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-Carter: “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats

J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a

Steve Lieberman: “2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/69: The Last of the Great punk Rock Bass-Heroes”

The music market desperately wants artists placed in a box. Steve Lieberman (better known as The Gangsta Rabbi) doesn’t even want to be in the market, never mind in a box. All this time I’m desperately trying to find a genre-name that will appropriately fit what Steve does. It’s is not hyperbole to say that all of his 31 albums are masterpieces of intelligent, witty, satirical, cynical, inspiring, bleak, humorous punk rock for those who seek the maximum amount of freedom through knowledge, self-expression, discourse, and human solidarity and aim to throw off the chains of authoritarianism, economic inequality, religious idiocy, and ideological dogmatism in favor of a future in which humanity may find peace…and anyone who can hold a stringed electric instrument in their hands is allowed to play as fucking loud as they want to!

If you agree with the above, Steve Lieberman’s music is essential. This is as loud and raucous as it gets! And I’ve found a name for it “Anarcho-Punk” – something I borrowed from the eighties. Though to be honest, Steve’s latest album “2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/69: The Last of the Great punk Rock Bass-Heroes”, is his most carefully produced recording to date. But it still is as loud as hell, thankfully!

The reason for this album’s greatness, beyond the loudness is simple: it is fast, aggressive and really, really catchy. Looking from a strictly objective point of view this is all that you would want in a punk record. There are 16 songs so of course some of them are not really all that great, but almost every single one of them is memorable.

And if you can’t remember the music, you will remember the song titles – “LITTLE KOSHER GIRL”, “BASSETT HOUND PULL-TOY”, “A DOVE FLIES OVER BAGHDAD” and “PUPPY IN A CUP” are just some of them. Steve Lieberman sings, plays guitar, bass, trombones, flutes, mangal vadya, melodica, beatmachines, and double bass drums, so expect plenty of mayhem, and even some melody sprinkled here and there.

Steve Lieberman

This is the kind of artist that hardcore punk rock was built on; this is the kind of frantic, explosive rock music where a set can hold any amount of  tracks and a barrage of bloody lips in the mosh pit. Steve Lieberman is punk royalty, albeit brooding and destructive royalty.

The production is raw and dirty, adding to the energetic atmosphere of the performances, which are truly amazing. This is an artist at his best, as terminal leukemia sufferer Steve Lieberman croons powerfully in that trademark possessed punk rock style of his, accompanied by a noticeably frantic set of instruments playing the shit out of every song!

Steve Lieberman aka The Gangsta Rabbi is not a artist for the weak stomach. The guitar tones sound like they’re literally exploding from the speakers, so untamed they make virtually all the early heavy metal axemeisters sound tea-party polite, tone-wise.

This is high energy material, great to listen to during intense mountain bike rides up a grueling hill. If you are unfamiliar with the old-school Hardcore Punk genre and want to experiment, “2nd King of Jewish Punk #31/69: The Last of the Great punk Rock Bass-Heroes” is a must for that trial collection. So slip this into your player, just press play, strap on your boots, pop your knuckles, and have a badass time!

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