Nava: “Now(here);” – truly delivers both vocally and melodically

Pranava Maharaj, who goes by stage name Nava, is an independent R&B artist & producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. At eleven years old, Nava won a music competition and his career continued to skyrocket from there. After catching the attention of Soca superstar Machel Montano, Nava toured all over the world with Montano, performing at places such as Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Crop Over Festival in Barbados. He collaborated with Montano on the Soca hit “Festival” in 2015 and performed at the Trinidad Carnival. Nava has since been experimenting with his sound and has

Producer Lavi Beats – From Tehran to Miami!

Lavi Hoss is also known as Lavi Beats. He was born on February 23rd in 1985 to Persian American family. He was born in Tehran, the capital city of Iran. He is a son to Atta Hoss, his father and Angalia Aghapodis, his mother. He has more of his immediate family as he is an elder brother to Cameron and he has a sister, Paris. Lavi was a student of the Azadi High School in Tehran. Once done with his high school, he got into Tehran University for higher studies. He has a unique style with music and that is

VAVO: “No Friend Zone” captures millennial youthfulness and free spirit

New York-based EDM duo VAVO was formed in 2015 by the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. VAVO’s early works featured a progressive, electro sound, which appealed to a wide audience, and it included their remix of Martin Garrix’s “Scared To Be Lonely,” their first solo single “Ace Of Spades,” “Astronomia 2K17,” and their remix of TheFatRat’s “Fly Away.” The duo started 2018 off with a bang, dropping ‘How Low’ with John Christian on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Records. In March, VAVO debuted a new creative direction – an EDM/Pop crossover sound that has resonated with

Quinn Soular: “Ovah & Ovah” ft. Ziggi Recado – both impressionistic and insightful

Quinn Soular has released his 3rd official single “Ovah & Ovah” which is a summer banger featuring guest vocals from Dutch-Caribbean Reggae superstar Ziggi Recado. Born on the Island of St. Maarten, Quincy Adolphin aka Quinn Soular is a Pop and R&B singer-songwriter who has his own music production company, QP (The Quinn Productions). If you’re a fan or just a longtime R&B historian in general, you probably know that some of the game’s most renowned voices were cultivated in choir stands and churchyards. Sure, R&B’s secular content often clashes with the gospel’s divine intent but the similarities are unmistakable.

Emmanuel Dalmas & Kirby Howarth: “This Is Love That I’m Feeling” – a song with a country bent

Emmanuel Dalmas a company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry from the South West of France, also moonlights as a multi-genre music composer. Dalmas has been steadily building his music catalog since kicking things off in 2016 from his home studio. He produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his projects, which in turn are made available for both commercial and non-commercial use. Emmanuel Dalmas recently dropped his latest single, “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, done in collaboration with Kirby Howarth, who added the vocals and lyrics to Dalmas’ music and

Armonite: “And The Stars Above” – complex, vibrant sonic landscapes

May 2018 saw the release of the new album, “And The Stars Above”, by Italian progressive rock band, Armonite, featuring violinist Jacopo Bigi and keyboardist Paolo Fosso. The album also includes a guest appearance by Porcupine Tree’s bassist, Colin Edwin. Composer Fosso and violinist Bigi are classical musicians who through their teenage years, joined local bands, playing a variety of genres and artists, from the Beatles to Dream Theater. At the end of the ’90s, while still in college, they would play in a band called Armonite. They released an album in 1999, performed a few dates live, and then

MVJOR ARCVNA: “The Last Word in Love”- a master of layers and sequenced progression

Jaron Pearlman aka MVJOR ARCVNA, is an audio engineer, backing musician, and songwriter who grew up in Asheville NC, and is now based in Atlanta GA. Over the years he has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Indigo Girls, The Shadowboxers, Amor Kismet, Mercury Jackson and more. MVJOR ARCVNA is revered by many critics – and certainly by us – as one of the most quintessential independent producers currently around, standing almost alone in his ability to mix catchy crossover EDM-Pop sounds with complex rock-styled songwriting, and igniting the electronic underground in a truly unprecedented fashion.

DJ Mizzy: “Prost” – gorgeously phrased synth lines, and subtly floating aural overtones

Boasting a sound that goes from his favored deep house grooves to hip-hop, DJ Mizzy, born Claudel Larose, is an international DJ and producer raised just outside of New York. Inspired by artists such as Sander van Doorn, DJ Yonny, and Avicii, Mizzy has a strong passion for his work. Throughout his 18 years of DJing, Mizzy has traveled all over the world to perform, using the original Technic SL1200 turntable as his prime tool. His latest endeavor is “Prost”, a German influenced track with a melodic tone, incorporating a subtle Caribbean flair. DJ Mizzy’s melodies are emotionally evocative and

Boy Leadfoot: “Turn-Buckle” – wholeheartedly playing to their strengths and sounding great while doing it

Max Gordon with Boy Leadfoot is a three-piece blues-based, alternative soul and rock project, from Vancouver Island, Canada. Their latest release, the EP “Turn-Buckle” is a breath of fresh air compared to the pop dribble permeating the American music scene right now. This is the type of musical project that will carve out a steady cult following and attract a good deal of critical acclaim. All three members are very professional and innovative musicians, and musicians of any sort will gobble up all kinds of licks, tones and spices from this release. The EP resides in the nebulous nexus of

Juan Donovan: “Merlot & Marijuana” – a brilliant compendium of styles and luxurious production

As one half of the production duo Darkroom Productions, Juan Donovan has produced with his partner Jamal Roberts some of today’s hottest artists. That list includes R Kelly, Wale, Young Money, Maino, JellyRoll, 24Hrs (Royce Rizzy), Brick Squad, G-Unit, Bad Boy, and more. The duo also won multiple awards for its phenomenal work on HBO’s classic hit series “The Wire”, which garnered them featured in major publications such as FADER, The New York Times, VIBE, and dozens more. It’s not surprising then that Juan Donovan would want to drop a record that’s as much a personal statement as a collection

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will drag you through sensual, moody and melancholic soundscapes.

Sometimes you get the impression that Virgil Blue wants to drag you into some corner of a back room somewhere and wrap you in a strait-jacket. Claustrophobic, obsessive, introspective and haunting by turns, Virgil takes an evolutionary step away from current mainstream playfulness to a stripped-to-the-emotional-bones approach; all led by his ethereal, wavering and processed vocal mixes which you can savor from the very first track “Lxst”.

Upon first listen, it’s clear to see that Virgil Blue isn’t trying to win anyone over with anything other than his songwriting.

Subtle instrumental flares and gentle displays of musical virtuosity is noticeable throughout “Pain Of Loss”, without ever overwhelming the rest of the arrangements, leaving lots of room for the vocals to be damn impressive in their slow-burning echo chambers on both “Vagabond” and “Unavailable”.

This exquisite aggregation of voice and music lends a dense, profound quality to the sonics: gorgeous washes of sound, such as the track “My Contraband Song” is both hearteningly intense and possessed of the kind of piquant, clear-eyed melody that Prince would have coveted.

“Polaris” is marvelously composed work of blended ambiance and lo-fi shoegaze, dreamily spacey, and blissfully noisy; it makes a very strong case for being the most eclectic track on the EP.

The final slot on the EP has been reserved for its catchiest, most accessible and endearing track – “Sweet Release”, which will sweep you away with its lush melody and soaring vocals. If I had to choose one song to introduce Virgil Blue to an unknowing crowd, it would without a doubt be this one.

Virgil Blue is a creative and often experimental artist, so you’re going to hear the presence of some dynamic tension in these tracks, valleys rising to peaks, and brief periods of sustained explosiveness. And yes, you’re going to hear gorgeously wistful vocals, backed by soundscapes filtered through a variety of effects to create a moving tapestry of sound.

Imagine leaping down a waterfall in slow motion, finally splashing through the bustling waters below to continue to swim exhaustingly down the river until you eventually fall asleep on the shore drained of all energy and waiting for the warming rays of the sun to revive you.

Listening to “Pain Of Loss” means that you are undertaking Virgil Blue not only on a musical level, but a contagiously expressive and emotionally draining one as well.

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