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

Get Adam: “Something” ft. Rrr Pow – some juice to kick start your day!

Get Adam is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Avondale, AZ who has recently released his latest single, entitled “Something” ft. Rrr Pow, a talented and soulful female singer. The track is ideal to be played at an intimate club settings, because of its introspective execution, and slower tempo. Yet at the same time a simple remix of the track, could turn it into an anthem for major arenas and festivals, due to its strong hooks and melody, as well as big room chords by Get Adam, coupled with Rrr Pow’s crisp vocals. It has a liberating and refreshing vibe

The Blue Phoenix: “Indigo” -The electronics sear and smolder

Minnesota producer, The Blue Phoenix is no stranger to exploring and infusing various genres of music. His eclectic taste, has led to several diverse albums. Well, 10 albums to be exact. And that’s not a bad average for an 18 year-old – especially if he only started producing seriously since 2013! Fact is, to keep his averages and momentum going The Blue Phoenix has just dropped his latest 8 track album, entitled “Indigo”. The central key is that, rather unsurprisingly, “Indigo” is one of the more purely enjoyable electronic records released by this precocious talent; vital by all means, but even more so considering who the source is.

Its nonstop detonations are proficient without a hint of slightness, melodic with a fair bit of sonic chaos, inventive, inviting and plain old mind-fun. A drum and bass album skirting the seas of EDM, trance, ambient, electro, post-rock, and hammering away and just about any other electronic influence.

It is the sound of The Blue Phoenix, the teen-aged extraterrestrial and his trusted super software shining through. The electronics sear and smolder, beats rumble and slice, and the arrangements work like tightening vices. Music as boundless and overwhelming as this needs a dominant focal point, which “Indigo” has. Flexing soaring synth lines, clever drum manipulations and squalls of bass, these tracks somehow maintain a steadily ascendant trajectory of prominent melody no matter how belligerent the soundscapes get.

The album opens with drums that quickly swarm to pound your inner ear and to send you wobbling, on “Spark”. There is a real menace to every thumping kick drum and snare. That this album turns so many EDM tropes on their head is evident on “Starchild”.

From the very first track bar a complex euphoria announces The Blue Phoenix’s intention to flavor the milk. He grabs about 3 or 4 EDM subgenres and melds them into one. It makes something new out of something tired, something powerful, innovative and undeniably otherwise.

What makes The Blue Phoenix so interesting is that not only is he a talented producer, but he also stands out as a daring, experimental artist. No matter what musical style he is emulating or restructuring, he is always doing so with an open mind. This liberal approach to music makes his albums stimulating and rewarding.

Now don’t get me wrong, “Indigo” is by no means an experimental album, on the contrary, it is very accessible, probably the artist’s most accessible album thus far. It’s just that he mixes disparate and unusual sounds to make pleasantly comfortable tracks such as “What I Couldn’t Say”, or “Memories in Melodies”, for example.

Where The Blue Phoenix captivates, he also mystifies. Some of the album’s most engrossing moments are presented in a sonic enigma, as on “Aurora” or “I Can’t Breathe”. One of the record’s most satisfying moments comes on my favorite track, “Atom”, in which a rich, awe-inspiring electronic sequence gives way to equally powerful drums.

On “Indigo”, The Blue Phoenix musters his numerous abilities and allows his songs to unfold naturally, giving them enough buoyancy to maintain a gratifying, and consistent listening experience.

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