Exclusive Artist Review: Silence & Tone Da Boss – “Tone Death” Collab LP

Hailing from the cityscapes of the Cedar Rapids, IA scene, rising rappers Silence and Tone Da Boss have been pioneering the Hip Hop realm since their inceptions into the market – both putting out an array of releases over the years that have put them on the map in several arenas of the Rap world and beyond. Now with both artists taking the helm on this latest release, Silence & Tone Da Boss’s collab record Tone Death proves that both standalone artists are also a force to be reckoned with.

Implementing an innovative and modern twist on an old school Hip Hop signature sound, this 10-track juggernaut showcases both rappers in a way that parallels their performance and production value effectively and dynamically. Both artists shine very bright lights on their best musicianship factors and essentially set the bar even higher for today’s more modern Hip Hop collaborations. Opening track and anchor single “Who Wants The Smoke” is a perfect example of this, setting the tone for the rest of the record in a way that reels you in from the very first listen. Tone Da Boss and Silence blast right into the chorus hook right out the gate, exchanging lines, hooks, verses and essentially tag team this number altogether. It’s a song with very high energy and feels like a solid punch in the gut with its in-your-face approach and charismatic sensibility. Tone Da Boss in his known fashion explodes into his verse bars with his knack for prestigious word precision and high energy execution – delivering an intense performance that touches on several elements of his originality and familiarity as an artist. Silence emerges into his bars and measures with a solid flow that diligently showcases his lyrical cleverness and vocal presence. He’s a perfect compliment to Tone Da Boss’s approach and it’s apparent throughout this record that both artists challenge each other as well as the tracks play out. But it’s not a competitive nature, it’s more along the lines of getting each artist to set the bar higher – and they do exactly that, quite well I might add.

Another notable number on this record is “Summertime (feat. EMDUBAI)”, a track that does justice to the title and adds additional layers of versatility when compared to some of the other tracks on this album. Featuring a melodic piano progression and dangerously catchy chorus hook, this more R&B-oriented number brings out refreshing angles for both rappers and implements a more ambient atmosphere. Silence especially showcases his ability to sing his own hooks, reminiscent to other artists like Drake, Lil Wayne and others in the game that do the same with or without the necessity of a feature artist. Regardless, this track’s chorus will relentlessly stick in your head. Tone Da Boss also brings out a different side of himself on this number, touching on a more hypnotic flow and textures with his use of syllables and word placement. You can tell he goes over the fine details very closely, something a lot of today’s modern rappers tend to lack in several areas. But precision is definitely this song’s most notable highlight, and will easily stand out as one of your favorites on this record.

One more highlight on this LP is “Mirror Mirror”, another single accompanied by an official music video with colorful production value. This clubbing track’s hypnotic beat is effectively raw and really leaves room for both rappers to throw down their verses in a way that serves up the heat without any distractions or post production tricks. The verses on this track are especially coherent and cleverly executed with its concept. It’s a club-goer’s anthem in every sense, bringing forth the vibes, aura and atmosphere of your favorite hotspot on a Friday night – but executed much more intelligently when it comes to the lyrical angle. If you’re looking for a track that goes hard with the bumps and grinds, then this is one you’ll never forget.

Tone Death is the perfect gateway record for discovering both rappers if you don’t already know who they are. Tone Da Boss & Silence are stand-alone rappers with their own impressive discographies and versatile vocal approaches that have been grinding in the scene for years. That’s why this collaboration is such a powerful one – it diligently proves that they can put a strong release together that not only brings out their best performances individually, but also spotlights their chemistry as a team effort as well. The rap game is full of modern collabs, but this is one that you honestly have to hear to believe. It delivers that modern feel while also implementing old school flavors that not only make it relevant, but nostalgic as well. This is a must-hear in every regard.


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Press Release: AlgoRhythm Recordings Presents “Genesis – The Prequel” Releasing On July 4th

Fans and enthusiasts of today’s more innovative and ambient musical auras will undoubtedly be captivated by this upcoming July 4th debut release. Written, produced and presented by LA-based DJ/composer and musical mastermind Nathan Whatley through his startup company AlgoRhythm Recordings, the upcoming debut 7-track release Genesis – The Prequel is described as a lo-fi hybrid fusion of sound, creating a fresh and new type of vibration for music listeners to experience. But also goes far beyond it as well both musically and visually.

Genesis – The Prequel is an atmospheric musical deep dive into a fresh take on today’s modern realm from several different angles – and really showcases Nathan Whatley’s musicianship factors both as a writer and producer over the last 20 years; exploring a signature style that is both enticing and original in its execution. This debut record delivers a dynamic and futuristic approach that will easily draw in any fan of today’s DJ and independent producers circuit. Comprised of 7 melodically visceral songs, opening track “Vibrations” kicks off this release with an upbeat rhythm that merges beautifully with the synth melodies and textures that are present throughout the composition’s arrangements. It’s quite the tasty introduction to the record and really sets the tone for the rest of the release.

Another notable track on this record is “Roses”, a song of soothing rhythms and atmospheric swells with some next-level synth leads. This song in particular has a nostalgic feel that could easily align with the early 90s R&B era, but still delves into a layer of originality that sets it apart as something completely on its own. Regardless, this track is an absolute treat and is definitely a standout on the record. One more notable track on this release is the hybrid and futuristic “Cheers”, which closes out the record. This wholesome track is very unique and implements vocal elements that resonate with its innovative approach. This song plays out more like a soundtrack or film score, showcasing an effective angle that explores Whatley’s craft even more thoroughly than some of the previous songs. It fits perfectly with the album’s aura and still manages to offer something different and versatile in its overall execution.

All 7 tracks play out like chapters; delivering something different with each one but all while implementing a signature sound that brings all the elements of the record together into one big wave of atmosphere that is both futuristic and nostalgic. For a debut release, Genesis – The Prequel is absolutely mind blowing with its production value, versatility and originality. It’s an album that will offer up a solid first impression as well as create the necessary buzz among its listeners to build up the anticipation needed for a successful follow up release in the very near future; thus getting ahead in the music market altogether through the power of a powerful release. New fans will be more than enticed to keep tabs on what AlgoRhythm Recordings puts out in the future, residually expanding the fan base every time a new listener discovers this record.

Genesis – The Prequel is a must-hear on all counts. The record officially drops on July 4th and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and any other digital music streaming platform. In the meantime, you can hear a few songs off the record on AlgoRhythm Recordings’ official platforms below. You will not be disappointed.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Nick Duane – “Broken Promises” Album

Emerging from the Providence, RI and prominent surrounding New England scene, rising Indie artist Nick Duane has been building an insatiable buzz throughout the landscape since his inception into the music realm with his debut album Confessions in 2011 and hasn’t slowed down in the slightest. Encapsulating a signature sound that diligently blends an ambient 80s/90s Indie Rock sensibility with today’s more modern approach, Nick Duane’s uniquely captivating songwriting and lyrical concepts have truly manifested into something that is both original and versatile in its execution; drawing in fans from many different musical backgrounds and tastes.

With a slew of releases under his belt since his debut record, the recently released fourth album Broken Promises is a true pinnacle of Nick Duane’s craft and really showcases his dynamic ability to put together a collection of songs that captivate your attention with his classic yet futuristic Indie Rock sensibility. Completely self produced and written, this 12-track record sets a tone that is both anthemic and atmospheric. Each track compliments the next and Nick proves that he truly knows how to write/tell a cohesive story both lyrically and instrumentally. Comprised of rhythmic grooves, crunchy guitar progressions, ambient key textures and anthemic vocal melodies, Nick delivers a solid execution on this record equally between the factors of performance and production value. His mid-range Bowie-style vocals fit his Indie style diligently and his thought provoking lyrics offer up a futuristic flow that is both interesting and original.

One of the notable tracks on this record is opening track “Anything”, a rhythmic song with a smooth bass line, crisp guitars and a catchy vocal progression that really sets the tone for the rest of the album. This song especially delivers very cleverly crafted keyboard riffs and smooth guitar leads, so Nick’s musicianship factors are very apparent as this track plays out. Another standout on this album is “The Old World”, an atmospheric tune with beautiful synth swells and guitar textures. This song especially shines a light on Nick’s versatile songwriting approach and really adds several new layers of depth. This song has hints of The Cure and Pink Floyd in it, which compliments Nick’s overall approach on this record and really explores a fresh angle of his musicianship factors.

One other notable track on this record is the album single “Birthday Greetings”, an acoustically driven anthem with several atmospheric layers and textures that brings Nick Duane’s signature sound to the forefront. This soothing track has very rhythmic progressions and leads that compliment each other throughout the song, and with Nick Duane’s story-telling vocals at the helm partnered with effective vocal melodies, this song truly hits it out of the park and brings every element of this record into one tasty flavor. Fans of the Dark Side of the Moon album will especially love this track, but even with nods to some of the original Rock greats throughout the record, Nick’s style is completely versatile, original and insatiably catchy. Any fan of the Indie Rock genre, no matter the era, will appreciate this record in full. It brilliantly brings together the essence of old school flavors and today’s more futuristic and modern musical realms, all stirred into one solidly anthemic tasty stew that is Broken Promises.

The album is currently available on Nick Duane’s official website along with Spotify and BandCamp. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen. You will also be enticed to do a deep dive into Nick’s discography and history.


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