EsZ: “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me” – an audacious creative effort
On his new album, “If You Didn’t Get This Message, Call Me”, EsZ aka Erron’s Attic comes out swinging from the first song, a great balance between classic Hip Hop and modern. As usual EsZ gets well thought out ideas through his songs in innovative ways; you definitely get the feeling he has the lyrical substance he wants to express. Although we’re in a dismal era of Rap currently, this could be one of those instant underground classics. EsZ catalog is filled with parables, fables, morals and lamentations, forms of storytelling that compress people and experiences into neat, digestible lessons.
Luna 13 – the solid foundation for gut-ripping synths
The award winning Los Angeles band Luna 13 is forging a new genre of music they call Black Metal/Bass Music. Their brutal yet groove based electro-metal incorporates elements of electronica, death metal, and industrial rock – all done with electronics, which means no string instruments. Music maker Dr. Luna, creates a metal sound with synthesizers and by wrapping heavy distortion around sub-bass. Luna 13 who has been performing live for a few years now, opening for death metal/industrial and electronica projects alike, came into its own when Lilith Bathory joined in 2015. Since, Lilith, the band’s front woman, has been booking modeling jobs
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
The Gore Boyz have spent the past week in the recording studio with Grammy Award winning songwriter, producer and composer Theron Feemster aka Neff-U. The boys took to their Instagram to share the experience with fans. They’re working on an untitled single that was written and produced by Theron and his team, and features Los Angeles songwriter and vocal producer, Mischke Butler, (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and B2K) as well as vocalist and songwriter, Gabrielle “Goldie” Nowee. (Chris Brown, David Guetta, Christina Aguilera, and Busta Rhymes).
It was in Theron Feemster’s dorm at Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he created the musical composition that found its way into the hands of none other than Will Smith which ended up being the theme for Men In Black II. He soon found his way to LA and under the mentorship of Dr. Dre and Michael Jackson. Since then, he has signed a publishing deal with Universal Publishing and has worked with major artists such as Justin Bieber, David Guetta, Eminem, Ne-Yo, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Train, ZZ Ward, and Fantasia.
As for The Gore Boyz, they are from Gastonia, North Carolina. they started performing in 2009 when the oldest brother, Herman, begged his parents to allow him and his two younger brothers to be in their 2009 talent show at their school. After that, Herman, Edwin and Sean Michael formed the musical trio The Gore Boyz (aka TGB) and have set out to make their mark in music. All three boys are enrolled in music lessons; 16-year-old Herman takes on the ivory with the keyboards/piano, Edwin at 13 plays guitar, and Sean Michael, who is only 11-years-old, takes care of the drums.
They have spent the last six years in intense talent development following the Berry Gordy Motown model. They are influenced by old school R&B bands and the trendy new sounds of pop, R&B, and hip-hop. These incredibly talented brothers are not only gifted musicians and entertainers; they are also honor students, community servants and accomplished athletes.
For more information, check out Theron Feemster and The Gore Boys out online.