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

Gen Dietzel: “THE HUMANITY” draws your attention to its emotional substance and intellectual conscience

Gen Dietzel is an alternative rock vocalist and songwriter from New Jersey. She possesses a degree in Drama, and is continuing her education in music and music production through Berklee College of Music’s online program. She has released her EP entitled “THE HUMANITY”, which contains the track “Don’t Call Me Pretty” – a song she wrote in support of, and in solidarity with, the #MeToo Movement. The recording is foremost a showcase for Gen Dietzel, the performer. Her voice and words form the core of the EP, with connective tissue provided by the crunch of the harsh guitar-driven beats and smashing percussion. Dietzel’s voice trembles and screams, it needles and assaults. The full range of those elements are on instant display from the opening track “Liberty”, almost all at once, during its brooding and explosive arrangement.

“THE HUMANITY” is designed to straighten your spine, and to even exasperate you a bit.  This thorny collection of angry melodies and driving alternative rock compositions are meant to draw your attention to its emotional substance and intellectual conscience, rather than seek chart popularity.

Dietzel’s voice is a dark and sinister instrument that can convey pain, anger, and irony in a single line. Her lyrical cynicism sounds less like the wails of a petulant young lady and more like the observations of a woman that has seen a bit too much of the wicked world.

Gen Dietzel is particularly focused and caustic on the #MeToo anthem, “Don’t Call Me Pretty”, which harbors itself atop a claustrophobic, and chokingly intense bass driven rhythm: “Don’t tell me to smile. Your stare is a little vile. I have too many thoughts for a pretty face. I refuse to stay in my place…”

This powerful track features probing Dietzel vocals with some of her most biting lyrics. On it, she is reduced to her most potent essence, as she stares the issue right in the eye, giving no quarter and belts it all out.

Some warm piano chords provide “Mad Girl’s Love Song” with the swoon it deserves, but is only a lead-in to another ferocious lyrical eruption. This time of broken love – “I can’t wait to forget your name. I hope you go as quick as you came”, leaves no doubt about its desired interpretation.

Dietzel’s voice twists and turns, until eventually its molten lament cools and the smoke dissipates. It’s dark, it’s beautiful, and it’s heartfelt. She has never sounded as good, as irascible yet as in control as she does here.

The songs on “THE HUMANITY” pour out of the speakers like a wave, unrepentantly raw and crushingly determined. It sounds like an honest body of work, the very definition of Gen Dietzel’s innermost thoughts spooling out into the air.

The EP is ruthless in its unflinching look at society, stripping and baring it of any sort of protectoral wall. It allows for a visceral performance by Dietzel, one that seems to reach a number of jagged emotional highs.

There’s a vigorous determination and a creative dexterity, in both the EP’s free-flowing style and in Gen Dietzel’s own artistic cunning. She is fully untethered, not having to answer to the whims of a record company or the desires of a producer – as she recorded this EP in her bedroom – and as a result “THE HUMANITY” never has to stop to ask itself, who it’s all for, and what it’s all about.

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