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COUNTRY CUZZINS – Neva Had

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Neva Had is a new track from Southern hip hop outfit, COUNTRY CUZZINS. This fresh track moves at a lighting quick pace, with impressive performances all around. Vocal delivery is tight with the beat, and you just get the sense these guys have spent years perfecting their craft the old fashioned way, just rhyming with their friends and working hard. Rather than flashy production, we’re treated to some genuine skill here. Lyrically, there’s a lot of talk about money (and plenty of it being thrown around). One nice thing about this song is that the rappers each have their own distinctive styles and voices, which gives things a multi-dimensional feel. The video for this jam has great quality footage and repeatedly features one of the coolest looking mini-marts I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

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http://countrycousinz.herokuapp.com/

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NADROA – The Old Were Best

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The Old Were Best is a new single from Norway-based band, NADROA. The sound blends elements of alternative, grunge and hard rock. A lot of bands label their music “alternative” but NADROA’s The Old Were Best comes about as close as you can get to the original, authentic ’90s alternative sound. Stylistically, the vocals fall somewhere in between Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and REM but with a little bit more of a gritty edge. The singer is quite good actually and seems to have the ideal tone for this genre of music. His voice is just oozing with that contemplative, anti-hero charisma. The guitars are full and hit the sweet spot of grunge distortion without going into crunch overload. Production is clean and competent but not overly polished or as theatrical as something like glam rock. Despite the nostalgic title and ominous reflections, this isn’t one of those slow and depressing alternative jams, as the guitar pacing is peppy and vibrant throughout. There’s enough action here to keep your adrenaline going as the song quietly stirs up old emotions from the inner depths.

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Alpha Cat – Mockingbird

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Released on Aquamarine Records, Mockingbird is a single from Alpha Cat (the professional moniker of longtime indie icon Elizabeth McCullough). The song is from Alpha Cat’s current album, Thatched Roof Glass House and features a host of well- known, seasoned musicians with impressive credits. Just to give you an idea, it was recorded with the assistance of Fred Smith (Blondie and the band Television), guitarist Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, John Mayer), Reggie McBride (Elton John) and Chris Butler (The Waitresses) on bass, Jason Harrison Smith (Albert Lee, Kelly Sweet, Ian Andersen), co-producer Jon Mattox and it was mastered by Brett (Cosmo) Thorngren.

Described as a “dreamy ode to individuality” Mockingbird has an organic and ethereal sound, with elements of indie folk and alternative. It’s refreshing to see such musical craftsmanship in an indie song. It’s like if you were to give a musical project “major label” level talent and excellent production values, and the track somehow managed to retain its sincere, artistic essence (while also sounding good). Bright vocals and sparkly, note bending guitars carry much of the action, but the drums are notable for their natural sound, a rarity in the age of heavily (over)processed backing beats. The singing on here is way more advanced than what one expects for this type of music. I mean, really just stellar vocals. There’s emotional depth, there’s passion, there’s sensitivity, etc. Don’t try this at home kids. Dealing with the subject of individuality and celebrating “being yourself,” Mockingbird presents these ideals in an empowering fashion, utilizing poetic and nature metaphors. These messages and motifs radiate beautifully throughout this recording, which aboves all bears the fruits of of artistic perseverance.

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https://soundcloud.com/alphacatny/mockingbird
https://www.facebook.com/alphacatband/

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Menes Rebazzar Kedar – Quantum Helix: Fractal Galaxy

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Quantum Helix: Fractal Galaxy is a new album from New York based, artist, Menes Rebazzar Kedar. This multi-dimensional musical odyssey transcends traditional categorization, blending hip hop, soul, blues, electronic dance music and rock. The beats are often fast paced and futuristic, like something out of the Terminator, while Kedar’s vocals are dynamic and soulful. Some tracks like Ya Never Know give off a surprisingly groovy rock and roll vibe. Most of the songs have a high octane and spirited youthful energy, contrasted with a mellow intro or mid-track interlude. As a whole, Quantum Helix: Fractal Galaxy strikes me as a creative and imaginative epic, really a grand project that the artist put a lot of thought into.

For more info:

https://mnsrk.com/

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Revisiting Trey Wonder’s Lingering Ghost

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It’s been exactly one year since Trey Wonder released the album The Ghost of My Father, (which was previously reviewed here.) The album has also reached another milestone, as it has racked up over a half a million streams on Spotify, which is an impressive feat for a rather personal, indie release. In the meantime, the prolific artist has been busy, managing to release four singles as the album continues to gain steam.

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Trey’s blend of occasionally quirky lyrics intertwined with sincere themes within an organic musical components is a recipe for success. The songs are inherently catchy. They manage to retain an avant garde and poetic quality while keeping the musical music relevant and pleasing. The vocal ambiance reminds me a lot of Modest Mouse, casual and detached cool yet able to tap into sentimental emotion. Upon revisiting this album, I have to say upon revisiting this album, I especially enjoy the track, Building Up which is lively, melodic and features some radical tones. Another jam I didn’t pay much notice to the first time is the aptly titled My New Spine which seems to rock hard out of nowhere, after following the mellow opening track. Everything syncs up quite nicely and the sound is what you would call “tight.”

One year later, and the album is still going strong. I guess the goal will be to have people remember it in 10 or 20 years. If Trey continues to consistently crank out musical output of this caliber, people just might.

For more info:

https://www.instagram.com/trey.wonder/

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Los Angeles Artist Wil Key is Traveling Around the World to Record an Album

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Globetrotter:Side B is an upcoming album from Los Angeles based soul artist, Wil Key. What’s notable about this project is that it’s being recorded all around the world. Just imagine the film Around the World in 80 Days but in this case it’s an artist recording an album in mumerous different countries with dozens of other artists. It’s not even the first time Wil Key has taken on such a monumental project. This is a follow up to Side A, which came out in 2018 and was recorded in 11 different countries. Globetrotter:Side B is set to feature well known artists like Ellene Masri, Romy Dya and many more. Each and every song will be recorded in a different country (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Belgium, Africa and Japan just to name a few.) One has to admire Wil for having tenacity to orchestrate and follow through with this epic artistic undertaking (and for the second time at that.) Stay tuned for more info on this work in progress, and we’ll be anxious to get our hands on the album and review it when it comes out.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/7xZgm67VqJPCxL2CUefHK0?si=l5frxFKBTHGxSl_uVtH06w
http://www.wil-key.com
https://www.instagram.com/wil.key/

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Jay Elle – Ease Up (Into Love)

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Ease Up (Into Love) is a new single from Jay Elle, a NYC based singer, songwriter and guitar player. His style falls within the realm of adult contemporary/country pop. One thing I was really blow away by was the guitar tone on this track. It’s so crystal clear and has the perfect sparkling chime to it. It’s the first thing that hits you and really leaves an impression, like you already know the song is going to be good. The vocals are really what give this jam its pop flavor. Jay has one of those bright, summertime voices that leaves you feeling upbeat and optimistic. He also employs some nice echo and reverb, giving the track a slightly dreamier ambiance than what we’d normally associate with country. This song is definitely chartworthy, and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it playing in a commercial during a football game or something. It’s well crafted, professional, and a top tier representation of its genre.

For more info:

https://www.jayelle2222.com/
https://twitter.com/jayelle2222

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Interview With R&B Singer-Songwriter Kelvin Frazier, Ph.D

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1. Kelvin, we are intrigued about your science background. When did you know you would be merging a career in science with a music career?

My first love was always music, so I always planned to go to college and study music. When I was in high school, I graduated in the top 10 of my class and my fellow classmates felt like I was too smart to study music. I did grow to love chemistry and decided to make a compromise and major in both chemistry and music. I loved them both and thus started my career trying to merge them.

2. Do your scientific friends enjoy your music and do you ever bring a little science to the stage with you?

Yes, my scientific friends love my music and are impressed how talented I am in both careers. They are very supportive as well by coming out to my shows. As far as bring science onto the stage. Yes, I have done a song about Avogadro’s number on the stage to showcase a mix of music and chemistry. I learned the song back in my high school chemistry class with Ms. Lisa Callahan and never forgot it.

3. Tell us about your upcoming release, ROLLERCOASTER.

Anyone that knows me know that I love to ride roller coasters. So, I decided to write a song about roller coasters because not only love is like a roller coaster but life as well. We should I just enjoy the ride.
The single is available now for Pre-Order: https://lnk.site/1/roller-coaster

4. When can we see you performing next?

Right now I am focusing on finishing up my EP, but if a show comes up you can get notified by tracking me on songkick

https://www.songkick.com/artists/9409919-kelvin-frazier-phd

5. The greatest part about being a musician is…
The freedom of expressing yourself and not to be put in a box.

6. Tell us a bit more about your next moves for the rest of this year.
Focusing on finishing up my EP and promoting my new single “Roller Coaster”

Thank you! If there’s anything else you want to share with our readers, please feel free to add in.
“Your Music Will Shine Its Brightest If You Never Lose Sight Of Who You Are”

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https://www.instagram.com/kelvinmusicllc/
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Interview With Rising Young Starlet, KSENIA

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1. Ksenia is a beautiful name. What is the origin?

Thank you very much! The name, Ksenia, comes from Greece. Xenia translates as hospitality. Fun fact, my name is ranked the 6430th most commonly used name in the world. It’s pronounced Kiss-en-ee-uh.

2. Your voice is beautiful. When did you first begin singing?

Thank you very much. I began singing in the kindergarten. Good times! And then I could not stop. I was singing and singing and still singing. I love it.

3. Tell us about your background in film and comedy as well!

I love film and comedy. I got an MFA in acting for film; In school they taught me how to make a movie from scratch. And that got me started. I made many short films and even one feature film, romantic comedy “THIS MUCH”, I co-wrote, produced, starred in it, and did all the soundtracks. I even won best actress for it, just like I dreamt to. The other thing is I was always funny, not even on purpose. I was doing my singing shows and talked to the audience in between songs, and everyone was laughing. And then I thought maybe i should take a standup class, and I loved doing standup. But then I was too exhausted doing all of it and recently made a decision to focus just on music. I am happy that i’ve had so much comedy and film experience, it only helps my music, i am looking to incorporate it all in my music videos.

4. You have a lot of followers on IG. Do you enjoy being an influencer?

Believe it or not, having lots of followers on Instagram is a lot of work! I do enjoy it I guess. I don’t know, I look at it like at the portfolio of everything I’ve been doing, and I love connecting to my followers; everyone is so supportive of what I am doing.

5. If you could play any stage, anywhere…where would it be and why?

I would love to have a show at the Staple center. I went to see so many shows there, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Adele, Alicia Keys, Grammys, Cher. It’s time I have a show there :wink:

6. What is the new single entitled? Can you tell us a bit about the song?

New single called Let Somebody Love You is about a person who has a hard time letting people in and giving and receiving love. This is how most of us are these days. No one wants to commit to any relationship; we are playing it too cool. We have all been hurt, and we don’t want to get hurt again. Inspired by true events, of course. I think lots of people can relate.

7. Where are your favorite places to go in NYC ?

You know I love comedy, so I love to go to a Comedy Cellar for a good laugh. I enjoy live music shows at places like Rockwood Music Hall, and I love watching Broadway shows. I watched so many already. I also enjoy watching movies by myself. I am a bit weird. I also enjoy long walks in Central Park.

8. Do blondes have more fun?

Nah. With all the work I constantly have to do I feel like I don’t have any fun at all lol. So, I believe people of all hair colors are capable of having the same amount of fun. :wink:

9. Please list your links for our readers. Thank you Ksenia.

THANK YOU!!!

Web: www.iamksenia.com
Insta: @iamksenia
Soundcloud: @iamksenia
Facebook: @iamkseniamusic
Twitter: @iamkseniamusic

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