Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Shid Latta Puts Out A Powerful Tune With How It Is

Baltimore’s Shid Latta comes through with one of the most raw and well placed tracks of hip hop I’ve heard in a while. You will not find this on the radio, and that’s sad, because this is the type of music that needs to get to a global audience. You’re going to find that the production by EVOLUTION MS and the lyrical dominance of Shid Latta on “How it Is” breaks down the complexities of hip hop with such ease. You get a feeling for the powerful lyrics, the honesty of the individual, and the poetry of the rapper within the first few flows.

The delivery mechanism here is spot on, matching beats with lyrics that are compelling and to the point. They are like strokes of a painter, and they give you a good picture at the end. It’s a solid foundation to build a great overall record, and it’s definitely a testament to the work that Shid Latta is doing right now. You’ll find that the lyrical style and the overall presence is what gets you most. The delivery is spot on, timed very well with the beats, and it really does make you want to turn it up as loud as you can and just blast it until the neighbors complain.

If you like hip hop, you have to check out “How It Is” as it is a real punch of cool. I listen to a lot of music every day, and this is one track that made me sit up and really pay attention. It hits you hard from the beginning through the end, and it really is one of the better tracks that I’ve heard from the independent hip hop scene in a long time. It’s one of those tracks that are going to stay with you for a long time, so listen up and tune in.

Listen to this track via Reverbnation here, and Soundcloud here.

You can follow Shid Latta through the following links, keep note, this rapper is going to make serious moves: facebook, the official Shid Latta site, twitter, tumblr, instagram, youtube, linked in, and google+.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A.K.A. FiSHEЯ Brings An Iconic Flow To The Table on It’s A Jesus Thing

A.K.A. FiSHEЯ is a name you’re going to want to pay close attention to. With the release of the track “It’s a Jesus Thing”, you get highlighted by some of incredible rhymes, and world play that is going to shake your cage and rattle your bones. From the introduction of the beats through the song’s choruses, you’re going to find yourself singing along, and paying close attention to the rhymes that are coming through this track.

Everything that A.K.A. FiSHEЯ does on this track is done well, and the flow is just incredible. The united front represented here is solid, the flow is engaging, the words are poignant and you find yourself in a grandiose display of talent. I found myself completely lost in the words, and the message that is combined with a solid beat that is absolutely flawless. It is strong, it’s loud, it demands you to turn things up and blast it.

Whether you’re in the car or at home, turn this up to 11 and make sure that your neighbors here it. When they complain, play the track for them, as you’ll find that it’s time to go to church. Ok, to be fair, it’s not a preaching song in the same way others can be, it’s more tangible. It has a message, but the way the flows explain on the concept, and belief things are clearly defined, and rhymed in precise measures.

A.K.A. FiSHEЯ is on to something here. Combining the message of hope with iconic beats, solid rhymes, and incredible precision, you get the best of what hip hop has to offer today in a very amazing and eclectic package. This is absolutely stunning.

Check out the track, “It’s a Jesus Thing”, by clicking here for Soundcloud. Remember the name, A.K.A. FiSHEЯ, you’re going to hear a lot more down the line.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Arjun Showcases An Incredible Precision on Core

There are bands that play rock and jazz fusion, and then there are bands that take the notion of genres and throws them through a television screen. Bad metaphor? Probably, but Arjun kicks down the notion of “genre” and blends everything together into an iconic painting of rock, jazz, funk, and more on the release of “Core”. I’m completely blown away by how the band has been able to create such a lavish sound and still maintained a solid production. Sometimes with instrumental rock acts, there’s one instrument that stands out and the rest kind of play back up. That’s not the case with this release, as you get punched in the face with heavy riffing, jazzy bass, and funk here and there. In fact, those genres aren’t enough to categorize this all because Arjun cannot be stopped.

This record demands to be listened to straight through. Sure, you will have favorites, but the guitar work is going to blow you away, and when you finally settle in for a new track another element will hit you and you’ll find that you cannot pick a favorite. From the beginning of “Rocks” to the song “Within You” you’re going on a musical journey that cannot be placed within the same walls of pop music or anything that you’re currently listening to, you just can’t. You’re going to find that there’s magic here and it’s rare to hear music like this, played so well and with such gusto.

Just when you think you’ve figured out Arjun, a new concept comes through and you’re blow away. I didn’t predict the iconic bass lines of “Lavalust”, nor did I peg the guitar solos to be so dramatic, and eclectic through the tracks. The switch between melodies, the percussion, and all the elements surrounding each track is done incredibly well.

You’re going to find that “Core” is by far a perfect album and could very well be that one record that everyone around you raves about, because it’s that good. No joke, this is by far the best selection of rock guitar tracks I’ve heard this year.

You can check out more music from Arjun by going to their official site here, checking their twitter here, Facebook here, and the YouTube video below.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Roxanna Focuses on Making You Fall In Love On The Release of Exotica

There’s a special type of singer that can make me stop what I’m doing and listen. Roxanna has that quality, it’s intangible, it’s poetic, and it’s magnificent. It rises through the notes and pulls through the speakers to pull at my tie and bring me in. It’s like she’s singing just to me, and I’m in a fantasy world, in love with the sultriness of the vocals. With “Exotica” you are treated to track after track of beautiful singing, and sultry topics that go from simple to grandiose in love. You’ll find that this is pop in some ways, it’s world music in others, it has orchestral qualities, and it flows through with such ease. I was shocked by how good the disc flows through different channels.

With the starting track “Only You”, you start to flow through a pop simplicity that transcends my mediocre vocabulary. I really didn’t know how to describe how nice the vocals play over the music. As a Spanish speaker, “El Amor” got me. Track 6 really does well and Roxanna’s voice is just beautiful here. The pronunciation, the music, everything about that track makes me a true believer and that’s something worth noting.

Just when you think you’ve figured out everything on the disc, you are treated to tracks like “Fresh”, “My Best Friend (Miko)”, and “Loved” that are iconic and resourceful. The talent of this singer truly shines through the songs, and really does inspire and compel. It pulls you into a new world, and that’s the best thing about music.

Roxanna’s “Exotica” is a disc that will find a huge audience. I love the vocals, the music, and the transitional elements here. You are treated to a full spectrum of musical promise, and you can’t deny there’s a lot of talent here. From pop to jazz to orchestral, there’s something for everyone on this superior record.

You can purchase this record via amazon here, and keep an eye out for what very well maybe the best singer I’ve heard in a long time.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blood Sugar Summer Astonishes on The Most Photographed Woman On The Planet

Blood Sugar Summer is a band you’re going to want to keep your eyes on. Their latest track, “The Most Photographed Woman On The Planet” is an evolution of sound that mixes synth, goth, rock, and orchestral sounds to create an incredible blend. It’s something that I haven’t heard in a long time, creatively compelling, and lyrically compelling as well. It’s something that will floor you as you pay attention to the lyrics and the depths of which the story unfolds for you.

What you get here is something that shines through a variety of different elements. You get the song’s overall structure which alone is compelling, but the lyrics really come in and play a role. It’s like watching a painter create masterpiece over time. The nature of this track really hits you hard as you start to pay closer attention to the lyrics that are coming through and it’s definitely well worth your time.

“The Most Photographed Woman On The Planet” is one of those haunting tracks that will completely surprise you. It’s not really fair to place this in one genre, as it is far more grand that just the sum of the genres that I can think of. It’s an impressive, layered, and illustrious approach to music, which is definitely worth your time. If you have a moment, turn up your speakers and listen to the brevity that comes through. It’s hard not to love this track, it reaches out and grabs you.

You can listen to Blood Sugar Summer via their soundcloud page here.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

SPIRIT OF 69 - A FILM BY MIKE SKINNER // DR. MARTENS

Below is a very cool clip from the Mike Skinner film Spirit of 69, a collaboration between the director and Dr. Martens footwear. I dig it, as it talks about mod culture, the UK/Jamaican music influence and style. I love ska/reggae and this is a great clip and introduction to a new line of clothing and boots that have been inspired by the mod/ska/two tone UK culture. Check the clip out below:

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Swavy One Releases The Catchiest Song of 2014 With Bounce

Hip hop doesn’t always come out with such  catchy tunes. Even some of the best in the game can’t really capture my attention, but The Swavy One has done more than capture my attention, he’s single handedly changed my perception of hip hop in 2014. Sure, I’ve shouted out Murs, Fashawn, and others, but their records are older now, and well, it’s 2014 and new is new. The Swavy One pushes the best parts of hip hop out with “Bounce” and it’s awesome. The mix of lyrical dominance, tight beats, and easy flow is easily one of the best things I’ve heard all year.

“Bounce” will have you doing just that, bouncing with the tune and singing along with the chorus that just doesn’t let up. The beats are solid, the rhymes here are effective, and it all works to the best that you can imagine from the world of hip hop today. You’re not going to find another song that is this catchy right now, whether on the radio or online. There’s talent that overflows here, and it’s something that you cannot deny. There’s just so much to the song, and it’s more than just me praising it, listen to it.

You cannot listen to The Swavy One’s latest release and not get it stuck in your head. Download it, turn it up in your stereo and watch people’s head turn as you “Bounce” with one of the hottest songs of 2014, bar none. The Swavy One is on top of his game with this track, and I for one can’t stop listening, you won’t either so start now.

Check out the track “Bounce” via soundcloud here, follow The Swavy One on twitter here, check out his official website here, and keep tabs on the up and coming MC.