Dakú Lights: “Illuminate” – a consistent palette of genre-melding pop offerings

London based alternative pop band, Dakú Lights, was formed in April 2016 by the three band members who are represented by their own distinct color to match their personality, with Bhavini being red, Haiiiro as pink-orange and Panda as purple. They have a unique blend of music which incorporates Pop, Kpop, EDM and Urban influences. Currently pursuing a record deal, the band is focused on producing high quality music and building their stage presence for international audiences. Dakú Lights recently released their 5-track EP, entitled “Illuminate”. The title takes a cue from the band’s name, as Dakú means ‘dark’ in

Henry Metal: “So It Hath Begun” will grab you by the balls with a cruel squirrel grip

Henry Metal might have a fine veil of satire embracing the project, but he makes just about the best tribute to the excess of the 80’s and 90’s hard rock and metal genres ever. He has just released his 9 track album, entitled “So It Hath Begun” which contains great songs, which are very easy to bang your head and sing along with. The tracks all have a grooving and slamming feel, plus cool shredding and solos. In fact Henry Metal sounds no different to any of those legendary rock and metal bands from the golden era. You either get

Aeronaut: “Skara” – excellent progressive buildups and rhythmic backflips

Aeronaut can be described as Progressive Rock, Post-Rock, Indie, or simply Alternative Rock, but that doesn’t really matter. All I know is that this project delivers very interesting, fresh, and well-rounded music. Aeronaut has a huge dynamic range, from extremely fast and heavy with smooth, powerful vocals to very relaxing and atmospheric. The music is very melodic, clear and well-produced, the song “Skara” flows and changes to new and exciting ideas. The guitars are very lush and full sounding, during both heavier and mellow parts, while the bass and drums thump and bang in all the right places. Aeronaut is

Eric Hausmann: “Soaked” manages to tap into a very specific emotional core

Eric Hausmann is a multi-instrumentalist and film composer. He has produced music for a number of Malaysian films, in addition to scoring for a variety of New York film productions. He performs live as a guitarist with Portland’s Tres Gone, and Malaysia’s Space Gambus Experiment. He is formerly a member of The Gone Orchestra and Brainwarmer. Hausmann recently released “Soaked” a seven track recording which is described as “A cross-section of Asian dub-fused rock n’ roll with deep India influences.” But it’s probably more than that, as I’m hearing post-rock, world fusion, and ambient rock influences injected into these tracks. Eric

MOOD: “The Wave” is in the right lane!

Hip-hop has changed – there’s no debating that – but change isn’t always indicative of something bad. That being said, it’s refreshing to hear more rapping, with the exception of one or two bridges, versus the continual rap/sing mix that’s permeated mainstream as of late. You’re allowed to appreciate more than one way of creating music and while a lot of rappers have the notion that they should be singing as well, there’s a place for it all, especially if you don’t have a decent singing voice. You obviously can’t disregard one lane of Hip-hop while claiming to be a

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

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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