Hailing from the UK landscapes of Manchester, upcoming and emerging artist Acid Messiah may be fairly new, but he’s already making impressive strides with his distinctively catchy signature sound. Utilizing several old school Rap flavors and cohesively mixing it with today’s modern sensibility, Acid Messiah’s breed of electronically-infused Hip Hop conjures up several innovative and flavorful textures that truly make him a standout of his calibre; drawing influence from several crucial industry heavyweights like Eminem, Mac Miller, A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, A Tribe Called Quest, and even implements influences from eclectic lyrical narratives from artists like Cage The Elephant and Tame Impala. Acid Messiah’s raw passion for his craft and insatiable desire to set the bar higher musically has been at the forefront ever since emerging into the market. And this is made especially apparent from his two newest anchor singles “Cheddar Bob” and “Inches”, two colorfully visceral tracks that demonstrate Acid Messiah’s versatility and multifaceted approach along with several angles of his songwriting ability to offer up a charismatic and catchy stylization from start to finish.
“Cheddar Bob” plays out like a character introduction. Serving up an almost 80s-stylistic Hip Hop beat with several instrumental layers, Acid Messiah’s back-and-forth narrative among the tag teaming verses delve into a storytelling method that displays two charismatic characters in the form of a hypnotic flow served up with both old school and modern flavors. This cleverly executed number is the perfect intro into Acid’s eclectic angles of his craft and truly demonstrates that he’s willing to bend the rules and even create new ones when it comes to putting out something raw, original and impressionable. This banger will win you over easily, no matter which era of Hip Hop you consider superior.
Then we have second single “Inches”, a more experimental track with atmospheric R&B flavors and a more subtle yet effective beat structure. This dangerously catchy song definitely resonates with the other single but enhances and continues Acid Messiah’s storyline and even pays dues to those who have a love for the ganja. There are several multilayered textures on this track and you can tell that the production value was very finely tuned. Acid Messiah brings the same charismatic flow to this song but also diligently showcases several new angles of his penmanship as the track plays out. It’s a hypnotic number that demands your undivided attention.
Both singles are part of Acid Messiah’s upcoming mixtape Cookie Jar, slated to drop on all major digital platforms in the coming weeks. If you’re craving something fresh and innovative but still have a love for that classic style that made the genre what it is today, then Acid Messiah will easily become an instant favorite. He’s fairly new but is already making big strides and becoming a vital voice for today’s more modern Hip Hop sensibility. These two debut singles set the bar much higher for today’s upcoming artist realm, and once you take a listen yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why. You can get both tracks now on all major digital platforms. You’ll be glad you did.
Emerging from the prominent Austin music scene in Texas, Sweet Limb, the official artist project of artist/songwriter Chris Robinson, has been building his craft since 2015 and is well known for his soulful flows and instrumentals. His dynamic signature sound has flavors of old school Hip Hop and R&B but still implements several facets of today’s more modern sensibility, delivering a coherent and cohesive sound that is eclectic, heartfelt and innovative.
Robinson’s breathy and sensually vibrant vocals are what makes his songs truly a standout of their calibre. He has especially taken on the DIY angle to new heights you don’t see with most independent artists, he’s truly passionate about his work and it directly parallels his work ethics as well; and it is especially apparent with his newest upcoming three-track EP Vibes. It’s easily his best work to date and the tracks really showcase Sweet Limb at his pinnacle when it comes to his production and performance value. His songs are written strictly from his personal experiences and his ability to tell a story within his songs are uncanny, unique and multifaceted.
Vibes is definitely a title that lives up to its name. Sweet Limb’s coherently ambient and soulfully subtle style is a tasty concoction that sets the bar high for every track when you listen from start to finish. His track “Kickstart” is direct evidence of this and the song really draws you in as soon as the beat immediately drops. Implementing a chord progression of jazzy guitars as the beat’s anchor instrument, this soulful song has distinctive and notable vocal melody choices as well as lyrical content. “It’s a slippery slope, but we can thicken the road” is a perfect example of the cleverness behind the man that holds the pen to these songs and truly offers a strong message every listener can resonate with.
Follow up track “Ketamine” has a smooth acoustic bass line with atmospheric synth leads that is both bluesy and spacey. The single coil Strat guitar leads add textures to the song as it plays out as well. The instrumental detail in this track is easily the best on the record. Once again, Robinson’s passionate breathy vocals will easily soothe the soul for any listener. His ability to tell a story while utilizing this vocal style is something any listener will not only appreciate, but completely admire as well. Overall, this song’s soulful cohesiveness once again perfectly parallels the production value and is executed in the most effective way.
Final track “Dip” has a dynamic Hip Hop approach but never waivers from the soulful R&B flavors that Robinson is known for. It’s the opening track on the EP and the bossa-nova guitar chords and swells are very crisp and really give this song character. This upbeat anthem has a versatile flow and an arena of clever hooks and bars. Robinson’s showcasing of both his rap and singing skills are vibrant and masterful, trading measures of each to offer up several vibes on this track to really garner the listener’s attention.
This EP delivers several distinctive flavors and colorful instrumentals that piece together a coherently original signature ambient style that is completely authentic and raw. Sweet Limb has been grinding away for about seven years now, and this EP is easily some of his most notable work to date. It’ll easily draw in new fans if this is the first time they are discovering him, which will also entice any listener to do a deep dive into his history as an artist as well as his past and future discography. Vibes drops on December 1st and will be available on all digital music platforms. We can’t recommend this record highly enough.
For the last ten years, Austin-based Alt-Rock recording artist Jordan Hasto has emerged onto the market with his uniquely versatile and catchy signature sound; drawing influences from a vast array of industry heavyweights like John Mayer, Jimmy Page, and Marvin Gaye respectively. Since hitting the ground running, Hasto has diligently put out an array of eclectic releases that showcase his multifaceted songwriting, authentic performance value and several crucial angles of his musicianship factors that really shine a light on his ability to write wholesome songs with deeper meanings behind them. And Hasto’s two newest anchor singles are perfect examples of this formula.
The first single is “Blood Red Moon”, an upbeat track with a funky guitar progression, smooth rhythm section and soulful vocals with thought provoking lyrics that immediately draw you in from the very first verse. Jordan Hasto’s ability to create an anthemic and atmospheric aura on this track is very apparent, utilizing multiple instrumental layers in the arena-like chorus including keyboard swells, melodic harmony placements and chorus-driven backup vocals that truly give this song an ambient atmosphere. It’s a track that you will easily find yourself identifying with lyrically while also fully embracing the soul soothing nature of the song’s instrumental structures. If this is your first discovery of Hasto’s discography, then you’ll become an instant fan from this song alone. It delivers a first impression that will easily stick with you.
The second new single is the more crunchy guitar-driven “Where Is Home”, definitely the highlight of both tracks and completely compliments the other. This atmospheric number really encompasses Hasto’s mid-to-high range vocal melodies and makes great use of the same ambient formula as the other track, but this time implements more crafty chord progressions that allow Hasto’s vocal structures to perform more at the forefront while adding a more innovative Pop sensibility with its production value that definitely makes it more of a standout of its calibre. It’s an Alt-Rock song that diligently balances both originality and familiarity in a way that garners the listener with tastes of something completely fresh yet still identifiable with its doses of nostalgia that take place in several parts of the song.
Overall, Jordan Hasto’s newest duo of singles have immense staying power – the power to stay with you even long after its over. They will also definitely entice new listeners to do a deep dive into his discography as well as keep a close eye (and ear) on future releases. We can’t recommend these songs highly enough. They are currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.