Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Glorious: “Move” – throbs with club energy

Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close

K!NG Pablo: “Blood On My Hands” – a true moment of catharsis

There are lots of artists in the rap and hip-hop game.  In 2018, the number of rap and hip-hop albums and mixtapes seem off the charts.  Furthermore, the definition of these genres has become blurred, like a number of musical styles these days.  Even with the introduction of an infinity of sub-genres, not everybody has the potential to rise to the top in their corner of the world. Enter K!NG Pablo, a singer-songwriter born in New Orleans LA, and raised in Denton, TX. Growing up singing in the church and school choirs, K!NG Pablo has been producing beats and songwriting since the age of 12. He signed a 1-year artist development deal with Bentley Records in 2016. After submitting his demo to a label in 2017, he was signed exclusively as an artist to Sonorous Records.  The artist recently released his latest single, “Blood On My Hands”, which is a track destined to be on his upcoming album, “Young Rebel”.

Part of the “Young Rebel” album was written while K!NG Pablo was incarcerated, and the new single, “Blood On My Hands”, specifically tackles the question of staying true to himself and his close circle of friends while eradicating fake acquaintances. Straight up after the very first listen, as expected, the results are superb.

The cinematic production work is on-point, and the rhymes from K!NG Pablo are strong as he accentuates the song with his melodic flow.  Without a doubt his best attributes is his honesty and openness, as he tells his dramatic story on a sonic backdrop that is just marvelous. It’s another big step for him as he works to be an influential force within the genre, in his own right.

Weaving synths, operatic adlibs, shooting basslines, and juggling percussion, plus call-and-response sing-song verses push this track to the genre’s left-field boundaries. This quickly tells us two things: K!NG Pablo is creatively bold, and technically equipped to walk the urban music tightrope.

K!NG Pablo covers more creative ground in the three and a half minutes of “Blood On My Hands” than most rappers’ entire mixtapes. K!NG Pablo supplies a ruthlessly vivid narrative of cutting off friends with negative intentions, and potential  perpetrators of nefarious deeds. The artist exhibits a unique style, more than hard-hitting bars, and something that is rare in hip-hop right now; a talent for narrating.

K!NG Pablo weaves so seamlessly between the chorus melody and the flow of his verses that it took me a few listens to differentiate the two. When you hear the emotion that comes through so clearly in his voice, you’re hearing what amounts to a true moment of catharsis for him.

Though this is just an appetizer to his upcoming album release, “Blood On My Hands” serves as an amazing step forward in K!NG Pablo’s career, and for those just joining the party, an introduction to the hype you’ll be hearing up ahead. In this overcrowded rap and hip-hop marketplace, K!NG Pablo’s unflinching artistry is deserving of a massive audience.

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