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Inventive Rising Artist, Turbo, Drops Debut EP 'Cocaine & Fireworks' [EP Review]

Rachel Guttman

If you haven’t heard of artist, Turbo, yet – then you are missing out on one of the best-kept gems in the music industry. A truly unique and bold artist, Nicholas LaMonaca, better known as Turbo, combines a few unlikely musical genres in order to create his addicting original sound. Through the integration of aspects from gritty, outlaw country with melodic elements of hip hop and pop, he developed his debut 12-track EP, Cocaine & Fireworks.

Nicholas grew up in Canada as the son of a famous bluegrass guitarist and toured North America with his father. In his EP, Cocaine & Firework, the Calgary-bred singer/songwriter displays that he is a downright visionary with his raw lyrics, distinct vocal quality, and memorable hooks. It's hard to choose a single favorite track since they're all extremely unique from each other. Some of the most popular among listeners so far have been “Heart Stop,” “18,” “Be Exotic,” and “Zombiez,” featuring vocals from popular artist, Landon Cube. The entire EP as a whole exhibits Turbo’s prominent personality and captivating production. In addition to hard instrumentation including electric guitar riffs and percussive elements in some tracks, his vocals shine through to intertwine the instrumentals with his expressive lyricism.

It would be easy for me to write a novel on Turbo and his music: he is a true creative and an innovator in the industry. If you haven’t had the chance to check out his music yet, be sure to put your speakers on full blast and listen to his new EP to see what you’ve been missing out on.

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