Sophia Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sophia Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sophia has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sophia Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Walter Hansen: “Perspective” – each song has its own particular ‘perspective’

Musician, Recording Artist and Producer, Walter Hansen is originally from the Tampa Bay area and now living in the Greater Seattle area. He mainly writes and records for other artists but has a new EP freshly released, entitled “Perspective”.  Walter started playing the accordion at the tender age 4, and then later began playing the saxophone and went on to Florida State University’s prestigious School of Music. He performed for the United States Navy Band located in Bagnoli, Italy, as a woodwind specialist and a vocalist, while he also exhibited his performing skills in place such as Nice, France and other festivals around Europe. Walter currently works with the Phonic Guru team in artist development with great artists such as Lewis Martinee and Bernard Jackson.

The title of the album and the music that plays is exactly that – each song has its own particular ‘perspective’. From the first catchy saxophone notes of “I Miss You” to the melodic vocals on “You” up until the last bars of “Beautiful Day”, the music does not let you go until it’s finished.

Walter Hansen

Walter Hansen

But by then, you can’t wait to start over again. All the selections are outstanding but there are personal favorites. The stand out ones for me is “I Miss You”, “My Song”, and “Beautiful Day”. I could listen to these tracks over and over again, which I have done.

Over and above its importance in jazz, the saxophone used to be such a popular instrument in pop and rock music, during what I call the golden era of music – or rather when all things were still analog, and digital was only a chimera for most. Ever since, it has lost it’s footing, as has many other organic instruments in modern pop music, with most new artists leaning towards artificially generated instrumentals.

I won’t go as far as saying this has been a negative event, as music is very subjective and everyone has their own take on the progression of this fabulous art-form. But there can be no doubt that when you hear somebody like Walter Hansen blowing his horn, and I mean that in more ways than one, it’s whole different ‘perspective’ on how music was supposed to be created. It’s one thing blowing the air into your instrument from a mouthpiece, and quite another from your laptop.

In any event Hansen is the real deal, and the music he makes resonates from his soul and not from his processor. In the golden era Walter Hansen and his music would have been seen as very cool. “Perspective” is impeccably produced, with pristine sound and a romantic sheen overlaying the 5 songs that sound characteristically hooky, melodic and familiar.

The instrumental cut, are 100% pleasant, and fulfilling.  These are tracks that sound great at any occasion – while you’re having dinner, writing a letter or chatting with a friend, or dancing cheek-to-cheek.

What these songs won’t do is make you want to listen too hard, because they’re not there to bother you; they’re just nice, honest friends passing through. Now when last have you heard an unpretentious instrumental record, devoid of all the ego and showmanship usually associated with the genre? I can’t think of one. Maybe Walter Hansen’s greatest asset is that he uses his talents to serve the music, and not the other way around.

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