Valerie Warntz: “I Don’t Love You Anymore” – structured and inspired song-craft

Valerie Warntz is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who has been musically inclined since childhood. She decided to be a musician at 9-years-old enrolling into The Sviridov’s School of Arts where studied guitar and piano. During her educational years, she won various awards and at the age of sixteen she wrote her first song “I Don’t Love You Anymore”, which she has now released as a single and music video. The song is also on her debut album “Revelation”. The track is intentionally as heartfelt as it is pensive. Lyrically, Valerie doesn’t leave anything hanging; the song sort of has its completion,

Michael A. Galianos: “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly)

Michael A. Galianos has just released the single “My Heart Is Breaking” (Featuring Dan Exactly) with words and music by Michael A. Galianos and Dan Exactly. Michael A. Galianos is a singer/songwriter from Bergenfield, NJ. He has recorded one EP and two albums since 1997, beginning with the EP “Feel”, under the moniker of M.A.G. (Mad Ass Greecians). In 2006, he released his first full length, “Cerebral Snapshots”. In 2011, he released his second album, “Beautiful Discovery”. His sound is melodious pop/rock, along the vein of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Big Star, with the occasional delve into the experimental.

Dustin Steen: “Mixed Genres” has a strong spiritual element

With an onslaught of pressure from modern record labels to produce high-selling records frequently and consistently, and the need to secure a loyal consumer base, an artist’s ability to experiment and evolve with his or her sound seems somewhat futile in the modern era. It seems that musicians throughout every genre are bound by the limitations of what sound will sell, often creating a disassociation between artistic freedom and production demands. With such high stakes, it takes immense talent and perhaps sheer disregard for self-preservation for an artist to experiment successfully with the many facets of the musical lexicon. Perhaps

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

P Bailey: “Story” forges its all-embracing prowess

Originally from the UK, P Bailey is the man known with the 5 octave range. He had his first taste of musical inspiration while taking part in music class in grade school and then went on to be influenced by the  Motown and Muscle Shoals sounds. With no formal training Bailey developed his singing and writing style by listening to his favorite artists of the day, such as Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van Dross, Michael Jackson, Prince and James Brown.  P Bailey had his first break when Rick James used a sample of his song ‘Part time Lover’ on the sound track of the movie Colors, from then on he has been called up to do to studio work and many features, as well as successfully releasing a charting EDM single called ‘Get on Board’ which went on to reach #3 on the House Dance Charts in the UK.

Now on his latest upcoming 10 track album entitled “Story”, P Bailey digs deep and goes back to some of his funk and soul roots, with the tracks being mixed into cutting edge Club and Dance themes. The album kicks off with the funk infused “Kick My Bottay”, which is as close as dammit to being the best track on the entire project. A rumbling bass line, sweet harmonies and a steamy melody will propel this tune into your sweaty mindset on first listen.

“Underrated” features forceful and distinctive singing and the piercing tone of the horn-like keyboard as well as delectable percussion flavorings. “Find Me Somebody” (Sava Boric Mix) has an eclectic Earth Wind and Fire feel in the falsetto harmonies and insistent forward-motion beat.

The Pop and RnB affected “Mystery” (Sava Boric Mix), switches its emphasis to the modern-day auto-tune twisting, which will go down a bomb with the club crowd. P Bailey steps up the heat and tempo with “The System” (Funky Euro Mix), without losing the groove or melody he holds so dear in his arrangements.

The title track “Story” forges all its electronic prowess in the beat, while P Bailey piles in multi-layered offbeat vocals. On “Free” he switches the vibe to an old school piano-driven, mid-tempo melodic croon, again filled with P Bailey’s usual trademark harmonies.

Dense and raw, “Beautiful Urban Mix” is that creative funk-soul-pop mix, you would have expected from the genial mind of Prince. Finally “Melody” brings us to P Bailey’s soul-food – the ballad – which sounds like a cross between Earth Wind & Fire and Akon, as it brings old school melody together with new school vocal effects. The album closes with the electronic banger “Day Dreaming” (Club Mix).

This album title may go above and beyond, but “Story” is definitely music that makes you want to move and groove. And P Bailey’s smooth, lilting tenor takes you all the way there. Impressive as it is, this album is just the latest chapter in P Bailey’s busy, remarkably resilient musical life.

He is an old-school artist that keeps himself relevant with modern music but still keeps it classic at the same time. Class and classic sounds go hand in hand when P Bailey is on the mic.  I’m already waiting on the next album, and this one hasn’t even come out yet!

The album “Story” by P Bailey aka Paul Bailey is now available on Pre-order over at iTunes.

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