Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Darshae Kiér: “Translation” – poised to take its place on the global stage

Darshae Kiér is a pop artist based in Miami, FL. After the untimely death of his parents, he entered the foster care system where he was shuffled from foster home to foster home. Despite his rough start in life, Darshae has always been determined to rise above and lead with positivity. Inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Coldplay, Darshae latest single “Translation” rides on a steamy Reggaeton beat, and strives to spread the artist’s message of hope and inspiration. His melodic flow and lyrical style are potent. He creates hooks with ease,

Soupblack: “You For Me, Or You Against” will keep listeners on the edge of their seats!

Hailing from Harlem, NY, Soupblack is getting ready to drop his exciting new project “SOOP” on January 25 2019.  The title “SOOP’, stands for “Started Out of Poverty”, and details Soupblack’s trials and tribulations from the beginning of his life up until this point.  From growing up in poverty, his mother’s addiction, his father’s absence, and being teased in school, Soupblack pulls from his experience to create a project reflective of his ability to overcome. To whet our appetites for his new project, and see what Soup’s talents have to offer fans and the industry, we listened to his current work, the 13 track album, “You For Me, Or You Against”, available on all major digital download platforms.

And after listening to the project – to start with, we can clearly say that as a rapper, Soupblack clearly makes the cut. By all accounts, the project is praised by all for its top-tier rhyming and serves as an antidote to the mumble rap-mania taking place.

The 13-track album not only forges a commended technical framework of but elevates Soupblack’s delivery and songwriting to a point where he sounds completely like his own man with his own plan. The beats are contemporary enough to be catchy but the intricate rapping and tonal flows are different enough to keep listeners on the edge of their seats.

To set that tone and let folks know what he is about, Soup raps with cutthroat conviction on album opener “They Don’t Know”. The song is exciting, pulse pumping and starts the album with tangible proof that this dude can rhyme his ass off.

“Keep On” serves as a quick counter point where the album gets a little more soulful and insightful showcasing Soupblack’s noticeable diversity as a songwriter. He takes his pen loaded with bravado and blends it with a feathered quill of vulnerability for an uplifting track.

As cliché as it sounds, there is something for everyone on this album, hence “In The Party” brings forth a banging anthem to get the joint moving. Soup takes all the best parts from the previous three songs and mixes them with his distinctive practice and pitch that works seamlessly on the soulful back to back tracks “Big Plans” and “Spending Money”.

Leaning on his strong and wide-ranging skillset, Soupblack proves himself to be a commendable artist by delivering songs that cross neatly into the R&B, trap and pop zones, like “Someday”, “Harlem”, “All Good”. However it’s on cuts like “Only Game I Know”, “On My Own” and “I”, where his pure rapping skills come to the fore.

Here Soup flexes with a ton of braggadocios rhymes, and infectious flows, making it clear that there is no lack of confidence in his craft. The latter tracks exemplify what Soup can deliver at the peak of his powers. His ability to creatively implement melodies with relatable content also shines throughout this project.

Just as strongly as he opened this project, Soupblack makes sure he goes out on a high note. “Not You” and the title track, “You For Me Or You Against”, continue to showcase his narrating and rhyming skills, as his flow remains relentless against a set of simmering production backdrops.

This is a collection that doesn’t grow stale, even after several listens. It’s also a fine addition to the Soupblack discography, and an exciting lead up to following project ready to drop in the New Year!

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