Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Glorious: “Move” – throbs with club energy

Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close

NuJ4X: “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” – glistening and eminently marketable

Waverly, Tennessee’s masked EDM DJ / Producer, NuJ4X, has set his sights on making a splash with his debut single, “Dab (On Dem Haterz)”. The journey for NuJ4X started when he asked his 13 year old son what he wanted to become. On replying, “a DJ”, NuJ4X wanted to show interest in his child’s choice and strengthen their bond, hence he started playing around with music…and liked it. After countless weeks, days and hours learn how to craft instrumentals, NuJ4X began to find his rhythm. Upon doing so, he created the instrumental beat for “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” and decided he really liked it. Offhand he jotted down the lyrics to what would become his debut single. He decided that he liked it so much, that he needed to release it to the masses. After time spent brainstorming, the moniker “NuJ4X” was created, along with the mask, dreads, and an all new brand.

The glistening and eminently marketable “Dab (On Dem Haterz)”, is a pleasant and inoffensive affair – unlike its general genre traits – with great hooks and definitely a professional slickness. From the first few seconds of the track it’s abundantly clear that NuJ4X is aiming for a very specific kind of starry-eyed, mid-tempo electronica with a wide appeal.

Influences and intent aside, he does bring to his work an appealingly uplifting production style. It gives the track a unified groove that nicely complements the studio vocals he’s recruited for the project, which acquit themselves well.

Indeed, it’s hard not to get swept up in the stylish hooks or the shimmering bounce of “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” both of which make a compelling case for NuJ4X’s pop sensibilities. When he nails it, he nails it. NuJ4X is a talented producer who certainly knows how to achieve his vision. Moreover, the track’s overriding simplicity is the main component of its charm.

Instead of diving head first into over-the-top drops or adding too much to the production, the vocals shine and the nuances of the song’s moving atmospheric elements get their time in the spotlight too. If the goal is to make people want to dance and send them a positive message as well, then “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” succeeds in doing both.

Fusing together lush electronics, cutting edge production elements, some rap, and melodic pop sections, into what will probably become his own unique signature EDM sound, NuJ4X is serving a vivacious beat that’s combined with a real taste for creativity. This is one of those songs that remind you how powerful you can make simple melodies by nailing the delivery and soundscape.

NuJ4X knows how to take the listener out of the room they are in and into his musical domain where he shares his feel-good vibes. And quite honestly, we’re more than ready for this experience. One minute you’re feeling content and calm, the next you have energy surging through you.

Sometimes you can come across a musician whose music surprises you. NuJ4X is one of those musicians. As he works to perfect his craft NuJ4X has been recording future singles, like “Confessions of a Pop Star” which was written for, and about Lady Gaga, “Bad Boy” which is a testament to no matter how bad the boys are, the women still desire them, and finally “Big Beats” which is NuJ4X’s ode to music.

These will lead up to his debut album which will be titled “DJ for teh Lulz”. The title is derived from NuJ4X poking fun at himself for trying to break all of the rules in the EDM genre and subvert the methods everyone else is using. Never taking himself too seriously NuJ4X has arrived at this point as a testament to his love for his son, but he’s staying for power of the joy that music brings to all of our lives.

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