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

Josh Pfeiffer: “Life” especially shines in terms of the entire collection!

Josh Pfeiffer has worked with legendary producer Joe Chiccarelli (U2, Jason Mraz), as well as an A-list of musicians, including Gigi Gonaway (Mariah Carey), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani), Marvin McFadden (Huey Lewis), and Paul Hass (Prince, Lifehouse), many of whom are featured in his live shows. Compared to artists like Michael Buble’ and Matt Goss, his original compositions “Life” and “Beautiful Girl” have boosted the music sales of the Josh Pfeiffer’s debut CD “American Crooner Act:1”, now distributed in 25 countries worldwide. Josh is currently in the recording studio working on a new EP, “One More Time”, due out in 2017.

There is Michael Bublé, there is Harry Connick Jr, all straight straight-talking, good-looking, smartly dressed pop-jazz crooners refashioning old classic for young people. There is Josh Pfeiffer, not less talented than the two, and much like Bublè, with a penchant for using successful standards as leverage to do more of his own material, which in both cases reveals themselves to be good artistic choices.

Connick stuck more to the standards and has almost gotten lost along the way. Bublè’s originals has brought him even more respect, and an even bigger audience. Josh has surpassed Connick in his artistic progression, and is catching up to Bublè’s neat marketing strategy, with his original single, “Life”.

“Life” is the pop antidote to the screaming and yelling that passes for music on radio stations these days. A lovely acoustic guitar and electric piano driven ballad, “Life” is soul-food for the music lover, both lyrically and musically. Josh Pfeiffer’s voice is deep, warm and tender, without any of the ‘Broadway Show’ vocal clichés you’d come to expect from one who sings the American standards.

And if you listen to the entire album from which the single is taken – You will discover the undeniable fact about Josh Pfeiffer’s artistry; it’s that he has an uncanny ability to perfectly match whatever genre of music he’s tackling vocally.

From his smooth jazzier numbers, to the American songbook standards, and the more contemporary takes on his originals, he manages to shift his voice in a way that makes it palatable and fitting, consistently and without fail. This is back and forth trait showcases his full variety and talents.

From the first moment, “American Crooner Act:1” shows off the scope it’s trying to achieve. Opening on the classic “Feeling Good”, or moving through historic earworms such as “Fever”, “My Funny Valentine” and “The Way You Look Tonight”, and then onto the original tracks that showcases his pop-ready vocals, his ability to meld to each track is on full show here from the first moment, and his original material especially shines in terms of the entire collection.

And though the entire album is a great showcase for his vocal talents, its Josh Pfeiffer’s increased interest in songwriting that has paid off and suggests that there’s going to be a lot more great music to come.

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