Strangers Of Necessity – “Abundance” – dripping with jazzy soul!

Every once in a while, there comes a track that arrives out of the left field and takes people by surprise. One that can prematurely declared an instant classic and actually lives up to the title. I love all types of music, but my taste is irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that the single, “Abundance” by Midwest duo Strangers Of Necessity, will be considered great years from now. The track speaks to a generation of people struggling to prosper and find harmony, in a confusing, stressful modern environment. The duo bring forth their mindset and experiences, with immaculate flow

The Love Theme – “Hold On” – one mighty swirl of dance-floor groove

“Hold On” is a groovy cauldron of electronic shades and textures. Part dubstep, part soul, part funk, pretty much all breaks; there’s a rhythmic melting pot attitude that runs through the track, which ricochets off the walls with crusty slapping drums and long-dark-tunnel basslines. This is the latest track by The Love Theme – the brainchild of producer Dominic Owen on his Smokersblend record label. The cut is taken off an upcoming album, out later this year. “Hold On” is an absolute monster of a tune with soulful vocal chants, and some funky bluesy guitar throughout. As with a lot

MACKENZIE NICOLE’S TEDX TED TALK ‘MYSTIC: A MENTAL HEALTH ODYSSEY’ IS NOW LIVE

NEW ALBUM MYSTIC OUT NOW VIA STRANGE MAIN/STRANGE MUSIC NEW VIDEO FOR “GOODBYE” With authentic storytelling and varying sounds, Mackenzie Nicole bares her soul and shares her most intimate emotions, thoughts, and struggles throughout the songs on her new album Mystic out now on Strange Main (the pop music division of Strange Music.) “It’s a story I needed to tell,” Mackenzie explains. “I’m not the only person who’s been through this. I’m not the only person who has broken down and felt like the only one in the world.” With a desire to reach others who are struggling and further

Matthew J Van Howe – “Emergent Narrative” – a deluge of his sonic palette!

You could call this ambient, experimental, drone, avant-garde, cinematic or simply electronic music, the fact is “Emergent Narrative”, is so impactful it’s like it’s its own genre. It’s as if some new musical form has been created from retro synthwave sounds, and ultra-modern avant-garde motifs. I was stunned by the textures, and the moods that got stuck in my head, along with the intensity and dynamic depth. This is an album to hear again and again. Loud, raucous, serene, gentle, stretching, insistent, melodic, dissonant. It is a collection of 12 musical pieces with simple one-word titles. Meaning, the Chicago composer,

Andy Pett – “Back Again” turns hurt into art with great results on this song

Experience with adversity builds exemplary character and a spirit of resilience that allows artists to deliver great music. Their personal stories provides them with original ideas and profound insight to rap or sing about, creating a relatable feeling of vulnerability that fans emotionally connect with. Many prominent artists from today’s culture have battled through adversity to become widely accepted and beloved. There is an interesting argument – and quite a lot of statistics lean toward this theory – that adversity is necessary to become successful.  The bottom line seems to be that many artists lack the ambition to succeed because

Onicks – “High” is a deep slow-burn

With its enigmatic beauty, intoxicating depth and intense emotion, the follow-up to “High” is one of the most intriguing records of the year so far. The lyrics are elliptical and fragmented, touching on addiction, identity and eroticism. The track’s mood is druggy, dislocated and tortured – there are frequent metaphoric references to substances and psychedelics – the shape-shifting structure of “High” will capture your attention from top to bottom. Snapshots of elusive love and fleeting lust are scattered throughout – for whom, or for what, is where you need to read between the lines. Born and raised in the San

Midwest Hiphop duo Strangers Of Necessity drop their new single “Abundance”

Strangers Of Necessity are an American hip-hop duo, based in the Midwest, consisting of prolific producer, CoryaYo and veteran lyricist, Fooch the MC. They linked via Twitter and quickly became friends, sparking an immediate chemistry and need to make quality music together; hence the name Strangers Of Necessity. They instantly began recording music and doing shows locally, generating a nice buzz in the area. Their sound is best described as a fresh take on that golden era of hip-hop, blending tasteful jazz and soul samples, crisp snares, boomy kicks on wonky patterns with a soulful delivery, dense schemes and potent

Kilo M.O.E. – ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’ – serves as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism

The Baltimore-based producer, songwriter, rapper, Kilo M.O.E.’s evolution over his past three albums has been inspiring to see. I’ll always admire artists who push themselves creatively, and that’s exactly what, Kilo M.O.E. has done on his fourth studio album, ‘Fly G’z and Palm Treez’, and it pays off in leaps and bounds. Each instrumental is rich and developed, serving as the perfect canvas for the rapper’s elite lyricism. Something that this recording and Kilo M.O.E.’s recent albums have done well is allow him the freedom to rap for the sake of his craft within the confines of the album’s larger

Jim Wyly – “You Took Me” – It’s rhythmically tight, warm and edgy

Texas singer songwriter Jim Wyly is back with another soul-stirring track from his “The Artisan” album. Over 40 years deep into his craft, the Austin troubadour sounds like a home-cooked meal. He deals out comfort food for the head, heart, and soul. All of this serves his finely drawn guitar lines, bourbon-stained-like vocals, and funky acoustic-driven grooves as thick as molasses. A subtle blend of blues, country, folk and southern rock runs right down the middle of “You Took Me”. “Musicians’ musician” is an overused term. Why wouldn’t anyone with two good ears appreciate Jim Wyly? As Jim doesn’t cater

Hanen Release Brand New Video For The Song “Breathe”

It’s never been easier for artists to stay independent. Of course you can get good music producers, good visual directors for videos, good rappers and good singers to feature on your track without a great budget, but you have to search the world over to find deals you can afford, or convince creatives to work with you. Texas born artist, now living in the LA area, Hanen, somehow got it all together on his latest track called “Breathe”. He sings soulfully and raps with an urban edge all by himself, backed by an atmospheric slow-burning, and ear-warming beat made by

Grandmaster Cockroach: “Music for Lousy Speakers” – high-end energy and poignancy!

Grandmaster Cockroach is an alternative rock duo made up of Loukas Giannakitsas, who sings and plays electric bass and Panagiotis Siamantis on drums. Formed in Athens during 2017, the two had previously collaborated as members of The Junkie Opera Choir, and decided to start a new project. Influenced by artists as diverse as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, The Prodigy, Korn, Beastie boys, Nirvana, Grandmaster Cockroach have recently released their debut album, entitled “Music for Lousy Speakers”.

This is an alt-rock act that can go from a blasting furnace of fiery fury, to subtler, softer, ambient way of getting their message across. Replacing the wall-of-overdriven-bass-guitar with a more complex, textural and yet accessible sound. The inventive, fluid, constantly shifting tones of this album go to make it both hook-laden and yet scathingly aggressive.

Kicking off with what was the album’s first single, “Ecstacy”, Grandmaster Cockroach come out of the gate screaming, only to fall back into instrumental understatement, before once again exploding with its guitar crunch. “Lolita, I Do” mixes melody, rap verses and rumbling basslines supported by some excellent drumming.

The duo don’t just tell stories, they sit your mind down in a chair for 1o tracks minutes, open your eyes, and provide a musical consistency that conveys their messages of immediacy with high-end energy and poignancy.

Throughout “Music for Lousy Speakers”, it is evident that the creativity devoted to the vibration of each string or intensity of each drum beat is concentrated on blending the sound rather than having a single instrument stand out. The sheer talent of each musician is amplified as a result of this cohesiveness.

Developing such a focused sound is particularly remarkable on any track, considering that all the noise is made by bass and drums. The interplay on both, the powerful “Manneken” and the exceptionally subtle and dynamic “Oh!Whimsy” emphasizes the musical chemistry between Giannakitsas and Siamantis.

“Hngd” takes the album in a new direction musically as it breaks down the pace with its post-rock expansiveness. “Sleep” brings a chilling interlude with its disturbingly evolving soundscape, while maintaining a striking atmosphere. The vocals roar and soar as it weaves its way through the electric sludge and crunch.

The bone-crushing metal inspired riffs drive “Lucifer’s Blues” into oblivion where it hovers on a whisper, before descending into sonic hell, leaving a dramatic impression on the listener. “Clown of the Universe – Part 1” itself, is a vigorous, visceral, and near-perfect example of what modern alt-rock can be.

“In My Mind” is the sound of no compromise, bracing and pure. The neck-bulging vocals soar to incredible heights, driven by the euphoric drum and bass foundation. This song presents some of the most blistering moments on the album, which closes with “Oh! Whimsy (Remix)” – a most interesting take on the original.

Both tracks are among the most accessible songs on this album, and wouldn’t be out of place on mainstream radio. The lyrics, ethic, and musical talent shown on “Music for Lousy Speakers”, create a force that tears through the veil of modern alt-rock, allowing a brilliant light to emerge through the glossy pretension.

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