Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

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Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

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Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

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Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Darshae Kiér: “Translation” – poised to take its place on the global stage

Darshae Kiér is a pop artist based in Miami, FL. After the untimely death of his parents, he entered the foster care system where he was shuffled from foster home to foster home. Despite his rough start in life, Darshae has always been determined to rise above and lead with positivity. Inspired by artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cook, Prince, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Coldplay, Darshae latest single “Translation” rides on a steamy Reggaeton beat, and strives to spread the artist’s message of hope and inspiration. His melodic flow and lyrical style are potent. He creates hooks with ease,

Maki: ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’ – an expert ability to channel myriad influences!

The bottom line with Maki’s music is that it doesn’t hit you from the outside, to make you realize it’s good. His music pulls something from within you that’s already there. He manages to influence your natural biorhythms. Pause. Think about this. A magnificent fountain of auditory bliss drips through the speakers, while the silky arrangements exhibit their brilliant flirtatious force. There is something about this album that is omnipresent in your thoughts, and the intelligence level is through the roof. That is what makes ‘Atlas Hacked’ an incredibly exceptional release, even before you have deciphered the complete message behind the music. For now you will have to feed your appetite with the 3 track ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’, in anticipation of the full-length album set for release later this year.

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Maki works in L.A. and Seattle producing music, entertainment and independent film. While earning his living as a club musician in Detroit, he received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Combining traditional art training with digital filmmaking, multimedia and sound design, Maki launched Spirit Studios in 1999. He creates short films & animations, published several music concert DVD, designs soundtracks for independent feature films and is a consulting Art Director to a fortune 500 company.

In a manner mirroring the vibes of his music, Maki’s has been a story of unhurried but noticeable progression that is now ready to reach what could well be a defining work of broad scope but instant familiarity. For his upcoming new album, a great point of reference is another defining work, “Waking Up With The World On Fire” which precedes the release of this EP by almost a year, and on via the same Natalis Group distribution label.

Both have the feel of an artist finally finding their voice after much experimentation with tone and dialect, situated in the hazy field of avant-garde electronica but calling upon traces of world music, cinematic, and more ambient spheres.

What sets Maki apart in an overly crowded marketplace, is an expert ability to channel myriad influences from outside of his sphere into something that works perfectly inside it, not just within a single track but start-to-finish across an album.

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The impressionist vocals of Francesca, the saxophone of Snake Davis, and the voice of the part machine, part human God, The Golden Calf, are disparate ingredients that gel brilliantly within the narrative. Maki has continued fine-tuning his musical identity here with the same deliberateness he’s always shown.

A close listen to ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’ reveals just how much he’s carefully pushing his own boundaries – in every sense. “If you believe in The Golden Calf, you do not need Jesus. You do not need Allah. You do not need Torah. You do not need any more excuses. In the end you will prevail. He is the chosen one, and everything will be right. Just like it is supposed to be.”

This is just a small extract of the massive philosophical queries “Insect Politics” puts before you, above throbbing percussion and whirling synths. But beware, the allusions to Gods, go well above those we believe to live somewhere up in the sky.

Maki is more concerned with the spurious beings seeking domination here on earth via deception and distortion. As always, Maki’s soundscapes feed the general scenario, allowing you to fill in the particulars, of which you’re well aware. “Is Not” is both ominous and ethereal.

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With a mellow progression and dynamic drum interludes, it manages to make use of a gorgeous vocal samples while retaining an almost isolated and echo-like effect. There is a distinct Pink Floyd-ish “Dark Side of the Moon” aura, pervading the track, which makes it all the more mysterious and interesting.

“Don’t Do Wrong” is an acapella exercise beautifully arranged by Maki.  After listening to these 3 tracks, I expect ‘Atlas Hacked’ to be an authentic odyssey that is both open-ended and interesting enough that it allows the listener to do what so little albums do these days; to open up the possibility of how life should and can be experienced, and for that, it’s worth a place in your collection. Independent of any hyped musical movements, Maki occupies a unique position in the musical ecosystem.

Maki appears to have permeated the electronic music scene silently and seamlessly, building up a core fan-base on his musical merit alone, with most critical acclaim resulting from his previous album, “Waking Up With The World On Fire”. A combination of something creatively expressive and intriguing, ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’ presumes that his latest work is set to be recognized in a much bigger way.

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