If you're a fan of satirical indie hip-hop, prophetic-poetic talk music (or "Nerd rap" to use the language of its originator, Tennessee-based Nathan Conrad), then Spoken Nerd is the man. In fact, even if you don't like these styles or don't think you like these styles, Spoken Nerd (Nathan Conrad) deserves your listening attention! And even if you don't normally care to hip-hop, this witty and powerful spiritual communicator should be investigated. - Steve Hayes
From Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
On his latest release Sento La Tua Mancanza, David Ramos is at war with impermanence. Falling somewhere between concept album and unrepressed journal entry, the album is David’s love letter to another dimension. It is a tale of completely falling apart and forgetting how to live in one’s absence.
It is the cartographer slowly charting his course out of hell and a hazy sketch of the images passing by. David’s straightforward lyrical approach on the record is accented by the production of German beatsmith Oskar Ohlson and Toca bandmate Tommy V. with instrumental accompaniment from Anonymous Inc. cohorts Ceschi and Max Heath. Ceschi also provides gorgeous backing vocals along with Lizzie Lee. As tongue-twisting raps seamlessly coexist with folksy harmonies, many tracks meander towards a playful, warm orchestration reminiscent of Yann Tiersenand recent WHY?, providing a hint of levity on a heavy album. David speaks of searching for an old birthday card containing his grandmother’s handwriting and clinging to the dwindling scent from her dresses left hanging in the closet. No topic is held too close to the chest in his cathartic sonic explorations. It takes a great deal of bravery to release the innermost layers of one’s being into the world, however painful and harrowing their hue, and it is something David Ramos does beautifully through the 14 tracks of Sento La Tua Mancanza.
Joey Batts and Them
After almost a decade of being in the New England hip hop scene, both with highly respected groups, and as a successful solo artist, Hartford's own adopted son returns to the stage with a full lineup to get the crowds going, and to let you know that he's your best friend. Joey Batts isn't just a talented wordsmith and MC, he's also one of the most interactive and funniest stage presences around. In a scene where bragging about how big your watch or car wheels are is the norm, who else can get a crowd going while rapping about fighting crime as a superhero, being your wingman, or life in the 860?
Joey Batts and Them are a five-piece alternative hip-hop band, starting in 2011. In 2012, the band reached the current lineup, comprised of Joey on vocals, Tony Volpe and Dan Pilver on guitar, Dave Chapman on bass, and Mike "Beatwiz" Spellman on drums and percussion. With funky grooves, and plenty of hooks, Joey Batts and Them can turn any show or event into an outright party. And with shows all over New England, the Northeast, and beyond, be sure to check them out, and you can be the best of friends!
Zak G is an experimental rapper and artist out of Waterbury, CT. Through his abstract lyrical style and incredibly noisy beats he brings something strange and exciting to the table.
DJ Mo Niklz
Live audio video dj. Djs with music videos and edited videos in a turntablist style fashion. Spins mostly Hip Hop (90s and underground), Rock and Funk. Based out of CT