Franco Esteve: “The Hunt” – a backdrop to life itself

Three years in the making, the loosely tied together, classical crossover, concept album, “The Hunt”, represents a masterwork for Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist, Franco Esteve. The award-winning filmmaker and music composer, once again forges his intense-storytelling, and vivid imagery-driven compositional skills. Esteve’s music not only engages the ears but also intrigues the mind and feeds the soul. “With The Hunt, I wanted to do something different, expressing through classical, orchestral music, the images and feelings one gets from life itself,” explains Franco Esteve, continuing: “Whether it’s the drive of ‘The Hunt’, the insomnia of ‘The Wait’, or the sadness of

Plastic DJ: “Giving Up” – Truly euphoric, refreshing and atmospheric!

The album “Giving Up” by Barcelona-based producer and singer Plastic DJ, is the very best that the blended genres of Deep House, Downtempo and Electro have to offer. The thing that sets Plastic DJ so far above his contemporaries is that he’s genuinely talented as a musical composer, and stunningly enchanting as a singer. The music is of a baroque complexity, and here’s no overpowering bass or wailing synths. It’s like listening to a dream. You’ll play this in your car when you want to relax, at home when you’re at the beach or sitting on the porch, or as

One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals

One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete artistic statement that can function equally well as an introduction to and summation of the varied strengths of this band. The production and engineering also aids immeasurably in this regard. The sumptuous mixes place the listener deep within the instrumental interplay of a band whose

Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” – ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody

Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody Barber who replaced Chiarella as lead guitarist in 2015, was stable until the groups disbanded in 2017 due to schedule conflicts and some members graduating. In 2018, Purvis, Blake, Coburn, and Barber reformed with the new name Kingdom Atlas to record their debut album “Severe

Tiaday Ball drops two new singles – “Current” and “Good To You”

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DAV!D&CLARA: “Repair” – rugged and intense!

The man and machine duo of DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, are back with a new single in 2019, called “Repair”. The track is taken from the upcoming album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” to be released early 2020. Much of this latest single displays a minimalist, almost survivalist element, as if every movement, gesture, and note is conserved and used for maximum effect. DAV!D’s songwriting principle seems to be “less is more”, a sentiment CLARA seems to adhere to perfectly. Together they have an artistic sensibility that’s far from common. The song is based

Catch up with Boston based group Urban Lights Band

Boston, MA based Urban Lights Band is an eclectic group of musicians and artists who harness the power of all styles of music to create unforgettable experiences. They are seasoned professionals committed to providing quality musical showcases that bring various audiences together. Their global mission is simple; aspire to inspire! If you are in the Boston area you can find them at:  May 25th 2019 – Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen- Boston, MA June 20th, 2019 – The Milky Way – Jamaica Plain June 21st 2019 -The Middle East Night Club (Corner Room) – Cambridge, MA Hook up with Urban

Royal: “Letter To Cecil” narrates his hardships, his grind and his contributions

Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the proceeds from concerts and albums entirely to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Royal has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. His latest project is the single, “Letter To Cecil”. Here Royal seems to be hungrier than ever and is out to remind hip-hop of the abilities that should eventually bring

‘The World We Live In’ EP by ‘Redford’ is Out Now on Glasstone Records

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Iskar D’Abrel: “Ruins of You” – a compelling musical depth

Perhaps Iskar D’Abrel’s only misfortune is releasing his music at the wrong time.  Had he dropped the track “Ruins of You” in the 70’s, 80’s or even early nineties, he surely would have been recognized universally along with other greats of those eras.  It was a time where artists were not defined by a specific genre and allowed to approach different styles of music with a creative freedom almost totally lost today. Iskar is a master of song construction.  No song in his catalog is just a repeat of parts.  Each song is its own story; each follows its own

Rod Carrillo: “Los Sonidos” represents all facets of his musical culture tastefully

Dance music producer, DJ, remixer and record label boss Rod Carrillo, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is ready to drop his latest album, “Los Sonidos” on May 17th. The set of 10 tracks features Terri B!, Lisa Williams, Ralphi Rosario, Hoxton Whores, Reiss Harrison, Eric Redd and Kebab & Cream. The best part of almost any Rod Carrillo production is their uncanny ability to grow on you, stick in your head and stay there to the point that you just might find yourself humming the melody or bassline in the elevator, on the subway or pretty much anywhere you can think of. That’s pretty uncanny for electronic dance music, but it’s the way Carrillo weaves melody and rhythm into his tracks that makes them endlessly captivating. Rod is the undisputed master of his House and Latin blends that have been making huge waves since his debut many, many moons ago.

Since then, he has had several crossover Billboard hits, while focusing on remaining true to himself and developing his Carrillo Records production label.  In doing so, he has satiated the underground collective and managed to maintain credibility through the sheer, undisputed quality of his releases.

Rod has rewarded his fans with a vast number of tracks and albums over the years, all of them damn near brilliant and with enough quality that you could literally pick any one of them out of a hat and drop them in a DJ set with a guarantee of the dancefloor going insane to his throbbing, melodic, familiar yet intensely original sound.

“Los Sonidos” follows suit, with two hands full of potential dancefloor hits, where the sonic quality is truly second to none. To hear these 10 tunes together for the first time is immensely satisfying.

“Latin Check”, which opens the album, takes a simple percussion and synth progression and sees it build and flex in complexity and intensity before finally kicking into the soulful anthem “You Got What I Need” ft. Terri B! By the time you hit onto the scintillating horn and rhythmic palette on “Trumpeta”, you realize that production-wise, this album stands out from its competition and that is where its beauty and value comes shining through.

This is melodic, progressive music at its absolute best; pick nearly any cut from this collection and unleash it on a packed dancefloor and the audience should be all smiles. From “Save Me” ft. Eric Redd, to “Alegre – Hoxton Whores Club Mix”, and “City Of Magic” ft. Lisa Williams, sonically, this album beats the pants off nearly anything else out there right now.

And that can be attributed to the time and effort Rod Carrillo has clearly spent mastering his production tools and his uncanny knack for creating melodic riffs and rhythms that ebb and flow, grow and regress and evolve throughout each track’s length and arrangement.

This album comes about as close to perfect as one could hope for, and the proof comes with further scrutiny of tracks like “A Thang”, “What You Want” ft. Reiss Harrison, “You Got What I Need” – Kebab & Cream Radio Mix, and “Alegre” – Ralphi Rosario Big Mix (Bonus Album Cut).

There aren’t many artists out there where nearly every tune they make is quality, instantly playable and instantly recognizable as the work of a true dance music mastermind. Carrillo has built a reputation and identity for himself, as a marquee act, and has laid a significant blueprint which is still in constant evolution.

On “Los Sonidos”, Rod Carrillo holds true to that identity, by representing all facets of his musical culture tastefully. We hope for more great things to come out of Carrillo’s studio and mind. And based on his convincing track record, we certainly will not be disappointed.

OFFICIAL LINK: CARRILLO MUSIC – ROD CARRILLO

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