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 Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay.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

Ferentz and The Felons: “Hudson County” – an engaging and gripping performance

During his childhood, Zak Ferentz experienced both his parents suffering with drug addiction which eventually claimed the life of this mother. A life on the streets selling drugs and getting in trouble with the police, found Zak headed down his own dark path. However he soon discovered that creating music could help him heal. Furthermore it gave him a purpose in life and also a way to explore his creativity and bring it to tangible fruition. He subsequently teamed up with drummer Matt Waz, bass player Rob Dudziak and lead guitarist Rich Catalano to give birth to the band, Ferentz

TheVerce: “The Dawg Walk 6” ft. Pastor Troy – an attention-grabbing track in zero seconds!

TheVerce is an artist who knows how to make songs that echo in the brain of listeners. Songs like “The Dawg Walk”, and “Booty Tude” which were released more than 7 years ago are a delight to the ears till today.  “The Dawg Walk”, in particular, has been through a series of sequels, leading up to the brand new 2018 release, “The Dawg Walk 6 (Stadium Edition)”. Although he’s been around for a couple of years, and the industry has become even more competitive, the Atlanta rapper is an artist that can create hit sounding tracks, effortlessly. The new track

AFRO POP SINGER MR. P ROMANTICIZES ZOMBIES IN NEW VIDEO

Afro-pop singer Peter Okoye, a former member of the famous duo group P-Square, teams up with upcoming singer Simi for a new take on the Zombie concept. In the video, Peter, also known as Mr. P, describes how his new lover has turned him into a Zombie because his love for her is controlling every aspect of his life. Zombie takes its listener on an exciting mange of Afro-beats and R&B rhythms. Both artists give a good account of themselves vocally in this love song which we are sure everyone will enjoy. The song is produced by P-Classic producer Daihardbeats.

Pastobal: “Nature” is absolutely gorgeous!

The French project Pastobal, started out as a duo and has grown into a small crew committed to serving their ideals. Dedicated to rock, folk and love, the group has two EP recordings under their belt – “My Head” released in 2014, and “EP# 2” released in 2016. The following year saw the band drop their full length trilingual album, entitled “Logon Calling”. Now in December 2018. Pastobal release their brand new, English-language EP, “Nature”. This new recording does an admirable job mixing the sounds of Pastobal to create a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of folk-rock references. The best songs have an

Marcel Heah: “Travelogue” – the soothing warmth of a hug from a dear friend

Marcel Heah is a musician based in Melbourne, Australia. His quiet, reflective, sometimes playful musical body of work establishes the composer as someone to watch. Marcel’s mellow and unique style are pleasing and refreshing to me. Not elevator music at all but packed with character as the songs whisk you away from your own troubles. Marcel’s 10 track album “Travelogue” captures the wonders of traveling. Everything within its gentle leaps and bounds is quite remarkable, either through pure musicality, or the immense emotionally nuanced basis that Heah’s arrangements thrive on. At a time of year when the stress level has risen to breaking point with the usual summer holiday season on the horizon, this would be the perfect remedy to avoid traffic and shopping centers and head to the outskirts and relax to some of the finest piano playing.

The music is a beautiful journey of solo piano and a minimal of other instrumental interludes that at times, sweetly floats along and at other times drives ahead with joy. The music is soothing and relaxing yet has plenty of substance for more focused listening.

Marcel Heah is one of those artists who seems to be the most at home with a piano at the end of his fingertips. “Travelogue” begins with “Architectures,” a quiet meditation that expresses deep emotions – and makes for a compelling opener. It quickly becomes clear that Marcel can do pretty much anything at the piano.

It’s interesting how “Fluorescene” seems to be speaking (or singing) without the use of actual words, but by communicating via the languages of music and love.  The first passages of “Cherry Light” express feelings of apprehensive playfulness. As “Troubled” evolves, it gradually moves out of the darkness and up to the light, and is a favorite.

“Her Waltz” is also a favorite, conveying a lightness of spirit and a sense of moving forward with strength and optimism. “Dotted Rain” is quite a bit more ambient, flowing freely and going wherever the piece leads as it is being created.

Louie the Golliwog” feels a bit more focused and deliberate with emotional immediacy and earnestness. It seems to express joy as well as appreciation, so it is in no way giddy – another favorite. To me, “Dance of the Shadows” surrenders both control and anxiety, and derives a certain amount of exuberant joy by letting go.

With a very sustained and determined rhythm, it’s a sweet reminder that we should stay optimistic and hopeful.  “Sun’s Out” can be another way to indicate setting goals to reach or dreaming big, and this lovely piece seems to be doing just that while maintaining a warm and peaceful demeanor.

There are a lot of really great improvisational pianists, but not many spontaneously create such cohesive music as Marcel Heah does. “Travelogue” is a wonderful album for relaxation, meditation, or just kicking back and enjoying some great solo piano music.

It closes off rather marvelously with the never-ending cascading notes of “An Island, Both Seas Sleep.”  Marcel’s missions seems to want to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording and performing music from the heart; to inspire people to live joyously and passionately. This EP has the soothing warmth of a hug from a dear friend.

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