Natalie Jean and Levi Moore: “The Letting Go” speaks the language of the ordinary person

A good duet, in our modern age, is a rare thing. There are plenty of features, guest verses and co-writes, and the cameo drop-in is a dime a dozen. The number of genuine duets, where vocalists share verses and tell a story together in the space of a song, is very small. If your optimism fails you, as you wonder whether there are enough great acts to keep hit radio stocked with worthy pop music duets, it’s reassuring to find that Natalie Jean and Levi Moore have a first-rate single to carry us through the next few months, all by itself. The

MAKI: ‘Waking Up With The World On Fire’ – truly majestic — grandiose, slowly unfolding, and extremely cinematic

The world is a fragmented place, with fear and hate giving rise to isolationist movements around the globe and huge portions of the population turning inward rather than outward towards each other. As such waves of bigotry spread like wildfire, the music scene becomes extremely important, not just because it means more great music, but because it connects us all together on a wavelength that hits the human heart, soul and mind even harder, faster and deeper than anger can. A creative constant in the field of communicative contemporary Instrumental music, is MAKI who focuses his ample talents on a

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

Diana Sophia: “Runaway” – an affecting record

Diana Sophia’s new single “Runaway” sees her push towards a diverse formula to the one she has so successfully been weaving around for years. The talented songstress has decided to move her skillset from her classical and opera singing roots into the pop music arena, having currently completed an EP with producer Rob Guariglia. “Runaway” opens in true pop anthem style. The guitars, keyboards and percussion bark in unison around strumming chords and some very nifty production tweaks that showcases the instruments steadily working towards a subtle building crescendo. Diana’s voice goes for the higher register and it plays off the catchy music really well.

The rest of “Runaway” finds a rejuvenated Diana Sophia holding in tension her signature classically trained voice with the modern bleats of today’s pop music.  But rather, than trying to chase after today’s clichéd pop narratives, Diana lets loose allowing her own experiences and emotions to be the driver of this song.

Here she illustrates her feelings of being trapped and finally taking the long journey to New York City to pursue a career making music and art she loves. She does this through both words and images, as the song is supported by a video, directed by Diana herself.

The pure honesty of the song makes it an affecting record. Like stepping in from the cold to find a warm fireplace and your favorite blanket. The new song and video, “Runaway”, by Diana Sophia is the musical equivalent of getting re-acquainted with an old friend, such is the familiarity and glow of Diana’s voice.

Filled with distinctive and glistening vocals Diana speaks up and seems to have found her pop voice, as the song is open, revealing and direct. This track is a beautiful and reflective tribute to the power of hope, life and passion. Obviously her tumultuous experiences and changes have only made her voice stronger, clearer and sweeter.

Diana Sophia’s singular style, haunting, yet comforting voice, and her intelligent lyrics are obvious calling cards. But like all quality songs, “Runaway” takes a few listens to be fully appreciated. After all, Diana’s true talent lies in her thoughtful lyrics and her otherworldly voice, not in cheap pop tunes.

However that’s not to say that “Runaway” is not easily engaging to the ear, because it is. It’s just that the song is layered with beautiful instrumentation and chord progressions which offer enhanced satisfaction over repeated listening.

MORE ABOUT: Diana Sophia is a classically trained singer/songwriter creating music out of Brooklyn, New York. She was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico where she discovered music at a very young age. Diana was selected during a national audition to be an active member of the Mexican Opera House “Palacio de Bellas Artes”, in Mexico City, where she sang as first soprano for almost 7 years as part of the choir, as well as many character and solo roles in different opera productions. She moved to New York City in 2008 where she performed with the Pacific Encored Performances and The Martina Arroyo Foundation.

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