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

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 &

Margarita Shamrakov – “I Love Mukbang” – a beautifully saturated and shimmering soundscape

During recent years, obsessive food lovers have turned to a new video genre called ‘mukbang’ that has taken over YouTube. It’s launched personalities with hundreds of thousands, even millions of followers. The word mukbang is a mash-up of the Korean words “muk-ja” (let’s eat) and “bang-song” (broadcast). If you’re unfamiliar with the video genre, it’s often live footage of a host eating copious amounts of food in front of a camera while interacting with their audience.

And if you think that’s odd then check out the millions of people who have watched a video of a woman whispering into a camera. She doesn’t do anything particularly interesting. She just whispers and makes seemingly random hand movements. Yet millions of people are mesmerized by it. Want to know what the hell is going on? This is the world of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response).

All of which brings us to Margarita Shamrakov, a songwriter, producer, musician, and engineer, from Ukraine now based in New York, where she lives with her daughter. Her new song “I Love Mukbang”, is based on the popular YouTube trends of Mukbang and ASMR. “We live in the world bombarded with quick gratification and it is difficult to practice self-restraint and self-discipline instead of complete indulgence and giving in,” explained Margarita.

“However, afterward, it feels even more empty – the food indulgence or shopping, or listening to psychics who will tell you it will be ok,  is not really leading you where you really want to be,” she continued. “Yes I love Mukbang and food and overeating, but I want to be beautiful and skinny too. It’s a complete contradiction. I hope this song resonates with Mukbang lovers. I have struggled with food addiction all my life. When I am sad or lonely I overeat. I used to be an anorexic as well, so I know how it feels”, she clarified.

I personally have no interested or passion for Mukbang and ASMR, but I certainly have a deep interest for Margarita Shamrakov and her music, including “I Love Mukbang”. Margarita’s strength is her ability to infuse her songs with eclectic sounds, interesting lyrics, and alluring vocals; amidst the bevy of synths and beautifully saturated and shimmering soundscapes, her music never pales to clinical and cold.

Margarita infuses “I Love Mukbang” with jangly and funky guitars, twinkling keys, bubbling basslines and slapping drums. Above it all, her ethereal voice twists and turns within waves of echoed effects, as it gives the song a gleaming glisten of pure alt-pop perfection. Margarita knows what she is doing, and she knows how to bring in varied sounds and experimentation without letting them dominate what else is going on in the music.

With “I Love Mukbang”, Margarita Shamrakov takes the listener on a journey through her style of electronic music and all that it can do, in under 3 minutes.  This is a track that is made for the present moment. It gathers together many influences that makes music what it is today.

Margarita Shamrakov experiments with textures, rhythms, space and her voice, and this song is a further demonstration of her extraordinary ability to make great electronic music that dips and dives, and reaches ecstatic highs, all while she communicates her narrative which is never banal. Such is the case with “I Love Mukbang”. She’s totally unique in that respect.

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