J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

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

DasMeter: “Evolution” – an uncanny knack for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present

Real-life brothers Darren (Keyboard, Drums) and Michael (Guitar, Vocals) are an American music duo project that goes by the name of DasMeter. Their debut electro-hardcore single “Mercury” was released in late May of 2015.  Now in 2017 DasMeter unleashes their brand new 13-track body of work entitled “Evolution”. Whenever you hear the words: “I choose you to be my partner in life. I promise you my unconditional love, my fullest devotion and tender care,” or “I promise to be faithful and to love, honor and cherish you all the days of our lives…”, beware, as promises like these, made by mere fallible mortals like ourselves are bound  to be broken.

Recent stats claim that over half of all marriages in the United States – a staggering 53% – end in divorce! So more than one in two marriages, where the above words are pledged, are proclaiming promises that will not be kept.

“Evolution” is born out of the failing of those pledges, as DasMeter compose the accompanying soundtrack that takes us through marriage, separation, and divorce. Up until now, the structural decisions, the subtle production touches, and the synth tones that DasMeter produce have always gone straight to the subconscious, that evokes feelings more than thoughts.

And on “Evolution”, the feeling in question seems to be a dim, wriggling, all-pervading anxiety and delusion, sprinkled with perceptible rays of hope.

They’ve made a really great soundtrack album for the moments of your day where you’re stressing about things of the heart and difficult personal-life decisions. They’ve made a great thematically uncomfortable – yet musically comforting ambiance album, one that sticks with you through all your discomforting moments.

DasMeter let you know that you are not alone in these saddening plights. Moreover, the replay-ability of this album pairs amazingly with late nights of work, road trips, a long gaze out of rain licked windows, a meditative nap…just about everything.

The uncanny knack the duo has for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present moment is readily available on this album, which will make you ponder and deliberate. The play of memory and music preoccupies most musicians, but few translate it into instrumental music as well as DasMeter do.

From the moment “twenty years” kicks in, you’ll begin to feel the narrative though the layered instrumentation.  It’s very atmospheric in places but rises to perfect IDM on upbeat back to back tracks, such as, “the wall”, “fighting for you” and “losing hope”.

There are no bad songs to be found here, even if some of them might take a while to sink in. It may not overtly hold mainstream appeal, but genre fans will absolutely adore this album. My favorites for now tend to be the melodic “on my knees”, the twisting rhythms of “I cared about you” and the brilliant synth sounds on “silver linings”.

However their aural magic is as evocative as ever on all of these tracks, and with their alchemical skills, they could well invent any necessary musical element they desire. In a music environment where most bands take great pains to be connected to their fans, DasMeter have created an environment which eludes tormented hyped-up commercial schemes for anyone interested in their music.

Why? Because the fabric of their music is creating emotional, profound scenarios that tease the mind as much as they satisfy it. The public who love this music will naturally be drawn towards it on its intrinsic merits alone, resulting in fans with a unique reverence for not only DasMeter’s music but their intelligent approach to making and diffusing it.

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