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

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

Mr.Dragonfly – “Icey Road” – an ability to craft genre-bending and eclectic music

Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and raised in Portland, Oregon. Monshjay Davis alias Mr.Dragonfly has always been strumming his guitar ever since he can remember. At an early age, he fell in love with the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, The Ohio Players, Percy Faith, and George Benson. This musical genius considers George Benson as his favorite guitarist of all time. Currently, Mr Dragonfly is a guitarist and composer. He derives his inspiration from the old-school classics and spins them around to give them a contemporary touch, blending Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, Blues, Funk, and even orchestral music.

Six albums already tucked under his belt, “Icey Road” is the latest 11 track compilation to be added to Mr.Dragonfly’s ever growing catalog. The album sprouts luscious hip-hop, R&B and Soul beats accompanied along the way by various cutting edge raps and vocals.

Mr.Dragonfly’s ability to craft genre-bending and eclectic music remains relevant and infectious. He has created a space where he refuses to be labeled, dodges the one-size-fits-all model and unapologetically paves his own path forward with each new track.

On this album, Mr.Dragonfly has shown vision beyond his notoriety, and more than masterful production in studio. Opening with the jangly and funky “Hot Stuff”, he quickly puts his groove-filled templates on display. Ultimately, he skillfully threads together disparate styles, rhythms and instrumentation to deliver a holistic rendering of urban music in the 21st century.

“The Beat Goes On” is bouncy and ultra-urgent in its pace, “Get Yo Money” takes us back to the old school scratching and banging percussion. “Under My Spell 2” is totally cinematic and sounds like a soundtrack to an epic action adventure with its expansive orchestration.

If you ask me, Mr.Dragonfly is not from this world, as he switches styles on the turn of a dime. “#1Spot” flows with smooth wordplay, a churning synth bassline, and slapping drums.

Mr.Dragonfly somehow has formed a universe where R&B, Soul, Hip-hop and funky electronic beats naturally live together. Plus on track 6, “The Lonely Road”, he puts his electric guitar into the spotlight with some fiery note picking.

“Mr.D” expands on the concept, as the virtuoso guitarist and composer, pulls in some serious acoustic guitar strumming and dynamic piano lines to drive the rhythm. All of which brings us to the title track “Icey Road”, another cinematic ambient piece full of mood and atmosphere.

“Samba Do Ole” is exactly what you expect after reading the song title – a track brimful of rhythmic percussion, blaring whistles, and a vibrant festival atmosphere.

On the flipside, “Sweet May” and “Walk With Me”, showcase what Mr.Dragonfly is best at – creating the right fusion of instrumental smoothness and rhythmic groove. The music floats mellifluously over seductive keys, lilting guitars, expertly treated keys and a good times feel, while going up through the gears effortlessly.

“Icey Road” is a rare hybrid, one produced by an artist who clearly knows that this is his calling. It’s a warm, smart and sassy production with both an astonishing range and exceptional control. There is a beauty and momentum to this album that’s hard to shake. Regardless of whether the party is just getting started, or if the night seems it could last forever, just slap this on and turn up the volume.

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