FELICITY – Tonight

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Random AKA MegaRan – Best Friends

 

I love the positive nature of this track! I am really grooving on the flow and Random’s vocal style. I’ve listened to a lot of rap songs here on the site, but this is one of the few that I feel like there is a solid connection between Random and the vocals. It’s got a lot of bounce. He can come over and raid my fridge any time, just do a little rap for me first! Not a lot of songs like this leave me with a smile on my face. As a huge plus this is a song you can play around the kiddo’s and not have to worry about them singing it. Musically, yeah it’s got some synth style to it. I know I complain about that a lot but I think it works here. It feels really playful behind Random’s rap.

So I love this song. I want to send this to my best friends because I think they would love it as well. I want to have this on my server and my phone. I need to put together a list of songs that just kinda make me happy. This one would probably be one of the first songs I would put on the list. I’m talking about every thing from the song “Happy” to “Uptown Funk” and “Word Crimes”. Hey they all put a smile on my face and a bounce in my step just like this song does!

 

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Random, aka Mega Ran. Half-teacher, half musician, all hustle. As one of the first independent artists to secure an exclusive licensing agreement with a major videogame developer (CAPCOM), Random manages the unthinkable by dazzling retro gamers while garnering respect from Hip-Hop’s harshest critics. Random’s unique combination of fantasy and introspective hip-hop has found its way into movies, video games, and even coursework at several universities. Oh, and he teaches middle school English.

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Raheem Jarbo various producers, DJ’s and guest artists.

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AWAAPP – Need Your Love

 

Wow, this really takes me back! The whole vibe of this track is a psychedelic trip. It makes me think a great deal of bands like Floyd.  It has that experimental style to it that is most commonly associated with Dark Side of the Mon. I love the guitar work. It’s not really showy and yet this guy doesn’t let you miss that he is really damn good with his instrument. The vocals are mostly resting lazily in the background and possibly filtered. In this particular song I don’g have issue with that. I makes the vocals more of an instrument then a “voice”. It really enhances the experimental vibe a lot. The drum line is very simple but provides a strong back bone for the track on the overall.

Though I’m not a huge fan of Floyd, I gotta say I found this piece to be rather attractive. I can’t really put my finger on what I liked about it, just that I did. I would match this track up with some Floyd (obviously) and some of the more experimental Beatles music. Most likely when relaxing with some cocktails and herb. I don’t see it going on my phone, but certainly on my server for future entertainment.

 

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Where to begin…ah the beginning! I was in numerous bands in my younger years playing in some rather strange places. I enjoy writing and playing but recording has always been my passion. Later on, I set my sights to recording my own material and others which now includes Sherri Lyn Robbins, a wonderful dear friend of mine for some years now.

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Killezzy – No Emotion

 

I really like the R&B aspects of this song. For the most part I like the lyrics. There are some parts that would prevent me from playing this around the kiddo’s. I find that is an issue for me with a lot of rap oriented songs. I have to be mindful of the language around the small ones. The vocals make me very curious because I can tell this cat can sing but they opted to use a filter on his voice. The story is really good and one I think most people can connect with on a base level. Especially that part about “I promise we gonna find a way”. I thought that was a pretty powerful message. Musically I would like to hear it with a full band. By now that should be expected from me. Now that being said I thought this one had some interesting modulations.  I get live with that because I didn’t get bored listening to it.

This one is making me wish I had more rap/R&B in my personal collection. I would listen to this when I’m by myself or with my friends. I don’t have much any thing in my stash that would really work well with a track like this. As always I’l be sharing this with some of my rap/R&B friends. I’m fairly confident that this will be well received by all of them.

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Angels on the Battlefield – A Walking Plague

 

This may be the song that makes me love instrumentals. Normally I’m one of those people who likes every song to have a lyrical content. This song however would not be as awesome as it is with them. I’m in love with that low slung bass line. It’s got an awesome percussion groove and the guitar work is pretty damn stellar. Sure there is some serious hot dogging with the guitar riffs, but if you could do it wouldn’t you? It’s not often that a bass line gets as much attention as this one does, so good on you for that. I gotta say the combination of fiery licks, a fat ass bass line and the drum track from hell all come together to make this song a winner.

I’m fascinated with this band. Despite the lack of lyrics I find it to be a very visual song. I can see this being used in a soundtrack for every thing from car chases to “oh no the killer is going to get me” scenes. I would love to pair this up with some Avenged Sevenfold and Agony In The Garden. Not because these bands are known for their instrumental works, but more the overall tone of their music. Metal fans should really make sure they check this band out.

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Kilo Fresh – The Run Down Pt. 2

This song has a good flow going for it. Kilo has a great voice and makes no apology for his work. While his lyrics are harsh and raw the musical composition is a slow tempo, mellow style. I can’t quite tell if we are listening to synth music but regardless I do like the lilting quality of the music. It brings a bit of softness to what is otherwise a rather hard song.

I’m finding it difficult to connect with the lyrics because this just isn’t my life’s experience. I did like the reference to the Cosby’s, it gave me a good little giggle. In all honesty the story Kilo is telling me scares the hell outta me. I can’t say this is going on my playlist. Not because it wasn’t a good rap song, in fact I intend to share this track (as usual) with my rap friends. I’m interested to hear some other perspectives on this track.

 

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Anthony Stewart Head – Behind Blue Eyes

So one again I find myself in a position where I feel I need to give you a disclaimer before the review. I am very familiar with Anthony’s music and have been for a while. I was first introduced to his vocals on BTVS (doing a cover of this very song and Once More With Feeling) then via Youtube videos of his stint as Frank N Furter in Rocky all the way up to Repo! The Genetic Opera. I love his voice quite a lot so getting to do this review with his blessing is a real treat for me.

If youre expecting a note by note cover of The Who’s song you may be disappointing. This is a cover that was inspired by the original and it’s beautiful. Head’s vocals treat these lyrics like they are his life’s story. To me that is what makes this cover as perfect as it is. I’ve heard plenty of covers that were good, but the artists didn’t really make it their own. Anthony didn’t have that problem at all. I am in love with his added runs and drops. The emotion that he sings with is almost more than I can take. He has a great range and with the piano accompaniment this song has such a powerful punch that you have to listen to it to really understand what’s happening.

 

OK, so I totally expected this to be like the cover he did on Buffy. I was happily surprised by the modifications to the original arrangement. Singing it with a single piano was nothing short of brilliant. I need to get a copy of this song to put on my phone so I can take it with me and share it with the world. Scoff if you want but prior to this my favorite cover of this song was done by Limp Bizkit. In that case I really felt Durst was able to really dig and emotionally connect with the song, turning out a superior song. I have to say that Anthony Stewart Head’s interpretation of the song was a beautiful surprise, taking the song in directions I’d never thought of.

Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20, 1954 in Camden Town, north London, England. Anthony is an English actor and musician. Having already had a successful career, with regular TV appearances and stage roles, including leads at the Royal National Theatre, he became “a household face” in the UK following his role in the, now classic, commercials for Nescafé Gold Blend (Taster’s Choice in the U.S.). He is internationally known for his roles as Rupert Giles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Uther Pendragon in Merlin, and for his role as Geoffrey Howe in the Oscar award winning film, The Iron Lady. He has also been attached to a number of other successful TV series: Little Britain, Dr. Who and Manchild. He was most recently seen in Stephen Poliakoff’s,

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WhizDumb – Shush Girl

I gotta say I like the sampling on this song. It’s a much different kind of rap than I’m used to hearing. The chorus is really nice with just a bit of harmony. The flow is nice and easy, I love that there isn’t a hard edge to this track. The lyrics tell a good story that I feel like I can connect. It had a smooth vibe to it, nothing hurried which I think is a nice change of pace for a rap track. Initially I felt kinda Rick Rolled because the voice didn’t seem to be a match for rap music, but after a minute it sounded just right. I gotta say that his vocals make me think of the lead singer from Digital Underground, Humpty Dance any one?

 

Overall I liked the track. I liked the sample that they used. While I can’t recall the name of the song right now (thank you cold medicine) I recognized the tune instantly. I’m not sure if I would put it on a playlist but once again it’s because I don’t really listen to rap and I would hate to be disingenuous about it. All that being said I would suggest to any rap fan that you check it out and let me know what you thought about it. I know I’m not the best rap critic so some times my reviews are a bit short.

“Passion has been the drive behind every impulse to make my music. There is a consuming natural high present during the purs

uit of a dream. I believe this elevated state of being is the underlying manifestation of my art. I’m inspired by an overwhelming
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War Within – Look Away

Ok, it got my attention from the first chord. Reminds me a bit of Godsmack on steroids. I love the dark mid tempo pacing of the track. The dirty guitar works perfectly with those taunting drums. This guys vocals are incredible. Just the right amount of grit at the perfect moments. I also appreciate the cleaner style of vocals as well. But for me this is all about that guitar. Sure there is some hot dogging in the solo, but that’s where it should be. And if this guy has the chops to play the way he does, why not highlight it? I wasn’t able to catch all the lyrics on this one, but in a rather rare situation I just don’t care. I find the vocal track to be another instrument in the overall composition of the song. Every thing seems to work together so well that it all flows with out any thing overly taking over. I’m just really partial to the guitar line because it reminds me of some of my favorite guitar lines from the 80’s.

 

I loved this song more than enough to check out some of their other tunes. Their guitarist gives me goose bumps listening to his riffs. I think this would work for any song that has a solid guitar line, a groovy dark vibe or a deep drum track. I’m sick with a head cold today so I’m having a hell of at time thinking of songs or artist to pair it up with. Maybe you guys can provide some suggestions in the comments section below.

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ELTEEZY – Hood Lampin

I like the disclaimer in the beginning. It’s got a great flow and I have to say this is the first rap song I’ve heard that I was able to listen to the lyrics and not get complete turned off to the lyrics. That might be due to the disclaimer but honestly I think it’s a good story. The back beat is solid but the scaled beeps kinda throw me off just a bit. I get that it adds to the overall of the song as the harmony though. Well thought out, I was just behind the 8 ball on that aspect.

I appreciate the story that’s being told, and there was a great connection to the lyrics. I don’t see myself adding it to any of my libraries only because I’m just not into that genre. I will be sharing this with my rap loving friends because I thought it was a solid rap track. Fans of the genre should check this track out and give me your feedback in the comments section below.

 

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Jukebox Monkey – Dead Wait

My initial thoughts were “I love that dirty guitar sound”! Also loving the slow burn tempo on the drum line. I’m certainly feeling a sense of anticipation. So so the vocals are the payoff on this song. There is something so freaking Tool about the way the guy sings it’s insane. There is a bit of grit to his voice that seems to be at his beck and call. Bringing it out for the versus then reeling it back on the chorus was a brilliant move. I also noted a few perfectly timed vocal breaks that work so well with the overall song. I would say this qualifies as a hard rock tune due to the steady mid tempo drum line and the guitar style. All the players work together to create the perfect storm of rock music, complete with a Rock Band worth guitar solo.

 

JukeBox Monkey is going on my server and my phone. There was so much that I liked about this track it’s hard to put into words. I could queue this up with some Tool or Theory of a Deadman and it would work so well with either. It has an odd floaty sense that I love in music. It makes me want to do nothing more than sit and sway while listening. Make sure you check this one out or your going to be sorry!

Jukebox Monkey – a four-piece southern stoner rock juggernaut formed in 2010 from the deep dark inbred forests of Kent, UK – return with their latest slice of riff-dom, Vs Time.

Defined by their monolithic groove-stomping stoner rock, their sound steals shamelessly from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and AC/DC alongside modern head-butts to Down, Clutch and Kyuss.

Vs Time, out on Jan 12th 2015, is 5 fat slabs of heavy pounding sonic assault that will take you on a bass-bruising progressive journey which you’ll not want to end.

The monkey is loose, on the road in 2015 and it’s after your throat. If you see it, don’t feed it.

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Chris D- Vocals and guitar
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David Miller – Sweetheart Girl

This is a very sweet tune. It’s got a groovy mellow rhythm that you can sway to. It has almost a lullaby effect with the musical composition. There is a lot of rich layering with the various instruments.  I kinda feel like this is a throwback of sorts to the progressive country songs of the 70’s. Not just in the musical composition but in the true narrative of the lyrics. This is a story set to music and it’s a wonderful story to boot. The vocals are really soothing and match the lyrics and musical composition perfectly. David has a great sense of works together.

 

I thought this was a perfect soundtrack song. I think some thing like Princess Bride or Ever After would be a perfect compliment to the style of the song. Personally I don’t listen to a lot of music like this. My son tells me it’s because I’m missing a certain gene. However this would be the perfect song for a proposal. Flowers, a nice candle lit dinner and this as the background music as you pop the question. I mean come on, every thing you need to say is in this song.

After years of working simultaneously in both television broadcasting and the TV theme & jingle business, David Miller is releasing his debut album of new songs. David’s official website for news, downloads & photos.

And like most of his projects, he’s doing it a bit differentially. Rather than releasing an album all at once, he is sharing new singles (about one every month) until the album is complete. As each song is mastered, they will be available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon as well as directly from the official store at http://www.DavidMiller.TV/ Releasing singles one at a time will allow the audience to share in the creation of the album. Through social media listeners can comment on exactly what they like and what they want to hear in future songs.

Collectively, the singles are an eclectic mix of pop, rock, and orchestral styles and themes. David explains, “One thing that commercial music teaches you is how to sound like anything and everything all at the same time. One day you are producing something quirky and sweet, then the next day it’s a blend of R&B and symphonic.” David’s music is a mashup of analog and digital . . . featuring a large variety of acoustic instruments along with many one of a kind virtual instruments created for his own sample library. David says, “Every song is different. I try to make each song unique and special. About the only real thread through this album is the voice.” When asked about his writing style he says, “It’s all about the melody . . . simple, memorable melodies that stick in your head . . . That’s what drives me.”

It was at the age of six when David Miller started playing music on an organ made for kids. He was writing short songs and performing them for his first grade class. At seven, he began taking drum lessons. By the age of fifteen he was playing drums, piano and guitar, and recording his own songs in his bedroom. As a kid, David loved playing drums. In high school he was an award winning jazz soloist. He was the drummer for “Young Sounds”, a jazz band made up of elite high school musicians.

David grew up surrounded by the broadcasting and music businesses. His uncle is Jack Miller, a pioneering recording engineer who has recorded The Rolling Stones, Waylon Jennings, Duane Eddy, and hundreds of other top stars. David’s father Bill Miller is an award winning writer, producer, journalist and entrepreneur. He’s had a successful career, in broadcast television, radio, print, and digital media. David’s Grandfather was a Banjo player who spent his life in the printing & advertising business. David has done just about every job you can do in the media business. Working in broadcasting since high school, he has been a video editor, writer, producer, photographer, 3D animator, web developer, and music producer. David is a partner in MagicDust Television, developers of the Nationally syndicated daily TV show “RightThisMinute.” He also operates IdeaFarm, a commercial production music business with a large catalog of broadcast TV show/news themes, commercial tracks and jingles. It is hard to imagine that with a history of so many shows and so many tracks, that David has never released an album of full length songs. David says, “I had always hoped to someday release an album, but I spent all my time and energy writing and producing 30 second themes for TV. It was a good way to help support my family. For all those years, making jingles seemed more responsible than singing songs and making albums.” But all of that is changing. The album project is well underway and new singles are being released.

Today, David is still married to his high school sweetheart, Kay. Together they have raised two amazing and talented sons, Adam and Ian. They all live happily ever after in Arizona along with a border collie, a siamese cat and two horses.

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Franck CARAT – Lullaby

I am really enjoying the female vocals on this track! Reminds me a bit of some of the brilliant 80’s vocalists from bands like Swing Out Sister and T’Pau. I also love the guitar line, just like I like it nice and tight. Plus there is that gorgeous horn work. Listening to this track I definitely feel like I should get up off my ass and dance. That’s saying quite a bit since I can’t dance to save my life. Personally I keep coming back to the vocal track. It’s so sweet I think I got a tooth ache from listening to it. If there was any aspect of the song I didn’t love it was the syth sounding back beat. I think that comes down to a personal preference. I realize that a lot of dance music has this style of back beat and while I do respect it, I always find myself thinking it would have been better with a drum kit.

 

I am quite curious about Franck’s music. I love the upbeat nature of this song and as I said I am totally taken with the female vocalist and the guitar line. I don’t listen to a lot of dance music so when it comes to building a playlist I would pair this up with some of the old 80’s pop tunes that I loved as a kid. For fans of dance genre I think you’ll enjoy this track. Give it a listen and share your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

 

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UVtraveler – Day After Day

For those of us who love classic rock this is a winner! It reminds me a bit of KISS or at least that was the first band that jumped into my head. I think maybe it’s the bass style along with the guitar work that really put that idea in my head. The vocals are way solid with a nice full round sound. I like that this guy sings in a higher register. It’s nice to hear from time to time especially since most of what I hear is a lower end growling vocal. The drum work is also really tight. While I wouldn’t call this a blistering song it’s still an upbeat tune. Love the guitar solo so freaking much!!

This song certainly had my toes a tappin! I think anyone who is a fan of classic rock is going to love this song. But not just classic rock fans, because this song doesn’t feel dated. Perhaps it’s the guitar solo that gives it a modern feel. All I know is this is a great track. I would love to put it on a list with my classic tracks but also throw it in the mix with some Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman and bands like that. Mostly because those bands have really solid guitar lines and I would bank it off that similarity right there. Regardless of who you put it on a list with your going to love it.

 

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