Category: Music Reviews

Posted on: June 26, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Flau’jae “Pop It”

Pop It is a track that is destined for tremendous summer play. Flau’jae’s rapid-fire bars will get heads bopping, while the dreamy backing beats provide a solid backdrop upon which these vox can shine. The dreamier sound of Flau’jae’s latest firmly ensconse her music alongside Kid Cudi and Chance The Rapper. There’s a good amount of crossover appeal here, as the overall performance on Pop It matches the same quality…

Posted on: June 26, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

ViennaCC “Ended Love Affair”

ViennaCC always creates music that defies genre conventions. In an era where so much of the stuff that passes through our mailbox merely re-treads familiar territory, ViennaCC’s music always reinvents the wheel. There’s always something new that is presented to listeners whenever the act creates new music. On Ended Love Affair, ViennaCC creates something that takes up hints of industrial, 1980s pop, Kraftwerk-esque electronic and the standards of esoteric figures…

Posted on: June 26, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Karson City Rebels “Runaway Train”

On Runaway Train, the Karson City Rebels link together sizzling guitar work with confident vocals. The band is all-in with this single, crafting a rock track that stays tremendously reverent to acts like ZZ Top and the Marshall Tucker Band while creating something that today’s listeners can appreciate. The band keeps things churning nicely throughout Runaway Train’s full run time, incorporating an impressive guitar solo that would be right at…

Posted on: June 26, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

The Suburbs “Buckle My Head”

The Suburbs’ “Buckle My Head” has a powerful late-1990s vibe that showcases the bands reverence for what has preceded them. There’s tremendous charisma that is exuded by the vox, while the guitars and drums open up to allow for a fun set of synths. The momentum of the track ensures that listeners will make their way out on the dance floor. Fans of Madness and Queens of the Stone Age…

Posted on: June 24, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

GHJ Music feat. Agosa “Welcome Here”

GHJ Music’s “Welcome Here” defies convention. The track is able to incorporate so many dinstinct music styles, touching upon world music, R&B, pop, and gospel during Welcome Here’s run time. We love the numerous things that are occurring at any one specific time during GHJ Music’s latest. Agosa’s contributions to the effort provide further depth. There will continually be new dynamics and elements that will be discerned by listeners even…

Posted on: June 24, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

 Yafania “Front Row” 

 Yafania’s “Front Row” is a fantastic introduction to the performer. The song is bouncy, poppy, and ultimately creates something that we don’t hear too much in modern music. There’s ample charisma that exudes from the track as Yafania simultaneously lies out the song’s narrative and builds out the harmonies encountered in the composition. There’s a fair amount of 1990s alternative pop influence that is interlaced alongside the straightforward pop vox. Front…

Posted on: June 24, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Byland “Two Circles” 

Byland’s Two Circle is an impressive effort, showcasing an evolution of the singer-songwriter style. The song builds upon the work of Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish, putting Byland’s intense vox front and center and matching them perfectly with driven strings. Two Circle’s production is amazing, ensuring the variety of instrumental and vocal elements are able to both shine in an isolated fashion as well as contribute to something decidedly greater…

Posted on: June 24, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

May Fall “Under Cover”

Under Cover is a retro-infused dance track that blends together the work of acts like The Cars with a more modern pop style (think Maroon 5 meets late Linkin Park). The crispness of the synthesizers here will have one tapping their toes, while the passion and charisma exuded by the vocals ensure that the song can weather multiple plays and still stay fresh. Under Cover is one of those tracks…

Posted on: June 24, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Scott Albert Johnson “Invisible”

Scott Albert Johnson’s “Invisible” is a powerful rock track in the vein of Bon Jovi or John Mellencamp. Marrrying a driving beat to insistent vocals, Scott vbrings in guitar solos to make Invisible pop. One will be able to play the single multiple times, as there’s a depth that is fairly unheard when it comes to modern music. The harmonica solo that begins Invisible’s bridge is a sound to behold.…

Posted on: June 24, 2024 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

Ute Lemper “Permanently Confused” 

On Permanently Confused, Ute Lemper is able to craft a soft and inviting composition that succeeds by her vocal abilities. The backing instrumentation keeps fairly quiet to provide ample opportunity for Ute to tell her story. In those moments where the percussive elements wash over the track, the single ends up being freshened up. Lemper’s inimitable performance ensures that the song will appease fans of a wide swath of different…