Billy Ray Rock – “Get The Funk”- hitting up all the classic tenets of funk

Washington State Singer-Bassist, Billy Ray Rock, plays more than 10 instruments and produces and performs every instrument you hear in his music. From Rock to R&B and Dance, Billy delivers them all. His single “Get The Funk”, simply adds another delicious flavor to his sonic menu. His unearthly bass chops, resonant vocal wobble and inner funk DNA is scorching hot, while it straddles the genre’s trademark grooves. Blaring horns and slapping drums accompanies the party-styled adlibs, as the track treads its momentum. If you’re looking the glossy high-tech dance-club funk perpetuated by bands like Chromeo, then this is not the

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

Walker’s Cay paint a musical tour de force!

Walker’s Cay is an original rock band based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Members include Gary LaBarr, (Vocalist/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards), Mike Swain, (Lead and Rhythm Guitars), Tim Morrissey (bass) and David “Dave” Pistilli (Drums). The band, who gets its name from an “out island” in the Bahamas, is stylistically and technically reminiscent of bands such as Styx, Journey, Def Leppard, Toto, and Heart. Walker’s Cay is currently touting two singles – “Why Oh Why” and “Tell Me”. Some outstandingly gentle, acoustic-guitar-laden melancholy can be found in the opening of “Why Oh Why”. The band’s intent is not too apparent from the

ECHOGLASS – The enveloping embrace of the resonant pianos and layered guitar-driven rhythms

Formed in 2016 ECHOGLASS are composed of frontman DA McKenna, guitarist Remmy, bassist Bo Calista and drummer Bam. They are currently independent and release their music on Darkhouse Recordings. With their heritage deep in the great North West of England music scene, they are inspired by the artists, poets and legends of the region like Shaun Ryder, Ian Curtis, Pete Shelley, Gary Aspden, LS Lowry, The Beatles, James, Oasis, Mark E. Smith, Ian Brown and Morrissey to name but a few. The group’s debut single, “Last to Know” was released in 2017 and draws upon their period roaming the great American wilderness.  This was followed by second singles, “Blackburn Boulevard” released in early 2018 and “Little Harwood” dropped on May 1st.  Coming up soon, but with no official dates yet available, are the singles “Drowning” and “Memories”.

ECHOGLASS go through many stylistic changes throughout their series of releases. Theirs is a classic example of alternative rock and pop at its most sweeping, yet tranquil and subtle. They can write infectious Britpop and Americana tunes to be played endlessly in department stores across the globe, or craft some of the psychedelic scene’s most overlooked gems.

Their understated simplicity feels a hundred times more mature then many cookie-cutter Britpop singles ever could. How the band manages to continue on such a high note with little to no massive commercial acclaim is made even sadder when you listen to what they achieve via their varied independent work.

Songs like the edgy “Blackburn Boulevard” seduce you like a drug binge; the undeniable beauty of the moment renders you in a state of blissful content as you go along for the ride into the unexpected, between illusions and delusions.

The enveloping embrace of the resonant pianos and layered guitar-driven rhythms, along with the roaring vocals beg to be explored further and further as each new verse is peeled away and left exposed.

This collection of songs transcend the barriers between genres and any era they may have originally stemmed from. The mesmerizing bass lines push the momentum, while tripped out melodies glide across substantial guitar rhythms and powerful singing, creating absorbing and resonating efforts that could have come out of the 80’, 90’, the 2000’s…or just yesterday.

This can be attributed as one of ECHOGLASS’ strongest characteristics, as each song paves the way for timeless melodies and showcases the gorgeous textures that the band is capable of.

The song “Little Harwood” reflects nostalgically back on the town of the same name, which is situated in the North West of England, near Blackburn, and was known as the heart of the British music scene during the 1980’s and early 90’s.

ECHOGLASS deliver a harsher, overdriven guitar sound on this one, coupled with a deeper and robust vocal style, while the lyrics chronicles the era’s defining peculiarities. This one fondly reminded so much of early David Bowie. The song is flawless in filling the atmosphere of any setting with a fog of melodic surrealism.

The Americana-influenced strains on “Memories” seep through the speakers and carries with it the experience of a richly texture Country-induced infusion. ECHOGLASS completely switch continents here and sound like they just walked straight out of Nashville.

This is convincing enough to make any casual cowboy shiver with excitement. Maybe it’s the twangy, swirling guitars, the way the thick voice glides across the piano driven soundscape, or the ear-catching melody, but it is a downright likeable. The atmospheric “Drowning”, is for me the masterpiece of the collection. Beautiful, epic, and powerful at the same time.

Each listen will unfold new colors and layers of sound that you didn’t catch on your last listen. Drenched in pianos pushing in and out of the mix, one minute gentle and strung out, next the harmonies building above the cinematic strings and acoustic guitars. This is a rich sound reaching for something ambitiously higher.

The male and female vocals reach upwards, get louder as the song goes on, as does the music. It reaches various crescendos, and it’s a wonderful thing and a good use of dynamics. “Drowning” features a very affecting and genuinely lovely melody and arrangement. ECHOGLASS put on display an absorbing collection of singles for fans of diverse styles of music here.

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