Busola Martins: “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes – You can hear the passion and her intention

“He turns my life around”, with these words, Busola Martins whets our appetite as we are led with bated breath into her new release “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes.  With her ingenious use of simple questions and quotable phrases, she challenges us on a mid-tempo cliff hanger to re-access our relationship with Jesus. Precisely because Gospel thrives on its spontaneity, it has often traded lyrical sophistication for its immediacy.  This is not so with this track. Saved without being sanctimonious, and heaven-aspiring while remaining down-to-earth, when it comes to conveying ministry within her music, Busola Martins handles the load with passion

Weston Simonis set to release “Yoga Pants” video on Thanksgiving

For those who’re still unfamiliar with Weston Simonis and his wide range of musical styles, this is a very special talent. A native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Weston is difficult to pin down to one or two genres. Some might say he’s all over the place. I say he has the special ability to play Blues, Rock, Funk, Metal, Punk and any progressive thinking crossover music at will. Listening to his award winning album “Moments Of Intoxication” has reminded me that there was a time when you could hear all types of artists on the same radio station. Now

Jay Felicite: “758 Stories 2” features killer hooks and irresistible melodies

When thinking of England as a musical landscape, Dancehall may not be the first genre that pops to mind for people not in the know, but it’s there, under the surface of the streets, the thump of the drum and pop of the bass reverberating into walls, and spilling out under the doorways from dub clubs and roots bars. One of the current underground stars of the UK’s indie circuit is probably Jay Felicite (pronounced; Fay-Lee-See-Tay) is a Saint Lucian born and raised singer, songwriter, sound engineer. The resilient firebrand is making a big noise with the release of his new

Cris Marshall’s music will ensure he hooks as wide an audience as possible

Cris Marshall is an American Country Music Artist raised in a musical home, the small town of Haslet, Texas. He received his first drum set from his father at the age of two and by 8 he was playing his first guitar. In his teens, and alongside his dad, Cris began performing at some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most well-known music venues. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cris also launched his very own home studio when he was 18, recording artists and bands all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. However his passion for writing and performing never subsided during this time,

Midnight Watchman: “Liquid Universe” – an extremely focused record

A guitarist and keyboard player who began as a street musician in UK before touring the US and then returning home, Andy Jones AKA Midnight Watchman, is a composer and producer of ambient music. Influenced by an extremely wide spectrum of music and musicians, that go from Vangelis to Chopin, ad Ryan Adams to Tycho, Midnight Watchman has released his 12 track instrumental album, entitled “Liquid Universe”. In the hands of a lesser artist, the varying song structures of this album would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s twelve tracks is a testament to the Midnight Watchman’s

Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres

Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records.  “I try to write songs that tell stories, relate to people, so that when you listen to them – you realize you’re not alone,” says Joey Britton. Exploring is an experience not easily replicated. Associated with it is equal parts thrill, anxiety, and apprehension. Exploring a new artist

Daryl Yahudy: “Soulful Life Within” – a perfect calling card

Indeed, you could say that Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete, is a soul singer with a warm timbre and a penchant for sublime, emotional arrangements, defining what the neo-soul genre should sound like in 2017. He is a singer with a fine voice weaving a spell on songs which are full of distinctive takes on universal topics. The album “Soulful Life Within” is almost looking at how he was, how he is and how he will be in life. The warm, evocative, impeccable playing around Daryl here ensures a timeless listen. The album is overflowing with lush, lilting

John J: “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters” – strap yourself in and enjoy this vibrantly orchestrated roller coaster

I have always been eager to pick up every piece of music John J issues because of the lyrical expertise he demonstrates in every song, and the attention to the music production and features he provides. John J has just dropped a 5 track bonus EP, entitled “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters”, which comes hot on the heels of his latest release, “Pain To Power”. Like his previous recordings, each song on this EP carries a different succinct feel and hook while the flow stays swift and acrobatic. The beats, features and subject matter again excel well above average.

Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – sneakily inventive and massively engaging

The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort

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

OP4 and the OP Mob: “The West Egg Vol. 1” – plenty of creativity and spontaneity

The OP4 and the OP Mob features a keyboardist, guitar player, bass player and drummer, with OP4 delivering rap vocals over tracks that define genre limitations. The band’s burst into the spotlight has been rather rapid. OP4’s controversial music video for “No Fucks” exploded on Reddit, landing him features on major music publications. Now the collective have released “The West Egg Vol. 1” album to give us a taste of things to come. The album’s production is majestic, aiming squarely for the skies. The atmosphere is lush, full of period ambiance worthy of a high-end high fidelity sound system set, while the tracks are embellished with intricate details throughout. These songs dig into something that feels unique to your mind, not just your record collection.

OP4’s is that he is skilled enough to figure out how to excel at something, and, for the most part, look like he knows exactly what he’s doing. As a rapper, he sounds the part: Take a step back, and there he is, rapping fast, switching up flows, and delivering punchlines.

Zoom in closer, and he’s delivering sharp-witted lyricism that cuts like a razor blade. Any fan of the genre should agree that OP4’s emotional performances prove fascinating, even if you aren’t into the content he’s using that power to convey.

Part of the genius of OP4 and the OP Mob is that they often write on two levels. You got fiery direct words for life on songs, but there are also times they stash hard-hitting socio-cultural commentary inside seemingly straightforward lines, where the bite is a whole lot bigger than the bark.

Add to that the easy pliability of the musical accompaniment which suggests that the team of background players have been put to their best use making bits of eclectic sonic things for OP4 to rap over.

These songs feel like the result of a group having fun while making music that matters to them, not some squad designing pop-radio nuggets as battering rams to try and storm mainstream hip-hop’s gates. This guarantees plenty of creativity and spontaneity, making “The West Egg Vol. 1” a real easy and interesting listen for the open-minded fan.

But beneath the hood of any smooth ride, there is always an engine working harder than it lets you believe. So while and your crew are lighting up and chilling to this stuff, on the other side of the boards, OP4 and the OP Mob have been grinding their butts off to create essential masterworks such as “No Fucks”, “Becky”, “The Door”, “No Fake Friends”, “My Big Fat Ego”, “Oppression For Men” and “2 Weeks”.

This album signals an exact meeting point where cerebral grit meets all-body-blows rapping and live instrumentation. “The West Egg Vol. 1” is an ominous gray-cloud to full-color-rainbow commentary, on everyday experiences and situations running the gamut from the conventional to the grotesque. And that gets a severe tongue-lashing from OP4 and the OP Mob.

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