Kozie’s new jam “Fly” manages to transcend genre classification. It has elements of EDM, light hip hop, pop and even alternative. I’m especially impressed with the beat, which has a bouncy superball on a summer day kind of vibe. The track is appropriately titled as the upbeat yet lighthearted energy of the song will put an extra spring in your step. The song’s groovy techno-psychedelic backing could actually make it as its own instrumental dance number. Despite the positivity, the lyrics deal with regret, lost time and reluctantly making the unselfish choice to let someone you love fly away, when you know you’re “wings are tied.” I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this music at first, but I was won over. “Fly” is very catchy, and Kozie’s willingness to tap into the vulnerable side of his emotions and explore themes of despair and humility, makes this song approachable and refreshing.
The FVYDID Podcast is an EDM oriented podcast from the music collective of the same name. Episode 39 features Northern NJ based DJ “BRB” AKA Be Right Back. BRB Takeover Mix 39 describes itself as “an amazing multi genre mix all the way from New Jersey.” It’s an eclectic blend of bass, hip hop and EDM. It reminds me a lot of the high quality old school mixes of the early 90s, in that it manages to be relaxing and high energy at the same time. The middle 1/3 portion has a really groovy retro vibe and is probably my favorite part of the mix.
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New hip hop track from DJ Khaled titled “ooshewanparty.” It’s a pretty straightforward party/club jam, though the track is interesting in that it incorporates a chimy backing, coming across almost like a rhythmic xylophone. It’s very hypnotic, which will effectively keep people on the dance floor entranced. Solo’s delivery and energy is consistent throughout in a solid performance.
“Let’s Make This Earth From House To Home” is a delightfully delicate indie pop release from the Los Angeles based band “Lyrics of Two.” The band was founded by poet and songwriter Marie Helen Abramyan. The song deals with universal humanist themes conveyed emotively by the singer. The sound is refreshingly organic and doesn’t contain any of the unnecessary electronic sound design or overprocessing that is so rampant in much of contemporary pop and even indie music. This release is a fine example of how substance and emotion provide a more fulfilling experience for the listener than a vapid track dressed up in slick packaging. It’s true for me anyway.
It’s easy to see how Marie Helen’s poetry style translates over to songwriting as her poems are very rhythmic and well choreographed, with timed rhymes strategically placed throughout. Her poems tend to reflect on the changing seasons. Marie is a busy bee on many fronts and just completed a children’s book titled “The Rhyming Tales Of The Helpful Friends And The Garden Show.” I recommend checking it out even if you don’t have children. Everyone should take the time to recapture a bit of childhood innocence once in a while.
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Memphis based singer “Porcelan” has just released a piano balland called “The Real Thing Don’t Change.” The track was co-written by legendary songwriter / producer David Porter. The song is substantive and sparklingly melodic. It was refreshing in that stays away from the flash and effects overload that is common for up and coming artists in these genres. Like the title, the song itself embodies genuine quality. For her part, Porcelan’s voice shines right up there with the best of the best that Porter has worked with, and I especially like the way her vocals match the changing intensity of the music as it builds over the course of the song. Keep an eye our for her upcoming album.
“Control” is a new track from 1403 (the musical project of Tom Cameron.) His artistic influences are an eclectic mix, ranging from classical to EDM. This particular song strikes me as being in the vein on minimalist indie pop, with hints of Jazz and RnB flavor. Cameron’s vocals display great presence and dynamic range. There’s an unexpected bridge / interlude at about the 2:40 mark which complements the rest of the song quite well and adds some depth. This is an excellent adult contemporary release by 1403 exudes class and precision.
Samantha Bouquin’s “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” features hypnotic compositions that provide a somewhat dark and brooding atmosphere. It’s original string quartet music. Samantha is clearly a talented composer, and this work is highly creative for this genre. These tracks are beautifully tempestuous and offer an ambiance for quiet reflection.
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American country artist Richard Lynch’s new single “Cut and Paste” (off his latest album “Mending Fences”) is an interesting song because it is a traditional country song but incorporates contemporary technological elements into the lyrics. I personally prefer this approach over modern “pop” country music which uses techno and samples in the music, while singing regular country lyrics. What’s great about “Cut and Paste” is how real it comes across in the sense of a traditional person navigating rocky relationships within the context of the modern world. The music is high quality, authentic and professional, just as you would expect with a seasoned music veteran like Richard Lynch. “Cut and Paste” was written by JK Nick Nichols and produced by Sound Control Studios in Nashville.
Brian Fitzy’s “Play God” has kind of a 90′s pop / hip hop vibe. Just the tone aesthetics of it are reminiscent of that era (in the video Brian is even wearing “A Tribe Called Quest” shirt, representing one of his primary influences.) The backing music is delightfully colorful and has an analog quality to it. For those who might be put off by the preachy edge of his message, Fitzy actually has a good voice and is a talented singer, so the song is good anyway. One can’t help but wonder if in a parallel universe he could made it in the boy band circuit.
Rome Alexander has a new single out titled “L.Y.G.” and is a collaboration with EDM DJ/producer Rederic. The song itself is a mix of EDM and pop, and when I listened to the intro I thought it had kind of a retro, early 90′s techno vibe. However, once you get into the song and the lyrics kick in, it has more of a contemporary feel. The melody and tone of L.Y.G. is very uplifting, a trait that lives up to the nature of this genre of music. Rome Alexander does a fine job with the vocals and the phrase “never gonna let you go” actually sticks with the listener and keeps the song in your head.