Lyndon Rivers: “Heart To Heart” – a mix of nostalgia and current innovation

The people who decide the sounds of the future are the producers and songwriters of the present. They blend familiar sounds and emotional beats with modern-day lyrics and studio advancements, often capturing the world’s imagination with a mix of nostalgia and current innovation — throwback pop no longer has to sound plainly retro; even the past can pick up future sheen. This is exactly what English-born and Australian based producer Lyndon Rivers is getting up to lately. His latest creative effort is the single, “Heart To Heart”. This reminded me of the some music from the 50s, whimsical, with great energy.

Digital Down: “Open Source Nervous System” – pulsing rhythms, mingling with the spiraling synths

Digital Down is located in central Arkansas and consists of sole member, Melville Bragg. Melville started his professional career in late 2015 with the release of the first EP entitled “Incunabula”. Melville has since placed 2nd in an international music contest hosted by software company Open Labs and sponsored by Linkin Park, as well as release his first full-length album, entitled “Open Source Nervous System”. At this point, many decades into its existence, it can be fairly expected that rock is not going to cough up a new paradigm anytime soon. The advent of digital sampling technology and electronic manipulation,

HALO: “Expressions” moves between various soundscapes which have distinctive influences

Darnelle Treadwell aka HALO, was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He started singing in the church at the age of 4, by 13 he found that he wanted to pursue a professional career in singing but didn’t know how to go about it. He met an artist by the name of B.L.O.U.N.T. who introduced him to M80 a producer from the Midwest that owns an independent label called G.S.P. Music & Film. Halo signed to G.S.P. and has been working closely with M80 for the past 9 years. Their latest artistic collaboration has delivered the album “Expressions”. The recording

Detroit artist – The Infamous Crackhead

Born on the Eastside of Detroit, the youngest of six, The Infamous Crackhead was kept off the streets and into music which became his passion. He worked hard at his craft as a DJ, then a beat-maker, and improving his mic skills before creating The Law Breakers. A couple of months backed The Infamous Crackhead dropped the 14 track album, entitled “Mental”. Focused and furious this is an album that has moments of great energy, toughness, lyrical smartness and a great old school atmosphere. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?  The Infamous Crackhead: About

Adam Idris: “Count On Me” – rich with influences and thoughts

Formerly known as Adamjlss, Adam Idris is musician and composer based in the United Kingdom. Almost a freshman to the scene, Idris started recording and making music seriously in 2016. Entrenched in the urban genres and blending R&B, Pop and Dance elements, the artist has a host of singles in circulation, including “Count on me”, “I’m incarcerated” and Power hungry”. The songs are by turn oblique, smolderingly direct, forlorn, funny, sad and gorgeous: a vertiginous marvel of digital-age urban pop. On the lead single, “Count On Me” Adam wraps his voice in woozy emotion and pivots in the space of

John Grind: “Numb” – a track brimming with confidence and energy

John Grind is a hell of a songwriter with an undeniably cracking voice, brilliant lyrics, colossal tunes, grungy swagger and of course, as always, the right amount of light and shade in his songs. Through his life experiences riddled with pain, darkness, and self-destruction he has quickly moved towards being an adventurous and psychedelic musical maverick and author of timeless sounding pop-rock songs that effortlessly became part of our consciousness. Grind is a masterful song writer. Raw, brash and yet supremely polished – “Numb”, the single taken from his “Beauty Of Decay” EP, is an impressive track an ever-reliable artist.

TONI REDD releases “Take Me To Paradise” featuring the smooth sax of Walter Beasley

Atlanta, GA – The tantalizing talents of multi-faceted entertainer Toni Redd is in the music spotlight with the new release of her latest gem, Take Me To Paradise, a jazzy, soulful, up-tempo feel good song that features the smooth sounds of renowned saxophonist Walter Beasley. Its a brilliant collaboration that will be a signature standout from her forthcoming jazz project. Her soaring, feel-good vocals coexist harmoniously in the infectious tune. I recorded Take Me To Paradise because I love the song and I wanted to show my listening audience the jazzier side of me, just in case they forgot.  Jazz is

A Silver Lining: “Don’t Let me Down” – absolutely massive and immaculately performed

A Silver Lining is a five-member alternative rock band from Bay City, Michigan. Formed in 2017, the band is treading new ground with old influences, and re-discovering the sense of purpose and fun in rock music. Their single “Don’t Let me Down”, taken off their debut album “Paralyzed” is covered in a welcome confidence and swagger that has been disconcertingly absent from the genre for far too long. On this latest offering, we are presented with a concise magnum opus – prepared to weave and shapeshift, prepared to embrace the unknown with reckless abandon, utilizing crunching riffs, pounding percussion, soaring

Shashika Mooruth: “Jogan”- Indian traditional influence on her music style

Jogan is an album of folk songs in the Hindi language that enthralls the listener with an uplifting experience. Shashika Mooruth is an independent artiste from South Africa. Her lineage extends to her forefathers from India hence the dynamic Indian traditional influence on her music style. Under the auspices of her music label, Urja Music, she displays her holistic musical artistry at every level of production. Her voice, however, is her main instrument. In Jogan, she has rendered her voice to compositions based on styles that are popular in North India, particularly the state of Uttar Pradesh, which praise Krishna

Jessie Wagner: “I Want To Dream” – Few can soulfully croon a love song as convincingly

Jessie Wagner returns, and boy do you need this track in your collection. “I Want To Dream” is the kind of quality R&B that brings a tear to the eye. Composed by P.M.B, the strong, emotional lyrical content of this song is a giveaway that Jessie, or perhaps her some of friends have been through a fair amount of dubious moments with the men in their lives. This is more than evident on this smoldering vocal interpretation. The jaw-dropping classy piano lead, the lyrical content, the production, and sheer power of the vocals, would suggest that “I Want To Dream”

Timi Alexander writes music that pushes boundaries

Timi Alexander is a 23-year old Finnish singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist living in London. Timi, who also collaborates in the Hip-hop duo, Morceau, is set to release his self-titled debut album this month. The album which was entirely recorded in Timi’s room feature songs that go from electronic to 90s alternative rock and hip hop. Alexander’s music exemplify everything that is to be valued and cherished in most art. It sifts through the signs of human emotion. These signs sweep through lush waves of orchestration, music that overwhelms you, swells your chest, makes you feel when you don’t want to feel anything. It’s the catch between the human, the heart, the mind and the soul.

It’s the eclecticism: the insane vocal changes, the willful over or underproduction, and the different flavors of angst in one lyric sheet. It makes you think about what kinds of decisions were made, and to what ends, to create something to hit particular emotional triggers. These key points heighten our response to music, because that’s the way in: it’s where the naked soul shines through. It’s where Timi Alexander shines brightest.

His music hits all of these sweet spots. And it is so utterly, utterly engaging. Curious. Kind. Tormented. Genius? Timi may be any one, or all of those things. He’s a production polymath that sparkles with enthusiasm, and with a lack of snobbery that’s damn refreshing. When written down, this album should be a mess. It shouldn’t work as a whole.

Instead of sticking to a single style and sound, Timi Alexander decides to take colossal opposing directions, flirting with electro, world, atmospheric, ambience, rock, epic and experimental soundscapes. At a glance, he may seem like an artist that has lost all sense of direction, spiraling out of control in a desperate attempt to find a new sound…

However, call it a divine blessing, but it works. It works better than it should. It seems that Alexander has a rare skill, to take bits and pieces of samples, sounds, ideas and styles, spike it with his production-drug, and make it flow so well on an album that is different from anything you’ve heard before, yet cohesive and in some way familiar.

My guess is that these songs are not so much familiar to our ears, as they are to our emotions. It is there that Timi finds the common ground on which we all stand. And on which we will all find solace or distress.

Hence, music that shifts emotions will always find a listener. And it does so regardless of styles and genres. Having said that, the songwriting on this album is top notch, and the expansive arrangements all play a major part in bringing Timi’s outlandish creations to life.

Simply put, the dude is a quality songwriter, and an even better innovator. He creates songs that are at once hard-hitting, yet languid and atmospheric. Which he then wraps up in astonishingly elastic vocals that stretch from the lowest lows to the highest highs. At times he whispers and squeals, at others he growls and roars.

If you’re looking for simple melodies and easy listening arrangements, you will not find those here. Timi Alexander writes music that pushes boundaries and are meant to emote and challenge the listener. Essential listening includes: “Cold Leather”, “Heartblood”, “Bonus” and “Glide”. But these are not tracks a writer could, or should, even describe. A simple pair of earphones is really the only go-between you need to have between Timi Alexander and yourself.

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