Rico Homicide – “Nothing to Lose” – a fire-and-brimstone approach

Born in Springfield (MA), Rico Homicide started out as DJ Homicide at age 12. His hunger for succeeding in the music business allowed him to work with big name stars and also become a DJ/Host on illradio.net during the 2000’s with owner Yukked Up. Besides being on illradio, Homicide’s music was played from Hot 97 in New York to Hot 93.7 in Connecticut. Currently Rico has dropped his latest single, entitled “Nothing to Lose”. This song shows how the artist has matured over the years and how he is moving towards becoming a huge voice in underground hip-hop. The track doesn’t

“Ketamer01B (simm’ a MAFIA)” by Italian DJ/Producer Doc Ketamer

“Ketamer01B (simm’ a MAFIA)” is a track off the 2019 EP “Ketamer” by Italian DJ/Producer Doc Ketamer. Today’s EDM scene is at the height of its commercial success. Everybody wants to be a DJ or Producer now, and pop music, more or less, equals Electronic music. On his latest single, Doc Ketamer, who has been in the game for two decades gives us his authentic European flavored electro-jam blend. The track is victorious and uplifting, as the music pumps into your bloodstream. Doc Ketamer brings us back to what we all loved about electro. He seems to have given us

Monjyoti – “Neighbor Syndrome” is meticulously structured

Monjyoti Bhattacharyya known by his stage name, Monjyoti, released his second official single “Neighbor Syndrome”, taken from his upcoming album, “Hypnosis”, recorded in collaboration with music producer Papu Gogoi. I don’t even need to hear the rest of the album. This single is simply a dexterous, dynamic and sublime smorgasbord of instrumentation and lyrical canny, on a level I’ve not heard in a long time. Music can’t always be this good because we would have nothing by which to benchmark its ingenuity. There are sections that are nice mellow journeys to somewhere else and there are downright monstrous sections that

Pat Rossi – “Let you Go” – embellished with impressive vocal and instrumental décor

Pat Rossi is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer and producer. He is also the founder and front-man of the popular Canadian Rock band The Falling. Rossi, whose acclaimed songwriting skills led him to perform with Bon Jovi after winning the XM/Serious Satellite Radio Songwriting Competition, has now set his sights on being a solo artist. The artist who has worked with, and performed alongside names such as, 3 Doors Down, Gilby Clark of Guns N Roses, Jonas and The Massive Attraction, among others, brings to the table his latest single, “Let you Go”, via the RedJam Records indie label. The

lIne – “I wanna kill you in the shower” will certainly garner critical acclaim

Kristoffer Hilmarsson, the artist behind -lIne-, has been in several band line-ups before the forming this project. Hilmarsson has also performed at almost every open stage in his home country, Sweden, as a solo artist. In May 2019 he decided to move his career to the next level by creating -lIne-, and has released 3 singles since then, including “I wanna kill you in the shower”. From the opening jangling jazz guitar intro of his first single “Where You Are”, to the last reverberant notes of his latest release, “Lovely”, you’re subjected to an incredible journey that seamlessly straddles a

Omar Bowing – “Paradox” – is simply breathtaking in its composition and emotive power

Atmospheric, ethereal, moody, dark, progressive … these are all words that come to mind listening to the opening bars of “Paradox” – the latest track from Omar Bowing, featuring singer Tyson Yen. The music is as one would expect from this consummate composer and Guitarviol player – engulfing and entrancing. Using a whole host of rock driven instrumentation, it should not be surprising that the soundscape is lush, expansive and blasting. “The idea of the song,” explains Bowing, “is about the recognition of the power of a Paradox to challenge or even destroy a concept, idea, belief, etc., that is

MORISH RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE “BETTER THAN ME”

The emerging young rapper introduces himself to the world with a confrontational, attention-grabbing track. One of the most exciting young voices emerging on the international scene, Morish is ready to make himself known, and his debut single “Better Than Me,” is the perfect introduction to the young artist. “You will never find nobody better than me,” Morish repeats throughout the song. Addressing a former lover who’s wronged him, he makes a convincing case, taking his heartbreak and turning it into a vengeful send-off. “I wrote you many songs, but this is the last one,” he concludes, triumphantly moving past a

K Swayz – “1st Born” – riding a seemingly unstoppable and forever-cresting wave

Twenty three year old Brandon Nelson aka K Swayz, has been producing for about 8 years now, while he’s been an artist for a one year. The Charleston, SC creative is currently promoting his 11 track project, entitled, “1st Born”. Since this album is meant as an embodiment of the artist’s skillset, it only makes sense that he shows a lot of flexibility. He delivers a lot more than the obvious slide between rapping to singing and juxtaposition of up-tempo vibes and down-tempo tunes. Right from the opening track, “No Matter The Cost” ft. Colossal Capone, he drops mind-blowing switches

YellaCatt – “Super Power Pussy” – exudes an energy that is captivating

YellaCatt’s latest single debut album “Super Power Pussy”. Introduces one of the finest new female talents I’ve heard in a long time. I say new, because she’s new to me. ‘She’ is of course none other than Daniella White aka YellaCatt. A painter who has created her own successful headdress atelier – “The Plumed Serpent’’. Daniella is also sound healer, reiki master, and clairvoyant. So she wears many hats, which all seem to fit her perfectly well. Her approach to song writing is fresh and intelligent, while her performances exude an energy that is captivating. I’m not sure if she

Manu Francois – one of the most innovative independent crossover creatives heard in recent years

Manu Francois known for his rapid fire flow, superb singing, solid writing, sharp as hell production, and iconic rasta hairdo has been one of the more slept on powers in the musical community in recent years, always bubbling underneath the surface of the mainstream on the various audio and video platforms, as well as live sets around the world. Manu’s past work on projects like “Release” (2018) and “Check It” (2017), are just begging to be uncovered. Thankfully, his latest singles from 2019 have been more than just good enough to get noticed; they’ve brought an excellent mix of creativity, self-awareness, and super dope production. Every

Collaborateurs: “Interstellar Colors” blurs the lines between earnestness and bravado

“Interstellar Colors” is the third album released under the Collaborateurs name, but Curtis Hubbard, Glenn Hubbard, Roger Brandon, and Jeremy Cayton have worked together in other acts for a long time. Most recently, Hubbard, Brandon, and Cayton released three albums under the name Rog & Glenn. Brothers Curtis and Glenn Hubbard have also recorded together for many years, first as Four Day Weekend, and more recently The Hubbard Concept. The Collaborateurs have a formula that works for them. Every album has more than a handful of tracks that are the greatest thing you’ve ever heard, a perfect arrangements of chords and guitar licks, vocals and magic that sets off all the right vibrations in your brain, pillowed by tunes that eventually grow on you over time and the rest are added as melodrama to keep your emotional senses pricked up in between. The Collaborateurs is the perfect album band.

That may be a difficult statement for the iTunes generation to understand, but way before digital platforms made the album downloadable in ridiculous fractions of an atom, it was one body of work that made a profound statement about its creators, performers and producers.

Of course the word ‘producer’ also had a different meaning prior to the digital age, but that’s a whole new story, which we don’t have time to explore here. The fact of the matter remains that the Collaborateurs is an album band. Meaning they can hold your attention span, and intrigue your musical curiosity over 16 full tracks, in one sitting.

The beauty of the Collaborateurs is that you can start at any point. Each album is as good as the last and those that came after it. To that end, “Interstellar Colors” works as a perfect introduction or a delightful continuation.

The band have always worn their hearts on their sleeves. They take their right to be “professionals who decided music is more fun as a hobby” seriously, and they specialize in songs that blur the line between earnestness and bravado.

There are no deep secrets to their songs, because it’s all right there on the glistening surface: a sweeping vision of rock-based virtues by way of pulsing, lusciously layered songs writ large, in flashing neon letters. The band’s music has a glamour that reflects their technical craftiness, while they write songs pumped up with unrelenting seriousness and arena-filling atmospherics.

Glistening guitars, shimmering keyboards, funky basslines, high powered drum beats, and passages of full brass arrangements can be found scattered all over the tracks. You can go from the Pink Floyd-ish lavishness of the mid-tempo “Dimension”, to the King Crimson-styled progressive rock of “LadyBug”.

You can sink into the quagmire of the slow burning funk fusion on “Curmudgeon”, or slide into the silky smooth, and eclectic, after-dinner jazz inflections, on “Two Active Snakes”. But that’s only part of the story, as “Interstellar Colors” offers so many different shades of music it’s hard to keep up with the changes from track to track. Yet the music remains cohesive all the way through.

“Interstellar Colors” is musically beyond spectacular. I closed my eyes and listened to the whole thing…and was stunned by the end; probably the most stripped down of arrangements in this collection, the piano-driven “The Last Time”, is a quiet two-and-a-half-minute ballad of heart-thumping awesomeness which gave me the measure of the greatness of this body of work.

Despite each track bringing different influences, styles and sounds, they all relate to the main idea with clarity and consciousness – which is exquisite arrangements, intelligent lyrics and superb musicianship. Without musical exploration, this album wouldn’t be from the Collaborateurs, and each track here reinforces this theory.

The band offers us an invigorating and insightful work of art for their new studio album, trading in older sentiments for a pulsing display of musicianship and originality that will keep old listeners incredibly faithful and hopefully attract many new ones.

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