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

ImprovFusic: “The TaleTeller” – a patchwork of colorful musical motifs

Esther Y.W.Wong, a registered music therapist, a multi-instrumentalist and a composer based in Hong Kong. Inspired by music around the world and all her travelling experiences, her style of music blends the modern with the traditional. Cat S.Y. Chau who has worked in social welfare since 1997 is the first registered music therapist in Hong Kong with a social work degree. She is experienced in providing music therapy service with various needs. Together they are the founders of a pioneering organization in Hong Kong called ImprovFusic, which was established in 2018 to cultivate community building and promote mental health, using music to connect people and share the joy of music interaction and self-expression.

Last November they released the 9 track album, entitled “The TaleTeller” which blends acoustic and electronic instruments in a patchwork of colorful musical motifs, each telling their own story. ImprovFusic are wonderful music artists. If you enjoy world music, ambient, or new age music, then you will love this album.

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s this: Listening to “The TaleTeller” for the first time is an experience. The second you hear the opening bars begin on “The Great Venture” you know there’s a journey ahead of you. It’s not until you fully immerse yourself a couple of tracks later, however, that you realize how beautiful that journey is.

At their best, ImprovFusic channels a soul soothing, calming presence throughout the album. The musicians, therapists and backpackers, show how deeply affecting their music is as they combine traditional instruments and modern flair. Their attention to mood-inducing tone and timbre is simply stunning; the focus deftly changing from calm to climactic, and wistful to triumphant.

The music is heavily world fusion based, so attention is especially paid to traditional acoustic instrumentation, some of which Wong and Chau have collected around the world. Throughout “The TaleTeller” you will hear instruments such as the Rav Vast, Tabla, Frame Drum, Udu Drum, Slaptop Cajon, Sansula, Wind and Strings instruments from around the world, as well as different kinds of synthesizers.

The sounds of these instruments weave in and out of soundscapes painted by layers of interchanging melodic and rhythmic patterns. The music is so easy on the ear that that you could easily forget that you’re actually concentrating on listening to the album. And that’s the catch.

ImprovFusic creates music that feeds the soul just as much as it pleases the ear. It never attempts to command your attention but rather leans towards captivating it. “The TaleTeller” is as much of a spiritual experience as it is a musical one, ultimately this only makes the album stronger as a whole.

The underlying beauty found in tracks such as “The Heart Journey”, “The Flying Dream” and “The Transformer” is simply undeniable. Perhaps the best track here is “The Ocean Fable” which can only be described as jaw-dropping. It’s easily one of the most triumphant moments, forging a life-affirming, climactic melody.

All around though, the interweaving melodies are as captivating as ever, if not more so, and the production makes sure the finer sonic details don’t get lost in the mix. It’s the kind of music that’s perfect for sitting back and letting your mind take you wherever ImprovFusic are wanting you to go.

Esther Y.W.Wong and Cat S.Y. Chau ease you into the musical wonderlands they create as each track rises up gracefully and majestically. This melting pot of atmospheres, entrancing rhythms and melodies is juxtaposed against the visionary explorations of two very gifted and perceptive musicians.

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