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

Ben Ferrell: “Wannabe” displays a lot of warmth and shine

Ben Ferrell is a jazz musician based in Richmond, VA. As a bassist/vocalist for the band Lunar Phases, Ben has developed a sophisticated, modern sound. Ben, a graduate of Old Dominion University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree, is now branching off to launch his solo career with his first single “Wannabe”. With his uniquely understated brand of vocal phrasing and nuanced tone, Ferrell has the ability to repeatedly—and ever-so-subtly—wow fans of jazz, soul, and pop music. He proves on this track that there are few others in today’s brash and noisy music world who can touch his mastery of getting the most out of any lyric and melody by letting it all flow as naturally as an intimate conversation occurs.

It’s precisely Ben Ferrell’s willingness to delve into unorthodox terrain within the structured sensibility of a time-honored jazz-styled arrangement that makes his delicately delivered lines so powerful. “Wannabe” displays his ability to convey a topic in a manner that feels like a choice journey set to the most mellow yet colorful of soundscapes.

One moment, the exploration is of the blurred lines between a surreal keyboard and mechanized percussion; another, there’s marveling of the most beautiful and real of music’s natural gifts – between voice and flute.

Of course, the simple pleasures of pure love are at the heart of the selection, but not with any hint of the tiredness or monotony that so often plague both popular and jazz tunes striving for a similar message. “Wannabe” reigns as the supreme chill-out anthem of peaceful romance and quiet sensuality.

Ben Ferrell exemplifies the art of unaffected cool within his perfectly paced narrative, as he relates with unrushed melodic bliss. Maybe it’s because he never feels compelled to push or force his chords in order to draw listeners in, or maybe it’s simply one of his natural gifts.

Ferrell displays a lot of warmth and shine via his palatable interpretational prowess. His contemplative nature is at once vocally relaxed and refreshed. “Wannabe” zeroes in on those qualities from start to finish, showcasing the alluring lyrical precision he affirms in each verse along the way.

It is a meticulously-crafted piece of music. Ferrell is part of a rare breed of singer-songwriters who can still convincingly make the case for jazz as popular music, and do it with thoughtful, grown-up songs from his own pen.

Ben Ferrell’s music reaches out to listeners on a personal level and like “Wannabe”, the clean and uncluttered way it’s arranged and recorded only makes it easier to feel that direct connection. The question of whether the tune should be considered jazz is easily answered in the affirmative.

The music is genuinely passionate, smart, and harmonically intricate. The feeling in the rhythm section, even if it is not swinging, is rich in the give-and-take of jazz. The relatively subtle arrangement doesn’t offend, and the whole thing feels like a conversation.

The pulsing groove propels a gently punchy melody. The keys, flute and guitar almost sound like they are commenting on the lyrics, adding delicious licks to the proceedings. Finally, the intelligence and the warming cleverness of the songwriting, complete this smart and well-crafted song.

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