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

Jona Da King – “Roots Of Love” EP – balancing rhymes, and soulful crooning|

Jona Da King is a hip-hop artist from Toronto, Ontario, based in Edmonton, Alberta. Jona is set to release his EP “Roots Of Love” which is scheduled to drop September 30th 2020. The artist has an eclectic musical palette which is colored by Hip-hop, R&B, Pop, as well as Jazz and Rock tones. We checked out his prime tracks in anticipation of the EP, and if the goal of this release is to make a breakout statement that Jona Da King is getting seriously started, he’s succeeded, delivering some of the smoothest, most mellifluous urban sounds we’ve heard in music

Diffusive – “Circadian Harmony” never holds back the truth!

In the world of hip hop, the casual fan doesn’t know much about the underground rap scene. These guys just don’t get into the conversation much when one talks about rap music, unless you are a hardcore hip hop fan. Often times if you bring one of these artists up, the reply is, “Who?” One of underground hip-hop’s top tier performers has to be Diffusive, who I’ve only just discovered today. Diffusive (JJ Agara) is a rapper, producer, and audio engineer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He owns the record label, New Pavement Records that is also based in Milwaukee. Diffusive’s musical influences include jazz musicians like Hiromi Uehara and Esperanza Spalding, along with rappers like Busdriver, Aesop Rock, and milo. Producer inspirations include Daedelus and Kenny Segal. He also has a passion for philosophers and thinkers like Karl Marx, Max Stirner, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

The “Circadian Harmony” EP is Diffusive’s latest project. “This album highlights some things that have been important to me,” explains Diffusive. “Beginning of mainly philosophical and focusing on existentialist philosophy, eventually connecting to the far-left political takes that go hand-in-hand with my desire for personal freedom, as well as for universal political and economic freedom.”

I really appreciate the level of sincerity and heart that Diffusive brings to his art. He never holds back the truth to spare anyone, anything or any system. I would love for every single American to listen to this recording instead of the junk that is spread to the masses. I know that many people cannot handle the level of thinking and integrity that Diffusive has, but if we could get more people to listen to his words with an open mind, we would live in a better world for sure.

Diffusive is not setting out to make radio friendly music to satisfy the trends – he is making what he feels in his heart and that always deserves more than one listen. In fact, the more you listen to “Circadian Harmony”, the more it will grow on you.

Straight off the cuff, when we press play on “Creative Nothing Raps”, we receive effortless vocal ability with smooth production to match. Moreover we receive Diffusive’s personal view on human development which drips with sharp lyrical gems like: “The fundamental problem, really, Is not so much to change consciousness. But to change unconsciousness.”

Lyricism is something Diffusive never lets up on throughout this entire recording. His ambitious, loquacious lyricism, reaches new artistic heights on each subsequent track. On the slow jazzy groove of “Bad Faith”, he drops another set of pearls: “Your soul’s so tiny it could fit in my back pocket. I don’t intoxicate, just elaborate. Less of superstitions and unruly schisms, I don’t advocate.”

What’s amazing is that someone who sounds like one of the finest and most profound left-field lyricists in hip-hop, hits a high-water mark as not just a lyricist, but also as a songwriter and producer. The tones, beats, hooks, and endless variations and rhyming patterns are all here, and they come off as just as impacting and, perhaps, even more immediate than anything I have heard this year. Diffusive was also inspired by ASMR-type recording techniques. You’ll will hear paper crumbling and tearing, fire crackling, soda fizzing, and various other types of Foley recordings, all executed by Diffusive himself.

“Categorical Imperative” features spoken word interludes by Catharine MacKinnon, as Diffusive investigates the meaning of the word “consent”.  Moving forward through the capitalist law enforcement and justice systems theme on “1312” feat. Voidness, to the late Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party talking on “Spontaneity and Organization” feat. Soulima & Elly Bird, and finally the closing with the instrumental “More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters”, Diffusive’s ability to communicate profound and intimate narratives comes to the fore. His complex vocabulary is there to create vivid and engrossing themes, not just for the sake of word wizardry.

Every track on “Circadian Harmony” has a profound meaning or a deeper personal aspect that may not be immediately obvious. However this is a hugely fulfilling EP, no matter how much work you want to put back into it. A superficial play-through still rewards with its catchy lyrical flows and gorgeous instrumentals. “Circadian Harmony” is definitely on my album of the year shortlist.

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