Meco Velez’s latest release ‘DARK’ is an adventurous EP. The opener ‘LOOK’ acts as a mission statement and direct command. Over a raw guitar loop, booming 808’s, and crisp percussion Meco Velez flawlessly flows boasting braggadocios bars and immediately commanding attention. ‘Throw It Back’ continues the mood with a club anthem that is catchy, intoxicating and unique. Meco Velez’s ear for production is pristine, each track on ‘DARK’ crafts a particular mood and energy. ‘Love The Way’ is a street ballad detailing infatuation. ‘Ocean Drive’ slows down the tempo with ambient pads, half-time percussion, and distant subdued bass. Meco Velez adopts a falsetto delivery for this sensual offering that is direct, carnal, and climactic. The final leg of ‘DARK’ begins with ‘Karma’, a track that details a detached vengeful wish for a former lover. The pace picks up with an amazing guitar loop, uptempo Trap drums, and a rapid fire in-and-out flow. ‘Palm Tree’ concludes the EP, a final note that is as introspective as it is energetic. Meco Velez’s Pop sensibilities shine throughout each track but hit a highlight on the chorus, melody and delivery on ‘Palm Tree’. Driip adds additional vocals that perfectly compliment Meco Velez’s. ‘DARK’ all and all is an honest offering that covers much ground and cements Meco Velez as a talent that can do it all.
Anita Patricia White’s music draws on her deep faith and spiritual strength. ‘The Lord My Strength’ is a slow tempo religious ballad with live drums, glorious harmonies, angelic keys and triumphant lyrics. A testament to the resilience required in her faith Anita Patricia White crafts a song that is truly inspirational. ‘Before Your Throne’ is another example of Anita’s talent. An ode to the humility of a disciple, over lush instrumentation, an airy guitar introduction, and expounding keys and drums. ‘Before Your Throne’ is another powerful song of praise.
The tone for Out Of The Blue is immediately set with the EP opener ‘Give Me All The Feels (Intro)’. Soft distant echoed chords, double-time kick drum, and atmospheric keys all come together to create a sensual feeling of instrumental wonder and mystery. The lead single ‘The Start Of Love’ featuring Victor Daze follows, an ode to the joy of new romance. Alonzo Hall crafts an R&B anthem that is authentic, relatable, and real. The mid-tempo driving percussion juxtaposed against the lush ambient keys takes a back seat toward the final stretch of the track leaving Victor Daze’s rich vocals to reverberate in the background as the song climaxes. This contemporary R&B crescendo leads immediately into the powerfully jazzy title track ‘Out Of The Blue’. Elegant keys accompany Bambi Hade on this beautiful ballad. Graceful vocals join with a dazzling spoken word piece before the capstone ending of a nightclub-esque duet between piano and vocals. ‘Moments Like This (interlude)’ acts as another sensual segue, guiding the listener across the soundscape with altered background vocals chiming in and out in the distance, luscious keys, and sensuous synths oscillating at the climax. ‘Rather Be’ follows and plays as the blossoming of the love of ‘The Star Of Love’ a consummation of a romance matured. Alonzo Hall enlists Moja Star for the EP closer ‘Hypnotic Soul’ an ode to the infatuation of a person’s energy, when the feeling is so strong it can only be natural. ‘Out Of The Blue’ is an EP that captures in sound and lyric the emotion of love from every positive angle, it’s sudden nature, it’s strong hold, and it’s undeniable euphoria.
Talitha’s latest release ‘Mas Talitha Cold’ is an instant anthem. With a captivating instrumental that alternates between lush chords, distant echoed keys and deep distorted 808 drums with crisp Trap percussion Talitha flawlessly flows. An ode to a change of heart and character Talitha crafts a summertime anthem that is chalk full of heart, honesty and feeling. ‘Mas Talitha cold’ is memorable, catchy, direct and potent. The perfect single for the change of season in a time of overwhelming emotion.
Colorado’s own Rapper and Producer Authintic releases his latest album ‘Get Real Or Die Lying’. Right off the bat the opening track ‘All That I Got’ is a scathing critique on the current trends in Hip-Hop and overt attempts at fame despite integrity and originality. Over deep booming pitch-bent 808s, haunting keys, and crisp snares Authintic’s gritty flow details his grievances with the Rap game with venomous lines and sharp wit. A mission statement for the concept of the album and even a microcosm of his namesake. ‘Divide’ continues with Authintic’s authenticity, further cementing his stance as the antithesis to the fluff of mainstream Hip-Hop by speaking on the current state of affairs of a world divided in a fashion that seems purposefully for means potentially more sinister. The production on ‘Get Real Or Die Lying’ is raw, gritty, haunting, ominous and infectious. Each track has a specific mood that is set immediately, the soundscape is constructed and primed for Authintic’s raw realism. Lyrically Authintic is direct, incisive, and potent ‘Food For Thought’ displays his vivid story telling and keen ear for song structure, choruses, and plot. In a world filled with fakes being ignorant is a blessing, the beginning of knowledge comes from self reflection. Once acknowledged this insight acted out in life is the art of being authentic. While the world remains fake being authentic and aware is the opposite of the ignorant and the fake. With Authintic’s core foundation being built on authenticity his awareness of the world comes as an earth shattering dismantling of the world around him, a man too aware of the brutality of existence. This realization is transmuted into undeniable art. The honest introspection of ‘Knocking’ and ‘Places’ is the internal refocus of this gaze inward, ‘Ask Your Doctor’ and the title track ‘Get Real Or Die Lying’ is the result of this gaze turned outward. Throughout the entirety of the album we get to view the world as it is, harsh, final, disconcerting, and beautiful. Authintic acts as the camera man documenting this life for listeners, his wisdom, wit and perspective is much needed in Hip-Hop and music in general. With heartfelt production, honesty, integrity, additional vocals from the legendary Slaine out of Boston and Strange Music’s Wrekonize, grit, and pure talent Authintic’s ‘Get Real Or Die Lying’ is a truly flawless album, a dark glimpse of hope in a mire of mumbling peers, fake personas, and soul-less leeches. Breaking the monotony of a plastic world of cookie-cutter copies the only way possible, being Authintic.