MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

J-Carter: “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats

J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a

Mrs. X: “Monday Sunshine” – a sparking musical personality!

“Monday Sunshine”, a 3-track single by Mrs. X, is now available for downloading and streaming on all major digital stores. The track is the next single by singer-songwriter Mrs. X to be released by PR Delft Music! and iMusician Digital as part of the “Pop à la carte” project. The song finds Mrs. X again working with London-based sound guru, Sefi Carmel, who has already worked on her previous smash singles “80 Miles Away” and “He Plays Rock and Roll”. Sefi is well-known for having worked with megastars the likes of B.B. King, David Bowie, Birdy and others. Also along for the ride, on the brand new, uplifting and good vibes single is none other than M. Dwizzy, who adds his usual dash of spice to the rap interludes.

Joining him on the recording are two fresh new talents, unique rap performer YYZ out of Canada with his energetic voice, and producer/ DJ from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who’s best known by his palindromic stage name KZNZK. They all form part of the over 40 musicians collaborating with Mrs. X.

Considering the significant team behind the project, any serious music lover will have already acknowledged the fact that the word ‘quality’ already forms part of the song description before you even press play on “Monday Sunshine” for the first time.

The rest is taken care of by the extraordinary performing capabilities of Mrs. X herself, who says: “’Monday Sunshine’ is a happy song, a feel good song, a wellness song. You never know where inner-peace will come from, usually it is the small things in life, little miracles that happen around us all the time, if we slow down and take the time to notice. It can be as simple as a ray of sunshine”.

If for some reason you have never heard of Mrs. X up until now, this track is a stunning introduction to a sparking musical personality who crosses genres and musical eras. The recording sounds like a multifaceted all-embracing concoction that mixes cutting-edge electronica with the brilliant melodic-pop flavors of mega hit-makers ABBA and the chic dancefloor grooves of Madonna, and it works big time.

Plus Mrs. X has her own very distinct voice and persona. Drop in the urban essence brought to the table by the dashes of rap, and it will be hard to not trade your Monday blues for “Monday Sunshine”. The lyrics are uplifting and exhilarating, in the wake of weekend heartache. There can be no better way to kick off any week, with a fresh new start as invigoratingly expressed as this.

Mrs. X is following her own rules and ambitiously paints a musical picture and standard of performance and recording only major label stars are able to pull off.  Bottom Line: this is a cross-over record that can and probably will appeal to fans of all kinds of popular music regardless of genre.

Whether this song is played in the club, in your car, or on the radio, makes no difference whatsoever to the impact it will have on you – “Monday Sunshine” will always fit the bill perfectly. This track is yet another sincere and honest piece of work by Mrs. X. and her performing and production crew. Maintaining consistency, the production is of tasteful, clean quality, never skimping on emotion and fun.

MORE ABOUT MRS. X: Mrs. X created her signature style “pop á la carte” in 2012. Drawing inspiration from her family’s background across multiple continents, she describes pop á la carte as pop mixed with a strong guitar riffs, with a  touch of rock and then seasoned with a slight Caribbean influence, and after years of experimenting and perfecting, she has transformed her new style into a gourmet musical menu.

Just as she draws inspiration from around the world, she knows no boundaries when choosing her musicians. She loves to collaborate with musicians from all over the world and has worked with producers like Yashar Bakhish from Baku and Carlos Perón, best known as the grounder for the Swiss band Yello. In her current team are professionals from UK, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Jamaica, USA, Brazil and Azerbaijan.

When she first felt inspired to begin recording music, she turned to “The Circus Princess,” an operetta by Emmerich Kalman. In a world dominated by celebrity, the talented acrobat Mr. X shuns personal fame for love of his act. After donning a black mask one day, he begins wearing the mask during all of his performances to hide his identity, and he never reveals his name or personal history. With his origins safe from the public, he is free to pursue his art. Just like her fictional inspiration, Mrs. X finds the mask and her secrecy a key to her artistic liberation.

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