Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Amuse: “Life Sucks” – strongly riffed tunes pulsating with angst!

For the first time, since I can’t even remember when, old school Pop-punk is making its way back into the underground in waves. And even, what I would now call ‘survivors’ in the punk scene, Amuse are enjoying 2017 in the best possible way by releasing their brand new EP “Life Sucks”. Amuse has been around since 2001, writing and recording music, as well as performing with many big name acts. The new EP, tailored to hard-core fans and casual listeners alike, the egoless and vivacious attitude of the band radiate within each song, urging you to listen to all of its 6 tracks.

Starting off with single “Offend Me”, a frenzy of rock sound paired with lyrics that are oozing with attitude, both “F.U.Y.” and the title track “Life Sucks” follow suit and employ deliciously infectious choruses with driven guitar riffs as well as thumping bass and drums, supplied by Kaine Gibson (Guitar/Vocals), Mike Muse (Bass/Vocals) and Keith Tajc (Drums).

As well as being home to some classic-sounding pop punk anthems full of power, with “Tarkin” and “I Want To Believe “(In Me & You)” playing heavily into up-tempo, strongly riffed tunes pulsating with angst that’s enough to have you hooked.

And dialing down the attitude slightly, Amuse puts the vocals in the spotlight on “Toxic” through the use of a strong melody and muted chords in the verses while the singer croons, “We always fight / I never win / I built a ship and you made me swim / I swam my way right back to you”.

But while “Life Sucks” is essentially your classic collection of solid sounding pop-punk tracks, there are some distinct outliers with respect to many other indie recordings in this genre – recorded at Sonic Iguana Studios, the engineering, production and mastering work, done via the technical contributions of Philip Hill, Mass Giorgini and Greg Simpson is top notch, making for a tight and urgent sound, absolutely well above the norm.

Although there are certain tracks that stand out, there isn’t any filler on this EP. Each track remains interesting and serves its purpose. All of the members of Amuse shine on this recording, which is something that you don’t see quite as much in many other releases.

Listening to any of the tracks on “Life Sucks” the first thing that’s apparent is just how catchy this stuff is. Indeed, the fact that Indianapolis-based Amuse’s melodies and harmonies are so memorable is a testament to the meticulous hard work that went into crafting these songs.

I could at will hum the melodies to any of these 6 cuts, and creating music that ingrains itself as so on the listener’s consciousness is surely no easy feat. And while the main driving force is a guitar riffs, but Amuse prove that sometimes it’s the most deceptively simple melodies that are also the most effective, making for stellar and euphoric listening experience that can serve to lift one’s spirits.

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