Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

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 &

“The Long Road” A Serious Awareness Project By Free From Gravity

Free From Gravity is led by Vince Barnes (Lead Vocals) and his personal agenda shows through the intimate and often heart-warming songs and lyrics. For the recording of his album, he was joined by top notch musicians like Andy Mitchell singer and guitarist of 60s Supergroup ,The Yardbirds, (with founding members such as Eric Clapton/Jimmy Paige/Jeff Beck), as well as the other band members: Ali Hakini (Rhythm Guitar and Engineering), Lew West (Drums and Producer), Ed Dampler (Lead Guitar) and Alex Moore (Bass).

Normally I try to avoid the hype machine that surrounds a band referenced, name checked or filled with big name players. But something about the single, “The Long Road”, spoke to me in a way that few on the radio has in quite a while. I also remembered previewing the group’s debut single, “I Have A Dream” some months before, so I was curious. I can say I was pleasantly surprised.

The current project – The Long Road, is creating awareness of alternative cancer treatments. Lead singer, Vince Barnes, wrote the song about his mum’s own battle and recovery from cancer.

I was quite astonished at how classically constructed Free From Gravity’s songs are. The Long Road drives forward with an active bass line, articulate drumming and intertwining electric and acoustic guitar ostinatos. The song also makes use of terraced dynamics – changes in volume level and intensity caused by instruments entering and exiting within bars. This is how the song is carefully divided into three parts; namely verse, pre-chorus and chorus. A nod to early 60’s music is also suggested by shifting harmonics and chord relationships. I don’t know if Vince Barnes has studied music, but he is clearly evolving from a songwriter into a true composer, and the result is extremely satisfying.

Lyrically the song moves from sad melancholy to joyous and uplifting. It is without a doubt a very personal and intimate interpretation for Vince, but its theme is of significant interest to anyone who has ever endured the burden of a serious illness.

The Long Road is the story of Vince’s mother, Valerie Richards, and her battle with cancer. After Valerie had been taken to hospital with fluid on the lung (after having been diagnosed with cancer one month earlier and having started chemo and gone through 2 courses by then), Vince went to visit her in Spain during  August 2010. On arrival at the hospital, he actually thought that he had gone into the wrong room, as he did not recognize his mother whom he had seen only 3 weeks earlier. Hence the opening lines of the song; “I saw you lying there – it was such a shock, it was plain to see how much your world was rocked”.

All the cast and crew who worked on the “The Long Road” video, have either travelled their own Long Road, fighting and overcoming critical illness, or have loved ones who have or are taking such a journey. The lead character (the Bandanna girl), for example has Asperger’s syndrome ( a form of autism).Prior to the making of the video she had not smiled in two years, and doesn’t like to be touched either.  Amazingly in the video, not only can she be seen smiling but she also embraces the characters who play her father and mother.

Overall, Free From Gravity produces solid, deep and mature music that washes over the listener. Vince Barnes’ rhyming differs from the norm and the music justly complements the beautiful words he composes. Much of the musical writing relies on swelling guitar chords and beautifully textured 60’s and 70’s type pop harmonies. The best of many musical worlds have been incorporated into Free From Gravity, making for very interesting listening…especially if your heart still beckons for clean soft-rock, influenced by the golden era of melodic music!

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