Singer-songwriter Llexa puts her unique spin on two classic hits from the 80s, the Police's 'Every Breath You Take' and Split Enz's 'I Got You.' "We wanted to spin the songs and turn them into a casual, distinct vibe while still keeping the familiarity." Llexa is currently working with NYC/NJ based production team Solace Music Group developing her sound and voice as an artist. Look for her next release, a trip-hop inspired official remake of 'All You Need is Love' by the Beatles coming soon.
Ciphurphace – the Arizona-born, New Jersey-based emcee known for his rapid-fire delivery, battle-ready bars & humorous punchlines, releases the fourth single – with accompanying visuals - from his In Phaced God We Trust EP, which was released late last year as a joint venture between Tucson's own Effin Elements Entertainment & NYC-based indie label SpaceLAB Recordings. The self-proclaimed “Asian Pierce Brosnan with a beard problem” comes out the gate swinging with a machine-gun flow that acts as both an ode to his proactive pen game, as well as a cautionary warning to ill-equipped challengers on the microphone....”punchlines pack M. Tyson, M. Bison power.” Produced by SpaceLAB Recordings founder Jake Palumbo, who also provides the cut-&-scratch hook as well as a guest appearance to close out the record, also speaking on his lyrical prowess, but in the snarky & sarcastic sneer that has become a trademark for the Brooklyn-based emcee & producer - “You should pop a couple No Doz / & join F*boys Anonymous, you like your own photos.” Ciphurphace & Jake Palumbo have previously teamed up for the 2013 collaborative LP South By Southwest, under the group name Moonshine Burrito, & have a lengthy history of appearing on one other's projects since meeting on tour in 2007.
LV Baby's music has previously been featured in the show 'Broad City'. For the track "Super Powers" in particular, guitarist Black Bear and LV Baby teamed up with Pell to create the song in a moment of self-realization. "We see a bunch of super heroes on TV, but often fail to recognize the real life super heroes both in our communities and in ourselves," LV Baby explains. "The single moms that balance work, school, motherhood, and every day adult issues. The kid in class who stands up to the bully despite the consequences. The people that decide to do the right thing regardless if it's easy or inconvenient."
"Super Powers" is an honest song for real people who try to make a real difference on a daily basis. Aside from the content, the song is as wavy as they come. The genre-bending hip-hop/indie-rock vibe sets the tone for an amazing new sound.
LV Baby began making music and playing guitar during his high school years in Mississippi. He linked up with Black Bear when he moved to Atlanta. Since then, they created a band and have been lighting the city on fire by turning one gig into 3 or 4 every time.
Fresh off the heels of having his first release of 2017, “Stuck in the Middle”, land on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” and “U.S. Viral 50” playlists, SIDIZEN KING returns with “Roll the Dice”, an electro-funk jam that tackles the age-old challenge of escaping the “friend-zone.” Filled with clever lines like “I’m just tryna find my lane up in your track meet, you complain we all run games, but you stay chasing the athletes” King’s signature metaphor-savvy writing style compliments the smooth chorus and Ryan Spraker’s (Pell, Daye Jack) gliding production.
The latest emerging talent from the music and cultural hive of Los Angeles, SIDIZEN KING arrives at the cross section of electronic music and hip-hop with an experimental, hybrid sound that is quickly gaining an audience amongst both tastemakers and casual listeners. Amassing two million plays in the short year since he first stepped into the booth, Sid hopes to continue to deliver uncompromised lyricism and storytelling over captivating production.
There is a neighborhood tucked away in the eastern hills of Cincinnati called Silverton where two local hip-hop heavyweights hail. CITOAK and Kyle David may have emerged from separate rap clans as they rose through the proverbial ranks (Watusi Tribe, Five Deez), but fate within the Queen City is always but a sliver away and eventually brought the two lyrical forces together to form the appropriately named Sons of Silverton.
Now officially together as the Sons of Silverton, the duo has created their debut crown jewel, Or Forever Hold Your Peace. The full-length LP expected to drop in May 2017, highlights the personal and lyrical chemistry the two men share as rappers and as friends. Their complimentary styles blend seamlessly over the polished and steely beats of acclaimed New Orleans producer Prospek. Wisdom, reality and though-provoking word play drips from every track on the album as the thumpy kicks and ethereal musical tones of the beats combine to reside in the mind of the listener from the moment it's first heard.
Veteran contributing artists like Cincinnati rapper great Piakhan, jazz pianist Josh Jessen, bassist Jake Hellman (the Quiet Hollers), guitarist Chris Pennington (The Cliftones) and singer Dion Jenkins (Game, Hi-Tek) raise the production value to even higher heights and perfect the intended goal of a renown and cohesive masterpiece.
The first bite of this hip hop delicacy comes in the form of the single “You Know Them As”, where those with a pallet for such exquisite and refined tastes will surely soon salivate for more. Luckily for them and for the rest of us, the full array will be soon served on a silver platter, delighting ears, nodding heads and permanently marking the Sons of Silverton has a landmark in Cincinnati hip hop legend.
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.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.