Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – a rare jewel!

After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making

Moorhouse: “I Love You to the Moon and Back” ft. The Cellophane Heart – brings a new slant to the genre

Irish DJ and producer Moorhouse has dedicated the song, “I Love You to the Moon and Back”, to his daughter, Abbie. It speaks about their relationship and what the future holds. Canadian artist, The Cellophane Heart, provided the vocals for the track, and the song was produced in Moorhouse’s home studio in Waterford, Ireland. The track offers a lively, upbeat 90s dance pop sound mixed with current top 40 influences from Baz Luhrmann and N-Trance. This track means a lot. And there is a reason for that. Sure, it may be electronic dance music, but it’s…different. EDM music is becoming

THE RIFT: “Rock Narcotic”shows off some impressive performance abilities

Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT is made up of brothers Aris Anagnos (Vocals, Guitar), John Anagnos (Bass) and Ovais Malik (Drums). Since forming in 2009, they have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, among others. Their 2016 full-length debut “INVENTIONS” caught the attention of the media, industry insiders and radio stations, as well as Grammy winning producer Brandon Friesen who has worked with Alice in Chains and Nickelback . Now 2017 sees the band release their brand new single “Rock Narcotic”, which is music on THE RIFT own terms, and really, that’s all you

LeeSon Bryce: “The Proelium EP” – some of the most diverse talent around this genre

Briceson Lee, artistically known as LeeSon Bryce, was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Lee Summit, MO (south of Kansas City). First as a drummer for his church since the age of 12, then as a college graduate, manager, and an affiliate owner of a nutrition company LeeSon has always been influenced by music. Now at 23, he is adamant in pursuing what has always been his true passion. Teaming up with other local artists and DJs such as Oblivinatti and Buck, LeeSon Bryce sets out to prove himself in the music industry. The first challenge comes from

MusicMegaBox.net – Listen To Music In Your Own Language!

It is always comforting to see that the website you just accessed is available in your language. Well, MusicMegaBox.net (you can read more about this music service here) is proud to release its French and German versions. While it may not be a problem to look for the music you like in English, which is a universal language, used on every website available on the Internet, using your own language means accessing a greater variety of details. You will know the meaning of every word on the website and you will certainly find what you’re looking for a lot faster.

Liquid Lunch: “Sketches 2 Seed” – an infectious and smoldering staple

Ken Eagle and Michele Akers discovered each other’s musical abilities after meeting at a dance in May 2014 and formed a duo in late October of the same year. They booked their first gig a month later…prior to having any material ready, and were forced to burn the midnight candle before successfully completing the gig with a 40 song repertoire. The duo, Liquid Lunch has now played in excess of 200 Gigs, performing at more than 50 different venues and travelling in excess of 160,000kms across the state of South Australia. Through it all Eagle and Akers, now bring to

DabriaLive Records Presents the heart and soul singer Anette Mendoza

Anette Mendoza, one of the original members of the Dabria duet which originated in 2011, has performed by request in various places such as Japan, Korea, UAE, and Indonesia among others establishing a solid reputation as a singer and performer. Anette, who started singing when she was 5, has also recorded the song, “I will do anything for love”, with Philippine artist – and first ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ winner – Jovit Baldivino. Inspired by her late father, who himself was an excellent singer, Anette decided to sing professionally at the tender age of 7, starting out with covers by artists

KonQuestNow: “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” ft. STP & J.Morgan – an assemblage of uncanny language

The preconceived notions of what a KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) track is going to be like are plentiful well before you even press play. This has been a boon to their career, in what has become a viral habit of either hating or loving something based almost solely on your own personal internet culture and what your daily feed prompts you to feel about a certain subject. The collective’s name has become synonymous with great lyrics, superb beats, and originality. On their latest track “NOP (No One’s Perfect)”,  produced by Wreck The Rebel, featuring  STP & J.Morgan,  KonQuestNow

Enzo Sprigg: “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula” – therapeutic and cathartic

Enzo Sprigg is a creative electronic singer-songwriter, as well as a visual artist who illustrates his own album covers, creates the costumes in his videos and has even hand drawn and animated videos for his songs. Sprigg has just recently thrown down his therapeutic and cathartic 12-track “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula”, his third album. It’s with his continued freedom and internal exploration that Enzo Sprigg returns with a new recording, while showing a mature growth from his earlier releases. The album opens with “Raygun Love Transmission”, a beautifully sewn together song with distorted instrumentals and yearning vocals that create luscious textures

Stori Brooks: “Parachutes” – a potential for greatness

Stori Brooks has been a lot of things in her career: producer, poet, conflicted rapper, scenic storyteller. While her versatility keeps her afloat, it’s tough to get a bead on exactly who Brooks is and what she stands for—is she the conscious backpacker or the straight-talking street girl? She embodies the urban alternative, and she’s working on an album, to be entitled, “EVERYTHING IS GR8”, that offers her full narrative. The first single, “Parachutes”, taken off the upcoming album offers insight into her essence, finding the rapper at her most reflective. Maybe she’s assessing her current status and how she

Vanessa Verduga: “Soy Mujer” – a serious contender in the crossover Latino-Pop genre

Vanessa Verduga (a.k.a. La Verduga) released her debut album Soy Mujer (I Am Woman) on May 14, 2017. The production team includes the likes of Grammy® and Billboard® award-winning producers Edward Grullon (a.k.a. DJ Napoles) and Kenny O’Brien, simply translated, that means this Latina songstress means business. Vanessa started acting, singing and dancing at the age four, encouraged by her mother, a trained dancer in Spanish dance. Though her family valued the performing arts the importance of a strong education and practical career path remained an obligatory accomplishment. Hence Vanessa would eventually find her way back to performing only after a lengthy college and law school hiatus.

The result of her dedicated passion and patience is the 10 track “Soy Mujer” album. You have to give Vanessa Verduga credit for displaying quite a vast range of styles and influences within a commercial pop format. This is one of the very reasons why she will no doubt gain worldwide crossover appeal.

She can blend numerous sounds and rhythms and meld them into one captivating experience. Basically, her Latin Pop style is very unmistakable with each track; however, inside each of these songs there are subtle elements from diverse musical sources that will attract a wide demographic.

Almost every artist or band strives to achieve a musical breakthrough in their careers. Releasing an album that sounds different from any previous works in a genre is praiseworthy. But, “breakthrough” is often a strong word: it doesn’t necessarily have to be a revolution; it just has to shake things up a little bit.

When you think of how repetitive and standardized pop music can be at times, then that necessity is even more apparent for the genre. Saying that “Soy Mujer” fills that role for Vanessa Verduga would be the obvious answer, as this album certainly “shakes things up” for the genre.

Her fusion of Latin, Reggaeton, Moombahton and Bachata, into a palatable pop format, sung in both Spanish and English, gives her music such a charming global tone that it doesn’t matter which language she’s singing in, you’ll be twitching your toes and tapping your feet regardless.

Oh, and her vocal performance. It’s one of her signatures. She really takes her voice to levels of beauty – whether she wants to sound romantic, sexy, dark, sassy or sweet, her voice keeps up with it. She is able to carry all the emotions necessary in her songs, with ease.

Contemporary underground pop music doesn’t really have anyone else like Vanessa Verduga. She’s unique, not because of her exotic origins but simply because of her music. The language is irrelevant: she is versatile and, most importantly, talented enough to sound great anyway.

With this album, she establishes herself as a serious contender in the crossover Latino-Pop genre. The brightest moments in the album for me occur when “Owner Of My Heart”, “Vivirla Bien”, “Respeto Tiene Valor” and “Live It Well” are first listened to. In fact, the whole album is worth listening to. It really is hard to beat the rhythmic, melodic and vocal beauty of these songs contain. It shines in all of its facets.

While most of you – like me – likely don’t speak Spanish or are fluent enough to understand what she’s saying, Vanessa’s Spanish singing is powerful, moving, elegant, and nuanced enough to convey her emotions and messages.  She carries a focused confidence in her native tongue, and it’s obvious with the great range of singing she does while using it.

Likewise her transition from Spanish crooning to a commanding English roar is pure vocal bliss. There’s not much else to say about the album. If you like Vanessa Verduga’s voice, you’ll love “Soy Mujer”, it’s an enthralling piece of work, and just on the verge of being all-out spectacular!

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