Infectious Rhythm: “Silhouette” – a steady impacting beat, retro analogue sounding synths

I’ve always loved Infectious Rhythm since I first him about a year back with “Daydreams”. To be quite honest, I think the good thing about this independent electronic music producer is that he is consistent. He doesn’t have songs that repeat or sound the same, or at least, I don’t think so. I think what he does is adhere to a certain theme in each release, with a great level of creativity that becomes apparent the more you listen to it. I like it because it shows me that this artist knows who he is are and he knows the

Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

Jus Guap: “Roger That (2017 Remix)” – jumps through conceptual hoops!

Jus Guap is a 19 year old artist from Brooklyn, New York. He runs a Record Label called ‘The Kingdom’ that features 7 artists from the same age group. There is not one song that from Jus Guap that has a similar sound to the next. Guap states that his all end goal is to change the world using his music as one of his major weapons. Jus Guap has just dropped his creatively eclectic track, entitled “Roger That (2017 Remix)”. If there is an animating principle that runs through Jus Guap’s work, it’s a willingness to challenge expectations at every turn. Here he takes the Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne & Tyga track, and gives it a solid ass-whipping.

Jus Guap

Jus Guap

The Brooklyn rap ace has swapped out the traditional pillar of hip-hop’s sound for freaky synths that clone a brass ensemble. He has forced himself to jump through conceptual hoops, and completely eschew all of hip-hop’s clichés. And he has built a show-time styled rap song around the power of electronics.

All of this headiness makes a bit more sense when you consider that this is a nineteen year old creative with his own record label. Meaning youthful exuberance meets absolute creative freedom.

A match they could never even make in hip-hop heaven, even if such a place existed. The call of commercialism and the regular stereotypes desired by the marketplace are just too strong for an industry that has long lost itself after the nineties. Certainly, it’s difficult to question the quality of the raw materials used here.

Jus Guap skillfully evokes the hum of his electronic machinery with their bleeps, bloops, and shuddering waves of groovy static. And he does it without any condescending attitude towards the song’s original performing trio of the Minaj, Wayne & Tyga.

Though it does come as a surprise that Guap’s rapping is so technically impressive throughout “Roger That (2017 Remix)”, and even on the more conventional, but still eclectic “Sailboat”. The young rapper dexterously spits tongue-twisting lines with his steadily-paced delivery bringing to mind a host of his better known peers.

Jus Guap’s songs manage to succeed on his own terms, independent of any overarching narrative. He sets up the storyline and then goes in with turns of phrases and playful anachronisms. His songs have zero-gravity, as the gleaming synths and skittering drums float skyward with no conventional bassline to hold them down.

And on “Roger That (2017 Remix)”, Guap allows his tightly-wound delivery to go slack here, imbuing the track with a looseness and personality that’s sorely missing from much of hip-hop today, or at least since Andre3000 and Ludacris stopped releasing intelligible material. Again, it’s a lot better than what Minaj, Wayne & Tyga did on this track.

Jus Guap

Jus Guap

It’s only so often that a hip-hop artist or group comes along with something that could be described as truly unique. This is a testament to Brooklyn artist Jus Guap, who can legitimately boast his own original sound on “Roger That (2017 Remix)”.

Before fingers leave play buttons, ears are subjected to rapper Guap’s sure-footed spitting over rapidly moving musical notes that listeners of a certain age won’t even be able to register. It’s clear that the performances aren’t there to make us feel comfortable, although between the challenges we are let in on some moments of familiarity.

On the other hand Jus Guap’s style does not sound like futuristic, experimental rap music, from an artist that has stumbled upon a hip-hop time capsule that they’ve become obsessed with. Unlike a lot of today’s more alternative rap acts, Guap borrows from all sources, near and far.

His beats may be exquisitely ultra-modern in their conception, but his rapping style could come straight out of the glorious nineties. So while he aims to push boundaries, he does so in a way that demonstrates a love for the music and culture that forms its source material.

Jus Guap toys a bit with the hip-hop’s conventions, but he also hears the genre as one that’s big and inclusive enough for whatever newfound sounds he comes up with. And he is right. Hip-hop has always been a more fluid and advanced form of music than its detractors, or even some of its devotees, are willing to believe, and it damn sure has room for performers, creators and re-creators like Jus Guap.

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