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

Field of Giants: ‘In Arcadia’ – exceeds all expectations

Field of Giants is a UK based, independent hard rock band. After a string of local shows to test their new material, the band, release their new 7 track album (Official Release Date 30th June 2017) with 2 bonus tracks.  The new album, ‘In Arcadia’, comes after the successful independent release of the band’s first album, ‘We Are’, in 2015, which  was well-received by both critics and fans, with the single ‘Let Go’ being voted as listeners’ choice on a number of rock radio stations. With age come wisdom, experience, and reflection, even if it’s only 2 years since their last album release. Two years in today’s ever-evolving technological music industry is probably the equivalent of twelve years in rock’s golden era filled with hallucinatory drugs. During these 2 years, the masked rockers, Field of Giants have continued to infuse various influences into their style and soundscape, to evolve with their most recent release – ‘In Arcadia’.

The heightened production level is evident in the amplified and epic nature of various tracks on the album and it seems like a good fit for a band that always looks to experiment and expand their cinematic-styled grunge flavored rock sound. Field of Giants slowly slides in, and then charges into the opening track, “World of Absolutes”, a high-energy, slow-burning, but full-throttle tune that is instantly intoxicating.

Accompanied by gritty guitar riffs, the vocalist twists and turns his voice to drive the ascending chorus, as the song progresses between an ambient dream-like state and a roller-coaster ride. It is the perfect way to begin a string of tracks that showcase the band’s focus and ease in producing infectious and epic rock songs that stay ear-friendly tunes throughout.

Next up, “Forever and a Day” continues to bring a high level of energy and further exhibits the ‘light and dark’ effect in its production. The guitars drive the tempo with scathing riffs before the song builds into a full on attack.  The vocals are both seductive and soaring as the song speaks of resiliency and prevailing against the odds of an emotional state.

After the bombast and electricity of the first two tracks, Field of Giants show no intention of slowing things down on “White Water”, which was the first song to be released in promotion of the album. The lead voice again captivates over the usually gentler verses and the harsher choruses, with the grinding guitar riffs tunneling its way into your belly.

As we reach the halfway point, “Second Wind” changes the mood slightly. It is a moody anthem with a gentle sweeping bridge and powerfully chugging chorus. The song is poetic and empowering and stands out as one of the more memorable tracks. “All I Wanted” takes a turn into a more atmospheric tone. The vocals, along with the instrumentation, are slow and sultry feeding into the deep nature of the song. It stands out as hypnotic and seductive, creating a distinct vibe. Expect the earth-shaking chorus, which is a Field of Giants trademark.

“The Noble Lie” on the other hand, arrives in full ’90s force, charging up with its sultry intro login, before crashing into your face with an explosive chorus. There are moments of ’90s grunge before the song slithers into a somewhat slow and sinister rhythm.

This is one of the album’s standout tracks. Finally, there’s the title track “In Arcadia” which is the perfect brooder-and-smasher – soft in the verses, and very, very loud in the choruses, with bone-crushing guitar riffs and rock solid drumming holding up its rhythmic backbone.

Although “We Are” and “In Arcadia” appear to have irreparable similarities, “In Arcadia” presents enough superior material to surpass the previous recording. Field of Giants proves to deliver enough original material to make “In Arcadia” stand on its own as the band’s best recording to date. Even the raw energy of the bonus tracks “First Response” to the groovy “The Kings Men”, confirms that Field of Giants has exceeded all expectations.

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