J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Mortinus: “Morten” is a study in sonic manipulation

It’s of course unfair to expect Mortinus to pull another revolutionary album out of the hat with his latest release “Morten”, especially now that many electronic fans would already have heard and enjoyed his EP “Orbit” or the self-titled “Mortinus”. But as always in the electronic field the expectations reach a ridiculous level when an artist drops a new recording, and it’s probably a good idea to tone them down a bit before hitting play. However, “Morten” is a really a good half an hour of music, with some of the artist’s best productions to date. So, if like me, you had high expectations, then you will be thoroughly satisfied with the results here.

Stylistically, “Morten” is as much of a big change from the Danish artist’s previous recordings as it is similar to them. It certainly covers a broader range of styles, being at times weird and experimental, and at others a lot more radio friendly. Morten’s attempt to cover a lot of stylistic ground does mean that you need to pay attention to what he is doing, like when we’re taken from track 1, the somewhat funky eastern-styled pop song “Mooi Nights”, to track 2, the mind-bending, almost Celtic sounding audio design of “Star Light”.

Mortinus’ production throughout “Morten” is flawless. The album is really tied together by consistent sound and sample choices. Every drum hit, synth patch and bass sample fit perfectly into the overall sound of the album, and Mortinus’ passion for experimental sample choices and sound design is what makes the tracks on the album worthwhile. The producer can even become edgy and futuristic on the occasion. Something he does with the thumping “Orange Nights”.

On the other hand, “Waves In June” definitely falls into the experimental category. Drawing us in with a strange, enigmatic hand-clapping rhythm, followed up by a powerful keyboard sample, all part of a wonderfully odd-paced build up, which develops into an intense anticipation. The strange harmonies and sound design of the song builds expectations, making you wait for the hard-hitting drop to come. The question is, “Will it come?”

“Evening At The Marketplace” is the album’s centerpiece, and previously released as a single. An Asian influenced soundscape, this track is one of Mortinus’ more accessible and melodic compositions, which is quite ready for radio play. It also shows us just how many sharp stylistic turns Mortinus takes us on through this album. “Mooi Dance” boasts wonderful shiny chord progressions and a spaced out production that will have you nodding your head along to the beat.

“Mooi Nights Part 2” switches between a lush chord progression and repeating synth sample and a dark drum groove. It’s a study in sonic manipulation, with every weird synth sound blending together to create an incredibly strange overall image. Maintaining a wonky heaviness throughout, it’s a very ambitious track.

“Morning Train” has a jungle rhythm, relying heavily on percussion for its essence, while “Eclipse” moves its paces through a more experimental atmosphere. “Blue Crystal Gemstones” sees a fleshed out arrangement featuring a violin as the lead instrument. By the time we get to “O”, it’s clear that the Danish electronic musician stands out among the many electronic artists creating music today because of his loose, experimental style—readily present throughout all of “Morten”, creating a slick, confident new album for Mortinus.

With sounds evoking a very earthy feel, “Morten” seems to be a reaction to the popular fascination with tropical sounds that have been front and center in pop music. Mortinus takes up the trend and twists it on its head, bringing in more Eastern and Asian style sounds creating a very interesting take on the typical energetic electronic music we have come to expect every summer.

“Morten” manages to be engaging, relaxing, booming, and dense all at once throughout most of its length, as it again switches styles on tracks such as “November”, November Part 2” and “Chant” – this last track featuring an adlibbing (chanting) vocal accompaniment. The end result, is an album willing to engage you on multiple levels, as long as you’re willing to listen.

“Morten” feels very much like a record sitting comfortably between two masters. On the one hand Mortinus is obviously aiming for more accessibility, but on the other without having to sacrifice too much of what makes him distinctive. He also occasionally explores more experimental and abrasive textures, and shows off plenty of his untapped potential on this record.

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