Ute – “Happiness Together” – thoughtfully sung beautiful music from a strong female singer

Ute is a singer, born in Germany, whose heart is in the USA, alongside a huge part of her fans. Ute’s best friend, Grammy winner Kurt Wipfli, is also her producer, and many of her songs are originally written and composed by him as well. Her latest single is, is the love ballad, “Happiness Together”. “It is about that once in a lifetime story when you realize that the person right next to you is the one who you want to spend the rest of your life with,” explains Ute. This is thoughtfully sung, beautiful music from a strong female

Love Ghost – “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)” will now appeal to a much wider audience

It’s always great to see a band evolve and branch out in new directions. What is even better is to see them succeed at this difficult endeavor. With their latest single –  “Pillz (The Sky is Falling)”, we see L.A. based alternative rock band Love Ghost continue on the path of evolution into much more than a rock band . They incorporate trap beats, rock grit and rap verses, to really diversify their sound on this recording. It’s really impressive to hear this sonic distinctiveness which demonstrates this band’s talent, and their fingers on the beating pulse of modern trends. I

Kahbay – “Cayenne Pepper Boy” – an entertaining story with a vibrant template

Rising out of the gritty underground of New Orleans rap scene, Kahbay is a new emerging rapper, who has released a mixtape through his own music company – Greater New Orleans Sound. His music is regularly played around major venues in New Orleans, with Kahbay himself performing numerous times at the legendary Blue Nile. Spending much of his childhood around local parades and live bands he has been captivated by the craft since the very beginning. Now tackling global markets with his own personal sound and style, Kahbay recently dropped his single “Cayenne Pepper Boy”. Right from the outset, the

LU – Ride or Die” ft. Omari Night and DazeOnEast – a surreal and identifiable tone!

Signed to Big Top Entertainment L.L.C, along with the production team Cali 303, Luis Torres aka LU, is a Mexican singer-songwriter and engineer, born in the city of Guadalajara. He migrated with his parents at the age of one where his family settled in Colorado. Produced by Kxvi, LU’s debut single “Ride or Die”, also features R&B singers-songwriters, Omari Night and DazeOnEast. This is perfect melodic R&B/Pop record, as LU and his crew know melody, quickly laying down the narrative’s overriding tone: “Girl You Know that I am down for you, in the fire shooting rounds for you, ain’t no

Gabe Lopez – “End Of The Lost Summer” deserves top level recognition!

It is extremely rare to come across an artist like Gabe Lopez, who is poised, multi-talented, bold, self-confident yet humble – and surprisingly, one whose name you should already be very familiar with. The reasons are evident. Gabe Lopez is a Billboard Top 5 singer-songwriter and producer, who has produced and written recent music for Belinda Carlisle, New Kids On The Block, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Twice, Key and other multi-platinum artists. He has also produced and written for Joey McIntyre, Charice, James Brown, The Other Two on Comedy Central, SHINee, Tae Yang, VeriVery, DreamNote, Gayme Show, American Idol finalists and

Jae’ Morrissa – “AWOL” and “Butterfly” will send chills up and down your spine

Born Ingrid Jasmin, professionally known as Jae’ Morrissa has gone from singing to patients and residents in hospitals and nursing facilities, to becoming a fast rising singing sensation in the music industry. She started singing at the young age of 3 years old, as her talents were nurtured through her Mother’s taste and love for music. Jae’Morrissa was also inspired and influenced by such artists as Deniece Williams, Stephanie Mills, Minnie Rippleton, Phyllis Hyman and Teena Marie. Her debut single “Just My Next Song”, is being considered as a Nominee for the 62nd Grammy Awards 2020, as well as a

Downtown Mystic – ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ – more than just a nostalgic listening experience!

One of the things Downtown Mystic notoriously excel at is masking emotional lyrics with upbeat, driving-with-the-windows-rolled-down kind of melodies. Their double-side single, ‘3-Way Heartbreak’, which also includes the track ‘Same Old Lover’, recorded in 1983, has all that and more. While for most other contemporary bands, it’s hard to recapture the real magic of rock n’ roll, for Robert Allen and his crew, this comes easy. They grew up during rock’s golden era, hence Downtown Mystic’s music lives up to the genre’s legacy, rather than just riding on its coattails. The ‘3-Way Heartbreak’ single, on the Sha-La Music, Inc. catalog,

P Bailey – “Change The World” – a lush blend of mid-tempo R&B and Soul

P Bailey has adorned our pages many times over the last few years, but just in case you missed it, we’ll fill you in again. Originally from the UK, Paul Bailey aka P Bailey grabbed his first musical influences from Motown and Muscle Shoals, as well as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Without any formal training, the 5 octave singer, developed his singing and writing style by listening to artists like, Ron Isley, Donny Hathaway, Luther Van dross, Prince and James Brown. Bailey had his first major break when Rick James sampled his track ‘Part time Lover’ for the sound

Mandalan and So Foreign Productions Launch Campaign For ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie Video

Mandalan is the music project of Los Angeles-based musician, songwriter and producer James Brennan. He produces a tropical house genre of dance/pop music with a dramatic sound including heavy drums and electronic elements. Together with So Foreign Productions, Mandalan is creating a music video experience for his new dance single ¿CÓMO SABRÉ? ft. Emarie, which you can be part of. On PATREON, they have launched a campaign inviting Patrons to be part of an upcoming official music video for the song. Supporters will receive a digital download of the song along with credits in the music video. They will also

Sofi Maeda – “ASHITA” bursts with sound and energy!

Sofi Maeda was born in Takamatsu, Japan. The alternative pop-punk starlet has been doing music seriously since 2016. She has released the album “You Know Me Well” in 2017 and has followed up with a series of successful singles. She has won singing as well as song contests, and has performed on the Red Square in Moscow, at the festival in Gorky Park, as well as concerts in Depo, Live Stars, San Diego, Glastonbury and many more. This year Sofi has dropped 3 singles so far, including “ASHITA”. If you like Sofi Maeda then you should already have “ASHITA” on

Izzie’s Caravan – “Zephyrs” shows us a completely different side to his artistic mindset

Everything Tom Petty touched turned to platinum during the ’90s, starting with the sales carryover from his 1989 solo debut Full Moon Fever, so when during 1999, Petty and the Heartbreakers announced the release of their 10th studio LP, Echo, expectations were understandably high. The new LP also boasted the involvement of producer Rick Rubin, who’d helped give Petty’s work a slightly rougher, more no-nonsense sound while working to maintain the focus on songwriting that had made the band such reliable hit-makers. But Echo presented a different Petty. He sounded broken, resigned, and defeated. In an interview later, Petty would explain that he had suffered severe periods of depression, and took some hard knocks in life during that time. The hard time, as fans were aware, stemmed mainly from Petty’s divorce. Ultimately, Tom Petty himself found a way to love that album which represented a painful snapshot from a dark personal period.

All of which brings us to Izzie’s Caravan, who took inspiration from this particular melancholic Tom Petty album, when composing the tracks that would make up his “Zephyrs” EP. A recording that is totally different from his blues-rich guitar swinging “Leo’s Guitar” EP. However it is no less impacting nor less eloquent.

On the contrary, Izzie shows us a completely different side to his artistic mindset. The introspective songwriting that Izzie’s Caravan embraces on “Zephyrs” merges head-on with the force of his instrumentation and arranging, igniting a slow burning, but explosive urgency that steadily pushes this EP onward.

For every tentative note of spirited buoyancy, there’s an equal, pervasive sense of sorrow and melancholy. This occurs right from the start with the jangly shimmering guitars on “Holy in Your Smile”, accompanied by the beautifully understated melody, where the male-female vocal chemistry is nothing less than alluring.

By the time Izzie’s wailing guitar solo materializes, the song is ready to reached in and touch you deeply. The passion, the feeling, the soul, in just this one track alone, is enough to compete with multiple albums of many other bands. The moments of harmonic bliss and tight musicianship are distinctly tangible here.

South of Yesterday” is less intense, with a smoother, easy listening veneer. All perfectly balanced on the jangle of Izzie’s perpetual strumming guitar and his mellifluous croon. It is the artist’s ability to write sophisticated and personal music, while making it sound so simple and accessible to the most common of ears that ultimately attracts the listener.

In fact, the level of intricate and melodious songwriting demonstrated throughout this EP is instantly striking. “Tracii’s Ballad” again draws you in with its highly entrancing and nostalgic guitar motifs, sustained by a seemingly carefree rhythm and the warmth of dancing strings.

The masterpiece arrives right at the end, with the title track “Zephyrs”, which joins “Holy in Your Smile” as the EP’s two most outstanding songs. The voices here have an uncanny ability to bend with each other, creating a truly emotive experience.

The overall effect provides substantial drama. A haunting, touching and reflective drama. The addictive, slightly drawn out vocals, create a sweet, resonant sound. The male-female voices together are truly special. The final articulate touch to the song, is provided by Izzie’s closing guitar solo.

In the end “Zephyrs” is an intoxicating EP that makes me want to set off on some much needed travels, feeling safe in the knowledge that I have now already dealt with my emotions at home. Of course I’ll have to wait until we’ve defeated the Covid-19 virus.

So in the meantime these songs by Izzie’s Caravan will continue to keep me company, treading delicately, but significantly around the tensions of desolation, heartache and longing.



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