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Mike Rovone – Always Here: Breaking Boombox Style

Always Here is pretty much the perfect song to capture Mike Rovone’s essence. The Hip Hop Rapper strives for world domination without the fame.

Has he accomplished his mission? I guess we’ll never know.

It’s such a rarity to see an artist to put their music before their notoriety, because that’s when you truly get to hear the true soul of an artist, which is exactly what you’re treated to in his mellow ensemble with Always Here. The track boldly spreads the message that depression is a villain, and that as a man of the people Mike Rovone offers a ray of light to listeners that are suffering.

The versatile US based artist Rap artist takes his influences from acts such as: Rakim, Redman, Dead Prez and Wu-Tang amongst others. Yet with such a richly diverse back catalogue of experimental sounds, it’s clear that boundaries are never a consideration when it comes to his music, which he tackles with humility.

Always Here is just one of the tracks from his latest album End of The Day which is now available to listen via Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/album/2qwu7sybg9iZ65iFpj3jVs

Check out the official music video to Always Here via YouTube using the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqimPwRFlKI&feature=youtu.be

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Bobby Swayze – Goblin: Rap for The Soul

Bobby Swayze isn’t your usual Hip Hop Rapper from Chicago putting out the same sounds that have been replicated to death since the golden age of Rap. His latest track, expertly produced by FiyahSounds is a futuristic demonstration of his feverish flow that transgresses the boundaries of Hip Hop to incorporate the dulcet sounds of Trap, the warmth of Jazz creating a track which is pure Soul.

Bobby Swayze is more of a spoken word artist than a rapper, Bobby Swayze has perfected the art of narrative in his latest track Goblin which he puts up against his rounded and lucid beats. His rhymes are the perfect outlet for the artists loss of direction in life, in 2017 his Hip Hop career began as he shared evocative emotions that are painfully relatable.

His latest track proves that the Hip Hop genre still has a lot to offer, if you’re a fan of Lil Wayne, J Cole, and Jay Z, you’re bound to love the contemporary beats that make this track bounce.

Check out his latest track Goblin via SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/bobby-swayze/goblin-1

Head on over to his website for more details of upcoming releases:

https://bobbyswayze.com

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Core REX – Lucid: Amateur Dramatics

Yep, you guessed it, it’s a song about lucidity. Yet, when it comes to music I’ve always been a big believer in show and not tell…That being said the Electronic Hip Hop mix, isn’t all too bad.

The symphonic soundwaves have been produced, mastered and mixed by Core REX a Hip Hop Rapper with a penchant for Electronica from Chicago, US. I couldn’t help but think of Scroobius Pip’s advice when he advised “thou shall not listen to repetitive music” in Thou Shall Not Kill. By the time you get to the chorus, the track seems to get a little predictable, and it’s almost grating listening to the same old vocal being churned out over and over again.

There’s a part of the track where it’s slowed down to a painful rate, which, is more annoying than anything, yet, Core Rex shows a playful attitude to his music that makes it evident that he’s more than willing to have a little fun. Lucid is just one of the singles off his debut album Gloey Huew. I just hope in the future Core REX learns to lay off the harsh effects that retract away from the sound and let it flow with natural progression.

Check out Lucid & the rest of the album via SoundCloud using the link below:

https://soundcloud.com/core-rex/lucid?in=core-rex/sets/gloey-huew

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Proudest Angel – A Second Act For Proudest Angel

Fitzgerald once pointed out that there are no second acts in American lives but Proudest Angel may beg to differ, there my have been a 12 year breathing space but two years ago the band roared back onto the scene with renewed vigour. Proudest Angel has been nothing if not consistent in their mission to put muscular, dark, grunge infused old school metal back on the map and Shoulda Known Better is a blend of the cold, doom-laden edge of Danzig’s dystopian blues-metal and the emotive, sonic drama of Staind, built as much on an intangible weight as the power of the musical delivery itself.

It is at once relentless, direct, raw and uncompromising, ticks enough boxes for those who dig the classic template but has enough of the contemporary hallmarks to appeal to a generation of hard rock fans who have grown up since the band has been away. Fans of rock and metal in all its forms will find a lot to like, the gothic set will appreciate its dark soundscapes, the more industrial minded will find its raw beauty and dystopian vibes to their tastes. In fact if you are a fan of the harder and heavier music in any form, Proudest Angel are definitely one to check out.

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Hi Love – Perfect – A Stunning Ballad With Lots Of Mellow Melodies And A Nice Theatrical Twist.

https://youtu.be/X_Fo9o0pKr4

Some songs are a little more than just musical expressions: they stand out as true outputs of emotional energy, that really connect with the audience. Such is the case of ‘Perfect”, the recent single by Hi Love. This track is a new, exciting example from this talented singer, highlighting her wide dynamic range and sultry vocal style. The song has a really theatrical vibe, as this particular artists seems to be keen on using her music on order to share stories with the audience…after all, great songwriting is all about storytelling!

The song will soon be released as a track on Hi Love’s upcoming studio release, a new EP by the name of “After All”. The music has been produced by David Ferretti, who really helped the artist bring her core sound and vision together! The backdrop music is indeed really stunning, with lush, deep and melodic ambiance sounds that almost feel like an orchestra score, accompanied by synth melodies and other tasteful additions.

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Lucille Furs Release 60’s Vibe Track ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Frustration’

Lucille Furs is one of those bands who managed to accomplish the difficult task of combining interesting sonic textures with honesty and intimacy. People don’t really think about it a lot, but one of the hardest things for an artist in any genre, in my opinion, is to create music that can remain simply, while having many layers and really appealing to listeners with tons of personality and character.

With their recent release, Our Lady of Perpetual Frustration, Lucille Furs set out to accomplish just that. The talented psychedelic rock combo set out to fill up their music with strong doses of personality and character, going for a very intimate, yet deeply textural tones.
The sounds featured on this song are really well-calibrated and tastefully produced, reminding me of the work of artists such as The Kinks, Tame Impala, and The Beatles, only to mention but a few.

This song has a really charming 60s tone, and it feels like a wave crushing on the sand: its energy is unstoppable, yet there are many subtle layers to it, such as the depth of the currents below and the white foam above…all elements that add a lot of color and personality to the song.

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Dane Releases Hip-Hop Track ‘Clarity’ Prod By Refuuj

Clarity is an apt title both thematically and literally for this track. Literally because the clean, cerebral production makes every layer of this carefully crafted late night tale a joy to listen to.

Thematically because Dane has put down in words something most of us will experience at some point. Drunkenly realising that it just isn’t going to work with that girl.

Perhaps this is a recurring theme in Dane’s life, “thank god I was faded” hints at a defensive edge to the track. Which would be right. The track moves at a consistently slow pace, never releasing some of the tension it builds.

It’s a jaded, late-night slow burner that would be at home at any afterparty once the concotion of drugs and booze have sent everyone “down the rabbit hole”.

Hopefully the themes this track brings up aren’t too relatable but if we are being a bit “jaded” then I would say they are.

God I’m lonely…

-Zach Hughes

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A&R Factory Present: The Band Royale

The Band Royale was born out of love for big guitar riffs, an appreciation for the finer things, and a mutual obsession with science fiction. And they are able to sneak these things into their sound without scaring off the opposite sex.

Brothers Joel, Nate, and Zach Bauman grew up in the working-class town of Kalamazoo, MI, each with an immediate passion for music (passed down from their parents — their mother, a music teacher and their father, a school principal). At an early age, their shared obsessions with music, sports, and culture made the pursuit of playing in a band together an obvious choice. Once they moved to Chicago, they teamed up with Louisville, KY native Marc Najjar (also with a strong Music Education background and a love of heavy riffs and sports) to make the heaviest music they could that would inspire some serious baby-making.

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