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

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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

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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

DAV!D&CLARA: “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” – as stellar as one would expect!

The album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” was initially expected to be released in 2020, but DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, were clearly anxious to unpack and unfold thoughts, emotions and experiences harboring deep in their mindset. There are so many great songs, with such a fluid cohesion, that listening to the album in its entirety is almost mandatory. The instrumentals are some of the best that DAV!D&CLARA have ever put out. Highly layered, experimental and so very important as a record that isn’t afraid to sound thoroughly diverse from its contemporaries. This is DAV!D&CLARA’s opus for sure. Additionally, David Castillo’s vocals are splendidly executed and mixed. Again, without wanting to sound over-hyped, this is the best work he has done in this department as well.

The album is filled with highly engrossing textures and melodic pieces that are often times absolutely entrancing, and transition very smoothly from one to the next. “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” has a very cinematic quality to it, even in the context of DAV!D&CLARA’s own discography, the narratives here are very powerful indeed.

Lyrically, the album is just as stellar as one would expect. DAV!D incorporates an extraordinary amount of personal narratives to describe the subjects throughout the album. Listeners will vanish into the expansiveness “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” provides.

The album is filled to the brim with songs that work exceptionally together. The enticing music and empirical tone of each track provides a unique experience. From the moment the album opens with the lead single, “Repair”, each subsequent song establishes a mood for the listener to grip and sink into.

“Out By The Shore”, “Button”, and Ain’t My Fault” lead us on a cerebral exploration with such precision and passion that each individual song shows it’s importance in the album’s grand scheme. They also demonstrate the tonal shifts DAV!D&CLARA took into creating such moments.

“The Latest Bloom” employs austere classical overtones, as DAV!D&CLARA alternates between quieter string riffs and defining industrial synths in a way that really does surprise the ear throughout the album. Listen to “Child of Light” for the eloquence of the former, and then “High On Life” for the abrasiveness of the latter.

Along the way you’ll bump into casual playful-sounding pleasantries like “The Lucky One”, while “Head In My Hands” embraces the experience of self-examination as Castillo sings: “I’m not broken or worthless, I just need some help. Help me pick up my broken pieces of who I am, help me become whole again.”

Self-scrutiny and soul-searching is a practice David Castillo is not averse to. “Confidence” is yet another example of his personal inquiry: “Looking in a mirror, repairing. I enjoy breaking you to make you stronger. Making you the best.” There are so many defining musical details and lyrics on this album, it is hard to keep up with DAV!D&CLARA. But it’s a successful recording because it expresses its feelings in a multifaceted and relatable way.

What’s surprising is how much of a punch is packed into this recording; when listened to up close you get absorbed in the subtle sonic twists and turns on songs like “Jump”, “Agape” and “Pop My Clutch”, and when it is blasting on your stereo with “Dreaming of LA”, DAV!D&CLARA, forces your head to bang, and you to sing along: “Come on haters, come on lovers. Give me your best.”

This is truly an album both casual and devout fans will enjoy. It is a creative statement by an artist following his muse, while breaking free from the norms of time. This is an album meant to be listened to, digested, and then reassessed through all its tonal shades, subject to the mercurial shifts that DAV!D&CLARA experience in life.

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