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Chris Vega sends a siren call in his alt-pop single, ‘Dangerous’.

Chris Vega

Cincinnati-hailing self-taught singer-songwriter and music producer Chris Vega is set to release his stormy impassioned pop track, Dangerous. The single shines a light on the darker side of love, the side that tells you it is safer to play with the toaster in the bath than it is to fall in love, but we delve in regardless.

It’s no secret or exaggeration that relationships can allow our mental health to take a hit and vice-versa; Vega encapsulates this perfectly. It’s so much more than you’re archetypally prosaic ‘I can’t live without you’ love song; it’s an extension of compassion to everyone that has ever had to battle with affectionate feelings and mental health issues simultaneously.

Check out Chris Vega on Instagram and Twitter.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

Sell Your Soul: Dylan Koski shows massive frustration with the selfish on ‘Mother Superior’

With a groovy vibe and some supremely catchy riffs, Dylan Koski takes us on a real reflective ride that has your ears perked up in anticipation of a deeply significant moment of art named ‘Mother Superior‘.

Dylan Koski is a self-aware indie-rock artist from Columbus, Ohio. He smartly makes that relevant music which has you mind alert and ready for knowledge, as he puts us in a thoughtful trance with his purposeful music soundscape.

His songwriting draws influence from Rory Gallaghers fiery guitar solos, the atmosphere of Pink Floyd and the Beatles fearless approach to songwriting. with a modern twist.” ~ Dylan Koski

You feel his old school soul shine through as he performs with so much fierce intensity, as he sings with a strong mindset which gives you so much hope. This is the story about showing those who bring others down will not be tolerated – as he stands up to be counted in the fight to teach others – that you can indeed make a difference through music.

Mother Superior‘ from the well-respected Columbus, Ohio-based indie-rock artist Dylan Koski, shows us a man who has a tremendous fire in his belly to always speak the truth, no matter what. He sings with so much meaningful intent on this riveting track – that shakes the speakers and has your mind thinking of those who have no shame – in webbing their claws around those who only seek to live a good life.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more visuals on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Will Be Here: Cleveland’s Policy and Amy Jo Scott make the most of the hours with ‘Past The Upset’ (Remix)

Taken off the full length sophomore album ‘The Abby Rose‘ which is due for release in 2022, Policy and Amy Jo Scott help us to understand that there will be changes so we need to quickly set ourselves fully free on the piano-filled new single that is named ‘Past The Upset’ (Remix).

Mark Buchwald aka Policy, is an indie-pop multi-instrumentalist, music producer, DJ, composer, engineer, and drum doctor, who is based in Cleveland, Ohio. He is joined by the lovely fellow Cleveland native and vocalist Amy Jo Scott, on this inspiring track all about holding on tight to your morals and dreams no matter what.

This is a soothingly melodic track of substance that features calming vocals and a sweetly toned background that helps us to forgive and forget all the worries that have been circulating unhealthily in our hearts. Her vocals are smoothly tipped and sung with such pure intentions, that has you feeling so much more hopeful than before.

Past The Upset’ (Remix) from the Cleveland-based indie-pop artists Policy and Amy Jo Scott, is the story about showing strength when there is so much confusion around in the world. Things can seem hard-to-face, but as long as you have people there to help you through it all, you can survive any devastating flood that comes your way. After all, we are soldiers that can get past anything we set our minds to conquer courageously.

Stream this new single on Spotify and see more on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Feel Like I’m Flying: Stazia never grows tired of that special person on the RnB-fused ‘I Choose You’

After recently signing to Global Exec Records through CEO Daniel Rucker which followed her days in The Unit Band, Stazia is here to entertain us with the smoothly textured loving single about being with someone who makes your heart beat faster named ‘I Choose You‘.

Stazia is an authentic RnB artist from Cleveland, Ohio-based artist who sings with so much love and tender care. She makes that peacefully inspiring music that is crisply tendered, and sung with an exquisite aura of candle-lit energy.

With a sensually classy style that has you smiling deeply, her style is smoothly tipped and you feel her passion on each lyric, as she tells you her inner emotions. This is the type of song that you feel intensely smitten – her love is so evident and she wants the world to know – that he is completely hers and wants to spend as much time possible together.

I Choose You‘ from the sumptuously elegant Cleveland RnB solo artist Stazia, shows us a confident woman who knows what he wants and feels like she is floating in the sky. She wants them all to herself – as her eyes shine in happiness – the heart is happy and totally content. Love can really be so simple, if you let it.

Stream this loving new single on Spotify and see the journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Claudia’s Graces drop haunting, brittle ‘Crystals’

Claudia's Graces

Claudia’s Graces is the solo experimental pop music project of Claudia Hinsdale, a 22 year-old singer, songwriter, and producer from Ohio. With a degree in Technology in Music and Related Arts from Ohio’s prestigious Oberlin Conservatory (ranked fifth in the world in Holloywood Reporter’s Top 25 Music Schools). That should give you an idea of the sort of quality we’re looking at here; our collective expectations were high, then, and we’re very pleased to report that ‘Crystals’ certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Light, shimmery, ephemeral, lying somewhere between folk and outright avant-garde, ‘Crystals’ is that rare beast; a track that’s hard to pigeon-hole or to draw easy comparisons for. Hinsdale’s free-form, stream of consciousness lyrics sit over layered, effected strings, keys, and unusual percussion, her vocal delivery sing-song and high register, almost choral at times, early music-like at others, folky and gentle yet with a definite commercial quality too. There’s vague allusions to Amanda Palmer, Tori Amos, or Emilie Autumn, but it’s much more than that – almost spoken word performance art set to a haunting, brittle backdrop, sparkling, glasslike, and…well, yes. Like crystals.

You can check out Claudia’s Graces here and on Instagram.

Review by Alex Holmes

She Said She Miss Me: Cleveland rapper Visq doesn’t know who to trust on ‘Shade’

With a darkly-lit ominous beat and street-filled vocals mixed with straight up lyrical heat, Visq tells us all about keeping his eyes fully open no matter what the temptation on ‘Shade‘.

Visq is a ferocious underground Cleveland, Ohio-based rapper. He makes that real music that is all about stories from his life and features emotionally charged music, that is all about the different feelings that he experiences.

Visq is a DVISION of characters based on emotions, moods, and experiences. Each song that is created is based on the emotion and mood of that particular feeling.” – Visq

Shade‘ from the Cleveland, Ohio-based rapper Visq, pulls up the umbrella on those who dare to cause him issues, whether it be friends or lovers. He refuses to let them get him down in the slightest – and swarms bee-like on the mic to shred through the noise and get to the star-lit road – where he is ultimately headed. This is a head-strong musician who will put his shades on, no matter the climate.

We are thrown into is a street-laced track full of intrigue that will please the emerging underground hip-hop fan out there, who celebrates the underdog mentality.

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

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A Little Crazy: The Fiddle Revolt impress again with the reflective ‘Garden of Eden’

As they dodge the sneaky snakes that threaten to bite them on the foot as they walk innocently around to forget this challenging time, The Fiddle Revolt keep their energies constant to remind calm despite the possible venom awaiting on ‘Garden of Eden‘.

The Fiddle Revolt is an experienced Akron, Ohio-based multi-dimensional rock, funk, soul, blues, RnB, pop and reggae band. They make that deeply created vibe that is a throwback to the good days, when the vibe was uplifting and full of only positive music with meaning.

This song was written as a response to the current state of the world. Through the global pandemic, one very important fact was realized: you don’t get lost time back.” – The Fiddle Revolt

The members first started playing together as the backing band for a country artist. The band grew tired of being stuck in one genre with one front man. Unable to convince the lead man to allow for more experimental use of their talents, and with their creativity being stifled, the five members decided to leave and form their own band.” – The Fiddle Revolt

Garden of Eden‘ from a band that certainly keep it real always and are called The Fiddle Revolt, is a terrific single that is full of catchy solos. strong vocals and raspy riffs, that makes you smile deep inside your tired soul. This is a single to throw on and enjoy –  despite the sad tone of losing time due to this disastrous and pesky pandemic – as its unpretentious is a welcome eye-warmer to filter good vibrations into your soul again.

Stream this groovy track on Spotify and see more via their IG adventures.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Where The Truth At: Marquis Storm yearns for the real story on ‘Proof’

As you vibe with his likable old school style that has you remembering those classic 80’s hip-hop tracks made with that everlasting love, Marquis Storm looks for the real meaning in this fake world that needs changing on ‘Proof‘.

Marquis Storm is a skillful Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA-based hip-hop artist. He makes that relevant music that actually means something and is very involved with the black voters matter movement, whilst also studying in the hugely important mental health field.

You get into the enjoyable beat so quickly here on this simple, but effective track made with so much respect for his local community. A feeling of self-awareness to what normal people want to hear is brought to the table here, far from the cheap raps that are full of noise without substance.

Proof‘ from the talented Cleveland Heights, Ohio rapper Marquis Storm, opens up the page into his impressive book of rhymes that seems to be forgotten sometimes in this quick-swipe, forget-too-fast kind of world that needs to slow down. This is the story of wanting to know what is really going down — away from the stories that are often made out of cotton candy — and so easily forgettable.

When you turn this track up, you just know that you have heard that real hip-hop with so much soul to wrap into.

Stream this new single on Spotify and check out his IG music page for more news.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

A Million Chances: DiamondGrl is finally done with the pettiness of former lover who likes to ‘Play Games’

As she emphatically dusts off the bad vibes that have plagued her kind heart for a minute, DiamondGrl unequivocally moves on from the treacherous nature of her ex who wasted her time on ‘Play Games‘.

DiamondGrl is a soulfully aware and dynamic indie singer-songwriter, rapper and visual artist from Columbus, Ohio, who performs with a rare spark that fuses her fine music, into a fantastic mesh of mesmerizing soundscapes to remember vividly.

She has been singing since she was just three years old and is a multi-talented woman who blends in her life experiences — with what she sees around her each day — to give as a stunning experience that fits so sweetly into your eager soul.

With an honest tone that swarms ecstatically into your burgeoning mind with the authentic vinyl-type feel twisted coyly around, she reaches for the dreams that she desires above all else.

You feel her electric determination and the wonderful mixture between singing and rapping adds so much style, and only makes you marvel at her excellent talents more and more, as she fills you up tight with a true story that so many of us can relate to.

Play Games‘ from the confident world class Ohio talent DiamondGrl, shows us into the mind of a highly motivated-to-succeed woman, who is clearly scorned by her ex who let her down badly again and again. They had the chance to be with her forever, but they were selfish and acted like a child on a tv game.

This is a top class single, full of cleverly intricate beats and perfectly delivered vocals, that has your mood reflective and appreciative of such a genuine talent.

Stream this quality new single on Spotify and join her journey upwards on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Here For You: Ohio singer Calakapepe knows what the heart desires on ‘All I Want Is You’

As the rampaging romantic feelings seep deep into the veins and warms the heart so tenderly, Calakapepe takes a chance on love, as he searches frantically for happiness on the new single called ‘All I Want Is You‘.

David James C. Michel aka Calakapepe, is an entertaining solo singer-songwriter/rapper, teacher, pianist and Northern Kentucky University Music Composition graduate, who is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

He is a creative artist who looks beyond normal conventions to show us music that simmers inside you for a moment, before exploding into your soul with reckless and loving abandon.

This is the message about trying for something that might not work out, but the journey to getting there is the fun part as you go where your heart takes you. The passion is there and the will for it to succeed, the next mission is to see if you both want it enough and for the stars to align just right.

All I Want Is You‘ from the emerging Ohio multi-talented musician/teacher Calakapepe, shows us the love that he has for someone close, who takes his breath away and makes him do things he wouldn’t normally say or do. This is the true moment when you know deep inside, that you are deeply in love.

Stream the lyric video on YouTube and see more of his music journey on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen