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

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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

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“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”

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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,

Reverse Mechanic: “Cruise Control” – The lyrical skill, the tempo changes, the technique, all of it!

Reverse Mechanic is a completely independent hip hop artist breakin’ it down in Minneapolis, MN. As a former published poet with a Bachelor’s in creative writing, he has been doing the reverse limbo, raising the bar for lyricists since 2012. His recent music videos on YouTube have helped him gain notoriety, winning several Artists and Repertoire Awards from Beat100, as well as entertaining fans throughout the year. Reverse Mechanic’s latest album “The Mixed Ape”, which has been in the works for a while, is almost set for release. In the meantime he has dropped a new single, “Cruise Control” (Co-Prod.

Evan Ebanks is a rare class of artist

Born in Ontario, Canada but raised in South Florida the emerging singer and songwriter, Evan Ebanks, is set to release his self-titled album debut on October 17, 2017, a 10-track melodically-infused introductory collection that will be on pre-order from October 11th. Evan, who has shown an interest in music since the age of 8, began to seriously cultivate his vocal talent in the church choir and local performances throughout the Miami area. He recalls one of the most memorable experiences as an artist being invited to perform on a television show and having the opportunity to meet Stevie Wonder in person. Evan has performed popular nightlife venues such as Blue Martini, Oceans Ten in South Beach, The Cleavlander in South Beach and The Hard Rock Casino.

Much like archaeology, or global exploration, much of the world has already being discovered – leaving little to the imagination. This can often lend to fans of music, being forced to embrace clichés and what is familiar, as well as allowing artists to cling to what is safe.

In theory, at least, recognizing the landscape of modern music should also mean that innovation and adventure in a music genre is appreciated to an extent that it has never been before. If the latter is true, meet the innovator Evan Ebanks.

When not exploring the depth or height of his own voice, Ebanks can be heard exploring the borders of his genre. Flitting effortlessly between played down electronica, soul elements, the vibrancy of a pop blend and all the while never stepping wholly outside the genre of R&B, Evan parades both his voice and masterfully etched lyrics through the tracks on this album – dodging potential booby traps of ambition outweighing ability.

On his new album Evan Ebanks shows that he does have solid songwriting, singing, and studio chops. This record reveals a felicity with language, a charismatic manner of singing, and a deep understanding of what makes a song work well beyond his years. Each track works on several layers. One can listen to it, make love to it, or just move to the beat.

Undoubtedly, it is Ebanks’ lyricism that really allows him to stand out here. There is such a mystic, otherworldly element to the lyrics that it’s almost impossible not to be captured by them.  It’s so distinctly clear from listening to his poetic verses that Evan Ebanks is no ordinary artist.

This level of lyrical mysticism should be difficult, if not nigh on impossible, to maintain for the entirety of an album by any artist. Evidently, no rules or expectations of limitations exist for Ebanks, as he goes from standouts like “Antisocial” to “Sign”, and “All To Myself” to “Soulmate” ft Laura Vivas, and “Seed To Rose” to “Sorry”.

This album is 10 tracks long, with consistency that makes it border on infuriating. After all, what is the most impressive element here? The words, the imagery, the message, the voice, the beats? Ebanks falls into a rare class of artist where there is such a level of depth to his lyricism that it’s a daunting task to even tackle it.

It’s rare for an artist to aptly blend both adventurous music and audacious lyrics at the same time. The Weeknd, Maxwell and Frank Ocean have done it at some time in R&B, of course, and in a distinctly accessible way, but it remains rare. Now on his official debut, Evan Ebanks too, has crafted a profoundly adventurous and unique R&B album. A rare thing indeed!

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