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 &

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

Elias Strategos – “Righteous Imperfection” – vivid storytelling and top-tier technical deliveries

In an era of rap often lacking originality, Elias Strategos, part of the FTP Worldwide Records group, is determined to carve his own foundation in the game, by dropping quality projects that deal in honesty and real-life situations, relatable to the listener. There may not be a better indicator of the rapper’s readiness and love for forthright introspection, than on his EP, “Righteous Imperfection”. The artist, from Lithia Springs GA, makes no bones about the fact that he fought against adversity and through Gods redemptive grace, defied the odds to become the man he is today. Clearly an artist who has no fear of unveiling painful truths, trials and tribulations, Elias Strategos delivers 5 personal, hard hitting tracks that will leave many so-called legends, withering in shame, with his vivid storytelling and top-tier technical deliveries.

The combination, on , “Righteous Imperfection”, of creative, atmospheric production, and impacting themes, which constantly shift between street level realism and heartfelt spiritualism, is highly effective.All throughout, Elias Strategos shines brightly, with his high energy and unrelenting wordplay. The EP offers many moments of vulnerability, but never sacrifices energy to convey its message. Whatever you think of the debate between rap styles, there’s no denying the lyrical power of Elias Strategos.

For Elias, that lyrical power most often comes in the form of vivid storytelling, which here is truly cinema-like. His voice weaves a nuanced epic, on “Enemies”, as he spits prophetically: “The lion ain’t dead, I just left the jungle.” Elias shows the spiritual maturity to acknowledge the good impact the Lord can have in our lives despite the wrongs, and that there should always be room for forgiveness and reconciliation.

This type of wisdom is why lyrical rappers like Elias Strategos must have a place in the game, despite the new wave of mumblers currently dominating the industry. The bass-booming drive, and skittering hi-hats of “Tik Tok”, certify that Elias is totally in sync with the sonics of modern rap, while continuing to deliver extraordinary lyricism and storytelling.

The middle of the project, with “Mellow”, offers some of the best rap music I’ve heard all year. Elias Strategos captures listeners with his hard knocking poetic flow, holding his voice front and center of the mix.

“Pushing” sounds focused and passionate, the production is soulful, and we’re truly getting Elias at his most personal. The poetic rhyming is of the highest caliber, and hip-hop heads will find plenty to chew on.

From the moment Elias enters the track, until the end, he is just straight up awesome. He closes the project with “Bankhead”, offering yet another barrage of labyrinthine wordplay. These bars reflect Elias Strategos emphasis on craft and developing skills.

For the most part “Righteous Imperfection” will lodge in your mind, as a masterfully narrated journey through Elias Strategos’ psyche – past and present. Yet, at the same time, it is almost like an invite to listeners to meet their own inner demons and find out exactly where they came from, and more importantly, where they’re headed. Respect is absolutely due for this release.

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