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Boyu shines on debut LP ‘Flower Garden’

St. Louis-born, Los Angeles-based artist Boyu has delivered his debut album, titled Flower Garden. Boyu began his musical journey as a classically-trained pianist before turning his attention to drums, guitar, and songwriting. Originally setting out on the path of corporate banking, Boyu made the decision to relocate from Boston, MA to Los Angeles, CA to follow his true passion- making music. His new album makes for a versatile, colorful record that employs a poignant theme, in which each song represents a different type of flower co-existing in the ‘flower garden’. The theme makes sense considering that each song stands on its own as personality rich, as Boyu seems to have put much thought into the details of each track. A focused offering, a highlight we truly enjoyed include the title track “Flower Garden”, which is a catchy listen from the get-go, including potent, colorful instrumentation and infectious grooves. Elsewhere, the sunny, lively “Monterey” provides heavy replay value and sharp songwriting, and tracks like “Embers of Our Innocence” are emotionally resonant with their wistful sonics and poetic lyricism.

A strong record overall that makes for a very impressive debut effort for the fast-rising LA-based artist, Flower Garden provides a vibrant listen and has us excited for what may be coming next from him.

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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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