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

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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

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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

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

Tim Spriggs: “Something Else” has the capacity to produce multiple mainstream radio-friendly singles

Tim Spriggs is an Australian film producer and actor, who is currently focusing on his musical talents. In the process of writing and recording a full length album, Tim released his EP “Something Else” as a foretaste of his creativity, during June of 2018. The recent years has presented the market with multiple artists reinventing the acoustic folk genre by dragging its music into the 21st century. Tim Spriggs forms part of this movement. Notwithstanding its high acoustic quotient, indeed this is an EP that has the capacity to produce multiple mainstream radio-friendly singles.

A solid collection of singer-songwriter and folk-pop tracks, this recording thrives with Tim’s effortless melodicism. Above all, “Something Else” sounds like a guy playing his acoustic guitar. This meant in the best possible sense, because his lyricism and melodies take center stage rather than being upstaged by the EP’s instrumental effects.

“Once in a Lifetime” is a rhythmically energetic piece featuring Tim backed by an insistently strummed acoustic guitar. The inclusion of lush instrumentation and big banging drums only enhances this stirring arrangement. I literally blocked out the lyrics and just meditated on the music. It was too dynamic to be ignored and that is the proof that Tim Spriggs is as excellent a song writer as he is a lyricist.

This is the lead track as it sets the mood for what this EP progresses on to be. Though the opening track may sound like an easily relatable song; its company is a stunning work of acoustic driven, melodic pop which never drags, consistently performs and occasionally tugs so hard at your curiosity you’ll wonder what’s hit you.

“Where I Came From” is one of the most addictive pop tunes I have heard this year. The ear-worm melody, Tim’s resonant and crystalline vocals, as well as the straightforward musical arrangement makes this a no-brainer regardless of your genre preferences. The song is also enveloped by a nostalgic aura which renders it even more endearing to the ear.

There are also more up-tempo tracks – “As They Say” is one of them which starts off sounding almost like a nineties grunge song but keeps its pace and life, trapped inside a robust off-beat and Tim’s solid, smooth vocals. Not a single wasted line or word of filler, makes sure that the verses are captivating with the choruses being deservingly intoxicating.

“Something Else” is the singer-songwriter, pièce de résistance of this recording. Changing tempos and moods, sprawling acoustic guitars, rich harmonies and a strong narrative sees Tim Spriggs pondering society’s intolerant and despotic leanings. He states his point for the futility of forced conformity so well that it’s difficult to avoid being affected.

A similar, naked-to-the-bone technique, is used in another stand-out, “The End Of The Year”, the two-minute closer to the EP. Amidst a few reflective guitar chords and finger-picking, Tim’s lyrics slide and melt, painting a picture of a moment in time – specifically the end of the year.

It is a short, almost indifferent account of events, but there is some restless, inescapable hope seeping through Tim Spriggs’ tone, and that of the guitar. And as the EP closes, you’re left, not troubled, but strangely optimistic. “Something Else” is a recording which rewards from the very first listen, but it takes a patient listener to appreciate the many moments of genius on show here.

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