Artist Teddy Hayes’new track “Love Come Rainin Down,” (from the CD “The Professor of Love SongOlogy) is an excellent example of what a talented, seasoned vocalist can achieve musically if they keep it real and don’t ruin their sound with gimmicks and effects processing. Hayes combines soul, jazz and rap in a way they comes off as natural and authentic. What particularly stands out is the way he delivers his performance so confidently. He sings as though it is second nature to him. It’s easy to not notice that he’s rapping in some parts of the song, because his delivery is more melodic than what we’ve come to expect with much of modern hip hop music. Teddy Hayes is one of those musicians that could probably manage give a great live performance without any instruments at all. He’s “got what you need, and he’s got it by the pound.”
Veteran Seattle musician Phillip Broussard has released a new single titled “Just Wanna Believe.” Normally when we refer to someone as a “veteran musician” we just mean they have some experience under their belt and have been playing the circuit for a while. This is true in Broussard’s case, but he’s also an actual military veteran, having served in both Operation Enduring Freedomand Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the US Navy.
For simply being guitar and vocals, “Just Wanna Believe” is a remarkably full sounding song. Broussard’s guitar playing is crisp and precise. His technique lends itself to a percussive sound, almost managing to get a “two for one instrument” sound out of the guitar. His vocals are soft spoken and authentic. He has a good natural singing voice and his attitude is unassuming. He never comes off as trying too hard. “Just Wanna Believe” is a quality song from an artist who deserves more recognition.
New track from hip hop artist “U-G,” which features Teeklef and Rasta Zillion. True to the names, this song does have some Caribbean flavor, mixed in with coherently layered vocal tracks and a laid back backing. This has the feel of beachgoing or boating music. It’s a little more melodic than just standard hip hop, with some dynamic singing. It’s a good clean jam without a lot of attitude or pretense.
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“Purple Wall Street” might be the coolest name for a hip hop duo I’ve heard in a while. Despite few releases and being fairly new to the scene (under that name anyway,) the artists definitely have the flow and skills of seasoned veterans. Clearly they have a lot of experience and know what they’re doing music wise. This project has a good chance for success. “Whateva” is a good crisp and clear rap song. The rhymes are delivered potently and distinctly. The track is also very well mixed, with the vocals out front where they should be and the backing music providing some epic atmosphere.
Check out their Youtube and Soundcloud for more info and solid jams.
The aptly titled “Directions” is a new EP from “The Singer and the Songwriter,” (a rather accurate band name for a singer/songwriter duo that spends a lot of time traveling and making music about their journeys.) As best as I can tell, their songs would be categorized as indie folk or a variant thereof. The tracks have a uniquely innocent quality to them. There’s no posturing, attempt to be slick or even preachy. This is just good quality, authentic music that reflects well on the creators. While watching the video for “Anywhere, Everywhere” one can’t help but share in the joy of their experiences on the road. It provides a perfect visualization of the song, which seems to have a message about indispensable partners and kind strangers that guide our travels and make them worthwhile (whether on a road trip or just in everyday life at home.) Vocalist Rachel Garcia lives up to her title and is indeed an excellent singer. You won’t hear any autotune or pitch correction on these recordings. The production quality on this album hits the sweet spot, where it is professional but not over processed or ruined with a lot of unnecessary effects. I recommend going to check out this group when they inevitably cruise into your city or town if you enjoy good music and friendly company.
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Florida based rapper Wifi Savage has a new track out, released in may titled “Put Her On.” It comes across as a pretty straightforward, hip hop club jam, featuring lyrics about lifestyle and parties. There are relationship undertones to the woman being discussed, indicating she’s a hustler and can’t be trusted. The song itself is actually very catchy and would have some potential in pop circles. I’m not a big fan of vocal processing effects, but they have become fairly standard in this genre and in this case the voice acts as another instrument, which complements the song rather well. “Put Her On” is a solid effort by Wifi Savage, one that is worth checking out. It’s one of those songs that would be an easy hit if it had the backing of major labels. It doesn’t though, so Savage will have to work his way up the hard way.
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ANDI’s debut single, “Lonely Child” reached top 5 on the popular Taiwanese OMusic charts last year. The artist believes that he needs to fully liberate his soul in order to be a true artist that he is. He has stripped down to show his body for promoting his new single.
ANDI’s music is a mix of piano, acoustic, folk and pop. His songs are notable for their raw emotion. He belts out these tracks with a passionate tone, his vocal presence carrying the song over the chill and brooding piano melodies in the background. His new single is sure to be a success.
Bronx based, underground hip hop artist John J has released a new album, “Pain to Power.” Being more of a fan of old school hip hop than most contemporary styles, it was a pleasant surprise to discover that John J’s music has a very 90′s vibe, especially in his delivery…which is at faster moments is sometimes reminiscent of Bone Thugs. He also doesn’t make the mistake that modern rappers make by overdoing the effects and processing. This album has some potential. The songs are very dynamic and have a lot of coordinate elements. You can tell this wasn’t just thrown together.
New Orleans based artist 1stDegree’s has a new EP titled “DDay” out. He has one of those delivery styles that is laid back and unassuming, yet you can tell he means business. There are some memorably classic lines like “y’all stick to that JNCO.” What I like about these tracks is the backing music, which has a delightful chimy tone to it. They are very smooth and retains just the right amount of analog tape hiss to give the album a bit of an old school flavor. These mixes are extremely well put together, and 1stDegree has a professional and distinctive style that will have appeal with a wide variety of listeners.