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

Russell Suereth: “Spiritual Haven” has carved a brilliant recording from melding music of nature, culture and of life

Russell Suereth (pronounced sue-reth) is a talented and evolving instrumentalist, composer and recording artist. Russell who started out playing the guitar eventually became interested in the possibilities offered by keyboards and synthesizers. Today’s technology which serves up an enormous variety of authentic sounds and samples, has only enhanced Russell’s artistic explorations into deeper and fuller musical imagery; resulting in his beautiful and eclectic album, “Spiritual Haven”, which contains 12 tracks that span the use of Western acoustic instruments, traditional ancient instruments from Asia, Africa and the Americas, to modern melodic inventions like the Hangdrum.

Russell Suereth has carved a brilliant recording from melding music of nature, of culture, of life, blending the various forces together to create a whole so unique and distinct in the process. His strong affinity for the earth’s special places and man’s existence though time, as well a powerful connection to things spiritual, are integral to his music, as is Russell’s uncanny ability to bring together so many different styles and genres, which at its most brilliant is just breathtaking, and which at its lesser moments, is brilliant just the same.

The album cover artwork

The album cover artwork

“Spiritual Haven” is perhaps the greatest fusion of all things Russell Suereth, born of his remarkable will to want to “take listeners beyond their everyday experiences.”  Here Russell has consistently produced melodic and rhythmic sonic tapestries that are challenging and comfortable at the same time. The ultimate tool that has allowed him to maintain his integrity is, I believe, his honesty. There is absolutely no element of pretense in his art – he feels strongly and deeply about what he’s doing, and it’s present in every note. He combines various styles and sounds of ethnic music from around the universe — African, Armenian, Chinese, Latin American and more into a mix that comes together in such a way as to be seamless. It’s as if they were made to fit together — a sonic metaphor for how we should live with each other and with the planet.

From the moment the album opens with “A Magic Flight”, there is an overall comfort and serenity to this music – as much as there is joy, rhythm and life in its undertones. “Spiritual Haven” plays out like a physical journey across the globe, but at the same time we are subconsciously travelling through our deepest inner emotions. Each track seems to transport us to another mystical habitat via mood-inducing sonic elements, of which “Glimmer of Light” introduces a varied quantity- from evolving rhythmic structures to ethereal vocal interludes.

Russell Suereth

Russell Suereth

All throughout, Russell Suereth proves himself to be a gifted performer who provides his listeners not with the expected, or the entirely familiar, but solicits the ear to listen and the soul to respond. This is not simple background music; these creations need to be listened to actively. A celebration of the natural and the spiritual, tracks like “Nightingale Rushes”, “Sudden Awareness” and “Realization” are profound and powerful in their expression. But every selection is wondrous, and each is a work of art to be reflected upon.

With only moderately careful listening, you can easily experience the inventive and harmonious coexistence of the diverse instrumentation Russell employs; the piano, oboe, bassoon, guitar, viola, cello, French horn, duduk, guzheng, grand marimba, koto, oud, krin and ethnic frame drums all supplement each other magnificently.

Of the album, Russell said: “My goal was also to create a story for my listeners, so as they go through the songs they travel a path, and in the end they find themselves in a place that is far different from where they began.” For me, “Spiritual Haven” is a breathtakingly beautiful and stunning musical voyage, regardless of where it starts…or where it ends!

A full description, in Russell Suereth’s own words, of how and why “Spiritual Haven” was made, can be found at his WEBSITE. The interested reader is encouraged to go to this web page to fill in the blanks that may be missing here. For those fascinated by audiovisual material, Russell has some breathtaking footage to support his music on Youtube. I highly recommend a stopover to savor these videos.

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