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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

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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!

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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

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

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Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

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Jahmings Maccow: “I” – explores new areas without losing reggae authenticity

Jahmings Maccow was born in Crocus Hill overlooking Crocus Bay on the Island of Anguilla, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean. Jahmings started singing and playing the harmonica at the age of 5 with a choral group at school in St. Kitts. At the age of 8 he built a steel drum and tuned it himself with excellent results. And by the time he was nine everyone in Anguilla was talking about him as one of the best singers and poets in school. Jahmings Maccow  became the leader of the “Public Works Steel Band” at 12 and the keyboardist of the band “The Flames” at 13 in St. Thomas.

Jahmings Maccow moved to New York City, and the 42nd Street Movie Theatre is where it all happened for him during the late 70’s and early 80’s. From there it was on to Studio 45 where Jahmings and his band, Catch-A-Fire Band had a fortunate spell. After disagreements, the band broke up and Jahmings moved on to the South Bronx where he formed “The Enforcers”, doing studio work for studio work for artists such as Max Romeo and Sugar Minott. In the fall of ’87 Jahmings moved to Los Angeles where he attended the Dick Grove Music School, while finding success as a songwriter.

Jahmings Maccow

Jahmings Maccow

Jahmings Maccow has continued to make music, and on “I” he exhibits his worthiness with what could be considered the most solid and consistent of his solo efforts. Jahmings continues to push the musical boundaries of reggae while always having a rootsy foundation, as he moves through rock and blues territory. There are no bad Jahmings songs and this 3-track EP reinforces my opinion.

From when Jahmings kick off the EP with the slow-burning “Passing Through”, he explores new areas without losing his reggae authenticity. But he separates himself from the plethora of cookie cutter reggae musicians out there. The deceivingly simple, yet profound lyrics do an exceptional job of synchronizing many ideas that you’ve probably been trying to coordinate in your head. By the time you hit the second and title track, “I”, you will be totally in love with Jahmings’ voice. It is edgy, but smooth and soothing, and incredibly easy to listen to. This track is intense, radiating Jahmings’ creativity with a personal, introspective backdrop that spouts truth in every direction.

However it’s “Horizon Train” that truly captures my attention. It is in constant rotation in my car, my bedroom, the living room, my work studio –  the track bridges the gap between roots reggae and that catchy mainstream, modern pop sound, in the same way Bob Marley so easily manipulated this specific melodic and rhythmic blend. In fact, “Horizon Train” wouldn’t be out of place on any classic Marley album. This is an excellent crossover track, with Jahmings displaying skilled lyrical delivery and an unmistakable charisma over a beat that chugs and grinds like a steam train building its momentum. You will find yourself humming and singing along before you know it!

“I” is the type of EP that never gets old, just sit down put the music on and follow along with the words and become addicted. Jahmings Maccow comes from another generation of musicians and his music shows how the dumbing down of the American music scene has been so successful. Jahmings is far removed from the hype and gadgetry, preferring a more musical, spiritual and personal perspective, which is beautiful. As the EP goes on, you can sense this classic feel and sensitive approach, which is very soothing. That being said, this is an intensely spirited recording with great lyrics and solid music that will blow your socks off!!

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