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

Mr. Giant: “Face To Face” flows together with perfect synergy

Mr. Giant, a jazz and funk fusion band, is gearing up to release their first full-length studio album release in 2019. The band, hailing from all around the world, but currently living in Los Angeles, was founded by Bruno Neves in 2017. Having gained a large fan following during the past 2 years, Mr. Giant is ready to share their journey in anticipation for their new album. And they do so with their 4 track EP, entitled “Face To Face”. One of the first things that really hit me when I first heard this record was the superb musicianship. Each member of the band is really on point here. There is some inherent fun in the way they play. The band are obviously together as a group to write and record music, but they also seem to desire to just be in the same room as each other and play. It would be easy to point out the lead and solo instruments as impressive, but I have to say that the drumming specifically, is outstanding. It is very tight and rhythmic and it really glues the whole group together and brings them down to earth.

The EP’s opening song, “Seven Feet Tall” is probably the most catchy and accessible. This makes it a good opener because it helps introduce new listeners of the band to what their style is like. What we hear is the result of many great musical minds and hands, pooling their expertise into the song. You only have to watch the snippets of performances that Mr. Giant filmed in front of a live audience or in the studio to see how the artists groove themselves into the music, and enjoy each other’s influence.

Instrumental solos make up one of the strongest stylistic elements of this EP, and are present on all the tracks here. Sometimes they’re long and progressively structured. At other times a quick bout of explosive fun and skill are the game.

Throughout, Mr. Giant’s flair for interesting, poly-rhythmic textures becomes very apparent, and the second track, “Electric Eel” sees the band do rhythmic turns on a dime. Add in the shimmering keyboards, weaving horns and lead guitar solos, and Mr. Giant take their levels of sophisticated textural layering and sheer groove prowess to new levels here.

Mr. Giant’s tight 8-piece ensemble, including a horn, section enable the group to express diverse musical influences, and are key to the band’s distinctly big sound on “Maze”, probably the most ambitious sounding track in the collection.

The band’s delicately layered keys, skillful guitar solos, delicious bass runs, and gorgeous horn arrangements, combined with continued rhythmic restructuring, allows the song to be a lusciously rich and passionate musical gem.

The vibrations run high throughout “Face To Face”, with each of the stellar musicians taking turns with bold virtuoso improvisations amid the collective grooves that built in energy like a freight train. You’d be surprised at how hypnotic and spellbinding their jazz fusion can be.

The grooves are deep and intense, making listen to songs like the final track, “Phy-Pho”, seem much shorter than the seven minutes and fifty seconds it really is. Rhythm is as important as melody throughout this amalgamation of tracks, and the alternating emphasis on one aspect or the other—and often the fusion of the two elements—enlivens the musicians as they play. In turn, this spontaneity commands attention because surprises abound within each track.

Jazz and its derivatives is not simple music for the average ear. It never has, and it never will be. Despite all, “Face To Face” is very easy to listen to. Mr. Giant flow together with perfect synergy, while keeping things smooth, yet multilayered and intense. If you want to listen to some stand-up instrumental music, with a great sense of groove, and the ability to put you into a state of musically-related ecstasy, then this is one of the highest recommendations that I can give.

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