Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” – a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album

Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has

Sick.Life: “Dreamers” – showcasing the diversity and talent of the roster

Sick.Life a collective of artists and an independent music label based in El Paso, Texas. A couple of months back they released their critically acclaimed album, entitled “Contagion”. Now off that album comes the single “Dreamers” produced by NZO, and featuring Josh Brown on the chorus and bridge, while the verses are handled in order of appearance, by Sonny Weston, Lavoe, C.Notes and E$ BFNE. For hip-hop fans growing up in the 21st century, the Sick.Life collective is simply a perfect match between raw lyrical muscle and dynamic production. I listened to the track last night with the intention of

Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls: “Curvy Girl” makes a strong statement

These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B record. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element that not all have. Cassie of Cassie Holt and The Lost Souls, offers cadences that move in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth on her latest single release, “Curvy Girl” which tackles the theme of body positivity. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let the song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

“Final Curtain” represents yet another progression for Roger Cole

Roger Cole is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from his river of musical and artistic expression, his music (usually together with his partner in crime Paul Barrere) is always engaging on an emotional level. Here on his solo effort, the single, “Final Curtain”, Cole is not content to repeat himself, nor is he afraid to confront difficult subjects or at least ideas that many artists don’t frequent. This time around there is this ongoing tug-of-war between moving on and living in the past. The time when someone needs to say no, and the

Pauline Frechette: “Always Lover” (feat. David) works its magic

Not so much a singer as a sublime song stylist, Pauline Frechette returns to release an impeccably performed love ballad simply entitled “Always Lover” (feat. David). Avoiding any pretense or extravagance, Pauline stretches her breathy voice to gently embrace the lyrics, as she brings out the ultimate best of her vocal and piano artistry. Pauline wanted you to hear the instruments, the vocals, and the emotion in the breathing etc., instead of a sonic rush of noise. She does this by allowing some ‘quiet’ in the recording. Pauline is blessed with a great voice, a distinctive and beautifully frayed tone

Lyndon Rivers: “Nothing I Can Do” creates a celebration in your head!

For fans of Lyndon Rivers who love dance music, house, and techno, this is not an EDM single. It’s not the house music that we know Lyndon Rivers to have made, with filtered sampled loops, drum machine-programmed beats, and electronic harsh noise. It’s not any of that that. You can’t fist-pump to this music; you can’t go nuts to it. Well you can go nuts, but in a different way you’re normally used to in the club. So when you listen to “Nothing I Can Do”, the new single by Lyndon Rivers for the first time, go into it with

An Old Friend: “I am, I was” reaches for stratospheric heights

An Old Friend is an upcoming Alternative Rock band based out of Long Island, New York, they have been said to be significantly ahead of most contemporary peers in their stylistic niche; they show an ability to stray from the norm and focus on truly innovative fragments, as opposed to one linear hook yearning for radioplay. Founded in 2011 An Old Friend continue a career of sustained excellence, the new 6-track EP, “I am, I was”, bursts out of your speakers and infects your heart and mind like few other modern-day recordings. Not only is the production quality of the music

Derric Gobourne Jr. “From The Outside” – authenticity and the ambition!

Derric Gobourne Jr. is an 18 year old New Jack Swing artist from Sarasota, Florida. He is a singer, dancer, rapper, songwriter, producer, choreographer, fashion designer, and actor. Derric is currently working on his third official project, an album called “Supremacy”. Derric, who has choreographed and produced for others, started dancing at the age of five and gained recognition locally as a Michael Jackson impersonator. He’s been making music since he was 11, and his biggest influences are Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Bruno Mars, Mc Hammer, Janet Jackson and Jackie Wilson. Recently Derric Gobourne Jr. dropped his version of a

Malvin Éka: “Battle of My Own” – a talented songwriter and able performer

Malvin Éka is a singer-songwriter born and raised in small city Mojokerto, Indonesia. Malvin moved to Jakarta and started his day job as an Information Technology Developer. He has since discovered his love of music and began to hone his craft in songwriting, which then led him to release the singles a “Can You Feel What I Feel” and “Battle of My Own” as well as his upcoming debut album. You will love Malvin Éka’s laid-back vocal styling. He’s an original and you’ll never get him confused with anyone else. So many singers today sound exactly the same with all

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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