Berani – “Cut And Taste” strikes an incredible balance of disparate elements

Berani is an electronic beat maker with a diverse sound spectrum and a tendency to produce bouncing rhythms or spacious and relaxing aural experiences. In a short time span, this emerging artist out of Byron Bay in Australia, has discerning music fans and casual listeners paying attention. The sound design throughout his latest single “Cut And Taste” is what we’ve come to expect from this creative top tier producer: popping percussion, basslines that melt like butter and a healthy dose of twisted horns to make everything bump in a soul-like fashion. Sprinkled around the track are sonic effects that keep

EsZ – “Liquor & Emotions” – introspective and emotional

Hip-hop has been cranking out bangers and high energy anthems for decades, but the average genre historian is well aware that dark or emotional thoughts on a chill backdrop is not a foreign concept for the game. After all, profound moodiness feels rather natural for a culture that grew out of urban plight and the trauma of purposely disenfranchised people. It makes sense that at least some mellow tunes in the genre, reflect deep-thinking speculation, in what artist EsZ, describes as thoughts on “life, growth and fake friends” in his track “Liquor & Emotions”. The song is a drunk text

Quad – “Love” embellishes each track with his personal revelations

Based in the south of Chicago, Quad started making music when he was around 14 years old and started taking it artistically seriously two years later. He produces, records, mixes and masters, using only a Blue Yeti microphone and FL Studios. So far Quad has written over 300 songs and released 1 EP, 1 Album and 8 singles. Currently training as an audio engineer at SAE University in Chicago, Quad explained that his latest album “Love” describes his personal understanding of the sentiment. The album “Love” was written and recorded over the course of 2 months after Quad was electrocuted

Acemattz & Bipha shine on “Tshanana”

Watching Acemattz & Bipha perform in any of their videos is like watching friends realize they’re onto something big time. They are accomplished rappers individually, on their own terms, and as collaborators, as a unit, their styles gel perfectly. They’re not just comfortable performing together—they are feeding off of each other, refusing to be one-upped, beaming and grinning and head-bobbing as they take turns impressing one another. By the end of each of their performances, their formation into a real show-stopping combination seems inevitable. In the new wave rap scene, there is plenty of talent to go around, Acemattz &

FuzzKill – “The Get Better” reaches all the expected heights!

FuzzKill is a four-piece rock band that started in Boston, MA. Introduced to one another through musical theatre, the band’s sound is firmly rooted in early 2000’s pop-punk influences. They released their debut studio album, “Happen”, in early 2019, and their sophomore album, “The Get Better”, just dropped on September 19th 2020. We have all heard the biggest punk bands of the 90’s and early 00’s. Their music mainly consisted of driving drums, distorted pop-punk guitar work and a set of memorable lyrics to go with the angst-filled high energy vocals. Today punk bands are a rarity, and any good

Dan Friese – ‘Jane Songs’ is something to be treasured!

Dan Friese is an Oregon-based songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist. In April of 2020, he released his debut EP, ‘Happiness’, a collection of self-reflective psychedelic indie-folk tracks. His first full-length effort, ‘Jane Songs’, was released on September 18th, and is available on all major platforms, along with the singles “Streetlight” and “I Can’t Say”. There’s a lot to appreciate on the new album, and Dan’s voice is arguably the most attractive aspect. Moreover, his vocals are often enhanced by inspiring songwriting and raw emotion, not to mention a wealth of down to earth acoustic guitar strumming. Dan Friese has an organic,

INTERVIEW: C.E.N. – the voice of the people

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and currently a resident of Dallas, Texas, C.E.N’s natural proficiency over poetry allowed him to produce meaningful and profound lyrics. Although he initially took the initiative to become a music artist for fame and fortune, he later realized that all he desires as a musician is to be respected and valued for the art he brings to the table. His music is deep lyrically and spiritually. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how you got started? C.E.N.: I was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was raised in a

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

The Real J Israel – “I Love You To Life” – an instant classic love anthem

The Real J Israel has a way of making you take note of his range and this is especially evident on his latest single “I Love You To Life”, written for his wife Latisha. Using a subtle adult contemporary format, it is a profound declaration of love, intensely sung with bona fide sincerity that sparks straight-forward openness in his voice. The Real J Israel digs deep into his canvas of sweet seduction using sultry and smooth tones. “I Love You To Life” has the power to take away any pain you’ve felt in your love life – if at all. It’s so empowering when a man is open about love. That’s all a woman needs. No offence to Tyrese and Usher but this is the kind of song that makes both wish they had produced.

As much as this is the era of rejuvenated R&B, very few artistes are taking the risk of not having a rap feature or heavy hip hop influences in their tracks. The Real J Israel took the risk and stuck to the old school R&B vibes, and it sounds totally refreshing.

It proves to the naysayers that pure R&B is still a viable genre. “I Love You To Life” is a bona fide grown man’s track that is as vulnerable as it is sexy, as it is artistically mature. It’s The Real J Israel accessing his heart and baring his soul in a go for broke performance.

I love how the The Real J Israel has taken his time with the song. Every message is being heard. Every feeling is being felt.  You can tell quite quickly once you begin to indulge into “I Love You To Life” that The Real J Israel has matured. It’s honest, it’s powerful and most of all, it has a lot of soul.

You can really sense the deep and enormous heart the singer gives in this song. I cannot compliment it enough. It prompts us once again that The Real J Israel is trying to remind people what real R&B is. No one makes a track like this anymore.

If The Real J Israel was aiming for that instant classic love anthem, he’s certainly in the ballpark with this track. Whenever you’re talking about staying together, and doing whatever it takes to remain intact as a unit completely in love, you are definitely creating the type of music that needs to be celebrated. “I Love You To Life” is definitely proof that The Real J Israel has got some perspective to add to the conversation.

The Real J Israel’s only obstacle in finding success with this number, is the way industry is going – if a song isn’t talking about big booties, heavy partying, how much money the artist has, or isn’t accompanied by a video with half naked women twerking and money being thrown in the air, it does not achieve echo on the various popular media platforms. That is the saddest thing of all when you really think about the music industry today.

MORE ABOUT: A former preacher for more than 20 years, as well as a former indie gospel artist for 7 years, The Real J Israel no longer practices any religion. He wrote his first R&B songs at 19, before surrendering to his religion and turning to gospel music, ministering several days a week at church.

The death of his niece inspired him to get back into the studio to record a gospel song in her memory. This in turn, reignited his desire to be a professional artist, which finally led him away from religion. A father to 7 children, and a husband to his childhood sweetheart Latisha, whom he met when they were both 10 years old, The Real J Israel is now also a fully-fledged R&B artist.


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