HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Big Chris: ‘Bad Timing’ – high quality production and seamless transitions

After a successful release of his last single ‘F The World’ in Summer of 2016, UK based RnB artist and producer Big Chris releases his newest album ‘Bad Timing’ available via all major media providers. Recorded by Big Chris and John Robinson at Clique Studios, London and Miami Live, Miami. The album mix was finalized by Mixbytrip at Circle House Miami. Inspirations of The Dream, Mike Posner and R Kelly can be heard throughout. This album has some really original, unique, futuristic cuts on it, as would be expected. Big Chris is a more audacious artist than most in the R&B game right now, because he says what

Shellee Coley: “Story Like This” – a maturity that is mesmerizing!

Shellee Coley is a Texas-based singer-songwriter that has released three full length albums. Her current focus is a 5 song book of musical meditations called The Becoming Project that is being released one song or “chapter” at a time by the independent label Red Tree Music Group. Essentially, Shellee has created a unique style that blurs the boundaries between genres and categories. There are recognizable influences from classic songwriters like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Lennon & McCartney and Bob Dylan, as well as from some more current acts. Coley is able to absorb them all, and filter them through her own sensibilities

All Atomic: “? ? ? (Track With No Name)” builds multiple climaxes and movements

All Atomic is an electronic music producer and artist from Bristol, UK. He has just released his debut for indie label Pink Dolphin Music, entitled – “? ? ? (Track With No Name)”. The majority of listeners will agree that this track is perhaps one of the best examples of wickedly detailed and technically rich techno and house out there. If that is a mouth-full, it should be. All Atomic has defined the amazingly intricate form of electronic dance music that weaves clever beats into unusual and unexpected sounds to create a masterpiece of rhythmic movement and audio ecstasy. It’s

Ice photographer Lliam Greguez Releases Two Acoustic Prog Punk Albums

New York City, New York – Greguez is not only a man who hits the ice with his camera in hand, but a musician who tackles an apartment studio to collaborate in a mix of acoustic and synthesized sounds. So much sound in fact that he’s released not one, but two albums to mitigate some of the imbalances that surround us. Musically Greguez is well-rounded, using its’ power to heal as a trained creative arts therapist at a handful of children’s hospitals in the New York City Area. In conjunction with this work, he unloosed his experimental tendencies to assemble

ReachingNova: “IT’S ABOUT TIME” reconciles the vices of entertainment with art

The Bronx, NYC creative, ReachingNova is without a doubt one of the smartest, all-round great underground rappers on the block right now. His album “IT’S ABOUT TIME”, features powerful themes and gives amazing personal perspectives on some deep rooted issues and aspirations which inevitably reflect everything happening around ReachingNova, but could so easily apply to any ambitious human being on a serious daily grind, no matter what walk of life they’re in. Each track is superbly produced, and none feel like they don’t belong on this collection. What seperates ReachingNova from his contemporaries is that he’s found way to excel at

Cosmic Zimmer: “Drunk But Not Wasted” – genuinely captivating and moving

Dutch National, Cosmic Zimmer is originally from the Dutch Caribbean and has lived in multiple places. An IT, Commerce and Robotics specialist, he has been making music for 13 years and got his first music lessons from a teacher who studied film scoring at the Berklee College of Music. Cosmic Zimmer was convinced to use his musical talents by a Viennese gastronomy legend and friend, Martin who advised him to record an album. This led to the 10 track collection, “Drunk But Not Wasted”. 70% of the album’s instrumentals were produced during 2014 in Vienna, Austria, while the rest were

Arman Ayva: “R U worried?” inhabits different rhythmic cultures

Canadian based Arman Ayva clears up any loose ends by declaring himself “another freaking lunatic” right off the cuff. I can’t vouch for the fact that he really is “another freaking lunatic”, but I can establish the fact that he is another typical independent artist embracing the 21st Century technological music idiom. Avya has no musical background. By day he is a suit and tie business analyst in the banking industry. In his spare time he first crossed his creative paths with the art of photography before discovering a $100 keyboard and GarageBand. “I have no intention to compete to

Hunnid: “CCG Or Die” (Produced By Chino) – highly energetic

Multi-nominated and award winning urban artist, Hunnid rises from the Southside of Chicago, where at 18 he started taking music seriously. However it’s more than music with Hunnid, as he states, “I’m speaking for those people at the bottom without power or a voice, it’s bigger than me! Not many people can do what I do and be good at it but that’s not my goal with music. My goal is to bring power to the powerless through music, I actually have a message.”

One of the tracks making big waves for Hunnid is “CCG Or Die” (Produced By Chino) W.A.T.T.B.A.S. Here he is paying homage to Pimp C and Big Bun and filmed the song’s supporting video in Houston’s Third Ward, referred to in the game as ‘The Tre’. Hunnid delivers music that is intended to fight the wackness that rap has become.

Hunnid

Hunnid

Purposely blowing up the pimp persona that permeates much of mainstream hip-hop, Hunnid is a paean to the working-class, particularly minorities, those who buy rap albums rather than make them.

Hunnid’s gift for honesty – real honesty, not the tired “keeping it real” crap – elevates his songs to powerful portraits of real-life experiences. Known for his lyrical content, delivery in terms of storytelling and most importantly rhyming ability, Hunnid does nothing to disappoint and delivers all three factors truly well. “CCG Or Die” encapsulates the story telling skills he possesses as he takes you on a personal journey.

The overall vibe of the track is highly energetic – catchy hooks, fast paced rhyming and an all-round entertaining listen. It can be argued that Hunnid can certainly ride a beat and holds enough content to compliment the production which parallels the track. Certainly a hard act to follow, Hunnid solidifies himself in the game and stamps his own mark and presence in an impressive track.

He uses a mixture of gritty charm and classic hip-hop swagger to create a naturally confident style that is as engaging as it is welcoming. An imposing persona, He is the kind of battle cat who can make the competition squirm before even touching the mic.

Everyone has been whining about how they want something different in hip-hop. Well something different has been delivered via Chicago rapper Hunnid. In a time when mediocrity is seen as a norm and widely accepted as music, “CCG Or Die” is a clear upsetter of such a trend.

On a technical note, the beat produced by Chino is fantastic and it supports Hunnid’s strong rapping skills perfectly, as he shows his crazy range and firm grasp of hip-hop.

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