Posts byScott Carlito

Ricci Bamboo Shows Us “Papa”

Not since the peak era in rock n’ roll history has a genre been as polarizing and culture-shaping as hip-hop is, and with his new single and music video “Papa,” Ricci Bamboo is looking to put his own stamp on the style through a series of poetic emissions few in his scene can stand up
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IZ.M.B Releases “Recover”

Some talents are fostered through a lot of training, but there are others that have to be cultivated from birth by a person who naturally feels inclined towards creativity. IZ.M.B. is one of these people, and in her new single “Recover,” she’s flexing the sort of muscle that brings players out of the underground shadows
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“And So It Begins” With Sp8ce Owl

At first glance, it’s easy to confuse the simplicity of the new song “And So It Begins” for minimalism. There are not a lot of elaborate instrumental accents here, and a strong absence of verses can be felt even from a distance; what makes this track the communicative work of art it really is has
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Nya is “Closer Than Close”

As a singer, Nya just needs to be present in the studio when the recording is going down – with her voice, there really isn’t much she isn’t able to do when it comes right down to it, and in her new single “Closer Than Close,” she doesn’t mind reminding us as much. There’s a
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Dude Reppin Knowhere Drops New Single/Video

It’s an all-around good time for ambient music at the moment, and while this can partially be credited to a newfound interest in the genre within Gen Z, it’s got a lot more to do with the abandonment of traditional scene politics in favor of something online and more international by nature. Dude Reppin Knowhere
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The Dead Daisies Release “Radiance”

If there’s one band in the rock underground that has been making waves all over the dial in the last year or so, it’s The Dead Daisies, and it’s not because of their supergroup status exclusively. Ironically enough, I think the buzz around this band has been growing more because of the raging riff rock
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“They Don’t Love You” by MJG and 8Ball

In their music video for the new single “They Don’t Love You,” MJG and 8Ball are leaving the big props like flashy cars, stacks of cash, and scantily clad ladies out of the equation entirely, instead highlighting the Orpheum Theater – perhaps the perfect backdrop for their throwback jam – as a base for their
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Denise Marsa Drops New Single/Video “FLOAT”

There are times in which the music video for Denise Marsa’s new single “FLOAT (The Cowgirl & The Alien)” feels like an animated art film that isn’t meant to be taken at face value, but given the poetic ground this singer/songwriter is looking to cover in this track, I suppose the ambitiousness of the stylization
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Nick Phoenix Releases Cinematic ‘Andromeda’ Video

Nick Phoenix has released a cinematic video for the song “Andromeda” from his Wide World album. The video was shot in Pasadena, CA on the historic campus of the California Institute of Technology and various locations in the Mohave Desert. Explaining about “Andromeda”, Phoenix says “The song is about an astronomer who dreams of visiting the Andromeda Galaxy and
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Seal Party Drops “Maison”

The upper Midwestern soul tradition is nothing new, but you would never be able to guess as much just going off of the potent delivery offered by Seal Party in their enticing new single “Maison.” Crafted out of a soul harmony that is undeniably the main focus of the track, “Maison” doesn’t move too fast
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Najjah Calibur Says “I’m Good

Life is full of compelling tests, and in his new single “I’m Good,” singer Najjah Calibur is showing us it’s about how you handle adversity that really counts. His lyrics are inspired, but what makes this a cathartic pop-rocker is the flow of the music, driven by enormous guitars and an old school adrenaline that
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Mighty Koba and Jaey London Drops “2 Many”

Unlike a lot of players in the hip-hop game, melodies are of integral importance to Mighty Koba and Jaey London, and their new collaborative single “2 Many” reflects this without fail. Instead of making slick verses the key focal point in this song, the harmonies drive the hook and even the rhythm of the words
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Albert Cummings Says “Meet the Man”

If you think there are too many theatrics in mainstream country music, you’re hardly alone. For a number of years now a lot of diehard fans of the country genre have been disenchanted with the considerable indulgence in their favorite style of music, and judging from his new single “Meet the Man,” Albert Cummings is
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AJ Smith Is Getting “Better”

It takes a bit of time to define yourself and your artistry no matter what genre of music you make, but this is especially true of pop artists. AJ Smith hasn’t necessarily been rushing into his newfound spotlight to date, but there’s no denying the urgency with which his talent is reaching toward the mainstream
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RM47 Shows Us “Strangers”

On paper, there isn’t a lot of commonality between electronica and R&B, but in practice, these two genres can form some incredible hybrid tracks – especially with the right artists breathing vitality into the beats. RM47 might be a relatively unknown act on the mainstream level, but in their new single “Strangers,” they’re melding the
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Hitpapa Says “I’ll Be There”

Finding a center from which to operate is essential in any hip-hop collaboration, and it clearly was not a problem for Hitpapa and Emtee when they got together to make their new single “I’ll Be There” recently. “I’ll Be There” doesn’t waste our time finding its groove; by the time we get into the second
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Veve C Releases “Breeze”

When trap and lo-fi influences come together, a lot of amazing things can happen, but when you add in a vicious delivery like that of Veve C in her new single “Breeze,” we wind up with a sound just too charismatic to be dismissed. There’s more than a lot of quality hip-hop in the North
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Major Spark Drops Two Major Tracks

Real alternative music doesn’t limit itself, and neither do the acts that make it professionally. Major Spark doesn’t have a restriction on the content they develop, and in the new singles “Run Run Run” and “Beautiful Noise,” this musician/producer duo makes it clear how much they care about creative duality. “Run Run Run” has a
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Dici Goes “Left to Right”

In Dici’s music, there’s no denying that going deeper than the status quo in hip-hop calls for comes standard. There’s always something just a little more brooding about his narratives, something a touch more personal than we’re expecting, but if you think this means he can’t cut loose once in a while, his new single
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Panda Riot Is ‘Extra Cosmic’

Thrusting forth with a percussive force as strangely chaotic as the distorted guitars are, and yet supporting a harmony that is both straightforward and ideally matched with the lyrics at hand, “Cmyk” is one of the more complicated and seamless songs on Panda Riot’s new album Extra Cosmic, but not the only thinking person’s rock number
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Sp8ce Owl Says It’s “70’s Somewhere”

The music video for Sp8ce Owl’s single “70’s Somewhere”, the latest release from his new EP Quantum Fluctuations, is every bit as rollicking as its musical counterpart. It’s telling about the canny way Owl’s building his musical reputation with multimedia releases rather than contenting himself with music alone. It may seem a little pieced together at times
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LA Laura Paris Is “Kissing Boys”

LA Laura Paris wants you to know she’s more than just a pretty face, and using seductive melodies and beats that pull us asunder the moment we first make contact with them, she’s doing as much in her new single and music video “Kissing Boys.” As the song’s title suggests, this is a track that
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Makes My Blood Dance Is “Together Apart”

It’s a provocative, colorful horror show in the new music video for Makes My Blood Dance’s “Together Apart,” but considering the gothic direction the band is taking their sound in, we shouldn’t be all that surprised by the imagery here. While I liked what I was hearing when Makes My Blood Dance dropped their debut
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Glenn Valles Shares “Urban Cowboy”

Despite the retrospective theme of its lyrics, the new single “Urban Cowboy” from Glenn Valles is hardly a depressing country song. On the contrary, there’s something rather optimistic about the sheer size of its string arrangement, the glow of its harmonies, and the energy with which Valles addresses his audience – the likes of which
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De Royce & Alex(Tok) Have Some “NRG”

Beat-driven music doesn’t have to feature a lone sharp hook; in fact, it can be multilayered and more melodic than the status quo would normally call for, much as it is in the fantastic new summer jam “NRG” from the minds of De Royce, Alex(TOK), and Moca Generation. Although De Royce is probably the most
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Shiadanni Releases New Single “Penny Pills”

With her voice alone, Shiadanni can get the attention of anyone within earshot of her melodies, but that’s not her intention with her new single and music video “Penny Pills.” Although it’s packed with a cratering lyricism that can be interpreted as some of her darkest to date, “Penny Pills” is giving us insight into
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The Roughhousers Release Childrens Music For All Ages

Like a childhood fantasy unfolding before us on screen, the music video for “Princess Mike” invites us into the innocent world created by The Roughhousers in their all-new single. Released beside the equally rich “Azucar,” “Princess Mike” is a track that elegantly marries soft melodies with a smooth rhythm to make an easy Americana ballad
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Colin Peterik Releases Michiana

Colin Peterik is starting to accumulate a lot of buzz with his music, and after getting curious about the hype, a lot of listeners are finding that he lives up to the charge in his new music video and single “Michiana.” Although there’s something distinctively retro about the concept for “Michiana,” its soft rock balladry-meets-alternative
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Pep Rally Tells Us To “Turn The Radio Up”

Pep Rally bursts onto the scene with an enigmatic music video for their latest single “Turn The Radio Up (Own The Night).” Pep Rally is the brain child of Tommy Joyner, owner of MilkBoy in Philadelphia. MilkBoy is a staple of the burgeoning cultural renaissance in Philadelphia right now. MilkBoy is known for hosting and
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Harper Starling Releases “Affair With Myself”

It’s 2022, and if you’re Harper Starling, it’s a very good year. In her latest collaboration with Cindy Valentine, the new single and music video “Affair With Myself,” Starling does plenty of the usual melodic flexing that we’ve grown accustomed to as listeners and scene observers, but with a major twist – rather than focusing
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Meresha Causes Some “Trouble”

Brooding lyrics are one thing, but unless the right voice is putting them into melodic shape, they aren’t nearly as effective as they should be. In this sense, Meresha is the right performer to give us the new single and music video “Trouble” this spring, as it’s her tonal presence and overall oomph at the
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G Wildin Is A Man On A “Mission”

Centering hip-hop on a beat is largely considered the traditional way of writing a song in the genre by most players in the mainstream, which could be the main reason why G Wildin is going out of his way to give us something much more melodic in nature in his new single and music video
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“Following the Sun” With Super-Hi and Neeka

Melodies don’t have to be at the center of a pop single, but when they are, it helps to have the buoyancy that can be found in the new track “Following the Sun” from collaborators Super-Hi and Neeka. Although there’s something to be said about minimalism and what its place is right now, contemporary surreal
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148 Show Us ‘Sampati’

Crossovers are bigger than pure aesthetic tracks these days, and one could opine that hybrid genres are the very definition of pop music in 2022. Knowing this, it doesn’t really surprise me that a record like 148’s Sampati is generating the buzz that it is around the North American underground this year, being that it inelegantly mixes
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