Posts byScott Carlito

Sp8ce Owl Takes Us To “Miami 1987 (Earth 246)”

We’re living in a new chapter in the history of psychedelic music, and artists like the mysterious Sp8ce Owl are making it their goal to evolve the genre as much as possible with whatever tools they’ve got at their fingertips in 2022. Hence, in the new single “Miami 1987 (Earth 246),” this producer/performer/songwriter isn’t letting
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tyDi and JES Tell Us To “Just Believe”

Music has a way of bringing people together as nothing else can, and in the video for their collaborative single “Just Believe,” tyDi & JES are exploring just how much of a linchpin good melodies can be in a relationship. Much as it’s implied in the video, if two people aren’t on the same groove,
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Estani Shares With Us “Sometimes I Wish”

There are a couple of different ways that you can go retro in the studio, but to me, the best of them is incorporating concepts of the past with tonal brilliance of the future. This is essentially what Estani seeks to do with her throwback ballad “I Sometimes Wish,” and while it’s certain to evoke
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“Gimme Love,” Says Matt B And Eddy Kenzo

Despite its lively grooves and inviting hook, vulnerability is one of the more important themes in the new single “Gimme Love” from Matt B and Eddy Kenzo, and it’s presented to us in everything from the lyrics of this song to the imagery within the music video. Matt B isn’t shying away from the guts
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“Synchronize” With Milky Chance

Psychedelic music has been making a pretty major comeback in the past few years, with its influence being found in everything from pop to rock and hip-hop, and in their new single “Synchronize,” Milky Chance is putting a clubby spin on the classic aesthetic. There’s a bit of a postmodern angle to the stylization of
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Cheryl B. Engelhardt releases The Passenger

It’s fitting that New Age composer and artist Cheryl B Engelhardt is releasing her latest album, The Passenger on Earth Day. The album magnificently connects the listener’s mind to not only their own vessel, but on a broader scale, revisits the idea that we’re all passing through this universe and this big marble, both connected
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‘Sea Change’ With Corey Stapleton

Rounding out arrangements with searing electric guitar parts in  “The Darkest Part” or cultivating a sensitive harmony with dueling piano and string elements in “The Coin,” Corey Stapleton & The Pretty Pirates have a lot of instrumental ground they wish to cover in Sea Change, and they do fairly well for this being the first full-length album
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Wave 21 Goes “Way Far Back”

Crafting a genuine, heartfelt single starts with creating a foundation that isn’t comprised of sophisticated verses alone, but of a melodic instrumental footprint that sticks with listeners long after the song has concluded. Wave 21 knows this, and in their new single “Way Far Back,” they establish themselves as ground-up composers who can deliver emotion
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Bruce Lii Shares “Toxic”

In modern hip-hop, building a reputation slowly is generally considered the smart way of doing things when you’re working with a mid-level talent. That said, when you’ve got someone with supreme charisma dishing out verses, there’s no stopping the freight train that comes barreling down the tracks. Bruce Lii is on such a train right
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Devinn Le’Raay And Lakes the Voice “FaceTime”

Eroticized music isn’t always lyrically-driven, and in the case of the new single from Devinn Le’Raay and Lakes the Voice, “FaceTime,” the sensuousness of the melody is pulled together largely by the framing of the beat. Le’Raay and Lakes the Voice make for quite the provocative combo, with the latter lighting the wick on what
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Selfish Ways Have A “Lit Life”

Postmodernity doesn’t have to automatically equal pretentiousness in modern indie music, and Selfish Ways do a good job of demonstrating that in their new single “Lit Life,” which features DJ and producer Maahez of “Papeles” fame. Instead of hitting us with an overly intellectual, multilayered mix in this track, Selfish Ways give us something deceptively
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Fresh Da Zoe Brings The “Voodoo Flow”

There’s never been as rough a time for live music as the last two years have seen, but this has ironically cultivated quite the intriguing studio culture, especially among hip-hop’s vibrant underground. Fresh Da Zoe’s momentum has only grown through the pandemic, and after listening to his new single “Voodoo Flow,” I can understand why.
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Project213 Has “Personality For Miles”

When it comes to marketing new music on the internet, you generally can rely on music videos to get the word out in hopes of going viral. In recent years, acts such as Lil Nas X have singlehandedly used platforms such as TikTok to thrust their careers into the public consciousness, but nothing feels as
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SunniLong Urges You To “Keep Going”

Media buzz can be very deceiving, especially when it swells all at once on an underground level. People tend to get more excited about fleeting trends than they do anything sustainable in pop culture, but every once in a while, there’s a player worthy of the hype. SunniLong just might be the type of rapper,
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Stacy Gabel Brings “Sunny Days”

Pennsylvania’s Stacy Gabel has churned out yet another contemporary pop/songwriter gem. Her new release “Sunny Days” is just what the doctor ordered. It’s food for the soul – “Sunny Days” transports the listener to the peaceful acoustic guitar. Gabel’s voice flourishes over the cascading riffs. A natural songstress, Gabel makes it all sound easy in
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Ethan Gold Warns Of A “Storm Coming”

Weighted by the sizeable glow of the instrumentation, Ethan Gold’s voice in the new single “Storm Coming” has a lot of stress on it, but beneath its nocturnal surface is hope for a new day we must cling to for survival. “Storm Coming” is an environmental anthem that could be interpreted a couple of different
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Miss Storm Won’t Sink In “Quicksand”

Music has always been a comfort in the hardest of times we’ve seen as a society, and in her new single “Quicksand,” Miss Storm is looking to put her own imprint on an era that has brought forth more pain and division than anyone could have imagined. Amidst an ongoing struggle for civil rights, mortality
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Stringz EMB Drops “Hijacked”

Stringz EMB is a very versatile player, as he’s exhibited plenty well in his last few singles. His latest release, “Hijacked,” sees him exploring his melodic abilities a bit more, and though I think he’s still got sustainable chops as a rapper, this slightly heavier pop sound he’s rocking in “Hijacked” is arguably even more
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Flume Say Everything In Latest Single “Say Nothing”

Progressive influences are becoming incredibly popular in the international underground at the moment, and they’re quite prominently featured in the latest single from Flume, “Say Nothing.” “Say Nothing” has Flume teaming up with singer May-A for an urgent pop anthem that has a heady art-rock undertow, at least from an aesthetical perspective, and it’s only
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Bruce Sudano Shares His “Fatal Love”

Bruce Sudano can’t seem to release a new single without attracting a lot of buzz, and in this regard, his song “Fatal Love” and its accompanying music video are no different. Although “Fatal Love” is supported by a folk-pop-style harmony, its beat feels more like that of a soft rock track than it does anything
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Goodfella Uno Brings You “Peace”

Instrumentally, there’s not a lot of conceptualism to the new single and music video from Goodfella Uno, “Peace.” Just in studying the basic foundations of the track, it’s pretty clear that this is a rapper who doesn’t have time for the same cheesy props that a lot of his peers spend many an hour cultivating
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Monsoon Throw A ‘Ghost Party’

Fast-paced chaos ala “Red Blood” and charming post-punk melodicism from the likes of “Dont Move” and “Walking Legs” the same, Monsoon isn’t looking to create a conservative rock sound in their new record Ghost Party. On the contrary, indulgence is frequent in tracks like the title cut, “Pigpen,” and “Submission,” each of which provides us a
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Barry Muir Shares “She’s A Little Wildflower”

There are two key influences in play in the new single “She’s a Little Wildflower” from Barry Muir; classic folk/rock and contemporary singer/songwriter pop, both of which present us with a different aspect on the same lyrical theme. While the former paints this track as one of introspection and desire, the latter gives us the
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IBG Interview: The Damed

We sat down and chatted with The Damed of Los Angeles, CA. How would you define your rock and roll?  Punk rock infused post punk with empowering messages. What was an impactful concert you got to see that inspires you to keep rockin’ and rollin’ yourself? Sleater-Kinney on their last tour. I’ve been inspired by these
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Alicia G Brings Her “Daisy Duke Two Step”

Scantily-clad cowgirls, red cups, good times, and plenty of American flags fill our screen in the music video for Alicia G’s all-out-country “Daisy Duke Two Step,” but if you think the biggest allure of this piece is its visual charms, you aren’t giving the singer/songwriter star of this video enough credit. Alicia G didn’t come
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Dennis J. Leise Shares New Single

Dennis J. Leise is getting a lot of love from the press right now, but it’s not unjustified. Contrarily, I don’t think his new single and music video “I Only Do It Cause I Have To” is getting enough attention this February, as it’s possibly the most well-rounded song he’s released in his career thus
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“Tell Me Why” Estani Frizzell Is So Good?

With the advent of online music distribution and content sharing around the globe, there are no true regional scenes of relevance anymore. Everything has become internationalized, for the better, I might add, and it’s influencing a new breed of pop music that knows little of the creative boundaries that once separated jazz from rock, pop
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Summer Rain “Leave This Town”

Against the rainy backdrop of the music video for “Leave This Town,” the playful antics of Summer Rain feel especially meaningful as if to reference a youthful exuberance that gets harder and harder to fathom as the years go by. Juxtaposition is a key theme in both the video for this song and the track
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KO Brings The “House Party”

R&B doesn’t have to be particularly fanciful to sound epic and majestic, and if you’re not quite sure about this fact, you need to hear a new single/video combo from rising R&B star KO this February titled “House Party.” “House Party” leaves the conventional fireworks out of the mix entirely just to spotlight some of
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It’s “Up 2 You” With Chace

A lot of pop and R&B singers care more about the prop elements in their music than they do the meat and potatoes of their lyrics, but the exact opposite can be said for Chace, whose new single “Up 2 You” has a poetic reach that was made to ignite hearts ablaze this Valentine’s Day.
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Tommy Stoner Drops “Sturdy” New Single

Although the instrumental melodies behind him qualify as synthetic in origin, there’s still something very cerebral about the lurid harmonies Tommy Stoner forms in his trap-style single “Sturdy (ft. Ferregamo Swave & Ghee Boe),” currently out everywhere intriguing hip-hop is sold and streamed. Stoner’s inelegant management of the hook in this track is indeed one
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StreetSmartz101’s Making That “Money Talk”

2021 was an exceptionally big year for StreetSmartz101. This  crew dropped three applause-worthy singles, each of which raised the bar for his artistry and implied that bigger and bolder things were still to come. Now that 2022 has arrived, it’s obvious that he isn’t planning on slowing their roll anytime soon – with the arrival
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Alli Starr Leaves You Wanting “More”

It’s hot out in the desert, but it gets a whole lot hotter when Alli Starr and her cohorts turn up the temperature in the new music video for her single “More” this winter. While there’s no shortage of boundary-pushing pop, hip-hop, and R&B coming out of the woodwork at the moment, what Starr does
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Marc DiNero Says “Don’t Do That”

Real pros in hip-hop don’t set the tone with a lot of theatrics or surface-level frills – on the contrary, it takes nothing more than a sharp vocal to make the mood in any given performance, which is exactly what Marc DiNero does in the new single “Don’t Do That.” With some help from WunTayk
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Baker Grace’s “Midnight Thoughts”

There are a few different elements in the music video for Baker Grace’s new single “Midnight Thoughts” that jump right off the screen and demand a reaction out of viewers, but to me, I think the most significant attribute this track has going for it is the lead vocal. Both delicate and decadent in all
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‘Red Air Don’t Care’ By Go To Space Die

Although it’s not entirely a guitar-driven effort, there’s no discounting the contribution made by every stirring string salvo in the new album Red Air Don’t Care from Go to Space Die. From the gentle introduction we find early on in “Threes Away” to the more sizeable riffage of “Queen D,” there’s undisputedly a metallic element underlying the
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