C-Neil: “A Working Progress” ft. Timara Rogers – enthralling and emotional

C-Neil is a talented artist, songwriter, and producer based in Arkansas. He has worked in the music business since he was 15 years old. For years, he rapped and produced for artists local to St. Louis before moving to Atlanta to hone his craft. C-Neil has performed at several showcases in Arkansas, St. Louis, and Atlanta, including the Royal Peacock and the Urban Network Festival in Memphis. Despite being well-received, C-Neil, inspired by his mother, turned to his roots to gospel music. His latest release, “A Working Progress”, opens up about the obstacles he has faced. The track also features

Harmless Habit: “FRONTERROR” – a marvel of rock hard timelessness

Harmless Habit sound as confident as a band that have already paid their dues, and established a sound that is just as good or better than the bands that inspired them, and now give us a two way mirror into the rawness of their creative process with their 6-track album, “FRONTERROR” which feels heavy, hypnotic, emo(tional) and transformative. The best three words to describe this recording would simply be…TURN THIS UP!  The album kicks off full force and doesn’t really take the pedal off the metal until very late in the album, and only for a few seconds. So if driving,

Musicbyko: “Life In Element” – a melded perspective derived from a focused vision

Rap and hip-hop is no longer strictly about an artist’s lyrical ability, there is a series of beats and melodies that need to come together in perfect harmony to create the sonic excellence that fans demand to hear. To that end, Musicbyko is the embodiment of real modern rap in a production heavy hip-hop environment that has very little care for bars. This Bay Area rapper from Oakland, CA, has a message of ambition and a constitution of excellence that he is attempting to establish within his craft. It is clear that he has grown into more than just a

Maelstroms by Julian Kerins injects new life into Rock

Julian Kerins is a New York based singer-songwriter whose music is the end result of an eclectic amalgam of influences that have been centered around a Rock backing. His latest debut EP Maelstroms has reached the ears of this writer to wondrous effect. The EP blends Classical, Opera, Avant-garde, Folk, some Eastern influence and even a touch of Jazz to create a beautiful menagerie of melancholic delight. If you’re looking for an overwhelmingly passionate listening experience that just may leave you in tears (with the heart wrenching operatic ballad “In Billowing Skies” or the simply monolithic hard Rock foray that

Los Angeles songwriter/producer Betty Moon celebrates her latest single Parachute with a new music video

The video takes viewers up above the cityscapes and back again. (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Betty Moon continues to build upon her assent on the international streaming music charts with the release of her new music video for Parachute. With the single being released last week, the video compliments a very personal song about self-empowerment and escaping to live the life you’ve always dreamed about. The 90s tinged pop video boasts large doses of nostalgia, rock n roll and mixes things up with Moons fashionably unique brand of indie rock, mainstream and electronic influenced music. The video premiered this morning

‘Sound of the City’ A New Four-Part Episode Docu-series is Launched by A Houston Record Company

‘Sound of the City’ gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce an album by following the creation of Wreckshop Nation’s collaborative new project titled ‘Unity Vol. 1.’ The docu-series premiered Sept. 17, 2018. Wreckshop Nation (WSN) is an independently owned entertainment company focused on promoting and producing digital content, products, and services for artists while simultaneously embracing the Southern Hip-Hop culture that developed in Houston during the late 1990’s “Wreckshop Records” era and still thrives today. Wreckshop aims to be more than just a label, but a brand; it is striving to be a centralized platform

The Keymakers: “Tell Me Something” – represents that urban love vibe

The Keymakers is the duo musical project from Rome Alexander and Rederic. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, the two brothers now live together in Boston. Individually, the boys have been making music for as long as they can remember. Singer-songwriter Rome, officially started his musical journey back in 2010 with his first release, and has since put out several songs to critical acclaim through various platforms. Most recently he had the idea to continue his passion almost exclusively as a writer before taking on this project with his brother. Rederic started his work in music between learning and playing piano,

The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival Launches Saturday, September 22nd in NYC

The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival Launches Saturday, September 22nd in NYC, Offering Uncanny Films To Viewers Of All Ages. The Sound And Vision International Film & Technology Festival will have its official premier Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at two iconic Midtown Theaters in New York City, celebrating the convergence of art, science, music and cinema. Innovative new short films, animations and documentaries will be displayed that will captivate your mind and stir your soul. Uncanny new films, displaying cutting-edge innovation, never before seen, brilliant new films from all over the globe that will converge together to

Love Ghost: “Scarlet Letter” – an at once compelling and distressful storyline

The scarlet letter is meant to be a symbol of shame, a stigma someone bears for a misdeed he or she has committed. The term often refers to public shame forced upon a person as a means of ostracizing him or her. Those branded with a scarlet letter feel the punitive vengeance of an unforgiving society. Instead it becomes a powerful symbol of identity, in the latest video of the song, “Scarlet Letter”, taken off the album “Lobotomy” by the Los Angeles alternative rock band, Love Ghost. The video tells the story of the band’s violist, Mya Greene and her

Vessel Decimal – “CONVERSION: Level One” guided by a sense of purpose

The appeal of Vessel Decimal – a band founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 2007 – lies in the sheer strength of the songwriting. Moreover there are powerful riffs, and you’ll get lost in the grooves, absorbing the punishing crush of the bottom end, but also reflecting on the narrative elements found on the brand new album, “CONVERSION: Level One”. Vessel Decimal are all about the balance found in the music, and the spiraling riffs that define their sound demonstrate that time and time again. It’s nice though that the band takes the time to back off, to allow you to

Asher Laub: “Finesse” – swaggering and melodic playing

Asher Laub began classical violin training at the tender age of 2 and had already performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic by age 13. Known for breakdancing across stages with his LED electric violin, in addition to performing as a DJ violinist, Asher’s expertise in trans-genre improvisation has led him to a career as a soloist in demand, performing at venues such as Madison Square Garden, Hammerstein Hall, Lincoln Center and across four continents. Asher has been featured on PBS, and has made headlines on CNN, WABC, and NBC as well as many other major news sources. He is also noted for his technical prowess as an audio editing and mixing guru to countless clubs and stages across the country. The eclectic artist has recently produced and is set to release – on the 4th of September – his violin cover of “Finesse”, originally performed by Bruno Mars and Cardi B.

“Finesse” featuring Cardi B is a remixed version of the song which features as the fourth-single from Bruno Mars’ third studio album, 24k Magic. Originally it was not one of the songs off the record which stood out. However, with the remix featuring Cardi B, it most certainly became one of the most distinctive singles on the charts.

Two hip-hop and R&B icons, a 90s sounds and bold lyrics could only mean one thing. A mega-hit. Now mix those flavors with a precocious talent who plays the violin and you’ve got something brand new, and a more than exceptionally distinctive track on your platter, to say the least.

The confident intro already has the listener hooked, as soon as Asher Laub delivers his flawless melodic lines. The instrumental of the track screams 90’s style beat, with the constant drum line along with the nostalgic funky bassline being extremely prominent throughout the whole song.

The dance beat contrasts beautifully with Asher’s swaggering and melodic playing giving the track a monstrously fresh vibe that Asher knows how to pull off incredibly well. This young man is just getting started and I’m enjoying the ride. He’s brave enough to accomplish much in diversified fields, which is testified by this work.

Pushing the boundaries of what people assume a violin can do in popular music, Asher Laub has an amazing ability to make his electric fiddle not only sing, but rap, dance, and twerk. Like every great musician he effortlessly elicits emotions from his listeners that they didn’t even know they were able to feel for a piece of instrumental music of this nature.

In a world of instant gratification, Asher is able to make songs you at once enjoy but can also ponder over in order to think about what you’ve just heard. What many people are just starting to understand right now, is that the resonating sound of the violin just happens to be a superb instrument for the modern pop, rock and R&B sound.

The dynamics this instrument has in the hands of the right person will bring out the best in your turntable and speakers. For modern audiences, the electric violin as played by Asher Laub is a wondrous thing to behold. Don’t cower in the corner, stand out in the crowd, and be brave enough to purchase this fine reworking of a certified hit all ready to be rediscovered again.

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