Sophia Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sophia 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 Sophia has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sophia 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

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

Manchester’s Rock Trio, SHOSHIN, Sound Brutally Fresh!

Shoshin, a trio from Manchester, England, formed in late 2009 by Pete Haley. The band started out performing car-battery powered guerrilla street gigs all over Europe in 70 different cities and 11 countries spreading their sound, and sharing their vibes, throughout Europe. In January 2010 Shoshin performed for a total of 7 hours over 2 days in below freezing conditions outside the annual Eurosonic NorderSlaag Festival in Groningen Holland having driven there all the way from Manchester uninvited.

In mid-2012 Shoshin embarked on a US campaign, touring throughout famous NYC venues/festivals, such as Café Wha, The Bowery Electric, and the CBGB Festival to name a few. They have also recently completed a UK tour. In 2013 Shoshin bring their music to South America, playing alongside the current #1 Latin American Rock band, in a 3 city, multi-venue tour. Once completed, they’re off again, tirelessly bringing their sounds to Europe for another two-months, covering 3 countries.

Shoshin has also completed recording their official debut album “DEEP SLEPRIVATION,” with world renowned producer Joel Hamilton (Studio G) who’s works include: Matisyahu, The Black Keys, Mos Def and many others.

First and foremost, Shoshin are a killer band from the roots up. Drummer Abbi Phillips and bass player Joe Stuart are an exceptionally exciting and dynamic rhythm section, while vocalist and guitarist Pete Haley comes up with some of modern rock’s best guitar riffs in years. Pete’s full range singing ( and rap-like excursions) is intense and urgent, while his lyrics are intelligent and insightful, without ever being simplistic or pretentious. He’ll make you think, and question your life values and societal norms, sometimes quite seriously and at others, with a rather tongue-in-cheek approach.

The band, on a whole, sound raw and intense, yet the production is clean and crisp, making it all so easily accessible.  If you took classic The Police, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus Men At Work and threw them into a mashup mix, you’d more than likely come up with the Shoshin sound.

Shoshin is a band that should appeal to all different types of people. There’s definitely an element of hip-hop, reggae, soul and even a slight trace of new-wave punk, weaved into their driving rock structures. This album never lets up. From the opening “Big Bang” to the closing “Surrounded,” every song is intense, and has an infectious groove and catchy riff, together with a series of hypnotic melodies and machine-gun rap lines. Standout tracks are without a doubt; “Here Comes My Favorite,” “Levity,” “Litterbug,” “Through The Leaves” and “The Rant,” but there’s not a bad track to be found here.

In a phenomenally powerful, vibrant and out-of-the-box debut, Shoshin manage to immediately place themselves in the upper echelon of impressive indie artists. The quality of their music is what carries them through, and the quality on this album is of the highest level.

As such, the songs on “DEEP SLEPRIVATION,” sound brutally fresh and are ready to hit the international airwaves as from now. There simply isn’t a weak track on this album. Not one. From top to bottom, it’s filled with creative riffs, compelling lyrics and shining vocals, as well as a rhythm section that gives Shoshin it’s authentic groove-rocking character!

Abbi Phillips, Joe Stuart & Pete Haley of SHOSHIN

Abbi Phillips, Joe Stuart & Pete Haley of SHOSHIN

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