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

Bloomer: “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” – washed away by sunlight and a downpour of musical ideas

Bloomer is a rock band from Baltimore, MD created by musical partners Luke Boardman and Matt Zorzi. The band’s sound emerges from a mix of 70’s & 90’s Rock, Soul and American Roots Music. “Good Morning, It’s Breakfast Time” is contemporary indie rock at its finest. The music is sprawling and psychedelic. The mood can range from rocking to mellow. Bloomer is a band that has great song writing abilities and expressive improvisational abilities. Depending on the given song, the band moves effortlessly between straight rock and psychedelic infused jam-band grooves. This 4 track EP showcases both the band’s alt-rock

“Final Curtain” represents yet another progression for Roger Cole

Roger Cole is anything but predictable. Other than the fact that excellence flows in abundance from his river of musical and artistic expression, his music (usually together with his partner in crime Paul Barrere) is always engaging on an emotional level. Here on his solo effort, the single, “Final Curtain”, Cole is not content to repeat himself, nor is he afraid to confront difficult subjects or at least ideas that many artists don’t frequent. This time around there is this ongoing tug-of-war between moving on and living in the past. The time when someone needs to say no, and the

Mr. Jet Black: “Ambidextrous” – It’s all about consistency and quality

Mr. Jet Black litters his album, entitled “Ambidextrous”, with eccentric phrases both homemade and specific to the Bay, making sure his colorful verbiage infiltrates hip-hop throughout the country. The 10 tracks on the album, certifies that Mr. Jet Black is a music making machine. But it’s impossible to talk about anything Mr. Jet Black does without talking about his voice, which is the most compelling element on “Ambidextrous”. It’s an elastic, supple, but taut thing that can waver between a persuasive whisper and a heated growl. Straight out of California’s Bay Area, Mr. Jet Black is the master of lingo.

Mr. Jet Black raps with such ease that it sounds like he is constantly in his comfort zone.  He’s a hustler, party man, prankster, and lover of ladies, so if you’re looking for anything else, you’re listening to the wrong guy. His latest release is the perfect example of how an artist can deliver exactly what hip hop fans have come to expect – banging beats, rip-roaring rhymes, and a high energy flow.

Mr. Jet Black not trying to pen a philosophical treatise; he’s trying to keep it real, give his point of view, and have some fun.  From that angle, the album works perfectly.  Although the production excels at blending ear-friendly beats with Mr. Jet Black’s unique lyricism.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the crew spent many a frustrated night in the studio trying to fashion the right sound.  Not only that, but the producers managed to blend the flavors of the Dirty South with the bounce of the West Coast.  That’s not an easy task.  The result is an eclectic mix of more diamond cuts than lumps of coal.

The album is supported by the singles “I Don’t” Ft. Vitani and “Keep ’em Waiting” Ft. Mitchy Slick. And listening to Mr. Jet Black rap on them is a singular experience. He’s an enunciator of the highest order, syllables tumbling out of his mouth, at times speeding up his words to squeeze them between the elephantine drum slaps, and at others stretching them out to emphasize certain phrasings.

He can also be an abrasive vocal presence as he bellows and guffaws gutturally from time to time.  Mr. Jet Black has substance, a broad vocabulary, and a flow that’s hot enough to melt ice glaciers. His transitioning from sentence to sentence, is truly a thing of beauty, and can be sampled on tracks such as “On The Low”, “Cloth I’m Cut From”, and “In My Face”.

“Ambidextrous”, combines a set of great banging songs with plenty of Mr. Jet Black’s ambitious flows, remaining extremely notable for its fulfilled promise as for its even execution. The album is curated carefully and put together meticulously, in a way that will actually hold up over time.  It’s all about consistency and quality.

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