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

Pasko: “The Lonesome Traveller” can only be described as timeless

The first time you hear Australian singer-songwriter, Pasko, you’ll probably think your ears are playing tricks on you. Surely, you reckon, this has to be a new record by some legendary soul singer trying his hand at a 21st Century blend of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Pop & Showtime tunes. I reckon if you see Pasko live, and close your eyes, it’s the same reaction. But there’s a whole lot more to the pyrotechnical word-slinger than those retro-indebted shadows. Here’s a singer who was spending his days working the pub scene in Sydney and writing songs in his head and heart, before starting a collaboration with Ray Goodwin, (The original guitarist from the 70-80s Aussie rock band Dragon). Smitten with each other after a meeting in Surry Hills discussing great songwriting teams, they decided to work together on what would eventually become Pasko’s latest album – “The Lonesome Traveller”.

Pasko, who has also performed at the Sydney Opera House, on TV & Radio, as well as cruise ships, and writing music for film, gathered the help of various talents like Anatoli Torginski on cello, wordsmiths Mark Brettel & Justin Jones, Charlie McMahon & Michael Edwards on Didj and Clarinet, Sean Carey who mixed and co-produced the album, as well as Hazel Schravemade who took care of cover art on “The Lonesome Traveller”.

Nostalgic yet ultimately fresh and current the songs on this album dig into contrasting soundscapes and diverse musical eras, as Pasko delivers music, words and a voice that can only be described as timeless, and I say that with all the weight that statement carries. For Pasko’s voice would be extraordinarily notable regardless of if it was heard in the 50’s,60’s or 70’s, and any other era that brings us up to today.

‘Step by Step’ has a bright, big band rhythm and blues feel, sounding as though especially crafted to accompany the singer on a Las Vegas stage, meanwhile ‘Highway Man’ is an upbeat ode to the journey of life with a pop-rock bent.

Similarly, ‘Stars Live On’ is a tender offering that also carries an emotive lyrical theme as well as a melodic piano that tinkers harmoniously alongside those silky vocals and melancholy cello lines, while ‘Thunder Clouds’ brings a chance to stabilize the tempo and dabble with a storytelling Americana-influenced groove filled with horns and harmonies.

The title track, ‘Lonesome Traveller’ is an all-embracing mood piece where the strings are nothing less than mesmerizing playing off Pasko’s slow galloping voice. Again and again, Pasko repeats the trick all great soul singers have of taking you with him on the journey, something he accomplishes without reserve on the jazzy ‘Temple of Stone’, one of the best songs on the entire recording.

On ‘No Mind Games’, Pasko effortlessly finds his way to the heart of the piano-driven groove, as if almost wanting to show that the art of writing and performing infectious songs is the easiest thing in the world to do. ‘Last Breath’ brings the recording to its close – a slow-burning composition that showcases a more stripped back songwriting virtuosity.

Helmed by a soft acoustic piano and sparse instrumental skitters that play alongside the track’s heartfelt vocal yearning and Pasko’s multi-textural voice, it provides a fitting conclusion to a hugely accomplished album.

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