Spin Da Bin is a new single from Southern Virginia-based hip hop artist, Sova Black (B.L.A.C.K. = Black Leader Acquiring Capital and Knowledge), who has worked with well-known figures such as Kxng Crooked, Ras Kass, Kurupt, T-Rell, and Planet Asia. Rapping about pain, adversity, and overcoming long odds, he has a poetic delivery style and maintains an impressive flow throughout. He gives a confident and relentless performance, demonstrating an ability to rhyme for lengthy periods of time without needing to come up for air.
Tight, precise timing and vocal fluidity give the jam a rhythmically entrancing quality. The backing beat is light and ambient, providing a delightfully haunting framework for the lyrical delivery. The vocals ultimately drive the action though , and their dynamic tonal variation give the track an artistically sophisticated feel. Spin Da Bin definitely has more going for it than the typical indie hip hop track.
Buried Trasure is a new single from rock’n’roll band, Deep C Divers. With its peppy pace and polished guitars, this track is brimming with ethereal energy from start to finish. Crisp hooks and a powerful, catchy chorus give the song a larger than life sound. Effectively correlating with both the title and the group name, the mix has a dreamy, aquatic depth to it. The band’s singer, Deep Chinappa, is a solid singer, and his voice has an almost “Bowie-esque” quality. Stylish, professional and thematically consistent, Buried Treasure reveals itself to be a shiny little gem of a release.
From The Marrow is a new album from singer/songwriter, Jon Arthur Schmidt. Blended with contemporary indie undertones, the sound has a classic, 1970s quality to it, and is reminiscent of of iconic groups like Paper Lace. In fact, I’m confident that had these songs been released in 1974, some of them would have been Top 20 hits. The opening track, Library Land left a stellar impression on me and is particularly memorable. Honestly, Jon Arthur Schmidt is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard, even rivaling many of the trained gospel and R&B-tier performers I’ve reviewed. Against a backdrop of earthy, quaintly melodic guitars, his vocals are flawless. The mix has great sonic clarity, truly an audiophile’s dream. I can only imagine how pristine these recordings would sound on a high end vintage stereo system. On every level, From The Marrow is a cut above pretty much anything being released today.
Emotions is a new single from Jasmine, a singer/songwriter who hails from a small town in Florida. Backed by dreamlike synths and a groovy, ethereal beat, Jasmine’s vocals convey passion and sincerity throughout. She’s a dynamic singer, and the genuine emotion in her voice gives the song instant credibility. Her performance is both powerful and sentimental. The mix is creative and does a great job of really bringing out her voice as she holds those notes.
Lyrically, Emotions deals with themes like heartbreak and moving beyond the games people play in relationships. The song has a very personal quality to it, like a diary entry or a letter to someone specific. Ultimately, Emotions is a solid, professional track, and its presentation is artistically unique enough to stand out.
Sunny Day is a new single from Canada-based EDM producer, The Goon. This track’s colorful and dreamlike beat slowly builds, culminating in electrifying moments of euphoria. Orchestral synths give the song a sophisticated feel within a rich and full mix. Sunny Day is an apt title for the song as the music is uplifting and brimming with pure life-giving EDM energy. The cinematic synth melodies are surprisingly catchy for an EDM jam, and you might find yourself whistling memorable parts of this tune when you’re not on the dance floor. The Goon demonstrates an robust ability to construct first class musical architecture. The sounds are just very well put together. Listening to Sunny Day, will definitely perk up your mood and activate the senses.
My Love is a new single from LALovetheboss, an established artist (as well as actress, model, entrepreneur and fitness guru) whose been recognized in the industry for over 10 years for her creative hip hop style. As her moniker implies, LALovetheboss blends bold, confident lyrical delivery with sensuality and dynamicism. In this latest track, My Love, she demonstrates a quick-paced natural flow and exquisite timing. Despite her image as a “boss,” her voice has a smooth and pleasantly hypnotic vibe. Her delivery is brimming with delicate sensitivity and professional craftsmanship.
Against a dreamy, minimalist backbeat, LALovetheboss gives a performance that exudes confidence that commands respect, while still retaining its intimate sensibilities. The choruses feature some rather euphoric and evocative harmonies. My Love is definitely something special, and LALovetheboss proves herself to be highly adept in her musical domain. In anticipation of its official release, I recommend that interested listeners pre-save this jam using the link provided below.
Pretty is a new single from New Zealand singer, Estella Dawn. A prolific recording artist, Estella Dawn has released 13 singles since 2020. In this colorful pop-ballad, she promotes body positivity. Bright melodies and thoughtful vocals drive the song’s uplifting ambiance. Estella’s voice blends sensitivity with confidence. She’s a solid singer and her voice has a very warm and reassuring quality to it.
Even though it may seem like this track might be targeted to a certain demographic, almost everyone experiences self doubt about their appearance, and we are often are own worst critics. In that sense, Pretty is a song that pretty much everyone can relate to at one time or another, regardless of how they are actually perceived by others. As Estella puts it so eloquently: “self love can be so tough.” There’s a lot to admire here, both in terms os the message and the music. Ultimately, this is a mature and high quality pop song, which is accompanied by a professional video.
HEAVEN is a new single from Asian-American artist, SUZEN (Susan Lucas). This heartwarming track deals with coming to terms with the loss of a loved one and finding inner peace to be able to move forward. It’s clearly a very personal song for the artist, who lost her mother when she was only 17. There is more here than mere sentiment though. The song incorporates imaginative science fiction elements as SUZEN contemplates whether it’s possible to meet in a dream realm and actually bend time and space.
Musically, HEAVEN has a colorful and melodic feel, with a bright, contemporary sound. SUZEN is an incredible vocalist with a dynamic voice. She sings with both emotive passion and excellent discipline. There’s a timeless, “lounge” quality to her performance, which is classic and professional. HEAVEN is powerful on multiple levels and will make you think as well as feel.
All We Are is a new album from Willard Overstreet and the Highborn Kinsmen. This is actually Willard’s third album, and it’s scheduled to be released on 10/29/2021. The sound blends elements of 70′s, 80′s and 90′s rock. Melodic and soulful, the songs on this album have an almost inspirational tone. One distinctive feature is that the band demonstrates a willingness to experiment with the structural compositions. Even though there’s plenty of robust guitar action and energetic vocals, the often unpredictable changes and sections give the music an avant garde sensibility. Tracks like Devil’s Man are a good example of this. With the occasional mystery instrumentals and spoken word interludes, this album is something truly unique, which goes beyond mere rock and roll and does not stylistically confine itself to any single time period or place.
School Time is a new single from Houston-based hip hop artist, Superstar Girl. This youthful prodigy is just 13 years old and already creating tracks that are worthy of her ambitious name. School Time has one of the coolest beats I’ve ever heard in a hip hop jam. It’s vibrant, bouncy, fun and futuristic all at the same time. Superstar Girl performs with enthusiasm and has a natural charisma. The sound is cutting edge but also classy, and really captures the energetic spirit of day-to-day teenage life. There’s just so much potential here. I also recommend checking out the video for School Time. It’s professionally made and as good as anything you’d see from a major contemporary pop star.