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

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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

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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

Matulla – “Lonesome Wolf” ft. Susan Olmos – An Epic Nineteenth Century Tale

Over the last few years Wolfsburg based, German rock musician, Matulla, has been churning out power anthems featuring a varied palette of guest singers, gathered on a global scale. Each song release is a blend of a solid musical soundscape, and an adventurous endeavor in storytelling. The track “Lonesome Wolf”, featuring the voice of Susan Olmos, is yet another of Matulla’s original ideas. The composer and songwriter created his own myth, which takes place in Wolfsburg City, the home of Matulla.

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The legend of “Lonesome Wolf”, narrates a tale of the last wolf in Lower Sachsony, Germany, named Puck, being shot in the year 1872. Apparently, from then on the spirit of Puck could find no peace due to his wrongful killing. Hence, on some cold winter nights the people in the area of Alt Wolfsburg claimed that they heard his howling in the wind. It was a sign that something bad would happen.

So during the late nineteenth century, the residents of Alt Wolfsburg attempted to break the curse. The Earl of Schulenburg imposed a reward to anyone who would capture the spirit of Puck – the last wolf. The course was broken by an old witch whose name has since been forgotten. One night while the wolf was howling, the witch sang a song in the courtyard of the castle.

People say the witch’s voice was so beautiful, that it calmed the homeless ghost of Puck. After that night no one ever heard a wolf howling again in the district of Wolfsburg. This is the ominous premise for “Lonesome Wolf”, which comes out of the gate with growling, overdriven guitars, banging drums, and an incessant rock groove, while singer Susan Olmos adds an ethereal mellifluous edge to the proceedings.

Recorded, written, produced and performed by Matulla, with Susan Olmos perfectly embellishing the track with her vocal prowess, “Lonesome Wolf”, once again showcases the all-round songwriting and performing chops, Matulla brings to the table.

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Not just content to write a great song, the artist delivers an overarching concept and an interesting theme with his music. This is something he applies to almost all his releases, which a quick run through his back catalog will confirm.

Matulla is a creative with a powerful vision for his songs. While the musical scale is grand, his story telling abilities are just as strong. Each of his releases expands his sonic pallet with a variety of instrumentation, influences, and effects.

Matulla is a forward-thinking musician, continually advancing his craft, while at the same time, introducing us to a myriad of eclectic singers – male and female. He is at his best when he’s focusing on creating atmospheric and melodic, yet broadly accessible rock music.

“Lonesome Wolf” is a fine example of that aforementioned factor. Matulla has succeeded fully in bringing an intelligent, mature work of melodic rock to the modern world. “Lonesome Wolf” sets out to show that catchy, rock based material can still be written with depth and substance, and it does so brilliantly.

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