Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Rose Coyote: “Clever Girl” tell peculiar stories and paint quaint moods

Rose Coyote is a bass driven semi-electronic project made up Lydia Rose (Vocals) and Dave Hagan (Beats, Vocals, Engineering). “Clever Girl” is their 4th album in a year, and their first original recording. It is one of those few albums that is almost genre-less, so thematically and musically universal that it would be impossible to pin a certain time and place on it. The duo’s post-punk quasi-space-pop and indie experimental sound, is quite unlike any other. This awesome record transcends the boundaries imposed by genres to generate something unique and utterly engrossing. There are firm melodies and stabs at structured songs, but each is interspersed with transistor-radio-styled vocals, slow-burning instrumental meltdowns, and bass-bumping claustrophobic production. The wry and explicit lyricism that punctuates “Clever Girl” appear as slight, ghostly whispers in between flashes of improvisatory genius and squeezed-out bursts of combustible energy. You can feel these intricate parts, like small grams of magnetic dust moving toward each other.

From a technical standpoint, the appeal is immediately recognizable. The various studio wizardries that Hagan employ here – ranging from an abundance of metallic keys, deep basslines and subtle electronic music influences, to a multitude of beats and other cutting and pasting of effects – makes it rather difficult at first to really pinpoint any one significant essence of Rose Coyote’s music. They simply have too many.

This duo slowly reveals its uncanny ability to get under the listener’s skin with each consecutive listen. Appropriately, the album can be set stuck in an infinite loop through the tracks that bookend it.

The hypnotic repetition these tracks possess really lets you submerge yourself into the band’s dark, spacey universe that’s bound to hold you captivated, if you’re willing to let it. Together with the mysterious and at times downright spine-tingling background instrumentation, the ideas Rose Coyote spout make Rose and Hagan’s state of mind almost tangible.

This makes listening to “Clever Girl” a mentally demanding, but ultimately very rewarding experience. Rose Coyote prove themselves to be rather essential listening for lovers of music that trades the unexpected paths for adventures in unexplored areas of sound.

Although each piece on this album sounds spontaneous, it’s the kind of work developed when a musical partnership becomes so synchronized with each other that they do not even need the familiarity of melody or time signature to have a sense for how the piece should sound as a whole.

Right from the opening track, “My Story”, the mood, the softly sung lyrical embellishments, the respective verses and choruses, as well as the course through the subdued melodies, turns into a catalyst of emotional sustain-release. “1/2lb Nugg”, promises something grittier, more propulsive bubbling just under the surface.

But things get groovier as the album progresses. “A California Song” which features a perfect combination of vocals between the singers, delivers an intense ride where “Rose Coyote” leans into the sheer rhythmic force of their music. “Badass Id Trip” shows an affinity for quaint sounds melding into one perfect, precise piece of music, within a distillation of futuristic experimentation and stoner purity.

The more haunting and intriguing songs, form me, come at the end of the recording, with “Split Personality” and “Drop The Bomb”. A total of six minutes of comforting wall-of-sound basslines which the vocals follow into a confident, haze-drenched wallop of a bliss.

Rose Coyote exhibit boldness in the construction and execution of their music, in a short, precise album which is equal parts inventive and masterful. It’s interesting, it certainly creates a mood, and the vocals float over the top in a way that’s hypnotically soothing. Rose Coyote tell peculiar stories and paint quaint moods. They remind you of something you’ve never heard before. Now go and figure that one out!

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