Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Corlioni: “Destiny” has a genuinely refreshing effect!

In case you’re not down with the nomenclature being thrown around the EDM community currently, on his latest track, “Destiny”, electronic producer Corlioni, comfortably slides into the trend-setting genre called ‘Tropical house’. Though, it would be correct to say that the masked British producer is not really confined to that specific genre at all. Tropical house is a more relaxing yet uplifting form inside the EDM craze, a response to the grimy, dark sounds of the dubstep craze which has been losing steam for the last several years. Rather than deep bass growls that sound like a broken inkjet printer,

DJ DezZ: “SometimeZ” – a tour-de-force!

Fast forward a quarter of a century and the phrase ‘Deep House’ has become to mean something completely different from its first incarnation during the halcyon days of house. It’s hard to move in the overpopulated market of all things ‘deep’ these days, but in amongst the monotony of the same old EDM samples and generic preset bass lines are a number of artists that really are able to tickle your fancy. One such EDM producer that we believe has kept it deep, down and dirty so far in 2017, with the release of his single “SometimeZ”, is Charlie Desi aka DJ

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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