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HOT HALF DOZEN  11.30.21

101 submissions this week. Here are my t6 top picks for you – plus a Bonus

101 submissions this week

Ike Babbitt – America’s One Man Band, video by Alan Babitt. A music video about the director’s father who created the One Man Sym-phoney band, which was a regular on national radio in the 30’s and television in the 40’s and 50’s.  His brother Art created the character Goofy for Disney, helped out by wacky sounds from Ike. Also, great shots of a Recordio – the original miniature  home recording studio . Video at Alan Babbitt at

Failed English, single by Aviv. This 15-year old rising alt pop artist has the form down to make you tap your feet and hit replay.  Enjoy the music now and follow her – she is going places. Download/stream on Spotify, iTunes, deezer, YouTube.

M@n Like That, single from new EP by Clear Mortifee.  Sophisticated songwriting and arranging scaffold storytelling that opens a new world . Listen to the lyrics while you groove to the music.  There is treasure there.  Download/stream on Spotify, Apple Store, Google Play.

Rush Hour, single/video  by Monsta X.  High energy bilingual pop rap with a kinda Mexican feel. Fun as only Monsta X can be. Bubblegum at its best. Download/stream on Spotify, Apple Music.

Carousel, single/video by MJ Songstress. Sophisticated dance pop that gets under your skin and makes you happy.  Beautiful writing, beautiful arranging,  beautiful fusion of pop, jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and Latin music, beautiful singer – and a great groove.  Stream on Spotify,  Video on YouTube.

Strangers, single by Ashley Kutcher. This single from the Irish singer’s debut EP is clever, pointed, revealing and musically addictive.  Stream/download on all major platforms.

BONUS: Sufjan Stevens, single by Notelle.  First place winner in the AAA category  in Unsigned Only competition for 2021.

Patrick O’Heffernan



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About Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras (414 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is also edits a local news website and is a subeditor of a local Spanish language newspaper. Check out his weekly column Music Sin Frontera on Sunday nights.

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