Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Tue, 18 Dec 2018 20:33:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lost Reality Music (LRM) Presents: King Blitz – “Pain” shines on a balance of everything http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lost-reality-music-lrm-presents-king-blitz-pain-shines-on-a-balance-of-everything http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lost-reality-music-lrm-presents-king-blitz-pain-shines-on-a-balance-of-everything#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 15:24:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33944 Rapper, producer, and songwriter, born in Gary, Indiana in 1991, King Blitz began rapping at the age of 9. His mother is a singer, poet, and artist, while his father is a guitarist, singer, producer, and writer. Blitz’s latest single, released alongside Lost Reality Music, is entitled “Pain”. The new single is a culmination of […]

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Rapper, producer, and songwriter, born in Gary, Indiana in 1991, King Blitz began rapping at the age of 9. His mother is a singer, poet, and artist, while his father is a guitarist, singer, producer, and writer. Blitz’s latest single, released alongside Lost Reality Music, is entitled “Pain”. The new single is a culmination of milestones for the Indiana rapper that run the gamut from deeply personal to professional, as sets himself up to move to the next level.

He bridges rap’s generational and stylistic gap with sounds and inflections that borrow both from the old school core and the modern new wave movement. Opting to be more multifaceted than flashy, King Blitz demonstrates the kind of versatility and maturity that should comfort anyone that might have been worried about the industry’s future potential.

Not overly focused on being a lyrical masterclass, but more on pure emotional storytelling, which still flaunts Blitz’s abilities. This is a project that operates on the blend of lyricism with an ability to go at a carefully selected beat and fuse a cohesive relatable story into an engrossing well-crafted production that will captivate a large number of crossover fans.

“Pain” reflects King Blitz ability to make a record that shines on a balance of everything, instead of the simultaneous highs and lows of some works released by his contemporaries.

King Blitz has a lot of moving things to say on “Pain”, and he doesn’t miss a single beat. He delivers a damning statement on the realities of life’s struggles, and talks about his experiences and the need for us to change by conquering our fears.

In reality his making powerful statements about the state of our society – life, love, work, and the will to achieve, and be the best we can be in any or all of those situations. Blitz nails the beat, dropping straight fire on the verses, and engaging a memorable melodic hook in the process.

“Pain” benefits from a thrilling production. Besides the personal nature of the lyrics, the soulful production work is worth mentioning, as is the terrific singing in the chorus, helping to fuel the track’s honesty and openness. It’s rewarding to hear King Blitz drop bars about life and emotions. This track is absolutely top notch and finds King Blitz at his best.

The Importance of Lost Reality Music (LRM):

Standing right alongside King Blitz – and other talented artists like him –  is the artist management company Lost Reality Music (LRM) who work out of Detroit and Chicago. Founded by music aficionados, who understand how the business works from the ground up, and in all of its multilevel facets.

Their main goal is to help artists keep their dreams alive with cash prizes, equipment giveaways, crowdsource beats and so much more. And in fact, LRM is putting its money where its mouth is by announcing King Blitz as the official winner of the $10,000 Lost Reality Music Contest.

Moreover Lost Reality Music (LRM) are also getting involved in the production of King Blitz’s new album via its founder James Philip. Philip himself is an ex music hobbyist who has turned his passion into a real and tangible service helping other music makers with promotional techniques, branding, consulting, and equipment, so they can make a living and grow their brand.

Behind every established artist, there is almost always an artist management team who actually made it happen. It does not matter how talented an artist is, but if they don’t have a hard-working and smart strategic team behind then, then the artist may be doomed.

This is where the importance of people like James Philip and Lost Reality Music (LRM) comes in. Artist management companies like LRM can often provide different perspectives, insights and solutions to problems the artist is encountering. Running ideas by a knowledgeable management team prior to making decisions often allows for good ideas to become better and bad ideas to be removed altogether.

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Lost Reality Music Website:
https://lostrealitymusic.com/

King Blitz Website:
https://kingblitzmusic.com/

Link to King Blitz Music:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/0lEvPwrWS9883d0jQ4SkA7

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LostRealityMusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LostRealityMzk
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lostrealitymusic/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LostRealityMusic

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PreacherMan: “The Chronicles Vol 2” – impeccably captivating! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/preacherman-the-chronicles-vol-2-impeccably-captivating http://jamsphere.com/reviews/preacherman-the-chronicles-vol-2-impeccably-captivating#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 12:46:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33930 No stranger to music and the recording industry, PreacherMan is an artist born and raised in Memphis, TN. His latest release is the 9 song project entitled “The Chronicles Vol 2”.  Spiritually anointed lyrics with hard hitting southern beats is sure to grasp and minister to any music fan who likes the sound of modern […]

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No stranger to music and the recording industry, PreacherMan is an artist born and raised in Memphis, TN. His latest release is the 9 song project entitled “The Chronicles Vol 2”.  Spiritually anointed lyrics with hard hitting southern beats is sure to grasp and minister to any music fan who likes the sound of modern rap but wants to hear purposeful and meaningful lyrics that will draw them closer to Christ. His sound is so unique and it really stands out. His lyrics and his rap flow is so dope. Also PreacherMan is one of the few artist to not water down his lyrics which seems to be a trend in Christian hip hop but he encourages you by the gospel without being preachy. His words are extremely relatable to the secular world. His verses are not random and his metaphors are on point.

When I think back over the past year, I feel CHH is in a transitional period where not many artists are making albums like this anymore. As CHH tries to find a happy medium between representing God and infiltrating the modern urban industry, albums like “The Chronicles Vol 2” are going to be hard to come by.

Kicking off with the title track,  “The Chronicles, Pt.2” listeners will find out right off of the bat that PreacherMan is in this to spread the message of faith. He sets the energy level for this album with this track that makes you literally want to break the building with the beat.

If anything, the following track, “Apply The Pressure” is even more intense. This is a track that will definitely get you moving, but at the same time PreacherMan gets your attention to listen to what he is saying.

“Christian Rapper”, is a song that touches issues PreacherMan goes through, as he faces trials and tribulations in his life, and reminds us that the Lord will come and pick him up in times of trouble. The bass line is mesmerizing in “Highly Favored”, as the Memphis rapper shows off his skills and keeps Christ centered in it.

There are only so many ways you can rap the Gospel and bring anything new to the message without sounding like every other Gospel rapper, but PreacherMan is able to throw scriptural guidelines into secular discourse with clever lines. He is impeccably captivating on the ravenous and scrupulous “I Am” and “Lift Him Up”.

“My Inspiration” is classic PreacherMan, a ferocious delivery and even more heartfelt. It really tells the story of how the Lord can be the answer to our problems. “The Goal” featuring Chris Keith drops in almost as a breather from the relentless bars dropped by PreacherMan, as supplies moments of sweeter melody.

“Worth It” brings the truth with passion, and a percussive dominated beat. Here PreacherMan sounds like rap veteran with a mission to change the culture.

Some music artists are easy to forget. Sometimes it’s that their songs are not memorable. Their production is forgettable or they don’t sound unique in their own right, whenever you hear their voices. That is not the case with PreacherMan, who has a rapturous and resonant voice, and an all-round powerful demeanor, backed up by trunk rattling beats.

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Kevin McWha Steele: “The Nightly Howl” – moments of aural epiphany http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kevin-mcwha-steele-the-nightly-howl-moments-of-aural-epiphany http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kevin-mcwha-steele-the-nightly-howl-moments-of-aural-epiphany#respond Sun, 16 Dec 2018 11:00:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33925 Kevin McWha Steele just seems to pour his whole mind and soul into every recording he does, and “The Nightly Howl: The Ariel Trilogy – Part Two” aka “The Clamorous Owl That Nightly Howls and Wonders At Our Quaint Spirits” EP is not an exception to this. More subdued and less grandiose than much of […]

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Kevin McWha Steele just seems to pour his whole mind and soul into every recording he does, and “The Nightly Howl: The Ariel Trilogy – Part Two” aka “The Clamorous Owl That Nightly Howls and Wonders At Our Quaint Spirits” EP is not an exception to this. More subdued and less grandiose than much of what’s currently on radio, this record also seems more intimate and personal. Steele invents a new angle to classic art rock and singer-songwriter proceedings, and experiments with warm vocal melodies, acoustic textures, retro vibes, and an overall indie rock aesthetic. Steele’s voice is the main instrument here and it’s wonderful to hear that great falsetto. In their simplicity his vocals are just stunning. Besides a beautiful voice he has a wonderful talent for making music that is not able to be clearly defined. Listen to this on headphones and you will be very pleased at the artful way in which it’s mixed. This is almost a study to discover how simple and pure music can be.

Kevin McWha Steele is a poet and songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes and performs original songs in French and English, and has received songwriting accolades from Sting, Pink, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Philip Glass, Gary Lucas, Robert Wilson, among others.

This EP forms part of The Ariel Trilogy tracing the life of a musician in NYC for twenty years, from 2016-2036. The CDs are released in backwards chronology, with “Kevin McWha Steele” taking place in 2036, “The Nightly Howl” in 2026, and “Kooks” in 2016.

Throughout these recordings we can savor a great deal of what has always drawn people towards: the hypnotic atmospheres, the delicious harmonic and melodic washes, and the vulnerable moments of epiphany that contrast so much with what tows our ears under on a daily basis.

The airiness of the production provides more space for Steel’s unmistakable voice to drift about in its characteristic haunting expressiveness. The EP kicks off with the only English song “Front Page News”, which is also the most fleshed out production of the bunch.

A fully-fledged rhythm section drives the psychedelic groove and wailing electric guitars, as Steele lays his pinpoint narrative on the line: “Ya made front page news. Like the bitches with the shoes. And the new gurus. Front page news.” This is also the first single from the compilation.

There are only 3 songs on the EP, but Kevin McWha Steele crams each one with creativity, haunting sounds and beautiful songwriting, until there’s no room left. On “Les Choses Sont Pas Si Simples” the musical texture changes to acoustic, and Steele’s voice becomes its primary instrument alongside the poetry of its bittersweet tale: “Things are not so simple. When love, love goes away,” he sings.

Upon first listen, one will quickly notice how emotionally stunning the final two tracks are. Riddled with a sense of achingly beautiful melancholy, vulnerability, and angst, Steele manages to slowly pull you in. Each track leaving you more and more curious, and sounding more and more raw and honest.

“In the morning I often think of you. In the morning I get up from all my nightmares. I am ready for another stay. The one without you and without return. Next to you,” recites “A Côté de Toi”, which finds Kevin McWha Steele with just his guitar and voice in a live performance.

Again its Steele’s angelic voice and emotional poetry that captures your attention and holds it for the duration of the track. This music touches you deep within your heart and soul and unleashes emotions you may not know you were capable of expressing.

Considering most of it is in French, that is a formidable feat indeed. Kevin McWha Steele’s performances are accurate and the meaning of his lyrics is emoted through what is probably his own personal feelings. It’s this kind of soulfulness that makes him stand out.

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Tau: “Indecisive” (ft. OGI.Ejay) blows up into melodic emotion http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tau-indecisive-ft-ogi-ejay-blows-up-into-melodic-emotion http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tau-indecisive-ft-ogi-ejay-blows-up-into-melodic-emotion#respond Sat, 15 Dec 2018 17:44:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33913 In an era with melodic sing-song rap, electronic productions, and groovy soulful vibes; storytellers get lost. But then there are artists like Tau, who can put storytelling on top of bars, on top of electronic sounds, on top of groovy soulful productions and deliver it in a voice that will blow your mind. Tau is […]

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In an era with melodic sing-song rap, electronic productions, and groovy soulful vibes; storytellers get lost. But then there are artists like Tau, who can put storytelling on top of bars, on top of electronic sounds, on top of groovy soulful productions and deliver it in a voice that will blow your mind. Tau is building a bigger following every day by providing quality content. His tracks showcase the sort of technical mastery and new wave vibe that will make him into one of the genre’s exciting up-and-comers. He’s a guy that can float on any sort of instrumental, and tackle a wide array of subjects. Tau is a Louisiana native from Baton Rouge. His latest single “Indecisive” (ft. OGI.Ejay) was released during November 2018. The track deals with the narrator making amends with a woman from a previous relationship, despite his past transgressions.

On “Indecisive” (ft. OGI.Ejay) he takes aim at all of his competition in the new wave Hip-hop and R&B games and fires away. First impressions go a long way in any situation, and give a sense of what a person, place or thing is made of and what can be expected of them in future interactions.

This track quickly shows off Tau’s melodic crooning and finds him adopting a thrillingly flow. It provides him a chance to prove his worth and lay the groundwork for a foundation that is rooted in quality and substance, two traits that are present in most of his other works, especially the “Growth” and “Growth II” EP’s.

“Indecisive” (ft. OGI.Ejay) serves as an introduction to get acquainted with the talent on the mic, as well as the music behind it. Tau flexes his singing and storytelling skills over a thumping beat and a syncopated piano.

In addition to the lively, finger-snapping rhythm, the track packs plenty of poignant lyrical moments, which effectively stamps Tau as one of the more thoughtful, sensitive and cerebral talents to emerge as of late. While Rap, Hip-Hop and R&B, in general, are playgrounds for personal commentary and emotional stories, not everybody has the charm and power of Tau’s delivery.

It’s Tau’s desire to keep evolving that makes “Indecisive” (ft. OGI.Ejay) as good as it is. His voice meshes well with the production, as he trades off verses with delicacy and confidence before the chorus blows up into a melodic emotion that allows the Louisiana native to go back and forth with delicious intensity. OGI.Ejay shows up to add some more light to an already bright room.

With the perfect balance of pop universality, pointed soul groove and rap urgency, the two set about to impress and delight. Easily succeeding in doing both. As the urban music world continues to morph under the influence of a multiplicity of genres, Tau continues to find his way into the crossover mix. Where he goes from here will be an even more fascinating journey for his fans.

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Son of Andy: “Looking Up” – an addictive, enthralling experience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/son-of-andy-looking-up-an-addictive-enthralling-experience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/son-of-andy-looking-up-an-addictive-enthralling-experience#respond Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:38:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33896 Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album “Looking Up” is available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of […]

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Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album Looking Upis available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of his game and easily out does his past couple of releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as previous fans. Likewise, you don’t even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what’s bought to the table here. For those not familiar, Son of Andy produces all his own beats under the moniker of Dagon, and despite the complex lyricism and delivery he pairs with them, his production is just as strong too.

His work here doesn’t miss a step and is on the edge of an entirely unique sound. Also, the guest appearances add just the right amount of variation. Any way you cut it this is a top notch release from a fresh sounding artist.

Part of the allure of Son of Andy on “Looking Up”, is taking in the hail of words he fires off at fully automatic speeds. His free-form verse structure and impulsive word associations have steadily evolved since his debut album. Son of Andy is entrenched in clever word play, creating lyrical atmospheres and not just quotables.

Right from the opening track “Quicksand”, this album is one line of dexterous prose after another, like a series of rants with loose threads being tied together. Leftfield tracks with extremely eclectic beats like “Elevators” Ft. Freestyle Fanatic and “Victory Pose” Ft. Mega Ran, is the affirmation that even in the always-evolving world of non-commercial hip-hop, Son of Andy still outdoes much of the game’s more renowned rappers and producers many times over.

Son of Andy work is usually comprised of various ingredients: jarring production with both atonal and melodic motifs, as well as rhythmically-inclined raps. “Looking Up” continues his work in these fields but adds an alternative aesthetic to his sound.

Dive into the Beastie Boys-styled “Elephant” and then the rock-tinged standout “Word Up” Ft. Ex1. This is Son of Andy on full assault, unleashing his talent through the production. The jazz piano and heavy hip-hop drum beat of “Dagon’s Interlude” sums it up nicely.

The lyrical exchanges on “Remember The Name” Ft. ATG, Freestyle Fanatic, Tha Villain, and Ex1, gives the album an authentic old school vibe. “Gifted” Ft. Freestyle Fanati has the same classic effect, while “Finch” brings in a bouncy head nodding beat.

Son of Andy’s approach to entice the listener relies on the constant morphing of the beats, adding more divergent sounds. Oddball clips, buried licks, and dusty samples are often drawn into the jagged beats. Listen to the final two tracks “Remember The Days” Ft. Buck Nell and “For The Birds” Ft. Ex to hear how Son of Andy and his alter ego Dagon, pushes the envelope.

The sheer amount of focus on the soundscapes often distracts from the lyricism, so you’ll have to pay attention. Maybe run through the album a couple of times first to savor the production work, then come back at it again to catch up on the rhymes and flow. It’s not a casual listening album, but the production touches, lyrical flow, and the attention to detail can make it an addictive, enthralling experience.

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Katiah One: “Tail Spin” encourages you to reflect http://jamsphere.com/reviews/katiah-one-tail-spin-encourages-you-to-reflect http://jamsphere.com/reviews/katiah-one-tail-spin-encourages-you-to-reflect#respond Sat, 08 Dec 2018 17:08:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33846 Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke […]

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Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the physiological and philosophical workings of the human being.  That’s what determines everything else that happens in this world. Katiah One has got a grip on this concept, hence “Tail Spin” is a beautiful character study that will make you consider the importance of all things black.

And at the same time, rather subliminally, Katiah will teach you the importance of love, the meaning of respect and the rules of life. In a world full of meaningless music, it’s always a great feeling to find an artist that’s profound and encourages you to reflect.

“Tail Spin” shows Katiah One as an evolving, audacious songwriter and musician. Whatever you think of his skills as a rapper Katiah is a fantastic performer and a compelling presence. Everyone should all agree that his urgent performance on this track proves fascinating, even if for some strange, but not so obscure reason, you aren’t into the content he’s using that power to convey.

This track marks a sharp turn from the current mumble rap craze. Coming across as a deeply creative soul, it makes sense that Katiah would want to expand the genre’s arsenal, but reaching for the musical stratosphere was unexpected. Mainly because it doesn’t always equate with the instant success many young talents are craving.

What we get is an interesting departure from the genre’s usual work, with Katiah One creating utterly alluring moments that beg to be listened to again and again. And clocking in at only one minute and twenty five seconds, means it’s over quickly, necessitating a whole lot of replay gestures.

Regardless of its cultural importance, the song and the video are both captivating – in terms of message and music. “Tail Spin” is wildly infectious when describing the narrator’s mindset – the music touches deep into your soul, bringing out feelings that swell through your entire being, but that is precisely what this track does.

It took at least three plays of the song until I could internalize all that it conveyed and made me feel in under one and a half minutes. After listening to “Tail Spin”, it becomes obvious that we’re dealing with a dude with hugely effective smarts and suss, capable of dealing out a bold and striking rush of rolling basslines, and bright splashes of percussion.

All the better for Katiah One to conjure up some high-level rap angst with.  Listen closely and you’ll catch some poignant social commentary hidden behind the description of one single color.

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Glorious: “Move” – a powerful voice, leveraging an infectious beat! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/glorious-move-a-powerful-voice-leveraging-an-infectious-beat http://jamsphere.com/reviews/glorious-move-a-powerful-voice-leveraging-an-infectious-beat#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:48:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33831 Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be […]

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Pop singer, Livetronica drummer, producer and songwriter, Glorious, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, who has been making music since she started playing drums at the age of three. Named after her grandmother Glorious Cooper, Glorious recently unveiled her single “Move”. In an increasingly crowded field of urban pop artists, you may be wondering what makes Glorious worth your time. To be sure, she boasts a lot of the qualities that her peers also bring to the table. Her song is outlined with an exquisite beat, her vocals are mesmerizing, and her persona appears spectacularly captivating. Without close inspection, she might seem to blend into a modern music scene that is already overflowing with divas and manufactured talent.

A good part of what sets her apart, though, is what she does with her talent. Her work is not a retread of the tropes that pop is currently leaning on – elements that, while universally accepted now, are often so predictable they’re hardly visible anymore.

Through her musical arrangement and performance, which grabs something from music’s greatest legacies, past to present, Glorious unpacks her own musical identity with bravery and boldness, providing an empowering anthem for listeners looking for purposeful representation in art.

She packages her artistic message in a lush, rhythmic composition that possesses the nuances to belong in the conversation alongside superstars.

“Move” throbs with club energy while also giving way to gorgeous cascading interludes and skyscraper choruses. It thrives off of Glorious’ powerful voice, leveraging an infectious beat, a rolling bassline and staccato horn stabs. The song reaches its pinnacle, in a soaring, swelling anthem-like style with all the exultant brilliance you might feel scaling a roller-coaster ride.

Glorious combines musical talent and integrity to achieve a total victory. It’s difficult to imagine her doing anything besides climbing the genre’s ranks and increasing her influence. “Move” is a special record that serves both as a success in and of itself, and a promise of even greater things to come.

Glorious exquisitely knows how to compose music and lyrics, and knows how to make you feel the music that will have you jamming in your car, in the club, or wherever you play her song. From the charging lyrics to her incredible voice, the songstress is defining her own sky-high expectations.

Seeing an artist come into their own is always a welcome treat, especially if they’re a new face on the block. The way Glorious puts her persona and music across is definitely what will sell the record. Every element of the song works to strengthen it. Every part of the music works towards capturing and confirming the theme of the song. So what are you waiting for… “Move”!

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TheVerce: “The Dawg Walk 6” ft. Pastor Troy – another hit-sounding track! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/theverce-the-dawg-walk-6-ft-pastor-troy-another-hit-sounding-track http://jamsphere.com/reviews/theverce-the-dawg-walk-6-ft-pastor-troy-another-hit-sounding-track#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 11:14:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33822 TheVerce is an artist who knows how to make songs that echo in the brain of listeners. Songs like “The Dawg Walk”, and “Booty Tude” which were released more than 7 years ago are a delight to the ears till today.  “The Dawg Walk”, in particular, has been through a series of sequels, leading up […]

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TheVerce is an artist who knows how to make songs that echo in the brain of listeners. Songs like “The Dawg Walk”, and “Booty Tude” which were released more than 7 years ago are a delight to the ears till today.  “The Dawg Walk”, in particular, has been through a series of sequels, leading up to the brand new 2018 release, “The Dawg Walk 6 (Stadium Edition)”. Although he’s been around for a couple of years, and the industry has become even more competitive, the Atlanta rapper is an artist that can create hit sounding tracks, effortlessly. The new track which continues to hype The UGA Bulldog Football squad, also features Pastor Troy.

Here we find TheVerce spitting lyrical flames as his vocals rock the wavy beat. One unhidden element of this track is the sync between his flow and the production. That’s what you get when an artist and producers have studied each other.

TheVerce’s back catalog is like a treasure chest filled with countless tracks as treasures. Listeners don’t have to dig deep before finding adrenalin pumping bangers and anthems. Whether you’re listening randomly or in an ascending or descending order, you’ll stumble into an attention-grabbing track in zero seconds.

And the “The Dawg Walk” series is definitely a standout in the bunch. TheVerce (short for Verce-a-tile), began his recording career in Atlanta, GA, by following the southern trend of distinctive hip-hop, and has since stepped out to write and perform truly versatile songs.

TheVerce’s rap’s in recognizable tones that will draw fans in. Though the lyrics are different than from what one would normally hear on the rap charts, the beat and flow are exactly what our popular culture looks forward to hearing before a night out or before a big game.

This one could be a radio hit, as it is catchy, as well as a pump-up song for any group of people with a common goal, across the country, and not just the UGA Bulldog Football squad and its fans. The song lyrics may allude to a defined object but provides a familiarity in the beat and tone that easily attracts longtime hip-hop listeners from any extraction.

“The Dawg Walk 6 (Stadium Edition)” ft. Pastor Troy sees TheVerce at his most polished and focused, as he keeps his musical ball rolling in 2018. The song effectively continues to clarify his sound, while the intention of the beat and flow is clear: TheVerce doesn’t traffic in filler songs.

Hence the overall effect is a track that plays like a how-to for mass appeal. “The Dawg Walk 6 (Stadium Edition)” is an excitable piece that appropriately introduces TheVerce to rap fans who have not heard him yet.

Furthermore, it lets us know that not only does TheVerce deliver a diverse catalogue of sounds but he actually raps about real stuff which is hard to find amongst the most recent up and coming artists!

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Pastobal: “Nature” – There is something particularly unique about their sound http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pastobal-nature-there-is-something-particularly-unique-about-their-sound http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pastobal-nature-there-is-something-particularly-unique-about-their-sound#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 03:53:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33810 The French project Pastobal, started out as a duo and has grown into a small crew committed to serving their ideals. Dedicated to rock, folk and love, the group has two EP recordings under their belt – “My Head” released in 2014, and “EP# 2” released in 2016. The following year saw the band drop […]

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The French project Pastobal, started out as a duo and has grown into a small crew committed to serving their ideals. Dedicated to rock, folk and love, the group has two EP recordings under their belt – “My Head” released in 2014, and “EP# 2” released in 2016. The following year saw the band drop their full length trilingual album, entitled “Logon Calling”. Now in December 2018. Pastobal release their brand new, English-language EP, “Nature”. This new recording does an admirable job mixing the sounds of Pastobal to create a wide-ranging kaleidoscope of folk-rock references. The best songs have an infectious, building energy, as well as distinct, though familiar, points of view.

Pastobal is a band for those who like their folk served with a dose of sometimes cryptic and poetic lyrics, quirky riffs and thoughtful harmonies, rather than the loads of banjo and pop hooks that come from their peers and contemporaries. “Nature” showcases the musicianship and creativity that has seen them labelled the next big indie thing to come out of France.

The use of vocals, acoustic guitars, and strings all woven together is impressive, and there are just enough upbeat drums to keep the record rolling along.  The upbeat opening track, “Did You Know?” speaks about how different species of animals work together to increase the quality of life.

The song has a full instrumentation arrangement that makes it sonically satisfying. A jangly acoustic guitar revs it up initially before being joined by driving percussion, bass and strings. The members of Pastobal fully throw themselves behind the music, and it is easily noticeable that there is something particularly unique about their sound.

The way the organic instruments expertly complement each other shows the band’s musicianship both collectively and individually. Pastobal has branched out to incorporate diverse elements into their music that distinguishes the band safely. This versatility could have lent itself to a disorganized EP, but instead the band has constructed a well-ordered album.

In its simplicity, “Do You Want?” is even more sprawling and adventurous than the opening track, reminding me a bit of early R.E.M. infused with a very slight Talking Heads flavor. Diversely “No Time” incorporates overdriven psychedelic guitars in its more aggressive and intense soundscape that is confrontational and angry, in essence.

“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone. Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone. Silence the pianos and with muffled drum. Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come,” are the epic opening lines of the poem by Wystan Hugh Auden, and the basis on which Pastobal construct the  poignant song, “Funeral Blues”, which simultaneously desolating and uplifting.

“Funeral Blues” is absolutely gorgeous, and probably the best, most accessible track on the EP. It features a finger-picked guitar line, underscored by subtle bass counterpoints, excellent drumming and captivating vocals.

“Let’s Dance” exceeds in excess with more than 20 minutes of acid-styled funk driven by angular guitar riffs, thumping bass lines and busy percussion. It is undoubtedly the biggest musical departure the band take on the EP, and obviously a warning from Pastobal that they are not to be simply boxed into the folk-rock category.

With songs that are crafted meticulously, “Nature” succeeds in presenting its themes and sonic choices with remarkable clarity. It has both its rousing moments, as well as moments of quieter beauty. Moreover there seems to be more power in their music which benefits by the increased production values.

As an entry point for new listeners or something for existing fans to enjoy, there’s something on the “Nature” EP that any listener is sure to enjoy. The Pastobal crew currently consists of Pastobal (Music & Lyrics), Angus Schieber (Drum & Mix), Jehan Saison (Cello), Clo’B (Photo) and Stef Bimery (Englishman).

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Darick DDS Spears: “Rhyme Junkie” – a completely airtight recording! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/darick-dds-spears-rhyme-junkie-a-completely-airtight-recording http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/darick-dds-spears-rhyme-junkie-a-completely-airtight-recording#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:18:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33788 Experienced music artist Darick DDS Spears, produces, writes, performs and arranges his own albums. Darick, who doesn’t like the idea of sampling, counts a catalog with over 500 songs that run through his core hip-hop style to jazz, rock, country, and gospel, among others. The multi-nominated artist, who has released a number of singles and […]

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Experienced music artist Darick DDS Spears, produces, writes, performs and arranges his own albums. Darick, who doesn’t like the idea of sampling, counts a catalog with over 500 songs that run through his core hip-hop style to jazz, rock, country, and gospel, among others. The multi-nominated artist, who has released a number of singles and albums, is also an Amazon Bestseller Book author. The artist’s 15 track album “Rhyme Junkie” is out right now on all digital download platforms. Darick’s album is, in essence, one man and his mic, the type of record that feels increasingly like a rarity in an era of guest-verse overload and heterogeneous production. “Rhyme Junkie” is an unqualified success, a wonderfully energetic and compact display of unfettered good rapping. Darick DDS Spears is a sort of old school when it comes to the craft of rhyming: he’s fast, deep, convincing, and perhaps most of all interesting.

It also helps that the album is remarkably consistent. Many fans will obviously prefer one song to another but for its all-round earnestness, the rhymes and the production, this recording is completely airtight from the first song to the very last.

“Can I Kick a Rhyme” is just that, fierce and sounding as if it were recorded in someone’s basement; “These Sucka Mc’s” has Darick just blazing by other rappers; “Amen” is deliciously left-field; “John Lennon” has a dynamic flow to it. One of my favorites of all, is “Never Giving Up”, which finds Darick once again blending narrative structure together with a constant stream of consciousness.

The lyrics are fire on paper and sound, in fact, even more fiery on record, showcasing a rap soloist at the top of his game, ecstatic with the possibilities of words and what they can do. And when it comes down to it that is exactly what rap music is all about.

Moving ahead and through “Never Giving Up”, “Feeling So Alive” and “What Happened to You”, the amount of skill with which every word pours out of Darick DDS Spears whenever he opens his mouth is incredible. He’s is sharp, effortlessly spitting lines of a standard that most rappers can only dream of writing.

Fast flow, slow flow, slickness, and nuance. It’s all here, and gets turned on and off depending on the beat. I could list some of the best lyrical gems from the album, but we’d honestly be here all day.  The title track, “The Rhyme Junkie” gets all funky and soulful, while “Pencil Geeks” keeps the momentum going.

“Rhyme Crimes” kicks off with a more than urgent flow above an insistent piano motif. Throughout these songs, Darick shows that he is a clean and crisp spitter; as equally capable of stringing together witty punchlines as he is complex metaphors.

But the album is literally crammed full of strong tracks, exhibiting Darick’s, commanding flow, and articulate lyrics over varied productions. “My Fiends”, “Dead Conversations” and “Rhyme Motion” being among the best of the bunch.

Darick DDS Spears really has a lot to say about hip-hop and life, and his powerful rapping style delivers his thoughts in a powerful, and direct manner throughout. “Rhyme Junkie” is an underground album released for the rap purist, but one that can be enjoyed by anyone.

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Young Gambino: “Vente Conmigo” – expressive and chocked-full of confidence and swagger http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/young-gambino-vente-conmigo-expressive-and-chocked-full-of-confidence-and-swagger http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/young-gambino-vente-conmigo-expressive-and-chocked-full-of-confidence-and-swagger#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 12:51:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33778 Young Gambino is a reggaeton artist based in Orlando. The Columbian-American artist who rose to prominence in 2005 as half of the duo Columbian Flow, rides the wave that reggaeton’s popularity provides and uses it to achieve stardom. His version of the genre is more pop-oriented than the hardcore sounds pioneered by black Panamanian and […]

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Young Gambino is a reggaeton artist based in Orlando. The Columbian-American artist who rose to prominence in 2005 as half of the duo Columbian Flow, rides the wave that reggaeton’s popularity provides and uses it to achieve stardom. His version of the genre is more pop-oriented than the hardcore sounds pioneered by black Panamanian and Puerto Rican artists. At a time when reggaeton transforms in the pop market, Young Gambino fits comfortably into the current moment. He’s helped by the fact that his image affords him some cross-genre dexterity, which opens many possibilities. He strikes the best balance between this throwback style and modernity by exploring the slinkier turns of R&B and Pop, as well as the immediately addictive flavors of urban and Latin sounds. As co-owner of Platinum recording in Orlando, FL, Young Gambino continues to record hit after hit alongside frequent collaborator and award-winning producer The Beatllionaire. Represented by Mak Music, his latest singles are “La Fiesta” and “Vente Conmigo”.

“Vente Conmigo” sees Young Gambino alongside Jory Boy and Drey Vuitton. The track’s approach isn’t the brash, blow-it-all-to-bits reinventions or the wild trap-inspired impudence of some artists. Instead, Young Gambino is a more amiable pop star who leverages his vocal strength and sense of harmony into a creation that is commercially viable.

“Vente Conmigo” reflects the genre’s crossover style, as the industry moves reggaeton from its gritty roots into radio-friendly territory. Here the aspirant Columbiam star uses his sexy, seductive charm and sick pipes to conjure up a hit-sounding single.

If you don’t speak Spanish, don’t feel bad – you don’t really have to for this one. Sleek, percussive, and reggaeton to the core, the charm is in the overall musical vibe. And while we’ve focused on objectifying the song, its best attributes are Young Gambino’s awesome vocals, which are expressive and chocked-full of confidence and swagger.

He isn’t pacing himself for the long haul to come. He’s hitting it hard from the off, with the conviction of an artist who knows that he’s arrived at exactly the right moment. As he brings a clever mix of pop and reggaeton with a catchy chorus and a swinging rhythm.

Young Gambino returns reggaeton music to its island roots and takes the listener along for the ride. “Vente Conmigo” is Gambino’s vibrant and mellifluous getaway into what the Latin music movement has to offer. His music unites people from all walks of life under a global rhythm and inclusive message.

The whole track is in Spanish, but the reggaetonero keeps a borderless mindset. “Vente Conmigo” is more than just vibes. Young Gambino creates and curates a listening experience, a journey that showcases how dynamic Latin music can be with the freshest sounds and rhythms.

That power he wields in his hypnotic performance is strong as ever on this track. He is slick and slides into the beat as a smooth operator. Young Gambino is here to take up space, so it’s up to the industry and fans to try and keep up with him.

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Xelaine: ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] creates a memorable and lasting impression http://jamsphere.com/reviews/xelaine-detox-acapella-version-creates-a-memorable-and-lasting-impression http://jamsphere.com/reviews/xelaine-detox-acapella-version-creates-a-memorable-and-lasting-impression#respond Sat, 01 Dec 2018 02:17:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33759 Xelaine (pronounced Zuh-Lane) is a singer-songwriter and LIVE performer based out of Los Angeles. She has 3 current releases. ‘Revolution’, ‘Perf’, and the latest ‘DETOX’ [acapella version]. Xelaine has written for Lyrica Anderson and Mowii (1/2 of The Rejectz) and performed in Austin for SXSW 2018. Her debut EP is scheduled for winter release. Start […]

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Xelaine (pronounced Zuh-Lane) is a singer-songwriter and LIVE performer based out of Los Angeles. She has 3 current releases. ‘Revolution’, ‘Perf’, and the latest ‘DETOX’ [acapella version]. Xelaine has written for Lyrica Anderson and Mowii (1/2 of The Rejectz) and performed in Austin for SXSW 2018. Her debut EP is scheduled for winter release. Start to finish her voice is mesmerizing. She’s got the kind of voice that sings to every generation, full and powerful, soft and vulnerable, then playful but full of vigor. All of her music makes a statement. There is no mistaking who you are hearing when a Xelaine track comes on. Her previous tracks are outstanding, but ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] takes it to the next level. Free of the electronic beats and walls of synth sound, this song allows Xelaine to get to the core of her craft.

Xelaine has always been comfortable and confident with propulsive, powerful and mature vocals that appear to come from another time. Her soaring vocals are distinct from what is heard on radio today, and she is not in pursuit of that ever evasive crossover appeal. Xelaine fully displays her vocal talent in the one place where those with the gift shine, and that is on balladry songs like this one.

The sparse acapella arrangement gives Xelaine ample space to showcase her range and flare for the dramatic on a tune that finds her trying to come to terms with her feelings and emotions, transition between love and devotion to outright denial in contrasting flourishes. Her music strikes with such conviction that it places the listener right in the center of her situation.

The voice of Xelaine shines through with her creative display of vocal control. Her rich and soulful voice together with her strong and personal lyrics creates a memorable and lasting impression in this journey-filled track. Xelaine has a confidence to her singing and a very natural, flowing voice that guides one smooth bar after another.

Xelaine proves on ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] that everybody doesn’t have to be the same type of artist to be successful. She’s navigating her own waters, and making hardcore moves in the business, as she swims upstream to get to the next stage of her career. She may still be an underrated artist, but she’s gaining new fans with each recording project.

Xelaine seems to be hunting down new opportunities, challenges, and more exposure, while showing off her gritty raw talent. She sings with a rich soulfulness, while writing from a place of deep authenticity. Drawing from personal experiences, she obviously considers the songwriting process her therapy. She believes it, and sings it the way she does because it’s probably real.

Here on ‘DETOX’ [acapella version] she tackles the trials of romance, the obstacles of allowing it to thrive, and the pains of letting it go. This is an empowering song by a songstress mapping out her options, and it really works. Showing off her range and allowing her vocal capability to build with intensity within the arrangement’s empty spaces.

They say timing is everything, and now, with ‘DETOX’ [acapella version], this may actually be Xelaine’s moment of breaking into the mainstream as the most soulful indie songstress out here!

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Quon: “Independent” lodges in your brain! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/quon-independent-lodges-in-your-brain http://jamsphere.com/reviews/quon-independent-lodges-in-your-brain#respond Sat, 24 Nov 2018 16:27:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33710 Quon, the American rapper hailing from Amarillo, TX, has been impacting the industry with his singles: “Im It” “Hunnid Miles n Runnin” and “Get It Wit Me”. Now the artist takes another gigantic step forward with his brand new single and video release: “Independent”. This is the most urgent and catchy a Quon project has […]

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Quon, the American rapper hailing from Amarillo, TX, has been impacting the industry with his singles: “Im It” “Hunnid Miles n Runnin” and “Get It Wit Me”. Now the artist takes another gigantic step forward with his brand new single and video release: “Independent”. This is the most urgent and catchy a Quon project has sounded in some time, taking no prisoners with its constant barrage of rhymes and renewed energy. The rapper has a penchant for writing pervasive hooks and one liners, delivered in his matter-of-fact deadpan that lodges in your brain.

Easily digestible, often tongue in cheek, Quon has also perfected the art of knocking out four bar choruses that pull you in. He legitimately sounds like he enjoys performing, his vocals betraying something akin to a smirk; as if relishing in the ability to release songs like “Independent”.

The fact is few could follow Quon in the niche he is carving out for himself. It’s a tough stomping ground, bangers and party anthems with southern trap underpinnings, which are glued together by Quon’s charisma. With an easy delivery and a great voice, there’s a reason why his braggadocio sounds appealing rather than intimidating.

By sticking to his guns on “Independent”, Quon proves he is a threat to the up-and-comers as well as the veterans. He’s not wanting to be too innovative, because that’s not necessary, he’s safe in his habitat, making music his way, and audiences are the better for it. “Independent” distills the sonic extremes of contemporary hip-hop into a potent hybrid of radio-friendly sheen and hard-knocking club rhythm.

Basically, Quon has the instruction manual on how to create a good banger, and he uses it on “Independent”. The energy is through the roof, with the main participant cocky and confident, while the funky, malicious production and rhymes are irresistible. This track is indeed hot as hell, both in its vibe and the performance.

The hook is simple, but gets stuck in your head the instant you hear it.  The piano loop is hypnotizing, while the bass and percussion goes down hard.  This is a perfect example of a banger that’s simply overpowering because it’s just that good.  “Independent” confirms that Quon can succeed in turning underground clout into mainstream appeal, if he wants to.

All-in-all, Quon displays dynamism, lyrical acrobatics and an understanding of the female psyche, as well as dealing out a very in-depth analysis of gender relations. If you are inquisitive about what this dude has to say about the “Independent” lifestyle or would like to get your feet wet in an incredible rap tour de force, look no further than this track.

Quon knows how to play to his strengths while staying relevant in the context of hip-hop as a whole, and ultimately, this leads to another successful project. This this makes for both a devastatingly self-assured presence on the mic and a brazen sonic sensibility. When Quon is in his zone, he’s unstoppable, with a knack for converting throwaway slogans into positively transcendent pop hooks.

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They Made Monsters: “Reverse the Curse” flexes his songwriting skills! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/they-made-monsters-reverse-the-curse-flexes-his-songwriting-skills http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/they-made-monsters-reverse-the-curse-flexes-his-songwriting-skills#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 23:44:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33683 Steve Lock is from Swansea in Wales (UK). He has been creating music since 2007 and has been impacting the alternative indie scene with his project They Made Monsters. Merging a blend of Hip-hop, Electronic and Alternative Rock flavors, Steve has finally put together his debut album, entitled “Reverse the Curse”. It contains eight tracks […]

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Steve Lock is from Swansea in Wales (UK). He has been creating music since 2007 and has been impacting the alternative indie scene with his project They Made Monsters. Merging a blend of Hip-hop, Electronic and Alternative Rock flavors, Steve has finally put together his debut album, entitled “Reverse the Curse”. It contains eight tracks that were born out of Steve’s struggles and pains – his addictive demons, the suffering of abuse and loss, and the fact of turning towards faith to overcome his personal hardships, which eventually brought him to this point. Steve’s talent as a performer is to be commended – besides his singing he has a blistering rap flow; he is an incredible storyteller, with narratives that can be both deeply personal and spiritual, and oftentimes plain entertaining.

On this debut album, Steve Lock aka They Made Monsters shows his hunger to gain respect. His songs are full of the confidence and swagger of a man on a mission who will not be stopped. He is comfortable talking about his struggles in life, and still has an uplifting message of hope for humanity brought about through his faith.

They Made Monsters bursts out of the gates here with an unstoppable power and there isn’t a single weak track in the bunch. If you consider yourself even a passing fan of underground hip hop and alternative rock and electronica you must add this album to your library immediately. Simply put, it is essential. He explores a variety of emotions on several tracks and does so effectively on the opening track.

Driven by a dominant piano, “But for the Thirst” is an exploration through the darker side of sound and is at times disturbing, as They Made Monsters layers the track with low register raps and soaring choruses. Steve compliments the rhythm and energy of the music perfectly, as he paints a clear picture of his personal experiences.

Up next is the drum and bass rhythm of “Jungle Love” (feat. Sharon O’Brien). She sings: “I won’t wait no / I have to have you / I love you ooh.” He replies: “Why don’t you just let me go now / why don’t you just let me / you won’t let me go.” Works this one out for yourself. There’s something going on here.

They Made Monsters dive right into socio-political commentary on the intense alternative rock sound of “Stir Things” (Radio Version). “They drop the bombs / tell us what’s wrong / string us along / but this time they’ve gone too far,” sings Steve. Rarely do you hear such a mix of emotional candidness, artistic vision, skill, and awareness.

There is a genuine strength to every word, as he flexes his songwriting skills, painting visions of the world that his window looks out to. The words: “Trying to find that place / that doesn’t know you well / it’s like trying to hide your face / in places where you dwell,” brings us right into the visceral blend of “Penitence”, which moves through moments of darkness and light within a pummeling alternating soundscape. This could possibly be the best track on the album.

They Made Monsters is vivid and his delivery is solid on “Time To Breathe” (feat. Sharon O’Brien) which blends an insistent beat with melodic vocals and Steve’s articulate rhymes. “You’re Precious”, sees Steve immerse himself in an alternative synthesizer fest that shuffles between tempos, moods and tones.

“Divine Interventions” balances on the border between darkwave and Motown soul in an arena-ready track with strong anthemic and spiritual tendencies. As usual, Steve incorporates a lot of start-stop tempo changes into the track to keep his listeners challenged. Finally the album close with a more fleshed out version of “Stir Things” (Don’t Turn Off The Light Version), which has the catchiest keyboard hooks on the entire recording.

They Made Monsters put together some fantastic production here and seriously deserves love for the amount of commitment and energy he put into making an album this well thought out and impacting, and with this much sonic variety. The release date for “Reverse the Curse” is  set for the 7th December 2018.

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From Durham, North Carolina comes “The New Funk King” – YN3 http://jamsphere.com/news/from-durham-north-carolina-comes-the-new-funk-king-yn3 http://jamsphere.com/news/from-durham-north-carolina-comes-the-new-funk-king-yn3#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:33:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33676 Pop music finally has its savior and he goes by the name YN3. Not since Michael Jackson has the Pop genre had such a powerful voice. But ironically this isn’t the typical soft “Bubble Gum Pop” that you’re used to hearing on a regular basis. This is that in your face waking you up like […]

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Pop music finally has its savior and he goes by the name YN3. Not since Michael Jackson has the Pop genre had such a powerful voice. But ironically this isn’t the typical soft “Bubble Gum Pop” that you’re used to hearing on a regular basis. This is that in your face waking you up like a strong cup of coffee music from the “Bad Boy of Pop”. Well Pop is alive and breathing with this Durham, North Carolina bread music phenomenon.

Even R&B Legend and producer Devante Swing from the group Jodeci said quote: “Straight from NC, Yn3 is definitely next.”

Yn3 has surely crept into our hearts by simply giving us the Soul of the south, Melodies of the future and endearing content that reminds us of our musical forefathers. But with a new twist of Funk straight from the dusty porches and crowded liquor houses that this talented young musician comes from.

Recently losing his daughter’s mother to a tragic suicide Yn3 wanted to do something to help mental health so he decided to change the feeling of his music to a more meaningful, feel good experience. His detailed colorful life experiences come full circle on hit records like ‘Broken Love’ and ‘Last Laugh’. But his fun and feel good side comes through on bangers like ‘Columbia’, ‘Party Till Dawn’, ‘Get Up’ and ‘Relax Let Go’.

With an international sound like no other that appeals to people of all ages and colors Yn3 is what you get if Bob Marley, James Brown and Jodeci had an offspring.

So sit back and mix your liquor and Sip Ya Tea to some Yn3.

OFFICIAL LINKS:
www.artistecard.com/Yn3

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/justcallmeyn3

Facebook- https://m.facebook.com/YungYungYungN

Twitter- @yung_yungn_xo

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J.Vargas The Investment: “Im So NY (I’m So New York)” ft. L-BLESS – a tale and tone that is hard to resist! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-vargas-the-investment-im-so-ny-im-so-new-york-ft-l-bless-a-tale-and-tone-that-is-hard-to-resist http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-vargas-the-investment-im-so-ny-im-so-new-york-ft-l-bless-a-tale-and-tone-that-is-hard-to-resist#respond Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:55:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33664 Born and Raised in Brooklyn, NY, J.Vargas The Investment is a cross-genre music producer, songwriter, recording artist and entrepreneur. The Investment has been building up his catalog with single and album releases for some time now, and has gained traction with the song, “Im So NY (I’m So New York)” ft. L-BLESS – a recording […]

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Born and Raised in Brooklyn, NY, J.Vargas The Investment is a cross-genre music producer, songwriter, recording artist and entrepreneur. The Investment has been building up his catalog with single and album releases for some time now, and has gained traction with the song, “Im So NY (I’m So New York)” ft. L-BLESS – a recording artist based out of NYC.  If you’re an artist living in the city that never sleeps, chances are you’ve written about its endless dynamics in some manner. Musicians have attempted to elucidate what makes the city’s allure so transcendental – its expansiveness, its majesty, its relentless spirit – but only a select few among them have written songs about New York that have attained a truly impactful status.

J.Vargas The Investment and L-BLESS come out of the blocks with unprecedented urgency with a harrowing narrative over an insistent forward motion groove, driven by rolling percussion, stabbing strings and handfuls of piano chords.

The relentless rap flows paint a streetwise portrait of local pride, chronicling the peculiar lifestyles of its hustlers and heroes. The verses come at you like a hard and fast, punch-by-punch slugfest – the perfect equivalent to any anyone’s relationship with the city.

New York – and the Bronx specifically – is the birthplace of hip-hop. Which means NYC and hip-hop are forever intertwined. So it should come as no surprise that all five of its boroughs have produced many of the genre’s greatest talents.

It also means that many of today’s artists who attempt to carry the weight of the NYC hip-hop flag are crushed by the weight of its heritage. So it was no easy task for J.Vargas The Investment to step up to the plate with his New York anthem.

Metaphor, internal rhymes, and the occasional use of enjambment, make for a set of verses that burst at the seams with energy. It’s rapping prowess, together with production that’s dedicated to the art of moving pulse rates.

It’s clear from the outset that the collaboration just works, as verses of fire match-up to the beat. Both of these driving elements give the record its cathartic, explosive energy.

The beat’s primary strength is in the tightly coiled groove and heavy percussive tone, a sound that has a timeless quality, and one that is a reflection of New York hip-hop, which is typically claustrophobic and dense.

“Im So NY (I’m So New York)” also features an impressive incorporation of a simple string motif into a rap song. The song is absorbing, not because it’s the definitive anthem of this sort – sure, there will be many more – but because it’s such an excellent flex and demonstration of just how engrossing a well done anthem like this can be.

“Im So NY (I’m So New York)” juggles various sets of imagery of New York on the move, in a tale and tone that is hard to resist. It’s able to showcase the rappers lyrical ability without any superfluousness getting in the way. Vaguely menacing, literally sharp, and delivered with streetwise style, this is a powerhouse cut.

You can follow these creatives on their Instagram accounts – J.Vargas The Investment and L-BLESS.

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J Tizzle: “Fan-Ta-See” (Feat.KayJay) veers from swaggering soul to eerie electronica http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-tizzle-fan-ta-see-feat-kayjay-veers-from-swaggering-soul-to-eerie-electronica http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-tizzle-fan-ta-see-feat-kayjay-veers-from-swaggering-soul-to-eerie-electronica#respond Sat, 03 Nov 2018 17:08:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33533 J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.) is a driven performer who set out to create a unique blend of hip-hop, electronica and R&B. He was born in South Bend, In., and began producing music in 2004. Not being your regular hip-hop artist, J Tizzle always has a desire to make a grand statement when he releases […]

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J Tizzle (Jeffery Townsend Sr.) is a driven performer who set out to create a unique blend of hip-hop, electronica and R&B. He was born in South Bend, In., and began producing music in 2004. Not being your regular hip-hop artist, J Tizzle always has a desire to make a grand statement when he releases new material. The mix of smooth flowing raps and gritty impassioned vocals makes just about each and every song of his a five star event. The verses, the choruses, the instrumentals, every aspect of each song is overwhelmingly satisfying to the ears. J Tizzle has great music and he just leaves you wanting more. Between his YouTube videos, songs, and albums, just wow! This guy is going places and we must stay with him on the bandwagon before he takes off to the next level.

His latest track, “Fan-Ta-See” (Feat.KayJay), veers from swaggering soul to eerie electronica. It’s a mega-smooth track loaded with gorgeous vibes. J Tizzle continues to deliver his unique style that bends rap and melodic singing. The track has hip-hop inspired instrumentation but goes a different direction.

Through this unique blend, J Tizzle and KayJay talk about a romantic fantasy. The echoed vocals and the beat intertwine into a wavy melody incorporating an ambient synth pad that mixes both chorus and reverb, to a lush and deep sound. The vocals are very dynamic starting low and slowly building up. I love how it fluctuates with the beat.

Right from the start you can really feel this beat and hear the strong emotion in the vocals. Perhaps the reason J Tizzle’s music is so wildly appealing to the ear, is that it has no bounds. Seamlessly blending genres and pulling inspiration from classic sounds, he sets no limits for himself.

Here he takes lust and heartbeat by the throat, and makes a slow-jamming banger out of it. The hypnotic beat hooking listeners from beginning to end. On the outside, he may appear on the surface similar to other urban artists, but J Tizzle, together with KayJay, is able to master the art of producing not only a catchy song but strong and meaningful lyrics that touch his listeners emotionally.

R&B harmonies, a poppy chorus, and not to mention an impacting singing voice; the track has a catchiness that can’t be ignored production-wise either. J Tizzle is a very versatile, diverse musician that seems to infuse his influences and likes into his music from multiple directions.

He loves music, and you can see it and hear it every time he is on a track. The perfect follow up to his previous release, “Fan-Ta-See” (Feat.KayJay) illustrates J Tizzle’s continuing development as an artist and as a producer on his journey of expanding his brand.

Which is why all of his songs are equally amazing, no matter the tempo or the purpose. The diversity in themes and genres in every track introduces a new and better J Tizzle to the world on each occasion, and adds depth to his personality in and out of the spotlight.

“Fan-Ta-See” is the first single release from upcoming EP “The Chill Zone Vol 3” coming soon. This single is a collaboration with Atlanta producer/artist KayJay from Maestro Sounds Entertainment. KayJay lends song vocals and co-produced the track.

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Big AL Swagg: “It Aint Eazy” – shares his intellect end emotions throughout his rhymes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/big-al-swagg-it-aint-eazy-shares-his-intellect-end-emotions-throughout-his-rhymes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/big-al-swagg-it-aint-eazy-shares-his-intellect-end-emotions-throughout-his-rhymes#respond Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:08:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33485 Hailing from Newark NJ, Al-Terrick Cromwell aka Big AL Swagg is a Hip Hop artist who set out to make music with an honest and eclectic approach.  On his latest single, “It Aint Eazy”, Big AL really steps up and shows the world that you can rap about something of substance and not have to […]

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Hailing from Newark NJ, Al-Terrick Cromwell aka Big AL Swagg is a Hip Hop artist who set out to make music with an honest and eclectic approach.  On his latest single, “It Aint Eazy”, Big AL really steps up and shows the world that you can rap about something of substance and not have to chase record for sales and radio play.  The tracks talks about appreciating the intangible things like life, love, struggles, and family, instead of money, cars, and clothes. This is an artist that is contributing to his genre in a positive way and it shows in this track.

“It Aint Eazy” feels so clean. It’s an odd way to describe music, if you’re not referring to the language, I know. But what I mean is that it’s a refreshing breakaway from the garbage that a lot of other rappers produce. The combination of deep lyrics, clear vocals, and soulful rhythms makes this great for just about anyone.

It has a bit of an old school style to it, so you could listen this 5 years from now and still feel the song. Big AL Swagg’s music is realistic compared to what many of his contemporaries are putting. The ordinary citizen (which are most of us anyway) can easily relate to what he’s saying and comprehend his lyrics perfectly.

Big AL doesn’t wallow in cryptic verses and twisted wordplay to impress friends and foe. His messages are rhymed straight from the heart. Several listens into “It Aint Eazy” and one thing is clear: Big AL is the everyman rapper. He is uninhibited. I sense that he isn’t afraid to share his most personal stories with the world, which is pretty dope to me.

Big AL Swagg’s humanity is undoubtedly one of his most endearing traits, and it runs like a heady wave throughout this track. It is indeed this humanity which makes it easy to see the unified vision of a man on his grind, and seeking to earn his place in an ever shifting underground musical landscape.

There’s a lack of flashiness or ornateness in his performance, but Big AL can flat out spit, and shares his intellect end emotions throughout his rhymes. Big AL Swagg is as transparent as a rapper can get on this track. That’s going to alienate some and be refreshing to others, but that’s the way he keeps it real.

In fact this project oozes authenticity: the production is soulfully raw, and Big AL is entirely unafraid to speak his mind and tell the uncut truth. His honesty prevails, and makes “It Aint Eazy” a most well-rounded project. I appreciate that in a rap artist. Most hip-hop artists of today don’t really get personal, for them it’s all about the turn up.

They don’t express their feelings or address important issues. That’s what we’re missing most of the time. And that’s what Big AL Swagg addresses on “It Aint Eazy”. It’s one of the reasons people will be drawn to his music. They want to hear that someone is going through some of the same struggles as they are. Big AL Swagg just gets it!

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MartynGBuckets: “Real Life Rockstar” – a potential high-flying artist on the underground scene! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/martyngbuckets-real-life-rockstar-a-potential-high-flying-artist-on-the-underground-scene http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/martyngbuckets-real-life-rockstar-a-potential-high-flying-artist-on-the-underground-scene#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 13:52:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=33481 MartynGBuckets is like a cross between Young Thug and Future, allowing him to take his music to places other trap rappers would not think to venture toward like his first single “Peso$” and his other recent releases “2 Glock$” and “Vlone4Life”. His effects-filled vocals allow him to make convincing bass rattling anthems. MartynGBuckets’ latest single release, […]

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MartynGBuckets is like a cross between Young Thug and Future, allowing him to take his music to places other trap rappers would not think to venture toward like his first single “Peso$” and his other recent releases “2 Glock$” and “Vlone4Life”. His effects-filled vocals allow him to make convincing bass rattling anthems. MartynGBuckets’ latest single release, “Real Life Rockstar” produced by Mike Hard, is a certified banger, with its maudlin, off-kilter arpeggiated beat, and its shade of melancholy is a tantalizing way of preventing it from being just a simple club track. MartynGBuckets actually sounds inspired when he’s belting out the lyrics here. Everything about the song clicks, even the peak mumble action at the end of the verses. MartynGBuckets sounds like he’s melting into the track with his hypnotic auto-tuned slurs.

MartynGBuckets is great at spontaneity. His mic presence is captivating 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, which is extremely attractive to the ear. The song’s production is spellbinding, filled with emotive moans and elegiac keys, and MartynGBuckets uses it to forge his technical gymnastics.

He blends his flair and experimentation to prove he’s a rapper who can flow with the best of the new breed of new age rappers, purposely tangling his words to fit them all into a stanza. It feels more like a freestyle with a chorus shoehorned in to perfectly sustain its runtime. And it works perfectly.

If Lil Wayne caterwauled his way to hip-hop rock stardom in the early 2000s, then MartynGBuckets is the next evolution of the rockstar-rapper trope. “Real Life Rockstar”, makes a concerted effort to expand on this narrative, ultimately positioning the Philadelphia creative as a potential high-flying artist on the underground scene.

Worshipping at the temple of opulence, between pussy and money, MartynGBuckets’ unpredictable delivery and natural penchant for entertaining, never becomes stale, in contrast to some of his peers. In truth, left-field singles like “Real Life Rockstar”, only contribute to his growing mystique.

The verses wouldn’t intuitively feel like prime sing-along lyrics, but with MartynGBuckets’ atomic energy, they are. And like the rapper, audio engineer, and songwriter’s mind frame, the project exists on the edge of contemporary hip-hop and something more futuristic.

It’s in that place where MartynGBuckets is able to confront life’s excesses and vices. “Real Life Rockstar” blesses us with his latest storytelling sequel to his previous work. It’s a perfect cultivation of the rock star aesthetic, and it gives us an insightful idea of where he is now, and where he’ll go from here. It sonically spills his thoughts in a surprisingly effective project.

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