Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar – ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ – A hypnotic and fitting foundation

If you ask the duo of Kali Ma & Cypher the Avatar, better known as CxA what the goal of their music was, their reply would probably be, it’s to make a place where all listeners can come to feel safe and relieved from their pain, anxieties, and all other stresses in life. Because that’s exactly what their Cloud Rap single, ‘Peaches n’ Sage’ sounds like. Cypher the Avatar is one of the best alternative rappers mainly because of his presence. He’s confident but not cocky; honest but not vulgar. Cypher comes across as someone who is genuine and sure

VerseBorn: “Cheat Code” ft. Menhir demands a huge amount of respect

“Cheat Code” by VerseBorn ft. Menhir is a mostly uninterrupted stream of consciousness. Breaks in the story only occur when one the language switches from English to Italian and back, and when the plot ends and another begins. To call this track unique would be inadequate. The storyline is extremely complex, with recurring motifs. It’s hard to follow, but that’s the point. VerseBorn and Menhir want your undivided attention for the track’s entirety. Straight off the cuff, the listener is thrust right into the action. In true artistic fashion, interconnecting storylines are articulated through interconnecting verses. But even when they

New Songs to Confront Rising Tide of Hatred by Rev Peter Unger

Rev Peter Unger embraces a pastoral sense of beauty on the spacious skies of I Believe in Second Chances. Throughout the piece Rev Peter Unger explores the oft-ignored benefits of faith. One of the greatest elements of faith rests within the idea of forgiveness for past transgressions. No one is perfect and attaining perfection is a life-long goal. Lyrics focus upon this concept the improvement of the self. Without forgiveness however, this goal becomes impossible for if all were judged by their worst actions self-improvement would remain illusionary at best. Low key arrangements help to place Rev Peter Unger’s voice

Brian Hutson’s Debut Album “Habit” is Released

This week saw the release of Brian Hutson’s Debut Album. Habit is the name of the album that coincides with the song title track featured on his debut album. The album which has already sparked early interest follows the critical acclaim of his EP Midnight Sessions and enormous success of his single released in the fall of 2018. Like many artists, Brian draws influence from his personal life and experiences. This driving force allows him to express his feelings through music. Reflecting on love, lust, heartbreak, and triumph Habit is the result of memories from the past two years, all

YHN Hammertime: “Cash Out” – relatable lines over a sleekly banging beat

YHN Hammertime is a rap/hip-hop artist based in Washington DC. He often collaborates with fellow artists from the DC area. After a string of single releases, he has dropped his first official mixtape “Gang Meets Gang”. From the album comes the highly infectious single “Cash Out” along with its classy visual, now viewable on YouTube. With this album, YHN never seems to be trying to make one track for the thugs, one for the hip hop heads, one for the club, one for the backpackers, and one for the playas, etc. Although you could still attribute those labels to the

Hro Palyan: “White China” scores many transcendent moments!

Hro Palyan is an up and coming Armenian-American Hip Hop artist based in Granada Hills, CA. His journey into a musical career started during childhood when he learned how to play the electric guitar. Hro’s older brother was influential in introducing him to the world of rap and hip-hop and to fellow artists who encouraged him to learn music production tools like Fruity Loops, Reason, and Pro Tools. Influenced by the likes of Dre, Eminem, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dog, Tupac, Naz, Jayz, Dmx, Hro used the production tools as a coping mechanism that allowed him to express himself, and

Enzo: ‘Light Me Up’ – an absolutely sublime listening experience

DJs speak with their hands. Producers who can’t use words, express themselves through sound. On the other hand, it’s almost true that in the electronic music realm, the weight of the music can render words secondary. That’s not to say that producers aren’t using their voices…it’s rare but quite possible. Some producers over a number of electronic genres have stepped up to the mic to express themselves vocally, others engage the perfect voices to execute the needed emotion. Once such creative is Enzo, a self-taught musical artist from Boston, Massachusetts. His work as a producer and DJ has led to

Exit To Eden: Describes the extreme situation of hate-love, on their new Goth ‘n Roll single “Love At First Hate”!

Passionate, yet hateful is the story of Exit To Eden’s latest video clip. The Austrians around frontman Bernie Pfeiffer, celebrate the March 22nd, 2019, release of their associated Goth ‘n Roll single, entitled ‘Love At First Hate’ and give an audiovisual preview of their upcoming mini-album “Love And Other Nightmares”, especially Fans of traditional gothic rock alá The Sisters Of Mercy, The Cure, or Bauhaus are guaranteed to find it appealing.  In a nightmare of hate-love, the protagonist described in ‘Love At First Hate’, whose story is presented in first-person perspective, seems to be. Two extremes, passionate love and

Javyn Knight: “Exodus” – Relatability, positivity, and general geniality

Javyn Knight releases his debut EP, “The Gospel Of Javyn” on March the 24th. The artist’s arrival to this event has not been an easy one. He left home at sixteen to join the army, completing his basic training and part of his AIT training, when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He went on to be officially discharged and found his way back to civilian life. It was then that Javyn decided to flip his future and pursue a different, but just as passionate, career route. Javyn Knight aka The Blacc SINatra grabbed hold of a mic and started reppin’ South

Silvertung: “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)” – assailing swagger, an abrasive bring-it-on vibe!

Award-winning rock band Silvertung, has landed on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio Chart three times. The Mid-Atlantic quartet, made up of vocalist Speed, lead guitarist Codey, bassist Sam Sour, and drummer Danno, have also opened for groups like Godsmack, Disturbed, Shinedown, Slipknot, Staind, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Filter, Drowning Pool, Anthrax, P.O.D., and others. With three albums and one EP under their belt, Silvertung, in collaboration with Thermal Entertainment, have dropped their latest album “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)”, produced by Steven Wright, whose credits include Slipknot, Mars Volta, and Rihanna. This is the type of release that occurs when a band

Quon: “Independent” – turning underground clout into mainstream appeal

Quon, the American rapper hailing from Amarillo, TX, has been impacting the industry with his singles: “Im It” “Hunnid Miles n Runnin” and “Get It Wit Me”. Now the artist takes another gigantic step forward with his brand new single and video release: “Independent”. This is the most urgent and catchy a Quon project has sounded in some time, taking no prisoners with its constant barrage of rhymes and renewed energy. The rapper has a penchant for writing pervasive hooks and one liners, delivered in his matter-of-fact deadpan that lodges in your brain.

Easily digestible, often tongue in cheek, Quon has also perfected the art of knocking out four bar choruses that pull you in. He legitimately sounds like he enjoys performing, his vocals betraying something akin to a smirk; as if relishing in the ability to release songs like “Independent”.

The fact is few could follow Quon in the niche he is carving out for himself. It’s a tough stomping ground, bangers and party anthems with southern trap underpinnings, which are glued together by Quon’s charisma. With an easy delivery and a great voice, there’s a reason why his braggadocio sounds appealing rather than intimidating.

By sticking to his guns on “Independent”, Quon proves he is a threat to the up-and-comers as well as the veterans. He’s not wanting to be too innovative, because that’s not necessary, he’s safe in his habitat, making music his way, and audiences are the better for it. “Independent” distills the sonic extremes of contemporary hip-hop into a potent hybrid of radio-friendly sheen and hard-knocking club rhythm.

Basically, Quon has the instruction manual on how to create a good banger, and he uses it on “Independent”. The energy is through the roof, with the main participant cocky and confident, while the funky, malicious production and rhymes are irresistible. This track is indeed hot as hell, both in its vibe and the performance.

The hook is simple, but gets stuck in your head the instant you hear it.  The piano loop is hypnotizing, while the bass and percussion goes down hard.  This is a perfect example of a banger that’s simply overpowering because it’s just that good.  “Independent” confirms that Quon can succeed in turning underground clout into mainstream appeal, if he wants to.

All-in-all, Quon displays dynamism, lyrical acrobatics and an understanding of the female psyche, as well as dealing out a very in-depth analysis of gender relations. If you are inquisitive about what this dude has to say about the “Independent” lifestyle or would like to get your feet wet in an incredible rap tour de force, look no further than this track.

Quon knows how to play to his strengths while staying relevant in the context of hip-hop as a whole, and ultimately, this leads to another successful project. This this makes for both a devastatingly self-assured presence on the mic and a brazen sonic sensibility. When Quon is in his zone, he’s unstoppable, with a knack for converting throwaway slogans into positively transcendent pop hooks.

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