Sabrina Matola – “For you” – is fueled by the power and intensity of her voice

Sabrina Matola is an experienced vocalist and performer. She has played in live music venues and toured with bands, from as early as 12 years old. Known abroad as ”The Spiritual Voice”, Sabrina has collaboration credits with David Peaston, Loleatta Holloway, Amy Winehouse, Robert Timothy West and others. Working her way through a variety of styles, including Soul, Motown, Disco, Jazz, and Pop, her influences include, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, and Jill Scott. I must admit to being a bit, well, more than a bit, puzzled as to why Sabrina

DEEPSYSTEM – “Anda Linda” – a zesty groove and a humid atmosphere!

DEEPSYSTEM, Europe’s underground ambassador of reggaeton and Latin trap — has remade the future of Spanish-language hip-hop in his image. If there is a revolution to be had in the new crossover market, this artist has done so by sticking to his guns, and mining reggaeton’s sonic riches for dancefloor gold. Rather than offer audiences lyrical signposts to what he’s thinking, DEEPSYSTEM makes you come to him, with a shared sense of explosive, downright sensual musicality and a hypnotically propulsive rhythm. Few others could do as much, in the European region. Furthermore, the man is consistent, putting out track after

Neave Zaria’s ‘Never The Same’ Is Evocative Of The Golden Era Of Jazz & Blues

Neave Zaria’s latest track ‘Never The Same’ is a soft yet impassioned exploration of our deepest infatuations and frustrations. The composition is steady but energetic, and the jazz spirit comes in hot from the get-go. Zaria’s voice bears a strong resemblance to that of the greatest blues singers of all time: Etta James and Aretha Franklin. The most modern comparisons would be to Adele and Norah Jones, but even then there’s a striking vulnerability in Zaria’s vocals that makes her stand apart. It helps that the English singer is just nineteen, but she demonstrates a superb ability at striking the

Sam and Sounds Guaranteed to Make You Smile with New Single “Cloud 9”

UK indie artist Sam and Sounds has just released a brand-new single that will have you both grinning and grooving. The singer songwriter has just dropped “Cloud 9,” offering endless feel-good vibes and some much-needed positivity in today’s world. With his debut EP due to land in October this year, this track is the second teaser to what we can expect. It follows his first single release which came out in April, “Do It All Again,” that soon became an instant smash hit. Sam and Sounds has already netted an impressive 41,000 Spotify streams, with 23,000 monthly listeners and a

Cymbalik – “A New Positive”- the alchemical combination of quality, creativity, and alluring empathy

There are a lot of new producers that are coming to the scene this years, and some that have been in the game for a while, but few are as exciting has Cymbalik AKA Jose Serpas who hails out of Denver, CO. If you’re a part of the people who don’t know who Cymbalik is just yet, then expect him to be all over your music queue in the next couple of years. With his crazy beats and smooth melodies it’s expected that he makes some big jumps in the industry very soon. Cymbalik works with modern day techniques while

Best friends in New York City make dope a hip-hop song during quarantine and are donating ALL proceeds to charity

The producer Christos “XOS” Angelidis created the instrumental for the record “ICE COLD” while recovering from the sever virus COVID-19 in his Queens, New York home. His close friend and colleague, Laquan “REVL TVLK” Priester, from Brooklyn, New York, now living in Los Angeles, wrote the lyrics and rapped over the song. “ICE COLD” is a result of the inspiration being based from the cold winter months of New York City. Furthermore, the duo – being from New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak – has experienced firsthand the devastation of the virus. XOS lost four coworkers as

Steve Sperandeo – “Contagious Emotions” – intimate storytelling that inebriates the senses

Like all works of music, there are always going to be some you absolutely love and some you only like. “Contagious Emotions” by Steve Sperandeo one is going on the absolute love list. Steve has added some jazzy, bluesy touches in this album, while maintaining a soft organic-rock style made of elegant guitar work and graceful melody. It’s a masterful blend by a thoughtful musician. But be forewarned, Steve’s music needs more than a single playing to fully savor its nuances. So grab a drink of your choice, sit back and enjoy the storytelling as Steve Sperandeo delivers 11 unhurried

Heistheartist – “Boom” (Love Version) – transposes crystal-clear artistry through spiritual glistening

Heistheartist is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, NY. Formerly a secular neo-soul singer signed to Bentley Records under his biological name LeeMann Bassey, Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord, after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That day he was inspired to teach the world about the Lord like TD Jakes did with his Sermon, but through music. The song “Boom” – a song that mixes sensuality with religion – is actually based on a dream that Heistheartist had one night, in which he had relations with an angel. “Boom”

Bobby Royale – “Live Jazz at Staarsound” – There is an artistic quality in the music that cannot be overlooked

Some see hip-hop and jazz as an unholy alliance, maybe even the vulgarization of jazz. But other musicians see the genre-melding as a positive development. Every so often, in some corner of the globe in fact, you’ll find a handful of jazz musicians experimenting with jazz and hip-hop hybrids. In some ways the musical connection would seem inevitable. After all, early gospel, blues and jazz employed call-and-response cadences dealing with the same themes prevalent in hip-hop today. For some, though, the similarities end there. Straight ahead jazz musicians who have had their music sampled appreciate their work being exposed to

J.Drive – “Untitled” showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas

Hailing from the inner city of Youngstown, Ohio’s Southside, Jessie “J.Drive” grew up in a small apartment in a violent neighborhood without his natural mother or father.  At a very young age he realized that his natural affinity for basketball and Hip-hop music would become the tools necessary to pave his way to a more comfortable lifestyle.  Despite the tragic events that ended his hoop dreams, Jessie’s understanding of what it takes to make the best of his gifts regardless of circumstances is what has brought him thus far. Currently he is pushing his latest single called “Untitled”. In his

Seldom: “Damaged” – the songs are all masterfully crafted, drawing on Seldom’s strengths

Hailing from Houston, TX, Seldom is a driven and eclectic rock and roll band whose kaleidoscopic blend of sound is based on the contrast between the individual styles and inspirations of the musicians within the group: Mitch Atkinson, Matt Hernandez, Carlos Hidalgo, James Litchfield and Bryan Murillo.

Ever since the band’s inception in 2013, Seldom has been working really hard to secure a growing following. Their quickly rising reputation led to sharing the stage with internationally acclaimed acts the likes of Puddle Of Mudd, Lacuna Coil, POD, Drowning Pool or Saving Abel, as well as performing at major music events such as SXSW.

seldom-400bAfter successfully funding the production of a debut studio release via Kickstarter, Seldom released “Damaged”, their first full-length album, and performed extensively on a regional basis in support of the release. To keep it short, “Damaged” is simply brilliant. The album maintains masterful, driving energy while at the same time revealing lyrical depth and maturity in their song writing. The songs are all masterfully crafted, drawing on Seldom’s strengths; its powerful lyrics, overdriven amps, pounding drum tracks, screaming guitars and thundering vocals which literally tear the lyrics from the depths of their meaning.

Many of the songs on “Damaged” hit you like a train with fully powered riffs. But once Seldom turn up the volume the crunch is even more prominent, with Matt Hernandez and James Litchfield’s vicious, teething guitars a perfect back drop for Mitch Atkinson’s anguished, punishing vocals, while Carlos Hidalgo on bass provides a nice thick bottom to compliment Bryan Murillo’s nifty drum work.

“Awoke to Darkness” was meant for radio, but more so it’s a blistering assault on the ears. Likewise, “Cancer” and the fierce and nasty “Plastic Idols” are both venomous yet catchy and downright crunchy. The title track is a melodious, rollicking affair, and the inclusion of “Wasting Away” and “Watch Me Fall” keeps the album’s ear-candy intensity genuine. But most surprising is the swirling, brooding “Over & Over” with its dreamy acoustic guitar and strings intro.  However it’s the best track on the album –“Ozymandias”, which takes my breath away, as it possesses what I believe to be the best assets of Seldom…fierce, crunchy alterna-metal that will seep into your brain upon hearing it on the very first listen.

seldom-400The album itself is a standout, featuring a mix of brutal hard rock and melodic tunes. If you like your music heavy but also bands that are capable of slowing it down and still sounding great, you’ll love this album. It almost seems unfair to review this album on its own since, to me, it clearly feels like the beginning of something bigger.

The band’s music design is ineffably solid, distinctive, powerful, and outstanding. And the things that makes Seldom so great, is their diversity in rhythm, melody and style – really impressive vocals, outstanding guitar and bass work, with incredible rhythm and percussion. Their full-length debut is extremely mature for a new band and the fact that they can put out something as highly charged as “Damaged” means that the next album from these guys will blow everyone away!

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