Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

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

Kreatur – “Easy Meat” gives you a variety of sounds to chew on

Kreatur is truly an independent project. The band, led by Marcus Crede, do everything themselves – from songwriting, album artwork, recording, mixing, producing, mastering and manufacturing their media. Their latest album “Easy Meat” comes in various versions – the 13 track digital version for download on all major music platforms, and the physical album available on Cassette and CD. Both these latter versions come with extra material included. If you think “corporate” and “rock” are two words that should never go together, then you should be glad for bands like Kreatur, one of the few projects keeping rock interesting, creative and raw. Although their previous 3 albums were terrific, this one is the culmination of all the band has done in the past.

Indeed, “Easy Meat” seems to be a combination of riff-heavy stoner rock, an eclectic acid rock approach, as well as psychedelic rock flavors. The result: an album chock full of twisted guitars, trippy vocals, and eccentric song structures, and rhythms sure to please even the most discerning rock fan. The album fires out of the gate with the jangling Doors-flavored “Cocktail of Happiness”.

From there, the goods come quickly, as the first five songs are all no less than terrific. “Springtime in Hell” and “You Are Slow” boast two of the most likeably busy time signatures and wacky guitar motifs in recent rock memory. Maybe Frank Zappa came close to these kinds of creative eccentricities.

The drummer gets to show off his time-keeping chops on the dynamic “Falling In Love With The Last Person On Earth” while “Facelift” combines a thick, dark and somber Pink Floyd-ish atmosphere and a varied vocal delivery to great effect.  Next, “Unwanted” introduces a growling guitar riff into the mix, and the result is just spectacularly infectious.

“To Tired To Be Fed Up” and “Black Sheep” meanwhile, boast timbres and tones so deep, you could fall into them. I know I’ve mentioned just about every song by now, but they’re all just so damn good it’s hard to single any out. Up to this point, the guitars are great, and the band’s assorted vocal stylings – anything from an understated whisper to a full-blooded roar – gives you a variety of sounds to chew on.

Now this isn’t pop or mainstream rock, so if you’re the kind of person who forms an opinion about a song within one minute of the first listen, “Easy Meat” might not be for you. But with a little careful listening, it’s pretty easy to settle into the creative meanderings that Kreatur offer.

The general effect is some ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful harmony, all of which are well-blended and symmetric. These songs are as clever as they are seductive, and twice as entertaining.  This album is so fluid and each song invokes a very specific feeling. Light and airy tracks mixed with heavier sounding ones, leave you feeling mesmerized. Nothing is left out, and nothing disappoints.

“I Am Feeling It” is on a slow-burn as it emanates a hypnotic aura, while “Eagle Eye Nicholas” is driven by a dominant and resonant piano motif in support of the mellifluous vocals. A truly cool aspect of this album is how diversified it is; no two songs are even remotely the same. “R.F.D Easy Meat” and the closing “Suckerpunch”, deliver banging drumbeats, edgier lead vocals, and angular guitars.

The golden age of rock music is behind us, but “Easy Meat” is one of those recordings that still remind us what the genre was like before the world changed, and corporative greed ruined the music industry, by basing record production purely on marketing approaches, and not on creative aspirations by artists.

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