The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

Markus Scott: “Live Life With No Regrets” – confidence is sky high on this project

Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. He soon learned to DJ too, and with his first check from summer youth, Markus went to a pawn shop and brought a laptop. He then brought a DAW, and microphone from Guitar Center and began researching how to mix and edit his vocals. He

Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” – substance over style!

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man

Ziggy: “Breathe” – music for a new generation of kids

Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly

Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability

“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability. A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the

Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

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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