Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 24 May 2017 18:10:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dezzyano: “Hello World: The Renaissance” jumps right out of the speakers and grabs you by the throat! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dezzyano-hello-world-the-renaissance-jumps-right-out-of-the-speakers-and-grabs-you-by-the-throat http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dezzyano-hello-world-the-renaissance-jumps-right-out-of-the-speakers-and-grabs-you-by-the-throat#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 10:53:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28764 Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. […]

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Now I’ll be honest, before this album was released, I didn’t know much about Dezzyano, the rapper raised 5 mins from Atlanta on Six Flags Dr. I decided to give it a go. And I became a very unlikely Dezzyano fan. The 16 track album, “Hello World: The Renaissance” starts off strong with ‘Anita Baker’. It has an extremely catchy refrain built on a bass and horn driven soul soundscape. This sets the tone for the album, which sees Dezzyano finding different ways of telling his story with catchy hooks and intense verses. From a critical standpoint, this album has some epic beats provided by Cappavelli1, however, Dezzyano definitely makes this project what it is.

There are plenty of gems on this album, particularly near the beginning and end; everything stays consistently tight all the way through. We learn all the way through “Hello World: The Renaissance”   that Dezzyano is a stand-up guy, doesn’t take crap and can steal your girl. He is able to draw a common thread between a variety of tracks with a cohesive feel and tone throughout the album.

But this recording makes another thing clear – Dezzyano is capable of the fortunate trend of pleasing everyone at once, and as a result, songs like “Grammys”, “Webbie” and the impressive “Feather” jump right out of the speakers and grab you by the throat.

But his thing is full of standouts, from “Runner”, “Express Mail” and “Trap Nigga” to “Feel It”, showing that Dezzyano is at his best when he is less reflective, fiery, brazen and loaded with bars that are unrestrained and gutsy.

He exudes confidence with every single breath he breaths into the microphone, swinging comfortably from every snare hit to bass thump. Even the couple of tracks that you might not consider standouts sound strong, due to Dezzyano’s super confidence.

He serves beats like “OTW” and “Duece” with pure swag and rhythmic ability. He doesn’t even need to rhyme about anything important or relevant; he’s got enough punchlines and self-confidence to cover that up.

Dezzyano manages to spend the entire record outshining every single beat, making every soundscape his own. Overall, it sounds like a triumph. What is most important to note is that Dezzyano would not be content to become the underground king of the south, as he has already made the declaration of wanting to strive to be the best rapper alive.

This is a tall order coming from an artist most people haven’t even heard of yet. Dezzyano’s sense of ambition pushes him to change up his themes, update his beats and extend his style, from track to track, far enough to keep his listeners interested, making the fluidity of the album an even more impressive feat.

On “Hello World: The Renaissance”, Dezzyano’s flow is in top form, he oozes charisma, and all of the songs on this album are enjoyable, regardless of which your favorites may be. These songs are all highlights because it feels like Dezzyano’s actually means what he’s rapping, rather than just trying to put out what he thinks people want to hear.

This album showcases the fact that Dezzyano represents an excellent blend of lyrical talent and catchy pop sensibility.

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Jannie Dee Drops the Official Video for “I’m Ready” featuring FRANCOIS http://jamsphere.com/videos/jannie-dee-drops-the-official-video-for-im-ready-featuring-francois http://jamsphere.com/videos/jannie-dee-drops-the-official-video-for-im-ready-featuring-francois#respond Sun, 21 May 2017 10:12:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28756 From beginning to end, Australian singer-songwriter Jannie Dee packs her latest R&B and Pop blended single, “I’m Ready” featuring FRANCOIS, with sophistication, sex appeal and soul. When it comes to one of the voices in the Down Under underground R&B music that is a force to be reckoned with, Dee is undoubtedly on that list as her […]

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From beginning to end, Australian singer-songwriter Jannie Dee packs her latest R&B and Pop blended single, “I’m Ready” featuring FRANCOIS, with sophistication, sex appeal and soul. When it comes to one of the voices in the Down Under underground R&B music that is a force to be reckoned with, Dee is undoubtedly on that list as her new release is further proof of just that. The track which is from Jannie Dee latest EP of the same name is certainly a song that you will want on your bedroom playlist.

With a new recording under her belt, Jannie Dee is quite feeling herself because she rightfully titled the track, “I’m Ready” and indeed she is. The album opens with the thought that Jannie wants the world to know that her lover has delivered the goods and has satisfied her in every way imaginable, and that she is ready to do the same – “We both know where we’re gonna be tonight, because I’m ready, you’re ready, we’re ready, come on…”

the single cover

The single cover

Jannie Dee takes us back to her roots of the old school R&B sound which she mixes with a synth infested urban pop twist. Speaking to the cyclic nature of love and lust, the arrangements on much of the record cleverly suggest retro flavors while using modern production and sound.

It possesses a swelling synth string section held up by a popping electric bass, and the percussion track and lead vocal style are just contemporary enough to dodge a total retro feel.

When rapper FRANCOIS, jumps onto the track with some smooth bars, he gives the song a strong edgy urban taste. The song’s hook catches you, through both repetition and beauty, as well as melodic invention, and by the time the rap starts you’re right in the groove. The market needs more soul music that pulsates with real feeling.

“I’m Ready” featuring FRANCOIS provides a lasting treat for Jannie Dee fans and reinforces her rep as one of Down Under’s essential independent R&B performers. That enviable sexy atmosphere, galvanizing grasp of melody and engaging approach to the genre all add up to one truth: Jannie Dee, who was born in the Philippines and migrated to Australia in 1992, is becoming notorious in her own right, and yes, she’s ready indeed!

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“I’m Crazy” – Sirpit & Bullzeye Beats Ft. Charlene (Prod by Bullzeye Beats) – cross-genre pollination http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/im-crazy-sirpit-bullzeye-beats-ft-charlene-prod-bullzeye-beats-cross-genre-pollination http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/im-crazy-sirpit-bullzeye-beats-ft-charlene-prod-bullzeye-beats-cross-genre-pollination#respond Sun, 14 May 2017 23:27:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28693 Australian-based artist Sirpit has dropped another club banger via Taff Dawgz Entertainment. This time Bullzeye Beats and Charlene on the track entitled, “I’m Crazy”. The blurring of lines between the rap and dance music universe is nothing new. Many of hip-hop’s earliest songs drew their inspiration from the rhythmic thump of dance music, flipping samples from songs […]

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Australian-based artist Sirpit has dropped another club banger via Taff Dawgz Entertainment. This time Bullzeye Beats and Charlene on the track entitled, “I’m Crazy”. The blurring of lines between the rap and dance music universe is nothing new. Many of hip-hop’s earliest songs drew their inspiration from the rhythmic thump of dance music, flipping samples from songs that had the specific goal of getting a crowd moving. So it’s no surprise that the latest modern mutation of dance music—often collected under the ambiguous and argument-starting term “EDM”—has crossed over and even been absorbed into hip-hop. This type of cross-genre pollination is essential to hip-hop…and it’s essential to this track.

The best electronic dance music shares many of the same qualities as the best hip-hop: an emphasis on rhythm, a commitment to intensity and a powerful physicality. It’s really no surprise that artists like Sirpit has wanted to work wanted to work with EDM soundscapes such as “I’m Crazy”.

Sirpit’s crossover into electronic music shows not only his potential as a rapper, but it also shows the potential of EDM producers to work with such unique artists. Sirpit navigates the beat like he was born listening to it.

His on-edge flow nimbly flips through flows to stay ahead of the swift percussion. But beyond just being a great rapper and an evocative writer, he’s someone who thoroughly deconstructs some of rap’s most hardened tropes.

Beat-wise, “I’m Crazy” makes case for Bullzeye Beats as one of the most underrated producers in the game. Part of this has to do with the fact that it’s hard to imagine anyone but Sirpit tackling this type of beat with the same success.

Throughout the track Bullzeye Beats grabs upon a small handful of sounds that seizes attention, and surround them with just enough elements to make the track feel full but not too many as to clutter. As such, this beat really bangs with enough percussive corners and pockets that Sirpit is more than good enough to fill with his wild assortment of flows. The rest is left up to Charlene, who adds the melody and catchy vocal hook to complete the winning formula.

It’s no surprise that Sirpit sound and influences have evolved and his willingness to cross musical genres will clearly work to his commercial advantage. He still maintains the grit and raw excitement from his previous tracks, and his knack for choosing the right beats and picking the right collaborators generally works just as well.

As much a hip-hop track as it is a party anthem, “l’m Crazy” – Sirpit & Bullzeye Beats Ft. Charlene (Prod by Bullzeye Beats) is an enjoyable listen, and one which has a cool urban ambience to it.

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King Tut & HU$$: “Like A King” – the ‘new wave’ of rap music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-tut-hu-like-a-king-the-new-wave-of-rap-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-tut-hu-like-a-king-the-new-wave-of-rap-music#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 23:57:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28661 It’s hard to think of a hip-hop track with more heart, one with a narrative more thoroughly interwoven with the love of the grind and big dreams, than “Like A King”, the track by King Tut & HU$$, the restless experimenter of from Dallas, TX. Producer HU$$ is not unfamiliar with R&B, Jazz, and southern […]

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It’s hard to think of a hip-hop track with more heart, one with a narrative more thoroughly interwoven with the love of the grind and big dreams, than “Like A King”, the track by King Tut & HU$$, the restless experimenter of from Dallas, TX. Producer HU$$ is not unfamiliar with R&B, Jazz, and southern vibes, combined with a unique mixture of Dance, Trap and Hip Hop drums and the occasional Soul sample to form his signature sound.

 “Like A King” is a steady, buoyant track, moving at a hypnotizing pace and with a slightly eastern texture. But uniting it all is an almost pervasive feeling of warmth, a sense that its creator comes from a world where he’s surrounded by positive energy and a fair amount of confidence.

What prompts this heartfelt track from being maudlin in any way, is how grounded the emotion is — and also the rapping, which is kinetic and steadfast. King Tut is consistently inventive, pugnacious with syllables and prone to stick to a deep captivating flow.

Surprisingly there is no spitfire flow or earworm hooks, yet a few conscientious emcees might learn a thing in two from King Tut & HU$$ when it comes to making poignant songs whose sonic qualities are as good as their messages.

King Tut introduces himself as a sensitive man reflecting on his aspirations and creating a positive future for himself. He attacks the beat effortlessly as his flow swerves over the booming bass HU$$ has built this production on, while he lyrically celebrates his inclinations.

There is no overwrought attempt at a radio record. Nor is this is an obligatory song “for the chicks”, or a manufactured hit for “the clubs,” or whatever that even means these days. Those are the type of songs that often suck the narrative arc out of a project.

“Like A King” is an underground rap track for listeners reared on melodic trap variations like 21 Savage and Metro Boomin. It’s super low-key, resonating with a haunting beat by HU$$ and tale-telling rhymes by King Tut.

This is the ‘new wave’ of rap music, where there are meant to be no lies in the lyrics, the settings that are described should sound like recollections, like reliving the moments that have happened or things that the narrator is prepared to do. ‘Authentic’ is the word that has been used most when this sub-genre is mentioned.

“Like A King” carries many of these traits, and for all intents and purposes this may be King Tut & HU$$’ answer, to Chicago’s drill music. And it’s really good.

Contact: RealHussMusic@gmail.com for inquiries and collaborations

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Aprilann: “Crown and the Girls” (Remix) – as anthemic as it is empowering! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/aprilann-crown-girls-remix-anthemic-empowering http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/aprilann-crown-girls-remix-anthemic-empowering#respond Tue, 09 May 2017 16:36:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28619 Born and raised in Florida, Manhattan resident, Aprilann has several songs on iTunes and her latest self-written release Crown and the Girls, produced by acclaimed New York producer Artie Skye of Skyelabs, was released earlier this year. It tells the ageless story of heartbreak and the difficulty of letting go. She recently completed the remix for ‘Crown and the […]

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Born and raised in Florida, Manhattan resident, Aprilann has several songs on iTunes and her latest self-written release Crown and the Girls, produced by acclaimed New York producer Artie Skye of Skyelabs, was released earlier this year. It tells the ageless story of heartbreak and the difficulty of letting go. She recently completed the remix for Crown and the Girls’, along with a performance lyric video.  Aprilann is currently in the studio working on her debut EP set for release later this year.

In the music industry, there’s a difference between hype and excitement. Hype is guaranteed by the press but without excitement, all of that publicity might as well be for nothing. For pop songstress, Aprilann, the excitement has always been there since the release of the original version of Crown and the Girls’ last year.

From rolled down car windows on city streets to backyard BBQs to department stores to bowling alleys, the remixed version of Crown and the Girls’ might as well be awarded Song of 2017 as there will be no escaping it – not that we’d want to – clearly paving the way for Aprilann’s upcoming debut EP to shine, and with a record like this, the future seems bright for the singer.

There’s no shortage of impeccably-crafted synth-pop hooks with a hint of sass and ambition thrown into this track, and fans of the original ballad version of Crown and the Girls’ fans will be rolling down windows of their own, reciting every word within no time. The track comes barreling in with a strong punch – anthemic as it is empowering.

Producers PGee and Mystro have done an excellent job of just stepping up the tempo, and injecting the song with edgy energy, but avoiding to refurbish the lead vocal track in any way with the usual outrageous, over the top EDM effects. This leaves the track’s lyrical poignancy totally intact and Aprilann’s voice to carry the song with class and dignity, redefining the term ‘girl power’.

The distinctive and certainly unique element on the original version that struck out to me from the beginning was Aprilann’s hearty, emotional vocals. It’s heavily boosted with her grace and flair that blends well within the track. It represented a highly motivational anthem about challenging relationship tribulations on your doorstep.

Now PGee and Mystro remix the track a step forward in the right direction, maturing up musically whilst still maintaining the darkish ambience in the foreground. It fits perfectly with Aprilann’s style and mood encased inside Crown and the Girls’; a mixture of awe, heartache, and everything in between. It takes the song full circle.

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Jack Soundfield: “Shine” moods, textures, and rhythms, that lend well to repeated listening http://jamsphere.com/news/jack-soundfield-shine-moods-textures-and-rhythms-that-lend-well-to-repeated-listening http://jamsphere.com/news/jack-soundfield-shine-moods-textures-and-rhythms-that-lend-well-to-repeated-listening#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:31:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28451 By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can […]

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By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the Kodály method – sometimes did intervene and had her influence on the music.”

In writing about ambient music, Douglas Rushkoff notes that ‘ambient’ music isn’t a set of particular sounds one listens to but a space in which one breathes. Rushkoff was referring specifically to ambient visionary Brian Eno but it can easily apply to Jack Soundfield and “Shine”. Though to be fair, Soundfield’s instrumental music is more pop orientated and brighter sounding, the fact remain that it creates ‘’a space in which to breathe’’.

Whereas classic ambient has layers and washes of sound and music that can be focused on or ignored, lazily mind-surfed or instead analyzed, Soundfield’s soundscapes have defined melody in the forefront which of course becomes hard to ignore.

Never just a trite sound collage – a problem which plagues so many in this genre – “Shine” has moods, textures, and rhythms, that lend well to repeated listening. You can dig deep or soar to the shore with this collective work.

The other interesting thing is that Jack Soundfield uses a series of what can be called classic ‘old school’, almost MIDI-like sounds, as opposed to the high-flying electronic mimicry of Digital Audio. This is true of both the keyboard sounds and the percussion.

There are lots of harpsichord and string instrumentation which gives the pieces a classic feel. Sometimes they are even cinematic, as is the case with “Freedom Ride” and the title track “Shine”. So, this music is perfect for so many things. Night driving, working, sleeping, hanging out, studying, reading – the minimalism and yet fullness of these tunes is irresistible.

You can find and share Jack Soundfield’s music on Spotify or you can also stream and purchase it on Google Play.

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JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” shows the many sides of this unique artist http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/javez-when-i-was-uptown-shows-the-many-sides-of-this-unique-artist http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/javez-when-i-was-uptown-shows-the-many-sides-of-this-unique-artist#respond Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:22:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28444 JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to […]

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JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the combination is deadly. Each song offers a compelling narrative that brings structure and cohesion to the recording.

JaVez has a very rare songwriting gift; he has the power to captivate audiences everywhere with just one song. After that, you’re hooked for life. “When I Was Uptown” shows the many sides of this unique artist. The opening track “Show You” helps set the bar to a new high, and as everything else unfolds, you can’t help but smile.

This EP is everything that you can expect from an alternative crossover R&B and Hip-hop artist, and is one of the most ingeniously crafted records of the genre I have heard this year. Everyone should at least listen to this once, you won’t see it coming!

There is more than just beauty behind the madness; there is a voice that totally rocks your world, whether in normal tones or insanely high falsetto, JaVez’s voice remains crystal clear. Every generation has its eclectic set of voices and his, is part of this generation’s eclectic set.

If you are not into alternative R&B, tracks like “Won’t Let You Down” and “Rep It” is a great time for you to get into it. The soundscapes are minimal but sonically cutting edge sharp, allowing the vocals all the needed space to breath, grow and seduce.

JaVez’s also finds a sweet spot for his own stripped down and emotional version of Tamia’s “Stuck With Me”. Listening to something like this is the ultimate form of escapism that so many of us flock to music for.

If you’re in the mood for something different, then “When I Was Uptown” is the EP for you. This is clearly not a recording made for the catchy hooks; instead, it focuses on the musical embodiment of JaVez’s themes.

It’s almost as if the music came as a consequence of the lyrics, even though it likely worked the other way around. If there is any connective tissue bounding this EP together it’s the idea that JaVez doesn’t have to fundamentally change who he is in order to become a potential star.

A couple of tweaks here and there, without losing the rawness, would be all this needs, as “When I Was Uptown”,  already sounds like a completely brilliant beginning to what promises to be a long and bright career.

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ReachingNova: “IT’S ABOUT TIME” unravels strands of his pedigree! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/reachingnova-time-unravels-strands-pedigree http://jamsphere.com/reviews/reachingnova-time-unravels-strands-pedigree#comments Sat, 22 Apr 2017 09:50:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28404 The Bronx, NYC creative, ReachingNova is without a doubt one of the smartest, all-round great underground rappers on the block right now. His album “IT’S ABOUT TIME”, features powerful themes and gives amazing personal perspectives on some deep rooted issues and aspirations which inevitably reflect everything happening around ReachingNova, but could so easily apply to any […]

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The Bronx, NYC creative, ReachingNova is without a doubt one of the smartest, all-round great underground rappers on the block right now. His album “IT’S ABOUT TIME”, features powerful themes and gives amazing personal perspectives on some deep rooted issues and aspirations which inevitably reflect everything happening around ReachingNova, but could so easily apply to any ambitious human being on a serious daily grind, no matter what walk of life they’re in. Each track is superbly produced, and none feel like they don’t belong on this collection. What seperates ReachingNova from his contemporaries is that he’s found way to excel at his rap aspirations while subverting it.  He has found a way to reconcile the inherent vices of the game with the salving possibilities of art.

ReachingNova channels rap’s energy to deliver uplifting and revealing messages while smuggling complexity and entertainment into the verses. There are some strong hooks here, but not the repetitive pop kind you’re used to, plenty of head-nodding beats, and most importantly, ReachingNova rapping with an ear for little turns of phrase and of melody that will stick in the brain.

ReachingNova

ReachingNova

He has a sense for musical adventure: Tempos make surprising shifts, backward sounding loops intrude in, for instance on “No Explanations” and “Pacify” – the production allover, does a lot of the work of conveying the album’s approach to ReachingNova’s storytelling. Listening along as he lobs syllables as quickly as the ear can catch them is a joy, and the creative storytelling carried out in these shifting flows feels satisfying and complete.

From the moment the album opens with “An Evening In Tampa Bay”, it becomes a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expansive beats, intense rhymes, and peerless storytelling about ReachingNova’s daily destiny. “World So Empty” ft. Dave East is a precious story, the stuff rocks, and it’s delivered with such precision, vivid detail, and masterful pacing that it can’t possibly be true.

But it’s a tale too powerful not to believe in – just like its narrator. ReachingNova proves he’s a master storyteller, but he always seems to be saving his best plot twist for the next song, waiting until he is ready to pull it off. And on both “Make It Happen” and “Something Timeless” – one of the catchiest tracks on the entire album – he pulls it off big time.

Storytelling seems to be ReachingNova greatest skill (without disregarding his production skills), and primary mission – to articulate the intimate specifics of daily grinding from your surroundings. The raps put forth on tracks like “I Remember”, “No Explanations” and “Beach Waves” bobs, winds and pulls mercilessly like a computerized sewing machine.

ReachingNova is cracking open his genes all over this thing with vigor, unraveling strands of his pedigree on each and every track. “IT’S ABOUT TIME” is as bold and as hard and as hopeful as it is bursting with bristling energy. It’s as introspective as it is inciting. It’s as cohesive as it is dense. It’s a volatile and revelatory chapter in a legacy that’s following ReachingNova as he moves his career ahead towards the main spotlight.

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Ron Hamrick: “Musings” expresses his thoughts and feelings from everyday life http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ron-hamrick-musings-expresses-his-thoughts-and-feelings-from-everyday-life http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ron-hamrick-musings-expresses-his-thoughts-and-feelings-from-everyday-life#respond Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:21:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28376 Ron Hamrick’s music career started in Michigan at 5 years old when his aunt introduced him to the guitar. At 8, he began taking piano and organ lessons learning classical pieces, and he fell in love with keyboards. His music career now spans decades with thousands of performances at venues across the U.S. and even in the U.K. Ron […]

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Ron Hamrick’s music career started in Michigan at 5 years old when his aunt introduced him to the guitar. At 8, he began taking piano and organ lessons learning classical pieces, and he fell in love with keyboards. His music career now spans decades with thousands of performances at venues across the U.S. and even in the U.K. Ron was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2011 as a member of the popular band The Sixth Generation which reached number 2 on the Billboard Charts and was considered for a Grammy Nomination. Ron has been a part of the band since 1966. In addition to being a member of The Sixth Generation, Ron, who is an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is also a fully-fledged solo artist. He recently released his album, entitled “Musings”, which expresses his thoughts and feelings from everyday life.

Ron Hamrick

Ron Hamrick

If you ever had a penchant for James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, or The Beach Boys either together as a group or as individual artists, then this album is too good to either pass up and/or not have in your collection.

In a world where people nowadays are busy shouting at each other with that ‘I am going to be in your face attitude’, it is nice to be reminded that there are still artists who make sense without being loud and obscene, because music is after all an art that touches the soul and hearts of those who lend an ear to them.

This is music you can not only understand, but enjoy, as it transports you back to a time where love, harmony and peace were the rule of the day, rather than the hate and obscenities which are more in fashion today.

Ron Hamrick is at his best when he allows himself to commit to his reedy, high-pitched tones on “Fly Like an Eagle”, “I’m Livin’ Life”, “I Ain’t Seen No Rain” and “You Make Me Who I Am”.

The sounds are mostly lushly produced, together with a vast array of light orchestral resources and the latest tricks in sound technology, the goal being to achieve a rich, smooth and organic sound. These qualities are best appreciated on “Nothing Like A Rainy Day”, “Old Photographs” and “Ride Towards The Misty Dawn”.

The production accentuates the virtues of the melodies, and their capacity to evoke an almost inspirational purity. Hamrick employs a uniform an approach to the wide a range of material, as he clearly wants to make everything pretty to the ear, and he invariably succeeds, yet in doing so he never obscures the character of the material.

Ron Hamrick’s “Musings” is based on soft, delicate textures and the mood is relaxed and gossamer. The singer’s voice is naturally pliant and supple, while the keyboard is his best instrument. Hamrick’s phrasing is clean and distinct, allowing the full explosion of his lyrics to blast into your mind.

Beautiful strings play on several of the tunes, while the right instruments are always matched with the right songs on this album. There is no “weak” moment on this recording, and you will hear Ron Hamrick emote and communicate at every level.

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Merv Pinny: “OB (can you hear the children cry)” – an antiwar song http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/merv-pinny-ob-can-you-hear-the-children-cry-an-antiwar-song http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/merv-pinny-ob-can-you-hear-the-children-cry-an-antiwar-song#respond Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:54:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28340 New Zealand rock composer and singer, Merv Pinny, has been playing music since he was 10. At 15 he left school to work on a farm during the day, and to play music at night. This led to him achieving a Top 20 single, plus nominations for ‘Best Country Rock Album’ at the New Zealand […]

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New Zealand rock composer and singer, Merv Pinny, has been playing music since he was 10. At 15 he left school to work on a farm during the day, and to play music at night. This led to him achieving a Top 20 single, plus nominations for ‘Best Country Rock Album’ at the New Zealand Music Awards and ‘Best Vocals’ at the Waikato Rock Awards, and a win at the Waikato Rock Awards, where his single “Destiny” was named ‘Best Rock Single of the Year’. Merv’s latest project takes his musical talent and uses it to address timely world issues, such as the effects of war, terrorism and refugee immigration on children.

“OB (can you hear the children cry)” is Merv Pinny’s latest single. Proceeds due to him from this release, will all go to selected charities dealing with children in crises. The song, which he wrote, performed and co-produced under his own label MMusic had its genesis in the international news reports of conflicts throughout the Middle East, and particularly those in Syria and Iran. Pinny said a number of the images on television shocked him to the extent that he had to give voice to his own feelings as both a father and as a human being.

As with all protest songs good words and fine sentiments are not enough. The music must move us, which is what “OB (can you hear the children cry)” with its overdriven riffs and insistent beat. It’s a song that doesn’t confine itself to commenting on or bemoaning the ills of the world, but seeks in some small way to change things.

It does this by calling directly for something to happen, by informing us, by appealing to our hearts and our emotions, and by challenging commonly held ideas – “I don’t want to be last man to speak / I don’t want to be last man to die / You get in your planes / Go zoom zoom zoom / You get in your tanks / go boom boom boom / Alacaboom  Alacabang / Is that your plan.”

The song, which Merv wrote, performed and co-produced under his own label MMusic had its genesis in the international news reports of conflicts throughout the Middle East, and particularly those in Syria and Iran. So Merv decided to shock us, unsettle us, inspire us, make us angry, and even make us sad, which he achieves via the supporting video clip of the song which can be found on YouTube.

Antiwar music is not technically a genre, but pretty much any song from an artist or band where they express sentiment against nations warring with one another. The concept of antiwar music probably has its genesis in the 1960s, as rock and folk groups were decidedly against the Vietnam War and the involvement of the United States of America in the civil war of that Southeast Asia nation.

Antiwar songs of that day became part of the ‘greatest music ever made’ during the time of classic rock that wound up getting heavy repetition and airplay on radio stations still on the air. Most rock artists today seem to have almost forgotten the tasks their music needs to address besides all the regular tropes. Thank heavens artist like Merv Pinny still exist. Its artists like him that keeps the art of rocking noble!

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Moe: “Cloud Surf” – The perfect lyrical balance of humor and seriousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moe-cloud-surf-the-perfect-lyrical-balance-of-humor-and-seriousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moe-cloud-surf-the-perfect-lyrical-balance-of-humor-and-seriousness#respond Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:30:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28302 Born in Stockton, and growing up in the south, up and coming rapper Moe, is hitting the Bay Area, and with him comes the baggage of his life experiences that start as a youngster in the occupied territory of Palestine. Where he lived in a rough area, and even had an assault rifle pointed at […]

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Born in Stockton, and growing up in the south, up and coming rapper Moe, is hitting the Bay Area, and with him comes the baggage of his life experiences that start as a youngster in the occupied territory of Palestine. Where he lived in a rough area, and even had an assault rifle pointed at him by a solider when he was only three. His mother, a cancer survivor, and his father, whose hardships were surreal making it in America, taught him to never let where you are, affect where you are going to be. These experiences and lessons have given Moe a more cultured, bright, outlook on life, which can be heard on his 5 track EP “Cloud Surf”.

Throughout the EP, Moe’s flow is a giddy, stream-of-consciousness spill of internal rhymes, sing-song melodies as playful as jump-rope chants and unpredictable imagery. The production too, on this album is dazzlingly impeccable, as Moe pulls it off, and manages to assemble astounding production into one piece of discography, care of –  Origami Beats (Anymore/ Cloud Surf/ Addictive Personality) and Cash Money AP (New Wave/ Set The Mood). The variety of beats is refreshing, while every beat on this EP is perfectly executed and fits Moe’s flow and vocals perfectly.

Unlike some of his overworked Southern counterparts, Moe is far from lazy and unenergetic on the mic, or maybe slurring his words with a heavy undecipherable mumble. Moe combines a good sense of humor with great writing and the product is the fantastic lyrics he spits. And Moe is also to switch it up from time to time.

The perfect lyrical balance of humor and seriousness that can be found on “Cloud Surf” is a rejuvenating trait that many albums cannot claim. Moe often uses the element of surprise to evoke a feeling from outside the box upon his listeners. It is with atmosphere and lyrics that this project solidifies itself as a worthwhile listen, and pleasant surprise.

Lyrically, Moe always has something interesting to say, using unique rhyming techniques to get his point across. There are three songs that are loosely tied together spread over the course of the EP, “New Wave (ft. itsPHIL)”, “Anymore”, and “Set The Mood”, all of which make strong points for Moe’s ability to deliver rhymes in extremely diverse styles.

So if you’ve been looking for some hip-hop that may get you interested in the genre again, or even if you like hip-hop and are looking for something new to cherish, check this EP out. And if you can’t find yourself believing in the power of hip-hop again after listening to it, I can safely say it’s time for you to give up hope that you ever will.

The story here isn’t of the usual hard gangster lifestyle, although you’ll find some weed floating all over the place in “Cloud Surf” and even a little story about a ‘hoe’ in “Addictive Personality”, but it’s a totally different and more clever take on the subject than you’re used to hearing.

When you first jump into the EP, you should notice that Moe sounds like his own person and isn’t stuck on the hype train by attempting to imitate any peers or fellow rappers.

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Madd Raxx: “Interception” turns into quality rap music! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/madd-raxx-interception-turns-quality-rap-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/madd-raxx-interception-turns-quality-rap-music#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:33:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28267 Growing up out of two of the most notorious hoods in Memphis (Orange Mound and North Memphis) Madd Raxx has seen his days in the streets which contributed to his hustle and built his “I can do whatever” mentality. Raxx started his music career as a young teen going to the studio with local artists […]

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Growing up out of two of the most notorious hoods in Memphis (Orange Mound and North Memphis) Madd Raxx has seen his days in the streets which contributed to his hustle and built his “I can do whatever” mentality. Raxx started his music career as a young teen going to the studio with local artists like Don Vito and underground Memphis hip hop Legend Dj Zirk. This is where he began to network and stretch his reach all across the city.

Madd Raxx

Madd Raxx

And while hard work and determination takes a big role in him being focused during his day to day routines and road to success, when people question him on what his motivation may be, he simply answers “I just want to get rich…and get money quick!”

Of all artists in all genres, rappers often most plainly show their evolution. Many start making mixtapes in their young teens and unashamedly employ their craft for decades, their topics of interest staying constant, yet changing too. Although daily struggles and passions they talked about in their youth don’t necessarily go away, their approach to them alters.

Madd Raxx topical preferences (bitches, money, brotherhood, weed) probably haven’t changed all that much between his latest single Interception” and his previous releases, but I’m certain how he thinks of and lyricizes them has progressed.

Memphis is, historically, one of America’s greatest rap cities. It has its own local legends, guys like Al Kapone and Playa Fly. It has 8Ball & MJG, early self-made Southern rap stars whose slick pimp-talk and narrative focus were like nothing the genre had ever heard.

Madd Raxx

Madd Raxx

It has Three 6 Mafia, who turned movie-like scores into rowdy anthems and changed the sound of rap forever. Memphis has its own sounds, its own secret histories, its own dances, its own language. And Memphis has its cocky and confident underground artists like Madd Raxx.

This rapper’s biggest asset is obviously his storied mindset, which he so effortlessly turns into quality rap music. He is also an artist, who values rock solid production and “Interception” is a guaranteed speaker blower; this is a banger that should be bumped at loud decibels.

Trap-influenced snares and thundering basslines provide Madd Raxx the foundation to outline his notorious street rhymes in his singsong style.  “Interception” finds Raxx sticking to his roots. His street-acclaimed catalog is what got him here in the first place and this single doesn’t veer off course.

Raxx turns a track like “Interception”, into a grimy symphony, thanks in part to the well-crafted beat and his candid lyrics. The track succeeds best when Madd Raxx conveys his emotions authentically, whether they’re brash or vulnerable.

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Drone Flesh: “Potential Paradox” – one of the scene’s most promising low-end warriors http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/drone-flesh-potential-paradox-one-of-the-scenes-most-promising-low-end-warriors http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/drone-flesh-potential-paradox-one-of-the-scenes-most-promising-low-end-warriors#respond Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:58:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28259 Swiss producer Drone Flesh has established himself as one of the scene’s most promising low-end warriors within the broad spectrum of bass music producers around today. Garnering some serious attention last year for his harrowing, gruesome brand of blended dubstep, techno and complextro, Drone Flesh’s penetrating sound is deftly represented on his new EP release, “Potential Paradox”. And although Drone […]

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Swiss producer Drone Flesh has established himself as one of the scene’s most promising low-end warriors within the broad spectrum of bass music producers around today. Garnering some serious attention last year for his harrowing, gruesome brand of blended dubstep, techno and complextro, Drone Flesh’s penetrating sound is deftly represented on his new EP release, “Potential Paradox”And although Drone Flesh has proven his abilities in his genre already, he showcases noteworthy proficiencies in other sub-genres found on his latest release. From heavy doses of grumbling drum n’ bass to throbbing electro-house tracks, “Potential Paradox” is a haunting showcase of Drone Flesh’s unmistakable sound.

The EP opens up with “Earquake” a lacerating drum n’ bass cut, that introduces the release in full force. The wiry synth arrangement matched with booming drum work cruises at a quick tempo and foreshadows the wild ride Drone Flesh is about to take us on.

“Potential Paradox” is a hybrid fusion of house and techno inspired sounds. The tune is a meshing of Drone Flesh’s distinct, gargling wobble with carefully placed, subtle sample work, complete with two deadly big room breaks.

With a genre that had an enormous build in momentum last year, big room has taken a bit of a backseat as of recently, however the track is a refreshing return to the bulking big beat trend with Drone Flesh’s methodically layered heavy-hitter.

“Get Down” might be the most praiseworthy accomplishment on the whole record, representing the quintessential Drone Flesh sound, while reflecting the artist’s laudable growth and development. The tune is a hair-raising return to electro’s brightest hour as a sliding bass and pounding drum kicks are fused with grimy, robotic synth arrangements.

Drone Flesh covers a lot of ground with this EP release. The Zurich bred producer boldly compiles a collection of genre-hopping selections that all stay true to his haunting, bass-driven sinister sound.

And anyone who might have previously said that the epic complextro is dead, may have spoken before listening to “Sounds From Spectre”. Infectious, contagious, and mesmerizing is just a few of the words you could use to describe the effects of “Do You Can Be”, the closing track on the EP.

Drone Flesh, has given us filthy beats for a while now and he’s just scratching the surface of his full potential on the EP “Potential Paradox”. This 5-track wonder showcases Drone Flesh’s skill as a multiple-sub-genre producer, and combines his unique, glitch-heavy bass with resonating orchestrated synths and clever, well-timed samples, resulting in a more mature but equally heavy collection of dance floor destroyers.

This recording is a journey in and of its own. Powerful production, creativity, and head-thumping bass dominate this EP, and refresh a genre that has been losing credibility to the overwhelming number of new subscribers to the scene. Rest assured, as long as we have talents like Drone Flesh, we will always have top notch bass music. “Potential Paradox” is a must have for all electronic and EDM lovers, and it drops on the 5th of May!

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Trae Byrnes: “Why You So LOUD” – If you like loud, challenging, genre defying bands! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trae-byrnes-why-you-so-loud-if-you-like-loud-challenging-genre-defying-bands http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trae-byrnes-why-you-so-loud-if-you-like-loud-challenging-genre-defying-bands#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 18:08:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28220 If you like loud, challenging, genre defying bands, Trae Byrnes is right for you. The music is diverse while staying on the indie and alternative rock side – highly inventive and thrill-inducing. Trae Byrnes has all the power, energy, and emotion you’d come to expect from the aforementioned genres, with the added bonus of layers […]

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If you like loud, challenging, genre defying bands, Trae Byrnes is right for you. The music is diverse while staying on the indie and alternative rock side – highly inventive and thrill-inducing. Trae Byrnes has all the power, energy, and emotion you’d come to expect from the aforementioned genres, with the added bonus of layers of ever-changing and always progressing arrangements. Their mixtape “Why You So LOUD” takes it all to the next level and beyond. A must have for anyone who is a fan of loud, kinetic, dynamic, and powerful music.

Trae Byrnes is an American alternative rock band from the north side of Chicago, IL. The beginnings of the band formed in 2011 when Aidin Mengele (guitar) ordered a soda from a McDonalds in which Liam Teague (bass) was a working cashier. From then on a musical friendship quickly began between the two who began to jam together in what would eventually become Trae Byrnes.

The two were later joined by Danny Eddz (vocals), Christopher Chi (guitar) and Jhonny Tripp (drums) who completed the line-up. Trae Byrnes’ sound is an alternative mix of post-rock sensibilities and nostalgic 90’s grunge rock aesthetic with an emphasis on dreamy guitar tones and infectious rhythms.

“Why You So LOUD” is powerfully energetic, belligerent and beautifully ruthless, with a flourish of fast, hard-hitting attacks. “That Indie Song” is a lean track that blows you away from the get go, followed by screaming vocals layered over loud percussion and heavy guitar riffs that continue to build up on the explosive “Dikembe”, until the song bluntly slides towards its end.

The rich sprawling and jangly guitars, together with melodic, yet angsty vocals, make “Funny Shapes In The Clouds” one of the better songs on the mixtape.

The arrangement of the guitars and drums that follows on “Deviant” is absolutely incredible—I’m a sucker for the quiet-to-explosion-and-back-again gimmick every time – and Danny Eddz’ vocals is so raw and powerful towards the end of the song that it will give you Goosebumps.

Not only is “Why You So LOUD” a solid mixtape songwriting-wise, but it’s also amazingly produced. Whoever was at the helm of producing this sonic beast did his best to create a mixtape that harnesses the power and insanity of what a Trae Byrnes live performance must sound like.

And “It’s Lit”, which is outright the best track on the mixtape for me, probably epitomizes those values. This thing drives and rocks with a power sound that kicks ass from the bass end of the spectrum right up to the top. The insanity drops in on the high-speed mixtape closer, “Your Halo”. Resonating bass lines and raging riffs forge a song brimming with aggression and power. It is a ferocious punkish anthem.

Epic in their structure and range, Trae Byrnes make use of everything in their arsenal during this mixtape – the fiercely immediate rhythms, aggressive and emotive vocals, and the culmination of driving, derailed guitar work.

Throughout “Why You So LOUD”, Trae Byrnes proves that not only are they talented musicians, but also excellent songwriters. Their consistency to deliver dynamic intensity and striking energy throughout the mixtape is exceptional.

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Flynn: “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby) combines agility and real charm! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/flynn-no-proof-prod-danny-bobby-combines-agility-real-charm http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/flynn-no-proof-prod-danny-bobby-combines-agility-real-charm#respond Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:12:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28207 Flynn comes from Brooklyn NY. Currently sending music to Dj Nick of Marino Gang (also the Dj for Asap Ant), Flynn has just released his latest banger “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby). The track has that unqualified, absolute feeling of arrival — a flag planted firmly in between the underground and the inhospitable grounds of […]

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Flynn comes from Brooklyn NY. Currently sending music to Dj Nick of Marino Gang (also the Dj for Asap Ant), Flynn has just released his latest banger “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby). The track has that unqualified, absolute feeling of arrival — a flag planted firmly in between the underground and the inhospitable grounds of the mainstream. Although this track may not have brought up anything dramatically different from what’s already out there material wise, Flynn’s unique approach of blending gut-busting bass-lines and trap choruses with mainstream rap verses makes this tune a rather pleasant sound in today’s hip hop scene.

Whether or not you think he has got one of those more identifiable voices in hip hop today, you can’t deny that his verses are impressive and he can switches between styles, and beyond, with ease in a song. Today in Hip-hop style matters, and Flynn showed off plenty of it on “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby).

Context is also important, and this rapper plays his role in opening to new influences, helping to knock the venerated sub-genre fear, out of a deeply self-referential rut. But songs matter just as much — maybe more — and Flynn knows how to deliver the good ones, if this track is anything to go by.

The emcee uses the infamous and super-hip vocal manipulation sound effects, to embellish an explosive banger, built on a deep bass and synth production which results in a compelling crossover track. There is a lot to admire about “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby) – the way Flynn’s delivery combines agility and real charm with a slight hint of bug-eyed insanity.

The distinctly somber mood established with the bass-heavy production is nicely offset by the twisted verses Flynn drops throughout the track. Whenever Flynn takes the mic, he’s a ridiculously charismatic live wire, and that incendiary presence prevents this album from being a dark or depressing listen. The swagger and simple, but captivating flow Flynn displays when he raps, is one the strongest selling points of his music, and on this record, those qualities shine bright.

The verses he drops on “No Proof” (Prod. Danny Bobby) are without question attention-grabbing and all-around impressive verses, even though they are never super-energetic, super-fast, or in your face yelling.  It’s just the pace and tone, plus the light and dark between Flynn’s rapping and the production which perfectly matches the theme of the track, which worms its way into the listener’s ear.

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Moo-You: “#IAMMOOYOU” – tasty lyrical goodness! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moo-you-iammooyou-tasty-lyrical-goodness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moo-you-iammooyou-tasty-lyrical-goodness#respond Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:44:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28202 Born in 1985 and raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres. Some of Moo-You’s biggest influences musically are 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. We see the same things in “#IAMMOOYOU” that we saw in Moo-You’s previous efforts: amazing beats that literally […]

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Born in 1985 and raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres. Some of Moo-You’s biggest influences musically are 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. We see the same things in “#IAMMOOYOU” that we saw in Moo-You’s previous efforts: amazing beats that literally drip and drool in that Southern easy-going swag, with the masterful production that is a standard for anything and finally, the intelligent, thought-provoking, tasty lyrical goodness that we have come to know so well from Moo-You and his compatriots.

All of those virtues, should, in theory, make a valid competitor for a hip hop record of the year, and to be honest, I really believe this will top many “Best Of” lists in that vein. Maybe even my own. However, there is something to be said about the nature of hip hop today, and even more so with formal albums.

The game has changed a lot, and what I have always loved about rappers like Moo-You is that they stay true to what they believe in. When other artists follow the herd, eyes set on the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, Moo-You has stayed true to his roots.

We find some truly great things happening in #IAMMOOYOU”, like the steady head-nodding banger “Childhood”, or the edgy slow-burner, “Hear Me Out”, with Moo-You on the wheels in the chorus, as well as laying down booming, stand-off raps. Moving further down the track-list we discover that this is not a standard gangsta pride show.

It truly contains tracks that tell a story. Standouts in this department, include “I Apologize”, the soulful and cinematic “Let’s Talk” and “Feeling You”, where Moo-You more than flexes his vocal chords. His ‘gruff and ready’ voice and distinctive flow, is unlike anybody else in the game right now, and is perfectly showcased in the album’s catchiest song, “Only One”.

In the unfortunate arena of making music in hopes of turning a profit, especially with the way hip hop exists today, one is likely to make more money on an album if one snags a ton of guest artists and features. Not so for Moo-You who carries the 12 tracks entirely on his own shoulders.

It’s easy to see why he has managed to turn out an album as consistently energetic and bouncy as this. After all, his eternal baritone-rumble feels edgy and immediate, as packs his verses with tricky internal rhymes, and everything he says feels like something never said better before. Better, he’s developed a new tendency toward forehead-slapping punch-lines.

The production also outfits Moo-You with the type of mature but pavement-splitting instrumentals that he can make his name rapping on.  And in the end, it’s his ability to make a coherent puzzle out of the 12 tracks and stretching the boundaries of his sound that makes “#IAMMOOYOU” such a satisfying listen, and a consistently great rap album by a consistently great emcee. Let’s not take it for granted.

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Marc Frvncis: “SNOWED IN” – vivid and illuminating http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marc-frvncis-snowed-in-vivid-and-illuminating http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marc-frvncis-snowed-in-vivid-and-illuminating#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 04:26:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28166 “SNOWED IN” sounds like a coming of age project for new hip-hop artist Marc Frvncis from Brisbane, Australia. On all 5 tracks, Frvncis is fearless. The EP is admirable because Marc Frvncis writes music from his heart. He is honest throughout the EP giving listeners real music and musical production from MKSB.The recording has a […]

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“SNOWED IN” sounds like a coming of age project for new hip-hop artist Marc Frvncis from Brisbane, Australia. On all 5 tracks, Frvncis is fearless. The EP is admirable because Marc Frvncis writes music from his heart. He is honest throughout the EP giving listeners real music and musical production from MKSB.The recording has a cohesive message and an atmospheric progression. The artist channels his personal experiences into complex raps, creative flows, and a number of influences. Over dynamic beats, Marc Frvncis embraces his unique progression for an unrivaled style in this saturated hip-hop game.

Frvncis’ perspective separates him from other rappers. This EP will enlighten you with his battles, flaws, and thoughts. Although Frvncis doesn’t have a traditional hit, there are a couple of very catchy songs on this EP. Frvncis rarely wavers from his focused bars and there are a couple low-key bangers on here.

But “SNOWED IN” doesn’t sacrifice integrity for radio yet new audiences will ultimately appreciate Marc Frvncis for his rap skills, choice beats, and unique path. On the opening track “She’s A Star” there is a harmonic instrumental that’s vivid and illuminating. Frvncis lets listeners know he’s about to take off into his 5 track EP with his melodic inspirations.  It makes you want to listen more.

“I Wonder”, the second song on “SNOWED IN” is catchy – a track that presents Marc Frvncis fiery flow and catchy hooks. The song also raises expectations for the rest of the recording. “Don’t Look Down” is a soothing low-key track, where the production fits Frvncis carefree style to a tee.

The artist delivers enchanting bars here and reinforces his path as an unsigned rapper with a vengeance. On “Witness Dope”, Frvncis uses vivid imagery and a raw delivery. It’s a confident song that’s also exciting.

Marc Frvncis is able to use spoken word verses and sing-song storytelling deliveries. All throughout the EP Frvncis proves his skills and unrivaled rap flows. Frvncis’ EP is a breath of fresh air coming up from what seems like an eternity of Fetty Wap, Future and Drake dominating the hip hop sphere.

Frvncis remains resilient on this EP, starting off brilliantly with “She’s A Star”, which creates a heavenly atmosphere for the listener. Another thing of note is that Frvncis doesn’t leave much room for mistakes.

Going forward, I believe Marc Frvncis has quite the pair of shoes to fill after establishing just how much work he’s done and how capable he is of completing an EP or album on his own steam. The way he asserts himself on an EP is incredible, and no doubt he’s going to consistently keep raising the bar for himself to really make the fans beg for more.

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Scan: “Piece By Peace” -enough diversity to keep even the most eclectic ear enticed http://jamsphere.com/reviews/scan-piece-peace-enough-diversity-keep-even-eclectic-ear-enticed http://jamsphere.com/reviews/scan-piece-peace-enough-diversity-keep-even-eclectic-ear-enticed#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:01:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28154 Benjamin Manney A.K.A. Scan is an independent music artist out of the Central Valley of California. Scan built his own home studio and started recorded for local independent artist throughout the area, after having completed audio engineering school in Los Angeles. He released his debut album “The Outwaited Arrival” in 2010. Teaming up with fellow […]

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Benjamin Manney A.K.A. Scan is an independent music artist out of the Central Valley of California. Scan built his own home studio and started recorded for local independent artist throughout the area, after having completed audio engineering school in Los Angeles. He released his debut album “The Outwaited Arrival” in 2010. Teaming up with fellow friend and producer known as Abe Lincoln of Lincoln Music Group Studios, the two put together Scan’s ambitious project “Piece By Peace”. The album is inspired by Scan’s journey through life, with an eye to influencing future generations.This is not a perfect album, there are only a handful of albums in the history of hip-hop that can claim that title, but any album needs multiple perspectives shone upon it before one can judge whether it comes close to challenging that title. Here’s one that comes close.

Musically, Scan is once again teamed with Abe Lincoln and the two supply a truckload of banging beats with plenty of musical influences in each track, and enough diversity to keep even the most eclectic ear enticed. The beats are nicely suited to the tone of each song, perfectly capturing the many different atmospheres conveyed by Scan’s lyrics.

Opening with a soulful banger, “Off The Leash”, Scan brings so much energy, passion and conviction it’s as if though he’s jumping out of the speakers and is talking right at you. Passion is one thing Scan has in abundance, he obviously loves what he does, and does it just for the love.

His songs speak from his heart, and you can tell that he has spent a lot of time ensuring that this is a thoughtful, carefully crafted album. However, Scan doesn’t lose his confident swagger and he’s still cocky where it is deserved, but not in a cringe-worthy manner that so many sub-par rappers seem to get caught up in.

Scan’s lyrics alternate between indignation, satisfaction and introspection, sometimes with a confrontational edge added in. His verses show intelligence rather than just bigheadedness, and deep soul-searching confessionals. ​

When viewed alongside many of the underground emcees content whining about Hip Hop’s supposed morbid state, you realize that  Scan has made a distinct mark with a much greater mission over the twelve tracks here. Using music almost as a form of therapy, he has carved a niche making fearless songs that are candid snapshots of his life.

The conscious minded Scan is determined to change the way we think and rationalize through his compositions, but without angrily shouting from a soapbox. His approach is much more subtle, but just as hard hitting, this much comes to the fore in tracks like WWYD”,  “All The Way Live” and “On Behalf Of Us”.

But there are many standouts here, for various reasons. My absolute favorites have to be Their View”, “Save Me A Seat” and “It’s A Rap”. These are the kind of tracks that consist of all the right elements – banging beats, captivating flows and sharp lyricism.

What Scan brings to hip-hop is a one-two punch of pure rap skills combined with wisdom and intelligence that is rare to find anywhere. Displaying increasing versatility, the record displays an assured artist, one who can switch styles from fire and brimstone sermons to soulful anthems effortlessly.

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Joel Kapat: “Trent Ans” – a continent-to-continent cultural shuffle! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/joel-kapat-trent-ans-a-continent-to-continent-cultural-shuffle http://jamsphere.com/reviews/joel-kapat-trent-ans-a-continent-to-continent-cultural-shuffle#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:22:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=28109 Patrick Kagarama AKA Joel Kapat is a Congolese American recording artist, songwriter, and designer, who obtained a degree in Human Service and Addiction counseling. His musical career started by the influence of his mother singing to him in her native language which he barely understood. However, he would listen to the melodies which would give […]

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Patrick Kagarama AKA Joel Kapat is a Congolese American recording artist, songwriter, and designer, who obtained a degree in Human Service and Addiction counseling. His musical career started by the influence of his mother singing to him in her native language which he barely understood. However, he would listen to the melodies which would give him inspiration to create his own. In 1999, due to the civil war that took place in the Republic Democratic of Congo, Joel and his family escaped to the Republic of Benin as Refugees and in 2000 Joel and his family were given asylum in the United States. Joel and his family arrived in St. Louis, Missouri in March of 2000, and since then Joel has made St. Louis his home.

Afropop music is a sound and a movement, music and a state of mind. It’s the joyous awakening of a continent from a colonial nightmare and the crushing realization that the nightmare isn’t over yet, anguish and happiness whipped together with traditional drums, cheap guitars, and even cheaper amps.

Now cross that with American Urban music, and in particular Hip-hop, and you have an explosive and colorful music mix – both melodic and beat-pumping edgy. Afropop is fusion music in the truest sense, incorporating elements of essentially any available source material.

And this is what Joel Kapat brings to the table on his album “Trent Ans”. Patrick Kagarama AKA Joel Kapat sings, raps, laughs and brings a collection of joyous rhythms to these songs that will have you grooving and nodding with approval at every turn of a subsequent track.

From the exotic upbeat rhythm of “Mailo” feat Ruff Kid, to the urban edge of the anthem “Bourgeois Ft. Cedior”, and the reggae-styled melodics of “Dreamer”, onto the conscious and thought-provoking lyrics on “Religion” Feat CeDior, and then the hand-clapping Afro-rhythms and layered vocals on “Na Leli”, Joel Kapat delivers a handful of solid, uplifting crossover tracks that will not leave any listener indifferent.

Joel Kapat is a great lover of wordplay and fluently bilingual (or is that tri-lingual?), which gives his music an added dimension and an extra edge. The production contains a wisdom that succeeds in beautifully documenting the sounds that are channeling out of Africa and America today.

The music on display on “Trent Ans” evokes beautiful sentiments and passions, and although the melodies may novel for some, the delivery packs the same character and soul common to what’s coming out of the best urban music releases all over the country right now. Joel Kapat transcends the long-standing coast to coast music debate; he’s on a much bigger continent-to-continent cultural shuffle!

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