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Underground Pittsburgh rapper/music producer Braykedown sticks to his tracks no matter what others say with, ‘Swervin’

Staying consistent with his hardcore rhymes as he sets up the shop and gets that paper through that ultimate hustle, Braykedown sees those flaky souls moving constantly through the pressure they can’t handle as he only reaches high to gain that empire on, ‘Swervin‘.

Braden Kowalski aka Braykedown is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based indie Hip hop artist, DJ and drummer who is only looking to evolve and be one of the greats in the game no matter the challenges.

Influenced by different artists such as $uicideboy$, Night Lovell, Caskey, Bones, Russ and Juice WRLD.” ~ Braykedown

Dropping a heat-filled missile on the road where others are turning around as they can’t take the temperature, Braykedown revs up the engine and heads towards that place where he will never go hungry again. This is a decisive performance from a self-enlightened rapper/producer who has been down and out, as he now only sees success and victory.

Swervin‘ from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based indie Hip hop artist and music producer Braykedown is a track all about making sure that you step on those slithering snakes in your corner before they bite you and take you down to their poor level. He shows us his determination and hard bars here with a solid beat that might bend your speakers, just the way it was intended.

Listen up to this new single on Spotify and check out his IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Pittsburgh-based underground legend Six O’Matic soars freely with ‘Flying Tigers’

The Mayor of Yesterday by Six O'Matic

Taken off his 3rd album ‘A Plague of Wealth‘ which has been dropped off Wild Kindness Records, Six O’Matic drops a psychedelic sizzler to wrap heartily into with the instrumental elevated wonder, ‘Flying Tigers‘.

Six O’Matic is a Pittsburgh, USA-based solo artist and music producer who is known as one of the most progressive creatives around.

Since first cutting and taping Maxell cassettes more than 20 years ago, he’s been exploring the sounds in his head before they escape forever.” ~ Six O’Matic

Blessing us with a really insightfully intricate track that will take you into a better world away from the crushing butchery, Six O’Matic responds to the moody gloom of the earth with a mood-booster than will have you tapping your feet in happy alignment.

Blends a background in traditional Scottish bagpipe training with the aesthetics of influences ranging ambient to Appalachian.” ~ Six O’Matic

Flying Tigers‘ from Pittsburgh, USA-based solo artist and music producer Six O’Matic, is a soundtrack for those who need a break from the normal world. There is so much creativity here that it might boggle your mind, as we are shown an instrumental gem that is up there as one of the most fascinating singles you will hear all year.

Listen in to this new single on Bandcamp and see more via the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Pittsburgh’s Shelter Light listens for the answer that will come if you let it on ‘Look Away’

As he wonders what is real and what isn’t in this confusing glow that can blind you from the correct decisions, Shelter Light brings his resonant tone and wizardry behind the decks to be seen by the world on his new solo stage with ‘Look Away‘.

Shelter Light is the exciting passion project and alias of Pittsburgh-based DIY multi-instrumentalist and music producer, Antonio Ruberto.

After spending the past 10 years in Asheville, North Carolina, we find a reinvigorated artist who co-founded and co-led the band Shadow Show (now known as Snow Actual Snow).

When the pandemic struck, Antonio relocated to the city of Pittsburgh with his partner to pursue a career in Product Design. The isolation from the music scene he knew drove him to begin learning the art of production for himself and through this, Shelter Light was born.” ~ Antonio Ruberto

Caressing the speakers with an innovative sound that has your tongue licking your thrilled lips that have just catapulted an ice cream deep inside your stomach, Shelter Light emerges from the shadows and reflects a picture that has you nodding your head slowly and grooving to the wonderful energy presented.

Look Away‘ from Pittsburgh-based indie-rock/synth-wave multi-instrumentalist and music producer Shelter Light, leads us into a new world that is available if you let the natural energy shine through and open up your ears. Assembled with stunning electricity that seems to spark your speakers alight – there is much to marvel at here – on this excellent single that you will find rather sumptuous to delve smoothly into.

Listen to this new track on Spotify and see more via the IG music channel.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

An Assortment Of Pictures: Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT astounds on new single ‘Supercritical’

With a progressive sound that feels like it belongs in an intense movie where we are about to see the twist, Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT returns with his high-energy mix that will have your heart quivering swiftly on ‘Supercritical‘.

Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT is a classically-trained Pittsburgh-born, Phoenix-based modern jazz composer who fuses in rock, metal, EDM, ska, and world music.

His favourite composers include John Zorn, Alfred Schnittke, and Richard Wagner, with whom he identifies for their eclecticism and unpredictability.” ~ Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT

There is no one in the world quite like Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT. Launching like a catapult with a style of music that has been laced with so many different genres it is hard to name them all, he shows us the inner workings of his racing mind that is always looking for that extra edge.

Supercritical‘ from the wildly creative Phoenix-based modern jazz composer Jeff Novotny JAZZPRJKT, is a fascinating combination of soundscapes that seems to smash through all self-doubts that were inside you before. With a speaker-booming experience for us to enjoy, this is a new track that certainly wakes up your ears and assists in getting your whole body moving for the exciting adventures ahead.

Listen to this new single on Soundcloud.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

The Worst Is Yet To Come: Sarah Halter wonders how we will survive on ‘A Clockwork Destiny’

Following on from her memorable career in the well-respected underground Progressive/Alt-metal band called Blue Clutch, Sarah Halter returns with a ear-piercing solo fire-raging explosion which will have you shaking rapidly on ‘A Clockwork Destiny‘.

Sarah Halter is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based indie Alt-Metal singer-songwriter and music producer, who makes a viciously rampaging blend of high octane music that might scare many.

Drawing influence from progressive, alternative, symphonic, and death metal, Sarah Halter brings listeners a single with a fresh approach to dark songwriting inspired by apocalyptic themes, regret, and fleeting memories.” ~ Sarah Halter

You feel her magnetic energy flow up above into the lightning-struck clouds, as her bone-shuddering vocals smash all the nearby neighbors windows without fear. She sings so courageously and you sense her jaw clenching with utter determination throbbing from her veins – as she launches into a scintillating song – that will have all the fragile hairs on your body waking up to attention.

A Clockwork Destiny‘ from the electrically charged Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based indie Alt-Metal singer-songwriter and music producer Sarah Halter, is a swirling blend of dark tones that combines to shake all the vital senses back into your hungry soul. In a world that is growing more and more ravenous by the day as possible dooms day approaches, this is that warning sign that should have your awakened eyes wide open again.

Hear this new single on Spotify and see her IG music page for more.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Got A Pop To It: Pittsburgh rapper Real and The Xperience knows he has the cheat code on ‘Big Comfy Couch’

As he flicks the controller to where he wants to be at, Real and The Xperience keeps it real as he shows us what each day is like in his world on ‘Big Comfy Couch‘.

Real & The Xperience is an unorthodox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based hip-hop solo artist. He fuses that real life story music that is relevant, and shows you into the current mentality of where he is from.

Since the age of 6, rapping has always been his passion since watching his oldest brother create melodic sounds.” ~ Real & The Xperience

With a consistent flow and bars that are hard but never too much to consume, this is a new track all about staying calm when there is much chaos at every turn. He knows the cheat codes and wants to ensure that he stays eating, as there are some hungry dogs ready to bite him savagely if he isn’t too careful.

A high level of storytelling ability is on full display here for our ears to warm up inside, with a consistent style that is certainly likable and has you turning up the volume a bit louder, to ensure that you don’t miss a word.

Big Comfy Couch‘ from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based rapper Real and The Xperience, is a take-a-trip into your mind type of track that has you nodding your head and tapping your feet to the busty beat. He raps with a smooth style and there is much to enjoy here – with an underground poppin’ soundscape – that has your mind alive with the possibilities in abundance, outside in this strange world.

Check out the YouTube link to hear more and follow their story on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

I Like To Watch You On My Television: Pittsburgh band Bikini Islands shape-shift our intrigued ears on ‘Midnight Lizard’

As the brilliantly named Bikini Islands are back from their short pandemic-fueled hiatus with more deliciously lip-licking music after 2019’s ‘Vines‘ and ‘Psycho Killer‘, they have us looking around for potential slimy creatures roaming around unexpectedly on their new slick single named ‘Midnight Lizard‘.

Bikini Islands is a super chilled and highly unpretentious four-piece Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based indie garage-rock band. Their style is a blend of steel city edge and surfer mellow, as they make thrilling music that reminds you of simpler times.

On a riff-laden track with much to like on this tv-swirling song that wraps a palm-tree blowing freshness into your awaiting mind, you quickly feel the weekend beach smooth-talking track flow beautifully into your atmosphere. This is a song to turn up loud and just let go – as the solos are something specially mixed to please – combined with confident vocals that keep things sweet and pure for the gasping soul to lap up thirstily.

Midnight Lizard‘ from the pulsating Pittsburgh garage-rockers called Bikini Islands, is that awesome catchy track you aren’t quite sure what is all about, but you love it anyway. They have a very likable style and you feel enraptured by the soundscape provided and feel like they would be an epic band to watch live. As long as there are no slippery lizards crawling around at the gig however.

Stream this fine new single on Spotify and see more news on their IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Floats Away Into The Dawn: Talented young Pittsburgh musician Victoria Montgomery hears the calming voice of freedom with ‘Never Let Me Go’

After years of gaining confidence with open mics and taking the time to improve her songwriting skills, Victoria Montgomery flourishes brightly on her new single taken off 2021’s debut EP A Song For You‘, with the soulfully sweet ‘Never Let Me Go‘.

Victoria Montgomery is a Washington, Pennsylvania-born, Pittsburgh-based indie folk/pop singer-songwriter, and Washington and Jefferson College graduate in International studies. She sings with such a vividly innocent imagination, which shows us that it is still possible to float around freely chasing your dreams, if you so wish to do so in this often dark world.

Her smooth and tranquil voice opens up your mind to see within your own soul, as you are taken aback by such a relaxing artist, who has fought hard to overcome her own fears. She sings with a growing sense of belonging, with a pleasant soundscape that has your soul feeling content again.

Never Let Me Go‘ from the thoroughly enthralling Pittsburgh-based indie pop/folk Victoria Montgomery, shows us a emerging artist with a beautifully peacefully tone and a heartfelt lyrical ability, which shines through on this lovely new single. This is the story about finding that sweet love that sets you free and makes you so happy inside.

Closing your eyes and opening your heart is the only way to be truly happy, when you find that special soul.

Stream this fine new single on Spotify and see more moves on her Facebook music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Never Lose Your Imagination: Banjiboi leads the way with the attitude we all need to have on ‘Cigar Boxing’

Sounds from the Waltz Mine by Banjiboi

Formally known as Aro who still frequents the world on occasion, Banjiboi blesses our hungry souls with his incredible single from debut album ‘Sounds from the Waltz Mine‘, that is called ‘Cigar Boxing‘ and features some of the best quotes ever written mixed with insanely awesome guitar skills.

Jack Hays aka Banjiboi is an outlaw indie-rock artist and music producer from hard working Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has a style that screams underground king – as he makes quality music without wanting the fame – as he is doing this for the love of the lifestyle.

Banjiboi, a rumored relative of the notorious Jesse James and descendent of Tex “Gold-Fingers” Calloway, a successful gold panner during the California gold rush, took a different trail to establishing himself as a household name during a time when social media and digital streaming started to change the ways of the wild and lawless West and the landscape of music forever.” – Banjiboi

With sounds derived from blues origins of The Mississippi Delta to darker country tones and blazing banjo licks, Banjiboi combines the best of modern and vintage styles in an attempt to breed positivity and unify a very polarized nation.” – Banjiboi

With country inklings emanating swiftly from the cozy van belonging to Banjiboi, bass driven electronic music, old school hip hop beats and acoustic finger pickin’, this is a top song that has you in raptures for its pure authenticity.

Cigar Boxing‘ from the humble Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania producer/rock artist Banjiboi, is a testament to an outlaw artist who travels from state to state, gaining knowledge from his travels, and puts it all together so skillfully for us to consume. This might be one of the most interesting musicians in the world, who cruises around like an invisible legend with his trusty dog and laptop, keeping things simple and making incredibly underrated music that actually has real unifying soul.

Stream this new single on Bandcamp and see more on the IG music page.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen

Close The Door: MG II move on before more pain is inflicted by selfish former lover on ‘Same Old Ways’

The lead track taken off their recent four-track album, MG II show us the path to end things if they get too much on ‘Same Old Ways‘.

MG II is a stunningly voiced two-piece twin sister indie-pop duo Maddie and Gaby Capozza, who are from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and based in Los Angeles, California. They make that pure music about love and how sometimes it can be so complicated, when it really shouldn’t be.

You feel the pain thrust into their lungs, as you heal from trusting the wrong person with your heart again. This is the story about closing the door on their nonsense — healing up and then learning to love again — with someone who is worth it.

They sing with such unison, their minds and souls are united as one, each note is performed with such tender loving care and you feel a bit sad, but happy that they have found the strength to move on from something that wasn’t going to work out long-term.

Same Old Ways’ from the sweet twin sisters MG II, is the quintessential moment when you realize your self-worth and vow to never let someone who is only into themselves, ever take you for a ride again and bring you down to their level.

Life is about being happy and being supported, not being sad and wondering what your partner is up to half the time. Finding your own tribe, is the lock and key to true vibrations that last forever.

Stream this breakup single on Spotify and see their beach-filled escapades on IG.

Reviewed by Llewelyn Screen