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

Punkbot: “The Unimaginable” – intelligent electronic music!

Mike Laurence (a.k.a. Punkbot) studied classical voice and jazz saxophone in college, a combo of experiences that he has infused into his dance-friendly electronic music. Mike also builds games such as the online indie sandbox hit ‘Deepworld’ for which he is busy creating an official soundtrack scheduled for mid-2016 release.

The album artwork

The album artwork

Punkbot’s current album, “The Unimaginable” released on February 19th, 2016. It is tender, emotive, and intelligent electronic music, as well as being dancey and pensive, at the same time. Electronic dance music shouldn’t have to be dumb and gimmicky to be popular, and this album is a determined and self-conscious response to the four-to-the-floor rhythms dominating clubs today. It’s a studied exercise in modern dance music, and the creativity shown with Punkbot’s thoughtful songwriting and meticulous production is jaw-dropping.

Can an album be both a headphone record and a dance floor crowd-pleaser? Punkbot’s desire to be creatively contradictory is most perfectly exemplified by “Rob Ur Grave” a song which on the surface appears to be a club-ready nugget, but is actually demented and warped by shifting synth lines and changing rhythms. The more you listen to it, the more you’ll like it.

Punkbot straddles musical borders, hops across them, and integrates a variety of styles into his songs – as is the case with what for me is the album’s most outstanding song, “Sky Story”.Punkbot proves here, that he is able to produce, write, sing and perform his music in a seemingly effortless fashion…and turn your head around in process.

He shows an uncanny ability on “Sky Story”, to produce a catchy song with soulful undercurrents and an alternative edge. Living in a time where the music consumer can comfortably access and listen to any artist he or she chooses, past or present, I think there’s an onus like no other on this generation of new artists to produce music that’s truly distinctive.  Whether Punkbot consciously understands this or not is debatable, however the uniqueness of “Sky Story” track and “Dance Through Your Eyes” is certainly not up for questioning.

Punkbot

Punkbot

Punkbot’s “The Unimaginable” is a unique album, coming out in a time where most electronic music is too loud, too busy, and full of unneeded clutter. Most of it doesn’t sound personal at all. This is the main reason why I find this album to be so refreshing and enjoyable. For example take the closing track, “Midnight Eyes” – it is loud, it is busy and layered, but the word “too”, could never be used here, because Punkbot gets the sound equation just right, as he does on the rhythmic title track.

The quality can be heard in the sound design, and you can tell how much work was put into this album. Every track is layered beautifully with a quite a few surprises. There is enough continuity to make a solid album and enough variation without individual tracks feeling disconnected or out-of-place. It is a stellar example of what modern electronic music can be. I have only one wish – that is to hear Punkbot do more vocal-styled tracks like “Sky Story”, which is a truly outstanding song indeed.

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