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

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

BhadWaiz: “Lucid Reasons” – The rhymes are intelligent, and the beat is engaging

BhadWaiz new joint is wry, reflective, principled and questing. With never even an occasional propensity for self-righteousness, BhadWaiz is generally expressive and concerned, rather than hectoring and moralizing, on the single “Lucid Reasons”. Because it lunges forth from the Ohio-based underground, rapper BhadWaiz and producer Luke White aren’t particularly concerned with funkiness. Instead, White’s beat thuds and thwacks soulfully, possessing flow instead of heft, and classic horn reliability in lieu of electronic inventiveness. BhadWaiz uses the rhythm as a foundation, building rambling, baroque rhyme structures on top of them, exhibiting his observational skills.

Unlike a lot of present and future rap missionaries, BhadWaiz is full of things he wants to say. But the thing that’s so amazing about “Lucid Reasons” is that there’s an aura of spirituality, positivity, and intensity that you don’t hear much of in today’s mainstream rap, floating all around the arrangement, regardless of what BhadWaiz is actually saying at any point. It’s a track that’s truly interesting and has a meaning to it. The rhymes are intelligent, and the beat is engaging – a perfect binomial in the rap game.

BhadWaiz

BhadWaiz

Taken as a whole, “Lucid Reasons” offers a vision of what it means to be an underground artist. It presents the notion that music-making is about dedication and practice, about practical business decisions as much as art, while also being a manner of exorcising ghosts and testifying to what’s going on in the world.

You grab a hot beat production, you write your song, you make a video and then you flog it to the world in every manner possible to you – yet all the while concentrating on delivering your message through the music. Not every artist gets all these steps just right, but BhadWaiz is attempting to lay down his blueprint for the formula.

Rhyming isn’t just about keeping your head above water, and not just about loving the sounds of the words when leaving your mouth. It’s about a compulsion to put your perspective down in music. BhadWaiz has, and is doing that, as well as anyone else right now.

“Lucid Reasons” serves as a fitting way to reintroduce BhadWaiz to an audience that has been subjected to dumbed-down lyrics and gimmicks as a way to sell records. It is a cool song that allows BhadWaiz the opportunity to showcase his very articulate wordplay.  The track’s classic atmosphere presents a haven from the loud trap rappers on the radio, and is one of the stronger independent hip-hop releases of the year so far.

MORE ABOUT: BhadWaiz is an up and coming music artist usually between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. Focused on producing quality music, he’s determined to offer a different, yet still classical style of Hip-Hop. BhadWaiz says that his overall purpose is to provide hope.

If he had to described his city in one word, he figures it would be ‘hopeless’. Though, he’ll be the first to say that he is no hero looking to save everyone around him; he feels that he can only be the guide to prove that anything is possible when you follow your dreams with complete confidence.

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