J Tizzle: “The Chill Zone Vol 3” – The taste is smooth and distinguishable!

As living things, we need a steady supply of certain ingredients to survive. In music, the formula is undeniably similar. A song requires both rhythm and pitch. For the musically hungrier amongst us, these ingredients are not enough. We need to add extras, such as mood, atmosphere, emotion and groove. Unfortunately, even with the proper ingredients and extras the results are not always as expected. Stagnancy spreads within the craftsman, as well as a lack of skill or emotion. Luckily one, by the name of J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.), avoids these annoying traits. Within his songbook exists all of

Heavy AmericA: “Motor Honey (Peace)” – It’s rock. Pure and simple.

A couple of years ago, the bands to emulate in modern rock were those that flooded the radios with wickedly catchy upbeat power pop tunes. Then came the neo-metal-driven climate, where even the tame end of the spectrum became heavier. On their new single, “Motor Honey (Peace)”, Boston based three piece rock group Heavy AmericA, proves themselves among the best in the alternative rock genre with a track loaded with hooks for mainstream appeal, but with an energy and drive that keeps them from sounding like mere imitators. The new release which has all the potential to climb the rock

Scotty Seed: One of the more original and thoroughly enjoyable alternative listens of the year!

Proud of his Italian heritage and his role in the LGTBQ community as a queer artist, Scotty Seed is a musician based in the East Village of New York City. Obsessed with art, including fashion and music, Scotty, originally a Jersey boy, started taking songwriting and production seriously in his twenties. Influenced by elements of industrial, pop, grunge, PC music, electronic, and screamo music, he counts artists like Crystal Castles, Marilyn Manson, Hole, David Bowie, Madonna, and Depeche Mode among his inspirations. Fighting an ongoing battle with bipolar disorder, making music provides him with an escape from his mental health

Suburbs: “Sound of the Sea” – a rewarding new project

Suburbs is an indie rock band from Scheveningen, Netherland launched in 1995. The band that has its roots in the eighties and nineties achieved national exposure when they won the national contest “De Grote Prijs van Nederland” (The Grand Prize of the Netherlands), the largest and longest-running music competition in the country.  As of the summer of 2013 Suburbs has started a new chapter. Lead singer Arie Spaans and 2 early band members set to work to bring their old sound back. The following year they started dropping singles and video clips leasing to their mini EP “Masters” in 2016.

Martone: “Erogenous Zone” keeps the adrenaline and emotions flowing!

It was 5 years ago that pop superstar, Sam Smith, stepped up to the plate and showed the world that love songs don’t have to be heteronormative to be beloved. Smith came out publicly, stating that he wanted to be clear on what his album was about. “It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know.” He was also completely aware of how important his success is to the public narrative. Hearing your humanity represented and validated by pop culture is important, and many LGBT supporting musicians have since been stepping up to share their experiences. The

Red Tan: “Don’t You Dare!” – Vocally anchored and soulful!

Red Tan is a young widow and single mom. Living in an unfamiliar environment while suffering depression and anxiety has been a challenge that she was able to put into music on her single “Don’t You Dare!” It’s an inspirational anthem meant to help others overcome their struggles and difficulties, and achieve their goals. In the meantime it has been a healing medicine for the singer-songwriter herself, helping her to become a stronger and better person. Red Tan’s ability to create deep thoughtful music, her timeless voice, and her capacity to be so introspective, makes her extremely relatable to any

Albert J: “Grow” embraces both aural diversity and true inspiration

Albert J (formerly known as f.o.c.u.s.) is an American hip-hop recording artist residing in Tampa Florida. Moving through Maryland, DC, Virginia, NC, California and now Florida, Albert J got to experience a lot of diverse music and inspirations. From bands ranging from Sigur Ros and Coldplay to Linkin Park and Incubus, as well as many Hip-Hop influences from DMX, Kid Cudi, Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, Albert J grew up with a wide palette of sound. His 3 mixtapes “Youth Religion” (Dec 2013) “Remember” (March 2014) and “YR2” (April 2015), garnered serious attention in the Hip-hop scene, finally leading up

Knarly Jones: “Redemption” takes us on an epic journey

“Redemption”, is Detroit-based EDM producer, Knarly Jones’ second drop in a series of four releases this summer, preceded by “Atonement” which was released in June. After spending time away from music to study mathematics and physics, Knarly returns to the electronic music scene with a refined cinematic style and a slew of new releases. “Redemption” combines cinematic scoring elements with classic electro-house feel and heavy drops to create a unique sound for 2019. Knarly goes into his bag of tricks and creates an enlightening, varied soundscape that unleashes bass all over your face. With all of this to dive into, it’s

Maxime: “The Honest Me Pt.1” – a unique piece of work!

Maxime Boublil was born in Paris, France, into a musical theater family. His father Alain, wrote the musical adaptation of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, his mother was the first Cosette in Les Miserables in France. As a child Maxime played the cello and then went on to study photography Academy of Arts University in San Francisco, but he discovered what he really wanted to do, when he picked a guitar in a friend’s dorm room. After studying Music in Visual Media, Maxime went on to pursue a career as an engineer at Furstock Studios with three-time aria award-winning engineer

Absolute Doubt: “When Nightmares Become Dreams” – extreme melancholic chill!

John Francis, known by his artist name Absolute Doubt, is an up-and-coming rapper with a talent for freestyling. He works with a number of artists and producers on his latest EP “When Nightmares Become Dreams”, including Lucki, Jay Storm, and Downtime. The project imbues most of the tropes in contemporary swaggy rap music with an omnipresent breeziness that feels endemic to a luxurious daydream. The 2-song release consists of mid-tempo, gently forlorn hip-hop, padded out with New Age trap gauze. The music is pervaded by an all-embracing sonic fog. Absolute Doubt is best when he is pitted against gently fibrillating

Wild Horse: “Songs About Last Night” – embody everything before, current, and probably hereafter!

Wild Horse are a young vibrant original British Rock Band, from Burwash, East Sussex, formed by two brothers – Henry Baldwin (Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica) and Jack Baldwin (Vocals & Guitar) – with school friend Ed Barnes (Drums), 6 years ago, when they were around 12 years old. They have since released two albums and three EP’s, while building up a solid following in the South East. Their latest record out is the 10 track album, “Songs About Last Night”. Wild Horse have served up an entertaining, tightly produced album here. It’s very cool to hear a band playing stripped down rock and roll these days, especially when pop music and hip hop seems to be moving more and more into the uber-production realm.

There’s a real earnestness about the songs on this album, and that’s an element that’s been missing from conventional rock for a while. “Songs About Last Night” sets itself a rapid pace, refusing to unnecessarily halt itself when its tracks are an incessant burst of energy.

As soon as the overdriven guitars and banging drums start off “Fake Gold”, the band unabashedly moves forward and never stops, even briefly. It’s one of the reasons why this record feels so invigorating. Its congruity and tenacity are emblematic of the band themselves.

Drummer Ed Barnes is integral to its pacing, too, never using his metronomic beats for showmanship but instead as a base for the band to return to. Listen to how well he holds them together on the funky “High Too Much To Care”. The album does just what Wild Horse intended it to: exist on its own terms.

Although it’s important to consider what came before and after it, it’s an album with a character distinct from other current pseudo-rock releases. It helps strengthen the guitar-rock movement of this decade, and it’s a feat that shouldn’t go unacknowledged, considering the age of these guys too.

“King of the Underworld” plays testimony to the aforementioned statement, as the Baldwin’s give their guitars a solid working over, before going in for the six-string kill with “Mr Man”. This is one of those songs that you’ll remember after the record has ended.

Build around a twangy guitar riff and snappy drum beat, it maintains a live feel. Throughout the record you’ll have several of the vocal hooks and guitar riffs bouncing around in your head. “The Way I Am” brings some respite on a slower beat and clean jangling guitars.

This album is designed to be listened to loud, starting with the swampy “Every Now And Then” which keeps up the momentum and the adrenaline rush of the album with as simple a chord progression and drumbeat as you could wish for and a chorus infused with singalong spontaneity. And the highlights don’t end there.

“The Romantic Tales Of Mr Shy” is a driving rock song that careers into the distance after just over 4 minutes, and “The Club Downtown” is a mysterious noir feast with explosive interludes. Wild Horse maintain the illusion of carelessness and effortlessness while executing their tracks perfectly. The lead vocalist has a wonderful throwback voice that reminds you of previous musical era, and which he showcases beautifully on both “You” and “Harsh Realisation”.

Wild Horse are the epitome of guitar-driven rock in 2019: they embody everything before, current, and probably hereafter. Their rawness of sound is preserved and making music for music’s sake is emphasized, as opposed to commercial gain alone. How much more can you ask of a bunch of seventeen year-olds?

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