SoundLooks http://soundlooks.com The Music Journal Sat, 20 Oct 2018 21:07:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lord Conrad: “Fight Till The End”- ready to wow clubbers! http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/lord-conrad-fight-till-the-end-ready-to-wow-clubbers/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/lord-conrad-fight-till-the-end-ready-to-wow-clubbers/#respond Sat, 20 Oct 2018 21:07:42 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8568 Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad has been taking the dance and pop fraternity by storm – first with the single ‘Touch the Sky’, and then with the follow-up “Day After Day”. Not satisfied, Lord Conrad burst forward with another power pop release recently, entitled “1 Minute”. And just to show that he is a man on a mission, he bounces right back with a brand new track – “Fight Till The End”. So, what does he have to offer with his new release? An insane beat to smash dance-floors. He is ready to wow clubbers with his flawless tech/electro/house infused sounds and charismatic performance flair. Yes, because on “Fight Till The End”, Lord Conrad goes back to pure, classic electro house sounds.

It’s a place where you can expect a four-to-the-flour thumping beat and bin-throttling bass. But the real gusto on the track comes from the air-sucking synth sweeps and dramatically epic breakdowns. Lord Conrad makes synthesizers live and breathe in a way few can.

It’s just ear-catching, and it’s an example of the sort of thing that makes him such an extraordinary artist in the too-often formulaic world of dance music. Lord Conrad, for his part, obviously counts on his fans recognizing the personal touches he puts into his music, how each of his tracks is the product of his emotional journey.

Regardless of the quality of the music, he comes off heartfelt and genuine in this respect every time. Lord Conrad, like most producers of his talent, hits the highest artistic marks when he’s not focused on making pop music concessions, and is instead tasked with commanding attention for his potent production.

Lord Conrad is dedicated to being an EDM superstar hence he always crafts something of great value when he is behind the boards. “Fight Till The End” makes a statement that Lord Conrad is versatile in that he can be formulaic to invade the pop airwaves, but also craft songs that go straight for the throat…and the dance-floor.

While an ambitious artist seeking to stay ahead of the curve might shamelessly take up future house, Lord Conrad has done the exact opposite. He’s taken the testosterone of electro house to a higher level, managing to make it new and exciting again in the process. It’s a blood-racing synth anthem.

You just know that this one is going to be uplifting and, most importantly, super huge. Simply because you can feel it. “Fight Till The End” is bold, brash, and bassy, yet still lovely, clean and organized electro house; something we’re very no longer used to with the advent of commercial dance music.

Lord Conrad brings forth his achievement of high caliber musicianship with a genuine excitement, as well as his talent and its capacity to move people. Listening to Lord Conrad is a brilliant experience, in part, because you are so impressed with his creativity. And here he has impressed once again in a massive way
with “Fight Till The End”. This track has the potential to make it big on the club scene.

OFFICIAL LINKS FOR LORD CONRAD:

Official Website: http://www.lordconrad.com/
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6UfXd-b2VsIg8UUd3YFJMw
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conrad.Lord1
Facebook FanPage: http://www.facebook.com/lordconradnasdaqgod
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lordconraditaly/
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News: http://www.lordconrad.com/news

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Shaun Jacobs: “Rollin’” formulates a gritty chart-topping sound http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/shaun-jacobs-rollin-formulates-a-gritty-chart-topping-sound/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/shaun-jacobs-rollin-formulates-a-gritty-chart-topping-sound/#respond Sat, 20 Oct 2018 12:30:25 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8564 started out playing drums at a very young age, but it was only when he turned 15 and his older brother thought it would be good for him to learn more than one instrument that his love for guitar, singing and songwriting was born. Growing up in a family where his dad was an opera singer and his brothers’ able musical craftsmen as well, Shaun soon started writing, recording and producing his own music.

It wasn’t long before the South African artist gained traction in his home country, winning the SAMA 2014 Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, as well as nominations for Best Producer and Best Mix Engineer. He now seemed ready to make the jump from the pond into the great big ocean. Hence the move from South Africa to Los Angeles.

And right off the cuff, Shaun is featured on the Gold and Platinum hit-maker, Bruno Martini’s single “YOUNGR”, released the 19th October and produced by Timbaland and Bruno Martini, who currently has close to 1 billion streams on Spotify.

To complete his initial international thrust Shaun Jacobs is releasing his latest single “Rollin’”, which will be available via Mulholland Records and all major digital download stores.

Shaun Jacobs’ rapid ascension from nobody to somebody means that every subsequent move he makes needs to be well thought out, and with “Rollin’” he meets all expectations. Opening like a cinematic scene-setter, it’s clear that the track is here to prove that Shaun has formulated a gritty chart-topping sound which draws from all his talents and charms and churns them into a track that’s both brooding and confident.

Shaun plays the tormented narrator throughout the verses, while the choruses have a soulful feeling which is impossible not to be swept up in. The emotion Shaun puts into his music also adds to the beauty of it. The track’s imagery is powerful and presents feelings of nostalgia to the listener.

Without a doubt, Shaun Jacobs has a built-in ability to transport you into whatever world he determines, as the song gives you the impression that it’s a life you’ve lived – a testament to his songwriting ability. With his new release, it’s obvious that Shaun is a man on a mission.

“Rollin’” sees the singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist fuse nuanced flavors into his own brand of alternative rock — relying on infectious pop hooks and soulful vocals. The introspective lyricism provides an insight into the ponderings of those who believe in the light and goodness of the world but need to rediscover their guidance to escape the darkness.

This all adds up to a solid single that presents an immediate difference to what went before, even if it does not roam too far from the roots of Shaun’s past. The anthemic track presents a sense of urgency, combined with an animated build-up and release.

Commanded by soaring vocals and invigorated production, “Rollin’” is a thoroughly immersive ride that shows Shaun Jacobs has plenty of ideas brimming in his head for the future.

OFFICIAL LINKS: SPOTIFY – @jacobsriot

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Samplified: Extensive high quality sample libraries http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/samplified-extensive-high-quality-sample-libraries/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/samplified-extensive-high-quality-sample-libraries/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 15:23:43 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8560 You’ve written a killer song. The lyrics and music are flowing but there’s just something missing. Maybe it’s a guitar strum, riff or pluck. It could be a thumping bassline or some shimmering keys. More often than not, it’s a groovy drum beat. You know that any these would be the perfect complement to your newly written potential hit, but how can you get that sound for your song? If you’re a beginner, it’s a tough ride to create that professional recording sound at home. On the other hand, if you’re a professional you’re usually hard pushed for time to get the job done in your commercial studio.

Thankfully companies like Samplified exist. They consist of a group of professional in-house music producers with over twenty five years of combined experience in audio engineering. Samplified curate non-filler high quality music sounds, samples, loops, presets, one shots, and more. They even supply unique tutorials.

Seriously folks, the right sound can really add something special to your song. Song creation is like a puzzle with the melody, instruments, lyrics, and vocals. Sometimes the right sample or loop can be just the piece you need to complete the puzzle. And it costs a whole lot less than hiring a studio musician.

Today, samples and loops are widely used in many genres of popular music, including Electronic music, R&B, Hip-hop and even Pop music. The use of loops and sample libraries has become commonplace. There aren’t many songs on the radio right now that don’t use at least one of the two.

And as the use of these recording elements have increased, so too has the quality of its core material.  There is are extensive libraries of pre–existing loops and samples available all over the web, however it is imperative that you find out if they are royalty free in order to ensure that you don’t infringe any copyright that has been placed on the loop.

Here too, you are safe with Samplified, who have you covered. Furthermore their sample packs are compatible with any DAW including Ableton, Logic, Pro Tools, FL Studio and Maschine.

A sample can create something really special within your track and show it off; layering once again comes into play here and incorporating a sample as a layer can make the depth of your song really meaty and interesting. To this intent Samplified has recently released the Acoustic Guitar Loops and Rhodes and E-Videos packs.

They also dropped the premium super packs, “Poetica”, with Souelction artist j.robb and a cool drum kit, “Lo-fi & Chill”, with rising artist ‘quickly, quickly’. These packs will kick-start your creativity, and complete your project with professionally recorded sounds ready to boost your brand.

MORE ABOUT: Samplified focuses on pushing the boundaries of sound, providing no-filler pack content and unique tutorials. The company, which prides itself on producing sample packs full of usable content, was founded by two music entrepreneurs with over 20 years of combined experience. They seek to assist producers in improving their music sample library, mix, and production techniques. With headquarters in Austin, TX, the company is based in a thriving music community. As the music production company expands, they continue to bring different genres of production and create tutorials to assist in production efforts.

To listen to Samplified’s current sample packs, you can visit their Soundcloud. You can keep up with the latest updates on future sample pack releases on their Official Website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find all links below.

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All Atomic – metaphysics melds with the spirit of dance http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/all-atomic-metaphysics-melds-with-the-spirit-of-dance/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/all-atomic-metaphysics-melds-with-the-spirit-of-dance/#respond Fri, 19 Oct 2018 10:33:25 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8556 DJ/Producer All Atomic, from Bristol United Kingdom, grew up around music and was mixing tunes at nine years old and was soon deejaying at illegal raves. His music is a fusion of his influences: “You have to have an open mind when making music,” says All Atomic. “Let the music guide you, it will tell you what it needs you to do.” Persuaded by artist and producer Aniofades, All Atomic sent a demo to the Pink Dolphin Music Ltd label, and got signed up. A heap of well-received releases followed, with the producer bringing his classically unique sound to the table. All Atomic works his primary strengths, with layered synths creating throwback techno and a popping beats giving his songs the muscle it needs to drive dance-floors.

Combining ambience and techno all along with throbbing basslines, this is where the looping of metaphysics melds with the spirit of dance. Every song is crafted to perfection with either very interesting rhythms, catchy melodies, or both.

Most importantly, All Atomic steers clear of the candy-coated sugary EDM/Pop more interested in making the Top40 charts than moving dance-floors. The closest he comes to that aesthetic, is on his remix of “Smile” – an original track by the synth-pop Welsh duo Wrekit88. But even here, he manages to infuse the vocal track with some of his own left-field dissonance and synth chaos.

The UK producer is really in his element on “Fly Beyond The Stratosphere”. This is dance in its pure state; made before electronic music fractured into a billion genres, All Atomic put in a bit of everything – hovering synths, throbbing basslines, pumping percussion –  and the result is far more than the sum of its parts.

If you really want to spend some quality time with All Atomic, a good choice would be his “OMG Still Dropping Acid” EP. Here he lends the mixes a delightful trippy otherworldly flavor that subtly adds to the overall sense of a musical journey through the mind. Production is excellent, and these four tracks sound great – both through snugging headphones or big hulking stacks.

Put this on repeat and you’ll soon be voyaging through mind-space. In my personal opinion, this is All Atomic’s best work. In many ways it encapsulates what dance music could and should be about: the propagation of a feeling of euphoria for the duration of the music.

If you appreciate those 8-bit gaming synth sounds, then you shouldn’t miss All Atomic’s take on this theme, on the floor-stomper “Moon Dance” (currently known as Atomic Moon and re-released and remastered on Pink Dolphin Music Ltd). It will come at you so fast you won’t know what hit you.

All Atomic elevates electronic music to a purer and higher level, and will introduce many young people to how electronic music once used to be before it became infiltrated by radio-ready pop and cheap female vocal hooks.

Apart from rare escapades, All Atomic hardly produces mainstream music, he much prefers leftfield experimentation or undiscovered lanes. For those who grew up on electronic music in its infancy years, it does not, and could not, get any better than this.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITETWITTERFACEBOOKINSTAGRAM

MUSIC STREAMS: BEATPORTYOUTUBEPINK DOLPHIN MUSICITUNES

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NothingDark: “Tragicomedy” sees the band at their most lucid, melodically and rhythmically http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/nothingdark-tragicomedy-sees-the-band-at-their-most-lucid-melodically-and-rhythmically/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/nothingdark-tragicomedy-sees-the-band-at-their-most-lucid-melodically-and-rhythmically/#respond Thu, 18 Oct 2018 16:18:07 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8551 NothingDark is a 3-piece from Montreal Canada, formed in 2018. Its members, made up of Nack Jicholson (Vocals, guitars, synth), Roxanne Miller (Bass, backing vocals) and Matt Davis (Drums, percussion) are inspired by 80’s synth pop and rock. Nack & Matt handle all recording, mixing, and production in the band’s well-equipped Montreal studio. “Tragicomedy” is their 2nd EP, while work on the third and fourth installments are already underway. For any of you synth lovers out there, this is the record to get, though there is plenty of guitar too. NothingDark is a band that will take you to places both musically and visually that you thought only existed in some distant past. The band is exotically ‘synthified’ while maintaining enough elements of alternative rock to attract that crowd too. Their oscillating basslines are immediately recognizable, the ambient keyboard textures unmistakable and the psychedelic rushes of their vocal phrasings make for an arresting listen. It is ostensibly an electronic record, but there is a rock sensibility hiding within its layers.

The minute they kick in with the mid-tempo rhythm of “Dancing on Flat Earth”, you know that these guys just have such a fresh sound that they will pull you in and hypnotize you with their beats and lyrics. Modern and yet nostalgic sounding, there is a slight Bono-ish lilt in the voice, as the music carries you away on it swaying rhythm and sprawling arrangement.

No one else currently really sounds like NothingDark, who wield, quite majestically, both astute hind and foresight. Every song on this EP is a potential earworm. NothingDark’s songs are both intensely atmospheric and totally accessible.

The bass line alone on “Look Away Look Around” is worth the price of the EP, and a riff I wish I had written. This low rolling rumble gets right under your skin and drives the song beyond mesmeric. It swirls and pops, clicks and snaps into a whirling vortex of groove.

Here the trio provide us with a sophisticated-palate blend of sonic pleasures. This track is close to being the best of the bunch. Certainly it is the most bass-heavy of the bunch – the beat is deep and sticky, pairing with the driving percussion to form a sonic honeycomb. Gorgeous and dark, the vocals too, are absolutely mesmerizing.

It’s this structural mastery, combined with the sort of impressionistic shards of synth and melody that NothingDark are so good at, that leads the EP towards the descriptions of “atmospheric” and “visual”.

Close your eyes with “More Ups Than Downs” coursing through your ears, and you’ll feel as if you can touch every sonic layer the song breathes. Steamy drums flourish in an ever thickening sound palette supporting the mellifluous lyrical shimmy. It is magnificent. Naturally, the whole thing demonstrates guile.

What pushes NothingDark above the pack, besides the beats, is its casually, strutting vocal melody; an intertwined chain of words that wriggle around the cranium. Those captivating traits surface on “Coldblood”, and with it, NothingDark takes you away – to the past, to the future, or to where you want to be.

“Tragicomedy” sees the band at their most lucid, melodically and rhythmically. They have crystallized their sonic vision into an ideal form of intellectually and emotionally satisfying music. Definitely a must have for any at all interested in synth driven indie-rock music.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKYOUTUBEITUNESGOOGLE PLAYSPOTIFY

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aVIE: “Chutney Chasers” – a living, breathing organism that mutates and grows http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/avie-chutney-chasers-a-living-breathing-organism-that-mutates-and-grows/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/avie-chutney-chasers-a-living-breathing-organism-that-mutates-and-grows/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:35:15 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8546 “Chutney Chasers” is just one volume of aVIE’s upcoming project, aVIEonearth, which documents a common man’s life on Earth. Each part of the project that he releases will explore its own world of emotions.  As it relates to R&B, this is music of the future, steeped in the rhythms and sonics of the today, ingeniously invented for a 21st century audience. It will surely be appreciated by your ears, and you’ll find that after giving this a spin, it has in many ways changed your conception of R&B and music overall. A Classic. This dark and experimental urban recording, refined with electronics, is space age technology left to us by some alien teleported into aVIE’s body. It is truly a work of indie art, whichever way you look at it. And you will find yourself lost in every song without knowing really if you’re in a chorus or verse, but you won’t want to turn it off. One of “Chutney Chasers” greatest strength lies in aVIE’s understanding of how to create mood by weaving an impossibly complex instrumental palette, as he explores the adventures of his life.

The sounds seem representative of staggeringly diverse bodies of work, and yet none of them jar or sound misplaced; they’re all on the same mission, which is to contribute to an atmosphere of creeping disquiet. The EP’s clash of styles, both instrumentally and tonally create a psychedelic claustrophobia that is entirely representative of the narratives.

The genius of this record is that aVIE has managed to apply those sonic intricacies to his thematic approach. Everything from aVIE’s voice to the crackle of the snare and thump of the bass drum is treated with a delicate mastery, by the musician based out Houston, TX.

This 6 track package so sultry on the ear that spinning this record feels like both a carnal and otherworldly experience. When the opening title track arrives, there is no fanfare. No hyped statement of purpose or musical parting of the clouds. What we get is a warm keyboard intro, an errant bass slap, and panning jerky drums.

The man’s voice is multitudinous and angular when he sings: “nine out of ten times, I think she cares for me.” You reel amidst the splendor of this track, as you try to make sense of it, then give up and relax into the pocket of a perfect groove that’s already there.

And in that commitment to upholding the groove, we find warmth and evidence that we’re still moving forward despite the assault on our senses. Dark though it may be, the music itself invites repeated listens and rewards with serious loveliness. “Tapwater” is a surging mass of new soul built from classic thought and a rebel spirit – an unending angst and beautiful struggle.

“The Self” sparks the renaissance of slow-jam, melody driven soul, in a futuristic space, with its velvety harmonies, erudite instrumental and bombast. “New Feathers” is somehow the past, present, and future all in one. Both narcotic and weary, it feels like a living, breathing organism that mutates and grows.

The beauty of this record is in the balance: between the technical and the personal, certainly, but also between tightly constructed harmonies and melodies, and the more free-flowing sense of rhythm. “Midnight Oil” sees aVIE venture into rap territory, and it’s successful to a surprising degree.

The acoustic driven “Take Care” benefits from being so poignant, relaxed, and seductive at the same time. This is the track that gives the best shine to aVIE’s vocal textures, as it’s the most stripped down. All-round though, “Chutney Chasers” confirms that music holds the power to challenge and comfort, to take us someplace spiritual and existential. It’s beautifully, devastatingly human. Its aVIE’s life story.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITETWITTERINSTAGRAMITUNES

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Roddan: “Don’t Be Troubled” – so impeccably penned! http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/roddan-dont-be-troubled-so-impeccably-penned/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/roddan-dont-be-troubled-so-impeccably-penned/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:26:10 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8542 Singer-songwriter, Roddan’s third and current release, “Don’t Be Troubled” is a follow-up to his 2017 EP, “Bleed 432”, and his 2016 Album, “Music House”. The recording features organic instrumentation, including guitar, piano, violin, cello, piano, and some great harmonies from Eliza Gilkyson. But it also carries the burden of a troubled time. “The year 2017 and the first few months of 2018 while writing these songs, was a troubled time for me to say the least,” explains Roddan, continuing: “All of the sudden, it seemed people and animal’s close to me were dying. In addition, an ex-girlfriend (a talented singer) whom I met and lived with in Nashville, committed suicide. And most recently, I came close to death myself, and went through a major surgery.” It’s worth pointing out at this point that despite Roddan’s recent troubled existence and his evident gravitation towards the melancholy, there is nothing in any way monochrome or depressing about his music.

Roddan tells his story in a meticulous format and makes the lyrics all the more important. He sentimental writing shows throughout the record, while juxtapositions are commonplace in a recording that is original, enticing, and mesmerizing to experience. All songs mesh together and aid in the overall emotional trek. The first song and title track, “Don’t Be Troubled” tells three different mini stories, according to the narrator.

The first tells of love lost and the regrets about things he’d wished he had said. The second about immortality, and the pain that comes with the inevitability of our mortality. The third tells of a woman who has the beautiful wedding, only to later realize that she doesn’t love the person she married.

The song fundamentally follows the narrator’s psychological observations of the events around him. Shifting perspectives allow listeners to observe the intimacy of the narrative Roddan so impeccably penned.

Eliza Gilkyson wraps us into the song’s wistfulness with a haunting and intoxicating backing vocal. “Judyann”, the second song is a tribute to Roddan’s mother who passed away as he was working on this record. He was able to find some recordings of her with her family, and added them to the end of the track.

The intricacies that make Roddan’s songwriting both pleasant and meaningful remain fully intact here. His ability to make a song sound intimate and personal, is only brought into a finer light with this track. He portrays love, loss, and heartbreak in a way that eschews oppressive morbidity.

No matter how fleshed-out the production is, every song finds its basic structure in the guitar. In this foundation, the album never forgets Roddan’s introspective, reserved manner, and he makes sure that he never loses sight of his own personal integrity.

The third song, “Leaving Today” is a duet with Eliza Gilkyson, which affronts the theme of a relationship beyond repair. As if the brilliant music composition and lyrics were not enough, Eliza and Roddan add a complete second and third dimension to the song with their complementary vocal styles, bring the complete package to the track.

The last song, “Can’t Feel A Thing – Live” features Roddan playing rhythm on a Gibson 12-string, while Rick Del Castillo plays lead on a six-string Taylor acoustic. Recorded live in Austin, TX, this is a stomping acoustic blues track about being ‘emotionally numb in a relationship’. This is a song with a strong upbeat vibe that sounds deceptively positive but it’s a grueling affair.

The two players set a powerful tone in an impeccable performance. The marriage here on a musical level, is inspired. As is true of all great songwriters who write from a personal place, to love Roddan’s music is to relate to him. “Don’t Be Troubled” successfully enhances and humbly strengthens the despair, passion, and sentiment in Roddan’s songwriting for this set.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

www.RoddanMusic.com

SPOTIFY

https://open.spotify.com/artist/47mGqg46jPZLn7te63Uud6?si=ZTboPmdnSbeS5kgS5q3dfw

iTUNES

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/roddan/1157098878

REVERBNATION

https://www.reverbnation.com/roddan

SOUNDCLOUD

https://soundcloud.com/scottroddan

PRESS

https://www.reverbnation.com/control_room/artist/5513280/press

EPK

https://www.reverbnation.com/rpk/5513280

SOCIAL MEDIA

http://www.facebook.com/RoddanMusic

http://www.twitter.com/RoddanMusic

http://www.instagram.com/roddanmusic

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Tommy Francisco Releases His Debut EP “Eight23” http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/tommy-francisco-releases-his-debut-ep-eight23/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/tommy-francisco-releases-his-debut-ep-eight23/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:33:13 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8538 On September 7th Tommy Francisco, born and raised in Austin Texas, released his debut Ep “Eight23”. This Ep has generated a major buzz and several songs (“Show Up” “Crush” and “Vibez”) have been featured on Spotify Playlists. Eight23 has a tropical sound that includes inspiration from Dancehall/Afropop and Rnb/Hiphop. There are 5 songs on this Ep that flow cohesively.

MORE ABOUT: Tommy Francisco is a Singer/Songwriter born and raised in Austin, Texas. Tommy was raised in the inner city of Austin and has overcome a slew of trials and tribulations on his journey of becoming a recording artist. At the age of 3, Tommy’s biological father was murdered which left him to be raised by his then, single mother. During that time, Tommy had a keen interest in music. Though he received a football scholarship, Tommy ultimately turned it down to pursue his true passion, music.

Tommy’s music displays all the characteristics of his upbringing. With his soulful voice, urban flair, and Austin influence, Tommy embodies a sound that has yet been seen on the Austin music scene. Tommy describes his music style as “Versatile, storytelling, easy to understand and relating to the everyday human.”

Listen, Follow and find out more about Tommy Francisco at the following links:

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BlowinMaddTrees: “The Scent” cooks up a tasty dish http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/blowinmaddtrees-the-scent-cooks-up-a-tasty-dish/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/blowinmaddtrees-the-scent-cooks-up-a-tasty-dish/#respond Sun, 14 Oct 2018 14:16:42 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8534 BlowinMaddTrees are the kind of rappers you want to hang out with. They’re chilled out guys who usually rhyme about what they love most: hedonistic experiences and the finest Kush. They’ll probably never reach mainstream status, but they seem to like it that way. Their introspective and sometimes unabashed lyrics coupled with their mischievous grins, make them likable rap everymen. Uprooted from Texas to Colorado, BlowinMaddTrees is made of Johhnie Blaze’d & Jay Deezl, aka TheDankestDuo. The duo states that this single means a lot to them, because it is the first track they have done together in over 3 years. It is also the lead-up single to their EP “ThaTrifecta” which they’re currently working on.

On their latest single, “The Scent”, BlowinMaddTrees don’t stray too far from their niche laid-back vibe. They know what works for them. So this is smoke and ride music. The duo bounce off each other and it’s a fun listen with a warm and smooth keyboard dominated production. The duo just roll their shit and smoke it, sounding like the coolest motherfuckers in the place.

It’s a rare thing to treasure in the age of self-proclaimed musical geniuses, selfies, and artists who fight their own fans. BlowinMaddTrees’ insidious intentions on “The Scent” are very smooth. There`s no better word explaining the feeling. It`s raw, soulful and dope at the same time. You won`t even feel the drag from the slow-motioned roll.

I realize you might think that this doesn’t sound particularly innovative. Marijuana has been exhausted as a song topic and rappers who talk about pussy are like music critics who talk about Kendrick Lamar. But BlowinMaddTrees pull it off through pure charisma and skill.

By the end of its four minutes your stoner friends will have found something real groovy to distract them from their daily grinds. “The Scent” is never more than a step away from something entertaining, and putting it into rotation will brighten up even a straight-edge person’s day.

The beat and the overall sound on the track is just immaculate. The entire recording is dripping with shimmering keys, understated soulful choruses, and some low slung bass and drum kicks. Clearly much time and effort was put into crafting the sound for this song.

The results really speak for themselves. It should go without saying that BlowinMaddTrees’ definitely know how to cook up a tasty dish. The duo are most definitely inventors when it comes to the world of hip-hop, but they stay within their hemisphere when they’re doing their weed rap.  Their lyrics could kill most beats if the situation came to it, but they retain their laid back feel on “The Scent”.

“The Scent” is not the object of simple lines, but of an entire song that showcases Johhnie Blaze’d & Jay Deezl’s cleverly structured storytelling and open thinking, as well as their wordsmith skills. I’m sure any slightest fan of hip-hop music won’t mind bumping this in the car or at home while chilling.

You won’t find repetitive and monotonous wordplay, instead “The Scent” feels something like a stress-relieving cipher, a conversation with a good friend you bump into after a few years. So sit down, give this track a spin, and be prepared for some quality entertainment.

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Hip-hop and Soul Artist ‘Plan’ Set to Release his E.P, “Expresso” Later this Year http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/hip-hop-and-soul-artist-plan-set-to-release-his-e-p-expresso-later-this-year/ http://soundlooks.com/2018/10/hip-hop-and-soul-artist-plan-set-to-release-his-e-p-expresso-later-this-year/#respond Sat, 13 Oct 2018 15:16:12 +0000 http://soundlooks.com/?p=8530 Independent singers who make music that isn’t in the mainstream are rising in numbers. Indie musicians cum singers often have something celebrity singers don’t have – making music out of pure love and passion for the art. They also help others to materialize their musicality in any way they can. One such singer is Plan – his real name is Harvey Dowell V. Fenellere and his new E.P “Expresso” is set to be released later this year. The genre of Plan’s music is modern hip hop soul and his music speaks of the reality of how a man decides for himself.

Plan was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to California, the United States when he was 20, with the intent of chasing his American dream of becoming a music maker. Plan’s musical journey began when he was in his native country itself – he was singing for a metal band in high school and college. Besides performing in bars, the band Plan was in took part in many rock band competitions. The experience gave Plan a pretty solid foundation in the art of making music.

Equipped with nothing but a burning desire and his experience in music back in his home country, Plan started a solo career as an underground rapper in America. He released several music tracks and E.P independently – they provided a base for him to work further into his music, experimenting and creating fresh tunes. Plan then changed the genre of his music and decided to pursue his singing career and also start producing his own instrumental and music. And that’s when he started to reach out to people.

Plan took the avatar of a producer and became a source of medium to make music for those people who can’t afford a studio recording – he provided the means for them to record their songs on his instrumentals. His ability to help others create music gave him much satisfaction and he was also working on his first album, “Bedroom Stories” which he released in the year 2017 under his real name, Harvey Fenellere.

But it wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns for Harvey Fenellere. Unstable income and lack of money to even sustain himself beset him. Due to financial limitations he stopped promoting his songs and then ended up penniless and eventually, homeless. Homelessness pushed Harvey Fenellere aka Plan to pounce on every opportunity he got to establish himself in every way, particularly in making music. He was determined to make his distinct musicality his identity despite the odds he was facing.

Finally, when he got the chance to make music again, he came up with a new E.P “Expresso” which is scheduled to be released at the end of this year. Harvey says, “Despite being alone without help from anyone, in a new country and unfamiliar environment, I managed to create something that will be a stepping stone for me. I wanted to prove myself so badly, I risked everything I have in my life including my loved ones. I’m selfish when it comes to time but I am humble and generous enough about my knowledge to share with others.”

Harvey V. Fenellere aka Plan’s music is to inspire to cultivate a critical mind to the listeners and to kindle imagination of a story to relate to. He is also looking forward to work with different artists especially the ones he looks up to. Plan quips, “Expect more music from me.” It sounds like a plan indeed.

Plan has a brand new single out, entitled, “Invisible” which can be streamed and downloaded on multiple platforms to be found HERE.

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