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

Manu Francois – one of the most innovative independent crossover creatives heard in recent years

Manu Francois known for his rapid fire flow, superb singing, solid writing, sharp as hell production, and iconic rasta hairdo has been one of the more slept on powers in the musical community in recent years, always bubbling underneath the surface of the mainstream on the various audio and video platforms, as well as live sets around the world. Manu’s past work on projects like “Release” (2018) and “Check It” (2017), are just begging to be uncovered. Thankfully, his latest singles from 2019 have been more than just good enough to get noticed; they’ve brought an excellent mix of creativity, self-awareness, and super dope production.

Every so often, an artist comes along that re-calibrates expectations for popular music. Born in the Caribbean, and living in NZ. Manu Francois is a well-travelled artist, who has been doing music his whole life. He has performed and shot music video clips all across the globe – from South Africa to the USA and even Thailand.

Manu is grand in his vision and ambition in bringing music which is positive, resolute and uplifting. And which doesn’t fit into one single box. One moment he is an energetic rapper, the next he is a soulful crooner, as he switches from razor sharp electronic grooves to sweeping organic tunes at will.

To put it simply, Manu’s music goes above and beyond what I could possibly have imagined it being. Quite frankly, Manu Francois shows character and energy beyond what I assumed to be his realms of capability as an independent artist. Limits, boundaries, and borders, do not exist in his musical vocabulary.

His songs say all they need to say, and do it with authority, whatever the context. They speak for themselves. From impeccable flows and clever lyricism on “Nest Egg” and the deep resonant croon of “Dedication”, to the soulful jazzy tones on “Melt”, the booming breathless delivery on “The Devil In The Throne Room”, and the epic powerhouse production of “Hurricane”.

These songs are proof that Manu Francois is the finished article, truly announcing himself as one of the most innovative independent crossover creatives heard in recent years. He is easily my favorite artist of the year so far. Manu’s blend of alt-rap and progressive singer-songwriter vibes has sent shock-waves through my musical spectrum and I am sure it will do the same to many others.

You can pick out any track, from any project that Manu as completed, and he formula is much the same – it is highly ambitious, meticulously thought-out and deeply thematic. Manu Francois showcases a true sparkle of potential in the relentlessly boring battle of authenticity in the modern music world.

Manu Francois doesn’t play that game. Music is his life, not just a short cut to the bank. His art speaks for itself. Instead of wasting time on flex lyrics, he is acutely focused on creating uplifting and thought-provoking music, littered with deep metaphors as well as personal and cultural observations.

One can clearly hear how many influences have shaped Manu’s multifarious aesthetic and inspired his vivid soundscapes. His music voices an insistence to play by its own rules. Make of it what you will, but you’ve got to hand it to Manu.

The density of his work, the stylistic and conceptual daring, and the versatility and skill showcased, sets Manu Francois apart as one of the most exciting new voices in urban and modern music today.

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