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

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

The soul singer relives how he met his wife and started his family on a tender new song. Rashod Holmes is known for bringing romance to life with his evocative voice, but he has never told as personal a story as the one he tells with his latest single. ‘The One’ is a true life love story that acknowledges the struggles and triumphs that go into building a long-lasting relationship. “I found the one for me” Rashod sings. “She is the girl of my dreams.” While Rashod is convinced that he has found the perfect partner, there is much more

CHANKS’ singular brand of ambience hypnotizes one second, and stuns the next!

Lush, mellow and sexy, CHANKS – a music producer and video director,  has created a truly fantastic, eclectic, and mind blowing self-titled instrumental mixtape. Showing more guts and talent than most other beat producers today, this mixtape is a welcome departure from the all-to-typical macho posturing, and obsessive hedonism of modern day hip hop. From the electro stylings of “I Don’t Wanna Smoke No More” to the slow-burning ambience of “I Don’t Know Where This Came From” and “Rip” to the head-nodding goodness of “Right Back”, CHANKS has crafted beats of remarkable quality.

Originality and a personal style are attributes all producers and beatmakers attempt to go for. This mixtape is true CHANKS style. The beats are smooth and flow with subtleness, each retaining its character but varying from song to song – that’s just pure brilliance. The tracks on this mixtape are definitely innovative, and a fantastic combination of slow-groove and concrete sound!

Chanks

Chanks

This is not your average instrumental mixtape with banging beats and catchy hooks. CHANKS tends to craft tracks that are more ambient- influenced. He creates a thick atmosphere of sound with mesmerizing beats. His tracks feature shimmering synths, deep basses, spectral samples, and a healthy dose of hi-hats and snares. It’s an incredibly refreshing sound amidst the legions of fading producers.

CHANKS’ singular brand of ambience hypnotizes one second, and stuns the next. It’s a blend of calm and menacing that you seldom hear, but that’s what makes his music so interesting. This sound is most notable on tracks like “Chanksolay” and “Goz Chanks The God Son”.

The tracks are the perfect length and are varied, yet cohesive enough to easily listen to in one sitting. The production is so different I can’t even compare it to anything out right now. Listening to this CHANKS project is like looking at a magic eye poster. At first glance, the poster is just a jumble of incoherent colors and shapes. But once you stare at it long enough, the magic eye picture begins to form an image that you didn’t see before. This is exactly what this mixtape is like. It comes together track after track to form an aural union.

It’s a mixture of sounds and beats that come together in ways you never would have expected. Somehow, the end result is an amazingly smooth mixtape.  This isn’t an instrumental hiphop rap tape in the traditional sense. This could be seen more as progressive hip-hop in a certain way. The production itself is almost hypnotic and will truly leave you in a trance as you listen to it, putting you right inside CHANKS’ highly blunted world.

This self-titled mixtape works so well on a whole. There is an undeniable feel to it. For those not acquainted with CHANKS, this may take a few listens to get into. For those who are into abstract hip-hop, and also have heard CHANKS on any of his other projects, this album is easy to get addicted to, and it gets better on each consecutive listen!

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