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

Kelvin Frazier, Ph.D. – “Marked and Scarred” is looking to make its own mark

Kelvin Frazier, Ph.D. is a musician, chemist, professor, consultant and entrepreneur. With neo-soul, R&B and 90/80s hip-hop sub-genres making a major come back in modern urban music, it is no surprise that an artist such as Kelvin Frazier, will find his place in the industry. Frazier’s voice is undeniably lovely. It’s a dripping, sensual and sparkling taste of R&B’s heyday. Easy on the eyes, honey to the ears and blessed with a vocal range that can go from the dance floor to a devotional, Frazier is ready to become a genre mainstay in the near future.

His singing style is refreshing reminder of past R&B balladeers, as his voice moves effortlessly between a gritty baritone and a sweet tenor. This makes him stand out amongst his counterparts and allows the titanic production the potential to develop a track centered on his stellar vocals. An opportunity which Frazier does not let to go begging.

Traditional soul and modern elements of R&B wrapped in equal measures of sensuality, spiritual edges and being gifted – successfully conveying one aspect is challenging enough, but Kelvin Frazier has managed to implement them all here.

Education and inspiration can certainly help, but it takes genuine aptitude to build a buzz with a single and release a fresh, yet familiar track like “Marked and Scarred”. His ambitions aren’t to reinvent R&B, but to expand its range and relevance, a goal Frazier has certainly met.

In the last year, a few emerging artists have been reviving R&B music, a genre that has long suffered from low commercial support. Now Kelvin Frazier, a fresh voice born out of Savannah, GA, is looking to make his own mark on the art form. “Marked and Scarred”, a tear-stained heart-breaker, is a stunning yet understated debut entrant that doubles down on some of the best elements of R&B and gives them a fresh coat of paint.

As a whole “Marked and Scarred” feels like the work of a music lover who let loose to make the music of his own dreams. The foundation of the song is rooted in tried and true R&B, all infectious hooks and simple bass lines. Frazier stays squarely in his lane, filling the track with emotion and sounds that never wander too far from a strings, piano and drums framework.

It’s an impressive feat for an artist’s first offering. Whereas most recording newcomers are struggling to find their voice or molding themselves to match other popular artists, Kelvin Frazier displays the high level of musicianship and maturity of a seasoned artist. He pulls from a wide range of influences, from jazz to classic soul to gospel, for the recording.

His love song is demure compared to what is common in popular music; there’s no explicit language or boasting about his sexual prowess. Instead, Frazier strikes a longing chord, seemingly desperate and hurting for the person he cares for – “They say in time you’ll heal. I wonder if that’s the truth. I want you in my life, but I got to say goodbye. I’m marked and scarred, not able to see you.”

Instead of banking on trendy production or gimmicks, the real star of the album is Frazier’s voice. He uses his gift with measured precision, confident enough in his ability to find strength in restraint, and just a flash of bellowed angst. Kelvin Frazier, Ph.D. honors the forefathers of R&B not by emulating them, but by carrying on their legacy. It’s a charge Frazier clearly takes to heart, and “Marked and Scarred” is a prime example of the greatness that can be achieved as a result.

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