J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

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

Raven Salve’: “COCO BROWN” (Remix) – smooth and confident!

The incredible thing about the single “COCO BROWN” (Remix) is how intimately the listener engages with R&B and Soul singer-songwriter, Raven Salve’: she’s upfront, eloquent and bold as she finds herself at the doorstep of a music career that is about to take off to higher places than it’s ever been. The track blew me away and I can’t stop listening to it. I’m not sure any artist has done this to me yet in 2019. The single is Raven’s artistic statement over a grand soundscape that sums up her sound effectively: rich, lush and honest, “COCO BROWN” (Remix) is a perfect introduction to a woman who understands how to express herself as she traverses through her storied life. The single lets us know very quickly that Raven’s fearlessness is now matched with a beautiful and well-developed voice that blooms prominently on this majestic, nostalgic and incredibly well-composed number.

Pensacola, Florida native Raven Salve’, who was born Ebony D Weatherspoon, started to enjoy music around the age of five. A natural musician, Raven started playing the Clarinet around the age of 12, the piano at the age of 13 and also started taking voice lessons at 13.

Although she knew since the age of five that she wanted a career in music, it wasn’t until five years ago that she started pursuing music professionally. To date, Raven has released two albums. The latter of the two, “Metamorphosis The Transformation”, contains the single “COCO BROWN” (Remix).

The lyrics, represent “the strong man most women are looking for in a relationship”. In addition to relating the female perspective on finding the perfect male companion, “COCO BROWN” (Remix) also details sultriness and sexiness, revealing the physical and emotional highs of an inspired love perception. But Raven never indulges in lustfulness with profane, explicit description.

She instead scrutinizes values found in “strong, hardworking, independent and intelligent men.” From the cool production to the poised vocal performance from Raven Salve’, this is an impressive effort overall. She definitely is on a mission to show people why she is the best at what she does.

Continuing to put out songs of this caliber and authenticity, there is no doubt in my mind that Raven Salve’ will eventually get the full recognition that she thoroughly deserves for her music. She is smooth and confident on this song. A lot of people sing songs, but don’t bring the attitude to match the song. Raven does each and every time.

She takes you there with her. Her emotions are clear and there is no guess work needed to understand where she is coming from. “COCO BROWN” (Remix) once again confirms that fact. This track is better than a lot of stuff currently out there today for R&B, and it throws back to the old school in an extremely exiting way. Good music is often slept on. Don’t sleep on Raven Salve’.

Besides her passion for music, Raven Salve’ is also socially active. In 2014, she in fact, launched the non-profit organization, Women Against Rape & Domestic Violence Inc (WAR&DV.) The goal and mission of WAR&DV is to support organizations that are already established and equipped to provide shelter and services to families on a year-round basis. Another perfect reason to love and respect this woman!

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