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Look For Purpose: Westside Ultra feel invincible on rapid-fire ‘Drunk Villain Freestyle’

As he takes command of the mic beside him and vows to always be in control of his own destiny, Westside Ultra sips up quick and lashes down his raw bars on the brand new ‘Drunk Villain Freestyle‘.

19-year-old Westside Ultra is a Midwest-born, Texas-based indie rapper who has made it his mission to grab hold of his future and never let go no matter what.

Growing up with a father who has a passion for music, it only made sense that some of that became ingrained in him at a young age. It wasn’t until years later in high school, that writing and putting out music as something fun, would lead to a full-time passion for music and the industry.” ~ Westside Ultra

Displaying his youthful charm and shredding through each verse with signature aplomb, Westside Ultra dusts off anything shadowing over his shine on a track that leads us into his thoughtful mind that knows these bad habits could break him down at any moment.

Drunk Villain Freestyle‘ from the upcoming Midwest-born, Texas-based indie hip-hop artist Westside Ultra, is a story all about setting aside those inner doubts that can hold you back as you attempt to keep things simple and down the demons one gulp at a time. He displays impressive rap skills with a beat attached that seems to suit his aura just right. With so many artists in the game and those bills piling up, it is certainly hard to keep the faith. This seems to be a rapper who understands his strengths and just wants to forge ahead until he truly makes it on top.

Life is about taking risks after all when others decide to take the easy route and never fulfil their true potential.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Folk singer-songwriter Holloway James showed us the beauty in candour with ‘Seven Come Eleven’.

US folk singer-songwriter, Holloway James, has never been one to evade candour. Yet, his latest cinematic single, Seven Come Eleven, artfully takes the listener on a journey from fear of living to enlightenment in a way that allows you to appreciate the precariousness of our consciousness.

Seven Come Eleven paid homage to the storytelling roots of folk by weaving an unfiltered tale of new beginnings after scapegoating the self-awareness that attempted to shine a light on an inability to find love internally. His alt-country vocals and accordantly melodic instrumentals pull together to paint a panoramic picture of triumph over self-inflicted adversity. We would need a concussion to forget it.

Seven Come Eleven was officially released on January 7th; it is available to stream via this link.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Step Up: Houston rocktronica artist SD83 slamdunks all the way with ‘I Wanna Be Like You’

On a pulsating beat that is razor-sharp and served with so many Championship moments that has you in awe, SD83 drops this basketball-inspired track that will have you mightily impressed with ‘I Wanna Be Like You‘.

SD83 is a Houston, Texas-based rocktronica guitarist/designer/music producer who deals with chronic pain and social anxiety.

This is my NBA 2K contest instrumental. It’s action-packed with guitars, backboard glass breaking, whistles and drops! Inspired by the NBA and Michael Jordan.” ~ SD83

After many years of being in rock bands – SD83 soon discovered that performing solo in the EDM/dubstep world with his signature guitar riffs added for full effect – was the way he wanted to go.

There is so electricity here as this supremely skilled musician takes us for a head-shaking ride of a lifetime, which certainly has you motivated to go and ball out. You feel the transfixing energy that flows through each quarter and has you reaching for the volume button to turn it all the way up to max.

I Wanna Be Like You’ from the courageous Houston, Texas-based rocktronica guitarist/designer/music producer SD83, is a bass-thumping journey that has you in a cheery mood all of a sudden. This is the type of track to put on when you feel like gaming or working out, as it is bound to get your body excited for the day ahead. Life should be about elevating yourself to achieving anything you want, as you leave your doubts in the dust with this fine new single.

Hear this full-paced sizzler on Soundcloud and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

C.h.a.m.p brought the high vibes in his dynamic rap bars with ‘Baby Dedo’, featuring Eta Phi Nupes.

This summer, the up and coming American rap artist, C.h.a.m.p, went viral shortly after the release of his single, Baby Dedo, featuring Eta Phi Nupes. The jazzy, trappy, high-vibe track melds the old school with the new wave of hip hop and comes alive through the passion that the dynamically talented artist poured into the mix.

After a near-death experience when a bullet pierced his skull in 2019, C.h.a.m.p (Change Happens at My Pace) found purpose in music. It might sound corny to call it his calling but given his ability to mould clever wordplay into unique rhyme schemes and that he’s only just getting started, his rap career holds plenty of promise and commercial potential. If you could imagine what it would sound like if Busta Rhymes took on Snoop Dogg’s attitude, you’ll get an idea of the magnetism in Baby Dedo.

The official music video for Baby Dedo is available to stream on YouTube. Or the high fire single can find its way onto your playlists via Spotify.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Don’t Cry For Me: Houston’s Eric Ashley does the best he can on ‘Leslie Anne’

Unleashed from his recent 10-track album ‘So Much For So Much More‘, Eric Ashley sings with earnest love about that relationship that just couldn’t work on ‘Leslie Anne‘.

Eric Ashley is a Houston, Texas-based indie rock/pop solo artist and multi-instrumentalist who is completely enchanted by the whole creation process that he willingly wraps himself into each day.

So many artists have gone country, hip hop and metal that I feel like the pulse of catchy rock music is getting weaker by the day. These kinds of infectious melodies over interesting chord progressions are my musical DNA.” ~ Eric Ashley

Sung with a decisive style and featuring thoughtful lyrics, Eric Ashley is quite mesmerizing on this latest single from an artist who has taken charge of his own destiny. He performs with the wind at his sails like a confident sailor of the seas and takes our minds into this romantic story that was more complicated than first presumed.

Leslie Anne‘ from the Houston, Texas-based indie rock/pop solo artist and multi-instrumentalist Eric Ashley, is a touching single that is loaded with silky vocals and a catchy ambience that will have you bobbing your head and feeling the energy attached. This is a pertinent story that will have you examine deeper within yourself, as you finally say goodbye to that person who you truly cared for but couldn’t be with.

Hear this new single on Soundcloud and see more via the FB music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Spirit Of Christmas: The Bilge Pumps elevates our mood for this special time of year on ‘Trimmin’ in the Riggin’

Taken off their ‘A Pirate’s Christmas Wish (Deluxe Edition)’, The Bilge Pumps spring our smiles away from the sadness as we get into the spirit of this special holiday with ‘Trimmin’ in the Riggin‘.

The Bilge Pumps is a cheerful Dallas, USA-based indie-folk band who make the kind of music that is rather nostalgically pleasurable and undoubtedly gets you into a happy place again.

We specialize in performances that combine sea songs, shanties, and Celtic music with a huge dose of silly comedy.” ~ The Bilge Pumps

With pleasant vocals and a pirate video that has you in a better state of mind than before, Bilge Pumps shows us how the holidays are supposed to be spent. As they decorate their proud ship to show the locals how it’s done, you feel a warm sense of family here that is such a joyful experience.

Trimmin’ in the Riggin‘ from the engaging Dallas, Texas-based indie-folk act The Bilge Pumps is a Christmas song to feel so reinvigorated by as they take us to a really happy place most of us have forgotten. With all the doom and gloom merchants around lately, this is an enchanting song to put your stocking up to, as you hope that you aren’t on the naughty list this year.

See this festive video on YouTube and see more on the FB music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Get Me Outta Here: NYC’s Ceb pretends that the ex doesn’t exist on ‘Makes Sense’

As she appears so crushingly heartbroken but tries to get over a past relationship rather hastily, Ceb puts on that expensive dress and dances until she feels like herself again on ‘Makes Sense‘.

Ceb aka Caroline Baniewicz is a Dallas, Texas-born, New York City-based indie-pop singer-songwriter who makes that honest music about love, life and finding your destined path in this overly-confusing world.

Ceb puts all her emotions into her music so her loved ones will be able to tolerate being around her. She is a bedroom artist, recording music with her keyboard and MacBook Air, despite the noise of NYC outside her window.” ~ Ceb

With her lovable style and sumptuous vocals simmering breathlessly into the window by your bedside, Ceb displays so much maturity in deciding that she is in charge of her own destiny. She sings with a real authentic personality and saturates each note with understandable emotion – to give the world a real sense of where is headed – in this unfortunate quick-swipe and recently-altered time warp that needs to be changed back to that old school romance.

Makes Sense‘ from the Dallas, Texas-born, New York City-based indie-pop singer-songwriter and multi-creative Ceb, is that all-too-familiar story of feeling so low but trying to rise up. After feeling so disappointed, the drinks sink in and you start to feel that you are actually so much better single as that person in the past was obviously completely wrong for you. Moving on despite the empty feeling inside your stomach is the way this courageous woman is headed and rightly so. Life is about being happy after all.

Lather your ears on Spotify and find out more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Ride Together: Houston RnB singer-songwriter folxzb wonders why their true love is with someone else on ‘YDLR 2.0’

With a silent X vibe that has your lively ears feeling tranquillized and somehow aroused at the same time, folxzb feels that his ultimate soulmate is with the wrong person right now on his new cuddle-close release ‘YDLR 2.0‘.

folxzb is a Houston, Texas-based indie RnB/soul artist, who mixes in some Trap with his sound that is massively shaped by his home surroundings and personal relationships.

Released from his distinguished new 8-track ‘Moments After‘ album, folxzb is in a highly studious mood with a track that will have you reminiscing about your true love who is for some reason with someone who doesn’t harmonise with them at all. Sung with a thriving emotion from a loved-up man who knows what he wants, this is a rousing experience that might give you shivers all over your spine.

YDLR 2.0‘ from the Houston, Texas-based indie RnB/soul solo musician folxzb, is a colossal effort that is sung with a real class and desire to be with his special lover. He feels their magnetism stream through his body each time they are together, as he wonders when the time will come when they will be holding hands real tight.

Sometimes the best love is the one that keeps you waiting, for the right moment when your hearts connect as one.

Hear this new single on Spotify and find out more about this engaging man on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Thick And Juicy: High-flying Austin rapper CASINOATX keeps it ‘Poppin’

With an erotically seductive soundtrack and plenty of party undertones, CASINOATX turns the lights down low with the bass up real high to make sure that the whole night is filled with ‘Poppin‘.

CASINOATX aka Malcolm Richardson aka Partyville Mayor is an Austin, Texas-based indie rapper, writer, music producer, one half of SupaSino and is also the co-host of Street Nerdz TV.

This is the steamin’ hot story about finding someone who has your eyes feeling all sweaty, as you lock glances and just know that this is the sweet soul who you feel most comfortable with to be lovers for the night. The dance moves you are seeing are out of this world and you can’t get enough, as you forget about whoever else you have met tonight.

CASINOATX shows us why he is one of the hottest names in rap music right now with another excellent display on ‘Poppin‘. This is one of those juicy tracks to play loud as you hit that repeat button – and glare angrily at anyone – who dares to change the vaporous ambience you are feeling totally thrilled by.

Poppin‘ from the multi-dimensional Austin, Texas-based hip-hop artist, music producer and TV host CASINOATX, is that hot track to get your heart beating so fast you might need to take a nap to recover. There is lots of sensual talk and straight-up mentions, that this is going to be a sexy summer single you won’t want to forget about. Made by a man who is clearly on the up, he keeps the night alive with a booty-shaking experience that you will find yourself dancing to.

Hear this party track on Spotify and see more of his story via IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The dynamic collective of emcees, High Frequency, have released their seminally sweet RnB pop track, Part Ways.

High Frequency’s latest single, ‘Part Ways’, is potentially the sweetest RnB pop breakup track to have ever hit the airwaves. Between the melodic sticky sweet indie instrumentals, the sentimental lyrics which run through the inner turmoil that transpired in spite of the affection and the velvety smooth vocals, you’d need to be dead from the soul down not to feel the weight in this frankly genius hit.

High Frequency is a music collective featuring five true-to-their-own-style emcees who respectively bring their hometown influence to the table, resulting in a mash of Memphis rap, NYC grooves, 90s hip hop flows, modern trap styles and modern gospel roots. We can’t wait to hear more infatuation-worthy tracks from this powerhouse of a collective.

Part Ways is due for official release on November 6th. You can check it out for yourselves on SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast