Cymbalik – “A New Positive”- the alchemical combination of quality, creativity, and alluring empathy

There are a lot of new producers that are coming to the scene this years, and some that have been in the game for a while, but few are as exciting has Cymbalik AKA Jose Serpas who hails out of Denver, CO. If you’re a part of the people who don’t know who Cymbalik is just yet, then expect him to be all over your music queue in the next couple of years. With his crazy beats and smooth melodies it’s expected that he makes some big jumps in the industry very soon. Cymbalik works with modern day techniques while

Best friends in New York City make dope a hip-hop song during quarantine and are donating ALL proceeds to charity

The producer Christos “XOS” Angelidis created the instrumental for the record “ICE COLD” while recovering from the sever virus COVID-19 in his Queens, New York home. His close friend and colleague, Laquan “REVL TVLK” Priester, from Brooklyn, New York, now living in Los Angeles, wrote the lyrics and rapped over the song. “ICE COLD” is a result of the inspiration being based from the cold winter months of New York City. Furthermore, the duo – being from New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak – has experienced firsthand the devastation of the virus. XOS lost four coworkers as

Steve Sperandeo – “Contagious Emotions” – intimate storytelling that inebriates the senses

Like all works of music, there are always going to be some you absolutely love and some you only like. “Contagious Emotions” by Steve Sperandeo one is going on the absolute love list. Steve has added some jazzy, bluesy touches in this album, while maintaining a soft organic-rock style made of elegant guitar work and graceful melody. It’s a masterful blend by a thoughtful musician. But be forewarned, Steve’s music needs more than a single playing to fully savor its nuances. So grab a drink of your choice, sit back and enjoy the storytelling as Steve Sperandeo delivers 11 unhurried

Heistheartist – “Boom” (Love Version) – transposes crystal-clear artistry through spiritual glistening

Heistheartist is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, NY. Formerly a secular neo-soul singer signed to Bentley Records under his biological name LeeMann Bassey, Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord, after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That day he was inspired to teach the world about the Lord like TD Jakes did with his Sermon, but through music. The song “Boom” – a song that mixes sensuality with religion – is actually based on a dream that Heistheartist had one night, in which he had relations with an angel. “Boom”

Bobby Royale – “Live Jazz at Staarsound” – There is an artistic quality in the music that cannot be overlooked

Some see hip-hop and jazz as an unholy alliance, maybe even the vulgarization of jazz. But other musicians see the genre-melding as a positive development. Every so often, in some corner of the globe in fact, you’ll find a handful of jazz musicians experimenting with jazz and hip-hop hybrids. In some ways the musical connection would seem inevitable. After all, early gospel, blues and jazz employed call-and-response cadences dealing with the same themes prevalent in hip-hop today. For some, though, the similarities end there. Straight ahead jazz musicians who have had their music sampled appreciate their work being exposed to

J.Drive – “Untitled” showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas

Hailing from the inner city of Youngstown, Ohio’s Southside, Jessie “J.Drive” grew up in a small apartment in a violent neighborhood without his natural mother or father.  At a very young age he realized that his natural affinity for basketball and Hip-hop music would become the tools necessary to pave his way to a more comfortable lifestyle.  Despite the tragic events that ended his hoop dreams, Jessie’s understanding of what it takes to make the best of his gifts regardless of circumstances is what has brought him thus far. Currently he is pushing his latest single called “Untitled”. In his

“Millions” shows off how talented and self-assured DboySlim is!

“Millions”, the track by DboySlim, has an incendiary takeoff, wasting zero time to underscore the necessary sense of urgency through a compacted sonic boom and a room full of booty. The backdrop is made of a dynamic piano loop, skittering hi-hats, and twisting synths, while the rapper updates his dance-swaying lyricism. DboySlim is impressive to say the least, while the track absolutely bumps. He creates an intense atmosphere that makes you want to jump around and groove. “Millions” shows off how talented and self-assured DboySlim is, and how he can probably live up to any hype you want to put

Andree Cassielll – “Alimento” – a universality that makes him a perfect fit for the modern era!

The Mexico City native, Andree Cassielll, possesses a down-to-earth humility in his vocal tone that makes his storytelling raps feel like they’re always coming from a place of truth over fiction. Considering the producer and artist, predominantly sings and raps in Spanish, which I cannot understand, that’s an impressive feat. The trap-inspired beats flicker in and out as Andree becomes more invested in his storytelling, and it truly feels like you’re on the phone with a rambling friend. He’s a poet, capable of transporting you somewhere otherworldly with his sound. His music has a genuine fluidity, and if he continues

EH – “Mirrors” lets it fly with the fret-board work to thoroughly rock you!

Baltimore rock guitar ace EH reaffirms his top-of-the-heap status on his new 7 track album “Mirrors”. It’s a superlative set of new music full of tightly-written, engaging instrumentals that don’t need a singer up front to rock hard and hold your attention. This type of writing is EH’s trademark, and is one of the main reasons he will develop a audience. While many other technically-proficient rock guitarists mainly play for other guitar players, EH seems to play for the people. He relies less on continuous shredding and more, on dynamically impacting riffs. EH gets us going with his opening track, “Pounding

Boonie Mayfield – “While Black (Red Light, Blue Light, E’s and R’s)” – sentiments nurtured by a history of prejudice

Solomon Vaughn aka Boonie Mayfield has always traded dazzlingly intricate verses, intellectual thoughts and propulsive rhymes, over inventive, nonlinear productions, and his latest release “While Black (Red Light, Blue Light, E’s and R’s)” re-proposes that peerless aesthetic, while adding an ulterior dose of consciousness, and reinforcing his hard-won authenticity. “This song is a 2-part storyteller based on some of my personal experiences with racism; from getting racially profiled by police, dealing with stereotypes while dating and the ugly side of interacting on social media,” explained Boonie. “I was inspired to display some of the scenarios I’ve gone through on a

Cplus: “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” is both a promise and an affirmation

Clifton Johnson, known by artist name Cplus, is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and pianist hailing from Oklahoma City. He has opened for headlining acts such as Joe, Usher, Tony Terry, and Mint Condition. Over the last two years, Cplus has continuously toured and performed live with his band, Born in November, resulting in numerous television appearances and online interviews. “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend”, is the artist’s latest single. Cplus has built up ever-growing career from pretty much ground zero, and has quite the resume for a fresh new artist. His main genre may be R&B, however he incorporates flavors from hip-hop, electro, jazz, soul, etc. to form a very unique brand of music that is undeniably his own. What makes Cplus so distinct from the saturated market of R&B artists, is his artistic approach to his music.

Yes, as an R&B artist he also talks about sex and talks about love, the typical norm, however, Cplus as an artist takes R&B to a whole other level. “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” is one of those rare tracks in the mainstream that lets listeners delve into the artist’s storytelling psyche, and thankfully Cplus is an interesting person to listen to.

He does not succumb to the pressure of making typical songs, while his lyrics are much more poetic and meaningful. This latest single quickly demonstrates some of Cplus’ storytelling ability; his lyrics contain poetic substance, and filled with one-liners that are neither corny nor cliché.

The track is an episode that plays into a grand arrangement of emotions. It’s absolutely wonderful from start to finish. Its breadth is complimented by its vibe, which is casual and conversational despite Cplus’ ambition and prodigious skill. Almost every bar on the song contains at least one breathtaking moment: impassioned, soulful vocals, clever lyrical insight, smooth melodic flourishes. That doesn’t mean it’s a track for showing off.

Cplus is never trying to sing you off the map. His virtuosity is fluid, natural; it’s working in service of emotions and the storyline. The same is true of his writing, which remains mysterious and ripe for interpretation. Even the minor moments on “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend”, with its understated and restrained percussive beat, brings all of Cplus’ qualities together in remarkable ways.

His inimitability — the combination of vocal skill, lyrical ambition, and stylistic versatility that makes Cplus unique — is only amplified by the way he maintains a low-key attitude while excelling at what he does. If you enjoy this music and want to hear more, you can’t just turn on the radio for pale approximations, as he is in his very own lane. Cplus is like an outlier filling a void.

The nuance and serenity with which Cplus explores his songs, places him at a remove from his noisier contemporaries. Simultaneously poetic and plainspoken, his performances are so arrestingly smooth that all of its unusually shaped pieces fit together as a seamless whole. In an industry of declining record sales and infinite musical choices only a click away, “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” is both a promise and an affirmation that Cplus has found his groove.

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