Ute – “Happiness Together” – thoughtfully sung beautiful music from a strong female singer

Ute is a singer, born in Germany, whose heart is in the USA, alongside a huge part of her fans. Ute’s best friend, Grammy winner Kurt Wipfli, is also her producer, and many of her songs are originally written and composed by him as well. Her latest single is, is the love ballad, “Happiness Together”. “It is about that once in a lifetime story when you realize that the person right next to you is the one who you want to spend the rest of your life with,” explains Ute. This is thoughtfully sung, beautiful music from a strong female

Love Ghost – “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)” will now appeal to a much wider audience

It’s always great to see a band evolve and branch out in new directions. What is even better is to see them succeed at this difficult endeavor. With their latest single –  “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)”, we see L.A. based alternative rock band Love Ghost continue on the path of evolution into much more than a rock band . They incorporate trap beats, rock grit and rap verses, to really diversify their sound on this recording. It’s really impressive to hear this sonic distinctiveness which demonstrates this band’s talent, and their fingers on the beating pulse of modern trends. I

Kahbay – “Cayenne Pepper Boy” – an entertaining story with a vibrant template

Rising out of the gritty underground of New Orleans rap scene, Kahbay is a new emerging rapper, who has released a mixtape through his own music company – Greater New Orleans Sound. His music is regularly played around major venues in New Orleans, with Kahbay himself performing numerous times at the legendary Blue Nile. Spending much of his childhood around local parades and live bands he has been captivated by the craft since the very beginning. Now tackling global markets with his own personal sound and style, Kahbay recently dropped his single “Cayenne Pepper Boy”. Right from the outset, the

LU – Ride or Die” ft. Omari Night and DazeOnEast – a surreal and identifiable tone!

Signed to Big Top Entertainment L.L.C, along with the production team Cali 303, Luis Torres aka LU, is a Mexican singer-songwriter and engineer, born in the city of Guadalajara. He migrated with his parents at the age of one where his family settled in Colorado. Produced by Kxvi, LU’s debut single “Ride or Die”, also features R&B singers-songwriters, Omari Night and DazeOnEast. This is perfect melodic R&B/Pop record, as LU and his crew know melody, quickly laying down the narrative’s overriding tone: “Girl You Know that I am down for you, in the fire shooting rounds for you, ain’t no

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

HATEBEAN: “FetusInFetu” – an all-encompassing giant monolith of sound

Based on a story by Jason Ellis and Michael Tully, “FetusInFetu” is an album about Dirt Bones: A man fighting a dark secret in a post-apocalyptic world. It is a concept of a set of twins born into one body, but of two different minds. Mixed by Michael Patterson (Puscifer/Nine Inch Nails/Beck/Moby) and Mastered by Paul Logus (Anthrax/Pantera/Public Enemy), the album was created and performed by HATEBEAN, a collective featuring members of the Jason Ellis Show off Faction, SiriusXM channel 41.

hatebean-300I’m not even going to attempt to describe the breadth of the work of HATEBEAN in a few sentences – it would take a book, frankly, and that’s meant as a compliment.   They have created just about everything under the sun on this album that is crazy, conceptual, progressive and artful.

The depth, intricacy, intimacy and diversity of “FetusInFetu” is astounding. Taken as a whole, the can album seem a bit overwhelming at first, but when you bite off one piece at a time and just enjoy it for what it is, you will be enchanted by its magnificence. If HATEBEAN continue to produce albums of this magnitude, no-one is going to give a flying fig what they call it or in whatever guise it comes.

Kicking off in truly dramatic style with ‘In The Beginning’, it’s a curtain raiser which acts as an overture to the vast scale and grandeur of what is to follow. Given a taster, you might expect a lull, but second track in, ‘Heinous’,  feels like it would be more at home as  the final track in the way it builds into an all-encompassing giant monolith of sound – akin to a final flurry rather than an introduction.

It’s no false dawn either; the sound of the album is huge with each passing song possessing blockbuster qualities.  “FetusInFetu” is ambitious and grand on a big scale, occasionally verging towards musical theatre, maybe not surprising considering the massive production on display here.

Packed with stirring moments, there is a surprising lack of the indulgence you might expect with the genre, no endless guitar noodling, or extravagant keyboard gestures. Outdoing anything contemporaries have recently offered, HATEBEAN toss aside the usual clichéd rock rulebook.

As each track goes by you become aware that the music of this band is the uncommon result of an uncompromising vision and style. All put together, you have an album that retains the rich quality and atmosphere of an epic cinematic experience.

The atmosphere remains bold and vast throughout, and it can easily be said that individual songs have a memorable impact, due to what’s probably one of HATEBEAN’s biggest skills — writing structurally complex songs while retaining simplicity – a similar trait also runs through Pink Floyd’s music.

Without breaking down each track, I can truly say that there are plenty of immaculate moments on “FetusInFetu”. Particularly impressive are songs such as “Blue”, “Out Of Mind”, “Twin Within”, “Sunburn”, “Motionless and Obedient” and “Amen”.

hatebean-coverWhile the material on the album is impressive to say the least, I can also safely say that the group delivers practical execution of their material to the point of virtual perfection. “FetusInFetu” enjoys a rich, almost symphonic production that sometimes even attempts to outshine the music itself. It’s one thing to have a polished big-budget sounding production, but it takes some level of vision and genius to find the optimal warmth and frame for a band’s sound.

Something HATEBEAN, Michael Patterson and Paul Logus have achieved here.The drum work is thick and heavy, the guitars sound rich and layered, and the bass work is consistently audible. From a technical standpoint, “FetusInFetu” arguably succeeds beyond any other concept rock album I’ve heard this year.

Not bad, considering that the idea of a band and album, started out as a joke when radio host Jason Ellis on SiriusXM told his boss, Will Pendarvis, “Well YOU should make an album! One of those concept records.”

Pendarvis took the statement to heart and set out to make a graphic novel in audio form, with help from his son, Wylie Pendarvis, who wrote a major slice of the music. Bear in mind too, that Will Pendarvis had never sung or written lyrics in his whole life, before this challenge became a recorded reality.

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