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

OBD: “Talk Is Cheap” creates a sound that our ears embrace

The new year has gotten off to a great start when it comes to hip-hop and rap. I’ve bumped into a handful of independent artists this month that bring back the eighties and nineties style of hard hitting lyrical rap with meaning. They’re all about that aggressive, get-punched-in-the-face type of music.  A classic combination of battle-styled raps over thumping production.   At the frontline of these you will find Outnumbered But Deadly aka OBD, a hip hop duo made up of Kawil & D-tech. Originally formed in 2011, OBD is based out of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. They kick off 2019 with their brand new single, “Talk Is Cheap”. If I could describe this release in a few adjectives they would definitely include classic, raw, and visionary.

To me, “Talk Is Cheap” certainly has the three qualities that make up a great recording, amazing production, thought-provoking lyrics, and a continuous incendiary flow. OBD are original, focused, intellectual but still extremely lethal with their music. Street terminology, and profound philosophical points, all delivered through aggressive, cutting flows over a boom bapping experimental hip hop beat.

It is a cornerstone in alternative production and one of the more classically inclined records to emerge from the hip hop underground of late. OBD have evolved to become one of the better duos in hip hop. With horrible music coming out of the radio each day, it’s nice to see a group come up with something new and aggressive.

If you’re looking for a brilliant hip hop track that reminds you of the Golden Era, you’ll find it here. You’ll find a track jam packed with slamming production by Kawil, aggressive flows and incredibly intricate allusions to all sorts of socio-political concepts, courtesy of both Kawil & D-tech.

The two make a deadly combination, and how well Outnumbered But Deadly execute their ideas, is reason enough to make any hip hop fan excited. The cherry on top is the scratching by DJ True Justice. Gritty and uncut, “Talk Is Cheap”. With this track, OBD cement themselves as one of the better duos in hip-hop in recent memory.

Underground artists like OBD can use any beat and their raw rhymes will still reflect the sharpness of their minds. Now put that same lyrical attack to a stunning beat like that on “Talk Is Cheap” and the results are explosive. What makes a group amazing is the ability to create a sound that is different but at the same time creates a sound that our ears embrace.

OBD is busy carving its niche into the hip hop scene by doing just that. OBD brings something to the hip hop scene that many others have long left behind – integrity – and thus it requires outstanding performers and songwriters to create narratives that most rappers won’t venture into anymore.

OBD is essentially for people who want music that gives them thoughtful concepts and ideas, not the same static song after song heard on the mainstream scene. I haven’t known about OBD as long as I would have liked to, but as soon as I started hearing their work, about a year ago, I was hooked. “Talk Is Cheap” certainly serves to consolidate that position on my playlist. Unashamedly revolutionary, and fearlessly brave, Outnumbered But Deadly deserve respect.


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