Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Glorious: “Move” – throbs with club energy

Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close

Ferentz and The Felons: “Hudson County” – an engaging and gripping performance

During his childhood, Zak Ferentz experienced both his parents suffering with drug addiction which eventually claimed the life of this mother. A life on the streets selling drugs and getting in trouble with the police, found Zak headed down his own dark path. However he soon discovered that creating music could help him heal. Furthermore it gave him a purpose in life and also a way to explore his creativity and bring it to tangible fruition. He subsequently teamed up with drummer Matt Waz, bass player Rob Dudziak and lead guitarist Rich Catalano to give birth to the band, Ferentz

TheVerce: “The Dawg Walk 6” ft. Pastor Troy – an attention-grabbing track in zero seconds!

TheVerce is an artist who knows how to make songs that echo in the brain of listeners. Songs like “The Dawg Walk”, and “Booty Tude” which were released more than 7 years ago are a delight to the ears till today.  “The Dawg Walk”, in particular, has been through a series of sequels, leading up to the brand new 2018 release, “The Dawg Walk 6 (Stadium Edition)”. Although he’s been around for a couple of years, and the industry has become even more competitive, the Atlanta rapper is an artist that can create hit sounding tracks, effortlessly. The new track

AFRO POP SINGER MR. P ROMANTICIZES ZOMBIES IN NEW VIDEO

Afro-pop singer Peter Okoye, a former member of the famous duo group P-Square, teams up with upcoming singer Simi for a new take on the Zombie concept. In the video, Peter, also known as Mr. P, describes how his new lover has turned him into a Zombie because his love for her is controlling every aspect of his life. Zombie takes its listener on an exciting mange of Afro-beats and R&B rhythms. Both artists give a good account of themselves vocally in this love song which we are sure everyone will enjoy. The song is produced by P-Classic producer Daihardbeats.

Pastobal: “Nature” is absolutely gorgeous!

The French project Pastobal, started out as a duo and has grown into a small crew committed to serving their ideals. Dedicated to rock, folk and love, the group has two EP recordings under their belt – “My Head” released in 2014, and “EP# 2” released in 2016. The following year saw the band drop their full length trilingual album, entitled “Logon Calling”. Now in December 2018. Pastobal release their brand new, English-language EP, “Nature”. This new recording does an admirable job mixing the sounds of Pastobal to create a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of folk-rock references. The best songs have an

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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