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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

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

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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,

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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

Joe Dirrt – “Before The Fame” – distinguishes himself from other new generation rappers

Joe Dirrt is a hip-hop artist coming out of Los Angeles, Ca who originated from the heart of Buffalo, New York. His style embraces both the rampantly smooth Cali flow, and hard hitting east coast lyricism. Joe gives us a full serving of his talents on the 12 track album, “Before The Fame”. It’s a testament to the independent grind he employs to cultivate a dedicated fan-base. Joe’s rhymes are designed to string out little observations until they form a big idea. His wordplay don’t only connect or make sense in sequence but they can create powerful impressions.

From that moment, I put a peripheral scope on this album, all the while taking time here and there to dig into his other work. What I found floored me. The level of craftsmanship exhibited by Joe Dirrt in every recording was astonishing.

The opening track “Boss” kicks off the album with hard-hitting, classic hip-hop vibes. Joe starts rapping with tenacity from the get-go. The forceful delivery, the professional wordplay, the polished vocabulary sprinkled with tasteful slang; his first bars quickly left an impression on me.

Right after the first track comes one of my personal favorite tracks off the album, “Shape” This particular track sounds like a classic trunk-thumper you would hear banging out a system from a low-rider. “More Then Music Freestyle” brings a breeze of soulful piano melody, over which Joe Dirrt drops lyrical fire.

Joe crafts another absolute mid-tempo banger with “Stuck”, which not only distinguishes himself from many other new generation rappers, lyrically as well as sonically, but actually highlights the reality that overall he is completely different than these other rappers out here.

Some of the album’s other highlights include the track “The Declaration” which features Rothstein coming together to craft a smooth ride-out groove of lyricism and soulful delivery, as well as “I’m Livin” where Joe Dirrt cuts through the beat with concise authority and genuine proficiency in his craft.

Moving forward we find “Beat Bully” where Joe architects his story in a very inspiring way. It’s easy to notice the diverse production angles that Joe is taking throughout the entire album, and “If”, with its jazzy piano driven soundscape again sets a beautifully different tone.

The production of “December” incorporates the traditional head-nodding-style vibration, where Joe flaunts and emphasizes the respect that has to be earned in the streets. “No Matter What (Ft. M.I.L.)” slaps hard, with an adrenalin pumping energy.

Joe spits some lavish spiritually-affected talk on “Forgive Me”, as he moves into another frequency.  Each of these aforementioned tracks represent Joe Dirrt’s sound in a nutshell, and clearly displays his mentality, and maturity. Each of these songs are amazing pieces of aural art that describe Joe’s life experiences in some way.

Joe Dirrt provides great detail in this album, and really shows what he is made of, which may surprise many people. One thing that he does really well throughout this recording, is keep his momentum going. “Before The Fame” is an album that shows us the work Joe Dirrt has put in, and more importantly, what is expected to come next.

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