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

Calle Ameln – “HEYO” aimed directly at the broadest possible swath of fans!

Calle Ameln is a Swedish singer-songwriter with a background in hard-rock and metal, who mixes Americana, heartland rock and country styles into his earworm tunes. Currently Calle is getting set to release his brand new country-pop single, “HEYO”, due out on October 31st. And he continues to surprise listeners with a track that reaffirms exactly why he’s one of the genre’s most promising artists coming from Europe. His rhythmic singing style combined with a foot-stomping beat and thick guitar strums quickly heat things up on the new track. From the moment “HEYO” begins, you can tell that something is different. The identity Calle Ameln has established for himself with his previous work remains, but he’s a gained a maturity that makes for a strong track.

“HEYO” is a reworking of Calle Ameln’s captivating formula: lyrics that rotate between raunchy, romantic and poignant; music that shares itself, aesthetically, with pop, rock and country. This time around it’s more pop, and aimed directly at the broadest possible swath of fans. But the secret of Calle’s appeal is the man himself. His voice and his charisma.

When Ameln gets behind the mic, you can be sure of full-throated melodic and emotional deliveries. “HEYO” is no different. There’s a lot of soul that lives in this song; you hear it in Calle’s voice and feel it in his lyrics. This brings a sense of strength to the storytelling.

“HEYO” shows us how an Americana and Rock singer with an unusually talented voice and unique background can produce a record which not only feels better than many other mainstream country pop records that’s played on radio, but also goes beyond the usual format you expect from every other mainstream country-pop release.

The truth is Calle Ameln has stepped up his game on this track, period. Since hearing his album release “Revolution on the Rocks”, Calle has continued to refine and expand upon his voice and style.  Unsurprisingly, the results are resoundingly positive throughout “HEYO”.

Backed by a high-energy backdrop, Calle Ameln is practically on autopilot throughout “HEYO”, delivering a strong, invested vocal.  Calle successfully taps into his country-pop leanings, while also maintaining ample rock undertones. The song is what one expects from contemporary country-pop with a gritty soul.

Like most of Calle Ameln’s songs that precede this release, “HEYO” benefits from a catchy, incredibly memorable chorus.  Once more, Calle shows off impressive, ear-catching songwriting which is absolutely infectious. And his rich pipes are tailor-made for this type of song.

Beyond the lyrics, the vocals, and the narrative, the production on the track is another selling point.  All in all, my impression is that Calle Ameln is continuing on his upward trajectory, and quite ready to burst onto country-pop radio and into the hearts of his core fans, all the while finding new admirers along the way. It takes a voice like Calle Ameln’s to pull it off and find success. You’ll be hearing a lot more from this guy.


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