Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 24 Jun 2019 07:08:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Christopher Baltz: “Maverick Wav” – a solid identity and cohesiveness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/christopher-baltz-maverick-wav-a-solid-identity-and-cohesiveness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/christopher-baltz-maverick-wav-a-solid-identity-and-cohesiveness#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 10:53:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35672 Christopher Baltz is a Christ centered hip hop artist based in Easton, Maryland. His new album “Maverick Wav” is about growing and building faith to what he calls “big wave” status. The album was released June 07, 2019 and is available on all major digital music platforms. Baltz is a stand-out artist who writes, raps, […]

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Christopher Baltz is a Christ centered hip hop artist based in Easton, Maryland. His new album “Maverick Wav” is about growing and building faith to what he calls “big wave” status. The album was released June 07, 2019 and is available on all major digital music platforms. Baltz is a stand-out artist who writes, raps, and sings with excellence and passion. He has everything it takes to be one of the best in his field of scope, but few have probably heard of him. This album showcases his originality and his voice. He’s got an uncanny ability to be raw, real, and musically superb. Moreover his Christian infused music is a far cry from the usual bible-punching rappers, simply throwing out the name of Jesus Christ on every line.

Christopher Baltz is just an amazing artist; he uses his experiences to relate to others and glorify God, completely eschewing the clichéd name-dropping. It’s a blessing we have someone like him in this industry. Christians need this music, people need this music. Life isn’t always rainbows and butterflies, people deal with some real things.

Oftentimes preaching won’t be enough to convince people, as they need to hear about real life experiences, in a language they can identify with. So right from the opening track, “Thank God for the Real Ones (A Real Tribe)”, this is what Baltz brings to the table on “Maverick Wav”.

On “#Maverickwav (No One)”, Baltz unwraps both his lyrical flow and singing voice, excelling at both. The song is melodic in the choruses and straight up fire on the verses. I love the emotion and passion that he puts into his music. I’m not Christian (or even religious at all) but I can relate to what he’s saying on the smooth and introspective “Faith & Flow”, and what he’s trying to achieve.

The emotion goes even deeper on “He Will Never Forsake Me”. I don’t think it’s possible to listen to the song and not feel everything bundled into the verses. It’s such a powerful song, and works well with the interlude “Hit ‘Em with the Flow”, which are sonically similar.

As you move through the remainder of the album I think Christopher Baltz does an excellent job of mixing slower songs with more of his fast-paced tracks confirming his skill and his place in the music industry. The album as a whole feels like riding waves up and down through Baltz emotions, issues, questions, and thoughts.

As you move through the back to back standouts, “Believe for More”, “I Got News (#Pro Life)” and “Raise Our Faith”, you’ll notice the album has a solid identity and cohesiveness. A lot of that is established by Baltz’s ability to seamlessly switch flows song after song, and the production which maintains a series captivating sonic elements throughout all of the songs.

Christopher Baltz says things like they are. Yes he is a Christian, and yes he will show his faith. But that doesn’t mean that all of his songs are about God. Christians struggle with regular things as well, and Baltz works his way through those topics, as he does on “I Got News (#Pro Life)”, which ties in nicely with the following track, “Raise Our Faith”.

There is a lot of debate on how the music has changed. On one hand, the artist has gained more control and can freely release music at a faster rate with less regulation from major labels. Of course one major drawback to that lack of label involvement has been a question of quality control. Front-to-back, quality-filled albums with zero filler are a rarity these days. That’s where “Maverick Wav” comes in.

As we shift through the final highlights “Who Am I… (So Much Love)” and “Came to the Cross Roads”, it’s clear that Christopher Baltz rapping is rock solid, his singing voice sounds strong, the songs themselves are more memorable, the production quality is top notch, and there isn’t a weak track to be found here. Only ones you’ll personally like better than others. I’ve listened through this album quite a few times so far, and it’s great from start to finish. Let me rephrase that: Christopher Baltz is an amazing artist, and this album is phenomenal.

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neon radiation: “Waiting” – soaring, sparkling pop music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/neon-radiation-waiting-soaring-sparkling-pop-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/neon-radiation-waiting-soaring-sparkling-pop-music#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 20:51:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35663 The new track, “Waiting”, by neon radiation – the project by London based pop songwriter and producer, Gary Blake, is a song that’s difficult to stop listening to. Its melody is catchy and sticks in your head, and it’s just hard to ever get sick of it. This is a much tighter track than anything […]

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The new track, “Waiting”, by neon radiation – the project by London based pop songwriter and producer, Gary Blake, is a song that’s difficult to stop listening to. Its melody is catchy and sticks in your head, and it’s just hard to ever get sick of it. This is a much tighter track than anything the project has done before. Blake just killed all the extraneous bits and separated the wheat from the chaff. What’s left is only the good stuff – crunchy, jangly electric guitars and resonating retro synths. The stuff that makes you want to sing along, bang your head with the beat, and jump up and down. There’s really nothing wrong with that. This track definitely sounds bigger and bolder than some of their previous stuff, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a sweet wall of guitar and synth sound. It’s a different style, to be sure, but one that gives new life to the current scene.

For those still not familiar with the neon radiation modus operandi, Gary Blake collaborates with leading vocalists and award winning remixers/producers to strive and make the perfect pop song. His influences are wide ranging from 80s synth pop and new wave bands, to contemporary chart artists.

In fact Blake states that for “Waiting”, he was inspired the blend of guitar and synth on the recent Chvrches / Marshmellow offering. To be fair, neon radiation has always been amazing, I have enjoyed all of their releases so far, and this one is no exception.

As always, the vocals are powerful and nuanced, and the sonority of the track proves that neon radiation is amongst the best synthpop projects we have in the world today, bar none. Gary Blake and his project is quite ready to make their entry into the mass consciousness in 2019, embodying a cultural shift from rock groups toying with synth-pop aesthetics, toward outright synth-pop with a rock band’s sensibility.

These kinds of projects are steadily coming to the fore, and amongst them neon radiation truly stands out. The result is soaring, sparkling pop music, tinted melancholy but bright and approachable in execution.

The lead voice beams across the sleek organic and digital backdrop like light reflecting on polished mirror. It confidently and capably narrates a tale of romantic tumult, colored by hope and vulnerability, which is vague enough to write into your own personal situation.

This is pop music, rendered artfully and with plenty of personality to make an impression. It sounds spectacular, and should win them a devoted fan base that will no doubt include a lot alternative radio programmers.

The single most substantial element of neon radiation, over and above the pop genius of Gary Blake, will always be the female voices Blake chooses on each release. On “Waiting”, her voice is captivating in the sense that she can go through a complete range of emotions on a song that otherwise would fit more self-indulgent purposes. It has this immensely likable quality to it that grabs your ear — and your attention.

When backed with equally superb production and songwriting, neon radiation has all the necessary parts to put forth grandiose pop soundscapes with powerful hooks that can draw in just about anyone. “Waiting” which also features the guitar expertise of Gordon Stockley, is released digitally for streaming and download, on Friday 28-June-2019.

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Tommy Capretto: “Floss” is essential stuff for the dance-floor! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tommy-capretto-floss-is-essential-stuff-for-the-dance-floor http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tommy-capretto-floss-is-essential-stuff-for-the-dance-floor#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 22:30:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35651 Tommy Capretto is a house music DJ and Producer from the greater Philadelphia area. After launching his career in 2006, things moved to the next level in 2015 when Capretto accumulated releases via leading record labels, Universal Music, Capitol Records, Carrillo Music, Armada Music, Juicy Music, HoTL Records, and others. A reputation built on being […]

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Tommy Capretto is a house music DJ and Producer from the greater Philadelphia area. After launching his career in 2006, things moved to the next level in 2015 when Capretto accumulated releases via leading record labels, Universal Music, Capitol Records, Carrillo Music, Armada Music, Juicy Music, HoTL Records, and others. A reputation built on being a go-to producer for club hits, Capretto has also totaled a number of official remixes for artists including Beck, Niall Horan, Hailee Steinfeld, MNEK, Dragonette, and FLETCHER among others. Capretto’s music is supported by fellow global DJs Don Diablo, Laidback Luke, Oliver Heldens, Roger Sanchez, Robbie Rivera, BlasterJaxx, Thomas Gold, KRYDER, and many others.  As a performing DJ, Capretto has played the gamut of A-listed Philadelphia nightclubs and festival events. The DJ/Producer has also hosted his own mixshows on WPTY-FM “Party 105” Long Island, “Beat 360” Washington D.C., “Strictly Dance Radio” Chicago, “Radio Danz” Miami and others.

Tommy Capretto’s latest release on the Carrillo Music label, is “Floss”. A track full of heavily swung kick drums, twisted synth motifs, rumbling bass tones, and song craft drenched in emotion. In fact, I think it is Capretto’s willingness to pour intense emotion into his music which is the key to his rise.

This is one of the records of the year for me. The way Capretto EQs the kick drum and puts the bassline on top is just state of the art. His synth licks on this piece are unmistakable, while the adlib spoken voice adds a deeper dynamic to the mix.

Tommy Capretto’s latest contribution to his discography continues to highlight his innovative productions, showing no bounds to his creativity. The universal message is a rolling, hypnotic groove with haunting angular synths that jump out of the backdrop and a strong sense of the unknown.

Capretto keeps his vision looking forward, not relying on the past to give his track context. Yet, even though he may be focusing ahead, he still relies on a chunky, nostalgic sounding beat, a fairly uncluttered arrangement and low-slung bass lines to get his message across. If you were looking for one of those no-bullshit, minimal roller-coaster house tracks for the summer, this is the one.

There’s nothing too fancy or overwhelming about this record, but it sounds phenomenal, because it’s as solid of a dance track as you can get. The kind you can let go on loop for almost an eternity without getting winded. Tommy Capretto has an ear that can take in all manner and styles of house music and a soul that can synthesize it into something special – stripped down, but banging.

“Floss” offers a compelling argument as to why Capretto is so celebrated in EDM circles, showing his undeniable renown as a club hit maker of sheer pedigree. This track is a reminder of why few, if any, can stand tall next to him on his chosen turf. “Floss” is essential stuff for the dancefloor!

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SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/tommycapretto
Beatport: https://www.beatport.com/artist/tommy-capretto/699144

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Gio: “G Star” – talent, charisma and creativity! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gio-g-star-talent-charisma-and-creativity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gio-g-star-talent-charisma-and-creativity#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 14:11:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35647 Gio is a Kansas City, MO native currently based in Los Angeles. The young artist has been interested in music since childhood and started his music career in earnest, at the age of 15. His first single was met with positive reviews and went on to gain over 1,000,000 streams. His debut album “G Star” […]

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Gio is a Kansas City, MO native currently based in Los Angeles. The young artist has been interested in music since childhood and started his music career in earnest, at the age of 15. His first single was met with positive reviews and went on to gain over 1,000,000 streams. His debut album “G Star” was released in June 2019. I drove with Gio’s smooth voice in my ears and a pre-summer breeze blowing through my car on first listen of his album. And now I associate this with being carefree, and every time I listen to this album, I get in that mood again. Every track has the potential to be a chart-topping hit. With the voice of an angel, Gio makes you want to sway and move, no matter what he’s singing or rapping.

Regardless of my personal carefree vibe on listening to this recording, it’s fair to say that there are quite a few tortured tracks here – whether dealing with sentimental relationships or family intricacies. Gio has obviously experienced a lot in his life, and he infuse the album with his burdens and joys.

From the moment the album opens with “Day by Day”, Gio’s vocals are consistently engaging. He has an unforced and intimate way of singing, capable of shifting without strain into a more intense register. Words are twisted and turned in an enticing fashion. It is as though language and melody are being melted together.

The slow burner, “Drip” ft. 30 pack, is an instantly impressive vocal performance from Gio. Here his voice scales the high register while soaring above the stripped down musical backdrop. He’s still got that soul/pop vibe that you’ll love, with just of pinch of sexiness.

“Waiting For You” maintains a slinky tempo, and plush arrangement which questions a romantic narrative. Gio shows vulnerability and excellently portrays his thoughts and emotions. “Fly Away” is more urgent and edgy, as Gio lays out his sing-song flow for all to see. These are some real emotions and personal complications that many of us may have gone through.

Gio’s voice over the drum kick and skittering hi-hats on “Love You Tonight” ft. OSO works wonders. This one is ready for the Top 40 charts with its reverberating vocals, and the flow on the hook which is real catchy. Gio has the talent, charisma and creativity to top his own work, and take it to the next level, which is exactly what he does on “What You Calling For”.

This album makes plenty of way for the discussion of love and relationships, and as cliché as you may expect this to be, love songs like this one are a reminder of why this is a subject so visited – because it works.

“Body On Body” ft. WMB Snappy takes the sentimental and transforms into the physical, as Gio lays his desires on the line: “Your body on my body, is the only thing that’s right tonight.” Gio outdoes himself again on “Let’s Go” and lures listeners in with his soul-filled voice.

His cadence floats above the relaxing guitar riffs, thumping percussion and electro twists, as he takes listeners on a sensational journey. It is evident from listening to “G Star” that Gio has a lot to give to the industry. The public should watch out for this record during summer because it will be dominating the airwaves.

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Vato Perro: “/b/ is my hood homie homie bang that sh*t” – bringing EDM Drill http://jamsphere.com/reviews/vato-perro-b-is-my-hood-homie-homie-bang-that-sht-bringing-edm-drill http://jamsphere.com/reviews/vato-perro-b-is-my-hood-homie-homie-bang-that-sht-bringing-edm-drill#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 07:00:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35630 Hailing from Perris, California, Vato Perro is an EDM artist who has set his sights high in the music industry, even creating a new space for the music he makes in a new genre called EDM Drill. “EDM Drill takes dark and heavy drums, similar to Chiraq’s Drill, and places them on top of melodic […]

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Hailing from Perris, California, Vato Perro is an EDM artist who has set his sights high in the music industry, even creating a new space for the music he makes in a new genre called EDM Drill. “EDM Drill takes dark and heavy drums, similar to Chiraq’s Drill, and places them on top of melodic harmonies that are very bright and vivid, such as in EDM,” says Perro. Released in late April 2019, you can find Perro’s latest single, “/b/ is my hood homie homie bang that sh*t”, and previous work on all major digital stores. For those still unfamiliar with it, Drill music has been on the scene for years, but it has gradually become more mainstream.

The style originated in Chicago, in the US, as part of the hip-hop scene and is defined by its violent and often dark content. It focuses on crime and the daily ordeals those living on the street face. Why is it called drill music though? Well, drill is the slang word for the use of automatic weapons. The beat for the type of music tends to be slower in tempo, about 60 to 70 beats per minute.

Now Vato Perro takes Chicago’s polarizing sound with its machine-gun styled percussion and ominous chimes, adding warm string pads and shimmering pianos for a dramatically epic sound that is very cinematic.

I don’t  know if Perro explicitly identifies with the drill movement, but his music scratches the same primal itch as Chicago’s heyday drill used to, while bringing a wily, melodic energy to the music that’s unmistakably his own. On “/b/ is my hood homie homie bang that sh*t”, Perro has taken a sound that was once quintessentially Chicago and created something thrillingly new out of it, in his California setting.

If any up-and-coming music producer is ready to dramatically shake up contemporary EDM music from the bottom up, it’s Vato Perro, because he is taking the genre into untraveled territories. His, is a potential talent with some of the most inventive, defiant, and raw production you’ll hear anywhere.

If he wanted to, Perro has the chops and smarts to produce for both the big guns and the local talent, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does in the near future. While there’s no dearth of talent in the current international production music scene, Vato Perro sounds like one of the most promising with his EDM Drill style.

The track “/b/ is my hood homie homie bang that sh*t” completes the goal of showing that Vato Perro and his unique production style is here to stay, and also fully proves why everyone needs to get on board.

Doubling down on his chops, Perro shows us that there are still many fresh new avenues which EDM can travel down. This release is a welcome invitation to join the party and journey down that avenue with him.

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RealTalk the Black Boy King: “True” proves his status as one of the best in the underground game http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/realtalk-the-black-boy-king-true-proves-his-status-as-one-of-the-best-in-the-underground-game http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/realtalk-the-black-boy-king-true-proves-his-status-as-one-of-the-best-in-the-underground-game#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:38:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35612 Originally from California, the Dallas (TX) based artist RealTalk the Black Boy King covers the complexities experienced in areas like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, while seeks to shed light on the truth of life in America. World travelled and a true descendant of ancient royalty, RealTalk has unleashed his latest, epic 12 song […]

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Originally from California, the Dallas (TX) based artist RealTalk the Black Boy King covers the complexities experienced in areas like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Phoenix, while seeks to shed light on the truth of life in America. World travelled and a true descendant of ancient royalty, RealTalk has unleashed his latest, epic 12 song project, entitled “True”. For those familiar with his previous work, ‘CURSES’ and ‘The Time Machine’, the new album, currently available for purchase on all platforms,  is considered a huge step up for the Dallas artist. Though his projects have all been critical successes, his latest shows that he can keep up — no, he outmatches — the majority of his peers. It proves his status as one of the best in the underground game.

If you haven’t heard of RealTalk the Black Boy King, it’s really not your fault. That is how the mainstream industry works – from labels, to radio stations and news media.  They don’t provide support, they don’t advertise, and they will interfere with creative processes. Being independent however affords artists to move ahead without the prescribed politics.

The desire to prove himself and have people listen to his music has fueled RealTalk passion. This hunger, in return, has helped him create a body of work that will be remembered as a defining point in his career. His latest album has all the makings of a classic.

Packed with jams that will turn your speakers into absolute monsters, RealTalk makes sure the lyrical content and the consciousness on “True”, remains up to par all the way through. These elements come together to deliver the type of music you can listen to in any situation and any mood. You’re guaranteed to find a track here, to uplift and inspire you.

The album starts with a bang. “Coming For Me” ft. Valentine features rapid-fire braggadocio verses and soaring choruses, which will wake up your sound system, making the ground shake with its powerful rumble. After being poised on the first track, RealTalk steps up his game on the throwback second track “Droppin’ Em” ft. Synesthetic Nation“Gun on Me” follows in all its glory as RealTalk drops some explosive rhymes on the topic.

The music transition to something more mellow and soulful on “Destination” showcases RealTalk’s lyrical skills, as he touches on relatable subject matter with beautifully constructed verses. The excellent instrumental is accompanied by my all-time favorite hook songstress, Breana Marin, each adding up to the overall feel of one of the catchiest songs on the album.

The energy is absolutely infectious on “Nothing 2 Something”, while we can clearly hear where RealTalk is going with “Sound Right (Donald Trump)”, while he points his finger at Kanye too.

There is also a strong spiritual aura running through the entire album, which RealTalk brings to the fore on “Ride Thru Jerusalem”. Expectedly, RealTalk sounds at home spitting confidently over slow-burning to mid-tempo soulful backdrops, which he does perfectly on “Effects” and “Warn ‘Em”. Riding on vibe and cinematic production, “Bitter” follows in all its glory.

The funky piano-driven “Proof” ft. Constantine and Curt Flo, is sheer excellence if you’re looking for a soulful groove and throbbing basslines. On the album closer “Too Long”, RealTalk delivers some more buttery smooth rhymes that pack a real punch.  His game here is top-notch.

“True” is a phenomenal album that showcases an artist at the top of his game. In hip-hop, you usually have two schools of thought: those who listen to whatever mumble rapper is trending, and those who value the craftsmanship and skill the art of rap takes.

If you fall in the second category, this is a project you can’t miss. The combination of excellent production, top-notch lyrics and relatable content makes this ambitious project a must-listen. If you haven’t heard of RealTalk the Black Boy King yet, go fix that right now!

Follow RealTalk the Black Boy King on Instagram and Twitter: @realtalk480

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Slick E Miami: “I Can’t Text You” – an exuberant record! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/slick-e-miami-i-cant-text-you-an-exuberant-record http://jamsphere.com/reviews/slick-e-miami-i-cant-text-you-an-exuberant-record#respond Tue, 11 Jun 2019 01:14:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35596 The Florida artist, Slick E Miami is great rapper when it comes to flow, vibe and storytelling. Though to be fair, he hardly calls himself a rapper, claiming that his just writing stories through music. His voice, which is a growling roar, grooves and flows with the music, rather than just blares over it. His […]

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The Florida artist, Slick E Miami is great rapper when it comes to flow, vibe and storytelling. Though to be fair, he hardly calls himself a rapper, claiming that his just writing stories through music. His voice, which is a growling roar, grooves and flows with the music, rather than just blares over it. His writing has become infinitely more entertaining, and he’s got the concept of pronouncing his words with a captivating nuance.

Slick E Miami’s success as a rapper is shining those strengths up to perfection. His music is almost always celebratory, and his tone within the music is perfect. His consistent anthemic attitude, and his inspiration to write groove-driven songs is applaudable. It certainly helps, as well, that the music he raps over is epic.

His knockout jam for the ladies, “I Can’t Text You”, which arrives just in time for the summer (depending on which side of the globe you’re on), is another welcome addition to Slick E Miami’s discography.

Slick shows that he has an exceptional ear for beats, and when his at his finest, like he is here, he can treat a beat as his own personal playground, always exerting control while twisting and turning on top of it.

What Slick E Miami does well, and what he does again on “I Can’t Text You”, is put together a track that fits him like a glove, and taken as a whole it’s impossible to call this anything other than a very good slow jam.

“I Can’t Text You” has a great feel to it, and deserves credit in that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Slick E Miami’s aim is to make an entertaining banger you can ride to, and he succeeds at that. This thing bulges with a rich melody, a banging beat, and some ridiculous dirty rhymes about not being able text while driving, as Slick plans a night of passion, while the explicit metaphors run wild.

The instinctive balance Slick applies to his music, straddles the fine line between cunning wordsmith and strategic songwriter. “I Can’t Text You” is an exuberant record steeped in the classic Southern sound.

If the track’s production proves one thing, it’s that Slick E Miami has a foolproof ability to ride nearly every type of beat, making it sound memorable and epic. “I Can’t Text You” is far from the work of an artist resting on his laurels; instead, the genuinely polished and entertaining sound makes a compelling case for why we should be paying more attention to Slick E Miami.

Now I tried to find fault here, I really did, a handful of back to back listens to find some flaw that I could exploit, but I couldn’t. The production couldn’t be tighter, and the rhymes are on point. The groove is on fire, and will have you nodding to it, whether you want to or not. It’s an excellent song all round.

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Lil Xelly: “Rxelly” oozes confidence and star quality! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lil-xelly-rxelly-oozes-confidence-and-star-quality http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lil-xelly-rxelly-oozes-confidence-and-star-quality#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 13:36:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35586 The 19-year-old rapper Lil Xelly, hails from Rockville, Maryland and began making music as early as 9 years old, writing raps in a journal. While most new rappers do the normal thing and launch themselves into the hip-hop arena with a single release, towards the end of 2017, Xelly dropped a mammoth 105-song mixtape entitled […]

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The 19-year-old rapper Lil Xelly, hails from Rockville, Maryland and began making music as early as 9 years old, writing raps in a journal. While most new rappers do the normal thing and launch themselves into the hip-hop arena with a single release, towards the end of 2017, Xelly dropped a mammoth 105-song mixtape entitled “More Xelly”. Having now laid down his blueprint from which to evolve and expand, Lil Xelly went on to release two projects a month, starting in early 2018, and then surpassing that benchmark as the year went on, continuing into 2019. A couple of weeks ago Xelly dropped his 9 track mixtape, entitled “Rxelly”, which features the centerpiece single, and melodic banger – “Step N The Name Of XRR” (SparkHeem). Opting to be more multifaceted than flashy, Lil Xelly demonstrates the kind of versatility and maturity that should comfort anyone that might be worried about the career longevity of this nineteen year old. It doesn’t hurt that most of his tracks bang.

Perhaps even more than traditional hip hop, modern new age stylistic tendencies shows which rappers have a certain feeling for musicality, and an idea of what pop appeal is all about. The ultra-modern school of rappers rely on a melodious flow that’s on point with the music, and often have really catchy choruses.

Next to the flow, it’s most essential that artists of this style credibly convey emotions, which is often done by a lo-fi approach, adding some honesty to the sound. Notoriously most of these rappers are not exactly known for their lyrical ability. This is where Lil Xelly mashes up the legacies – both new and old.

During the course of its duration “Rxelly” works very hard to be all things it possibly can, and manages to so, at a qualitatively excellent level. Moreover it succeeds at delivering the very elements that grant successful mixtapes and albums of the genre to have either an entertaining or an intense outcome, depending on the premise.

From the opening track “SpaceShip” (k30beats), Lil Xelly raps and sings, forging all his skills in both harmony and rhythm. Add to that his smooth flow, clever wordplay, and impacting storytelling, and you know pretty quickly that it’s ‘game over’ for many of his contemporaries.

Running through “Enhancer” (SparkHeem), “Suicide”, and “Iso” (blkyth), Lil Xelly and gives listeners something stronger, with well-balanced energy that delivers a sense of sincerity and emotion. The tape takes another melodic turn on “MY MIND” (xangangbeats), as Lil Xelly sings and soars his way across the track.

Almost as if to show off the contrast, Xelly switches back to his extensive rapping toolkit on “FLY GUY” (SparkHeem), and rolls out some focused wordplay. All of which brings us to the banging groove of “Step N The Name Of XRR” (SparkHeem).

This, and the mixtape closer, “Ignition” *Rxelly* (Sparkheem), will put you in a feel-good mood, as the forthcoming chemistry will induce you to crank up the volume and ride.

Either way you look at this tape, whether you dig the music or not, you cannot take away the basic elements associated with Lil Xelly – he oozes confidence and star quality, and definitely knows how to turn a tune into something addicting. These are crucial elements in the search for the throne.

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Derek Lai: “Blankets” lures you into a full-bodied embrace http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/derek-lai-blankets-lures-you-into-a-full-bodied-embrace http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/derek-lai-blankets-lures-you-into-a-full-bodied-embrace#respond Sun, 09 Jun 2019 16:12:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35580 Derek Lai is a pop singer from Toronto, Canada. The up-and-coming artist has had a lifelong passion for music and intertwines emotional themes with soaring guitar instrumentals to form his signature sound. “Blankets” is his debut single. The track details a wintery romance that heats up the cold and snowy nights but is doomed from […]

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Derek Lai is a pop singer from Toronto, Canada. The up-and-coming artist has had a lifelong passion for music and intertwines emotional themes with soaring guitar instrumentals to form his signature sound. “Blankets” is his debut single. The track details a wintery romance that heats up the cold and snowy nights but is doomed from the beginning to turn icy. If anyone can reach in and touch your soul this man can. His voice is haunting and the lyrics are brilliant. The guy is such an amazing songwriter that it’s easy to just get lost in his storytelling. The song is written well both musically and lyrically and he’s done a few different things in his music to keep it exciting.

The intricate and elegant guitar work is there in spots but there are also a lot of ebbs and flows and peaks, in the background arrangement. His style drifts towards the classic songwriters that once changed the world of music, except his working in the modern music idiom.

 Derek Lai is the kind of sensitive singer-songwriter who will never go out of style. “Blankets” is a refreshing and catchy number with Lai working a soulful chill-pop that should definitely be expanded on in future releases.

There’s a definite confidence, groove and freshness to this tune; and what’s interesting is that it’s already better than all the singles many of his peers have put out this year so far. In my view, it’s mainly due to Derek Lai doing music simply the way he wants to. He is in his comfort zone, which keeps everything smooth and real.

Derek understands how the floodgates of desire open up. It is pure joy, pure uplift, and pure power; it feels the terrifying swoop of new lust as though nobody, least of all its deliverer, has ever felt like that before. It is in all ways an unparalleled sensation…if you exclude the feeling of when that sensation disappears into nothingness.

“Blankets” stays on the best side of emotional, steering away from unnecessary melodrama. You’ll also notice after a couple of verses that Lai’s vocals leave nothing to be desired, and your ears will be hooked to his catchy indie pop style.

The single has absolutely no shortcomings. The only thing that can be pointed out, is that, yes it’s only a single. This is the type of chill groove music you could devour an album’s worth of. I cannot remember the last time I listened to a debut with this much joy, and this much awe.

Part of what gives Derek Lai’s lyricism its heft is the music itself, bar none the best chill indie-pop production I’ve heard in the past few months from an independent artist. Everything is tinted with just the right amount of nostalgic positivity.

Sentimental relationships are frustratingly complicated at times, and often hopelessly miserable, but the fugitive nuggets of joy hidden in every awkward early transition, makes the whole ordeal worthwhile. And “Blankets”, in its own way, confirms that. Derek Lai lures you into a full-bodied embrace with his music, it’s simply up to you to give him the chance to do so.

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Aliché: “Exx” – storytelling depth, vocal range and a uniquely sweet, saucy flavor http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/aliche-exx-storytelling-depth-vocal-range-and-a-uniquely-sweet-saucy-flavor http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/aliche-exx-storytelling-depth-vocal-range-and-a-uniquely-sweet-saucy-flavor#respond Sun, 09 Jun 2019 09:24:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35576 Aliché fell in love with the R&B genre at a young age, and has always used music as a way to express herself and derive a deeper meaning from life. However it was not until 2015 that she began seriously to pursue a music career. This resulted in her debut album “Exx”, created in a […]

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Aliché fell in love with the R&B genre at a young age, and has always used music as a way to express herself and derive a deeper meaning from life. However it was not until 2015 that she began seriously to pursue a music career. This resulted in her debut album “Exx”, created in a home studio alongside producer Juan Donavan. The recording covers the relatable themes of love, pleasure, pain, loss and redemption. “Exx” continues the exceptional song-writing and stellar vocals which’ve become the hallmark for great R&B albums. In an era where R&B is currently suffering from multiple personality disorder – we’re auto-tuning one day, trappin’ the next – Aliché is the grounded force we need. The album as sultry as it’s catchy – with captivatingly infectious grooves that immediately seduce your ears. And when it comes to summer songs for lovers, she’s got that too.

The opening track, and fist single “Cleopatra”, is an early standout. It’s a great case study of an artist maintaining her style with the times and retaining artistic integrity. Aliché has no problem blending today’s trendy deliveries, while hinting to vintage R&B storytelling.

This wouldn’t sound out of place on any type of urban playlist, from any era. It’s classic sounding stuff. From the power ballads to the sultry singles to the playful odes to love lost and found, this album revisits many of the sounds that makes R&B what it is.

Who doesn’t like songs about love and lust? Aliché wants to conquer it, and take things to the next level on “How Do You Want It”, as he sings: “Cause I get him higher, than any desire”. This is clearly a young lady with confidence and determination.

The chorus on “Intertwine (feat. I Lov3 Mimi)” actually percolates with its successful harmonic iterations.  The intensity picks up, and reaches the high watermark post-bridge and verse. Speaking of the verse, Aliché sounds absolutely stunning as she asserts, “I’m gonna soak up, soak up, all of your energy.”

Aliché showcases incredible vocal control and a smooth melody on “Twinkies” while the production is sparkling and tasteful, and never overindulgent, leaving plenty of breathing room for the track to escalate into gentle euphoria.

On “Stop Hittin’ My Phone” expands her sensual body of work with a sassy vocal delivery. For Aliché, love is an obsession, constant and forever evolving, but she also knows exactly who she wants it from, and makes it clear on this track.

The infatuation of passionate lust becomes a kind of healthy obsession for Aliché on “Shirt Off (feat. I Lov3 Mimi)”, and you’ll find it hard to resist her sensual intonations which reach sublime eargasm. Genuine attraction is what Aliché finds to be one of the most exciting concerns of maintaining a relationship, so you need to get out of your comfort zone and give in to temptation on “Uncharted Territory”, where once more she is vocally irresistible.

The extremely emotional “Think of Me” serenades the woes of love. Through her eyes, we see what commitment means, how passion burns like an eternal fire, and how obsession evolves from loss.

It demonstrates the storytelling depth, vocal range and uniquely sweet, saucy flavor that will keep Aliché in demand and in the mix for years to come. Moreover, what she’s got in common with her more famous peers is the ability to sing with nuance. The very reason, why R&B and Soul fans will love her!

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Emman-Pelumi: “Won’t Let Go” – music in its purist form! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/emman-pelumi-wont-let-go-music-in-its-purist-form http://jamsphere.com/reviews/emman-pelumi-wont-let-go-music-in-its-purist-form#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 13:53:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35570 As multi-talented musician Houston, Texas based artist, Emman-Pelumi awaits the release of “The Multigenre Artist”, we take a closer look at the album “Won’t Let Go”. His ability to mix so many different genres of music together and make it all into something cohesive and catchy is phenomenal. I had listened to him before on […]

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As multi-talented musician Houston, Texas based artist, Emman-Pelumi awaits the release of “The Multigenre Artist”, we take a closer look at the album “Won’t Let Go”. His ability to mix so many different genres of music together and make it all into something cohesive and catchy is phenomenal. I had listened to him before on Spotify, and this is definitely one of those records that you can play start-to-finish at a party and everyone dances along and has fun for the entire duration. It’s a perfect mix of dance, some Pop and R&B vibes, as well as world music and Afrobeat flavors, all bathed in pulsating electro-beats. Emman-Pelumi really takes you for a ride through all different genres but it flows together so perfectly that you’re transported from each track to the next, dancing along the entire way.

There aren’t many producers that I’d feel comfortable putting on in basically any setting, but Emman-Pelumi is one of them. Because of his versatility, it’s perfect for any time. If you know your way around a decent rhythm-based artist, Emman-Pelumi will eviscerate your musical palate in the best way possible.

This is an incredible collection of unforgettable tracks that you simply cannot stop listening to, over and over. The album kicks off with some nice retro synths and pads on “I am Emotional”, and never let’s go from there onward.

The wonderful musical kaleidoscope continues with the vocal track “Selfish For Good” and then the exotic urban beat of “You Can’t Leave” ft. Rafkiddo. “The New Her” has a light shimmering feel with perfectly timed percussive beats. The vocals on “Come Closer” are a smooth compliment to the seamless tropical-styled musical transitions.

It’s a chilled-out track with simple yet meticulous grooves. The sweet soulful singing shines on “We Are Soulmates”, and reaches its peak on “Wait For You”, which is one of best tracks in the collection, and also forges a couple of rap verses.

“She Never Left” shows off all of its Afro rhythm with a fast paced beat and playful keyboard melody. Emman-Pelumi’s signature style is clearly established from the outset here. The slower versions of “We Are Soulmates” and “You Can’t Leave” invoke a sense of nostalgia, Emman-Pelumi is one of the few producers out there today with a retro sound he made up of out of his own.

The groove last the entire album and has an uplifting spirit that makes you want to smile and dance. It’s music in its purist form, simple. It’s easy to get lost between the rhythms and airy synths, and before you know it, the album is over. Now we’ll just have to await the release of “The Multigenre Artist”, to see where Emman-Pelumi will take his sound next.

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Rodrigo Alvin has 3 freshly recorded songs riding high http://jamsphere.com/news/rodrigo-alvin-has-3-freshly-recorded-songs-riding-high http://jamsphere.com/news/rodrigo-alvin-has-3-freshly-recorded-songs-riding-high#respond Tue, 04 Jun 2019 14:30:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35533 Based in Stockholm, Sweden, upcoming new artist Rodrigo Alvin has 3 freshly recorded songs riding high on Spotify and other major digital outlets. Rodrigo’s style brings a blend of Hiphop, R&B and Afrobeat. His tracks “Fatima”, “Don’t Call Me” and “La voix du sage” is a much needed shot in the arm of a music […]

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Based in Stockholm, Sweden, upcoming new artist Rodrigo Alvin has 3 freshly recorded songs riding high on Spotify and other major digital outlets. Rodrigo’s style brings a blend of Hiphop, R&B and Afrobeat. His tracks “Fatima”, “Don’t Call Me” and “La voix du sage” is a much needed shot in the arm of a music medium that is stale and lacks any kind of knew creativity. Rodrigo’s music is just plain fun to kick back and chill to. His delivery is as smooth as butter, a real treat.

Rodrigo Alvin has all the artistic tools. It is encouraging to see such a talented man take the positive road with his music, celebrating the positive side of humanity, as opposed to the negativity and materialism that pervades so much contemporary urban music. He not only blows us away with his unique style of transparency, he is also an advocate for social justice in his own right.

Rodrigo Alvin provides nuance and intelligence mixed with solid hooks that are easy to groove to. These songs are also a perfect opportunity for Rodrigo to make a splash in the American and International music scenes. He has a very distinct style and sound that is as smooth as it is deep, and fresh. All overlapped by an upbeat, dance influenced tone and catchy tunes, these songs are not the typical self-blustering that perforates the hip-hop and rap genres.

The innovative melodies and polished, soulful sound have captured me on almost every track. Rodrigo Alvin is at the top of the game with the way his smooth voice turns phrases and drops creative metaphors. Rodrigo is a welcome new voice to the world of urban music. I’m guessing we will be enjoying his voice for a very long time.

You can find out more and follow Rodrigo Alvin on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK. You can also stream and download his music on AMAZON and SPOTIFY.

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Jay Elle: “Ease Up” – delighting listeners from start to finish! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jay-elle-ease-up-delighting-listeners-from-start-to-finish http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jay-elle-ease-up-delighting-listeners-from-start-to-finish#respond Sun, 02 Jun 2019 09:52:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35506 For the most part I feel that younger generation has forgone melody in favor of clichéd raps and heavy rhythms. However I have discovered another melodic gem in the thicket, entitled “Ease Up”. This 5 track EP is by adult contemporary artist, Jay Elle, a New York City based singer, songwriter and guitarist. This recording […]

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For the most part I feel that younger generation has forgone melody in favor of clichéd raps and heavy rhythms. However I have discovered another melodic gem in the thicket, entitled “Ease Up”. This 5 track EP is by adult contemporary artist, Jay Elle, a New York City based singer, songwriter and guitarist. This recording is full of extremely pleasant, well written and nicely arranged music. It has all the elements of great writing, melody, outstanding groove, excellent recording and a whole bunch of subtle, musical beauty. Let’s say that this recording has rekindled hope in me that there really still are artists out there who know how to make great melodic music. The songs here are very memorable and are quite singable. There is something of a throwback feel to this piece, as Jay is an old school romantic at heart, and an unstoppable optimist.

By simply looking at the track listing and the song titles gives you a sense of what this album offers. These are songs about relationships – the romance, the love, the doubt and the problems et al. Jay Elle writes from the heart which is why I believe people will instantly connect with his songs.

These aren’t just words that Jay is singing; his tone and inflection show that he means each and every word. Through mellow, understated and organically driven soundscapes, the singer-songwriter shows us that if you feel lost, alone and sad, there’s one place where we all feel like we belong – being in love.

Love comes in many forms with its pros and cons, and Jay Elle has managed to combine quite a few aspects of love here. The EP opens with the title track, “Ease Up”, which will immediately remind you of vintage James Taylor. Jay has that same cool nonchalance in his singing style, as he gracefully picks out his notes on by one.

The easy going picked guitar in the background, lays down a comfortable and warm foundation along with the bouncy beat. It’s hard not to fall in love with the captivating melody. The song certainly makes a pretty strong case for how accomplished a songwriter and performer he can be.

“Take a Holiday” bleeds summertime atmosphere and each listen proves how well it would fit in next to a catchy Train pop-lullaby. The chord progression is simple and inoffensive, the melody and whistle infectious – the perfect combination for audiences who love to groove and sway in the sunset with a Margarita close at hand.

Jay Elle isn’t good at what he does – he’s great at it. And just to show that love is not all sunshine and rainbows, if we don’t pay attention to the little details, Jay drops a little warning note with “Needs Fixing”.

On “By The Blade”, Jay Elle dirties up the backdrop with a crunchier guitar and a more insistent beat, whipping up a mesmerizing groove. “Sickly Sweet” takes the true-blue pop and singer-songwriter formula and expanding on it in a way, less competent musicians fail to do in today’s world of watered-down songwriting and formulaic radio.

Regardless of the difference in style, this one has all charming melodic genius once found in Roxy Music’s more accessible tracks, and I couldn’t help but hear strains of Brian Ferry’s cunning crooning in Jay’s delivery.

Jay Elle has done a remarkable job with “Ease Up”, delighting listeners from start to finish. Each song is carefully crafted layer by layer and repeated listens will bring the stories to life and reveal their meanings even more. Jay’s latest effort is perfect for those cloudless summer days when it seems that nothing can go wrong. And probably, if you put this on, nothing will!

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Pat-E: “Biggy Biggy” – committed to raising the bar higher! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pat-e-biggy-biggy-committed-to-raising-the-bar-higher http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pat-e-biggy-biggy-committed-to-raising-the-bar-higher#respond Wed, 29 May 2019 12:30:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35459 Recording artist and entrepreneur, Patrick O. Ezekiel, better known by his moniker Pat-E, is from Edo state Nigeria. Growing up he listened to a wide spectrum of genres – from Reggae to Pop, Country, and R&B, drawing influences from artists such as Peter Touch and Bob Marley. He joined a choir after high school to […]

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Recording artist and entrepreneur, Patrick O. Ezekiel, better known by his moniker Pat-E, is from Edo state Nigeria. Growing up he listened to a wide spectrum of genres – from Reggae to Pop, Country, and R&B, drawing influences from artists such as Peter Touch and Bob Marley. He joined a choir after high school to enhance his voice, and was also a member of a four-man gospel group called Da voice Devine.

After his diploma in a tertiary institution, he paused his music career to move forward in the cooperate world. In 2014, he started recording jingles which led him to become a recording artist. He then completed a few songs and finally recorded and released his debut single titled “Biggy Biggy”.

Pat-E is an artist committed to raising the bar higher. His focus and determination is drawing major attention from the masses as he continues to build his brand in the Afro Pop world. Pat-E has his sights set on creating his own record label in the near future to help develop and produce fresh talent with bright futures.

In the meantime Pat-E delights us with “Biggy Biggy”. The song is simply beautiful. The melody is easy and smooth, while the beat has that typical infectious Afro rhythm to dance along with in your living room, all alone, or with someone really special too. Which is probably the best way to go.

Pat-E also subtly infuses dancehall and reggae strains into the song, in a way that’s easily palatable to delicate ears. Thank goodness there are still artists, like Pat-E, who also don’t feel it necessary to fill their music with argumentative and swear-word tripe.

There are some entertainers that you can listen to or watch once, and immediately know that they’re going to be a smash hit – and sometimes, this sensation doesn’t rely only their music.

They have the look and sound, as well as natural charisma, and you just know in your gut, there is serious potential for them to become huge. Pat-E has all those qualities embedded into his skillset and persona.

“Biggy Biggy” produced by Eben, flourishes over club-ready beat rich with cracking snares and kicks, plucky synths, and fat basslines. You’ll catch yourself, either tapping your foot or nodding your head side to side from the very first listen to this track.

The music takes you on a very interesting journey – because it is calming, but also very energizing in a positive way, as it captivates the mind, body and soul. Every syllable in Pat-E’s music will resonate through your body leaving you with a wonderful afterglow. This is a man who has mastered the art of conveying his emotions with such clarity through his music.

Pat-E belongs to a select worldwide list of singers and songwriters whose music is ample proof that the well of rich musical wealth is far from dry.

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MASS: “Phase 1” – a stepping stone to potential greatness! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mass-phase-1-a-stepping-stone-to-potential-greatness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mass-phase-1-a-stepping-stone-to-potential-greatness#respond Tue, 28 May 2019 10:11:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35454 Virginia native MASS is making waves that extend far beyond his hometown. Since being highlighted in the April ’15 issue of Complex Magazine, which spotlighted a burgeoning Virginia hip-hop scene, MASS has toured with acclaimed artists such as Chance the Rapper, D.R.A.M. & Waka Flocka Flame. Fans of D.R.A.M.’s “#1EpicEP” are familiar with MASS from […]

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Virginia native MASS is making waves that extend far beyond his hometown. Since being highlighted in the April ’15 issue of Complex Magazine, which spotlighted a burgeoning Virginia hip-hop scene, MASS has toured with acclaimed artists such as Chance the Rapper, D.R.A.M. & Waka Flocka Flame. Fans of D.R.A.M.’s “#1EpicEP” are familiar with MASS from his momentous appearance on the track “2$”. The release of his self-titled project “MASS”, which premiered on XXL in January ’17, features appearances from frequent platinum collaborators. His latest 5 track project “Phase 1” includes production by VERYRVRE, Butch Dawson, DRAM, Mitch Arizona, and Dan Stuckie. There are also features appearances from DRAM, Young Syrup, and Surfwaveaton.

From the moment “Marta” ft. Surfwaveaton (Prod. by Dan Stuckie) opens the set, MASS, and his collaborators show their style, as they set the stage for what is a creative extravaganza. Whether it’s the spaced out beat, the gritty rap delivery or trap-like vocal squeals, everyone feels at home in their element.

Slow bubbling keys sparkle on “Caught A Play” ft. Surfwaveaton, BKA Trip, and Young Syrup (Prod. by VERYRVRE). Its mix of a throbbing beat, a stream-of-consciousness flow, and sly bits of adlibs make this song get stuck in your head and stay with you long after the music stops.

At times fast-paced and intense, at other times spacy and downright mellow, MASS and Surfwaveaton romp all over the map on “Run It Up” (Prod. by Mitch Arizona). This work shows both artists at the top of their game. Just about everything works, as MASS’ lyricism and delivery as at its best.

If you like wordplay, novel ideas in songs and quality rap then this one is for you. There’s very little not to like about “O U Lit” ft. DRAM (Prod. by Butch Dawson & Dan Stuckie). The work of MASS is both forward thinking and classic hip hop at the same time. The production’s atmospherics give off almost a techno synth flavor to the hip-hop beat and soulful deliveries.

MASS seems to pride himself on being something of a left-field rapper, abandoning the typical, tired lyrical themes that so many rappers have milked over the years. And when he does touch on any of the usual topics, it’s with a deliberate intent and purpose.

The production on “Only Gang” ft. DRAM (Prod. by DRAM & Rogét Chahayed) sets the stage by laying on the density, creating a baroque tapestry of sounds, with MASS and DRAM providing the painting and gloss, to flesh out the concept with bizarre lyrical gems.

In all, the 5 track project is a stepping stone to potential greatness, both for the execution and for the sheer ambition of it all. It’s concrete evidence that MASS’ skills go far beyond the typical. At a time when rap seems more and more focused on making money, the underground is still focused on making music and thriving because of artists like MASS. It’s simple and a rare moment to smile and feel like listening closely to “Phase 1” actually was well worth it.

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Mark Winters: “Be There” – an unfiltered muscular beat and lyrics to ponder deeply http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mark-winters-be-there-an-unfiltered-muscular-beat-and-lyrics-to-ponder-deeply http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mark-winters-be-there-an-unfiltered-muscular-beat-and-lyrics-to-ponder-deeply#respond Sun, 26 May 2019 12:55:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35438 Mark Winters is a Sugar Land, Texas based rock musician. He started his career playing cover songs at the urging of a close friend. Mark’s poetic style comes from his Grandmother who taught him how to write poetry and express himself. Mark combined his music and poetry to form his signature sound – rock with […]

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Mark Winters is a Sugar Land, Texas based rock musician. He started his career playing cover songs at the urging of a close friend. Mark’s poetic style comes from his Grandmother who taught him how to write poetry and express himself. Mark combined his music and poetry to form his signature sound – rock with a positive vibe. His past performances include large charity events such as The Matco BB Fundraiser at the Sam Houston Raceway Park, and the MS 150 In La Grange. Mark has great new music set for release in the coming months, leading to the release of his new album “SlipStream” in August. Currently he has dropped the single, “Be There”.

This is a transcendental piece of real, road-worn alternative rock. There’s knowledge of truth, and some of it from the root. I get the sense of no axe to grind, no wheels to grease, as Mark Winters just comes straight and true about ‘being there’ for the ones we care about.

His songs have a brilliant alt-rock feel, and is laced with blues, and a slight taste of singer-songwriter imagery, creating a traditional flavor, nodding to his influences, all the while creating his own original alternative sound.

Despite the traditional rock flavor, don’t go thinking for one moment that his music is derived from any of his peers, Mark Winters is an artist who stands his ground, and owns every square foot of it. His vocals and lyrics are placed front and center, with his fiery electric guitar, evoking themes of profound thoughtfulness.

He has the insightfulness of a wise man sitting on his front porch with a crystal clear eye. Winter’s lyrics reveal an intimate understanding of relationship intricacies, as the song evokes all the uncertainty and hope embedded in a beating heart. In the world of over-produced formula alt-rock, this is a breath of fresh air.

“Be There” harkens back to what rock music ought to be. This is one that you should crank the volume up on, so you can get the full effect of the music that backs up the lyrics. Mark Winters crystal clear voice alone is a powerful instrument, but when you couple it with some overdriven blues guitar, it catches fire.

Winters’ has musical wisdom that can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. He sings from a place deep in his soul. His voice transports, and the music gives it wings. We’ll see about how Mark Winters’ career pans out over the next few years, but if this track is any indication, we may be witnessing the growth of a musician for the ages.

This track will take you down by a railroad station, sit you on a wooden bench just before sunset, and give you plenty to rock back and forth to. If you want an unfiltered muscular beat and lyrics to ponder deeply, this is the music. This is the guy. Mark Winters is the man.

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GiDS: “1000 Grams” – Lyrically hard-hitting and sonically concise http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gids-1000-grams-lyrically-hard-hitting-and-sonically-concise http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/gids-1000-grams-lyrically-hard-hitting-and-sonically-concise#respond Fri, 24 May 2019 11:31:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35414 GiDS is a rapper/producer from Tustin, CA. On May 20th he released two new singles in advance of his upcoming album “Impermanence”. The first single, “1000 Grams” is a follow up to his last EP. The second single, “Lose Me” was GiDS first attempt at producing for himself. Hip-hop is a place where many people […]

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GiDS is a rapper/producer from Tustin, CA. On May 20th he released two new singles in advance of his upcoming album “Impermanence”. The first single, “1000 Grams” is a follow up to his last EP. The second single, “Lose Me” was GiDS first attempt at producing for himself. Hip-hop is a place where many people are caught up in images, but GiDS isn’t like that. He presents himself in a manner where you feel like you’re getting the full picture of the artist. This is especially evident in “1000 Grams”, which is actually a double-sided single, backed by the track “Zone”. Lyrically hard-hitting and sonically concise, GiDS is one of the few emcees who wears his heart on his sleeve, touching on personal issues which affect him daily. This release sounds epic, from top to bottom, putting the listener in a focused, determined, reflective state of mind.

I have always appreciated this kind of music due the honesty and passion, as it almost seems many artists in hip-hop today are afraid to speak about their actual thoughts and emotions. On “1000 Grams”, GiDS lays his feelings out in the open.

As soon as you press play you should expect a serious tone with a melancholy sentiment, word play that deserves more recognition and one-liners that can leave an individual ruminating for a hot minute. GiDS is food for sanity in an industry that is money-grabbing, shallow and flooded with inordinate amounts of clichés and platitudes.

It takes a specific type of intellect to be able to connect with GiDS’ candid and often philosophical lyricism. It’s not that his music is abstruse in anyway, but he certain demands a higher level of maturity and attention than your conventional pop rappers.

From the outside he appears to be driven by bad experiences, anger, frustration, ambitions and regrets – all the ingredients necessary to construct a rapper capable of delivering parables worth listening to. As expected the lyrics and concepts shine alongside the bumping production.

The beats on both “1000 Grams” and “Zone”, serve their purpose well in setting the mood without being distracting, and allowing GiDS to rightly take center stage. Where the rapper seems poised to give the game a much-needed transfusion of energy and soul.

GiDS has found his voice, no question, as well as the production to match it. His wit can turn an otherwise-common reference into a caustic punchline, and he deals them out in truckloads here. What separates GiDS from his peers, though, isn’t his punchlines. It’s his crystal-clear delivery, and his ability to flow on any beat and change rhyme schemes effortlessly.

There may be no better evidence of GiDS lyrical prowess in his catalog than what is displayed on “1000 Grams”. At the end of the day though, GiDS does what many other rappers fail to do, and that’s connect with our deepest concerns and expectations.

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Harlem World Dre pairs the new school with a classic rap sound http://jamsphere.com/news/harlem-world-dre-pairs-the-new-school-with-a-classic-rap-sound http://jamsphere.com/news/harlem-world-dre-pairs-the-new-school-with-a-classic-rap-sound#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 01:40:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35390 Harlem World Dre is an artist from New York, his lyrics come from how he views his city and how his everyday life goes. Always looking to work with new musicians and putting out new content trying to master his craft. Harlem World Dre is inspired by rappers like Dave East, Meek Mill Nipsey Hussle, […]

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Harlem World Dre is an artist from New York, his lyrics come from how he views his city and how his everyday life goes. Always looking to work with new musicians and putting out new content trying to master his craft. Harlem World Dre is inspired by rappers like Dave East, Meek Mill Nipsey Hussle, Rick Ross, and Wale, among others. He started rapping when he was in the 6th grade but only started taking it serious since he was 24 years old.

Harlem World Dre sounds like a “student of the game” and proves it with his latest track “Know What Im About”, which pairs the new school with a classic rap sound. Opting to be more multifaceted than flashy, he demonstrates the kind of versatility and maturity that should comfort anyone that might have been worried about the genre’s future.

Harlem World Dre has a clear message in his music rapping about his daily grind, his family and his modus operandi in stacking paper, which results in a powerful narrative, comprising street poetry and introspective storytelling. All verses are worthy of analysis and are packed with quotables. But regardless of how you may relate to the song lyrically, it is also immaculately produced front to back.

On “Know What Im About”, Harlem World Dre raps with hunger, passion and drive, in an understated way, avoiding any over-hyped melodramatics. He always sounds in control of his voice and flow, as he details his experiences. Harlem World Dre clearly has a lot to say, which he does in an almost conversational tone. To me, Harlem World Dre walks a perfect line of being focused and deep, along with still being hardcore and street.

Harlem World Dre compliments the rhythm and tone of the music perfectly. If you consider yourself even a passing fan of underground hip hop you must add this track to your playlist immediately.

Link to the single “Know What Im About”:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/know-what-im-about-single/1461533334
Sound cloud : https://soundcloud.com/harlem-dre/know-what-im-about
YouTube : https://youtu.be/dWCGvBD-sgM
Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/album/4QGPsQDzhNCsemiAe3OCWI?si=-qTaTTL8QYi2BaPCEp-jcg

Connect with Harlem World Dre:

Instagram: @Harlem World Dre

YouTube: @Who Is Harlem World Dre

Facebook: @Dre West

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Membrain: “Bout It” – a rapper to watch without question http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/membrain-bout-it-a-rapper-to-watch-without-question http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/membrain-bout-it-a-rapper-to-watch-without-question#respond Fri, 17 May 2019 15:20:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35340 Membrain is a rap/hip-hop artist from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He creates music for listeners of all ages, music that your grandma can dance to and that high school kids can relate to. “Bout It” is his latest single, available now on all major streaming sites. A music video for the track was released on Instagram. […]

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Membrain is a rap/hip-hop artist from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He creates music for listeners of all ages, music that your grandma can dance to and that high school kids can relate to. “Bout It” is his latest single, available now on all major streaming sites. A music video for the track was released on Instagram. Currently Membrain is working on “My Friends Are Bout it EP” which will be released in 2019. If we put all the rappers that have produced music into a book it would be a long one, but rappers that have the potential to make an everlasting impact on the game would be only a few pages. What is common between these selected few, is the storytelling aspect that they bring to the game.  They express their lyrics in a narrative that could jump off the pages and onto a movie screen.

Membrain writes his raps from a first-person narrative that allows for the listener to place themselves into his shoes, placing them into song as well as experiencing the song. Opening strong with dark synth riffs and bars that flow fluidly over the melodic musical cymbals, and throbbing kick, allows for “Bout It”, to catch the attention of the listener just as every movie does in the opening credits.

The song feeds from the energy of the rapper, and vice versa. It’s a new heat bubbling in the underground right now that demands attention. From the beginning till the end of the brief project, Membrain kept my ears vigilant and aware.

The lyrics are heartfelt, deep and painted some powerful lyrical imagery. Over the haunting minimalist beat filled sparkling hi-hats and kick drums, Membrain’s flow shines above all else. The opening bars: “You don’t know what you just started. End up like those who departed,” immediately lays down the challenge.

Membrain is one of the few rappers putting the authenticity of hip-hop on his back. You hear it in his voice and his flow. The artist exhibits a unique style, more than competent bars, and something that is scarce in hip-hop and trap right now; a talent for storytelling.

Membrain steps up to the plate and knocks it out the park with “Bout It”. The production work is malicious, and a perfect backdrop for Membrain’s gritty rhymes. His best attribute is his honesty and openness, as he tells his story, and expectedly, the results are superb. A reminder that rap can and will evolve, but will never leave the building.

There are lots of rappers in the game.  In 2019, the number of rap albums and mixtapes seem off the charts.  Furthermore, the definition of rap has become blurred, like a number of musical styles these days.

Even with the introduction of a lot of sub-genres of rap, not everybody is capable of maintaining new-school rap at a dignified level, falling foul to its many commercial pitfalls. Differently, Membrain rides the production like a champ, showing he is a rapper to watch without question.

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