Exclusive Artist Review: Roots Asylum – “Take Her Back, Louisiana” Single

Back on the scene with a catchy anthemic single, Michigan-based quintet Roots Asylum continue to hit the ground running with their newest single “Take Her Back, Louisiana”.

Diligently comprised of atmospheric guitar melodies, silky smooth bass lines and radio-worthy vocal choices, the five-piece group has put together a solid tune that resonates with just about any fan of folk-infused Roots Rock sensibilities. Utilizing a classic mid-western style with authentic production and performance value, Roots Asylum engages in a signature sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Guitar/Vocalist Jimmy Macaroni really captivates the musical mind with this song by bringing authentically gifted vocal melodies to the forefront and carrying the torch with his carefully crafted leads. The band brings this sound together with great precision and really encapsulates an aura that makes this track an effective and impressionable gem.

The song definitely sustains staying power, where it has the power to stay with you even after it’s over. It also gets better with each listen and will definitely entice you to dive deeper into the band’s discography and career. You will discover a great unity of talent when listening to “Take Her Back, Louisiana” and Roots Asylum‘s breed of Roots Rock is definitely a standout of their calibre in all the right ways. The single is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Pipi Pango – “Africability (African Vibe)” Album/LP

With relentless top notch production and performance value doused with a signature style of swagger that will easily draw you in as a listener, Hip Hop pioneer Pipi Pango proves with his newest album Africability (African Vibe) that he’s continuing to hit the ground running without any intention of stopping anytime soon.

Pipi Pango is starting off the new year right with this latest collection of 14 bangers that are full of groove, bounce, swagger and everything in between. With each track bringing a vast array of talented angles throughout the album’s duration, Africability has a multifaceted level of consistency that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his audience a taste of something fresh while keeping the vibes identifiable with his melodic Hip Hop calibre that each track offers. Comprising a more low-to-mid range vocal approach, Pipi‘s hooks and bars are unwaveringly clever, witty and full of raw catchiness. And the vibes are non-stop from start to finish, perfecting a stylization that could easily raise the roof of the club scenes as well as the streets. And that’s the beauty of this record; while it easily has the potential of topping the charts and mainstream radio, it also has that credible showcasing of swaggering style that could easily appease the underground scenes as well. Opening track “All Eyes On Me” demonstrates this distinctive structure diligently and really solidifies Pipi‘s sound that carries you through the rest of the album with that undeniable vibe that is crafted into every track.

“Party All Night” is another banger that brings Pipi‘s brand of Hip Hop to the forefront that showcases several angles of his insatiable talent with crafting wordsmithy verses and melodically hooky choruses that will stick with you relentlessly. Which brings me to staying power. Africability has that staying power where the songs stay with you even long after they’re over, which will easily entice you to delve deeper into Pipi Pango‘s discography of previous releases as well as future prospects. If you’re looking to heat up your night with an album of bumping and grinding classics with pure edge and vibes that’ll keep your body moving, then Africability will be one of your favorites of the year. And you’ll be keeping a close eye on what moves Pipi Pango makes next. Chances are you’ll be hearing his name very often as he continues to climb his way to the top. You heard it here first. Africability is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, Audiomack, and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Rootspence & The Groove Makers – “Judgement Day” LP

Now here’s a group you’ll rarely discover in your lifetime. A band of versatility, nostalgia and unwavering talent that showcases multiple angles of their signature stylization, Rootspence & The Groove Makers are a seven-member Mozambican powerhouse tackling their own crossbreed of Reggae/Pop/R&B and Fusion; done in a way that is both multilayered and multifaceted. And if this description entices you, then you will lovingly feel the bliss of this group’s musical power with the fruition of their latest 8-track juggernaut Judgement Day.

With their formation setting its groundwork in 2015 by Helio “Rootspence” Sixpence (vocalist/frontman) in Maputo, Mozambique, The Groove Makers quickly began hitting the ground running and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. The Groove Makers are very well known for their jazzy, African-guitar style and pop approach to reggae featuring live musical instruments. The fusion imprint results from the diverse rhythmic mastery from the band members, entailing Hard Rock, Gospel, Afro-fusion, Kizomba, Jazz and Hip-hop. And when you put this multi-genre concoction together, you get Judgement Day. Eight songs with top notch production and performance value with more layers and hooks to go around. With undeniably catchy choruses embracing every track, it’s songs like “Everything”, “My Heart” and “Beautiful Smile” that truly give The Groove Makers the staying power; the power to stay with you even after the song is over, because you’ll be getting these choruses completely stuck in your head with no escape.

The musicianship factors are completely off the charts with this album. With smooth bass lines, a tight-knit rhythm section with soulful anthemic vocal energy and every other additive each member brings to the table, Judgement Day simply is a record of not just pure talent, but perfectionism too. Every nook and cranny is covered, and with slick guitar progressions and stylistic keyboard parts with on-the-mark backup vocals, Judgement Day also proves that the band is fully comprised of not just top of the line musicians, but principal songwriters as well. Whether it’s on a cruise ship or stadium, The Groove Makers have put together a wholesome sound that never leaves a stone unturned, and that’s exactly what is comprised on Judgment Day.

Throughout their five year career, the band has already acquired a vast array of accomplishments including a 2020 WAM Award Nominee (Best Reggae Music), 7 Times Reverb Nation Featured Artist, Selected for Global Home Music Fest, SongDew TV, Brews Radio, and several others. Rootspence & The Groove Makers are one of those bands you become stoked about after discovering them. And after you take a listen to Judgment Day yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why. The album is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and several other digital music streaming platforms.

For Roots the most rewording thing in the word is “that feeling, you know… when you look deep into someone’s eyes and you just feel great… you don’t care about what you lost because you believe sharing, giving and mending souls is just the right and greatest thing to do”. Baptized Roots as translation of his reasoning style. Paradoxically idealist and man with feet on the ground, he advocates love, respect, compassion, harmony, equality and peace. -Rootspence


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