Exit 22 Music: “Last Goodbye” – one of the finest musical acts in the pop-rock underground

It seems almost impossible that an artist that has been around this long – 20 years in Chris Calamera’s case, can keep making records that stand up among the best that he has ever done. Let’s be clear: “Last Goodbye” is a great song. It’s poppy, with a big melody and an insistent rock rhythm, and it’s catchy as hell. Sounds like authentic Exit 22 Music to me. This is pure Calamera from his pop-rock songwriting style standpoint, and pure Exit 22 Music, considering the breathtaking vocals and high production-value quotient. The perfect, power-pop formula. Exit 22 Music has been keeping

Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Whiskey Sharts: “#2” – a more than devilish Southern rock band!

Initially founded by the late Stan Mason Dixon, Whiskey Sharts is a more than devilish Southern rock band act hailing from Shartsville, who find their captivating strength in innumerable lewd and crude insinuations delivered via ass-kicking musical arrangements made up of crunchy, twanging guitars and sweet harmonies to seduce us. Quite simply, Trace Harlan Edwin Crooks, Rico Planeta, Beaver Davenport, Keith Fucking Jackson, Snake Whissken and Rico form an atypical rock band that is prepared to change the face of music…by squatting right on top of it!

whiskey-sharts-2-coverWhiskey Sharts depends on a mixture of comedic situations and lovable instrumentation to produce their well-crafted rocking schtick. Singing with their virility hanging out, the band constantly returns to sexual subjects, to the obvious delight of their fans.

How else would you describe the success of upbeat emotional roller-coaster songs such as “Titties”: “Titties, I love titties. It don’t matter who you are, if you show titties, you’re the star!” Experiencing the Whiskey Sharts  on their new EP “#2”, is akin to a young boy listening spellbound while an older brother gives him the rundown on all things taboo and includes all the saucy details too.

The Whiskey Sharts’ comedy also requires an entirely appropriate amount of swearing (to the point of near comic genius), perpetual proclamations of personal greatness, and the frequent display of rampant ego ready to destroy any humble submissiveness.

Checkout the hilarious, heartrending mid-tempo ballad, “Pick Up Fuck”: “I see a man in a pick-up truck. I see a girl that I wanna fuck, and she’s sitting next to him. His got a shit eating grin, and I swear I’m gonna win her heart from him.”

What is most surprising and amusing about the Whiskey Sharts’, though, is that they are spectacular musicians. Their songs may provide a vehicle for their comedy, but the tunes are so damn catchy and well executed that listening to the same routine repeatedly doesn’t ever get old.

whiskey-sharts-liveThe Whiskey Sharts’ make their Southern rock music epic-sounding, without compromising their crassness, and you can fully witness and appreciate their vocal and musical prowess on “Complicated”. A song and performance with so much rhythm, grit, melody and harmony that even a band like the Tedeschi Trucks Band would be proud of having it in their catalog.

That the Whiskey Sharts’ are not just occupied with things sexual is apparent on “I Love Marijuana”. The title may say it all, lyrically, but those luscious chain-gang harmonies at the beginning of the track say so much more about the intrinsic quality of this band.

And when they crank up those screeching, rustic guitar riffs, and the song kicks in for real, all country-rock hell breaks loose. “Go on Go”, is another song the Tedeschi Trucks Band would die for. This deadly serious musical ode is a piano-dominated ballad made up of a soaring vocal melody wrapped tightly in a thickly layered musical soundscape, smothered with tons of harmony.

Throughout this EP, the Whiskey Sharts show us that they sure know how to make people laugh. But when they really need to, they can bring a tender tear to any eye. “Go on Go” plays perfect testimony to this.

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