Ute – “Happiness Together” – thoughtfully sung beautiful music from a strong female singer

Ute is a singer, born in Germany, whose heart is in the USA, alongside a huge part of her fans. Ute’s best friend, Grammy winner Kurt Wipfli, is also her producer, and many of her songs are originally written and composed by him as well. Her latest single is, is the love ballad, “Happiness Together”. “It is about that once in a lifetime story when you realize that the person right next to you is the one who you want to spend the rest of your life with,” explains Ute. This is thoughtfully sung, beautiful music from a strong female

Love Ghost – “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)” will now appeal to a much wider audience

It’s always great to see a band evolve and branch out in new directions. What is even better is to see them succeed at this difficult endeavor. With their latest single –  “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)”, we see L.A. based alternative rock band Love Ghost continue on the path of evolution into much more than a rock band . They incorporate trap beats, rock grit and rap verses, to really diversify their sound on this recording. It’s really impressive to hear this sonic distinctiveness which demonstrates this band’s talent, and their fingers on the beating pulse of modern trends. I

Kahbay – “Cayenne Pepper Boy” – an entertaining story with a vibrant template

Rising out of the gritty underground of New Orleans rap scene, Kahbay is a new emerging rapper, who has released a mixtape through his own music company – Greater New Orleans Sound. His music is regularly played around major venues in New Orleans, with Kahbay himself performing numerous times at the legendary Blue Nile. Spending much of his childhood around local parades and live bands he has been captivated by the craft since the very beginning. Now tackling global markets with his own personal sound and style, Kahbay recently dropped his single “Cayenne Pepper Boy”. Right from the outset, the

LU – Ride or Die” ft. Omari Night and DazeOnEast – a surreal and identifiable tone!

Signed to Big Top Entertainment L.L.C, along with the production team Cali 303, Luis Torres aka LU, is a Mexican singer-songwriter and engineer, born in the city of Guadalajara. He migrated with his parents at the age of one where his family settled in Colorado. Produced by Kxvi, LU’s debut single “Ride or Die”, also features R&B singers-songwriters, Omari Night and DazeOnEast. This is perfect melodic R&B/Pop record, as LU and his crew know melody, quickly laying down the narrative’s overriding tone: “Girl You Know that I am down for you, in the fire shooting rounds for you, ain’t no

Gabe Lopez – “End Of The Lost Summer” deserves top level recognition!

It is extremely rare to come across an artist like Gabe Lopez, who is poised, multi-talented, bold, self-confident yet humble – and surprisingly, one whose name you should already be very familiar with. The reasons are evident. Gabe Lopez is a Billboard Top 5 singer-songwriter and producer, who has produced and written recent music for Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On The Block, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Twice, Key and other multi-platinum artists. He has also produced and written for Joey McIntyre, Charice, James Brown, The Other Two on Comedy Central, SHINee, Tae Yang, VeriVery, DreamNote, Gayme Show, American Idol finalists and

Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

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

Sofi 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 Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

AYVY: “Schizostereoparanoia” – accessibility combined with innovation!

While the late ’90s was cluttered with bands merging electronica with rock, the subsequent years leading up to now, saw the two genres take completely different routes, one going into EDM, and the other into nu-metal extremes. There has since only been a handful of bands able to successfully straddle both genres with ease.  In 2017 we have AYVY – an Electronic-Pop and Alternative-Rock duo formed in Helsinki at the beginning of 2015 by Hugo J and Mark V. The name results from an acronym out of “Audio and Video And…” denoting the aspirations to eventually make AYVY an art collective branching into Films and other mediums. The Latin American background of its members also makes a cameo appearance (in Spanish, “Y” means “And”).

AYVY actually doubles the dose and straddles two crossover over genres – Alternative-Rock and Electro-Pop – resulting in two separate album releases during May. “Schizostereoparanoia” dedicated itself to alternative-rock, while “Neon Lullabies” went the electro-pop route. Twelve tracks deep, “Schizostereoparanoia” packs considerable punch. Leading off with the mid-tempo “Uno”, which quickly establishes the tone and mood of the album. Somehow effortlessly blending electronica and melodic elements with crunchy modern rock without sounding contrived, the rest of the album proves that AYVY is anything but a one-trick pony.

Later tracks such as the hard-hitting, “Temples” featuring some sweet delicious vocal passages, expand the scope of the group’s sound, effectively eliminating any and all expectations of what is to come. One of the true highlights of the album, however, would be “No Reply” wherein the vocals spews creepy verses over an equally malevolent yet insanely catchy backbeat. Somehow this one song defines and encompasses all that AYVY stand for: accessibility combined with innovation.

This album is a rare example of music which manages to be dark and moody without causing involuntary wrist slitting or head-bang whiplash. Another highlight, the track “The Long Goodbye”, contains simple, effective riffs obscured by gritty overdrives and thundering bass beats that are utterly addictive.

The track also reveals the band’s knack for increasing the tension and power, as well as forging a sweet falsetto vocal. The result is a track which swells and pumps along, carrying the listener on a musical water-slide. The steady rhythm combines with the mysterious lyrics on “Girl-O-Phone” to provoke a sense of electrifying anticipation in the listener.

But there are many standouts on this album, which swoop and fly to capture the listener’s attention. Not least, among these you will find, “Welcome to the Cycle”, “Epilotereaux”, “Half Truths and Fables” and “Rise”.

AYVY are truly part of a rare breed of artists. They belong to a movement arguably started in the eighties, perfected in the nineties, but now frequented by only a handful of outstanding interpreters. These are the bands that will save the world from hyper-conformist electronic music.

No two songs are alike on this album, and yet they all come together somehow to make one cohesive statement. The fact that one 12-track album can accomplish so much speaks volumes about the raw talent on hand here. “Schizostereoparanoia” is truly a state-of-the-art piece that never bores and never yields to expectations. Be prepared for a genuinely exciting trip across various genres.


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