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,

GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – the rhythm and flow of free form poetry

Sometimes a recording catches you off guard, rising from nowhere and worming its way into your ears with new sounds and ideas. Such a recording grows on you over time, and eventually can reorient what music and sounds you thought you liked. “Soul City” released on December 31 by artist and producer GentleBeatz, is such an EP. Emotionally rich, musically rich, and technically brilliant, it appeared with little fanfare or publicity to mesmerize our senses. GentleBeatz is an artist and producer currently residing in Mozambique. The eclectic creative crafts his tracks in the lo-fi hip-hop/chill-hop genres. Here he includes flavors

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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