Grand Rezerva: “Hellhound” keeps the momentum flowing relentlessly

Launched in 2009 the rock band Grand Rezerva consists of Michael C. Svensson (vocals) Andreas Lundberg (guitar) Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson (guitar) Thomas Helgesson (drums) and Zoak (bass). They have conquered Radio, Stages and Media across the globe – from Europe, to South America, Asia, Canada and the United States. The band’s music has also been used in several shows, podcasts and films. Now they kick off 2019 with a brand new single, entitled “Hellhound”, which was recorded in the band’s Grand Anarchy Studios by A. Lundberg. Released on January 18th, the track was mixed and mastered by Beau Hill, whose

Ephect: “Just Like That” – focused on making an impression

Ephect is an Independent Rap/Hip Recording Artist and Music Producer born, raised and currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana (US). Ephect has released around 20 music, numerous singles, and his latest full length album titled “The Nphection”, which dropped back in September 2018. What makes this album different than other recent releases comes down to, how Ephect works with his producers. He doesn’t just compliment good production, he capitalizes on stunning production. In today’s hip-hop scene, fans tend to shy away from raw rapping talent. Gone are the days when the scene was more focused on how good the flow was

Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

Lew Houston is a hip-hop artist currently based in San Diego. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lew rose above the violence and poverty in his life by playing sports and creating music. Influenced by Southern rap styles, he began writing his own lyrics at a young age and released his debut album “The Progression” in 2016.  His latest EP “Back to da Money” is available now, and features the single “Safe”. With no forewarning, Lew gives us a sharp and compact four-minute statement on “Safe”. It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy, a warning for us not to underrate

Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

Actor Rodrigo Rocha is not slowing down anytime soon. After a slew of roles, he is preparing to lead a feature indie movie, “SSW Of The Border”. Set to start production in the first quarter of 2019, the film is projected to be released early next year. “SSW Of The Border” will be directed by Felipe Bretas and Bruno Vieira. Other casts of the movie include Kayky Brito, Zhubin Rahbar, Eduardo Magalhaes, Dani Antunes, Eben Reinhardt, Joao Gevaerd, Dimi Papas, Kenzie Dodds, Rhaina Rodovalho, and Juliana Amador. “SSW Of The Border” movie will start production in April 2019. An official

Daud Aur Yahudy: “Home Bound” – The sounds are deep-toned

A former professional athlete in the NFL, now turned singer-songwriter, Daud Aur Yahudy has released his EP “Home Bound”, which follows the re-release of his critically acclaimed debut album “Soulful Life Within”. Daud has earned his right to experiment with his sound and release something that tells us who he really is. The eloquently presents his unique version of future soul lined with a touch of love, spirituality and enchantment. His distinct flare allows him to appeal to the masses without becoming a cookie-cutter R&B and soul singer. The silky smooth, 6 song EP features peaceful and melodic vocals that

Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

Hookdiggy: “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette – full feel-good potential

2019 sees Atlanta-based Hookdiggy, continuing his growing momentum and his promise to put out well written hip-hop that appeals not only to fans of the genre, but fans of creative and innovative lyrical content. In fact he goes beyond that with his latest track, “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette. Utilizing full-bodied smooth instrumentation, Hookdiggy manages to pull off an almost cinematic-like ambiance throughout. The intoxicating mix of jazz, hip-hop, and neo-soul with a dash of dance is maintained at a very high level from beginning to end while the musicianship is top-notch every step of the way. Hookdiggy, together

Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

Tony Marino – the South Philly composer, pianist, and bandleader – has been passionately carrying the torch for his love of Latin Jazz sounds since the release of his debut Cd “Tony Marino & Havana Heat: The Latin Jazz Project” which was dropped in January 1997. The artist who fell in love with the piano at just 7 years of age, has since recorded 10 more albums. Each bringing to the fore his songwriting and performing skills learned over the years, after crossing paths with Bill DelGovenatore, Frank DiBussolo, Al Stauffer, Tom Lawton and Ernest Hopkins – all of whom had an

KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

The KC Sisters aren’t old enough to remember when radio programmed pop records next to country, rock, folk, and beyond, but their artistic DNA tells them that’s the way music was meant to be heard. Their sound on the EP, “Walk With Me”, is like a warm embrace from a loved one. It’s sincere, authentic and absolute, taken from a legacy of sound that comes from their fondness for the all-girl groups of the 1960s. The Casey sisters – Deanna, Noelle, Tasha, Elise and Kathleen – highlight their acapella harmonization, as well as their mastery as skilled musicians, playing piano,

aVIE: “Chutney Chasers” – a living, breathing organism that mutates and grows

“Chutney Chasers” is just one volume of aVIE’s upcoming project, aVIEonearth, which documents a common man’s life on Earth. Each part of the project that he releases will explore its own world of emotions.  As it relates to R&B, this is music of the future, steeped in the rhythms and sonics of the today, ingeniously invented for a 21st century audience. It will surely be appreciated by your ears, and you’ll find that after giving this a spin, it has in many ways changed your conception of R&B and music overall. A Classic. This dark and experimental urban recording, refined with electronics, is space age technology left to us by some alien teleported into aVIE’s body. It is truly a work of indie art, whichever way you look at it. And you will find yourself lost in every song without knowing really if you’re in a chorus or verse, but you won’t want to turn it off. One of “Chutney Chasers” greatest strength lies in aVIE’s understanding of how to create mood by weaving an impossibly complex instrumental palette, as he explores the adventures of his life.

The sounds seem representative of staggeringly diverse bodies of work, and yet none of them jar or sound misplaced; they’re all on the same mission, which is to contribute to an atmosphere of creeping disquiet. The EP’s clash of styles, both instrumentally and tonally create a psychedelic claustrophobia that is entirely representative of the narratives.

The genius of this record is that aVIE has managed to apply those sonic intricacies to his thematic approach. Everything from aVIE’s voice to the crackle of the snare and thump of the bass drum is treated with a delicate mastery, by the musician based out Houston, TX.

This 6 track package so sultry on the ear that spinning this record feels like both a carnal and otherworldly experience. When the opening title track arrives, there is no fanfare. No hyped statement of purpose or musical parting of the clouds. What we get is a warm keyboard intro, an errant bass slap, and panning jerky drums.

The man’s voice is multitudinous and angular when he sings: “nine out of ten times, I think she cares for me.” You reel amidst the splendor of this track, as you try to make sense of it, then give up and relax into the pocket of a perfect groove that’s already there.

And in that commitment to upholding the groove, we find warmth and evidence that we’re still moving forward despite the assault on our senses. Dark though it may be, the music itself invites repeated listens and rewards with serious loveliness. “Tapwater” is a surging mass of new soul built from classic thought and a rebel spirit – an unending angst and beautiful struggle.

“The Self” sparks the renaissance of slow-jam, melody driven soul, in a futuristic space, with its velvety harmonies, erudite instrumental and bombast. “New Feathers” is somehow the past, present, and future all in one. Both narcotic and weary, it feels like a living, breathing organism that mutates and grows.

The beauty of this record is in the balance: between the technical and the personal, certainly, but also between tightly constructed harmonies and melodies, and the more free-flowing sense of rhythm. “Midnight Oil” sees aVIE venture into rap territory, and it’s successful to a surprising degree.

The acoustic driven “Take Care” benefits from being so poignant, relaxed, and seductive at the same time. This is the track that gives the best shine to aVIE’s vocal textures, as it’s the most stripped down. All-round though, “Chutney Chasers” confirms that music holds the power to challenge and comfort, to take us someplace spiritual and existential. It’s beautifully, devastatingly human. Its aVIE’s life story.

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