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

Frank Topper, Charles Brusman & Melissa Hollick: “Channeling You” – all warm and cozy on the inside

Frank Topper, the organizational development consultant from Greenbrae, California  -who just happens to be a great lyricist -never stops amazing me, as his back with yet another song in his fast growing catalogue. This time around Frank has collaborated with Charles Brusman, who wrote the music and Melissa Hollick, a session singer, composer and Alternative Pop artist from Birmingham in the UK, who handles the vocals.

For all-round quality, “Channeling You” probably presents the best interpretation of a Frank Topper song, I have heard so far. The production, arrangement and performances are absolutely of a higher standard. And this for me seems to be a move in the right direction. It is something I have always hoped that Frank would eventually do, as his songs deserve a professional ‘makeover’ able to capture a much deserving wider audience.

Frank Topper

Frank Topper

In the past Frank’s brilliantly written songs were produced rather ordinarily or off-handedly. Not that this was a bad choice, as the songs still shone for their written poetry, melodies and vocal performances. Somehow, this may even have emphasized just how good Frank’s lyrics were in capturing the listener’s attention!

The fact is, I have always considered Frank Topper’s collaborative songs, similar to the most beautiful gifts presented in somewhat rinky-dink wrapping. “Channeling You” now changes the whole perspective on Frank’s verses. Finally they’re dressed-up and ready to go…anywhere fortune or fame may take them!

I was immediately smitten on first hearing “Channeling You” sung by Melissa Hollick .  I remember thinking this girl can really sing, and the song made me feel all warm and cozy on the inside. Melissa’s voice and range is powerful, yet restrained. She can sing in a lower, smoky register and then in the next song, she can let her heart out in a gorgeous, effortless voice that will give you goose pimples all over.

The thing that makes the Topper-Brusman compositions so special is that they know how to write timeless pieces of popular music. Frank can write a verse, while Charles adds memorable melody, then Frank throws in an emotional chorus, and Charles will take care of a stunning bridge. No hooks, no catchy phrases, no blasphemy, no dirty words, almost nothing associated with current songwriting trends in pop music.

Without purposefully wanting to make uncalled for or awkward comparisons with legendary artists, I have to say though that this is the kind of lyricism and songwriting I had always come to expect from writers like Burt Bacharach, David Forster or Tim Rice & Lloyd Webber; simple, heartwarming melodies that sweep you away on a cloud of emotion, where love is considered the noblest state of being.

In time, pop music has come to lose that distinguished, pure interpretation of love and its consequences, rather preferring the ‘shocking’ effectiveness of squalor, on all too edacious ears. Frank

Melissa Hollick

Melissa Hollick

Topper, Charles Brusman and Melissa Hollick have finally put the simple pureness back into a love song, with “Channeling You”.

And that’s the first good thing that’s happened to popular music in 2015!

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