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Wunder Gets Funky in Stockholm Versatile Swedish artist Sven Wunder recently laid down tracks with a lute at his personal studio in Stockholm, Sweden. Wunder typically flies under the radar, but is gaining recognition for his blending of different ethnic styles and use of unique instruments over mysterious, but groovy, funk beats. This photo was taken from a session during the recording of his yet-to-be-titled 3rd EP. His second EP, Wabi Sabi, was released on June 12, and his first EP, Eastern Flowers, has gained high praise from publications like Passion Weiss and Pitchfork.   Archuleta Holds Therapy Sessions in […]

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With this album, Bad Bunny has stepped in as an unlikely feminist hero. Whereas his acclaimed debut spoke about women, his more recent projects speak directly to them, providing them upbeat, trappy anthems to sing along to. In tune with “Yo Perreo Sola” from his previous record, YHLQMDLG, this release contains female empowering gems such as “Si Ella Sale” and “Pa’ Romperla.” Born as a quarantine record, this album shows a different side of the Puerto Rican artist, who is known to sing about heartbreak, and now celebrates love with his partner and collaborator Gabriela Berlingeri, who is featured on […]

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Fancifully titled, instrumental excursions by artist Vivid Substanz are, by turns, moody, meditative and cinematic. “423 Days at Circe Dome” conjures an air of mystery and intrigue, deploying what sounds like guitar, harp and a bed of synth sounds to achieve a dramatic pull on the listener’s ear. The sound of a running brook, cool clear water, combines with gentle synth surges for a soothing and relaxing effect on “Kerepakupai…” While those two themes are mildy pleasing, we find that Vivid Substanz is really onto something with “Concentration of Toruks,” easily the composer’s best outing, thanks to its giant shimmer […]

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Grand Rapids-based rapper Jayy Perk has set up a solid framework for himself. At just 18, he clearly has a sense for what’s appealing right now: catchy melodies and hard-thumping trap beats. “Background” is the perfect example of a track that could pop due to the playback value of the hook. We found ourselves humming the melody after listening for just the first time. Jayy has also done himself the favor of teaming up with YouTube-famous producers like CorMill and Manny Manhattan, who have provided him with excellent beats. But we recommend perhaps putting a little more “umph” behind the […]

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Chicago-based High Street, though a bit rough around the edges, have a distinctly commercial mainstream rock sound with some garage-band accents here and there that give everything some bite. Example: “Shut Me Out” rides a persistent riff, showcases some scorching guitar licks and allows singer Phoebe Collins to take center stage with her rich, resonant voice right down to the “nah, nah nah…” singalong chorus. “Disrepair” is kinda catchy, and the guitar solo is pretty great. (Wish there were more bass in the mix, though!) The moody, cool “Friend in the Devil” is a nice change-up where Collins and her […]

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All Systems Know is a five-man, punk/alternative outfit that puts its musical aptitude on display with difficult rhythms, beautiful combinations of unusual rock sounds and an ability to blend together perfectly. Not a single member holds this rock band back, and a few members massively propel them forward. The inclusion of Glen Gregory Turner II on sax is a marvelous choice and adds to the band’s gritty style in a way that’s seldom heard. Further cementing the band in their punk-like genre are the impressive and versatile vocals of Marcelo Correa da Silva. He reminds us of a male Hayley […]

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The road to Medley’s success has been driven by chutzpah and an innate drive to perform for people as much as possible. She had no friends or family with any musical inclinations, yet held a penchant for writing from the age of seven and started playing in and around Nashville after high school. She met many performers her age who encouraged her to keep going, which helped to build her confidence. Playing out and watching other artists perform became pivotal to her inspiration. Medley’s big break came while playing a show at the infamous Nashville bar The End. An audience […]

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iZotope’s Tonal Balance Control 2 is an analysis tool that provides a real-time evaluation of your stereo mix as compared to other songs in thirteen carefully designed factory reference “target” genres. There is a drop down menu of these and you have the option of using any stereo audio track or even a whole folder of tracks as references. Tonal Balance Control 2 comes with iZotope’s Neutron 3.1 Advanced ($399), Ozone 9.0 Advanced ($499) or it can be purchased separately as a standalone version ($199). TBC 2 is also part of Music Production Suite 3, and there is also a […]

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Rapper, singer and songwriter MASN has achieved so much already in his 19 years on the planet. The musician from Eagle Mountain, UT, has seen his single “Psycho” (featuring Trippie Redd) pick up 38 million Spotify streams, 5.4 million Youtube views and over 1.5 million TikTok videos. And now, he’s signed to RCA. It’s crazy to think that just a year and a half ago, he was rapping for fun in his bedroom. “It kinda started out of boredom,” MASN told us by phone. “Next thing I knew, I was in a recording studio and found myself recording my first […]

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Author James Kahn has a new novel, Matamoros, and he has created a well-produced companion album, full of vintage sounding fiddle and mandolin, that add color and flavor to his historical saga. On the numerous verses of “Skully’s Redemption” Kahn’s voice invests the song with an Irish lilt as he relates a protagonist’s trek to the Mexican-American War. These wartime exploits continue on “Matamoros,” highlighted by martial snare, excellent accordian, a banjo solo and the French Foreign Legion. Our favorite is “So Long The River,” the most contemporary-sounding of the three, whose soothing, atmospheric vibe is a pleasure. Kahn’s suite […]

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