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Undiscovered or under appreciated, either way these are vocalists, artists, & musicians
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[MUSIC] The Cornel West Theory - "T.A.B.L.E."

Here’s a new project from a group on the rise
from the D.C. area…one track, and the album
cover features Celia Faussart, one half of Les
Nubians…check it out along with the liner notes


[MUSIC] Majid Jordan - "Something About You"

The duo, made famous thanks to their OVO Sound
chief Drake, give the public a new track to savor as
their album gets ready for pre-order on Friday. Shout
out to the L.A. Leakers.. 


[MUSIC] We R The Lost - "Still Lost"

“Lose yourself to find yourself.” That philosophy has rung
true for many people for many years. And it is what lies at
the core of Still Lost, the latest release from We R The Lost.
The group of MC’s, musicians and dancers hail from the
Midwestern bastion of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Led by MC Jon
Briggz, the group has honed their voice through a journey
that has seen them come apart due to life and different
circumstances. Being lost in that way helped them to better
display through music what it meant to find their center
again and to connect with others on the same path. With
Still Lost, that journey gets detailed in an engaging collage.

The album starts with Briggz laying down some snappy bars
on “I’m Spotted.” The soulful production by DerelleRideOut
makes the listener understand that this is an album to gain
reflection from. There’s no subject that We R The Lost shies
away from - “The Times” hits a strident tone, opening with
an excerpt from a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. Jon 
Briggz as an MC displays a flow that to a casual ear might 
sound cavalier, but it is measured and firmly clever to deliver
points with no delay. “Say The Word” finds Briggz trying to 
navigate the waters of love and passion in the digital age, 
again on production with a seductive and jazzy feel by Nova.
“Gold” is a spoken word interlude, delivered simply, that 
sticks to the bone. For those on a journey to cut through
the clutter of daily life, Still Lost is a compass that can help
lead the way. The album is available now via iTunes.,, 



[MUSIC] John Keek w/Jacob Mann - "Come Give It Up" 

Spotted over at Pigeons and Planes…a jazzy little
track that has tinges of trap music to it… 


[MUSIC] Mleo - "Ridiculous/Sunken City"

It’s not often that you find a band that has come together
from a young age and has grown to provide a mature sound
that connects everyone who hears them instantaneously.
Mleo looks to be a band that will add their name to that list
of the few who’ve done so. The band(Audrey Reed, Victor San
Pedro, Nick De La O, Elias Vasquez) hails from Sacramento,
California but now call Los Angeles home. Originally a trio in
high school, Mleo as they are composed now have cultivated
their talents into a sound that is unique and as charismatic
with a flair for some nuanced innovation.

Mleo - “Sunken City”

The band is back on the scene with a new single, “Ridiculous”
that exemplifies the broad steps that they’ve taken since the
release of their debut EP, Sunken City, last year. In the single, 
Reed shows off a voice that delivers lyrics in a light but earthy
tone that really sticks to a listener’s ears. The bass of De La O
has a rumbling appeal that makes you think of those from classic
alt-rockers like Stone Temple Pilots. It’s a good progression from
the music to be found on their album from last year - but that’s
not to say that Sunken City was not a standout release. Mleo’s
first effort is a definitive success in how they established a sound
that juggles alternative rock tones with shimmering pop culture
sensibilities. Reed’s vocal dexterity steps forth, at times sounding
like a jazz chanteuse on the zesty “Paralyzed” and stepping into
a zone like Tori Amos on “Hype Song”. And you can’t go any further
in describing how rich Mleo’s sound is without mentioning the 
fluid and energetic guitar work of Victor San Pedro. He displays a 
knack for effectively setting the pace on the song with his chord
work, most notably on the ska-tinged “Normal Guy”. Mleo is a group
that will compel you to fall head over heels for their music and 
enjoy them for the burgeoning musical treasure they are. Their
single, “Ridiculous” will be available for purchase on October 7th. 



[MUSIC] Lozk - "Meaningless Words"

We speak often about the importance of creating art
from what revolves around us, and how potent it can
be depending on the artist. In the case of Lozk, this is 
not a simple aspiration but rather a dedicated mission of
importance. Lozk itself is the brainchild of multimedia 
artist, musician and producer Leonardo Suarez Jimenez.
The Bogota, Colombia-based artist creates electronica 
that evokes a deep connection and reverence for the 
art of communication utilizing those senses we were
born with but sometimes don’t trust fully. Having won
the prestigious John Leckie award for Innovation in Music
Production back in 2012, Lozk looks to edge listeners 
more towards deeper waters of understanding with the
latest album, Meaningless Words.


The album starts out with a fairly silent intro track that
can be seen as an aural palate cleanser to help bring the
listener in line with what will come next. And what comes
next is a mystical trip of ten songs that pull you further
into what Lozk envisions: a soundscape that doesn’t need
words to express a communal vibe. Yes, there are no lyrics
throughout the album, giving heft to its title. But that gets
lost as the songs play out, built with samples of everyday
life that Jimenez has collected to construct the core of each
one. As a result, the songs give off a post-industrial appeal
that carries the hint of a primeval touch. “Han Sow” makes
the spirit tingle, with key tempo changes that are akin to the
crackling of a bonfire. “Warimomba” is delicate but churning
with the energy, led by guitar strumming that seems to stir
rather than just provide a choral guideline. “An Hawfin” has
an almost Middle Eastern zest to it, a tone poem that would
suit a dervish’s mood. The entirety of Meaningless Words proves
that Lozk’s mission is a very worthy one to partake in. The album
will be available on October 10th.


[MUSIC] Eric Dingus - "Is There In Truth No Beauty"

A new producer, who’s affiliated with Drake’s
OVO team, has a new instrumental mixtape out.
The Austin, Texas native has put in work for
The Weeknd and others, take a listen and check
his site for the download.  


[MUSIC] Space Apaches - "Smokin' Voyages"

Need a little bit of trippy irreverance with your dosage
of stone cold rock and roll? Well the Space Apaches look
to keep you satisfied in that regard with their newest
album release, Smokin’ Voyages. The group is composed
of veteran studio musicians that call Asheville, North 
Carolina home. (Guitarist Andrew Reed was behind the
production of one album that charted in the top 5 nationwide
as an example.) And it’s their experience plus an inner 
need to make every song they record a mission to make
the listener feel real good that sets the tone of this album,
a tone that oozes psychedelic country and rock.

Smokin’ Voyages begins with a slight bit of interstellar 
transmission before diving right into the meat of the album,
a mixture of originals and covers. “Desert Life” feels as if
it was crafted decades ago, and the harmony found on the
song is powerful. The lead single, “Smile”, has a snarling
layer of guitar work that mingles well with the copious 
drumming that adds some heft to the introspective vocals.
“Empty”, even with a message that can lead to some down
feelings, still has an undeniable rapture laden within it. With
this release, the Space Apaches are more than willing to 
make sure that the rockin’ voyage they take you on will
open you to many of the wonders we sometimes seem to
miss. The album will be available through their website next


[MUSIC] Connie Constance - "Euphoric"

Here’s a soft and illuminating track from a singer
who’s been busy on her rise to prominence. At 20
years old, Constance’s vocal presence is startling
for someone who’s been singing for a short while.
In advance of her EP, In The Grass, due out next
month, here’s the hazy “Euphoric”.



[MUSIC] Elessar Thiessen - "A Rainy Week In Paradise"

When you think of raindrops, there is an unshakable notion
that accompanies them. That notion? That they create their
own musical expression, if you take the time to listen. And it
is that same notion and feeling that lies within the latest release
by singer/songwriter Elessar Thiessen, entitled A Rainy Week
In Paradise
. Thiessen, who hails from Winnipeg, Canada, has
become highly adept at being a rhythmic translator of the 
human spirit through song. His early interest in music was 
spurred by the Canadian frontier’s demanding wintry weather,
prompting him to pick up the guitar at the age of 8. From that
point, Elessar’s journey as a compelling musician began. After
releasing a previous EP, Head, Heart, Hands to critical acclaim
and even releasing a live version, Thiessen looks to build on that
appeal with this full-fledged album.

From the opening chords, Thiessen lets you know that this 
album is meant to be a lilting but powerful aural journey. His
sound is a rich blend of rock and ambient music that switches
between a drifting moodiness and boisterous bursts of sunshine.
The overall production of A Rainy Week In Paradise smartly 
frames Thiessen’s tranquil and firm vocals with lush tones. 
“You Girl” is a bluesy, downtempo ballad about longing for the
love of a woman that feels like a wispy trail of cigarette smoke
intertwined with perfume, especially when guest singer Alexa
Dirks joins in. “I Need A Woman” is tender, and with its gentle
guitar work is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. The 
album’s title track? It’s like being caught in the tail end of a
summer shower and running for cover, laughing in the midst
of it. What Thiessen has here is a splendid collection of songs
that are just like the aforementioned raindrops, in that they
add complexity and added spirit where there may not have been
much before. A Rainy Week In Paradise is available now 
through the artist’s website.

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