Kill the Reflection: “Forever & Always” keeps itself tight and consistent throughout

Kill the Reflection is group from Oklahoma City, OK, consisting of Morgan Routt (Vocals/Guitar), Mark Martinez (Bass) and Starr Raven (Drums). Their new album, “Forever & Always” is currently available for pre-sale and will release on Dec 27th 2018 on digital and physical CD format with Vinyl to follow in 2019. On the album, Kill the Reflection presents an interesting musical mélange of alternative rock with excellent musicianship and vocals, as well as exceptionally strong lyrics. The instrumental work on the album is worth listening to repeatedly, and the songs are intelligent, though generally dark. “We have adopted the moniker

Son of Andy: “Looking Up” – creating lyrical atmospheres!

Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album “Looking Up” is available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of his game and easily out does his past couple of releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as previous fans. Likewise, you don’t even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what’s bought to the table here. For those not familiar,

Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

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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