Digital Gringo: “Project Mayhem” cannot be described as anything less than brilliant!

Right of the cuff, two things caught my attention about Modesto, California creative, Digital Gringo. Firstly, his biography reads: “Digital Gringo is a rapper that raps”. And secondly, how many rappers do you know that rhyme perfectly to the funky beat foundation of Earth Wind & Fire’s “Let’s Groove”? But my enchantment with this atypical rapper didn’t stop there, while listening to his aptly named 12 track album – “Project Mayhem”. In fact, as a description, ‘mayhem’ may actually be an understatement once you’ve run through the entirety of this recording. The tones and moods on this album run from

Omar Bowing: “Women” – the expansive arrangement gives it a progressive bent

Omar Bowing is an independent musician and songwriter located in Austin, Tx. Omar who plays the guitar and guitarviol works with a revolving group of musicians to bring his songs to life. In particular he often collaborates with Tyson Yen, who has lent his voice to almost all of Bowing’s tracks. Omar Bowing’s latest musical creation is simply entitled “Women”. Though mirroring the endeavors of history-making females, the track intends to be a respectful tribute to women in general – from mothers to wives, and sisters to nieces, daughters, friends and co-workers, etc. And in fact the track releases on

Glocck Vee: “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” delivers sharp, telescopic views

Glocck Vee, is an American rap artist from Albuquerque, NM. He has overcome adversity in his childhood and now makes music about his experiences.  His latest single “IDGF ABOUT YO HITTAS” features Mike Beezy Bad Azz, a recording artist, and engineer. Glocck Vee currently works with Juelz Santana, Big Trill, And Maino, and has also collaborated with Mr.Pookie from Dallas TX, Stoney Crook Records. This is a track driven by reactionary outbursts of authenticity and real hip-hop. It’s a robust and dynamic project. Glocck Vee is pure, and, arguably, blunt. His latest single loads several compelling rounds of rage. And

The Jon Johns: “Road Trip Mixtape” – an adventurous attitude!

The Jon Johns are a duo of musicians/producers who have been making music together since 2018. Their music binds the past and the present together into a harmonious sound with musical influences from the 60’s to now. One-hundred-percent independent, the Jon Johns do everything from writing, playing, recording, producing, mixing and releasing their own music. They currently have their 9 track “Road Trip Mixtape” out now. Within minutes of the mixtape kicking into life, this supremely confident recording suggests a band at the peak of their powers, occupying their own orbit. It starts with “Make My Day”, a vast, expansive

Marcela Iglesias: “Human Doll” (feat. Eric ‘Well Written’ McCoy) – fun, bouncy and all around enjoyable

Love it or hate it, you cannot deny that Plastics of Hollywood are gaining traction and making serious waves in the entertainment industry. Spearheaded by Los Angeles, California, Talent manager and producer Marcela Iglesias, the community of plastic surgery enthusiasts are spreading their reach into the film, TV and music spheres. From Ken dolls to Jessica Rabbit and Britney Spears lookalikes Plastics of Hollywood have spent millions of dollars on surgery and aesthetic procedures altering and adapting their looks. Their aim is to simply feel happy and fulfilled in bodies they adore. By the very nature of its scope Plastics

Interview with Californian band City Kings

City Kings is an alternative rock band from Chino, California. Though mainly known for playing heavier hard rock sounding tunes, the band has a very versatile array of musical knowledge. They perform acoustic and softer renditions of their songs on streets of the Inland Empire, or original versions of songs on stages in local venues. The three-piece collective is made up of Chris, Adrian and Ruben. How and when did the City Kings project start and who are the collaborators involved? Christian Blankenship (City Kings): City Kings was basically started on Craigslist! I met our singer and guitarist Adrian after

Midas Well: “3am”- moments of pure body-high pleasure

Midas Well is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in Austin, Texas. His album “Golden Rule” is coming soon to all streaming platforms via Jurnt Entertainment, along with his single “3am”. Midas raises the stakes in this stunning narrative. In lesser hands, all this creative weight could feel leaden. But Midas proves himself to be a craftsman, and gets the job done. Midas Well is a great musical artist and his new single shows that in a beautiful showcase of music.  “Golden Rule” is an album with a generous helping of highlights, not least because of Midas’ enviable vocal

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick: “Head Chucka” – a panoply of mic and beat making skills

DJ Raw B & Luke Sick are a hip-hop duo from the Bay Area. Their friendship grew into a partnership that led to collaborations on past tracks and projects. An album had been a goal for the duo, and that dream has finally been realized with “Born Illness”, an eight track LP that’s currently available on all music platforms. The album was produced via a digital collaboration between DJ Raw B and Luke that spanned the course of a year. This release shows a rapper and a beat maker who prove that they are not going anywhere soon. Both unwrap

Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – a Pop-EDM crossover flavor

Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then returned to France before going to Germany. His song “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace, has been aired on MTV, and is currently play-listed on more than 160 radio and TV channels around the globe. Currently preparing his upcoming album, Sevy Campos is also planning to announce

OfficialVybe: “Anubis” – authentic, unaffected and uninfluenced

Two years after being a coma for 47 days due to open heart surgery, North Liberty, Iowa rapper Vybe aka OfficialVybe, is back with a brand new 18 track album, entitled “Anubis”. The rapper who initiated his craft under the guidance of Russell Barbary has since been produced by Grammy Award winner Matty Trump, on his single “Activist”, and has his songs available on over 600 stores in more than 120 countries. This album is chock full of more cast iron monster tunes than any mainstream rap album this year. In the world of casual rap fans, there are three

illrecur: “Mnemonics” – beautifully spun and gorgeously told wordless narratives

Music is a powerful ‘stream of consciousness’ enhancer, because it literally lights up both hemispheres of your brain, releasing a constant current of dopamine. The best kind of music for this experience is lyric-free instrumental music. The main reason instrumental music is so effective is that it engages the emotional centers of your brain, while avoiding to activate the verbal reasoning areas of your brain, necessary when there are lyrics. Hence your emotional focus is never interfered with, and allowed to evolve and expand freely.

In a time of truly fiery political, cultural and social rhetoric, people have been diving ears-first into the expansive realms of instrumental music in droves, putting on mood-inducing pieces to chill out to, to do work to, or to simply lose themselves in. And while the eternal question of whether using instrumental music for those purposes belies the artistry that went into it, make no mistake: the art is highly appreciated.

Thus, with heightened interest in the genre, it’s no wonder that touchstones by underground instrumental artists like illrecur have been gradually appearing on more and more playlists. The interest works two-fold, because it also inspires the artist to be more creative and prolific.

Consider for one moment that illrecur has created and released five new albums for 2019 alone, and we’re not even half-way through the year. The album titles which can be found Bandcamp, include, “Evolu”, “Then were once than”, “Tautochrone”, “Upsodown”, and the one we’re currently contemplating – “Mnemonics”.

At this point, you’re probably wondering who this prolific artist may be. Well, illrecur is the moniker used by Jeremy Allen Pursell. The American based music project founded by, and consisting solely of Pursell himself, has released 39 albums since 1997, exploring a wide range of styles and experimental ideas.

His beautifully spun, gorgeously told wordless narratives are capable of transporting you to within an earshot of his mindset in an instant. illrecur is also one of the few instrumental artists who rarely overstay their welcome, and he proves it consistently on “Mnemonics”.

Only a handful of the tracks last longer than 4 minutes, while more than half of the 21 track compilation, never reach the 3 minute mark. That’s an indelible sign of enormous control, restraint, and above all, focus. On this album release, illrecur proves himself unafraid to bring the momentum of his work front and center, adding thumping beats and rising actions to a sound that can only be described as epically cinematic.

At times he is playful, as on “Terrius”, then profoundly thoughtful on “Sonexia” and “Conditions”; experimental and videogame-like on “House of Bronze” and “Sanctions”; and then ambient-sounding on “Scar of a Figment” and “Voltameri”.

illrecur comes into his own with cinematically dynamic tracks such as the opening “The Just Thing” and then “Emanating Regulations”. Here he wonderfully manipulates the string and horn arrangements into heavy layers of thunderous drama, creating feelings of tension and concern.

Both of these compositions, alongside a few others, could easily lend themselves to epic movie scores. Often the intrigue of this record comes not from its structures or instrumentation, but instead how the compositions react to your expectations, beguiling and intriguing you regardless of intended mood. It’s a fascinating record that appears custom-made for these equally confusing, fascinating times.

Curveballs arrive unannounced, as in the case of “AuroraDigm” with its crunchy industrial guitars, or in illrecur’s theatrical orchestration on “Carver”, which complimented by an energetic experimental sound, fuses together to create emotional pandemonium. There is much variety throughout the tracks to change the listener’s perception of the surrounding atmosphere.

This helps portray a variety of moods as the elegant strings and magnetic piano chords often accentuate the heavy booms. Compositions may change multiple times from smoother inflections to blunt clashes of electronic noise, showing the roller coaster of astonishment or disquiet being portrayed musically.

Using the emotional tone that it sets for itself as well as its climactic moments to its advantage, “Mnemonics” manages to engage the audience with roaring and suspenseful climaxes, as well as amounts of tension, excitement and even playfulness, and it succeeds in doing so, by also detaching away from many of the standard instrumental music clichés. It’s both ambitious and imaginative!

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