Ute – “Happiness Together” – thoughtfully sung beautiful music from a strong female singer

Ute is a singer, born in Germany, whose heart is in the USA, alongside a huge part of her fans. Ute’s best friend, Grammy winner Kurt Wipfli, is also her producer, and many of her songs are originally written and composed by him as well. Her latest single is, is the love ballad, “Happiness Together”. “It is about that once in a lifetime story when you realize that the person right next to you is the one who you want to spend the rest of your life with,” explains Ute. This is thoughtfully sung, beautiful music from a strong female

Love Ghost – “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)” will now appeal to a much wider audience

It’s always great to see a band evolve and branch out in new directions. What is even better is to see them succeed at this difficult endeavor. With their latest single –  “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)”, we see L.A. based alternative rock band Love Ghost continue on the path of evolution into much more than a rock band . They incorporate trap beats, rock grit and rap verses, to really diversify their sound on this recording. It’s really impressive to hear this sonic distinctiveness which demonstrates this band’s talent, and their fingers on the beating pulse of modern trends. I

Kahbay – “Cayenne Pepper Boy” – an entertaining story with a vibrant template

Rising out of the gritty underground of New Orleans rap scene, Kahbay is a new emerging rapper, who has released a mixtape through his own music company – Greater New Orleans Sound. His music is regularly played around major venues in New Orleans, with Kahbay himself performing numerous times at the legendary Blue Nile. Spending much of his childhood around local parades and live bands he has been captivated by the craft since the very beginning. Now tackling global markets with his own personal sound and style, Kahbay recently dropped his single “Cayenne Pepper Boy”. Right from the outset, the

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Gabe Lopez – “End Of The Lost Summer” deserves top level recognition!

It is extremely rare to come across an artist like Gabe Lopez, who is poised, multi-talented, bold, self-confident yet humble – and surprisingly, one whose name you should already be very familiar with. The reasons are evident. Gabe Lopez is a Billboard Top 5 singer-songwriter and producer, who has produced and written recent music for Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On The Block, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Twice, Key and other multi-platinum artists. He has also produced and written for Joey McIntyre, Charice, James Brown, The Other Two on Comedy Central, SHINee, Tae Yang, VeriVery, DreamNote, Gayme Show, American Idol finalists and

Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

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

Sofi 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 Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

The Glacier Effect: “False Memories” carries many emotional moments

The Glacier Effect is Jason McCann, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and graduate of the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences who is currently based in Sacramento, California. The project’s music incorporates elements of shoegaze, indie rock, Goth, darkwave, and 90’s alternative rock to create its unique, guitar-based, cinematic sound. The quality of work across The Glacier Effect’s latest 10 track album release, “False Memories” is uniformly high and displays a genuinely concise approach: tightly structured, unadorned, precisely detailed pieces that never over stay their welcome, and never exhaust their premise. Which of course is so unlike most instrumental music.

Before applying any precise label on this album, The Glacier Effect deserves broader consideration. On the continuum between the poignant work of God Speed You, Black Emperor! to the artful intransigence of Silver Mount Zion, and ending with the guitar orientated meandering of Explosions in the Sky, this project straddles the sweet spot in the center.

Not burdened with artful abstraction, and gleefully free of abstruse guitarism, the music found on “False Memories” marks out that hard to set boundary defined by understatement and symmetric musical structures.

The Glacier Effect is more than capable of developing the most convincing and affecting contrasts of tension and release applied with purpose and melody while staunchly avoiding the outright ostentation of more commonplace showmanship.

This is fine guitar dominated instrumental work that encourages active listening as well as offering rewards to those who appreciate consistently subtle timbral atmospherics. The musical turns The Glacier Effect make on this album also carry many emotional moments, which, if you ask me, is the most important component in any instrumental genre.

From the moment “Fireworks In September” kicks off the album you are firmly taken on a journey of sound and emotion. The interesting combination of heavy guitars and rumbling bass in the background create a restless atmosphere that will swallow you.

The second song, “Sleep. Dream.” is reserved for a somewhat more expansive and jangling guitar sound. But The Glacier Effect has an inexhaustible source of ideas and energy, showing on the crunchy, overdriven Street Drugs” that Jason can challenge himself and push the boundaries. His songs can be dark and heavy or extremely ethereal and ambient.

“Your Mind’s Got A Face”, switches the sonic code to brighter, more shimmering, ambient guitar sounds, while the slower “Dreamscape” forges the aforementioned etherealness. These tonal shifts not only allows The Glacier Effect to cover a large sonic landscape, but also to weave a plethora of emotions into the music.

Jason McCann always has a good understanding of this aspect and ensure that his music has not only the rich dynamics that his style allows, but also the emotional response it calls for. Nowhere are these two aspects more apparent together, than on “Runway” and “Downpour”, for me, probably the best tracks in the collection.

The incredibly soothing way the lush and melodic ambiance soars on the title track “False Memories”, truly sounds beautiful and adds an extra amount of depth to the album. The bass-driven soundscape provides the towering terrain while the guitar work genuinely says more than words ever could. “The 14 Line” picks up the pace and tone.

The atmosphere rises along with the swelling guitar and drums, leading up to a thoroughly exceptional composition. The album starts beautifully and ends that way too with a far reaching atmosphere of spacey vibes on “The Launch”. The song is crammed with tension and melodrama. Twisting the volume knob up reveals the massive wall of sound that is capable of melting your eardrums at high levels.

“False Memories” main strength is its incredible consistency in two crucial areas. Firstly, in its high level of quality; there’s no fat anywhere on this album, no lulls, and no long-stretches where you’re tempted to reach for the skip button.

The album’s second weapon is its raw emotive power. Despite the wordless songs, or in fact because of it, this music cuts straight past the intellectual centers and goes straight to the sensory receptors, and it’s there that The Glacier Effect hits the hardest.

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