Sophia Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sophia Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sophia has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sophia Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

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

Han Sino: “Glucose” – connections with mystifying electronic elements

If Han Sino isn’t a name that immediately rings any bells for you, don’t worry. Upon listening to his latest album “Glucose”, it will become obvious why he is so gorgeously good in his genre, and quickly you won’t be able to get enough of him. Put the 12 track album on repeat and there will be something new to hear upon every listen. Each track is littered with layers of thick bass, multiple keyboard pads, pulsating percussion and harmonies that are nicely unpredictable. It’s the kind of midnight summer soundtrack that gives you an uncontrollable urge to sway your shoulders. There is a distinctive Nu Jazz and Soul vibe running throughout Sino’s latest LP, drawing many well-founded comparisons and major differences to other artists exploring these same styles. Hans Sino’s nuances in style here, border on fragile, truthful storytelling through music, that draws you in emotionally along with the use of left-field beats and effects bathed in delay and reverb.

“Glucose”cover artwork

“Glucose”cover artwork

“Glucose” represents an individual take on a sound that is far from what is dominating the charts at present, and an absolute breath of fresh air. Though Sino’s vocals in no way pretend to be technically perfect, they are sensual, mysterious and loungy, complementing the instrumental layers that accompany them. The album begins with soft and glittering electric keys and percussion in the title track, “Glucose”. The prominent melody switches from the bass line, to the string interlude and then into the wind instruments, and that is all that is needed. It is a simplistic and intriguing opener that leaves you desperate to discover the sounds that Han Sino will be tapping into throughout the album.

We are then gradually introduced to echoing keyboards and vocals in “Dovez”. Though it is still mellow, connections with more mystifying electronic elements are established, as the bass continues to dominate the soundscape. “III Tongues” revolves around Sino’s vocal interludes, while the effects are artistically used. Again, Sino’s dominating bass line is ever present. “Arabesques” is a genuine foot tapper, and it’s from here on that the songs become more complex in a musical sense, mostly through the eclectic beats and the pulsating basslines that are always present in Han Sino’s mixes…there go my shoulders again!

By the time you hit play on “Wax”, it is clear that if strong and powerful basslines make you go weak at the knees, you have found the right album. Han Sino’s bass dominates all the songs and is not just a background rhythm support, but holds a front row seat in his arrangements. Often times it sounds as if the bass carries both the rhythm and primary melody line. I say primary, because sometimes there is more than one audible melody in a song. This even happens on a short and concise track such as “Colors” – with the bassline carrying one melody and the vocals elaborating another.

Han Sino

Han Sino

The apparent importance of the dominating bass equation in Sino’s music is easily explained – essentially self-taught, he perfected his musical training with double bass player and keyboardist Jade (Jean Luc Riga). However, regardless of the gorgeous basslines, this is a slickly produced album of late-night electronic soul grooves, with Sino’s smoldering vocals unexpectedly coming in left, right, front and center, on the occasion. The album is soulful, sexy and chilled, while also pleasingly free of modern-day braggadocio. I found myself entranced by Sino’s mesmerizing rich warm vocals and harmonies on “Feelingz” and “Blue Roses” which will transport you to another place entirely.

It’s so easy to get lost in the music; one of the most distinguishing features about Han Sino is his unique production, and the unusual instruments – a mix between electronic and organic. It truly sets this music apart from so much else. A myriad of instruments, sounds and beats lay strong bearings for the album, and especially on the final four tracks of the album – “Mystic Blues”, “Purple Dovez”, “Deeply Sleepin” and “Mo’ Glucose”, which represent the highlights of the collection, for me.

Though laid back and chill, there’s so much happening throughout “Glucose”, ranging from the mystical, rusty effects, to the heavy bass and obvious rare groove, nu soul and nu jazz influences. Han Sino’s music is so diverse and unified all at once, like a completed jigsaw puzzle – you can see the dividing lines of the collage if you concentrate on them, but the power of the bigger picture is much more captivating.

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