Midwest Hiphop duo Strangers Of Necessity drop their new single “Abundance”

Strangers Of Necessity are an American hip-hop duo, based in the Midwest, consisting of prolific producer, CoryaYo and veteran lyricist, Fooch the MC. They linked via Twitter and quickly became friends, sparking an immediate chemistry and need to make quality music together; hence the name Strangers Of Necessity. They instantly began recording music and doing shows locally, generating a nice buzz in the area. Their sound is best described as a fresh take on that golden era of hip-hop, blending tasteful jazz and soul samples, crisp snares, boomy kicks on wonky patterns with a soulful delivery, dense schemes and potent

Kilo M.O.E. – ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’ – serves as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism

The Baltimore-based producer, songwriter, rapper, Kilo M.O.E.’s evolution over his past three albums has been inspiring to see. I’ll always admire artists who push themselves creatively, and that’s exactly what, Kilo M.O.E. has done on his fourth studio album, ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’, and it pays off in leaps and bounds. Each instrumental is rich and developed, serving as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism. Something that this recording and Kilo M.O.E.’s recent albums have done well is allow him the freedom to rap for the sake of his craft within the confines of the album’s larger

Jim Wyly – “You Took Me” – It’s rhythmically tight, warm and edgy

Texas singer songwriter Jim Wyly is back with another soul-stirring track from his “The Artisan” album. Over 40 years deep into his craft, the Austin troubadour sounds like a home-cooked meal. He deals out comfort food for the head, heart, and soul. All of this serves his finely drawn guitar lines, bourbon-stained-like vocals, and funky acoustic-driven grooves as thick as molasses. A subtle blend of blues, country, folk and southern rock runs right down the middle of “You Took Me”. “Musicians’ musician” is an overused term. Why wouldn’t anyone with two good ears appreciate Jim Wyly? As Jim doesn’t cater

Hanen Release Brand New Video For The Song “Breathe”

It’s never been easier for artists to stay independent. Of course you can get good music producers, good visual directors for videos, good rappers and good singers to feature on your track without a great budget, but you have to search the world over to find deals you can afford, or convince creatives to work with you. Texas born artist, now living in the LA area, Hanen, somehow got it all together on his latest track called “Breathe”. He sings soulfully and raps with an urban edge all by himself, backed by an atmospheric slow-burning, and ear-warming beat made by

Angry B – “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)” – reflects the realities with a good dose of wit

On his latest single, “Hey Corona! (Nice to Meet Ya)”, underground music hobbyist Angry B pinned his rap skills and dark wit, to the sounds of mainstream pop and a funky EDM template. He blurs the lines between genres with the top of the charts — and only the top — in his sights. As can be deciphered from the song title, Angry B pulls his aspirations from the dramatic Covid-19 disease hitting mankind across the globe. “It’s one of the most critical situations we’ve had and there will be a lot of sad stories connected with it,” says Angry

Izzie’s Caravan – “Leo’s Guitar EP” – an understated guitar virtuoso

On the recording, “Leo’s Guitar EP”, Izzie’s Caravan and his guitar conspire to use every single crayon within the blue color box to deliver one of the best underground independent studio blues releases I’ve heard this year. Among others, Izzie takes his cue from greats such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, and Eric Clapton. So you can expect a wide and wholesome finger bending spectrum of sounds. The aforementioned guitar heroes are points of reference, not simple deductions for resemblance. The opening song, “Two’s In The Bush”, has a highway drive, and jangly timbre that’s upbeat and

‘Mind Blown’ – The Video and Brand New Single by EyeKonic

EyeKonik is an artist with a focus on creating punchy and appealing pop music with a personal twist. Recently, he released a brand new single called ‘Mind Blown’. What really makes this track stands out is definitely the fact that it’s so well produced, and the performance value is excellent as well. EyeKonik sings with passion and intensity, and the artist’s vocals soar through the atmospheric melodies and punchy tones of this mix. Fans of artists as diverse as Mac Miller, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Eminem are definitely going to enjoy this amazing single. Check out the newly released music

Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff release the Indie Rock Video “Zodiac Killer”

Zodiac Killer is a wild Indie Rock song with crazy slide guitar laid over a rockabilly beat. The song is about a woman who frequents a night club called Zodiacs by nights, and cruises around town by day. Deep Purple Sage is a CD, Vinyl, and Digital release by Sundance Jump with W. Dire Wolff. The album blends Alternative Rock with Psychedelic Acid Rock. Recorded in Joshua Tree, California at Skylab Studios; the album has an underlying desert theme.  The LP is recorded in the old school style of Acid Rock vintage tube amp guitar sounds, mixed through analog

THE BRKN DEBUT EP ‘NO. 3’ OUT NOW VIA INGROOVES

FRONTMAN JACOB CADE’S ‘ACOUSTIC HANG WITH JACOB FROM THE BRKN’ WILL LIVE STREAM VIA THE BANDS INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK THROUGH THE END OF APRIL AT 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST THE BRKN recently released their debut EP No. 3 via Right Brain Music Group/Ingrooves. Their new video for their song “Broke” has garnered over 100 views in just two weeks. Since the band’s spring tours have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus, frontman Jacob Cade will be live streaming acoustic sessions every Tuesday through April via the band’s Facebook and Instagram. Tune in at 6PM PST/7PM MST/9PM EST at https://instagram.com/thebrkn or https://facebook.com/thebrkn and #BeatTheVirusWithTheBRKN. “We’re

D-Witt flexes the pen of a budding cinematic storyteller

I recently heard about an artist called D-Witt from Rockford, IL.  Illinois is the home of some prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. I’m expecting an unfiltered rebel who is unafraid to bare his soul and burn down buildings. A fearless heart is a quality that makes fearless art, and I hope that’s exactly what D-Witt has arrived to present us.  So I press play on the first track called “Enemy”. The sound is open and strong-willed. There’s no doubting that D-Witt has something to say. The amount of care that goes into his lyricism stamps

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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