D-Witt flexes the pen of a budding cinematic storyteller

I recently heard about an artist called D-Witt from Rockford, IL.  Illinois is the home of some prestigious sons who have left unforgettable marks on hip-hop’s history. I’m expecting an unfiltered rebel who is unafraid to bare his soul and burn down buildings. A fearless heart is a quality that makes fearless art, and I hope that’s exactly what D-Witt has arrived to present us.  So I press play on the first track called “Enemy”. The sound is open and strong-willed. There’s no doubting that D-Witt has something to say. The amount of care that goes into his lyricism stamps

Mortinus – “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” – gently beatific music

As the months pass slowly into years, it becomes increasingly plain to all concerned that Danish electronic music producer, Mortinus is taking his craft very seriously. He has been extraordinarily prolific and has maintained an enviable level of quality in his releases. When approaching his two singles “Star Chariot (Yellow Odyssey)” and “Oceania” the question that arises is how will Mortinus sound fare in the altered musical terrain of 2020? Well the two new singles, are fine examples of some of the best ambient, chillout, downtempo and cinematic instrumental music being made today. Mortinus’ sound is alive and well, and his

Stiff Lauren – “Faith In Me” demands the spotlight!

Fearless and uncompromising, Stiff Lauren is back to deliver a triumphant track about having faith in yourself no matter what. Stiff Lauren is a hip-hop artist who is no stranger to speaking what’s on his mind. Since he hit the scene, he’s never been one to hold his tongue or been one to fear throwing the first punch. Whether or not you’ve followed Stiff from the beginning, one thing has been apparent through the highs and the lows: he’s talented and confident – his latest single “Faith In Me” is a perfect example of that. Stiff Lauren once again takes

Phreckle$ is carving out a music presence with “IDFWP”

Phreckle$ is an independent solo artist out of Los Angeles, California. She writes all her own songs, and produces professional quality artistic music videos. A precocious talent, Phreckle$, played trumpet at 9 years old in the school band, by 12 she was performing at the Carnegie Hall, and a year later she started going to punk shows. At 17 she was playing bass in 3 different punk bands. At the age of 22, she was discovered as a model and is now an internationally signed model working with the top photographers and magazines in the industry, which has put her

“No Mas” oozes with Nancy Diaz’s palatable understated sass

Canadian born Latin pop recording artist Nancy Diaz has been navigating her way through the Canadian music scene since 2011 with her pop single “Summer Addiction” along with official music video. Her sexy and sassy fusion of English/Latin music has led to the release of many well received singles, garnering her critical acclaim and audience satisfaction. Apart from firmly establishing herself among her musical contemporaries and peers, Diaz has also made her mark in the modeling world posing for magazines, fashion labels and fashion photographers such as Cliché Magazine, Deniori Couture and Monarch Photography. Directly involved in quite a few

Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is still a skillfully crafted song

I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the fear of social turmoil that comes with that.” Everything just grooves so well together; it’s a blend of sounds that I haven’t heard done this well from any progressive, jazz, or electronic artist in quite some time. It’s a masterful melding of electronic machinery with

Temperature Falls Release The Video For Their Latest Single “1-2-3”

The sound and atmosphere of Temperature Falls is built around somewhat gritty, blended organic-electronic sounding tracks that hearken the listener back to earlier times. Their latest track, ‘1-2-3’, is a seductive track that pulls the listener in with an eerie melody, sultry vocals and an ethereal reverberating atmosphere. Mixed beautifully, this is the perfect example of what to expect from this indie trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. ‘1-2-3’ is a gorgeous, melancholic song that is heart wrenchingly beautiful. Temperature Falls is one of those bands that are absolutely necessary

Pop Music Artist DAYVID Releases Music Video for “Same Old Feeling”

This song was released last Fall on his self-titled debut EP. DAYVID explains that “Same Old Feeling” was the last song written for this EP. It reflects on an old love that was like no other. “Same Old Feeling” was co-written by DAYVID and Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid (Marshmello, Jack & Jack, CHROMEO). “Same Old Feeling” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music: http://dayvid.lnk.to/SameOldFeeling. The production is simple with piano, vocals, and an 8-member gospel choir providing backgrounds. The lyrics and vocal performance make this song meaningful and powerful. All elements support the soaring voice

Arrows – “After Hours” – Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks

“After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it bang. Every song delivers big in the keyboard hooks department and the moods are consistently melancholy and wistful throughout. “After Hours” is Arrows hitting their stride; this is what it sounds like when a young band is killing it. Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video

PWJazy – “Heroes” – the mind of an alternative creative

LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed up in any other manner. “Heroes”, his latest single, is a really intriguing, diverse recording. I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but the uniquely experimental alternative rock sound, the bombastic lead guitars, and the dark, mysterious lyrics somehow fuse together to produce

King Solomon: “Illuminate the Dark” is an excellent, cohesive, relevant, and thought-provoking album

King Solomon has just released his first album, entitled “Illuminate the Dark” on the 16th of January. It is primarily a concept rap album that focuses on inspiration and an insight into the artist’s faith, however King Solomon does not consider himself a gospel rapper. The rapper lives in the UK but is an American born and raised, descended from Nigeria. Based on technicality and production values alone, “Illuminate the Dark” stands as an expertly crafted hip hop album, and arguably one the best I’ve heard in the genre for the last 3 years. Of course, due to its Christian message, most people would want to pass it by, due to personal gripes with music about faith. And that’s a pity, because not since Kendrick Lamar’s epic “To Pimp A Butterfly”, have I been so enchanted by a hip-hop album. From the moment the soulful and melodic titular track, “Illuminate the Dark” (feat. Jay Singh) opens the proceedings, you’re sucked into a vortex of emotions that’s hard to control.

“Illuminate the Dark” is an excellent, cohesive, relevant, and thought-provoking album. From start to finish, this recording is packed with messages, meaning and melodies that understand and speak to the soul. King Solomon is vulnerable and honest with the issues that plague him, and hence our culture in general.

His creative genius, catchy beats, and dedication to understanding his faith make him a true hip hop anomaly. And by the time you’ve finished playing through the heart-wrenching introspective verses of “Altar Call”, King Solomon would have convicted and inspired you beyond your expectations!

With all songs performed in the first person, each narrative tackles a specific moment, event or mind-set King Solomon has experienced in his ongoing plight to come to terms with the joys and sorrows encountered in his daily journey.

One of the most accessible and catchiest songs on the album has to be “Yahweh” (feat. Truthz & Moyege), with its stunning Rihanna-type vocal hook, and King Solomon’s spontaneously sounding, free flowing lyrical scheme. Get this clear, King Solomon isn’t just the average rapper spitting out Jesus’ name in every bar, this guy can actually rap and he isn’t trying to be being preachy about anything at all.

King Solomon isn’t one of those Christian rappers expected to be annoying and overly holy. For a person like me who has always liked intelligent hip-hop, and not the self-hyping junk that is popular, this is an extremely worthy album indeed. In essentially every song I heard the exact same level of quality, lyricism, and intentionality as any other A-league hip hop artist today.

The same rules apply to the production. Very few artist’s blend outstanding production with meaningful lyrical content. And King Solomon pulls this off with grace. This is a powerful project that the whole family will enjoy. There are so many great songs here that it becomes wholly impossible to choose any single standouts.

Depending on your personal tastes, you may succumb to the melodies and harmonies of tracks such as “Everybody Cries” (feat. Ёrin Hebrews) and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” (feat. Bethia Morris & Joshua Kilonda). Or if you’re attracted by aggressively passionate raps, you’ll be mesmerized by the songs Tired” (Small Voice) [feat. Moyege] and “Rise” (feat. Anjee).

The synopsis of each song is clearly laid out by King Solomon, but I doubt you will ever need them, just press play, and each song will speak to your soul directly. King Solomon passes the emcee test with relative ease here, and the thoroughly cinematic production of this project flies with Technicolor.

“Illuminate the Dark” successfully emulates the crystalline, modern production aesthetics without a hint of carbon-copy construction. And it bangs too. Taken together, King Solomon has the ingredients for a winner.

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