Lyndon Rivers: “Heart To Heart” – a mix of nostalgia and current innovation

The people who decide the sounds of the future are the producers and songwriters of the present. They blend familiar sounds and emotional beats with modern-day lyrics and studio advancements, often capturing the world’s imagination with a mix of nostalgia and current innovation — throwback pop no longer has to sound plainly retro; even the past can pick up future sheen. This is exactly what English-born and Australian based producer Lyndon Rivers is getting up to lately. His latest creative effort is the single, “Heart To Heart”. This reminded me of the some music from the 50s, whimsical, with great energy.

Digital Down: “Open Source Nervous System” – pulsing rhythms, mingling with the spiraling synths

Digital Down is located in central Arkansas and consists of sole member, Melville Bragg. Melville started his professional career in late 2015 with the release of the first EP entitled “Incunabula”. Melville has since placed 2nd in an international music contest hosted by software company Open Labs and sponsored by Linkin Park, as well as release his first full-length album, entitled “Open Source Nervous System”. At this point, many decades into its existence, it can be fairly expected that rock is not going to cough up a new paradigm anytime soon. The advent of digital sampling technology and electronic manipulation,

HALO: “Expressions” moves between various soundscapes which have distinctive influences

Darnelle Treadwell aka HALO, was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He started singing in the church at the age of 4, by 13 he found that he wanted to pursue a professional career in singing but didn’t know how to go about it. He met an artist by the name of B.L.O.U.N.T. who introduced him to M80 a producer from the Midwest that owns an independent label called G.S.P. Music & Film. Halo signed to G.S.P. and has been working closely with M80 for the past 9 years. Their latest artistic collaboration has delivered the album “Expressions”. The recording

Detroit artist – The Infamous Crackhead

Born on the Eastside of Detroit, the youngest of six, The Infamous Crackhead was kept off the streets and into music which became his passion. He worked hard at his craft as a DJ, then a beat-maker, and improving his mic skills before creating The Law Breakers. A couple of months backed The Infamous Crackhead dropped the 14 track album, entitled “Mental”. Focused and furious this is an album that has moments of great energy, toughness, lyrical smartness and a great old school atmosphere. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?  The Infamous Crackhead: About

Adam Idris: “Count On Me” – rich with influences and thoughts

Formerly known as Adamjlss, Adam Idris is musician and composer based in the United Kingdom. Almost a freshman to the scene, Idris started recording and making music seriously in 2016. Entrenched in the urban genres and blending R&B, Pop and Dance elements, the artist has a host of singles in circulation, including “Count on me”, “I’m incarcerated” and Power hungry”. The songs are by turn oblique, smolderingly direct, forlorn, funny, sad and gorgeous: a vertiginous marvel of digital-age urban pop. On the lead single, “Count On Me” Adam wraps his voice in woozy emotion and pivots in the space of

John Grind: “Numb” – a track brimming with confidence and energy

John Grind is a hell of a songwriter with an undeniably cracking voice, brilliant lyrics, colossal tunes, grungy swagger and of course, as always, the right amount of light and shade in his songs. Through his life experiences riddled with pain, darkness, and self-destruction he has quickly moved towards being an adventurous and psychedelic musical maverick and author of timeless sounding pop-rock songs that effortlessly became part of our consciousness. Grind is a masterful song writer. Raw, brash and yet supremely polished – “Numb”, the single taken from his “Beauty Of Decay” EP, is an impressive track an ever-reliable artist.

TONI REDD releases “Take Me To Paradise” featuring the smooth sax of Walter Beasley

Atlanta, GA – The tantalizing talents of multi-faceted entertainer Toni Redd is in the music spotlight with the new release of her latest gem, Take Me To Paradise, a jazzy, soulful, up-tempo feel good song that features the smooth sounds of renowned saxophonist Walter Beasley. Its a brilliant collaboration that will be a signature standout from her forthcoming jazz project. Her soaring, feel-good vocals coexist harmoniously in the infectious tune. I recorded Take Me To Paradise because I love the song and I wanted to show my listening audience the jazzier side of me, just in case they forgot.  Jazz is

A Silver Lining: “Don’t Let me Down” – absolutely massive and immaculately performed

A Silver Lining is a five-member alternative rock band from Bay City, Michigan. Formed in 2017, the band is treading new ground with old influences, and re-discovering the sense of purpose and fun in rock music. Their single “Don’t Let me Down”, taken off their debut album “Paralyzed” is covered in a welcome confidence and swagger that has been disconcertingly absent from the genre for far too long. On this latest offering, we are presented with a concise magnum opus – prepared to weave and shapeshift, prepared to embrace the unknown with reckless abandon, utilizing crunching riffs, pounding percussion, soaring

Shashika Mooruth: “Jogan”- Indian traditional influence on her music style

Jogan is an album of folk songs in the Hindi language that enthralls the listener with an uplifting experience. Shashika Mooruth is an independent artiste from South Africa. Her lineage extends to her forefathers from India hence the dynamic Indian traditional influence on her music style. Under the auspices of her music label, Urja Music, she displays her holistic musical artistry at every level of production. Her voice, however, is her main instrument. In Jogan, she has rendered her voice to compositions based on styles that are popular in North India, particularly the state of Uttar Pradesh, which praise Krishna

Jessie Wagner: “I Want To Dream” – Few can soulfully croon a love song as convincingly

Jessie Wagner returns, and boy do you need this track in your collection. “I Want To Dream” is the kind of quality R&B that brings a tear to the eye. Composed by P.M.B, the strong, emotional lyrical content of this song is a giveaway that Jessie, or perhaps her some of friends have been through a fair amount of dubious moments with the men in their lives. This is more than evident on this smoldering vocal interpretation. The jaw-dropping classy piano lead, the lyrical content, the production, and sheer power of the vocals, would suggest that “I Want To Dream”

Robert Hunter: “Afterglow” – casts a magnetic spell over the music

Robert Hunter is an American singer-songwriter who has released two EP’s, 2016’s “Outta My Mind” and the current “Afterglow” – recorded in Nashville TN, and is already working on his third studio album with producer Dave Bechtel. “Afterglow” features the single “Gone for Good” accompanied by music video, filmed by Austin Hein Productions – one of the industry’s hottest music video production companies. Robert Hunter’s album is awesome. It sounds great; the tightness and the fidelity is how any artist out there would want their album to sound like. Dave Bechtel did a great job producing it, as did Eric Conn mastering it.

Hunter and all of the musicians that played on the record, on the other hand, did an awesome job making it. Robert Hunter’s voice was made for rock and alternative music. There’s a lot of power in it, but it remains smooth, and his voice can also express a lot of emotion.

“Afterglow” ticks most of the boxes for what makes good alt-rock these days: singable hooks, stompy riffs, soaring melodies, moody vocals and tons of edgy emotion. Besides being well-produced, the track list is nicely balanced, and Robert Hunter’s raspy vocals casts a magnetic spell over the music that has just enough rawness to it to make more interesting than your average mainstream rock, but catchy enough to cast an eye at the radio charts.

The catchy opening title track, “Gone For Good” (the album’s lead single), is pure rock n’ roll bliss with dynamic instrumentation and an anthemic vocal that will have you singing along and pumping you fist into the air.

The title track “Afterglow” is a straight-up romantic power ballad, which has so many emotional and radio friendly nuances, both vocally and musically, it will have you on your knees begging for more, long after the final note has been played.

However there are plenty of other radio-friendly moments to be found in tunes like “In The Middle” (destined for live crowds to echo the lung-bursting choruses) and the sentimental “Ditto Baby”, with slow burning melody and Robert Hunter’s incredible high flying voice, before closing the 5 track show down, with the steam-rolling rhythm of “Cable”.

Robert Hunter seems hell-bent on presenting himself as the archetypal and quintessential modern-day alt rocker—and he completely succeeds. Never is this more present than in this adrenaline pumping compilation of songs. I’m not easily impressed by contemporary rock singers, having grown up to the tunes of the legends of our time, but Robert Hunter is someone to seriously listen to.

Apart from his far-reaching vocal range and deeply emoting tones, Hunter has perfect diction – a quality often overlooked in singers. Meaning you never miss a single phrase or word of what he’s trying to tell you in each song.

Rock music still has a core audience that respects its authentic sound. But in order to be successful in this particular genre you have to be smart in terms of musical IQ and really care about your music. Robert Hunter is true to his craft and it comes shining through on “Afterglow”. So much so that even a non-rock-music fan will enjoy the vibrant musical combination that he brings to the table on this release.

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