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,

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.

The Links: “Imperial” – a humble, hype-less gem!

The Links formed in 2011 by Jordan Marola and a group of high school friends in Lafayette, LA. After a handful of shows, this lineup disbanded and the group was reformed with different members in 2013, and went through several changes during the ensuing years. To date the band have released 2 albums as well as a handful of EP’s and “in-studio” live releases, the newest of these releases being the “Imperial” EP, which has been described as “a more stripped-down and organic sounding release in comparison to the last few from the band.”

On The Links new studio EP, there is a revitalized style that takes a little time to tune into, but once the acoustic and electric wavelengths are established, it’s solidly business as usual. “Imperial” is a bit like stepping into a fairground. The voices and music swirl in an intoxicating manner.

For all its apparent stripped down exterior there is still a flamboyance, where every note is there – and specifically not there – for a reason and the overall kaleidoscope is clearly very closely designed.

It’s hard to tell how autobiographical these songs are, as they could also be based on ideas rather than specifics. But the way Jordan Marola and the rest of band interpret them, sounds genuinely personal. Marola’s voice and turns of phrase full of paradox make this an intricate, yet simple listen.

It should go down as one of their most memorable when they hang up their instruments. The songs herein are melodic and specific. Not all expert songwriters could achieve this kind of sonic quality and lyrical detail, and get both so right.

The classic indie tropes with which The Links embellish these songs, and the filtering subtlety of their instrumentation, allows through the fundamental, emotional substantiality. These are songs that simply stick. Right from the opening title track, “Imperial”, the EP succeeds, not thanks to any eccentricities, but because of its song craft, which is direct and resonating. It’s a humble, hype-less gem that initially will probably go unnoticed by everyone bar a few indie kids file-sharing, and word-of-mouth mumblings.

“We’re Not The Same” proves they are as capable of lush, sepia-singed autumn elegies as they are brash, barbed romps. In this song, Jordan Marola marries an unravelling melody and a storybook-simple arrangement with his own lyrical curiosities.

The Links understand there’s beauty in brevity; in performing songs at their most concise, stripped-down and powerful. Leaving not one chord wasted, songs like this grab you by sleeve, grin and dance you into submission before crashing to a breathless finish. Without a doubt “We’re Not The Same” is the best track in the pack.

The band do have one eccentricity included in this recording, and it’s the P.P. House mix of the title track, “Imperial”. But it’s in no way loud and obnoxious –on the contrary, it only has the beat beefed up, while retaining all of its melody and flow. “Aura”, brings a slow burning, acoustic-dominated ballad, where Marola forges all of his vocal emotion before the tracks surrenders itself to the sound of keys and strings.

“Imperial” is an EP of lilting, literate, buoyant and brilliant indie music with melodies so memorable they may as well be burned into your brain; that goes closer than many in understanding how even the most simplistic music can incite such a powerful, devotional effect.

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