Kambiz Mirzaei – “The Lost Ambient” – a dominating melodic mellowness behind a rising wave of dynamic, ascending energy.

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Love Ghost Premieres their brand new video “Let It All Burn”

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MARK HENES RELEASES NEW SINGLE – “STRIP ME DOWN”

The latest from the Nashville songwriter bursts at the seams with pop punk energy. Known for his ability to seamlessly shift from genre to genre, Mark Henes has established himself as a versatile and reliable performer with a deep knowledge of American music.  With the casual defiance of “Strip Me Down,” he embraces the golden era of pop punk, adding to his already impressive catalog. One of Henes’ great strengths is his ability to create instantly memorable hooks.  That ability is on full display here, as he sets up a huge chorus over a wall of gritty power chords.  “How

Fr33-Dom: “Too Young” – would feel as much at home on the Top40 charts as it would in the club

Fr33-Dom is a composer turned rapper turned singer. 26 years old from Indianapolis, IN, but lives in San Diego. This dude does not get the recognition he deserves, but he has definitely been putting his fair share of work in. If you run through his catalog, you’ll notice that he is all about finding harmony in a disparate amount of styles and centering himself right into the music. His single project “Too Young” helps translate all of that energy into something extraordinary.

The track is the perfect way to start the audience getting to know this artist. It’s a track that helps warm us up for a new sound that we are about to experience. It’s indescribable. There has hardly been an underground rapper who has mixed so many different catchy mainstream styles together to create something of this captivating magnitude.

Sure, it could be argued that many have mixed genres in the past done in the past, and that nothing is new under the sun. But few in the independent labyrinth have tackled a mix of pop, EDM and Rap in this manner.

The closest you’ll come to a mainstream mix that is so alluring is to look back to when the Black-Eyed Peas were busting up the charts all over the world. But they were a major label band with a major budget too match.

Modern Rap tends to be inclined towards dark and edgy musical themes with often violent and vulgar lyricism, but Fr33-Dom turns this scheme on its head. His sound on “Too Young” is light and bouncy, running through a romantic lyrical theme. This track would feel as much at home on the Top40 charts as it would in the club.

“Too Young” is the type of song that is literally hypnotizing. I’m telling you this is not the typical rap project. You are in for a treat. I admire that this guy isn’t afraid to sing on his songs, rock out, rap and do whatever he feels like doing.

This is as solid a single as an artist of Fr33-Dom’s status and talent could hope for, as he’s a tough act to categorize. He can spit rhymes with the best of his contemporaries, but he’s also got quite the voice to buoy his rap talent, something that not a lot of rappers come by so organically.

Fr33-Dom’s songs blurs genre boundaries between soul, pop, dance, rock, and hip hop and pushes listeners out of their comfort zones. There are few musical lines Fr33-Dom’s has yet to cross.

Through the rise of social networking and micro-blogging, the target market of pop/hip hop consumers have reportedly grown short on attention and the variety offered by Fr33-Dom’s will probably allow for him to keep people coming back for more and you better believe that element is never executed better than on “Too Young”.

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