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

If You Loved and Miss 80’s British New-Wave-Styled Music, You will Certainly Enjoy JOEY JIVE!

Joey Jive is a new solo songwriter from England. His music is best described as New Wave/ Pop. Few bands are 100% original nowadays; at least Joey Jive is fun and easy to listen to. And like everything else, it comes down to what your preferences are. Joey Jive is probably an acquired taste, which I can understand, and as much as I hate pushing a band on someone, Joey seems to have a lot going for him on this release and I think many people will find a lot to appreciate about it.

The songs on Joey Jive’s self-titled album are strange, eclectic, and progressive, but for all of its unfamiliar parts, everything is centered with great pop-centric melodies. In fact Joey’s bread-and-butter is his ability to take modern indie rock and fuse it with traditional new-wave and even punk sounds.

The guitars and vocals twang with classic new-wave motifs, but for the most part, Joey seems more interested in trying out new sounds or vocal modulations. The album begins with “Summer Days” and “Boardwalk.” These first two songs are fine, the first begins with a slow, hypnotic intro, that doesn’t really announce the album in any way; the second track, and first single from the album, is more upbeat with some rock vibes carrying it through its run time. These tracks are definite growers. However, beginning with the third track, “Foxes” Joey finds his real footing; the song has a well-worn feeling, both musically and lyrically. It’s characterized by a soft melancholia that never overplays the emotion. From there on out, “Starlight”, “Diner Girl”, “Midnight Drive” and “Jive” drives the record home comfortably.

Joey Jive is one of those artists that you don’t quite understand at first, yet with time his music becomes something personal and affecting. With every song he expands his sound, digs a little bit deeper, and unearths some more hidden treasures. He seems to have a clear sense of identity, and part of any success he may acquire in future will have to do with embracing that, instead of self-consciously morphing himself to some real or imagined expectation from the outside. As a result, this album feels both familiar and new.

Joey’s lyrics display vulnerability, angst, and hope. The songs have layers of sounds and meanings. Don’t judge this by the first casual listen. Play it through a few times and you will find that it has slowly captured you.

This is an album with the rough edges left in place. This is not the polished work of pros that have gotten incredibly good at what they do, but don’t explore all the corners of their creative minds. And for lack of anything better to do, sit around polishing their sound until it shines! Joey Jive rather avoids the safety of harbor. He rides out his own personal rough weather on the high seas without fear of experimenting.

While most albums released these days are front-loaded with the best tracks, this album really hits its groove in the second half. If you loved and miss the 80’s British new-wave-styled music, you will certainly enjoy Joey Jive!

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