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

3Mind Blight: “Paranoia” and “I Am Not” – committed to the mastery of his craft!

Hailing from Tulsa Oklahoma, 3Mind Blight had humble beginnings in the late 90’s, with Boom Bap Rap and the Grunge Rock scene. After leading several bands and many production teams, what started as a hobby has led to a full time music career in production, instrumentation, and artistry, mixing rock, rap and instrumentals. When I decided to listen to a couple from his catalog I knew nothing about 3Mind Blight or how authentic his musical thing was. I took a risk and am so pleased I did. He delivers a set of songs that begs for absolute silence while listening to it. You need to put on your best pair of headphones or break out your stereo system and bring out the full dynamic quality of each song. This music is just completely coated in a haunting, grungy atmosphere – whether 3Mind Blight is rapping or singing.

This especially applies to the artist’s latter releases “Paranoia” and “I Am Not”, which together offer that perfect mix of what one may call 3Mind Blight’s signature sound, with its very eerie and foreboding tone that permeates these entire arrangements.

With a track as strong as “Paranoia”, 3Mind Blight prove that he can look back to the past grunge sound, but he doesn’t have to live there. The present suits him just fine, as he weaves in banging hip-hop drums, finely orchestrated strings and whiskey-stained angsty vocals that look, unflinchingly, at the darkest parts of our souls.

“Paranoia” contains a rich level of songwriting that draws from softer tones to create a song that is both impacting and brimming with expression and depth. It is a masterpiece of modern songwriting that brings grunge into today’s edgy urban musical climate.

It’s a song that rests on the beauty and haunting nature of 3Mind Blight’s dual rap and vocal lines that are both simply stirring. It is a truly epic motif overflowing with a sense of darkness as 3Mind Blight traverses an eerie and open verse followed by an emotionally heavy chorus – anchored by a sense of disturbed anger – making for an exceptional song.

“I Am Not” once again proposes the intricately designed strings, the rolling basslines and throbbing percussion, but vocally follows a melodic path. This sounds like 3Mind Blight totally in his element.

Almost as if he needs further justification, 3Mind Blight proves to be as crucial and essential to the course of restoring grunge to modern rock now as the movement was unto itself during the ‘90s. Except for one major difference. There are no sludgy over-driven guitars or dirty, swampy bone-crushing riffs and power chords to be found anywhere.

Yet that doesn’t in any way affect the resulting overall sound.  “I Am Not” is a great example of an artist who know his strengths- and most of the time- can play to them very, very well. Wicked, haunting vocals, great instrumental interplay and fantastic string work, bring that same ominous and premonitory dark rock sound.

When listening to 3Mind Blight, a couple of things are strikingly apparent. The first is that his catalog of music is a consistent listen of solid, alternative rock songs that at times dabble in the rap idiom.

The second is that 3Mind Blight is committed to the mastery of his craft, working with all the latest technology, while never watering down his passion for the styles of music that came before. In 2018 and with the state of rock as we know it today, it’s wonderful to see a project like this bring a fresh hybrid style to the table which mixes both the classic and the new.

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