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Ananda Xenia Shakti Opens Minds And Ears With “Cosmic Quiver”

Ananda Xenia Shakti & Love Power the Band are back with their follow-up single to the highly successful mediation track, “I Am Love.” Cosmic Quiver is a fast-paced, inspirational dance-along track that Ananda Xenia Shakti professes is meant to “open the Third Eye and The Beyond. To help us all awaken our New Earth Consciousness, where illusion can gracefully and lovingly dance away… and Freedom Rise.” Following the trend of capturing the essence of sacred and heavenly locations, Ananda Xenia Shakti channels this energy into her music as she guides her listener into the trance-like state in which we can connect with our inner spirit, an awakening within ourselves while being entertained and challenged alike. As a professional Sananda Yoga coach, Ananda Xenia Shakti utilizes these practices in her music to form a connection with her students, yet she leaves us with a stand-alone musical score as well. Coupled with Love Power the Band, these charismatic and inspirational chants are rhythmically delivered in an enjoyable and delightful manner, eliciting a dance response from their audience. Of course, this journey is only complete with the stunning visual performance Ananda Xenia Shakti delivers in her video accompaniment. The classical dance majestically channels the power of the deep metaphorical rhythmic passages captivates, and entrances the viewer, making it impossible not to feel that spiritual and karmic connection with the song.

Although Cosmic Quiver is not produced to attract a pop music following, this track should be added to any easy listening, meditation, or spiritual connection playlist. The mature and professional package expertly delivers on its intended demographic, yet leaves room for newcomers to fall in love with the dance, the chant, the thematic nature of the lyrics, and the peace of mind which Cosmic Quiver supplies. I found this track to be very enjoyable, the articulations and phrasing in the vocals attached themselves to my first impressions, making it a joy to attempt to anticipate the next syncopation and resolution. This reviewer highly recommends that interested parties consume the translation passage, and the personal reflection Ananda Xenia Shakti has provided with the video for Cosmic Quiver.

–Lee Callaghan

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Ashley Puckett Holds Nothing Back on “Tequila”

A woozy, dazed quality emerges on Ashley Puckett’s yearning “Tequila”. From the slide guitar to the gritty storytelling it all works. She manages to make this rather captivating world one that feels doubly refreshing. Everything about her delivery adds to the inherent beauty of the piece. Rhythms go for a looseness ensuring that every single detail gets accentuated with percussion that works on an emotional level. Best of all the riffs have a dreamy disposition for there is this sense of pure longing that defines the work.

She holds nothing back and right from the beginning it has its own sense of purpose. A groove has an unsteadiness to it, perfectly embodying what a lot of tequila might do to a person. This, on top of the lustful glances that she brings into the fray, further adds to the romantic quality of the work. Volume adds to this for the piece virtually works itself into an outright crescendo. Many different parts of the group makes sure to intermingle creating this vast expanse of territory, the kind of thing that feels quite potent. For the final stretch of the mix the song seemingly tapers off, allowing for a gradual letdown of that kinetic energy, with her voice continuing to lead the way all until the very final moments.

“Tequila” has a tenderness to it, for Ashley Puckett makes sure to touch upon the very essence of what it means to truly want.

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Valid and Stretch Money share bouncy single, “Sentimental”

Detroit heavyweights Valid and Stretch Money have shared a bouncy new single called “Sentimental”. With nearly a million streams worldwide, historic collaborations, and songs that have impacted the city of Detroit, solo artists Valid & Stretch Money have joined forces to release “Sentimental”. Executive produced by platinum-credited Grammy Award-winning DJ Head of Shady Records and Grammy-Award- winning engineer Anthony Rizzo. “Sentimental” is sure to turn heads and surprise the core audience of both MCs. Their latest track is an all-out affair of vivid sonics, infectious vocals, and versatile songwriting that blends influences from 80’s electropop, hip-hop and more, making for a joint that provides heavy replay value while keeping things authentic throughout.

“Sentimental” demonstrates much poise and focus in its songwriting, demonstrated throughout catchy rap verses that pair smoothly with a sharply-crafted chorus. Valid, Stretch Money, and Kerr sound natural and effortless atop Cross’ vivid production, as they ride the synth-laden, bouncy beat with ease. “Sentimental” is a track that can suit a wide range of moods and settings, as well as appeal to a broad audience of listeners, and it makes for a diverse and refreshing offering. Take a listen to “Sentimental” below and tap in with these Detroit emcees.

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