Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

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Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

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Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

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Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

Walker’s Cay paint a musical tour de force!

Walker’s Cay is an original rock band based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Members include Gary LaBarr, (Vocalist/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards), Mike Swain, (Lead and Rhythm Guitars), Tim Morrissey (bass) and David “Dave” Pistilli (Drums). The band, who gets its name from an “out island” in the Bahamas, is stylistically and technically reminiscent of bands such as Styx, Journey, Def Leppard, Toto, and Heart. Walker’s Cay is currently touting two singles – “Why Oh Why” and “Tell Me”. Some outstandingly gentle, acoustic-guitar-laden melancholy can be found in the opening of “Why Oh Why”. The band’s intent is not too apparent from the

Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders: “No One Knows Me” – consistent craftsmanship

From the opening jangle run of “No One Knows Me”, the song provides a showcase for Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders’ consistent craftsmanship and evolving maturity. The song is earnest and straightforward, as rock and roll should be. This is no glossy pop record, no young upstart trying to capture glory at any price. Detractors might claim it too simplistic, too single-minded in its musical attitude and initial lyrical attack. But “No One Knows Me” is clearly an expression of what Billy Roberts feels right now, and his honesty—coupled with his talent—is revitalizing.

Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders are nice because you kind of always know what you’re getting. Sure, Billy gives you the old switcheroo every once in a while, but for the most part you know that when he goes into the studio, his goal is to come up with a bunch of warm ‘familiar yet new’ guitar hooks in the neglected genre of “melodic American rock” (with the occasional detour into pop balladry, country-folk, electric blues and/or Americana). Thankfully, his formula again works just fine on “No One Knows Me”.

In this day and age, with so much in flux, and so many hollow and cynical dispatches of mediocrity celebrated like greatness, Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders is a potent remembrance of that which matters, and that which lasts forever. It’s not the production aesthetics on the outside but the core of the songs on the inside that establishes its real goodness and hence, longevity.

Music is much like fashion, where flashy clothing designs drop in and out of favor from year to year, while the less talked about quality cloth, from which the designs are cut remains a mainstay in the industry. Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders is the cloth in that equation.

The new song is as melodic and visceral as his early ones, but possesses a freshness and a sense that this songwriter is really enjoying writing his new material. And when songwriters enjoy what they do, the emotions they feel are injected directly into their songs, and are infectious – and so, many of Billy’s feelings are emanated into “No One Knows Me”.

Connected to the juice of rock and roll, those feelings become a source which is electric and alive.

The passion of Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders, their exquisitely elevated musicianship, and the dimensional and inspired songs of Billy Roberts, once again shine here with the singular human warmth of this astoundingly simple and direct artist.

Like some of his legendary peers that came before him, Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders has never let go of that thing which gets him going in the first place: love, devotion and reverence for the song. That comes before all, the often superfluous, technical production waste that many so-called artists build their careers on.

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