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

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

Phinova & Anfisa – “Dedication” – a progressing vibrant and sonorous mix of bass, synth and drums!

“Dedication” is the sixth release for the Shanghai, China-based EDM duo, Phinova & Anfisa, who were nominated as the best upcoming EDM artist in 2018. As usual the duo never disappoints, this track continues their amazing producing skills. They are at the top of their music making genre, no one else even comes to shoulder with them. This single is a hardcore masterpiece filled with mind bending ear candy that will have sound engineers and fans alike grinning from ear to ear.

Structurally, the artists try to achieve a crescendo-style effect, building and releasing intensity and tension several times throughout the song. Phinova & Anfisa push their synthesizers to the utmost of comprehendible sonic tweakage.

From the second the introductory motifs come in, the listener is hooked by the sonic mutations achieved in the disc. It is obvious that Phinova & Anfisa takes a turn in style when the beat enters. Instead of a typical dance beat, we are introduced to a breakbeat already a lot more stimulating than most of the beats featured in current EDM hits.

The duo manages to keep the energy high through the track, displaying interesting mixes of growling dub leads, skittering electro beats, and other hard hitting synth work that are familiar to those of the electronic genre. Spiraling out of your body, your mind is pulled apart by the multifaceted tendrils of perpetuity delivered by the Phinova & Anfisa sound.

Phinova & Anfisa manage to establish their own unique voice with this sound by introducing their synth riffs and experimenting with the use of wavy and stabbing basslines and an array of musical effects and vocal chops. The duo has a lot to offer in their zone of music and listeners will find an incredible amount of enjoyment from the insane arrangements that the duo cooks up.

With this single their sound is perfected and they are just having plenty of fun with it. The eclectic feel of vicious basslines and delicious synth motifs serve the purpose of attracting attention, and converting the uninitiated towards their sound. “Dedication” is never boring and repetitive but actually engaging, something the dance club scene seems to overlook.

Phinova & Anfisa are making a name for themselves with their distinct sound, and the fact that their version of EDM delivers more than just random spacey loops and effects. Their intricate compositions feature layers and layers of vocal interludes, hard-hitting basslines, synth samples, crescendos and decrescendos, build-ups and drops.

Another thing to note is that at one point there lies a subtle melody under all the rhythmic foundations the duo keep building. As the track immerses itself into a progressing vibrant and sonorous mix of bass, synth and drums, there’s that ever-present surreal yet vivacious sentiment flowing through the duo’s veins.

There’s no sense of monotony or lethargy throughout the entire sequence of “Dedication”. Instead, there’s a real impression of cohesion here, with Phinova & Anfisa never losing their balance and keeping things diverse without becoming inconsistent.

If there’s anything else that needs to be said about the duo at this point, it’s that Phinova & Anfisa are getting ready to reign over underground EDM, and will continue to flourish in the years to come. “Dedication” is out now on all streaming platforms. Check them out on Instagram for news and updates.

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