Albums, Hip-Hop, Rap | Atlanta Native, Kelechi, Drops Debut Album “Before The Quarter”

Posted by on May 27, 2016

Sometimes you hear an artist and are 7-seconds into the first song, you’re on to the next. Sometimes you hear an artist for the first time and are instantly drawn in. Whether it be the beat, their flow, the lyrics or the message, sometimes you just get that feeling you found something special. A few years back I stumbled across STNDRD, a hip-hop duo out of Hotlanta. Kelechi & Phay, two very talented artists were the talent behind the label. They were clearly motivated (as I quickly confirmed after seeing and hearing “We Want It All“). They were cultured and proud of their diverse backgrounds. They were confident, fun, and full of energy. Most importantly, they could RAP.

Fast forward 2 1/2 years, both artists are still representing STNDRD, but pursuing parallel solo careers. Kelechi was the recipient of $50k after being recognized as the winner of Green Label Sound’s “Open Call” contest. Identified as one of the next talents on the brink of explosion, Kelechief invested that nickel lump right back into his debut album, Before The Quarter. Making valuable industry connections and cosigns along the way, Kelechi has been earning his key and building bridges along the way. “Before the Quarter” is Kelechi’s breakout. 10 tracks, from raw to delicate, Chief flexes appropriately, but never lacks a message. Enjoy the album stream and cop your own copy on iTunes if those first 7-seconds hit you like they hit me.

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Bass | Markus Cole Gives “Runnin’ (Lose It All)” A Fresh Pop Remix Feeling

Posted by on April 12, 2016

This one hits your right in the feels.

Markus Cole has been around for a bit, landing on numerous blogs and locking down spots on notable mainstage DJ’s podcasts/radioshows. But it’s “Naughty Boy – Runnin’ (Lose It All) Ft. Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin (Markus Cole Remix)” and another track track he released a month ago that are attention grabbers. The former will be the focus here.

From the very start “Runnin’ (Lose It All) (Markus Cole Remix)” brings the listener to a relaxed state via the familiar voice and lyrics. The added production from Markus is noticed and enhances/refreshes the experience overall. It’s not until the drop that you get hit with this “woah” moment behind your computer screen. The rattling, roaring bassline is fresh, but fitting compared to the entirety of the remix – which is catchy in itself.

This is one not to be missed.

Albums, Alternative | Must Listen HAASAN BARCLAY: Heaven Is Your Last Dream

Posted by on March 17, 2016

With features from Michael Christmas, Sarah Martin, The Samo D, and Khary, Haasan Barclay takes us on an adventure from beginning to end. I listened to the album from start to finish, and I thought back to when I first discovered Kid Cudi mixed with a little Flying Lotus mixed with a fresh take on combining lyrics and well written melodies. Definitely a must download and an artist to watch for 2016, oh yeah, and its a free download so grab it here: Heaven Is Your Last Dream Free Download

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Alternative, Indie | Opia – Falling

Posted by on March 15, 2016

The duo from CT is killing the internet right now with their latest single Falling, an unknown duo who is now on everyones radar. This may be the fastest rising band I have ever seen and for sure will follow up with some smashes this year. With charming vocals and witty lyrics, you can’t go wrong by giving this a listen. Make sure to keep a close eye on Opia this year!

Chill | Booyah Riot’s “Till Death Do Us Party” Pairs Progressive With Pop

Posted by on March 8, 2016

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If pop is what you like, Booyah Riot brings this genre and dance together in ways that’s familiar and fun.

Booyah Riot tells a heart felt story of something we can all relate to, our partying and love path tending to intertwine at unexpected moments.

The high energy, happy vibe layered with just as exciting lyrics is what makes “Tell Death Do Us Party” stick.

With so many genres exploding and intertwining lately, Booyah’s single finds a nice home in the chill house realm, so if you think you’ll dig, dive in.

Deep House | Neon Dreams & Famba Release Deep House Track “Years”

Posted by on February 23, 2016

Combining story telling lyrics and melodies with bluesy guitar licks and deep house vibes, “Years” by talented Canadian producer Famba and Canadian Dance-Rock Band Neon Dreams is a unique track that takes you along on the adventure found within the song. Take a listen to the Honorable House debut record above!

Deep House | Jason Dietze takes Maroon 5’s sugar and turns up the heat

Posted by on July 11, 2015

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A new and upcoming DJ out of the Netherlands is starting to gain some popularity with his remixing talent. Jasper Dietze’s newest work is a remix of Maroon 5’s “Sugar”, and it will have you moving. Jasper mixes in some very nice piano chords with the original Maroon 5 lyrics and pulls it all together with a catchy moving beat. This one is a definite hot summer track and lucky for us the download is free on his soundcloud, just follow the link below. While you’re there give some of his other tracks a listen and show some love.

Free Download: Maroon 5 – Sugar (Jasper Dietze Remix)