my boo is a new single from Belgium-based artist, “Wild Other, The Sun Behind the Cloud.” Enveloped in a dreamlike ambiance, this soft and sentimental track is charmingly hypnotic. Backed by a mellow, yet peppy beat, the vocals are emotive and sincere. The lyrics have a very intimate and personal quality to them. As the title might indicate, the listener gets the sense the song is meant for someone special. There’s an almost voyeuristic element that we feel like we are listening to someone’s private diary or a reading their love letters. The emotional depth and romantic undertones are genuine. Musically the song is quite enjoyable. It’s very fluid and melodic, and the vocals are extremely soothing. my boo is a poetic and heartfelt indie pop jam.
Good Times is a new single from hip hop artist, 0.Fuxx. In addition to having one of the more memorable monikers, 0.Fuxx has a chill and laid back delivery style. He maintains a fluid lyrical flow throughout the recording, and his voice matches tonally with the ambient backing music. His performance is really smooth, and the timing is on point. The delivery just sounds very natural and down to Earth. This is a solid jam for any kind of “kickback” party or late night drive. The beat is pretty tight, so you can crank up the bass if you’re in the mood to spice up the experience. Apparently, he’s running his own record label, appropriately named @DGAFRCDS. 0.Fuxx is a rather prolific musician and has a number of other releases under his belt. I recommend you check them out.
The God Complex is an upcoming album from artist, Eli Manna and is scheduled to be released on October 15th. However, we managed to get our hands on a copy to get a little sneak peek. This album is notable for the fact that it contains 10 separate genres. I actually found it kind of fun to go through the songs and try to guess which musical style a specific track was intended to represent. Impressively, Eli is somehow able to hold together everything in an artistically cohesive way. The songs all feel like they’re connected to the same project. Nothing seems out of place on the shelf, despite the variety of flavorful jams.
Tonally, these songs all have an upbeat and jovial vibe. You really get the sense the artist(s) are enjoying every minute of the creative process. Spirituality and positivity are underlying themes in the lyrics, and if you pay attention, there’s a narrative storyline. The backing music is often groovy and delightfully melodic. It’s smooth and refined, while the beats have enough of a pulse to keep the dance party flowing. The rock-oriented tracks toward the end of the album showcase Eli Manna’s versatility as a musician. The God Complex is a groundbreaking release that will hopefully get the exposure it deserves. Mark your calendar for Oct 15, and keep your eyes peeled for this one to drop.
Torch of Rock and Roll is a new release from Vancouver-based band, The Mighty One. This is just a solid, no-nonsense hard rock album, with robust guitars, bellowing vocals and an assertive mix. The performances are clean and polished, on par with the kinds of classic metal-adjacent bands you know and love. Perhaps that’s owing to frontman Tim Steinruck’s lengthy, first hand experience in this arena. In any case, these guys have fine-tuned this sound down to an exact science, and it shows. Torch of Rock and Roll offers a plethora of tracks with great songwriting structure, memorable hooks and will leave listeners totally satisfied.
This Town is a new full album from artist, Brian Charles Tischleder. The title is a reference to the city of Minneapolis, and the songs are largely themed around the racial strife that engulfed the area last year. There’s quite a lot of variety musically, and all of it good. My favorite track is probably the opening song, All Night Hamburger Stand, which is performed in a 1950s “doo-wop” style. It’s actually phenomenal. Other songs have elements of blues, jazz, and rock’n’roll. Another notable jam is the piano-driven rock song, Marilyn Monroe, which has a kind of classic Bruce Springsteen energy to it. There are a lot of albums out there where people just get on their political soapbox and make their points, but This Town is genuinely creative and a cut above most others.
I Can’t Breathe is a new single from artist, Brian Charles Tischleder. As the title suggests, this track offers up social commentary on the racial unrest last year resulting from the death of George Floyd. Musically, I Can’t Breathe has a jazzy, adult contemporary sound, with the tone and pacing giving the song its depth and sensitivity. Brian Charles Tischleder sings passionately, while his voice maintains a delicate, humanistic quality. I Can’t Breathe is a competent release musically that’s performed with mindful care and compassion.
Foreglow is a new EP from artist, Ranzel X Kendrick. The music could be describes as “roots music” but is pretty much an eclectic blend of a variety of styles like blues, folk etc, It’s an organic, down to Earth sound that’s sincere and sentimental. The vocals steal the show on some of these tracks. On River of Love for example, Ranzel X Kendrick really belts out the lyrics and the listener really can appreciate just how well this artist can sing. His impressive technical vocal abilities are powered by genuine emotional energy. Backed by delicate, folkish guitar melodies, the lyrics convey sentiments that center around romance, yearning, and loneliness. Foreglow demonstrates itself to be a mini-masterpiece. It’s musically enjoyable and captures vital elements of the human experience.
Cross My Heart (feat. Rebecca White) is a new single from artist, Ranzel X Kendrick. Combining tropical vibes with a minimalist mix, this sentimental track is performed elegantly. The vocal layering and spacious framework gives the song an ethereal, almost dreamlike quality. This song almost seems like it would work well on a 60’s film soundtrack. It just has that classic singer-songwriter sound but with a trace of stylish, new age mystery. Light guitars and exotic rhythms really make you feel like you’re on an island somewhere, living the life but still dealing with the trials and tribulations of romance. Cross My Heart manages to distinguish itself as unique while also being a standout track within its genre.
Player is a new single from Sydney Australia-based hip hop artist, Stephh V. This track has one of the smoothest, grooviest backing beats I’ve ever heard. Jazzy and futuristic, the music alone is enough to mesmerize listeners with its ethereal appeal. It really shines.
On the vocal front, Stephh V’s delivery is poetic and rhythmically reflective, which makes sense given her background in writing poetry and dancing from an early age. Her voice is just very pleasant and sonically appealing to listen to. Player combines assertive confidence with soul-searching contemplation. This jam would work well live as a performance art piece. It’s musically satisfying, real and aesthetically unique.
Help Me Forget is a new single from Los Angeles-based artist, Nikolai Berk. This indie pop/R&B adjacent gem proves itself to be quite sophisticated musically. With its sentimentally aquatic vibes and avant garde intro, the track distinguishes itself right from the get go. The melodically rich backing music is bright and ambient, as colorful synths blend with innocent backing vocals to fill out the mix. The harmonies are very effective musically and capture the sensitivities of Help Me Forget’s underlying romantic themes.
Nikolai Berk is a solid vocalist. His singing style combines attributes of classic lounge singers and contemporary pop. At times his voice comes across as an indie, slightly more artistic variant of someone like Michael Buble’s. There’s a balanced combination of charm, sincerity and technical skill, with a little bit of R&B spice thrown in. You really can’t ask for much more in a pop song than what you get with Help Me Forget. This is that rare chart-worthy track that should have crossover appeal with both mainstream and more “experimentally minded” indie audiences.