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

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

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

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

Built on Principle: “The Modesty Martyrs” – bridging the gap between the new school and the old

Formed in 2014, the group Built on Principle consists of members Saint Mike who takes care of production, mixing and mastering, and vocalists Empuls and BeWill. “The Modesty Martyrs” EP is the first album from this hip-hop and rap group based out of Virginia. Released via Stonemaple Music Works, This album gives me chills. I grew up listening to that infamous “Golden Era” of hip hop of the mid 90s and “The Modesty Martyrs” EP delivers that feeling. I’m almost disappointed that we only get 8 tracks, but I understand that’s just how things are these days. And in this case less is more. I got 8 tracks and I’m dying to hear more. Which is why we need to support groups like Built on Principle. The production by Saint Like would send many of his peers in the industry running for cover. Also, Empuls and BeWill prove themselves amongst the elite of hip hop spitters. They consistently deliver throughout the album.

Built on Principle are building bridges here, as they seem interested in bridging the gap between the new school and the old on “The Modesty Martyrs”. The feel of the album right the way through is gritty and full of angst, like the very best rap albums have always been.

Saint Mike beats are solid, layered and beautifully realized – the perfect canvas for Empuls and BeWill’s pitch perfect posturing and belligerent bravado. No two tracks have a similar tone, so it never feels like one long song as on many other current releases. It stays consistently great without ever being monotonous.

Built on Principle are so vicious from the outset, on the insistent, but soulful groove of “Duh Feat Myka 9”. If you were in any doubt where Built on Principle ranks as a collective in Hip Hop right now, this song instantly ends any feeble debate. Saint Mike can put together a distinctive soundscape that defines an entire album.

His chemistry with Empuls and BeWill is fundamental in bringing out the best in the rappers. Which is exactly what they deliver on the forward momentum of “Smooth Unison feat Vast Aire”, where the team kick vocal ballistics over a shimmering funky beat.

The old school sounding “Devolution feat Qwazaar (Cuts by Scratch Johnsonic)” is evocative of mid ’80s classics. The beat fits in with the fierce verbal displays, purposely suggesting a throwback to an era when lyricism was central to an emcee’s identity.

Built on Principle then explore the other side of the coin with “Hypatia’s Son” a keyboard and string dominated song. That this collective are at the point in their careers where they can do whatever they want, is clear on “SR-91 AURORA” ft. Sev Statik, probably one of the best orchestrated tracks on the album.

Built on Principle are both brutal and beautiful in their capacity to construct lyrics that deconstruct your mind. Tracks like, “Run of the Rosicrucian” and “Nuthin Yet” ft. Kev Adventures, have the crew blazing through words as if they’re literally spitting flames, which leave you lit. Once again the vocalists shine brightly, due to Saint Mike’s beats being an undeniable fuel.

But even without that gorgeous musical backdrop, Built on Principle would be enthralling enough to make your head nod, what with their nimble flow and inventive rhymes.  The group rises to the occasion time and again with stunning one-liners and evocative lyrical imagery, finally closing the show down with the atmospheric “Without Water” ft. Main Flow.

From beginning to end, “The Modesty Martyrs” EP is just so captivating you can’t but help but go back and play it again. And I didn’t even get into the narratives behind the storytelling, as we don’t even have enough pages for that. Anyway, to cut a long story short – If you don’t have money to buy this album, then steal it. It’s an essential piece of independent hip-hop which you need to add to your urban music collection now.

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