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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

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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,

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Hitrocker – “Project One” – breathtaking sound design!

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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

Lunar: “Grey” – Its eclecticism takes it to a world of its own

Lunar is a singer-songwriter from Boston, MA. She is currently studying music at Berklee College of Music. Her latest release “Project” is set to be her last as her studies are taking her into the business side of the music industry. “Project” was written, produced, mix and mastered by Lunar herself and serves as a way to escape from the void. The EP “Project” is available now on Spotify, Soundcloud, and iTunes. From the EP comes the single “Grey”. If you have been somewhat disillusioned with new music for quite some time and it seems that every time you find a great new release, it has been recorded by someone who has been established for many years. Well then, you can imagine the elation I felt when I heard Lunar for the first time. Lunar has a downright gorgeous voice–clear and sweet, somewhat reminiscent of that someone you just cannot remember, though you have her name on the tip of your tongue.

The instrumentation blends perfectly with her vocals, her voice soaring and then falling gently over the acoustic piano, the rumbling bass, and gentle drums. Before the backdrop switches into an almost Chiptune motif. Lunar uses music more sparingly than many other musicians and to beautiful effect.

What some would term the almost minimalistic form of his music, combined with the beauty of her lyrics is at its zenith on the track “Grey”. Perhaps what is most stunning about Lunar is her ability to cross various styles of music on a whim. She can start slow and moody, but then erupt into epic, fiery, electronically-styled pieces, sometimes all in one song.

Like many well deserving artists, Lunar probably will never get the mainstream attention she deserves, at least in the States. The majority of listeners are hardly adventurous enough to handle her cross section of creative music. Some artists write radio-friendly songs full of catchy lyrics and addictive melodies.Filled with pop beats and spot-on harmonies, they serve as a pleasant way to pass an afternoon.

Other artists challenge everything we know about music, breaking the rules and painting colorful songs with raw lyrics and heart-wrenching melodies, roughened with honesty. Lunar falls into the latter category.Lunar is one hard lady to categorize and maybe that is why I am enjoying “Grey” so much.

Its eclecticism takes it to a world of its own.  I am still having a hard time trying to understand how she obtains a sound that feels very intimate yet has a sweeping scale, and I don’t remember being seduced by any other release that reveals itself a little at a time.

In a nutshell, this song (and EP) has got to be experienced first-hand to truly appreciate it. Sparse in production but so richly emotional on many layers, both lyrically and musically. This is the type of music that forces you to remember that you are alive and to take each moment, each day, and embrace it for everything that it is worth. This work is truly original and quite stunning. You’ll be utterly in awe of Lunar’s musical and life philosophy once you listen to her sounds and words closely.

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