Illuminati Congo – Creative and Captivating Rasta Hip Hop That Lightens the Heart!

Based in Chicago, Illuminati Congo’s sound dissolves the barrier between conscious and unconscious, reggae and hip hop, and light and dark, all the while maintaining a lighthearted, playful, childlike and comedic musical uniqueness. This coupled with Jahn’s global travels teaching yoga as well as his penchant for writing books covering such myriad subject matter as tantra, Gnostic Rastafarianism, health, and healing, and alchemy, makes Illuminati Congo one of the most interesting musical outfits on the scene. Illuminati Congo performances can only be described as electric, and Jahn has spent the last four years touring the U.S., the Caribbean, and Australia.

Vintage rockers KAATO drop “Someday, Someday”, from the album “Slam!

KAATO is a Nashville, Tennessee based rock band, made up of Kurt Lowney (vocals), Mika Nuutinen (bass), Hunter Lovan (lead guitar), and Christopher Williams (drums). Originally from Australia, the band was founded in 2011 by singer/songwriter Kurt Lowney. KAATO had their first international tour co-headlining with Mitch Malloy in the UK after their self-titled album was released in 2016. Kurt and Mika made the move to Nashville permanent, in 2018, and started work on their newest album “Slam!” from their home studio, which allowed them to fine-tune their sound until they got exactly what they wanted. Glam rock, Vintage rock,

Franco Esteve: “The Hunt” – a backdrop to life itself

Three years in the making, the loosely tied together, classical crossover, concept album, “The Hunt”, represents a masterwork for Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist, Franco Esteve. The award-winning filmmaker and music composer, once again forges his intense-storytelling, and vivid imagery-driven compositional skills. Esteve’s music not only engages the ears but also intrigues the mind and feeds the soul. “With The Hunt, I wanted to do something different, expressing through classical, orchestral music, the images and feelings one gets from life itself,” explains Franco Esteve, continuing: “Whether it’s the drive of ‘The Hunt’, the insomnia of ‘The Wait’, or the sadness of

Plastic DJ: “Giving Up” – Truly euphoric, refreshing and atmospheric!

The album “Giving Up” by Barcelona-based producer and singer Plastic DJ, is the very best that the blended genres of Deep House, Downtempo and Electro have to offer. The thing that sets Plastic DJ so far above his contemporaries is that he’s genuinely talented as a musical composer, and stunningly enchanting as a singer. The music is of a baroque complexity, and here’s no overpowering bass or wailing synths. It’s like listening to a dream. You’ll play this in your car when you want to relax, at home when you’re at the beach or sitting on the porch, or as

One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals

One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete artistic statement that can function equally well as an introduction to and summation of the varied strengths of this band. The production and engineering also aids immeasurably in this regard. The sumptuous mixes place the listener deep within the instrumental interplay of a band whose

Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody Barber who replaced Chiarella as lead guitarist in 2015, was stable until the groups disbanded in 2017 due to schedule conflicts and some members graduating. In 2018, Purvis, Blake, Coburn, and Barber reformed with the new name Kingdom Atlas to record their debut album “Severe

Tiaday Ball drops two new singles – “Current” and “Good To You”

Tiaday Ball has released two follow up singles to her first release “Favors”. The songs “Current” and “Good To You”, are both now available anywhere you get digital music from. Tiaday stated: “R&B has been the foundation of my life in music since I can remember. Gospel, soul and R&B were always playing in the house or being sung by my father who was also a singer and he loved Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, etc. One of the first songs I ever learned how to REALLY train singing along to was “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway.

DAV!D&CLARA: “Repair” – rugged and intense!

The man and machine duo of DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, are back with a new single in 2019, called “Repair”. The track is taken from the upcoming album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” to be released early 2020. Much of this latest single displays a minimalist, almost survivalist element, as if every movement, gesture, and note is conserved and used for maximum effect. DAV!D’s songwriting principle seems to be “less is more”, a sentiment CLARA seems to adhere to perfectly. Together they have an artistic sensibility that’s far from common. The song is based

Catch up with Boston based group Urban Lights Band

Boston, MA based Urban Lights Band is an eclectic group of musicians and artists who harness the power of all styles of music to create unforgettable experiences. They are seasoned professionals committed to providing quality musical showcases that bring various audiences together. Their global mission is simple; aspire to inspire! If you are in the Boston area you can find them at:  May 25th 2019 – Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen- Boston, MA June 20th, 2019 – The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain June 21st 2019 -The Middle East Night Club (Corner Room) – Cambridge, MA Hook up with Urban

Royal: “Letter To Cecil” narrates his hardships, his grind and his contributions

Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the proceeds from concerts and albums entirely to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Royal has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. His latest project is the single, “Letter To Cecil”. Here Royal seems to be hungrier than ever and is out to remind hip-hop of the abilities that should eventually bring

Broken Testimony: “Holding On To Nothing” – a wall of sonic excellence

Broken Testimony is an alt-rock and metal group founded in the Upstate of South Carolina during 2016 by drummer Bryce Chism and lead guitarist and vocalist, Judge Page – both sixteen at the time. They are now a 4-piece ensemble playing multiple shows with both local and national acts throughout the Southeast after gaining two additional members; Justin King (bassist) and Nic Delvaux (rhythm guitar). Broken Testimony have shared the stage with Trapt, Devour The Day, Sons of Texas, Famous Last Words, Islander, Flaw, To Speak of Wolves, Silvertung, Shallowside, Wayland, October Rage, The Native Howl, and The Funeral Portrait. “Holding On To Nothing” is the title of the band’s brand new full length album.

“Holding On To Nothing” takes what was learned from the “W.A.R – EP” runs with it to a much greater effect. It’s the collaborative effort between the band members that maintains a consistently high standard throughout. When it’s heavy, like on “Control”, it’s really bone-crushing heavy.

When it’s less harsh and more melodic, as on “One Day”, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Broken Testimony wastes no time demonstrating this in their arrangements, going from a brief understated openings to slamming you into a wall of sonic excellence. Listen to how easily they achieve it on “Fade Away”.

Sure the album is loud, but what else would you expect from a rock and metal band? But, it doesn’t fall into a pit of heavily distorted compression that assaults your ears. The audio quality is clear, so it constantly begs you to turn it up. There usually tends to be at least a couple of songs that I skip on most albums, but that’s not the case here.

There isn’t a single bad track here. I was floored by the care and consistent attention to detail throughout the recording. The band has also been clever in including various interludes into the album to release the tension and pressure of the other high octane tracks.

Tracks 1, 5, 8 and 11 are cinematically inclined pieces created from a poem originally entitled ‘Cigarettes on School Buses’, that drummer Bryce Chism had written, offering just the right amount of breathing space between the other tracks.

“Blessing” one of the highlights, opens with a swinging snare pattern and bass riff which is accentuated by the bulging guitar riffs that come storming in. The song provides perfect changes of pace and heaviness as it pummels its way through the verses and choruses. Even the melodic vocals becomes a visceral growl.

“Medusa” gives listeners a nasty low end, soaring vocals by Judge Page , and another perfect blend of rough and clean moments, as well as the primal and nimble maneuvering of the wall to wall guitars. It digs deep into the essence of rhythm and melody, contrasting low-lying distorted vocals and gritty guitar work.

Each element fits together like a sonic jigsaw puzzle. Noteworthy is the chilling undertones of the opening bars on “Unknown” as it moves toward a haunting, almost mournful melody, and then into a driving, hard-hitting powerhouse chorus.

“Vitality”, ripe with string ripping chords and riffs from Judge Page and Nic Delvaux, delivers a harmonically driven chorus, adding more fuel to the fire in the heavier domain that comes to dominate throughout this album. Making it clear that incendiary rock is still very much alive.

This is an all-round standout track instrumentally, with drummer Bryce Chism really showing off his playing chops alongside bassist Justin King. “Holding On To Nothing” is an album that will require quite a few sessions of cranking your speakers to appreciate the solid textures and soaring efforts of this talented quartet. If you are looking for an awesome alternative hard rock record, you have to pick this up.

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