Discover the magic world of Henry Aberson [Review]

Today we will help you discover the magic world of Henry Aberson. This is a short introduction of Henry’s music using 3 tracks each with a distinct sonic palette.

In Hang It Up the artist teams up with Nariah Taylor and Korey Keys delivering a chill production filled with very warm keys, a sensual vocal delivery, a laid back groove on a simple but effective I-VI-IV-V chord progression. Let It Burn features Stephanie Oliver, Edwin Canito Garcia, Tye Slagle & Corey Mauser and is characterised by the beautifully crafted, comfy groove which blends with sultry guitar licks. Once again the I-IV-V chord progression remains simple but effective. In Vibe A, the artist is showcasing a more funky, groovy side of his artistic identity. A playful instrumental, filled with skilful improvisations accompanied by charming guitars and the mellow sound of the organ.

Dive in!

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Wolf – Bleed [Review]

Welcome to the world where everything from dubstep to metal unite. Bleed.
The intro piece sets the mood. With manipulated vocals, the signature trap gun sounds and an epic dubstep drop, the track sets the tone for the rest of your listening experience, which will be filled with nicely disturbed sounds. In maxxed out, a blend of heavyweight sounds blend with chaotic wobbles and even some festival trance leads.

Are you ready?

Garbage is once again heavy on guitars, with an almost chaotic driving distortion, but this time the arrangement involves some clean raps too. In mentality, the outro sound of the EP, low growls meet some clean spitting on a strangely beautiful beat with strong experimental vibes. 

If you are that person who is into all these different genres, Wolf is ready to grant all your musical wishes. Listen below!

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Jōviky – Intervention [Interview]

Tell us a few things about Intervention. What is the story behind it?

“Intervention” is a a call-to-action for those pursuing dreams in the face of overwhelming adversity and negativity. Los Angeles is the place where people come to make their dreams come true but more often than not, artists can’t overcome the many obstacles in their way. With this song, I wanted to give a little hope to all the artists out there but also acknowledge how difficult this artistic journey can be.

In this song you team up with MaxxWell Q. When did you two meet?

It’s funny you ask, because Maxxwell Q and I have never actually met in person. We’ve exchanged a few emails and messages on social media. Long story short, over the pandemic I got a crazy beat pack from him and recorded about 20 songs to his beats. I’m hoping to get in the studio with him soon, I’m curious what we could come up with in real time. He is always booked and hustling though, so hopefully we can make it happen sooner rather than later.

What is a freethinking person in a few words?

A freethinker is someone who is independently minded and doesn’t just accept things because society says so. A freethinker takes time to look at the world around them from multiple perspectives and is okay with changing their mind when presented with new ideas. Freethinkers make the world go ‘round, because they’re not afraid to go against the grain. They’re not afraid to dream, to express themselves and create new human experiences.

Your dream collaboration?

There are so many artists I’d love to collaborate with, but if I had to pick one I’d say Pharrell. His taste in music is impeccable and I think we could explore new sounds and come up with something really dope and unique.

How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?

I think artists have a responsibility to share their thoughts and feelings about what’s going on in the world from their own perspective; whether that’s through the music they make, social media or other mediums, it’s up to them to choose how they deliver their message. However, I also feel artists shouldn’t feel obligated to weigh in on every political matter just because they can. It’s important to stay true to your feelings and speak on things that you truly care about. I think Kendrick is a really good example of using his art and his platform to speak on social issues from his unique perspective. It’s a beautiful thing when an important message is delivered with great art.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

No matter what, strive to be your authentic self through and though and don’t worry about fitting in.

Should we expect an album in the near future?

Everyone has been asking me if I’m dropping an album! I guess that’s a good thing… To be honest, I see a full length album in the future but right now I’m focused on developing my sound and growing a loyal audience. That being said, I am releasing my second EP by the end of 2022. So be on the lookout for that. The songs I’ve recorded so far are pretty damn good. I’m excited for y’all to see my growth as an artist from where I started a couple years ago.

Thank you!

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Glenn Valles – A Troubled Mind [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Moving, Meaningful, Memorable

What is the main idea behind your track A Troubled Mind?

Mental health is quite a concern these days and is a subject that goes unspoken more often than not. “A Troubled Mind” is a song about weathering the various “storms” in our lives. The lyrics that I’ve written in the Bridge says it all.

“The days I measure
Not by hours
But something I call
Sheer will power”

If we can somehow tap into our inner strength – our “will power”, a lot of what’s going on in “A Troubled Mind” can be overcome. That’s the main idea behind my track.

You have been awarded in many song contests. What moment in your career are you most proud of?

Each award that I’ve won is very special in its own way. Winning an award in the 1st edition of The Clef Music Awards in my own country, India and then winning an award for “Outstanding Achievement In Songwriting” at The Great American Song Contest earlier this year were one of those special moments for me as a Songwriter. Besides being a great honour, it’s also a validation of the effort that goes into creating and producing original music.

Favourite album of the past year?

‘Sour’ by Olivia Rodrigo

If you want to feel with your soul, how do you first connect with your soul?

Here’s what you need to do. Close your eyes and let yourself get swept away by that wave of emotion you feel when something touches you deeply. It’s a Divine experience that helps you connect with your soul. You start feeling things at a much deeper level. I’d like to share what a listener wrote in a comment for one of my songs “If I close my eyes and listen to the lyrics, I feel like I can envision everything. So awesome!” That comment was the ultimate compliment a Songwriter could get. I do my best so that my listeners can “see with their ears” and “feel with their souls”.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Take chances!!! I’ve written a song called the “Story Of My Life”. You can listen to it on my YouTube Channel – Glenn Valles Music. There’s a line in the 1st Verse that goes like this – “Didn’t take the chance to chase my dream” (of being a Songwriter). So yeah, I would definitely tell my younger self to take more chances and follow one’s passion.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

Getting completely immersed in the creative process of writing and composing songs to the extent of being totally oblivious to everything that’s happening around me! I’m sure my wife would vouch for that! 😂

Thank you!

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Maddy Storm – Last Resort [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Pretty punchy pop.

Tell us a few things about your new song Last Resort. What is the main idea behind it?

The main meaning behind ‘Last Resort’ lyrically is highlighting the importance of putting yourself first. It’s making note of the realisation that it isn’t selfish to spend time on yourself and put your own well-being and healing as a priority.

Which is your most personal and honest lyric?

I recently release my mini-LP ‘Forced Extrovert’ and there’s a song on it called ‘Natural Disaster’ where the verse lyrics are “I want you to be excited for me/Today in the shower I could not breathe/In all honesty/I’m scared you won’t be proud.” This track ends the Mini-LP and encapsulates my anxiety around how me and my music are received, providing some self-reflection on the body of work as a whole.

Artists and people who have influenced and inspired you?

I have such a varied selection and I could write you a list of influences longer than my arm but I’m going to go with Kate Bush, Radiohead, Spill Tab, BANKS, The Beatles and my mum.

Does putting yourself first improve your happiness?

I think knowing when to put myself first improves my happiness. For me it’s all about balance, knowing when to pay attention to the needs of the people I love and when I need to prioritise my own wants and needs.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t worry! You don’t peak in high school.

Which person is Your last resort?

I’d like for other people to answer that question. The subject of ‘Last Resort’ could be your old self, you last partner, your family member, your ex best friend. Who do you think of when you hear the song?

Thank you!

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Adub Nati – Death By Jew [Interview]

Describe your sound in 3 words

Conscious, Christian, Lyrical

Tell us a few things about your new song. What is the story behind it? What is the biggest contributor to the opioid crisis?

A. Beat is by K.E. on the track B. Was sickened by the about of deaths and abuse from drugs and other issues not being addressed realistically C. Being nonchalant

For which lyric you are most proud of?

God is strong enough to heal the pain that you do feel.

Favourite rapper, lyricist and producer?

Favorite rapper right now I would have to say Bizzle. Favorite Lyricist Iva Joe. Favorite producer right now I’d have to say Hitboy or DJ Ntense.

How Important are political statements by music artists? Can music have an impact on politics?

Very important because “before one can write one can recite”. Music either feeds you positively or negatively. And yes, music definitely can have an impact on politics as it can affect the emotions/feelings of constituents.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

The voice of the black community and or everything it affects.

What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into?

Ha… I plead the fifth.

Thank you!

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Toya Delazy – Tini [Review]

In Tini, part of her latest album Afrorave, Vol. 1, Toya Delazy crafts an electronic production that provides room to bring her signature flow into the light. The track is driven by a minimal, tribal infused groove, a homage to her South African heritage. With huge ambient sub synth pads, an intriguing riff and unconventional back vocals, the track sounds as original as it gets, making it very hard to label it under specific genres. Toya Delazy is building up a buzz around her gigs for a reason. Make sure to check her live next time she visits your city. 

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Proklaim – JESTER/ MOONLIGHT [Interview]

Tell us a few things about Jester. What is the story behind it?

Jester was a boombap beat that I came across online and liked it instantly for its high energy feel that reminded me of early 2000s hiphop club bangers. I purchased it online and got to writing to it. As usual I wanted to create a song with a message. The beat reminded me of classic bangers by 90s rappers some of whom are no longer alive specifically tupc and biggie and I got to thinking of the various things that lead to their demise. What came to mind was that wrong interactions and friendships and betrayal and wrong women were causes..I wanted to communicate that and that’s how I went about writing the song. The chorus came to me pretty quick without writing it…I remembered a line from an old batman movie I saw..The Joker used to say..”have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight”…I thought it was memorable and used it.

What Makes A Record Timeless?

A timeless record requires a timeless message that remains relevant no matter what generation itsnplayed in. It also requires the right energy which is created by a perfect marriage between the music and the artists vocal on the music..that creates a feel that immediately will engage a listener even if they are not from the era the song was made in.

What first got you into music?

I’ve always liked music from the time I was a little kid. Certain songs as a kid of every genre would evoke strong feelings in me. My dad had a record collection and when they’d have parties we’d dance for the grownups. I remember loving the feeling certain songs made me feel. When I got into listening to hiphop as a at around 7 years old it really struck a chord with me for its expressiveness and ability to put so much material into a single song..so many pictures would form in my mind listening to lyrics of so many rap artists..it was amazing to me.
I was a fan till I got to college and in my final year of college I began to try writing lyrics of my own and never stopped.

Favourite album of the past year?

My favorite album of the last year is definitely Nas’s Kings Disease ..I was impressed by his ability to rekindle that Golden Era feel of 90s hiphop classics and still sound fresh. It felt good to listen to and Nas also sounded like he’d grown as an artist his cadences were more varied and the production and overall song writing was great.

What does hip hop symbolize in your opinion?

Hip hop is the language of several generations. It has for a long time been global. It is the most powerful genre of music to me. The reason is because so much more can be said in 1 rap verse than any other type of music…therefore more can be communicated to a listener. I don’t think we have seen the maximum potential that hiphop can have in society. In truth it has potty control the world. Rappers have potential to get more power than politicians…the thing is almost none have seen that potential they can create with messages..most rappers today say nothing potent…they cant see rap can be hot and still carry a message

What advice would you give to your younger self?

My advice to my younger self would be to be sensitive to the things I find I’m inclined to..remain true to those and once I identify them be dedicated to them regardless of anyone’s opinions..Carpe diem…have routine and remember to master any craft..practice it consistently.

How do you relate to the music scene of Namibia?

I’m not a keen follower of Namibian music in general but I am aware there is definitely hiphop talent in the country. Hiphop is not the main genre in Namibia and I actually dont follow the local genres of music so wont really be able to say whats really going on in those scenes. I’m aware of talented artists in the rap community here. What I hope to see is hiphop artists from the country and overall Africa in general begin to penetrate the global market and get the respect they deserve. I do believe it is a matter of time before globak hiphop greats begin to appear from other parts of the world besides the US.

Thank you!

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Joshua Singh – All I Ever Learnt [Review]

All I Ever Learnt by Joshua Singh is characterised by the expressive vocal delivery in which relatively dry, low pitch vocals blend with nicely manipulated, vocoder style high pitch ones. The vocal section, which has a lovely James Blake touch, is mixed with a irresistibly warm, nicely repetitive, atmospheric soundscape. The added reverb adds depth and works as a glue to the whole track. If All I Ever Learnt was a picture it would be a very colourful one, like the heavenly aromas and colours you would discover in a spice market in the commercial capital of India, Mumbai. The track comes with a very effective video clip. Enjoy below!

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Patch TK – Jazzhop lofi for a warm and breezy night [Review]

Hailing from Australia, Patch TK delivers Jazzhop lofi for a warm and breezy night, a vinyl-soaked instrumental driven by a tempting acoustic bass line. The delicate arrangement is filled with warm keys and lofi improvisations. A really soothing track to enjoy while drinking a special redbush, and with a hint of vanilla, cup of tea. Enjoy below!

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