“Missing Person” – The new album by Warren Cuccurullo (Duran Duran, Zappa)

The persisting career of musician, singer, and songwriter Warren Bruce Cuccurullo, has reached incredible and indelible highs. He worked with the late, legendary Frank Zappa in the ’70s, founded Missing Persons in the ’80s, and became a long-term member of new wave legends Duran Duran in ’86, notably contributing to the band’s regained worldwide success on the 1993 chart-busting “Wedding Album”. Not one to rest on his laurels, the talented Brooklyn born guitarist however, has always continued his solo and collaborative work, and has just unleashed his 12 track album “Missing Person”. Described as “a deeply personal and conceptual record”,

Zero The Kidd: “Waves” – a willingness to carve out his own lane

Zero The Kidd is an upcoming artist in Boynton Beach Florida, racking up a total of 10 million plays in his first year of making music, while appearing in magazines and various media sources. He discovered music from a very young age. His dad and uncle were both rappers. Zero The Kidd learned how to play the violin in 2nd grade and the piano in 3rd grade. By proving to have an eclectic ear for tones and textures on his track, “Waves”, he asserts himself as a serious performer who’s taken his recent praise with the utmost seriousness. Zero The

Grand Rezerva: “Nowhere Bound” pumps adrenaline into the unsuspecting listener

The talented Swedish band Grand Rezerva – comprised of Michael C. Svensson – Vocals, Andreas Lundberg – Guitar, Mattias “Tiz” Nilsson – Guitar, Thomas Helgesson – Drums and Zoak – Bass – succinctly deliver bare-knuckled, catchy hard rock that’s captured with crystal clear production. The band wastes little time in making its intentions clear on the latest single, “Nowhere Bound”. Grand Rezerva’s simmering movement around the verses facilitates a sense of building momentum through the bridge that reaches a point of release at the chorus. The band has creatively shoehorned itself into 2019’s contemporary active rock radio ballgame, with a classic

J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Mr. P Chill: “Still Standing” – you’d be hard pressed to find a track you don’t like!

Mr. P Chill​is an independent hip hop emcee and producer with over two decades of experience as a recording and touring artist. Beginning his career as a recording artist in Sacramento, CA in 1992, Chill has not only embraced what it means to be an emcee, but has also shown a flair for entrepreneurship as he has chosen the path of independence. By 2007, Chill was performing an average of 50-­60 shows a year all over California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, while maintaining a full time day job.

The album cover

The album cover

In 2010, after burning the candle at both ends for a decade, Mr. P Chill went walked away from the 9 to 5 and devoted 100% of his energy to music and touring. Chill spends on average, ⅔ of every calendar year on the road, performing songs, selling merchandise, and most importantly, connecting with fans. With the forthcoming release of his 11th full length album, “Still Standing”, there is no sign that this 41-year-old Sacramento legend is stopping any time soon.

If you are a fan of hip-hop and rap, and find yourself constantly bogged down by the stuff heard on MTV and the radio; pick-up Mr. P Chill’s “Still Standing”. You’d be hard pressed to find a track out of the twelve on it, you don’t like. The album sort of traces a story through Chill’s working life and his experiences over the years. Its central theme is to be found in its title, “Still Standing” and the album’s opening song – which addresses the challenge of never giving up and holding onto your dreams, something Chill has clearly managed to do in his 23-year career.

But he even finds the time to pay tribute to his fans, as together with a beat by producer MILOGIC, Chill rolls out a head-nodding track entitled, “You Got Me” – dedicated to his devoted fans more appropriately known as Chilligan’s Army. The album winds into “No Regrets”, perhaps one of the most powerful and authentic old-school songs here. It features hip-hop legend Spyder-D and was produced by 3rd Child. “When Words Won’t Do”, the first single from the album, is also one of my personal favorites. Here Chill has teamed up with Los Angeles hip hop legend 2Mex of The Visionaries, to tell us about the things words just won’t describe perfectly.

Mr. P Chill

Mr. P Chill

Mr. P Chill’s is a skilled lyricist and delivers premium rhymes throughout this album, and the musical chemistry between him and each and every production is exceptional. This is highly evidenced on “Time Machine”, where Chill describes how he would like to go back in time and “warn people of the errors in our ways…” Nowhere else can you hear hip-hop like “Another Damn Crew Song (w/Decarie Black, Ms. La, DJ Double Ace, J.Smo, Lumis, Ian C and Poetic Supanova)” today; you’ll need to go back to the nineties to find anything close!

Since the late 90’s, mainstream hip hop has taken a very unpleasant turn with the main focus being money, cars, women and the other materialistic things that have been the sole motivation for getting a record deal and releasing albums full of pure garbage. The release of “Still Standing” once again gives us the correct formula and dose of hip hop that true fans would respect and appreciate.

Songs like “Criminal” and “Veteran Status” with Percee P, breathes life into a genre that has seemingly lost its way. Chill’s voice and lyrics shine through everything, and he never at any time, sounds in awe of his illustrious guests. “Spiritual Journey” and “You Got The Best Of Me (w/Mr. Hooper & Lumis)” is hip-hop at its finest, a poetic display of true feelings and emotions spit skillfully over divine beats.

Someone thoughtfully said that, “Hip-hop isn’t about being black or white, or about growing up in the streets or in an upper-middle class suburb. Hip-hop is about expressing what you truly feel in a clever rhetoric.” Hardly anyone fits this definition as well as Mr. P Chill. On “Still Standing”, he displays the unbelievable ability to break the rules of predictable and monotonous mainstream hip-hop and deliver an outstanding piece of work.

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