Flexico Deeskie: ‘Leanin’’ falls within trap’s ever-expanding parameters

Flexico Deeskie comes out of Dallas, TX, to where he moved from Kansas City, MO, in 2005. Fresh on the grid, he became an active artist in July of this year, and has been steadily dropping singles to build his catalog and fan base. Flexico’s emphasis on a positive attitude and grinding, pops up regularly as does his commitment and dedication to his craft. These trademarks of his personality and style, are of course very much evident in the single project, ‘Leanin’’. Trap music’s roots date back quite a few years, and it’s been a presence in rap’s mainstream in

“Trump in the Trunk” attacks political, social and cultural issues

From Backwards is a master at creating high quality music with low quality satire. The only thing more surprising than how well those two aspects mesh, is how well he performs them on stage. His genius, however, lies within the fact that while he will laugh at (not with) almost everything he does, his audience will nod and move in sheer appreciation that someone is able to articulate the frustrations they otherwise are unable to deal with. From Backwards is the much needed fifth of whisky to last year’s presidential debates. Hip-hop and politics have been together for a long

Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ takes synth-pop to a different set of limits

There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic just about any sound today…if you know what to mimic of course! Our current generation of electronic heroes can knock up the most devastating beats, create massive drops, and stirring buildups, so synth-pop might seem like the simplest form of electronica to them. Technically that is. Because musically we’re talking two

C-Los N.S: “Ye-Tape” features a wide range of thought-provoking lyrics

Songwriter and Rap Artist C-Los N.S (Carlos Ruelas) was born in Santa Rosa, California (East L.A.), and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He recently released his mixtape, entitled “Ye-Tape”. After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is a mature product. C-Los N.S sounds like he has graduated from the rap game. He has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music, while the experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers. The production created is haunting with each song bringing about a different mood but it fits the messages masterfully. Beginning

Third Realm: “The Suffering Angel” – a bold and compelling addition to the group’s growing legacy

Recently signed to Distortion Productions, Third Realm is the eclectic dark electronic project founded in 2000 by Nathan Reiner of Buffalo, New York. The danceable darkwave band with powerful industrial tones, is known for their shadowy, sexed-up blend of synth rock and intense vocals. On their brand new album, “The Suffering Angel”, the collective spends half the time perfecting their gritty, driven sound and the other half eclipsing all expectations of their efforts. The result is an intense listen with tremendous highs, and outstanding performances by members, Nathan Reiner (Lead Vocals/Music Production/Songwriter), Arrow Fitzgibbon (Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Sampler), Melanie Beitel (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)

Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

Nika Starr, female Soul/RnB singer from Toronto, is currently working with her mentor DT the Artist for Artist Development from the ‘Ground Up Program’. Her latest single is “Connection” which was produced by ClevaMix Records with an instrumental from ShamGodBeats. Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, means they always want to back you into a corner and force you to wear a label. Unfortunately, that means you either fall into one of two categories: sexy or cute, and maybe lust or love. Now more than ever people need to be reminded that women can be in more than

Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Moorhouse: “I Love You to the Moon and Back” ft. The Cellophane Heart – brings a new slant to the genre

Irish DJ and producer Moorhouse has dedicated the song, “I Love You to the Moon and Back”, to his daughter, Abbie. It speaks about their relationship and what the future holds. Canadian artist, The Cellophane Heart, provided the vocals for the track, and the song was produced in Moorhouse’s home studio in Waterford, Ireland. The track offers a lively, upbeat 90s dance pop sound mixed with current top 40 influences from Baz Luhrmann and N-Trance. This track means a lot. And there is a reason for that. Sure, it may be electronic dance music, but it’s…different. EDM music is becoming

Des Brennan: “We Were Friends” EP – relevant music without overtly bowing to the current rap themes

I’ll start with the production. It’s excellent. Sounds like something Dilla would have produced today. Deeply layered, soulful beats flavored with jazzy interludes – Seneca B produced all 7 songs on the “We Were Friends” EP, by Des Brennan. Usually when one producer creates the majority of tracks on an album, one of two things happen, the results are repetitively lackluster or satisfactorily cohesive.

des-brennan-coverThis Ep belongs decidedly to the second category. In a day and age of rappers who grunt, talk about money and women or say one word over and over again…sometimes even Autotuned, it’s nice to hear a upcoming emcee spit a complete EP with dope lyrics over hot music.

Des Brennan has done what few of his contemporaries have been able to do and that is to make relevant music without overtly bowing to the current rap themes. And that’s a considerable feat, considering Des has been releasing music for just on a year now, though he has been exercising his craft for about 5 years. Des, who comes from Pearl River, New York – which is about 30 minutes north of New York City- started taking his music seriously after graduating from SUNY Plattsburgh in May 2015.

Des Brennan shows off a controlled and restrained yet enrapturing lyrical form with insight and lucid storytelling on the “We Were Friends” EP, where he explores the most essential of live and loves’ themes, including family and friendship issues.

Like any master storyteller, Des describes every scene in vivid detail, emphasizing in the movement between the EP’s top and bottom portions that in life and love, the work and pain come first and the benefits and relief afterward, if success has been achieved. And sometimes, no matter how much work and pain you put in, success cannot be achieved, for one reason or another.

des-brennan-350Introspective and profound, Des rarely dates his music by using the pulsar slang of the day. Instead, his verses and choruses are more aligned towards smart afflicting prose. Many times, concepts and subject matter in underground hip-hop get cycled around, that is not the case for this recording, as Des Brennan brings a lot of new perceptions and insight to topics that are as old as life itself.

That’s because in personal relationships everyone has their own private perspectives, except most do not explore or elaborate on them verbally, as Des has done here, connecting his thoughts with those of his listeners.

Listen up to standout tracks such as “Shook”, “Clipped”, “River”, “I Should Say”, “Survive” and “Friends”. You’ll pick more hard hitting one-liners on this EP than you will hear in a month listening to mainstream radio.

Des is not only smart lyrically but he can cut deep with one single phrase – “I see you’ve got some new bruises, from the same old people, but you choose this,” taken from “Friends”, or “These relationships are feeling forced, so when I end them I don’t feel remorse,” extracted from “Clipped”. The truth is artists like Des Brennan are still making amazing hip hop it just isn’t on the radio.

I came across Des Brennan by accident – never heard of him or his music before, but I immediately loved the beats and his lyrical flow. Des’ lyrics paint a perfect picture in my mind, and will do the same for you as it unfolds layers and layers of depth. The message is clear in the “We Were Friends” EP. Des Brennan knows what he is doing!

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