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

The Cataclysmic Variable: “Amplified Minds” has a sci-fi theme and begins with an invasion…

The Cataclysmic Variable is an underground psychedelic hip hop collective founded by artists and producers who have set out to provide their own take on hip hop culture.  With over a decade of producing hip hop beats and recording hip hop lyrics and their “amplify your mind” focus, The Cataclysmic Variable team has the knowledge and experience to become one of the industry’s leading underground hip hop collectives. The Cataclysmic Variable recently released their mammoth 23 track concept album, entitled “Amplified Minds”, which has a sci-fi theme and begins with an invasion…

The Cataclysmic Variable project has some of those rare talents in hip hop. Lyricists include Collie Reeka, Kirbs, Tone Diz, Grim Singmuf, Riggz, Enigma, J. Cua, Ayah Light, Lindz, and Kuma Kai Akua. You just have to pay attention to every word that is said to enjoy this album. The way the rappers weave all their verses together is an incredible joy to listen too.

They are continuously in control, very deliberate and precise with speaking their words, and their timing. Obviously all these songs also come with some great writing. These are rappers who put as much thought into their words, as they do into their deliveries, and always deliver verses that are intelligent, unpredictable, and fully engaging.

This is an all-round incredible album. If like me, you are unfamiliar with The Cataclysmic Variable, they are probably pound for pound among the best lyricists in hip hop today. We know that skills don’t always translate into chart positions and sales, but as artists, vocalists and lyricists, they are in a rare class.

Intricate wordplay, coupled with gripping content set against a unique futurist theme makes for a gripping listen, which is added to having both male and female voices. Even though the world that frames the premise of the album is fictional, there are very many down to earth, poignant and personal moments interspersed throughout the record. “Amplified Minds” is simply solid from a musical standpoint and is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end.

One which you won’t finish in one sitting obviously, as twenty three tracks is a lot of mind boggling material to take in at once. Unless of course, you’re all about artificial listening – hooks, beats and the like. Something we don’t advise here, if you want to draw total satisfaction from your listening experience.

The Cataclysmic Variable go in deep here. They will touch and move you with their original story-lines, sound and thought, like few others have done. They display great insight, foresight and future sight.

There are also a bunch of talented producers present here, people like G. Singmuf, Riggs, T. Diz, and K. Loaf. Overall they deliver some very remarkable production when looking at the beats. And the way each beat serves it purpose, is just right for the song, as well as the overall theme.

This is classic experimental hip-hop; very refreshing crisp, succulent beats with nary a hint of bling, 18″ wheels or bitches nonsense. Now isn’t that a surprise for genre! Eschewing many of those pretty mainstream hooks also means there’s nothing to take the focus away from the lyrical interplay of each rapper’s flow and as well as the production intricacies.

There is plenty of lyrical interplay, while you can also sense a sort of perfect creative mind-meld between The Cataclysmic Variable members.

Mentioning single tracks or choosing only a handful of standouts, is a superfluous affair here, and would only subtract luster instead of adding to a very fine album and collective effort.  The Cataclysmic Variable focuses on quality, talent and service.

If you want to collaborate with The Cataclysmic Variable please feel free to email them at cataclysmiccollaboration@gmail.com they have made it their mission to help others achieve their dreams of becoming a hip hop artist by providing free, high quality original hip hop instrumentals. The collective say they love the hip hop culture and all who embrace it!

Like their music? Want to collab? Need beats? Check them out below:
https://thecataclysmicvariable.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/cataclysmic-variable
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