SINGLES REVIEW

Verbals by A to the L
Belles In Monica – What D’Ya Need (Urbanlite)
Glasgow trio, Belles In Monica’s third single is a dark broody affair with the Krash Slaughta mix of the title track standing out for with its ominous synths and jaggling keys on the chorus drawing comparisons with Dre’s “Chronic 2001” production style, while the Unsung Heroes mix trades the synths for a more staccato sound that’s heavy on orchestral strings. On both versions, rapper Kruze appears a little lost, rambling non-stop throughout in classic El-P bullshit mode, although his voice is more reminiscent of Paris. Elsewhere, ‘Skitzophonetic’ continues the dark theme, with DJ Dema eeriely cutting up a child’s vocal sample, while Kruze drops an angry verse recorded with the “phone-line” effect button firmly pushed down, and Krash Slaughta reappears on the scratch heavy ‘Resistance Is Futile’ and continues the insanity. Not bad at all, but nothing outstanding.
RATING: 6 / 10

ARTICLE: Are you ready… REALLY ready?

Are your ready… REALLY ready? (By Kenny Love)

I recently received the excerpted letter from a prospective client who is interested in some of my promotion services. And, as much as I herald the cause of independent music and its recording artist residents, in all honesty, I must say that there are numerous artists, many in fact, who are simply not ready for the professional end of the music industry.

ARTICLE: Is Clear Channel, clearly, the music industry’s antichrist?

Is Clear Channel, clearly, the music industry’s antichrist? (By Kenny Love)

(Now, see? This is EXACTLY what I’m talking about!)

Remember the tagline for “Jaws II” that went, “just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water?” My mind immediately flashed back to that famous movie tagline upon immediately reviewing the second paragraph to a Clear Channel link Suzanne Glass placed in her latest Indie-Music.com newsletter.