Tisabel: “GENRE HOPPING” bristles with energy and artistic audacity

Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational

Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” resonates gloriously

Beats aren’t gendered. So why are we still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality in the music studio? Women represent less than 5% of music producers and engineers. Yes, the music industry—like every industry on this patriarchal planet—is sexist. That is not news. But this means we’re missing out on a whole world of sounds, stories, and perspectives. Our culture has systematically ingrained this idea that technology is more of a man’s thing. Then of course there’s the fact that most men get freaked out when women do things better than them or even as good

Nothing But You, Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records

American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY OWN” showcases Nicky’s strength, both vocally and emotionally, as she performs her bold, unapologetic lyrics. She uses her music to tell stories and to capture the true emotion behind the music. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Nicky also draws influences

DownTown Mystic: “On E STREET” is filled with exceptional music!

Sha-La Music, Inc. announces the release of On E Street, a 4 song EP by US Rocker DownTown Mystic on UK Label Nub Music. The EP’s release date is December 1 and will be digitally distributed via ADA/Warner Music. The EP features rare studio performances by the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band – drummer “Mighty” Max Weinberg & bassist Garry Tallent. Despite having played with Springsteen for over 40 years and studio work for various artists, Max & Garry have only played together on the same session for only a few artists. This puts DownTown Mystic in some very exclusive company. DownTown Mystic started as the alter ego of

Mobb Boss: “Lil Lady” – the depth, perspective and hunger of a performer

Being respected, revered and admired as an emcee is what often elevates a rapper from being one who merely strings together words that rhyme into an appreciated lyricist of the highest order. However, while there are a long string of spitters and scribes that have come along, the elite few who have found themselves mentioned in conversations and debates when discussing quality artists, have one thing in common: a track record of consistently delivering music that make the most of their lyrical abilities and serve as a piece of themselves. When speaking of today’s pack of underground orators, Mobb Boss

“All Your Bull” – A Politically motivated song from The Chile Colorado band

Rock band Chile Colorado’s debut album’s success at Rock Radio was a headline on the Newswire Jumbotron in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe this month. The Chile Colorado band is next scheduled to release the digital single “Getting Restless” to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Radio from the new self-titled album after having achieved 100 College Radio stations “Adding” the set for airplay. The ‘Chile Colorado’ album features Ron Wright, songwriter, lead guitar, and vocalist, with Paul Goss on bass & background vocals, and John Ferraro on drums. All three are veteran

Pastor Peter Unger Releases New Single “The Memories of God”

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA — Peter wrote this song for the older people, who he had the honor and privilege of ministering to over many years. Pete explained that many had a humble, kind, and appreciative dignity; qualities born of a long life shaped by faith and wisdom. Most were to experience the debilitating effects of age, including mental decline and dementia. During visits he struggled and prayed with them through the inevitable spiritual and emotional valleys of such a decline. He further explained that those, for whom faith and a personal relationship with God most defined what it meant to

King Draper: “1992” – simplistic in its premise but unquestionably real in its execution

You can’t write about underground or independent hip-hop and not write about King Draper. Or at least I seemingly can’t. For the past couple years the man’s been a nearly constant presence in my journalistic exploits. And now, I’m sitting down again to review his latest 11 track project, “1992”.  The King hits me with dope music and I write about it, and I’m more than happy with the arrangement. If you’ve peeped any of King Draper’s projects before, what you get from this project won’t surprise you. Draper with his soulful, jazzy, production and his smart anecdotes detailing tales

Edgler Vess: “Violet” – essential to your hip-hop collection

Every album that Edgler Vess releases, breathes with a distinct personality, each a shape-shifting assemblage of personage and programming that sounds more like a kind of miraculous hyperlinked sound collage than rap. His lyrical feats go unmatched for sheer idiosyncrasy and insight; beyond rap enthusiasts, many of his strongest supporters are probably writers and music heads. A master of the microphone and the beats, Vess has constantly swapped out his tools and themes, avoiding revision and instead choosing innovation. When Edgler Vess does what he does, he’s impossible to ignore. He’s profound, he’s impressive, and he’s damn entertaining. In short,

J-Hamz: “I Stack Up Remixes” – breaking free from the formulaic!

A medical doctor by day, J-Hamz is a classically trained pianist who produces electronic by night. J-Hamz has been featured in various music magazines and radio stations. His “I Stack Up” track was a Beatport Staff Pick as well as charting in the top ten electro house and big room charts. The EP “I’d Do Anything” also charted on Beatport and has received airplay on over a 100 college FM radio stations. J-Hamz together with Jaculator also received a nomination for the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards’ as DJ/Electronic Recording of the Year for the aforementioned EP. In his 6th release,

Cypher the Avatar: “mindless music: journey through sounds” – shows his mastered skills

What is there to say about Cypher the Avatar really? How technical of a rapper he is, how he has been very prolific over the last 2-3 years, or how he has stayed consistent during these releases?  There is a lot to say about the Cypher, including the previous statements. The man is an extraordinarily creative and talented rapper, and has impressed anybody who’s laid their ears upon his work.  On his releases, Cypher the Avatar has showcased his ability to flow over a multitude of beats, rapping over airy psychedelic cuts and darker, heavier tracks.

He has proven to a fierce lyrical machine, never falling short of topics to rap about, whether its outspoken confrontation or deep introspection. His recordings have been dynamic with the focus on strong lyricism and complex rapping throughout, never ceasing to amaze with how he can maintain himself on the mic without losing his breath or messing up a line.

On discussing his new EP “mindless music: journey through sounds”, Cypher the Avatar states: This EP is mainly to showcase my production skills, with my rap taking the backseat during some parts.

His commanding presence and dexterity are the makings of a great rapper, whether these skills can simply ‘take a backseat’ remains to be seen. Cypher shows his mastered skill at characterization and metaphor mixed with black humor like never before on Jesus Ice ft. Elithedyl (prod. by CxA).

Moving ahead, the transitions of mood and scenario, are tempered with soulful, swirling, and ghoulish instrumentals that almost mirror experimental post-rock, and reaches their creative apex on HandleBars ft. Elithedyl (prod. by CxA) and Erase Me (prod. by CxA).

“mindless music: journey through sounds” is unencumbered by the filler that plagues many hip hop albums, making its steadily paced vision of ambition, insanity, and justice easy to sit through.

The beats on this recording resonate with creative detail, even when they’re in a minimal asset, as can be evidenced on bass, drum and synth driven arrangements of SAWmusic ft. Kali Ma (prod. by CxA), E A R T H (prod. by CxA) and D E M O N S (prod. by CxA).

Sometimes Cypher the Avatar throws in playful, dancing synth sounds and effects, not only to fill the audio canvas, but to play an almost call-and-response duet with the raps. This can be heard on Who Dis?? ft. AWYL (prod. by CxA), Boomerang (prod. by CxA) and BLACK and PROUD ft. abdül (prod. by CxA).

Cypher has grasped the most elusive embodiment of hip-hop music: the crafting of an off-kilter, creative leftfield album that doesn’t sound too weird or experimental to make it unlistenable. The display of skill, material, production, and timing puts this 15 track piece into another category altogether.

Nothing is more boring than an album full of beats, however ‘hard’, all sounding exactly the same, without range or creativity! Cypher the Avatar actually has soul and that is why his production goes through the moods experienced on “mindless music: journey through sounds”.

Here we have an album where the artist has balanced all of the necessary elements: confidence and strength, nuance, message, depth, pathos, inspiration, and most importantly, vision.

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