Flexico Deeskie: ‘Leanin’’ falls within trap’s ever-expanding parameters

Flexico Deeskie comes out of Dallas, TX, to where he moved from Kansas City, MO, in 2005. Fresh on the grid, he became an active artist in July of this year, and has been steadily dropping singles to build his catalog and fan base. Flexico’s emphasis on a positive attitude and grinding, pops up regularly as does his commitment and dedication to his craft. These trademarks of his personality and style, are of course very much evident in the single project, ‘Leanin’’. Trap music’s roots date back quite a few years, and it’s been a presence in rap’s mainstream in

“Trump in the Trunk” attacks political, social and cultural issues

From Backwards is a master at creating high quality music with low quality satire. The only thing more surprising than how well those two aspects mesh, is how well he performs them on stage. His genius, however, lies within the fact that while he will laugh at (not with) almost everything he does, his audience will nod and move in sheer appreciation that someone is able to articulate the frustrations they otherwise are unable to deal with. From Backwards is the much needed fifth of whisky to last year’s presidential debates. Hip-hop and politics have been together for a long

Alien Skin: ‘1980 REDUX’ takes synth-pop to a different set of limits

There aren’t many synth-pop bands that I deem buyable today. I could probably count them all on my left hand. And if I only included the bands that actually played authentic 80’s analogue-driven synth-pop, I’d probably be left counting my stiff middle finger.  Sure digital and sampling can mimic just about any sound today…if you know what to mimic of course! Our current generation of electronic heroes can knock up the most devastating beats, create massive drops, and stirring buildups, so synth-pop might seem like the simplest form of electronica to them. Technically that is. Because musically we’re talking two

C-Los N.S: “Ye-Tape” features a wide range of thought-provoking lyrics

Songwriter and Rap Artist C-Los N.S (Carlos Ruelas) was born in Santa Rosa, California (East L.A.), and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. He recently released his mixtape, entitled “Ye-Tape”. After listening to it three times, I must say that this album is a mature product. C-Los N.S sounds like he has graduated from the rap game. He has an intelligent narrative that goes along with the music, while the experience is filled with more emotionally charged singles rather than club bangers. The production created is haunting with each song bringing about a different mood but it fits the messages masterfully. Beginning

Third Realm: “The Suffering Angel” – a bold and compelling addition to the group’s growing legacy

Recently signed to Distortion Productions, Third Realm is the eclectic dark electronic project founded in 2000 by Nathan Reiner of Buffalo, New York. The danceable darkwave band with powerful industrial tones, is known for their shadowy, sexed-up blend of synth rock and intense vocals. On their brand new album, “The Suffering Angel”, the collective spends half the time perfecting their gritty, driven sound and the other half eclipsing all expectations of their efforts. The result is an intense listen with tremendous highs, and outstanding performances by members, Nathan Reiner (Lead Vocals/Music Production/Songwriter), Arrow Fitzgibbon (Guitar/Keyboards/Backing Vocals/Sampler), Melanie Beitel (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)

Nika Starr: “Connection” – succinct, sassy, and sincere

Nika Starr, female Soul/RnB singer from Toronto, is currently working with her mentor DT the Artist for Artist Development from the ‘Ground Up Program’. Her latest single is “Connection” which was produced by ClevaMix Records with an instrumental from ShamGodBeats. Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry, means they always want to back you into a corner and force you to wear a label. Unfortunately, that means you either fall into one of two categories: sexy or cute, and maybe lust or love. Now more than ever people need to be reminded that women can be in more than

Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – a high sense of life and perception

Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills. Liam Merrigan puzzles

Etop: “Masterworks” is ground-breaking and innovative

Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of

Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Moorhouse: “I Love You to the Moon and Back” ft. The Cellophane Heart – brings a new slant to the genre

Irish DJ and producer Moorhouse has dedicated the song, “I Love You to the Moon and Back”, to his daughter, Abbie. It speaks about their relationship and what the future holds. Canadian artist, The Cellophane Heart, provided the vocals for the track, and the song was produced in Moorhouse’s home studio in Waterford, Ireland. The track offers a lively, upbeat 90s dance pop sound mixed with current top 40 influences from Baz Luhrmann and N-Trance. This track means a lot. And there is a reason for that. Sure, it may be electronic dance music, but it’s…different. EDM music is becoming

MAGAZINE GAP: “Ran For Cover” – a weighty, emotion-packed mini-epic

Music should be all like this. Not in style or sound, but in dedication, passion and craftsmanship. This is what we, as customers, should demand from record companies at all times. The question is do major record companies even exist anymore. I don’t mean in brand names and websites, I mean really exist- with functional A&R departments able to search, spot and sign potentially great artists. I don’t think so. It’s a job I know well, having worked in major A&R departments for over 25 years that have signed some of the biggest multi-platinum selling artists ever to have walked this planet. Before becoming platinum sellers, these were just ordinary artists playing small town gigs, yet it took some A&R executives only 8 bars of music to sign who would later become global superstars.

So how come a band like  MAGAZINE GAP, who have various single and EP releases, and have toured extensively, still release music independently via small record labels?  Three boys from London, dreamed, worked hard, and delivered exquisite music to us, now they should be rightfully collecting for their endeavors, not fighting to promote and distribute it, right? Wrong!

The record industry has changed, for the worse, and record companies do not exist in the real world anymore, they’re just simple supermarket brands like Walmart or Tesco. They fill the shelves with as much junk as possible so you can fill your shopping cart. Thank god MAGAZINE GAP has the balls to continue working within a vacant industry beating their own path to where they need to go.

Their brand new single, “Ran For Cover”, isn’t the typical follow-up track from the British crossover band that’s been turning out first rate material since the beginning of their musical adventure. It doesn’t feel rushed and it doesn’t sound like the trio wanted to capitalize from the same things they’ve done so brilliantly before.

But there are certain elements in their enchanting musical equation that cannot, and should not be erased – An addictive blend of rhythm and tone, supplied by drummer Brian McCook and keyboard player Alex Ho. A flowing melody, sparkling hooks and poignant story-spinning lyrics, with James Keen’s guitar and mellifluously soulful vocals riding high over hugely emotional choruses – and in fact, they are all perfectly in place on the latest single. Yet there is something different in the formula…

The first thing that hits you on this track is the concise but sweeping horn arrangements, then comes the bouncing Reggaeton rhythm and rolling basslines, but atop of this cogently energetic soundscape MAGAZINE GAP narrates a tale of melancholic nostalgia – a veteran musician and performer reflecting on his life choices.

Usually when writing, this London based trio – that has toured the UK, USA and the Far East, fairly extensively – find that weighty, emotion-packed mini-epics come to them thick and fast. “Ran For Cover” is no exception to the rule, and adds another feather in their songwriting caps.

So while staying with their sound and changing some variables, MAGAZINE GAP has evolved into something even better than they were before – if that sounds at all possible to you. “Ran For Cover” is not just a good follow-up to anything that came before it, but it’s indeed an ideal follow-up.

The band is steadily creeping its way to a variety of audiences and formats, and we’ll see that even more with this new single. “Ran For Cover” doesn’t just have the feel of a record that could dominate it’s genre, but popular music in general. Did you hear that, Mr. A&R man!

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