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

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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

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

Rose Coyote: “Clever Girl” tell peculiar stories and paint quaint moods

Rose Coyote is a bass driven semi-electronic project made up Lydia Rose (Vocals) and Dave Hagan (Beats, Vocals, Engineering). “Clever Girl” is their 4th album in a year, and their first original recording. It is one of those few albums that is almost genre-less, so thematically and musically universal that it would be impossible to pin a certain time and place on it. The duo’s post-punk quasi-space-pop and indie experimental sound, is quite unlike any other. This awesome record transcends the boundaries imposed by genres to generate something unique and utterly engrossing. There are firm melodies and stabs at structured songs, but each is interspersed with transistor-radio-styled vocals, slow-burning instrumental meltdowns, and bass-bumping claustrophobic production. The wry and explicit lyricism that punctuates “Clever Girl” appear as slight, ghostly whispers in between flashes of improvisatory genius and squeezed-out bursts of combustible energy. You can feel these intricate parts, like small grams of magnetic dust moving toward each other.

From a technical standpoint, the appeal is immediately recognizable. The various studio wizardries that Hagan employ here – ranging from an abundance of metallic keys, deep basslines and subtle electronic music influences, to a multitude of beats and other cutting and pasting of effects – makes it rather difficult at first to really pinpoint any one significant essence of Rose Coyote’s music. They simply have too many.

This duo slowly reveals its uncanny ability to get under the listener’s skin with each consecutive listen. Appropriately, the album can be set stuck in an infinite loop through the tracks that bookend it.

The hypnotic repetition these tracks possess really lets you submerge yourself into the band’s dark, spacey universe that’s bound to hold you captivated, if you’re willing to let it. Together with the mysterious and at times downright spine-tingling background instrumentation, the ideas Rose Coyote spout make Rose and Hagan’s state of mind almost tangible.

This makes listening to “Clever Girl” a mentally demanding, but ultimately very rewarding experience. Rose Coyote prove themselves to be rather essential listening for lovers of music that trades the unexpected paths for adventures in unexplored areas of sound.

Although each piece on this album sounds spontaneous, it’s the kind of work developed when a musical partnership becomes so synchronized with each other that they do not even need the familiarity of melody or time signature to have a sense for how the piece should sound as a whole.

Right from the opening track, “My Story”, the mood, the softly sung lyrical embellishments, the respective verses and choruses, as well as the course through the subdued melodies, turns into a catalyst of emotional sustain-release. “1/2lb Nugg”, promises something grittier, more propulsive bubbling just under the surface.

But things get groovier as the album progresses. “A California Song” which features a perfect combination of vocals between the singers, delivers an intense ride where “Rose Coyote” leans into the sheer rhythmic force of their music. “Badass Id Trip” shows an affinity for quaint sounds melding into one perfect, precise piece of music, within a distillation of futuristic experimentation and stoner purity.

The more haunting and intriguing songs, form me, come at the end of the recording, with “Split Personality” and “Drop The Bomb”. A total of six minutes of comforting wall-of-sound basslines which the vocals follow into a confident, haze-drenched wallop of a bliss.

Rose Coyote exhibit boldness in the construction and execution of their music, in a short, precise album which is equal parts inventive and masterful. It’s interesting, it certainly creates a mood, and the vocals float over the top in a way that’s hypnotically soothing. Rose Coyote tell peculiar stories and paint quaint moods. They remind you of something you’ve never heard before. Now go and figure that one out!

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