Infectious Rhythm: “Silhouette” – a steady impacting beat, retro analogue sounding synths

I’ve always loved Infectious Rhythm since I first him about a year back with “Daydreams”. To be quite honest, I think the good thing about this independent electronic music producer is that he is consistent. He doesn’t have songs that repeat or sound the same, or at least, I don’t think so. I think what he does is adhere to a certain theme in each release, with a great level of creativity that becomes apparent the more you listen to it. I like it because it shows me that this artist knows who he is are and he knows the

Knowshun: “Dedicated (Remix)” – imaginative rhymes in a mix of street and fantasy!

Knowshun is a lyricist and producer from Chicago, IL. The rap/hip-hop artist’s latest project, a music video for his single “Dedicated (Remix)” was based on a nightmare the artist had the night before the video shoot. The cinematic music video explores dark themes of purgatory, a spirit in limbo and battling against dark forces. Gripping imagery of shadowy figures permeate the video. “Dedicated (Remix)” is featured on the mixtape “Lyrical Fire Episode Two: Liquid Napalm” written and performed by Knowshun, produced by Credit Ninja B. The original track was by MF Doom & MF Grimm. The music video was shot,

Keys And Vices: “Chronic Nostalgia” can rock the socks off of any audience!

Keys And Vices are something of a Trojan horse. Hidden within the confines of a band with a cryptic name and fronted by a deceptively talented lady is a power-trio that can rock the socks off of any audience and probably any band they share a bill with. Stacked with massive riffs and sweet hooks, their “Chronic Nostalgia” is a monumental step in their recording career. With beefy production that highlights the tight dynamic between front-lady Jennifer Valdez (Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Lyrics), bassist Kevin McCarty and drummer Kris Ayala, the band’s first full-length offering packs enough punch to dominate modern

Brady Novotny: “Passions Collide” is a skilled expression of his dazzling compositions

During the early to mid-seventies is when the guitar maestros were coming out. John McLaughlin and Al Dimeola, were at the top in my book of guitarists. The mixed both electric and acoustic guitar virtuosity with equal ease. Rock, Jazz, Fusion and Flamenco abounded flavors abounded on their releases showcasing a 360° vision of the guitar as a lead instrument. Brady Novotny who started playing the guitar at the age of 10, is pretty much cut of the same cloth, and on his latest album, “Passions Collide”, he even includes a vocal track featuring his wife, Jennifer. Inspired by Randy

Tohi: “Out The Box” – emotional music you can chill or groove to!

Tohi is a rap artist currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He started his musical career as the first Persian rapper at the age of 13. He was forced to perform illegally in his native Tehran, where rap has been banned. In order to chase his dreams, Tohi located to Dubai for two years where he was able to create music openly, followed by a move to London. As he continued to build his career Tohi performed at major venues such as Barclaycard Arena Hamburg and The Global Arena Stockholm and HMV Forum London O2 and won awards, including Best

Bearzerk – An executive music team with a proven track record

Music management teams really are the industry’s Swiss Army knife. They can really transform careers. Where there’s a special artist, chances are there’s a special collective behind them, plotting moves behind the scenes. The best of the bunch tend to connect dots swiftly, think outside the box without losing sight of the little things, and, above all else, maintain a degree of close affinity and proximity to the artist and the music business itself. Music management companies exist to protect and nurture the business and creative interests of those they work with. It takes one set of skills to help

Exit 22 Music: “Just As You Are” has cracked the code for the modern music world

Barely a few months after the release of their previous single, Exit 22 Music and Chris Calamera are back with the new record “Just As You Are”. And it seems like the only rule of the New York City-based project is: there are no rules. They are mixing genres and experimenting with different styles and the result is the unique sound of Exit 22. Whenever the Calamera project drops a new release my expectations are extremely high. The song starts off slow and soulfully, and then loads itself with energy. The female vocals, as always, has never sounded so strong.

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – absolutely compelling!

Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English,

Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – The meticulous sculpting of soundscapes

Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World

ROSABEL: “The Album” – Compositions of the highest quality

ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria

Ban: “Choppa” delivers on many impressive levels

Ban is an up and coming artist from Greece who mixes rap and alternative rock. He is influenced by artists like Nirvana, My Chemical Romance, and Paramore, as well as Nas and Kanye West. Like latter-day Kanye, Ban plucks ideas from both the mainstream and the fringes, and workshopping them into something that displays personal taste and curation. He is also something of a novice visionary – he knows what’s popular or what will be popular, and he swallows that into his sound. Of course, all of those things have been regular elements in much of contemporary rap for a while, but Ban renders everything fresher, and more attractive. His beats sound gorgeously spacey and alive, switching and blurring seamlessly with all the Trap catchiness of present times, similar to those used by artists like Travis Scott, Migos and Future, among others. That is combined with his verses and a luscious sprinkling of melody to make an intensely electric, hypnotic, and imaginative experience.

All of the above is forged on Ban’s latest single, “Choppa”, which is the follow up to “Psychopath”. The Greek rapper offers the best of himself as both a vocalist and an orchestrator on his latest single. He showcases plenty of charisma and his singsong, auto-tuned delivery is instantly likeable.

Musically the track charges forward with a steady sunny momentum that never comes across as hurried or frantic. Ban’s talent as a musical curator really shines on “Choppa”. He’s got these grand ideas that he nurtures into existence by putting the right elements together.

“Choppa” is psychedelic, multilayered and, for the most part, unpredictable, just like we love modern-day rap music to be.  I know it’s a cardinal sin to compare rock music to hip-hop, but it’s the closest thing you’ll experience while listening to this blend of trap an alternative.

The track contains elite, unique and layered synth production that pairs perfectly with Ban’s voice and the 808’s. It’s a progression of the rapper’s sound on his previous track, with a hook that spins you around like you’re in a transition, and leaves you craving the second verse.

Ban doesn’t build his music around complex, intricate lyrics or game-changing flows – that’s not his style, as he aims for catchiness and instant accessibility. Ban is pushing his style in a new direction, producing music that is distinctly on par with his rap and trap contemporaries, while being easily digestible.

The track embraces an alt-rap theme that seems to draw from rock. Ban is not your typical rapper, and he’s not trying to be. He is interesting, paving his own way. His use of sing-song rhymes and thumping beats leaves him on a list of artists that you either love or are indifferent about.

From not expecting too much, to literally embracing his perspective, Ban’s “Choppa” delivers on many impressive levels that shows he is essentially good at what he does. If you’re into the current wave of hybrid, modern hip hop artists, who blend a multiple of styles, this song will eventually grow on you. It could become one of your favorites!

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