3 Phase – ready for genre domination!

The names Chirag Shah, Prasham Deliwala and Melvin Saldana may in themselves not ring a familiar bell in your ear right now. Probably, neither will the moniker ‘3 Phase’, nor their 6 track self-titled EP. It’s logical, it’s the law of the industry’s hype machine – cast a light on the big label clones, and leave the independent creatives in the shadows. Luckily the internet has a different set of rules.  On hearing the 3 Phase EP, the lofty ambition, the focus and dedication of this creative collective of producers, songwriters and vocal talent, makes sense – its six tracks

Sy: “Get Out Of My Dreams” – grab this R&B and Soul extravaganza

The singer, songwriter and author, Sy, releases a brand new single produced by Rueben Wood. The track “Get Out Of My Dreams” is the first single release written by the artist in 2018, since writing two self-help books, “A Swan Among Ducks” and “Saying Yes to (No): Learning the Power of (No) before the end of 2017. This track soulfully captures the spirit and feel of the emotional journey of grown womanhood. It is juicy, dynamic, soulful, gorgeous, and it is nourishment for the soul…and mind, as it examines the intricacies of a relationship built on want and lust. As

IJK: “Johnny & June” – sounds invigorated!

Alternative rock artist Imad Jack Karam, known by his initials and stage name IJK, is a Dubai-based, Lebanese singer-songwriter, who has released critically acclaimed songs and recorded with internationally known music producers in prestigious London studios. Both his singles “Space Odyssey” and “Dancing Shadows” garnered a positive reception from fans and critics alike. IJK has a style that can move between edgy modern-day alt-rock and sixties rock n’ roll crooning.  He recently published his latest single and supporting, fully animated video, for the song “Johnny & June”. So, how does this new offering cope? Very well, in truth. “Johnny &

TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” – no lack of muscular skill-flexing!

TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”,

Eddy Mann: “Simple Things” will leave you breathless and in a state of euphoria

At first as a musician, I created music, then as an A&R executive I challenged it, now as a music reviewer, I explore it.  Of the three, the latter is the most difficult. Criticizing or appraising somebody else’s creation is no easy task. Enjoying it is one thing, understanding it another, and translating it is even more arduous. The funny thing is, I’ve always hated describing music. It’s such a volatile and subjective art, that nobody should really have the authority or the presumptuous audacity to judge the level of enjoyment or emotion any one piece of music is capable

Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” – an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers

Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which

Earpiphany: “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” – multi-faceted emotions

Dan G.Hagerman aka Earpiphany is a songwriter, arranger, composer who writes many genres, including his latest pop-rock offering, “Ultraviolet Dreams”, done with Aubrey Whitfield, a talented female music producer from the U.K. who also does the vocals. The track is taken from the “Ultraviolet Dreams and Other Songs” EP. Dan lives near Los Angeles with his lovely Japanese wife of thirty-five years, Reiko, and his daughter, Holly. “We love Japan, sushi and Huskies!” affirms Hagerman. In any potential mythology built up around the music of Earpiphany on “Ultraviolet Dreams”, Whitfield may represent an irrepressibly sanguine voice and Hagerman the barbed

Emmanuel Dalmas – a natural ear for a good melody!

Emmanuel Dalmas is a multi-genre music composer from the South West of France. A company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry he started composing in late November 2016 as a weekend hobby, and continued feeling an intense growing pleasure in learning more and progressing in music composition. Dalmas has since been consolidating both his craft and catalog, with a series of single releases that move between Pop, Easy Listening, EDM, as well songs in his native French tongue. From his home studio Emmanuel produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his

J-Carter: “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats

J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a

Get Adam: “Something” ft. Rrr Pow – some juice to kick start your day!

Get Adam is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Avondale, AZ who has recently released his latest single, entitled “Something” ft. Rrr Pow, a talented and soulful female singer. The track is ideal to be played at an intimate club settings, because of its introspective execution, and slower tempo. Yet at the same time a simple remix of the track, could turn it into an anthem for major arenas and festivals, due to its strong hooks and melody, as well as big room chords by Get Adam, coupled with Rrr Pow’s crisp vocals. It has a liberating and refreshing vibe

AKASH: “Rooftop Vibes” conjures up an imposing sonic architecture

AKASH is an 18-year-old Indian Hip-Hop/Pop artist from New Jersey who a couple of months back rolled out his 10 track album “Rooftop Vibes”. AKASH penned all the tracks and called in a crew of talented producers including Davincii, DopeBoyzMuzic, and ANS who also contributed his vocals on several of the songs. The entire album was mixed, mastered and engineered by ANS of ANSstudios in New Jersey. “I’m excited for this album because it’s a reflection of not just my life now, but the life I’m striving for,” explained AKASH. “It’s a diary of the various aspects of life that I want to share with the world.”  Just how important is substance to music? How important is originality and performing skill? Listening to a lot of music, one develops a set of criteria by which they judge it, like looking for depth of emotion, or creative soundscapes. There exists music which combines the effectiveness of this criteria, managing to be strong and entertaining, fulfilling all of it. AKASH is an artist that makes that type of music.

The album mixes luxurious, futuristic beats with a blend of auto-tuned rapping and singing to surprisingly entertaining effect. The beats are enjoyable and distinctive, generally very innovative, and AKASH’s lyricism and rapping abilities are top notch. Furthermore, he dedicates enough to his sound, and has a strong melodicism that makes sure there are no issues.

One of AKASH’s main strengths here, apart from his own technical and creative skill is his ability to wrangle numerous different producers into one coherent sound. His style is essentially a raided-up version of thumping pop menace, filtered through hip-hop and trap maximalism.

The beats take what should be a refined, subtle sound and turns it up to 11, through a decent pair of headphones, “Rooftop Vibes” world envelops you, and creates a truly immersive sensation. The production conjures up an imposing sonic architecture for AKASH to hang his stories on.

Those stories are where the album into its second layer. It really has to be said that AKASH is as good a rapper as he is a singer. His words rhyme appropriately, and there are some hooky pronunciations hidden in there, while the lines always have something say. Furthermore, AKASH’s vocal delivery is so on point that it’s near-impossible to not find any humanity in it.

Over and above the beats, melodies and vocal performances, there’s an intangible something about “Rooftop Vibes” that makes it extremely engaging. AKASH has embraced his style, and his go-for-broke energy and catchiness actually makes this a pretty damn great rap and pop album.

It’s the kind of music that is all about mood, and atmosphere, and once you get hooked onto the feeling it evokes, “Rooftop Vibes” is well worth the time. Essential tracks include: “Do The Time”, “Sacrifice”, “Text Me”, “Ride My Wave”, “Distance”, “Visions” and “Chance”.

 The structure of “Rooftop Vibes” is proof that AKASH is fully aware of how to play to his strengths. Fueled by his consistently infectious delivery, hypnotizing production and show-stopping verses, AKASH is able to entice the senses on just about any level by delivering an immediately gratifying project.

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