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

Darick DDS Spears: “Rhyme Junkie” – one man and his mic!

Experienced music artist Darick DDS Spears, produces, writes, performs and arranges his own albums. Darick, who doesn’t like the idea of sampling, counts a catalog with over 500 songs that run through his core hip-hop style to jazz, rock, country, and gospel, among others. The multi-nominated artist, who has released a number of singles and albums, is also an Amazon Bestseller Book author. The artist’s 15 track album “Rhyme Junkie” is out right now on all digital download platforms. Darick’s album is, in essence, one man and his mic, the type of record that feels increasingly like a rarity in an era of guest-verse overload and heterogeneous production. “Rhyme Junkie” is an unqualified success, a wonderfully energetic and compact display of unfettered good rapping. Darick DDS Spears is a sort of old school when it comes to the craft of rhyming: he’s fast, deep, convincing, and perhaps most of all interesting.

It also helps that the album is remarkably consistent. Many fans will obviously prefer one song to another but for its all-round earnestness, the rhymes and the production, this recording is completely airtight from the first song to the very last.

“Can I Kick a Rhyme” is just that, fierce and sounding as if it were recorded in someone’s basement; “These Sucka Mc’s” has Darick just blazing by other rappers; “Amen” is deliciously left-field; “John Lennon” has a dynamic flow to it. One of my favorites of all, is “Never Giving Up”, which finds Darick once again blending narrative structure together with a constant stream of consciousness.

The lyrics are fire on paper and sound, in fact, even more fiery on record, showcasing a rap soloist at the top of his game, ecstatic with the possibilities of words and what they can do. And when it comes down to it that is exactly what rap music is all about.

Moving ahead and through “Never Giving Up”, “Feeling So Alive” and “What Happened to You”, the amount of skill with which every word pours out of Darick DDS Spears whenever he opens his mouth is incredible. He’s is sharp, effortlessly spitting lines of a standard that most rappers can only dream of writing.

Fast flow, slow flow, slickness, and nuance. It’s all here, and gets turned on and off depending on the beat. I could list some of the best lyrical gems from the album, but we’d honestly be here all day.  The title track, “The Rhyme Junkie” gets all funky and soulful, while “Pencil Geeks” keeps the momentum going.

“Rhyme Crimes” kicks off with a more than urgent flow above an insistent piano motif. Throughout these songs, Darick shows that he is a clean and crisp spitter; as equally capable of stringing together witty punchlines as he is complex metaphors.

But the album is literally crammed full of strong tracks, exhibiting Darick’s, commanding flow, and articulate lyrics over varied productions. “My Fiends”, “Dead Conversations” and “Rhyme Motion” being among the best of the bunch.

Darick DDS Spears really has a lot to say about hip-hop and life, and his powerful rapping style delivers his thoughts in a powerful, and direct manner throughout. “Rhyme Junkie” is an underground album released for the rap purist, but one that can be enjoyed by anyone.

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