Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” – substance over style!

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man

Ziggy: “Breathe” – music for a new generation of kids

Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly

Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability

“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability. A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the

Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” – a gift to the world

Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Jennifer Hope Releases “My December” for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington

JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the

Jordan Everist: “Vacancy” – the perfect soundtrack for anything you can really think of doing

Jordan Everist is a creative from Portland, Oregon. His love of music began when he was 4, but really took off in his high school years. Since then he has been producing music professionally for short films, cartoons, and musicians. He also has had a series of personal projects, where he’s been able to express himself and develop his own voice. Besides music, Jordan has an interest in all things creative, which he shows through his other ventures, writing and animating cartoons, and developing video games. Odds are if you’re reading this review, you’ve heard of Everist’s music before. If

RealTalk: “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous – depth and variety to each song

On his brand new mixtape, “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous, Phoenix, AZ based artist RealTalk, delivers his visceral lifetime narratives over remixes of hits taken from the 70s, 80s and 90s, including samples by Bobby Womack, Rose Royce, Michael Jackson, Prince, Xscape , Aaliyah, Pink Floyd, and more. The mixtape delivers 12 grooving tracks with beats by a handful of skillful producers, from Dj Eric Swain, Rehab Beats, to BigMattBeatz, Kaleem Beats and MCK, as well as By 318tae who has the lion’s share with 4 tracks. The only feature is The Last Poets on the opening track,

David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” – wonderfully orchestrated narratives

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” finds David Vaters in top form. This is a beautiful complex album that highlights the full brilliance of David’s genius, as well as the serenity and wisdom of a long, full life. Those of you who have listened to the previous, ambitious and critically acclaimed project, “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1 ”, showcasing a cast of a-league musicians, will know exactly what to expect. As this offers more of the same emotional experiences savored on that recording. Once again David enlightens us with his lyrical wisdom, as he warns about our

Long Island Native and 16-year-old Singer Alyssa Colón to Release “I’m Gucci”

LOS ANGELES, CA – Long Island, New York is home to 16-year-old singer Alyssa Colón. Since beginning her musical journey at age three, Alyssa has never stopped singing to her own beat. When asked about the inspiration behind her decision to pursue a musical career, Alyssa reflects on her relationship with late grandfather. A true musician himself, her grandfather would often play guitar, and eventually taught Alyssa how to sing along. This special bond is significant in Alyssa’s career, as it paved the way for her future in music. As Alyssa’s grandfather continued to coach her, she began to learn

Russell Esby: “Post-Sentiments” – The combination of the essential music and deep lyrics hit home in unexpected ways

Russell Esby is a 17 year old multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, from the European island of Malta. Russell says that writing songs and playing music is his escape from everyday life’s complexities. “Post-Sentiments” is Russell’s 6 track EP: exquisitely meandering sonics that author tranquil moods presented alongside insightful lyrical content. With a clear love of personal storytelling, and a keen eye for the problems present throughout relationships, and yet with no desire to feverishly impose his knowledge, Russell weaves a gentle spell that pushes listeners toward awareness at their own pace. If you can embrace the gentlest subplot inside yourself –

King Tut & HU$$: “Like A King” is consistently inventive

It’s hard to think of a hip-hop track with more heart, one with a narrative more thoroughly interwoven with the love of the grind and big dreams, than “Like A King”, the track by King Tut & HU$$, the restless experimenter of from Dallas, TX. Producer HU$$ is not unfamiliar with R&B, Jazz, and southern vibes, combined with a unique mixture of Dance, Trap and Hip Hop drums and the occasional Soul sample to form his signature sound.

 “Like A King” is a steady, buoyant track, moving at a hypnotizing pace and with a slightly eastern texture. But uniting it all is an almost pervasive feeling of warmth, a sense that its creator comes from a world where he’s surrounded by positive energy and a fair amount of confidence.

What prompts this heartfelt track from being maudlin in any way, is how grounded the emotion is — and also the rapping, which is kinetic and steadfast. King Tut is consistently inventive, pugnacious with syllables and prone to stick to a deep captivating flow.

Surprisingly there is no spitfire flow or earworm hooks, yet a few conscientious emcees might learn a thing in two from King Tut & HU$$ when it comes to making poignant songs whose sonic qualities are as good as their messages.

King Tut introduces himself as a sensitive man reflecting on his aspirations and creating a positive future for himself. He attacks the beat effortlessly as his flow swerves over the booming bass HU$$ has built this production on, while he lyrically celebrates his inclinations.

There is no overwrought attempt at a radio record. Nor is this is an obligatory song “for the chicks”, or a manufactured hit for “the clubs,” or whatever that even means these days. Those are the type of songs that often suck the narrative arc out of a project.

“Like A King” is an underground rap track for listeners reared on melodic trap variations like 21 Savage and Metro Boomin. It’s super low-key, resonating with a haunting beat by HU$$ and tale-telling rhymes by King Tut.

This is the ‘new wave’ of rap music, where there are meant to be no lies in the lyrics, the settings that are described should sound like recollections, like reliving the moments that have happened or things that the narrator is prepared to do. ‘Authentic’ is the word that has been used most when this sub-genre is mentioned.

“Like A King” carries many of these traits, and for all intents and purposes this may be King Tut & HU$$’ answer, to Chicago’s drill music. And it’s really good.

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