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

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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”

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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,

KC Shore: “Soup” – If you are looking for finely crafted music

Picked up this EP a couple of days ago, but it’s been on repeat since then. It’s constantly surprising me and it’s completely lovely in every single way; intricate landscapes of sound created with absolute simplicity. KC Shore will sweep you into another world, crafted by the poetic gold that he fits into every song on “Soup”. His voice is soothing, a little melancholy, but confident, and his instrumentals, as can be heard on the track entitled, “Cliff”, exhibits something close to perfection. A guitarist and songwriter from Jacksonville, Florida, KC Shore used to play in a death metal band but now writes music that he hopes will relax people, especially those who are depressed or anxious.

KC Shore has a psychology degree from UNF in Jacksonville, and “Soup” is his second EP release. Shore says that he attempts to write music that is bittersweet in sound because he finds the idea of transience in life and all things, very moving, and inspiring. If you are looking for something to rock on down the highway, this is not what you are looking for.

If you are looking for finely crafted music then you have found it. I have been listening to this at night as I wind down for the day. As I am writing this I am silently singing “Do You Remember the Cold?”“Last night I got too drunk and made a few mistakes. A couple are just for nostalgia’s sake. As if my shoulders were missing the weight. Of a desire that I couldn’t shake…”

Listening to his guitar strummed tune, “More Than Kings”, by all accounts, singer-songwriter KC Shore would seem the least likely candidate to be any type of in-demand performer. He is remarkably unassuming in his tone and presence, rarely approaching the top of his vocal register when he sings.

There’s nary a song on “Soup” that could even be closely associated to the word “up-tempo”,  and when it comes to instrumentation and production on the record, Shore absolutely  lives by the less-is-more adage.

And yet, and for all his low-key-ness, here I am glued to the speakers, closely listening to this 3 track EP.  Why? Simple: he’s a damn good songwriter with an uncanny ability to fill his songs with tangible atmospheres.

Somehow, this Jacksonville artist has managed to capture the essence of chill and ambient and infused it with singer-songwriter tendencies. KC Shore shines by creating simple melodies over sparse arrangements, and then filling the spaces with compelling and engaging lyricism.

All of this imagery sits atop minimal yet creative orchestrations – a foundation of clean guitar, maybe a bit of light percussion and a few piano riffs here and there, together with some other rare embellishments. I am amazed as I listen to how captivated I am by this simple, understated sound that simply should not feel this interesting – but it is.

That’s how I know this is really cool music. “Soup” flies in the face of hype, showy solos, or even the foot-stomping fervor that has taken over much of mainstream music today. It’s great, simply because it’s heartfelt music. And it stands on its own.

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