Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 2” – a professional and intricate sound design

J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.) describes his music as ‘Hip-Hop inspired by World Fusion’. Listening to his upcoming EP, “The Chill Zone Vol 2”, set for official release on 5-22-2017, that statement could not be closer to the truth…in part. Why? Because to be perfectly honest, it offers a whole lot more, including elements from classical instrumentation and chill, jazz or ambient sounds. In an era when EDM stardom can be as close as a light-up mask, clever anonymous alias, and management-directed collaborations, J Tizzle  has continually avoided the gimmicks and concentrated on a production palette that electronic music lovers crave and rappers are looking to hijack use fro sampling.

Gearing up to be the next EDM crossover talent, J Tizzle’s new effort, “The Chill Zone Vol 2”, showcases a producer far removed from all of the sounds moving tickets at America’s major festival events: hip-hop, indie pop, and EDM. This recording is more intimate, made for one-on-one consulting, maybe through a set of high-tech headphones, or a good old quadraphonic sound system. Either way it needs to be something that can low thumping bass frequencies.

The incendiary tempo and tone of “Secret Passion” and the downtempo thrill of “Chill Zone Part Two”, or the banging percussion of “Mind Voyage”, attest to J Tizzle’s malleable production tactics.

In between there are the standouts – the piano driven funky twists of “Escape To Paradise”, the bass drum thumping of “Heart Wave” and the melodic slow burner, “Off And Away”.  All though these tracks J Tizzle offers a professional hat-tip to a producer/multi-instrumentalist that regularly re-invents his own artistic rules, and more broadly, the rules of electronic music.

J Tizzle is on an earnest mission to push the acceptable, tasteful boundaries of his genre. Having no vocals on the recording allows him free space to show off his production talents without bending around a singer or rapper’s top line. J Tizzle continues to be an advocate for space within his music.

He consistently strips tracks of drums and elects to use an alternative element to drive the track, only to turn back to heavy percussion and his notorious focus on the low-end. Upon listening to the EP, it’s clear that J Tizzle hasn’t strayed too far from what defines his sound, but there is certainly a more mature, professional and intricate sound design that upholds portions of the record.

Overall, “The Chill Zone Vol 2” is very well-polished and is an audible display of J Tizzle growth into his role as an electronic producer. Even though the album is incredibly accessible, it never feels like something the listener has heard already.

The sheer notion that J Tizzle has had the confidence to release his debut album “Cosmic Journey” in 2014 and the EP “The Chill Zone Vol. 1” in 2015, and then dropped another EP, entitled “Transition” in 2015, and now follows it up with this EP, proves that this is a man who cares about maintaining his creative process – and the undisputed quality of this recent work indicates that he’s not just surviving in the industry; he’s thriving.

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