Busola Martins: “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes – You can hear the passion and her intention

“He turns my life around”, with these words, Busola Martins whets our appetite as we are led with bated breath into her new release “Pleasant Surprises” ft. Bukola Bekes.  With her ingenious use of simple questions and quotable phrases, she challenges us on a mid-tempo cliff hanger to re-access our relationship with Jesus. Precisely because Gospel thrives on its spontaneity, it has often traded lyrical sophistication for its immediacy.  This is not so with this track. Saved without being sanctimonious, and heaven-aspiring while remaining down-to-earth, when it comes to conveying ministry within her music, Busola Martins handles the load with passion

Weston Simonis set to release “Yoga Pants” video on Thanksgiving

For those who’re still unfamiliar with Weston Simonis and his wide range of musical styles, this is a very special talent. A native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Weston is difficult to pin down to one or two genres. Some might say he’s all over the place. I say he has the special ability to play Blues, Rock, Funk, Metal, Punk and any progressive thinking crossover music at will. Listening to his award winning album “Moments Of Intoxication” has reminded me that there was a time when you could hear all types of artists on the same radio station. Now

Jay Felicite: “758 Stories 2” features killer hooks and irresistible melodies

When thinking of England as a musical landscape, Dancehall may not be the first genre that pops to mind for people not in the know, but it’s there, under the surface of the streets, the thump of the drum and pop of the bass reverberating into walls, and spilling out under the doorways from dub clubs and roots bars. One of the current underground stars of the UK’s indie circuit is probably Jay Felicite (pronounced; Fay-Lee-See-Tay) is a Saint Lucian born and raised singer, songwriter, sound engineer. The resilient firebrand is making a big noise with the release of his new

Cris Marshall’s music will ensure he hooks as wide an audience as possible

Cris Marshall is an American Country Music Artist raised in a musical home, the small town of Haslet, Texas. He received his first drum set from his father at the age of two and by 8 he was playing his first guitar. In his teens, and alongside his dad, Cris began performing at some of Dallas/Fort Worth’s most well-known music venues. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Cris also launched his very own home studio when he was 18, recording artists and bands all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. However his passion for writing and performing never subsided during this time,

Midnight Watchman: “Liquid Universe” – an extremely focused record

A guitarist and keyboard player who began as a street musician in UK before touring the US and then returning home, Andy Jones AKA Midnight Watchman, is a composer and producer of ambient music. Influenced by an extremely wide spectrum of music and musicians, that go from Vangelis to Chopin, ad Ryan Adams to Tycho, Midnight Watchman has released his 12 track instrumental album, entitled “Liquid Universe”. In the hands of a lesser artist, the varying song structures of this album would likely become tiresome, but every one of the album’s twelve tracks is a testament to the Midnight Watchman’s

Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres

Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records.  “I try to write songs that tell stories, relate to people, so that when you listen to them – you realize you’re not alone,” says Joey Britton. Exploring is an experience not easily replicated. Associated with it is equal parts thrill, anxiety, and apprehension. Exploring a new artist

Daryl Yahudy: “Soulful Life Within” – a perfect calling card

Indeed, you could say that Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete, is a soul singer with a warm timbre and a penchant for sublime, emotional arrangements, defining what the neo-soul genre should sound like in 2017. He is a singer with a fine voice weaving a spell on songs which are full of distinctive takes on universal topics. The album “Soulful Life Within” is almost looking at how he was, how he is and how he will be in life. The warm, evocative, impeccable playing around Daryl here ensures a timeless listen. The album is overflowing with lush, lilting

John J: “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters” – strap yourself in and enjoy this vibrantly orchestrated roller coaster

I have always been eager to pick up every piece of music John J issues because of the lyrical expertise he demonstrates in every song, and the attention to the music production and features he provides. John J has just dropped a 5 track bonus EP, entitled “Pain To Power 5 Love Letters”, which comes hot on the heels of his latest release, “Pain To Power”. Like his previous recordings, each song on this EP carries a different succinct feel and hook while the flow stays swift and acrobatic. The beats, features and subject matter again excel well above average.

Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – sneakily inventive and massively engaging

The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort

The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – perfectly cut gems!

October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I

Yahru El Guru – A triumph in many senses of the word!

Yahru El Guru Dj (YEGDJ) born in Walnut Creek, California is a House, Tribal House, Reggae, and Dub-Stepping Dj who has shared stages and Dj booths with, The Wailers, Mad Professor, Collie Buds, DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, and Israel Vibration, to name a few. Yahru, Began his career as a professional Dj in 2006 by landing himself a residency at Martini Ranch Denver, one of Denver’s Co. busiest downtown clubs. After 5 Years of Djing in the United States and playing the top clubs, Yahru went to spin in Japan and the Philippines for 5 years and now he is back Stateside starting his “Life Is For Living” tour. His mission is to promote “Life is for Living” through art, entertainment, and information. Yahru says, “The most precious thing that has been given to you is life! Without life you cannot experience any person, place, thing, solid, liquid, nor gas; you cannot experience anger nor love. nothing! Because you wouldn’t exist.” In his quest to bring people together through music, Yahru El Guru has dropped a bunch of uplifting and spiritual mixes which are currently on Mixcloud, but will also be found on his website soon. The mixes are:

Dragon Behind The Bamboo – What an instantly soothing yet rich sound that Yahru El Guru creates through this mix. With atmospheric themes and vamps that echo easy listening yet resemble an astute Oriental rhetoric that last just under an hour, the track finds the whippoorwills of a progressive ambient sound, sending them through the chutes of the soul as we know it. A triumph in many senses of the word, Yahru El Guru has once again energized a niche with supreme creativity rather than simply paying homage to its roots. Winningly ubiquitous and genuinely enticing for disciples of chill, Dragon Behind The Bamboo is elevated from simply background music to a full-fledged conversational piece through him exploring the interpersonal interaction that the sounds find in one another.

Bada Boom Yame Japan Mix – This track does not allow the listener too much time to breathe. Swapping the transcendental festival oeuvre for a more calculated soundtrack to trip the light fantastic, “Bada Boom Yame Japan” is modern trance infused with tracks by the likes of E-Clip, Zyce, and Don Diablo, as well as the Thrillseeekers. The mix is also nicely interspersed with vocals by Jan Johnston among others. Undoubtedly, this upbeat record has nuances that will blossom upon repeat listens. Digest and repeat multiple times for full impact. The progression starts from the moment you hit play. There is great attention to fluidity from beginning to end which is indicative of a well-made mix no matter how bi-polar the tone. If you have been listening to this type of music since back in the day, I think you will see the value in this mix.

Meditation – Pure, weightless and eleganT, “Meditation” is true to its title, as Yahru El Guru comes up with a mesmerizing stunner. Constantly reinventing and discovering new, uncharted territories. Few influence underground, electronic dance music like Yahru El Guru. My friends, the days of dropping boring, monotonous progressive house tune after progressive house tune are over. Time for a new trick. Mixing breaks with deep and tech house is where it’s at. This mix will stand out ten years from now. Uncharacteristic to the genre, the melody on this mix carries as much weight as the rhythm, while each song belongs to the other. It shifts back and forth through breaks and house effortlessly. No anthems. No overdramatic prickly synths. You’re just left with a feeling of something new. It feels like music caught between night and day. This release is not for newbies. This is for the jet set, veteran clubbers looking for the next big thing.

It’s A Dubstep N Trap – This mix will have fans spinning their fingertips wanting more. This mix is arguably one of his the best. He brings the blissful medium of electronica back to the drawing board, and my oh my, did he ever drop the house on this one. Heartfelt and creative, “It’s Dub Step N Trap,” has everything. One can’t help but move to it with gladness to be alive. This is a monumental piece of work. A dark, relentless, subtly twisted bassline keeps the track moving, coupled with suitable percussion, and rising sound effects. This draws towards the breakdown, which whisks you off to another world. Then just as you get too comfortable the dream fades and you are thrust back into the thundering groove. Hirshee, Afrojack ft Chris Brown, Laidback Luke, Another Monster, UFO and more are included in the mix. Simply put, one of the best DJ mix sets you will ever hear.

There are no weaknesses in these sets and this is without question Yahru El Guru finest work yet. The mixing is quality and the music selection is diverse but excellent. With repeated listening, these sets began to grow on me, slowly, methodically and enchantingly. Yahru El Guru has unearthed some gems here and has spun them into a great mix, chock full of percussive gymnastics and hooks that just won’t leave you.

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