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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

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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,

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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

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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

Jas Frank & the Intoits – “In Early Mornings” – a tragic song that simmers and burns on an almost playful beat

Jas Frank & the Intoits’ debut album “The Girl from Cherry Valley” was unquestionably one of my favorite albums, which I initially heard at the beginning of February 2019. It gave me something I felt like I’d been missing for so long from the music scene. Finally here was an album woven not just of sounds, but of stories, one that felt intimate and visceral, that made me nostalgic for something I couldn’t even quite articulate, but something that left me aching and wistful all the same. Jas Frank & the Intoits have developed to be a progressively excellent band, one who embraces the old, broken down spirit of rock n’ roll and utilizes the technologies of electronics. Moving from luscious intimate production to more jangly rhythmic excursions, overall, the album was musically focused with a strong sense of lyrical clarity throughout.

Now from that same album, Jas Frank & the Intoits have released the single “In Early Mornings” alongside an accompanying music video. Described as “an attempt to portray the complexities and the intricacies of an abusive relationship,” the video for the song was released on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

The album cover artwork

Jas Frank & the Intoits – a music project from Croatia, comprised of Jas Frank, Marko Gacina and Slaven Bolanca – make their message clear right from the opening verse: “In early mornings, when the town’s still asleep. You’re ignoring that you’re in way too deep. You find excuses for the man. Although you don’t know will you make it through another day.”

Striking a dark, rich and deep tone, this is where the band excels, within a tragic song that simmers and burns on an almost playful beat. It is exactly this contradiction between the lighthearted bouncy musical backdrop, the soft and sweet engaging melody, together with the harrowing narrative of an imminent danger, which perfectly describes the general modus operandi of an abusive relationship.

Contradiction builds and builds until it spirals, crashes and cascades, into a tragic end. Full of desperation, remorse, and trepidation, the song is eloquence defined. “In Early Mornings” is an astounding record. It underscores the emotional power of storytelling through a tender voice and an exquisite musical arrangement.

Much of how we choose to consider the music that surrounds our lives comes from how well it can impact us on a personal, emotional level. The listener is inclined to cling to each delicately placed syllable and note that is articulated within “In Early Mornings”. As an innovative and conscious group, Jas Frank & the Intoits capitalize on their lyrical proficiency, all the while mastering their extremely specific sound.

The band have carved out a niche that is uniquely their own – vivid lyrics and vocals, which alternate between low, velvety and soaring. The music can be either gentle or decidedly more assertive, depending on what the situation calls for. Delicate at times, rough and gritty at others, Jas Frank & the Intoits are so full of confidence and energy you may mistake them for a band that has been around for decades.

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