Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

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

Steady Work: “Identity Theft” – full of sonic gems!

Dallas Schwake aka Steady Work, is an independent music artist based out of Colorado Springs, CO. Originally a Mississippi Native, Dallas moved to Colorado in 2012 where he attended the United States Air Force Academy. Instead of continuing a career in the military, Dallas – a multi-instrumentalist – voluntarily left the service towards the end of 2013. For the past few years, he has worked in several different industries and positions while simultaneously honing his music abilities in order to support his dream, his wife, and his son. This month sees the release of Steady Work’s debut album entitled, “Identity Theft”.

Previous attempts to blend hip-hop, country, rock and blues have ranged from good, to amusing, to corny, and just downright embarrassing – and I won’t mention names, but now someone has finally done it right. There’s nothing gimmicky about Steady Work’s debut album; he’s blending genres not to be cute but to serve the fistful of terrific songs he’s written.

Steady Work also defies the biggest taboo in rap by dropping the macho pose to acknowledge any personal errors, issues or weaknesses. He gets away with it because he never whines and always accepts his share of the blame. He is also not afraid to share his religious beliefs and the strength of his faith and how this helps him overcome any difficulties.

In today’s many well-defined fields of music, only seldom someone comes around to create something that can claim to put a new style breaking twist on things. And that’s not even discoverifullng new areas, but just managing to stray away from the same old ones.

With “Identity Theft”, Steady Work creates an effort like that, as he combines Americana and Rock with a Hip hop point of view, touching the preaching and introspective, to provoke the listener with glimpses into situations that people usually hide behind blinds.

One hell of a lyricist, an incredible singer and a rapper to boot, Steady Work is a powerful songwriter and an even better storyteller, one capable of evoking an emotional response at each and every turn. This is a real life record, one that reflects the trials and tribulations we all may face along the pathway of our lives. Plain and simple, the lyrics, the words, and the thoughts heard throughout these tracks, are relatable.

“Identity Theft” is an under-the-radar record that you’re much better off experiencing rather than simply reading about. No matter from which end of the album you start the change in style and feel from track to track is radical. From the lush Americana, acoustic-driven track “So Much More”, to the deep, dark and edgy bass booming rap-rock of “Dazed For Daze”, and the throbbing percussive hip-hop themed verses of “Hold The Line”, Steady Work lays his full throttle powerful gravelly vocals out for all to hear.

His singing soars and emotes with the same visceral energy he rhymes through the rap verses. There is hardly a notable difference between his ability to execute one or the other form of perpetuating his storytelling lyrics.

When it comes to forging sonic gems containing strong melodies, smooth rapping and powerful singing, the album standouts for me, besides the aforementioned tracks, have to be: “Identity Theft”, “Never Had Much”, “Full Spectrum” and “To You”, with a toss up for the absolute album diamond, between “Hold The Line” and “Dazed For Daze” – easily among the best songs of any genre I have heard all year so far.

These days, with so much bad music constantly being shoved in our face, it’s suffocating. Steady Work brings a breath of fresh air with “Identity Theft”. It’s one of those albums you can actually listen to all the way through…without even worrying about genres, they’re all inside here!

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