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

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

AMARU: “That’s The Way I Like It (Radio Mix)” – a message however of strength, inspiration and upliftment

Last year around about this time we were celebrating the release of the album “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE” by AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname (South America), residing in The Netherlands (Europe) since 1991. The album reaped in critical acclaim and fan appeal for the passionate and determined artist. At the beginning of this year, AMARU dropped the single “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE (RAP-TITUDE MIX)”, to show a rawer side to his usual sophisticated pop and dance vibe. And once again he delighted his fans and baffled his foe with another display of his open-minded and dynamic skillset. Now slap-bang in the middle of 2019 with the red-hot sun ready to ignite our desires and fuel our libido, AMARU bounces right back with his summer anthem, “That’s The Way I Like It (Radio Mix)”.

This time around AMARU builds his ear friendly melody around a robust reggae beat, and dedicates the song to “the underdog”, with a special nod to the LGBTQIA community. It’s a bittersweet exposé on the afflictions suffered in simply trying to be yourself in an intrinsically dogmatic and insensitive society.

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AMARU’s message however is one of strength, inspiration and upliftment, as he proudly sings in the chorus:  “I’m gonna live life my way, cause that’s the way I like it.” Though the lyrics are written in a personal way, the impact of its message is universal.

Being the exuberant and creative artist he is, AMARU has packaged the song in a brand new tropical flavored video, shot on location in Fortaleza, Brazil. The thought of high temperatures, the sweet smell of coconut oil, and revealing outfits, all backed by the reggae groove of “That’s The Way I Like It (Radio Mix)”, sounds so much like my kind of summer.

Whatever your plans are for this summer, wherever you are, you’ll need a soundtrack of the best summer songs to accompany you. This needs to be on your playlist, regardless of your tastes, because there’s no resisting the bittersweet tug of this tune.

The song’s happy-go-lucky melody, coupled with AMARU’s soulful tone, and evocative lyrics, makes for a tune that should perfectly encapsulate the mood of every summertime to come. It’s that moment in time when we break free from all of life’s day to day mundanities.

We drop the clothes, the attitudes, the prejudices, the social stigmas – we seem to all be the same person, searching for the same thing, lazed out on the white sands, carefree and permissive, in awe of a cool, clear blue ocean. How come every other day of the year, we’re so different?

I suppose AMARU sums up the answer perfectly in “That’s The Way I Like It (Radio Mix)”, when he sings: “But everyone’s opinionated. Sometimes not sophisticated. People can be complicated…” I say, so what! I’m gonna live life my way, cause that’s the way I like it!

So whether you’re touring the festival scene, hopping from island to ocean, or manning the barbecue at home like a pro, AMARU’s got your soundtrack covered.

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