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EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

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

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Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

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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,

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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

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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

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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

NAUREA: “Sugar Sun” – an all-inclusive artistic brain!

Olimann, the mind behind the NAUREA project has an all-inclusive artistic brain – from electro, techno and house, to post-industrial rock, he says that anything is possible within the framework of his creativity. An architect, graphic designer, writer, and ex-guitarist in a number of bands since 1991, Olimann now usually works alone in his small studio, manufacturing all the essentials that make up the chaotic NAUREA package, from the music to the graphics. Releasing its debut production in 2012, the project has just dropped its latest 10 track album, entitled “New Zombie Generation”. True to his unorthodox ideas in all avenues of his art, the album is full of social observation and shock but with a witty slant.

From the album comes the lead single, “Sugar Sun”, filled with all the manic grit NAUREA can manage, bringing all the familiarity his fans will yearn for, and the band sounds great: delivering sludgy, energetic industrial rock. But it’s one of those records that also deliver more depth to the experience than you were expecting. More real music than just the inescapable feeling that experimentation was the focal point here rather than actual structure and focus. In other words if you were expecting only gimmicky visuals backed by a whole lot of chaotic noise, think again.

Olimann, aka NAUREA, has a thinking mind, which means no incoherent mesh of random ideas. On the album he takes a hard critical look at our modern, wired up and networking society, leaving no stone unturned. Even the song titles give you an idea of where his train of thought is headed – “Fast Food Is The New Religion” and “Game Addicted”, being just two shiny examples. “Sugar Sun” however, will audibly assault you relentlessly, and it’s one of the catchiest songs on the album I still think. ‘Abrasive, raw, yet complex and catchy’, is not a mix of words that ever find themselves grouped together nicely, yet in this case they find themselves quite uncomfortably comfortable in describing the deranged organized frenzy delivered via “Sugar Sun”.

Of course more flipped out hysteria can be gained from watching the supporting video clip of the song. In a way, one could almost say that NAUREA writes very visual songs, because his sonic madness always begs to be seen. And of course he obliges with a whole series of videos available for viewing on his YouTube channel. Pure freaky brilliant genius, NAUREA is a mix of Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie and Static-X. If you are treading the darker side of industrial with an abstract left-field flair, stop here for some influence!

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