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

Steve Mahabir: “Angel In Parkdale” – immediacy and life that is hard to find in contemporary music

During his career, Steve Mahabir recorded three albums with the alt-rock group, Groovy Religion, and appeared on compilations and soundtracks, backed Jim Carroll for several Toronto shows and shared bills with the likes of the Beastie Boys, Hüsker Dü, Dream Syndicate, Barenaked Ladies and many others. As a child Steve Mahabir’s family moved from Trinidad to Canada. Exchanging an idyllic island lifestyle, for the gritty Toronto neighborhood of Parkdale. All grown up now, Steve has finally released his debut solo album, candidly titled “Angel In Parkdale”.

Steve Mahabir plays with a wonderful restraint, always putting the song first. This, naturally, makes perfect sense since his songwriting is so great. Mahabir’s playing is always passionate and raw, yet just as graceful and powerful. There is a clear indication that as a guitarist he can play with the best of them, but was saving it all up for when it was absolutely necessary.

It seems that “Angel In Parkdale” signifies that time. This is one of the most guitar and horn oriented albums I can recall in the last few years. And nothing is lost in translation – meaning that all twelve songs are wonderful.

From the opening acoustic- guitar slow burn of “Last Night I Had A Dream” to the incendiary “All About You” to the gorgeous “Riding Cowboy”, each tune is a study in tone, lyricism, and taste. Other highlights include the poignant “So Far Away,” “Voices In Your Head,” and “Hope I.C.U.”

There is a bluesy stoner groove to this whole recording with lots of competing melodies and improvisation. Granted, there are a half dozen mellow tunes, but even the other slow, bluesy tunes drive deep with masterfully rocking solos.

The songs wrap around your sinews like vines and make you move–the vocals and brass knock on your front door, the keys linger outside your upstairs, bedroom window begging you to join the adventure, and the bass, drums, and guitars already have your momma’s permission.

Just jump right in for some inspiring, pulse-pumping music. Steve Mahabir and the band plant a lot southern-rock roots, heavily influenced by traditional blues motifs, in a terrific blast from the past, probably made possible only by decades of playing.

From a production standpoint, the album is refreshingly “under produced” and gives the impression of a group of guys standing around some microphones and doing the songs in a single take. It has immediacy and life that are hard to find in other contemporary music. All throughout Steve Mahabir remains a great story teller, razor-sharp lyrics with a sprinkling of irony.

What makes this a great album though is that everyone playing here is perfect and there is a real sense of enthusiasm in these sessions. Each song is a gem of composition and hangs together seemingly effortlessly. Superb guitar sounds also abound with lots of vintage over-driven crunch.

Mahabir’s guitar work is impressive, in that he is a great lyrical player who blends in seamlessly with each song, not some hot-shot shredder out to prove what a fretboard genius he is. Each song has a different groove, which moves through softer folk-rock soundscapes to harder and edgier alt-rock anthems, but they all have a great sense of forward momentum that will bring a smile to your face.

In this era of iTunes, computer generated music, and other assorted garbage, it’s a real treat to hear a band that totally has its act together and is having a great time performing. Steve Mahabir hits nerve after raw nerve with his songs, capturing lightning in bottle and sharing the feeling you would get from a live performance of him and his group.

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