The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – breathes down-to-earth authenticity

Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores

Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a roller coaster of emotion and excitement

Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions

Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It

Markus Scott: “Live Life With No Regrets” – confidence is sky high on this project

Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. He soon learned to DJ too, and with his first check from summer youth, Markus went to a pawn shop and brought a laptop. He then brought a DAW, and microphone from Guitar Center and began researching how to mix and edit his vocals. He

Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” – substance over style!

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man

Ziggy: “Breathe” – music for a new generation of kids

Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly

Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability

“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability. A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the

Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

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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