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

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

Terry Blade – “Misery (Mastered for Headphones)” magnificently fuses urban contemporary and indie-soul

Chicago’s Terry Blade makes no missteps on his EP “Misery (Mastered for Headphones)” – it’s truly consistent from start to finish. That said, there are some awesome songs, many of which could duel it out for the title of crowning achievement. The opener “The Unloveable” for example, magnificently fuses urban contemporary and indie-soul, tapping into acoustic guitar motifs for some stunning contributions. The cut is dark and enigmatic and finds Terry directly referencing his emotional deficiencies. “Tell me who’s gonna love me like this. A soul in constant crisis. The future is not the brightest, in self-imposed silence.”

Notably, in line with the majority of the album, sexuality and mental illness plays a sizable role, in the song narratives.  Terry Blade often affronts issues affecting the black and queer communities, but the truths he divulges have genuine universal appeal.

“The Mentally Ill” has a legitimate argument for being a crowning achievement, with its sad and melancholic demeanor: “I’m so unhappy, bitter and nasty. And that’s why I’m incapable of love,” sings Terry.

But arguably the biggest, most transcendent statement of love lost arrives on “The Widow”. “You left so suddenly, had no time to make a recovery. So much to do. Carried you in a hearse, who knew that you’d be first. I had no clue. Now I sit here feeling gray and sobbing, that type of pain just don’t go away. I’m not a weeping willow, just a breathing widow who has lost a superhero.”

As infectious as “The Broken” is, it’s the message behind it that carries the most weight. Terry speaks directly, his voice powerfully resonant in its plea: “If I wasn’t broken, would you have even noticed me? And if I weren’t so spoken, would I be your cup of tea?” The transcendence comes in the afflicting sentiments Terry infuses into his lyrics. These are not simple words of circumstance, these are sharpened arrows, shot straight from the heart.

The slow burning groove and strummed acoustic guitar that is irresistibly delicious on “The Other Side”, doesn’t cover the sensational, nuanced lead vocal performance, and the mellifluous harmonies. “Tick Tock (The Lonely)” closes the recording on another high technical note, with an interesting vocal arrangement.

All throughout “Misery (Mastered for Headphones)”, Terry Blade puts his artistic skills to use in full, reaching new emotional and technical heights while delving into heartbreaking lows. Terry manages to strike a remarkable balance as he lays scenes of personal pain before us, bare and brutal, and shows us how this affects him and fits into a larger landscape of widespread trauma.

Unusually for contemporary R&B/Soul, Terry Blade’s songs seem mostly to have been produced with dominant clean guitars, giving them a rootsy core that’s rare in most popular music today. Terry uses melody and space beautifully over downtempo rhythms, slipping between styles with authority and authenticity. And as personal as the recording may be at times, it’s also a universal take for anyone who’s experienced a troubled and afflicted life or shared time with anyone who has.

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