Dan Oz: “Cave Drops” – twinkling synth sounds and thumping groovy basslines

Let me set a scene: The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking towards the beachfront with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather and a feeling of freedom. Now, what song should be the soundtrack to your unexpectedly pleasant walk? Maybe something jaunty to fit your upbeat mood. Well shake up the soundtrack to your sunny walk with “Cave Drops” by Dan Oz. Dan Oz, who started

IJK: “Dancing Shadows” – a rocking pop sensible track!

“Dancing Shadows” is the latest single by Dubai based rock artist, IJK (Imad Jack Karam). The track released on June 12th 2017 was produced in London and is supported by a video clip available for viewing on YouTube. IJK is a one-man army in the musical field. His style is very retro ’70s, mixed with ’80s guitar riffs, and edgy modern electronic, his songs are highly polished, perfectly produced tracks that defy age or genre. There is something to be said for IJK’s mix of styles, smooth vocals, and refusal to make bland, generic, contemporary music. His tracks are like a bag of pick

Nicki Kris: “Captain America” – lyrics as essential as the air we breathe

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter based who has had her songs have been featured in award-winning movies, TV shows, and on radio stations worldwide, and she has also been on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards for the past four years, since her debut album release, “I Come Alive”, in 2013. The active voting member of The Recording Academy is currently working on multiple projects, and has released her brand new 2017 single, “Captain America”, which she describes as a patriotic song asking each of us to find our inner superhero, capable of kindness,

Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

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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