NazB: “When We Were Young” boasts an impeccable flow

As a child growing up in Nigeria, NazB was surrounded by the music of his native West African homeland. With members of his immediate and extended family playing instruments and singing, music was a part of his upbringing. His persistence and perseverance eventually gained him the nickname Nazodobas, which eventually evolved into NazB and became his rapper alias. Now based in Zurich, Switzerland, NazB has been performing, recording and releasing hit songs, almost at will, since his debut album “Money In Da Game”, dropped in 2006. His brand of music blends hard-hitting urban beats, funky bass driven rhythms, and African

Croatia’s Sudar Percussion Ensemble is and Award-Winning Group

The Sudar Percussion Ensemble is a successful, award-winning group from Croatia that consists of very talented Croatian percussionists. They have completed a very high number of performances, tours and projects in Croatia and abroad since 2010.Their distinguishing characteristic is the original interpretations of famous works by classical and popular music composers, as well as their innovative and humorous ensemble members who have incredible musicality and technical skills. Throughout the years they have performed many remarkable concerts and appeared at important festivals. The Sudar Percussion Ensemble have also performed alongside world-renowned artists, as well as some of the biggest names in

RAVENSCROFT- “STAND UP” Video is the sound of a band inspired

Ralph Buso (Vocals), Brett Gorke (Guitars), Devin Baker (Bass), Pat Magrath (Drums), collectively known as RAVENSCROFT, are working on their most unique, creative, exploratory, and bone-crushing recording they have ever produced. It’s a progressive work of metal and rock art, delving deep into the nature of their craft. This six song EP “Rebel” will be released on March 25th 2018.  And there will be a release party held at The Slidebar in Fullerton California with Killset. The soaring melodies, the intense guitar solos, the deeply profound lyrics all take part in painting the picture that the band’s works regularly deliver.

Exit 22 Music: “Last Goodbye” – one of the finest musical acts in the pop-rock underground

It seems almost impossible that an artist that has been around this long – 20 years in Chris Calamera’s case, can keep making records that stand up among the best that he has ever done. Let’s be clear: “Last Goodbye” is a great song. It’s poppy, with a big melody and an insistent rock rhythm, and it’s catchy as hell. Sounds like authentic Exit 22 Music to me. This is pure Calamera from his pop-rock songwriting style standpoint, and pure Exit 22 Music, considering the breathtaking vocals and high production-value quotient. The perfect, power-pop formula. Exit 22 Music has been keeping

Lake of the Lion embodies embody emotive sounds and textures

Lake of the Lion is the brand name and moniker for Luxembourg music composer and producer, Daniel Kohnen, who is steadily building up his catalog and increasing his fan-base with regular new releases. In recent years, ambient instrumental and soundtrack scores have been following a certain trend. Composers seem to have this motif of creating overblown pieces with harsh lead instruments blasting out from the blue and background strings creating suspense with their melodies. Sure it was fun for a while, but within that little span of time listeners were just begging for it to stop because composers had this

Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

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 &

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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