Latin Rose – Love Stories

Latin Rose’s alluring voice has been around for awhile gracing a lot of northwest music over the years. Feature wise she has been like a sovereign when it comes to female singers always lending her steadfast vocals to any track making it that much more compelling for other artists tracks. Being the chorus go to in the northwest is not a accomplishment that should go un-noticed but the ultimate plight of a solo album is finally realized now that “Love Stories” has been released. Though rap can be R&B’s counterpart all day long the authentic feeling of R&B always makes it that much more relatable. The title of the album does not leave much room for disguise as far as what to expect but with a production complement from Undercaste in house producers Issac Meek and Randy Ross you get a top notch polished sound. Love is encompassed in different ways throughout the project with relationships, family, and life all getting there just due. Infusing classic R&B with tones of rock with Latin inspirations you get a steady balance of sounds while Neema is a expected feature you get surprise spots from Ripynt, Jay Barz, and George Zelaya.
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OL’ Small – Space Talk EP

While we in the Northwest don’t persay have our own sound as of yet that we can call our own we do have artists trying different things to breakout. OL Small just released a project a few months ago called “Party Talk” and now he is already back with another small EP called “Space Talk”. I guess by the book putting two words together that rhyme classify you as a rapper but OL Small is not aiming towards being named a top ten lyricist. Instead he finds a great backdrop of a producer in Matt Wisner From Viper Creek Club to infuse a little good time party rap meets sort of a electro pop sound that works well for his targeted demographic. This is the type of music that could easily take off on more of a worldwide level and infuse well in the club environment and even be good backdrop for movies. While anything coming out the Northwest has a hard time gaining traction its good to know when the time comes we will have an array of artists who can represent the region in different ways.
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Mico Tanner – Tear The Roof Off

An Inspiring Portland Pop/Hip-Hop/R&B , The 21 year old Mico Tanner is establishing himself as a talented individual with one Major Goal on his mind, to touch peoples lives, and change their perspectives on how they view life through his music. Mico Tanner is a humble musician both in the studio and to fans around him. He’s got his heart, soul, and mind set on changing the world, and feels there is nothing that can stop him from doing so. Currently working on his first mixtape he has released his debut single “Tear The Roof Off” featuring Valentino Lucas which can be purchased digitally on I-Tunes.
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AKA – Resurgence

Feels like just a turn of the clock that AKA released his Soul Sessions release and now  he’s back with a full length project titled “Resurgence”. Pairing up with Itchy Metal Entertainment he is working with some good collaborators like DJ Phinisey and JC Flow who have a great forte for how music should sound. While AKA’s last project the Soul Sessions EP was more themed for the occasion of its release the difference between the two projects is kind of immense. Production, hooks, writtens, and just musically it’s a double take better which makes the title of the album certainly fitting. By far the only gripe is sometimes you feel some uncertainty with AKA’s flow which is just a growing process every artist goes through until the booth process is like second nature. The catchy appeal the majority of the tracks have hide the small discrepancies and while AKA still thrives on being a ladies man you also get some well roundedness with serious or harder edged songs. Other guest spots include Fame Rilla, Quis, Brandee, Mike Drastic, Jon Salt, and M.A.R. on the bonus track.
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Shade – The Flame

SHADE is a producer, mc and singer of south Asian ethnicity. He was born and raised in Seattle and it’s metropolitan area. The region’s culture became a beacon through which he was introduced to numerous styles of music which led him to developing his own around the turn of the millennium. Initially he used writing therapeutically. This combined with his lifestyle led him to becoming an mc. Now, using his writing for his music has developed him a reputation for producing music with a unique hip hop, hip house and r&b sound at times fused with Bollywood and south Asian type compositions. In late 2002 he and then associate Bonez’1 put together an album released independently on the streets of Seattle in 2003 titled “Shade & Bonez’1 – Stay Connected”. As his musical talents advanced he moved forward being one of the founding members of the group NASHA. He than put music on hold and finished his higher education, upon completion he began his solo music career. Shade’s first release as a aspiring solo artist will be his debut album “The Time Is Now” which first single/video is called “The Flame”. This is his second video after releasing a promotional single with Wanz titled “Coming With Me” which is available for purchase on digital retailers. The Flame will be available for purchase digitally in the coming weeks and look for the debut album to be released in Winter of 2011.
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JC Flow – Verb Noun Vibe

Starting out there is no easy road and while persistence is the key even with that you have to have some kind of ingenuity that sets you apart from others. JC Flow may beckon to most as a new artist but his first official release dates back to 2003 with a project called “My Life”. You might ask why you are just now hearing about him all these years later? Like many other artists though putting out your first project is an achievement it is not the best body of work. While still finding his niche and being experimental JC would go on to release his second project “The Transition” a few years later. Along with persistence comes progression and development which brings JC’s latest album “Verb Noun Vibe”. When it comes to the Northwest the album pretty much is in a lane of its own due to pop music being pretty much non-existent on a indie level. At the same time the music is comparable and could compete with other national artists. What the album does well is its ability to conform to various markets and use the whole umbrella of styles whether it is club, rap, electro, party, dub-step, or R&B. Along with a solid feature set JC Flow produced the entire project himself which is not just accolade but something he could definitely pursue along with his musical talents. Already heading in the right direction you can catch some of JC Flow’s music in the upcoming movie Politics Of Love as well as Kevin Hart’s new stand up comedy special “Laugh At My Pain” releasing in theaters this summer.
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