Tisabel: “GENRE HOPPING” bristles with energy and artistic audacity

Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational

Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” resonates gloriously

Beats aren’t gendered. So why are we still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality in the music studio? Women represent less than 5% of music producers and engineers. Yes, the music industry—like every industry on this patriarchal planet—is sexist. That is not news. But this means we’re missing out on a whole world of sounds, stories, and perspectives. Our culture has systematically ingrained this idea that technology is more of a man’s thing. Then of course there’s the fact that most men get freaked out when women do things better than them or even as good

Nothing But You, Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records

American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY OWN” showcases Nicky’s strength, both vocally and emotionally, as she performs her bold, unapologetic lyrics. She uses her music to tell stories and to capture the true emotion behind the music. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Nicky also draws influences

DownTown Mystic: “On E STREET” is filled with exceptional music!

Sha-La Music, Inc. announces the release of On E Street, a 4 song EP by US Rocker DownTown Mystic on UK Label Nub Music. The EP’s release date is December 1 and will be digitally distributed via ADA/Warner Music. The EP features rare studio performances by the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band – drummer “Mighty” Max Weinberg & bassist Garry Tallent. Despite having played with Springsteen for over 40 years and studio work for various artists, Max & Garry have only played together on the same session for only a few artists. This puts DownTown Mystic in some very exclusive company. DownTown Mystic started as the alter ego of

Mobb Boss: “Lil Lady” – the depth, perspective and hunger of a performer

Being respected, revered and admired as an emcee is what often elevates a rapper from being one who merely strings together words that rhyme into an appreciated lyricist of the highest order. However, while there are a long string of spitters and scribes that have come along, the elite few who have found themselves mentioned in conversations and debates when discussing quality artists, have one thing in common: a track record of consistently delivering music that make the most of their lyrical abilities and serve as a piece of themselves. When speaking of today’s pack of underground orators, Mobb Boss

“All Your Bull” – A Politically motivated song from The Chile Colorado band

Rock band Chile Colorado’s debut album’s success at Rock Radio was a headline on the Newswire Jumbotron in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe this month. The Chile Colorado band is next scheduled to release the digital single “Getting Restless” to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Radio from the new self-titled album after having achieved 100 College Radio stations “Adding” the set for airplay. The ‘Chile Colorado’ album features Ron Wright, songwriter, lead guitar, and vocalist, with Paul Goss on bass & background vocals, and John Ferraro on drums. All three are veteran

Pastor Peter Unger Releases New Single “The Memories of God”

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA — Peter wrote this song for the older people, who he had the honor and privilege of ministering to over many years. Pete explained that many had a humble, kind, and appreciative dignity; qualities born of a long life shaped by faith and wisdom. Most were to experience the debilitating effects of age, including mental decline and dementia. During visits he struggled and prayed with them through the inevitable spiritual and emotional valleys of such a decline. He further explained that those, for whom faith and a personal relationship with God most defined what it meant to

King Draper: “1992” – simplistic in its premise but unquestionably real in its execution

You can’t write about underground or independent hip-hop and not write about King Draper. Or at least I seemingly can’t. For the past couple years the man’s been a nearly constant presence in my journalistic exploits. And now, I’m sitting down again to review his latest 11 track project, “1992”.  The King hits me with dope music and I write about it, and I’m more than happy with the arrangement. If you’ve peeped any of King Draper’s projects before, what you get from this project won’t surprise you. Draper with his soulful, jazzy, production and his smart anecdotes detailing tales

Edgler Vess: “Violet” – essential to your hip-hop collection

Every album that Edgler Vess releases, breathes with a distinct personality, each a shape-shifting assemblage of personage and programming that sounds more like a kind of miraculous hyperlinked sound collage than rap. His lyrical feats go unmatched for sheer idiosyncrasy and insight; beyond rap enthusiasts, many of his strongest supporters are probably writers and music heads. A master of the microphone and the beats, Vess has constantly swapped out his tools and themes, avoiding revision and instead choosing innovation. When Edgler Vess does what he does, he’s impossible to ignore. He’s profound, he’s impressive, and he’s damn entertaining. In short,

J-Hamz: “I Stack Up Remixes” – breaking free from the formulaic!

A medical doctor by day, J-Hamz is a classically trained pianist who produces electronic by night. J-Hamz has been featured in various music magazines and radio stations. His “I Stack Up” track was a Beatport Staff Pick as well as charting in the top ten electro house and big room charts. The EP “I’d Do Anything” also charted on Beatport and has received airplay on over a 100 college FM radio stations. J-Hamz together with Jaculator also received a nomination for the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards’ as DJ/Electronic Recording of the Year for the aforementioned EP. In his 6th release,

hooyoosay: “Mountain Air” is the purest expression of the big, bright Pop sounds

Of the many acts quietly hammering away in the shadow of the alternative revolution, hooyoosay wasn’t a strong contender for longest-lived or most famous. An apparent shunning of careerist game-playing and exposure of any kind was, and remains, part of the group’s appeal. Their discography painted a picture of musicians preoccupied with creating great musical art, enjoying the process, and very much leaving it at that. In fact a note on the band’s website even confirms as much: “hooyoosay is not a band actually. It’s a project of writing, playing, recording and releasing music. The contributors have chosen not to be credited, and some may vary with each recording. They take part merely because they enjoy it.”

They must be enjoying it thoroughly however, as hooyoosay continue to release music without stop. Five singles, two albums and three EP’s down the road the band keep churning out their original blend of unobtrusive retro-flavored pop with a twist.

Their latest EP release “Mountain Air” is the purest expression of the big, bright sounds that have always been within the band vision. Given their preexisting penchant for jangle-pop and sunny-day melancholia, the band has transposed those sensibilities into a conversation about escapist music – and what better place to escape to than the crisp, clean and fresh “Mountain Air”.

Sounding somewhere between The Ventures’ guitar-driven instrumentals and The B52’s tongue in cheek lyricism and male-female vocals, as well as REM’s quaint pop melodies, hooyoosay carve their way through a set of 5 catchy tracks, including 2 instrumental songs, that will grab your attention for the sheer audacity of this band to play such pristine, highly stylized arrangements when the rest of the music scene is moving towards dark and edgy themes.

The band’s delicate crystalline approach throughout their catalog is clearly a consequence of their own aesthetic preferences, the humor, insight, and sheer quality of their writing has in almost every instance provided a tension and bulwark that has prevented hooyoosay’s material from sliding into banal, clichéd territory, notwithstanding its retro tendencies.

Great songwriting writing, as always, can stand up to nearly any form of arrangement; alternatively, no amount of bells and whistles, strings, vocal harmonies and whispered sighs can rescue an insubstantial song from banality.

Hence “Mountain Air” is another glorious success – the songwriting is once again the center of attraction on this EP, but this time even the arrangements have been reinforced with a sense of energy and urgency that is nothing less than infectious on the title track “Mountain Air” and “Done Our Best”.

“Complicated” showcases the band’s ear for earthy arrangements, while the upbeat clean guitar-driven instrumentals, “Mountain View” and “My Lucky Dream” sound gorgeous and will have you tapping your feet and nodding your head in approval of the groove.

hooyoosay is still a fountain of clever wordplay, and they stick to their agenda – learned but unpretentious; complex but not unfocused; revealing but not diary-entry juvenile. Of course there’s a long history of clever pop music camouflaging its wistful subject matter and ideas with glistening keyboards, jolly guitars, and buoyant percussion…but that was in the 60’s, all we have left now is hooyoosay!

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