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

LU – Ride or Die” ft. Omari Night and DazeOnEast – a surreal and identifiable tone!

Signed to Big Top Entertainment L.L.C, along with the production team Cali 303, Luis Torres aka LU, is a Mexican singer-songwriter and engineer, born in the city of Guadalajara. He migrated with his parents at the age of one where his family settled in Colorado. Produced by Kxvi, LU’s debut single “Ride or Die”, also features R&B singers-songwriters, Omari Night and DazeOnEast. This is perfect melodic R&B/Pop record, as LU and his crew know melody, quickly laying down the narrative’s overriding tone: “Girl You Know that I am down for you, in the fire shooting rounds for you, ain’t no

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

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

Lil Xelly: “Rxelly” – crank up the volume and ride!

The 19-year-old rapper Lil Xelly, hails from Rockville, Maryland and began making music as early as 9 years old, writing raps in a journal. While most new rappers do the normal thing and launch themselves into the hip-hop arena with a single release, towards the end of 2017, Xelly dropped a mammoth 105-song mixtape entitled “More Xelly”. Having now laid down his blueprint from which to evolve and expand, Lil Xelly went on to release two projects a month, starting in early 2018, and then surpassing that benchmark as the year went on, continuing into 2019. A couple of weeks ago Xelly dropped his 9 track mixtape, entitled “Rxelly”, which features the centerpiece single, and melodic banger – “Step N The Name Of XRR” (SparkHeem). Opting to be more multifaceted than flashy, Lil Xelly demonstrates the kind of versatility and maturity that should comfort anyone that might be worried about the career longevity of this nineteen year old. It doesn’t hurt that most of his tracks bang.

Perhaps even more than traditional hip hop, modern new age stylistic tendencies shows which rappers have a certain feeling for musicality, and an idea of what pop appeal is all about. The ultra-modern school of rappers rely on a melodious flow that’s on point with the music, and often have really catchy choruses.

Next to the flow, it’s most essential that artists of this style credibly convey emotions, which is often done by a lo-fi approach, adding some honesty to the sound. Notoriously most of these rappers are not exactly known for their lyrical ability. This is where Lil Xelly mashes up the legacies – both new and old.

During the course of its duration “Rxelly” works very hard to be all things it possibly can, and manages to so, at a qualitatively excellent level. Moreover it succeeds at delivering the very elements that grant successful mixtapes and albums of the genre to have either an entertaining or an intense outcome, depending on the premise.

From the opening track “SpaceShip” (k30beats), Lil Xelly raps and sings, forging all his skills in both harmony and rhythm. Add to that his smooth flow, clever wordplay, and impacting storytelling, and you know pretty quickly that it’s ‘game over’ for many of his contemporaries.

Running through “Enhancer” (SparkHeem), “Suicide”, and “Iso” (blkyth), Lil Xelly and gives listeners something stronger, with well-balanced energy that delivers a sense of sincerity and emotion. The tape takes another melodic turn on “MY MIND” (xangangbeats), as Lil Xelly sings and soars his way across the track.

Almost as if to show off the contrast, Xelly switches back to his extensive rapping toolkit on “FLY GUY” (SparkHeem), and rolls out some focused wordplay. All of which brings us to the banging groove of “Step N The Name Of XRR” (SparkHeem).

This, and the mixtape closer, “Ignition” *Rxelly* (Sparkheem), will put you in a feel-good mood, as the forthcoming chemistry will induce you to crank up the volume and ride.

Either way you look at this tape, whether you dig the music or not, you cannot take away the basic elements associated with Lil Xelly – he oozes confidence and star quality, and definitely knows how to turn a tune into something addicting. These are crucial elements in the search for the throne.

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