Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

Lew Houston is a hip-hop artist currently based in San Diego. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lew rose above the violence and poverty in his life by playing sports and creating music. Influenced by Southern rap styles, he began writing his own lyrics at a young age and released his debut album “The Progression” in 2016.  His latest EP “Back to da Money” is available now, and features the single “Safe”. With no forewarning, Lew gives us a sharp and compact four-minute statement on “Safe”. It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy, a warning for us not to underrate

Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

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Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

Hookdiggy: “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette – full feel-good potential

2019 sees Atlanta-based Hookdiggy, continuing his growing momentum and his promise to put out well written hip-hop that appeals not only to fans of the genre, but fans of creative and innovative lyrical content. In fact he goes beyond that with his latest track, “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette. Utilizing full-bodied smooth instrumentation, Hookdiggy manages to pull off an almost cinematic-like ambiance throughout. The intoxicating mix of jazz, hip-hop, and neo-soul with a dash of dance is maintained at a very high level from beginning to end while the musicianship is top-notch every step of the way. Hookdiggy, together

Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

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KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

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GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – the rhythm and flow of free form poetry

Sometimes a recording catches you off guard, rising from nowhere and worming its way into your ears with new sounds and ideas. Such a recording grows on you over time, and eventually can reorient what music and sounds you thought you liked. “Soul City” released on December 31 by artist and producer GentleBeatz, is such an EP. Emotionally rich, musically rich, and technically brilliant, it appeared with little fanfare or publicity to mesmerize our senses. GentleBeatz is an artist and producer currently residing in Mozambique. The eclectic creative crafts his tracks in the lo-fi hip-hop/chill-hop genres. Here he includes flavors

Younk makes the music business transparent and accessible to all!

Success in the music business has always depended on connections. The only way to make it was to know the right people or be lucky enough to play in front of someone with influence. Today, everything has changed. Younk now allows artists to get their music heard by listeners, quickly build a fanbase, and even create professionally produced Tracks and music videos with recording industry experts (when they receive enough support from the community). Younk’s group of show-business experts and world-famous producers make, for the first time, the music business transparent and accessible for all. There’s no red tape to

Disscut: “Imaginary Journey” – straight-up techno at its absolute best

Tobias Wollborn aka Disscut is a techno DJ and Producer, hailing from Göttingen, Germany. A self-taught musician who plays the drums, piano, cajon and bass guitar, he started his journey as a techno DJ and Producer in 2001 by playing with vinyls. Disscut also owns and runs his own label ‘Vinyllover Recordings’ where he helps develop new talent and grow the musicians in his community. Currently, Disscut’s music can be found on platforms such as iTunes, Beatport and Traxsource. I recently picked up Disscut’s latest release, the 12 track “Imaginary Journey” album, with a little hesitation, having heard that the mix was basically just straight, no-frills techno.

disscut-coverThat is true. Other mixes have obvious peaks and valleys, for instance, while this has harder drumbeats for the peaks and more subtle bass for the valleys. While other mixes have lots of vocals and warm synth tones, here we have drums and bass and a few instruments kept to a minimum.

Don’t be fooled though because there are some beautiful textures and melodies too. It’s just that they’re not thrown around with wild abandon, but sparsely and intelligently used by Disscut. This is what you would call, in butchery terms, as ‘good lean meat with no fat!’

In other words, this is not your flashy Top 40 dance mix – it’s strictly for the brave. But, if you are one of the brave, check this out now. It’s very intense, but also very danceable, and the constantly shifting rhythms and programming keep you from getting bored.

Oddly enough, if you’re into techno, the subtle changes in drum patterns and stabbing synth lines is more interesting than a lot of more mainstream stuff with many more elements to the tracks. This mix is a triumph of minimal techno. If you’re looking for something hard, intense, and raw, add this to the shopping list now.

disscut-350-newDisscut is just so good at subtle layering and mixing that you probably won’t notice how he does it. Make no mistake this is straight-up techno at its absolute best. Disscut is a madman behind the decks. He has an almost superhuman control of rhythm that goes beyond simple mixing. Checkout tracks like “Recall” or “Dreadgirl” for proof of his rhythmic prowess.

This album is a trip from the beginning to the end. Like the master of minimal techno he is, Disscut starts off with an almost introductory lesson in beats on “My Cave” and schools the uninitiated as he slowly gives you a taste of what’s to come.

Unlike most techno albums that peak, and then fall flatter than American beer, Disscut keeps going and going, laying down track after track, with surgeon-like skills, and by the time you come to “Antrax” thumping along hard to the beat. In fact this is the album for anyone looking to experiment and move away from the techno mainstream, and yet is unwilling to give up their precious four-to-the-floor thump.

Listening to Disscut, the mood is unpredictable and captivating, shifting from varied auras such as “Best Buddy” or “Sonar”.  Minimal and masterfully layered if one listens close enough. The shift is seamlessly thoughtful reflecting the skill of a mastermind relentlessly trying to output everything including himself. A great endeavor indeed. Disscut is a top notch Producer with a sonic vision second to none.

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