IJK: “Dancing Shadows” – a rocking pop sensible track!

“Dancing Shadows” is the latest single by Dubai based rock artist, IJK (Imad Jack Karam). The track released on June 12th 2017 was produced in London and is supported by a video clip available for viewing on YouTube. IJK is a one-man army in the musical field. His style is very retro ’70s, mixed with ’80s guitar riffs, and edgy modern electronic, his songs are highly polished, perfectly produced tracks that defy age or genre. There is something to be said for IJK’s mix of styles, smooth vocals, and refusal to make bland, generic, contemporary music. His tracks are like a bag of pick

Nicki Kris: “Captain America” – lyrics as essential as the air we breathe

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina Nicki Kris is a singer-songwriter based who has had her songs have been featured in award-winning movies, TV shows, and on radio stations worldwide, and she has also been on the official ballot for the Grammy Awards for the past four years, since her debut album release, “I Come Alive”, in 2013. The active voting member of The Recording Academy is currently working on multiple projects, and has released her brand new 2017 single, “Captain America”, which she describes as a patriotic song asking each of us to find our inner superhero, capable of kindness,

Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Donald Wiles: “UoSOnSO” – a stylish track that boasts a polished sound

Maybe it’s the crystal-clear keyboard sound Donald Wiles has on the Hammond B3 Organ and Baby Grand Piano, or maybe it’s the spread-wide approach he and Dennis Wiles takes to the accompaniment, or maybe it’s just all the compacted wisdom and joy written into the arrangement of “UoSOnSO”, but something about this jazz and blues single is magnificent and unforgettable. This is Donald Wiles at his best, uniquely funky with the most amazing keyboard solos and keyboards in general. Talk about feel. His feel is about unbelievable phrasing and choice of notes (we should not speak of speed, it’s a bad word, but he can fly too!).

Donald Wiles

This stylish track boasts a polished sound, horns and all, that skillfully blends Wiles’ richly-layered keyboards with the intricacies of a first-rate rhythm section that doesn’t get in the way of Wiles’ playing. Donald Wiles creates music that is heady yet soulful and sophisticated yet accessible.

Unlike many musicians surrounded by racks of keyboards, Wise focuses less on flash, pyrotechnics, and displays of virtuosity than colorful soundscapes that can mesmerize the listener. Wiles delivers that unique ability of his to induce auditory euphoria by crafting catchy, optimistic, organ or piano-driven tunes with an unmistakable easygoing style.

The record industry is in a state of flux, and the powers that once might have signed and pressured artists – even one as talented and respected as Donald Wiles – to stick to the beaten path don’t have the same level of power or attraction, which has given artists like Wiles the artistic autonomy to move in his own direction.

Donald uses that autonomy to create music that sounds like it could have been made in 70’s yet feels more cutting edge than nearly any other smooth or contemporary jazz cut out there.

“UoSOnSO” will definitely be a step up for those fed a steady diet of elevator music instrumental remakes of pseudo jazz classics that comprise too much of the contemporary jazz play lists these days. Thankfully, more and more of talented artists have decided to become more adventurous.

Maybe start their own record labels or production studios, or sign to serious independent labels and try and give us the real thing as it is supposed to be played. In this sense Donald Wiles knows his way around the business and around the keyboards, and has demonstrated a keen gift for concocting catchy melodies and smooth grooves, and above all doing things his way.

Back in the day, after attending The Columbia School of Broadcasting, Donald Wiles showed his skills by accompanying artists such as Albertina Walker, James Cleveland, Little Richard, and Vicki Winan on keyboards.

Today, Wiles shows no signs of pulling in the reigns, and is on the roster at the Wood ‘n’ Nickle Productions & Publishing Company, a Record Label operating in Chicago dedicated to producing ‘Music For The Mature Listener’. Here he has been releasing his ultimate musical gems, which now includes the single, “UoSOnSO”.

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