Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:07:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Upstates: “L.M.L.Y.N” is ready to hit music festivals this summer! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/upstates-l-m-l-y-n-is-ready-to-hit-music-festivals-this-summer http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/upstates-l-m-l-y-n-is-ready-to-hit-music-festivals-this-summer#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:44:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27873 Brooklyn New York born recording artist and producer Erik Lazarou better known by his stage name Upstates,  received major recognition from the song “Paid” ft. Tory Lanez (2017) and the single “Let it Bang” (2016). Upstates is an independent artist who released his debut studio single “Love 4 You”, on July 15, 2015. Upstates is the […]

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Brooklyn New York born recording artist and producer Erik Lazarou better known by his stage name Upstates,  received major recognition from the song “Paid” ft. Tory Lanez (2017) and the single “Let it Bang” (2016). Upstates is an independent artist who released his debut studio single “Love 4 You”, on July 15, 2015.

Upstates is the true underdog of rap and tropical house music, coming from what seems to be like nowhere he has a brand new blended track – “L.M.L.Y.N” – that is ready to hit music festivals this summer. Are you at a point in your life where you need a piece of euphoria? Do you turn your head up towards the sky and end up still further down behind the rest of the world? Well, wait no more…

Upstates will ignite a pathway of electronic juices into your soul.  This single is but a blessing to the ears, as it empathizes with your inner ‘sad feelings’ and sends them into oblivion with just the right amount of drop synth melody. You may hear a million electronically mustered songs this summer but this one won’t leave your ear.

L.M.L.Y.N” is a track that borders around the tropical house/deep house space. With mellow piano hooks, lush synth layers, catchy percussion rhythms, ambient atmospheric sounds and a dance vibe. The record is definitely euphoric and adds further depth with the unexpected rap verses which Upstates sows all over this soundscape.

The overall sound is like listening to a blend of a Kygo produced dance floor anthem featuring the pinpoint rhymes and flow of Eminem on the verses. Upstates establishes a distinct and exciting sound, which could easily be the future of electronic music and rap. Like it or not, this is going to be the sound of summer.

Most of the song contains dynamic soul stirring piano preludes and interludes, dreamy synth layers and a smooth beat structure; in short, the perfect recipe for a typical house and rap track, of which there is a real shortage on the market.

Overall, “L.M.L.Y.N” is technically on point and makes for a great listen because of its plush melodic sound, and the significant experimentation and improvisation in blending two radically diverse genres in such a homogeneous fashion.

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Marcus Christ: “I Get High On The Most High” lulls you into a dream-like state http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marcus-christ-i-get-high-on-the-most-high-lulls-you-into-a-dream-like-state http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/marcus-christ-i-get-high-on-the-most-high-lulls-you-into-a-dream-like-state#respond Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:02:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27868 After his critcally acclaimed debut album “Return of the Beast”, ex-trombone player, and MtB Entertainment artist, Marcus Christ, bounces back with a brand new stoner rap single, entitled, “I Get High On The Most High” – “Now I’m in a another squeeze, these niggas say I owe them cheese. I just need some cheese, please.” On […]

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After his critcally acclaimed debut album “Return of the Beast”, ex-trombone player, and MtB Entertainment artist, Marcus Christ, bounces back with a brand new stoner rap single, entitled, “I Get High On The Most High”“Now I’m in a another squeeze, these niggas say I owe them cheese. I just need some cheese, please.” On this new track Marcus raps about getting high yet he’s one of the more insightful rappers around.

He’s an indie rapper who raps like a street rapper, a street rapper who works with off-kilter electronic beats and uses an alternative flow. Marcus Christ can no doubt have a comfortable career if he just rapped about partying over EDM beats.

However, while being a crazy partier could certainly be a big part of Marcus persona, he balances it with examinations of the street, the hustle and the grind other issues that both drive him and hamper him. He’s a smart dude who can do dumb shit if wants to, and his music often reconciles these two parts of himself. “I Get High On The Most High” is a prime example of this musical madness.

This track may even be emotionally and psychological trying, considering the mesmerizing flow and repetitive rhymes that in some way lulls you into a dream-like state. It’s almost like a drug-fueled dose of words – “I get high on the most high. I get high on the Westside nigga.” It’s like the intense depression after abusing alcohol, ecstasy, and cocaine, the gut-wrenching depths that always follow a high.

It’s also a slow banging track that moves Marcus Christ into new territory and sees him taking musical chances. The production supplies him with a weird, low-key, deep bass driven electronic beat that gives Marcus room to go off while also challenging him.

Marcus is pushing himself on in a forward momentum with each release, tackling a variety of beats and themes, as well as challenging whatever stereotypes people have about him. He’s continuing to evolve as an artist, dealing with his subject matter in a way that is never too dour.

“I Get High On The Most High” is a party rap track, a drug rap track, an alternative rap track, and a modern rap track all rolled into one.

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ThereGoJo: “Our Song” (Prod.Realaz beatz) – ferociously smooth! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/theregojo-our-song-prod-realaz-beatz-ferociously-smooth http://jamsphere.com/reviews/theregojo-our-song-prod-realaz-beatz-ferociously-smooth#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:14:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27811 Jovan Nelson bka ThereGoJo is from northwest Indiana. He is a student of hip-hop, the kind who peppers his lyrics with nods to the greats. He is aware of the structure and pace of good rap songs and anxious to apply them to his own music. For “Our Song” (Prod.Realaz beatz), he shows that he […]

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Jovan Nelson bka ThereGoJo is from northwest Indiana. He is a student of hip-hop, the kind who peppers his lyrics with nods to the greats. He is aware of the structure and pace of good rap songs and anxious to apply them to his own music. For “Our Song” (Prod.Realaz beatz), he shows that he is great at synthesizing every-man relationship woes into terse pop nuggets. Most artists struggle with creating a reasonable message embedded within the backdrop of a radio-friendly-slash-club-viable beat, but ThereGoJo does so with finesse.

ThereGoJo doesn’t just come with his guns loaded, they are firing full blast, and it’s evident on this track. His flow is ferociously smooth; the beat is gorgeously grandiose and fiercely groovy. Grandeur is not a problem for ThereGoJo, as the production by Realaz Beatz is fantastic. But if the flow, lyrics and tone is what the listener wants to go along with the ear candy that the production brings. It’s beautiful to know, really, that it’s been achieved here.

ThereGoJo envisions himself in a broader context, as he reaches for statements of love, sex, and materialism — everything that’s simply passing. His heart is definitely there on the track, as he sounds bare, wounded and angry, reluctant to fall for the same sentimental trickery twice.  At its best “Our Song” (Prod.Realaz beatz) showcases ThereGoJo’s overall musicality, pairing his ability as a lyricist with a more broadly developed production palette.

This track is without any weak links; from the producing to the lyrical flow and meaningful content, ThereGoJo is running on all cylinders. He returns to the essence of the artistry; where unlike many of his peers and colleagues, he doesn’t sound to be in pursuit of making it big but cementing his place as a hip hop craftsman.

This track epitomizes the anger and struggle that both people in a sentimental relationship experiences in the face of temptation or failure of any sort. It features visceral lyrics outlining anecdotes of trying times. The hard-hitting wordplay is balanced out by a subtle — but ever-present — melodic female vocal, repeating the words: “I’m still in love with you.”

So often we see rappers hoisted to a level where they are immune to imperfections and blemishes, but ThereGoJo discusses them wholeheartedly, admitting to mistakes, and questioning the motives. In this, he embodies the struggle of the common man — something we can all identify with.

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Pennyroyal: “Moabi Deserts” parallels rap’s most underground outspoken breed http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pennyroyal-moabi-deserts-parallels-raps-most-underground-outspoken-breed http://jamsphere.com/reviews/pennyroyal-moabi-deserts-parallels-raps-most-underground-outspoken-breed#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 03:09:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27796 Pennyroyal born Elhadj Mohammed Alpha Diawara, is an American rapper and songwriter from Harlem, New York who is signed to the Organized Royalty Recording Label. Penny discovered a knack for words when he starting writing poetry during the summer of his 8th grade school year when he was almost killed by the police in a traffic […]

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Pennyroyal born Elhadj Mohammed Alpha Diawara, is an American rapper and songwriter from Harlem, New York who is signed to the Organized Royalty Recording Label. Penny discovered a knack for words when he starting writing poetry during the summer of his 8th grade school year when he was almost killed by the police in a traffic stop. He used his writing to come to terms with his problems which opened a new door of possibilities.  Pennyroyal is of African and Native American descent; his mother is Cherokee Indian and his father is African. Not much is known about his father due to the absence in his life but his mother is a school teacher.

In an age where everyone is champing at the bit to taste-make and classify artists and genres, it feels inappropriate to categorize Pennyroyal but referring to him as a hip-hop artist may be the face-lift the genre has long needed.

Penny is one to embrace the non-traditional, and further distinguish himself within the hip-hop community as an outlying, yet essential, entity. On his latest release “Moabi Deserts” taken from his mixtape “201(4)7”, Pennyroyal isolates himself from the confines of rap stigmas.

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The most striking and important aspect of “Moabi Deserts” is how Penny annexes awareness and thoughtfulness. Throughout, both sonic and lyrical aberration allows the track to appropriately alter its appeal without straying from the narrative. Benji Socrates’ evocative and inventive production complements Pennyroyal rhymes, alternately adding an atmospheric sound or providing social commentary — sometimes both.

Penny raps with passion and his lyrics parallel many of rap underground’s most outspoken breed. However, where artists like Immortal Technique are met with dismissal for cramming their ideals and sentiments towards society down our throats,

Pennyroyal wisely encrypts his most thought-provoking and important lyrics, making his points all the more poignant once you unravel them: “Opening vocals taking pictures like photos I put my foes in choke holds and tie em up and I feed em Rolos. Quite sadistic but I’m painting an image I reach a different state of mind when I be writing these feelings”

“Moabi Deserts” is a rare, precise musical gem that’s equally apt for car cruising in company or total isolation with headphones. Pennyroyal’s music excels because people love the message, the poetry, the daring instrumentation, the defiantly conscious lyricism that spits in the face of the establishment.

Rappers rapping about their upbringing will never end, but Pennyroyal isn’t conventional in the least: “Smoking to cope with shit. Man I got it from my papa switch the plant no cigarette carcinogens in liver, lungs or kidneys only marijuana with no fronto.”

Good tracks are often enjoyable to listeners and may breach a few best of the year lists. Great tracks inspire a generation and have a lasting impact on culture. “Moabi Deserts” is the latter.

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ADZ: “Revolutionary Suicide” has a referential nature is bold and intentional http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/adz-revolutionary-suicide-has-a-referential-nature-is-bold-and-intentional http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/adz-revolutionary-suicide-has-a-referential-nature-is-bold-and-intentional#respond Mon, 20 Mar 2017 01:01:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27792 From being an avid supporter of Black Lives Matter, to discussing the need of feminism in South Asian culture, ADZ has crafted an authentic brand of politically charged hip hop that blends cultural history with modern day struggles. The Mumbai born but South London based artist explores themes that are increasingly relevant in recent times. […]

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From being an avid supporter of Black Lives Matter, to discussing the need of feminism in South Asian culture, ADZ has crafted an authentic brand of politically charged hip hop that blends cultural history with modern day struggles. The Mumbai born but South London based artist explores themes that are increasingly relevant in recent times. ADZ’s latest track is entitled “Revolutionary Suicide”, produced by @sinhbeats. The London emcee got the jump on March Madness 2017 with a creatively unhinged and politically charged salvo likely to rival any to follow. It also doubles as a thoughtful companion piece to his previous stuff.

Punctuated with ADZ’s wit and personality “Revolutionary Suicide” can feel like the clearing of a table, rather than a feasting banquet. But in this lies its power and greatest asset: Being an independent artist and hence with the stakes low and under the radar, ADZ can air out his demons, take a confrontational view, and bask in the afterglow of his personal thoughts where no one can touch him.

It’s worth acknowledging that ADZ is in his prime and everything is implicitly charged with meaning. Maybe the only answer to systematic oppression is corporeal gratification. Maybe a mantra like “if they didn’t die, then we probably wouldn’t notice…” is too forcibly realistic to just ignore in our time, so why do we?

But it is a great message delivered with passion and an insight unequivocal from anyone else working today. It’s hard to think of another young artist who would inject so much of himself and his spirit into a project as short as this one. The track only lasts for about two minutes.

“Revolutionary Suicide” has a referential nature is bold and intentional. ADZ lyrically invites weighty comparisons to all-time greats such as Common Nas and Kendrick and does, so on a track lathered in undeniable rhythm and a universal theme.

Timing, perspective and execution separate the borrower and the biter, the generalistic and the genius. For the 2-minute duration, ADZ revels in his inspirations while simultaneously pushing artistic margins through his visceral dramatization of the age in which we live. “Revolutionary Suicide” is ambitious in its attempt to inspire a generation to change the world for the better and may be poignant enough to actually do so.

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Rych Twyn: “Fresh Kid” ft. Lil Goofy & Swain Turay – Clarity, focus and a banging beat! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rych-twyn-fresh-kid-ft-lil-goofy-swain-turay-clarity-focus-and-a-banging-beat http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rych-twyn-fresh-kid-ft-lil-goofy-swain-turay-clarity-focus-and-a-banging-beat#respond Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:26:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27749 Rych Twyn is an artist from a small Northern California town called East Palo Alto. He has recently dropped his newest single release entitled “Fresh Kid” ft. Lil Goofy & Swain Turay. If you look up the meaning of poetry one of the first definitions you’ll find is “The art of rhythmical composition, written or […]

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Rych Twyn is an artist from a small Northern California town called East Palo Alto. He has recently dropped his newest single release entitled “Fresh Kid” ft. Lil Goofy & Swain Turay. If you look up the meaning of poetry one of the first definitions you’ll find is “The art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful imaginative or elevated thoughts.” Poetry can of course, be applied to other things rather than just a piece of paper, one of these things being music.

Many people consider certain hip-hop to be poetry, and in many regards, it definitely can be. With “Fresh Kid”, the man Rych Twyn, dismisses all rules and regulations that many MC’s follow and brings that poetry to a banging track.

Rych Twyn is at the top of his game throughout the entire runtime, never slipping or showing any signs of weakness. His performance is absolutely stunning as those of the features. Everyone seems to be having a good time, while their ideas come across through the rhymes in a fluid and well thought out strategy.

In a time where many of the pioneers of Hip Hop have put their creative minds aside to pursue fame and fortune in the mass sewage pool of commercial mediocrity, the “Fresh Kid” ft. Lil Goofy & Swain Turay is here to show you that doing both is possible. You can be catchy and commercial and still make sense.

Not only does Rych Twyn bring clarity, focus, continuity and pure creativity to this track, but he makes sure it’s filled with a gut busting bass line. The track is a perfect example of majestic rhythmic flow combined with strategically intertwined melodies and a whopping banger of a beat.

The producer’s extraordinary ability to give and take in his production only enhanced this work that much further giving plenty of room for the verses without losing the tension of the rhythm. From the beginning to the end of “Fresh Kid”, Rych Twyn and Lil Goofy & Swain Turay take you on a journey, expressing their views and feel good vibes and everything between.

Their goal is to stimulate your mind, excite your body and enhance your purpose in life. Something they completely succeed in.

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Dutchy Jay: “Colombiana” is the perfect experiment! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dutchy-jay-colombiana-is-the-perfect-experiment http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dutchy-jay-colombiana-is-the-perfect-experiment#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:14:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27710 Born in South Central LA, Dutchy Jay grew up on Hip-hop and moving around. Ever since his early teenage years he has been traveling between Cali, Florida, and Vegas never settling. Dutchy has taken influences from each of his home-towns giving him a West Coast sound with alternative influences. Repping North Las Vegas, Dutchy Jay […]

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Born in South Central LA, Dutchy Jay grew up on Hip-hop and moving around. Ever since his early teenage years he has been traveling between Cali, Florida, and Vegas never settling. Dutchy has taken influences from each of his home-towns giving him a West Coast sound with alternative influences. Repping North Las Vegas, Dutchy Jay initially got his feet wet in the music industry after moving into a friend’s studio/house in “the North”. He quickly fell in love with the technical side of music before picking up a mic, thus giving him more of a creative edge on his craft.

Dutchy Jay has freshly released his 5 track EP, entitled Colombiana”. Musically, this is a surprise. Dutchy Jay has made an unlikely mix of lo-fi lean and vintage rap with a stoner signature, but at the same time this EP is expansive, inclusive and deep, with a palette that dips into psychedelic and alternative sources.

It’s the perfect experiment — a confident, well-executed one — for a format-less, niche-happy, streaming-playlist world. Dutchy raps raw on speed-shifting and internal rhyme schemes to chronicle exquisite thuggery and luxury escapism. The pick of the bunch being, “Bad Habits”, “MMXVII Ft Mac Harv” and “NARCOS Ft Caterpillar Jones”.

Even without the overt grabs for mainstream relevance, “Colombiana” isn’t short on star power sound, and Dutchy Jay has even coaxed some impressive features from his guest roster which includes Chief, Mac Harv and Caterpillar Jones. His intoxicating flow works over dark and downtrodden melodies, without ever getting depressing.

Sonically, he sought to create a unique experience and that was accomplished. The production is diverse and intricate, the many unexpected switches and transitions adds a level of flair that dispels any dullness. It’ll only take one listen to realize Dutchy has a broadened alternative soundscape.

Instead of a hyper-curated tableau of swag, Dutchy’s curatorial eye adopts a more intimate gaze, rendering his collage of disparate inspirations more like an EP made for friends than a sterile exhibition space to show off his wares to the world.

This is where his talent shines brightest: his off the cuff smoke-detector points of view are so piercing and confident it effortlessly transcends the sum of his influences, proving emphatically that you are so much more than the shit you like.

After the party, and the smoke-fueled marathon debaucheries, the most surreal part of being overly lit is inevitably the moment you have to rub your eyes and go be a real adult. From the sound of “Colombiana” Dutchy Jay can handle that!

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BAD DOG: “Anxiety” – exploring the outer limits of being wide-eyed and unhinged! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bad-dog-anxiety-exploring-the-outer-limits-of-being-wide-eyed-and-unhinged http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bad-dog-anxiety-exploring-the-outer-limits-of-being-wide-eyed-and-unhinged#respond Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:39:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27685 BAD DOG is a new alternative hip hop duo consisting of rapper DURSO the PILGRIM and producer extraordinaire, Old Eskimo. They fuse together Philadelphia alleyway drunken hobo rantings, and the gutters and sludge of depression, anxiety, cocaine addiction, and alcoholism, paired perfectly together with light humor, and some heart. This is an excellent and refreshingly […]

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BAD DOG is a new alternative hip hop duo consisting of rapper DURSO the PILGRIM and producer extraordinaire, Old Eskimo. They fuse together Philadelphia alleyway drunken hobo rantings, and the gutters and sludge of depression, anxiety, cocaine addiction, and alcoholism, paired perfectly together with light humor, and some heart. This is an excellent and refreshingly tense album that will be hailed as a masterpiece in some quarters from people who really, really want you to know that they know where it’s coming from.

Not that they shouldn’t know. Though the sounds here are quite odd there’ve been few rap albums of any era that sound so confident and so anxious at the same time. Compared to the many trap-styled records these days that try to be weird but end up sounding pretty boring, “Anxiety’s” brisk insularity — 11 tracks in just under 35 minutes, with only one going over the four-minute mark — feels not only genuinely strange, but pretty eclectic too, and eclectic isn’t something we get much of, even in experimental hip-hop.

The “Anxiety” title isn’t meant to pander to the hip-hop hipsters, it’s appropriate to the over-arching paranoia. And while the songs swarm over your head like a batch of twitching lab rodents holding industrial buzz-saws, BAD DOG still wants to party hard, rapping and rhyming, and not giving a fuck about the consequences.

While some of the music feels like straight-up nihilism, especially on “Run Rabbit”, “Anxiety”, and “Spiders” (ft. philly cab driver) isn’t as damn-it-all as transpires on the first listen: it’s filled with dread, but it’s the dread of knowing there are consequences that do have meaning.

It’s like BAD DOG broke out of the cage, and are experiencing the ‘bigger and better world’, yet can’t shake the knowledge that this same ‘bigger and better world’ is the one that fucked them up in the first place. This vision is easier grasped on revelatory tracks such as “Heightened”, “Unusual”, “Feel Good/Feel Bad” (ft. Phenomenon) and “Polka Dot”.

BAD DOG excavate the mind and soul’s deteriorating formation and detail its malignant influences, accompanied by tenebrous, psychedelic soundscapes and sonic effects.

The subject matter is mind-bending and sometimes bleak, but the album elides monotony, as Old Eskimo (who produces some absolutely monstrous cuts), constructs a rich sonic palette for DURSO the PILGRIM to manically inhabit.

It’s a compelling blend, as the dark sonics furnish the tracks with a synthetic warmth and dexterity, while the lyrics dwell obsessively in the frigid realms of the twisted and debauched. DURSO the PILGRIM’s rhyme schemes and flow blend the sharp wickedness of Eminem with the out of control rapid-fire of Tech N9ne.

Hence it comes as no surprise that the album consumed by incessant momentum, as BAD DOG explore the outer limits of being wide-eyed and unhinged!

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Michael Musco: Balls to the Walls rolls out some epic arrangements! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-musco-balls-to-the-walls-rolls-out-some-epic-arrangements http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-musco-balls-to-the-walls-rolls-out-some-epic-arrangements#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:40:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27625 Electronic producer Michael Musco returns with a brand new 12 track album. It’s a fitting creation or the ex-rock ant-hero. While most of his main-stage festival peers continue to either churn out vocal-driven, vaguely house-inflected pop, or vocal-driven, vaguely trap-inflected pop, has done neither. Vocal-driven yes, but it’s much more than pop. With the breadth and […]

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Electronic producer Michael Musco returns with a brand new 12 track album. It’s a fitting creation or the ex-rock ant-hero. While most of his main-stage festival peers continue to either churn out vocal-driven, vaguely house-inflected pop, or vocal-driven, vaguely trap-inflected pop, has done neither. Vocal-driven yes, but it’s much more than pop.

With the breadth and beauty of a rural sky, the expansive tracks on Balls to the Walls roll out some epic arrangements. Tracks ebb and flow from style to style; they end abruptly, rather than pretending to blend seamlessly. This is an album, proper, and most definitely not a mix – and it’s definitely not made just for a big-room dance floor.

There’s still plenty of four-on-the-floor numbers, but plenty of left turns and detours abound. Indeed, we do have some very unusual pieces here, like “False Flag BTW (Electro House)”, “Coming Rise BTW (Uplifting Trance)”, “Tidal Force BTW (Progressive House)” and “Big Lie BTW (Progressive House)”.

At the same time there plenty of loud anthems such as “Broken Habit BTW (Progressive House)”, “Savage Element BTW (Electro House)” and “Savage Element BTW (Electro House)”. And if you absolutely want that melodic pop vibe, you’ll find it in “That Night (Michael Musco Remix)”.

Michael Musco  has crisscrossed more electronic music genre’s in the last couple of years than most of you will probably have thought existed, and in the process sets a new standard for technical production mastery that most producers will fail to even scratch the surface of.

Where most electronic artists are currently failing in what many believe to be an extremely stale musical environment, Musco succeeds on almost every level. He has bought us an album that is not only full of club bangers but songs that rip the definition of ‘club only’ dance music to shreds.

“Balls to the Walls” is an album that breaks down a lot of barriers. A DJ who isn’t from Europe is working like a bona-fide super-producer without having to rely on cheesy pop tracks. He has managed to create an entire listenable dance record full of his own productions [a very rare occurrence], and gives the listener a lesson in genre switching to boot.

Basically, this album is brilliant, and is a must own for any dance enthusiast. Michael Musco has always held himself to higher-than-most standards when it comes to music production, and he continues to do that here.

In fact this studio album manages to convey the same levels of excitement in hearing his new material as his previous recordings did. One of the reasons is that he has spent much of his time throughout his albums trying to avoid clichéd chord progressions and remain innovative and authentic — something deserving of respect in an industry where it’s increasingly easy to become a button pusher.

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Ben Popp: “Le chant des sirens” – finely crafted and well performed! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ben-popp-le-chant-des-sirens-finely-crafted-and-well-performed http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ben-popp-le-chant-des-sirens-finely-crafted-and-well-performed#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 14:46:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27617 The French have always led the way in chill and ambient music since I first heard French avant-garde in the mid-70s. The sounds and sensibilities on “Le chant des sirens” by Veteran French singer-songwriter Ben Popp has nothing to do with those genres, having at its core a pop rock them yet the songs has […]

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The French have always led the way in chill and ambient music since I first heard French avant-garde in the mid-70s. The sounds and sensibilities on “Le chant des sirens” by Veteran French singer-songwriter Ben Popp has nothing to do with those genres, having at its core a pop rock them yet the songs has such a classy coolness you can’t help but think that those avant-garde chill have transpired through the decades to this record. So, it is immediately familiar but absolutely fresh and original. Taken as a whole, listening to this album is like taking a stroll through someone else’s dreams. The soundscapes are lush, propelled by forward by rich jangling guitars, shimmering pianos and vibrant melodies.

At times the music can even be spacey, sensual, and downright sexy. I don’t’ understand the lyrics, but watching the visuals of “Dans le vague” was pretty titillating stuff. Yet it’s all clean and classy.  The only word that I think really captures the essence of this album is “Beautiful”.

Very rarely does one come across a collection of tracks so listenable, so delectable, so pleasing, that it simply occupies and becomes a part of the space that is your media player, whatever or wherever that may be.

From beginning to end, listeners will be amazed by the richness of the vocals and instrumentals on “Le chant des sirens”. Each song is finely crafted, well performed and well produced by. The vocals are crystal clear, always on pitch and memorable, while the lyrics sound luxurious and very sexy…simply because it’s French and I don’t understand a single word.

Ben Popp could be singing about the Third World War, and I wouldn’t know because it all sounds so sensual to me.

The instrumentals alone will bring you into a whole other stratosphere. Listen to it while you commute, listen to it after dinner, listen to it with a good book, it somehow seems perfect for any situation and will never fail to stir something inside of you.

I can’t think of another pop-rock record that comes remotely close to what Ben Popp is doing here. Have you heard another whistle-along song like “Big Brother” on the charts? Or maybe a groove-driven electric-piano rhythm like on “Femme objet”, and even an acoustic piano dominated track such as “Habillé pour l’hiver”? No,  I don’t think so.

The songs are varied and complex enough that you will never get tired of it, even after dozens of listens. Because of this it works as well on headphones or in the background through speakers. Currently my favorite tracks are the title track “Le chant des sirens”, the edgy rocker “Pas un caïd” and the melodic slow burner which closes the album, “Trop vieux pour devenir adulte maintenant”.

This is the type of album to vibe to when you want music, but just don’t know which music you want to listen to at any given moment. This will satisfy that indiscriminate melodic sweet tooth just in time.

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Oxaï Roura: “Afro-Himalayan 01: GanEshou” – a sequence of harmonic and rhythmic expansion http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/oxai-roura-afro-himalayan-01-ganeshou-a-sequence-of-harmonic-and-rhythmic-expansion http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/oxai-roura-afro-himalayan-01-ganeshou-a-sequence-of-harmonic-and-rhythmic-expansion#respond Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:35:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27605 Oxaï Roura is a composer of unusual musical forms besides being a percussionist, a vocalist and a researcher in Ethnomusicology. His unique music could be described as an original blend of strange futuristic-electronic sounds, ancient mystical voices and spiritual percussions from different parts of the world. Immersed in learning the traditional ways while at the […]

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Oxaï Roura is a composer of unusual musical forms besides being a percussionist, a vocalist and a researcher in Ethnomusicology. His unique music could be described as an original blend of strange futuristic-electronic sounds, ancient mystical voices and spiritual percussions from different parts of the world. Immersed in learning the traditional ways while at the same time openly interested in varied music styles and genres, an important aspect of Oxaï Roura’s work consists in traveling the world as an ethnomusicologist (South Africa, Brasil & other parts of South America, Melanesia & Oceania…) in order to collect different kinds of endangered sonic forms. Since 2003, Oxaï has released several original albums and musical projects.

We recently caught up with one of his musical pieces, the single “Afro-Himalayan 01: GanEshou”. The track apparently relates to is the first musical piece in a brand new genre/style created by Oxaï Roura, called ‘AFROHIMALAYAN’.

Oxaï uses all of the color and intensity possible in rhythm, texture and tone to make this piece so magnetic. You hear his technique of gradually building up a rhythm by adding notes and beats through voices and percussive instrumentation – taken from African and Himalayan influences – in successive repetitions, bringing them into in a new context.

Based almost on an evolving cycle of sounds, the whole work creates a sequence of harmonic and rhythmic expansion and an explosion of that cyclic pattern. The experience of the piece is much richer than the explanation suggests.

“Afro-Himalayan 01: GanEshou” creates a labyrinthine experience for the listener. You’re locked into the mesmerizing way in which one sonic pattern morphs into another, addicted to the groove and pulse of the music at the smallest scale of what’s happening from one note or beat to the next.

At the same time, the music describes a bigger journey, as the patterns recur over the scale of the whole piece. Oxaï Roura builds up waves of density and complexity that crest at different points, creating an experiential arc that does much more than repeat a sequence of notes and rhythms.

I find “Afro-Himalayan 01: GanEshou” a compelling and even moving piece, albeit very short, And unlike our western world pop, this music eschews any hint of coy lyrical sentimentality, as its  expressive power comes from the notes and beats themselves – or rather, from the weft of pattern, melody and pulse.

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Freshbillz: CERTIFIED STREET MUSIC VOL 1 (HOSTED BY DJ EYE ) – Street Groove! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/freshbillz-certified-street-music-vol-1-hosted-by-dj-eye-street-groove http://jamsphere.com/reviews/freshbillz-certified-street-music-vol-1-hosted-by-dj-eye-street-groove#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:42:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27518 Freshbillz, the independent artist from NYC who resides in the state of Maryland, is back with another musical offering. This time, the rapper who has toured with Fat Joe and worked with Remy Ma, among others forges forward with the mixtape CERTIFIED STREET MUSIC VOL 1 (HOSTED BY DJ EYE ). Here Freshbillz blends in […]

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Freshbillz, the independent artist from NYC who resides in the state of Maryland, is back with another musical offering. This time, the rapper who has toured with Fat Joe and worked with Remy Ma, among others forges forward with the mixtape CERTIFIED STREET MUSIC VOL 1 (HOSTED BY DJ EYE ). Here Freshbillz blends in originals and some hot remixes, supported by producers – Cardo, Bes Gang, Danny on the beat, KETO, and 808 MAFIA and featured guests –  DOLLASIGN DRE, BG SUAVE, BOSS FAME, MZ SHOWSFACE.

What makes the tape such a rousing success is that Freshbillz has established a two-pronged lyrical approach that’s deadly efficient. While the lyrics are the most important and revealing insight into Freshbillz continued growth and maturity, his choice of producers and beats is equally telling.

There’s a kind of slam poetry tinge to delivery, adding to the evocative nature. As a result, Freshbillz tackles the dichotomous groove of this mixtape with some of his most forceful and raw deliveries to date.

You’ll find some curveball remixes with spacey synths and ambiance, and more complex, unexpected choices. Rather than smashing into some of these tracks head-on, Freshbillz relents slightly, matching the ethereal nature with an especially loopy and manic flow.

There is also some unorthodox and tricky arrangements: and you’ll hear drum machine rattles and sweeping string samples with more of the retro sound Freshbillz loves, there’s something especially pure about it, as if it’s not nostalgia but actually ripped right from back in ’93.

Yet again, Freshbillz stays true to his aim, sounding especially tight and focused. That even-keeled approach stands tall on this mixtape, validation of the years of wisdom and brilliant intent under his exterior.

Even though there are various features lending a hand, clearly, Freshbillz wanted to keep the spotlight on his own words, his own vision. In fact his wordplay remains integral to his approach, but here he’s more personal and purposeful than he was on his previous releases.

Structurally, the album is wide in scope. Vintage sound or not, Freshbillz won’t be one of those fleeting MCs; he possesses such skill and drive that it’s doubtful he still needs his predecessors to show him where to go next.

It’s uncanny how Freshbillz treats CERTIFIED STREET MUSIC VOL 1 (HOSTED BY DJ EYE ) like an actual time machine, as he moves forward and backward between cinematic, classic and modern-day gangsta deliveries, without stopping once to catch his breath.

His lyrical onslaught is continuous as he churns out verse after verse. Luckily I don’t have to understand Freshbillz; I’m just glad he exists. His strength isn’t in being, specifically, a retro or futuristic rapper.

We’ve already got plenty of those; The industry is overrun with legends mad at the way trend-shifts have made them obsolete, still cranking out their old-style music to diminishing returns. But Freshbillz is worth your attention because he’s just a very good rapper, a street-groomed stylist who’s got his own lane completely figured out.

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BhadWaiz: “Lucid Reasons” – very articulate wordplay! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bhadwaiz-lucid-reasons-articulate-wordplay http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bhadwaiz-lucid-reasons-articulate-wordplay#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:50:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27510 BhadWaiz new joint is wry, reflective, principled and questing. With never even an occasional propensity for self-righteousness, BhadWaiz is generally expressive and concerned, rather than hectoring and moralizing, on the single “Lucid Reasons”. Because it lunges forth from the Ohio-based underground, rapper BhadWaiz and producer Luke White aren’t particularly concerned with funkiness. Instead, White’s beat […]

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BhadWaiz new joint is wry, reflective, principled and questing. With never even an occasional propensity for self-righteousness, BhadWaiz is generally expressive and concerned, rather than hectoring and moralizing, on the single “Lucid Reasons”. Because it lunges forth from the Ohio-based underground, rapper BhadWaiz and producer Luke White aren’t particularly concerned with funkiness. Instead, White’s beat thuds and thwacks soulfully, possessing flow instead of heft, and classic horn reliability in lieu of electronic inventiveness. BhadWaiz uses the rhythm as a foundation, building rambling, baroque rhyme structures on top of them, exhibiting his observational skills.

Unlike a lot of present and future rap missionaries, BhadWaiz is full of things he wants to say. But the thing that’s so amazing about “Lucid Reasons” is that there’s an aura of spirituality, positivity, and intensity that you don’t hear much of in today’s mainstream rap, floating all around the arrangement, regardless of what BhadWaiz is actually saying at any point. It’s a track that’s truly interesting and has a meaning to it. The rhymes are intelligent, and the beat is engaging – a perfect binomial in the rap game.

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Taken as a whole, “Lucid Reasons” offers a vision of what it means to be an underground artist. It presents the notion that music-making is about dedication and practice, about practical business decisions as much as art, while also being a manner of exorcising ghosts and testifying to what’s going on in the world.

You grab a hot beat production, you write your song, you make a video and then you flog it to the world in every manner possible to you – yet all the while concentrating on delivering your message through the music. Not every artist gets all these steps just right, but BhadWaiz is attempting to lay down his blueprint for the formula.

Rhyming isn’t just about keeping your head above water, and not just about loving the sounds of the words when leaving your mouth. It’s about a compulsion to put your perspective down in music. BhadWaiz has, and is doing that, as well as anyone else right now.

“Lucid Reasons” serves as a fitting way to reintroduce BhadWaiz to an audience that has been subjected to dumbed-down lyrics and gimmicks as a way to sell records. It is a cool song that allows BhadWaiz the opportunity to showcase his very articulate wordplay.  The track’s classic atmosphere presents a haven from the loud trap rappers on the radio, and is one of the stronger independent hip-hop releases of the year so far.

MORE ABOUT: BhadWaiz is an up and coming music artist usually between Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. Focused on producing quality music, he’s determined to offer a different, yet still classical style of Hip-Hop. BhadWaiz says that his overall purpose is to provide hope.

If he had to described his city in one word, he figures it would be ‘hopeless’. Though, he’ll be the first to say that he is no hero looking to save everyone around him; he feels that he can only be the guide to prove that anything is possible when you follow your dreams with complete confidence.

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KLiZO: KapG “Girlfriend” [KLiZO Remix] – a powerhouse dubstep mix! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/klizo-kapg-girlfriend-klizo-remix-a-powerhouse-dubstep-mix http://jamsphere.com/reviews/klizo-kapg-girlfriend-klizo-remix-a-powerhouse-dubstep-mix#respond Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:57:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27498 KLiZO is the powerhouse producer of the MDK ([My Digital Kids) who just dropped the track KapG “Girlfriend” [KLiZO Remix]. Kap G is an unusual blend. On one hand, his sound — which is a raw and gritty take on the pop side of R&B and hip hop — could come across a bit of a […]

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KLiZO is the powerhouse producer of the MDK ([My Digital Kids) who just dropped the track KapG “Girlfriend” [KLiZO Remix]. Kap G is an unusual blend. On one hand, his sound — which is a raw and gritty take on the pop side of R&B and hip hop — could come across a bit of a Drake knockoff. On the other hand, that same raw and gritty hip-pop sound is incredibly endearing. Either way you choose to take it, his sound album is one that takes a step to a familiar and amazing place. Now KLiZO jumps into the remix ring to put an even more original dubstep touch to the proceedings.

One of the biggest talking points of hip hop and EDM over the last year or so has been where it’ll go to next and what the next stage of progressive evolution will be. In spite of this genre focus, it’s refreshing to be faced with KLiZO’s bold embracing of what came before.

KapG “Girlfriend” [KLiZO Remix] falls much closer into the dub-trap camp, with the kind of tight and hard-hitting bass and drum driven beat that could have come straight from a blend of Gucci Mane and Bassnectar beats. This is spliced with killer hooks and some synth lead melodies that ring of the apocalypse.

KLiZO amorphous remix takes the listener on a diverse journey through sparkling melodic, almost downtempo moments, to shimmering hype music, combining Kap G’s steady pop-pandering vocals and KLiZO’s dynamic growling musical bars into a three-minute hybrid of glorious triumph.

This is a track that should be grabbed without question. KLiZO is in a league all by himself and this remix puts him up there with some of better underground producers of our time. Consistent and creative, KLiZO’s work is mindboggling in places and it is just ridiculous how he comes up with fresh ideas, samples and effects that sound so damn good on a track you already know and love.

 KapG “Girlfriend” [KLiZO Remix] is very much a product of the times — the modern EDM and hip pop references are everywhere. KLiZO’s bass is perfect for the club dance floor and his music will no doubt get heavy rotation on dance radio stations if he pushes in that direction.

Just about anything he drops is good, but KapG “Girlfriend” [KLiZO Remix] is particularly good because nothing is overdone here.  Remixing can often lead to producers being overly extravagant in wanting to show off their skills, and it can often be a double-sided sword which ruins the original and its evolution. This is a trap that KLiZO does not fall into here.

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Truesdale: “are we really free?” [Prod.Matissmo] – carving out his own uniqueness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/truesdale-are-we-really-free-prod-matissmo-carving-out-his-own-uniqueness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/truesdale-are-we-really-free-prod-matissmo-carving-out-his-own-uniqueness#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:20:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27467 Truesdale is a Hip-Hop artist from Groveport, Ohio, a suburb southeast of Columbus. He first starting writing music at a very young age but did not realize it was his dream till around his freshman year of high school. Though he wants to be in the music industry he has not slacked in school. In […]

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Truesdale is a Hip-Hop artist from Groveport, Ohio, a suburb southeast of Columbus. He first starting writing music at a very young age but did not realize it was his dream till around his freshman year of high school. Though he wants to be in the music industry he has not slacked in school. In 2016 he competed in the Deca National competition, which also includes many countries around the world. Truesdale has dropped the single “are we really free?” [Prod.Matissmo]. Truesdale is a source of intrigue. His emotional availability and aptitude for innovation is as much an asset as his eclectic sound palette. These traits will probably solidify him as an artist with a sizable reach across various styles.

Truesdale charm will carry him quite far too. Understanding that he is prone to experimentation as a dedicated tinkerer and envelope pusher, fans will repeatedly have to make plenty of room for his crossover leanings and art school idiosyncrasies to exist in rap. The possibility of his music is as exciting as it’s endearing almost stoner affect.

are we really free?”  finds Truesdale taking a deep dive into the land of introspection to reckon with social commitment, among other things. Here he makes a song based on what he feels and not just to try and sell records or reach the masses.

He is definitely a bright young artist who is carving out his own uniqueness, considering the sound of this song, which rides on a jazz-influenced beat, loaded with a bunch of samples creating a busy soundscape for him to lay his rhymes upon.

No one sounds quite like him no one makes music like this guy – as his ‘busy’ soundscape gives you such a laid back feeling. Honestly, I didn’t expect anything this fresh from Truesdale. Personal expectations for this single were low before hearing it.

I wrote him off as just another young rapper chasing a fad, riding the electro wave to its crash. But after giving “are we really free?” [Prod.Matissmo] a solid listen and more, the music has spoken and I’ve had a change of heart: Truesdale is for real.

A truly excellent work sounds like putting a stethoscope up to the heart and mind of its creator. Anyone who has ever labored over something that personal knows the vulnerability of putting whatever it is ‘out there.’ Truesdale shows a commitment to originality by keeping the production, and his flow fresh, yet maintaining a distinct ‘vintage’ sound.

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What makes SugaKayne so captivating is the earnest, raw intensity he brings to every track http://jamsphere.com/reviews/what-makes-sugakayne-so-captivating-is-the-earnest-raw-intensity-he-brings-to-every-track http://jamsphere.com/reviews/what-makes-sugakayne-so-captivating-is-the-earnest-raw-intensity-he-brings-to-every-track#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:50:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27459 S2 Entertainment’s SugaKayne has been dropping a number of projects as he keeps his grind in a forward momentum. We recently caught with a couple of track taken from his EP and album. The quick, astute ways SugaKayne addresses issues, thoughts and experiences without the sort of overbearing, parenting attitude of more “conscious” style rappers […]

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S2 Entertainment’s SugaKayne has been dropping a number of projects as he keeps his grind in a forward momentum. We recently caught with a couple of track taken from his EP and album. The quick, astute ways SugaKayne addresses issues, thoughts and experiences without the sort of overbearing, parenting attitude of more “conscious” style rappers is clear as he makes his forays into honesty on tracks like “Who I Am” (prod by Chandler “JR” Davis), “What I Claim” (prod by R.Banks of the Graduates) and “Homicidal Recital” (prod by AmpOnTheTrack).

He powers through themes that are both confrontational and confessional in search of some kind of symbolism. The guy  has a gift with delivery, and now that it’s married to some highly affecting, dramatic subject matter he’s putting that to good use with well-crafted verses that bring to mind the sleek professionalism that made T.I.‘s King such an infectious gangsta-pop record.

What makes SugaKayne so captivating is the earnest, raw intensity he brings to every track. Whether he’s channeling his rage or sharing insight, he keeps listeners deeply engaged with his wordplay. Even when the lyrics are not all that complex,  there is something about the ferocity in his voice that demands your full attention.

You will vibe with SugaKayne even if you cannot relate to him, agree with what he is saying or even take him all that seriously. That’s a rare feat for any artist to pull off, and he does that on these tracks.

Like most well-defined rappers with strong personas, SugaKayne is not for everyone, of course, but anyone who was turned away by his previous releases will find few new ideas explored on here. Depending on who you are, this could be good or bad.

It could prove SugaKayne’s focus on building a rep in a certain realm of the industry while simultaneously promoting his culture over cashing in on popular trends in urban music, but it could also make him appear uninterested in evolving into other realms. I tend to believe the former, but I would be lying if I claim to not consider the latter as a possibility.

As with most underground rappers, it’s hard to tell what the future holds for SugaKayne, but for the time being he will remain on the cusp of being as big as his talent says he should be. These three tracks mentioned here is further proof he has the talent needed to be one of the biggest names in underground hip-hop.

If he can find the ability within himself to channel the same intensity he put into these single releases into another studio album, or even a string of new singles throughout 2017 this year could very quickly become the year he breaks through to the echelons of rap royalty.

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RICHFRVNK: “Pocket Change” a tremendous compendium of sounds and rhymes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/richfrvnk-pocket-change-a-tremendous-compendium-of-sounds-and-rhymes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/richfrvnk-pocket-change-a-tremendous-compendium-of-sounds-and-rhymes#respond Sun, 05 Mar 2017 20:58:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27455 “Pocket Change” is a new single Prod by Qreamy Beats and performed by Boston indie artist RICHFRVNK for Teamstersz Ent., who also have E-Famous & S.F Jay on their label. If Drake is the emotional heart of hip-hop and Kendrick Lamar is the embodiment of its soul, RICHFRVNK is whatever part of the body makes you get […]

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“Pocket Change” is a new single Prod by Qreamy Beats and performed by Boston indie artist RICHFRVNK for Teamstersz Ent., who also have E-Famous & S.F Jay on their label. If Drake is the emotional heart of hip-hop and Kendrick Lamar is the embodiment of its soul, RICHFRVNK is whatever part of the body makes you get lit and party with your friends until 4AM, only to wake up with a much lighter bank account and vague memories of an Uber ride. RICHFRVNK is the night owl, and make no mistake, he knows this is his duty.

After previously dropping magnificent releases that spawned a number of street bangers, he is back with his new studio release, “Pocket Change”, as he attempts to claim his spot as the King of Trap music and rap’s most unique flowing voice.

The Boston native with a voice blessed by the raspy rap gods has blasted on the scene with this infectious banger. In the process he sounds like the master of the street anthem, peddling motivational trap music better than anyone else has done in the underground in recent times.

“Pocket Change” is a tremendous compendium of sounds and rhymes you want from a trap-rap single. RICHFRVNK is the rare artist who reaches both his musical and commercial peaks simultaneously. Anyone who has ever enjoyed turning up to Future will find something to appreciate on this track, as their quite a few similarities between Future and RICHFRVNK in terms flow and rhyme style.

So yeah, “Pocket Change” is good. It sounds incredible and is an undeniable victory lap for RICHFRVNK – a cap to an incredible run of releases and collaborations. The new single offers a cohesive commercial product that captures RICHFRVNK lush current sound and whether it fulfills everyone’s expectations or not, it’s an undeniably definitive work.

He seems to glide over the track like it’s been slathered in butter. But another of RICHFRVNK’s gifts, the thing that puts him far beyond the vast majority of his contemporaries, is that he sounds emotionally honest. And people will find what they want from this track, or just luxuriate in the rapper’s ability to make intoxicating music that just sounds satisfyingly beautiful.

The old rules of rap don’t apply anymore, and RICHFRVNK is boldly at the front of the new scheme of things with his unusual flow and eclectic skillset.

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Rev Peter Unger: “Heaven Only Knows” – Beautiful, inspirational contemporary Christian music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rev-peter-unger-heaven-only-knows-beautiful-inspirational-contemporary-christian-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rev-peter-unger-heaven-only-knows-beautiful-inspirational-contemporary-christian-music#respond Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:02:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27419 Rev Peter Unger the gospel, country and folk artist has released yet another single, entitled “Heaven Only Knows”. Beautiful, inspirational contemporary Christian music. The song is absolutely stunning in its simplicity. The instrumentation is a combination of a typical pop folk band – gentle acoustic and electric guitars dominate the organic arrangement. The vocals are […]

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Rev Peter Unger the gospel, country and folk artist has released yet another single, entitled “Heaven Only Knows”. Beautiful, inspirational contemporary Christian music. The song is absolutely stunning in its simplicity. The instrumentation is a combination of a typical pop folk band – gentle acoustic and electric guitars dominate the organic arrangement. The vocals are also excellent. Rev Peter Unger has a pleasant voice reminiscent of James. The message in the song is uplifting and spiritual, and the music itself is wonderful. Be prepared to have your heartstrings tugged at.

Rev Peter Unger

Rev Peter Unger

Unger’s music is a marvelous blend of the sounds of Country and Folk which he infuses with praise for He who created us all in a sublime and understated way. The lyrics are easy to pick up, and you just can’t help but sing along.

It can be better than 3 cups of coffee to get you going, and then turn around, and be as soothing as your Mom’s old down comforter on a rainy day. A sense of beautiful musicality and powerful words intertwined with a sterling melody permeates the track.

I really enjoyed listening to this single, as I was already familiar with Rev Peter Unger’s work. Some of the songs are like old friends, and some are brand new to me. I am not necessarily a fan of contemporary Christian music. It can be nice, but musically can be bland and formulaic.

I can’t count the number of songs that start low for a verse, then build to a chorus that is sung at one octave higher for drama and repeat. Unger doesn’t have any of this pretenses built into his songwriting or musical arrangements. He keeps his songs straight and simple, based solely on the strengths of its melody and the words he sings. His voice does the rest to capture the listener’s attention.

The Rev Peter Unger is an excellent songwriter, and his lyrics shine here. That mixed with his wonderful musical ability make Unger’s songs infectious to the ears in my opinion. He appeals to a broad audience because of his unassuming style and his spirituality. All of which are present on “Heaven Only Knows”.

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Rico Bank$: “Like Me” ft. Jaay Cee – rides with a vision! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rico-bank-like-me-ft-jaay-cee-rides-with-a-vision http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rico-bank-like-me-ft-jaay-cee-rides-with-a-vision#respond Sat, 04 Mar 2017 02:16:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27410 Rico Bank$ formerly known as Problem Child makes his return back to the Toronto rap scene after a long hiatus blessing the streets with “Like Me” Featuring fellow NorthOfTheMap Artist Jaay Cee. Rico Bank$ has started off 2017 with a bang already opening and performing in concert for emerging Toronto artistes Top5, Jigsaw, Pressa & […]

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Rico Bank$ formerly known as Problem Child makes his return back to the Toronto rap scene after a long hiatus blessing the streets with “Like Me” Featuring fellow NorthOfTheMap Artist Jaay Cee. Rico Bank$ has started off 2017 with a bang already opening and performing in concert for emerging Toronto artistes Top5, Jigsaw, Pressa & Robin Banks in Hamilton and Ottawa. Bank$  doesn’t waste any time queuing up the  Auto Tune and trunk-rattling bass here, as “Like Me” bumps with commanding authority thanks to a banging production.

In fact, that very instrumentation is what makes moments of this release so infectious.  The beat is hollowed out with a gloomy synth, but then perks right back up with the thudding trap drums. So while Rico Bank$ is mastering the art of top-tier songwriting, he also definitely knows how to catch a groovy rhythm in between the lines the production lays down for him.

Over a grand total of three and a half minutes, Bank$ manages to cover all of his musical bases with surprising ease. He gets in some firm jabs with his lines. And he is well-equipped for this sort of work: his cinematic voice, blissfully unburdened by texture, allows him to live lightly without dulling the pleasant narcotic effects of nostalgia in his voice.

In fact Bank$ has a great voice that appears in glimmers here, it is full of vulnerability and a confidence that allows him to stay afloat of the bass-driven production instead of drowning in it. In the song, no matter how soft it starts there is always that unexpected moment where Bank$ somehow builds momentum to a bass-rattling roar.

Moreover Rico Bank$ gives the impression of being a mood-setter and he is in full command of the vibe, tone, and mood of this entire project. It fits the record’s mixture of lowbrow trap music and Bank$’ penchant for clearly defined aesthetics.

He has the ability to paint a vast, atmospheric soundscape, and purvey a mood just as much as telling a story. Rico Bank$’ music is engaging, enjoyable and hooky enough to make it worth the listen. “Like Me” is an impressive experiment in how mood can carry music.

If you haven’t aimed your attention toward Bank$ by now, this is your wake-up call. Those who ride with his vision will know the highs his music can bring.

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