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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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,

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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

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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

Dr Ally K: “Up Up & Away” – uniformly crisp and tuneful, with many inventive touches!

Real life happens; real music should result. But pop music’s claim to honest expression is often asterisked by the specter of commercial calculation. In a time when pop music feels so corporately manufactured and soulless it can be difficult to wade through the mud to find a diamond in the rough. Gold medal and award winning contemporary Urban Pop songstress, Dr Ally K, is doing her best to change that. A registered doctor (CFPC Specialist), she is an Ambassador for Autism Sings and a spokesperson for Shelter Movers. She also runs an Autism & Domestic Violence campaign to bring awareness to these issues. And she brings those themes right into the core of her music. Dr Ally K has written & recorded a song called ‘Monster’ about her slain friend, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, and domestic violence. The proceeds of the song – which will be released soon – are going to Elana’s family and charity of choice.

In the meantime Dr Ally K has released her acclaimed 6 track EP, entitled “Up Up & Away”, produced by award-winning, Peter Linseman at his CCMA nominated recording studio, Music Mentor Productions. The music on the recording is uniformly crisp and tuneful, with many inventive touches weaved in by the sagaciously skilled hands of Linseman.

The EP is at its best when it uses its star’s distinctive and nostalgically flavored voice for moments of harmonic beauty. All-round it is an energetic and addicting, yet deceptively, lyrically profound collection of songs, which is a defining statement as to who Ally is as an artist.

Dr Ally K launches the EP with “The Best (Mean Girl)” ft. Ajay – a song which carries a powerful anti-bullying message. An electro- synth motif is driven by a banging beat, as Ally’s voice soars over the arrangement, leaving just enough space for Ajay’s rap to make an immediate impression.

“Baby” showcases a light toe-tapping rhythm that evolves into a spacious harmony- filled soundscape, with a sparkling retro melody and a dynamic pace. The song’s light pop trills, slick keyboard flourishes, and slick production play to Dr Ally K vocal and melodic strengths. And things get even better on “Celebrate the Inside”, where Ally’s zings and observations are incisive enough to make this song resonate deeply.

The musical production on “My Cue” bursts with creativity as the song is driven by a high powered bassline, a slamming snare drum and Ally’s slightly more angst-filled vocal tone. Ally then goes on to dominate “Never”, with her impeccable voice and ear-catching melody which rides a strident and rugged production by Peter Linseman.

This is top class, radio ready material. Dr Ally K has an irrepressible energy and an infectious tone which mesmerizes the senses for the entire run-time. The vocals are crystal clear and the whole creation so precise. You’ll just love her story, her journey, and her spirit.

Ally’s decision to be both outspoken and conscientious in her art, benefits her in ways that give her total control in her own narrative. Dr Ally K displays a sense of command, which does not allow for stripped down passion or tarnished integrity. At the same time she doesn’t fall prey to overplayed melodrama and lets her songwriting make the impact.

By the time Dr Ally K closes the show down with the catchy title track, “Up, Up & Away”, it will come as no surprise to me, if her tenacity to continuously produce exquisitely hypnotic tracks, forms her into everyone’s favorite new pop star. Right from the moment you slip this into your media player, you’ll see what I mean!

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