Ephect: “Just Like That” – focused on making an impression

Ephect is an Independent Rap/Hip Recording Artist and Music Producer born, raised and currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana (US). Ephect has released around 20 music, numerous singles, and his latest full length album titled “The Nphection”, which dropped back in September 2018. What makes this album different than other recent releases comes down to, how Ephect works with his producers. He doesn’t just compliment good production, he capitalizes on stunning production. In today’s hip-hop scene, fans tend to shy away from raw rapping talent. Gone are the days when the scene was more focused on how good the flow was

Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

Lew Houston is a hip-hop artist currently based in San Diego. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lew rose above the violence and poverty in his life by playing sports and creating music. Influenced by Southern rap styles, he began writing his own lyrics at a young age and released his debut album “The Progression” in 2016.  His latest EP “Back to da Money” is available now, and features the single “Safe”. With no forewarning, Lew gives us a sharp and compact four-minute statement on “Safe”. It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy, a warning for us not to underrate

Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

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Daud Aur Yahudy: “Home Bound” – The sounds are deep-toned

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Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

Hookdiggy: “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette – full feel-good potential

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Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

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KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

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GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – the rhythm and flow of free form poetry

Sometimes a recording catches you off guard, rising from nowhere and worming its way into your ears with new sounds and ideas. Such a recording grows on you over time, and eventually can reorient what music and sounds you thought you liked. “Soul City” released on December 31 by artist and producer GentleBeatz, is such an EP. Emotionally rich, musically rich, and technically brilliant, it appeared with little fanfare or publicity to mesmerize our senses. GentleBeatz is an artist and producer currently residing in Mozambique. The eclectic creative crafts his tracks in the lo-fi hip-hop/chill-hop genres. Here he includes flavors

San Francisco-based band, The Muddy Roses will capture your attention with the new EP

The San Francisco-based band, The Muddy Roses, consists of three primary collaborators – Elizabeth Lewis (Lead Vocals), John LoGiudici (Vocals, Guitars) and Diana Greenberg (Vocals, Violin, Guitar) who are ably assisted by Andrew Waegel (Vocals, Pedal Steel, Banjo), Dean Kattari (Bass, Production) and Rob Davis (Drums).   Their brand new self-titled EP has been produced by Dean Kattari, who has produced live, in-studio recordings for artists ranging from Adele to ZZ Top. The attention to detail and creativity is over the top on this recording. From beginning to end, this record drips class, talent and truth. No hype or trash here, every song delivers a message, and some real zingers for your heart. It usually takes years of work to pull off a record like this. It flows with an Americana roots soul, all shrouded in a subtle veil of heartbreaking country melancholy.

The Muddy Roses

The Muddy Roses

The voices really complement each other, be it a ballad or the more upbeat country shakedowns. The opening song “Long Black River” really establishes the overall tone and vibe of this album. It’s a very organic, light, rootsy type sound that permeates throughout this song and EP.

But that’s only in the sound, because the lyrical themes on this recording are as heavy as a wounded heart can be. The first taste of the bleeding heart syndrome is fully explored in the emotional-filled ballad, “The Hurting Side”. This is Elizabeth Lewis at her despairing best. And while nostalgia will determine how much you love this song, Lewis’ voice will make sure you do.

“Good Love Gone Wrong” is an upbeat barn–stomper that has its core theme described in its title. The first word that came to mind at this midway point of the EP was “refreshing”. I’m nauseated by the abundance of autotune, synthesized beats, etc., used in modern “Country” or “Americana” based music. If I wanted to listen to pop, I’d listen to pop.

I have to say, if anything, The Muddy Roses actually go against the grain with this one. The instrumentals and vocal styles are reminiscent of traditional Americana of decades past, and that theme carries throughout the whole recording. However, the EP manages to capture some of that old roots charm without sounding stale or boring. On the contrary, somehow The Muddy Roses manages to sound very “fresh” throughout.

No matter how much I’m able to appreciate the up-tempo songs, it’s clearly the ballads that capture my attention, and none better than “Nothing To Trade”. Full of subtle, yet complex vocal harmonies that tease and please my ears, along with resonating instrumentation, this song, paired with “The Hurting Side”, is the pick of the bunch in my book. Again, this is where Elizabeth Lewis is at her soul-stirring best, yet you will not hear one bit of schmaltz or kitsch in her voice.

The other impressive quality that kept haunting me throughout the recording was the excellent fiddle playing which infuses these tracks. All-round though, this is an awesome group, with delightful harmonies, tight instrumentals, and original songwriting. Purely on the performances they have produced on this EP, The Muddy Roses practically deserve their own genre.

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