Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sun, 21 Oct 2018 23:22:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lord Conrad: “Fight Till The End”- a blood-racing electro-house anthem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lord-conrad-fight-till-the-end-a-blood-racing-electro-house-anthem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lord-conrad-fight-till-the-end-a-blood-racing-electro-house-anthem#respond Sat, 20 Oct 2018 21:03:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33405 Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad has been taking the dance and pop fraternity by storm – first with the single ‘Touch the Sky’, and then with the follow-up “Day After Day”. Not satisfied, Lord Conrad burst forward with another power pop release recently, entitled “1 Minute”. And just to show that he is […]

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Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad has been taking the dance and pop fraternity by storm – first with the single ‘Touch the Sky’, and then with the follow-up “Day After Day”. Not satisfied, Lord Conrad burst forward with another power pop release recently, entitled “1 Minute”. And just to show that he is a man on a mission, he bounces right back with a brand new track – “Fight Till The End”. So, what does he have to offer with his new release? An insane beat to smash dance-floors. He is ready to wow clubbers with his flawless tech/electro/house infused sounds and charismatic performance flair. Yes, because on “Fight Till The End”, Lord Conrad goes back to pure, classic electro house sounds.

It’s a place where you can expect a four-to-the-flour thumping beat and bin-throttling bass. But the real gusto on the track comes from the air-sucking synth sweeps and dramatically epic breakdowns. Lord Conrad makes synthesizers live and breathe in a way few can.

It’s just ear-catching, and it’s an example of the sort of thing that makes him such an extraordinary artist in the too-often formulaic world of dance music. Lord Conrad, for his part, obviously counts on his fans recognizing the personal touches he puts into his music, how each of his tracks is the product of his emotional journey.

Regardless of the quality of the music, he comes off heartfelt and genuine in this respect every time. Lord Conrad, like most producers of his talent, hits the highest artistic marks when he’s not focused on making pop music concessions, and is instead tasked with commanding attention for his potent production.

Lord Conrad is dedicated to being an EDM superstar hence he always crafts something of great value when he is behind the boards. “Fight Till The End” makes a statement that Lord Conrad is versatile in that he can be formulaic to invade the pop airwaves, but also craft songs that go straight for the throat…and the dance-floor.

While an ambitious artist seeking to stay ahead of the curve might shamelessly take up future house, Lord Conrad has done the exact opposite. He’s taken the testosterone of electro house to a higher level, managing to make it new and exciting again in the process. It’s a blood-racing synth anthem.

You just know that this one is going to be uplifting and, most importantly, super huge. Simply because you can feel it. “Fight Till The End” is bold, brash, and bassy, yet still lovely, clean and organized electro house; something we’re very no longer used to with the advent of commercial dance music.

Lord Conrad brings forth his achievement of high caliber musicianship with a genuine excitement, as well as his talent and its capacity to move people. Listening to Lord Conrad is a brilliant experience, in part, because you are so impressed with his creativity. And here he has impressed once again in a massive way
with “Fight Till The End”. This track has the potential to make it big on the club scene.

OFFICIAL LINKS FOR LORD CONRAD:

Official Website: http://www.lordconrad.com/
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6UfXd-b2VsIg8UUd3YFJMw
Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Conrad.Lord1
Facebook FanPage: http://www.facebook.com/lordconradnasdaqgod
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lordconraditaly/
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News: http://www.lordconrad.com/news

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aVIE: “Chutney Chasers” – both a carnal and otherworldly experience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/avie-chutney-chasers-both-a-carnal-and-otherworldly-experience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/avie-chutney-chasers-both-a-carnal-and-otherworldly-experience#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:27:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33359 “Chutney Chasers” is just one volume of aVIE’s upcoming project, aVIEonearth, which documents a common man’s life on Earth. Each part of the project that he releases will explore its own world of emotions.  As it relates to R&B, this is music of the future, steeped in the rhythms and sonics of the today, ingeniously […]

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“Chutney Chasers” is just one volume of aVIE’s upcoming project, aVIEonearth, which documents a common man’s life on Earth. Each part of the project that he releases will explore its own world of emotions.  As it relates to R&B, this is music of the future, steeped in the rhythms and sonics of the today, ingeniously invented for a 21st century audience. It will surely be appreciated by your ears, and you’ll find that after giving this a spin, it has in many ways changed your conception of R&B and music overall. A Classic. This dark and experimental urban recording, refined with electronics, is space age technology left to us by some alien teleported into aVIE’s body. It is truly a work of indie art, whichever way you look at it. And you will find yourself lost in every song without knowing really if you’re in a chorus or verse, but you won’t want to turn it off. One of “Chutney Chasers” greatest strength lies in aVIE’s understanding of how to create mood by weaving an impossibly complex instrumental palette, as he explores the adventures of his life.

The sounds seem representative of staggeringly diverse bodies of work, and yet none of them jar or sound misplaced; they’re all on the same mission, which is to contribute to an atmosphere of creeping disquiet. The EP’s clash of styles, both instrumentally and tonally create a psychedelic claustrophobia that is entirely representative of the narratives.

The genius of this record is that aVIE has managed to apply those sonic intricacies to his thematic approach. Everything from aVIE’s voice to the crackle of the snare and thump of the bass drum is treated with a delicate mastery, by the musician based out Houston, TX.

This 6 track package so sultry on the ear that spinning this record feels like both a carnal and otherworldly experience. When the opening title track arrives, there is no fanfare. No hyped statement of purpose or musical parting of the clouds. What we get is a warm keyboard intro, an errant bass slap, and panning jerky drums.

The man’s voice is multitudinous and angular when he sings: “nine out of ten times, I think she cares for me.” You reel amidst the splendor of this track, as you try to make sense of it, then give up and relax into the pocket of a perfect groove that’s already there.

And in that commitment to upholding the groove, we find warmth and evidence that we’re still moving forward despite the assault on our senses. Dark though it may be, the music itself invites repeated listens and rewards with serious loveliness. “Tapwater” is a surging mass of new soul built from classic thought and a rebel spirit – an unending angst and beautiful struggle.

“The Self” sparks the renaissance of slow-jam, melody driven soul, in a futuristic space, with its velvety harmonies, erudite instrumental and bombast. “New Feathers” is somehow the past, present, and future all in one. Both narcotic and weary, it feels like a living, breathing organism that mutates and grows.

The beauty of this record is in the balance: between the technical and the personal, certainly, but also between tightly constructed harmonies and melodies, and the more free-flowing sense of rhythm. “Midnight Oil” sees aVIE venture into rap territory, and it’s successful to a surprising degree.

The acoustic driven “Take Care” benefits from being so poignant, relaxed, and seductive at the same time. This is the track that gives the best shine to aVIE’s vocal textures, as it’s the most stripped down. All-round though, “Chutney Chasers” confirms that music holds the power to challenge and comfort, to take us someplace spiritual and existential. It’s beautifully, devastatingly human. Its aVIE’s life story.

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Exit 22 Music: “Lesson Learned” – another phenomenal project! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-lesson-learned-another-phenomenal-project http://jamsphere.com/reviews/exit-22-music-lesson-learned-another-phenomenal-project#respond Sat, 13 Oct 2018 11:10:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33325 Chris Calamera’s songwriting and production is what distances him from his pop and rock peer group. He isn’t too big on image, but big on production. What he does is continue to be himself, he lives his brand by not following fickle trends, and stays true to himself. Chris and his music production company, Exit […]

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Chris Calamera’s songwriting and production is what distances him from his pop and rock peer group. He isn’t too big on image, but big on production. What he does is continue to be himself, he lives his brand by not following fickle trends, and stays true to himself. Chris and his music production company, Exit 22 Music know exactly who they are, and what is important, and hence record amazing, timeless music with their crew of collaborators. The music production company’s blend of pop, rock and dance beats has the ability to capture the listener’s attention, both musically and lyrically. All of which are topped with superb vocal performances and can be heard on songs like “Break These Chains”, “The Magic In You”, and “Before I Fall”.

The new single, “Lesson Learned” is a real pop-rock gem that’s more nuanced and better crafted than most modern pop. The music and performances are so enticing. It also feels like the type of track that’s going to show us more layers, the more it’s played. Chris once again engages a great female singer for the lead role.

Chris Calamera of Exit 22 Music

She is in total control of her gorgeous instrument. And upon repeated listening of the single, the superb vocals, the catchy hooks and great lyrics will start to embed themselves into your brain. And, like a crack addiction, you will have to go back for more and listen, again and again.

“Lesson Learned” is another phenomenal project by perhaps one of the strongest indie pop-rock songwriters and producers around today. There are few musical creatives who I automatically give a pass, Chris Calamera and his Exit 22 Music project is one. He seems to come up with exceptional material time after time.

His productions have all the expertise of superstar material. This track has it all, voice, production, and mainstream appeal. “Lesson Learned” moves from initial vulnerability to being very empowering and moving. A mature songwriter and producer, confidence and commitment oozes from every orifice in Calamera’s creations.

Taking into account narrative songwriting, thematic production and a dramatic, emotive performance, Exit 22 Music has easily met its goal of producing an all-embracing track. Pair the technical importance and urgency with a charged vocal performance, and you have yourself a winning combination.

The narrative too, is extremely relatable. Removing herself from a dysfunctional relationship, the singer begins to realize and embrace the strength she’s gained from the experience. The pain is translated into pride and confidence as a soaring vocal performance emboldens the new woman emerging from the ashes. The commitment is supported by stellar vocal performance

Chris Calamera makes it clear yet again that his project Exit 22 Music, is here to stay and continues to develop with each release. “Lesson Learned” doesn’t reinvent any genre, nor does it try to, but it portrays an artist continuing to redefine himself – in the process, solidifying his position as one of his generation’s most interesting underground talents.

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Kidd Cocø: “There” is a delicate and sublime tune http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kidd-coco-there-is-a-delicate-and-sublime-tune http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kidd-coco-there-is-a-delicate-and-sublime-tune#respond Sat, 06 Oct 2018 10:27:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33309 The name “Tropical House” music came about back in 2014 when Australian DJ Thomas Jack coined the phrase as a form of joke, but it caught on and gained immense popularity in 2015, forging a series of exponents since, such as Kygo, Matoma, Lost Frequencies, Seeb and Klingande. The beats for these music often uses […]

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The name “Tropical House” music came about back in 2014 when Australian DJ Thomas Jack coined the phrase as a form of joke, but it caught on and gained immense popularity in 2015, forging a series of exponents since, such as Kygo, Matoma, Lost Frequencies, Seeb and Klingande. The beats for these music often uses elements from Caribbean music particularly Reggae, Dancehall and Soca to get a more mellow island vibe. In recent times Tropical House has been infiltrating mainstream music in a massive way, annoying many Dancehall prophets who say those cool sounds belong to their genre. An 18-year-old beatmaker from Nigeria called Kidd Cocø, who began creating music from an early age, has put the axe to rest in his own way. He has just released the track entitled “There”, which blends the influences of both Tropical House and Dancehall.

“There” is a single that reflects the humble and simple philosophy of a talented young producer. The talented 18-year-old Nigerian is embracing the next challenge in his young career by proudly releasing this body of work which strikes a perfect balance between the globally acclaimed sound of current hit singles and new experimental creativity.

The track takes us on an intimate journey. “There” is a delicate, sublime tune which certainly does not disappoint. The track is a feel-good tropical anthem with elements of sparkling synth tones, catchy marimba-like melodies, and distinct, sultry, and understated vocal harmonies.

The track uses the pure and simple ingredients of a trademark Tropical House production, but under the hood we have a Dancehall rhythm gently on the boil. Kidd Cocø kept true to the original Tropical House sound while exploring other elements which is a luxury afforded to those that choose to have the creative freedom of their own release.

“There”, in some instances almost resembles a post-club sound – a form of art and musical structure, which has become favorable amongst club and festival goers alike. This new age electronic music has been further supplemented by a wave of radio interest and pop crossovers, further dignifying its growing authority in the world map of music.

We’ve heard some great tracks over the last few months and “There” definitely among our favorites when it comes to creativity and diversification. The signature Tropical House sounds blend in perfectly with Kidd Cocø’s unique brand of composition. The whimsical production is fascinating and soothing, and easily captives the listener’s attention.

The track flows like a waterfall with the synth, rhythmic kick and bass sliding along with the delicious melodic chords. “There” creates a clear image and sound for a rising artist. To paint a picture for you, Kidd Cocø’s music is full of groovy airiness, that will make you want to throw on a backpack and hike down the road alongside white sandy beaches and cool blue water, with the sun picturesquely rising in the background.

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Grim Singmuf: “Reflecting Soul” – full-frontal, conscious commentary http://jamsphere.com/reviews/grim-singmuf-reflecting-soul-full-frontal-conscious-commentary http://jamsphere.com/reviews/grim-singmuf-reflecting-soul-full-frontal-conscious-commentary#respond Sun, 30 Sep 2018 09:21:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33248 Grim Singmuf combines his eclectic taste in music with a massive zest for life. Raised in Fairmount Projects in Woonsocket, R.I. Now residing in Mount Shasta, CA, Grim has traveled via hitchhiking, and Train hopping (Amongst more conventional means). This lifestyle has built within him a strength in artistic diversity that helps to shape his […]

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Grim Singmuf combines his eclectic taste in music with a massive zest for life. Raised in Fairmount Projects in Woonsocket, R.I. Now residing in Mount Shasta, CA, Grim has traveled via hitchhiking, and Train hopping (Amongst more conventional means). This lifestyle has built within him a strength in artistic diversity that helps to shape his very unique production style. “Reflecting Soul” is a 7 track album that Grim Singmuf completed alongside Romanian producer, Luca Andrei Iulian better known as LuaN Beats. This is the metaphorical breath of fresh air that rap music needs from time to time. With so much in the genre just sounding like meaningless garbage.

Grim Singmuf is the complete antithesis of meaningless, ignorant artists in the game. Sure some of their beats are good but in the end they just perpetuate everything that is wrong in the business. Grim has relevant messages and …surprise… his beats, flow, and production values are actually excellent.

Usually when a conscientious rapper comes along they hardly bring any good productions with them. Here Grim Singmuf brings LuaN Beats to the table, and the results are totally satisfying. The Romanian delivers with resonant, piano-driven soundscapes which perfectly suit the profound introspective narratives Grim has on his mind.

Grim also distributes all of his own material which means no large company will own, or silence his message. He’s a totally independent artist which is very impressive in itself. The lyricism alone makes this an album worth buying, so once you know that the production is similarly excellent, you’ll need to get this.

Open-minded, clever, cool, and innovative, much of “Reflecting Soul” is like witnessing Grim trading inner dialogue with himself. He pushes through his mindset while doing some autobiographical soul searching. But this album isn’t just about the artist’s experiences. Instead, his personal narrative is used as a frame of reference for ailing communities.

The rapper knows his duty to educate and inspire the public. Grim Singmuf is a true intellectual and a master of subtlety when the situation calls for it. There will be plenty of important insightful rap coming in the near future, but it is unlikely that much of it will match the cohesion and clarity of Grim’s vision.

Right from the opening “Intro” track, this album is crammed with enlightened rap bars and full-frontal, conscious commentary. By the time the piano brings in “Satisfied” – the second track on the album – you’ll be transfixed by the hypnotizing aura pervading Grim’s flow. Naturally, “Reflecting Soul” contains no ramped up, house party-type cuts. However, Grim Singmuf is an alert and readied presence throughout its playtime. The album’s collection of efficient beats rarely overstep Grim’s perceptive lyrics, which are often pushed center-stage.

Whenever rap albums focus heavily on lofty topics, there’s always a danger of them sounding righteous. Grim however isn’t a braggart. He’s not a shameless self-publicist and takes pride in that. Judging by the opening lines of the biting title, and standout track, “Reflecting Soul”, the rapper is content making music that is not directed at a mindless audience.

Still though, just because an artist wants to elevate, inform and expand minds via rap, it doesn’t mean the music shouldn’t sometimes veer into the catchy colors outside the lines. Which is what happens on the busier banging beat of “Reconnect”.

In a constantly evolving hip-hop environment of outlandish hustlers and animated trap crews, “Exit The World” and “Take In Let Go” will no doubt make people appreciative of Grim Singmuf’s artistic gifts and challenging mindset. And when the artist finally closes the show down with “Outro”, you’ll already be fully convinced that “Reflecting Soul” is home to some expertly communicated, insightful rap.

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Josh Karch: “This Too Shall Pass” – a combination of a classic cool acoustic stance and raw jamming vibe http://jamsphere.com/reviews/josh-karch-this-too-shall-pass-a-combination-of-a-classic-cool-acoustic-stance-and-raw-jamming-vibe http://jamsphere.com/reviews/josh-karch-this-too-shall-pass-a-combination-of-a-classic-cool-acoustic-stance-and-raw-jamming-vibe#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2018 22:53:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33105 Josh Karch has been in the Portland, OR music scene for over 7 years now. Getting his start as the lead guitarist for the reggae-rock band, Still Region, he has slowly made a name for himself in the Pacific Northwest. As an emerging 21-year-old independent artist, his first self-titled EP (2014) gained frequent radio play […]

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Josh Karch has been in the Portland, OR music scene for over 7 years now. Getting his start as the lead guitarist for the reggae-rock band, Still Region, he has slowly made a name for himself in the Pacific Northwest. As an emerging 21-year-old independent artist, his first self-titled EP (2014) gained frequent radio play and was given the nod by famous reggae artists such as Slightly Stoopid and Stick Figure. Starting in 2017, Josh spent a year working on his first professional full-length album in his home studio, called Still Region Studios. He collaborated with Grammy Nominated producer/audio engineer, Beau Vallis (Pharrell Williams – G I R L) in the process. The finished product turned out to be the 14 track recording, entitled “This Too Shall Pass” – a collection of songs dealing with peace, love, staying present in the moment, friendship, family, good times, unity, and positivity.

All the indie-rock and singer-songwriter staples are in place, the gorgeous harmonies, lush atmospherics, and an easygoing tempo. As the album progresses it expands and, in that expansion, takes on a unique identity helped along by Josh Karch vivid lyrics.

Everything on “This Too Shall Pass” feels more impassioned and personal than the vast majority of current indie-rock discography. All the layers on these tracks combine seamlessly to create a beautiful and sprawling whole. This is the best kind of wide-open music, perfect for driving to an unknown destination. That road-readiness is especially apparent on the album’s first highlight “Let It Go”.

The strummed acoustic guitar, the forward motion percussion and the smooth and laid-back, conversational vocals are a natural fit. There’s a soft haze of organic swirls and reverbed drums to keep a near-cinematic scope, while Karch’s lilting vocals combine and form the subtle grandeur that permeates the album’s every crevice. “Waiting” is a lovely song and goes a long way in helping the album maintain its captivating formula.

The vocal chorus layers on “Walking Away” prove to be especially effective and offer the instruments extra room to breathe, especially the guitar. It’s a beautiful track that elevates the projected trajectory of the album from good to great. Every track on “This Too Shall Pass” is laced with its own unique, original, and intriguing charm.

After a few verses the listening experience begins to feel voyeuristic on “One Reason”, where questions are wrestled with, resolutions are made, and the song jumps out of the speakers on a sprightly beat. Josh Karch’s combination of a classic cool acoustic stance and raw jamming vibe will strike a chord with those of us who really like music the way it was once made.

Make no mistake, with his gorgeous syrupy vocals and organically driven material, Karch delivers the sound of experience and fully rounded mature musical statements. Every now and then he steps leftfield, like on “Datsun” where he delves into a progressive rock type instrumental, complete with prodigious electric guitar soloing.

But the moment is fleeting and quickly gets back to the feel-good acoustic grindstone with “Oahu”. The whole of the album doesn’t lose its focus on the detail as well, which is no easy trick to pull off. Drawing on influences far and wide, it’s an album enlightened by folk, 60s and 70s rock, pop and every point in between, right up until today’s indie flavors, all of which results in a sizeable canvas of sound seemingly paying homage to the future and the past simultaneously.

That this is an album which has a reassuring weight, and an overall feeling of quality to it, can be gauged by the standout tracks “Feet On The Ground”, “Up Too Late” and “Coast Kids”. Josh Karch has a voice that is warm and assured while still vulnerable.

He surrounds that voice with just the right kind of accompaniment – pianos, acoustic guitars and percussion, all of which assert themselves, while leaving Karch’s maverick identity intact. You won’t find much else currently sounding like “This Too Shall Pass”.

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DJ D Glove & Larry Gordon: “Good Time” – an uplifting groove and melody come alive! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dj-d-glove-larry-gordon-good-time-an-uplifting-groove-and-melody-come-alive http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dj-d-glove-larry-gordon-good-time-an-uplifting-groove-and-melody-come-alive#respond Sun, 09 Sep 2018 10:54:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33070 Daniel Glover, who goes by stage name DJ D Glove, is a DJ based in Florida and an Army veteran injured in Afghanistan. Larry Gordon is a singer and songwriter, who grew up singing with his family band in Dallas, Texas since he was four years old. Although these two artists come from very different […]

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Daniel Glover, who goes by stage name DJ D Glove, is a DJ based in Florida and an Army veteran injured in Afghanistan. Larry Gordon is a singer and songwriter, who grew up singing with his family band in Dallas, Texas since he was four years old. Although these two artists come from very different backgrounds, they are connected through music. Recently, Glover and Gordon released a single together, entitled “Good Time”. This track is incredibly unexpected and pretty much irresistible. An infectious beat, feel-good vibe, and, of course, amazing vocals. What more could you want from an uplifting electro track. Throw in a sweet and soulful melody, as well as a deep rolling bass line, and you have an inspired groove. That’s what DJ D Glove & Larry Gordon bring to the table here. And they do so in an uncomplicated and understated way.

Larry Gordon

Larry Gordon

The instrumentation on “Good Time” is kept to the essentials by DJ D Glove, as he employs a hand-clapping beat, light bubbling keys, and grounding bass line. This keeps the momentum of the song flowing in a forward motion, while leaving plenty of room for Larry Gordon to run his far-reaching vocal cords along.

It’s easy to acknowledge “Good Time” as being undeniable for what it is, an iconic modern-day electronic track that’s so open-ended it outgrows its very genre, unable to be contained within any four-walled enclosure. This could be in the club, on radio, and definitely on the mainstream Top 40 charts.

“Good Time” is made up of components that anyone will find beyond enjoyable. The songs each have a backstory and you can feel it throughout the music. Whether you like party music, catchy pop choruses, or soulful R&B styled crooning, you’ll find it within this song’s three minutes run-time. Between all these components, the song enamors the ear of all that are pulled in by its sonic elegance.

The surefire mellifluous vocals from Larry Gordon and the teasing synths playing off each other make for a truly splendid effect, the high-rising vocals of Larry meshing perfectly with the airy tones of DJ D Glove’s keys. And of course, the all-round smooth production brings the track together in the best way possible.

DJ D Glove

DJ D Glove

With expectations met, and shall I say, superseded, immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my sound system who is pleased about it. The key element which makes a record of this seemingly simplistic nature standout. Intelligence.

This track is put together by artists with a wealth of talent, intelligence and an idea of how to make the roots of an uplifting groove and melody come alive. DJ D Glove & Larry Gordon are the perfect allies for this infectious sound.

Combined, they produce a track which stands out and treats the listener to an experience they won’t readily forget because they won’t take it out of their media player for weeks. A great record, a great experience and hats off to a great recording team.

ABOUT: HBCU Records is a student-run record label launched by the Mike Curb Institute at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. The institute offers students a “real world experience in real time” by providing HBCU Records as a fully functioning student-run record label. HBCU Records is the only student-run record label at an HBCU (historically black college/university).

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Listen to stream “Good Time”:

http://smarturl.it/GoodTimeDJ

Follow DJ D Glove on Instagram and Facebook:

https://www.instagram.com/djdglove/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/djdglove/

Follow Larry Gordon on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter:

https://www.facebook.com/LarryGordonMusic

https://www.instagram.com/larrygmusic/

https://twitter.com/larrygmusic

HBCU Records Official Website:

https://www.hbcurecords.com/

HBCU Records on Instagram:

@hbcu_records

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Tre O’Neal: “No Brakes” – another classy, cohesive collection of R&B and Soul http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tre-oneal-no-brakes-another-classy-cohesive-collection-of-rb-and-soul http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tre-oneal-no-brakes-another-classy-cohesive-collection-of-rb-and-soul#respond Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:38:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33034 Tre O’Neal is an up and coming R&B singer from Denver, Colorado, who has been in the industry for about 8 months. Blessed with an early start, he has had the pleasure of singing the national anthem for the University of Colorado men’s basketball team vs UCLA. He’s gotten recognition from NBA players; Chauncey Billups […]

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Tre O’Neal is an up and coming R&B singer from Denver, Colorado, who has been in the industry for about 8 months. Blessed with an early start, he has had the pleasure of singing the national anthem for the University of Colorado men’s basketball team vs UCLA. He’s gotten recognition from NBA players; Chauncey Billups and Jamal Crawford, as well as being mentioned by 24/7 Hip Hop News and played by multiple radio stations. “No Brakes” is Tre O’Neal’s second EP, after his 6 track debut “Quiet Transition”, and is available on all major digital download stores. You can probably count on one hand the number of artists who actually write, produce and arrange all or even most of their music these days. Most talented R&B singers will hook up with the hottest producers and writers to find themselves a hit. It’s almost guaranteed that if you look at the Billboard charts at any given time. This is not a knock against these singers, but more of an indication of how the R&B music industry has evolved.

Tre O’Neal also works with different producers. His latest EP features 4 talented creatives, in this sense. But I’m almost sure Tre writes his own songs. There is just too much honestly coming through the vocal tones and lyric sheets, throughout this recording. One of the best songs on the EP is “My Pain” (Prod By DannyEBTracks).

This is the type of track that gives some kind of clue about the personal songwriting. A power ballad with him harmonizing on the chorus. The way Tre croons with his silky smooth voice, he almost makes you feel the pain.

Another highlight is the opening track, “Old School Chevy”, where the writing is actually very good. Here, Tre O’Neal describes why he needs a Chevy in his life. It is a clever metaphor for a state of being at a given point in his life.

“Lost In My Ways” (Prod By Tone Jonez) blends a smooth hip-hop groove fueled by jazzy instruments.  It’s pretty obvious Tre O’Neal knows the formula for making a successful EP. When you combine his smooth and soulful voice with a set full of groovy instrumentals, you have a great R&B recording.

As a vocalist, Tre O’Neal is nothing if not consistent: whether he’s in full-blown or moody mode, his soulful, silky cords always get the job done. So when he lays into the opening bars of “Say Baby” (Prod By VybeBeatz), you already know where he is going with it.

The track takes a deep, longing beat that pulses and throbs as Tre’s vocals soar above it all, crooning with a radiance that lingers. It’s clear Tre’s been dealing with a lot, and it’s clear he knows how to translate life’s unfortunate turns into some of life’s more compelling music. Because that must be the case for another EP standout – “Broken Hearted” Girl (Prod By Apollo V).

The music is classically styled – a smooth production, keys that float rather than fly, and a head-nod back-beat, with the words that suggest a man in full-blown emotional conflict. All-in-all “No Brakes” is the perfect toast to another classy, cohesive collection from R&B and soul’s smoothest underground disciple.

If you’re already a fan of Tre O’Neal; then you’ll love this project too. If you’re not that familiar with him, then put this on, sit back, and thoroughly enjoy!

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Peter Senior: “Cool Ride” shows off a multitude of talents extremely well http://jamsphere.com/reviews/peter-senior-cool-ride-shows-off-a-multitude-of-talents-extremely-well http://jamsphere.com/reviews/peter-senior-cool-ride-shows-off-a-multitude-of-talents-extremely-well#respond Sat, 01 Sep 2018 19:17:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33010 Peter Senior is superb, quite simply. He has the coolest delivery of any modern balladeer, which is what you could consider him, until you hear his up-tempo songs. His voice ca be soft and mellow, strong and insistent when the song requires it. He gives depth to anything he sings, and his voice far exceeds […]

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Peter Senior is superb, quite simply. He has the coolest delivery of any modern balladeer, which is what you could consider him, until you hear his up-tempo songs. His voice ca be soft and mellow, strong and insistent when the song requires it. He gives depth to anything he sings, and his voice far exceeds the people whom he would most often be compared to. The songs on his album “On The Edge” are really bright and fresh but with that classic throwback vibe. With everything from pop and country, to soft rock and good old rhythm and blues Peter surfs the genre-breaking waves with ease. Backed by fully fleshed piano driven arrangements often embellished with a range of horn lines. He sings a wide variety of songs and styles, with a wide variety of moods, and with such sincerity. It’s clear that through his performances, he has matured into a consummate performer and will only get better and better with time.

“Cool Ride” is the feature track from Peter’s debut album. Full of double entendre and risqué lyrical flavors, Peter Senior infuses the track with his usual loaded charisma. However, if there’s one undeniable fact about Peter’s artistry, it’s that he has an uncanny ability to perfectly match whatever genre of music he’s tackling vocally.

From his smooth ballads to the more vocally inspired takes, he manages to shift his voice in a way that makes it palatable and fitting consistently without fail. This is a trait that once again shows itself on “Cool Ride” – a track with diverse back-and-forth styles that once again showcase his immense vocal talents.

Of course the piano plays a major part in Peter Senior’s musical arrangements, and is always on hand, just a quarter of a step behind his vocal prowess. And from the very first moment, shows off the scope it’s trying to achieve, on both the album and this single.

“Cool Ride” is also beautifully and soulfully embellished by the brass interludes, which add a further dimension to the slick orchestration. But it’s just after the two-minute mark that Peter breaks into beast mode. If like me you have a penchant for those mega Meatloaf-like vocal escapades when all hell breaks loose. This is where you need to be in the song.

Snapping back and forth between a growl and a whisper, Peter’s ability to smoothly meld each vocal nuance without dropping a single note, is on full show here from the first moment. This definitely feels like a regular knockout Peter Senior single, and it’s definitely a high quality one that shows off his multitude of talents extremely well.

Clearly both modern and retro in sound, there’s a surprising swagger about “Cool Ride”. While it is naughtily tongue in cheek, it’s an irresistibly fun ride. The singer-songwriter from Sydney Australia is incredibly talented and his songs are masterfully recorded. On listening to “Cool Ride” it feels like you are there at one of Peter Senior’s live performances. A thrilling experience indeed!

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Holiday: “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams) bobs, sways and bangs! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/holiday-red-summer-feat-damsel-adams-bobs-sways-and-bangs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/holiday-red-summer-feat-damsel-adams-bobs-sways-and-bangs#respond Sat, 01 Sep 2018 16:39:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33005 Hailing from Los Angeles, Nick Holiday was adopted from Lebanon at a young age by a Greek Arabic family. He soon began playing the guitar and discovered his passion for music. In pursuit of his dream Holiday dropped out of his first year of college to start a band with a friend from high school […]

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Hailing from Los Angeles, Nick Holiday was adopted from Lebanon at a young age by a Greek Arabic family. He soon began playing the guitar and discovered his passion for music. In pursuit of his dream Holiday dropped out of his first year of college to start a band with a friend from high school called The Chase. He subsequently took a hiatus to focus on a potential career path in film scoring. Self-reflection persuaded him to shift his musical direction into the electronic hemisphere. After months of studying sound design, Nick Holiday began discovering his preferred sonic leanings to implement his own identity in the electronic genre.

Holiday now hits us with his latest track – “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams). Right from the outset the track stipulates a tone that bobs and sways and bangs; this one will get plenty of play, be at the daytime pool parties or at the nighttime slinky clubs.

The song’s agenda doesn’t seem to want to extend far beyond just having some loving fun — a refreshing change of pace in a musical climate where others are trying so desperately to prove a point. Nick Holiday knows what he wants to do, sets about doing it, and gets the job done without much ado.

Holiday is an undeniably talented producer, who has all the musical magnetism to breach the upper tier of the pop charts. “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams) represents an elegant solution to that aspiration, giving him the chance to do what he does best — produce — while singers like Damsel Adams elevate his work and shares some attention with the man behind the boards.

Musically and lyrically, Holiday’s songs are less cluttered and more open-ended than many of his contemporaries. Working in a genre labelled for being big, loud, and busy, Holiday’s music moves as much toward temperamental evenness, as it does towards spasms of emotion, volume, timbre, and pacing.

“Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams) orbits around a gorgeous vocal and instrumental hooks cycled with a melodic authority. Unlike many popular and great crossover Pop/EDM songs, this track communicates a full narrative and perspective, rather than just the outline of one.

On “Red Summer” (feat. Damsel Adams), Nick Holiday demonstrates that he has an ear for talent, as well as the aesthetic instincts to build his arrangement around a vocalist’s strengths. At the same time Damsel Adams showcases her ability to flex her artistic personality to the rhythm and structure of the song.

There is no need for decadence or pyrotechnics, just a dedicated faith in their collaborative craftsmanship. Holiday appeals to me in a number of ways. I immediately fell in love with him through this track, due to the simple, yet sharp bass line that runs throughout the song.

Throughout the whole track, Holiday employs a resonant bass, plus synthesizers with a myriad of rich, clever sounds, ranging from spacey to punchy. You couldn’t ask for electronica with better dance and pop elements than this.

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Get Adam: “Head Up” ft Breanna Marin – an emotional story! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/get-adam-head-up-ft-breanna-marin-an-emotional-story http://jamsphere.com/reviews/get-adam-head-up-ft-breanna-marin-an-emotional-story#respond Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:10:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32962 Get Adam is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Avondale, AZ, who has been dropping a series of singles to launch his momentum into the music industry. His previous single, “Saving Grace” was a song Get Adam rapped for, and about his daughter, and the positive impact she has had on his life. Now the artist is back with a […]

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Get Adam is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Avondale, AZ, who has been dropping a series of singles to launch his momentum into the music industry. His previous single, “Saving Grace” was a song Get Adam rapped for, and about his daughter, and the positive impact she has had on his life. Now the artist is back with a brand new single, entitled “Head Up”, and the topic is still the same…his daughter. This clearly indicates what a central figure she is in his life. And the lyrics narrate an emotional story that is as much a sufferance as it is a blessing: “Love is blind but blood is thicker than water. Sticking me in a situation similar to a castration. A week without seeing my sunshine had me feeling weak and feeling borderline, inclined to cut my own lifeline.”

As can be gauged, Get Adam finds himself in a scenario many separated parents go through, especially fathers who do not have custody of their children. It’s often a desperate situation that takes plenty of courage and goodwill to get through.

“Head Up”, which is produced by Mantra and features the stunning Breanna Marin on the melodic hook, tells Get Adam’s side of the story in a romance gone wrong, and the negative consequences thereof.

Built on a luscious electronic beat and a sound that immediately draws analogies to duets by Drake and Rihanna, “Head Up” is thoroughly relatable, extremely catchy and absolutely radio ready. Breanna – who is one of the best hook singers I have ever heard, and that includes major label artists – is a perfect match for Get Adam’s nuanced voice, easy going flow and crystal clear diction.

Knowing of Get Adam in the past, I see him as an underrated rapper in the music world. I think of him as an artist who is truly himself rather than portraying an image nourishing his potential fame on topics such money, sex, and violence.

His motto is simple: no show-boating, just direct, economical and honest music to help you reach a higher state of self-determination and consciousness. It’s an impressive tactic from a rapper who’s always taken his craft seriously, and relishes the opportunity to do a really great job on every track he releases.

In a scene in which the rules are constantly being redefined, what sets Get Adam apart is just how loyally he sticks to the templates laid down by himself. He is a meticulous songwriter who pours his heart and soul into his music, revealing numerous obstacles he has, or is facing, throughout his life. After listening to any of his songs, you’ll receive the sense that you somehow know Get Adam personally.

On “Head Up”, Get Adam attacks the beat and entrances the audience as he narrates true-life events rather than rapping mindless and tedious lyrics. He proves himself to be an artist rather than another mainstream rapper. Get Adam is authentic, raw and pure. Moreover he is heartbreakingly honest, which is why he will eventually take the music industry by storm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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