Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

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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