Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

elconEstharoe – Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin

Experimental electronica from a Greek master of the Theremin, no loops or presets are used in the creation of the elconEstharoe sonic environment. The album has already picked up a favorable review in the highly regarded Electronic Sound Magazine Theremin Master and Synthesist Lambro Papazois is a Greek sound designer and the man behind elconEstharoe. The Hyper-real Soundscapes of elconEstharoe are at the vanguard of experimental electronica. Through his work with elconEstharoe, Lambro is acutely aware of his acoustic environment and in particular the natural resources around him, utilizing the biophony, anthropophony and the sacred power of sound. From within

Yung Illi: “Take Control” is especially poignant

North Carolina’s Yung Illi was one of three siblings raised by his grandparents. Originally influenced by 50 Cent, Juvenile and the Hot Boys, it was the eccentric wordplay and musical stylings of Lil Wayne which brought Illi’s attention to hip-hop as a means of self-expression. The young rapper started writing rhymes in high school and decided he wanted to fully pursue hip-hop as a career after graduating. At the time, however, he also felt that he did not have the means to distribute his material. At this point, Illi took a year off to hone his craft, and studying the various aspects of the game.

yung-illi-tc-300During this time Yung Illi focused on his tone, delivery and vocal performance as well as bettering his beat selection and started working towards becoming an artist versus a regular rapper. As a consequence his influences grew to include J. Cole, Drake, Kanye West, and Jay-Z. Yung Illi dropped his first single in 2015, and has since released five singles with accompanying music videos in an effort to build his brand and gain exposure.

The artist’s latest single, “Take Control,” is a primary example of his will to provide strong-but-not-overbearing messages to his audience. The song, which talks about preventing negative influences in one’s environment from affecting him negatively or taking control of his life and career, is a positive record about staying true to oneself.

Lyrically Yung Illi is close to monumental. He is introspective and thoughtful. He’s not afraid to really be vulnerable and honest in his questioning of life’s dilemmas and daily struggles. “Take Control” is especially poignant as he discusses the recurring theme of the fall of man as a result of excessive money, girls, drugs and alcohol.

The track is both reverential as well as super modern musically. Illi hasn’t hopped on the bandwagon of rap trends like having a girl sing his choruses or making the beat a dance track. His beat is clean yet with subtle touches that really elevate it. Like the clockwork, repeating piano ring, which creates a dark and electrifying atmosphere to the proceedings.

The production value of “Take Control” is perfectly manicured to show integrity to the music and to emphasize the lyrics to the track.  In an era of untalented, unoriginal clones and sound-a-likes, Yung Illi brings originality and substance, as well as strong lyricism, flow and charisma.

yung-illi-tc-coverIlli delivers content heavy material over creative production that takes you on an epic storytelling journey. Illi knows who he is as a rapper and has fun with the freedom that gives him to express himself. His workman like approach to similes and metaphors and inspired flow is commendable. Each verse is expertly written, an exercise in how to build tension and drama.

Overall, “Take Control” is an impressive effort and will hopefully provide the extra light that Yung Illi deserves. Even better, the growth in both his emcee and production skills means he is here to stay for the long haul.

Yung Illi also plans to release one more single in 2016 before working on his first official mixtape, titled “Things Change!” to be released in 2017. Illi is also prepping the release of his own clothing line in October; Illzotic Clothing’s current release includes long sleeve and short sleeve shirts in Black Dream and Ruby Red color ways.

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