Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

Reverse Mechanic: “Rhodes Scholars” (ft. Soul Khan) – incorporates character development and imagery

In honor of graduating seniors and those finishing the school year this May, Reverse Mechanic has teamed up with famed New York battle rapper and songwriter Soul Kahn to give voice to a scholarly rap song titled “Rhodes Scholars.” The song released with its music video on May 27, 2017, is available on BandCamp, SoundCloud, YouTube.com, Pandora, and more. “Rhodes Scholars” will also be part of Reverse Mechanic’s second album, The Mixed Ape – available this Fall. The accompanying new music video celebrates its Minnesota roots by taking place in a local Northeast Minneapolis barbershop, ‘Sportsmen’s Barbers’, together with local actors and a local videography team.

“I’ve always felt that Soul Kahn’s lyrics are second to none, and his music tackles serious subjects masterfully,” says Joe Wistrcill aka Reverse Mechanic. “He is genuinely a Rhodes Scholar of hip-hop. Hoping to collaborate, I reached out and explained the type of music I was creating – clean, tight lyrics with soul, and I was thrilled that he agreed to sign on. It is a tremendous honor to have his work appearing in the third verse of “Rhodes Scholars.”

Wistrcill began writing and performing as Reverse Mechanic in 2011 while attending the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, studying business music. He released his first album in July 2012, and has since released 21 songs and 10 music videos. The artist with a fast growing fan-base has also performed locally at O’Gara’s, The Pourhouse, The Red Sea, the University of  St. Thomas, and the former Imperial Room, to name a few.

This latest track is another exquisite example of Reverse Mechanic’s versatility, both as a writer and a rapper. The lyrics are more than most of today’s typical rap lyrics; he incorporates character development and imagery, building a story as well as a song. And then he shows his ability to match the mood of the lyrics with a beat.

“Rhodes Scholars” is easily one of Reverse Mechanic’s best song releases to date. One listen and you can’t help but be hooked by the sincerity, passion and sense of humor contained here friends. This guy just keeps reminding me of Eminem in his prime – with the same satirical edginess and a rhyme scheme reminiscent of a complex jigsaw puzzle that requires the assembly of oddly shaped interlocking words and phrases to complete the big picture.

To say that this track is nearly flawless would be an understatement. This is truly Reverse Mechanic golden era. Nearly every one of his songs has something unique to offer. Wistrcill, and Soul Kahn on the third verse, is so full of fire in “Rhodes Scholars” that you can’t help but end up psyched at the infectious beat and smooth flow of their rhymes.

The lyrics are intricate and any fan of intelligent hip-hop who hasn’t heard this song needs to listen to it right now. The rhymes, the beat, and overall passion are excelling in every way. What makes this song so incredible, along with many other Reverse Mechanic songs, is how easy it is to relate to the story he weaves for us.

From listening to “Rhodes Scholars” we can tell this is one of the best Reverse Mechanic’s songs for one main reason:  Wistrcill poured all his realism and sincerity into the track together with a sharp sense of twisted humor.

The story melds with the metaphors into a clever, catchy and high-energy song that will have you bumping to the beat, besides listening to the lyrics. Do yourself a favor if you haven’t checked “Rhodes Scholars” out, do it right now. You won’t be disappointed.

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