Sysuev states he’s “gotta get back to the future, this isn’t something I could get used to” on the track ‘Stuck In Time’ but luckily for the listener he’s stuck in a time period where music still had soul and funk. Sysuev’s EP ‘Good Life’ is an interesting combination of soul, funk and westcoast vibes, hailing from Kyiv (Ukraine) Sysuev adds an interesting twist on such a rhythmic and bouncy soundscape. Walking baselines, heavy hitting un-quantized programmed drums, soulful chords, synth lines and talk-box vocal additions fill ‘Good Life’ creating the perfect summer vibe. Sysuev’s vocals are genuine, soulful, lush and direct, his delivery comes off flawless and instinctual. The title track ‘Good Life’ is truly a vibe set for any event in a good life, Summer is officially set after beginning this EP. The entire mood of the EP is set off the opening track and Sysuev continues to deliver on the next 4 tracks creating a truly upbeat and entertaining project, a must listen for any Funk, Soul or R&B fan, not to mention any fan of good music in general!
Mac Daro aka Money Casserole exposes the fakes on his latest single ‘Lion King (Lying King)’. The accompanying music video shows Mac Daro solo in the city after removing the snakes from his team ‘momma told me ain’t no ‘I’ in team/ know what you selling but uhh I ain’t into buying dreams” removing the liars from his circle allowed him to focus because he “cant wait to be king i feel like Simba’. ‘Lion King (Lying King)’ plays as a double entendre as most bars play as metaphors for the street life but are coupled with references from the movie Lion King. Spit over a smooth beat with lush piano chords and melodic keys by producer Deemarc, Mac Daro manages to pack a lot of references and depth into the 2:24 and the instrumental allows for constant replay. Mr. Money Casserole not only holds down Memphis with this latest single but also gives Hip-Hop another anthem for the summer.
“Quit playing games you rocking with a trill one” Ace Rico’s lyric plays as a mission statement as well as a catchy bar from a chorus in his latest bubbling single “Playing Games”. Staying trill is truly a motto for Ace Rico, the artist originally from Memphis Tennessee who eventually relocated to GA in a city called Baxley,GA. One quick sweep through his Soundcloud details an artist on the rise, freestyles, singles and one off tracks fill his page “Playing Games” which takes the 90s sample “Shorty Swing My Way” by KP & Envi, which Bryson Tiller and J Cole also sampled for “Exchange” & “Deja Vu”, gets a 3rd reincarnation and another smooth flip with vocals and a chorus on the same level as Tiller & Cole’s takes on the instrumental. Sound quality slightly lacks but further instills the essence of the grind and independent hustle of an artist who said “Making Music Is What I Love to do I Hope to Have My Own Record Label And Many Platinum and Diamond plaques While Making a difference in the world” the only direction is up, and Ace Rico already shows Master P level focus and vision.
The single “Throwed” continues the run of catchy singles and also a return of studio quality, another great example of Rico’s radio ready sound and professionalism. His 2018 album I Gotta Go In is another dive into DIY culture and definitive hustle, with hard hitting tracks, flows, and lyrics he continues his grind on I Gotta Go In. “Throwed” appears on his second 2018 release the album Trill Vibes a 6 song EP that touches on a multitude of topics and subject matter. Rico continues the uphill struggle of independent artist on “Believe In Me”, he states he’s “got a love for this music I can’t explain” another blunt truth spit over a filtered soulful slowed down sample laced with heavy 808s and hard hitting trap drums, an honest vibe that matches the emotion of the lyrics. It is obvious that Ace Rico is dedicated to the craft and willing to jump into the deep end to reach his dreams, accepting all the ups and downs that come with the journey, Rico raps “reach for the sky lil homie reach for the sky and no matter what you do don’t let your dreams die” the mindset every true artist has, this bar is not only advice to the listener but also a mantra for Ace.
Rico’s ear for production is top notch as well, the soundscapes on Trill Vibes are lush, soulful, and intoxicating. He manages to combine grit and truth in lyrics with finesse and eloquence in instrumentals. “Yo Love” has jazzy guitar riffs weave in and out over top a deep low end baseline driven by a tamed drum pattern and smooth snaps in place of snares. All and all Ace Rico is an artist to look out for, any Hip Hop fan who streams his 2 projects on Spotify will quickly become a devoted fan, as grind and vision is infectious Rico’s fan base is likely to mirror his ambitions, any person reaching for a goal and focused on attaining it is bound to keep his music on repeat.
From their album Mind Caliber set to come out in June, alternative Pop Rock band Azwel releases a trippy music video to accompany their amazing single ‘Disaster Zone’ which combines numerous influences and sounds. Segmented into separations of 60s psychedelia and slight Surfer Rock ‘Disaster Zone’ sways from emotion and emphasis to ease and escapism as the verses drop into a mellow groove that sits in juxtaposition to the heaviness of the chorus. With insightful lyrics with lines that can be interpreted into many situations Azwel manages to mix a relaxing vibe into a song that still carries a serious weight. Eclectic catchy Pop Rock perfectly describes the mood, ending in an evolved state the track expands to a keyboard solo giving the listener one more element to digest. Azwel leaves an obvious indication that Mind Caliber is an album of great promise.
As a fan of Science Fiction indie music producer Soy Copernico from Chile displays his interests in his latest EP ‘Deep Space Love’. Combining elements from synth, dark wave, minimalism, ambient and more ‘Deep Space Love’ truly sounds out of this world, programmed drums mechanically pound in rhythm on the track ‘This Deep Space Love’. A pulsating baseline repeats while 80s era synths melodically weave in and out of this title track. The space themes continue with each title, the ambience and expansiveness of each track expounds as the EP evolves with each track. ‘D.X. 3906’ amps up the ambience and plays a truly transcendent meditative soundscape vast and subtle. The closing track ‘Fermi Paradox’ is distant yet dance-able, an odd but intoxicating drum pattern thumps in and out of spacious chords, keys and synths a brilliant end to an amazing EP. Listen Below: