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

Strangers Of Necessity – “Abundance” – dripping with jazzy soul!

Every once in a while, there comes a track that arrives out of the left field and takes people by surprise. One that can prematurely declared an instant classic and actually lives up to the title. I love all types of music, but my taste is irrelevant. What is relevant is the fact that the single, “Abundance” by Midwest duo Strangers Of Necessity, will be considered great years from now. The track speaks to a generation of people struggling to prosper and find harmony, in a confusing, stressful modern environment. The duo bring forth their mindset and experiences, with immaculate flow and clever wordplay. The smooth sounds and production quality employed are top quality. Many would consider this track to be an exercise in positive, conscious rap.

“Abundance” is an unassuming reinterpretation of classic hip-hop sounds through the lens of everyday life themes and beyond by Strangers Of Necessity. There is a raw vulnerability and introspection on the track that makes it an enduring listen.

The duo show a rare talent for capturing personal thoughts and making them themes relatable to a global public. While the track’s sincere, grounded approach resonates throughout, that perspective is perhaps most evident here. They go from cashing checks to spreading love, and creamed pussy to metaphorical mythology, each line resonating strongly.

Together, prolific producer, CoryaYo and veteran lyricist, Fooch the MC, aka Strangers Of Necessity, were able to craft something truly special, with a timeless feel. CoryaYo’s production is very much steeped in the boom bap sound of hip-hop’s Golden Era, yet it all feels fresh and modern.

His mix is effective and complementary, never getting in the way of the duo’s easily discernible voices and narrative. The beat is dripping with jazzy soul and absolutely knocks on speakers that can handle it, if you turn the volume up to 11.

In today’s mumble music climate, there is clearly a demand from hip-hop heads, for the kind of nuanced, narrative that Strangers Of Necessity are sharing. The magic of “Abundance” is it’s quiet but assured brilliance, the way it turns the seemingly mundane into the sublime.

Delivered completely without any sense of gloss or pretense, Strangers Of Necessity’s raps leave no distance between themselves and the listener. No matter the subject or what they’re saying, Fooch the MC and CoryaYo are always at ease here, never over-extending themselves. CoryaYo’s production is extremely consistent; there’s never a weak moment, or one that separates itself from what’s going on in the narrative.

It is a clear reminder that Strangers Of Necessity have outstanding chemistry, and both components are able to play to the strengths of the other to perfection. The beat is extremely refined, making every subsequent listen very rewarding, and what this brings to the track is a cohesive chilled-out vibe. “Abundance” can without doubt be considered as a very high point of underground Hip-Hop.

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More About Strangers Of Necessity:

Fooch is a seasoned lyricist raised on the South side of Chicago. Now residing in SE Iowa, Fooch has made a name for himself on the spread out music scene. From being the frontman for Hip-Hop band Purple Asteroid Cadillac and releasing mixtapes, and opening for the likes of Ras Kas, RA the Rugged Man, Sage Francis and GZA from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, Fooch has become a staple in the Iowa Hip-Hop community. Fooch has also worked with some extremely talented artists/musicians and has featured on tracks with GLC, Naledge, Black Milk and Vic Spencer, to name a few.

CoryaYo is a blossoming, versatile producer and visual artist living in the Chicagoland area. Originally from Spencer, Iowa, Cory has honed his own unique sound, creating a cult online following through several well received instrumental projects including a few collaborative projects along the way with the likes of Bria Ariel, Blookah, Wun Two and Walterwarm. In the midst of forming Blue World Records and making a name for himself on the Chicago beat scene, Cory has also produced music for artists including Audio Push, Bria Ariel, Alo Lee, Jim Swim, Jetson, Chester Watson and G-Eazy.


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