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

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

Shark Island – “Fire In The House” and “Crazy Eights” to be Featured on the “BLOODLINE” album

Shark Island have already paid their dues, written what should have been hits, and established a sound that is just as good or better than the bands that inspired them, and now, decades later, finally, give us a two way mirror into the rawness of their creative prowess with their newly released tracks, “Fire In The House” and “Crazy Eights”, which feel heavy and hypnotic, transformative and melodic. But for the uninitiated, to understand the importance and longevity of Shark Island, we should start at the very beginning. The melodic rock band Shark Island, started out simply as Sharks in 1979 – founded by singer Richard Black and guitarist Spencer Sercombe.

They independently released their album titled “Alter-Ego” in 1982, not long before becoming one of the most sought after and exciting live acts around Los Angeles, in an era where there were literally hundreds of bands playing the Sunset Strip. Another album, called “S’cool Buss”, soon followed, while the band had reached an apex in their live performances, doing 2-4 appearances nightly, and taking ‘residency’ at several SoCal clubs. Shark Island, hooked up a development deal with the A&M record label, but Black’s creative vision would eventually lead to them parting ways. An agreement with Epic Records followed.

Around this time the band’s music had also appeared on movie soundtracks, including the critically acclaimed “Point Break”. Upon releasing their album “Law of the Order”Shark Island headed out on a national tour, followed by a series of sold out live shows in the US, Europe and Japan.

But the grunge scene had begun to take over, forcing Epic Records to change their focus. In 2006 Manifest Music prompted Shark Island to record the album “Gathering of the Faithful”, and in 2018 they again teamed up with the band, this time with a focused game-plan for the future. That future would be the band’s upcoming “BLOODLINE” album.

Now consisting of Richard Black on vocals, Alex Kane and Damir Simic on guitars, Alen Frjlak on drums and returning Shark Island member Christian Heilmann on bass, with credit also being given to Marko Karacic on bass, Shark Island have released two singles – “Fire In The House” and “Crazy Eights” – both to be featured on the aforementioned album.

Right from the first listen to “Fire In The House”, you can tell this will be played a lot. It is a must listen for any Shark Island fan of prior material, but also for those who never gave the band a real chance, they should start right here. It’s a hungry sounding, heavy, yet totally melodic experience.

You can tell the band took their time on this one, while going straight for the jugular. While keeping the refinement of songwriting earned with experience and a long list of amazing releases and performances, Shark Island encapsulate a raw edge within their music. The kind of live sounding vitality you hardly find on modern rock recordings anymore.

The track kicks off full force, with driving riffs and a pounding, steady mid-tempo beat, in support of the powerful throaty vocals and epic sounding harmonies on the choruses. Rock radio should be lining up to fill their playlists with this one, no doubt.

A band that can cater to those that enjoy hearing catchy tunes on the radio, but also those that love the unabashedly and unrelentingly heavy rock music that this collective somehow keeps fresh, is a rare occurrence. “Crazy Eights” confirm that Shark Island, is an exception to the rule. With impacting, head-bobbing riffs and big, shrieking choruses, the band cut through the arrangement with a raw and ragged rock sound that is laser sharp in its execution.

These songs are as loud, catchy, and vital as anything Shark Island has ever done. Forty years down the line Richard Black and Shark Island have outlasted, and now with the upcoming “BLOODLINE” album, are finally ready to eclipse, many of their contemporaries in terms of artistic integrity, career longevity, and musicianship. In an age where bands seem to come and go that’s a special achievement in itself.

For more information on Shark Island, Visit their website at www.sharkislandmusic.com

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