Dan Oz: “Cave Drops” – twinkling synth sounds and thumping groovy basslines

Let me set a scene: The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking towards the beachfront with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather and a feeling of freedom. Now, what song should be the soundtrack to your unexpectedly pleasant walk? Maybe something jaunty to fit your upbeat mood. Well shake up the soundtrack to your sunny walk with “Cave Drops” by Dan Oz. Dan Oz, who started

IJK: “Dancing Shadows” – a rocking pop sensible track!

“Dancing Shadows” is the latest single by Dubai based rock artist, IJK (Imad Jack Karam). The track released on June 12th 2017 was produced in London and is supported by a video clip available for viewing on YouTube. IJK is a one-man army in the musical field. His style is very retro ’70s, mixed with ’80s guitar riffs, and edgy modern electronic, his songs are highly polished, perfectly produced tracks that defy age or genre. There is something to be said for IJK’s mix of styles, smooth vocals, and refusal to make bland, generic, contemporary music. His tracks are like a bag of pick

Nicki Kris: “Captain America” – lyrics as essential as the air we breathe

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter based who has had her songs have been featured in award-winning movies, TV shows, and on radio stations worldwide, and she has also been on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards for the past four years, since her debut album release, “I Come Alive”, in 2013. The active voting member of The Recording Academy is currently working on multiple projects, and has released her brand new 2017 single, “Captain America”, which she describes as a patriotic song asking each of us to find our inner superhero, capable of kindness,

Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

KITARI: “The Scarecrow & the Manor” – authentic carefree, psychedelic sound!

Brooklyn-based psychedelic funkers KITARI Originally formed almost a decade and a half ago in a small Upstate, NY mountain town, by middle school friends Adam Weyant (guitar and vocals) and Jared Rinaldi (bass, vocals and keys), the pair went their separate ways after graduation until the spring of 2014, when they began exchanging music ideas via Facebook and e-mail. Excited about the songs they were writing, they both relocated to NYC and quickly spawned a full set of dynamic, powerful songs. They teamed with talented drummer Jim Saint-Amour and spent a weekend in early March 2016 at Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY, to hammer out their three-song EP, “The Scarecrow & the Manor.”

KITARI are such a wonderful band! Such a joyous, upbeat sound they have. They sound like they’re having a blast, and listening to this EP you’re right there with them. “The Scarecrow & the Manor” is guitar driven and less synth-heavy than most so called alternative albums out there, and it’s better for it.

Good vocals are real important to me when it comes to any rock induced music – if the vocals aren’t up there with the rest of the arrangements, I can’t handle it no matter how good the music is. The vocals have a diverse sound, sometimes smooth, sometimes rough and scratchy, but brilliantly so. It works with the music to create that kind of authentic carefree, psychedelic sound.

There’s not a single weak song her – the whole thing sizzles and pops from start to finish. In a world where hip-hop-pop and bubblegum robotic music seems to rule the airwaves, it’s nice to hear an actual band that plays real instruments, creates great music and manages to not fall flat after the first 2 songs of the EP. And that would have been tragic here with only three songs!

KITARI, blend in some alternative-indie flair into the psychedelia, without sugarcoating your ears with excessive pop crap. They try some really cool things and there songs are not overproduced. The most surprising thing being that this is a record absolutely brimming with fantastic melodies and hooks…without being a pop record! Evolution of artistic expression? Its early days yet, but its a great step forward.

From the moment “Ghost City Shores” kicks off you know this is going to be a strong record with an adventurous feel to it. And it is when you hit the centerpiece – in every sense – of this recording that you know you have discovered a band well worth your time. “Feast of Friends” is simply a great rock song, well thought out, well executed and perfectly sung.

I was expecting the grunting guitars, and the moody vocals, but I was surprised by the keyboards, not sure why but they caught me by surprise…in the most positive way, as did the solid bass playing. The EP closes with the title track, “The Scarecrow & the Manor”, which has its most positive point in the various vocal styles applied in the arrangement.

All the way through this EP, the slippery guitar riffs, the thumping bass, and the pounding drums all makes for layered music that is very accessible and really engaging. Can’t wait to hear where KITARI may go with a full-length album.

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