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

Last Ronin: “Meditate” – carefully crafted every lyric and the instrumentation

Last Ronin has been blowing up all over the place. He has a unique style that combines melodic Pop vocals with some of the best produced Dubstep around. When he released his 4-track EP “Incognito” during 2015, I quickly took notice. I was drawn to his style and found myself waiting for what he had next. What he has delivered is the seven track album, “Meditate” that builds upon the sound he started just over 2 years ago. And which is inspired by the likes of KOAN sound, Seven Lions and Mitis. The album opens up with an overload of catchy sounds on “Reconnect” Ft. Kailey Elizabeth that is made to knock the ceiling out of mainstream radio. Subtle synths, pianos and wobbles are everywhere, while the female vocals sound great: “Baby what’s your magic, baby what’s your spell. You got me so attracted, but you put me through your hell.”

The production on this track and the whole album is incredible. The drop on this song is on the more melodic side. The vocals are sweet and smooth, while the bass is linear and consistent. The song construction on this is another strong point, showing that Last Ronin, the man behind the production, has a real talent for crafting music. This is a song that will make people’s heads turn. “Interstellar” has a nostalgic feel to it while keeping Last Ronin’s signature sound intact.

Last Ronin carefully crafted every lyric, the instrumentation, the song order, and nurtured this album like it’s a new born baby. Many people are used to the all-out and upfront nature of Last Ronin displayed through his earlier music, but this album displays every dimension of him.

From start to finish head-bobbing is a must, and at many points it’s hard to stay in your seat and resist jumping up and down with abandon. If you aren’t a fan of EDM or a seasoned veteran it is hard to hate this album. In fact, it’s hard not to absolutely love this album.

The album is packed with carefully chosen lyrics, catchy tunes and high-energy dance numbers that you would expect to find in a club or even in a set of headphones. The album demonstrates that Last Ronin is not only influenced by the hard, rough sounds of dubstep but also the softer sounds of pop and dance music which are also featured on the album.

One of my favorite tracks on the album has to be the slow building “Ancient Past” ft. Tom Evans which starts off sweetly with drops of synthesizers drifting in and out, building up to a powerful chorus which displays why Last Ronin is the one to watch out for.

The simple electronic chords combined with the drums and the harmony between the pads make “Daydream” an essential listen – while it is clear throughout “Desistance” that this track can be admired for its wide variety of explosive Dubstep and electronic sounds that demonstrate how far Last Ronin has come as a producer.

Structurally the songs seem to flow into one another with ease making it seem like the EDM music will never stop. I feel Last Ronin has provided his listeners with a strong album that manages to display his ability to explore new styles whilst maintaining his ability to produce high quality EDM tracks.

February has been an undeniably big month for new music in almost every genre imaginable. Not to be outshone by his contemporaries, EDM now has its certified flavor of the month from Last Ronin.

“Meditate” is definitely an album that fits in with the EDM masses. It does what it sets out to do, and it does it surprisingly well.  The album is filled to the brim with energy and cutting edge arrangements, and just when it’s about to implode, the songs end. Adding dynamic and sultry voices on top of those results brings something emotional and diverse to the table.

This album is going to appeal to a large group of people, and there’s a reason for that. It’s anthemic, it’s energetic, and it embodies all that electronic dance music should without overstaying its welcome. There’s a lot to like about this album and for that reason alone, it gets our sound approval!

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