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

J-Carter: “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats

J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a

Ser Franklin voices his experiences rather than just his talent on “Lonely Soul”

Debut albums have often been trials of sorts for different musical acts. For some, they’ve been instant masterpieces; for others, stepping stones to bigger and better things; and in most cases, they’ve been utter failures. Nevertheless, Ser Franklin’s first record, in my book, manages to fit in both the first and second categories: it’s both a masterpiece and a stepping stone. This is due to the fact that it has effective, emotional songs that will stick with you. I think that Ser Franklin has managed to outdo any expectations with his first release.

Born in Brazil in 1983, Ser Franklin was adopted by an Italian family at the age of 10 months old. He grew up in a small country named Baragiano, up until the untimely death of both of his adoptive parents. At 19, Ser Franklin decided to leave the town he grew up in to go study in Bologna, at the University of Languages and Literatures, where thanks to a scholarship, he had the chance to go abroad for a year and a half, in Denver, USA.

Ser Franklin was always obsessed with music and singing ever since he was a child, and in Denver he was introduced to jazz and soul music, falling in love with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Donny Hathaway and many others. After a year and a half, before he went back to Italy – where he lived between Naples and Rome – Ser Franklin had already developed a passion for writing songs which led to generating his first studio album, entitled “Lonely Soul”. Ser Franklin currently lives in London.

Ser Franklin voices his experiences rather than just his talent, as “Lonely Soul” is an album you can relate to in one way or another; it really focuses on the intimacy and heartbreak rather than just the fiery moments of love. Those who have experienced all aspects of love can expect this album to serve as a form of therapy when it comes to their relationship – whether that relationship is within a family, a friendship or a romantic situation. And with a soulful voice like Ser Franklin it makes for a passionate listen too. The album has been crafted with poetic precision and its melody is smooth and emotional all the way through.

Having a vocal range and timbre that is nothing less than captivating, Ser Franklin makes each listen a rather hypnotic experience. None more so than on standout tracks such as: “Lonely Soul”, “Remember The Time”, “Night”, “The One That I Love”, “Just Let Me Breathe”, “Take It Away” and “Fly Where You Won’t Follow”. Indeed, it’s fair to say that Ser Franklin is one of the best at what he does, and this album proves it very well. This is an album for personal reflection. If you dig some refreshing R&B and soul music, with deep lyrics, and ballads that don’t feel sappy, “Lonely Soul” is for you.

Legendary singer-songwriter Seal – whose vocal tones and inflections incidentally have a lot in common with that of Ser Franklin’s – once said in an interview: “Two things remain the same, there are two constants: the song and the voice. You write a great song, you sing it as well as you can. If you have a decent voice, people will come. Those two things will never change…that will always have an emotional impact on people.” So, here’s to Ser Franklin’s raw talent which ultimately shines through in his music. People will come!

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