Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:37:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MARG: “THE VOICES” will connect emotionally to her audience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marg-the-voices-will-connect-emotionally-to-her-audience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marg-the-voices-will-connect-emotionally-to-her-audience#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:10:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32068 After capturing attention in 2016 with her first, extended play “MARG EP” at the still tender age of 18, Argentinian-born, American Singer-Songwriter MARG has been working her craft over the last couple of years. After moving to the U.S. as a young child, she became interested in performing arts and spent most of her time […]

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After capturing attention in 2016 with her first, extended play “MARG EP” at the still tender age of 18, Argentinian-born, American Singer-Songwriter MARG has been working her craft over the last couple of years. After moving to the U.S. as a young child, she became interested in performing arts and spent most of her time singing karaoke and learning instruments like the piano and violin. Her new 10 track studio album, “THE VOICES”, shows her coming into her own as an artist while also building anticipation for potential still to be realized. While her most recent effort fits comfortably in the Indie-Pop realm, MARG’s ability to connect emotionally to her audience and to the lyrics she is singing makes her seem beyond her years at only 20. She possesses a rawness and honesty that cannot be taught and moments that show there is more she can experiment with to stretch her sound even further.

The album begins with an eclectic intro entitled “Flaws INTRO” before it kicks off properly with “Stronger”, where MARG’s ethereal voice floats over the verses of and elicits imagery of an angel luring the listener. It is evident she has grown here by exploring new sounds and also in the strength of her voice.

The track balances her sincere introspective lyrics with the increased production value of the song, and it feels like a window into where further experimentation could take her in the future. There is no shortage of emotion on “THE VOICES” and the songs most often seem to refer to relationships, growth, and perseverance.

In “Crooked Smile”, a haunting mid-tempo song, MARG shows her maturity as a singer and songwriter with the quiet intensity of her voice that clutches the heart in moments when it soars, and affects us when she is in her lower register as she sings, “I’m surrounded by your pretty eyes and that crooked smile,” in the opening verse.

MARG has a subdued power that is infused throughout her music. In “Dark Clouds” she tugs at the heart strings, as she often does, with dripping emotion in her voice. It is easy to relate to her story about the uncertainty of love, and the believability in her vocal delivery as she sings, “My tears dry up quickly and I’m the only one who sees me. I look around and nobody’s there.”

“That Morning” once again, offers a haunting electronically infused track. The song crescendos with an enquiring chorus: “Tell me why am I always sad when you’re around. And why do I always cry when you say you love me. Why can’t I just try to embrace this feeling of nothing when I say I feel everything?”  MARG’s songs of survival are balanced by those that draw on the moments that ignite the fight to move forward.

In the title track “The Voices”, she sings with a fragility in her voice accompanied by a sincerity in her lyrics that is both profound and beautiful in their simplicity. There is an airy quality to MARG’s voice that provides a subtlety to her delivery.  She never overpowers the intent of the lyrics with vocal acrobatics, though she is fully capable.

In “Miles Away” she shows vulnerability as she sings of finding strength to overcome delusion. The theme of finding hope and light in the face of darkness is showcased again in “Let’s Be Friends”. The track shows that she has gained perspective and maturity through experience, and is finding her way.

There are moments on this album that show the possibility of where MARG can go musically. “Tropical Marijuana” is one of those moments.  The song has a slow-building vibe with a sinuous rhythmic flow that will have the listener swaying to the groove.  This is quintessential MARG, where her understated yet affecting vocals only serve to amplify the emotion in her lyrics.

MARG gives us a little of her soul on “I Hope She Breaks Your Heart”. It is heartbreaking and mournful, yet oddly hopeful at the same time, as she tells the tale of someone waiting impatiently on the sidelines to pick up the pieces of a broken relationship.

MARG comes full circle emotionally, in this final track. It is hard to believe she is only at the early stages of her career as a singer and songwriter. She shows a great deal of growth already, and it will be exciting to look ahead to where her sound will go, and how she will enchant us with her gentle grace and her strength, down the road.

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Sirpit: “Texture” catapults the genre higher http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-texture-catapults-the-genre-higher http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sirpit-texture-catapults-the-genre-higher#respond Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:06:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32042 Australian based, Taff Dawgz Entertainment artist, Sirpit, has built an impressive reputation during the last couple of years, adding a list of banging singles to his resume. Peeling back the layers of this man, audiences can find found Sirpit to be a novelty in the industry. In comparison to the microwavable talent breaking through recently, […]

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Australian based, Taff Dawgz Entertainment artist, Sirpit, has built an impressive reputation during the last couple of years, adding a list of banging singles to his resume. Peeling back the layers of this man, audiences can find found Sirpit to be a novelty in the industry. In comparison to the microwavable talent breaking through recently, he is a breath of fresh air: a singer, songwriter, and a rapper with legitimate talent. Continuing his penchant for consistency, the artist has delivered his highly-anticipated single “Texture” which was written as an ode to a girlfriend. But what’s next for someone that has continually shown improvement time and time again? If you ask, Sirpit would probably profess, “The pen game is definitely going all the way up.” Throughout his brief but trailblazing career, we’ve come to understand that he can churn out ear-catching tracks for all audiences with ease.

“Texture” is a stunning example. While romantic intricacies is not a story we haven’t heard before in music – Sirpit somehow maneuvers all the right pieces in place to make it an undeniable hit-sounding track for the new generation. Infectious beat? Check. Charming lyrics that are easy to digest? Check. Edge things up a bit with hard-hitting bars and balance it out with a soulful melodic hook? Check.

But even while focused on placing something that could sit on the mainstream charts, Sirpit does an amazing job at not making the music feel or sound forced. He has one of those voices that is instantly recognizable upon hearing it. His melodies have always been ear worms but here they inch their way into your memory just a little further on “Texture”.

Sonically speaking, “Texture” is one of Sirpit’s strongest single projects to come out so far. Borrowing from this millennium’s R&B influences to electronic soundscapes and trap elements, CashMoneyAp x River Beats have created a solid beat.

Thus Sirpit has been able to create a single, with a set of eclectic influences which catapults the genre higher, giving it a ninth life. Sirpit’s narrative, coupled with his dreamy melodic confections, is crafted like delicious diary entries giving their listener a taste of his slice of life. Every bite is sweet, and as the record plays it will leave you salivating for more.

Listening to this new generation of Hip-hop, it’s clear that the genre has changed a lot over the last 10 years. Depending on which side of the spectrum you fall on, you might find it has become too R&B or EDM infiltrated, or you might be happy about the way it has now blended to the point of practically, perfectly blending in with those categories of music.

Either way, “Texture” confirms that Sirpit knows how to deliver a musical balance that the fans want. On that same note, it’s worth mentioning that Sirpit is an amazing collaborator who knows how to shine regardless of who or which beat he is sharing the spotlight with.

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Golden Baby Pro: “The Golden Rule Vol.1” reinforces that the South can indeed rap! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/golden-baby-pro-the-golden-rule-vol-1-reinforces-that-the-south-can-indeed-rap http://jamsphere.com/reviews/golden-baby-pro-the-golden-rule-vol-1-reinforces-that-the-south-can-indeed-rap#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:49:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32016 Golden Baby Pro aka GBP is an incredible rhymer, and doesn’t use that incredibly annoying rapping style that many of his regional peers do. Not only are his flow and rhymes top-notch, he has good beats backing him up. GBP is so about his game, lyrically and mentally, with the kind of confidence that is […]

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Golden Baby Pro aka GBP is an incredible rhymer, and doesn’t use that incredibly annoying rapping style that many of his regional peers do. Not only are his flow and rhymes top-notch, he has good beats backing him up. GBP is so about his game, lyrically and mentally, with the kind of confidence that is damn infectious. And stays firmly focused on being sharper than his competition. He can be a syllable-heavy rhyme-stacker or a comparatively laid-back smooth presence with a penchant for similes. Catchy enough for pop fans, lyrically satisfying for traditionalists and ideal for soulful listening, his album “The Golden Rule Vol. 1” forges 21 easy listening tracks. You just slip this thing on, press play and let it ride. No need to hit skip or shuffle. This becomes a rare case of an album appealing to everybody without ever seeming like it’s pandering to anybody in particular.

Lyrically, watch out you other rappers. Golden Baby Pro can use his words to tell a story that you will listen to. He will talk about his life, his beefs and of course hustling and grinding. Each song also has a different rhyme style that makes him likeable to all. From the minute the opening track, “On My Own” kicks in, GBP is out to show a different side of Texas emcees.

What immediately draws you into the artist’s world is his distinct and intriguing voice, as well as his complex rhyme scheme, particularly the way he effortlessly changes tempos and styles. But beyond all the flash lies his ability to provide cunning lyrics and conceptual material rarely seen from today’s crop of Texan emcees.

This is seen throughout “The Golden Rule Vol. 1”, as Golden Baby Pro reinforces that the South can indeed rap. Efforts such as “Let Em Know”, “Impeccable” and “Live & Direct”, quickly displays his lyrical dexterity and hook making ability. His knack for the construction of addictive and harmonized hooks, as heard on “Impeccable” further sets him apart from his counterparts.

The more times you listen to these tracks, the more you’ll love them. Even when GBP is tearing up a track aggressively, as on “Southern Girl”, he doesn’t miss a step. He’s just that good. But his at his best, positioned inside of a soulfully melodic beat like “New Beginning” or “On My Mind” ft. C. Stein.

Golden Baby Pro voice is easy to listen to and he has a very inviting flow, commanding every track like he is a pro, and it is evident on “Grindin’ Daily”, “Gametime” and the standout “I Want You”. GBP who is adept at punchlines, also masters the craft of storytelling, while he has great diction in general. Listen to how he keeps his lyrics clear and audible on “Sho Feels Good” and “Like” regardless of the steady pace he is holding down.

If you never felt the new South movement, Golden Baby Pro is the answer for you. He brings something fresh to the table, and his talent should not be overlooked. Particularly in the groove, are the tracks “Heaven 2 Me” and “Shine Regardless”. There are far too many good tracks to even attempt to talk about all of them.

This is an absolutely terrific album from start to finish. It’s got great retro styled beats, solid lyrics, and good rapping. And Golden Baby Pro even keeps some of the best tracks for last, like “Thick & Thin”, “Supa Nova”, and the album closer, “Crazy”. I started listening to GBP about 2 years ago. He is the real deal and he’s going to be around for a long time.

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Knee High Fox: “Jawbreaker” – grit, sass, and pummeling rhythm! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/knee-high-fox-jawbreaker-grit-sass-and-pummeling-rhythm http://jamsphere.com/reviews/knee-high-fox-jawbreaker-grit-sass-and-pummeling-rhythm#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:33:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31970 Knee High Fox is an alt/rock/electronic band based out of Los Angeles, California. They are fronted by Krsy Fox, with Simon Nagel on bass, Sam Bam Koltun on guitar, and Harley Dewinter on drums. The band formed in 2011 and released their debut single ‘Black Widow’ in February of 2013 exclusively with Revolver Mag. Renowned […]

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Knee High Fox is an alt/rock/electronic band based out of Los Angeles, California. They are fronted by Krsy Fox, with Simon Nagel on bass, Sam Bam Koltun on guitar, and Harley Dewinter on drums. The band formed in 2011 and released their debut single ‘Black Widow’ in February of 2013 exclusively with Revolver Mag. Renowned for their intense live shows and powerful visuals, Knee High Fox has since grown a core fan-base and followed their debut the EP ‘Unknown Skeleton’ in 2014 and their first full length album ‘Obey The Cross’ in October of 2015. They also dropped a 2 song EP entitled ‘Burning Down The Steeple’ in 2017. Now 2018 sees the band push to the fore with their most ambitious release to date – the 8 track album “Jawbreaker”. The album seriously points to dark cult 90’s movies like ‘The Craft’, ‘Jawbreaker’, ‘Foxfire’, ‘Girl Interrupted’, and ‘American Beauty’, which has always been singer Krsy Fox’s obsession.

As mentioned previously, there is no doubt that Knee High Fox’s visual presentation has become a large part of their appeal, with stunning video production and numerous intriguing thematic changes. But without quality songs to match the stunning visuals, fans would quickly lose interest. Hence “Jawbreaker” adds several more compelling tracks to their catalog.

Krsy Fox has an outstanding voice with a lot of power and texture, and when unleashed is a potent force – which is exactly what the band do on the opening track “Witch”. Allowing Krsy the freedom to move between soaring melody and bloodcurdling screeching. And at this point, she becomes unstoppable for the rest of the album!

“Those Girls” is audaciously titillating, as if spun by a hardcore version of Depeche Mode and a gritty Lady Gaga, which, in reality, would present one hell of a collaboration. Nothing is more powerful, than the extreme amount of emotion that vocalist Krsy Fox has placed in each lyric, and when she swoops full swing into “Relapse”, you can only listen with awe…the same way you did when you first heard 80’s rock legend Pat Benatar.

Fox is seriously on fire here. There can of course be no denying that the entire band rocks, and when they get stuck into the title track “Jawbreaker”, they take it to the limit, with changing tempos, starts and stops, as well as awesome chord progressions which keeps the adrenalin flowing throughout.

Another show stopper has to be “American Beauty”. Immersed in restraint and pompous power synths, Krsy Fox and the band weave a balance between atmospheric and anthemic that is simply transfixing. This song is my absolute favorite song on the album.

The passion here, is absolutely mind-blowing. An ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere permeates the opening to “Ladylike”, before grit, sass, and pummeling rhythm comes together to formulate what is guaranteed to become a fan favorite. It’s a fantastic track to keep the album rolling in the right direction.

 “Peephole” arrives just in time so you can catch your breath. It is sung to a mesmeric slow-burning beat, and one seriously seductive middle finger – which is one of Krsy’s most addictive quantities in all of her performances.

Subsequently, in a poignantly melting voice, Krsy Fox consumes the lyrics to “Lovefool”, an affecting cover of The Cardigans’ hit song, which closes the album. I think it’s a great choice to wind down and bring proceedings to an end. I cannot tell you how much you are going to love this album, but rest assured, I’ll be able to say I told you so once you hear it!

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Sayntt: “Clockwise” addresses its themes with extraordinary sagacity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sayntt-clockwise-addresses-its-themes-with-extraordinary-sagacity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sayntt-clockwise-addresses-its-themes-with-extraordinary-sagacity#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:06:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31943 From Denver, Colorado, Sayntt emerged as a hip hop artist in late 2003. Collaborating and performing alongside Colorado Legend B Blacc and Dankside Ent. He has since carried his talent from state to state, venue to venue as he worked hard to express his unique personality through his own brand of music. Working in various studios […]

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From Denver, Colorado, Sayntt emerged as a hip hop artist in late 2003. Collaborating and performing alongside Colorado Legend B Blacc and Dankside Ent. He has since carried his talent from state to state, venue to venue as he worked hard to express his unique personality through his own brand of music. Working in various studios Sayntt has also learned to dominate pro audio gear, hence honing his talent as a recording artist and producer. Influenced by the hard-edged beats and southern gangster-rap of Master P’s No Limit Records, Sayntt developed his own style and writing skills.

Don’t mistake the rollicking, irascible, aggressive, and scattershot verbal delivery from Sayntt as a marker of ignorance. Behind those layers of verbal masking lies some of the most insightful and capable lyricism coming out of the entire underground movement. On his 12 track album, “Clockwise”, supported by a truckload of features and a solid set of production aesthetics, the Colorado rapper dances with some of the genre’s usual themes, but his lyrics, flow and presence are a notch above the rest. This album shows that Sayntt is well capable of producing standout scenes in his own stead.

Sayntt has bridged the gap between the traditional and modern, the gangsta and the conscious – and this has never been clearer, well-presented, nor more crucially relevant, than on his new album “Clockwise”. Considering that gangsta rap has by and large given way to more trending-friendly schools like trap, singing-rap, and anything born on the internet.

With that in mind, this album release has clawed its way into my mind and my ears, and the more I listen, the more I learn to like it. There is so much to absorb and unravel, and the more you decipher, the more layers you uncover. There’s absolutely nothing surface level about this record.

Sayntt’s gravelly tone addresses ordinary themes with extraordinary sagacity; money, guns, dope, women and life on the streets. But where many albums stop there, these only form part of Sayntt’s landscape – here, they’re explored and analyzed within a context.

Sayntt opens a window into a dark, often painfully real world. This album reveals all angles of a detailed, dangerous and unjust place we usually only see one side of. Sayntt presents intimate tales of a troubled world, all atop the meanest beats, heaviest bars and some of the smoothest sounds of 2018.

From the first moments of the opening song, “Alchemy” (feat. JO’EL JUNE), it’s clear that “Clockwise” will draw more than a few comparisons to some of Sayntt’s peers. Musically and thematically, the opening track showcases every aspect of the quality to come. So when “Testify” (feat. Leanidus) kicks in, you’re already expecting it.

The first standout arrives in the shape of “Authentics Over Here” (feat. RealisTay) [Remix]. Sayntt’s tone is usually gritty and animated, naturally lending itself to anger and aggression, but it’s just as grounded in soul and emotion, as it is on this track. “Fade” (feat. Proffit & Kid Snap) is another beautiful, understated track with a multi-level flow.

This is an album that knows what it wants to be and how to do it efficiently, with consistent flow switching, in the gritty and brooding atmosphere with songs that feature smooth synths, haunting bass that bubbles below the surface, and introspection. One of the best in this style has to be “OnDatLiquor” (feat. Reality) [Remix], along with “Night Shift” (ft. RealisTay & Deuce) and “What Can I Do” (feat. Big Roosh) [Remix].

Most of the success I’m hearing are in the tracks you’d consider more to be deep cuts, as they definitely show more of the artist. And I’m talking about cuts like “On My Own” (feat. Charlee Brown & Nexkin) and “Simple Dreams” (feat. Albeez 4 Sheez & B-Nice Tha Truth) which can be paired with the outright best two tracks on the album “Revolution” (feat. Kid Snap & JO’EL JUNE) and “If I Die 2Nite”. Sayntt focuses on ensuring that the album works, not just from song to song, but also from bar to bar. In terms of pure thrills, it’s difficult to argue against “Clockwise” being a fully satisfying album.

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N0va: “Checkmate” flawlessly fuses marksman pinpoint lyricism and personal realness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/n0va-checkmate-flawlessly-fuses-marksman-pinpoint-lyricism-and-personal-realness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/n0va-checkmate-flawlessly-fuses-marksman-pinpoint-lyricism-and-personal-realness#respond Sat, 31 Mar 2018 00:39:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31911 “Checkmate” the brand new, and 5th album by Toronto rap artist N0va “explores the idea of collateral damage, a retrospective and introspective insight into the artist and his attempt to leave a legacy,” The real are always respected, even if they are not always liked or understood by everyone. Sometimes one’s own aura can innately […]

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“Checkmate” the brand new, and 5th album by Toronto rap artist N0va “explores the idea of collateral damage, a retrospective and introspective insight into the artist and his attempt to leave a legacy,” The real are always respected, even if they are not always liked or understood by everyone. Sometimes one’s own aura can innately feel the power and authenticity of another person or entity; the feeling is undeniable. Frequent criticisms of Rap is that the style of lyrical and upper echelon vernacular, wordplay, and such rap elements has faded with time. Also, people are not simply looking for lyrical, storytelling rap no longer; they want to be able to dance, turn up and sing along in the clubs or YouTube videos without always having to compromise the lyrical quality. There needs to be a balance of lyricism that makes the difference between a great rapper and a great musician overall.

To adapt and therein survive, Rappers have to realize that there needs to be more bars and they need to construct full compositions that can capture their listeners from intellectual and high energy standpoints. Lyrical rap is not dead, it’s just not in the mainstream right now.

This is not to say that there are not gentlemen insanely talented and respected, but apart from Kendrick and Cole, a definite King has not yet been established. In the underground, N0va is currently and undeniably the closest thing to this exalted leader to challenge the rap industry’s titans, with his distinguishable voice and personal music. And “Checkmate” proves this through and through.

N0va stands above the mumble rappers as a true, gritty spitter who flawlessly fuses marksman pinpoint lyricism and personal realness with every bar and punchline on “Checkmate”. From the moment you hit play on the opening track “Own Up”, to the closing cut “Cold Blooded”, N0va puts his entire soul, powerful aggressiveness, full lyrical acuity, storytelling, his ambition, and determined persona, into one magnificent album going 100% bar for bar from start to finish.

The seriousness and dexterity N0va approaches his audience with on “Checkmate” is a must listen for anyone who claims to like lyrical rap, inspiring rap, modern rap and rap in general.

The relatability is so powerful with lyricism not too lofty that I found myself playing some songs 5-7 times in a row to absorb the incredibly deep psychological concepts explored in them, like “Manifesto”, “Never Forget Me”, “No Sleep”, “0 to 100”, “High and Dry” and “It’s All Love”. All these songs in some way or another leads the listener on a journey as N0va prominently shares his life’s ambition with all its possible pitfalls and blessings.

If we put all the rappers that have produced music into a book it would be a long one, but rappers that have an everlasting impact on the game would only be a flyer.  What is common between those making an impact is the storytelling aspect that they bring to the game.  They are able to express their lyrics in narratives that could jump off the pages and onto a movie screen.

On this album N0va writes his raps from a first-person narrative that allows for the listener to place themselves into his shoes and inside his real-life movie. It seems that N0va will be another narrator for the industry’s top storytelling list.

If nothing, as a rap fan, listen to “Checkmate” by N0va: a truly great precedent of how a young rapper is supposed to evolve in their career and an extraordinary precedent for the kind of rap music that we should demand and expect to come in 2018.

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J. Sariah: “Friendzone” will blow many away with her talent, intensity and unique delivery http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-sariah-friendzone-will-blow-many-away-with-her-talent-intensity-and-unique-delivery http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-sariah-friendzone-will-blow-many-away-with-her-talent-intensity-and-unique-delivery#respond Fri, 30 Mar 2018 11:52:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31891 Singer-songwriter J. Sariah is so refreshingly unique in a sea of musical mediocrity. She tears into her single “Friendzone”, a track from her EP, “The Path”, with so much intensity and depth that I was amazed. Her sound is both mature and yet refreshingly modern – ahead of her time in my opinion. Her theme […]

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Singer-songwriter J. Sariah is so refreshingly unique in a sea of musical mediocrity. She tears into her single “Friendzone”, a track from her EP, “The Path”, with so much intensity and depth that I was amazed. Her sound is both mature and yet refreshingly modern – ahead of her time in my opinion. Her theme is timeless, delivered with a fresh approach. Far, far better than many of her contemporaries. Even the heavily promoted ones we can never seem to escape (who shall remain nameless). I dare BET to let her perform, just bring in some new blood for a change and everyone will see what those of us have already come to know for ourselves. Honestly, in my opinion J. Sariah will blow many away with her talent, intensity and unique delivery.

Sariah who comes from a musical family of music producers, began writing songs in middle school as a way of escaping stressful times. After graduating from California University of Pennsylvania in 2017, she was expected to immediately enter the pro tennis circuit but music took her in a different direction…and directly to her five-song debut EP – “The Path”, which produced/engineered by Houston duo 3Bubble & J. Gray of LFTP, and is set to drop in April 2018.

This will be followed by a full-length album “The Journey”, coming later in the year. From this point forward, her success will be more or less in her own hands, as J. Sariah operates in the lane she has chosen for herself.

Here’s a harsh reality for you to consider: talent doesn’t always guarantee a good record. Thankfully, that’s not the case for J. Sariah. She not only possesses one of the great voices in the underground game right now but, her new release, is a template for creating a rock-solid debut. R&B and Soul have had a rough run over the past few years, with the exception of a couple of outliers.

Thankfully, “FriendZone” captures an upbeat, forward-looking and optimistic artist presenting a well sung, and well thought out production. The single finds J. Sariah examining the excitement of meeting a new person and the drama that sometimes surrounds that introduction.

You’ll love this woman’s voice, so melodic, unique, and sensual. She can turn in displays of sultry lows and alpine highs. Showing an artist who is clearly comfortable in her artistic skin. She sounds ready to do something different, to take creativity and career into her own hands. She’s bringing passion and truth to her music. And on “FriendZone” it’s vibrant, lively, and full of emotion, illuminating her girl power and strength.

She is a young woman of many facets, different and unique. We encourage you to give “FriendZone” a spin; you won’t be disappointed. Georgia’s Jasi Witherspoon, better known as J. Sariah showcases on this song that she can be a dominating talent.

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VerseBorn: “Safe” grabs the listener’s attention bar-for-bar http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/verseborn-safe-grabs-the-listeners-attention-bar-for-bar http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/verseborn-safe-grabs-the-listeners-attention-bar-for-bar#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:34:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31875 Californian artist VerseBorn, co-founder of the KonQuest Now project, has written and produced for many popular artists associated with major record labels including Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, E-One Music, Interscope and more. It goes without saying then, that the prolific creative is amassing a worldwide following with each subsequent release. The latest being […]

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Californian artist VerseBorn, co-founder of the KonQuest Now project, has written and produced for many popular artists associated with major record labels including Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, E-One Music, Interscope and more. It goes without saying then, that the prolific creative is amassing a worldwide following with each subsequent release. The latest being his self-produced single “Safe”. From the moment the tracks opens, a sense of epic importance resonates from VerseBorn’s voice. His delivery has never been frail, but the booming melodic bark of his declarations feel more astounding on this project. The chemistry is natural and the delivery is refined. The single toes the line between classic and contemporary hip-hop. It captures the emotion of now, while still pushing for the permanence of an underground hip-hop classic.

The beat is sonically perfect, pitching dark suspense, and inspirational insight. VerseBorn controls the vocal strength of his delivery, not losing focus and grabbing the listener’s attention bar-for-bar. He paves his way to the song’s defining moments while keeping versatility in his lyric structure and tone.

“Safe” doesn’t contain a single dull moment and holds the listener accountable to embrace it, guiding them along with the emotional narrative. If an established artist would put half this energy and creativity into their music, we wouldn’t have to hear about how broken the industry still is.

VerseBorn starts with tenacity from the get-go. The melodic delivery, the professional wordplay, the polished vocabulary sprinkled with deep introspective analysis. In fact, what makes “Safe” such an outstanding project overall is how easily you can personally connect with the story and message behind the track.

VerseBorn is having doubts, asking questions, and making statements that we ourselves are driven to make from time to time, as he sings “Before I open my arms to you. You’ve got to make me feel more comfortable.”

Listening to “Safe”, it becomes increasingly clear that VerseBorn’s comprehension of music paired with his lyrical brilliance far surpasses what most fans had already presumed. His stylistic singularity as a hip-hop artist, his refusal to compromise on his goals, his authenticity as both a rapper and producer, as well as his ongoing maturity, is all done without even a hint of self-righteousness.

“Safe” isn’t his first good project, and it most certainly won’t be his last. VerseBorn is on a mission and won’t be denied. He is an artist that relies on determination and inspiration, over and above his talent. To listen to him is to hear somebody who is trying to reach out to the people.

OFFICIAL LINKS: PANDORAITUNESSPOTIFYINSTAGRAM

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Hefe Heetroc: “The Julie Project” – a revitalization of the game http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hefe-heetroc-the-julie-project-a-revitalization-of-the-game http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hefe-heetroc-the-julie-project-a-revitalization-of-the-game#respond Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:13:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31850 Justin Bacik aka Hefe Heetroc aka Wez Nilez aka 27 SAVAGE was born in Rochester, NY. Hefe Heetroc has been in the underground hip hop game for a long time under various guises. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s because he remains within his boundaries. He produces, raps and does basically everything related to […]

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Justin Bacik aka Hefe Heetroc aka Wez Nilez aka 27 SAVAGE was born in Rochester, NY. Hefe Heetroc has been in the underground hip hop game for a long time under various guises. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s because he remains within his boundaries. He produces, raps and does basically everything related to his single, EP, album, and now mixtape releases. He is constantly roaming the underground telling tales, searching for the perfect beat, and much more. His latest release “The Julie Project ” does stray far away from his homegrown recipe and moves him out from the shadows to another road. Each song contains fragments of gritty hip hop, one of a kind beats and back-flipping vocals.  But the mixtape is most powerful in its circumscribed accessibility. It is a true sign that Hefe Heetroc needs to be heard. The only thing is that you must travel within his mindset to fully understand what he is telling you. To do that you need to know how the mixtape came about. Who better than Heetroc himself can elaborate the “The Julie Project” concept?

“This mixtape was an exercise in experimentation, my business partner of my studio ‘Whyte Wulf Studios’ made an off handed comment, that I should record a trap album under the moniker 27 SAVAGE,” explains Heetroc. The album made an impact on both the local and regional charts on Reverbnation, which persuaded Hefe to further develop the project.

“The lyrics for this project were a collection of material written in Los Angeles & New Mexico, respectively,” continues Heetroc. “Some of it written in hotels with seedy females, some in a shit hole of a slumlord styled room in the seedier parts of LA. This really was the perfect opportunity to try and test out a new sound.”

Hefe Heetroc calls the genre he is doing on the mixtape -“Alien Emo Trap”. The recording consists of remixes to original beats he created himself. It is a good introduction to Heetroc’s complex personality. His lyrics are both diverse, intriguing and cryptic and his self-produced beats are the perfect evidence that he spends a lot of time twisting them.

It’s pure love for an art form that has been growing steadily in the last few years. The state of hip-hop the general public know of is pretty terrible. It’s lost the substance and originality that it thrived off of in the earlier days, which is why people are thankful for the underground.

Hefe Heetroc falls perfectly into this latter group, because the title alone oozes imagery, the instruments matter just as much as the lyrics, plus I don’t know any other rappers this left-field. Hell, just look at the album artwork you wouldn’t guess he could have belonged in this genre, never mind excel in it.

Lyrically, a lot of the songs sound like Heetroc is free styling on the spot, giving the tracks an immediacy. Another interesting thing about these songs is that if you listen to them, they sound like hip hop, but if you just read the lyrics they could belong to rock, punk or any other genre for that matter.

Heetroc delves in the depths of experimental music with his newest release and assembles a mixture of strange, quirky, and uncomfortable songs that will challenge the listener.  One thing is evident when it comes to Heetroc and his prosperous underground career; the man has truly grown up through his music and performances.

Some of this verification is extremely obvious on the exterior; his voice has gone from intense cadences to nuanced pulsated tempos. But this maturing, inside Hefe Heetroc’s mind, body and soul, has made a truly diverse sound in the world of hip-hop today.

“The Julie Project” is an avant-garde release for Heetroc but with this motion forward in his music, Hefe has dug deep to surpass some of his previous work and efforts. With even better storytelling and caustic observation, the 10 tracks on this mixtape is a true depiction of the artist’s approach and passion to hip-hop and commitment to its progression.

Looking at each track hardly makes sense, because what Hefe has done is not your regular album or mixtape, but a revitalization of the game and its culture into something beyond the realm of its borders.

He has created a fresh and innovative record full of transitioned production and picturesque lyricism with plenty of recurring and repetitive motifs that will boggle your brain. It’s distinctive, diverse, consistent, and feels oddly timeless in its weirdness. And that is Hefe Heetroc’s true gift in today’s underachieved world of hip-hop.

Essential listening: “The Awakening”, “Unstoppable”, “It’s A Lie”, “Feelin The Vibe”

OFFICIAL LINKS

Social Media:
www.hefe-h33troc.bandcamp.com

www.instagram.com/hefe_h33troc

www.twitter.com/HEFE_H33TROC

www.soundcloud.com/weznilez

Links To Music:
www.bit.ly/Spotify-Hefe-Heetroc

www.bit.ly/YouTube-Playlist-Hefe-Heetroc

www.bit.ly/The-Shadow-Cabal-of-the-8-Oligarchs

http://bit.ly/Spotify-Hefe-The-Awakening

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The Silver Bayonets: “BRAVEFACE” isn’t just something to listen to; it’s something to experience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-silver-bayonets-braveface-isnt-just-something-to-listen-to-its-something-to-experience http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-silver-bayonets-braveface-isnt-just-something-to-listen-to-its-something-to-experience#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:09:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31821 Listening to the brand new album “BRAVEFACE”– which is set to release the 13th of April 2018 – by The Silver Bayonets is like climbing up and own a series of steep hills. The flow, the trip, the atmosphere, the anticipation, gives the album a fantastic undulating mood all its own. The music is more […]

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Listening to the brand new album “BRAVEFACE”– which is set to release the 13th of April 2018 – by The Silver Bayonets is like climbing up and own a series of steep hills. The flow, the trip, the atmosphere, the anticipation, gives the album a fantastic undulating mood all its own. The music is more than badass guitar riffs and pounding drums; it has a feel and life unique to itself. And that is what makes the album spectacular. Like most of the band’s music, “BRAVEFACE” isn’t just something to listen to; it’s something to experience. Hype aside, this album really does lack any significant flaw. The songs are all well written, well arranged, and the track order as a whole is well laid out. Dave Draper (The Wildhearts, The Professionals, Kerbdog), the album’s producer, couldn’t be a better match for the band. The guitars, drums, bass and vocals all sound great. Those things being said, “BRAVEFACE” is an incredible album full of great music, feel, and groove which is infused by its players – Kabir Sheikh (Guitar & Vocals), Ross Guy (Bass & Vocals) and Enzo Cuticchia (Drums & Vocals).

Album artwork by Kevin McHugh

“Real Like You” starts the journey. The incredibly high-quality guitar-driven music beats all the garbage on the airwaves today. Though it will probably receive little mainstream recognition, this is a mind-blowing alternative and melodic piece that sets a new standard for the genre. Or rather, takes us back to the classic standards set by the legendaries of the genre.

Track two, “Storms Inside” will absolutely blow you away as you get dragged into an almost punk rock behemoth. Four minutes of phenomenal drive, hard-nosed riffs and an incendiary guitar solo that is stunning to listen to. As The Silver Bayonets jump into the forward momentum rock of “Time Machines”, you realize that every song on “BRAVEFACE” has its own style, flavor, and sound.

Yet at the same time, the album has a cohesive feeling to it, which makes it more enjoyable to listen to start to finish instead of track by track. This is due in part to the fantastic Adrenalin pacing of the album, which switches from heavy and extreme to catchy and rocking, almost on a track by track basis. As the album changes, so too does the accompanying vocal style, which range from soaring harmonies to high pitched croons and back again without a hitch.

It’s a good thing too, because the vocals are often what seems to be driving the album forward, pushing towards the next big climax. This sort of sustained momentum – which only takes a brief break in the first half of “Inside The Jar” – is a rare find, and what’s more, it’s done brilliantly. A tall order for a band that’s only released a pair of albums thus far.

Photo by Tina Sheikh

The members of The Silver Bayonets are no slouches when it comes to their given instruments. Listen to how they drive the power behind “World Slow Down”, or execute the fantastic nuanced arrangements of the album’s two standout tracks, “Sour” and “How We Heal”. But for all the band’s performing skills, this isn’t why “BRAVEFACE” is such a strong album. No, this is due to the bands incredible song writing prowess.

Full of fresh intensity. There are moments that challenge you to wrap your head around exactly what’s going on, and equally numerous times that you’ll be swept away by anthemic choruses. Much of the album plays as if there’s a ton of energy waiting to be released, which then bursts forth in a moment of bliss. This is pretty evident on “Fake” and “Suffocating Me”, another one of the album’s extreme standouts.

The album ends on an upbeat and melodic note with “Domino”. Despite the turbulent energy and untamed song structures, “BRAVEFACE” has a knack for inviting successive listens without becoming overbearing. That inspiration is definitely on display everywhere here, as the ingenious moments throughout the album’s playtime unravel with determination. With this album, The Silver Bayonets has shown not only talent and vision, but the patience to let those qualities bring it to the fore of alternative rock, where the band is proving it belongs.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – YOUTUBE – BANDCAMP

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Weston Simonis: “Party Life!” – a musical hay-maker to the head! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/weston-simonis-party-life-a-musical-hay-maker-to-the-head http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/weston-simonis-party-life-a-musical-hay-maker-to-the-head#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:46:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31813 Award-winning singer-songwriter Weston Simonis, an active wildland firefighter and Kajukenbo black belt, has just about done it all. He has played to sold-out crowds in his home town of La Grande, Oregon, and has performed at the Vans Warp Tour in Boise, Idaho. He won the International Publisher Awards for Music Best Indie Alternative Rock […]

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Weston Simonis, an active wildland firefighter and Kajukenbo black belt, has just about done it all. He has played to sold-out crowds in his home town of La Grande, Oregon, and has performed at the Vans Warp Tour in Boise, Idaho. He won the International Publisher Awards for Music Best Indie Alternative Rock Album 2016 with his album “MOMENTS OF INTOXICATION”, and was the Power 91 Artist of the Month for September 2017. During the same year Simonis had his music licensed via Songtradr, K-Digital Asia Sync and Media Net. Last but not least, Weston is a founder of Team Musician, helping artists around the world to collaborate musically and in the realm of the music business. Weston Simonis also has his own record label – Audio Star Productions – which he launched back in 2010.

Party Life! Mug

Weston Simonis has now dropped his brand new latest single, “Party Life!”. Simonis truly knows how to utilize heavy rock guitars and pop influences over thick, fiery lyrics coming at the ears of a multitude of listeners. “Party Life” again, has that incendiary delivery of a musical hay-maker to the head.

While he is able to combine the efforts of rap and rock, he paints a picture of his grind as well, as infusing the track with his usual tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo. Simonis shows a variety of emotions with an incredible performance, proving that he can rap as well as sing his trademark dirty rhymes.

Weston Simonis has been practicing a certain form of dogged determination and sustained patience for his chance at the limelight. And in so doing has extended his repertoire considerably over the years, incorporating a more urban groove while still carrying a heavy pop-rock grunt.

He is able to deliver a blend of styles from the in-your-face hard-partying rocker who loves to chase women, and just have a flat out good time. And then you also get the Simonis, full of soul, a surprising element of humility, and lyrics dripping with an appreciation for love and life. And because of that eclectic approach, one that’s clearly evolved over time, I’ll always be fan.

A scene from Moments of Intoxication

More often than not he surprises you, as you never know which version of Weston Simonis you’ll get on each subsequent record release. The only things you can be dead certain of, is that each song is well-thought out, both lyrically and musically, and that it will never be just another banal track.

Simonis always manages to infuse some form of extravagance into his tunes to make sure it has that ‘wow’ factor. “Party Life!” is just another example of that fact. Press play and you’ll be surprised how Weston sings the melody, and rhymes, over a busy electric guitar solo and a strumming acoustic six string. Sound improbable? Check it out!

A note of interest for dedicated fans, is that Weston Simonis has been shooting footage for the music video of “Moments of Intoxication” in California. So that’s something to look out for.

A scene from Moments of Intoxication

MORE ABOUT WESTON SIMONIS: A native of the Grande Ronde Valley, Weston Simonis has been on the local music scene for many years. Simonis has been the front-man for several bands over the years, including Drive By, Hopeless Endeavor and The October Sky.

As front-man for the band Metal Under the Influence, Simonis and his band mates won the ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest then went on to participate in the Warp Tour, playing at both Boise State University and Eastern Oregon University.

After high school, Simonis went on to study at Full Sail University in Florida, known for being one of the best multimedia institutes in the nation. Working with music producer Michael (Wolf) Reaves (Metallica, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake), Simonis gained the skills needed to open his own recording studio in La Grande.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – SOUNDCLOUD – REVERBNATION – ITUNES – AMAZON – GOOGLE PLAY

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Steadfast in her developing stages Meelow already has a good thing going! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/steadfast-in-her-developing-stages-meelow-already-has-a-good-thing-going http://jamsphere.com/reviews/steadfast-in-her-developing-stages-meelow-already-has-a-good-thing-going#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:58:11 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31799 Teen songwriter, actress and musician, Lily Garret, better known by her stage name Meelow, draws inspiration from a wide range of artists, such as Queen and Heart, as well as Christina Aguilera, Halsey, and Adele. She’s performed at several festivals and charity events including The Chisholm Trail Art Walk, and the United Way Follies where […]

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Teen songwriter, actress and musician, Lily Garret, better known by her stage name Meelow, draws inspiration from a wide range of artists, such as Queen and Heart, as well as Christina Aguilera, Halsey, and Adele. She’s performed at several festivals and charity events including The Chisholm Trail Art Walk, and the United Way Follies where she was chosen as fan favorite, and she also performed the National Anthem at the PRCA Rodeo in Duncan, Oklahoma. Something she will be repeating for the OKC Dodgers soon. Meelow has been doing covers and releasing original music via Soundcloud, Reverbnation and YouTube for some time now as she continues to grow her craft. She has the voice that represents the youth, which she blends with haunting performances and chilling beats.

Her music is pop on a more subtle level, it doesn’t carry the burden of being written and structured to pander to the masses, instead it endears itself with grounded honesty. Like her first introductory original song “Humans”.

Meelow’s vocals come off as forthright and in control, with an underground kind of crossover Pop-EDM sound; this track is simple in its structure, but at the same time there is a layered and smooth production going on and you can connect with both the music and the lyrics.

Just by listening to “Humans” you can understand why the song should be taking her places, the steady-paced verses are complimented by a rolling rhythm, followed by an atmospheric chorus with a more dominant synth-flavored beat.

“Summer Song” is just as exciting, dramatic soundscapes are created through the instrumentation, along with the hard-hitting drums, it’s a perfect storm, where there are fractional pauses that allow you to take the moment in as the pre-chorus warms you up for a wall of powerful vocals from Meelow in the chorus. This is indie alt-pop at its finest.

Meelow also delights on “Finally Free”, showing that her tracks don’t sound too similar and each present a different atmosphere and dynamic; the young singer’s voice is perfect for what she’s trying to achieve sonically on this piano driven ballad.

She could easily get away with doing so much more with her voice, and that’s why her next release will be highly anticipated. Another aspect you have to admire is Meelow’s candid and sincere attitude when it comes to writing and performing, her aim is obviously to be as genuine and honest as possible.

Steadfast in her developing stages Meelow already has a good thing going, and she’ll only get better as her craft and career progresses. Meelow’s music is a tantalizing blend of raw, lyrical poetry, compelling vocals, and sturdy beats.

OFFICIAL LINKS: REVERBNATIONSOUNDCLOUDTWITTERFACEBOOKINSTAGRAMTUMBLR

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AKA Louis: “POEMes CRISToLIENS #2: Wall Painting (A Tribute to Graffiti)” – sense of quest! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/aka-louis-poemes-cristoliens-2-wall-painting-tribute-graffiti-sense-quest http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/aka-louis-poemes-cristoliens-2-wall-painting-tribute-graffiti-sense-quest#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:59:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31709 “POEMes CRISToLIENS #2: Wall Painting (A Tribute to Graffiti)” is another Musical Poem by AKA Louis, the 2nd of the CRiSToLIAN POEMs series. After ‘Creteil, the City of Dawn’, AKA Louis pays tribute to the graffiti’s and tags that decorate the walls of his city, the capital and the surrounding areas. Just like CRiSToLIAN POEMs […]

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“POEMes CRISToLIENS #2: Wall Painting (A Tribute to Graffiti)” is another Musical Poem by AKA Louis, the 2nd of the CRiSToLIAN POEMs series. After ‘Creteil, the City of Dawn’, AKA Louis pays tribute to the graffiti’s and tags that decorate the walls of his city, the capital and the surrounding areas. Just like CRiSToLIAN POEMs #1, “Wall Painting” is also a poetic movie you can watch on YouTube.

Once again, the master of French underground ambient music has woven his web of intricate patterns, deep resonant bass and subtle counterpoints to create an amazing sonic journey, capturing images in the City of Creteil, where he lives, and in different Districts of Paris, the French Capital, where the urban creative culture nurtures itself.

The ambience of the music of Han Sino, the AKA Louis alter ego, belies the `background sound’ aspect of the term – this is music that can be experienced on many levels. As with all of his releases, the music on this 2-track project is transporting and evocative – it’s anything but aural wallpaper.

Sino’s spirit infuses all of his works with a sincerity and sense of quest that many of his peers seem to lack or even eschew – there is emotion here that reaches down to the depths of the mind – as opposed to the brain – and there is a difference – in such a way as to resonate in the well of the listener’s very soul.

The tracks on this project flow gently, but with an unmistakable power. Each composition has a mood of its own, but the transition from mood to mood is never jarring or inappropriate – there is a path that exists in the music, as there is one within us from thought to thought and from one level of consciousness to another.

It is when the barriers between these levels are broken down, and they can interact, that Han Sino’s music is an aural parallel of the visions of his city, as well as the matching poetry by AKA Louis which reads: “Contemplate this mural painting on the walls of contempt…It is a mutiny of whispers, banned, already…Contemplate this painting on the walls… Contemplate…! These few drops of colors as Tag(s)…”

“POEMes CRISToLIENS #2: Wall Painting (A Tribute to Graffiti)” is truly among the crème de la crème of AKA Louis and Han Sino’s work, which is part of an astonishing series of recordings.

Just as you think you have reached the edge of where you can go in your sonic voyaging, a tonal shift will occur and carry you into a delicious and heartfelt beautiful space of unparalleled hope. These recordings are both initiatory, and a veritable soul-retrieval in this time of widespread soul loss. In essence, this is a healing sound and not just a journey of discovery.

If this is your first exposure to the audiovisual endeavors of AKA Louis and Han Sino, prepare yourself for a stirring ride – a series of memorable visit to a multi-textured mosaic of images, words, and music. These recordings are not mere tunes or songs, but rather dwelling places of sentient and divine energy.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Twitter
https://twitter.com/AKALouisPoete
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/akalouisecrivain/
YouTube Channel :
AKA Louis/Poète x Illustrateur
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8TaepONiFSymcoiOVxCskA
Tumblr
http://akalouisecrivain.tumblr.com/
Myspace
https://myspace.com/aka.louis.ecrivain
Bandcamp
https://akalouis.bandcamp.com/releases

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“Show Her Off” (Prod by Cobannah White) is a perfect introduction to the dichotomy of Pharaoh Lum http://jamsphere.com/news/show-off-prod-cobannah-white-perfect-introduction-dichotomy-pharaoh-lum http://jamsphere.com/news/show-off-prod-cobannah-white-perfect-introduction-dichotomy-pharaoh-lum#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:36:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31696 A founding member of the music collective Tribe Eternal Music Group, Pharaoh Lum is an independent HipHop artist from the Eastside of Pittsburgh PA. Over his short career in music he has shared the stage with the likes of Kevin Gates, Chevy Wood, Freeway, Bubba Sparxx, Das Rascist, as well as a slew of other […]

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A founding member of the music collective Tribe Eternal Music Group, Pharaoh Lum is an independent HipHop artist from the Eastside of Pittsburgh PA. Over his short career in music he has shared the stage with the likes of Kevin Gates, Chevy Wood, Freeway, Bubba Sparxx, Das Rascist, as well as a slew of other national touring acts along with forming positive business relationships with Reebok, BET, Clique Vodka, and many more major brands. Pharoah has recently dropped his latest track, entitled “Show Her Off” (Prod by Cobannah White). And though this is a slow-burner with a minimal beat, Pharaoh Lum handles everything more or less awesomely, routinely delivering a standout-yet-natural hook and maintaining confidence and energy throughout. He’s a talent.

Sharing the stage with the aforementioned artists would certainly have brought Pharoah critical recognition and more widespread publicity. He is however still in the unique spot of proving himself to a much larger audience, and his latest effort should go a long way in solidifying his status in the underground rap game.

“Show Her Off” (Prod by Cobannah White) is a perfect introduction to the dichotomy of Pharaoh Lum. While his style is very conducive to today’s popular rap flavors, he has a completely different notion and attitude towards chasing those particular type of hit styles.

“Show Her Off” (Prod by Cobannah White) makes it easy for listeners to take what they want from Pharoah. Two things that are everywhere in his music, is the tone of his elastic voice, and the stories he wants you to know. And to fill out these stories, he’s constantly thinking about the roles certain people play in his life.

This time around the song is: “dedicated to my queens that uplift everyone around them”, explains Pharoah himself. His acute sense of double entendre wordplay combined with his endless detail suggest his ceiling for lyrical smartness is high.

Throughout the track, Pharaoh Lum shows the versatility that most upcoming artists are striving for. He mixes a sense of vulnerability yet playfulness, and uses an original set of tools to combine and weave his thoughts together into this track. Another great thing is that you don’t have to go and google Pharoah’s lyrics as there is no garbled verses here – this is a plus point.

His focus isn’t on spitting out rhymes as fast as possible, but it’s translating his stories and emotions across. For better or worse, the best way for an artist to directly connect with their fan-base is to make music that is a true representation of their character and lifestyle.

For now it seems that Pharaoh Lum doesn’t rely on anything besides representing his strengths and his flaws as honestly as possible. That makes him one of a rare breed.

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Steven Romero: “Bad Idea” carries the load of a potential career http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/steven-romero-bad-idea-carries-load-potential-career http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/steven-romero-bad-idea-carries-load-potential-career#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2018 19:33:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31678 Steven Romero who released his debut single “Bad Idea” on March 2nd, is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. Influenced by pop legends like Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and George Michael, Steven who has collaborated with accredited hit songwriters such as Neon Hitch, Tiffany Fred and Candy Shields, started his music career as a teenager and […]

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Steven Romero who released his debut single “Bad Idea” on March 2nd, is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. Influenced by pop legends like Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and George Michael, Steven who has collaborated with accredited hit songwriters such as Neon Hitch, Tiffany Fred and Candy Shields, started his music career as a teenager and has continued honing his talent ever since.

It’s never easy for young artists to appeal to fans beyond their own age group, but Steven Romero has put together a solid debut. His vocal tone is clear and distinct, and the song is packed with hooks and heart, but the artist knows he faces a challenge ahead of him to convince a broader audience, but “Bad Idea” is a sturdy enough foundation to ensure he doesn’t disappear any time soon.

Instead of banking on a gimmick to carry the load of a potential career Steven Romero, who has teen idol looks and an apparent unblemished reputation, diligently gets on with the job of singing sublimely, and building a fan-base on his God-given talent.

Steven brings more maturity and gentlemanliness to the table than many of his contemporaries or peers, and he seems to do so with an impressive love anthem in the cleverly-penned “Bad Idea”.

His soulful pop may initially play primarily to tweens and teens, but there is no doubt that his clean and pure interpretation will also find traction in adult contemporary circles, giving Steven Romero both the screaming young fan and the office executive demographics.

For a debut release “Bad Idea” has the right amount of intimacy and introductory cleverness that will help him gain a solid fan base and transform as an artist. The production has not tried to overcompensate with his sound, leaving Steven plenty of room to move his supple vocal cords around.

At the same time this love jam perfectly complements Steven Romero’s vocals and embraces his age and personality in a way that I think sits comfortably with the artistic persona he is currently projecting.

Steven and his crew know that with the right amount of time, mentoring and experience he will be a force to be reckoned with in the business. Romero gives off a great amount of energy and enthusiasm through his music and I feel like that will rub off on people when they listen to “Bad Idea”.

Steven Romero is a talent on the rise. Only time will tell how high he will rise, but this track seems to be the first step in the right direction for the new kid on the block.

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Marshall Love: “IND OF TRUE” – an earnestness that speaks directly from his big heart http://jamsphere.com/reviews/marshall-love-ind-true-earnestness-speaks-directly-big-heart http://jamsphere.com/reviews/marshall-love-ind-true-earnestness-speaks-directly-big-heart#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:45:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31665 Charles Lovett, or as he is known on stage, Marshall Love, is a 30 year old rapper from North Manchester, IN. And like most serious rappers he has a story which pinpointed his journey towards his craft. It wasn’t a journey of street life, drugs, violence and prison. Instead it was one of friendship, dreams […]

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Charles Lovett, or as he is known on stage, Marshall Love, is a 30 year old rapper from North Manchester, IN. And like most serious rappers he has a story which pinpointed his journey towards his craft. It wasn’t a journey of street life, drugs, violence and prison. Instead it was one of friendship, dreams and compassion. The dream to pursue a comic book project with a close friend, wherein the central character, Sheriff Love, would patrol a post-apocalyptic world. The objective of his mission being the voice of reason in an age where rational thought had fallen extinct, and a return to animalistic instinct ran rampant.

In 2012 Lovett’s close friend passed away, and he took it upon himself, after reading an old Facebook message, to honor the project with his own personal version. Charles decided to embody the persona of their comic book hero, and with a tweak to the character’s name, became Marshall Love, a creative outlet for his love for Hip-hop and R&B.

“The EP ‘IND OF TRUE’, came together very quickly from a writing standpoint,” says Marshall Love, “but perfecting it took quite a long time.” As a long haul truck driver, from October 2015 to October 2017, with a mic, a DAW and his laptop Love managed to work on his develop and finally complete his 7 track project which has now been made available to the public in 2018.

While Marshall Love’s sound resides in the middle of R&B nostalgia and future hip-hop, his lyric sheet can only come from a writer who’s in the present, and looking in both directions.

More than partying and bullshit, Marshall fills his journals with stories of friendship, intense relationships, and personal introspection. His stories are capable of unifying thousands of people who feel misunderstood in a world where parental, cultural, and emotional influences could often be overwhelming.

Marshall Love’s calling card is that he spins simple poetry, sitting on rhyme schemes as comfortable as his smooth production. And what he avoids in complexity as a writer, he makes up for with an earnestness that speaks directly from his big heart.

His words throughout the EP sum up just how much, love, keeps his world in place. His verses make sense both as emotional drafts as well as complete thoughts, it’s a raw expression fit for a perceptive artist of his kind.

Marshall quickly captures attention on tracks like “Going Back” and “IND OF TRUE”, but his lyrical seduction never wears out throughout the set. As his pool of emotions push on through the smooth vibes of “Whisper” and “Make It Right”.

It becomes more apparent he has plenty of depth in perspective, to flesh these songs out into stronger confessionals, as you hit play on “Friend”. Marshall Love knows how to fully focus on specifics as a writer, as well as a performer, his voice meandering and lilting when he’s overcome by bliss or a crushing sadness.

Marshall also knows how to share his space with features on, “Part of Nature” featuring Brooke, and “Indiana Summer” featuring LL. By the time the final bar closes on the “IND OF TRUE” EP, you’ll be sure to know that Marshall Love has done more than enough to impress.

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J-Hen: “Gypsy Girl” Possesses a feel that is sure to identify with today’s fans http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-hen-gypsy-girl-possesses-feel-sure-identify-todays-fans http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-hen-gypsy-girl-possesses-feel-sure-identify-todays-fans#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 02:17:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31642 Self-taught singer, songwriter and producer, J-Hen, is an R&B/Pop Billboard recording artist from the Dallas metroplex area. He is a Grammy member and has had success on the Billboard Charts with his single, ‘Sex Instructor’, which peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/HipHop Single Sales Billboard chart in 2012. His album, ‘Envision’, peaked at #46 […]

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Self-taught singer, songwriter and producer, J-Hen, is an R&B/Pop Billboard recording artist from the Dallas metroplex area. He is a Grammy member and has had success on the Billboard Charts with his single, ‘Sex Instructor’, which peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/HipHop Single Sales Billboard chart in 2012. His album, ‘Envision’, peaked at #46 and was on the Billboard chart in 2014. While his latest album, ‘On To The Next’, peaked at #8 and was on the Billboard chart in 2017. Now J-Hen bounces right back in 2018 with another potential chart breaker in the shape of his banging new single, “Gypsy Girl”.

Contemporary R&B is not at one of its strong points currently. I usually turn off the radio when I hear what some of these guys are dishing out. Sure, there’ll be a good tune once in a while, but for the most part the genre in the mainstream is stale.

Sometimes a guy will come in and seal up the genre with a massive song, and make it virtually impossible for anyone else to get any attention. J-Hen plans to be one of those type of guys with his latest single, produced by Christopher Billik aka OZ. The production is slick and strong throughout, so expect something top level.

I decided to take a listen. What I found was a tightly produced, well performed song that had some of the best hooks I’ve heard in a while. The lyrical matter was pretty clever too (as was the narrative in the smartly shot video by Jeff Adair, featuring Katherine Moran as the Gypsy Girl).

And J-Hen had a way about singing it that gave the song an added sense of emotion, that some of his contemporaries probably just couldn’t do. Like most R&B projects, the track is make or break on how much you enjoy J-Hen voice. Luckily he’s way ahead of his peers, showing a great range that makes “Gypsy Girl” somewhat unique.

J-Hen has certainly crafted something strong here, as “Gypsy Girl” blew me away for a good portion of its duration, and kept me thoroughly entertained during the rest of it. This is a perfect example of a straight fire and creative club track that doesn’t exhaust the listener.

Possessing a feel that is sure to identify with today’s fans, I’d bet that staying right here in this lane, J-Hen could really forge a path for himself that is distinct from the rest of the R&B pretenders in the industry. If there is one thing that “Gypsy Girl” proves, it’s that J-Hen is far more successful taking his own risks than trying to follow what his contemporaries are doing.

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DJ Rebel & Nick Dillinger: “Live it Up” – Blending an uplifting style with a patented melodic beat http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dj-rebel-nick-dillinger-live-blending-uplifting-style-patented-melodic-beat http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dj-rebel-nick-dillinger-live-blending-uplifting-style-patented-melodic-beat#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 01:18:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31636 DJ Rebel has teamed up with his good friend Nick Dillinger to create the dance track “Live It Up”, which signals his first release for 2018. The track truly delivers on all facets. Blending a new uplifting style with a patented melodic beat, the song has a sound for all. Incorporating an incredible female vocal […]

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DJ Rebel has teamed up with his good friend Nick Dillinger to create the dance track “Live It Up”, which signals his first release for 2018. The track truly delivers on all facets. Blending a new uplifting style with a patented melodic beat, the song has a sound for all. Incorporating an incredible female vocal collaboration, “Live It Up” will leave fans anxiously waiting for even more material from the Belgium dance music genius. With his knack for blending a heart-wrenching melody and shaking bass, with a shimmering keyboard DJ Rebel’s production invokes an emotional response that few can achieve.

The echoing synth tones blended with the haunting voice is quite the pairing, giving way to a soaring, and effects filled chorus, followed by a steady breakdown. Featuring a bouncy beat, “Live It Up” offers a nice change of pace, creating an uplifting feel, injected with energy. This song moves you, and it sounds incredible on big stereo systems with powerful clean bass.

DJ Rebel and Nick Dillinger certainly know how to write a damn good dance song with a pop flavor, and “Live It Up” is a perfect example of their prowess. It’s immediately memorable, the synth chords and vocals are superbly catchy, and the transition to the absolutely euphoric chorus is stunning. The pop hooks and anthemic effects set the song apart from its inefficiently maximalist peers: here is a song which uses every element efficiently to form something wonderful.

MORE ABOUT: DJ Rebel is one of Belgium’s most qualified Dj’s/Producers. He moves between varying styles which blend Hip-Hop, Trap, R&B and EDM, as well as Bigroom and House. His skills skills in scratching and CDJ techniques makes him the pioneer on Belgian ground and way beyond.

He was the only Belgian DJ nominated for an NRJ DJ Award in France next to Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Avicii, DJ Snake, Major lazor, and many more. He holds his residencies at major festivals such as Tomorrowland, Summerfestival (BE) and Laundry Day (BE).

In 2014 DJ Rebel released his massive monster hit “Black Pearl”, which totaled more than 100.000 sales worldwide and exceeded 20 million views on YouTube. The huge success resulted in an international breakthrough with shows all over Europe. In 2016 another success followed with “Let Me Love You” by Dj Rebel & Mohombi feat. Shaggy.

Connect with DJ REBEL:

www.facebook.com/djrebelofficial

 www.instagram.com/djrebelofficial

Connect with NICK DILLINGER:

www.facebook.com/nickdillingerofficial

www.instagram.com/nick.dillinger

 

 

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Charles Luck ft. Tino Red: “Alive Or Just Breathing?” – a beautifully classic feel http://jamsphere.com/reviews/charles-luck-ft-tino-red-alive-just-breathing-beautifully-classic-feel http://jamsphere.com/reviews/charles-luck-ft-tino-red-alive-just-breathing-beautifully-classic-feel#respond Sun, 25 Feb 2018 20:15:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31627 Atlanta-based Charles Luck heads a collaborative crew of sensational singers and rappers from all over the world, called Black Astronaut, who blend hip hop and EDM along with strong classic rock, soul, R&B and pop influences in their songs. One of those collaborators is rapper, singer and producer Tino Red. Together, the two have a […]

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Atlanta-based Charles Luck heads a collaborative crew of sensational singers and rappers from all over the world, called Black Astronaut, who blend hip hop and EDM along with strong classic rock, soul, R&B and pop influences in their songs. One of those collaborators is rapper, singer and producer Tino Red. Together, the two have a musical Midas touch that is great for the soul, so thankfully, they make a triumphant return with a brand new single, entitled “Alive Or Just Breathing?” The production on the track is more sparing and judicious than any of its predecessor’s, but just as often favoring spacious atmospherics. While many a gifted singer labors under busy arrangements, Charles Luck’s, “Alive Or Just Breathing?” keeps Tino Red’s voice at the forefront; they don’t add much because not much is required.

This is a song that opens with Tino crooning over a rich and dominant piano. The chorus begs for a big musical moment, but even with swelling a lump of emotion building, it’s Tino’s soaring performance that carries the song along with its magnificent narrative.

The determined but poignant piano that weaves itself around Tino Red’s incomparable vocals on “Alive Or Just Breathing?” creates a angsty emotional state begs for your attention, while the soulful sashay offers up a beautifully classic feel, creating a track that already feels like an old-time favorite.

“Are you alive / Or just breathing? / Is the fire in you fleeing / And you find that you’re feeling / Fine with that feeling? / But know it’s not right.” Any allusions to the legendary Sam Cooke, would not seem too far out of place for this soulful performance. The music is perfect for the mood of the song. Anything more would merely overpower Tino Red’s vocals or undermine his vulnerability.

That is the gift of Tino Red: In a world of auto-tune hacks, there is something honestly refreshing about someone who can sing circles alongside the angels. Sincerity, interrogation and heartfelt confession may leave Charles Luck and Tino Red’s songs wear their hearts on their sleeves, but that is what makes them so damned intriguing and relatable.

“Alive Or Just Breathing?” is as cannily constructed as we’ve come to expect from Charles Luck, and it sounds like it could be a radio hit: The composition is sturdy, the melody instantly memorable, and the lyrics effective in breathing new life into familiar tropes.

It’s the songwriting that makes this song a richer experience than the stunning vocals already achieve. And one that reflects some of the fraught emotions at play in life. “Alive Or Just Breathing?” takes the soul, spirit, and sound Charles Luck fans have come to love to the next level. It shows the project’s growth in more ways than one. The song’s raw authenticity is a refreshing break from the contents of the current mainstream charts.

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