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!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

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

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

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

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

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,

RealTalk the Black Boy King: “True” – a huge step up for the Dallas artist

Originally from California, the Dallas (TX) based artist RealTalk the Black Boy King covers the complexities experienced in areas like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, while seeks to shed light on the truth of life in America. World travelled and a true descendant of ancient royalty, RealTalk has unleashed his latest, epic 12 song project, entitled “True”. For those familiar with his previous work, ‘CURSES’ and ‘The Time Machine’, the new album, currently available for purchase on all platforms,  is considered a huge step up for the Dallas artist. Though his projects have all been critical successes, his latest shows that he can keep up — no, he outmatches — the majority of his peers. It proves his status as one of the best in the underground game.

If you haven’t heard of RealTalk the Black Boy King, it’s really not your fault. That is how the mainstream industry works – from labels, to radio stations and news media.  They don’t provide support, they don’t advertise, and they will interfere with creative processes. Being independent however affords artists to move ahead without the prescribed politics.

The desire to prove himself and have people listen to his music has fueled RealTalk passion. This hunger, in return, has helped him create a body of work that will be remembered as a defining point in his career. His latest album has all the makings of a classic.

Packed with jams that will turn your speakers into absolute monsters, RealTalk makes sure the lyrical content and the consciousness on “True”, remains up to par all the way through. These elements come together to deliver the type of music you can listen to in any situation and any mood. You’re guaranteed to find a track here, to uplift and inspire you.

The album starts with a bang. “Coming For Me” ft. Valentine features rapid-fire braggadocio verses and soaring choruses, which will wake up your sound system, making the ground shake with its powerful rumble. After being poised on the first track, RealTalk steps up his game on the throwback second track “Droppin’ Em” ft. Synesthetic Nation“Gun on Me” follows in all its glory as RealTalk drops some explosive rhymes on the topic.

The music transition to something more mellow and soulful on “Destination” showcases RealTalk’s lyrical skills, as he touches on relatable subject matter with beautifully constructed verses. The excellent instrumental is accompanied by my all-time favorite hook songstress, Breana Marin, each adding up to the overall feel of one of the catchiest songs on the album.

The energy is absolutely infectious on “Nothing 2 Something”, while we can clearly hear where RealTalk is going with “Sound Right (Donald Trump)”, while he points his finger at Kanye too.

There is also a strong spiritual aura running through the entire album, which RealTalk brings to the fore on “Ride Thru Jerusalem”. Expectedly, RealTalk sounds at home spitting confidently over slow-burning to mid-tempo soulful backdrops, which he does perfectly on “Effects” and “Warn ‘Em”. Riding on vibe and cinematic production, “Bitter” follows in all its glory.

The funky piano-driven “Proof” ft. Constantine and Curt Flo, is sheer excellence if you’re looking for a soulful groove and throbbing basslines. On the album closer “Too Long”, RealTalk delivers some more buttery smooth rhymes that pack a real punch.  His game here is top-notch.

“True” is a phenomenal album that showcases an artist at the top of his game. In hip-hop, you usually have two schools of thought: those who listen to whatever mumble rapper is trending, and those who value the craftsmanship and skill the art of rap takes.

If you fall in the second category, this is a project you can’t miss. The combination of excellent production, top-notch lyrics and relatable content makes this ambitious project a must-listen. If you haven’t heard of RealTalk the Black Boy King yet, go fix that right now!

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