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

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

3Mind Blight: “Paranoia” and “I Am Not” – committed to the mastery of his craft!

Hailing from Tulsa Oklahoma, 3Mind Blight had humble beginnings in the late 90’s, with Boom Bap Rap and the Grunge Rock scene. After leading several bands and many production teams, what started as a hobby has led to a full time music career in production, instrumentation, and artistry, mixing rock, rap and instrumentals. When I decided to listen to a couple from his catalog I knew nothing about 3Mind Blight or how authentic his musical thing was. I took a risk and am so pleased I did. He delivers a set of songs that begs for absolute silence while listening to it. You need to put on your best pair of headphones or break out your stereo system and bring out the full dynamic quality of each song. This music is just completely coated in a haunting, grungy atmosphere – whether 3Mind Blight is rapping or singing.

This especially applies to the artist’s latter releases “Paranoia” and “I Am Not”, which together offer that perfect mix of what one may call 3Mind Blight’s signature sound, with its very eerie and foreboding tone that permeates these entire arrangements.

With a track as strong as “Paranoia”, 3Mind Blight prove that he can look back to the past grunge sound, but he doesn’t have to live there. The present suits him just fine, as he weaves in banging hip-hop drums, finely orchestrated strings and whiskey-stained angsty vocals that look, unflinchingly, at the darkest parts of our souls.

“Paranoia” contains a rich level of songwriting that draws from softer tones to create a song that is both impacting and brimming with expression and depth. It is a masterpiece of modern songwriting that brings grunge into today’s edgy urban musical climate.

It’s a song that rests on the beauty and haunting nature of 3Mind Blight’s dual rap and vocal lines that are both simply stirring. It is a truly epic motif overflowing with a sense of darkness as 3Mind Blight traverses an eerie and open verse followed by an emotionally heavy chorus – anchored by a sense of disturbed anger – making for an exceptional song.

“I Am Not” once again proposes the intricately designed strings, the rolling basslines and throbbing percussion, but vocally follows a melodic path. This sounds like 3Mind Blight totally in his element.

Almost as if he needs further justification, 3Mind Blight proves to be as crucial and essential to the course of restoring grunge to modern rock now as the movement was unto itself during the ‘90s. Except for one major difference. There are no sludgy over-driven guitars or dirty, swampy bone-crushing riffs and power chords to be found anywhere.

Yet that doesn’t in any way affect the resulting overall sound.  “I Am Not” is a great example of an artist who know his strengths- and most of the time- can play to them very, very well. Wicked, haunting vocals, great instrumental interplay and fantastic string work, bring that same ominous and premonitory dark rock sound.

When listening to 3Mind Blight, a couple of things are strikingly apparent. The first is that his catalog of music is a consistent listen of solid, alternative rock songs that at times dabble in the rap idiom.

The second is that 3Mind Blight is committed to the mastery of his craft, working with all the latest technology, while never watering down his passion for the styles of music that came before. In 2018 and with the state of rock as we know it today, it’s wonderful to see a project like this bring a fresh hybrid style to the table which mixes both the classic and the new.

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