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

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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

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

Bad Bones: “High Rollers” is 5 star material!

Bad Bones blows the doors off the rest of the industry with their “High Rollers” album. What makes the Italian hard rock group so special is a combination of their musicianship and singing. These guys can really play their instruments and sing the roof off of any location. They have mastered melody, inventiveness and matched it with excellent chord progressions. They understand how bone-crushing guitar riffs hit the listener and create the power and angst just as much as sheer volume does. On top of that, Bad Bones’ tunes will have you singing along in the car, in the shower, at the gym, and rolling on down the highway. You name it. Their songs will do it. The whole album rocks and clearly separates itself from the current pack of corporate rockers. The four-piece unit forged in Cuneo (Italy) during 2007, blend classic sounds and styles that dominated the genre during the 70’s and 80’s, bringing it right into today’s modern rock idiom.

The Bad Bones lineup currently features Max Malmerenda on lead vocals, Sergio Aschieris on guitars, Steve Balocco on bass and backing vocals, and his brother Lele Balocco on drums. The album kicks off with the racing “American Days”, which blends a kind of Judas Priest rhythmic urgency with the stadium rock choruses of hair metal bands during the eighties.

“Lost Again” leans heavily on its driving guitar riffs and the soaring vocals, which once again show the band’s knack for hooky choruses. Harmonies abound, as Malmerenda’s vocals leads the charge. Aschieris’ fiery guitar solo does the rest to capture the listener’s attention.

I don’t care how much you love or hate this band, no one can deny that the music, production and overall layout of “High Rollers” is 5 star material. This is good, quality music, no two ways around it. Almost every track off this album has weight, and presents a different musical arrangement and vocal attitude.

At the same time, two common qualities are never missing from every song – high energy and strong melody. “Wild Rose” again transports us deep into the 80’s with another adrenalin-pumping showstopper that will have you singing along in no time. That is, if you can keep up with Max Malmerenda’s vocal range.

If you have any affinity for the Scorpions, “Midnight Rider” will blow your mind. Hardly have I heard a singer come as close as this to sounding like Klaus Meine. Malmerenda is completely in his element here, hitting his register with absolute ease, as he takes this song into standout status.

“Solitary Fields” shows off Malmerenda’s crystal clear lower register in the opening bars, before exploding into ecstasy, along with Sergio Aschieris’ guitar, and the rest of the arrangement. Thus far, musically this may be the best song on the album. It is wrapped up inside an atmospheric production, and embellished by some excellent instrumentation.

From start to finish, this album will keep you entertained, no filler, every song worth it. “Now or Never” with its addictive bass lines and monster riffs at each turn, all mimic the likes of mainstream rockers with a vengeance. “Blood Trails” is where Bad Bones, as a complete rock n’ roll unit, showcase their true colors, for me. Burgeoning guitar work, superlative drumming, animated basslines and towering vocals, exhibits every inch of talent the band possesses. And as if to prove that they are not a one-trick pony, “Wolf Town” produces much of the same rock n’ roll excellence of the previous track – dynamic rhythms, strongly textured guitar tones, and of course, superbly executed vocals.

On “Story of a Broken Bone”, Max Malmerenda steps forth with his typical combination of smooth, sonorous clean singing and raucous, gravelly grunts contrasting his high register melodies, creating a sense of emotion and vigor. Aschieris’ guitar work is on par as always, melding together traditional melodic riffs alongside a mesh of scrupulous soloing.  Steve Balocco on bass and Lele Balocco on drums make sure the engine room keeps the momentum of the song going.

“Rock’n Me” is a cover of the Steve Miller Band track, which can be found on the “Fly Like an Eagle” album. As can be expected, Bad Bones give the song the ‘grit and thrust’ treatment. Bad Bones know what they are good at doing and appear comfortable in delivering just that, all the way through this album. They are totally competent in every area of making their music and can be relied upon to deliver a solid collection of songs.

“High Rollers” out via Sliptrick Records, features some of the band’s very best tracks and is entertainingly catchy throughout its duration. In a world filled with the resurgence blends of nu metal, it’s nice to see a band who can change the cards, and come out with a good blend of mesmerizing hard rock. Bad Bones are currently the best band on block for the job!

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