Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Thu, 21 Jun 2018 22:15:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Klef Mikaydo: “Purple Clouds” exudes a certain confidence that only comes as an innate gift http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/klef-mikaydo-purple-clouds-exudes-a-certain-confidence-that-only-comes-as-an-innate-gift http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/klef-mikaydo-purple-clouds-exudes-a-certain-confidence-that-only-comes-as-an-innate-gift#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 15:16:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32388 Let’s get one thing out of the way, straight off, “Purple Clouds” is so laid back that you can ride to it, elevate to it, make love to it, dance to it, as well and sing and rap to it!  Multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Klef Mikaydo, has loaded this track with all the goodies you […]

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Let’s get one thing out of the way, straight off, “Purple Clouds” is so laid back that you can ride to it, elevate to it, make love to it, dance to it, as well and sing and rap to it!  Multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist, Klef Mikaydo, has loaded this track with all the goodies you need for true ear-worming bliss. Whether by intent or happenstance, every moment and every picture painted in Klef’s songs are feel intimate and relatable to the listener. If that feeling is indeed premeditated, it is even more impressive. The one thing that separates the Californian artist from any other crooner out right now is how easy he makes it all seem.

He has instantly likeable vocal range as opposed to some of his contemporaries, and with that, he’s a menace: his songs all hover around that precise octave range, and in that range he’s in his zone. That zone is a space that only he can occupy successfully, subtly intertwining melodies with extreme finesse. Every note is comfortably at home with the next and it exudes a certain confidence that only comes as an innate gift.

And all of that is injected into the honey smoothness of “Purple Clouds”. Klef Mikaydo has a great knack for providing context without straying from the central plot, another trait he exploits on this single.

He expertly weaves comments and anecdotes in between his personal perspective to create vivid scenes of hedonism: “All those bitches out there playing with their nose. I like it sunny, I ain’t fucking with no snow,” before he hits the chorus: “I’m living life, a lonely stoner, like to free my mind, and I, blowing purple clouds.”

There are dizzying arrays of subtext on any given verse, and it makes the song that much more captivating. The production coincides with the vibe of the lyrical content, providing the appropriate atmosphere, and creating a complete sonic package.

It’s one of those beats that set the mood. You start to think that whatever Klef does over it hardly matters, but as always his smooth lone wolf voice adds just the right R&B vibe to make it essential. By this point, it’s clear the singer-songwriter has his own personal formula nailed down to tee.

We’re talking about catchy hooks, entrancing melodies and synth-flavored R&B, the merits of which are never up for debate. You always know what you’re going to get from this dude, and at the peak of his powers too.

With each new track he releases, Klef Mikaydo asserts his status as a great singer, songwriter and an artist who continues to evolve. He successfully channels an array of emotions into his music, which proves fruitful for his songwriting.

“Purple Clouds” maintains the high quality aesthetic of his previous releases, and will hopefully allow him to gain the recognition he deserves. Klef sure has the potential, confidence and creative range to reach great heights. And what better time than now?

MORE ABOUT: Klef Mikaydo who previously went under the moniker G.Klef, writes and produces all of his works, which he releases through his independent label EliteStar Empire. The Californian artist who started to compose music at the age of 9 soon learned to play the drums and enhance his vocals. By middle school he had learned to play the tenor saxophone and trombone, and was soon introduced, via a friend, to software programs such as Fruity Loops and Reason, which offered him the essentials tools he needed to move his recording career ahead.

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Trevon Payne: ‘Stories of Payne’ is a hip-hop purist’s paradise http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/trevon-payne-stories-of-payne-is-a-hip-hop-purists-paradise http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/trevon-payne-stories-of-payne-is-a-hip-hop-purists-paradise#respond Mon, 28 May 2018 13:16:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32375 Struggling with depression and suicidal tendencies through his adolescence, the only relief that Kansas artist, Trevon Payne, found was writing lyrics to the instrumentals of his favorite songs. He would spend up to 8 hours a day waxing lyrical and piling up crumbled pages of notebook paper. His ongoing momentum was fueled by his unwavering […]

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Struggling with depression and suicidal tendencies through his adolescence, the only relief that Kansas artist, Trevon Payne, found was writing lyrics to the instrumentals of his favorite songs. He would spend up to 8 hours a day waxing lyrical and piling up crumbled pages of notebook paper. His ongoing momentum was fueled by his unwavering faith in his choice of craft: “I always knew I wanted to be an artist,” says Trevor. “I just never knew that God’s gift to me would evolve from doodles to poetry. With this gift I will my story in ‘Stories of Payne’.” Right from the opening “Intro”, you already feel like ‘Stories of Payne’ is going to be a truly personal album. Some of that real artistic shit. This isn’t that hip-hop album intro where the artist comes out rapping a mile a minute. He’s not trying to prove he’s an amazing rapper, he’s trying to prove he can make an amazing album and tell an amazing set of stories. And if he proves to be a damn good rapper along the way, well, then that’s just an extra bonus.

Hip-hop purists are potentially the most elitist group of music fans there is. They don’t concern themselves with album or ticket sales. The only thing the hip hop purist is interested in is if a certain artist is real or not. Being real is what separates, for example, people like 2 Chainz from Kendrick Lamar.

Hearing the story behind the title of Trevon Payne’s latest effort, and the address of Payne’s childhood and ensuing growing up years, suggests a real and personal album. And at a glance ‘Stories of Payne’ is a hip-hop purist’s paradise.

For a start he actually manages to carry the weight of the album, all 13 tracks of it, completely on his own. His affection for singing helps to keep things varied and the way he hits the notes give certain songs an extra emotional dimension.

The production is without a doubt another one of the album’s best assets, laid back and soulful without ever becoming delegated to background music, the beats sweeten the album and compliment Payne’s direct approach to storytelling. And then when Payne kicks in with his machine gun deliveries, you realize that his aggressive Midwest rapping style is still a major force to be reckoned with in the industry.

Built on a soulful beat and rolling percussion, “Emerson St.” is a heartfelt and personal account that gets as real as it comes. This is one hell of a smooth beat, two tracks in and I’m thoroughly enjoying myself. “Born 2 Be” (remix) is really going for the full on inspirational, motivational vibe.

This is some real relatable stuff that somehow puts me in a nostalgic mood. “Shaq’s Couch” takes the inspirational theme a few steps further up the ladder. If this song was supposed to make me feel stronger in the face of adversity, then mission accomplished Mr. Payne.

Trevon Payne’s greatest strength is how candid a rapper he is, taking complex emotional subjects, intimate inter-family relationships and putting that to good use on the backdrop of eclectic soundscapes.  “Pain Is Important” is one of the album’s best songs in this sense, and showcases frank and vulnerable storytelling.

“Last Girl” takes us into romantic and melodic territory, with Payne forging a set of nuanced verses and heartrending choruses. “Your Loss” takes us back to pianos and lush instrumentation. It gives the project a kind of dreamy vibe, and it’s blowing me away.

“Shook” has some real banger potential, it’s going to be hard not to put this on repeat ten times right after it ends. Maybe that says something about the music you really want, don’t we all just dig bangers? If bass is your thing, then drown in the rumble of the opening bars in “Just Don’t Get It”.

Now that the album’s is in full momentum, “Gimme My Check” brings exactly the kind of vocal intensity I was expecting from this joint. Up until here, these tracks are enough to download this album, but it only gets better. The anthem “Win Win” is about as fundamental as crowd-pleasing hip-hop gets, and the way Payne lyrically turns the tables towards the track’s end is sublime.

 This takes us straight into the album’s title track, and centerpiece, “Stories Of Payne”. Payne’s skill in conveying several emotions under one unifying theme is on full display throughout the EP, but nowhere is it clearer than on this track which brings us a harrowing account of facing life’s hardships from a multitude of perspectives.

Overall, a keen sense of self-awareness is one of this record’s key redeeming qualities, and exactly what Payne unleashes on the closing track, “Fortune”.

Trevon Payne appears very aware of his current place in the world, and all of the hardships it takes to get this far down the road. “Stories Of Payne” deserves at least a few listens to discover the depth and extent of the artist’s true to life tales. It is an honest, fitting tribute to the potential of his abilities.

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Marcel Heah: “Travelogue” – a quiet meditation that expresses deep emotions http://jamsphere.com/reviews/marcel-heah-travelogue-a-quiet-meditation-that-expresses-deep-emotions http://jamsphere.com/reviews/marcel-heah-travelogue-a-quiet-meditation-that-expresses-deep-emotions#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 16:18:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32353 Marcel Heah is a musician based in Melbourne, Australia. His quiet, reflective, sometimes playful musical body of work establishes the composer as someone to watch. Marcel’s mellow and unique style are pleasing and refreshing to me. Not elevator music at all but packed with character as the songs whisk you away from your own troubles. […]

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Marcel Heah is a musician based in Melbourne, Australia. His quiet, reflective, sometimes playful musical body of work establishes the composer as someone to watch. Marcel’s mellow and unique style are pleasing and refreshing to me. Not elevator music at all but packed with character as the songs whisk you away from your own troubles. Marcel’s 10 track album “Travelogue” captures the wonders of traveling. Everything within its gentle leaps and bounds is quite remarkable, either through pure musicality, or the immense emotionally nuanced basis that Heah’s arrangements thrive on. At a time of year when the stress level has risen to breaking point with the usual summer holiday season on the horizon, this would be the perfect remedy to avoid traffic and shopping centers and head to the outskirts and relax to some of the finest piano playing.

The music is a beautiful journey of solo piano and a minimal of other instrumental interludes that at times, sweetly floats along and at other times drives ahead with joy. The music is soothing and relaxing yet has plenty of substance for more focused listening.

Marcel Heah is one of those artists who seems to be the most at home with a piano at the end of his fingertips. “Travelogue” begins with “Architectures,” a quiet meditation that expresses deep emotions – and makes for a compelling opener. It quickly becomes clear that Marcel can do pretty much anything at the piano.

It’s interesting how “Fluorescene” seems to be speaking (or singing) without the use of actual words, but by communicating via the languages of music and love.  The first passages of “Cherry Light” express feelings of apprehensive playfulness. As “Troubled” evolves, it gradually moves out of the darkness and up to the light, and is a favorite.

“Her Waltz” is also a favorite, conveying a lightness of spirit and a sense of moving forward with strength and optimism. “Dotted Rain” is quite a bit more ambient, flowing freely and going wherever the piece leads as it is being created.

Louie the Golliwog” feels a bit more focused and deliberate with emotional immediacy and earnestness. It seems to express joy as well as appreciation, so it is in no way giddy – another favorite. To me, “Dance of the Shadows” surrenders both control and anxiety, and derives a certain amount of exuberant joy by letting go.

With a very sustained and determined rhythm, it’s a sweet reminder that we should stay optimistic and hopeful.  “Sun’s Out” can be another way to indicate setting goals to reach or dreaming big, and this lovely piece seems to be doing just that while maintaining a warm and peaceful demeanor.

There are a lot of really great improvisational pianists, but not many spontaneously create such cohesive music as Marcel Heah does. “Travelogue” is a wonderful album for relaxation, meditation, or just kicking back and enjoying some great solo piano music.

It closes off rather marvelously with the never-ending cascading notes of “An Island, Both Seas Sleep.”  Marcel’s missions seems to want to create a more loving and peaceful world by writing, recording and performing music from the heart; to inspire people to live joyously and passionately. This EP has the soothing warmth of a hug from a dear friend.

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G.umfvnk: “Chapter Two: Sermon of Serpents” – emotionally saturated powerhouse of sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/g-umfvnk-chapter-two-sermon-of-serpents-emotionally-saturated-powerhouse-of-sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/g-umfvnk-chapter-two-sermon-of-serpents-emotionally-saturated-powerhouse-of-sound#respond Sat, 26 May 2018 13:33:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32345 G.umfvnk (Dirty Gumball) is a Rap artist from Tucson, AZ and is currently living in El Paso, TX. G.umfvnk’s unique and diverse style which blends both the eloquent and the offensive has garnered fans in the underground as well as mainstream. “Chapter Two: Sermon of Serpents” his latest, and third album release, featuring producers like […]

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G.umfvnk (Dirty Gumball) is a Rap artist from Tucson, AZ and is currently living in El Paso, TX. G.umfvnk’s unique and diverse style which blends both the eloquent and the offensive has garnered fans in the underground as well as mainstream. “Chapter Two: Sermon of Serpents” his latest, and third album release, featuring producers like Syndrome, Pixel, Santos Santana and Mock Ten. Growing up isn’t always easy and it is now apparent to me how vastly different everyone’s lives can be. Sounding like an electrified, and futuristic version of 90’s alternative music, this album is an emotionally saturated powerhouse of sound.

It is a concentrated, pouring out of emotions, experiences and anecdotes. It discusses what many people consider simple primary human emotions with such daring complexity that it eventually has you looking at every aspect of your psyche from a new angle. Both completely honest and relentlessly brutal, G.umfvnk’s goal is not to lament the past but to learn from it and move into the future.

Loaded with explicit dope and pussy stories, the album’s content isn’t by any means edgy in its meaning. In fact, each song’s meaning is so easily relatable that it can become uncomfortably edgy in its visceral honesty. When this is set against the rapper’s raw talent and brazen images created in his lyrics, something special is released.

What G.umfvnk does well on the record is bring songs out of their shell with hard-hitting verses. The rhymes hit you like steroid injections to the heart. The tracks also focus on big choruses at times, but draw mostly on the inner turmoil within the tracks’ lyrical themes, to add another level of shock to each song.

The drug and sex connotations must be mentioned for its deep, dirty and twisted honesty. Sounding like a futuristic renaissance, G.umfvnk shows the listener he’s not afraid to go places they may not have been before, and therefore develops a real edge and grittiness to these well-structured tracks.

Right from the swinging opening track, “Guilty Again!” this album is great on so many levels, and the use of raw and blunt language makes this full of impactful ideas.

G.umfvnk is a very skilled songwriter, and if this record is anything to go by, the he’s going to be around for a long time to come. And by the time the harsh “Enough! I’ve Had It With All These Mothafuckin Snakes On This Mothafuckin Plane”, kicks in, you know for sure G.umfvnk is working without genre constraints and boundaries.

There’s a pulsing gothic brilliance to “Hypocrite” which carries you through to the futuristic soundscape on “Leaking”. G.umfvnk’s voice is carnal and dangerous as his desire itself becomes the lusty flesh he wants to feed on. Strip away the music, and the lyrics will set off unforgettable memories full of non-stop, toe curling, passionate sex.

But what sets most of these songs about sex apart, is G.umfvnk dares to venture deeper by exposing the opposite, darkest side of erotic desire and passion. All the sides of sexual desire – the delicious and the terrifying exist for G.umfvnk.

Elsewhere, G.umfvnk’s storytelling skills become almost hair-raising, like on “Lock Jaw” and “That Bullshit!” Along with the focused tales the rapper also brings in elements of melody and introspection in the atmospheric standouts, “Moonchilld (Prod By Syndrome)” and “Losing Faith”. G.umfvnk’s writes with a demonic confidence as he takes his material into even darker territories on “Sermon Of Serpents”.

“Tripping” sizzles with a caged tension and has all the hallmarks of an epic story, earmarked by a mesmerizing high-pitched synth line. G.umfvnk’s ability to spit rage with a coiled, viperish intensity is captivating. The most intense emotions twist like trembling naked bodies encircling his scorching vocals.

Even when G.umfvnk’s rides a more laid-back beat like “Light The Gas 2 (Prod By Syndrome)”, the stinging sound of his voice lashes the midnight sky like a ferocious whip, assaulting your senses while leaving you speechless.

MUSIC STREAMS: SPOTIFYITUNESSOUNDCLOUD

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Figguhlator: “The Case” – sheer force of will! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/figguhlator-the-case-sheer-force-of-will http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/figguhlator-the-case-sheer-force-of-will#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 15:33:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32331 Frederick Bushau Boyd better known artistically as Figguhlator, is an American rapper and singer, born and raised in Miami, Florida. Boyd found his passion in music as an adolescent, where he worked as a disc jockey assembling Sound Systems and spinning records throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County. At the age of 19 he […]

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Frederick Bushau Boyd better known artistically as Figguhlator, is an American rapper and singer, born and raised in Miami, Florida. Boyd found his passion in music as an adolescent, where he worked as a disc jockey assembling Sound Systems and spinning records throughout Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County. At the age of 19 he began recording his very own music, and after a series of arrests, in 2016 he relocated to Atlanta Georgia with the intent of seriously pursuing his passion for music. He went on to release his debut single “Head Poppa” which quickly garnered 20k views on his YouTube channel.  Galvanized by offers from a few labels around Atlanta, Figguhlator has independently dropped his latest single, entitled “The Case” produced by CAM.

This is no misguided attempt at pumping out a potential pop crossover, instead, the artist and his producer, have focused on doing what they do best, and at the highest possible quality. All over “The Case”, you can hear Figguhlator’s virtuosity humming alongside CAM’s penchant for making beats as huge as possible.

The result is unique, cinematic-sized production that’s deeply rooted in Atlanta’s music scene. Figguhlator’s raw verses serves as a reminder that in rap, one can make a massive impression simply through uncompromising quality, and sheer force of will.

If you want an amazingly produced, sonically pleasing track with a deep message then you need to hear this shit for real.

“The Case” is not about laying down verses full of complex rhyme schemes and interlocking metaphors, but rather about delivering razor-sharp wordplay and realistic storytelling.  The emotiveness is also strengthened by a musicality that exceeds the artist’s previous work.

Figguhlator’s lyrical talent is pure and visceral, and his approach is all about craft and impact. You can feel the pride in every punchline setup and the catharsis in every unspooled rhyme scheme.

In “The Case”, Figguhlator flexes his storytelling muscles more than ever before, with his bars revealing the extremes of hood dominance and the consequences thereof, while reserving the final drama for the end of the track.

The beat fits in with the fierce verbal display by Figguhlator, suggesting a throwback to an era when emcees’ lyricism was central to their identities. “The Case” conveys a lot of emotion and atmosphere, but which the rapper balances with moments of nostalgia and encouragement.

The gravity in his words is matched by the sound of the production. Figguhlator shows dexterity in how he approaches the song, frequently switching his cadence and delivery. The candid cinematic nature of the track can make it feel as if we’re invading Figguhlators hood. But his honesty and clarity is intentional and it’s bound to deepen the connection between himself and his fans.

For Booking and Management Opportunities Contact mgmt@figguhlator.com

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Wreck The Rebel: “The Teenage Lady Killer” – a peak, a stand-alone track! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/wreck-the-rebel-the-teenage-lady-killer-a-peak-a-stand-alone-track http://jamsphere.com/reviews/wreck-the-rebel-the-teenage-lady-killer-a-peak-a-stand-alone-track#respond Mon, 14 May 2018 17:14:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32303 Words have a hard time coming together to describe just how amazing the new single “The Teenage Lady Killer” (prod. by Johnny G) by Wreck The Rebel is. The lyrics are solid and the writing style alone is worth accolades but the music is so well composed and the entirety of these elements, so well […]

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Words have a hard time coming together to describe just how amazing the new single “The Teenage Lady Killer” (prod. by Johnny G) by Wreck The Rebel is. The lyrics are solid and the writing style alone is worth accolades but the music is so well composed and the entirety of these elements, so well put together, that if you don’t hear this a few times, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The way the song expresses its story-line will keep you entranced for the whole run time. Co-Founder of KonQuest Now – Producer and Recording artist, Wreck The Rebel, has been featured on various collaborations and mixtapes throughout the Bay Area, Kansas, LA and Arizona. His quick wit, contagious personality and genuine personality has sparked various Media and Internet interviews and networking opportunities.

Not being tied to any mainstream label, Wreck The Rebel genuinely uses his creative freedom to create the fantastic, and on “The Teenage Lady Killer” he succeeds, with a peak, a stand-alone track. There really is no doubt that this is an ambitious project.

The psychedelic production, the tribute-styled writing about the importance of our loved ones, coincide to create a smooth but emotional listening experience for hip-hop fans. To listen to the music is to submerge yourself in an actual stream of consciousness, with no thought left unsaid.

Provocation is built into the lyrics’ openness, and it understandably becomes the defining element. Analysis and scrutiny is unleashed in the hope of better understanding our instinctive priorities.

Here Wreck The Rebel achieves a new level of romantic comprehension and it’s a marvel how coy he is about that discovery. The writing here is extensive and forthright, full of honest exclamations, straightforward language, and outright statements.

Wreck The Rebel’s production has always been steady and confident, but here it’s more pointed, compacted into a shifty composition that contracts and expands in tight sequence with the vocals.

This record is less about rejecting or accepting a given situation, and more about living and loving through self-expression. And here Wreck The Rebel finds the right words to articulate and express his convictions, as the track concerns itself with relationships in interesting ways – how we find them, how we keep them, and ultimately how we lose them. Presumably his handing out just as much warnings as he is accolades.

Overall, “The Teenage Lady Killer” (prod. by Johnny G) is an impressive single that sees an artist who has always done things on his own terms, continue to do so. Wreck The Rebel once again shows on this track that he’s an important player in the underground hip-hop industry.

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EsZ: “Plush Berry Kisses” manages to be just as thoughtful as it is confrontational http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/esz-plush-berry-kisses-manages-to-be-just-as-thoughtful-as-it-is-confrontational http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/esz-plush-berry-kisses-manages-to-be-just-as-thoughtful-as-it-is-confrontational#respond Sat, 12 May 2018 22:51:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32284 His website reads: “EsZ – Artist from New York City uniquely known for creating timely content by blending the worlds of art and music and connecting with listeners using personal stories and relevant themes.” But that’s just the start of it. Erron aka EsZ is an eclectic artist, and cryptic storyteller. In a year that […]

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His website reads: “EsZ – Artist from New York City uniquely known for creating timely content by blending the worlds of art and music and connecting with listeners using personal stories and relevant themes.” But that’s just the start of it. Erron aka EsZ is an eclectic artist, and cryptic storyteller. In a year that has seen a plethora of grand releases already, the bar has been raised on what it takes to stand out as many artists have begun to focus more on lyricism than just beats.

EsZ’s latest stoner-styled effort, “Plush Berry Kisses” is an achievement that does just that. A wobbly, slightly hazy affair, this is about the weed and the love you make with it, while seriously pondering events and consequences.

Throughout “Plush Berry Kisses”, EsZ uses the skills we have seen in the past while flaunting his maturing abilities. His flow, tone and voice have always been strong but his lyrical ability this time around is the strongest of his career.

This track has the distinction of being a song that will require no time to unpack and grasp. Such is the clarity of EsZ’s wordplay and flow…even when he turns up the speed dial towards the end of the track.

So while the wholesome flavor and beautiful colors of the Plushberry is moderating EsZ’s mind and body, and calming down his nerves, EsZ’s twisted tongue is sending out a list of warnings and caustic messages to his haters.

“Plush Berry Kisses” manages to be just as thoughtful as it is confrontational, while also evoking a sense of surprise with all of its extremely lyrical moments. It’s refreshing to see more artists pull traditional techniques together and innovate; this record is no exception, and hopefully this trend will continue throughout 2018.

Right from the outset EsZ’s flow is tempered but never lazy, simply sounding natural, effortless and likeable. The dreamy beat, the mellow production, the confident and chilled flow, all combine to create a very particular aesthetic, perfect for late night drives or dank smoke sessions. And although it does have higher ambitions, it perfectly fits those particular situations.

The key is that there is a personal purpose to the whole of “Plush Berry Kisses”, and that kind of focus is something to be celebrated. EsZ can sometimes be quiet for a while, but when he drops a track you need to stop what you’re doing to listen to it. There’s something about his style that enchants. So even if you don’t think of yourself as an EsZ fan there’s something about his music that gravitates you towards it.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – SOUNDCLOUD – TWITTER – INSTAGRAM – YOUTUBE

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Trae Morris: “The Door” – a soothing, soul stirring contribution http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trae-morris-the-door-a-soothing-soul-stirring-contribution http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trae-morris-the-door-a-soothing-soul-stirring-contribution#respond Fri, 11 May 2018 22:05:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32260 Born in Mississippi and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina Trae Morris is an independent R&B artist who launched his career in 2014 when he signed with vHIZions Management for artist development; shortly thereafter, he would co-write and release his debut single “Deeper.” After relocating to Atlanta in 2015, Morris aligned with the JP Agency. This […]

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Born in Mississippi and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina Trae Morris is an independent R&B artist who launched his career in 2014 when he signed with vHIZions Management for artist development; shortly thereafter, he would co-write and release his debut single “Deeper.” After relocating to Atlanta in 2015, Morris aligned with the JP Agency. This would connect Morris with the trio known as Those Guys Music, comprised of singer/songwriters Amore Jones, Steven Ashley, and Grammy Award winning producer and engineer Jeremiah Adkins. In the fall of 2016, Those Guys Music produced the summertime track “End the Night”, written by Dee Perrine. Immediately, after the release of the single and music video, Trae Morris got back in the studio with Those Guys Music. After a year of dedicated effort, creating the perfect sound, Morris released his first single in almost two years “The Door,” which is the first single from his upcoming debut EP, “Subconscious,” which is set to release late summer ’18.

This young brother is an oasis in the desert of what masquerades as contemporary Black music. Trae has a way of singing that makes you feel like he’s been on a long journey and has finally made it back home. And he takes you right along with him on the back of each and every note.

His voice is undeniably and unabashedly thick with Southern rasp and charm, passion overflowing every bar he sings. From the outside looking in, it might seem like he’s been blessed with a voice too soulful for popular music, and too serious a talent for the Top40.

Without feeling as though Trae Morris is squeezing himself into the box of contemporary R&B. “The Door,” is an unadulterated, stripped-down heartfelt lament spread across an organic, well-tended, clean and resonating guitar-driven soundscape.

It’s as angelic as it’s raw, with a burning passion that radiates from the back and forth of the vocals, the chemistry between the voice and the guitar is incredibly striking. Anyone who is complaining about the state of urban music today simply hasn’t heard the bounty of Trae’s voice.

His vocal approach in this song is worthy of applause. Trae masterfully conquers this ballad, and maintains a build-up with veteran techniques. He lets his voice tell the story, and the accompaniment of the skilled guitar gives this a soothing, soul stirring contribution.

Hence we can convincingly confirm that what gives “The Door,” its momentum, is Trae Morris’ vocal prowess, which succeeds in brushing away any artificiality in order to strike a natural pose.

The raw emotion of Trae’s performance seeps out of every artistic nook, cranny and crack. It demands that the listener feels what Morris is feeling, which is what any artist in this genre strives for. Every now and then an artist comes out of nowhere to impress you with a music release that is far beyond expectations. Trae Morris’ “The Door,” is a perfect example of this.

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Darick DDS Spears: “Milwaukee” brings lyricism, flow and charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/darick-dds-spears-milwaukee-brings-lyricism-flow-and-charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/darick-dds-spears-milwaukee-brings-lyricism-flow-and-charisma#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 10:37:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32235 Darick DDS Spears brings lyricism, flow and charisma in his latest upcoming album “Milwaukee” set to officially drop 5/18/18, but already on pre-release on major digital download stores as of now. In the era of untalented, unoriginal clones, mumble rappers and sound-a-likes, Spears brings originality and substance. If you’ve become disenchanted with the modern hip-hop […]

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Darick DDS Spears brings lyricism, flow and charisma in his latest upcoming album “Milwaukee” set to officially drop 5/18/18, but already on pre-release on major digital download stores as of now. In the era of untalented, unoriginal clones, mumble rappers and sound-a-likes, Spears brings originality and substance. If you’ve become disenchanted with the modern hip-hop scene this album should quench your thirst for quality hip-hop. This album is flowing over with creative genius and the production quality is top shelf. Darick is a gifted story teller in the mold of his legendary peers. He knows who he is as a rapper and has fun with the freedom that it gives him to express himself. It certainly shows as this is one of the most original hip-hop albums I’ve heard this year. Solid from start to finish, every song has the potential to become your new favorite. It is definitely worth every penny and minute you spend on it, and then some.

“Milwaukee” is both reverential as well as super modern musically as it builds a picture of the city and the artist’s personal experiences, often intertwining the two. Darick DDS Spears hasn’t hopped on the bandwagon of rap trends, preferring to carve his own lane. His beats are clean yet with subtle creative touches and samples that really elevate them into a cinematic level, which matches his storytelling perfectly.

It helps that Spears is a bestselling Amazon author, confirming that he has a way with words. But it doesn’t stop there as the man produces, writes, performs and arranges everything he releases. Which of course perfectly explains why his projects get recognized by the Grammy ballot and nominated for the IMEA Awards.

Lyrically Darick DDS Spears is a beast. He is introspective and thoughtful, often outspoken, and always on point. He’s not afraid to be vulnerable and honest in his questioning of life’s daily struggles, as he is not afraid to condemn the obstacles and injustices that cause them.

The album starts out strong with “Milwaukee (Don’t Know About My City)”, a piano driven, atmospheric track, featuring a mix of searching rhymes and strong social statements, a perfect embodiment of Spears as an artist.  A personal favorite “Mil Town Boys & Girls” features a rolling bassline and gliding synth melody in the background punctuated by Spear’s vocals and candid lyrics.

“Milraculous” comes in on a cinematic note and features a funky keyboard progression and a snappy snare drum. “Citgo Gas Station Interlude” and “Fon Du Lac” affronts the usual hip-hop tropes of sex and money, before “Mil Town-ish” delivers another enlightening sermon about life in Milwaukee.

It’s easy to get lost in the bombast of an undertaking as big as this album, where an artist attempts to weave several divergent sociopolitical vectors into a single statement about flaws in the human condition. Luckily Darick DDS Spears has the intelligence to keep the tracks concise and focused, never letting his creative zest lead to excess.

He is also able to turn up the tempo dial on the electro-tune, “Mil City Times”, which rides along at a steady pace garnished by a melodic hook. “Teutonia News” is another track that flows with a sensational bass groove, but at the forefront there is always Spear’s lyricism which rides the beat effortlessly.

Spears’ messages have a lot of depth. He is able to speak for an entire culture, but also tackle his own personal issues. But it’s the way that Darick approaches these that makes his perspective seem fresh every time. Listen to how he eclectically delivers “Bootleg Man (Nothin To Do)” and the clever wordplay he executes.

As you move ahead through standout tracks like “Mil Town Love”, “MiLtarded” and “MILdew”, it becomes clear that Darick DDS Spears has taken a mature, focused look on the message he wants to convey about Milwaukee and released an album that is phenomenally solid – from the beat production to the lyrics and vocal flow.

Spears has completed a complex picture puzzle of the streets, the hustle, the sex, the drugs, and every other vice or virtue that has left a lasting impression on him in his city. This is really a genuine hip hop album, worthy of a place on any playlist.

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Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders: “HillBilly Blues” – loose-limbed rock handcrafted to perfection http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/billy-roberts-and-the-rough-riders-hillbilly-blues-loose-limbed-rock-handcrafted-to-perfection http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/billy-roberts-and-the-rough-riders-hillbilly-blues-loose-limbed-rock-handcrafted-to-perfection#respond Fri, 04 May 2018 23:14:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32191 Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders hail from Australia, crafting a signature blend of Americana-flavored country and rock, showcasing tales that share personal stories and capture the best elements that music has to offer. Besides Billy Roberts, the band features Alex Quinn (Lead Guitar) and Rory Racione (Drums).  If you draw a wavy line from […]

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Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders hail from Australia, crafting a signature blend of Americana-flavored country and rock, showcasing tales that share personal stories and capture the best elements that music has to offer. Besides Billy Roberts, the band features Alex Quinn (Lead Guitar) and Rory Racione (Drums).  If you draw a wavy line from Tom Petty through any Dire Straits, then meander through The Band’s catalog, and include Eric Clapton’s bluesy escapades, plus spend a good deal of pencil lead on the Allman Brothers, and throw in a heavy dose of Mussel Shoals sensibilities you’ll eventually end up pointing toward Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders. That’s exactly what the band sounds like on their brand new single “HillBilly Blues”.

“HillBilly Blues” is a confident yet unforced triumph offering a cohesive vision: an idyllic, musical world in which the echoes of so many great traditions like Blues, Memphis soul, Americana rock and organically driven Country flow together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.

Here Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders stick their roots in Americana and Southern rock and add some R&B horns to make music that is timeless. It’s easy to forget, in an era of increasingly processed and packaged music that bands like this exist.

Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders keeps the tradition and fire of classic roots rock alive in the 2018’s, with flawless musicianship and raw vocals as well as great songwriting. People are hungry for a good song—a verse and a chorus you can count on, but with something different about it too.

The same old pop formulas can wear you out after a while. The familiar and the surprising, in perfect balance: that’s a holy grail for any endeavor. And this band hits those highs right here.

Just listen to how classic yet fresh the song is. From the opening horn chorale to the energetic but slow-burn verse and the stately guitar riffs on the chorus, this is a song with a purpose. Billy’s vocal is completely under control, open-throated and proud. The rhythm is driven as the horns continue to push the arrangement forward. At the same time, the guitar licks that link the tune together are irresistible.

On the one hand, this tune is handcrafted to perfection, but on the other hand, these players have the instincts and the chops to craft solos and riffs that really tell a story. Billy Roberts and the Rough Riders sound like a band that is writing memorable original songs just for your ears.

Their fusion of loose-limbed rock is never over-indulgent, and impeccably crafted. “HillBilly Blues” is a prime example of the synergy and harmony that come from the collision of mature musical personalities. Its surefooted completeness is something that is hard to come by.

OFFICIAL LINKS: iTunes – Spotify – Soundcloud

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Zalex: “Ghost” resonates with emotive clarity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/zalex-ghost-resonates-with-emotive-clarity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/zalex-ghost-resonates-with-emotive-clarity#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 14:13:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32155 I’ve been following former Red Goodbye guitarist and electronic music producer Zalex, since 2015, and I can honestly that he is one of the best ballad songwriters of this decade. A highly underrated independent artist, this singer and songwriter is an absolute craftsman when it comes to carving out a heartrending anthem that will tug […]

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I’ve been following former Red Goodbye guitarist and electronic music producer Zalex, since 2015, and I can honestly that he is one of the best ballad songwriters of this decade. A highly underrated independent artist, this singer and songwriter is an absolute craftsman when it comes to carving out a heartrending anthem that will tug and pull at your heartstrings. His songs are poignant and gentle as a soft summer breeze, yet they cut deep and hard with lyrics, harmonies and instrumentals that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Zalex always sounds so elegant and graceful in his emotion that you cannot help but end up being totally entangled inside his musical web, before you even realize it. He connects on a deep level with listeners through each and every one of his songs.

The latest single “Ghost”, does not deviate from any of the above rules, as Zalex once again looks at loss and longing, with a sharply focused eye and a heavy heart. His voice resonates with emotive clarity as he sings:

“I hope that you can understand / All the love we’ve always had / Won’t be lost / Because distance is space. I’ll come back from missing when I’m done / And life has had a chance to carry on / I don’t know where I’m going but / I need somewhere.” The care that went into crafting each detail of this record is apparent from the outset.

The sonic dynamics are a solid answer to the usual ‘mastered for iTunes loudness’ mindset, and features a striking landscape of organic peaks and valleys, ranging from piano gentleness to electric guitar flames. The caveat is that this is hardly what we’d call easy listening.

It won’t lend itself well to noisy environments; it’s tough to immerse yourself in Zalex’s world over the sound of chatting co-workers or beeping cash registers. But anyone patient enough to settle themselves into a quiet little corner and immerse themselves into “Ghost” will find a wealth of wonders to enjoy.

There’s nothing reluctant or halfhearted about the dreamy, impeccably rendered music on “Ghost”, which gets plenty of room to breathe over the course of it’s more than 4 minutes. Zalex loves to let his songs build to lavish melodic climaxes, and this does much the same thing.

Sweeping, but never bombastic crescendos, haunting string sections, delicate piano riffs and a fragile, yet fully loaded and lilting voice are the hallmarks of this emotional song. Lyrically “Ghost” is a stab to the heart. Melodically it’s gorgeous, both on piano and vocally.

Together they hold you by the throat for the full playing time before ultimately retreating back to quietness.  You get the impression with Zalex’s music that he has his priorities set on musical credibility leading his songs to be genuine honest expressions.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – SOUNDCLOUD – FACEBOOK

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Lreds: “To The Moon” ft. Rafaela Koseva is nothing short of infectious http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lreds-to-the-moon-ft-rafaela-koseva-is-nothing-short-of-infectious http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lreds-to-the-moon-ft-rafaela-koseva-is-nothing-short-of-infectious#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 21:05:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32124 There are a lot of music enthusiasts out there who see electronic music as nothing more than an annoyance, a blip on the radar that should be ignored; people who concede that plunging into its depths and origins is a journey not worth taking. For every fan that lives by that creed is another fan […]

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There are a lot of music enthusiasts out there who see electronic music as nothing more than an annoyance, a blip on the radar that should be ignored; people who concede that plunging into its depths and origins is a journey not worth taking. For every fan that lives by that creed is another fan who takes great pride and pleasure in exploring and enjoying everything that the genre has to offer. Whether it be Trance, House or just straight Techno, these fans relish anything new put forth by the true artists of the genre. Evoking a musical wonderland of delight, these artists seek to tempt and lure us into their clutches, burrow their way into our sub consciousness, and then refuse to leave. One such artist seeking to put his own stamp on the electronic genre is pianist and producer Lreds, based in Rome (Italy).

In the space of just a couple of years Lreds has released an array of more than pleasurable singles. Not content with the guidelines of EDM genre, Lreds rips up the rulebook, and blends his sound with Pop, Rock and Alternative music. The man prides himself on keeping clear of the clichés and staying at the head of the pack. His latest release is the pop crossover single “To The Moon” featuring Rafaela Koseva.

One thing that needs to be said now is this: Lreds likes to surprise. No two of his singles sound exactly the same. Obviously certain elements permeate over all of his creations, but just like a maze there is enough twists and turns to ensure that every track takes you somewhere new. Equaling the talent and quality heard on his previous release “Tell Me” ft. Rafaela Koseva, this new single seeks to continue that momentum.

Filled with glistening synth lines and throbbing, hypnotic basslines that constantly swell and surge, addictively caught in your head days after listening, “To The Moon” has a playful melody and hard snapping snare drum. This is a track that rewards undistracted, repeat listening to unpack its sonic detail and lyrical transparency.

Whereas some artists have opted to abandon their core sound in search of more innovative sonic ground, Lreds has chosen to carve out a style which he gradually improves upon with each new outing. And as such he sounds fresh and new every time.

“To The Moon” is nothing short of infectious. With one taste you’ll crave more, until the song is frantically thumping through your head at all hours of the night. Armed with a slightly retro, adrenaline-pumping beat and a melodic vocal appearance, this is the kind of musical force that continues to establish Lreds’ place in the underground industry.

Lreds has evolved as an artist but at the same time he has also developed a recognizable sound. His level of production and attention to detail is exquisite and adds a lot to the listener’s experience.

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MARG: “THE VOICES” will connect emotionally to her audience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marg-the-voices-will-connect-emotionally-to-her-audience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marg-the-voices-will-connect-emotionally-to-her-audience#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:10:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32068 After capturing attention in 2016 with her first, extended play “MARG EP” at the still tender age of 18, Argentinian-born, American Singer-Songwriter MARG has been working her craft over the last couple of years. After moving to the U.S. as a young child, she became interested in performing arts and spent most of her time […]

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After capturing attention in 2016 with her first, extended play “MARG EP” at the still tender age of 18, Argentinian-born, American Singer-Songwriter MARG has been working her craft over the last couple of years. After moving to the U.S. as a young child, she became interested in performing arts and spent most of her time singing karaoke and learning instruments like the piano and violin. Her new 10 track studio album, “THE VOICES”, shows her coming into her own as an artist while also building anticipation for potential still to be realized. While her most recent effort fits comfortably in the Indie-Pop realm, MARG’s ability to connect emotionally to her audience and to the lyrics she is singing makes her seem beyond her years at only 20. She possesses a rawness and honesty that cannot be taught and moments that show there is more she can experiment with to stretch her sound even further.

The album begins with an eclectic intro entitled “Flaws INTRO” before it kicks off properly with “Stronger”, where MARG’s ethereal voice floats over the verses of and elicits imagery of an angel luring the listener. It is evident she has grown here by exploring new sounds and also in the strength of her voice.

The track balances her sincere introspective lyrics with the increased production value of the song, and it feels like a window into where further experimentation could take her in the future. There is no shortage of emotion on “THE VOICES” and the songs most often seem to refer to relationships, growth, and perseverance.

In “Crooked Smile”, a haunting mid-tempo song, MARG shows her maturity as a singer and songwriter with the quiet intensity of her voice that clutches the heart in moments when it soars, and affects us when she is in her lower register as she sings, “I’m surrounded by your pretty eyes and that crooked smile,” in the opening verse.

MARG has a subdued power that is infused throughout her music. In “Dark Clouds” she tugs at the heart strings, as she often does, with dripping emotion in her voice. It is easy to relate to her story about the uncertainty of love, and the believability in her vocal delivery as she sings, “My tears dry up quickly and I’m the only one who sees me. I look around and nobody’s there.”

“That Morning” once again, offers a haunting electronically infused track. The song crescendos with an enquiring chorus: “Tell me why am I always sad when you’re around. And why do I always cry when you say you love me. Why can’t I just try to embrace this feeling of nothing when I say I feel everything?”  MARG’s songs of survival are balanced by those that draw on the moments that ignite the fight to move forward.

In the title track “The Voices”, she sings with a fragility in her voice accompanied by a sincerity in her lyrics that is both profound and beautiful in their simplicity. There is an airy quality to MARG’s voice that provides a subtlety to her delivery.  She never overpowers the intent of the lyrics with vocal acrobatics, though she is fully capable.

In “Miles Away” she shows vulnerability as she sings of finding strength to overcome delusion. The theme of finding hope and light in the face of darkness is showcased again in “Let’s Be Friends”. The track shows that she has gained perspective and maturity through experience, and is finding her way.

There are moments on this album that show the possibility of where MARG can go musically. “Tropical Marijuana” is one of those moments.  The song has a slow-building vibe with a sinuous rhythmic flow that will have the listener swaying to the groove.  This is quintessential MARG, where her understated yet affecting vocals only serve to amplify the emotion in her lyrics.

MARG gives us a little of her soul on “I Hope She Breaks Your Heart”. It is heartbreaking and mournful, yet oddly hopeful at the same time, as she tells the tale of someone waiting impatiently on the sidelines to pick up the pieces of a broken relationship.

MARG comes full circle emotionally, in this final track. It is hard to believe she is only at the early stages of her career as a singer and songwriter. She shows a great deal of growth already, and it will be exciting to look ahead to where her sound will go, and how she will enchant us with her gentle grace and her strength, down the road.

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Sirpit: “Texture” catapults the genre higher http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-texture-catapults-the-genre-higher http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-texture-catapults-the-genre-higher#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:06:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32042 Australian based, Taff Dawgz Entertainment artist, Sirpit, has built an impressive reputation during the last couple of years, adding a list of banging singles to his resume. Peeling back the layers of this man, audiences can find found Sirpit to be a novelty in the industry. In comparison to the microwavable talent breaking through recently, […]

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Australian based, Taff Dawgz Entertainment artist, Sirpit, has built an impressive reputation during the last couple of years, adding a list of banging singles to his resume. Peeling back the layers of this man, audiences can find found Sirpit to be a novelty in the industry. In comparison to the microwavable talent breaking through recently, he is a breath of fresh air: a singer, songwriter, and a rapper with legitimate talent. Continuing his penchant for consistency, the artist has delivered his highly-anticipated single “Texture” which was written as an ode to a girlfriend. But what’s next for someone that has continually shown improvement time and time again? If you ask, Sirpit would probably profess, “The pen game is definitely going all the way up.” Throughout his brief but trailblazing career, we’ve come to understand that he can churn out ear-catching tracks for all audiences with ease.

“Texture” is a stunning example. While romantic intricacies is not a story we haven’t heard before in music – Sirpit somehow maneuvers all the right pieces in place to make it an undeniable hit-sounding track for the new generation. Infectious beat? Check. Charming lyrics that are easy to digest? Check. Edge things up a bit with hard-hitting bars and balance it out with a soulful melodic hook? Check.

But even while focused on placing something that could sit on the mainstream charts, Sirpit does an amazing job at not making the music feel or sound forced. He has one of those voices that is instantly recognizable upon hearing it. His melodies have always been ear worms but here they inch their way into your memory just a little further on “Texture”.

Sonically speaking, “Texture” is one of Sirpit’s strongest single projects to come out so far. Borrowing from this millennium’s R&B influences to electronic soundscapes and trap elements, CashMoneyAp x River Beats have created a solid beat.

Thus Sirpit has been able to create a single, with a set of eclectic influences which catapults the genre higher, giving it a ninth life. Sirpit’s narrative, coupled with his dreamy melodic confections, is crafted like delicious diary entries giving their listener a taste of his slice of life. Every bite is sweet, and as the record plays it will leave you salivating for more.

Listening to this new generation of Hip-hop, it’s clear that the genre has changed a lot over the last 10 years. Depending on which side of the spectrum you fall on, you might find it has become too R&B or EDM infiltrated, or you might be happy about the way it has now blended to the point of practically, perfectly blending in with those categories of music.

Either way, “Texture” confirms that Sirpit knows how to deliver a musical balance that the fans want. On that same note, it’s worth mentioning that Sirpit is an amazing collaborator who knows how to shine regardless of who or which beat he is sharing the spotlight with.

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Golden Baby Pro: “The Golden Rule Vol.1” reinforces that the South can indeed rap! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/golden-baby-pro-the-golden-rule-vol-1-reinforces-that-the-south-can-indeed-rap http://jamsphere.com/reviews/golden-baby-pro-the-golden-rule-vol-1-reinforces-that-the-south-can-indeed-rap#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:49:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32016 Golden Baby Pro aka GBP is an incredible rhymer, and doesn’t use that incredibly annoying rapping style that many of his regional peers do. Not only are his flow and rhymes top-notch, he has good beats backing him up. GBP is so about his game, lyrically and mentally, with the kind of confidence that is […]

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Golden Baby Pro aka GBP is an incredible rhymer, and doesn’t use that incredibly annoying rapping style that many of his regional peers do. Not only are his flow and rhymes top-notch, he has good beats backing him up. GBP is so about his game, lyrically and mentally, with the kind of confidence that is damn infectious. And stays firmly focused on being sharper than his competition. He can be a syllable-heavy rhyme-stacker or a comparatively laid-back smooth presence with a penchant for similes. Catchy enough for pop fans, lyrically satisfying for traditionalists and ideal for soulful listening, his album “The Golden Rule Vol. 1” forges 21 easy listening tracks. You just slip this thing on, press play and let it ride. No need to hit skip or shuffle. This becomes a rare case of an album appealing to everybody without ever seeming like it’s pandering to anybody in particular.

Lyrically, watch out you other rappers. Golden Baby Pro can use his words to tell a story that you will listen to. He will talk about his life, his beefs and of course hustling and grinding. Each song also has a different rhyme style that makes him likeable to all. From the minute the opening track, “On My Own” kicks in, GBP is out to show a different side of Texas emcees.

What immediately draws you into the artist’s world is his distinct and intriguing voice, as well as his complex rhyme scheme, particularly the way he effortlessly changes tempos and styles. But beyond all the flash lies his ability to provide cunning lyrics and conceptual material rarely seen from today’s crop of Texan emcees.

This is seen throughout “The Golden Rule Vol. 1”, as Golden Baby Pro reinforces that the South can indeed rap. Efforts such as “Let Em Know”, “Impeccable” and “Live & Direct”, quickly displays his lyrical dexterity and hook making ability. His knack for the construction of addictive and harmonized hooks, as heard on “Impeccable” further sets him apart from his counterparts.

The more times you listen to these tracks, the more you’ll love them. Even when GBP is tearing up a track aggressively, as on “Southern Girl”, he doesn’t miss a step. He’s just that good. But his at his best, positioned inside of a soulfully melodic beat like “New Beginning” or “On My Mind” ft. C. Stein.

Golden Baby Pro voice is easy to listen to and he has a very inviting flow, commanding every track like he is a pro, and it is evident on “Grindin’ Daily”, “Gametime” and the standout “I Want You”. GBP who is adept at punchlines, also masters the craft of storytelling, while he has great diction in general. Listen to how he keeps his lyrics clear and audible on “Sho Feels Good” and “Like” regardless of the steady pace he is holding down.

If you never felt the new South movement, Golden Baby Pro is the answer for you. He brings something fresh to the table, and his talent should not be overlooked. Particularly in the groove, are the tracks “Heaven 2 Me” and “Shine Regardless”. There are far too many good tracks to even attempt to talk about all of them.

This is an absolutely terrific album from start to finish. It’s got great retro styled beats, solid lyrics, and good rapping. And Golden Baby Pro even keeps some of the best tracks for last, like “Thick & Thin”, “Supa Nova”, and the album closer, “Crazy”. I started listening to GBP about 2 years ago. He is the real deal and he’s going to be around for a long time.

OFFICIAL LINKS: ITUNES – SPOTIFY – FACEBOOK – TWITTER

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