Ephect: “Just Like That” – focused on making an impression

Ephect is an Independent Rap/Hip Recording Artist and Music Producer born, raised and currently located in Indianapolis, Indiana (US). Ephect has released around 20 music, numerous singles, and his latest full length album titled “The Nphection”, which dropped back in September 2018. What makes this album different than other recent releases comes down to, how Ephect works with his producers. He doesn’t just compliment good production, he capitalizes on stunning production. In today’s hip-hop scene, fans tend to shy away from raw rapping talent. Gone are the days when the scene was more focused on how good the flow was

Lew Houston: “Safe” – a gritty flow that adds to the lyrical poignancy

Lew Houston is a hip-hop artist currently based in San Diego. Originally from Houston, Texas, Lew rose above the violence and poverty in his life by playing sports and creating music. Influenced by Southern rap styles, he began writing his own lyrics at a young age and released his debut album “The Progression” in 2016.  His latest EP “Back to da Money” is available now, and features the single “Safe”. With no forewarning, Lew gives us a sharp and compact four-minute statement on “Safe”. It’s just a quick and efficient declaration of supremacy, a warning for us not to underrate

Rodrigo Rocha gets the lead role in “SSW Of The Border”

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Daud Aur Yahudy: “Home Bound” – The sounds are deep-toned

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Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice.

Marcus Christ continues to move forward in the entertainment industry. He has just recently released two single songs edited for radio play called “It’s Like” and “If I Knew”, for sale on Cdbaby.com. Marcus Christ is the American prodigy known for his hit hooks, killer songs, and melodic voice. Marcus Christ was just recently released from jail after pleading no contest to vandalism charges. As an artist Marcus Christ has had problems in the past “expressing himself”. Marcus Christ expects his double album “Prince of the Universe” to showcase various producers, but especially his own productions. Marcus Christ admits he

AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” is totally on fire!

AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname residing in The Netherlands since 1991 – has found critical success with enough Pop, Rock, R&B and Electronic influenced songs that there’s plenty of demand for more, but there’s nothing like hearing the gloriously hard-nosed Dutch artist rap a beat to shreds. This is something he does not often do. Now on his latest release – “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)” – we get to savor just that. The song is rap remix of the title track of his debut album, and is a completely new version,

Hookdiggy: “On My Way” ft. Sunja Dannette – full feel-good potential

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Tony Marino: “Family and Friends” – a wildly rhythmic demonstration of every crowd-pleasing twist

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KC Sisters: “Walk With Me” – sincere, authentic and absolute!

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GentleBeatz: “Soul City” – the rhythm and flow of free form poetry

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Kevin McWha Steele: “The Nightly Howl” – hypnotic atmospheres!

Kevin McWha Steele just seems to pour his whole mind and soul into every recording he does, and “The Nightly Howl: The Ariel Trilogy – Part Two” aka “The Clamorous Owl That Nightly Howls and Wonders At Our Quaint Spirits” EP is not an exception to this. More subdued and less grandiose than much of what’s currently on radio, this record also seems more intimate and personal. Steele invents a new angle to classic art rock and singer-songwriter proceedings, and experiments with warm vocal melodies, acoustic textures, retro vibes, and an overall indie rock aesthetic. Steele’s voice is the main instrument here and it’s wonderful to hear that great falsetto. In their simplicity his vocals are just stunning. Besides a beautiful voice he has a wonderful talent for making music that is not able to be clearly defined. Listen to this on headphones and you will be very pleased at the artful way in which it’s mixed. This is almost a study to discover how simple and pure music can be.

Kevin McWha Steele is a poet and songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes and performs original songs in French and English, and has received songwriting accolades from Sting, Pink, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Philip Glass, Gary Lucas, Robert Wilson, among others.

This EP forms part of The Ariel Trilogy tracing the life of a musician in NYC for twenty years, from 2016-2036. The CDs are released in backwards chronology, with “Kevin McWha Steele” taking place in 2036, “The Nightly Howl” in 2026, and “Kooks” in 2016.

Throughout these recordings we can savor a great deal of what has always drawn people towards: the hypnotic atmospheres, the delicious harmonic and melodic washes, and the vulnerable moments of epiphany that contrast so much with what tows our ears under on a daily basis.

The airiness of the production provides more space for Steel’s unmistakable voice to drift about in its characteristic haunting expressiveness. The EP kicks off with the only English song “Front Page News”, which is also the most fleshed out production of the bunch.

A fully-fledged rhythm section drives the psychedelic groove and wailing electric guitars, as Steele lays his pinpoint narrative on the line: “Ya made front page news. Like the bitches with the shoes. And the new gurus. Front page news.” This is also the first single from the compilation.

There are only 3 songs on the EP, but Kevin McWha Steele crams each one with creativity, haunting sounds and beautiful songwriting, until there’s no room left. On “Les Choses Sont Pas Si Simples” the musical texture changes to acoustic, and Steele’s voice becomes its primary instrument alongside the poetry of its bittersweet tale: “Things are not so simple. When love, love goes away,” he sings.

Upon first listen, one will quickly notice how emotionally stunning the final two tracks are. Riddled with a sense of achingly beautiful melancholy, vulnerability, and angst, Steele manages to slowly pull you in. Each track leaving you more and more curious, and sounding more and more raw and honest.

“In the morning I often think of you. In the morning I get up from all my nightmares. I am ready for another stay. The one without you and without return. Next to you,” recites “A Côté de Toi”, which finds Kevin McWha Steele with just his guitar and voice in a live performance.

Again its Steele’s angelic voice and emotional poetry that captures your attention and holds it for the duration of the track. This music touches you deep within your heart and soul and unleashes emotions you may not know you were capable of expressing.

Considering most of it is in French, that is a formidable feat indeed. Kevin McWha Steele’s performances are accurate and the meaning of his lyrics is emoted through what is probably his own personal feelings. It’s this kind of soulfulness that makes him stand out.

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