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

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,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

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

Rashod Holmes Announces New Single ‘The One’

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

Vincent Krennerich – “Verlassene Stadt” – plenty of delicate aural color

Vincent Krennerich is a composer, songwriter and pianist from Germany. The artist, who has featured on our pages before, has released his double-side single, entitled, “Verlassene Stadt”, which translated, would mean ‘abandoned city’. The second track, contained in this set, is called “Morgengrauen”, which in English, would mean ‘dawn’. However if you heard these compositions, there would be no need to translate them, as Krennerich’s music describes itself rather poignantly. Though stripped back and basic solo piano, the key to the success of both these recordings, is the propensity Vincent Krennerich has in composing subtly fine melodies. Both tracks have

Hybrid Blues fuses stellar musicianship, heartfelt songwriting and soul-stirring vocals

Out of Aotearoa (New Zealand), Hybrid Blues are a 4-piece band, made up of Mike Everard (guitars, vocals), Adam Pendred (bass), Mark Schaumann (drums) and award winning front-man, singer-songwriter Roy Hudson. The band signed to SGNB Records USA, has just released its self-titled blues-based album. No two songs on “Hybrid Blues” sound the same. The record not only showcases Roy’s abilities as a singer and a songwriter, but also highlights the wide range of influences that have impacted on his music. The album takes you in so many different dynamic directions that it can feel a little dizzying, while the

DOWNRIGHT: “Break Me Out” – a brilliant song from a long lost eighties soundtrack!

DOWNRIGHT is a driven and eclectic multi-genre collective based between Birmingham, AL & Nashville, TN. I say ‘multi-genre’ because I ran through a handful of their songs, and not one track sounds like another. DOWNRIGHT seem to explore many avenues of music, using both synth and guitar driven motifs. “Break Me Out” is the first single off their upcoming album. Right out of the box, this track is a lot truer to the sound and style of actual 1980’s mainstream music than most of what passes for retro nowadays. If you remember the smash hits of that time, and how most dance-oriented pop, funk and rock relied on sequencers and synths as if their lives depended on it, you’ll thoroughly appreciate and enjoy this track. For the die-hard 80’s fans this is a no-brainer. For anyone who is looking for some great synth-driven pop music that is a cut above the rest, give this a shot.

We live in an age where electronic music is hardwired into popular consciousness. Therefore we are now aware that music which has electrical charges and currents rushing right through it, is not cold or removed from us: it is as human as we are.

“Break Me Out” starts like a brilliant song from a long lost eighties soundtrack , shimmering its sequence of sonorous synth notes, under layers of rhythm stack up, all slot together, in perfect combination. The clicks and thuds of the beat, push the funky basslines urgently forward, as the eloquent vocals, carrying a melodious hook, weaves its way meticulously through the dancing riffs.

This track makes me surge with unconfined joy, as it equates emotion with meaningfulness. Clever lyrics wrapped in music that reaches out to the world, like this stuff does, is not an everyday occurrence. “Break Me Out” continues the winning way of elevating the power of the word via music, as it investigates the yins and yangs of an emotional life.

Compared to what the market currently offers, this song has less rage but more pathos, less despair but more poignancy. It has the rejuvenating power of making something that’s not working, surge back into life.

Expressing passion, explaining pain and being trapped within a moment – “Break Me Out” is an affectionate tribute to the days when music usually involved singers that could connect to the audience. But it’s more than that too. It’s about what music can be, and should be: the articulation of being human, with all its weaknesses and strengths.

Loaded with pulsating keyboards, and a very relentless beat, the song’s processed sounds signal a wholly unexpected sense of purpose and direction for what can be called a retro genre. Odes to the past, genius innovation, and an energy that is truly infectious, work together, to blow anything similar out of the water.

No matter how commercially successful “Break Me Out” turns out to be in an era dominated by four-to-the-floor EDM, DOWNRIGHT have given us a real gift and shown the rest of the electronic music community how to make synth-driven music with depth.

Throughout the recording, the production gives the music a modern, sleek feel. Yet everything still sounds indisputably eighties. There’s absolutely few like DOWNRIGHT making music like this. They have pulled out all of the stops, outdone themselves, and all the competition. Most modern disposable electronic artists need to learn a ton from DOWNRIGHT.

“Break Me Out”, while predominantly a very charged high energy track, does not lack depth and sincerity. And as pop as the music may seem to be, it somehow transcends everything that is superficial about modern pop music. That’s the key to timelessness!

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