Tinny Bless Releases New Single, Amon Rê
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by Gabe Finch
2d ago
French West Indies rapper Tinny Bless gets fired up with empowerment, inspired by the powerful God of the civilization, in his latest drill track, “Amon Rê.” From the catchy chorus to the incisive rap verses, “Amon Rê” captivates listeners with its intense energy and raw vigor. Tinny Bless seamlessly blends drill elements with trap beats, creating a sonically rich and engaging sound. The song features a sonorous sample of rich vocals singing an ethereal melancholic tune with a sense of impending doom. Tinny Bless’s lyrics are delivered with cold precision, shooting down sharp lines that cut t ..read more
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5 AM by Russ Nelson: Review
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by Gabe Finch
2d ago
Russ Nelson introspects his life  inspired by the poetry of T.S. Eliot. in his latest release, “5 AM.” Find yourself delving into existentialism and self-discovery with this transformative engaging and unnerving piece of art. From the opening soft drumming and enchanting riffs building the unnerving intensity, the song sets a captivating tone and envelops you in an eerie yet intriguing atmosphere. Nelson’s voice, with its whispery and spine-tingling high tones, adds to the song’s haunting allure, while the guitars deliver distorted bouts of gnarling tension and intensity. The song carrie ..read more
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I’ve Just Arrived by Slim Trill Bankz: EP Review
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by Gabe Finch
2d ago
South African artist Slim Trill Bankz releases a captivating EP, I’ve Just Arrived. Fans of 6lack, Chris Brown, Bas, and Bryson Tiller won’t be able to stop jamming to Slim Trill Bankz’s soothing, suave and sexy hip-hop and R&B.  I’ve Just Arrived kicks off with the smooth, liquid synths and hard-hitting beats of “Ghost.” Slim Trill Bankz’s silky voice drips with sultriness as he seduces us with romantic lyrics inspired by a real romantic affiliation. “Big Pimpin” is all about the beauty of collaboration. With electrifying energy, Slim Trill Bankz gets laidback as he flows along the ..read more
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Greatest Combination 2 by Super Saiyan Jay and King Dev: Album Review
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by Gabe Finch
2d ago
West Palm Beach, Florida-based artists Super Saiyan Jay and King Dev get bold and assertive in their latest album, Greatest Combination 2. Building on the success of their first instalment, this second project takes their sound to new heights with gritty lyricism, mastery of trap beats, effortless groove and infectious energy. The album kicks off with “Demon Time,” a track that immediately intimidates with its immersive soundscape and pulsating bass. Super Saiyan Jay and King Dev waste no time in asserting their dominance, delivering engaging and catchy lines that warn listeners to prepare fo ..read more
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To Follow This Year’s Fashion by 23 Fields: Album Review
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by Gabe Finch
2d ago
Alternative folk band 23 Fields is back with their sophomore album, To Follow This Year’s Fashion. With 13 organic and reflective tracks produced by James McMilan, they span genres and themes that make you feel within. Opening with “Summer Life,” the album engages with a tapping percussion and long-drawn violin melodies, rivetting with its bends and swells. Whereas Adams’ vocals transport you to idyllic and joyful summer days. The lead single, “Berlin,” packs a punch in its playful and cheeky instrumentals and raspy vocals, leading the way on a unique trip to Berlin. It’s all about the journe ..read more
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Sparrow’s Arrows Fly So High by Suzumeno Tears: Album Review
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by Gabe Finch
2d ago
Tokyo-based duo Suzumeno Tears, Miyuki Sato and Agatha,  brings a resurgence of Japanese, Siberian and Balkan tradition with their debut album, Sparrow’s Arrows Fly So High. The album kicks off with “Kawaigaranse,” a Japanese traditional Goze-Uta that embodies themes of longing and yearning. The duo’s harmonious vocals blend seamlessly over a cool beat, creating a captivating atmosphere that sets the tone for the rest of the album. “Zaraita Bushi,” the single, introduces an air of mystery and intrigue with its haunting melodies and Sato and Agatha’s foreboding vocals, opening the narrati ..read more
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Kiss Me in the Rain by Cody Draco: Review
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by Gabe Finch
3d ago
Queer singer-songwriter and rapper Cody Draco interprets faith in his way to embrace love and liberate himself in his latest single, “Kiss Me in the Rain.” Also if you notice, this title unerringly pays homage to Lana Del Rey’s iconic hit, “Born to Die,” while adding a unique twist that reflects his personal journey and influences. Having produced the song all by himself, Draco showcases his versatility and creativity in crafting a distinctive sound that’s all his. Drawing inspiration from artists like Azealia Banks, Kreayshawn, Doja Cat, and Nicki Minaj, he blends elements of hip-hop with im ..read more
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Tennessee by Palmer: Review
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by Gabe Finch
3d ago
Palmer takes you on a reflective journey through Tennessee in his latest single, “Tennessee,” from their dual single release “Ghost Town/Tennessee.” Led by songwriter Jon Brasfield on vocals and guitar, along with David Hamblin on bass and Nick Piper on drums, Palmer delivers a compelling blend of garage rock vigor and melodic soothing appeal. Recorded at Legacy Sounds Studio and produced by Omar Zehery of Hit the Lights, the track boasts a raw, energetic sound that captivates from the first drumbeat. The upbeat instrumentals enhance the emotional impact of the song, elevating it to new heigh ..read more
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No Stressing by Damon Little: Review
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by Gabe Finch
4d ago
Damon Little is here to uplift your spirits and soothe your soul in his latest R&B single, “No Stressing,” featuring Angie Stone. Released with a timely message of resilience and faith, this track mesmerizes listeners with its catchy beat, heart-pounding rhythm, and soul-stirring vocals. The music opens into a world of positivity and hope. The infectious beat, coupled with the soulful, layered vocals of Angie Stone and Damon Little, creates an anthemic sound that’s both sensational and inspiring. Together, their voices complement each other, delivering a powerful message of staying relaxe ..read more
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Damaged by Dominick Raffaele: EP Review
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by Gabe Finch
4d ago
Dominick Raffaele navigates through the wreckage of failed relationships and the pressures of a burgeoning career in his latest EP, Damaged released on March 31. The EP kicks off with “Run,” a haunting ballad that explores the anguish of a love that refuses to die. Against a backdrop of gentle piano melodies, Raffaele’s emotive vocals soar as he grapples with the pain of longing for someone who keeps returning only to leave again. It’s a poignant opening track that sets the tone for the EP’s introspective journey. Next up is “Giving to Ghosts,” a powerful and poetic reflection on the emotiona ..read more
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