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

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way!

Where There’s A Will – There’s A Way! That’s the way Will Ready lives his life, no excuses, no regrets, and no looking back. Just like fine wine, Will has gotten better with time. With over 25 years in the music business, 7 albums and numerous tours, Will is ready. Singer/Songwriter/Producer and Showman, Will is the complete entertainer. His blend of R&B, Soul, Jazz has earned him welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and The Caribbean. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of R&B, Soul greats like, Charlie Wilson, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Marvin Gaye, Luther

Rockstar Marcus – “Wavy” – a knack for real melody and a great sense for catchy production

Rockstar Marcus is a melodic/ emo rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana. Combining soulful singing with a touch of rap and a slew of talent, the artist’s single, “Wavy”, induces us to take a serious look at the artist’s past releases, while he drops an ambitious message for the future. As soon as the mellow sentimental mood begins to kick in, one is reminded of the psychedelic image of fluctuating soundwaves as the song plays. The beat rising and falling with Rockstar Marcus’ masterful voice and atmospheric instrumental taking us on a mesmerizing journey. The summer vibe of the song is

Bernie Aka Birdbadas – “Sensual” shows a unique flexibility and verve

Bernie Aka Birdbadas wears many hats. He is an indie artist, producer, vocalist, rapper, poet, break-dancer and graffiti painter from Glyngore, Denmark. Most importantly, he is currently promoting his double single project, called “Sensual”, featuring the title track and “Everybody Wants”. In mixing and melody, these tracks are closer to uplifting trance and groovy house than anything else, and Bernie puts his bass front and center. His arrangements, consequently, are beautifully economical. Yet Bernie Aka Birdbadas manages to craft tracks far beyond the sum of their parts. In the wrong hands, the sonics he toys can sound overdone or repetitive,

Walker’s Cay paint a musical tour de force!

Walker’s Cay is an original rock band based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Members include Gary LaBarr, (Vocalist/Rhythm Guitar/Keyboards), Mike Swain, (Lead and Rhythm Guitars), Tim Morrissey (bass) and David “Dave” Pistilli (Drums). The band, who gets its name from an “out island” in the Bahamas, is stylistically and technically reminiscent of bands such as Styx, Journey, Def Leppard, Toto, and Heart. Walker’s Cay is currently touting two singles – “Why Oh Why” and “Tell Me”. Some outstandingly gentle, acoustic-guitar-laden melancholy can be found in the opening of “Why Oh Why”. The band’s intent is not too apparent from the

Simy – “Blue Prince” – a rich body of work all around!

Fresh to the music recording scene, Simy is an artist based in OC, California, who been releasing music since early 2019. “I have a niche for happy sounding music with deeper or darker context,” explains Simy, continuing: “For this album I took a hiatus and made sure I was making a whole new world where you could see the visuals of what I was speaking. ‘Blue Prince’ is a love story, a break up story, a coming of age story, and most importantly it’s my story,” he states. “Typically my fans know me for the title, ‘The Pink Prince of Rap’, but for this, I wanted to completely flip that on its head, by giving chill vibes akin to the color of blue.”

Simy is fearless in his scope on “Blue Prince” – both lyrically and sonically – as he blends the best of old school storytelling with the groove of new wave sounds. The artist waxes lyrical about a number of issues, internal obstacles and external influences, with no loss of pensive depth. You can uncover each narrative for yourself, track by track, as this is strictly a personal conversation between Simy and the listener.

While the album is a lyrical and storytelling gem above all, there’s no denying that it’s a rich body of work all around. The hard-hitting, inspiring lyrical content is supported by a wonderful fusion of music, ensuring that not only is the album important, but also incredibly enjoyable.

The mellifluous “Beginnings”, rides in on a breezily strummed acoustic vibe and a swinging groove. Simy explained that the song was completely made during a Discord call with Jido who produced it. He hummed the melody, and the producer put down the drum beat and ukulele track, off the cuff.

This album is candid, full of heart, and most importantly, absolutely concise; no time is wasted on elaborating nothingness. Most songs don’t even reach the two-minute mark, meaning Simy has no time for useless elements.

As provocative as it is inspiring, the soundscape is varied and gorgeous, starting with the delicious warmth of “Blue Bars” which jaunts on a bouncy beat and shimmering keys. Simy flows over the soundscape with effortless ease making sure the narrative holds your attention.

The beating heart of the album is the voice of Simy, which becomes increasingly important on the jangly “Boötes”: “If we lose just to win and live the same. Everybody Dies. Blue Prince. Blueprint.”

Regardless of the somber theme, “Been In The Rain” ft. Kae, is the kind of music that makes you want to lay back and have an orgasm to. Kae’s vocal tones are so absolutely captivating, while Simy’s bars are like a gentle, uninterrupted rush to the heart. This is an utterly addictive musical confection.

Interesting is the fact that “Been In The Rain” was originally Kae’s song, with  Simy being a feature, but his take on the verse was so personal and impacting  that they decided they would both release it. Moving forward, “Backtrack (Interlude)” is airy but urgent, with Simy’s rhymes sitting tightly in the pocket of the song’s dynamics. The only negative here, is that it ends too soon.

This brings us to the slow-burning poetics of “Beam Me Up”. The sound is awesome – warm in the right places, crisp in the right places. Simy is in deep conversational mode here, and it is all heart and soul.

He closes the show down with “Bad For Real” ft. Jalon Brown, who also produced the song. Here the two flex their lyrical and technical skills, catching you totally off-guard. All-round on this album, Simy proves to be far removed from his copy-cat contemporaries, as “Blue Prince” is not the cookie-cut, and mass manufactured music that is promoted so much these days.


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