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

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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

Hazansky – “Grandma” – tightness, harmonies, and impacting emotional vibes

“Grandma” is the debut release of Oregon Music Hall of Fame College Scholarship recipient Joseph Matveyenko and his project Hazansky. The 4 track EP promises to be a small landmark in indie music making, and what’s all the more remarkable is that probably nobody sees this coming in the current climate of bombastic club music. This has all the characteristics of signature stuff: part sophisticated jazz, part retro-soul, part contemporary singer-songwriter R&B. The EP is precise and clean, played by fantastic musicians who would be equally at home in a jazzy late night club band or a rigorous studio group. There are hip guitar phrases, slick-cat chord changes, complex arrangements, soul singing, horn interludes, and tasteful piano swells behind the throbbing bass lines. “Grandma” contains legitimate organic sounding songs.

Produced in Los Angeles by Riley Geare (of Unknown Mortal Orchestra), the recording explores self-discovery and the importance of family, and was inspired by Joseph moving in with his grandma for college. “Grandma” veers from cool balladry to deep-dish soul to lithesome rhythms without breaking a sweat or seeming to overreach.

And it certainly doesn’t hurt that the arrangements are every bit as likeable as the melodies on all songs. Joseph Matveyenko vocal is flat-out idiosyncratic, the kind of singing that will baffle fans in the American Idol era.  It’s a little sugary, a little ethereal, and a little nonchalant at the same time. And it’s a quality tone.

“Found a new home – Away from everything I’ve known – A new opportunity – To explore a city unknown to me – (Ooh) Next year I’ll be gone – Back home in California (California) – In Los Angeles – In paradise (paradise) – Living with my grandma,” are the grounded lines which open the album, on the title track, “Grandma”. The nonthreatening groove, the pastel harmonies, and the chill soulfulness – the wondrous sound of a time when the world seemed less frenetic and ominous all-around.

“Dreaming” is every bit as brooding as its title suggests. It’s a classic example of soaring, yet understated song craft as you’re likely to run across anywhere this year. The horn and harmony arrangements are impeccable without sounding canned, the playing is great, and the female vocal works up a gospel groove that is surprisingly deep and poignant.

The piano is wonderfully dominant on “Stay True”, as the soundscape shimmers and flourishes around it. Creating timeless music isn’t an easy task, but Joseph Matveyenko and Hazansky seem to have a knack for doing just that.

Joseph has a way of writing that is part personal and part storyteller. Which is fine, because by the end of each song the listener feels as though they have been on a musical trip together: “Running through the clouds – Even when we wake up – The stars are aligned – Fingers intertwined – We were only strangers in our rose-tinted love – Life was a game – Round trip – After round trip.”

The EP’s closing, piano and vocal driven song, “Better Alone”, is touching, very real and deeply honest, as Joseph sings: “You could’ve asked how are you, ooh – Or what you doin’ today – Instead you said you don’t love me – Anymore.” It’s really hard to ignore the lyrical directness the singer-songwriter wraps into the eloquence of this musical composition.

“Grandma” is one of those recordings that every real music artist hopes to make – virtually flawless, and not linked to any trends or specific time-frames. In it you can hear all the promise of Hazansky’s music; its tightness, its harmonies, and it’s impacting emotional vibes.

The EP also features Salvatore Manolo’s guitar work as well as the vocals of Andrea Thompson. This EP is a shining example of how pop culture music can be crafted and performed by blending jazz, soul and even gospel elements, without ever resorting to bombast.

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