Musicbyko: “Life In Element” – a melded perspective derived from a focused vision

Rap and hip-hop is no longer strictly about an artist’s lyrical ability, there is a series of beats and melodies that need to come together in perfect harmony to create the sonic excellence that fans demand to hear. To that end, Musicbyko is the embodiment of real modern rap in a production heavy hip-hop environment that has very little care for bars. This Bay Area rapper from Oakland, CA, has a message of ambition and a constitution of excellence that he is attempting to establish within his craft. It is clear that he has grown into more than just a

Maelstroms by Julian Kerins injects new life into Rock

Julian Kerins is a New York based singer-songwriter whose music is the end result of an eclectic amalgam of influences that have been centered around a Rock backing. His latest debut EP Maelstroms has reached the ears of this writer to wondrous effect. The EP blends Classical, Opera, Avant-garde, Folk, some Eastern influence and even a touch of Jazz to create a beautiful menagerie of melancholic delight. If you’re looking for an overwhelmingly passionate listening experience that just may leave you in tears (with the heart wrenching operatic ballad “In Billowing Skies” or the simply monolithic hard Rock foray that

Los Angeles songwriter/producer Betty Moon celebrates her latest single Parachute with a new music video

The video takes viewers up above the cityscapes and back again. (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Betty Moon continues to build upon her assent on the international streaming music charts with the release of her new music video for Parachute. With the single being released last week, the video compliments a very personal song about self-empowerment and escaping to live the life you’ve always dreamed about. The 90s tinged pop video boasts large doses of nostalgia, rock n roll and mixes things up with Moons fashionably unique brand of indie rock, mainstream and electronic influenced music. The video premiered this morning

‘Sound of the City’ A New Four-Part Episode Docu-series is Launched by A Houston Record Company

‘Sound of the City’ gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce an album by following the creation of Wreckshop Nation’s collaborative new project titled ‘Unity Vol. 1.’ The docu-series premiered Sept. 17, 2018. Wreckshop Nation (WSN) is an independently owned entertainment company focused on promoting and producing digital content, products, and services for artists while simultaneously embracing the Southern Hip-Hop culture that developed in Houston during the late 1990’s “Wreckshop Records” era and still thrives today. Wreckshop aims to be more than just a label, but a brand; it is striving to be a centralized platform

The Keymakers: “Tell Me Something” – represents that urban love vibe

The Keymakers is the duo musical project from Rome Alexander and Rederic. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the two brothers now live together in Boston. Individually, the boys have been making music for as long as they can remember. Singer-songwriter Rome, officially started his musical journey back in 2010 with his first release, and has since put out several songs to critical acclaim through various platforms. Most recently he had the idea to continue his passion almost exclusively as a writer before taking on this project with his brother. Rederic started his work in music between learning and playing piano,

The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival Launches Saturday, September 22nd in NYC

The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival Launches Saturday, September 22nd in NYC, Offering Uncanny Films To Viewers Of All Ages. The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival will have its official premier Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at two iconic Midtown Theaters in New York City, celebrating the convergence of art, science, music and cinema. Innovative new short films, animations and documentaries will be displayed that will captivate your mind and stir your soul. Uncanny new films, displaying cutting-edge innovation, never before seen, brilliant new films from all over the globe that will converge together to

Love Ghost: “Scarlet Letter” – an at once compelling and distressful storyline

The scarlet letter is meant to be a symbol of shame, a stigma someone bears for a misdeed he or she has committed. The term often refers to public shame forced upon a person as a means of ostracizing him or her. Those branded with a scarlet letter feel the punitive vengeance of an unforgiving society. Instead it becomes a powerful symbol of identity, in the latest video of the song, “Scarlet Letter”, taken off the album “Lobotomy” by the Los Angeles alternative rock band, Love Ghost. The video tells the story of the band’s violist, Mya Greene and her

Vessel Decimal – “CONVERSION: Level One” guided by a sense of purpose

The appeal of Vessel Decimal – a band founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 2007 – lies in the sheer strength of the songwriting. Moreover there are powerful riffs, and you’ll get lost in the grooves, absorbing the punishing crush of the bottom end, but also reflecting on the narrative elements found on the brand new album, “CONVERSION: Level One”. Vessel Decimal are all about the balance found in the music, and the spiraling riffs that define their sound demonstrate that time and time again. It’s nice though that the band takes the time to back off, to allow you to

Better Royals are energetic and groove-happy!

Better Royals unites pop singer Jenny B (seen on Broadway and Discovery Kids-TV), hit hip-hop artist Klokwize (‘A Little Respect’ with Suga Free), and the crew’s longtime live percussionist Rich Stone (heard with Polar Planet, Mission Transmission, Klokwize & more) for a festive Hip-Hop, House and EDM project designed for dance floors and drop tops. The collective’s self-titled debut EP features production from Grammy-nominated Bruno Mars producer ‘Uncle’ Dave Foreman, as well as legendary rapper Rakim’s son Tahmell Beats, Ant Quint, Miles Elliot, and Chris Azure. The 6 track “Better Royals” EP is unlike the gluey, glazy bedroom recordings that

Natalie Jean: “He Loves Me” is on a mission with a transcending experience

Singer, songwriter and performer, Natalie Jean, has released her latest track – “He Loves Me”. The award winning songstress and voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS), who has already totaled 70 nominations for various musical awards, was also the Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist. She has performed at many venues in the MD/DC area, while making an impact in LA, New York, Nashville, and North Carolina. Natalie has 5 albums and a string of single releases neatly holding her catalog together. The words in “He Loves Me” are beautiful as sung by this

The Cataclysmic Variable: “Amplified Minds” has a sci-fi theme and begins with an invasion…

The Cataclysmic Variable is an underground psychedelic hip hop collective founded by artists and producers who have set out to provide their own take on hip hop culture.  With over a decade of producing hip hop beats and recording hip hop lyrics and their “amplify your mind” focus, The Cataclysmic Variable team has the knowledge and experience to become one of the industry’s leading underground hip hop collectives. The Cataclysmic Variable recently released their mammoth 23 track concept album, entitled “Amplified Minds”, which has a sci-fi theme and begins with an invasion…

The Cataclysmic Variable project has some of those rare talents in hip hop. Lyricists include Collie Reeka, Kirbs, Tone Diz, Grim Singmuf, Riggz, Enigma, J. Cua, Ayah Light, Lindz, and Kuma Kai Akua. You just have to pay attention to every word that is said to enjoy this album. The way the rappers weave all their verses together is an incredible joy to listen too.

They are continuously in control, very deliberate and precise with speaking their words, and their timing. Obviously all these songs also come with some great writing. These are rappers who put as much thought into their words, as they do into their deliveries, and always deliver verses that are intelligent, unpredictable, and fully engaging.

This is an all-round incredible album. If like me, you are unfamiliar with The Cataclysmic Variable, they are probably pound for pound among the best lyricists in hip hop today. We know that skills don’t always translate into chart positions and sales, but as artists, vocalists and lyricists, they are in a rare class.

Intricate wordplay, coupled with gripping content set against a unique futurist theme makes for a gripping listen, which is added to having both male and female voices. Even though the world that frames the premise of the album is fictional, there are very many down to earth, poignant and personal moments interspersed throughout the record. “Amplified Minds” is simply solid from a musical standpoint and is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end.

One which you won’t finish in one sitting obviously, as twenty three tracks is a lot of mind boggling material to take in at once. Unless of course, you’re all about artificial listening – hooks, beats and the like. Something we don’t advise here, if you want to draw total satisfaction from your listening experience.

The Cataclysmic Variable go in deep here. They will touch and move you with their original story-lines, sound and thought, like few others have done. They display great insight, foresight and future sight.

There are also a bunch of talented producers present here, people like G. Singmuf, Riggs, T. Diz, and K. Loaf. Overall they deliver some very remarkable production when looking at the beats. And the way each beat serves it purpose, is just right for the song, as well as the overall theme.

This is classic experimental hip-hop; very refreshing crisp, succulent beats with nary a hint of bling, 18″ wheels or bitches nonsense. Now isn’t that a surprise for genre! Eschewing many of those pretty mainstream hooks also means there’s nothing to take the focus away from the lyrical interplay of each rapper’s flow and as well as the production intricacies.

There is plenty of lyrical interplay, while you can also sense a sort of perfect creative mind-meld between The Cataclysmic Variable members.

Mentioning single tracks or choosing only a handful of standouts, is a superfluous affair here, and would only subtract luster instead of adding to a very fine album and collective effort.  The Cataclysmic Variable focuses on quality, talent and service.

If you want to collaborate with The Cataclysmic Variable please feel free to email them at cataclysmiccollaboration@gmail.com they have made it their mission to help others achieve their dreams of becoming a hip hop artist by providing free, high quality original hip hop instrumentals. The collective say they love the hip hop culture and all who embrace it!

Like their music? Want to collab? Need beats? Check them out below:
https://thecataclysmicvariable.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/cataclysmic-variable
https://www.reverbnation.com/thecataclysmicvariable
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