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Numbsoul Releases New Hip-Hop Beat “Spring ’17″

Numbsoul is a beat-maker with a great sense of melody, rhythm and flow in the music, blending just the right elements to make hip-hop beats with character and dimension that can serve a variety of purposes. His track “Spring ’17” proves exactly this through a relaxed and mellow steady beat that features also suitable changes in texture to distinguish sections and provide a coherent sense of development.

“Spring ’17” does not only showcase Numbsoul’s ability to create structure through texture but also showcases his ability to integrate melody and harmony within the beat. With delicate and soft melodic phrases shining within the texture throughout the beat also carries a sensitive character to it and it is also interesting to note how these melodies evolve and change within the diffferent sections. Having said all this, the most important part of any beat is the rhythm itself and in this case “Spring ’17” does not disappoint. With a cool, laid back and relaxed vibe the rhythm is not too fast and provides a solid foundation with hints of trap and also further changes between sections that add to the overall dynamic and character of the beat. Check it out and you’ll definitely feel the groove!

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Deep Sea Peach Tree – Clue: It Will Swallow You Whole

I saw the name, and fell in love before I even heard a note of their music. Their ambient Shoegaze sound riddled with alternative indie jazz & indie pop is the most sensational sound since Cigarettes After Sex. Shoegaze will always have an undeniably special place in my record collection with the likes of My Bloody Valentine, SWANS, and Slowdive.

The New York based trio have captured a quiescent sound through their new track Clue which is just one of the glorious sounds on their latest release Vaguely Navy. Every inch of their presence is poetic, they’re one of the most beautiful collective of musicians I’ve ever encountered. As you’d expect from a Shoegaze track Its ambient melody pulls at the heart strings whilst the heavy reverberation of the inexplicably played guitar fuels you with the sound of their powerful momentum that’s almost orchestral. Lead singer Kristof Denis keeps the soul of the enigmatic genre alive over the incandescent guitars and eerie melodies that have the power to swallow you whole.

Their Single Clue is available to play or download via the Bandcamp link below:

https://deepseapeachtree.bandcamp.com/track/clue

Follow the band’s musical ventures on their Facebook site

https://www.facebook.com/DEEPSEAPEACHTREE/

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Who Is That? That’s Ozzy, That’s Who That Is!


Music normally evolves by artists bringing more to the table, adding extra layers to the existing sound or splicing and fusing that genre’s traditions with music normally found outside its boundaries. It usually makes things heavier, less wieldy and only occasionally leads to the music heading in new directions. That is why it is great to find artist such as Ozzy, ones who instead of looking outwards for inspiration understand that everything that they need is already right within their grasp.

Ozzy has a much more consistent approach than most. Who That Is is the sound of urban music being intensified, inwardly focused, distilled down to its essentials and then used to build a minimalist, hip-hop sound with a world-weary, ambient rap delivery…now there’s a new concept. The beat and constant groove of the music has enough substance to satisfy the mainstream but it is the musical back streets that he wanders, collecting unexpected sonic details and re-appropriating strange sounds that make him stand apart from his chart-focused competition. Sometimes it is nice to dress up, musically speaking, but there is nothing better than the freedom you feel when you shed those heavy layers and make music which feels unforced and unencumbered.

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Sharif Hassan Releases New Hip Hop Track “Ghetto”

Sharif Hassan is a young hip-hop artist from Harlem, right in the most active music hub of New York. His latest single off “Dear Life” EP, “Ghetto,” is in fact an image evoking description of life and characteristic attributes of specific areas in his hometown. With an authentic sounding instrumental backdrop that literally captures the New York City life and a strong steady flow with punctuating accents throughout, “Ghetto” is distinguished with a natural delivery and a character that captures and translates the subject matter into sound.

The brassy samples, portraying hints of jazz and city life, in combination with a steady driving beat is not the only thing that makes the nature of this song so authentic. The way the lyrics are written and performed truly brings out the depiction and life style of a ghetto in a matter of factly and natural way, providing insight and intrigue to the listener. Apart from this, the delivery and rhythmic flow are also on point and keep providing interest and forward momentum throughout, making Sharif Hassan’s potential truly stand out from the rest.

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Tommy Zamp’s “Romeo” You Don’t Know Me Is A Brilliant Marriage & Barrier Breaker Of Genres

Tommy Zamp is probably a name you’ve already heard of. Through his vast experience in live shows and tours around the US and UK he has collaborated extensively with various artists and is now preparing to release his new record “You Don’t Know Me,” supported by the momentum gaining single “Romeo.” With its distinctive rock n roll sound which carries you away, “Romeo” is one of those songs which is not just enjoyable at the pub but also in live gig settings, on the radio in your car and also pretty much at any time during the day.

Apart from its characteristic guitar sonorities filling in the background and foreground throughout the song, “Romeo” also presents the listener with Tommy Zamp’s versatile vocal abilities to deliver an immersive relatable narrative while also exploring powerful notes in the chorus which drive the music forward. Complementing the shapely vocal melodic lines are guitar phrases filled with energy and intent that carry you along  and provide that authentic rock n roll sound which we all love, making Tommy Zamp’s music shine above the rest as it climbs up the charts.

-Sarah Marie Bugeja

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Miles Blue Spruce: Progressing Forward With Sounds Of The Past

Be courageous. Be honest. Be compassionate. Be Talented. Most importantly be yourself. This has to be Miles Blue Spruce’s mantra, his passion for music exudes in every aspect of his journey. In another era; he would have been an endearing but soulful – rock front man at least twenty years his senior. Lucky for us, he wasn’t and we can enjoy the powerhouse singer, amazing showman, and incredible musician who’s also a pretty amazing audio engineer.

I recently had the pleasure of listening to an original piece entitled, “Flame,” in the musical realm Miles may have succeeded where others have failed, in authenticity. “Flame,” is a beautifully written contemporary rock that brings to mind passion, love and unrelenting passion. The song opens with some exceptional guitar riffs, dynamic tones, and it even utilizes some classic rock chords, patterns, and traditional tempos. The exceptional vocal melodies provide accessible and dynamic tones as it builds at full length in intensity and energy. There’s a slight stream of consciousness in the lyrical delivery which only enhances the classic feel.

Miles’ voice, although light and crisp provides such an intense trance that seems to seamlessly pull you in with just the right amount of riffs and adlibs. Production and arrangement wise this song although similar in quality is slightly above what you may be used to with indie artist. It’s crisp, very clear, there’s no oversaturation of reverb, there’s no unnecessary enhancements to the vocal patterns only pure artistry. The song keeps a basic arrangement through several distinct sections with only some fine adjustments to the bass line and slight additions of a few blues infused chords joining the ever-present classic guitar. This piece has been perfectly molded into a well-orchestrated symphony of diversity. Its classic, it’s modern, it’s soulful, it’s harmonious, it’s authentic, it art, in short, its music. Although the piece is classified as; “rock,” the rich vocal presence coupled with the dulcet driven guitar easily provides this song with a mass crossover appeal.

“Flame,” incorporates elements of alternative rock, blues, and even a slight hint of country while remaining rooted deeply in originality. If this song is at all a hint of what’s to come from Miles Blue Spruce, then I expect to hear quality music for years to come.

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Katie Garringer Shares Her Unique Experience Of Moving To New York City

New York City might be quite of a tough place to be a folk singer: skyscrapers, city lights and millions of people clashing every day into the subways, alleys and roads of the Big Apple.

Standing up in the middle of all of that armed with an acoustic guitar and a notebook full of earnest lyrics takes a special blend of courage which is often overlooked. On “Paint Me”, Katie Garringer shares her unique experience of moving to New York City. This stunning folk song highlights Katie’s beautiful voice and it feels like an impressionistic painting. If you close your eyes, you can really let Katie’s genuine words guide you through the many magical corners of this city, from the streets of Brooklyn to the bright lights of Midtown or a quiet residential neighborhood in the Upper West Side.

This song is a romantic ode to New York City and a stunning, honest portrait of an artist reaching out for something greater.

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A&R Factory Present: Justin Baron

Hear the words “Amish Country” and you’d be hard-pressed not to think of butter churns, windmills and a conspicuous lack of places to plug in your iPhone. So, it might be hard to believe that Justin Baron, a prodigious singer/songwriter and New York City’s best-kept secret, grew up in Lancaster, PA – the widely reputed home of the horse and buggy.

Now, Baron is quickly becoming one of the music industry’s rising stars with his infectious brand of explosive, bluesy pop. In 2013 – a breakout year for Baron – he co-wrote with Kanye West and John Legend, leading to Legend’s “Made to Love,” a single off the certified gold and Grammy-nominated album “Love In The Future.” Though Baron feels most at home on stage, captivating fans with both his mastery of the piano and his undeniably magnetic vocals.

In just a few short years, Baron has gone from playing in small coffee houses to performing on some of the biggest stages in the world, including the IZOD Arena alongside Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and Calvin Harris and Jones Beach Amphitheatre with Jason Derulo, Justin Bieber and The Weeknd.

Influenced by everyone from The Beatles and The Roots to T. Rex and Elliott Smith, Baron’s eclectic musical taste shows in his ability to seamlessly blend genres into one intoxicating sound.

“There’s this moment when you’re making something, whether it’s a song or just a melody, where this switch flips on all the sudden,” shares Baron. “It’s like a flash of adrenaline and it’s helplessly addicting. It makes you dance around the room like a complete idiot. Getting a chance to bring that same feeling to everyone is the reason I make music.”

Justin says, “I’ve been in love with this girl for a while now, but I’ve never been able to tell her. Every time I tried, my lips went numb and my words turned to gibberish. I’m putting this song out to tell her how I feel”

http://www.justinbaron.com/

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A&R Factory Present: MICKY

Micky is the recently acquired moniker of singer-songwriter-stageman Michael Persall who makes melodically engaging pop music with the historical footnotes of classic rock and motown. New single “Candid”, co-produced with ​Doug Schadt​ (Maggie Rogers, Wet, Man & Ghost), is the latest example of MICKY’s modern take on ‘60s/’70s pop, rock and soul. Sounding like a halfway house between Bruno Mars and Leon Bridges, the NYC-via-California musician confidently croons his way through the retro-ish instrumentation.

You can hear the natural performer in Persall’s voice, whilst the actual delivery of these catchy words subtly hints towards the R&B that he grew up on. “Candid” also marks the first of many developments in MICKY’s ever-expanding musical landscape, one that he wishes the audience to be an intrinsic part of.

“With the first release as MICKY, I really wanted to set the tone for the direction I’m taking my songs and have “Candid” serving as a bold introduction to myself. The live instrumentation and overall arrangements, as well as my energetic performance on the song, really align with how I perform live. One thing I wanted moving forward was to have consistency with the live show and the records. The song incorporates a lot of my older 60s/70s classic rock and Motown influences, as well as my affinity for hip-hop and R&B. On the lyrical front, the song is based on my personal attitude to life. A lot of people seem to waste time putting up a front rather than being themselves and actually talking about things. “Candid,” is just the ideal alternative in my mind.”

Prior to changing his stage name from Michael Persall to MICKY, he released “Waiting For”, a song praised by the likes of Clash, I Heart Moosiq, Vinyl Noise, Baeble and several others. Another notable accomplishment was the completion of his New Year’s resolution to perform 400 shows in 2015, a feat that in fact took him to 408. Throughout this journey, MICKY had the opportunity to assert himself as a front man, to relay his music to many different listeners, and to further explore where he wanted his sound to go next. Following this achievement, Persall landed shows at renowned music venues Mercury Lounge and Webster Hall.

Before the New York shows, the blog posts and even his four-year-long education at NYU, MICKY had a humble start performing in a family-run Bed & Breakfast, where he often played songs by his favourite artist, Elvis. There’s few better stage masters to learn from, but others that Persall has been inspired by are James Brown, Otis Redding, Jim Morrison, Robert Plant and The Beach Boys. His influences don’t stop there – the singer also credits ‘90s and early 2000s hip-hop and R&B as significant contributors to his current sound.

Bringing it up to the present, MICKY has recently been working as co-producer on Taylor Bennett’s first single from his upcoming project, “New York Nights”. The NYC artist will also be stepping out of the studio for a couple of live residencies throughout January with Sofar Sounds, and February at Rockwood Music Hall (Saturdays 10pm).

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A&R Factory Present: Cities Vanishing

Four years ago, Eric and Brianna met at a show and then, they decided to make music together under the name of Cities Vanishing. The mixed duo from New York is ready to release a debut EP in January 2017.

Eric plays the drums, Brianna plays the theremin, and they both inject some guitar riffs and vocals into their furious and noisy music.

The theremin is an original music instrument that is often associated with the early days of electronic music. Its most famous use

in popular music was probably in 1966, when The Beach Boys released their single “Good Vibrations.” Throughout the five tracks of their debut EP “My Body Is A Temple That I’D Like To Offer You,” the theremin is bringing the light into their haunting, vivid and angry sonic distorted landscapes.

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