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

DownTown Mystic: “On E STREET” is filled with exceptional music!

Sha-La Music, Inc. announces the release of On E Street, a 4 song EP by US Rocker DownTown Mystic on UK Label Nub Music. The EP’s release date is December 1 and will be digitally distributed via ADA/Warner Music. The EP features rare studio performances by the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band – drummer “Mighty” Max Weinberg & bassist Garry Tallent. Despite having played with Springsteen for over 40 years and studio work for various artists, Max & Garry have only played together on the same session for only a few artists. This puts DownTown Mystic in some very exclusive company. DownTown Mystic started as the alter ego of

Mobb Boss: “Lil Lady” – the depth, perspective and hunger of a performer

Being respected, revered and admired as an emcee is what often elevates a rapper from being one who merely strings together words that rhyme into an appreciated lyricist of the highest order. However, while there are a long string of spitters and scribes that have come along, the elite few who have found themselves mentioned in conversations and debates when discussing quality artists, have one thing in common: a track record of consistently delivering music that make the most of their lyrical abilities and serve as a piece of themselves. When speaking of today’s pack of underground orators, Mobb Boss

“All Your Bull” – A Politically motivated song from The Chile Colorado band

Rock band Chile Colorado’s debut album’s success at Rock Radio was a headline on the Newswire Jumbotron in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe this month. The Chile Colorado band is next scheduled to release the digital single “Getting Restless” to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Radio from the new self-titled album after having achieved 100 College Radio stations “Adding” the set for airplay. The ‘Chile Colorado’ album features Ron Wright, songwriter, lead guitar, and vocalist, with Paul Goss on bass & background vocals, and John Ferraro on drums. All three are veteran

Pastor Peter Unger Releases New Single “The Memories of God”

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA — Peter wrote this song for the older people, who he had the honor and privilege of ministering to over many years. Pete explained that many had a humble, kind, and appreciative dignity; qualities born of a long life shaped by faith and wisdom. Most were to experience the debilitating effects of age, including mental decline and dementia. During visits he struggled and prayed with them through the inevitable spiritual and emotional valleys of such a decline. He further explained that those, for whom faith and a personal relationship with God most defined what it meant to

King Draper: “1992” – simplistic in its premise but unquestionably real in its execution

You can’t write about underground or independent hip-hop and not write about King Draper. Or at least I seemingly can’t. For the past couple years the man’s been a nearly constant presence in my journalistic exploits. And now, I’m sitting down again to review his latest 11 track project, “1992”.  The King hits me with dope music and I write about it, and I’m more than happy with the arrangement. If you’ve peeped any of King Draper’s projects before, what you get from this project won’t surprise you. Draper with his soulful, jazzy, production and his smart anecdotes detailing tales

Edgler Vess: “Violet” – essential to your hip-hop collection

Every album that Edgler Vess releases, breathes with a distinct personality, each a shape-shifting assemblage of personage and programming that sounds more like a kind of miraculous hyperlinked sound collage than rap. His lyrical feats go unmatched for sheer idiosyncrasy and insight; beyond rap enthusiasts, many of his strongest supporters are probably writers and music heads. A master of the microphone and the beats, Vess has constantly swapped out his tools and themes, avoiding revision and instead choosing innovation. When Edgler Vess does what he does, he’s impossible to ignore. He’s profound, he’s impressive, and he’s damn entertaining. In short,

J-Hamz: “I Stack Up Remixes” – breaking free from the formulaic!

A medical doctor by day, J-Hamz is a classically trained pianist who produces electronic by night. J-Hamz has been featured in various music magazines and radio stations. His “I Stack Up” track was a Beatport Staff Pick as well as charting in the top ten electro house and big room charts. The EP “I’d Do Anything” also charted on Beatport and has received airplay on over a 100 college FM radio stations. J-Hamz together with Jaculator also received a nomination for the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards’ as DJ/Electronic Recording of the Year for the aforementioned EP. In his 6th release,

Reverse Mechanic: “Cruise Control” – The lyrical skill, the tempo changes, the technique, all of it!

Reverse Mechanic is a completely independent hip hop artist breakin’ it down in Minneapolis, MN. As a former published poet with a Bachelor’s in creative writing, he has been doing the reverse limbo, raising the bar for lyricists since 2012. His recent music videos on YouTube have helped him gain notoriety, winning several Artists and Repertoire Awards from Beat100, as well as entertaining fans throughout the year. Reverse Mechanic’s latest album “The Mixed Ape”, which has been in the works for a while, is almost set for release. In the meantime he has dropped a new single, “Cruise Control” (Co-Prod.

Edge Of Free: Their Self-Titled Album is flawless front to back!

Modern rock group, Edge Of Free has had their self-titled debut album produced by Toby Wright (Alice In Chains, Korn, Tantric, Metallica). The recording contains an intimate collection of honest songs powered by guitarist John Hussey’s dynamic music and singer Scott Sneddon’s dark melodies, soaring choruses, and gut wrenching lyrics about depression, drug addiction and recovery. “On this record I composed all the music and Scott wrote all the melodies and lyrics” explains Hussey. “Producer Toby Wright made some adjustments in the rhythm section that brought out the best groove under the guitar riffs. We are so glad we chose Toby – the collaboration has been killer!”

The first good news from any album is that there are no fillers. Check. Then comes plenty of good lyrics, solid rhythms, guitars – both electric and acoustic – slashing, wailing, chugging, chunking, and supreme vocals. Check. Is this modern rock and roll heaven? Check!

They’re on their debut album, yet Edge Of Free seem to have always been there, in the background, producing quality album after quality album, left unreleased maybe, or how else do you arrive to the extremely high point of this release? Basically, Edge Of Free are a quality band; showing all their aspiration by just do their thing, and they do it exceptionally well!

The opening to the first track ‘Blood Eagle’ has the dynamically vibrant aura of a vinyl disc as the sound of acoustic guitars lead into a heavy slow groove and singer Scott Sneddon’s bemoaning whisper turns into a soaring chorus.

When a rock and roll fan wants to imagine what this band sounds like, they should think about the great melodic rock albums of the late 80’s. Edge Of Free have that same “certain sound”: rich guitars, strong lyrics and vocals, with catchy hooks that stick in your head and don’t go away, probably even years later. That being said, Edge Of Free may have a sound that recalls the heyday of the 80’s, but with a modern perspective.

There are many highlights on this album, from the straightforward rockers, ‘Pony’‘Higher’ and ‘Edge Of Free’, to the balladry of Souls Of Grace’, ‘In My Time Falling’ and ‘Autumn’. These songs capture a band confident in their own skins.

In other words, as you all know, real rock wears its heart on its sleeve – consequently, as a result of this ‘heart on sleeve’ behavior, we get authentic and timeless rock n’ roll, bathed in a stream of acoustic guitar pleasures. Sneddon’s lyrics are really good and his vocals are beyond awesome. Plus he delivers motivating messages about conquering life’s many challenges, heartaches and bullshit.

John Hussey’s is no less important to this recording, and his guitar sounds drive these songs into blissful perfection. From the musicianship to the songwriting this album is pretty much flawless front to back with no weak points whatsoever. This gem is a direct descendant of Edge Of Free’s scrupulous work ethic, and Toby Wright’s sublime production. All you need to do is turn up the volume!

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