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Keith Kugo Is In The Future ‘CURIOSITY 1’ Out Now

Keith Kugo is a multidisciplinary artist who specializes in music production, architecture, and painting. Keith has always wanted to push the envelope within the field of artistry by constantly progressing his sound and refusing to be bound to one box.

Keith has always embraced and deeply related to his cultural roots, being originally from Zimbabwe he continuously draws from and infuses the vivid experiences that were a part of his childhood as well as the transition to living in New Zealand and Australia into his creative process.

Keith is a well-versed keyboardist and producer with a discography of genre-bending music that compliments his approach to design and art. His current venture is to release a follow-up EP in 2022 and continue his artistic journey.

After releasing his debut EP Convergence in August 2022, Keith Kugo returns with his follow-up EP – titled ‘CURIOSITY 1’. It spans six tracks in length and blends Keith’s infectious vocal arrangements with futuristic production that easily transports the listener to dive into his sonic world. This EP is the first volume from the multi-installment series. The overall lyrical content of this EP is more introspective in tracks such as ‘Digital’ where he expresses the challenges of navigating relationships within the social media context. Keith’s attention to production hasn’t taken a backseat with eclectic, hard-hitting anthems like ‘Kawasaki’ that paint vivid scenes.

Keith continues to pave his lane with an incredibly unique approach and it looks like he has no plan of slowing down anytime soon.

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Baby Joe Goes Beyond The Realms of Time and Space in ‘Milky Way’

Baby Joe is an inspiring young Blak artist, performer and valued member of his community, committed to giving back and activating it for the better. With wit and insight unmatched, he is primed to take Song to a whole new place. 

 Inspired his mob and other young mob chopping up at life, Baby Joe is most driven by witnessing people who have less then himself who manage to find the value in things when others cannot. These individuals instil hope in others, allowing them to realise what great things can be achieved with so little, recognising the full power of passion.Passing it on, Baby Joe is partner for Proud Of It Prod, a mob of young gifted people who are together building space to give a platform to others growing up without a sense of direction. Proud Of It Prod is creating pathways where young mob can use their skills to profit from their passion to further help one another reach new heights. 

 Music is healing, whether its an emotionally aggressive or joyful sound, it can still achieve the same result bringing together people from all walks of life. Baby Joe impacts people in the way they listen and become uplifted, “this doesn’t just mean people are happy listening to my music, it means they can be upset, frustrated and unhappy and still resonate with the words in their own way to find closure or acceptance progressing onwards.” 

“Our time here is precious” states Baby Joe. “Imagine what we could do, if only we had the space. Not just space in the physical, but also time, in an emotional and spiritual sense as well”. Baby Joe’s debut track Milky Way emerged from a distinct need to create space from mob that were unintentionally blocking and holding him back. 

 An inspiring young Blak artist with wit and insight unmatched, Baby Joe collabs with Blkmpire and Blah on beats to bring forth a poppin’ new sound to express the request for space to connect-in deeply with the things that nourish and value life. Space that evokes a sense of belonging.“Blkmpire is a tree and I am a leaf. I love being part of a really solid family lifting each other’s spirits. The lyrics from the song came from the mad vibe I was in, the deep yarns I was having with the mob around me. The words were all just coming to my head, like they were coming from them”. 

 Blkmpire is the conception of Blak sovereign space, moving away from the western model exploiting Song and Song Peoples. Reimagining Blak contemporary music to elevate creators proper-Blak way. A kinship informed movement to decolonise the creation and sharing of Blak Song.The exquisitely shot Milky Way music video visually impacts and captures this intent through the connection of three visionaries; BABY JOE on the INSIGHT, KARRA NAM building for the MOVEMENT, and Blah on the BEAT//CINE.Proud Kaurna and Narungga woman Karra Nam is a lit dancer sharing her story and culture. Her work with Electric Fields, Tjarutja Dance Collective and appointment with Bangarra amplifies her precious contribution to Blak Song. Milky Way recently spotlighted on Apple Music’s FIRST with Baby Joe as the featured cover artist. 

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Call 911, Bri Carter Is A Forest Fire In New Single ‘too much to handle’

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New York based Artist, Bri Carter, delivers an upbeat and melodic mixture of pop, alt, hip-hop and hyperpop. Growing up, she never really felt like she fit in but found herself in music and used that as a creative outlet to express herself which allowed her to grow in ways she never could have imagined. In 2022, Bri has released 3 successful singles and her first seven song EP “Me vs. Me

Bri Carter’s debut EP is packed with raw emotion and punchy melodies. All seven of the songs are ones to scream out loud, giving the EP an all around feeling of catharsis from start to end. Bri has played live shows in New York and New Jersey, including a “Breaking Sound” performance in NYC, and an upcoming “hello soundroom” performance in Philadelphia at the end of this year.

Bri Carter has amassed an ever growing following and cult fanbase on Tik-Tok with over 20,000 followers and fans spanned across the world.

too much to handle is a melodic emotional embodiment of feeling like you’re too much-whether that be you’re too intense, or you’re too passionate about things you love. The lyrics “I’m a forest fire when they wanted a candle” expresses the notion that your symbolic fire is spreading too wide, when others want you to remain a single flame.

Bri’s inspiration for this song stems from facing backlash and criticism from her family and others for pursuing a music career, instead of settling for a steady 9-5 job and lifestyle.

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JaeWav Releases Emo Hyper-Hip Hop Banger ‘Heartbreak & Harmonies’

JaeWav, also known as Jae Markwick is a 19-year-old Singer/Songwriter from Adelaide, South Australia. Jae grew up listening to acts such as Guy Sebastion, Hilltop Hoods & Eminem. In 2020 after the debut of The Kid LAROI, Jae began writing and recording songs. His music inspirations are The Kid LAROI, Juice WRLD, and the Hilltop Hoods. Come 2022 Jae found his sound with a mix of Hyperpop and Melodic trap. Gearing up and getting ready to release his debut project ‘Heartbreak & Harmonies’

Heartbreak & Harmonies is a fast-paced, high-energy Hyperpop / Hip-Hop song by JaeWav. Heartbreak & Harmonies talks about a failed relationship Jae went through where his partner cheated on him with someone close – the worst type of betrayal. Jae talks about how this feeling and experience sent him off the rails temporarily causing him to indulge in substances and waste all his money partying.

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Stefan Rossi Goes Elvis Presley In ‘DON’T FIGURE IT OUT’

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From a young age, Adelaide based Hip-Hop Artist Stefan Rossi has always been a charismatic, loving and entertaining person. Growing up, Stefan captivated his family, friends and peers’ attention by singing, acting and impersonating characters at birthdays, school and even in his lounge room at home. However, from a very young age Stefan has suffered with Anxiety, especially when he was alone Stefan struggled to slow down his mind.

He found his love for music and his attention to lyricism grew and that’s when his obsession with Hip Hop began. He started writing his own songs, putting all his money from his casual job into his music Creating a local following in Adelaide he then performed support shows for acts Fat Joe, Tyga, Omarion and more. With music, Stefan had found a way to cope with his anxiety. By being vulnerable and speaking his truth with songwriting he realised he could connect with people who were just like him, facing internal and external challenges of self-doubt, negative narratives & pessimistic perspectives. Stefan was going to lead them into a ‘new beginning’.

In May 2022 Stefan Rossi released his debut EP ‘Faith Over Fear’ and played a show at UniBar to a crowd of 250 patrons to celebrate. ‘Going South’ from Faith Over Fear was featured on 2 Spotify Editorial playlists ‘Mellow Styles’ & ‘Fresh Finds’ multiple songs from ‘Faith Over Fear’ made their way to Triple J’s airwaves.

Stefan’s new single DON’T FIGURE IT OUT is about wanting to make people you care about proud of you but also finding a way to stay calm in the pursuit of your dreams. Enjoying the journey and not being blinded for the destination.

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Bri Carter Releases Debut Album ‘Me vs. Me’

Bri Carter is a 21 year old alternative hip-hop / hyper-pop artist from New York. Growing up listening to “emo” music, she finds herself inspired by those punk influences in her melodies, while also merging hip hop into her upbeat sound. Growing up she always had a passion for music, and taught herself how to play guitar and bass. She was the bassist for a rock band in high-school. When she was 18, she switched over to being a solo artist, in which her sound has evolved over the years into what it is now. Her music draws influences from blackbear, Iann Dior, Chase Atlantic, Juicewrld, Brakence, ericdoa and The Kid Laroi. 

Bri Carter’s debut album “Me vs. Me” is full of raw emotion, and punchy melodies. It opens with the intro track “Love Me Now” which Bri speaks about the struggles she’s faced growing up while trying to pursue a music career, and ends with the title track “Me vs. Me” where Bri opens up about her battles with herself – specifically while being in a relationship. Bridging these two songs together are five emotive songs to scream out loud, piecing this album to be an all around feeling of catharsis. 

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Bri Carter Releases Debut Album ‘Me vs. Me’

Bri Carter is a 21 year old alternative hip-hop / hyper-pop artist from New York. Growing up listening to “emo” music, she finds herself inspired by those punk influences in her melodies, while also merging hip hop into her upbeat sound. Growing up she always had a passion for music, and taught herself how to play guitar and bass. She was the bassist for a rock band in high-school. When she was 18, she switched over to being a solo artist, in which her sound has evolved over the years into what it is now. Her music draws influences from blackbear, Iann Dior, Chase Atlantic, Juicewrld, Brakence, ericdoa and The Kid Laroi. 

Bri Carter’s debut album “Me vs. Me” is full of raw emotion, and punchy melodies. It opens with the intro track “Love Me Now” which Bri speaks about the struggles she’s faced growing up while trying to pursue a music career, and ends with the title track “Me vs. Me” where Bri opens up about her battles with herself – specifically while being in a relationship. Bridging these two songs together are five emotive songs to scream out loud, piecing this album to be an all around feeling of catharsis. 

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B.Z.A & ALMIGHTYDUT Are On Some Savage $hit

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Based out of Adelaide, Australia, B.Z.A and ALMIGHTYDUT are artists who frequently experiment with different sounds and influences. They have the ability to deliver vocals in an aggressive and raw manner but can also switch it up and deliver with more melodic sounding auto-tuned vocals. 

I talked to B.Z.A and ALMIGHTYDUT, here’s what they had to say about their new track ‘Savage $hit

“The creative process behind the record ‘Savage Shit’ was us being able to express our emotions in more of an abrasive way over a trap style beat. The concept of writing the record was me (BZA) talking about life experience with people from my past, such as others hating the type of music I make and making me feel as if I need to quit, now I aint take s*** from nobody. I recorded my verse in just under an hour as I was free-styling punching in bar for bar. Savage Shit is the second single coming off our upcoming mixtape dropping in the next couple of months.”

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EMCEEBRODZ Releases ‘HELLRAISER’ For The Misfits

From Adelaide, Australia, EMCEEBRODZ, has never felt like he fit in. Finding solace in music, he became inspired to begin expressing himself through a new outlet, music. He hopes to provide a voice for the voiceless and be a support to his listeners just as his favorite artists were to him.

EMCEEBRODZ creates a sound that is unique to him through his forward thinking production style and vulnerability in exploration of relatable experiences such as struggles with mental health, love, fitting in, and the world around him.

During his music career, EMCEEBRODZ has established himself as an ‘artist to watch’, with consistent music drops, live shows, and opening for established acts such as JK-47 and Arno Faraji.

In the future, EMCEEBRODZ plans to continue to experiment with sounds, play as many live shows as possible, and tell his story the one way he knows how… through music.

Holding a metaphorical mirror up to the music scene, EMCEEBRODZ exposes the inner workings of the industry and the sacrifices necessary to succeed. The track explores ‘tall poppy syndrome’ and the competitive mentality of artists that EMCEEBRODZ believes is poisoning the industry and limiting the next generation of artists.

‘HELLRAISER’ is a unique rap-rock hybrid track combining elements of Drill music with heavy rock guitar riffs and a modern hyper pop style production resulting in a unique blend of genres.

So pick up your trident and grow in your horns as EMCEEBRODZ will take you on a journey that’s larger than life and not to be missed. 

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Trenta3 Completes Zen Dash’s Spacey Rap Trilogy (Album Review)

Zen Dash - Trenta3

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York emcee Zen Dash puts together an impressive album filled with experimental sounds, video game sound FX, and high-level raps. TRENTA3 is Zen’s latest offering in his series of cutting edge projects. The tracklist includes twelve eye-opening track names – a few of my favorite titles are: ‘I’m Broke, Buy This Album”, “Dali Llama”, “King of Lazer Ball”. This album is the product of (as Zen puts it) “3 years of hard work; the 3rd of 3 fantasies”. While you embark on this musical journey, you tend to understand the deliberate effort and courageous leap-of-faith that Zen guides you on.

Using this album as my introduction to Zen, I have to say the amount of creativity is top-notch. The use of psychedelic samples and unique sound choices create a vibe that make the project stand out. Don’t expect to hear any typical references, trendy cadences, or formulaic songs. Zen separates himself from the sea of gun-totting, drug dealing rappers who are in the spotlight. The lyrical content inspires the listener to think critically while also revealing the sense of humor that Zen oozes. For example, “Tater Thot Freestyle” (produced by Mical Bae), Zen spits misogynistic bars (in a sarcastic tone), but is so self-aware that he alludes this to be ‘the stupidest thing I ever wrote’. 

Production from Black Water, allthesmokey, Camoflauge Don, and others toss the alley-oop and allow Zen to slam dunk over multiple songs. The tail end of the project showcases Zen’s introspective thought process which bleeds into his writing. I felt myself being transported to another universe as the project came to a close. This cohesive overarching soundscape creates a new and fresh take on the typical East coast boom-bap that NYC is known for.

Trenta3 is a well-seasoned and properly cured piece of audible prime rib. You can hear the hunger in Zen’s delivery through-out the 40+ minute musical odyssey. I felt as if I was looking at the earth from space while listening to this project (and that’s before I even sparked my joint). My best advice is to head to your nearest beach, mountain peak, rooftop, or patio and enjoy this revelatory piece of Zen’s mind, heart, and soul.

Stand out tracks: “Wait” | “I’m Broke, Buy This Album” | “JetWings

Score: 8/10

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