Recklous: “Friends and Fam” – a heavy dose of personal scrutiny and a dash of harsh reality

It’s pretty hard to believe that rapper Recklous only dropped his first professionally produced track at the beginning of 2017. Over the years leading up to now, Santa Cruz’s very own lyrical wonder has balanced three personas: The reserved, well-mannered kid, an uplifting positive artist full of ambition and wisdom and an emcee whose love for hard hitting Hip Hop and lightening quick raps defines his sound. Slowly the first began to fade, leaving the remaining two in clear vision. Finally Recklous’ latest studio project is on its way, with a brand new single giving fans a clear picture of

Groove State: “Light Up The Sky” holds a lot of weight

Australian Indie Electro/Pop group Groove State draw their influences from the likes of Icona Pop, Major Lazer, Sia, Charlie XCX and David Guetta.  The duo consists of Lisjana on vocals, and producer DJ Deep G, who have reached Top 20 USA National Club Chart success (FMQB, DJ Times),  heavy rotation on dance radio airwaves and mix shows around the globe, as well as being a songwriting Finalist in The World’s #1 Songwriting Competition ISC. Groove State’s music has been placed in major TV & Film features, and have secured licensing deals with Nokia, Red Bull, Rip Curl, Sony Entertainment UK

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: ‘Lost In The Sound’ – their most rewarding record yet!

If you are a Radiohead fan, with a penchant for legends like Pink Floyd and King Crimson, then Roger Cole & Paul Barrere will be an easy band to fall in love with. Thick haunting atmosphere, lots of bleeps and beeps, intense melodies, beautiful vocals and mystery-veiled lyrics, are part of the deal on their latest, freshly baked album “Lost in the Sound”. The riffs and parts are tight, intense little affairs with so much power as to build a cinematic degree of tension. These are well-oiled high-thread-count arrangements that draw their texture from an array of stringed instruments and

Rev. Peter Unger gains traction on his timely song “Christmas Cards”

As Christmas fast approaches, reverend Peter Unger is set to gain traction on this timely song “Christmas Cards”. Several websites have just featured the song and his YouTube views are starting to accelerate. Here’s a little more about the influence of the song and background of Peter: When Peter Unger was growing up, Christmas was a magical time for his family and him. He grew up in a small town in Vermont, and lived on the side of mountain three miles up a dirt road. Peter’s home was a beautifully renovated farm house from the 1700s. On a clear winter’s

Rahul Mukerji: “Ma De Re Sha” balances the obtuse with the accessible!

Rahul Mukerji is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity, precision and plenty of ethnic flavorings. His 11 track album “Ma De Re Sha” is a big sounding recording with enough of twists and turns to make Rahul’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. The opening track “Exit 13” sets the outline tones of this collection of songs. It balances lyrical eclecticism with an Indian twist while his incredible chops help him forge his own style. There are plenty of incendiary guitar breaks and harmony guitar parts, but Rahul also demonstrates a lightness of

Triple threat alternative rock artist Zachary Ray

Born in Rhode Island, Zachary Ray is a Danish/American musician residing in Los Angeles. He was introduced to Metallica and Eminem at age 5, by his mother and stepfather, and became wildly obsessed with drumming. Hence his grandma from Rhode Island gave him his first drum set. Ray later took drum lessons and eventually also learned to play the guitar. This was followed by singing, which gave Zachary Ray the musical combination to perform and record with absolute artistic freedom. His latest release, is the single ”Trouble”. How long have you been performing and recording, and did you record or

Nega Blast X: “The Experiment” – this caliber and artistic conviction is required for this art to evolve

There’s really no words to describe the sound of Nega Blast X. The Burbank music arranger, author and digital artist, Dominic R Daniels, sole proprietor of the Nega Blast X project, is in a realm of his own and hardly many can touch that artsy creativity he has under the hood. Based in the trance, techno and industrial idioms since 2010, Daniels is inspired by Daft Punk, Orbital, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Mutaytor. “The Experiment”, Nega Blast X’s third album is released on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and all other major digital download stores. Artistically speaking, Nega

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

Moo-You: “#IAMMOOYOU” – intelligent and thought-provoking

Born in 1985 and raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres. Some of Moo-You’s biggest influences musically are 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. We see the same things in “#IAMMOOYOU” that we saw in Moo-You’s previous efforts: amazing beats that literally drip and drool in that Southern easy-going swag, with the masterful production that is a standard for anything and finally, the intelligent, thought-provoking, tasty lyrical goodness that we have come to know so well from Moo-You and his compatriots.

All of those virtues, should, in theory, make a valid competitor for a hip hop record of the year, and to be honest, I really believe this will top many “Best Of” lists in that vein. Maybe even my own. However, there is something to be said about the nature of hip hop today, and even more so with formal albums.

The game has changed a lot, and what I have always loved about rappers like Moo-You is that they stay true to what they believe in. When other artists follow the herd, eyes set on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Moo-You has stayed true to his roots.

We find some truly great things happening in #IAMMOOYOU”, like the steady head-nodding banger “Childhood”, or the edgy slow-burner, “Hear Me Out”, with Moo-You on the wheels in the chorus, as well as laying down booming, stand-off raps. Moving further down the track-list we discover that this is not a standard gangsta pride show.

It truly contains tracks that tell a story. Standouts in this department, include “I Apologize”, the soulful and cinematic “Let’s Talk” and “Feeling You”, where Moo-You more than flexes his vocal chords. His ‘gruff and ready’ voice and distinctive flow, is unlike anybody else in the game right now, and is perfectly showcased in the album’s catchiest song, “Only One”.

In the unfortunate arena of making music in hopes of turning a profit, especially with the way hip hop exists today, one is likely to make more money on an album if one snags a ton of guest artists and features. Not so for Moo-You who carries the 12 tracks entirely on his own shoulders.

It’s easy to see why he has managed to turn out an album as consistently energetic and bouncy as this. After all, his eternal baritone-rumble feels edgy and immediate, as packs his verses with tricky internal rhymes, and everything he says feels like something never said better before. Better, he’s developed a new tendency toward forehead-slapping punch-lines.

The production also outfits Moo-You with the type of mature but pavement-splitting instrumentals that he can make his name rapping on.  And in the end, it’s his ability to make a coherent puzzle out of the 12 tracks and stretching the boundaries of his sound that makes “#IAMMOOYOU” such a satisfying listen, and a consistently great rap album by a consistently great emcee. Let’s not take it for granted.

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