Tisabel: “GENRE HOPPING” bristles with energy and artistic audacity

Longtime Musical director and vocalist Tony Isabel aka Tisabel boasts an unprecedented skill set. He writes, arranges, sings, plays, and performs. He busts taboos, flashes unstoppable ambition, blends genres together like paint. Soulful ballads and funky grooves, ambient new age soundscapes, Hip-hop fantasy, and divine EDM devotion. For these qualities alone, he deserves respect. However, as you know, respect is also kind of a bullshit concept. Your favorite songs may not grace anyone else’s mixes; your favorite artists may not have ever left town. A century of recorded music has given us a galaxy of worthy tunes. But the gravitational

Lee Lee Lanea: “Basswhipped” resonates gloriously

Beats aren’t gendered. So why are we still in the dark ages when it comes to gender equality in the music studio? Women represent less than 5% of music producers and engineers. Yes, the music industry—like every industry on this patriarchal planet—is sexist. That is not news. But this means we’re missing out on a whole world of sounds, stories, and perspectives. Our culture has systematically ingrained this idea that technology is more of a man’s thing. Then of course there’s the fact that most men get freaked out when women do things better than them or even as good

Nothing But You, Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records

American singer Nicky has released her latest single on Phoenix Records. Her much anticipated single entitled, “ON MY OWN,” is available via all digital channels as of now. The single was composed by Multi-award winning composer Emine Sari, produced by Cihat Atlig, with vocal production and engineering by Multi-platinum winning engineer Joel Evenden. “ON MY OWN” showcases Nicky’s strength, both vocally and emotionally, as she performs her bold, unapologetic lyrics. She uses her music to tell stories and to capture the true emotion behind the music. Inspired by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, Nicky also draws influences

DownTown Mystic: “On E STREET” is filled with exceptional music!

Sha-La Music, Inc. announces the release of On E Street, a 4 song EP by US Rocker DownTown Mystic on UK Label Nub Music. The EP’s release date is December 1 and will be digitally distributed via ADA/Warner Music. The EP features rare studio performances by the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame rhythm section from Bruce Springsteen’s legendary E Street Band – drummer “Mighty” Max Weinberg & bassist Garry Tallent. Despite having played with Springsteen for over 40 years and studio work for various artists, Max & Garry have only played together on the same session for only a few artists. This puts DownTown Mystic in some very exclusive company. DownTown Mystic started as the alter ego of

Mobb Boss: “Lil Lady” – the depth, perspective and hunger of a performer

Being respected, revered and admired as an emcee is what often elevates a rapper from being one who merely strings together words that rhyme into an appreciated lyricist of the highest order. However, while there are a long string of spitters and scribes that have come along, the elite few who have found themselves mentioned in conversations and debates when discussing quality artists, have one thing in common: a track record of consistently delivering music that make the most of their lyrical abilities and serve as a piece of themselves. When speaking of today’s pack of underground orators, Mobb Boss

“All Your Bull” – A Politically motivated song from The Chile Colorado band

Rock band Chile Colorado’s debut album’s success at Rock Radio was a headline on the Newswire Jumbotron in Times Square, Manhattan, New York, across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe this month. The Chile Colorado band is next scheduled to release the digital single “Getting Restless” to Active Rock and Mainstream Rock Radio from the new self-titled album after having achieved 100 College Radio stations “Adding” the set for airplay. The ‘Chile Colorado’ album features Ron Wright, songwriter, lead guitar, and vocalist, with Paul Goss on bass & background vocals, and John Ferraro on drums. All three are veteran

Pastor Peter Unger Releases New Single “The Memories of God”

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA — Peter wrote this song for the older people, who he had the honor and privilege of ministering to over many years. Pete explained that many had a humble, kind, and appreciative dignity; qualities born of a long life shaped by faith and wisdom. Most were to experience the debilitating effects of age, including mental decline and dementia. During visits he struggled and prayed with them through the inevitable spiritual and emotional valleys of such a decline. He further explained that those, for whom faith and a personal relationship with God most defined what it meant to

King Draper: “1992” – simplistic in its premise but unquestionably real in its execution

You can’t write about underground or independent hip-hop and not write about King Draper. Or at least I seemingly can’t. For the past couple years the man’s been a nearly constant presence in my journalistic exploits. And now, I’m sitting down again to review his latest 11 track project, “1992”.  The King hits me with dope music and I write about it, and I’m more than happy with the arrangement. If you’ve peeped any of King Draper’s projects before, what you get from this project won’t surprise you. Draper with his soulful, jazzy, production and his smart anecdotes detailing tales

Edgler Vess: “Violet” – essential to your hip-hop collection

Every album that Edgler Vess releases, breathes with a distinct personality, each a shape-shifting assemblage of personage and programming that sounds more like a kind of miraculous hyperlinked sound collage than rap. His lyrical feats go unmatched for sheer idiosyncrasy and insight; beyond rap enthusiasts, many of his strongest supporters are probably writers and music heads. A master of the microphone and the beats, Vess has constantly swapped out his tools and themes, avoiding revision and instead choosing innovation. When Edgler Vess does what he does, he’s impossible to ignore. He’s profound, he’s impressive, and he’s damn entertaining. In short,

J-Hamz: “I Stack Up Remixes” – breaking free from the formulaic!

A medical doctor by day, J-Hamz is a classically trained pianist who produces electronic by night. J-Hamz has been featured in various music magazines and radio stations. His “I Stack Up” track was a Beatport Staff Pick as well as charting in the top ten electro house and big room charts. The EP “I’d Do Anything” also charted on Beatport and has received airplay on over a 100 college FM radio stations. J-Hamz together with Jaculator also received a nomination for the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards’ as DJ/Electronic Recording of the Year for the aforementioned EP. In his 6th release,

Natalie Jean: “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” – the wonderful use of the economy of sound

On “Haiti Mwen Renmenw”, the new album by songstress Natalie Jean, the composition is brilliant, with wonderful use of the economy of sound (i.e. high quality vocal deliveries with calculated use of instrumentation), emotionally raw and thematically consistent. I have listened to every nuance of every note on this album. It is a brilliant album, by a brilliant artist…and I don’t even understand a single word that is sung! Why? Natalie, who is a multilingual singer – performing in English, Spanish, and French – has sung the entire album in Haitian Creole, apart from the closing track L’Amour a L’Infini”, which is in French, clearly bringing to the fore the roots of famous Haitian artist Guy R. Jean, who just incidentally happens to be Natalie’s father.

“Haiti Mwen Renmenw” contains ten tracks bathed, in both fast paced Latin rhythms, and slow burning ballads, executed with the excellence we’ve come to expect of Natalie performances over the last few years, as she has evolved into an all-embracing singer of enormous potential. This recording sounds like the greatest hits album of an artist in her 20th year of recording. Every song is perfect and meticulously crafted. It’s analogous to a box of chocolates, where you can’t decide which is your favorite, and after you listen to each song, you say “omg” out loud.

All the songs are different, and even sung differently. I adore Natalie’s vocal phrasing ad boundless energy in the opening “Se Kanaval”, which you can imagine by the title, invokes imagery from a euphoric street carnival, and will have you dancing in rings around the room. Though accompanied by an upbeat tempo, “Smoking Ke Fan” deals with a slightly melancholic theme of a local fishmonger who never finds real happiness beneath his everyday working facade. The song was penned by Guy R. Jean.

The exuberant and rhythmic “An Selebre Papa Dambalah” deals with one of the most celebrated spirits of Haitian Vodou. Damballah is known as the Sky Father and the primordial creator of all life. He rules the mind, intellect, and cosmic equilibrium. “La Pe” is a plea for peace for Haiti and relies exclusively on Natalie’s melodic voice and the accompanying percussion. “Lan Nuit Nou Tounin Lougarou” translates roughly into ‘The Night We Become The Werewolf’, and represents the warding off of evil spirits. Again, the power of the percussion plays an important part in the song structure, and in support of Natalie’s fiery vocals.

“Endepandans” signals one of the album’s higher points. The song which embodies how Haiti got its independence and how they should try to reclaim it again, shows off all the facets of Natalie’s forceful vocal performances when she puts her mind and heart to it. “Saut-D’eau” is an ode to the famous waterfalls where thousands of Haitians travel to ask the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and her voodoo counterpart Erzulie for healing in a yearly pilgrimage. Another extremely high point on the album is represented by the track “Marabou”, a ballad about the beauty of dark skinned women. Here Natalie is able to elaborate on the sensual and romantic nuances of her vocal delivery. Something she does with delicacy and luxuriating taste.

“Haiti” as the name suggests is about the country and its best known characteristics. But if you’re expecting a happy-go-lucky carnival-esque rhythm, be prepared for an intense and edgy acoustic guitar driven soundscape and an almost rock-like vocal delivery from Natalie. “L’Amour a L’Infini”, or ‘everlasting love’, closes the album in style, with Natalie again forging all the emotion and raw vocal power she can muster in a song which describes the sentiments of ‘a greater love’. A rabid fan of Natalie Jean’s music, I’d been waiting for a new album, but I was not expecting one in Haitian Creole. Despite my breathless anticipation and confidence in Natalie’s ability, I couldn’t shake a slight fear that somehow, “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” wouldn’t be able to live up to my monstrously high expectations.

Well, multi-award winning Natalie has not lost one ounce of her touch since her previous release. The stunningly mature vocals of a still so youthful and yet such a refined woman, the striking musical arrangements, and the unique style without the overproduction continue to reveal an artist who wants to remain true to both her own style and her family legacy. She has the looks and the potential star power, and I think that the latter case might yet come without having to redefine herself in terms of some marketing craze that has less substance and is otherwise bland. In her performances, Natalie is energetic and passionate. Her music is unique and special, for it can be listened to from various perspectives and angles. Regardless of whether you are happy or sad, Natalie Jean always seems to have a song apt for the moment. And even when you cannot understand the language, it does not matter one little bit, as the music will take you exactly where you need to be!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – REVEBNATION – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – SOUNDCLOUD –JANGO – GOOGLE PLUS – YOUTUBE

About The Author

Reply