Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

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

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

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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

John Vento and The Nied’s Hotel Band certify exactly who they are!

A 2019 Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist John Vento is a successful Pittsburgh businessman and passionate singer-songwriter. He is also part of The Nied’s Hotel Band, originated in 2003 and voted Pittsburgh’s “Best Bar Band” in the 2016. The band gets its name as a tribute to Jim Nied, proprietor of the landmark Pittsburgh tavern “Nied’s Hotel”. What we enjoy here is the band’s latest album that’s well-crafted and structured to represent the feeling of real Americana driven rock n’ roll. Every song on here is great from first to last, in an even twelve count.

I think The Nied’s Hotel Band is one of the most underrated bands. People outside of their region wouldn’t even know who this great band is if you asked them, which is a shame. To me, this band is the essence of what core rock music truly is.

In this day and age of music that sounds like a few chords on top of a drum loop, this album is refreshing in its organic blend of thick rhythms, gritty guitars, resonating horns and soaring vocals. The lyrics are simple, the messages are clear, and the music is balanced. A great album to sit down and listen to, unlike many of today’s bands whose music is more background noise to which we conduct our daily lives.

This is one of those albums where you push play and sit back, letting John Vento and The Nied’s Hotel Band take you on a rollicking ride. The album is a distinct musical vision of electrified old school rock matched with the bristling energy of live performances.

From the moment the recording opens with the up-tempo and funky “I Need A Lover”, you are in for a set of developed songs, tight sound and production, evocative stories, diverse and enthralling instrumentation. Overall, a monster. It is hard to imagine a more collaborative effort than this. The Nied’s Hotel Band can rock ferociously when they choose to, but also lay in the cut, working entirely in service to the songs.

On “Catholic Girls” they drive the rock n’ roll groove, while on “I Love You” they get all woozy and soulful. “Down To Memphis” sees the band funking it out, while on “Brother” the electric blues flavors run thick and fast. This ever-changing cycle of moving dynamics continue throughout the album where John Vento and The Nied’s Hotel Band never allow you catch your breath.

There’s also a nice mix of live and studio recorded songs, which give you a chance to savior the wholesome energy and versatility of this band. From “Under” and “Lonely Man” to “California Dance” and “Red Headed Woman”, you’ll experience the explosive live performances, which is the ultimate defining feature of The Nied’s Hotel Band.

The Nied’s Hotel Band is anti almost everything that is happening in the mainstream music scene at this time. The result is one of the best albums of this kind that you can pick up in 2020. It’s a much funkier, more earthbound and rock n’ roll oriented than anything else released in the last few years.

You can feel John Vento and The Nied’s Hotel Band testing themselves, stretching their legs, and certifying exactly who they are. The “Nied’s Hotel Band” album is out on Feb 21st.

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