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Kaytlyn Cate: “You’re Making My Heart Feel Like” – captivates with perceptive sensitivity and devastating simplicity

Kaytlyn Cate, the singer-songwriter who hails from the Cascade Mountain range of the Pacific Northwest, was called “the alt-rock genre’s best kept secret”, by Pitchfork, on hearing her first single. Since then she has been reinventing herself, and is currently hard at work on her forthcoming EP, “The Blue Hour”, with producer David Samuel. At the same time Kaytlyn is also busy in the West Coast club scene and booking shows for the 2019 season, as her brand new single gains traction. A confident, empowering woman in music always makes for a great listen, and the captivating first impression of

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Born and Raised in Brooklyn, NY, J.Vargas The Investment is a cross-genre music producer, songwriter, recording artist and entrepreneur. The Investment has been building up his catalog with single and album releases for some time now, and has gained traction with the song, “Im So NY (I’m So New York)” ft. L-BLESS – a recording artist based out of NYC.  If you’re an artist living in the city that never sleeps, chances are you’ve written about its endless dynamics in some manner. Musicians have attempted to elucidate what makes the city’s allure so transcendental – its expansiveness, its majesty, its

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On November 9th, Blake G’s first English single was released. The catchy “Number One”, produced by Big D, channels the good ol’ 50s Rock n’ Roll style, infused with electronic sounds that makes it even more so unique.  The signature 50’s beat, completely modernized, with a great sounding, contagious bass, and today’s sound, compliments Blake G’s vocals on a memorable, superb pop tune that gets easily stuck in your earlobes for good. Blake G, the young up and coming sensation, found his calling in music. He caught the attention of the legendary producer Emilio Estefan Jr, who has been pivotal

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New York, NY – A Plea For Peace, Sanity And Gun Control. In Response To The Recent Pittsburgh Synagogue And California Mass Shootings. America is plagued by hatred and wanton, senseless gun violence. Yesterday it was 12 college age people who were gunned down in California. Just two weeks ago it was a mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh which took 11 lives. And many more such tragedies have occurred over the years.  Something has to be done. Robert Miller, leader of the band Project Grand Slam, decided to do something. He has written and released today

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Born in Detroit and raised in Miami, Ross is known for his hard work, humble attitude, and passionate dedication and commitment to his music. His career to date has spanned over twenty years and includes producing local television shows, co-owning the Prestigious Tempo Entertainment Studios, scoring for films, and collaborating with and producing artists from various genres. As a producer, writer, and sometimes singer on his own tracks, which also include featured artists, Ross’ songs are labeled as ROSS Presents. An artist who creates and performs behind the scenes, Ross’ physical identity remains a mystery. Ross’ recently-released track “Look at

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Kaytlyn Cate – The New Single – “Making My Heart Feel Like”

Singer/songwriter Kaytlyn Cate hails from the picturesque Cascade Mountain range of the Pacific Northwest. Upon the release of her first single, Pitchfork called Kaytlyn “the alt-rock genre’s best kept secret”. Writing about the deepest emotional issues that belie youth and innocence, Kaytlyn’s lyrical work addresses the themes of love, hope, fear, hurt, heartache, and haunting insecurity. In addition to writing songs for other artists, Kaytlyn has been hard at work on her forthcoming EP, ‘The Blue Hour’, with producer David Samuel. Kaytlyn has been reinventing herself as an artist since her first debut. She felt Darkside was not representing who she

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Omar Omar: ‘On The Sly’ – pure crossover elegance at its best

Omar Omar is a Norwegian pop band who describes their 10 track album, ‘On The Sly’, recorded at Flatcity Records by Jim Berget, as being “white eyed soul to jazzy funk,” while the lyrics are about how “terribly hard it is to be in the middle of life in the Norwegian middle class.” Influenced by the 70’s and 80’s, Omar Omar is Tarjei Havnes (lead vocal/guitar), Lars Jørgen Frisnes (guitar), Christiane Lier Dahl (vocals), Eivind Woxen (bass/vocals) and David Jordhus-Lier (keyboards/vocals). Imagine a breezy Sunday summer evening, on the top deck of a house-boat, floating at anchor, in a cove, on a lake, listening to the silky satin voices and smooth and jazzy soundscapes – filled with clean jangling guitars, twinkling pianos and breezy synths.

If Steely Dan’s ‘Aja’, Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’, and Boz Scaggs’ ‘Silk Degrees’ are still contenders for your personal Perfect Albums list, then Omar Omar’s ‘On The Sly’ cannot be too far behind.

It fact, in my book it would have been right on par if the band had discarded the rock n’ roll inspired track, ‘Never Rolling Home’. It in itself is not a bad track, but to my mind it just does not fit the atmosphere and mood of the rest of the album. But hey, this is my own personal gripe. You may love it.

Each of the aforementioned albums can be regarded as breakout albums, in their own distinctive way. ‘On The Sly’ is pure crossover elegance at its best and good enough to put it in the same category nevertheless.

If this was released during the 80’s, most of the cuts would already be imprinted on your brain along with some dreamy memories. Listening to the vocals, the lead singers deliver with high quality and a solid range. With a full vision of how they should sound, they are able to deliver with confidence and depth.

Because so much of this album is produced with a light touch, letting the instruments weave through the notes as opposed to smashing through them, the vocals need to have fullness, while also having a basic simplicity in its melodic approach. Omar Omar nails it.

And they nail it brilliantly on ‘Keys To The Honda’, ‘The Morning After’, ‘Letter To Haddaway’, ‘Stranger Confide’, ‘Certain’ and ‘The Space-Time Ballad’. The production on these songs offers a sweetly brewed concoction of fine musicianship, savory song choices, and the spirit of those artists whose magic left their imprint in a completely different era of music.

Creating timeless music isn’t an easy task, especially for those artists who opt to work at the intersection of diverse genres. On the one hand, it is important for these musicians to embrace current trends; while on the other hand, hindsight sometimes has the cruel habit of revealing the deficiencies of previously fashionable techniques.

Instead Omar Omar takes the best of today’s technical qualities and blends it with the best of yesteryear’s songwriting. The result is a formula that forges modern cutting edge material with strong nostalgic and familiar moments. This is what makes ‘On The Sly’ so endearing to the ear!

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