Kemikal Storm’s ‘Orion Way’ album kicks off with an electrifying intergalactic instrumental. The opener ‘New Vision (Intro)’ seamlessly blends into ‘Under The Stars -Instrumental’ setting the tone for a fantastical all encompassing sonic journey. Electric guitar solos phase in and out as percussion and synths alternate between effects, distortions and stutters. Ambient and meditative describe the opening to ‘Summer Sunset’ a sonic 60’s duplication electronically adjusted enough not to display the exact century of said “60’s”. The Summer Of Love vibes morph to Cyberpunk Summer Of Love vibes before easing back into the lush transition that evolves into the atmospheric ‘Good Vibes -Instrumental’. The vocal version is angelic and transcendent and a beautiful departure to the realm of human voices. The following duo “Infinity and Beyond” and it’s instrumental sibling kick the album up to hyper-drive with a rapid fire pace that is honest enchanting electro-wave. Two versions of ‘Beautiful Earth’ and ‘Kepler (Outro)’ conclude the album keeping up with the expansive sonic adventure. ‘Orion Way’ really is a union between sound, mind and body and Kemikal Storm spiritually unites them all with a unique approach to the combination and manipulation of sound, song and structure.
With ‘frustration and pain at an all time high’ Randy Wilde, the bassist, singer, songwriter and performer knows what he’s going to do. Combining a wide range of influences Randy fuses a delivery rooted in old school Funk that has a tinge of David Bowie with chorus-ready chants that also pay homage to Sly And The Family Stone. ‘Watcha Gonna Do’ is an amazing single that is both pulsating and potent. The instrumental breaks down for an expansive guitar solo that is transcendent only to return to have Randy Wilde urge the listener to make a change, a hypnotic approach to mass action. Using the ever evolving musical soundscape to ease listeners into an acceptable and receptive state, only magnified by the final leg of the song’s emotive solo, Randy finds the most effective method not only to move listener’s feet but also their minds. His knowledge of Soul and Funk oozes out in each segment of the track a true testament to the power of music.
Dovey Magnum’s new single ‘Respectfully’ is a raw and raunchy Riddim release. Dovey Magnum crafts a carnal carnival, an opus to sexual escapades produced by Sponge Music. With raw lyrics and an intoxicating instrumental that is rhythmic and minimal with dance influenced percussion and subtle keys Dovey Magnum has a tune that is perfect for every club or party. True to her Dancehall roots ‘Respectfully’ is beautifully blunt and bound to take dance floor to the next level the perfect release to take any house party, club, or rooftop experience to the extreme.
The lead single off 16 year old Las Vegas experimental producer Mr. MiLK’s forth coming album is a mysterious masterpiece. ‘Morphing Time’ is a powerful peak behind the curtain for the full LP ‘Emergence’. With airy ambient keys and siren-like synths Mr. MiLK crafts a vast and creepy soundscape that is ever evolving. Haunting chords thunder in and ground the more atmospheric keys and synths that pulsate around and above the instrumental piece. This combination of light and dark really showcases Mr. MiLK’s versatility and all around grasp of music. His production here teeters between soundtrack for a spooky circus and an advanced course in programming for talented Trap producers. Meshing together distant worlds does not even seem a task as Mr. MiLK seamlessly molds together many opposing influences, his background in upright bass and live instrumentation is felt in the fluidity and breath of this 4 minute musical escapade. With such a stunning lead single music lovers can only imagine what is on the full LP ‘Emergence’.
Extending his previous EP ‘The Purple EP’ Staff G has stretched his sound to new heights on his latest full length LP. ‘Ride Wit Me’ the finalized full LP form of the previous project is a flawless offering. Blurring together as a blissful drugged haze ‘Ride Wit Me’ is nonstop rider music, a seamless and authentic vibe permeates every track, each intoxicating and energetic blend together for an all encompassing cohesive atmosphere. Smooth and mellow instrumentals flow atop stuttering hi hats, Trap drums and pitched down 808s. ‘Ik wat u did last summer’ is the perfect example of Staff G’s unique sound, a lush instrumental with airy chords and fluctuating 808s is the back drop to lyrics detailing drug use, women, sexual escapades, heartbreak and the fast life. ‘Rugratz’ kicks off the LP and further cements Staff G’s brand of mellow Trap that juxtaposes carnal urges and constant lust with comedic cartoon references. ‘Oakland’ boasts a flawless flow that is intricate and complex while maintaining appeal and an instrumental that is one of the smoothest on the LP. ‘Cuffed’ has Staff G attacking a sped up Stevie Wonder sample, Bounce drums, electronic claps and a syncopated snare, his flow follows each intricate piece of this instrumental with a hook that gives demands to listeners that will surely turn any party or club up to the max. ‘The Toxic National Anthem’ starts ‘THE PURPLE EP’ section of the album but maintains the intoxicating vibe. All and all ‘Ride Wit Me’ is truly a flawless LP with a steady vibe, stellar production, great flows, and lyrics that are clever and engaging. Staff G’s persona carries it all with the ease of a vet, only leaving fans more interested in what’s to come next.