Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 18 Feb 2019 01:48:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sydney-Based DJ Vareso Releases “Learn To Love” EP http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sydney-based-dj-vareso-releases-learn-to-love-ep http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sydney-based-dj-vareso-releases-learn-to-love-ep#respond Sat, 16 Feb 2019 18:25:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34442 Vareso is a Sydney based DJ with a dream of sharing his love for electronic music from a very young age. Starting his career off in small night clubs around Sydney in 2012 Vareso has played all around the country supporting world class acts. With his release of his latest album “Learn To Love” it […]

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Vareso is a Sydney based DJ with a dream of sharing his love for electronic music from a very young age. Starting his career off in small night clubs around Sydney in 2012 Vareso has played all around the country supporting world class acts. With his release of his latest album “Learn To Love” it is now time to take it to the next level!

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Yung Wavii: “Come Over Feat. Tai Smoove” – A Natural Chemistry! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/yung-wavii-come-over-feat-tai-smoove-a-natural-chemistry http://jamsphere.com/reviews/yung-wavii-come-over-feat-tai-smoove-a-natural-chemistry#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 15:18:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34438 New York based Nocturnal Seven Entertainment has a rich history of working with an array of artists in the R&B, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and Freestyle genres. Since the late 90s their work as an established management company has led to partnerships with big names in music including Supreme, a Producer from Wu Tang and Positive […]

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New York based Nocturnal Seven Entertainment has a rich history of working with an array of artists in the R&B, Hip Hop, Reggaeton, and Freestyle genres. Since the late 90s their work as an established management company has led to partnerships with big names in music including Supreme, a Producer from Wu Tang and Positive K, Grand Puba, Will Traxx, DJ Red Alert among many others. The company is proud to announce its new wave of talent, including thrilling new artist Yung Wavii. Wavii is a charismatic rapper whose lyrics get to the point quickly. He is a rapper that relies on determination and inspiration. To listen to him is to hear somebody who is trying to reach out to you. He’s talking to the listener more than the average emcee is. His desire is for us to follow to understand his story, and reflect on his message. Wavii’s best attribute is his voice. He has a twist in his voice that he uses to his advantage.

From the moment the single, “Come Over Feat. Tai Smoove” opens, a sense of epic importance resonates from the music. Yung Wavii’s delivery has never been frail, but the booming bark of his declarations feel more astounding on this project. The instrumental soulfully creeps along while the kick drum rattles anything not nailed down.

Tai Smooth brings in the traditional R&B chorus, before Wavii jumps on in. Their chemistry is natural and the deliveries are refined. The smooth record is more than just a gorgeous musical composition, it has a sensual romantic story behind it as well. Wavii’s rhymes are designed to string out little observations until they form a big idea.

“Come Over Feat. Tai Smoove” toes the line between classic and contemporary hip-hop, as Yung Wavii shows off his ability to make the sinful seem noble. The level of craftsmanship exhibited by Wavii is also astonishing.

The crystalline delivery, the professional wordplay, the polished vocabulary sprinkled with tasteful nuances; his bars on the track left such an impression on me I started the song over right after it ended. What makes the track such an outstanding project overall is how easily you personally connect with the story and the music.

Truth is, when “Come Over” opens with its beautiful melody, powered by the sultry vocals of Tai Smoove, you’ll already be hooked. And when the story starts to open with Yung Wavii’s narrative, a sense of tenacious command occurs which keeps you glued to the storyline.

As the moments build from verse to verse moving deeper into the story, you can see the growth in Wavii’s flow and delivery. He controls the vocal strength of his delivery, not losing focus and grabbing the listener’s attention bar-for-bar. “Come Over Feat. Tai Smoove” doesn’t contain a single dull moment and holds the listener accountable to embrace its sensuous moments.

This will without a doubt be bumping for some time to come, especially as a soundtrack for those late night bedroom jams.

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Bizeeee: “Looking For It” – a dizzying sonic template! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bizeeee-looking-for-it-a-dizzying-sonic-template http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bizeeee-looking-for-it-a-dizzying-sonic-template#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:51:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34426 What separates #Bizeeee aka #4ez from many of today’s rappers, is his indestructible delivery. Every verse no matter what he is rapping, he relentlessly pound his rhymes into your head mercilessly, with bone crushing stanzas and a ruthless attitude. Every word spoken shows an aggressive mood and seemingly cannot be stopped by anything. With this intensity also […]

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What separates #Bizeeee aka #4ez from many of today’s rappers, is his indestructible delivery. Every verse no matter what he is rapping, he relentlessly pound his rhymes into your head mercilessly, with bone crushing stanzas and a ruthless attitude. Every word spoken shows an aggressive mood and seemingly cannot be stopped by anything. With this intensity also comes a very dramatic and cinematic driven production. This intense style is especially shown 4ez’s latest single, “Looking For It”. This song is driven by a rhythmic drumbeat, hissing hi-hats, and harmonized by futuristic and spacey keys. This is a chance for 4ez to step back into the norm and turn up the volume on his aggressiveness.

On “Looking For It”, 4ez achieves the perfect blend of manic indecipherable rapping filled to brim with deep figurative language, a brilliantly-crafted story and an out-of-this-world scenario that extends from the deepest cracks of the human psyche. All of this is displayed over a consistently fiery beat.

The dizzying sonic template of gritty drum shots, and head-bobbing drum basslines, evoke the darkest images from the twisted corners of your mind. Every detail, significant or insignificant, is mentioned with neurotic accuracy all while being fueled by a ridiculously smooth and aggressive flow.

I wish I could cite those lyrics to illustrate the brilliance of story-telling involved but it would only be comprehensible if I posted the song in its entirety. Needless to say, 4ez delivers a mesmerizing barrage of adrenaline-soaked verses and battle-rhyme-styled aggression.

4ez’s relentless energy pushes him to pack as much imagery into his rhymes, but not overtly-saturating them, to the point that they become mindless battle-rap brags. At times it feels like #4ez can turn his schizoid rhymes to almost any topic, such is the breezy confidence with which he approaches this recording.

The solid production, vivid lyrics and excelling mood, makes “Looking For It” another great addition to the 4ez collection. If hip-hop can paradoxically be praised for anything, it would be its seemingly limitless potential for progression and reinvention, and there are still a handful of rappers who not only understand that, but also understand that it can certainly help shape the genre as well. #Bizeeee aka #4ez is one of those rappers.

MORE ABOUT: Born Bougain Littlejohn, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Bizeeee aka 4ez, was raised by a single mother in Central Virginia after his parents split. She was in and out of jobs, hustling to make ends meet, while Bizeeee left home early, turning to the crime-infested Virginia neighborhoods, which led to the usual downward spiral of courts, institutions and incarceration.

He started experimenting with rhymes at 12, and got published in local poetry books and magazines. However he didn’t start rapping until he was 22. Eventually he would find solace in creating art – writing, spray graffiti, photography, and of course music.

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Heather Whitney: “Moving On” – Adept songwriting and an open heart http://jamsphere.com/reviews/heather-whitney-moving-on-adept-songwriting-and-an-open-heart http://jamsphere.com/reviews/heather-whitney-moving-on-adept-songwriting-and-an-open-heart#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:35:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34403 The pain of a broken heart has long existed at the root of country music. And while love and loss has found its way into all genres of popular music, it’s presence within country has somewhat lessened I recent times, in favor of a particular lifestyle aesthetic. Packaged and presented to consumers as the commodity […]

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The pain of a broken heart has long existed at the root of country music. And while love and loss has found its way into all genres of popular music, it’s presence within country has somewhat lessened I recent times, in favor of a particular lifestyle aesthetic. Packaged and presented to consumers as the commodity it now is, modern country music has lost much of the soul it once possessed. However there are still artists willing to carry the torch, creating relatable, emotionally resonant songs ring true with the listener. Full of heartbreak and hope in seemingly equal measure, the album by Southeast Texas singer-songwriter Heather Whitney shows an artist coming full circle, having worked her way through the emotional tumult and come out the other side with a wealth of quality material.

This album is everything she has lived through, felt, and overcame, while in the studio. “Just because you’re working towards your dreams, doesn’t mean that the world stops spinning, and hardships won’t find you,” says Heather. “What gave me strength to complete my album, was knowing that I was not alone, and that someone else out there would hear these songs, relate to them, and possibly gain some healing like I did. We have to stick together.”

Emotions run deep on Heather Whitney’s 9 track album, “Moving On”. The album showcases the singer’s adept songwriting as she opens her heart to listeners throughout the length and breadth of the recording. While some will always try to read between the lines, there really is no need to, Heather pretty much wears her heart on her sleeve.

It is an album from a woman who admits her faults, shows her strengths, details heartbreaks, and shares any happiness along the way. The lyrics are thoughtful, deep and sensitive, resulting in Whitney coming across as a wonderful storyteller, in the mold of the great singer-songwriters of the country and Americana genres.

While the introspective and sometimes melancholic themes are plenty, Heather Whitney doesn’t lose her fiery musical persona within the confines of this recording. Songs like “By by Bayou”, “Little Bit Crazy”, “Moving on Song”, and “Shut up and Dance” ensure there are intense and energizing moments. But this ardent intensity is highlighted anywhere you place the needle on this recording.

All the while, she is figuring out life through each mistake how the rest of us do. Lucky for us, she’s able to write it all down and teach us some lessons within her songs. The first one comes on “Aint’ Gunna Take It”, telling us that there comes a time when you need to bail out of an impaired relationship.

Heartbreak is a theme throughout much of the album, but it’s not cry in your beer country songs relying on overwrought heartbreak clichés. Instead, it’s a woman looking inside herself and recognizing that sometimes she finds herself in deep doubt, like on “Where The Truth Lies”.

At other times she admits she drinks too much and promises more, on “What the Whiskey Said”. And all the while she learns her lessons with each wrong turn. On the slow burning ballad, “When You Learn to be Lonely”, Heather delivers her most stunning vocal performance yet, while the overriding quality of her songwriting remains impressively, consistently high.

There’s a no-frills, unfettered quality to “Man in Blue”, a heartfelt ode to our uniformed law keepers and the burdens their families need to bear on a daily basis, which Heather conveys in a personal and devastatingly effective way.

It’s just one of many small, nuanced moments that makes the album, “Moving On”, feel unflinchingly honest, emotionally resonant and deeply personal. It’s an album I absolutely recommend, one of the best we’ve seen come out of the genre in a long time.

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Quintin Tarintinto: “No Self Pity” – sheer mind-blowing from front to back http://jamsphere.com/reviews/quintin-tarintinto-no-self-pity-sheer-mind-blowing-from-front-to-back http://jamsphere.com/reviews/quintin-tarintinto-no-self-pity-sheer-mind-blowing-from-front-to-back#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:48:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34396 Tallahassee, Florida rapper, Quintin Tarintinto has his 2019 fifteen track project, “No Self Pity”, out right now. This is the record many of Tarintinto’s contemporaries would love to make, but they don’t have a sufficient enough state of consciousness to draw inspiration from, or truly focus the menagerie of their minds upon. It’s the most topically […]

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Tallahassee, Florida rapper, Quintin Tarintinto has his 2019 fifteen track project, “No Self Pity”, out right now. This is the record many of Tarintinto’s contemporaries would love to make, but they don’t have a sufficient enough state of consciousness to draw inspiration from, or truly focus the menagerie of their minds upon. It’s the most topically cohesive, palatable and headily conscious Tarintinto ever been for an entire set of songs. His universal vision makes it all work together in perfect, coalescing, high-tech harmony.

A less knowledgeable Quintin Tarintinto might have asked compelling questions and never get to present the answers projected on this EP, while the wizened mind on display here compresses his trains of thought into mind bogglingly dense articulation, more verbose than anything you’d ever find in passing conversations.

Fans who appreciate the artist for his unique perspective will love this culmination of all his stylistic facets, and those who simply enjoy a combination of intellectual discourse and unapologetic, raw lyricism in their hip-hop will find what they’ve been missing here on “No Self Pity”.

The songs are sheer mind-blowing from front to back. It is clear right off the bat that Quintin Tarintinto possesses a near unmatched lyrical talent, that many underground artists can only drool over. The rhymes are as tight as they come, Quintin’s nasal style flow is both unique and untouched, and the lyrics are utterly savage.

This is how rap songs should be written. Some albums move people in ways unheard of before, at least in their lively hood. These albums remain in listeners’ hearts, and keep them company whenever needed. For me, one of the albums with that kind of potential, could so easily be “No Self Pity”.

The minute “Po’ Hustlin” kicks in, you know that Quintin Tarintinto has received beats that are lethal enough to match his lyrics. An epic orchestral entry, precedes the element of surprise meant to evoke a feeling from outside the box upon his listeners.

It is with a twinkling piano driven atmosphere and complex lyrical bars that this project solidifies itself as an absolutely worthwhile listen. “Ground Zero” extends the formula. This is surely a rapper’s rap record, Tarintinto goes off on the mic possessed with a masterclass in lyricism; the guy employs internal, multi-syllabic, and straight up complex, entertaining rhymes.

“Cold 4/20” is layered in smooth jazz vibes, splashed with pure adrenaline word acrobatics, and sprinkled with wit. “Out Of My Way” deals out a healthy helping of melody in the chorus hook, as Tarintinto rolls out his singing voice. “Lit” follows suit, as Quintin comes back with another hypnotic chorus and bubbling bassline.

A blend of modern style and groovy vintage aesthetics, “I Decided” keeps the momentum of the EP running smoothly. For that same reason “Wake Up” is a total standout, and one of my favorites. Quintin’s lyrics can be in your face and sometimes even leaving you wondering. Either way, it always works with the storyline and the beat.

Quintin Tarintinto is an artist in every sense of the word. He is able to paint pictures of his life that is difficult to get anywhere else. And tracks like “Vibrations” and “Attitude Adjustment” serve to confirm this. The lyrics and soulful beat on the latter track is enough to give you the chills. Only someone obsessed with the craft could create such a refined track as the EP closer “No Self Pity”. And only someone so confident would be so open about his experiences.

“No Self Pity” is an album that works best whilst listened to with the bass propped up, and headphones on, so that all of the layered instrumental goodness of each song can be truly credited for.

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3Mind Blight: “Make This Right” – One listen and you can’t help but be hooked http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/3mind-blight-make-this-right-one-listen-and-you-cant-help-but-be-hooked http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/3mind-blight-make-this-right-one-listen-and-you-cant-help-but-be-hooked#respond Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:32:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34389 Let’s begin with the fact that 3Mind Blight doesn’t make music for the fans or the label. In the era of rappers who are doing it for the gram, 3Mind Blight is all about the art of self-expression: he isn’t rich, he isn’t cocky, and he respects those who came before him. His style is […]

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Let’s begin with the fact that 3Mind Blight doesn’t make music for the fans or the label. In the era of rappers who are doing it for the gram, 3Mind Blight is all about the art of self-expression: he isn’t rich, he isn’t cocky, and he respects those who came before him. His style is not rap focusing on bling or hedonism, instead he observes and tries to teach us everyday lessons about ourselves, but his focus is also knowing he is better now than he once was and only plans to get better, something that should be recognized as wisdom.

Hailing from Tulsa Oklahoma, 3Mind Blight had humble beginnings in the late 90’s, with Boom Bap Rap and the Grunge Rock scene. After leading several bands and many production teams, what started as a hobby has led to a full time music career in production, instrumentation, and artistry, mixing rock, rap and instrumentals.

3Mind Blight has recently dropped his 2019 single, “Make This Right”. The artist may not say it himself, but he is one of the best when it comes to painting a picture, especially a bleak and realistic one – his voice is heavy an ominous when he drops the lines: “So many times that we tried to make this right; make this right. Too many people in the world, all they do is fight; always fight.”

His delivery is very impressive, but he doesn’t go for spitting too fast, as he wants you to feel the strength of every word. He transcribes his emotions into the music perfectly, whether it be depressed anger, disillusionment, or something quite different, 3Mind Blight’s vocals are great.

He adds a ton of details into the track, building on the techniques he learned in the past and even adding new ones. This higher quality of musicianship is all over the record, and while it’s nothing that 3Mind Blight hasn’t done before, he just does it better here than he has in a while.

Streamlining his sound allows 3Mind Blight to focus on setting a meditative mood for the record that continues throughout the runtime. The strings quiver and weep, while the bassline grumbles deeply under the weight of the shuffling hi-hats and snare. He doesn’t need much more except the tone of his voice to round off the emotional impact of the song.

3Mind Blight’s lyrics, as one may be able to tell are far from mainstream. There isn’t talk about hoes and hustling, but then again he isn’t exactly mainstream. “Too many people hatin’, too many people stealin’. Too many people play with Satan with the sense of killin’. Too many heroes run away and then become the villains.”

His lyrics are heartfelt, scrutinizing and angry. One listen and you can’t help but be hooked by the sincerity and passion contained herein. 3Mind Blight poured all his realism and sincerity into this song, creating a beast of tune. In every sense!

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Capo 2G: “Pullup” ft. KirkoBanz – the dominant aesthetic of swaggering underground rap http://jamsphere.com/reviews/capo-2g-pullup-ft-kirkobanz-the-dominant-aesthetic-of-swaggering-underground-rap http://jamsphere.com/reviews/capo-2g-pullup-ft-kirkobanz-the-dominant-aesthetic-of-swaggering-underground-rap#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:37:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34379 Capo 2G is a Hip Hop artist currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, his unique, island fused sound which he defines as AfroHipHop is one of the many factors giving rise to his growing fan base. Capo 2G’s close relationship with A-listers such as Rae Sremmurd gives him the opportunity to […]

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Capo 2G is a Hip Hop artist currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, his unique, island fused sound which he defines as AfroHipHop is one of the many factors giving rise to his growing fan base. Capo 2G’s close relationship with A-listers such as Rae Sremmurd gives him the opportunity to learn from the front lines as he prepares himself to step into the spotlight. He begins his first solo tour in Trinidad, Colorado on February 21st. This isn’t exactly a startling revelation, but hip-hop has always been rife with emcees who style themselves as unrepentant hedonists, recounting in vivid detail, escapades filled with pussy, money, drugs, alcohol or fame. And while for most rappers, this kind of bacchanalia equates to a background chattering constant, Nigerian-born Capo 2G could be considered the professor emeritus of underground hip-hop debauchery on his latest track.

The production on his track “Pullup” ft. KirkoBanz, contributes greatly to defining the dominant aesthetic of swaggering underground rap, creating a syrupy, stomping beat full of skittering hi-hats and swirling keyboards while pairing them with larger than life lyrics detailing gleeful expanses of hedonistic indulgence.

It is a pretty stunning marriage of modern Hot 100 music and the slow-motion churning of Afro-Pop’s sticky beats. The trance-like synths and low rumbling bass lines seem to swell on the same frequency of Capo 2G cadence, forming a tidal wave of aural sensation that rivals his peers.

Its relentlessness makes this into a repetitive listen, because Capo 2G is a surprisingly dynamic artist. He’s constantly performing little musical tricks that keeps you engaged. The beat slows down from an energetic bounce to a sledgehammer-like thump and back, and Capo 2G switches his rhyme cadence to take advantage of the extra spaces he can find in between.

This track is most definitely about the music as much as it is about the lyrics. Capo 2G is a crafty rapper with lots of charisma. He explore his topics in an interesting and technically proficient way. It is a hypnotically repetitious motif whose contagious melody burrows into your cranium while cushioning the bark of its vocalists.

The track captures Capo 2G in his own splendor, while juxtaposing his ability to navigate between the clubs and the streets. If “Pullup” gains some traction on the radio, it will be fascinating to examine the different generations of fans Capo 2G will manage to reach.

For those fans who have admired Capo 2G from any past efforts, or those who have just discovered him, “Pullup” ft. KirkoBangs happily delivers exactly what it promises: a daylong, pussy-soaked pill-popping party that doesn’t seem to end.

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J.R.Clark: “Zenith Spokes” – a remarkably captivating rapper! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-r-clark-zenith-spokes-a-remarkably-captivating-rapper http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-r-clark-zenith-spokes-a-remarkably-captivating-rapper#respond Mon, 11 Feb 2019 19:04:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34374 J.R.Clark is a hip-hop artist based in Virginia Beach, VA. He started his career behind the mixing board as a studio engineer. In 2014 started releasing his own music and building a following in the underground hip-hop scene. Inspired by artists like Curren$y, Stalley, Big K.R.I.T, J.Cole, Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, and Chance the Rapper, […]

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J.R.Clark is a hip-hop artist based in Virginia Beach, VA. He started his career behind the mixing board as a studio engineer. In 2014 started releasing his own music and building a following in the underground hip-hop scene. Inspired by artists like Curren$y, Stalley, Big K.R.I.T, J.Cole, Rick Ross, Schoolboy Q, and Chance the Rapper, J.R.Clark’s latest project, an EP titled “Sunset Symphony”. If, after listening this recording, you’re under the impression that J.R.Clark is preparing to take over the world, you’re neither alone nor unjustified. For decades hip-hop has seen myriads of artists fleetingly captivate the attention of listeners with promises of masterworks, only to fade quickly when their output proves to be, at best, mediocre.

Those artists poised to don the crown and galvanize hip-hop make us hold our collective breaths. J.R.Clark emerges through a suffocating billow of mumble rap convincing us that forward is the only existing direction for hip-hop. The single “Zenith Spokes” introduces newcomers to just about all of J.R.Clark trademarks: the bark, the hustle, the money, the vision, and, most importantly, the incredible ear for beats.

Although the resonant, fluttering piano and opalescent orchestral augmentation initially seem more attuned to levity, J.R.Clark’s penchant for addictive hooks and his exhaustive thesaurus of flows awaken the verve hidden within the musky hollows of the beat, sketching a menacing mission statement.

And while J.R.Clark is a more than competent lyrical rapper, he doubles up that skill factor with his commanding presence and varied flow. “Zenith Spokes” finds the rapper at a lyrical apex as he entwines introspection and storytelling to spit some of his tightest verses.

He sounds a remarkably captivating rapper, tumbling between words with a bluster unmatched by your regular trap goons. His flow is urgent whilst lyrical, ensuring some meaning is attached to his quotables.  The track employs a mix of dark, introspective rhymes with some confrontational ignorance, laid over flawless production. As a bar-for-bar emcee, J.R.Clark has no problem flexing his lyrical abilities with an urgent delivery.

The music on the record is well done, and will easily contribute to J.R.Clark’s prospective transformation from one of hip hop’s distinctive up-and-comers into a formidable mass-audience competitor.

Capable of balancing and articulating his conceptual goals, he will no doubt receive credit for “Zenith Spokes” punch and polish, however the real rumble is provided by J.R.Clark’s keen eye for detail and his knack for turning his observations into distinctive verses.

Beneath any gangsta rubric writ large, you’ll hear superb tales about the hard knocks, the hedonistic luxuries, and the never-ending street hustle. Furthermore, he has a deceptive amount of lyrical skill and an abundance of charisma. All of this comes through on Zenith Spokes”.

Although, this would only be half the story because J.R.Clark’s comes in with a fantastically menacing swagger on this track and paints the picture of a man that you definitely don’t want to mess with. Lookout for the new EP coming from J.R.Clark in 2019 – “Antique Summer” which features notable collaborations including Fendi P from Jetlife Records and more underground artists.

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Kid Fre$h: “Pe$os” places the Kid in a pocket where he is clearly at his most comfortable http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kid-freh-peos-places-the-kid-in-a-pocket-where-he-is-clearly-at-his-most-comfortable http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kid-freh-peos-places-the-kid-in-a-pocket-where-he-is-clearly-at-his-most-comfortable#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2019 11:30:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34344 Kid Fre$h is a Texas-based rapper and songwriter. Stylistically he is described as a storyteller, drawing from real life experiences. On his latest track “Pe$os”, which rides on a butt-shaking Latin beat, the Kid delivers his colorful rhymes in both English and Spanish, showcasing the multicultural flavors in his music. He crafts songs filled with […]

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Kid Fre$h is a Texas-based rapper and songwriter. Stylistically he is described as a storyteller, drawing from real life experiences. On his latest track “Pe$os”, which rides on a butt-shaking Latin beat, the Kid delivers his colorful rhymes in both English and Spanish, showcasing the multicultural flavors in his music. He crafts songs filled with lifestyle and street-isms that have a sense of believability about them. The new track sets a groove-inducing tone from the outset, as over the piano and percussion-driven instrumental Kid Fre$h flexes with a flurry of red hot rhymes. A record like this one, where the content caters more towards the streets and the beat is distinctively booming and more hard-hitting, places the Kid in a pocket where he is clearly at his most comfortable.

“Pe$os” is clearly the kind of song where Kid Fre$h thrives most. His skill-set lies greatly in his ability to deliver relatable content and be catchy. He proves that top-notch lyricism and producer synergy remains the cornerstone of credibility and artist relatability in Hip Hop.

The track finely tunes the best assets in Kid Fre$h’s artistic tool-set while digging further into his own artistic head. By all accounts, the project will be praised by all for its top-tier rhyming and serve as an antidote to the current melancholic emo-trap-mania.

Kid Fre$h rapping works almost as another sound effect. He composes fun syncopated rhythms for himself and he recites them with ease as his rhymes dance around the beat. He works clean and knows how to fill out each bar appropriately. Kid Fre$h definitely has the skills to hang with some of the best rappers of today.

“Pe$os” keeps a consistent tone and attitude throughout as we are exposed to his blunted reality. The Latin-styled production perfectly fits his style and is hypnotically addictive after a couple of spins.

Kid Fre$h also doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously, while showing off a humorous side, and deceptively clever lyrics when conveying his mindset. This is a rare trait in the heavy-handed hip-hop game.

Practically every element in the song, and the visual, plays off each other’s strengths, allowing Kid Fre$h’s active delivery and rhymes be the stars. On this his latest single, Kid Fre$h sounds like a stress-free rapper who loves luxurious instrumentals that enable him to flow freely. That feel-good vibe is naturally transmitted to the listener.

“Pe$os” is like new wave of fresh air on the hip hop scene and it would appear, Kid Fre$h is clearly aware of this. The track is smart, and eclectic. When everyone is so busy trying to act like they’re a rapper by being overly bombastic and in your face, the Texas-based artist gets the Latino groove going on, while still retaining a relentless lyrical flow.

“Pe$os” deserves all the recognition for Kid Fre$h becoming an even better version of himself, and much of the rap game, here. The track shows an artist willing to work his craft to the fullest. Kid Fre$h will only make a stronger impact from here on.

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Kendra Black: ‘This Love’ – a thrilling electro-pop tune! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kendra-black-this-love-a-thrilling-electro-pop-tune http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kendra-black-this-love-a-thrilling-electro-pop-tune#respond Sat, 09 Feb 2019 00:53:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34328 Kendra Black is clearly a talented singer-songwriter with an abundance of potential. Furthermore, she has ambition, but attempting to predict the future of an upcoming starlet can sometimes be difficult to predict since the ever-evolving tastes of music pundits seem to be changing at a rapid pace. Yet, it seems almost impossible to ignore Kendra […]

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Kendra Black is clearly a talented singer-songwriter with an abundance of potential. Furthermore, she has ambition, but attempting to predict the future of an upcoming starlet can sometimes be difficult to predict since the ever-evolving tastes of music pundits seem to be changing at a rapid pace. Yet, it seems almost impossible to ignore Kendra there is a charm and innocence to her voice which is difficult to dislike. In fact, if there is anything that builds up expectations concerning Kendra Black, it is the fantastic album opener ‘This Love’. Kendra’s voice is at its very best here; sounding both sweet and sincere. It really is the perfect example of what the singer-songwriter is aiming for; as seamless a combination electro-pop as is practically possible. She proves to have a death-grip-grasp on today’s sound.

As the track progresses, the synths and four-to-the-floor beat plays a larger role in proceedings. Resulting in a beautifully crafted electronic pop gem characterized by a soft and loud arrangement, dramatic tension, pianos, echoes, and a sticky melody.

The elegant production values never take away from Kendra’s euphonious and haunting vocals highlighted by her impressive songwriting abilities. Kendra’s unique ability to bridge pop, EDM, hipster and mainstream worlds together will no doubt be a hit amongst many.

‘This Love’ is a track that feels perfectly artistic, even though the craft in a chorus as infectious as this, is impressively accessible. First a slow build, then the beat drops, the floodgates open, the arrangement springs to life and swoops overhead; Kendra soars above it, clear and effervescent. It’s a pure, ecstatic artistic moment.

Though composed, recorded and executed within the confines of a trendy and popular music idiom, the song is not just a slab of musical candy pumped out of a factory. Vocally powerful, lyrically sincere and relatable, ‘This Love’ has everything an electro-pop song should have, including a sick beat, of course.

Kendra is maturing within her sound and establishing herself as an artist to reckon with, it’s evident on this single as it is across the entire, “The Fire” album. ‘This Love’ is most definitely the gem of the album, demonstrating the perfect fusion of Kendra’s authentic vocals and a thrilling electro-pop tune. Not only is it a stirring musical arrangement excellently performed by the artist, but it also echoes the idea of love as exciting and fulminating.

MORE ABOUT: Kendra Black is a singer, songwriter, and producer from New York City. Originally from a professional ballet background, Kendra was the youngest in her class when she graduated from the Kirov Academy of Ballet at the age 17. Upon graduating she shifted her focus on music and performed in the U.S., France, Monte-Carlo, Italy, Egypt, and the Caribbean.

She trained with teachers from the Music Conservatory of Cannes in France and from The Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan. Upon relocating to NY, Black perfected her vocal training in NYC with Justin Stoney, director of New York Vocal Coaching, A&R Meghan Cress at Voice Academy NYC, and Ilana Martin from Vocal Workouts singing school.

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Sun J: “Dilli” packs out blistering rhymes! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sun-j-dilli-packs-out-blistering-rhymes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sun-j-dilli-packs-out-blistering-rhymes#respond Fri, 08 Feb 2019 11:33:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34317 The Khatarnaak Hip-Hop Collective is ushering in the rebirth of hip-hop in India. The New Delhi based group is one of the first to holistically represent all 5 elements of Hip-Hop, founded by one of India’s most exciting emcees, Sun J. Born into a family of modest means, Sun J provides a fresh perspective about […]

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The Khatarnaak Hip-Hop Collective is ushering in the rebirth of hip-hop in India. The New Delhi based group is one of the first to holistically represent all 5 elements of Hip-Hop, founded by one of India’s most exciting emcees, Sun J. Born into a family of modest means, Sun J provides a fresh perspective about real life in New Delhi. 2018 was a banner year for the artist, and he’s starting 2019 off on the right foot with his new single and music video “Dilli”.

The title is the slang name for New Delhi, and the release coordinates with India’s Republic Day. The song is expressive, confrontational and aggressive, and rife with Sun J’s chopper-style, lightning-fast flow.

If you don’t believe that they can make authentic hip-hop masterpieces the world over, then check out this hard hitting production by Haji Springer, the mix by Deptronic, the engineering work by DJ Reminisce, and the video clip by Liberal Arts Production, to assess the extreme altitude levels the Indian based Khatarnaak project has reached with “Dilli”.

Whether you enjoy the music or not, this fact is pretty much indisputable. Much of the track actually goes pretty hard, filled with plenty of drive and confidence. Another indisputable fact!

There’s a great range of emotion shown on the work as Sun J jumps from bar to bar. Unfortunately due to my ignorance, and very little help from Google Translate I was unable to unwrap the meaning lyrics which I assume is in Hindu, though India has a vast number of languages.

However there’s a sense of urgency and awareness that pervades throughout the entire work, leading me to believe that the song is much deeper than it appears. The instrumental also helps bring it all together, ringing sweetly and dramatically under the verses.

For now I can thoroughly appreciate the technical elements – the flow, the production and the performance – which are outstanding on all counts. Given the speed, density and multi-syllabic delivery of Sun J’s lyrics, I would imagine that it is periodically difficult to comprehend what he’s saying on first listen, even for someone acquainted with the spoken language.

What is abundantly clear is that Sun J is pouring out his emotions, as he holds nothing back in his performance, while repping his city.

“Dilli” is by no means an easy listen, but it’s a brilliant one. So I would say it’s not for everyone, especially mainstream lovers. However, I doubt that the Khatarnaak project is really concerned with “everyone,” instead they hone in on their die-hard supporters, real hip-hop heads, and concentrate on consistently putting out great music, which is probably the most important element for them.

That being said, when given some time by “everyone”, “Dilli” reveals itself to be a multi-layered conceptual journey presented by one of Indian hip-hop’s best rhymers.

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Miztuh Chazs & Rell Darza: “Inception Affiliate” – seismic futurism! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/miztuh-chazs-rell-darza-inception-affiliate-seismic-futurism http://jamsphere.com/reviews/miztuh-chazs-rell-darza-inception-affiliate-seismic-futurism#respond Tue, 05 Feb 2019 18:00:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34294 Underground artist Miztuh Chazs started rapping in 1993 at just 11 years old. Drawing upon his Alabama roots and influences from several musical genres, Chazs began using his music to escape from troublesome surroundings. More than 20 years later, his career has taken him from coast to coast, and along the way, he’s worked with […]

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Underground artist Miztuh Chazs started rapping in 1993 at just 11 years old. Drawing upon his Alabama roots and influences from several musical genres, Chazs began using his music to escape from troublesome surroundings. More than 20 years later, his career has taken him from coast to coast, and along the way, he’s worked with such well-known artists as Nelson El and Chauncey Clyde as well as performed with Too $hort and Bone Crusher. In 2018 Miztuh Chazs linked up Relly Darza, and together the two put together the ambitious 15 track album “Inception Affiliate”. This is music for the times we’re living in. Chazs and Darza have tapped into the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times, with a combination of modern beats, straight street talk, focused lyrics, and awesome production.

The rappers come together to make an album that is sonically exciting and lyrically relevant. With an urgent new school flavor that however steers away from the EDM influenced landscapes of many current artists for a sound that focuses on hard-hitting beats, storytelling and flow.

These boys prove all you need to make a great rap album is a good beat and the truth. Their chemistry together is undeniably flawless. In places the record is a blitzkrieg of one-upmanship, flurries of bars and punches being thrown with energetic glee.

Miztuh Chazs and Relly Darza become full-fledged juggernauts on this record, never compromising, never obstructed. The beats are just as abrasive. Familiar elements abound—droning synths, cosmic bass, corrosive keys, glitchy sequencing—but the sum totally explosive.

This kind of seismic futurism has been missing from the rap game for some time. The duo is doing anything they want and could care less what anyone thinks. Here on “Inception Affiliate” they flex the power of independence. No artist signed to a major could pull off an album like this.

The executives would’ve called for changes, but luckily Miztuh Chazs and Relly Darza don’t exist in that world. They are free, they are independent, and they are badass. So they rollout their masterwork with the dark an ominous “The Entourage” which bangs from wall to wall, with changing tempos and breakneck bars.

“Alias” keeps the momentum going before Chazs and Darza move into the standout “Meagan Good” which overflows with vivid lyrical imagery and explicit thoughts. The heat is further turned on with “Them Haters”, where the raps are out of this world, and technically impressive.

If you’re looking for the some respite, you won’t find it in the booming, “Rock That Brody”, where the level of lyrical adrenalin has now reached intoxicating heights. Which ironically brings us right into the thudding bass drum of “Pure Cocaine”. There’s an aggression to the build-up, an intimidating abrasiveness.

The melodic echoes of “Take a Ride” brings some comforting, soulful relief. Equal parts red-hot fire and cold hard reality, by this time the album is running on its own momentum as it passes through the catchy and anthemic, “We Coolin”, “Do It Some More” and “Optimus Primed”.

The album takes another melodic turn with the sing-song groove of “Rolled Up” which is an impressive piece of original songwriting. On “I Love Juice” Miztuh Chazs and Relly Darza get back to their rhyming grind. More melody, more groove, and more pussy rhymes can be found on “Slurpie”, before Chazs and Darza ride out in triumph on “Manson” with another flurry of breathless bars.

On the whole, “Inception Affiliate” is a ridiculously consistent assault of a record, with both deftness and bombast, and with enough surgical precision to land a knockout punch, track after track.

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Alex Cade: “Woosah” – charismatic and energetic! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/alex-cade-woosah-charismatic-and-energetic http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/alex-cade-woosah-charismatic-and-energetic#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 17:31:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34265 Alex Cade has been making music since birth. His father introduced him to different genres. Being such an early creative Cade’s music began to exceed the limits of just rap. Moving from Detroit to Seattle and trying to make music helped Cade instill new habits from other creatives and new friendships. The rapper’s first full […]

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Alex Cade has been making music since birth. His father introduced him to different genres. Being such an early creative Cade’s music began to exceed the limits of just rap. Moving from Detroit to Seattle and trying to make music helped Cade instill new habits from other creatives and new friendships. The rapper’s first full body of work which dropped in 2017, “Regional Influence”, expounded on that idea. It is hard to classify Cade’s music as traditional hip-hop, and his latest single, “Woosah”, taken from the EP “For A Reason”, is no exception. He spends equal time between rap flows, and melodic harmonies which he delivers at the top of his lungs in a joyous manner.

Alex Cade is great at spontaneity. His mic presence is charismatic and energetic, his style is unpredictable, and his songs can give the impression that they were recorded in one take in the heat of the moment—that’s what makes them so special.

The song’s production by is hypnotic, filled with emotive guitars and elegiac keys, and Cade uses it to lay down some technical gymnastics. Unsurprisingly he doesn’t sacrifice the flair and experimentation of his best tracks in any attempts to prove he’s a rapper who can flow with the best of them. His style calls for much more.

Furthermore, Cade just happens to have more charm and rock star swagger than anyone else aggregating hip-hop’s current trends into their music. And if you run through his EP or back catalog, his fusion of genres is prominent. Cade stretches his voice and flow on slower to mid-paced tracks to create a melodic pop sound. In the same space, his animated vocals twist in a way that is reminiscent of R&B.

Amongst the white noise of the mumble rap debate, Alex Cade’s efforts on a solid project do not go unheralded. As we dive into the first half of 2019, his sound and appeal make this the perfect time for him to make his move into the mainstream. In a relative sense, he presents a sort of family-friendliness that his peers lack.

By and large, there’s also a meaningful difference in his lyrical content. Cade’s narrative on “Woosah”, is perceptive, personal, and even humorous, which many will find captivating because it’s non –threatening.

Alex Cade’s ability to appreciate the every-day sh*t around us and turn it into poetry is nothing short of astounding. He claws his way under your skin, and soothes the pain with huge melodies and a slightly tongue-in-cheek nature. The more I think about it, the more a track like “Woosah” makes perfect sense.

Cade’s songs just build and build, getting more melodic and intricate as the song goes on, and on top of that his wordplay is ridiculous too. It’s quite clear that Cade has a unique, distinct sound but, more than that, he displays his artistic freedom, the freedom to not stick to one melody or sound.

The way Alex Cade approaches his tracks uncovers his originality and provides us proof as to why he consider himself more than just a rapper. As it stands right now Alex Cade is positioning himself to be one of the front-runners of the new generation of urban artists.

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Bill Abernathy: “Crossing Willow Creek” – a distinct voice and a killer writer! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bill-abernathy-crossing-willow-creek-a-distinct-voice-and-a-killer-writer http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bill-abernathy-crossing-willow-creek-a-distinct-voice-and-a-killer-writer#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 21:46:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34255 Kansas City, Missouri resident Bill Abernathy, began writing songs in his early teens.  He played all through his school years, but then life took over. Bill got married, built a business career, and raised his children.  After his kids graduated from school and started their careers, Bill picked up the guitar again and began trying to rekindle […]

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Kansas City, Missouri resident Bill Abernathy, began writing songs in his early teens.  He played all through his school years, but then life took over. Bill got married, built a business career, and raised his children.  After his kids graduated from school and started their careers, Bill picked up the guitar again and began trying to rekindle his love of music. “Inspiration for my music comes from a variety of the many parts of my life,” Bill says.  “Events and experiences of mine, my family, my friends, and sometimes even people I have never met all, contribute to the creativity of my music. I find it interesting and rewarding to let my imagination wander through the memory and spirit of life events and see where it takes me.”

Bill Abernathy mixes the best of Americana, Blues, Country, and even shades of Rock to perfection. It’s not often you come across an album or an artist that is equally strong lyrically and musically. But the 11 track “Crossing Willow Creek” has you covered on both fronts.

Abernathy’s voice is growly and mellifluous with a bluesy and country sound that transcends both genres. And that doesn’t begin to touch on his lyrics. Hands down a distinct voice and a killer writer. The songs and production on this album feel tailor made for vinyl.

On the album, Abernathy revels in the rush of delivering kinetic hooks. He hurtles through lusty melodic patterns in the upbeat number “Can’t Go Back,” propels the tuneful heartland rocker “Cry Wolf” with the vigorous, swaggering charisma of his vocal attack, and, in the blues-rocker “Whiskey Road,” maximizes the rhythmic tension between his jackhammering vocal cadence and angular guitar riffing.

But Abernathy is also capable of being quietly poignant, and his lyrics can be highly literate, at times literary, and often possessed of a sharp personal focus. Nowhere are those elements more on display, than on “Willow Creek” and “Meant To Be”.

While the wide range of musical styles on display on “Crossing Willow Creek” doesn’t detract it from being a cohesive album, it does make for eleven outstanding individual tracks, ready-made for the digital generation where genre lines blur and each song stands on its own merit.

That track by track freedom proves an advantage for Bill Abernathy, who is able to chase his muse in any direction it wants to go. So he can bathe his sound in rich and gentle acoustics on “Love’s in Vain”, and then in the very next track, “White Night”, rock his socks off with crunchy electric guitars and soaring saxophones.

Through “Any Port in a Storm”, “Yuppie Blues” and “Icarus Ascending”, the songwriting to the musicianship to Abernathy’s enthusiastic vocals, truly sparkles, and is further proof that all things are possible if you have the willpower to seek it out. Abernathy’s direct and honest songwriting is beyond reproach. He unfolds his subjects with the grace of an angel, and sings them like a man on fire.

“Crossing Willow Creek” is a true coming of age, for Bill Abernathy, a portrait of an artist totally comfortable in his own skin and finding himself increasingly willing to color inside and around the Americana lines. His music will stay with you no matter what genre preference you may have.

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4ez: “Thoughts” – imparting the values of honesty http://jamsphere.com/reviews/4ez-thoughts-imparting-the-values-of-honesty http://jamsphere.com/reviews/4ez-thoughts-imparting-the-values-of-honesty#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:51:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34231 Born Bougain Littlejohn, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Bizeeee aka 4ez, was raised by a single mother in Central Virginia after his parents split. She was in and out of jobs, hustling to make ends meet, while Bizeeee left home early, turning to the crime-infested Virginia neighborhoods, which led to the usual downward spiral of […]

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Born Bougain Littlejohn, in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Bizeeee aka 4ez, was raised by a single mother in Central Virginia after his parents split. She was in and out of jobs, hustling to make ends meet, while Bizeeee left home early, turning to the crime-infested Virginia neighborhoods, which led to the usual downward spiral of courts, institutions and incarceration. He started experimenting with rhymes at 12, and got published in local poetry books and magazines. However he didn’t start rapping until he was 22. Eventually he would find solace in creating art – writing, spray graffiti, and photography. Not to mention music, where Bizeeee has been gaining traction in bounds and leaps.

His latest 2019 release, is the single “Thoughts”. A track which tackles the multi-lettered F-words – friendship, fakeness and falsity, while also dropping survival codes for the uninitiated in life’s twists and turns. This sounds like a solid step towards becoming solidified as a great amongst the masses.

“Thoughts” is how you do a single that couldn’t give two shits about mainstream or commercial conformity. No frills. No features. No wasted space. Period. Just two short minutes of hard-hitting, rhyme-spitting bars that would fit onto any rap playlist either side of the millennium.

And unlike other rappers who try to push narratives selling fantasy, Bizeeee aka 4ez doesn’t sully the bed with recycled macho platitudes. Instead, we get rhymes of truth that that is a merger between bar heavy boom bap of yesteryear and the coarse aesthetic of hardcore hip-hop.

At the same time, “Thoughts” is not some over pretentious conceptual opus trying to sell morality – its aim is imparting the values of honesty. And the survival techniques needed, when such values appear to be non-inexistent in any given situation.  On this track, 4ez fully realizes his role in the rap game.

It’s more toward the conscious rapper dropping knowledge on his generation than the sing-song trapper climbing to the top of the charts, who receives zero respect. 4ez knows what he’s good at. He knows his skill set, and he’s very comfortable understanding what’s going down, on the streets.

Bizeeee aka 4ez’s hard-hitting realism and his influences from hip-hop’s golden era allows him to reach peak confidence levels on “Thoughts”. Brevity clearly sharpens the rapper’s focus as he sounds more than urgent across the duration of the song.

It’s a project that leaves little room for error, and while many fans may feel shortchanged by the track’s minuscule length, it’s the mark of an artist who thrives on going against the grain and, ultimately, emerging victorious. “Thoughts” is a short yet satisfying shot of narrative gems that Bizeeee aka 4ez may well build his career on, drenched in charisma and precision.

“Thoughts” serves as 4ez’s assertive mission statement, with the rapper riding a spacey and atmospheric beat. And while Bizeeee aka 4ez’s lyricism is more than enough to appease hip-hop traditionalists, the materialistic flexing of the beat also caters to rap’s flashier fans.

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Pool Moon Elephant: “HIKARI PLUS” feels genuinely exciting http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pool-moon-elephant-hikari-plus-feels-genuinely-exciting http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pool-moon-elephant-hikari-plus-feels-genuinely-exciting#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 04:41:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34224 Founded in 2015, Pool Moon Elephant is a Swiss electronic music duo composed of Ivan Nurchis and Riccardo Studer, who released over 30 tracks, and continue exploring different electronic music genres. They are currently dropping their latest EP, “HIKARI PLUS” – a 5 track recording which revisits the single of the same title, featuring Japanese […]

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Founded in 2015, Pool Moon Elephant is a Swiss electronic music duo composed of Ivan Nurchis and Riccardo Studer, who released over 30 tracks, and continue exploring different electronic music genres. They are currently dropping their latest EP, “HIKARI PLUS” – a 5 track recording which revisits the single of the same title, featuring Japanese J-Pop singer from Tokyo, Mikuro Mika. Overall this EP is a whirlwind of musical talent and electronic bravado with just enough curveballs thrown in to make it what is. The electronic sound of today is possibly the most confusing scene to enter into.

On the one hand you have the artists who accept its chart driven limitations, they make a song, make sure it’s a banger, take the money and disappear within one summer. Others make their career on singles that follow the same repetitive pattern and get away with it, but in essence there are very few EDM artists remaining who are able to coherently create a body of music.

This is one of the many reasons why Swiss duo Pool Moon Elephant are such competent artists. In a genre where it is more than easy to lose any distinction in your sound, they are able to swim very much against the current. They don’t stagnate in their own ideas, instead they collaborate with other talented producers and artists, to inject more verve and vision into their tracks.

The “HIKARI PLUS” EP, not only takes in all of these attributes but also manages to showcase a large amount of musical progression from their previous work. Whilst fans are used to the duo’s trademark thumping basslines and crisp synths, this EP sees the pair mix things up with their collaborators by expanding and morphing their mixes alongside some captivating new sounds.

EDM lovers of all genres will find something on this EP they will like. It is infectious, catchy, and feels like one of those recordings that could be played infinitely and never get old. One thing Pool Moon Elephant have always been consistent with is the construction of their songs.

They are masterful at building their tracks up by using impeccable chord progressions. Midnight Sun is one of the electro tracks that exemplifies the duo’s song writing talent with its smooth and melodic vibes that will force you to get off your ass and dance.

It’s those brilliant chord progressions which makes mixing this track such a breeze for the producers on board. Pool Moon Elephant have demonstrated their production mastery in all of their work so far, and this song more than any other reminds the listener that they are also impressive songwriters. Everything is perfectly in place, and it feels genuinely exciting as the remixers step up to the plate:

  1. “Hikari Sun (feat. Mikuro Mika) [Lorenzo Molinari Remix]” – The first track is a collaboration with French DJ and producer Lorenzo Molinari – winner of a multitude of remix contests and longtime friend with the PME duo, Lorenzo Molinari, who gives the track a house atmosphere with jazzy shades.
  2. “Hikari Sun (feat. Mikuro Mika) [Ken Aihara Remix]” – The second track is a remix by the Japanese composer and keyboard player Ken Aihara, longtime New York resident with a classical and jazz background.
  3. “Hikari in the Rain” – The third track is “Hikari in the Rain”, an electronic minimal tune inspired by a misty day at Lake Chūzenji at the Nikko National Park, Tochigi Prefecture, during Pool Moon Elephant’s trip around Japan.
  4. “Hikari Sun (feat. Mikuro Mika) [Synapse Remix]” – The fourth track is a collaboration with Tokyo producer Kenichi Uezato aka Synapse who remixed it into a deep house tune.
  5. “Hikari Sun (Instrumental mix)” – The fifth track is an instrumental version of the single “Hikari Sun”.

Their new EP, “HIKARI PLUS”, is a five track rollercoaster ride full of convulsing beats and sweet melodies; even if you aren’t a massive fan of this type of music generally, it’s hard not to have your attention grasped by Pool Moon Elephant and their collaborators here. This EP is a great little package of music; a perfect collection to get anybody pumped up for an electrifying night out.

You’ll enjoy and appreciate producers who know their away around their craft and are able to remain innovative and unique amid all the other button pushers whose demographic is predominantly pill-dropping festival heads who can’t distinguish between the good stuff and the posers. Pool Moon Elephant shows us how to go from being better, to being the best!

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Eddie Arjun: “Transition” – amazing musical vocabulary! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/eddie-arjun-transition-amazing-musical-vocabulary http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/eddie-arjun-transition-amazing-musical-vocabulary#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:19:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34218 As a three-piece instrumental band ARJUN, now simply known as Eddie Arjun, released a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums, Gravity (2016), Core (2014) and Space (2013), featuring special guests Corey Henry (Snarky Puppy, Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck), Scotty Hard (MMW, […]

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As a three-piece instrumental band ARJUN, now simply known as Eddie Arjun, released a trilogy of critically acclaimed albums, Gravity (2016), Core (2014) and Space (2013), featuring special guests Corey Henry (Snarky Puppy, Kenny Garrett, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck), Scotty Hard (MMW, Sex Mob, Bjork, De La Soul) reaching the top 5 on the Jamband/Relix Radio charts. Eddie Arjun is now back in 2019 with a brand new album entitled “Transition”. Project leader, Eddie Arjun Peters is incredibly talented. He has quietly and politely climbed to the apex of guitar playing, kicked everyone off the top of the hill and now sits there waiting to wear the crown. Few that I’ve heard has his kind of feel or technique to where it just flows out of him. He doesn’t sound like he has practiced what he is playing a thousand times a day. It sounds like it all just flows out of him.

Right from the album’s opening track, “There It Is”, the music is fluid and reflects an amazing musical vocabulary between Arjun and his two cohorts on bass and drums. Together they from an electrifying trio delivering spades of groove and spunk. By the time they hit the bluesy second track “Core”, this album is absolutely smoking.

The track forges a stop start rhythm and a fiery slow burning guitar. Throughout the recording Eddie Arjun manages to capture what many would usually consider to be two of the most essential ingredients for making a successful Guitar instrumental album.

Firstly, a wide range of musical dynamics especially style and technique changes, and secondly, keeping the listener captivated in his musical narrative instead of them switching to the next song; the latter being the harder part to pull off. The first part requires practice, the second is an almost innate skill which cannot be taught.

In some instances this album reminds me of some killer guitar work from the likes of Eric Johnson, Ronnie Montrose, Steven Hackett, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert or Satriani. This is incredible stuff, except that Eddie Arjun is perhaps less showy technically than some of his peers, going more for texture and feel than sheer speed or bombast.

This is well put into practice on both the title track “Transition” and “Longass”, in which Eddie uses beautiful ingenious guitar phrasing which in turn ends up later as meaty chorus-like motifs and then linked to various hook laden lead patterns that add massively to the overall flavor of the songs.

At the beginning, “Ascent” sounds like something which a highly stung out Jeff Beck would play, but in all sense and purpose, this is pure Eddie Arjun Peters stepping into his own blues swaying shoes, all laced up in groovy fusion.

Overall this album is a marvelous example of guitar instrumental music. It’s a tour de force of technique, style and groove, with the emphasis on the latter two elements. Though on a track like “Lavalust”, Eddie Arjun adds a healthy dose of eclectic creativity in the sonics department.

It’s also a cut where the drums are allowed to shine brightly. The closing track, “Gone” is considerably more melancholic and slower, showing off Eddie’s atmospheric and melodic range add its imperious best. Eddie’s ability to flawlessly combine his love for music, with his desire to use it to express himself, shines throughout this album.

Luckily, his playing partners, Andre Lyles (Bass) and Michael Vetter (Drums) share the same aptitude. Together they make the “Transition” to instrumental magic, where searing guitar leads combine with tightly spun rhythm grooves.

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Blakkice aims for big themes on “Girls and Money”! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/blakkice-aims-for-big-themes-girls-and-money http://jamsphere.com/reviews/blakkice-aims-for-big-themes-girls-and-money#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:05:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34202 Blakkice is a popular hometown artist from Jamaica who writes his own lyrics, and hangs with the legendary Luciano and Beenie man. He is getting ready to drop his newest track called “All I Know”, which is set to drop in early February. In the meantime caught up with his smashing banger – “Girls and […]

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Blakkice is a popular hometown artist from Jamaica who writes his own lyrics, and hangs with the legendary Luciano and Beenie man. He is getting ready to drop his newest track called “All I Know”, which is set to drop in early February. In the meantime caught up with his smashing banger – “Girls and Money”. Blakkice aims for big themes on Dancehall. The very first sounds you hear are synth chords so rich and full you want to wrap yourself up in them like a very expensive coat. The bass throughout is among the heaviest you’ll hear on any record this year, yet it never sounds ugly or rough. Even at its most forceful, the Blakkice’s music never bangs you over the head; it’s enveloping, like a massive wave.

The song rolls out a boom-ticking drum beat and drapes it in sumptuous synths and pulsing basslines. Blakkice breaks into the track with resonating gravelly baritone, imposing his fiery flow on the ass-shaking soundscape.

You can make out the structure of the songwriting from a mile away: First comes the pensive intro; then the drop, and a surging build, spinning the track around in euphoric loops.

This is music tailored for the main stages at music festivals and dancefloors shaking with moving bodies in the pursuit of big moments, where only the punchiest, boomiest, most obviously emotive sounds are accommodated.

This is Dancehall’s sonics which evoke the sound and feel of the big room experience, with low-end that threatens to blowout the bass cabinets, and overdriven mids that push their way to the forefront.

It’s all powerful, especially when combined with the rafter-shaking, booty-beating grooves of the rhythm section, and Blackkice killing it on the mic.

His broad vocal prowess is on full display and constructs an anthem that leaves the listener with a finger on repeat.  Blackkice’s original and engaging style displays his years of experience and cements his credentials in the genre. He has a raw passion and feeling in his voice, which can be heard on this song.

It’s hard not to root for a musician who sounds fundamental in keeping a genre in vogue. His origins give him a unique insight into his choice of music style, which proudly puts on display here. It’s a record that appeals more to the club market than the mainstream, while Blackkice’s ability overrides his ambition.

Fans of throbbing club anthems are well served, and the song’s combination of reggae flair and dancehall anarchy provide a slick and enjoyable listen. If you’re in search of a surly beat and rhythm, you won’t be disappointed.

All-round “Girls and Money” possesses the elements of a dance floor hit, with a deep bass setting the tone for its listener to groove on. Numerous things have to mesh together to create a great song, and in the case of “Girls and Money” they’re all meshing here, to make it an extremely catchy song.

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SNOZ: “Scary Hour” creates something unique http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/snoz-scary-hour-creates-something-unique http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/snoz-scary-hour-creates-something-unique#respond Mon, 28 Jan 2019 07:29:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34166 Born in Nigeria and currently based in Malaysia, SNOZ is a multi-talented artist who has overcome many obstacles to become the artist he is today, expressing his message through modeling as well as producing and creating music. A college dropout, he used the time to hone his craft and grow his fan-base. His current project, […]

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Born in Nigeria and currently based in Malaysia, SNOZ is a multi-talented artist who has overcome many obstacles to become the artist he is today, expressing his message through modeling as well as producing and creating music. A college dropout, he used the time to hone his craft and grow his fan-base. His current project, “The Life of SNOZ” is available now. Taken from that mixtape is the single, “Scary Hour”. The mixtape is meant as an embodiment of SNOZ’s discography, and it makes sense showing a lot of flexibility. He delivers a rapping to singing scheme, together with the juxtaposition of up-tempo vibes and down-tempo tunes. On the song “Scary Hour”, he drops a mind-blowing switch in his unique flow and continues to drop more bars without allowing listeners to recover from the shock.

Ad libs in hip-hop have become predictable, so it might not seem like a big deal when an artist drops an unexpected ad lib to a line, but SNOZ takes rap fans by surprise. On “Scary Hour” he creates something unique with his ad libs and vocal effects, spicing up the arrangement.

If there’s anyone hasn’t listened to SNOZ until now, this track is the perfect project for them to begin their adventure into the rapper’s multicolored set list. He is often heartfelt, turning struggles into poetry. The potent imagery expands his evocative experiences of life into large, towering portraits.

SNOZ understands the power of familiarity, yet the need to present what’s fresh and new. With “Scary Hour”, SNOZ further displays an understanding of the realm his artistry occupies, and how he’s able to insert new elements without fumbling the mastery of his trap-soaked melodies.

Moreover his songs never drag because most of them are not overlong, and because SNOZ is a wizard when it comes to making words sound strangely cool. “Scary Hour” dazzles thanks to harrowing vocals, raw emotion, and great beat-making. This track is an almost perfect vehicle for the unorthodox rapper to show his wares.

“Scary Hour”, much like the rest of the mixtape, builds a layered and detailed cinematic landscape. “The Life of SNOZ” never sits still, and it never remains in one groove for long. It is a raw interpretation of his heartfelt musings filtered through an audio processor and laid bare at the intersection of trap, rap and R&B.

It’s a fascinating foray that ambitiously pushes the limits of self-expression. The mixtape knows exactly what it is — a conduit for SNOZ to articulate his rawest feelings, in an unapologetic way in order to convey his most profound expressions, with the same intensity and passion he originally felt them.

On “Scary Hour”, SNOZ is superbly expressive, finding the range to croon in a crackling, jarring voice. In a class of eccentric rappers, SNOZ can stand among them as one of the most dynamic different. He is putting everything into his craft, and should be seeing a huge return on investment sometime in the near future.

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