Week37 |Tobi’s New Music Monster Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our
New Music Monster

Music Reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Maiah Manser See Thru It Artist: Maiah Manser
Track: “See Thru It”
LA-based noir-pop songstress Maiah Manser delivers an inspired pop paradox of soulful voice and lyric, juxtaposed by robo-cool beat and synth, with new single, “See Thru It”.

Willfully stunted synth stab and stop/start rhythm break ‘n’ bolt the 2-minute fifty-six-second track in dysfunctionally funky grid-snapped stanzas. Phat monophonic deconstructed electro-tones swagger awesome and obnoxious, while lo-fi sonics oscillate and fizz left/right. Manser’s vocals work the percussive with great success. Her stand out voice intentionally and rudely warped by sudden heavy pitch shift and shunt.

An intelligent slice of smartly crafted post-modern pop, as abrasive as it is audacious, “See Thru It” is out now on all major platforms.

Twitter: @maiahmanser
IG: maiahmanser


Elephanz ImperfectionArtist: Elephanz
Track: “Imperfection”
French electro-pop duo Elephanz drops a super-cool dose of electronic groove and old school soul with new single, “Imperfection”.

Crafted in understated high fidelity and deceptively unassuming quality production, the three-minute twenty-second track arrives in tightly timed beat and accomplished arrangement. Deft use of instrumentation makes for rich and compelling listening experience, with individual element carefully selected for both their musical and sonic characteristic. Lyrics are delivered in a light flourish and phrase; Elephanz working seamlessly from French to English and back again.

A smartly finessed pop gem, “Imperfection” is available now across streaming media platforms.

Twitter: @elephanzmusic
IG: elephanzmusic


computer magic remixes - BRASH! Magazine BlogArtist: Computer Magic + Futurecop!
Track: “Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)
British composer Manzur Iqbal aka ‘Futurecop!’ brings a neo-synth-sonic space adventure to New York-based artist and producer Danz’s Computer Magic release, “Perfect Game”.

Framed in glorious fizzing electronics and lush 80s reverb, the 4-minute twenty-eight-second track unfolds in graceful overlapping melodies of burning electrodes and modulated sustain; contrasted by funky blunt 8-bit sequencer stabs. Gated Linndrum style beats punch/drive and exploded in bubble-pop fills. Danielle Johnson’s (Danz) vocals echo sweetly in tastefully constructed ambiance. Her voice a perfect pop blend of brittle phrasing and uber cool nonchalance.

“Perfect Game” (Futurecop! Remix)’ is available now as one of five ‘Perfect Game’ remixes, presented together in the EP, ‘ Remixes, Vol 1’.

Twitter: @zdanz
IG: danz_cm

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About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
​Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for BRASH! Magazine. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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About The Monster Thread
The #MonsterThread is a community of Independent Musicians, Bands and Artists supporting each other in making and sharing Indie Music.

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Live in Hip-Hop | “Shake Those Hips” by The Urban Renewal Project

16-Piece Hip Hop Band, The Urban Renewal Project, Releases New Single, “Shake Those Hips”

Shake Those Hips by The Urban Renewal Project

The sixteen-piece collective known as The Urban Renewal Project is back and doubling down on the live-band hiphop aesthetic that has set them apart from their jazz-funk and fusion contemporaries.

“Shake Those Hips”, is from their forthcoming EP titled Love Glory Duty Death, expected later in 2019. The track is a bleacher-stomping, HoCo dance party, brimming with pep band vibes, bouncing sousaphone lines and an throwback sound reminiscent of The Pharcyde and Outkast. Rappers Slim da Reazon, Elmer Demond & Dustin Morgan are leading the squad and want you to show off your moves, so listen up and get ready to get down with The URP.

“Shake Those Hips” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Between coast-to-coast tour dates with rap legends Camp Lo and a transpacific festival appearance in Jakarta, Indonesia last year, the Los Angeles-based group has found time to record new material that explores an updated version of the Golden Era hiphop sound—infectious rap hooks, concentrated horn lines and a heavy dose of live drums—creating positive vibes just begging to be danced to.

The Urban Renewal Project - BRASH! Magazine Blog

Long-time collaborator Elmer Demond and his laid-back flows are joined by the manic and unpredictable newcomer Slim da Reazon, as well as the band’s once-and-future bassist Dustin Morgan, a.k.a. Yung Jinja, now rocking the mic. The trio rhyme over instrumental grooves devised by bandleader R.W. Enoch and the group’s 13 instrumentalists while Alex Nester provides effortless soul, pop and funk vocals to complete the ensemble.

Twitter: @urpmusic
IG: urpmusic

Go Your Own Way | “Do You” by Julia Zahra

Netherlands Singer/Songwriter, Julia Zahra Releases Empowering New Single, “Do You”

“Do You” is Julia Zahra’s latest single. An empowering song about no longer trusting the other, but following your own gut feeling. With a soulful emotionally loaded vocal melody and the acoustic guitar that glues the electronic sounds together, “Do You” will find everyone’s inner warrior.

Do You by Julia Zahra

Stream “Do You” Today on Major Digital Music Platforms!

Netherlands Singer/Songwriter, Julia ZahraAbout Julia Zahra
Julia Zahra was born in 1995 in Indianapolis, US as Julia van der Toorn, and was raised in The Netherlands.

In 2013 she auditioned in the fourth season of The Voice of Holland with an accoustic guitar version of Britney Spears’ ‘Oops I Did It Again’ (over 6 million streams on Spotify). From that first moment on she was one of the favourites and gained popularity, and won the competition at only 18 years old – the youngest winner thus far. After that she released her debut album.

A year later Julia participated in ‘The Best Singers of The Netherlands’, a Dutch TV competition in which artists perform cover versions of each other’s songs, and won this show as well. In one episode she sang ‘Just an Illusion’ which ended up high in the Dutch iTunes charts in 2015. More than a year later the song was picked up in Fiji, where it still is a top ten song, and eventually all around The Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. You can hear the song also on the radio in L.A., San Francisco and even Canada, and by now it has over 4 million streams on Spotify. Zahra toured around the Pacific for 2 months, amongst other venues playing the Vodafone Arena in Fiji and a sold out Club Royals in Auckland, NZ.

In January 2018 Julia released her EP Something New, which is a raw and acoustic interpretation of her songs. Currently she is performing live in The Netherlands with her almost sold out The Remedy Tour, and is ready to overwhelm everybody with a new sound and a lot of new tunes.

Twitter: @juliazahramusic
IG: juliazahramusic

Trail Blazing – “Pioneer Soul Shaker” by Justine Blazer

Justine Blazer Celebrated International Women’s Day with Release of “Pioneer Soul Shaker”

Pioneer Soul Shaker by Justine BlazerNashville, TN – Nashville based singer, producer, songwriter, and recording artist Justine Blazer celebrated International Women’s Day with the release of new single “Pioneer Soul Shaker”.

“Pioneer Soul Shaker is about being a strong and optimistic female,” explains Blazer. “Even though life gets tough, persevere through life’s challenges, keeping your head high, high heels on and maintain your soul, spirit, and authenticity. This song is to inspire people to keep going, no mater how hard their path may be.”

“Pioneer Soul Shaker” is Available Now on All Major Music Streaming Platforms!

Recently, Justine Blazer signed a distribution contract with Victory Music Buzz for the release of the single and upcoming album. Justine’s new album will be available for pre-order on March 15th.

About Justine Blazer
Nashville producer, singer, songwriter and recording artist, Justine Blazer, has been taking the country world by storm. Her unique style of edgy country/pop/rock is infused with a hint of Detroit soul and modern vibes.

Justine’s career launched when she won the Nationwide Ram Trucks Battle of the Bands competition. That leads to an extensive tour playing 250 dates a year coast to coast opening for Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, Lonestar and more while receiving endorsements from Luna Guitars, Dean Guitars, Chrysler Incorporated and more.

In 2013, she released her 4th studio album “Gasoline”. She wrote/co-wrote all 12 songs. It was recorded at the acclaimed Sound Stage Studios on Music Row, produced by Nick Autry and mixed by Billy Decker. She had much success with this album. Her first single, “Not Going to Take You Back” hit Top 100 on the Music Row charts, along with a successful radio tour. Then “Gasoline” was the #1 most downloaded song on the Play MPE List. Following was “Las Vegas”, added to the IHeartRadio country station new artist rotation. Then her next single and music video for “Amen for the Weekend” was added and aired on GAC, ZUUS, TNN and more. Her last single off the album was “On The Edge With You”. It hit Top 10 on the European Charts, sparking a European Tour in 2015.

In the Summer of 2016, she was selected to be on the new TV show, “American Supergroup”, produced by Anastasia Brown, Kevin Wayne Waldrop, and Gary Wayne Bridges. It aired on MTV and POP Networks.

She went on to release her 2017 current single entitled “Like It Never Happened” then followed up with “Lie Anymore” and then her 2018 single release “No Tomorrow”. Since the summer of 2018, she has been working on her 7th studio album, “Pioneer Soul Shaker” slated to be released in the spring of 2019. Justine produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the whole album in its entirety. It features 12 tracks, with her debut single of the album Pioneer Soul Shaker.
Twitter: @justineblazer
IG: justineblazer

Hometown Dedication | “You Belong To The Sky” by Annie Bosko

California Native Annie Bosko Releases “You Belong To The Sky” Dedicated to Hometown Tragedy Victims

You Belong to the Sky by Annie Bosko

Nashville, TN — Thousand Oaks, CA native and accomplished musician, Annie Bosko, is lending her voice for good to benefit the 12 innocent lives lost at the Borderline shooting in her hometown. Following a performance alongside the likes of Jason Mraz, Colbie Callait & Rick Springfield at the recent Music Strong Benefit at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Bosko felt compelled to further pursue helping her hometown with the release of powerful anthem, “You Belong To The Sky”.

“You Belong To The Sky” is Available Now on iTunes, GooglePlay, & Spotify!

Written by Bosko, 100% of the proceeds from downloads, Streams, and YouTube monetization will go to the families of the victims through May 7th, marking the 6 month anniversary.

Watch Official Video for “You Belong To The Sky”

Bosko was left broken hearted after the senseless shooting and fire that attacked Thousand Oaks all within a 24-hour period. The tragedy hit particularly close to her as her childhood home nearly burned down.

Recording Artist, Anni BoskoAbout Annie Bosko
Born and raised a farmer’s daughter and the middle of 5 children, Annie is no stranger to hard work and fighting for her voice to be heard. She’s entertained audiences up to 300,000 people, played the Grand Ole Opry, received a standing ovation at Ryman Auditorium and has toured the country opening for acts such as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Wynona Judd, Big & Rich, Josh Turner, Pat Benetar and more. Named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know, Bosko has shared the stage and performed with Adele, Darius Rucker, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and more.

Annie has penned songs for Willie Nelson, Jessica Simpson, Marie Osmond, Ty Herndon, Rita Wilson, Jessica Andrews and more. Her single, “Crooked Halo” was featured as a Highway Find on Sirius XM The Highway and the music video topped the charts on CMT. Rolling Stone magazine praised her as the #2 new country artist to watch, describing her as the “California girl next door with the country-pop delivery of Sheryl Crow.”

Twitter: @anniebosko
IG: anniebosko

Get Real | “Real Something” by Rayana Jay ft. ESTA

Sultry Neo-Soul Singer Rayana Jay Reveals New Record “Real Something” ft. ESTA

Real Something by Rayana Jay ft. ESTA - BRASH! Magazine BlogFollowing her 2017 EP Morning After, Bay-area R&B/Soul Songstress Rayana Jay returns with a slew of new releases in 2019, including her latest offering “Real Something,”an openhearted record in collaboration with Soulection Producer ESTA.

Rayana flexes her signature songwriting and advanced vocals on the new track. Staying true to her form, Rayana writes from her experiences with relationship both through love and loss, of which she explains have found form as notes to her younger self. “Real Something” highlights that very first moment when you realize you’ve found your hearts other half. The singer-songwriter eloquently captures in song what it feels like to find that “real something” you’ve been searching for.

“Real Something” is Available Now on Digital Music Streaming Outlets!

Rayana Jay’s acclaimed debut EP, Sorry About Last Night—helmed by The Fader as one of the most relatable albums of the year—dropped in the Fall of 2016 and serves as a proper introduction to her penmanship, relationship with love itself, and her changing world. Her follow-up EP, Morning After—pinned as one of the top EP’s of 2017 by BBC1—expands on her distinct sound and place as one of future R&B’s most important voices.

Rayana’s After music features on popular shows like Grown-ish, Atlanta FX, Netflix’s On My Block 2018, as well her original song-video “Undefeated” collab with ESPN (also featured on Lebron James’hand-picked “The Strongest” Playlist), Rayana Jay is preparing to drop her final EP in Spring of 2019 before her full length project arrives.

Twitter: @Rayanajay
IG: Rayanajay

Classic Vulnerability | “Girls Like Me” Music Video by Fiona Grey

Rising Dirty Pop Artist, Fiona Grey, Releases Visuals for New Release, “Girls Like Me”

“Girls Like Me” visuals expresses the importance of revealing all your different sides to one another, whether it’s your vulnerable side or something you don’t always wish to share. The single is from Fiona Grey’s highly anticipated EP Cult Classic OUT NOW!

Cult Classic EP by Fiona Grey - BRASH! Magazine Blog

The music video was directed by Noah Miller and produced by Valerie Thurson.

Watch the Official Video for “Girls Like Me”

“Girls Like Me” is Available Now on iTunes & Spotify!

Cult Classic EP vocalizes the cultural issues and expresses Grey’s vulnerability and anger towards the world we are living in and her desires for the world we are shaping. Produced by Grammy award-winning Mike Schuppan (Paramore, M83, Ziggy Marley) and mastered by Dave Cooley (Fitz & The Tantrums, Stone Temple Pilots), the release is packed with powerful storytelling and imaginative visuals. Grey admits, “Each song has its own identity and story it wants to tell”. Sonically the EP is built around organic instrumentation, fusing modern electronic soundscapes while ensuring that the production doesn’t take away from the honesty of the music. Featuring string arrangements, full choirs and authentic instruments, the release delivers listeners with a dynamic and dimensional experience. Having been described by Galore Magazine as “bringing Hollywood glamour to a sultry story of love, drugs and vanity” and adding theatrical elements, Grey is essentially the Elizabeth Taylor of the modern pop music industry.

About Fiona Grey
Emerging vocal sensation Fiona Grey has been writing and performing music with Los Angeles as her backdrop. Originally from Chicago, Grey utilizes the earnest nature of her raw vocal quality and defines her sound as “dirty pop,” teased by shades of sultry, soulful melodies.

Pop vocalist, Fiona Grey

Drawing inspiration from the world of Hollywood, it’s unrealistic expectations and the vices that people use as a form of escapism, Grey hopes that her music will help listeners aim to be the most pure and honest versions of themselves. “There is a lot about living in a pop culture centered world that we deem as ‘normal behavior’. I hope that the music can remind the listener that this follower-centric, alternate persona universe we live in is all temporary happiness,” reveals the songstress who is known for her dynamic glittery performances.

Grey has found success having performed on some of the worlds biggest stages including Ravina (Chicago), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and Irving Plaza (New York). She has also had airplay on tastemaker stations such as KCRW, as well as having toured internationally including heading three successful European tours.

Twitter: @fionagreymusic
IG: fionagrey