For as long as he can remember, music has always been part of him, which is why, after being behind the scenes for close to a decade, record producer PlayNo decided it was about damn time that the world got to experience what he is made of, which I can tell you for free is something close to steel! In his production catalog, absolutely anything and everything goes, and that is what makes his music diverse and particularly hard to place. In addition to his versatility, he has always maintained that hip-hop brand to echo his lifetime musical influences!
You’ve got yourself a new sonic phenomenon; “Wanted” is the name of the game, and this is a 20-piece instrumental project that features some of the hardest going stuff I have treated my ears to in a long time!
What you get is an over-an-hour listening experience that is brimming with timeless standards—a huge testament to the exceptional artisanship that PlayNo possesses in his arsenal. The main characteristics of the various bangers here lie in their rhythms, the bass, and sometimes heavy and dark sounds.
PlayNo undeniably makes use of the synth atmospherics, low-end frequencies, and percussion, with most of the tracks based around hip-hop-influenced, 808-flavored, and signature hi-hats with his own indelible stamps all over that distinguish his tracks from any other beats you might have interacted with.
“Vent2late” for example, is a hip-hop staple that underscores PlayNo’s pristine production virtuosity. The melodies are consistently rhythmic and have a lingo, and I love how he integrates those vocal samples to add that sonic variety and mastery.
“Red Roses” features some hypnotic synths, low-end 808s, punchy drum work, and heavily booming bass lines to get your feet shuffling and head bopping all night long!
I love how diversely different the track “Chill tf Out” feels with the pop sensibilities adding to its crystal clear polish and warmth. With some original headphones on and with the stunning beats from “SLAB” coming off of them, there is no keeping calm—this is what heaven on earth might feel like!
There is a lot to digest from this entire collection, which deserves many ears due to its sublime nature and the professionalism involved in fashioning such an authentic body of work as this.
To stream “Wanted” in its entirety; follow the attached link and find out your favorite bangers to boost your playlist!
If you are a gifted artist, believe in yourself, and would like to take the next step in your career, PlayNo is looking for someone like you. You can shoot him a DM or email him at [email protected]
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American Rapper Chino XL Teams Up with Australian Talent Switch1eighty To Release Single “Lyrical Assassins”
Switch1eighty has stood tall as one of Australia’s leading rap voices, outspokenly expressing a righteous, self-empowered swagger that has endeared him to critics and hip-hop purists alike. The owner of the Oort Cloud Production record label, through which he is living his own dreams while making those of others like him come true, Switch1eighty couldn’t help but be proud of everything he has achieved so far!
Switch1eighty credits his successes to his mother, whose hard work and relentless pursuit of excellence made an indelible impression on him. Growing up was not easy, and Switch1eighty battled numerous adversities that threatened to spill into his life and future, but due to the intervention of his mother, a new version of him was reborn.
Switch1eighty has now continued to evolve and mature as an artist, going from just a young street disciple to a revered first-rate lyricist who has continued to build his deep discography with releases such as “Iconoclast.” I feel like dropping out of school, delving into street culture, and flirting with danger somehow helped characterize his rhymes and helped him develop that high degree of literacy, which has informed his provocative rhymes that are delivered with masterful flows and wise perspectives over any type of hip-hop beat.
His synthesis of well-crafted rhetoric and street-glamorous imagery blossomed when he laid down fiery verses on “No Comply” and “3 Shot Dottie,” which earned him up-and-coming notice among the European rap scene!
The bar is about to be set higher following his upcoming collaboration with American iconic rapper Chino XL in the single, “Lyrical Assassins”. This is such a special moment for him because Chino XL is an artist he looks up to and who deeply inspires him to do the kind of craft he does.
This is such a feat to Switch1eighty’s artistry and one he can’t wait to share with the world;
“Lyrical Assassins” will be officially released on all digital platforms on February 11, 2023; this is one of those collaborations you just don’t want to miss out on!
For more real-time updates, follow Switch1eighty on his socials and don’t let him off your radar even for a mere second—you blink or sneeze, you lose!
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Memphis-Based Independent Artist Mero M. Starts the New Year on a Versatile Note With His New Single, “Do About It”
Mero M. makes songs that span across R&B, pop, and neo-soul in order to create an alluring and unparalleled atmosphere for audiences to enjoy and keep returning to. As someone who has always possessed an insatiable passion for music, songwriting has become the essence of his life. As he got older, he was able to transform the words from his short poems into lyrics, and since then, his passion for crafting music has never wavered.
Having celebrated his 28th birthday on January 26th and following that up with his new single, “Do About It,” his first of the new year, Mero M. feels that this single is a highlight of his artistic maturity and versatility.
While many of his listeners have gotten used to Mero M.’s quintessential R&B style, in this tune he branches out into contemporary genres with a focus on soul, R&B, and hip hop, which sees him rap on verse 2.
Materializing in the beautiful fountain of his sweet-talking vocals, the memorable chorus and easily quotable hooks make “Do About It” an unforgettable anthem that you just want to sing along to as you bust some moves to the dance-inducing beats.
Mero M. strikingly crafts blues into the landscape with the paper-thin synths, dulcet piano keys, and punchy drums dallying with racy romance off of the explicit lyrics. They manifest the delicious agony of love-making that swirls at the pit of your being!
The unison of elements within this banger is entrancing in its seamless showcase, and that performance right there underscores Mero M. newly gained artistic maturity, natural charisma, and raw talent that is sure to win him lots of interest from the music industry.
“Do About It” is now streaming on your favorite platforms; follow the attached link and save a spot for it under your library!
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Vienna-based artist L.A Bluez delivers an unforgettable listening experience in his “Lost Filez” mixtape.
After savoring his unique and versatile type of sound, I am convinced that Vienna-based multifaceted artist L.A Bluez has been able to master a sound that is complex yet relatable. This is the kind of music that is just ‘New L.A Bluez’ and which someone might find feasible to describe as alternative R&B and soul with that trip-hop touch. L.A Bluez has an affinity for classical music and epic instrumental scores; traces of these elegant genres can be found in most of his productions.
What you get from his “Lost Filez” mixtape is over 34 minutes of surreal listening experience that features passionate vocals that are evocative, soulful, and telling in a way only the artist can convey. This mixtape actually serves up a rebellious personality, tenacious spirit, and indomitable will to create music that breaks the boundaries of R&B, soul, and trap. After indulging into this piece in its entirety, I feel that the impact of this project lies within its core distinct concepts and top-notch production and most certainly its expressive songwriting and powerfully packed soulful delivery.
In the track, “Different Kind of Blue id3”, L.A Bluez lets his soul spill out. This is an instant hit that cannot be denied by fans. It also feels very trippy and hypnotic with its unique set of laid-back dulcet melodies, which supplement his soulful performance exceptionally.
As someone who stays true to the roots of his alternative sound while looking forward to the future of the sound, it is not surprising that he is able to deliver such a performance as the one he gives in the tune, “Tomorrow id3.” With a flourishing soundscape painted by a grooving rhythm section, an expanded deep bass, and rich ambient tones, this combination peppered with his intimate lyrics will take you to a place heaven on earth, and you’ve got to love the way it seamlessly transitions into “Sidewalkz!”
Building from “Tomorrow id3”, L.A Bluez laces “Sidewalkz (I am your all) id5” with a soulful and reflective backdrop over its subtly vibrant melodies. He goes on to give an unforgettable performance that will remain with its listener outside of this banger.
“It’s gettin’ late ph1” is adventurous and meditative, and it intriguingly captures the energy and vibe of nostalgic blues with its diverse rhythms and harmonies. This is just the perfect soundtrack for those late night introspections or, better yet, candlelit dinners at night!
What L.A Bluez does in “Rock u id3” cannot be replicated—the invigorating beats jump at a listener with that impressive blend of rhythm and melody that I feel possesses dance-pop sensibilities. His voice, which holds so much effortless power, backs up this performance exceptionally, and that beat switch at some point is just hypnotic, to say the least. It just catches you by surprise, and before you know it, you just surrender to its splendorous effect on you. And the track is 7 minutes long—what more could you ask for?
There is a little something for listeners here, especially those who fell in love with the R&B sound growing up. What L.A Bluez has been able to conjure up is a unique listening experience that still lives up to the timeless standards of the sound, but now with his own indelible imprint all over it to make sure you have an adventurous experience that will remain with you for as long as you want!
“Lost Filez” is the perfect antidote for those mundanely sad moments, and the perfect collection for purists who love their sound a bit trippy and evocative. There is so much to savor from this mixtape that will certainly augment L.A Bluez’s elevation to international acclaim.
To listen to “Lost Filez” in its entirety, follow the attached link and let the trucks that you dig the most elevate your playlist.
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