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

Marshall Artz Productionz – “Go Missing” ft. SeanQ – is incredibly hypnotic, with crystal-clear production

Released Aug 28th, “Go Missing” Prod. by Marshall Artz Productionz, is the producer’s 3rd single release since June. The track will be featured on his upcoming 2021, self-titled LP “Marshall Artz Experiment”. The song features singer-songwriter SeanQ, from Dallas, Texas. The producer’s blend of R&B-inspired neo-soul and smooth chill sounds becomes its own entity within the hip-hop and urban music world. Marshall Artz Productionz work should gain high appraisal through its colorful and subtly amped vibes that play to any genre lover’s ears alike. After listening to this track, I expect that the outpouring of demand for more of the

Evie Calabasas – “STARGIRL” – strong, sensitive vocals and soul-baring songs

Evie Calabasas is a 20 year-old singer and songwriter. She started playing guitar at the age of 6 and started singing at 15 years old. After attempting to be part of band on numerous occasions, Evie finally opted for a solo career. Her first solo project, the 3 track EP “STARGIRL”, has its title inspired by the first song she ever played live.  It is a tempered and exceptional record. It shakes, rattles and rolls with minimal, almost absent percussion, a dominantly strummed acoustic guitar and occasional keyboard interludes. Above all, is Evie Calabasas’ voice, which delivers an untethered, sweetly

Baby Lu releases her first single “Bad Stuff” on all major streaming platforms

Luna Elisabeth Jezebel Pool aka Baby Lu was born on February 5, 2002 in Frankfurt, Germany. Lu began singing and songwriting in her early teens and went to several music auditions where she was rejected because of her young age. She then decided to start making her own music after graduation in 2018. As she didn’t have any connections yet she wasn’t able to produce something properly. In 2019 she met the producer Austin Asiegbu (2aBeaatz) and started to produce her own songs. Pool has cited Adele and Demi Lovato as her major musical influences. Her other influences or inspirations

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Cha$e Benjamin – “The Fall Out” – moods crash and fall, then rise again

Cha$e Benjamin is an artist from Flint, Michigan. He dropped his mixtape “The Fall Out”, after a devastating break up. The project contains 14 tracks and a bucket load of producers. As peer-level artists are losing their heads to paranoia and politics, Cha$e keeps it real by delivering rhymes firmly rooted in the grim reality of his everyday life. The never-hurried emcee flows smoothly over some unsavory topics revolving around afflicted hearts and more. There are a few grunts of braggadocio, but mostly they’re rhymes of reality, as personal, angry, and occasionally afflicting, as it is. While other hip-hoppers produce synapse-popping pieces of futuristic beat architecture, Cha$e Benjamin plays an autobiographical angle affectingly well.

The Fall Out”, as a whole, drifts by at an even pace – it is a profound record in sound and concept. The solid, minimalist, spacey soundscapes, are occasionally punctuated by percolating bass lines and overt hip-hop rhythmic underpinnings.

There is often piano driven coolness being diffused, and when it comes to its lyrics, a mix of the smartly nihilistic, pragmatically cheerful and a glad-to-be-unhappy lyrical signature that’s irresistible in its sourness purveys the air.

The mixtape kicks off with the jangly guitar motifs on “Picture This” (prod. Monir), and switches to throbbing bass-drum kicks on “Your Loss (prod. AWCCBEATS)”. It’s in Cha$e Benjamin’s melodious tone, and stark mantra flow that these tracks are most effective, as he deals out pieces of simple, stately, poetic autobiography.

This is evident on the croon of “Complexion” (prod. LavishJax), his dry delivery on “Lakeside” (prod. Oasis) as well as the adlibs on “Make Up” (prod.TheKidFrankie).

The mixtape sometimes submerges the listener into deep crevices of destruction for the purpose of understanding the self and the pitfalls that doom us all in relationships. “Heart Broke” ft ANT DOE (prod.YoungTaylor) and “Monday Night (Interlude)” (prod.PrettyJimmy) give us a subtle taste of these troublesome deviations.

The bounce and rhymes on “Summer Love” ft. ANT DOE (prod. Sinato) is a definite attempt to lift the spirits. The mixtape is like an actual wave, as its moods crash and fall, then rise again, all while we frantically hold on. “Ric Flair” (prod. Mayor) maintains the groove momentum of the previous track, as does the head-nodding bump of “Come Thru ft. ANT DOE” (prod. CRXSH).

Amid the maelstrom, Cha$e Benjamin spews line after line of risks and resolutions on the busy backdrop of “Tuesday Morning”. The horns and electric piano on “ROSES” ft. ANT DOE is the step off the well-treaded lane, its heavenly sound threatening to lift you from your chair unless you hold something down.

Through it all, “The Fall Out” is a journey that explores what comes before during and after the lowest point reached. Here, Cha$e Benjamin is in great form, chronicling his mindset in a way that shows his acknowledgement of the path ahead.

In the process, he’s given us an ear-catching means to unfold his narrative. Cha$e Benjamin has separated himself from the crowd by offering a nuanced and well thought-out approach to an otherwise familiar set of topics.  Throughout the project, the rapper manages to outline the full scope of his narrative, while maintaining an underlying sense of bravado and flare.

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