Musician Madi Simmons has released his new single ‘Love Conspiracy’
Love Conspiracy was written as a tongue in cheek response to all the the conspiracy theories out there, after all, what’s wrong with more love?
Hailing from the United States, Madi Simmons entered the performing scene at the age of 16. He started out playing the drums, songwriting and singing. Throughout his life Madi’s key musical influences have been Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, John Bonham, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and that’s just to name a few……honestly, there are so many other influences, you will actually hear them in his voice. Madi has got a wide musical range and has the ability to send your mind to a nostalgic place……with vibes that remind us of Black Uhuru and a voice that combines Gregory Issac, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown into one – Madi Simmons is still pushing out his sweet reggae music.
Madi has toured quite a bit in the last 20 years, performing on stages from the Pacific Northwest, California, Hawaii, and from the Midwest to the West Coast. Madi has appeared in major events such as Cougar Mountain fest, Benbow Summer Art fair, Unity fest, North Country fair, and even Reggae On The River as an Emcee and performer.
He was also voted best indie artist on two different showcases.
Artist Nahash Wizdom has released the latest single ‘Follow Me’ from the album Grown Folks Muzik; set to drop in August. ’Follow Me’ is a feel good Summer anthem urging listeners to lose their stress and worries and join Nahash Wizdom for an all out celebration of life and all it has to offer!
BiNG is an artist from Houston Texas and has just released his latest single ‘Heat’ off the Album ‘At It Again’.
BiNG likes to talk about girls, other artists, and music in general. “My album is mostly my best work and is one of the best rides to music. My inspiration comes from wanting to sample music. Everything is original on the album but in the future I want to sample.” says the artist Watch his latest single on Youtube:
Chanda Tresvant aka Trapanesechik has a new single featuring 1takequan called “What He Looking For “ – it is about girls that are very nasty for a low price. Chanda Tresvant is a madam in the song and talks about men that are requesting girls and men who are willing to pay for girls. Chanda Tresvant aka Trapanesechik is an artist, model, actress from the valley in California. Chanda Tresvant first got her start in the music industry by doing music videos for Father, Yg, Young Dolph, nipsey hussle, Neyo, too short artist decadez and many more.
Chanda Tresvant began realizing that she was being labeled as a video vixen and didn’t want that title because she knew she had more to offer. Chanda Tresvant released her first single “Why they actin ?”, which released on all platforms. Chanda Tresvant started catching the attention of Grammy winning producer Mally Mall , C.ballin and many others.
Chanda Tresvant aka Trapanesechik released her latest video and single ft 1TakeQuan ! “What He looking For”.
Hussle Crowe, a Detroit artist has worked with Royce da 5’9, Obie Trice (shady records) E40, Too Short, Memphis Bleek, and a few other industry artist. Formerly a solo artist, now with the group called “Black Hollow” with the help of his partner (Billionare Bossy) have set the city of Detroit on fire with their new single “All In” on all platforms now.
Big Dawg079’s new album “Emmanuel” is the return of substance in Hip-hop, and is the 2nd album Big Dawg079 has released in less than a year. Dedication, determination and good music is what you get when you listen. Big Dawg079 is a Chicago artist, recently released from prison after 24 years, he’s hit the ground running. CEO of 079Cartel Entertainment and Popular Lonerz Apparel, he’s a man on a mission.
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Simon Bohnsack also better known under the pseudonym Destroyed Jeane “DJ” Kaito was born on 2 August 1997 in Hanover, Germany. Kaito lived out his creative musical side in childhood. He played mandolin, harmonica and piano at the age of 12. His love of music prompted him to use the YouTube platform for himself in 2011 and try it out for himself. For this reason he took over the channel from a friend, today known as Vier Sterne Deluxe Records. At the end of 2011 he also founded the music project “Vier Sterne Deluxe” with his colleague and friend “DJ Sheldon”, which has been released to this day with alternating cast, two albums and two EPs.
Besides countless cover songs and mixes and the mixtape “DJ Kaito Nr.1”, 2012 saw the release of “6. October (Day of the Nations)”, an independent – and solo produced – single for the first time. One year later his 2012 released Mix of “Revenge” became a surprising viral hit with ten-thousand of views in a short time. Due to the viral success of the music video, further mixtapes and EPs were released. In 2013 Simon released the concept mixtape “Das Vermächniss der RST” which consists of syllables without meaning. Due to the interest of the fans in this kind of music, which from now on is known as RST, songs of this kind by Simon have been released until today. In 2020 the German YouTuber Tanzverbot made that style mainstream.
In 2015 the RST music video “Don’t wanna be a Quader” from the Album “Best of DJK” became a viral hit. After the success of the music video and the album, Simon set out on a dream come true: An own tour. In May 2016 it was time after months of work. Hamburg, Braunschweig, Düsseldorf and Hanover were the stops on the “Mahnwachen Tour 2016”. One year later, the “STOPP RAMSTEIN Tour”, which was also advertised on national TV, continued the success of the tour. In the same year the album #LightningQuader appeared with a big promotion. It is still one of his most successful albums. In the meantime, he collaborated with various artists such as Paula P’Cay, Sintakk, Diehlenbrothals or the music project WAMP.
At the beginning of 2018 Simon came out as maby the first German Rapper that is pansexual and retired great to have time for himself. Despite this, he appeared on the 4th Nationwide pece vigil in Berlin with 2017 chartbreaker Kilez More and other musicians. Also in Hambug a live album was recorded, which released at the end of the year. In 2019 he returned with the album “Signal kommt”. Songs out of it appeared all across the US on radiostations and magazine stories followed.
For 2021 he announced a 10 Year anniversary tour through Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and UK. Do to Covid-19 he must cancel it. A B Plan was made for that year: 12 Months – 12 Singles and a Best Of Album.
Soundtrack artist Lexi Jones’ new single, JUNE (I WANNA FALL), was enthusiastically chosen by her fans to be the singer-songwriter’s latest release (released June 1st). JUNE’s memorable melodies and soulful lyrics reminds us all of our favorite nostalgic moments. JUNE is an impressive follow up to Lexi’s previous tracks, the catchy Greetings From The Graveyard and the Anthemic Proud To Be A Woman.
Lexi Jones has proven herself as a creative force to be reckoned with. Lexi’s music has been placed in several film scores and soundtracks including Amazon Prime’s horror comedy RottenTail, the celebrated Rom-Com Karma Dog, and the critically acclaimed TUBI TV series Tale of Tails. Award-winning composers Allen Lynch and Randy Lynch of III WORLDS ENTERTAINMENT & MUSIC GROUP (3WM) and Johanna ‘Jaunty’ Meek of DEATH BY LIPSTICK Productions (DBL) were chosen by Folktellers to compose music for its television series, adapted from the Folktellers acclaimed Excerpts from an Unknown Guidebook young adult novels.
Artist Lexi Jones was selected by the accomplished producers to sing the theme song, The Story of Us All. The Story of Us All (feat. Lexi Jones) [Theme Song – Folktellers Universe] https://youtu.be/Y2JengEpew8
Folktellers Creator and Executive Producer, Josef Bastian, stated, “Our vision at Folktellers has always been to work with top artists who are willing to share their talent, creativity, and depth of spirit to bring this universe to life – Randy, Allen, Jaunty, and Lexi are doing just that with their music.” Randy Lynch added, “We (3WM) love the powerful messaging and diverse themes.”
Allen Lynch agreed, noting, “There’s something immensely powerful and spiritual about the entire Folktellers series.” III WORLDS MUSIC has composed, performed, and produced songs for multi-platinum albums, movie and TV soundtracks, and underscores including Disney’s Annapolis, Sony’s xXx: State of the Union, and Universal’s 2 Fast 2 Furious. DBL’s CEO Jaunty Meek also noted, “Putting stories and music together brings the stories alive and opens your imagination to possibilities.” DBL has alliances around the world working with both emerging and established artists including Mark Burnett’s Rock Star: INXS vocalists and the late legendary Dick Wagner (Aerosmith, Alice Cooper).
“My favorite part of being in the Folktellers Universe is working with all the creative, magical people who bring this universe to life,” says artist Lexi Jones. Jones is also known as half of the alternative rock duo PHOENIX UNCAGED (with Kianna Ryan).
JUNE (I WANNA FALL) – LEXI JONES IS AVAILABLE ON iTUNES AND ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS
“Will Tomorrow ever come?” is an EDM album with 10 featured songs. Artist Will has taken a lot of inspiration from Avicii, Seeb and Alan Walker.Will grew up in an environment where music dominated when it came to entertainment in South Africa. “There was quite a lot of African dance music in my life as a child. But the music that fascinated me was Rap music from the United States. Then there were Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Tupac and Dr. Dre very popular. However, I was the only child who listened to that music, thanks to my cousins who I visited from time to time. I heard nice, simple, strong Gangsta Rap melodies, especially by Dr. Dre and understood how it comes about that people can not live without music.” says the rapper
After hearing Dr. The Dre 2001 record, and the 2Pac All Eyez On Me record, Will already knew then that he might be able to make music. “I started doing beats and mixing in 2008. I have always had a little more fun projects running. It’s now that I’m starting to take the whole thing seriously. Now that I feel I’m ready to compete for a place among the big producers.” he continues
‘Will Tomorrow Ever Come’ is the first project he has dared to invest money in.“This new record is the only one that makes me feel like I’m on my way somewhere, so it’s the one that’s my biggest achievement so far.”
But this record is just the tip of the iceberg, which is why he made sure it sounds heavy, with only 10 songs.
Electronic dance music has given rise to a plethora of exceptional subgenres. One of the strongest musical genres to emerge from EDM is techno music. Luca Draccar, a well-known Techno artist, has elevated the genre’s rhythmic majesty to new heights. With his exceptional artistry, he has finally released his highly awaited EDM banger “Soul Grabber” on popular streaming platforms, causing a stir in the industry. The EP retains a consistent rhythmic flow thanks to masterful harmonic patterns.
Luca Draccar, a gifted music artist, developed a strong interest in music-making at a young age after getting his first Macintosh computer. The melodic structure of EDM music captivated him and unlocked the door to a whole new world in front of him. He gains much of his knowledge from his own life experiences and emotions. As a result, his music is very authentic, forming a strong mental bond with the audience.
Luca Draccar’s production skills are unrivaled, as exhibited by the five-track EP “Soul Grabber” – which evokes a wide range of emotional and nostalgic feelings in the audience. The strong bass tone, combined with the dynamic pad and spectacular beats, results in a symphony of absolute perfection. The poised rhythmic structure creates a mystery that invites listeners to interpret in any way they see fit.
The artist, who has an exceptional ear for EDM music and other eclectic melodies, has ensured to lift the bar higher with his exceptional success in the new soundscape and proves himself as one of the greatest in the current techno scene. The artist demonstrates his exceptional abilities with each new release, and the new EP exemplifies his ability to capture attention even with a psychedelic cocktail of deep flavors.
Hailing from the United States, Madi Simmons is known to have entered the performing scene at the age of 16. He started out playing the drums, songwriting and singing. Throughout his life Madi’s key musical influences have been Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, John Bonham, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, and that’s just to name a few……honestly, there are so many other influences, you will actually hear them in his voice. Madi has got a wide musical range and has the ability to send your mind to a nostalgic place……with vibes that remind us of Black Uhuru and a voice that combines Gregory Issac, Peter Tosh and Dennis Brown into one – Madi Simmons is still pushing out his sweet reggae music.
Mainly known for playing drums and having a strong vocal delivery, Madi learned over the years to perfect that one drop among other styles, though as you will hear, his preference is to use his voice. He has toured quite a bit in the last 20 years, performing on stages from the Pacific Northwest, California, Hawaii, and from the Midwest to the West Coast. Madi has appeared in major events such as Cougar Mountain fest, Benbow Summer Art fair, Unity fest, North Country fair, and even Reggae On The River as an Emcee and performer.
Now he is sparking interest in Europe and other parts of the world – Madi was also voted best indie artist on two different showcases.
Madi Simmons has released his latest song ‘I Love Being With You’.
Supported by “Promo Only” and “Kiss Fm 102.5”, the EP “Fadi Awad feat. Teddy Bennington — Step Back In Time” that was released on the 7th of May 2021 has received and is still receiving huge support by top DJs and radio stations Worldwide. This success is backed by the fact that it has charted in many DJ Pools, including leading the Trance Chart in Masspool! The release has also entered the Euro Indie Chart and Germany’s Top 100 Dance Chart, where it’s still competing there for the 3rd week in a row. It also entered the Music Week — UK’s Commercial Pop charting category, where it’s expected to compete well there too.
In his related press interview on “Kiss FM 102.5”, the Multi-Awards Winner and the Billboard and Multi-Charted Artist Fadi Awad thanked all the DJs, Radio Stations, Night Clubs and Everyone who supported and still supporting his release, hoping for the best! Fadi’s EP “Step Back in Time” is an official remake of Kylie Minogue’s Old Gold Hit, and is available on All the digital platforms!
2004 was the start of a wild ride for Latino-Swiss DJ Santiago Cortes. His hit single, “Don’t Leave Me,” started gaining heavy rotation on MTV worldwide, attracting massive attention from the house music scene. Soon after, the DJ experienced a surge in international bookings from places like Amnesia, one of the hottest dance clubs in Ibiza, Spain. Cortes admits that he still feels the goose bumps rising on his skin while playing his set. Before he found great success in Western Europe through house and pop music, Cortes developed a precocious talent for music while living in his Swiss hometown.
When he left school, Cortes attended the audio engineering school in Zurich, Switzerland, to learn music production.
After engineering school, Cortes spent the early days of his career sending demos to various scouts to get his foot in the door. One of the recipients was actress, model, and singer Samantha Fox, who had many chart-topping singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the ’80s. She praised Cortes’ album, deeming it as one of the best that she has ever heard. In just two days, she flew to his studio in Bern, where they recorded a remake of the ’80s hit, “Touch Me.” Soon after their collaboration, he was ghost-producing for some of the biggest names in house music. For this reason, Cortes often credits his collaboration with Fox as a pivotal moment in his career.
Although Cortes enjoyed his work as a producer, he wasn’t satisfied with the lack of feedback from the audience that the job entailed. He wanted to witness the ecstasy of a live crowd dancing to his music. Cortes realized that becoming a DJ would satiate this desire. Drawing inspiration from 90s artists like David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, and Daft Punk, Cortes developed his unique sound to play in clubs. Once he found his groove with deep techno, he emigrated to Ibiza, the epicenter of the house music scene.
Cortes immediately began to network upon his arrival to Spain, linking with promoters from as far as Miami and Los Angeles at films, conferences, and music events. In 2004, Cortes attracted the interest of a promoter at Las Salinas, a beach-side restaurant. After he heard a sample of Cortes’ music, the promoter insisted that the DJ play at all of his events. Soon, Cortes was a guest DJ at Amnesia, which led to his residency on the Amnesia Ibiza World Tour. Since 2007, he had his own segment on Radio 105, a Swiss youth radio show, where he played his own set every Friday. While producing his show, Cortes has been also Guest DJ for venues like “Finest Clubs Of The World” and has played his music in countries like Spain, Geneva, Zurich, Dubai, Tokyo, and Singapore.
Cortes is set to release four new house and pop songs, which is a slight deviation away from his usual deep techno sound. “GROOVE ON” is a feel-good anthem that serves as a reminder to unleash one’s inner self for the weekend. “JUST A MINUTE” is a rush of spontaneous fun about living in the moment, even if it’s only temporary. “RUN” chases after a lover that got away in hopes of rekindling the fire that they left behind. Lastly, “HARD TO SAY” is a somber realization that a relationship is at the end of the line but not wanting to sever the ties. Cortes manages to retain an element of his house flair within his songs, making his music stand out from the other pop hits on the radio. It is just the tip of the iceberg in regard to his wide range of talent. DJ Santiago Cortes’ complete catalog, filled with heart-stopping UNRELEASED hits and vibrant, high-quality music videos, is exclusively available for A&Rs at MAJOR RECORD LABELS on https://www.SantiagoCortes.com Stream his music here:
Sojourner For Truth and Ilumi Black from Memphis, Tennessee are both passionate about kingdom building. They came into the game of music-making to unite the Beloved in one Faith, one Savior, one Truth, and one God.Braced with the recent happenings in the world today and the fact that many don’t want to hear about the Bible, they knew it was time for a new message and a renewed message. Being victims and conquerors of unfavorable life situations and having experienced the divine saving grace of Elohim(God) in various aspects of their lives, they now dedicate their lives to spreading their message, story, and testimony through rap music. Using the mic as their podium, they express their life experiences to bring hope to those who feel lost. “We’re going to keep it 100 with you, no sugar coating but real and relatable words about our life that one can feel.”
Sojourner For Truth and Ilumi Black is known for the vibrant, powerful, and passionate manner in which they flesh out their flawless raps that creates memorable, heartfelt rhythmic music with quotable faith-based lyrics.
One of their favorite scripture that fuels their passion for rapping remains (Psalm 66:16 “Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.”). In addition, they’re bent on creating lyrics that are highly relatable and truly moving to their listeners. Their love for music also streams from the motivation they get from prominent rappers in the music and entertainment industry like Skillet, Thousand Foot Krutch, Lecrae, Trip Lee, Tadashi, and Flame. They are true faith-based rappers devoting their lives to the purpose in which Elohim (God) has predestinated for them. Ultimately, they crave to open the hearts of people to experience the freedom of liberty, restoration, and blessings in Messiah Yeshua(Christ Jesus)through rap music. Sojourner For Truth & Ilumi Black have released their latest song ‘Cry Out’. Stream on Spotify:
True Ahmed has been making music since 2008. Ahmed grew up going to recording studios with his father, when he used to make music and fell in love with it ever since. In High School he saved enough money to build a small studio in his room and started to learn and expand his sound from there, but it was still early days. During Quarantine in 2020 he recorded over 300 songs, all unreleased and kept continuing to make music. He then decided to set a goal for himself, to record a whole mixtape in 2 days, and that is how ’So Versatile Vol. 1’ was born. “I set a goal to record as much as I can in one weekend and this is what I made.” says Ahmed. “My project is a compilation of 10 songs I thought fit into a style of mine. One of my songs ‘Run it Up’ is very meaningful to me because I got my dog barking in the song days before he passed away.”
He decided to title the mixtape “So Versatile Vol.1” because there is only one style out of many others he has with his music.
He continues, “It’s about the versatility. All the songs are similar but it’s within the different projects you can see it!”
Gianluca Gallo began playing the guitar at the age of 12 years old, he passed his Music Conservatory exam in Palermo and formed his first Rock group at the age of 16. He has performed with singers such as Francesco Baccini, Luca Barbarossa, Andrea Mingardi, Los Locos, to name a few. In 1998 he recorded a song entitled ‘Quanto Tempo’ and it was this song that brought him success in Sicily and Southern Italy.
In 2001 he finally released his first single CD entitled ‘Un tuffo al Mare’, a joking single that is written in the electro-pop-Latin style. His single ‘È Tardi … Arrivederci’ brought him even more acclaim, and he has toured in numerous places, bringing joy to his fans.
His cover of ‘Susanna’, which was released in 2020 obtained more than 2 million views on YouTube, more than 1 million plays on Spotify, more than 50 magazine features in USA and Europe, more than 1500 Radio play worldwide and 1 month of streaming on MTV, USA.
This year (2021), Gianluca released his new song ‘Bailando Mambo’, a Latino song, across all digital platforms Worldwide.
The latin rhythms of Bailando Mambo explode with the goal of making audiences want to dance more and more; “Bailando Mambo” is a song that invites the movement of the body from the very first notes, a story that is told in two languages, trying to conquer not only the auditory senses but also that of his Latino fans who love the contagious pace. Lydia Breska lends her vocal timbre to the song and gives this sound a feminine touch making it even more desirable to the senses.
This is a new proposal by the artist to brighten up this period that is being experienced all over the world and that it is necessary for so many people, looking for the perfect excuse to start to dance and have fun, to dance the mambo! Follow Gianluca across all platforms: Spotify link:
Jorge Mujica is a Chilean singer-songwriter, poet, multi-instrumentalist, scientist and engineer. In his conception, art and science are two dimensions intertwined and alive, and from that premise, he observes and writes about the world around him. At the age of 15 he began with sketches and poems, which he later set to music during his youth in San Felipe, Chile, materializing hundreds of original songs. But it was not until 28 years later that he ventured to launch his first musical production, Aurora, in which he combines elements of Soft-Rock, Pop, Folk and Experimental Music, in a story precisely about pursuing and fulfilling dreams, hand in hand with his two old traveling companions: the guitar and the piano.
Aurora is a 2-part story about miracles and dreams. The first part is called “Austral” and starts with Aurora until Engines. The second part, “Boreal”, goes from Trayectoria Pt. 1 until the end. The idea is simple: Energy and magic leave this world in order to create new miracles everyday. Miracles just want 2 things: That someone fights for them, to realize them, and to be recognized.
“The history started 20 years ago when I start to write music (I’m 43 now!), and it took me that long to fulfil my dream in showing my music. The pandemic helped me realize that we’re here to accomplish our dreams. Austral (Part I) is dedicated to my grandfather, who taught me piano and music, and left the world in 2010, the second part is for my kids – the miracle that came in 2017. My idea with this album is to promote a simple idea in people: Fight for your dreams. Don’t wait so long. Help others to fight for them.” says Mujica
He continues: “Why I did it? Because a good friend of mine dreamed to see a Boreal Aurora last year, but because the COVID, she didn’t. But she persisted to continue her dream, and prepared all for this year. She never gave up… and she prompted me to release my music, because it helped her to keep her dream alive. So, why don’t do it for others?”
All about the tracks, explained by the artist: Reflex: https://imd.link/reflex This is about faults. For very long, I considered that others were guilty for my troubles. But I realize that it also was on me… so that thought was “reflected” on me. We need to acknowledge where we’re wrong for making dreams real 89: https://imd.link/89 For my partner, the piano. A 88-keys piano that let me to be the 89th for re-thinking the world Vortex: https://imd.link/vortex In full lockdown, this song was a portal for connecting my soul with my loved ones. Send them hope for future hugs Trayectoria, Pt. 2: https://imd.link/traj2 The full “Trayectoria” song (3 parts) are the perspective of a light ray that starts from the sun for becoming an Aurora Boreal. A miracle. This second part is just my favorite one. Mitosis: https://imd.link/mitosis A short heartbreaking song. Just the moment when my grandfather goes. The piano bits are the cardiac signals. A complete acoustic Aurora performance will be published by the end of June. Follow Jorge Mujica here: Link: https://artist.landr.com/music/672985904682
Rock and Roll and turbulent relationships have gone hand in hand since the beginning of time. The origins of Blind Season are no different. Beginning with a rag tag group only forming through the means of owning instruments, and an evening involving the smashing of a mutual friend’s car, Blind Season had undergone 5 different incarnations until Shane Sigro the founding guitarist was faced with the ultimate decision between succumbing to normalcy or proving the previous members wrong. Choosing the latter, Sigro doubled down by taking vocal lessons and penning the new music that would breathe life into the new era of Blind Season. Blind Season’s upcoming album is an ode to loneliness and toxicity that feel as if they were ripped from Billy Corgan’s Diary and featured in a film by Tim Burton. With the current questionable climate of the world there’s no question that this album will find its proper home and become a sign of the times.
Their latest single ‘Save You’ by Blind Season, musically is the simplest song on the album, but as a completed song it sat around for years. It’s about a long distance relationship that didn’t work out. It comes across powerfully though and the group are proud of it. Check out the track here:
Hobday is a producer, songwriter, recording artist and DJ whose sound and expression span across multiple genres including Electronic music, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Pop. The result is an eclectic bass music fusion that always brings the vibes. Creating music for what he refers to as the “venturous”, his ambition is to help people escape mundane reality and connect with their deeper selves and their potential. Hobday embraces the diverse nature of sound and is currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His latest song ‘Empathy’ featuring Jenny G is all about the emotion evoked through music and the things he feels when deep in the creative process.“So much of being an artist and a producer for me is all about the way the creative process makes me feel. Honestly over the years, that is the main thing that has kept me going. I believe that if I can find ways to move myself emotionally while I’m creating, that eventually those feelings will move through others as well, when they listen to my music or see me perform. It’s all about creating opportunities for real connections with others. That’s what I’m after. Connection.” says the artist
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It’s been another amazing release year for Dar.Ra and Kusha Deep Music with over 50 titles put out already, starting with ‘Ballads For The Down-Trodden’
The album in essence is a collection of some of the more laid back moments from various albums and EPs over the years, plus two best of remix albums ‘Majestic Retrospectives Vol 1 and 2’ and the ‘Kings n Serfs EP’, which has two of the best videos made for the tracks ‘Sweet As’ and ‘Londinium’.
As the album suggests with its title, it’s a mixture of joy and sadness as only Ballads can deliver. Subjects roll from losing someone too early on both ‘Rewind’ and ‘Evermore’ to the thought of waking up with the perfect girlfriend who happens to be transgender, on a track called a ‘Girl Like You’.
Nothing is as it seems on any first listen with Dar.Ra and his song writing, as digging deep into subtexts reveal another whole level of storyline and subliminal messages, not that anything sinister and mind controlling is at work, but merely to suggest that not everything should be handed away so easily on first experience, which all Art should do.
The past year also witnessed even more classic music released with the ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ pandemic tribute to Frontline workers around the world who have held it all together for the rest of us to stay at home and wait for the storm to pass. Salute to the Heroes still. ‘Lights Dark Night’ remix and the ‘Beat Bhangra Stance’ remix broke new ground for that Rock/ EDM cross over, while mixing Bhangra with a epic rock track the Beat sounds like a juggernaut coming at you full speed.
‘Whisky n Honey’ and ‘Rise Like The Sun’ EPs added to the sonic storming of the airwaves, with countless Indie radio stations around the world doing what they do best and supporting new music.
Dar.Ra was on call doing interview after interview to get the message out there without the help of the big corporate players in the game.
‘Everything starts with the flick of the green, money changes everything’ A lyric from the track ‘Start Again’, features a re-master from a young Producer based in Italy called Astro who has breathed new life into the track that appeared on the 2008 Soul Hours album.
Astro has been a key ingredient to the releases this year as he has put a magic touch to all of them. The Majestic Retro albums where a labour of love as most of those tracks where already mastered and to make them sound fresh with not much room to maneuverer was not an easy task.
Those two albums feature of 40 tracks between them going back into the vaults and finding gems from the 90s to the present and tracks Dar.Ra’s output for over 20 years.
The Kings N Serfs EP was also a labour of love after finding three songs that had been penned for a film about London which never got released, but sat on the hard drives for four years, before a decision to put them out was made. Londonium was a huge tour de force of Musical story telling finding a London family who go back through the ages; they where there when the city was born are some of the opening lines, as the tale unfolds.
Family members who served King and Queens down for the past 200 years are mentioned in a 6 and half minute theatre piece which ends up in the present day warning us not to turn our back on what made the place we know today.
It’s not a story that commends what happened in the past, merely the people who played a part in the making of this city. As the title of the EP suggests Kings n Serfs is the everyday people who get used and thrown away when they are no longer useful that the story chooses to honour. There is a great film to go with Londinium as is the case with Sweet As another track which tells the story of the boy who grows up on the wrong side of the tracks from the same family, but has a little bit of luck and finds a piece of gold in The River Thames which brings him riches he could only dream of. The animated film that goes with it is as uplifting as the storyline that it only takes a little bit of belief and luck to turn your life around.
There is a new album in the pipeline and another EP to follow later this year. We are all just looking for that little bit of luck to change our fortunes; the trick is to never stop believing that it will happen. All these releases by Dar.Ra can be found on Spottily and the usual suspects
Hip-hop is one of the most innovative genres in recent memory, yet the roots get muddied with each passing day. Mxx Bet’s flair for the golden era of ‘90s rap helps him craft a nostalgic sound that blends the best of the lyric-heavy boom-bap of that time with today’s more melodic trap records.
The Las Vegas native is a student of the game, looking towards artists like Jay-Z for the hustler’s attitude and Eminem for wordplay, as well as a myriad of artists from a variety of genres to teach him how to resonate with listeners no matter the genre. Over the years he has overcome the loss of his mother at a young age and growing up with a gambling addiction and felony convictions to lead the way to a better life. While the music has brought joy and great fun, it as also proved to be therapeutic to share his story with a larger audience and give hope to future generations that they too can overcome adversity. This is all executed with his innate lyricism and unwavering confidence behind the mic as Mxx Bet looks to leave his mark for generations to come. Mxx Bet has released a new track called 24 hours – the single is about trying to break away from the opportunist way of life and at the same time detaching from society due to social distancing. Stream the track here:
Trock Jones was born in Baltimore City and was raised in York PA since he was 15 years old. He is inspired by Lil Wayne – “Growing up I always thought he was the best rapper alive so every time when he would record a song I would try to get on the same beat and outdo him in a verse, by me doing so, I’ve become very very good at songwriting and music writing to the point where now every song I basically make sounds extremely good, I set myself a goal to be better than Lil Wayne and in the process I bettered myself so much as a music artists but now I don’t try to be better to him anymore because I am already just as good.”
Jones claims that he gets his producing skills from Kanye West because “I think that he makes awesome music. Oh, he inspired me to wake up and make beats all the time. One day I will be great like Lil Wayne and Kanye West. All I need is the opportunity.” He has now released a new track called ‘Fall’.
“Answers” by IceyMinnie is a song created off of a mixture of stress and determination. IceyMinnie shares his words as he is asking himself what is the right guide to life. IceyMinnie wanted people to finally hear the real him, to give people a taste and bring the realism back to hip-hop/music in general.
Cvlii (pronounced Cali) was born in Albany, Ga, moved to Atlanta around 2016, and began his journey in music around 2017. He has an EP and two singles out on all platforms and is currently working on an upcoming collaborated project with his friends and team. Euphoria is an EP independently released by Cvlii. It’s about a boy who crash lands from another planet, Euphoria and discovers that planet earth’s dopamine levels are unbalanced and it’s full of destruction and chaos. His only way to restore positivity is sharing his art of music with the world.
Born Cosimo and known as Flavio in selected circles, Producer Cixxx J comes from Bologna where he joins the ranks of Electronic Waves and SoulCluster to perform in club nights and radio shows. A lover of all things synthetic and sequenced, and once a classically trained piano player, on a mission to listen to every piece of music that’s ever been recorded in this angle of the galaxy.
Cixxx J’s take on Harry Styles – Golden builds up momentum in a similar way like the original version does, but with synths. The electronic beats though get stretched and play halftime, giving the tune a whole new spatial and almost cosmic dimension. The arrangement reflects the more intimate vibes in “Golden”, shifting from a conversional mood to a meditative one, and tries to capture a more of a dream-like state, to highlight the uplifting qualities of Harry’s voice and lyrics.
“The very first moment I heard this tune I knew it was going to sound sick with a synth-ier edge and that’s what I exactly did.” says the artist. Check out this version of Harry Styles’ ‘Golden’ – watch it here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIaD5PpyclQ