Based out of Orange, California, Manifest Wallace is an American hip-hop/pop artist whose calling is to inspire the world and share the message that you can achieve absolutely anything if you believe in yourself. His new single "Volcano", off his EP 'Look Around', is a testament to that inspiration.
"Volcano" came together in early January of 2017 as I was working on my EP 'Look Around' that dropped in May," Manifest explains. "At this point in my career, I believe that I am just a moment away from blowing up (or erupting) and that is what "Volcano" represents. The first verse of the song is all about the grind and how I feel I am going to blow. The second verse and outro, however, are more like streams of consciousness and I just wanted to allow the listener to interpret it own their own and really give thought into the message I was portraying."
"As far as the creative process goes, this was the first time that I didn't write any lyrics down, which allowed for me to flow effortlessly over the instrumental and create new flows in the process. I recorded "Volcano" all in one session (about 2/3 hours) along with two other songs."
Jake Gusto has just released his latest EP "Mindgame". The instrumentals were produced by MdL (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Sammy Adams) and Mantra (Rihanna, Future, Sean Paul). "Mindgame" is his first project release since making the move to LA last fall and much of it is written around the "mind game" of that transition.
"The concept of Mindgame is derived from the toil I experienced transitioning from the midwest to SoCal. In short, I discovered that success - both the actualization and realization - is all in our head. We often perceive success as something physical or quantitative: an award, a certificate, a million Spotify streams, etc. I think we forget that these physical items manifest from a mental origin."
A lil amuse bouche to prep your palate for Chuck N Lock's "Just Desserts", set to drop 9/5/17. This track features Hip Hop heavyweight, Skyzoo, who's recently released a tape called, Peddler's Theme. Smooth cadences riding a funky backdrop are layered with clever lines for the listener's enjoyment.
Lo Profile is a rap artist from Buffalo, New York. His sound is direct, upfront and in-your-face, with an energetic flow that reminds of the greats of the genre, including 2Pac, Nas, Biggie Smalls or 50 Cents, just to mention a few.
In his life, this artist had to overcome quite a few struggles: the harsh life in the streets, the death of close friends, family issues…however, he set out to rise above and make the most out of his opportunities with his unique approach and motivated character.
Lo Profile’s songs are a great showcase of his unique lyrical mastery, as well as his ability to turn a beat into a powerhouse of punchy grooves and catchy melodies. This skilled wordsmith and performer has a smooth and consistent flow, which sits perfectly well within the mix.
David Versis has just released his new single “Made For Me” now available via Soundcloud.
"The intentions behind “Made For Me” was to switch between different emotions, and tempos, in a way that’s intentional and fresh. My collaborator Mikhail and I wanted to mix down tempo ‘trap’ percussion in the verses, and a more upbeat classic hip-hop swing in the chorus. It’s also a blatant appreciation for a woman’s perfection."
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.