Sophia Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sophia Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sophia has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sophia Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

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

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

4ez: “Thoughts” – survival codes for the uninitiated!

Born Bougain Littlejohn, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Bizeeee aka 4ez, was raised by a single mother in Central Virginia after his parents split. She was in and out of jobs, hustling to make ends meet, while Bizeeee left home early, turning to the crime-infested Virginia neighborhoods, which led to the usual downward spiral of courts, institutions and incarceration. He started experimenting with rhymes at 12, and got published in local poetry books and magazines. However he didn’t start rapping until he was 22. Eventually he would find solace in creating art – writing, spray graffiti, and photography. Not to mention music, where Bizeeee has been gaining traction in bounds and leaps.

His latest 2019 release, is the single “Thoughts”. A track which tackles the multi-lettered F-words – friendship, fakeness and falsity, while also dropping survival codes for the uninitiated in life’s twists and turns. This sounds like a solid step towards becoming solidified as a great amongst the masses.

“Thoughts” is how you do a single that couldn’t give two shits about mainstream or commercial conformity. No frills. No features. No wasted space. Period. Just two short minutes of hard-hitting, rhyme-spitting bars that would fit onto any rap playlist either side of the millennium.

And unlike other rappers who try to push narratives selling fantasy, Bizeeee aka 4ez doesn’t sully the bed with recycled macho platitudes. Instead, we get rhymes of truth that that is a merger between bar heavy boom bap of yesteryear and the coarse aesthetic of hardcore hip-hop.

At the same time, “Thoughts” is not some over pretentious conceptual opus trying to sell morality – its aim is imparting the values of honesty. And the survival techniques needed, when such values appear to be non-inexistent in any given situation.  On this track, 4ez fully realizes his role in the rap game.

It’s more toward the conscious rapper dropping knowledge on his generation than the sing-song trapper climbing to the top of the charts, who receives zero respect. 4ez knows what he’s good at. He knows his skill set, and he’s very comfortable understanding what’s going down, on the streets.

Bizeeee aka 4ez’s hard-hitting realism and his influences from hip-hop’s golden era allows him to reach peak confidence levels on “Thoughts”. Brevity clearly sharpens the rapper’s focus as he sounds more than urgent across the duration of the song.

It’s a project that leaves little room for error, and while many fans may feel shortchanged by the track’s minuscule length, it’s the mark of an artist who thrives on going against the grain and, ultimately, emerging victorious. “Thoughts” is a short yet satisfying shot of narrative gems that Bizeeee aka 4ez may well build his career on, drenched in charisma and precision.

“Thoughts” serves as 4ez’s assertive mission statement, with the rapper riding a spacey and atmospheric beat. And while Bizeeee aka 4ez’s lyricism is more than enough to appease hip-hop traditionalists, the materialistic flexing of the beat also caters to rap’s flashier fans.

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