Digital Gringo: “Project Mayhem” cannot be described as anything less than brilliant!

Right of the cuff, two things caught my attention about Modesto, California creative, Digital Gringo. Firstly, his biography reads: “Digital Gringo is a rapper that raps”. And secondly, how many rappers do you know that rhyme perfectly to the funky beat foundation of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”? But my enchantment with this atypical rapper didn’t stop there, while listening to his aptly named 12 track album – “Project Mayhem”. In fact, as a description, ‘mayhem’ may actually be an understatement once you’ve run through the entirety of this recording. The tones and moods on this album run from

Omar Bowing: “Women” – the expansive arrangement gives it a progressive bent

Omar Bowing is an independent musician and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. Omar who plays the guitar and guitarviol works with a revolving group of musicians to bring his songs to life. In particular he often collaborates with Tyson Yen, who has lent his voice to almost all of Bowing’s tracks. Omar Bowing’s latest musical creation is simply entitled “Women”. Though mirroring the endeavors of history-making females, the track intends to be a respectful tribute to women in general – from mothers to wives, and sisters to nieces, daughters, friends and co-workers, etc. And in fact the track releases on

Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” delivers sharp, telescopic views

Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And

The Jon Johns: “Road Trip Mixtape” – an adventurous attitude!

The Jon Johns are a duo of musicians/producers who have been making music together since 2018. Their music binds the past and the present together into a harmonious sound with musical influences from the 60’s to now. One-hundred-percent independent, the Jon Johns do everything from writing, playing, recording, producing, mixing and releasing their own music. They currently have their 9 track “Road Trip Mixtape” out now. Within minutes of the mixtape kicking into life, this supremely confident recording suggests a band at the peak of their powers, occupying their own orbit. It starts with “Make My Day”, a vast, expansive

Marcela Iglesias: “Human Doll” (feat. Eric ‘Well Written’ McCoy) – fun, bouncy and all around enjoyable

Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Plastics of Hollywood are gaining traction and making serious waves in the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by Los Angeles, California, Talent manager and producer Marcela Iglesias, the community of plastic surgery enthusiasts are spreading their reach into the film, TV and music spheres. From Ken dolls to Jessica Rabbit and Britney Spears lookalikes Plastics of Hollywood have spent millions of dollars on surgery and aesthetic procedures altering and adapting their looks. Their aim is to simply feel happy and fulfilled in bodies they adore. By the very nature of its scope Plastics

Interview with Californian band City Kings

City Kings is an alternative rock band from Chino, California. Though mainly known for playing heavier hard rock sounding tunes, the band has a very versatile array of musical knowledge. They perform acoustic and softer renditions of their songs on streets of the Inland Empire, or original versions of songs on stages in local venues. The three-piece collective is made up of Chris, Adrian and Ruben. How and when did the City Kings project start and who are the collaborators involved? Christian Blankenship (City Kings): City Kings was basically started on Craigslist! I met our singer and guitarist Adrian after

Midas Well: “3am”- moments of pure body-high pleasure

Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick: “Head Chucka” – a panoply of mic and beat making skills

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick are a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area. Their friendship grew into a partnership that led to collaborations on past tracks and projects. An album had been a goal for the duo, and that dream has finally been realized with “Born Illness”, an eight track LP that’s currently available on all music platforms. The album was produced via a digital collaboration between DJ Raw B and Luke that spanned the course of a year. This release shows a rapper and a beat maker who prove that they are not going anywhere soon. Both unwrap

Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – a Pop-EDM crossover flavor

Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then returned to France before going to Germany. His song “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace, has been aired on MTV, and is currently play-listed on more than 160 radio and TV channels around the globe. Currently preparing his upcoming album, Sevy Campos is also planning to announce

OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced

Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three

Ed Hale: “So For Real” – a reflection of everything Hale has accomplished thus far

Ed Hale’s upwards trajectory continues unabated with the release of his latest album “So For Real”, which was released via Dying Van Gogh Records last month. Probably best known as the singer, songwriter and guitarist from the eclectic Brit-pop/indie rock band Transcendence, Hale already has more than two handfuls of album releases credited to his name. He has been written and spoken about, in the printed and radio media worldwide, and has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Ed Hale has also savored the sweet taste of the Billboard Top40 chart while carving out his own niche. His current musical playground and his new album is a reflection of everything Hale has accomplished thus far, sounding both contemporary whilst embracing the past.

Songs that nod to the melodic push and pull of classic Britpop punctuate the album, any lover of those soaring choruses and the chiming guitars of that much loved of eras will have plenty of moments to embrace here but there are also glorious curve-balls and moments when the indie-rock urgency creeps in, as well as an innate series of rock n’ roll twists and turns bolstered with luscious and imaginative production.

Not that the album wallows in sort of mythical past – there is a freshness and urgency of sound to the record, with great crisp vocals and, of course, an endless collections of great guitar lines and brisk energetic playing from the band that makes the record feel absolutely contemporary.

Of course the album’s key musical architect is always going to have a whiff of classic rock nostalgia about his songwriting but there is so much more here than that. The opening track, “Summer Flowers”, has an introspection within its driving rush that gives the song a heart melting beauty. It positively drips a visceral emotion and a glorious melodic progression.

“Tell You True” is a rasping bass driven piece with thumping drums that drips perfect pop reminding you that despite everything Ed Hale is also great pop writer. And if the previous song reminded you that Hale is a great pop writer, “Gimme Some Rock ‘n’ Roll” is the definitive proof, in a song that is jam packed with hooks and a rollicking rhythm.

Ed Hale is probably one of those guys whose life is full of music, armed with an endless record collection and a deep knowledge of the craft. His musical pores sweat melodic electricity and finds its voice – quite literally – on “The Prince of New York”. The singing here is strident and confident, as the song is constructed around its lead melody and the rich full harmonies on display.

For me this is the best song on the album by far. “Stephanie’s Song (It’s Alright It’s Okay)” steps right into an alt-folk arena, riding on the back of a two-step strumming acoustic guitar and dancing strings, before Hale changes the tone on the bittersweet sweep of “Marsha’s Sleeping”.

Ed Hale has found a way to reach into his bag of tricks and find a little bit of everything for this album. Hale, of course, has a Beatle-esque ability to create instantaneous melodies that linger long after you hear them. A case in point is “Honestly”, which is ingrained with utterly distinctive guitar chords and memorable refrains.

“So For Real” slides by with comforting ease before Hale closes the show down with the hip-swaying “Baby Blue Doll”. Ed Hale exists on a musical level beyond the need to honor major label contracts, or to prove any particular point, yet he continues to provide approachable and alluring albums that grow more and more impressive with each listen. You can now add “So For Real” to that list.

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