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,

Them Animals leap into the fray fully fleshed out!

Them Animals, a garage rock band from Baltimore, Maryland, was originally formed in 2014 by core members Jamie Zeller (Guitar, Vocals) and Chris Stoll (Guitar), and enhanced with the addition of Chris Curran (Drums) in 2016. Their self-titled EP released this year only presents one problem, you can never turn it up loud enough! This is the one you plug in, turn up and play as loud as you can because it is that good. This is one of those rare albums/groups that truly represent raw power and soul without the unnecessary bells and whistles. I was most impressed with the recording, which does not sound like the usual overly-produced crap but rather much more real, raw, warm and with natural ambience and a stylish spring reverb sound, which you don’t hear very often, so that’s cool. I also like how they ‘overdrive’ the vocals sometimes, it actually works very well.

The overdriven guitar tones are great too – they sound like amp cabs, not the usual dry, direct-inject sound you usually hear. I don’t have any liner notes to reveal anything about the recording, so I don’t have the facts to back me up. But it sounds like that to me, and that’s what should matter to my ears…and yours anyway.

How Them Animals get that gritty visceral raw sound is their business not ours! I’m sure you could point to half a dozen great bands Them Animals may or may not remind you of, but I don’t much care about all that. It’s just really well-executed rock and blues with a proper rock recording which doesn’t make everything sound like most over compressed fake alt-rock.

Like many of rock’s purest bands, Them Animals leap into the fray fully fleshed out and yet with plenty of room to grow. They follow no formulaic pattern and at the same time recall many of rock’s greatest moments from the second they unleash their unbridled energy on the opening track, “The Grass is Turning Blue”. You’ll quickly assume that these guys are taking no prisoners…and you’re right.

“Day After Day” rides in smoothly on a thumping drum beat and count-in before unwinding into a hypnotic ear-charmer. “Losing Feeling” will grab you from the first note, I can guarantee you of that. Through some fancy guitar chicanery the band appears to whip out, this track will worm its way into your brain and frizzle it out.

Next comes the explosive and fast paced “Next To Nothing”, and just when you think things couldn’t get any more interesting, Them Animals surprise us once more with “Moving Pictures”. This track reaches a higher echelon of musical artistry. It’s a throwback to the classic psychedelic sound, but it’s so rich in its simplicity that it’s deceptive with just one listen.

This EP sincerely has no flaws and it certainly is a few levels up from the current competition. This is 2017 and there aren’t many bands out there that can run with Them Animals. They’re probably all too busy setting up the latest studio hardware or out purchasing the trendiest DAWs, to spend time messing about with noisy instruments and writing songs…

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