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 &

Abyss16 – “The Hood Narrator” – everything perfectly complements each other!

Born in Hawaii and left at the age of 1, Abyss16 is an artist from Oxnard CA, who founded his own successful YouTube channel with the same handle. The artist has since ventured into writing his own lyrics, performing, recording and arranging under the rap and hip-hop tags. His latest album, is the 9 track project “The Hood Narrator”. All of the songs on this project have something to offer and beg to be listened to, based on Abyss16’s deadpan, no nonsense delivery alone. Throughout the album we are taken on a journey by a lyrical, urgent and direct rapping style.

“The Hood Narrator” is a fantastic project, one that is like a well written sentence: short and sweet. At only 30 minutes, the album doesn’t waste any time because it simply cannot afford to. The self-explanatory names of the tracks, reinforces the raw, forthright feeling the project evokes. It’s an auditory diamond in the rough.

The action starts from the opening tracks “Cornered”, “These Streets”, where Abyss16 comes in swinging, jumps between flows and hits his punchlines with class. He tackles the industry head on, then analyzes survival on the streets, before dropping some ominous sounds on the edgy “Ghost”. The venom in some bars harks back to the glory battle rap days, as Abyss16 reminds us that he does what he wants and he does it like no one else does.

Abyss16 can go from a charismatic and almost conversational style, to harsh aggression, one line after another. Moreover his message-sending and storytelling capabilities come powerfully to the fore on “Envior-Mental”.

If we’re just talking about how this thing sounds, then you will be blown away by the title track, “The Hood Narrator”, which innovates in its ideation. Screaming rock guitars, and a soulful funk groove drive the song’s underbelly, as Abyss16 vividly weaves his tale.

“Straight P” is an explicit cut, built on clever wordplay and an abundance of sharp double-entendres. The quirky and understated production works incredibly well with the animated vocal style that Abyss16 adopts here. Aside from Abyss16’s flows, wordplay and storytelling, the key element that makes this album’s atmosphere really enjoyable, is the overall creativeness of it. The beats especially, are as gritty and as colorful as you could imagine.

“Sincerely Yours” is particularly indicative of the above statement, with a beat that crackles, pops and frizzles. There’s a lot crammed into each of the nimble cuts contained in “The Hood Narrator” album.

The packed sounds make each track feel more substantial than the two or three minutes they each last. This is true of “Nowhere Fast”, with its throbbing bassline and whistling synths, on which Abyss16 paints yet another vivid lyrical picture.

Foreboding and atmospheric, the hard-hitting and cinematic, “Trippin’ Outro (Instru-mental)”, lasts for just over five minutes, showcasing all the productions skills contained within this album, in just one song.

There is a freshness contained within “The Hood Narrator”, as creative sparks are evident, almost everywhere. Musically, the album is full of diversity, very well written and performed. Everything is in its place and everything perfectly complements each other, thanks to both the beats and the artistic skills of Abyss16.



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