Gabe Lopez – “End Of The Lost Summer” deserves top level recognition!

It is extremely rare to come across an artist like Gabe Lopez, who is poised, multi-talented, bold, self-confident yet humble – and surprisingly, one whose name you should already be very familiar with. The reasons are evident. Gabe Lopez is a Billboard Top 5 singer-songwriter and producer, who has produced and written recent music for Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On The Block, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Twice, Key and other multi-platinum artists. He has also produced and written for Joey McIntyre, Charice, James Brown, The Other Two on Comedy Central, SHINee, Tae Yang, VeriVery, DreamNote, Gayme Show, American Idol finalists and

Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi 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 Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi 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

Haze Brown: “$10theRAPhy” makes your dreams come to life

Influenced by a variety of artists such as Outkast, Redman, KRS One, Alanis Morrisette, Queen, Whitney Houston, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Prince just to name a few, along with his love of Hip-hop, Rock, Pop, and R&B, molded Haze Brown into the lyricist he is today. Haze reigns from Northern New Jersey, where he began to flex his musical talents at 16 by trying his hand at Hip Hop after being encouraged by his high school peer J. Sweetz, whom he has rhymed with ever since.

Haze Brown

Haze Brown

Along with Haze’s versatility to rhyme on any subject, his melting pot of creativity inspired a musical catalog which consists of: F.O.H. (F@$k Outta Here) (2008), Hip Hop+Real Skills (2009), Bright Lights Dim Minds (2011), Hip Hop+Real Skills Vol.2 (2013) and $10theRAPhy (2015).

Haze Brown’s$10theRAPhy” is one of the most underrated albums I have ever heard. This album makes your dreams come to life. It doesn’t sugar coat and it doesn’t manipulate your emotions. What it does is take you to a special place that is indescribable. Yet the feeling never seems to wear off. It takes you there every time you listen to it.

The reason many people have probably not heard this album is that the music is strictly for hip-hop sophisticates and stoners. The main-streamers will need to clean their ears from the radio junk first. Another thing that is special about “$10theRAPhy” is that there are no noticeable guest appearances. The album is mostly Haze Brown expressing himself, and this album certainly represents freedom of expression.

The highlights on this album include the bouncing “SpaceCataz”, “View Askew(Rolling Fatties)”, a mind-blowing alternative song with a dark melody and harmonic loops, “Quitters Never Win”, which has an original looped beat and lyrical choice, “Ra-Ra Shit (Circa 1989)”, a track where Haze Brown takes us on a retro, old school trip on top of a funky beat. “ATTACK!!…Of The Munchies”, one of the most superb tracks on the album with its cranky vocal loop and an amazing concept.

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Haze Brown

The best track on this album is the soul and rhythm masterpiece “Twisted Everyday”, it has some of the best stoner storytelling and a great retro beat. All the tracks are really excellent though and they all shine in their own special ways. To conclude my review, I would like to say “$10theRAPhy” is one of the most special and original stoner albums of all time.

I really loved it because it is good to just have 30-40 minutes or so to just relax and blow your mind to an album like this. I found it original and thought-provoking. It doesn’t matter if you’re a smoker or non-smoker, it will fill you with many ideas and theories about life. It doesn’t make you feel like you have to fit in and doesn’t make you feel bad about yourself either. It just helps to ease you into being yourself.

If you remember when hip hop sounded good and you could actually play an album all the way through, listen to this. Haze Brown represents only himself, not caring about what others are going to say. He is completely in his zone. “$10theRAPhy” is the perfect album if you want to blow your mind!

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