Sabrina Matola – “For you” – is fueled by the power and intensity of her voice

Sabrina Matola is an experienced vocalist and performer. She has played in live music venues and toured with bands, from as early as 12 years old. Known abroad as ”The Spiritual Voice”, Sabrina has collaboration credits with David Peaston, Loleatta Holloway, Amy Winehouse, Robert Timothy West and others. Working her way through a variety of styles, including Soul, Motown, Disco, Jazz, and Pop, her influences include, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Nina Simone, Patti LaBelle, Whitney Houston, and Jill Scott. I must admit to being a bit, well, more than a bit, puzzled as to why Sabrina

DEEPSYSTEM – “Anda Linda” – a zesty groove and a humid atmosphere!

DEEPSYSTEM, Europe’s underground ambassador of reggaeton and Latin trap — has remade the future of Spanish-language hip-hop in his image. If there is a revolution to be had in the new crossover market, this artist has done so by sticking to his guns, and mining reggaeton’s sonic riches for dancefloor gold. Rather than offer audiences lyrical signposts to what he’s thinking, DEEPSYSTEM makes you come to him, with a shared sense of explosive, downright sensual musicality and a hypnotically propulsive rhythm. Few others could do as much, in the European region. Furthermore, the man is consistent, putting out track after

Neave Zaria’s ‘Never The Same’ Is Evocative Of The Golden Era Of Jazz & Blues

Neave Zaria’s latest track ‘Never The Same’ is a soft yet impassioned exploration of our deepest infatuations and frustrations. The composition is steady but energetic, and the jazz spirit comes in hot from the get-go. Zaria’s voice bears a strong resemblance to that of the greatest blues singers of all time: Etta James and Aretha Franklin. The most modern comparisons would be to Adele and Norah Jones, but even then there’s a striking vulnerability in Zaria’s vocals that makes her stand apart. It helps that the English singer is just nineteen, but she demonstrates a superb ability at striking the

Sam and Sounds Guaranteed to Make You Smile with New Single “Cloud 9”

UK indie artist Sam and Sounds has just released a brand-new single that will have you both grinning and grooving. The singer songwriter has just dropped “Cloud 9,” offering endless feel-good vibes and some much-needed positivity in today’s world. With his debut EP due to land in October this year, this track is the second teaser to what we can expect. It follows his first single release which came out in April, “Do It All Again,” that soon became an instant smash hit. Sam and Sounds has already netted an impressive 41,000 Spotify streams, with 23,000 monthly listeners and a

Cymbalik – “A New Positive”- the alchemical combination of quality, creativity, and alluring empathy

There are a lot of new producers that are coming to the scene this years, and some that have been in the game for a while, but few are as exciting has Cymbalik AKA Jose Serpas who hails out of Denver, CO. If you’re a part of the people who don’t know who Cymbalik is just yet, then expect him to be all over your music queue in the next couple of years. With his crazy beats and smooth melodies it’s expected that he makes some big jumps in the industry very soon. Cymbalik works with modern day techniques while

Best friends in New York City make dope a hip-hop song during quarantine and are donating ALL proceeds to charity

The producer Christos “XOS” Angelidis created the instrumental for the record “ICE COLD” while recovering from the sever virus COVID-19 in his Queens, New York home. His close friend and colleague, Laquan “REVL TVLK” Priester, from Brooklyn, New York, now living in Los Angeles, wrote the lyrics and rapped over the song. “ICE COLD” is a result of the inspiration being based from the cold winter months of New York City. Furthermore, the duo – being from New York City, the U.S. epicenter of the outbreak – has experienced firsthand the devastation of the virus. XOS lost four coworkers as

Steve Sperandeo – “Contagious Emotions” – intimate storytelling that inebriates the senses

Like all works of music, there are always going to be some you absolutely love and some you only like. “Contagious Emotions” by Steve Sperandeo one is going on the absolute love list. Steve has added some jazzy, bluesy touches in this album, while maintaining a soft organic-rock style made of elegant guitar work and graceful melody. It’s a masterful blend by a thoughtful musician. But be forewarned, Steve’s music needs more than a single playing to fully savor its nuances. So grab a drink of your choice, sit back and enjoy the storytelling as Steve Sperandeo delivers 11 unhurried

Heistheartist – “Boom” (Love Version) – transposes crystal-clear artistry through spiritual glistening

Heistheartist is an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, NY. Formerly a secular neo-soul singer signed to Bentley Records under his biological name LeeMann Bassey, Heistheartist discovered that his true calling was with the Lord, after hearing an inspiring sermon by TD Jakes online one day. That day he was inspired to teach the world about the Lord like TD Jakes did with his Sermon, but through music. The song “Boom” – a song that mixes sensuality with religion – is actually based on a dream that Heistheartist had one night, in which he had relations with an angel. “Boom”

Bobby Royale – “Live Jazz at Staarsound” – There is an artistic quality in the music that cannot be overlooked

Some see hip-hop and jazz as an unholy alliance, maybe even the vulgarization of jazz. But other musicians see the genre-melding as a positive development. Every so often, in some corner of the globe in fact, you’ll find a handful of jazz musicians experimenting with jazz and hip-hop hybrids. In some ways the musical connection would seem inevitable. After all, early gospel, blues and jazz employed call-and-response cadences dealing with the same themes prevalent in hip-hop today. For some, though, the similarities end there. Straight ahead jazz musicians who have had their music sampled appreciate their work being exposed to

J.Drive – “Untitled” showers the auditory canvas with musical ideas

Hailing from the inner city of Youngstown, Ohio’s Southside, Jessie “J.Drive” grew up in a small apartment in a violent neighborhood without his natural mother or father.  At a very young age he realized that his natural affinity for basketball and Hip-hop music would become the tools necessary to pave his way to a more comfortable lifestyle.  Despite the tragic events that ended his hoop dreams, Jessie’s understanding of what it takes to make the best of his gifts regardless of circumstances is what has brought him thus far. Currently he is pushing his latest single called “Untitled”. In his

Moo-You: “#IAMMOOYOU” – intelligent and thought-provoking

Born in 1985 and raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres. Some of Moo-You’s biggest influences musically are 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. We see the same things in “#IAMMOOYOU” that we saw in Moo-You’s previous efforts: amazing beats that literally drip and drool in that Southern easy-going swag, with the masterful production that is a standard for anything and finally, the intelligent, thought-provoking, tasty lyrical goodness that we have come to know so well from Moo-You and his compatriots.

All of those virtues, should, in theory, make a valid competitor for a hip hop record of the year, and to be honest, I really believe this will top many “Best Of” lists in that vein. Maybe even my own. However, there is something to be said about the nature of hip hop today, and even more so with formal albums.

The game has changed a lot, and what I have always loved about rappers like Moo-You is that they stay true to what they believe in. When other artists follow the herd, eyes set on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Moo-You has stayed true to his roots.

We find some truly great things happening in #IAMMOOYOU”, like the steady head-nodding banger “Childhood”, or the edgy slow-burner, “Hear Me Out”, with Moo-You on the wheels in the chorus, as well as laying down booming, stand-off raps. Moving further down the track-list we discover that this is not a standard gangsta pride show.

It truly contains tracks that tell a story. Standouts in this department, include “I Apologize”, the soulful and cinematic “Let’s Talk” and “Feeling You”, where Moo-You more than flexes his vocal chords. His ‘gruff and ready’ voice and distinctive flow, is unlike anybody else in the game right now, and is perfectly showcased in the album’s catchiest song, “Only One”.

In the unfortunate arena of making music in hopes of turning a profit, especially with the way hip hop exists today, one is likely to make more money on an album if one snags a ton of guest artists and features. Not so for Moo-You who carries the 12 tracks entirely on his own shoulders.

It’s easy to see why he has managed to turn out an album as consistently energetic and bouncy as this. After all, his eternal baritone-rumble feels edgy and immediate, as packs his verses with tricky internal rhymes, and everything he says feels like something never said better before. Better, he’s developed a new tendency toward forehead-slapping punch-lines.

The production also outfits Moo-You with the type of mature but pavement-splitting instrumentals that he can make his name rapping on.  And in the end, it’s his ability to make a coherent puzzle out of the 12 tracks and stretching the boundaries of his sound that makes “#IAMMOOYOU” such a satisfying listen, and a consistently great rap album by a consistently great emcee. Let’s not take it for granted.

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