Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:12:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SUPADAMN: “Pick the Party Up” an expose of the artist’s declared ambition! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/supadamn-pick-the-party-up-an-expose-of-the-artists-declared-ambition http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/supadamn-pick-the-party-up-an-expose-of-the-artists-declared-ambition#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 21:56:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32880 SUPADAMN has been on his grind for a while now. He just gets more focused and more ambitious with every passing day. His latest 7 track project, “Pick the Party Up” dropped worldwide on the 3rd August 2018, and confirms the previous statement. This is his third album release, and follows his critically acclaimed album […]

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SUPADAMN has been on his grind for a while now. He just gets more focused and more ambitious with every passing day. His latest 7 track project, “Pick the Party Up” dropped worldwide on the 3rd August 2018, and confirms the previous statement. This is his third album release, and follows his critically acclaimed album “Floor It”. A potential heavyweight in the underground circuit since 2016, the sharp-tongued rapper born in n Santa Monica has steadily – and deservedly – been earning widespread respect across the independent hip-hop community. SUPADAMN passion and devotion to the grind certainly pays off with this new release. Although each previous album showcased his progression behind the mic, resulting in pervasive critical applause, this seems to be his most confident work.

SUPADAMN kicks off the affair with his signature confidence and energy on the ambient, self-referencing opening track, delivering one his most cogent mission statements yet; “Can’t Miss”. The track is a hard-hitting, braggadocious expose of the artist’s declared ambition.

He then proceeds to practice what he preaches on the banging title track, “Pick the Party Up”,  during which he exposes the transparency and bravado of his anthemic-styled rhymes. The atmospheric, multi-textured soundscape, is an eargasm that will take you to party heaven.

Good taste in music is obviously another of SUPADAMN’s many laudable qualities, to which “Hold This Shit Down” ft. Buddha, plays testimony. A thumping beat sits comfortably under a melodic motif that groovily drives this thing all across the floor. SUPADAMN’s ability to develop interesting concepts and tell incredible stories, comes to the fore here.

The rapper’s signature syncopated style pushes forward as he pounds through the verse on top of clamorous percussion and a hypnotizing whistling effect on “Bigger the Hoop” ft. Phresh.

Aiding the dichotomous quality of the track are SUPADAMN’s bellowing vocals, and Phresh’s resonant rhymes meshing against the minimal instrumental. “Fast Life” welcomes in a big booming bassline, shuffling hi-hats and steady handclaps.

SUPADAMN’s voice takes on a more urgent flow and forward leaning momentum, as if he’s pulling the music along with him. It’s impossible to not get that involuntary head nod when listening to this. And the way the production evolves is also awesome. The song just sounds epic.

“Legacy” rides in on a bluesy and soulful guitar riff. This masterfully balances SUPADAMN’s banging and introspective styles quite realistically. From track to track, SUPADAMN’s exposes his shifting perspectives which keeps the album moving at a good clip.

And this track is one of his musical perspectives that I like best. The song has a fantastic beat, and a really good hook too. It’s definitely one of the better tracks on the album. This is one of those songs that seems like it would be super powerful if performed live.

Where the closing track, “Showtime” ft. Phresh, stands apart from the rest of his work is in the fleshing out of the gravy-smothered goodness of SUPADAMN’s strongest productions, adding the little artistic flourishes that transform song building into works of actual art that will stand the test of time. It sounds like every good component of his prior musical compositions is in here. Consider the head-nodding beat, the vocal arrangements, the snaking bassline and the energetic flows.

There’s something to be said for consistency. Almost every successful artist has a distinctive sonic identity that singles them out. This closing track seems to do just that. Add in SUPADAMN’s aptitude to stay grounded by his craft, and his ability to stay true to himself as an individual, and you have an artist that is confident and ready to “Pick the Party Up”!

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J. Sariah: “The Journey” – A Shining Beacon of Individuality and Class http://jamsphere.com/reviews/j-sariah-the-journey-a-shining-beacon-of-individuality-and-class http://jamsphere.com/reviews/j-sariah-the-journey-a-shining-beacon-of-individuality-and-class#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 11:17:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32876 Singer-songwriter J. Sariah has dropped her full-length debut album, “The Journey”, with tracks produced by 3Bubble & J. Gray of Live From The Pentagon Entertainment and DJ Izzy Ill, idreaminstero and Dorothy Chan of Barron Studios in Houston, Texas. J. Sariah who comes from a family of music producers was once destined for the pro tennis […]

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Singer-songwriter J. Sariah has dropped her full-length debut album, “The Journey”, with tracks produced by 3Bubble & J. Gray of Live From The Pentagon Entertainment and DJ Izzy Ill, idreaminstero and Dorothy Chan of Barron Studios in Houston, Texas. J. Sariah who comes from a family of music producers was once destined for the pro tennis circuit, but her passion for music took into a new direction. The artist began writing songs in middle school as a way of escaping stressful times, and graduated from California University of Pennsylvania in 2017. She has since released her 5 song debut EP, “The Path”, and now her full-length recording.

This latest release takes a deep and insightful look at the several stages within relationships, as well as reflecting on personal inner growth. Along the way the narrator learns that you cannot perfectly plan every event in life, and that sometimes the best experiences and outcomes are derived from destiny rather than by design. The album teaches us that when you’ve learned that lesson, “The Journey” of your life will just have begun.

J. Sariah is hands down one of the most exciting and creative R&B/Neo-Soul artists currently putting out music, and this latest album is a worthy addition to her freshly grown repertoire. She takes the liberty of tackling socio-psychological topics, like self-determination, self-discovery, empowerment and sexuality in a different context without things getting too ponderous and exhaustive. While clearly relevant and important, J. Sariah grounds these discussions with decipherable relatability for the common ear.

Aside from her infectious energy and fantastic vocals – much of J. Sariah brilliance comes from her ability to raise and discuss these human issues without it seeming forced, pretentious or too angry. She’s opinionated and yet approachable, listenable and entertaining.

Which means her messages actually gets through instead of your brain just shutting it all out. J. Sariah is an artist, able to make art for herself before even thinking of an audience, which shows tremendous respect and commitment to her craft and her musical concept.

From the moment she opens this 11 track show with her acclaimed single, “Friendzone”, J. Sariah proves to be a musical maelstrom who is a shining beacon of individuality and class. She is about honoring the sounds of past and updating it for today.

Listen to how she oozes nineties appeal on “Shooting Star”, as she searches for that perfect love. Her melodic crooning reaches its apex on “Are You Ready”, where J. Sariah asks her man to make a decision between and the probable other woman. This leads to the contentment and satiated desires of the bass-throbbing “Run It”.

Beautiful, evocative, sexy, and doubtful is how J. Sariah sounds on the inquiring notes of “Overthinking”. The consequences of which brings the narrative to the edgy “Revenge”, where J. Sariah restitutes all the disrespect received in equal measure. It is on the soulful, “Reflection”, that she takes a long hard look at herself, seeing where she needs to change.

This brings J. Sariah’s personal journey to one of my favorite songs on the album – the rhythmic Santana-ish sounding, “Break History”. This is a lusciously layered, rock infested R&B anthem that will have you stomping your feet and raising your fist to the air in approval.

But this album is far from finished. Every track tells a story from bouncy glee to soulful longing. J. Sariah’s has talent beyond her years. When you listen to the epic “H202”, the sensual “Reckless Love”, and finally, the Dancehall-styled duet, “Dutty Wine”, you’ll know that J. Sariah is simply transcendent. “The Journey” proves that there are still some young artists working to make a unique sound and a big impression.

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DevGotCharacter: “Draft Night” provides incredible imagery http://jamsphere.com/reviews/devgotcharacter-draft-night-provides-incredible-imagery http://jamsphere.com/reviews/devgotcharacter-draft-night-provides-incredible-imagery#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 14:47:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32857 Out of Memphis, Tennessee, living out in the Bay Area, comes a hip-hop artist who has seen some things, has been there and done that, but after a long look in the mirror, DevGotCharacter has taken his game to another level. Adding some introspective ingredients to spice up his artistry, Dev has created what could […]

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Out of Memphis, Tennessee, living out in the Bay Area, comes a hip-hop artist who has seen some things, has been there and done that, but after a long look in the mirror, DevGotCharacter has taken his game to another level. Adding some introspective ingredients to spice up his artistry, Dev has created what could potentially be one of the most interesting hip-hop releases this year. Far too often in hip-hop, the status quo becomes boring and stale. DevGotCharacter takes rap back to where it belongs with thoughtful and whimsical wordplay, while telling stories all wrapped up in a singular and unusual narrative similar to NBA draft nights. In fact the 10 track EP is entitled “Draft Night”, with DevGotCharacter playing the main role. This is a man that is focused and determined to turn the hip-hop game on its ear and to let the world know he is grateful for the talents that have been bestowed upon him.

“Draft Night” moves between skits, freestyling, street anthems and soulful bangers. Just like the summer, DevGotCharacter brings the heat. He begins the album with inspirational talk and gets us ready as he’s about to hypnotize us with his poetic flows and surgical rhythmic precision. This project is lyrically heavy and offers great storytelling to those of us who enjoy nice imagery.

From the first track “DevGotCharacter” we get the reminder that Dev is a lyrical god and he flows effortlessly over the rich bass heavy beat. A theme that is common throughout the entire project. It is clear that Dev has a story to tell, and we get an in depth look into where his mental space is at on each track.

Literally every song projects a story and provides incredible imagery. “No Squares” Ft. Oren Major testifies to that fact while its booming bass will blow your speakers apart at high volume. “iHussle” chops at the walls of Hip Hop with a magnetic flow, breathing incendiary rounds of lyrical power into a track that also supplies layers of melody.

There’s nothing lost on the banger “Bounce (Don’t Travel)”. DevGotCharacter comes through with passion on every verse, taking steps outside of his comfort zone as a spitter without sacrificing any lyrical bite.

“One Shot” Ft. Malarie brings a honey smooth, soul-infected track. DevGotCharacter leans into these bars with impressive groove and commitment. This far deep into the EP, you already know Dev can pretty much get on any track and destroy it. So when he rides on top of “Guess You Didn’t Know”, the consequences are pretty much what you expected.

This project puts DevGotCharacter in a place where he is showing versatility, especially with beat/production quality and rhyme scheme differentiation. Its welcome tracks like this that combine superb flows with a real emotional connection, helping to pull the listener into his world.

All throughout, DevGotCharacter allows himself to dictate the pace of the EP, which flies by as you are listening. His rhyme patterns, lyrics, flow, metaphors and punchlines arguably put him as one of the smartest lyricists in the underground game. On “BeastMode” Ft. Milla & CI Bang, the features chip in to bring some more heat, before “Rookie Of The Year” (Invest In Yourself Outro Skit), closes the show down.

Virtually every single track bangs; the beats and choruses all work overtime; “Draft Night” is a well-rounded beast throughout; it’s expansive in ambition and even the skits work nicely to tie the EP’s narrative together. In other words, you need to pick this thing up!

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Deryo: “Anytime” – kinetic slices of funk! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/deryo-anytime-kinetic-slices-of-funk http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/deryo-anytime-kinetic-slices-of-funk#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 21:55:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32781 Deryo first hit the airwaves as the lead singer for Herbie Hancock’s group The Headhunters. Deryo sang on the groups’ 1977 album “Straight From the Gate”. Since then, he’s worked with legendary artists such as Rick James, Carl Carlton, and Two Tons O’ Fun. Now he’s creating his own music – Oakland, CA funk, mixed […]

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Deryo first hit the airwaves as the lead singer for Herbie Hancock’s group The Headhunters. Deryo sang on the groups’ 1977 album “Straight From the Gate”. Since then, he’s worked with legendary artists such as Rick James, Carl Carlton, and Two Tons O’ Fun. Now he’s creating his own music – Oakland, CA funk, mixed with pop and R&B. Deryo is one of those artists who you know is going to set your life on fire with his music. It’s never frilly or empty and his voice is thick as honey and smooth as fine silk. It’s hard to believe that 40 years have passed since Deryo first turned heads with the smooth and funky Headhunters.

He must have gotten lost in the corporate shuffles over the years, but his been back working on his catalog and solidifying his credibility as a savvy interpreter of a wide-ranging repertoire of funky urban themes. Songs like “Anytime” steadily keep rebuilding his reputation as both a vocalist and songwriter to be reckoned with.

His catalog flows fluidly with thoughtfully crafted songs that complement the singer’s graceful baritone tenacity with smart production values. His phrasing and nuances shines through, but the arrangements stand equally firm in their musicality.

“Anytime” is, in fact, a cut that bends both considerably backwards and to current trends – and it does so in a way that doesn’t compromise melodic or lyrical quality. The track, although hip in its percussive programming patterns and atmospheric vocal effects, stays the purist course harmonically and in Deryo distinct glowing delivery.

The song is fresh while remaining free of gimmickry, with the authentically classic flavors and simple, straightforward lyrics conveyed with vocal earnestness and a head-nod-inducing chorus and rhythm arrangement.

One definite highlight of “Anytime” lies in the summery, kinetic slices of funk infused into the track – the keyboard and guitar layering, as well as the drum and bass tracks, bring to mind a timeless boogie flow, while Deryo’s voice rides the rhythm effortlessly through passages of desire and intention. Between Deryo’s sanguine lyrics and the idyllic instrumental elements lies a balance between sweetness and strength in true classic funk fashion.

“Anytime” hangs loose with a danceable groove, while simultaneously embodying a chilled-out feel. Deryo vocal performance here resonates with every ounce of zest and richness that’s been there from the start and still possesses a singular keenness of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic flow.

Deryo is an artist that ranks as one of the more creatively talented. His vocal abilities and his dedication to his art is something that seems to not be negotiable to him. Moreover his contribution to the field of honestly original singers, is as pure as music can come these days.

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Pep Kravitz: “Sluggernaut” makes a completely unique statement http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pep-kravitz-sluggernaut-makes-a-completely-unique-statement http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pep-kravitz-sluggernaut-makes-a-completely-unique-statement#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 19:18:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32740 Born in Pittsburgh, Pa, Little Pep started writing his first rhymes when he was 8 years old after being inspired by an Eminem song. He then started out rapping under the stage name Fyve5, with EaziDuzIt412. After a period of lull, Pep Kravitz created a project called Lin Kuei, after which time he continued to […]

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Born in Pittsburgh, Pa, Little Pep started writing his first rhymes when he was 8 years old after being inspired by an Eminem song. He then started out rapping under the stage name Fyve5, with EaziDuzIt412. After a period of lull, Pep Kravitz created a project called Lin Kuei, after which time he continued to drop music. His latest release is the EP, entitled “Sluggernaut”, which dropped on all major digital platforms on the 15th of July 2018. Respect must be paid. Pep Kravitz, has practically grown into something of a rapping guru with his attention to detail and knack for intricately ambitious sound textures. You know as soon as you dive in that the sound throughout these 3 tracks is going to sound creative. Sure, the term’s overused, when we don’t know what to say beyond, “Damn, that sounds good!” Here, it just applies. I challenge you to listen to “Sluggernaut” over any half decent system and not have the word ‘creative’ pop to mind by the time the first song tapers off.

Right from the opening track, “King Of The Winter”, Pep Kravitz sounds assured. His own ideas and talent speaking for themselves. He seems centered on expanding his textural landscape as well as improving his emcee skills throughout the record. His raps have extended past simple braggadocio.

Most surprisingly is how smoothly achieves his vocal progression. Pep Kravitz’s rap style is sharp and focused from a technical standpoint and serves more appropriately as a vessel for the storytelling involved with his lyrics, as he weaves his way through the dark, relentless and layered soundscape of the opening track.

While the lyrics move from cryptic to straightforward, the focused nature of this EP is the real highlight. At face value a listener could absorb most of the detail, but is also rewarded for digging deeper into these tracks, as there are many underlying messages and ideas.

“Anyway” produces another banging, percussive track, featuring darting strings and a booming bassline. It is hard to resist Pep Kravitz’s endearing storyline and convincing melodic atmosphere here. The beat on this track feels really powerful because it isn’t simply just a backing for the vocals but rather it becomes part of the story, building along with the song.

The most notable case of storytelling through instrumentation is the building intro on “July 15 Part 2” where all hell breaks lyrically. Here Pep Kravitz really hits hard, delivering an intense aggressive tone and sort of shaken sound.

This is a very stubborn track, it forces you to pay close attention to detail, and the narrative, to get the full scope, but it also leaves a lot up to the imagination. There is a cohesive connection between underground and alternative rap running through this track, and the rest of the EP, as it makes a completely unique statement in what is typically a pretty stale genre right now.

Pep Kravitz  has stepped out of the shadows with his new offering of tracks; one that is a bold step forward in the name of his musical progression. If “Sluggernaut” isn’t the recording that breaks it for Pep Kravitz, the question is: what more does a rap talent with an uncompromising vision have to do to garner some goddamn attention!

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JT Music: “Detroit: Become Human Rap” – a brilliant, poignant, and timely lyrical story http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jt-music-detroit-become-human-rap-a-brilliant-poignant-and-timely-lyrical-story http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jt-music-detroit-become-human-rap-a-brilliant-poignant-and-timely-lyrical-story#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:20:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32736 JT Music is a nerdcore hip-hop group formed by artists Christian Ames and John Gelardi in December 2008. With 10 years of experience under their belt, JT Music’s creative lyrics and impressive rap skills have made them leaders in the Nerdcore genre, setting the standard for all Nerdcore hip-hop artists. Every Saturday at 12 pm […]

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JT Music is a nerdcore hip-hop group formed by artists Christian Ames and John Gelardi in December 2008. With 10 years of experience under their belt, JT Music’s creative lyrics and impressive rap skills have made them leaders in the Nerdcore genre, setting the standard for all Nerdcore hip-hop artists. Every Saturday at 12 pm EST, JT Music posts a music video on YouTube based on video games, often in the form of rap battles between video game characters. These are some of the most intelligent and nerdiest rappers you’ll ever hear. Good beats and grooves with lines that are dripping with intelligence, humor and fun. One of their latest tunes, “Detroit: Become Human Rap”,  is a brilliant, poignant, and timely lyrical story dealing with the interpretation of robot mythology from the adventure game developed by Quantic Dream and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment during May 2018.

JT Music deal with the game’s topics, such as slavery, the human condition and the concept of identity, rather brilliantly. And put together with the atmospheric and mood inducing instrumental, the track is almost more emotional than the game itself. Throughout the game, you alternate between playing as three different androids, all of whom are dealing with “deviancy” (the term used to describe woke androids) in their separate ways.

As more androids begin to become deviants, the narrative scope expands from these smaller domestic dramas to become an epic political thriller and rebellion narrative that brings the entire country to the brink of a civil war.

Christian Ames and John Gelardi brilliantly takes us through the motions, and emotions, of these thematics, as they open the track rapping: “Eyes open wide, I am not awake / Far from alive, a robotic slave / Chained up in bondage, they locked the cage / Walls up around me, and none will break / Give me a number and then a name / This is my duty – listen, obey.”

This is possibly JT Music best track yet. And probably their most important. It paints a picture of an all too probable future where we remain complacent and allow our rights to be stripped away by government agencies.

If you’re a geek and you like hip hop, there’s nothing finer than Nerdcore soundtracks to accompany your daily achievements, and no one will get you closer to that genre than JT Music. There is some Nerdcore music that is good, and there is some that is pure garbage, as well a level that is completely sublime.

JT Music belong to the latter category. The production quality of “Detroit: Become Human Rap” is far, far better than one would expect. The beat is thumping and compelling, the melody all-embracing and catchy, and the rhyming is downright brilliant. JT Music has managed to regenerate the art form for a new, more demanding audience, while still paying homage to the original.

I seriously don’t know if Nerdcore is big enough to hold these guys inside it for much longer!

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OBD: “A Bright Day” ft. Gual Rassi – a rare ability to make powerful and relevant music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/obd-a-bright-day-ft-gual-rassi-a-rare-ability-to-make-powerful-and-relevant-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/obd-a-bright-day-ft-gual-rassi-a-rare-ability-to-make-powerful-and-relevant-music#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 19:25:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32726 Outnumbered But Deadly aka OBD is a hip hop duo made up of Kawil & D-tech. Originally formed in 2011, OBD is based out of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. They are an antidote to the new-wave of mumble rappers, eschewing simplistic hooks and everything trendy while maintaining the fresh, frenetic sound established in nineties. The […]

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Outnumbered But Deadly aka OBD is a hip hop duo made up of Kawil & D-tech. Originally formed in 2011, OBD is based out of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. They are an antidote to the new-wave of mumble rappers, eschewing simplistic hooks and everything trendy while maintaining the fresh, frenetic sound established in nineties. The mood here is fed up, fraught and unapologetic. MCs Kawil & D-tech are fixing for a battle, and their brand new single, “A Bright Day” ft. Gual Rassi, is a potent weapon. Feeding off of each other’s energy, the two emcees are experts at wit, double entendre and the good-old-fashioned wordplay. They’re also especially adept at thrilling us with outbursts of double-time rap and delightful cadence change-ups.

Producer Kawil is firing on all cylinders, his unrelenting production paints an appropriately atmospheric background. As urgent and breathless as ever, the beat starts off on a piano motif then follows a bass-heavy and propulsive momentum. It then slides into a soulful interlude, where Gual Rassi delivers a honey smooth, acid jazz vocal hook.

This is a far cry from the Top 40 drivel we’re used to, and achieves what so many hip-hop heads, old and new, are longing for: music with a message, loud and clear. There are consistent mood switches within the song that show how much these two are comfortable with each other and devoted to developing their songs past simply rapping over a beat.

Part of the beauty behind OBD is the fact that two people from across the ocean, who on the surface would seem to have little in common with what’s happening on the bustling American rap scene can strike such a fantastic balance in their craft.

Aside from them being able to spit their asses off, the different lyrical and vocal perspectives that Kawil & D-tech offer up is so much of the appeal behind them, and they do both these things in shed loads here. At this point, the conversation is not about who is the better MC out of the two members of Outnumbered But Deadly, the conversation is who, if anyone, can rival these two as a duo.

Kawil & D-tech have become fully-fledged juggernauts on this record, never compromising, never obstructed. They are fearless and they are frank, as they tap into their original, rebellious ethos. Once again proving that it’s OBD’s rare ability to make powerful and relevant music that sets them apart from the crowd.

Outnumbered But Deadly are on the top of their game throughout “A Bright Day” ft. Gual Rassi, as they hit verses back and forth as smoothly as a ball on a tennis court. Add to the fact they turn out a smashing video shot by OBD and www.ryanrook.nl to emphasize the theme of their narrative, and you have an all-round winning package on your hands.

As much as I love writing about my appreciation for the music I love, I can really only boil this one down to – you need to hear this record immediately. OBD is setting a fantastic example of how two people should come together to grow as artists.

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MIIKØ: “On My Own” – carefully crafted and sculpted to the slightest nuance http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/miiko-on-my-own-carefully-crafted-and-sculpted-to-the-slightest-nuance http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/miiko-on-my-own-carefully-crafted-and-sculpted-to-the-slightest-nuance#respond Fri, 20 Jul 2018 17:17:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32718 The latest single, entitled “On My Own” by MIIKØ is outstanding. The beauty of this artist is that he can speak of the most personal and sometimes saddest aspects of life, in such a subdued way that makes him stand out from much of the singer-songwriter dross that is currently around, or will follow in […]

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The latest single, entitled “On My Own” by MIIKØ is outstanding. The beauty of this artist is that he can speak of the most personal and sometimes saddest aspects of life, in such a subdued way that makes him stand out from much of the singer-songwriter dross that is currently around, or will follow in his wake. Whilst he is capable of writing songs that grab you directly, he has written many a song that gently washes over you until you become so aware of the intimacy of every lyric that they won’t leave your head for days. This latest single falls into the latter category. I’ve always suspected he is a perfectionist. His music seems carefully crafted and sculpted to the slightest nuance – no loose ends here.

“On My Own” is without a doubt one of the best songs MIIKØ has ever done, it is perfect in every way. Rarely is a song so perfect, the lyrics are deep and moving, and work amazingly well with the music which is totally addictive. It also has a superb video, directed by Ellis Floyd, to accompany the story-line.

MIIKØ’s voice is so nuanced on this song, as he conveys all the emotions he has been dealing with through the loneliness described by the song’s narrative. I’m still thinking of a word that can describe the ethereal euphoria that MIIKØ creates with this song. Again the music is haunting and mystical, but it takes an even deeper detour that was skipped in previous works.

Here, the artist gives us a look into a dimension of conscience that few writers are able to bless us with. It’s clear that MIIKØ is an artist that writes from his soul and experiences. Make no mistake about it: This is a landmark track for him. It’s close to flawless in terms of the production.

I have been following MIIKØ since I heard his first tracks and have been hooked in, returning to his all-embracing, emotional voice on every occasion. “On My Own” is just another showing of his ability. It’s an incredible blend of heart felt, more personal than ever sounds, and lyrics.

MIIKØ shines the most when he’s stripped down to his genuine voice and a mellow, layered sonic backdrop. Something that happens in “On My Own”. Every time he puts out a new release, I always wonder how the heck he can ever hope to follow it up. Yet every time, he does. This track will definitely grow on you, with each patient listen.

You’ll notice that the keyboards, strings and rhythm on this track, are extremely exquisite. You’ll also love the many modulations and echoes that MIIKØ’s voice moves through. If you’re really looking for MIIKØ, you’ll find him in this recording, and just as powerful as you have in every other piece of work he’s done.

You’ll find his soothing voice and his ever beautiful lyrics that provoke thought and real emotion. “On My Own” is audible proof of growth, of a true artist, and a gift promising more to come. The music runs deep under your skin, and finds its home in your soul.

MORE ABOUT: Michael Obrycki, artistically known as MIIKØ, is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer, and audio engineer, from Ohio, who recently began expanding artistically as a singer-songwriter. He is currently working on a solo project as well as a collaborative project with Adonis Butler. He has also produced songs for artists such as Lindsay Cardy, James DeMuth, and more. “Creating music and putting emotion into all of the work that I touch, is my true passion. Making timeless music,” says MIIKØ.

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VAVO: “No Friend Zone” – an awesomely energetic anthem! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vavo-no-friend-zone-an-awesomely-energetic-anthem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vavo-no-friend-zone-an-awesomely-energetic-anthem#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:28:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32700 New York-based EDM duo VAVO was formed in 2015 by the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. VAVO’s early works featured a progressive, electro sound, which appealed to a wide audience, and it included their remix of Martin Garrix’s “Scared To Be Lonely,” their first solo single “Ace Of Spades,” […]

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New York-based EDM duo VAVO was formed in 2015 by the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. VAVO’s early works featured a progressive, electro sound, which appealed to a wide audience, and it included their remix of Martin Garrix’s “Scared To Be Lonely,” their first solo single “Ace Of Spades,” “Astronomia 2K17,” and their remix of TheFatRat’s “Fly Away.” The duo started 2018 off with a bang, dropping ‘How Low’ with John Christian on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom Records. In March, VAVO debuted a new creative direction – an EDM/Pop crossover sound that has resonated with listeners and gained them massive radio attention across the globe. “Sleeping Alone” has become their most recognizable track as a BPM Breaker on Sirius XM’s BPM and VAVO’s music has been featured on Spotify’s Top Viral 50, Beatport’s Top 100 Electro House Chart, as well as multiple charts and platforms worldwide.

VAVO have dropped their summer anthem entitled “No Friend Zone” via KESS Records. The electronic pop duo really have a knack for making some infectious tracks. Nearly every song in their catalog rings with lots of rhythm and appeal.

The new single has bouncy, infectious synths that keep the song light and adds some dimension and melody to the track alongside the soaring vocals, even though the synths do enough of all of that on their own already. The song starts gently and builds progressively, ultimately becoming an awesomely energetic anthem with jumpy synths and a big phat beat.

The vocalist’s nuanced flair and wide reaching range adds a lot of color to the already distinctive track. Making sure this anthem will have all listeners simultaneously rolling their eyes and bopping their heads along to the infectious melody.

Sonically, “No Friend Zone” marks another step into the crossover realm for the EDM/Pop duo. It truly exemplifies the strides that the duo have made thus far in their field of choice. Indeed, the track showcases VAVO’s unique potential, illustrating how this dedicated outfit can truly take the music industry by storm by effectively marrying evocative bass drops and Pop leads to the scene.

There is a downright abundance of EDM collectives producing beats that overlap pulsating synths decent enough to fist-bump to. However, few underground EDM collectives embrace this niche with such confidence.

The vocals are clean and expressive, yet hypnotic as the entrancing soundscape bubbles up, complementing the evocative lyrics. It provides a truly brilliant vocal performance that incorporates rich vocal texture and a unique color to complement the music.

Indeed the chemistry between the two blends irresistibly smoothly. Unlike many songs with a main focus on vocal melody “No Friend Zone” does not weaken its punchy synths: instead, they only build up intensity.

This contagious single perfectly captures millennial youthfulness and free spirit within a truly dynamic beat and clever lyricism. It is in fact, the epitome of infectious and anthemic EDM. With it, VAVO demonstrates its potential to climb the charts and dominate the EDM/Pop industry.

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Emmanuel Dalmas & Kirby Howarth: “This Is Love That I’m Feeling” – an authentic country feel http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/emmanuel-dalmas-kirby-howarth-this-is-love-that-im-feeling-an-authentic-country-feel http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/emmanuel-dalmas-kirby-howarth-this-is-love-that-im-feeling-an-authentic-country-feel#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 19:43:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32670 Emmanuel Dalmas a company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry from the South West of France, also moonlights as a multi-genre music composer. Dalmas has been steadily building his music catalog since kicking things off in 2016 from his home studio. He produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices […]

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Emmanuel Dalmas a company founder and high level executive in the scientific industry from the South West of France, also moonlights as a multi-genre music composer. Dalmas has been steadily building his music catalog since kicking things off in 2016 from his home studio. He produces instrumental and vocal tracks, engaging talented male and female voices to complete his projects, which in turn are made available for both commercial and non-commercial use. Emmanuel Dalmas recently dropped his latest single, “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, done in collaboration with Kirby Howarth, who added the vocals and lyrics to Dalmas’ music and melody.

Emmanuel Dalmas is not one to follow any predetermined path or play to expectations. And so, he puts out songs from different genres from time to time. “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, is a song with a country bent.

Now, with something of an underground backlash bubbling towards the surface in the face of Nashville’s backing-track dominated pop country pap, this new Dalmas-Howarth release serves as a reminder of what country music can and should be when composed with passion. There is a soullessness to the music of current chart toppers trafficking in what amounts to little more than pop music with a twang.

So to hear any sort of organic instrumentation on a modern country recording is a breath of fresh air, a relief from the claustrophobia of the Nashville assembly line. The instruments on “This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, all have a chance to breathe and Kirby Howarth’s voice sits in the mix well.

The stand out instrument on the record is by far the Dobro guitar. The twang gives a special feel to the fills in the song. One can’t help but be impressed by the instrumentation on a whole though.  All of which are played with energy, delicacy, and passion.

These days, artists are expected to push boundaries in the name of staying relevant. Emmanuel Dalmas waves this ideology by, and prefers to achieve an authentic country sound on this song. As a tunesmith, his pen can have a magic way with a love song, as he proves here, alongside Kirby Howarth’s words and voice which lends a heartfelt honesty to the proceedings.

Dalmas has been the epitome of consistency thus far. Each of his songs are held together by a narrative or stylistic musical thread, each project expanding on his songwriting and production prowess.

Every time you listen to an Emmanuel Dalmas composition, you can be sure you are going to get really solid writing, great musicianship, good production, and a voice that matches the quality of those elements.

“This Is Love That I’m Feeling”, delivers just that, and deserves at least one play through from any music lover. I’m not a huge country music fan but I found myself listening to this track over and over. As usual, this is another outstanding job well done by Emmanuel Dalmas and his collaborators.

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Jerusalemm: “Dream Reality” keeps an engaging intensity that resonates! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jerusalemm-dream-reality-keeps-an-engaging-intensity-that-resonates http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jerusalemm-dream-reality-keeps-an-engaging-intensity-that-resonates#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 12:57:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32666 Raised in Dillon in the state of South Carolina, Jerusalemm, who was born into a family of strong musical background and godly principles, remembers his grandfather saying “This is your gift from God, don’t take it lightly”. He subsequently defeated all odds and wholeheartedly pursued his dreams as a revolutionary Hip Hop artist. An advocate […]

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Raised in Dillon in the state of South Carolina, Jerusalemm, who was born into a family of strong musical background and godly principles, remembers his grandfather saying “This is your gift from God, don’t take it lightly”. He subsequently defeated all odds and wholeheartedly pursued his dreams as a revolutionary Hip Hop artist. An advocate for the Black community – on his profound journey, he actively seeks to educate, uplift and inspire. Jerusalemm has studied, experienced studio sessions and written lyrics with some of the greats, such as Leon Sylvers III, Dem Twinz Productions, and recently, stellar award winning artist Kendra Smith. He is currently promoting his single “Dream Reality”, taken off the ‘Revolution Walk’ project.

Jerusalemm lyrics, are a major asset to the record. Befitting perfectly to the big almost Philly-Soul-like atmosphere, and funky basslines, Jerusalemm mostly possesses a carefree vibe around the mic. He switches his flows around, from intense, free flowing anecdotes, to internal rhyming, syllable packing, and lyrical swipes. His universally easy tone makes his words ooze from his lips to perfection. It’s all smooth early millennium rap – rich strings abound, snapping drums, booming bass, and a microphone for the emcee to rip.

The simplicity of the record, and how everything fuses together, is how “Dream Reality” will be recognized over the years. Hip-hop has entered its most uncertain period of its history, in which the million-dollar question is asked: is this trap and mumble hybrid of pop rap going to dominate mainstream hip-hop?

Or is rap going to make a quality comeback, thinking less of radio airplay and more on the simple catchiness, smoothness, and lyrical genius that hip-hop was once synonymous with? Well, if artists like Jerusalemm continues to make records, I think we’re heading down the right track.

Jerusalemm is unlike any other rapper out there at the moment. His rapping style is more soulful than his contemporaries, with less mindless yelling, while still keeping an engaging intensity that resonates along with the perfect piano infused beat.

He barely even sings a chorus here, with high-energy rhymes substituting where mindless hooks would usually be in modern rap. Jerusalemm conjures up actual images, an actual story line, an actual feeling of what it’s like fighting for a dream in this desolated age of sacrificed values.

Jerusalemm has the kind of voice and vibe that you just want to rally around and cheer on. Of course, Jerusalemm’s lyrics are just as good as his voice and the track’s production, which comes as a surprise. Usually in the underground, where budgets are smaller, there is almost always one component that is lacking to make a picture perfect project.

On “Dream Reality”, Jerusalemm has nailed them all. Every sound and vocal brings a layer of context and an added dimension to the track.  Jerusalemm’s devotion to his craft and his message is apparent here. He has succeeded in creating that rare thing: a solid, respectable hip-hop track.

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DJ Mizzy: “Prost” – grounded, connected, and powerful! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dj-mizzy-prost-grounded-connected-and-powerful http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dj-mizzy-prost-grounded-connected-and-powerful#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:33:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32642 Boasting a sound that goes from his favored deep house grooves to hip-hop, DJ Mizzy, born Claudel Larose, is an international DJ and producer raised just outside of New York. Inspired by artists such as Sander van Doorn, DJ Yonny, and Avicii, Mizzy has a strong passion for his work. Throughout his 18 years of […]

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Boasting a sound that goes from his favored deep house grooves to hip-hop, DJ Mizzy, born Claudel Larose, is an international DJ and producer raised just outside of New York. Inspired by artists such as Sander van Doorn, DJ Yonny, and Avicii, Mizzy has a strong passion for his work. Throughout his 18 years of DJing, Mizzy has traveled all over the world to perform, using the original Technic SL1200 turntable as his prime tool. His latest endeavor is “Prost”, a German influenced track with a melodic tone, incorporating a subtle Caribbean flair. DJ Mizzy’s melodies are emotionally evocative and his arrangements are like paint on a canvas.

But where this producer truly rises above, establishing himself in the upper echelon of EDM, is in his originality. Mizzy is grounded, connected, powerful, and real, and his production never feels too shiny, canned, and artificial, as often can happen in this genre.

Aside from the thumping four to the floor beat, there are many beautiful moments on “Prost” but none as gorgeous as the breakdown and heartbeat that follows. The sparse build-up is attention-grabbing, as DJ Mizzy uses white noise to gain momentum, before breaking back into the beat which by now has taken a new direction.

At its most energetic, the track makes the most of being given the freedom to rupture the dancefloor with a distinctive boom and pound, but the sparks can also be found in the synth breaks and builds.

Others have ventured into this sort of changing-tempo and mood, electronica territory, but hearing DJ Mizzy’s thumping percussion and sticky synths do it, is a revelation. He must be given full credit for branching out so much on this track, instead of limiting himself to a simple straight club anthem.

Here he has brought his own personal touch to all of it. There are gorgeously phrased synth lines, and subtly floating aural overtones, ranging in volume from barely audible to explosive, as well as energetic drums. It’s hard to think of a reason why any intelligent EDM fan should not like this track.

DJ Mizzy will no doubt gain widespread attention with this crowd-pleasing arrangement – a glowing mix of kick drums, synth squelches and hi-hats that somehow transcend dance music’s many sub-divisions. Mizzy shows solidity in musical abrasions cavalcading both the straight and narrow, as well as adventurous sonic elements.

“Prost” is an example of the sound that makes DJ Mizzy such an extraordinary artist in the too-often formulaic world of dance music. He makes synthesizers and drums, live and breathe in a way few others can. The powerhouse beat, cunning electronics and resonating ambience are delivered with imagination and flair, all pointing to an even brighter future.

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Derric Gobourne Jr. – “Supremacy” – New Jack Swing rhythms and flavor throughout! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/derric-gobourne-jr-supremacy-new-jack-swing-rhythms-and-flavor-throughout http://jamsphere.com/reviews/derric-gobourne-jr-supremacy-new-jack-swing-rhythms-and-flavor-throughout#respond Sun, 01 Jul 2018 07:22:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32578 Singer, Dancer, Rapper, Songwriter and Producer, Derric Gobourne Jr. is a 19 year old New Jack Swing artist from Sarasota, Florida. Derric started performing at the age of 5 after seeing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. A self-taught piano, bass and guitar player, he started writing songs in the 2nd Grade, which has ultimately led to […]

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Singer, Dancer, Rapper, Songwriter and Producer, Derric Gobourne Jr. is a 19 year old New Jack Swing artist from Sarasota, Florida. Derric started performing at the age of 5 after seeing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. A self-taught piano, bass and guitar player, he started writing songs in the 2nd Grade, which has ultimately led to debut album, “Supremacy”, which he wrote, produced and arranged. Known for his flashy clothing and electric live performances, Derric’s overall goal in life is to become the greatest entertainer of all time. The story of Harlem in the late ’80s is engraved in hip-hop lore. The crack epidemic was at full force as the center of Black culture revivalism became synonymous with urban decay. Under these conditions, a young musical prodigy named Teddy Riley was steadily gaining attention with this new rhythmic sound. In a 1987, writer Barry Michael Cooper christened Riley’s sonic concoction the ‘New Jack Swing’ and it wasn’t long before the new sound became a movement.

New Jack Swing ruled the charts in the late ’80s through the early ’90s. It was the era of Air Jordans, Starter jackets, high-top haircuts, and crazy dance moves that all became a way of life. Street rap and grunge took over as the New Jack Era met its decline near the mid-90s, but the music never really went away.

It still bangs in the club and powerful echoes of its heyday era can be heard in records like “Supremacy”. Derric Gobourne Jr.  keeps it funky fresh with New Jack Swing rhythms and flavor throughout.

Whether you’re a curious and casual fan of Derric’s or a ride-or-die hometown supporter, anyone listening to the twelve tracks will hear the authenticity and the ambitiousness that Mr. Gobourne Jr.   pours into the project. Not only did he produce and write all but of these selections, he explores relatable relationship topics with his synth and bass-laden manifestos.

The opening title track “Supremacy” is a fiercely funky statement of intent to friends, family and fans, as he sings: “I will do what I do, to make it to the top.” The next track keeps the pace the pace going in the same direction with “She Make Me Feel Good” forging some tight rhythms and harmonies.

“I’ve Got Love” pulls out the rich horn arrangements, running basslines, and Derric’s smooth baritone which runs the range. “Call You Tonight” keeps the drums banging and the tones smooth as honey. “Never (Have) I Needed Anyone” offers one of the album’s more vulnerable and compelling moments – a ballad that recounts longing with Derric’s falsetto articulating the point.

“Up and Down” featuring Knowledge Austin is another funky dance-floor destroyer, before switching to the mid-tempo melodic pop groove of “Jay Handleman”. This is as close as you get to Michael Jackson in his early heydays.

Quite a few selections here prove that Derric Gobourne Jr.  can certainly, given the opportunity, hold his own against of his New Jack peers that once dominated the airwaves. These would certainly include “Only If The Mood Is Right” ft. J Hunter the Wolf, “Love Don’t Live Her Anymore” and “Colours” ft Breeze2yakneez. While in the middle, “Stay With Me”, brings us another relentlessly smooth mid-tempo ballad with all the necessary bells and whistles.

What “Supremacy” has going for it are the songs, the production, and of course, Derric Gobourne Jr., swinging the right mix of braggadocio, bravado and seduction throughout the album. Of course, he can do whatever he wants, he’s running the New Jack Swing genre all by himself now!

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Louis Goldwater: “AUH20” muscles impressive imagery http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/louis-goldwater-auh20-muscles-impressive-imagery http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/louis-goldwater-auh20-muscles-impressive-imagery#respond Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:43:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32555 Hailing from Pittsburgh in PA, Alt/Hip Hop recording artist Louis Goldwater emerged onto the scene with serious intentions during 2016, gaining an insatiable street buzz from performing at a vast array of underground house parties and shows in the Oakland area of Pennsylvania. He has also had the opportunity to open for some prominent industry […]

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Hailing from Pittsburgh in PA, Alt/Hip Hop recording artist Louis Goldwater emerged onto the scene with serious intentions during 2016, gaining an insatiable street buzz from performing at a vast array of underground house parties and shows in the Oakland area of Pennsylvania. He has also had the opportunity to open for some prominent industry acts including Upchurch The Redneck, Kosha Dillz, and several others since his inception. Goldwater dropped his 16 track album, “AUH20” to a global audience on the 16th of June. He also created 16 corresponding pieces of abstract artwork to coincide with each song on the album. These 16 pieces of art, along with dozens of other original “AUH20” inspired artwork have also been made available to the public.

No doubt this is another amazing album from Louis Goldwater. Amazing beats, awesome rhymes. It even sucked me in a little quicker than his 2016 release, “To Whom It May Concern”, but the man has yet to release anything I haven’t 100% loved. Goldwater is alternative and strays around the borders of Hip-hop and rap, but he’s not completely off the hinge as you might first imagine.

He works with a plethora of different producers, and his beats are always soulful and groovy, no matter how laid-back they may get. I’ve been a fan since 2016 and would say this album quantifies the realm of what Louis Goldwater’s alternative style should be; as he has definitely stepped his game up.

Everything that people love about Alternative Rap is on this album: metaphorical lyrics, cool imagery, unique beats, incredible replay value, and the list goes on and on. Louis Goldwater gives us something different than the usual fare of a genre that has long lost most of its coolness.

He demonstrates once again that he is one of the more intelligent, creative, and talented active underground artists out there. His pronunciation is clear and has more stylistic definition than ever, which is highlighted by the way the instrumentals don’t ever over power the lyrics.

One of the most powerful things about hip-hop is its ability to present complex, deeply personal or abstract thoughts and feelings, as well as real experiences. “AUH20” delivers a cross-section of all of the above to capture and mesmerize the listener.

We could break down the album track for track, but we’d need an encyclopedia to describe them all fully. Suffice to say it’s impossible not to relate them in some way. From the moment the opening track, Kaleidoscope” (prod. BeatJoven) kicks off, It’s clear that Louis Goldwater has a lot to say, and no shortage of catchy turns of phrase to express himself.

Moving through tracks like “Stars” (prod. BeatJoven), “Windchill” (prod. Yondo), “Find My Way” (prod. Yondo), “Noise” (prod. NOLUCK) and “Sixteen Years Ago” (prod. Pdubcookin), the album sees Goldwater’s rhyme schemes at their most melodic and accessible, giving his narratives an extra sharp edge.

Elsewhere, on cuts like “Scumfuck Music” (prod. MiiiKXY), “Blotters” (prod. HellaBeats), “Pace” (prod. False Ego), and “Bear The Witness” (prod. KOOLEIDOSCOPE), the Pittsburgh rapper won’t let you forget he’s super-efficient when it comes to stacking syllables on syllables, in a flow of consciousness.

Louis Goldwater is capable of muscling more impressive imagery and vocal dexterity into a single three minute track than lesser artists manage in an entire album. Each subsequent track on “AUH20” is an invitation to hip-hop fans to sink their minds into a lyrical treasure trove.

If the album teaches us anything it’s that putting yourself out there for your art can be harnessed to create something spellbinding. Louis Goldwater is able to give you 16 outstanding examples of what creative hip hop is, while keeping your head nodding, and you mind attached to the music as well.

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Aspirant rhyme professional, db keeps it to the highest standards! http://jamsphere.com/news/aspirant-rhyme-professional-db-keeps-it-to-the-highest-standards http://jamsphere.com/news/aspirant-rhyme-professional-db-keeps-it-to-the-highest-standards#respond Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:08:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32544 Drew Ball aka db is an 18-year-old rap musician from Queen Creek, Arizona with an insane passion for hip-hop. He mixes, masters, and writes his own material and soon will be venturing into beat making. Inspired by Tupac Shakur, db gravitates towards the old school where the emphasis is on being lyrical. On the 30th […]

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Drew Ball aka db is an 18-year-old rap musician from Queen Creek, Arizona with an insane passion for hip-hop. He mixes, masters, and writes his own material and soon will be venturing into beat making. Inspired by Tupac Shakur, db gravitates towards the old school where the emphasis is on being lyrical. On the 30th of April 2018, the then barely eighteen year old artist, dropped his debut mixtape, entitled “One Song At A Time” – which is also a motto and a game plan that pertains to all the processes entailed in db’s art, and the promotion thereof. He prides himself on focusing clearly on each aspect of his craft, dedicating the time it requires to produce a product he can be proud of. “I take so much pride in the work that I do, I tend to be a perfectionist, to say the least,” says db.

He’s a pure lyricist, a rapper’s rapper, an absolute perfectionist with his craft and this energy comes through in his rhymes and his recordings. With his endless rhyme arsenal, savvy lyrical moves and scrupulous work ethic, db is putting himself in a position to capture the independent scene and prove why he’s indeed one of the better young upcoming rappers around. As an aspirant rhyme professional, db keeps it to the highest standards of rapping, delivering intricately-crafted verses packed full of complex lyricism.

Listening to diverse tracks such as “Sky High” and “Grad Announcement”, it’s not difficult to prognosticate that db will be adored for his ability to effortlessly switch delivery speeds and rip any track apart regardless of mood or tempo.

Chillingly calm yet menacingly deliberate, db is a colorful rapper. He captures our ears with haunting flows and a fiery voice completely capable of disseminating any emotion. He has the skill to twist his words and dance around the beat and the nature of each instrumental gives him plenty of space to do so.

The “One Song At A Time” mixtape is a 7 track recording that serves as perfect platform to exult db’s skillset.  From the title track and “Conscience”, to “No Sleep” and “No Lies” featuring Shiftee, onto “XIXV3” and “Uplift”, the tempos are soulfully slow to mid-tempo, and rich with resonating retro soundscapes.

Each song is packed to the brim with lyrical excellence, illustrating just how skilled db is. While flexing his ability with complex wordplay, at the same time, db makes sure to enunciate each syllable with equal care, when he slows it down.

The young db is attempting to reinvigorate rap music’s origins, and hopefully some of mainstream music’s stalwarts will follow this example. db aims for purity, doubling-down on the traits that encouraged the genre’s initial escalation – lyrics and messages that say and mean something.

Music that is heartfelt in its ambition. “One Song At A Time” is an assertive mixtape that declares what hip-hop can do in its independent manifestation. db is an anomaly in the trap and mumble rap generation.

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Big Nucci: “Flexx” is designed to knock in your sound system http://jamsphere.com/reviews/big-nucci-flexx-is-designed-to-knock-in-your-sound-system http://jamsphere.com/reviews/big-nucci-flexx-is-designed-to-knock-in-your-sound-system#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 09:16:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32461 Big Nucci is a musician, producer, songwriter and graphic designer from Akron, Ohio. Born and raised in the Goodyear heights area where he has been all his life, the artist finally started taking his craft seriously this year. The Ohio underground creative has already begun putting together a string of singles which include the critically acclaimed “Flexx”, […]

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Big Nucci is a musician, producer, songwriter and graphic designer from Akron, Ohio. Born and raised in the Goodyear heights area where he has been all his life, the artist finally started taking his craft seriously this year. The Ohio underground creative has already begun putting together a string of singles which include the critically acclaimed “Flexx”, as well as “Fa$hion” and “Pharaoh”. Big Nucci’s music doesn’t struggle with its identity. It’s creative working class, but ready to breakout appeal, creates an accessibility that welcomes us to his world. His projects are characterized by a blend of low-end trunk-rattling bass, and thought-provoking musings.

Big Nucci showcase’s the highs and lows of a game no longer just controlled by music industry pimps desperately seeking to pull the strings, but by indie artists making a serious play in the game. Punctuated by a post-modern haircut, colorful wears, and rounded John Lennon-type sunglasses, Big Nucci’s wit and introspection bookend his genuine spirit and savvy microphone technique.

Though both eclectic and eccentric-looking, Big Nucci is a refreshing abnormality in the hip-hop game; a grounded rapper without a skewed sense of reality or inflated self-worth. At the same time, he seems confident, ambitious and perfectly comfortable as he sets up his stride towards industry recognition.

Big Nucci’s beats are never lacking in bass, and the single “Flexx” is designed to knock in your sound system. This is the type of song you put in that playlist on loop and drive around with all night long.

Big Nucci displays an almost playful ferocity in his deliveries, as he aptly navigates between the contrasting braggadocio and consciousness of a quintessential rapper. Not bad for someone just starting out.

Big Nucci is fixated on separating himself from his peers, notably by embracing a continual growth and seeking to seriously execute his goals as delineated by the track “Flexx”. On the track, the Ohio rapper glides across the rhythmic-rooted production while boldly presenting the flair and finesse that usually belongs to the game’s finest.

Well aware of the challenges that await him up ahead, on “Flexx”, Big Nucci seemingly prides himself on sharp, witty lyrics that, while boasting the braggadocio of a rap warrior, never stray far from his Akron roots.

Big Nucci has a sound that works for him and he continues to improve on it too. Moreover, he shows that he’s still working his craft and aims to make the highest grade of music he can make. Most times, it’s all that we can really ask from any artist.

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Annie Fitzgerald: “You & Me & the Sun” combines fantastic vocals with charming tunes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/annie-fitzgerald-you-me-the-sun-combines-fantastic-vocals-with-charming-tunes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/annie-fitzgerald-you-me-the-sun-combines-fantastic-vocals-with-charming-tunes#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 11:57:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32451 The tone of Minnesota singer-songwriter, Annie Fitzgerald’s, latest album “You & Me & the Sun”, is set between folk, pop and rock strains, in an organic affair dealing with the raw emotions around life’s inner struggles and unexpected little joys. Tinged with both hints of heartbreak and rays of hope, the album thankfully stays away […]

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The tone of Minnesota singer-songwriter, Annie Fitzgerald’s, latest album “You & Me & the Sun”, is set between folk, pop and rock strains, in an organic affair dealing with the raw emotions around life’s inner struggles and unexpected little joys. Tinged with both hints of heartbreak and rays of hope, the album thankfully stays away from self-pity, instead taking a more philosophical and endearing view. Each song featured on this album endeavors to treat the listener to an array of beautifully written and inspiring lyrics, in combination with a myriad of equally stunning melodies. These songs demonstrate Annie’s talents as a singer-songwriter, and one who is not afraid to put her heart on her sleeve, in what sounds like very personal experiences. You simply can’t write or sing a heartfelt song like “Goodbye Now” without having been in that very place in your lifetime.

Of course, the album’s contents is heavily reliant upon slower-to-mid-tempo songs, which is what Annie does best of all. “I Won’t Walk Away” and “Spellbound” are perfect examples of this remarkable gift, and will undoubtedly conjure up emotion for most listeners because of the raw, ardent lyrics that are so vividly conveyed by the singer’s extraordinarily gracious voice.

Moreover Annie Fitzgerald performs her music to tell a story and not to earn a quick wage, which makes this album something truly unique. Listen to the captivating “Rest of Me” and the title track, “You & Me & the Sun” to grasp how Annie cleverly spins her tales.

If you’re someone primarily attracted by the sound aesthetics, and then subsequently locked in by the substance of a song, you’re in luck, because Annie kicks of the album in high style with “Be Like Tree”, a song that has one of the most engaging basslines I’ve heard in a long while – it’s as rhythmic as it is melodic.

“Listen Carefully” takes us straight into Top40 territory as Annie breezily swoons over an uncomplicated guitar and piano driven beat. Just so you know the lady has grit to spare, “Black & Blue” is a bluesy rocker filled with over-driven guitars and her soaring vocals.

A blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit, Annie Fitzgerald is able to create an array of vocal nuances, all of which she forges on “Feels Like Summer”. The echoing of her voice and the guitar strums will give you the chills.

A combination of dominant instrumentation, strong lyrics and flowing vocals make this one of the album’s most impactful tracks. Annie Fitzgerald is such a gifted artist. She really knows how to convey emotion through all elements of a song, which is totally admirable.

Produced by Danny O’Brien, “You & Me & the Sun” is a rewarding album that shows off Annie Fitzgerald’s talent through its artistically fascinating songs, making for an emotionally compelling recording. From beginning to end, the audience may feel as if it is getting an in-depth look into Annie’s personal diary, her mind and her heart.

The solo female artist market is currently headed by, well, you know who, but on this showing Annie Fitzgerald could leave them behind, as she combines fantastic vocals with infinitely more charming tunes.

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Union Five conjure up sonic whirlwinds! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/union-five-conjure-up-sonic-whirlwinds http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/union-five-conjure-up-sonic-whirlwinds#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:12:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32440 Rhythm is as important as melody throughout the amalgamation of tracks on the self-titled album by Union Five. This is evidenced by the alternating emphasis on one aspect or the other – and often the fusion of the two elements, which enlivens the musicians as they play. In turn, this spontaneity commands attention because surprises […]

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Rhythm is as important as melody throughout the amalgamation of tracks on the self-titled album by Union Five. This is evidenced by the alternating emphasis on one aspect or the other – and often the fusion of the two elements, which enlivens the musicians as they play. In turn, this spontaneity commands attention because surprises abound within each track. At a given juncture the band may slow the growing momentum of the music, giving itself and the listener time to ponder what has preceded, in preparation for what is to follow. But this moment is often fleeting, as temperate paces set by the drums and bass overlay thick currents of keyboards, which for all intents and purposes allow the guitars and horns to conjure up sonic whirlwinds, as Union Five ascend to a higher and more intense level of musicianship. Newcomers to the band will find a talented group of musicians who mask the advanced nature of their compositions in the ease with which they execute them.

Union Five draws from contemporary and traditional music across genres, including jazz, funk, fusion, and rhythm & blues, in such a way its respective batteries of instruments, and the mix of textures these afford on any given track, morph into a real-time modern-day musical encyclopedia of the ages.

These jazz funkers have restlessly experimented and modelled their sound to release an album which is a good summation of what they’re capable of doing. And the recording doesn’t wait long to get into a groove either, doing so via the gritty bounce of the electric piano dancing in sync with the stately rhythm section on the opener, “Upside Down”.

“Bobby G-ish” blasts out of the gate with an equal mixture of panache and high energy before sliding into a liquid groove led by a swirling organ. The mood switches as often as the chord progressions do as the band move towards incorporate some elastic solo improvisations.

The tightest and punchiest two minutes and forty seconds arrive on the ass-kicking start-stop rhythms of “525”, where the band create jumped-up jazz over a razor-sharp rhythm section. Fusion lovers will truly dig the explosiveness of this arrangement. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album, pity Union Five didn’t double the playing time on this one.

“Hoser” scrupulously picks the melodic foundation upon which the horns and keyboards rest as the track progresses. Meanwhile, the piano tone thickens as a means of embellishment, while the bass digs ever deeper into the rhythm. When the Alto Sax sets in, you know this is Union Five at its atmospheric best: retaining the mid-tempo beat as it slowly swings throughout. The band has the kind of groove-centric sound that goes over quite well with traditionalists as well as a young, hip crowd. Moreover these guys can play their asses off, which is exactly what they do on “Murf”.

 “The Blind Kind” and “HHA” are like funky cinematic expressions. Every guitar lick, high hat crash, tickle of the ivories and bass thump, evokes wonderful imagery in your head as the band performs with gusto and bombastic abandon. Thick bass lines build the core element of these tunes.

Great keyboards and funky guitars are also part of the formula, while mystical melodies, moving solos, excellent drum play and moments that makes your hair stand on end do the rest. Union Five take their levels of sophisticated textural layering and sheer groove prowess to new levels here. Hardly have I heard an album finish stronger.

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Bulat: “Still So Far Away” – resonant and powerful http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bulat-still-so-far-away-resonant-and-powerful http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bulat-still-so-far-away-resonant-and-powerful#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 23:28:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32428 Bulat is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor who was born in Russia, raised in England, and is now based in California. His music mixes folk, rock, reggae, and Latin influences with his own unique way of writing both vocal and instrumental songs. He started put learning to play songs by Green Day, Blink 182, […]

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Bulat is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor who was born in Russia, raised in England, and is now based in California. His music mixes folk, rock, reggae, and Latin influences with his own unique way of writing both vocal and instrumental songs. He started put learning to play songs by Green Day, Blink 182, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, before going on to study music technology and commercial music production. His most recent release is the 3 track Ep “Still So Far Away”. Whether you’ve been on board with Bulat since his earliest releases and cottoned on to him during the period in which he released the “Just Before The Beat” album, or you’re just discovering him now – there can be no denying that he’s a true artist. The kind of artist that comes along infrequently.

With “Still So Far Away”, Bulat serves only to cement and further develop this status. As the emotive “Hold On (It’s Gone)” rolls into view with its big beating drum and crunchy over-driven guitar tones, Bulat’s distinctive, world-weary vocal timbre welcomes us into his world.

It’s a resonant, and powerful keening. In the song’s over four-minute span, we travel right through the wringer with Bulat, into what feels like hope.  When the song takes off with full orchestration, and a lush yet punchy augmentation of searing guitars, we’re touching heaven.

On the title track, “Still So Far Away”, is the picture of an artist who has reached for the stars and crested them. There’s a confidence, a willingness simply to be himself in these songs and performances which makes everything feel so appropriately comfortable.

Even the dramatic switches from acoustic-guitar, to piano driven sections, on to harsh and loud guitar riffing, sounds smooth and cohesive. Not many singer-songwriters make such brave arranging choices, but Bulat does, and he succeeds. It is also clearly the scope of the songwriting talent at his disposal for which Bulat will be cherished by many fans.

He writes beautiful homages to life, and equally ornate eulogies to it, hence “We Are Still Here” is filled introspection, encouragement and healing. So much of the narrative is brimming with empathy and understanding, highlighted by Bulat’s powerful wail. Immediately easy on the ears, there’s something quietly intense and absorbing about the melody and soaring chorus.

The song showcases Bulat and his guitar with an almost instantaneous soothing effect. While the melodic curl of his voice has the uncanny ability to wrap you in a blanket of warmth. The hushed and exposed vocals that kick off the tune, soon swells to textbook passion at its peak.

By the end of the recording we can be sure that Bulat’s status as a songwriter and performer is unchallengeable and there really isn’t anything other than his heart poured into every second of “Still So Far Away”. The results are a perfect blend of songwriting integrity and powerful instrumentation and vocals. This is a collection of songs that perfectly defines the artist.

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