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

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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

PreacherMan: “The Chronicles Vol 2” – a mission to change the culture

No stranger to music and the recording industry, PreacherMan is an artist born and raised in Memphis, TN. His latest release is the 9 song project entitled “The Chronicles Vol 2”.  Spiritually anointed lyrics with hard hitting southern beats is sure to grasp and minister to any music fan who likes the sound of modern rap but wants to hear purposeful and meaningful lyrics that will draw them closer to Christ. His sound is so unique and it really stands out. His lyrics and his rap flow is so dope. Also PreacherMan is one of the few artist to not water down his lyrics which seems to be a trend in Christian hip hop but he encourages you by the gospel without being preachy. His words are extremely relatable to the secular world. His verses are not random and his metaphors are on point.

When I think back over the past year, I feel CHH is in a transitional period where not many artists are making albums like this anymore. As CHH tries to find a happy medium between representing God and infiltrating the modern urban industry, albums like “The Chronicles Vol 2” are going to be hard to come by.

Kicking off with the title track,  “The Chronicles, Pt.2” listeners will find out right off of the bat that PreacherMan is in this to spread the message of faith. He sets the energy level for this album with this track that makes you literally want to break the building with the beat.

If anything, the following track, “Apply The Pressure” is even more intense. This is a track that will definitely get you moving, but at the same time PreacherMan gets your attention to listen to what he is saying.

“Christian Rapper”, is a song that touches issues PreacherMan goes through, as he faces trials and tribulations in his life, and reminds us that the Lord will come and pick him up in times of trouble. The bass line is mesmerizing in “Highly Favored”, as the Memphis rapper shows off his skills and keeps Christ centered in it.

There are only so many ways you can rap the Gospel and bring anything new to the message without sounding like every other Gospel rapper, but PreacherMan is able to throw scriptural guidelines into secular discourse with clever lines. He is impeccably captivating on the ravenous and scrupulous “I Am” and “Lift Him Up”.

“My Inspiration” is classic PreacherMan, a ferocious delivery and even more heartfelt. It really tells the story of how the Lord can be the answer to our problems. “The Goal” featuring Chris Keith drops in almost as a breather from the relentless bars dropped by PreacherMan, as supplies moments of sweeter melody.

“Worth It” brings the truth with passion, and a percussive dominated beat. Here PreacherMan sounds like rap veteran with a mission to change the culture.

Some music artists are easy to forget. Sometimes it’s that their songs are not memorable. Their production is forgettable or they don’t sound unique in their own right, whenever you hear their voices. That is not the case with PreacherMan, who has a rapturous and resonant voice, and an all-round powerful demeanor, backed up by trunk rattling beats.

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