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

Xelaine: ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] strikes with conviction

Xelaine (pronounced Zuh-Lane) is a singer-songwriter and LIVE performer based out of Los Angeles. She has 3 current releases. ‘Revolution’, ‘Perf’, and the latest ‘DETOX’ [acapella version]. Xelaine has written for Lyrica Anderson and Mowii (1/2 of The Rejectz) and performed in Austin for SXSW 2018. Her debut EP is scheduled for winter release. Start to finish her voice is mesmerizing. She’s got the kind of voice that sings to every generation, full and powerful, soft and vulnerable, then playful but full of vigor. All of her music makes a statement. There is no mistaking who you are hearing when a Xelaine track comes on. Her previous tracks are outstanding, but ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] takes it to the next level. Free of the electronic beats and walls of synth sound, this song allows Xelaine to get to the core of her craft.

Xelaine has always been comfortable and confident with propulsive, powerful and mature vocals that appear to come from another time. Her soaring vocals are distinct from what is heard on radio today, and she is not in pursuit of that ever evasive crossover appeal. Xelaine fully displays her vocal talent in the one place where those with the gift shine, and that is on balladry songs like this one.

The sparse acapella arrangement gives Xelaine ample space to showcase her range and flare for the dramatic on a tune that finds her trying to come to terms with her feelings and emotions, transition between love and devotion to outright denial in contrasting flourishes. Her music strikes with such conviction that it places the listener right in the center of her situation.

The voice of Xelaine shines through with her creative display of vocal control. Her rich and soulful voice together with her strong and personal lyrics creates a memorable and lasting impression in this journey-filled track. Xelaine has a confidence to her singing and a very natural, flowing voice that guides one smooth bar after another.

Xelaine proves on ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] that everybody doesn’t have to be the same type of artist to be successful. She’s navigating her own waters, and making hardcore moves in the business, as she swims upstream to get to the next stage of her career. She may still be an underrated artist, but she’s gaining new fans with each recording project.

Xelaine seems to be hunting down new opportunities, challenges, and more exposure, while showing off her gritty raw talent. She sings with a rich soulfulness, while writing from a place of deep authenticity. Drawing from personal experiences, she obviously considers the songwriting process her therapy. She believes it, and sings it the way she does because it’s probably real.

Here on ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] she tackles the trials of romance, the obstacles of allowing it to thrive, and the pains of letting it go. This is an empowering song by a songstress mapping out her options, and it really works. Showing off her range and allowing her vocal capability to build with intensity within the arrangement’s empty spaces.

They say timing is everything, and now, with ‘DETOX’ [acapella version], this may actually be Xelaine’s moment of breaking into the mainstream as the most soulful indie songstress out here!

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