Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is still a skillfully crafted song

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Temperature Falls Release The Video For Their Latest Single “1-2-3”

The sound and atmosphere of Temperature Falls is built around somewhat gritty, blended organic-electronic sounding tracks that hearken the listener back to earlier times. Their latest track, ‘1-2-3’, is a seductive track that pulls the listener in with an eerie melody, sultry vocals and an ethereal reverberating atmosphere. Mixed beautifully, this is the perfect example of what to expect from this indie trip-hop/alternative rock duo from Oslo, Norway, made up of vocalist/lyricist Camilla, and multi-instrumentalist Ian J. Ward. ‘1-2-3’ is a gorgeous, melancholic song that is heart wrenchingly beautiful. Temperature Falls is one of those bands that are absolutely necessary

Pop Music Artist DAYVID Releases Music Video for “Same Old Feeling”

This song was released last Fall on his self-titled debut EP. DAYVID explains that “Same Old Feeling” was the last song written for this EP. It reflects on an old love that was like no other. “Same Old Feeling” was co-written by DAYVID and Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid (Marshmello, Jack & Jack, CHROMEO). “Same Old Feeling” is available on all streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple Music: http://dayvid.lnk.to/SameOldFeeling. The production is simple with piano, vocals, and an 8-member gospel choir providing backgrounds. The lyrics and vocal performance make this song meaningful and powerful. All elements support the soaring voice

Arrows – “After Hours” – Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks

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PWJazy – “Heroes” – the mind of an alternative creative

LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed up in any other manner. “Heroes”, his latest single, is a really intriguing, diverse recording. I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but the uniquely experimental alternative rock sound, the bombastic lead guitars, and the dark, mysterious lyrics somehow fuse together to produce

João Tostes – “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” exhibits dazzling musical dexterity

How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the most diverse countries – from Brazil to Canada, Italy and South Korea, among others. Someone who dropped a parallel career as an Information Technology entrepreneur in 2017 to fully dedicate himself to music and the ukulele. The Brazilian musician, composer, arranger and musical educator, in

Donny Richmond Continues #1 Success With “Statue Of A Fool”

Multi-award winning international recording, movie and TV star Donny Richmond is now an inductee of 4 different music Halls of Fame. His recent starring role in the movie, “Saving Faith”, released by media giant Lionsgate Entertainment, earned him a nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film from the International Christian Film Festival. Cameo appearances in the film were made by several of Donny’s fellow artists, including Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, members of Rascal Flatts and The Gatlin Brothers, Olympic skater Scott Hamilton, and many others. Donny is highly respected among his music peers and fans

Oliver von K releases ambient guitar instrumental – “Ayinka V”

As the new single from 35 Year old male hobby guitarist from Switzerland,  Oliver von K, “Ayinka V” is a recording full of sweet emotionally charged moments, of quiet subtlety, emphatic life affirming melodies and sprinklings of musical flare. Bursting with fresh ideas and rhythmic vigor, this record is a highlight of the instrumental ambient guitar genre itself. If you’re like me and have crippling anxiety and it takes a lot for you to find your zen, this is the track for you. Put on your headphones and let this be the background of your day and you will be

Ambrose – “Without a Word” – brilliantly composed, produced, and imagined

Ambrose is one of those unusual musical composers you rarely come across via the mainstream media. Her work is never trite or clumsy and it always sparkles with personal genius. She never panders to modern trends or seeks to retread classic retro avenues, in search of commercial viability. She simply composes what moves and inspires her emotions. Each track on her stunning album, “Without a Word” will resonate with a different part of you. Ambrose’s works are equally beautiful and unique, as well as being particularly crafty at appealing to even the most elusive facets of your states of being.

Brand new artist Nuumelody spreads a powerful message on her latest hit “BODY”

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IMAGE – “Who Do You Love” takes the genre back to its roots and gives it back its original magic formula

From the 60’s to the 90’s, legendary R&B groups like The Spinners, The Temptations, The O’Jays, The Stylistics, The Whispers, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, to the more recent Boyz II Men and Jodeci, formed part of a list of artists who delivered captivating, mellifluous music with soul and simplicity. Current day statistics depict a whole different picture, of both the genre and the artists who frequent it. In essence, the core of the R&B and Soul genres seem all but abandoned.  Gone are those classic, alluring melodies, the mesmerizing harmonies and the rich, almost endless vocal abilities. Today R&B lovers are forced to listen to a genre polluted with hip-hop, pop and every other hybrid subgenre imaginable. Once upon a time R&B singers sang the song and the rappers did a hook. Now singers are just doing the hooks. Worse still, the so-called singers are totally auto-tune assisted.

Truth be told, there has been a recent R&B comeback, with fresh young solo artists leading the charge, but the genre has morphed into an urbanized statement of explicit sex, bad language and severe cases of misogyny. And in the distance not even a sign of any R&B group on the horizon. Especially one capable of ignoring current-day trends, with enough courage to take the genre back to its roots and give it back its original magic formula.

Not until now, that is. Not until a collective called IMAGE, arrived on the underground scene, with a track called “Who Do You Love”. The four man vocal group made up of Johnny Mcknight, Kenneth Sexton, Jeff Nixon and Palmer Perkins, forge all of R&B’s primary charms mixed with a subtle New Jack twist, to beguile listeners.

“We are an adult contemporary group that believes true R&B music should always be sung from the soul,” says IMAGE. “We can appreciate and love all the styles of music that’s out now, and we also have songs that reflects our versatility in this area. But sometimes keeping it simple seems to be a dying art,” they conclude. And simplicity is the key behind “Who Do You Love”.

Right from the start, long term fans of the genre know they are in for a treat with this one. The perfectly written love song, to a slow to mid-tempo melody that’s just right, is an instant eye-opener of the immense talent these guys have. Smooth harmonies, shifting falsettos and an ear-warming melody bathe inside a richly layered production infused with resonant horns.

“Who Do You Love” is unashamedly old-school. Hence orphan to the misplaced complexities and over-wrought technical contamination of R&B’s new wave. If with their latest effort, IMAGE hopes to provide the remedy to the genre’s musical woes, attempting to win back R&B fans with a classic touch, while also reviving a stagnant contemporary scene, then for the most part, “Who Do You Love” produced by Charles Simmons succeeds in its mission.

I say for the most part, because from a purist’s point of view, this track is a winner hands down.  On a larger scale, the true testament of what IMAGE is doing here, is how they will reopen the door for real R&B to come through and shine on a mainstream level, in a system heavily stacked against the classic purities of the genre. In the meantime, with “Who Do You Love”, IMAGE show us they’re up for the fight, and that’s a lot more than anybody else has done for the genre in the last 20 years!

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