Lord Conrad: “Fight Till The End”- ready to wow clubbers!

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad has been taking the dance and pop fraternity by storm – first with the single ‘Touch the Sky’, and then with the follow-up “Day After Day”. Not satisfied, Lord Conrad burst forward with another power pop release recently, entitled “1 Minute”. And just to show that he is a man on a mission, he bounces right back with a brand new track – “Fight Till The End”. So, what does he have to offer with his new release? An insane beat to smash dance-floors. He is ready to wow clubbers with his flawless

Shaun Jacobs: “Rollin’” formulates a gritty chart-topping sound

started out playing drums at a very young age, but it was only when he turned 15 and his older brother thought it would be good for him to learn more than one instrument that his love for guitar, singing and songwriting was born. Growing up in a family where his dad was an opera singer and his brothers’ able musical craftsmen as well, Shaun soon started writing, recording and producing his own music. It wasn’t long before the South African artist gained traction in his home country, winning the SAMA 2014 Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, as well

Samplified: Extensive high quality sample libraries

You’ve written a killer song. The lyrics and music are flowing but there’s just something missing. Maybe it’s a guitar strum, riff or pluck. It could be a thumping bassline or some shimmering keys. More often than not, it’s a groovy drum beat. You know that any these would be the perfect complement to your newly written potential hit, but how can you get that sound for your song? If you’re a beginner, it’s a tough ride to create that professional recording sound at home. On the other hand, if you’re a professional you’re usually hard pushed for time to

All Atomic – metaphysics melds with the spirit of dance

DJ/Producer All Atomic, from Bristol United Kingdom, grew up around music and was mixing tunes at nine years old and was soon deejaying at illegal raves. His music is a fusion of his influences: “You have to have an open mind when making music,” says All Atomic. “Let the music guide you, it will tell you what it needs you to do.” Persuaded by artist and producer Aniofades, All Atomic sent a demo to the Pink Dolphin Music Ltd label, and got signed up. A heap of well-received releases followed, with the producer bringing his classically unique sound to the

NothingDark: “Tragicomedy” sees the band at their most lucid, melodically and rhythmically

NothingDark is a 3-piece from Montreal Canada, formed in 2018. Its members, made up of Nack Jicholson (Vocals, guitars, synth), Roxanne Miller (Bass, backing vocals) and Matt Davis (Drums, percussion) are inspired by 80’s synth pop and rock. Nack & Matt handle all recording, mixing, and production in the band’s well-equipped Montreal studio. “Tragicomedy” is their 2nd EP, while work on the third and fourth installments are already underway. For any of you synth lovers out there, this is the record to get, though there is plenty of guitar too. NothingDark is a band that will take you to places

aVIE: “Chutney Chasers” – a living, breathing organism that mutates and grows

“Chutney Chasers” is just one volume of aVIE’s upcoming project, aVIEonearth, which documents a common man’s life on Earth. Each part of the project that he releases will explore its own world of emotions.  As it relates to R&B, this is music of the future, steeped in the rhythms and sonics of the today, ingeniously invented for a 21st century audience. It will surely be appreciated by your ears, and you’ll find that after giving this a spin, it has in many ways changed your conception of R&B and music overall. A Classic. This dark and experimental urban recording, refined

Roddan: “Don’t Be Troubled” – so impeccably penned!

Singer-songwriter, Roddan’s third and current release, “Don’t Be Troubled” is a follow-up to his 2017 EP, “Bleed 432”, and his 2016 Album, “Music House”. The recording features organic instrumentation, including guitar, piano, violin, cello, piano, and some great harmonies from Eliza Gilkyson. But it also carries the burden of a troubled time. “The year 2017 and the first few months of 2018 while writing these songs, was a troubled time for me to say the least,” explains Roddan, continuing: “All of the sudden, it seemed people and animal’s close to me were dying. In addition, an ex-girlfriend (a talented singer)

Tommy Francisco Releases His Debut EP “Eight23”

On September 7th Tommy Francisco, born and raised in Austin Texas, released his debut Ep “Eight23”. This Ep has generated a major buzz and several songs (“Show Up” “Crush” and “Vibez”) have been featured on Spotify Playlists. Eight23 has a tropical sound that includes inspiration from Dancehall/Afropop and Rnb/Hiphop. There are 5 songs on this Ep that flow cohesively.  MORE ABOUT: Tommy Francisco is a Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Austin, Texas. Tommy was raised in the inner city of Austin and has overcome a slew of trials and tribulations on his journey of becoming a recording artist. At

BlowinMaddTrees: “The Scent” cooks up a tasty dish

BlowinMaddTrees are the kind of rappers you want to hang out with. They’re chilled out guys who usually rhyme about what they love most: hedonistic experiences and the finest Kush. They’ll probably never reach mainstream status, but they seem to like it that way. Their introspective and sometimes unabashed lyrics coupled with their mischievous grins, make them likable rap everymen. Uprooted from Texas to Colorado, BlowinMaddTrees is made of Johhnie Blaze’d & Jay Deezl, aka TheDankestDuo. The duo states that this single means a lot to them, because it is the first track they have done together in over 3

Hip-hop and Soul Artist ‘Plan’ Set to Release his E.P, “Expresso” Later this Year

Independent singers who make music that isn’t in the mainstream are rising in numbers. Indie musicians cum singers often have something celebrity singers don’t have – making music out of pure love and passion for the art. They also help others to materialize their musicality in any way they can. One such singer is Plan – his real name is Harvey Dowell V. Fenellere and his new E.P “Expresso” is set to be released later this year. The genre of Plan’s music is modern hip hop soul and his music speaks of the reality of how a man decides for

Chames: “Self-Actualization” – at the forefront of a revival of real hip hop

Harrisburg hip hop artist Chames (Jon Chambers) primarily tackles global projects – themes which involve the majority of humanity and for the most part empowers people. He pulled it off brilliantly and intelligently with the release of the “Siddhartha’s Revelations” mixtape, and now comes back with his 2017 ten track project, “Self-Actualization”. “We are living in a time of great divisiveness, judgment, and fear,” explains Chames, in the mixtape’s liner notes. “We all want the same thing, and that thing is happiness. We point the finger at things in our external environment, and believe that we’ll be happy once everything changes according to our will. The truth is that the journey to happiness begins with the self. Be the change you want to see in the world. This mixtape is a musical depiction of that inward spiritual journey.”   

This mixtape contains pretty much everything that I look for in a body of work: Versatility, lyrical content, style, beat selection, and storytelling. I also really appreciate how Chames has some sort of a positive message in almost all of his songs (some of which are less obvious then others) and still be able to make them sound great even by mainstream standards.

There is a very good balance between the types of songs he has, meaning that the mixtape isn’t overly contemplative or playful. Chames has many different styles, his voice is clear, the beats match his personality almost perfectly, and he manages to hit you with deep, intelligent, and interesting lyrics and metaphors throughout the entire album. I would say that Chames has definitely solidified himself as one of the top underground conscious MCs with this mixtape.

To be honest Chames is at the forefront of a revival of real hip hop and by that I mean poetry from the heart not A&R dictated themes that conform to a corporate model about being radio friendly and marketable. The worst thing about today’s music is the message its either dumbed down nonsense over hypnotic production or some studio gangster who shoots all day and night and never reloads his guns.

That’s not the case here; this is that pure form that started the love for this music in the first place. And that feeling hits you right from the opening track “Inside You feat. Ellis (prod. DG Beats)” with its atmospheric piano-driven beat. At the same time you will be impressed with Chames’ easy-going flow.

To even think this mixtape gets better from thereon out is almost frightening, but such is the case. “Pray For Me feat. J-Hunta (prod. Beatfella)” delivers a stunningly catchy beat that has its hook in a mesmerizing saxophone line. Chames is a thoughtful writer, making sense of human sciences and unorthodox philosophies with elastic rhyme schemes, gently massaging them to suit grand proclamations about society’s shortcomings or personal explorations for spirituality.

His mixtapes often boast heart-wrenching rap songs, and on “Self-Actualization” the 26-year-old rapper has not strayed from the confessional and introspective brand of stargazing that make him one of rap’s most interesting voices.

Here he emerges as rap’s preeminent intellectual, besting most of his peers by upping the ante with sensational bars and soulful beats. Catch it on “Nobody Knows feat. Nick Arter (prod. One Tone)”, “No Tomorrow (prod. Kid Jimi)” and “Listen to the Kids feat. Uncle Barack”. The wordplay, the concepts, the instrumentals, everything on this project is exactly what the doctor ordered for the genre.

This is Chames coming out of the gates to show the world he is not messing around. This is Chames showing the world that no matter how bad things may seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. He does a great job of expressing his emotions through his clever wordplay that makes the listener sit down and pay attention to what he is saying to truly find out what he means.

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