Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

Walker’s Cay paint a musical tour de force!

Walker’s Cay is an original rock band based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Members include Gary LaBarr, (Vocalist/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards), Mike Swain, (Lead and Rhythm Guitars), Tim Morrissey (bass) and David “Dave” Pistilli (Drums). The band, who gets its name from an “out island” in the Bahamas, is stylistically and technically reminiscent of bands such as Styx, Journey, Def Leppard, Toto, and Heart. Walker’s Cay is currently touting two singles – “Why Oh Why” and “Tell Me”. Some outstandingly gentle, acoustic-guitar-laden melancholy can be found in the opening of “Why Oh Why”. The band’s intent is not too apparent from the

Emp Tafari – “Pops Named Me Emperor” – striving to push his style to new places!

Emp Tafari is a freestyle rapper and native of Harlem, NY. His latest project “Pops Named Me Emperor”, delivers a personal look into the life of the artist, via 8 motivational, relatable and emotionally deep tracks. The project clearly shows the rapper at his lyrical best, and the surplus of consistency in both the flow and beats on this record, push it into the total enjoyment zone. Fans and listeners should be happy that Emp Tafari is willing to progress lyrically, unlike so many of his fellow rappers. Tafari’s style is basically a controlled intensity, so that he always seems to sound like he’s comfortably cruising when he’s rapping, but if you mess with him on the mic, he’ll probably kill you.

Of course, Emp Tafari’s rhymes are only one part of the equation. The production on this recording is absolutely stellar, accompanying the rapper’s narratives perfectly. Tafari tries his hand at all different sorts of beats on “Pops Named Me Emperor”, and succeeds with each.

The rapper is no stranger to Rap’s ever-changing landscape, and a run through his catalog serves as the best evidence of his versatility. It’s not exactly revolutionary to say most hip-hop records are too long. I could rattle off more than twenty records that could have been straight-up classics if they’d been cut to less tracks.

So when Emp Tafari brings eight tracks on “Pops Named Me Emperor”, you know he has cut off all the excess fat, leaving only the very best lean meat. The sensation is instantly confirmed with the opening track, “2h To Death”, built on a mesmerizing beat and an explicit narrative.

“Hard To Understand” rides on a dominant piano motif, and makes Emp Tafari sound like the king of the hill as he sings: “Either you fear love, or you love fear.” The track “P.N.m.E” immediately feels different. Right down to its vibrant percussion and resonant keyboards, Emp Tafari is more assured than ever, as he works his way through this one

Tafari doesn’t need dramatic fictional soundscapes to explore his artistic values, his own realistic ideas often speak for themselves. And “Chicken & Biscuits” lays it on the line clearly for all to see. Emp Tafari is an artist to never settle, striving to push his style to new places with each new track.

“Doubt Me” shows off yet another sharp left turn in the artist’s mindset as he flexes his flow on top of an eclectic beat. While admittedly ambitious, throughout the recording, Emp Tafari’s flows never attempt to overwhelm. They are tight and complementary to the production. At a lyrical level, he opts to focus on his strengths: observant bars and captivating storytelling.

He pulls successfully off this formula time and time again. His verses are packed to the brim with quick poignancy, and tracks such as “From The Bottom” and “Invisible Thoughts”, highlight his ability to craft interesting stories out of the day-to-day.

Emp Tafari is simply extremely sharp for the entire duration of this project, and that’s an underrated quality for an album to possess. And he does this right until the end with the smooth chill of the closing track, “Someone Like You”. Emp Tafari once again has found a way to push his own personal envelope, a remarkable feat for an individual with an already consistent track record of releases.

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