IJK – “High Tide” – an undeniably radiant surge of energy throughout!

I normally don’t like anything this pristine and clean sounding, but “High Tide” by Imad Jack Karam – better known simply as IJK,  is so undeniably catchy (the kind that subconsciously takes over your mind) that throughout its clean and safe runtime, it hardly matters. The melody is so clear and sharp, the rhythm effortlessly danceable, every little vocal croon rings as charming and captivating. IJK’s sweet, funky and resonant pop-rock is as lovable as can possibly be. It is also quite a layered sound that the Lebanese-born singer-songwriter produces, as pricks of melody float through an obscenely catchy chorus

AP Project – “Out of The Blue” – Smooth, beautiful mixes, innovative style and very cool grooves

The AP Project is a band formed by students from the conservatory of music in Naples (Italy). Its members include band leader Arcangelo Pezzella (guitar), Guido Foi (piano and keyboards), Alessandro Petricciuolo (bass), and Francesco Pellegrino (drums), and features Angela Addezio (vocals). Though the group comes from a jazz background, they prefer not to label their music in any way. “We all come from jazz,” says Pezzella, “but we all go somewhere else. That’s the best feature of our album,” he continues, “It’s a sonic journey through different yet similar soundscapes.” The AP Project took shape about a year ago,

Solomon’s Architects – “The Edge Of It All” goes beyond pure musical pastiche

Bryant Micheal Waghorn can make your head spin with his creativity and output as a singer, songwriter, project leader and musical collaborator. The album, “The Edge Of It All” by his pet project Solomon’s Architects, featuring multi-instrumentalist and producer Luc Michaud, as well as collaborator Josie Elysia, is a nod to the great pop, prog and rock crossover artists such as Peter Gabriel, the elaborate tropes of The Mars Volta, the complex bombast of King Crimson and the shuddering rhythms of Rush, with a thick smudging of REM-styled, organic singer-songwriter flair. Add a clear-headed ear for melody and arrangement to

Matt Draco – “Get Off” – a cautionary tone that’s burned into every word!

Raised in Inglewood, California, Matt Draco’s prowess blends his aggressive West Coast personality with his nimble New York inspired rhyme schemes. As a child he studied the lyricism of creatives such as Notorious B.I.G, J. Cole, and Jay-Z, and by the time he was 14, Matt also taught himself how to compose orchestral music, enhancing his musical understanding and vision. By the age of 18, Matt Draco had the honor of conducting University Preparatory School’s orchestra twice, with two different pieces composed by himself. He then returned to his native Hip-hop roots releasing a series of freestyles and singles on

Kiing Dee! – “Black Kings (ft. King Los) flows with such a captivating style!

Kiing Dee! has been boxing since the age of 6. He grew up in the Pawtucket/Providence area where he fights out of Big Six Boxing academy. He has won many regional tournaments as well as fighting in the 2016 Olympic Trials Qualifiers and previously being ranked #2 in the country. Kiing Dee! went professional in 2018 but an Achilles injury changed his life. It forced him to do the only thing he could do while recovering on his couch and that was make music. Once he realized that people actually liked his music, he decided to take it seriously. Constantly

DREAM BIG EMPIRE presents Blacc Cuzz – “Wadd Up Doe” – outbursts of authenticity and real Hip-Hop

Blacc Cuzz is committed to forging a glorious way forward in his career. More importantly, he’s underscoring his critical lapses in the past for sake of the young guns who may admire him. At this stage, the Pittsburgh, PA, born and raised creative, who fashions himself as a self-made businessman in the mold of Jay-Z, is well aware of his status as an artist and record label boss at Dream Big Empire. The good-natured don of the working class can rap like the most vulgar deacon you’ll ever meet, driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real Hip-Hop. Much like

Ramirez Coiva – “I’m Walking Away” shines in the way the guitar and string arrangements are so well put together

Ramirez Coiva regards himself as a Citizen of the World, who has been writing and making music since 2000. His single “I’m Walking Away” was written and recorded in Istanbul (Turkey), a couple of years ago. The song is a hybrid between the alternative rock guitar sound of the past and a look toward a more modern, sleeker pop sound. One thing is clear on this track, there are very few people that can match Ramirez Coiva’s all-embracing songwriting talent. Regardless of style, whether it’s heavy guitars or strings, keyboards and drums, a great song is a great song, and

“Time” – The new single and video release by APKLYPZ

“Time” in the world of APKLYPZ is the unknown march into darkness. The trippy mind-bending perceptions of infinity. The psychedelic wanderings of a consciousness loose in the cosmos. The groove between space and time, the analog and the digital, reality and illusion.  Audiovisual artist APKLYPZ combines dense dreamy trip-hop and psychedelic visuals to create a cinematic experience called a “form of escapism” by Electro Wow. Every APKLYPZ production is a vivid world of expression and “…an enthralling and emotive listen which is accompanied by a spellbinding video”. Seasoned by decades as a bass auteur and years as a globetrotting

“KETAMER” – Doc Ketamer is absolutely at the top of his game

Doc Ketamer is a DJ / producer born in Naples. At the age of 20 he started traveling throughout Europe organizing juggling shows. From the year 2000 he began to collaborate and play with different sound systems. In those years he focused on live sets. In this same period he founded the KML sound system KML, which almost immediately joined the larger collective Black Sheep. After this experience, and having played all over Europe, DJ Ketamer – as he was called then – rediscovered his passion for vinyl and began playing different styles on various occasions in social centers and

International Independent Entertainer, Cips is preparing his latest album and tour!

Cips, pronounced (Sip’s) is an international independent entertainer who has done various showcases and has toured multiple times across Canada and United States. Cips has currently accomplished three Canadian tours and two American tours so far. Performing in various major cities across Canada and United States such as Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Miami, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, etc. Cips has also worked alongside various artists in the music Industry such as Sayzee, Big Trill, Merkules, Stitches, and many more. His latest project titled ‘Codeine Cowboyz’ was completely created, mixed and mastered in Miami, FL, produced by Supply & Demand,

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 & June” is an excellent track. Not an excellent “rock track”, or an excellent “pop track”, but an excellent IJK track. It’s a distinction worth making because these days many artists’ appeal are confined, to their own unswerving horde of adherents.

In this case IJK is likely to attract many more new fans from both of the aforementioned genres to sustain him artistically and to keep the wolf a very healthy distance from the door.

It’s an enviable position for an artist to occupy and a really simple deal: IJK makes excellent, well-thought-out, well-constructed, and well-executed music. Period. Furthermore, In addition to the accomplished music arrangement, IJK has produced an exemplary fully animated video, in collaboration with Matias Alejandro Cabrera.

This renders the entire package palatable to a vast number of music and audiovisual fans. Guitars hammer and twinkle; the music is crunchy and insistent; there are bass-pumping refinements, but mostly the music throbs like an electricity substation.

“Johnny & June” is primarily a powerful up-tempo love song – with all the sappiness usually associated with love songs removed. A gorgeously controlled vocal is augmented by fiery electric guitars and festooned with a swirling, ever-building rhythm leading to a soaring chorus.

The drums insistently move the momentum, while IJK breaks through the thickly layered harmonies into a sustained falsetto that rises well above the rest. Cranking up the volume and letting loose with explosive guitars, rattling bass, and earth-shattering drums, IJK has given us, what I feel is his best single release to date. It is another bit of essential listening for his fans.

Overall, “Johnny & June”, produced by Pete Turtle at Turtle Studio London, UK, packs breathless, power-guitar riffs, irresistible verses, and thermal meltdown choruses. The story-line in the video is very cleverly executed and perfectly matches the song’s lyrical narrative.

With the band pushing him rather than simply covering his back, IJK sounds invigorated, stretching, twisting, and doing those wordless falsettos more convincingly than ever. These elements make the track affecting rather than just a good tune.

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