Tisabel: “GENRE HOPPING” bristles with energy and artistic audacity

Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational

Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” resonates gloriously

Beats aren’t gendered. So why are we still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality in the music studio? Women represent less than 5% of music producers and engineers. Yes, the music industry—like every industry on this patriarchal planet—is sexist. That is not news. But this means we’re missing out on a whole world of sounds, stories, and perspectives. Our culture has systematically ingrained this idea that technology is more of a man’s thing. Then of course there’s the fact that most men get freaked out when women do things better than them or even as good

Nothing But You, Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records

American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY OWN” showcases Nicky’s strength, both vocally and emotionally, as she performs her bold, unapologetic lyrics. She uses her music to tell stories and to capture the true emotion behind the music. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Nicky also draws influences

DownTown Mystic: “On E STREET” is filled with exceptional music!

Sha-La Music, Inc. announces the release of On E Street, a 4 song EP by US Rocker DownTown Mystic on UK Label Nub Music. The EP’s release date is December 1 and will be digitally distributed via ADA/Warner Music. The EP features rare studio performances by the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band – drummer “Mighty” Max Weinberg & bassist Garry Tallent. Despite having played with Springsteen for over 40 years and studio work for various artists, Max & Garry have only played together on the same session for only a few artists. This puts DownTown Mystic in some very exclusive company. DownTown Mystic started as the alter ego of

Mobb Boss: “Lil Lady” – the depth, perspective and hunger of a performer

Being respected, revered and admired as an emcee is what often elevates a rapper from being one who merely strings together words that rhyme into an appreciated lyricist of the highest order. However, while there are a long string of spitters and scribes that have come along, the elite few who have found themselves mentioned in conversations and debates when discussing quality artists, have one thing in common: a track record of consistently delivering music that make the most of their lyrical abilities and serve as a piece of themselves. When speaking of today’s pack of underground orators, Mobb Boss

“All Your Bull” – A Politically motivated song from The Chile Colorado band

Rock band Chile Colorado’s debut album’s success at Rock Radio was a headline on the Newswire Jumbotron in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe this month. The Chile Colorado band is next scheduled to release the digital single “Getting Restless” to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Radio from the new self-titled album after having achieved 100 College Radio stations “Adding” the set for airplay. The ‘Chile Colorado’ album features Ron Wright, songwriter, lead guitar, and vocalist, with Paul Goss on bass & background vocals, and John Ferraro on drums. All three are veteran

Pastor Peter Unger Releases New Single “The Memories of God”

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA — Peter wrote this song for the older people, who he had the honor and privilege of ministering to over many years. Pete explained that many had a humble, kind, and appreciative dignity; qualities born of a long life shaped by faith and wisdom. Most were to experience the debilitating effects of age, including mental decline and dementia. During visits he struggled and prayed with them through the inevitable spiritual and emotional valleys of such a decline. He further explained that those, for whom faith and a personal relationship with God most defined what it meant to

King Draper: “1992” – simplistic in its premise but unquestionably real in its execution

You can’t write about underground or independent hip-hop and not write about King Draper. Or at least I seemingly can’t. For the past couple years the man’s been a nearly constant presence in my journalistic exploits. And now, I’m sitting down again to review his latest 11 track project, “1992”.  The King hits me with dope music and I write about it, and I’m more than happy with the arrangement. If you’ve peeped any of King Draper’s projects before, what you get from this project won’t surprise you. Draper with his soulful, jazzy, production and his smart anecdotes detailing tales

Edgler Vess: “Violet” – essential to your hip-hop collection

Every album that Edgler Vess releases, breathes with a distinct personality, each a shape-shifting assemblage of personage and programming that sounds more like a kind of miraculous hyperlinked sound collage than rap. His lyrical feats go unmatched for sheer idiosyncrasy and insight; beyond rap enthusiasts, many of his strongest supporters are probably writers and music heads. A master of the microphone and the beats, Vess has constantly swapped out his tools and themes, avoiding revision and instead choosing innovation. When Edgler Vess does what he does, he’s impossible to ignore. He’s profound, he’s impressive, and he’s damn entertaining. In short,

J-Hamz: “I Stack Up Remixes” – breaking free from the formulaic!

A medical doctor by day, J-Hamz is a classically trained pianist who produces electronic by night. J-Hamz has been featured in various music magazines and radio stations. His “I Stack Up” track was a Beatport Staff Pick as well as charting in the top ten electro house and big room charts. The EP “I’d Do Anything” also charted on Beatport and has received airplay on over a 100 college FM radio stations. J-Hamz together with Jaculator also received a nomination for the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards’ as DJ/Electronic Recording of the Year for the aforementioned EP. In his 6th release,

Shutterwax: ‘Disappointment’ defies pop culture with another breakthrough recording

I first encountered the music  of Shutterwax during 2014 with their album ‘Dig Me A Well’, and then had the pleasure of reviewing their EP “Hurricane in 2016. On both occasions I was blown away, especially when considering this band’s modus operandi. The brainchild of Jeffrey Brayne (Guitars, Vocals, Drums, Synths, Lyrics) and Mark Rufino (Bass, Synths) – and with full-time jobs and families – Shutterwax can only find the time to get together once a year to write and record as much material as possible over a 5 or 6 day stint in the studio. Hence Jeff, Mark and the rest of the line-up which includes Jessica Brayne (Vocals), Frank Diorio (Drums), Harvey Brice (Guitar and Vocals) and Zach Onett (Keyboards) get together annually, for what they call “an exercise in self-indulgence.”

They develop each song within a 4-5 hour time-frame and then record instantly what they’ve cultivated in that time. This obviously leaves very little time for re-thinking or reimagining a song, so I think what we’re getting with Shutterwax’s songs, are the purest, closest versions to the writers’ hearts as possible.

‘Disappointment’ is the third full album from Shutterwax and features songs all recorded in the aforementioned manner. The band describes the pervasive theme of the album as “a journey to Mars, picking up perhaps where Major Tom left off in Space Oddity.” If you’re looking for another album to sing along too, or craving that shower-time special recording, you might as well keep looking because you aren’t even close here.

Not because you couldn’t sing along to some of this stuff, you could. Especially the catchy and upbeat “Dreams Fall Away” or the lusciously soaring choral section in “Bristol Anthem”…it’s just that you just wouldn’t dare! Why would you want to screw up something this beautiful?

Always defying pop culture with breakthrough recordings, Shutterwax takes another leap forward on this album, in its quest for… well… whatever it is that Shutterwax has been searching for each summer in Jeff’s carriage house studio.

Let’s face it; Shutterwax is not your normal band, so why should they release a normal album? ‘Disappointment’ takes your usual alternative record and turns up the artistic liberties by about 100 notches as they move from progressive rock flavors to retro pop piquancy and psychedelic zest.

The most amazing thing about this album is that initially you are more likely to be in awe of it rather than be in love with it. But there will be a moment that it begins to become something you cannot do without. That happened for me instantly on the hypnotic and funky title track ‘Disappointment’. Jessica’s intoxicating voice disrupted my testosterone levels for hours with this song, as she did with “Hurricane”.

And it took a brilliantly atmospheric art-rock ballad like “Nothing Left But Breathing”, to break Jessica’s spell on me. I think this is the most emotionally stimulating experience that Shutterwax have bestowed on me…if not, this song is damn near the closest they have ever come. Especially with me being a Bowie fan!

Of course the sheer rocking dynamism and dirty guitar riffs of “Cinnamon Girl” won’t leave you indifferent either, and nor will the juxtaposed acoustic sounds of “Life Lessons For Kids” that closes the the 9 track album. Sincerely folks there are few indie bands that can touch Shutterwax.

With each release, they set new standards for themselves, in writing, engineering, arranging, performing and producing. And they do it in less than a week. Can you imagine what Shutterwax could be capable of if they played together every f*cking day!!

Full Credits for Shutterwax:
Jeffrey Brayne – guitars, vocals, drums, lyrics
Jessica Brayne – vocals, lyrics
Harvey Brice – guitars, vocals
Frank Diorio – drums, percussion
Steve Kelly – engineering, mixing, percussion
Zach Onett – piano, organs, synths
Mark Rufino – bass, synths
Additional performers:
Keith Bonner – vocals on Hurricane and Disappointment
Kim Snyder – saxophone on Dreams Fall Away

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