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Hourglass – Irresitible Reggae Vibes by Ben Barbic

Meet Ben Barbic:

California bay born and raised Ben Barbic is a multi-talented, genre-blending singer, songwriter, musician, and producer.

Ben has been an avid music lover since he got his first programmable keyboard at the age of 5 yrs old. By 7 he was already a budding songwriter and wrote his first song. He told us: “It was an ode to Martinelli Apple Juice in those little bottles, which I happen to be drinking at the time. It started with; I found a can of apple juice, all covered with leaves,” (Ben laughs).

That was the beginning of a lifelong passion for music, which he has continually developed, drawing his influences from his emotions, feelings, and life experiences.

His first introduction in the music industry was with hip-hop, but it was reggae that stole his heart. He told us: ” If you had to put me in a scene, it would definitely be reggae. I love the music, culture, and vibe of the thing.”

Although Ben’s core genre is reggae, he skillfully infuses his style with dashes of hip-hop, dancehall, and pop, to create a unique and appealing sound. His versatility and originality have been gaining much attention in the music industry and he just had a guest appearance on the well-known podcast “Moment 2 Moment”. Check it out here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7cScPnD2OCQ31J8g0IWBBp?si=CY1jk12bQ3eEx0UjFaX6FA&dl_branch=1

Hourglass:

“Hourglass” is an addictive reggae vibe track where Ben dazzles us with impressively constructed rhythmic verses, which showcase sporadic super speedy lyrical delivery.

With a carefree energy and an incredibly catchy tune that keeps your body moving and grooving, this song stays with you, enticing you to return for more.

Ben has a beautifully smooth and charismatic voice that is a delight to listen to. His emotive expression in the delivery of the lyrics “and the time like sand in the hourglass”, connects strongly with the listener.

This gentle reminder alerts us to the realisation that time does slip through our fingers, just like sand. When we asked Ben about the inspiration for this song he told us: “we only have so much time to live life. So, live with no regrets and do the things you love. Live Free.”

“Hourglass” with its chilled reggae vibes and pleasing delivery will charm any listener and if you enjoy music from artists such as Collie Buddz and Fat Freddy’s Drop, then Ben Barbic will fit perfectly on your reggae playlist.

Listen to “Hourglass” on Spotify:

What’s next for Ben Barbic:

Ben is constantly striving to better his music and keep things fresh and exciting. He has several new projects gearing up for release this year, remember to keep an eye out for them.

In the meantime, he has a message for all his listeners: “Search endlessly for your personal passions. Once you find them don’t let anything take you off your path. I approach life with the motto that I’m only stopping when I’m dead. Until that day, I will only walk forward on my path. I try and give a message to everyone to enjoy life and try to find the best version of themselves. If you wake up every day and say, “This could be the best day of my life”, it sets a certain tone. With music and life, I’m searching for the best it can be. This is the only way I know how to live it. I hope you ride with me on this journey.”

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https://www.benbarbicmusic.com/

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Take Me Back – Random Parts / Addictively Nostalgic

Meet Random Parts:

LA-based Jonathon Brannon is the founder and songwriter for Random Parts. A pop-rock band that showcases Brannon’s exceptional songwriting abilities and talented guest vocalists.

Brannon has been releasing music since 2007 under the artist name, Brannon, with his longtime collaborator, David Cagle on vocals.

Random Parts is Brannon’s new project that is focusing on developing further into the pop-rock genre.

Brannon first discovered his talent for songwriting in his 20’s, when he needed an expressive outlet to help him deal with some difficult times. Unable to sleep, he began to write lyrics and wrote his first three songs in one night.

Brannon draws his inspiration from everyday life all around us. He told us: “I believe we all go through similar struggles, joys, heartbreaks, pitfalls and triumphs. I believe music has a great way of connecting with us and letting us know we’re not alone.”

His newest release “Take Me Back” sprung to fruition from a 9th-grade class picture that appeared on his Facebook memories. The inspiration came to him immediately and he wrote the lyrics in an hour and a half.

Take Me Back:

“Take Me Back” is the second single released by Random Parts featuring vocalist Bobby John. This is an emotive, upbeat, rock-pop song with dashes of country-rock, epic guitar riffs, inspiring drumming and an anthemic chorus.

John’s raspy, rock star vocals are enough to make any woman swoon and we just can’t resist joining in when he sings: “take me back, when life was more simple, with a couple of pimples, and dreams didn’t get off track. Oh take me back”.

This is a nostalgic song, reminiscing on our youth, friends, first loves, freedom and the excitement of having the whole world in front of you.

What great memories to return to! The song fills us with joyful and hopeful energy, returning to the days when we felt anything was possible. If you enjoy music from artists such as Nickleback and Daughtry then Random Parts will fit perfectly on your pop-rock playlist.

Watch the music video right here…

What’s Next:

Brannon has several exciting new songs gearing up for release, from both his projects as Brannon and Random Parts. We are excited to hear what this talented songwriter will treat us with next.

In the meantime, Brannon has a message for all his listeners and budding songwriters: “Thank you for listening and supporting the music. It truly means a lot and I don’t take it for granted. Also, if you’re just starting writing songs, keep writing. Even if you think those songs are bad, keep writing. Keep getting better and don’t be afraid to share your gift of connection.”

Support and follow Random Parts here…

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https://tiktok.com/@therandomparts

“Cute” by Alex Sloane / Underneath the Beauty Queen

Meet Alex Sloane:

Los Angeles based singer, songwriter and music producer Alex Sloane, has just released her brand new single “Cute”.

Alex has been a music enthusiast since she first picked up a guitar at 7 years old and began learning from her Father.

Because Alex is left-handed, her Father restrung the guitar for her and taught her how to play by mirroring him. Together, they recorded her first song in his homemade studio garage.

Alex is influenced by several different sources such as; drag shows, classic literature, math rock and video games. All contributing to her unique style and irresistible vivaciousness.

“Cute”:

Her newest single, out today, “Cute”, is about always trying to be that perfect representation of “cute” for somebody, but exhausting yourself with the effort.

This mid-tempo, funky, indie-electronica track incorporates a multiple layered dreamy, synth soundscape with echoed vocals and video game sounding background.

Alex’s vocal performance is completely captivating. Her seductive, breathy style entices listeners and creates an engaging atmosphere.

The lyrics display a vulnerability and sensitivity which many listeners will connect with. That exhausting feeling that your love is not enough for someone, and you have to keep up a certain image to maintain your lover’s affection.

Revealing lyrics such as: “tell me how you want me to be. I try to keep it cute. On tight, on top, on lock for you”, reveal the underlying message of this song.

This is the perfect song to add to your chilled-indie-electronica playlist. The song is, as the title states, cute! If you enjoy music from artists such as Melanie Martinez and Charli XCX, then you will love Alex Sloane.

Listen to her single “Cute” right here…

What’s Next:

Alex is now working on a music video for this release and we may see a mixtape from her in the not too distant future. In the meantime, she has a message for all her fans: “Keep it cute!”.

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https://www.instagram.com/alexandriasloane/

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Kess Kiss Pass? – Marie Möör & THE OTHER COLORS / Acceptance & Equality

Meet Marie Möör & The Other Colors:

Marie Möör & The Other Colors are a French electronic band, based in Paris, France, The two band members are vocalist and songwriter Marie Möör and music composer Laurent Chambert.

Marie Möör first got involved in music after she met saxaphonist and jazzman, Barney Wilen, who inspired her greatly. Laurent Chambert trained in classical piano as well as fine arts. The two make a unique and intriguing band who are cultivating raw, sensual and captivating music.

Kess Kiss Pass?

“Kess Kiss Pass?” is an electro-pop, synth driven slow tempo sultry song, with the lyrics repeated “Kess Kiss Pass?” in differing inflexions. This creates subtle variations in the intention behind the question, what’s going on?

The unique character of this song is it’s willingness to listen and accept. It opens a portal for the acceptance of differences, eventually leading us to equality.

Möör delivers a unique and hypnotic performance which you will want to return to, again and again. If you enjoy music from artists such as Fever Ray and Suicide, then Marie Möör & The Other Colors will fit perfectly on your playlist.

Listen to “Kess Kiss Pass?” right here…

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“Believe It’s Your Time” – Nick Brodeur / Igniting Hope And Belief

Meet Nick Brodeur:

With an impressive look that and unique sound, that carries hints of Maroon 5 blended with Lenny Kravitz, this budding singer-songwriter is making some serious waves.

Nick Brodeur has been a music enthusiast since he first picked up a guitar at 6 years old. His Dad would play Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Guns N’ Roses, and little Brodeur loved the way the guitar sounded.

Brodeur has just released his newest single “Believe It’s Your Time”, in collaboration with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the charity to support their efforts.

The organization aims to help people with addiction. As well as people who have lost their loved ones to the disease. Their goal is to provide support to inner city youths. So each child has the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Brodeur told us: “This song was really important for me to write, the track is just meant as a reminder, to whoever may need it, that if you believe in yourself and you work hard, you can overcome your depression, or addiction, or get through any hard time.”

“Believe It’s Your Time”:

As the song opens an emotive tune plays on an electric guitar creating an engaging and intriguing atmosphere.

As Brodeur begins to sing, with his irresistible raspy, rock-style voice, we are completely captivated. He expresses deep emotion through his charismatic vocals and emotive lyrics, such as: “My home opens up my mind, I’m no longer deaf or blind, I see every glimpse of shame, that my heart never seems to take”.

A jaw-dropping guitar riff is delivered by Brodeur, which would inspire any wannabe guitarist. In the music video, this instrumental solo is performed in the pouring rain. It’s a fantastically powerful image, complementing his powerful performance.

“Believe It’s Your Time” imparts a serious impression on the listener. When Brodeur whispers into the mic, “believe that it’s your time”, it invokes immense emotion within the listener. Along with the belief that there is sunshine after the storm. That things do get better, especially if you believe.

Brodeur’s performance in this song will charm any listener and if you enjoy music from artists such as Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran, then Nick Brodeur will fit perfectly on your pop-rock playlist.

Watch the music video right here…

What’s Next:

Keep your eyes open for Brodeur’s next project, which is a new track and music video with Ky-Mani Marley. Brodeur revealed to us that we may be seeing him appearing in reggae festivals this summer.

In the meantime, he has a message for all his listeners: “Believe in yourself. Be good to people, you never what they are going through.”

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Britney Spears speaks directly to LA court on her conservatorship

Britney Spears speaks directly to LA court on her conservatorship

Britney Spears, whose mental health has been publicly discussed for years, will address a Los Angeles court in June regarding her conservatorship.

Spears, 39, has been under conservatorship since 2008, but rarely takes part in court hearings and has not publicly commented on the legal arrangement where a court-appointed adviser controls her personal and financial affairs, including her medical treatment, security and career.

“My client (Britney Spears) has requested a hearing at which she can address the court directly,” the singer’s lawyer Samuel Ingham told the court on Tuesday. “My client has asked that it be done on an expedited basis.”

The singer’s father, Jamie Spears, was appointed his daughter’s conservator in 2008 after the pop star was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment following a widely publicized breakdown.

The singer’s father, Jamie Spears, was appointed his daughter’s conservator in 2008 after the pop star was hospitalized for psychiatric treatment following a widely publicized breakdown.

Britney Spears, who became a teen phenomenon 20 years ago with hits like “…Baby One More Time” and “Toxic,” made clear last year through her lawyer that she no longer wants her father involved in her affairs.

REZZ recently released a new song titled ‘Taste of You’, featuring Dove Cameron.

REZZ recently released a new song titled ‘Taste of You’, featuring Dove Cameron.

After her successful collaboration with deadmau5, REZZ has returned with the new song “Taste of You”.

The interplay between the vocals and REZZ’s production hallmarks highlights how easy it is for REZZ to work with genres.

She’s going to be performing at several music festivals this year. She is going to perform at the Chicago North Coast Music Festival.

BTS’s new song ‘Butter’ has already made a strong case for the title of Song of the Summer

BTS’s new song ‘Butter’ has already made a strong case for the title of Song of the Summer

On Friday, BTS released a new single officially entering the race to see which song will become the song of the summer.

Like their previous single “Dynamite,” this anthem is full of infectious beats, perfect harmonies and positive energy.

The song calls on people to dance as a way to connect with one another and share a moment.

Aquarius Purple by Marcus Machado / A True Expression of Instrumental Mastery.

Marcus Machado:

Marcus Machado is an extraordinary instrumentalist who has been playing the guitar since he picked it up at 2 years old and is completely self-taught.

To say this guy is talented is an understatement. His musical intricacies are delivered with such finesse that we are left mesmerised and delighted at his genius.

He tantalises our sensations by continuously expanding and developing his compositions. Musically he is not constrained within one genre but offers his listeners expressions in blues, funk, soul, hip-hop, rap and rock.

Aquarius Purple

His debut album Aquarius Purple clearly marks his place within the hierarchy of musicians.

As the album opens Machado plays a seductive blues-infused rhythm on his electric guitar and we are instantly mesmerised and fascinated.

Aquarius Purple is a unique expression of a truly exceptional artist. His compositions are raw and it feels as though he is expressing the deepest depths of his soul.

The album takes us through a captivating journey of varying styles. From epic instrumental solo’s in his song “Tomorrow Never Knows” to sultry and soulful vocals in “Black Psychedelic Funk”. This album will inspire and delight any listener.

Listen to Aquarius Purple right here…

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Big change for Bebe Rexha’s new album

Big change for Bebe Rexha’s new album

Bebe Rexha changed her album after her parents caught COVID-19.

The 31-year-old singer thought her album ‘Better Mistakes’ was completed in 2019 but after her parents got sick during the global pandemic, she decided the record needed some upbeat songs.

She told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre column: “Sitting on it for a year and a half, it was very painful and very frustrating.

“It all had a similar sound and then while I was holding on to it during coronavirus, it was like, ‘This needs a dance song, I’m going to lose my mind. I can’t listen to these sad songs anymore, because the world is in such a different place.’

“Then I was like, ‘I have to stop or the album is going to be completely different to the original’.”

Bebe’s parents, Bukurije and Flamur, have now recovered but the experience has made the star more “grateful and compassionate”.

She said: “In the very beginning of lockdown my parents got very sick and that was very scary to me.

“My mum, even still, has heart issues and lung issues from COVID, because she was really sick.

“But I learned to be more grateful and compassionate with the people around me and really not take life for granted.”