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

Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

A Little Bit Country: ‘Whiskey & Wine’ – true lyricists and storytellers

A Little Bit Country launched their debut album ‘Whiskey & Wine’ to eager fans at The Aristocrat in Aylesbury on May 28th 2017, but they had already initiated their journey in 2011. Harriet Stewart, a British born singer and fan of country music wanted to write a song for her EP that not only showed the female side of a break up but that included a male perspective too. Her producer Steve Richmond knew just the man, so enlisted the help of his friend and business colleague Paul Adams, a Texas born singer/songwriter, with a very English upbringing. The three locked themselves away in the garden home of SummerHouse Studios in Aylesbury and began writing.

In the meantime Harriet also had to attend university, but on her return in 2014 the duo began playing live venues, including the world famous Pinewood Studios. A Little Bit Country released their debut single, ‘Come To The Crossroads’ in 2015, and then followed that up with another single in 2016 entitled ‘Shot At Loving You’, while they continued working on more songs for their intended album. That album has now arrived in the form of “Whiskey and Wine”, as A Little Bit Country continues working to break down the barriers and the stigma attached to the Country genre in the UK.

Regardless of how they came together, though, ALBC’s first album is wide-ranging, full of confidence, and mostly an emotional ride. Right from the upbeat opening track “Come To The Crossroads”, A Little Bit Country’s music is bursting with personality and originality.

You can hear that they are true lyricists and storytellers, and their music reflects all the elements you wish to hear on a country record. The duo combines a blend of experience, musicality, harmonies and ear-catching melodies to serenade you through the positive and negative emotional sagas of love and life.  “Walk On By” captures the emotions left behind from a relationship that has reached its bitter end, but like every memorable song, there are twists.

When ALBC are exploring more diverse territory, they’re just as interesting as when their songs sit in the mainstream country pocket. This happens on the acoustic driven, almost pop-rock crossover “Back On The Road” tinged with Paul’s gritty voice. One of the best tracks on the album has to be the heartfelt duet “As Far As I Can See”, where both Paul and Harriet give sterling vocal performances that fit like glove to hand.

The album has been produced in a way that accentuates the qualities of the music, simplistically, allowing the duo to showcase what they do best – write, sing and play. So when everything is cut back to a gentle comfort zone you can fully savor Harriet’s haunting voice on the exquisite “Barely Sleeping”.

Although there are moments of grit on the record, like “Hell Of  A Ride” and the energetic “Trouble”, such snatches of rawness are complemented by the slick, polished sound and the acoustic textures. Almost every moment of powerfully emotive darkness is followed by a moment of hopeful light.

Take for example, “Be Weak”, a song that boasts emotive lyrics, a strong spiritual element and another set of delicious and restrained vocal performances by the duo which is truly impressive.

“Whiskey and Wine” comes off as an album that effectively sits in the middle of Country, yet it could be at the intersection of several genres. In a country market that has room for Eric Church on the one hand and Sugarland on the other, A Little Bit Country is theoretically in the mainstream core.

They could also find success in the smaller roots arenas, or they could just as easily fall through the cracks. But from strictly a musical standpoint, this is a strong debut record that still shows room for growth and maturation in A Little Bit Country’s future.

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