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

David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” – wonderfully orchestrated narratives

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” finds David Vaters in top form. This is a beautiful complex album that highlights the full brilliance of David’s genius, as well as the serenity and wisdom of a long, full life. Those of you who have listened to the previous, ambitious and critically acclaimed project, “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1 ”, showcasing a cast of a-league musicians, will know exactly what to expect. As this offers more of the same emotional experiences savored on that recording. Once again David enlightens us with his lyrical wisdom, as he warns about our cultural and spiritual shortcomings and our insatiable desire to reap personal fulfillment from worldly possessions.  What David Vaters has given us here is a ten-song cycle that eloquently elaborates the daily vicissitudes of a man passionately uncovering the truths inside his soul.

The record is as much a view of both the beautiful and ugly corners of contemporary society, as it is an interior monologue on the power of faith. With unabashed, yet understated tenderness, there is none of the cloying quality in David’s voice and phrasing that somewhat mars your regular rock star’s performances. Vater’s sings from the heart at all times, without cunningly searching for the all-enticing hook.

The magnetizing power of his songs lie in the engaging melodies, the lavish production and the visceral approach he has to his storytelling vocal deliveries. More than simply singing a song David seems to be baring his soul. Hence the listener remains captivated all throughout the album.

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” is rock, it’s Americana, it’s thoughtful, gracious, beautiful, uplifting, and most of all it is David Vaters at his best. Here he opens up his heart for the most personal and most emotional release thus far. The electric, acoustic and organic composition of the songs are wonderfully orchestrated narratives mixed with hope and praise as Vaters chronicles the vivid gift and joy of believing.

He has created an album with vertically-focused worship songs. The record hits the ground running with “Castles In The Sand”, a mid-tempo song with a simple melody that you will find yourself quickly singing along to. On the heels of this anthem you will run into a tune written with the thought of avoiding resentment called “Forgive”. Starting off intimately with a piano and vocal lead-in, it falls into a beautiful groove as it hits the first chorus.

The first real universal standout arrives with “Godly Man”, a very worshipful song that contain powerful declarations to God, it employs a large and lavish rock arrangement. From here on out the album rises to amazing heights both musically and spiritually, as David’s relationship with God becomes more intense throughout the narratives.

“Brothers Of Mine” has a pretty deep meaning. It seems the song is telling the listener that the light shines brightest in the darkest places and times. One thing that I like about David Vaters for sure is the way he writes his songs, which make the listener imagine the situation and feel the meaning of every word in the track.

For arrangement, musicality and lyricism, moments of excellence can be savored on “Talking To God”, “Like I’ve Been Born Again” and “Service Of The King”, the best three back-to-back songs I have heard on any album during the last year or two. Regardless of genre.

It’s really hard to believe that “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2”, is only David Vaters’ second solo album. All things taken into consideration, it actually sounds like his twentieth. It does of course help that he had a roster of well-known players in the studio.

Including Grammy and Dove award winner Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin, John Hammond and Brian Fullen on drums and percussion and Jeff Cox and Gary Lunn on Bass, Johnathan Brown on Keyboards, Susie Vaters and K.J. Raney on Background Vocals, and David Vest on background vocals, keyboards and orchestration, while David himself handles the Acoustic Guitar and of course the Vocals. All the songs were written by David Vaters, except “Castles in the Sand”, which was written in collaboration with Ward Pike.

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