S’Muttonator (Double Bock)

S’Muttonator is the first offering from the Heritage Beers line from Smuttynose; this new program will bring back some of the classic beers that the brewery has crafted in the earlier days. S’Muttonator is a double bock pegged at the 9.2% ABV mark, which is hidden masterfully in the brew. The beer pours with a brown to dark brown coloration and a good amount of off-white / beige head. The initial sip deftly blends together the sweet with a hot snap; afterwards, hints of brown sugar, toffee, and toasted malts can all be discerned.

The specific constellation of flavors that one will pick up at any specific sip of S’Muttonator is up to chance; there is a dense array of notes that ebb and flow. There is a bit more of the brown sugar element and wheat that becomes evident as the beer is allowed to reach to room temperature. Before one completes the bottle, dates, honey, and cloves can be picked out. It is this complexity that will be appreciated over the course of a 4-pack, with S’Muttonator have complexity to keep one as eager to drain the last bottle as they were when they opened up the first.

For more information about the entirety of the efforts that Smuttynose provides visit their website;  their social networking service profiles (Facebook and Twitter) are great repositories for new product availability and events that are related to their brewery. Over the course of the last few years, we’ve covered a number of Smuttynose brews. Check out our coverage of The Stallion,  Smistletoe,  Smoked Peach Short Weisse,  Imperial StoutHayseedRhye IPAParadoXReally Old Dog,DurtyKindest FindOktoberfest,  Bouncy House and Cherry Short Weisse.

Rating 8.8/10

S’muttonator (Double Bock) / Smuttynose Brewing / 9.2% ABV / smuttynose.com / www.facebook.com/Smuttynose  / twitter.com/smuttynosebeer /


Dave Vargo – Burning Through

Come Take Me Home immediately showcases the rich vocals and emotive guitars of Dave Vargo. The style of music that initially issues forth with Burning Through touches upon American rock from the 1970s all the way to the present. This means that fans can hear hints of The Eagles, Jackson Browne, and the Goo Goo Dolls in a polished way. Every piece during this first single works together to make for a cohesion rare in current music; after this introductory salvo, listeners will remain on the edges of their seats.

Wishing On A Star slows things down; the song is more tender and touching. A bit of folk can be heard here, but the song’s allure comes again with the peaks and valleys of Vargo’s voice and intricate guitar work. The bit of additional percussion provides additional depth to an already contemplative, heady cut. Finding My Way To You keeps the energy of Burning Through high. When the drums reach their full prominence, what issues forth is something that could easily make it onto rock radio (or Spotify) rotation.

Too Young To Be Broken slows things down and allows listeners to meditate on their own experiences. The track ties together a classical guitar with a narrative that stands up to repeat listens; the arrangement is twisted and shifted ever so slightly to keep fans on their toes as they move towards the end of Burning Through. Burning Through ends with Pieces of My Heart, a track that has a quicker tempo as it adopts pieces of alternative rock and the singer-songwriter styles. Vargo is able to make a tremendous statement with Burning Through, an album that will continue to impress throughout a number of plays.

Top Tracks: Wishing On A Star, Finding My Way To You, Pieces of My Heart

Rating: 8.4/10

Dave Vargo – Burning Through / 2017 Self Released / 11 Tracks / http://davevargomusic.com/https://www.facebook.com/dvargomusic/

Kaleigh – Fading

Kaleigh’s “Fading” is one of the most compelling songs we’ve heard this month. This is because Kaleigh defies genre conventions in the creation of some of the most unique music we’ve heard. Nods to EDM, pop, and even industrial can be heard here. The frenetic tempo of Fading will immediately draw attention as well as get listeners out on the dance floor. The focused sound of Fading is a modern-day rarity as both sides – instruments and vocals – unite to make a tremendously cohesive single. Kaleigh knows exactly what she wants from Fading, and makes it into a radio-ready single. Check it out below.

Kaleigh “Fading” / http://www.lovealwayskaleigh.com/

Inma Mira – Indecisión

Inma Mira’s Indecisión is a fun track that effortlessly move through pop, iindie-pop, and a timeless singer-songwriter style. Mira’s vocals soar over the track, taking up the standards of performers like Shakira and Bjork. The instrumentation on Indecisión – musically complex arrangements, spot-on drumming, and a whimsical sound – pushes Mira’s vocals to a higher plateau. The gradual increase in tempo portends a much more chaotic and musically intense sound; Mira’s voice goes supersonic as the track begins to go quicker and quicker. Indecisión will have listeners sticking around until the last note; Mira’s work here is fantastic.

Inma Mira – Indecisión / 2017 / https://www.facebook.com/Inmymira/


Pragnya Wakhlu “Burning Fire”

On “Burning Fire”, Pragnya Wakhlu is able to marry together a traditional sound with a more current and contemporary approach. The richness of the arrangement speaks to anyone listening in, no matter their familiarity with what Wakhlu is saying. There is a powerful harmony that is crafted here; multiple voices add considerable gravity and reverence to the two-minute mark of the single. Repetition is also used to a good degree, with specific themes and sounds adding further gravitas to the song. The track is recorded well, draws upon past and present, and is a great introduction to Wakhlu and her music. 

Pragnya Wakhlu “Burning Fire” / http://www.pragnyawakhlu.com/

P. Chace “NBA (Nothing But A$$)”

We’ve dug the Florida rap scene since 2 Live Crew was cutting their first works in the 1980s. P. Chace keeps the name of Florida rap pristine with his new single “NBA (Nothing But A$$)”. The single features a flow from the inimitable Trina, but P. Chace’s got that indescribable sort of quality that sets NBA off from other current rap tracks. Trina comes in, hits hard, and adds further dankness to an already gritty effort. Adopting a bit of the polish of state-mate T. Pain for the chorus, P. Chace is able to make a well-balanced single. 

P. Chace “NBA (Nothing But A$$)” / http://www.realionaireent.com/

Kolade Olamide Ayodeji – Trap in the Night

Kolade Olamide Ayodeji’s Trap in the Night is an infectious effort that will immediately tattoo its melodies and strong female vocals into the minds and hearts of listeners. The backing beat ties together electronic, pop, and R&B styles into something that draws upon the last twenty years of music while being wholly unique. A brief instrumental part at the 2:30 part is precisely what Ayodeji needs to build the momentum back up. The climax of Trap in the Night at the 3:15-ish mark ends the single as strongly as it began. We hope to hear more from Ayodeji in the future. Continue reading “Kolade Olamide Ayodeji – Trap in the Night”

Colette Kavanagh “Once In A Lifetime”

Colette Kavanagh’s “Once In A Lifetime” is a song that builds into a completely engaging, dramatic effort. The dynamic between the guitar and vocals builds upon The Carpenters and Carole King. Hints of Nicole Britt and Sheryl Crow can be discerned here, but Colette brings enough of herself to Once In A Lifetime that fans will be devouring every word. The instrumentation swells into something engrossing at the 2:45 mark; Kavanagh is able to create another hit that is deep and alluring while being something that can be appreciated by a wide swath of music fans. 

Colette Kavanagh “Once In A Lifetime”  / http://www.facebook.com/Colette.Kavanagh.Music  /  http://www.twitter.com/colettekavmusic



Twista – Baddest (featuring Cap1)


Baddest is a track that showcases Twista’s immense skill. Where fans will undoubtedly remember the rapid-fire flow that marked Twista’s first few recordings, Baddest is a track that works through the back and forth of the distinct styles of both performers. This slow/fast sound of the single is a great way to keep fans firmly on the edges of their seats. Zaytoven’s production here allows these disparate elements to work perfectly together all while creating a track that would hang equally well on straight rap or modern top 40 stations. Twista’s got a banger for the summer.

Twista – Baddest (featuring Cap1) / 2017 / http://twista.com/

Xavier White – Sudden Change

Xavier White’s Sudden Change ties together R&B and EDM to make a track perfect for the sunny summer months. The dichotomy between the music and White’s vocals is fantastic, with hints of Diplo and Avicii infused into the backing beat. Continue reading “Xavier White – Sudden Change”