Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

Hitrocker is a German based producer who creates mainly within the EDM subgenres of House, Electro and Deep House. His first album, entitled “Project One” was released at the end of July, while “Project Two” is also out now. When I clicked on the playlist of “Project One”, I was met with song titles that were merely numbers – such as “Project 1.1” or “Project One.Four”. This falsely led me to expect generically themed instrumentals, simply meant to rock the dancefloor. Wrong. Well not totally. They do rock the dancefloor. But they also do a whole lot more. These are

Hooked on Cronic – “Light Up” – rapid-fire creativity with a funky driving beat, and bursts of melodic beauty

From Toronto Canada, Hooked on Cronic is an EDM project by Jeremy Snow. Curiously Jeremy started out as a front man in a metal band named The Good Die Young. Ironically the engineer and producer who crafted the band’s debut EP at Low Gain Productions, would later collaborate with Snow on Hooked on Cronic’s smash first single, “Don’t Worry” Ft Logan Trearty, which was released via Daxsen Records (DMG). Along with his EDM dance anthems, Hooked on Cronic also produces Hip Hop, R&B and Pop for artists all over the world, some of which can be heard on his upcoming album “The House of Cronic”, currently in the works.

Beyond just releasing his music, Jeremy Snow aspires to building a Charity Studio and Label in Toronto for at risk youth, and children from poverty, to teach them production, engineering and songwriting skills, giving them a positive way to creatively express themselves.

On his way to achieving his many goals, Hooked on Cronic continues to release new music. His latest being the EDM single, “Light Up”. The combination of the effects, the sampling and the mixing, together with the beat, makes Hooked on Cronic’s style of music original and perfectly balanced within a genre which is generally flooded with new talent and hard to make an immediate impression in.

So clearly he is doing something right here. The producer brings in some awesome vibes in a song that has enough alternative drive to to make an impact both on the radio and in the club. Considering that there are no lyrics or vocals to speak of in the song, except for some adlib interludes, that’s a mean feat indeed.

But it’s those aforementioned electrifying vibes which vibrate throughout the entire playing time that ultimately ensnares the listener.  The funky keyboard has a scintillating chord progression that moves in upward and downward spirals, juxtaposed against a banging beat and a twisting synth motif.

Constantly in motion, the track never stagnates on any one riff, or section, for too long, making sure “Light Up” maintains listener interest. Hooked on Cronic perfectly understands that this is a vital element for what can basically be called an instrumental piece.

The script for dance records can grow formulaic, but this is not the case with “Light Up”. In addition to the other elements, it’s the awesome keyboard work that appears to best assist the rhythmic groove on this track. Once the backdrop picks up steam after the orchestral intro, Hooked on Cronic adds bright, shimmering, and aggressive synths which bring total heat to the production.

This delivers a world of sound that marries rapid-fire creativity with a soulful and funky driving beat, and bursts of melodic beauty. On “Light Up”, we get true epic moments, and sweeping intoxication that climaxes into ecstasy. Ultimately, the track shows that Hooked on Cronic is brilliant at what he does.

“Light Up” it is the first single off the upcoming LP “The House of Cronic”.

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