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

Jayy Queezy: “Revival of Hiphop” – appears to be a credible record!

Born on the Southside of Chicago, Jaquez R. Hailey aka Jayy Queezy is hip hop and rap artist that brings an honest and genuine sound to the music industry. He started by working with good friends and members of Arrogant Fame Productions, Travie, Kurtiss Berry and Chief Marco, going on to record at local engineer D. P. Thurty’s studio. “The music is my life story, how I feel about my life now and how I would like my life to be,” says Jayy Queezy. “What I been through already and what I would like to go through in the future. That is why my expressions can’t be judged unless you know the background behind them.”

Jayy Queezy kicked off his career in June 2015 when he released his first video and song “I’m Just Livin Life the Remix” featuring Donny Konz. Since then he has gone on to win awards, appear on TV and top the local Charts. His latest thirteen-track, 2017 album is entitled “Revival of Hiphop”.

This recording engages his audience, as they recognize the feelings and perspectives that will be revealed throughout the album, so Jayy manages to hold the attention of whoever is listening without having to force anything out of them.

The world of trap is fiercely competitive, so performers need clearly defined brands to stand out in a crowded field. Young Thug is the cross-dressing purveyor of hyper-slurred bars, Rae Sremmurd are skinny binge-loving lads and Fetty Wap has styled himself as a Halloween caricature of a mother-in-law’s worst nightmare.

Jayy Queezy’s identity revolves around the authenticity of his persona. In that regard, “Revival of Hiphop”, appears to be a credible record and one that details his experiences and thoughts through a realistic lens.

Jayy Queezy potential fans will love him for his wordplay and his ear for production. You get all of that on this album as it comes in at 13 songs. So when you hit play on a Jayy Queezy project, like this one, you will receive a few things: trap lyrics, production from hit makers, and outrageous lyrics.

Queezy shares his vocal timbre elegantly for this type of rawness and it not a bad thing at all, because it takes so little to get used to the whole record and dig into its enjoyment easily.

Jayy Queezy keeps it in his lane firmly and continues to ride on them hits from begging to end. Essential tracks include:  “Winning Remix” ( III Phil, Donny Konz, Katie Got Banz), “I Doubt It” (Kardier), “Out Da Doe” (Chief Marco), “What You Mean” ( Travie, Chief Marco), “I Need Me A Check”, “ Flossy” (Chief Marco, Tavie), and “I’m Just Livin’ Life (Donniy Kroz).

On this album, Jayy sounds revitalized, as the rhymes are tight and strong, and the roller coaster ride continues right until the final tracks of this recording, with “Hunid Bands Remix” ( III Phil, Donny Konz, Famous Dex) and “Life Ain’t No Game”. The result is an album that has many highs, and almost no lows.

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