a refrain that echoes into the airwaves with enough power

Ken Hardeo Releases “I Can Love You Through Anything” For Worthy Causes

Charlotte, North Carolina – Ken Hardeo had more great things in mind when he wrote and recorded his latest single, “I Can Love You Through Anything.” Part of the proceeds will head towards worthy causes such as the American Cancer Society and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Ken Hardeo didn’t work alone on this effort. Ken got help from his friend, musician and producer Quentin Bethea who also sang on the track. Together they created a beautiful blend of R&B that harbors on pop with inspirational undertones that shine through for people of all ages around the world. With a song as versatile as “I Can Love

“Missing Person” – The new album by Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Zappa)

The persisting career of musician, singer, and songwriter Warren Bruce Cuccurullo, has reached incredible and indelible highs. He worked with the late, legendary Frank Zappa in the ’70s, founded Missing Persons in the ’80s, and became a long-term member of new wave legends Duran Duran in ’86, notably contributing to the band’s regained worldwide success on the 1993 chart-busting “Wedding Album”. Not one to rest on his laurels, the talented Brooklyn born guitarist however, has always continued his solo and collaborative work, and has just unleashed his 12 track album “Missing Person”. Described as “a deeply personal and conceptual record”,

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

Blue Soul Ten: “The Fearless Warrior” – the psyche of a musicologist

In 2015 Blue Soul Ten released the debut album titled “The Unspoken Warrior”, which was meant to reflect project creator Claye Greene’s approach to living life with bravery and beauty. The album was a blend of Soul, Jazz, World and Hip-Hop, containing collaborations with vocalists and instrumentalists from around the world, and was released through Greenehouse Music, a platform Claye launched to remain independent, as well as leverage his international business experience to drive his music production and writing dreams. Claye simultaneously continued producing and composing music for independent artists.

blue-soul-ten-tfw-350Now – after the critical acclaim received by his “The Unspoken Warrior” album – Claye Greene, an artist who has been behind the scenes of the music industry for over 20 years, is back with a brand new follow-up album, entitled “The Fearless Warrior” which continues to reflect his philosophy of living life with bravery and beauty. The album is more or less a continuation of the smooth and luxurious sounds found on the previous album, only it moves to a higher level of inner revelation and fulfillment.

For those yet without awareness of this artist, do not fear, his identity can be sought through encounter with his art which, in the circumstances, creates a more intimate bond with the work as opposed to its creator. In the digital age of celebrity, this type of listening experience happens less and less, though when it is possible it is especially intriguing.

This may be the last record Claye Greene could make with this type of unique charm and will due to the especially well regard this record will have  surrounding it and the potential successes and attention it will bestow on its creator, although I’m quite aware his earlier works has been exceptionally applauded as well.

Following my initial listen of “The Fearless Warrior”, I was struck by how it had felt like a dream, or like dream language regurgitated from the psyche of a musicologist with intimate knowledge of Jazz, Soul, R&B, futurism, cinema, nature, technology, and street life.

Each individual track is the embryonic symbolization of one hundred influences absorbed from experience into the subconscious of its creator, manifesting to the conscious, or listener, in a musical language that materializes into fully gestated traditional song state for all to behold

blue-soul-ten-tfw-350bFrom the opening title track “Fearless Warrior” there is imagery ingrained into the shifting soundscapes that refuses to adhere to an identifiable shape, the grooving rhythms merely teasing the listener as it unfurls it’s magic, leading one into a psychedelic calm, and when the saxophone slides in, it as gentle stroke of a companion; the effect is like dusted, hazy light spun in butterfly colors directed at no point of focus and shot through with purple smoke.

“Symbols” is a sketch pad filled with notations of beautiful vocal sweetness that nearly attain a profoundness before breaking into an entirely new but similarly enlightened stream of consciousness so that you never get the full idea but only vague associations resulting in a quite vivid listening experience, driven by a thick robust bass line.

“Blue Moon” will find its way into your bloodstream like a hallucinatory drug, as the flute dances across the shimmering keys of the electric piano and warm whispering pads.

Claye seemed incredibly lucid in terms of emotionally knowing what he wanted to get out of his mixes. The way I tend to rate this kind of ambient soul music is how well a tune conveys a thousand pictures. Stuff that digs deep, goes archetypal, that’s the kind of thing that gets me going.

blue-soul-ten-tfw-300“Unafraid” is one of those tracks – its real, its gritty, there’s something in it where Blue Soul Ten reaches quite a way deeper into your own mind than most people are used to. Claye Greene aka Blue Ten Soul’s journey through different soundscapes is astounding and, what feels like, one-of-a-kind.

His ability to create a flow through an entire album that goes through so many sounds, voices, instruments and effects that differ in so many aspects is unparalleled by his contemporaries.

The futuristic jazz mixed with sexy trip hop flavors on “Daydream” is intoxicating to say the least – the guitar plucks along with the swooning strings, and the bass thumps, which weave into a heartfelt song. Blue Soul Ten is one of those artists who could typically show up on a Chillout compilation set and be the man that puts the capital C into Chill.

That’s how cool his jazz-soul compositions are. Beautiful melodies and gorgeous sounds drift throughout, creating a sound that is ambient at some moments, groovy in others and then epically cinematic. Undulating streams of relaxed downtempo smoothness unfolds in the beginning of “Rain Dance” before the song opens to soulful vocal and waves of strings and keys.

Each track does for your mind what paintings in a good museum do. Claye creates musical pieces of art wrapped up in each track. By the time you get to the funky “Blue Theme II”, you realize that the entire album is filled with such depth of emotion that you forgot how beautiful the songs themselves are.

Nothing anybody else has done in recent years, except the jazz and fusion master themselves, has the epic scope and compositional aptitude of this gorgeous collection of songs. “The Fearless Warrior” redeems the life of the bored, truculent pop consumer, gives that overloaded brain a vision of a tight, accessible, bountiful outside world.

In this surfeit of corporate modern music with cacophony ringing in every worker’s overloaded cerebrum, Blue Soul Ten makes your environment seem sane and wholesome. This is a far more sweeping and much richer sound than you’re likely to find elsewhere.

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