VAVO: “No Friend Zone” captures millennial youthfulness and free spirit

New York-based EDM duo VAVO was formed in 2015 by the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. VAVO’s early works featured a progressive, electro sound, which appealed to a wide audience, and it included their remix of Martin Garrix’s “Scared To Be Lonely,” their first solo single “Ace Of Spades,” “Astronomia 2K17,” and their remix of TheFatRat’s “Fly Away.” The duo started 2018 off with a bang, dropping ‘How Low’ with John Christian on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Records. In March, VAVO debuted a new creative direction – an EDM/Pop crossover sound that has resonated with

Quinn Soular: “Ovah & Ovah” ft. Ziggi Recado – both impressionistic and insightful

Quinn Soular has released his 3rd official single “Ovah & Ovah” which is a summer banger featuring guest vocals from Dutch-Caribbean Reggae superstar Ziggi Recado. Born on the Island of St. Maarten, Quincy Adolphin aka Quinn Soular is a Pop and R&B singer-songwriter who has his own music production company, QP (The Quinn Productions). If you’re a fan or just a longtime R&B historian in general, you probably know that some of the game’s most renowned voices were cultivated in choir stands and churchyards. Sure, R&B’s secular content often clashes with the gospel’s divine intent but the similarities are unmistakable.

Emmanuel Dalmas & Kirby Howarth: “This Is Love That I’m Feeling” – a song with a country bent

Emmanuel Dalmas a company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry from the South West of France, also moonlights as a multi-genre music composer. Dalmas has been steadily building his music catalog since kicking things off in 2016 from his home studio. He produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his projects, which in turn are made available for both commercial and non-commercial use. Emmanuel Dalmas recently dropped his latest single, “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, done in collaboration with Kirby Howarth, who added the vocals and lyrics to Dalmas’ music and

Armonite: “And The Stars Above” – complex, vibrant sonic landscapes

May 2018 saw the release of the new album, “And The Stars Above”, by Italian progressive rock band, Armonite, featuring violinist Jacopo Bigi and keyboardist Paolo Fosso. The album also includes a guest appearance by Porcupine Tree’s bassist, Colin Edwin. Composer Fosso and violinist Bigi are classical musicians who through their teenage years, joined local bands, playing a variety of genres and artists, from the Beatles to Dream Theater. At the end of the ’90s, while still in college, they would play in a band called Armonite. They released an album in 1999, performed a few dates live, and then

MVJOR ARCVNA: “The Last Word in Love”- a master of layers and sequenced progression

Jaron Pearlman aka MVJOR ARCVNA, is an audio engineer, backing musician, and songwriter who grew up in Asheville NC, and is now based in Atlanta GA. Over the years he has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Indigo Girls, The Shadowboxers, Amor Kismet, Mercury Jackson and more. MVJOR ARCVNA is revered by many critics – and certainly by us – as one of the most quintessential independent producers currently around, standing almost alone in his ability to mix catchy crossover EDM-Pop sounds with complex rock-styled songwriting, and igniting the electronic underground in a truly unprecedented fashion.

DJ Mizzy: “Prost” – gorgeously phrased synth lines, and subtly floating aural overtones

Boasting a sound that goes from his favored deep house grooves to hip-hop, DJ Mizzy, born Claudel Larose, is an international DJ and producer raised just outside of New York. Inspired by artists such as Sander van Doorn, DJ Yonny, and Avicii, Mizzy has a strong passion for his work. Throughout his 18 years of DJing, Mizzy has traveled all over the world to perform, using the original Technic SL1200 turntable as his prime tool. His latest endeavor is “Prost”, a German influenced track with a melodic tone, incorporating a subtle Caribbean flair. DJ Mizzy’s melodies are emotionally evocative and

Boy Leadfoot: “Turn-Buckle” – wholeheartedly playing to their strengths and sounding great while doing it

Max Gordon with Boy Leadfoot is a three-piece blues-based, alternative soul and rock project, from Vancouver Island, Canada. Their latest release, the EP “Turn-Buckle” is a breath of fresh air compared to the pop dribble permeating the American music scene right now. This is the type of musical project that will carve out a steady cult following and attract a good deal of critical acclaim. All three members are very professional and innovative musicians, and musicians of any sort will gobble up all kinds of licks, tones and spices from this release. The EP resides in the nebulous nexus of

Juan Donovan: “Merlot & Marijuana” – a brilliant compendium of styles and luxurious production

As one half of the production duo Darkroom Productions, Juan Donovan has produced with his partner Jamal Roberts some of today’s hottest artists. That list includes R Kelly, Wale, Young Money, Maino, JellyRoll, 24Hrs (Royce Rizzy), Brick Squad, G-Unit, Bad Boy, and more. The duo also won multiple awards for its phenomenal work on HBO’s classic hit series “The Wire”, which garnered them featured in major publications such as FADER, The New York Times, VIBE, and dozens more. It’s not surprising then that Juan Donovan would want to drop a record that’s as much a personal statement as a collection

American Spirits: “Nowhere Near Perfect” – at their most musically and lyrically ambitious

Since being launched in 2017, Bowling Green, Ohio, Indie Rock band, American Spirits, have also founded The Summit Shack, a local DIY venue that has hosted over 25 bands since its inception in the same year. 2018 saw the four piece band release their album “Nowhere Near Perfect”. This recording will grip you by the neck and slam you into the ground. It’s simply one of the most listenable Emo albums you would have heard in a while. You could play the whole thing through without getting bored, probably every day if you wanted to. The music is catchy. The

Internationally Acclaimed Contemporary Jazz Band Drivetime Drops Elegant New Single “Mysterious Life”

 Song is the Lead Single and Title Track of their Latest Album Single Follows their Billboard Jazz #1 Most Added song “Whispers”  Single Marks Band’s relaunch Via Red Hot New The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records  (Los Angeles – The Sound of Los Angeles (TSOLA) Records is proud to announce the release of a new single, “Mysterious Life,” by Jazz Fusion torchbearers Drivetime. This Michael B. Sutton production is enriched with sensual soprano saxophone, spacy synths, pulsating drums and percussion, deep pocket bass and enigmatic electric guitar, “Mysterious Life” – the title track of the band’s eight and latest

Antun Foster Presents Past-Present-Future Volume 1 – captures your attention

Detroit native and go-to musical director to the stars, Antun Foster has brought forth his 18 track album “Antun Foster Presents Past-Present-Future Volume 1”, which sums up a substantial slice of the musical excellence he has delivered to the praise and worship arena. Anybody who avidly listens to Gospel music will be aware of his phenomenal work.  Cutting through to the essence of faith has been a recurring theme in Foster’s music and it is what connects one song to another as he fuses classic R&B arrangements with gospel choral backing vocals.

The release of this latest album is enough evidence to see that Foster’s music holds the ability to encourage those who lack faith, and strengthen those who have faith.  This project is brilliant and to be honest, it contains his best work to date. “Larger Than Life”, the first track after the opening, “Welcome To The Lab”,  captures listeners attention within the first 30 seconds and is a great representation of the album overall.

Many of these songs are not your ordinary Gospel songs and I was immediately drawn in by the sound, the arrangements and the powerful vocals – male or female – on the entire record.  Goosebumps will form on your arm as you listen to the smooth harmonies and empowering messages.  Not many Gospel musicians can match and merge styles, sounds and genres as effortlessly, but this comes as no surprise, as most are aware of Antun Foster’s musical capabilities.

Absorb the essential sounds as the album moves through different flavored standout tracks as “Leap for Joy” ft. Dodi Alexander, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, “When Only God Knows” and “You Alone Are Worthy”. Relish in the lush reworking of “Ain’t No Need to Worry” featuring the stunning vocals of Mario Winans. Stand back and adore Terrell Carter’s mellifluous rendition of “His Coming On A Cloud” or J-Fella’s street urban edge on “The Passion”.

Listening to “Antun Foster Presents Past-Present-Future Volume 1”, the impression is that there has been a lot of work and effort put into the songs in this project. The tracks are very well arranged, and the musicianship is impressive. There are some innovative chord progressions in some songs that really impressed me, while the vocals and harmonies are on point just about everywhere.

The reason I love this project is that Antun Foster blends the old with the new, keeping his musical arrangements both contemporary yet traditional. Foster never forgets the root of good gospel music and always incorporates it in his projects.

More About: Antun Foster is a native of Detroit, MI, and has been ministering in music since the age of 15. Soon after being discovered by Elbertina “Twinkie” Clark, Foster toured with the famous Clark Sisters, traveling the USA and foreign countries as one of the music directors in their band. Since his humble beginning, Antun Foster made his mark as a premiere organist by touring with such legends as the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the Clark Sisters, the Winans, Donnie McClurkin, and Vickie Winans. Antun is currently working on several projects – writing, producing and arranging music for many artists. His most recent accolades include “Shake Yourself Loose” which remained #1 for eight weeks on the Billboard Charts and earned him a stellar nomination for “Song Writer of the Year” and two BMI awards for “Song Writer of the Year” and “Publisher of the Year”.  Foster has produced various CD projects and published numerous songs. Furthermore, Antun has worked with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kirk Franklin, Bebe & Cece, Donald Lawrence, Mario “Yellowman” Winans, and Donnell Jones.

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