Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sun, 11 Apr 2021 05:15:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BigJohn – ‘Different Den’ Ft. Too Clean is an immediately gripping sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bigjohn-different-den-ft-too-clean-is-an-immediately-gripping-sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bigjohn-different-den-ft-too-clean-is-an-immediately-gripping-sound#respond Sun, 11 Apr 2021 05:10:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45441 Recording artist John Anthony Ziegler was born in Columbus, Ohio. He later changed his stage name to BigJohn, and founded the production label BigJohn Entertainment that has been instrumental in his growth and exposure as an artist. ‘Different Den’ Ft. Too Clean is the artist’s latest single release and he shows no sign of slowing down or losing his touch. Something about this track feels spiritual, as the flow and the conscious wordplay allows the song to sound fresh yet old school. Hip-hop and rap nowadays are filled with rappers who rely solely on the hype and production of the track to keep the listener entranced. This is simply not the case for BigJohn, as he blends substance with style.

BigJohn is steadily carving out a place in his hip hop that plays to the great energy of the past while avoiding many of the tropes that can hurt artists. He delivers consistently strong rhymes on ‘Different Den’, as he and Too Clean investigate the sufferance from injustices, poverty and discrimination, in a hateful world. They take your hand and leads you through a minefield of social issues.

There’s an immediately gripping sound to the track as BigJohn brings an urgent tone out in his rhymes to keep the momentum on the track moving. He has a great way of expressing his views. He doesn’t need to put on an act or drench his delivery with bravado because he believes what he’s saying, and maybe you should too. BigJohn’s confident delivery infuses these words with a pride so unapologetic that you have to respect it.

BigJohn’s flow makes complicated sound easy, with a sense of cool that’s just timeless. The auditory aspect is rounded off by a pristine piano-driven production across the track. BigJohn is a conceptual mastermind. He has a flair for entrenching himself in a theme and crafting his songs in a way that immerses the listener into his headspace. Each project carries with it a different sound and lesson, but with the same lyrical prowess.

On ‘Different Den’ Ft. Too Clean, the wordsmith leaves no verse unconquered, weaving in and out of flows effortlessly. He makes music that comes across as if he’s inviting you into a deep conversation. BigJohn has proved to be a student of music and culture and continues to use his knowledge to help him evolve as an artist able to dig deeper with each project while still maintaining a modern and boundary pushing style.

The rapper’s sound has developed notably since his last release, as he refuses to settle in the heart of a one single style. This record is a definite step up for BigJohn. This is an emcee with serious chops, not just as one of the most potent and subtly charismatic rappers I’ve heard in some time, but also proving himself as a thoughtful but hard-hitting presence who is willing to experiment with poise and consideration.

Since the first time I heard him, I’ve always liked BigJohn as a rapper and as a presence behind the microphone. With ‘Different Den’ Ft. Too Clean, he has simply cemented my views.  It also helps that his featured guest is on point too.

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Social Distance – “Outside Your House” – 3 minutes of adrenaline pumped sonic euphoria! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/social-distance-outside-your-house-3-minutes-of-adrenaline-pumped-sonic-euphoria http://jamsphere.com/reviews/social-distance-outside-your-house-3-minutes-of-adrenaline-pumped-sonic-euphoria#respond Sat, 10 Apr 2021 15:37:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45422 The world has rarely felt more in need of the punk music’s frothing takedowns of corrupt powers and social injustice. Recognizing this, Social Distance – brought together out of quarantine from their Los Angeles base – serve as a reminder that the anti-social world imposed by the pandemic is the perfect backdrop for anti-social music. Lead singer and bassist LateNite Leah is paired with the distorted guitars of Mike Duran and the machine gun drums of Kris Kotton, as they blend melodic chimes with hardcore grind. Their first single “Outside Your House” – an account of a meth-head stalker armed with a ray gun and paranoia, drops officially on April 25th.

The song bursts open like a blister, as a hot-headed tirade from LateNite Leah rushes across the bone-crushing soundscape that resembles a rollercoaster ride – slow, fast, up, down, boom, crash, and bang. Almost 3 minutes of adrenaline pumped sonic euphoria.

This may be punk, but the track’s professional nature is indicative of the trio’s technical prowess. Expertly mixed, entertaining and flamboyant, this track gets straight to the point without any frivolous bullshit. On the surface, “Outside Your House” may seem fairly simple and straightforward musically. A closer inspection reveals complex layering, a multitude of instrumental effects and an intriguing melody in between the chants.

It sets the stage for a track packed with splitting guitar riffs and banging percussion accompanied by accosting lyricism and soaring vocals. Though the song is aggressive, and racy, it remains very approachable and teasing for the casual listener.

“Outside Your House” is both timely and cautionary in its take on the modern societal scene, fulfilling a necessary release for the times. Social Distance’s music feels as relevant and important as punk music has ever sounded.

They have this twisted rallying camaraderie embedded in their sound which keeps a song like “Outside Your House” totally relatable and listenable. They radiate with an emboldened energy in an era permeated by constant fearmongering.

“I wanna shock you with my ray gun. I wanna shock you right now. I’m outside your house. You know you like it. I’ll stay all night. Oh baby don’t fight it. I’ll shoot you right,” exclaims LateNite Leah, her tones are both sexily playful and deadly threatening, as she concludes her onslaught: “Don’t call the FBI. Don’t call the CIA. Don’t call your mom and dad. Just call me every night.” There is an unbeatable wave of frivolous optimism in these words. Her ambitions are made clear.

The confidence heard in the lyrics is enhanced by the driving music. Social Distance have radio-ready hooks and they have LateNite Leah’s wry, powerful purr-to-a-growl. They have attitude, but they also have sound. Plenty of it. It’s what gives their music guts, and a raw emotional feeling.

“Outside Your House” is a seemingly effortless meshing together of these elements, and Social Distance’s musical aspirations. What results is a powerful punk-rock blueprint for the 21st Century.

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Rawchaa – “Dark Place” is wrapped up in relationship and emotional intricacies http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rawchaa-dark-place-is-wrapped-up-in-relationship-and-emotional-intricacies http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rawchaa-dark-place-is-wrapped-up-in-relationship-and-emotional-intricacies#respond Sat, 10 Apr 2021 13:14:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45415 Rawchaa is based out of Detroit Michigan. He has been producing since 2009, and was once a part of the group 2-11 out of Detroit. Currently the artist is promoting his brand new single, “Dark Place”. When you connect the dots, after carefully listening to this recording, you are able to see the story come full circle.

In this precise moment Rawchaa is no longer just a rapper or a producer, but a true artist. Here he shows what makes an artist great and not just good – the ability to tell a story that will resonate with an audience.

“Dark Place” is wrapped up in relationship and emotional intricacies. Too often artists set out to make a record for themselves not for the masses, but they forget to make music that will resonate with the world.

Not only did Rawchaa make a record that is truly for himself, but he also made a record that is going to creep into the hearts and the conscience of many who have lived similar experiences.  The track gives us a glimpse into Rawchaa mindset at the stage of life he’s going through.

It feels like he writes the music from his point of view, but in such a way that when you listen to the track, it feels like you’re walking in his shoes with the vibes he is sending. He is clearly at a stage now where he can create freely and not have to worry about any label restrictions, and this comes through in the free-flowing music, as he blends a serious R&B beat with easy on the ear rapped verses.

Rawchaa should really be commended on putting out a project of such high standard. Right now it may sound like I am riding Rawchaa but to be fair, he really did deliver on “Dark Place”.

It seems like the artist has touched all bases, crossing out the necessary boxes on this track, as he delivers a combination of great production, word play, substance, and a bit of slow groove vibe to make the song an easy listen and a gem.

“Dark Place” is simply Rawchaa in his element, immersed in soulful production, while bearing his soul at the same time. It’s an honest, introspective Rawchaa that just about anybody can fall for. While most rappers are too scared to open up, Rawchaa has no problem being frank about both his insecurities and his certainties. It’s these type of tracks that will deeply resonate with listeners.

Throughout the track, it seems as if Rawchaa is just trying to make the best music that people can relate to, and his honesty shines through and through. “Dark Place” never tries to be flashy, or overwhelming, but stays 100% authentic, just like Rawchaa. An artist with the incredible gift of storytelling and a willingness to be completely open.

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Anthony Casuccio – “Friends First” – Country with a nice slick rocking edge! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-casuccio-friends-first-country-with-a-nice-slick-rocking-edge http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/anthony-casuccio-friends-first-country-with-a-nice-slick-rocking-edge#respond Sat, 10 Apr 2021 03:38:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45401 Anthony Casuccio hardly needs an introduction in the music industry – A 25 year music veteran, his audio production work has been nominated for three Grammy awards and he has topped various charts across the world as a producer and engineer, as well as leader, and songwriter for the band A&L that had 9 top 20 songs on various U.K. Indie music charts and received radio play in over 70 countries throughout Europe. During the pandemic Anthony has been trying his hand at disparate music styles from Country to EDM. Currently he has thrown his hat into the Country music arena with a brand new single release, entitled, “Friends First”.

Originally composed as a personal acoustic project, the song eventually found Anthony Casuccio collaborating with Gino Mirizio an international drummer/percussionist based in Toronto, and Robin Grandin who played bass and added the catchy harmonies. Right out of the gate, I like the title. The message is typical of a friends and lovers situation, where the intricacies and intimacies get turned and twisted into place.

Jam-packed with electric guitars and hefty drums, “Friends First” has a nice slick rocking edge. No matter how much instrumental power he managed to pack into this song, Anthony’s vocals shine through clear as a bell. Every lyric is right there in your ears and shot straight to your mind.

Considering that Anthony Casuccio does not consider himself a singer, this is indeed a positive outing, as he leads the way to a mellifluous upbeat soundtrack. The narrative might pull at your heartstrings, but it might make you want to move to, as it’s feisty.

Fresh and breezy, musically “Friends First” is all about fire-breathing guitar riffs, a driving rhythm, and quick passes through catchy verses on the way to big blustery choruses served up in waves.

Sure, its country music, but the amount of sonic surges in this record is still pretty incredible. As always, it’s a meticulously executed tune that earned itself a quite a few replays the first time I listened.

Anthony Casuccio’s style of country owes more to a rock grounding, with the guitars set more to the crunch end rather than a typical country twang. And that’s absolutely fine because what it does give us, is a song that somehow fits perfectly in the library that he’s been building since he started out releasing music. Anthony, Gino and Robin, work a form of magic on the song, weaving something compelling out of all the usual and expected Country threads.

“Friends First” is a prime example of the compositional and production skills that Anthony usually puts into his records. If you’ve ever found yourself enjoying his music in the past, in any of his projects, hit play and listen to this song.

There’s something for you here, regardless of what genre it is called. The songwriting and musicianship is top notch, as Anthony puts his stamp on the song. And if you don’t know any of Anthony Casuccio’s past music, now is a good time to start listening.

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DEEPSYSTEM – “Heart Away” carries his signature tones and emotions http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/deepsystem-heart-away-carries-his-signature-tones-and-emotions http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/deepsystem-heart-away-carries-his-signature-tones-and-emotions#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 23:10:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45361 The blend of EDM and Música urbana is an art that DEEPSYSTEM has totally mastered and dominated for years now. He and his production crew remain power players in the globalization of the Latin groove. As one of reggaeton music’s most vibrant characters in Europe he has continued to drop singles at a steady rate, and is now back with a brand new single entitled “Heart Away”. The song once again finds the artist exploring the power and mystery of love and passion.

It’s clear that, for DEEPSYSTEM, music is about more than simply making hits. Each of his tracks carry his signature tones and emotions. He is committed to creating music that is both catchy and authentic. “Heart Away” is a bright, powerful track. It is a dramatic and irresistible call to movement, self-expression, and passion. If the track doesn’t make you want to get up and dance with your loved one, you’re doing something wrong.

DEEPSYSTEM sings incredibly smoothly here, painting the “Heart Away” production absolutely beautifully.  The tone of the record itself is sensual, and sentimental as the singer croons about his strong desires to be with his lady.  The music video provides a similar narrative.  “Hey, I love you night and day. You stole my heart away. Now hear me hear me say. I miss you night and day.” This time around, the entire lyric sheet is in English, making it easy for all to understand.

DEEPSYSTEM follows a tried and true formula for making a hit dance track: distinctive flair that makes the beat memorable and a simple, but catchy chorus. If you want to get the party started, you need a track like “Heart Away” because its mid-tempo production is groovy and will inspire you start shaking your hips.

The beat keeps things simple, allowing DEEPSYSTEM to weave the lyrics around the rhythm.  When you listen to “Heart Away” shut your eyes, clear your mind and explore its spectrum of suave emotions and passionate colors. “If you let me, if you let me have your heart. Oh I will do my part. Your love is like a drug. Just once is not enough,” sings DEEPSYSTEM. This is a track that wants you to let loose and feel good.

Throughout “Heart Away”, DEEPSYSTEM oozes charisma and draws you in with his silky smooth voice. Looking at the current dance charts, I cannot see why this track should not dominate. DEEPSYSTEM’s songs are usually catchy, memorable and pretty damn sexy.  This song is no exception. It’s got the beat that you so associate with DEEPSYSTEM. The sentimental banger also got the visual treatment with a music video, so we are sure it will get the kind of attention it deserves.

Things in the world are continuing to escalate in a negative way, so now more than ever we need the power and comfort of art and music to keep us occupied, hopeful, and sane. Music is medicine and a good vibration for reminders that we can be optimistic about life, especially when we’re in love. “Heart Away” brings another distinct and fresh take to DEEPSYSTEM’s music.

“Heart Away” is also the first song released as an NFT on opensea.io by DEEPSYSTEM.

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Clippa Cartier – “Wine Dark” – a joy of an album to play all the way through! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/clippa-cartier-wine-dark-a-joy-of-an-album-to-play-all-the-way-through http://jamsphere.com/reviews/clippa-cartier-wine-dark-a-joy-of-an-album-to-play-all-the-way-through#respond Thu, 08 Apr 2021 10:32:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45348 The father of three daughters, Clippa Cartier is a 26 year old rapper from Eugene, Oregon. The rapper known for his hard hitting trap/club style music, grew up with a variety of influences, from Too Short all the way to Sam Cooke. Ultimately, he draws inspiration from his brothers passing in 2016. Clippa, who mixes and masters his own music, started rapping in 2020 when Covid-19 started. He ultimately draws inspiration from his brother’s passing in 2016. In October 2020, he released his first song, “Thought You Knew Pt 1”, a club banger featuring hip hop artist, K. Banks. The song “Drip” followed a few days later and with his views and listens booming, the artist went on to drop his album “Wine Dark” during February 2021.

“Wine Dark” the album, masterfully marries hip-hop, R&B, and soul. Similarly, project is the result of strong convictions about the role of music in our daily lives. Clippa Cartier sing, raps and produces on the trap-influenced album. That should give you a pretty good idea of the man’s appreciation and understanding of music that makes you dance in the club, as well listen carefully.

In pure musical terms, “Wine Dark” is a joy of an album to play all the way through, a radiant blend of styles dense with instrumentation: a blast of strings here, a synth solo or squiggly guitar lick there, with liquid bass lines and hard-smacking drums throughout.

Parts of the album are harder and more immediate than others, which are more melodic and introspective. Featuring Silencer & Zero, “Ocean” is an energetic highlight that, aside from its smooth grooves, showcases Clippa Cartier’s resonant flow, and a melodic hook that keeps the song charging forward. “Do My Dance”, also produced by Clippa, features an explicit pack of rhymes, and some soulful flute interludes.

“Jumpman” is a tight, uplifting and empowering anthem, which sees Clippa Cartier’s spitting with conviction and vigor. Moving forward, this recording, for its lyrical and musical scope, brings to mind a number of excellent albums.

“Drip” builds its momentum on a deep growling bassline and Clippa’s alpha male braggadocio lines, which hit hard. “Benzo” ft. K. Banks is another high energy banger, where the rappers prove themselves to be more than just unique voices.

Running through “The Protocol” ft. Rider, the Latino groove of “Saint Lucia”, and the catchy as hell bounce of “Anticipation”, Clippa Cartier seems to be in total control of his talent. These tracks have the kind of substance that suggests he’s built to last. Clippa’s voice is resonant, energetic, yet conversational. It’s immediately clear. This is a sincere project, brimming with outspoken honesty and perseverance.

On both “New Freezer” and “Check Chasin”, Clippa shows flashes of brilliance – with the melodic production on the former, and his forceful flow on the latter. All throughout this recording, Clippa Cartier skillfully depicts his experiences and surroundings while remaining in the foreground, as the music flows expansively from creamy melodies to trap cadences. Clippa’s musical and emotional generosity ties everything together on “Trendsetter” and “Thought You Knew Pt 1” ft. K. Banks.

Aside from the banging grooves, “Wine Dark” showcases powerful art all round. Clippa Cartier is a confident and unique presence, with a strong command of style and substance, as a producer, songwriter and rapper. His versatility is astounding. Also watch out for the artist’s new EP “10 Toes”, releasing on the 19th of April.

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Chima Nice – “Jumpin” taps directly into his strengths! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/chima-nice-jumpin-taps-directly-into-his-strengths http://jamsphere.com/reviews/chima-nice-jumpin-taps-directly-into-his-strengths#respond Tue, 06 Apr 2021 15:03:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45323 His family originally from Nigeria, Chima Nice aka GT The Great, is an artist out of Atlanta who has been performing since he was 15. He has released a series of singles, and EP and an album, entitled “Mr.Nice”. Currently the artist is making waves with his single “Jumpin”. Leading with smooth keys, deep bass and commanding percussion, Chima Nice’s mellifluous flow sets the tone for the rest of the track. The artist’s eclectic mix of R&B, Afrobeats, pop and hip hop sounds, as well as his ambition has always been on a collision course with global recognition. With this track, it feels like he is steadily moving towards that destination.

“Take it to de village club, to de club, to de gym, no matta where you de go…jump,” sings Chima Nice. The production is incredibly rhythmic and refined throughout, and the overall impression “Jumpin” gives, is one of absolute professionalism. It is an enormously accomplished record from a performer who seems to finally be ready to complete his transition into current global royalty.

Given the troublesome situation on the ground, all over the world, to deliver such a bright and potent track feels timely. We hear the elite crooner reach for notes with a range of energy, while sounding at ease in his comfort zone.

The tone that Chima Nice has adopted for the project taps directly into his strengths, as he mesmerizes with his easygoing vocal twists. Underneath, the music on this track feels like it pumps Chima Nice’s underlying fuel and desire.

We hear Chima Nice beam brightness on this track, as he manages to create a seamless project, matching the melody, the rhythm and the lyrics. Each verse flows into the next, a testament to intentional songwriting gone so right.

Carefree in its confidence and yet so rich in melody that a positive feel-good feeling fills the room immediately. Bar after bar, the song builds into something that feels breezy and fresh.

The confidence seeps through Chima Nice’s vocals with the unique tone you’ll come to love, as he goes on to flex his cadence. He sets the bar very high where quality is concerned. “Jumpin” is the brainwork of a man who makes music to feed his fans and satisfy his love for the craft.

This is an artist operating by his own rules and finding unique ways to excel in it.  “Jumpin” represents growth, ease and the perfection of expressive songwriting. As his lyrical dexterity improves, consequentially, his ability to relay his thoughts and desires is enhanced.

That’s what we hear on this track. The anecdotes of a man who can articulate his feelings. This formidable composition illustrates, through its arresting sonics, the symbiosis between the beat, the vibe, and the lyrics, elevating the song even further.

“Jumpin” is an excellent body of work with a proclamation that Chima Nice’s is getting ready to move into a league of his own. The song fits into that perfect intersection between club-ready and groove-filled chilling. It sounds like a keeper.

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Voyce Butler – “Stay” explores the purity of love http://jamsphere.com/reviews/voyce-butler-stay-explores-the-purity-of-love http://jamsphere.com/reviews/voyce-butler-stay-explores-the-purity-of-love#respond Mon, 05 Apr 2021 22:12:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45318 Voyce Butler was born in Chicago IL. The army veteran has been singing since 6 years old, and through all the ups and downs of life, has been on his grind to improve his craft, create his own lane, and consolidate a career in music. Currently Voyce is flying high with his single release “Stay”.

It’s a tough world out there for what’s considered R&B. We dwell in a social media-driven society with tiny attention spans and no patience for jams that need to unfold in a slow burn. To stay in the mix, artists have to walk a tightrope, carrying their skills in one hand and enough hyped trickery in the other to maintain their appeal with both classic and the contemporary fans.

Thanks to his ability to fend off the competition with the various weapons in his artistic arsenal – voice, lyrics, storytelling, and the skill to transmit emotion, Voyce Butler puts himself in the conversation and seriously vies for a spot on current urban music playlists.

“Stay” reflects an artist well-aware of his strengths and comfort zones, with that in mind, Voyce can pour on the romantic sweetness, and tug on the heartstrings for another chance on “Stay”.

The track finds Voyce Butler begging the love of his life to come back and stay, as he lays out all the positive reasons of why that should be the case. The singer succeeds in being utterly convincing, utilizing his rich, inviting voice to great effect. Whenever someone is talking about staying together, and doing whatever it takes to remain intact as a unit, they are definitely creating the type of music that needs to be celebrated.

Despite being absolutely contemporary, the song has that classic R&B flavor with audible sprinkles of soul music. All of which makes “Stay” an infectious track that highlights the thoughtfulness of the production, as well as Voyce Butler’s ability to command a track.

“Stay” is honest, it’s powerful and most of all, it has a lot of soul. You can really sense the deep and enormous heart Voyce Butler gives in this track. Voyce clearly wants everybody to understand what true artistry is, and wants the world to open up their hearts to R&B again. If “Stay” doesn’t do that, I don’t know what will.

This is a monster of a track, because it is consistent, in every aspect. Every message can be heard. Every feeling can be felt. The progression in this song is mesmerizing too. The slow piano, the thumping drum, and the vocal that grows more powerful and haunting.

It prompts us once again that Voyce Butler is trying to remind people what real R&B is. Moreover, on “Stay”, he explores the purity of love, the search for empathy and compassion, as well as the forgiveness needed for growth. The song has such a relatable message that it forces the audience to listen to what Voyce Butler singing about.

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Juśtin – “Music IS Color” – an ear-warming extravaganza! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/justin-music-is-color-an-ear-warming-extravaganza http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/justin-music-is-color-an-ear-warming-extravaganza#respond Sat, 03 Apr 2021 15:38:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45257 Born in Atlanta, GA, Justin Elijah D’Anthony Reid, simply known as Juśtin, is a musician that sings, raps, plays piano and conducts music. He is able to work in multiple genres, from Rap and R&B, to Pop, Gospel, and even classical music. Growing up Juśtin has gone from being homeless, to suffering abuse and battling with Chronic Sinusitis, and still had the courage to decline a record deal from Motown to pursue his own independent ambitions. All of which brings us to the release of his latest 10 track album, “Music IS Color”.

The album brings you into a new world of Juśtin’s music.  It’s an indie masterpiece from beginning to end.  We have a certified talent in our midst and his name is Juśtin, in case you didn’t catch it earlier.

“Music IS Color” jumps right into “The Way You Move” ft. Ramaih & Soul City, which shows all the shades of Juśtin’s melodic and rhythmic groove.  The artist’s signature delivery comes alive on “Zone 6” where his rapid-fire flow and wordplay set the track alight. And he doesn’t skip a beat from there onwards.

The composition of “The Golden Standard” ft. Zay Sever, is very interesting and gives the fans a taste of his creative writing abilities as he mixes rapping and crooning effortlessly.  You really can’t tell where Juśtin’s is going next, on each subsequent track, but you just know you’re going to enjoy it.

I would say almost every song on this album is like that and it is pure entertainment genius.  People who are so used to hearing the typical rap song structure, will understand that Juśtin knows really how to spice it up a bit.

These same ear-catching factors apply when we hit play on “Blasé” and the intense energy of “Home Town Hero”. My perception of this song was he had some much-needed things to say that hadn’t been said before.

The beats on every track are so unique and a perfect style for this album.  Juśtin tells a story through his words and there is just something about these songs that will keep you listening.  Another perfect example is “Soul Food Freestyle” ft. Dae’Shawn, Azy Sever & Khamrun, which mixes a blend of jazz, soul, and hip-hop, into an ear-warming extravaganza.

“Space Jam” provides a merciless lyrical flex over a bombastic instrumental, as Juśtin takes over the reins for the rest of the album, on his own. “Southside” slows down groove for a moment of haunting romantic introspection.

This leads to the mid-tempo “Game Over”, which showcases Justin’s enterprising flow juxtaposed against layered harmonies and a wave of synths. This is another triumphant ode to his talent. The album closes with an inspiring, and very personal track, called “Bonus! Patricia’s Questions!”, which unfolds some interesting details about Juśtin and his family.

Juśtin does something special with this album. He creates a solid crossover appeal to multiple genres. His lyricism and flow is prominent and as captivating as his croon. When it comes to his music, Juśtin is firing on all cylinders, and his latest album “Music IS Color” plays testimony to that fact.

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Lorenzo Bazzoni – “Fortitudo” – a sense of emotional outpouring on a cosmically grand scale! http://jamsphere.com/videos/lorenzo-bazzoni-fortitudo-a-sense-of-emotional-outpouring-on-a-cosmically-grand-scale http://jamsphere.com/videos/lorenzo-bazzoni-fortitudo-a-sense-of-emotional-outpouring-on-a-cosmically-grand-scale#respond Thu, 01 Apr 2021 01:09:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45216 The self-taught Italian composer and producer, Lorenzo Armando Aldo Bazzoni, who started composing in 2015 simply using his ear in the absence of music theory, is back with another track, entitled “Fortitudo”. Here the composer, whose influences include Dream Theater and Symphony X, once again shows us his dynamic, and cinematic blend, of progressive symphonic rock and classical musical stylings. This single presents a five minute journey throughout all the various elements of Bazzoni’s composing style.

Opening with lush strings, bold brass and percussion, “Fortitudo” crescendos before erupting into a maelstrom of swirling keyboards and choirs backed by the ever-evolving orchestra. It’s a truly phenomenal track that pieces together disparate elements and separate movements into a compelling, cohesive whole that flies by in what feels like a fraction of its runtime.

This level of scale and ambition is nothing new for Lorenzo Bazzoni. His brand of bombastic symphonic rock is rather stirring, as it is both properly heavy yet melodic, catchy yet dramatic. Bazzoni’s music is multi-layered, complex in its construction, varied, and full of competing styles of music. It makes for an intense listening experience.

Such is the catchiness and sense of passion that permeates through “Fortitudo”, it forces you to sit up, take notice, and listen attentively. Again, I’m impressed by the heaviness and the richness of the composition, as well as the clever use of accentuated light and shade, to really enhance the drama of the song. The bold percussion, is a soaring, banging affair which gets under the skin quickly, and effectively.

Lorenzo Armando Aldo Bazzoni has once again delivered a song that has managed to find the near-perfect blend of extreme of symphonic majesty, and rock melody. As such, whilst the song may be multi-layered and full of bombastic pomposity, it remains completely listenable, enjoyable, and as addictive as a rush of adrenaline.

There is a powerful emotive grounding in “Fortitudo”. The music is richly passionate, delivering a sense of emotional outpouring on a cosmically grand scale. Along with a sense of resounding triumph!

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Jai’dynn & Pai’tynn – “Tippy Tippy Top” – fun, clean, and concerned with the positive aspects of living http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jaidynn-paitynn-tippy-tippy-top-fun-clean-and-concerned-with-the-positive-aspects-of-living http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jaidynn-paitynn-tippy-tippy-top-fun-clean-and-concerned-with-the-positive-aspects-of-living#respond Sat, 27 Mar 2021 14:23:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45163 Sisters, child models, and entertainers. Jai’dynn & Pai’tynn are originally from Baltimore, Maryland, transplanted to Phoenix, Arizona at the ages of 4 and 5, where they currently reside. Two years after their arrival, they promptly started their careers, initially focusing their attention on the modelling and acting spheres. However it was their ability to sing and dance that put them on the pathway to start creating music. Hence the two precocious talents, who can be seen in various ad campaigns for brands such as Zara Kids, Abercrombie Kids, The Week Junior, GCU, Sheen Magazine, and more, set about releasing their fun-styled debut single, “Tippy Tippy Top”.

“If I want it, Ima get it, I got willpower,” sing Jai’dynn & Pai’tynn on the opening lines of “Tippy Tippy Top”, which just about sums up their all-round positive attitude. You can’t deny that their brand of pure and innocent music has the potential of connecting with the masses. Especially in a troublesome time where music is contaminated by the negative atrocities of human behavior. Jai’dynn & Pai’tynn shed a whole new light on the Rap and Hip-hop aesthetic.

 “Tippy Tippy Top”, is fun, clean, and concerned with the positive aspects of living, where the focus is on those seemingly insignificant things in life we mostly overlook, but which form important pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that adds an affirmative sense to our daily existence. The girls express these concepts in simple terms, narrating the essence and experiences of their own lifestyles.

Through the song, “Tippy Tippy Top”, Jai’dynn & Pai’tynn convey a healthy sense of belonging, of being part of a caring family, sharing love, having faith, and working hard to achieve their goals. All essential core values for living a harmonious life. Something most of their musical peers have quit elaborating on, in favor of less noble ethics and more worldly gain. Hence “Tippy Tippy Top” is like a fresh breath of air in a constantly suffocating environment.

The young girls’ youthful exuberance draws you right into their world, and this, combined with the versatile, bright and bouncing production, suggests we’re dealing with real talents who will only keep growing as artists.

Their pure and transparent vision of life, is capable of transporting you to a better place within your own mindset. Sounds kind of wonderful doesn’t it? But kids usually have that kind of effect on people, so why not bring that direct simplicity, back into music, which has been all but lost recently.

So if you at first assume that “Tippy Tippy Top” is aimed at their own generation of growing kids, as an inspiring and uplifting fun anthem, you won’t be wrong. But don’t be surprised by the power of Jai’dynn & Pai’tynn to spread their positive mantra to all who listen to their music or watch their videos, regardless of age.

Jai’dynn & Pai’tynn are more than just two cute little sisters flexing their talents. They’re on a mission to be the best versions of themselves they can be – at work, at play, and in life. They’re aiming to be “Tippy Tippy Top”.

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SOUTHDOGROCK – “Old and tired dog” – parceled out in a purposeful sequence to generate great momentum! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/southdogrock-old-and-tired-dog-parceled-out-in-a-purposeful-sequence-to-generate-great-momentum http://jamsphere.com/reviews/southdogrock-old-and-tired-dog-parceled-out-in-a-purposeful-sequence-to-generate-great-momentum#respond Fri, 26 Mar 2021 00:09:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45140 Florian Döppert (vocals, lyrics, saxophone, and keyboards) comes from the southern region of Germany, near the Swiss and French borders. He doesn’t come alone however. He brings along his first solo project SOUTHDOGROCK, and what he describes as a long-cherished wish to create songs based on his own lyrics and musical ideas, together with a professional producer. He found the perfect match for his project, in Frank Schultz, the owner of PRO TON MUSIC.

“SOUTHDOGROCK is not limited to one style of music, but explores different genres with the musicians involved,” explains Florian Döppert. “The musicians and singers involved waive their fees and support the project with their skills. Without this voluntary support, the quality of the pieces of music would not be possible,” he concludes. The project has already released a series of singles, including “Ride with me”, “The Street”, and “Same girl with emerald eyes”, with many more still in the works.

During February 2021, SOUTHDOGROCK released another set of three new songs, two of them, “Rote Rose” and “Gemeinsam” used German lyrics for the first, while “Old and tired dog” introduced their the first blues rock song.

From the very beginning of the song, all the resources start to roll out over the course of the three-plus minute playing time. The arrangement, features the various components from drum, bass, keys and guitars, to a stirring sweep of horns, all parceled out in a purposeful sequence to generate great momentum.

The sound of SOUTHDOGROCK becomes increasingly prominent as the song unfolds and the intensity and ingenuity of the playing and Florian Döppert’s vocals elevate the recording.

The soulful simplicity and rocking blues grit of the sound and delivery of “Old and tired dog” invites contemplation of what’s preceded this release, and further encourages what will follow from this project, considering the pleasurable processing of a song as musically disciplined and rhythmically exiting as this.

SOUTHDOGROCK plays their blues-rock with a grind and rumble, incorporating funk and groove with a soulful sway. The sound is warm, full and lush. There’s such warmth to the playing, you can almost picture a group of guys standing in the studio — playing together and off of each other, accompanied by Florian’s fiery guitar work and clear, resonating vocals. Not to mention the horn section that adds a whole new level of vibrant resonance to the song.

There is an honesty and authenticity to what SOUTHDOGROCK are doing as a project on “Old and tired dog”. You always want to make sure that you tap into that, because today there is so much hype and pretentiousness in the mainstream, you often forget what simply good music sounds like, when you take away all the corporate branding.

This is a song that grooves and finds its tension in SOUTHDOGROCK’s incredible all-round performance, the rich vocals, the smoldering brass arrangement, the ripping guitars and shimmering keys. Moreover, the recording, mixing, and the production, completely seals the deal.

Ultimately, SOUTHDOGROCK is a non-profit experiment that tries to use the available resources to produce outstanding songs. Fifty percent of each sponsorship, from their fundraising campaign, will be spent to cover the production costs of the next song. The other fifty percent will be donated to the OFFROADKIDS FOUNDATION, which aims to create prospects for street children and young homeless people in Germany: https://offroadkids.de

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Chisa – “Still Chargin” is like a stream of consciousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/chisa-still-chargin-is-like-a-stream-of-consciousness http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/chisa-still-chargin-is-like-a-stream-of-consciousness#respond Tue, 23 Mar 2021 01:36:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45079 All of the songs in Chisa’s catalog have something to offer and beg to be listened to, based on the emcee’s delivery alone. Having said that, the quirky and creative productions work incredibly well with the animated vocal style that Chisa adopts. Short and direct, the new track “Still Chargin” has emerged from a collaboration between Chisa and Flexus. The result is a minimal Hip Hop gem. Yet there’s a lot of thought crammed into this nimble cut. The flow and money talk make the track feel more substantial than the two minutes it lasts.

Tennessee based emcee, Chisa ignited his brand with the release of his second album, “Ugly Blossom” which garnered him creative praise, musical authenticity, and recognition by independent artists and labels.

His now looking to replicate that critical acclaim with this latest single project, “Still Chargin”. From the moment the track opens, it just fizzes along. No pauses, no hesitations. No waste. The rapid vocal movement give it a sharper edge.

At the same time, there remains a sense of spontaneity here. It’s like between Chisa and Flexus hit onto a stream of creativity and went with it. That’s how it feels – like Chisa is riding along on a wave. The track is like a stream of consciousness.

Despite the solitary piano and the light percussion under him, Chisa just moves in burst of breathless energy, without even building a sweat. The track blends together into a something like a seamless stream of words that runs across the piano-driven music.

Its urgency is gripping. The length and quality of the track mean that it calls for repeated listens. Like all those great songs that always feel too short, you want to put it back on straight away and listen again. So even if the piano backdrop has a retro flavor, it feels like it is breaking into new territory. There’s a freshness in the sound that seems to want to ignite creative sparks everywhere on the track.

Foreboding and atmospheric, Chisa’s delivery on “Still Chargin” is a very good example of modern hip-hop without the need for any mumbling, melodic flexes or emo motifs. Chisa is an artist representing modernity with a classic approach to the genre.

Everything is in its place and everything perfectly complements each other, for which thanks goes to both the beat, and the rapping of Chisa. The emcee takes his approach to another level, and portrays a time when rap was all about technique and wordplay.

As mentioned before, there’s also an unorthodox beat scooting its way through the background, while the bass adds a nice layer to the production. “Ugly Blossom” showed his lyrical growth and vivid storytelling skills, while “Still Chargin” firmly gets that point across.

Though Chisa is a modern, of-the-moment artist, he throws in all kinds of clever nods to the music he presumably grew up on without seeming retro. This project immediately feels like it belongs alongside some of Chisa’s best work.

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Juan Donovan – “When Morning Is Still Last Night” exposes his versatility and soul, as a producer http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/juan-donovan-when-morning-is-still-last-night-exposes-his-versatility-and-soul-as-a-producer http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/juan-donovan-when-morning-is-still-last-night-exposes-his-versatility-and-soul-as-a-producer#respond Sun, 21 Mar 2021 23:08:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45042 Juan Donovan is a producer and composer from Baltimore, Maryland, whose sound which has led to productions for Wale, R. Kelly, Maino, JellyRoll, Sheek Louch, Gudda Gudda, Lil Flip, Kidd Kidd, and more. Juan’s talent expands into composing for TV /Film projects such as HBO’s “The Wire”, Amazon’s “Bosch”, ESPN’s “30 For 30” and more. Working under his own imprint JaMary Records, and with a slew of unsigned buzzworthy talent, Juan has amassed over a half million Spotify streams. His solely produced AlichéExx” album, and his R&B debut, “Merlot & Marijuana” gained him widespread critical acclaim.

Juan Donovan’s sophomore project is his latest 13-track R&B TrapSoul collection, entitled “When Morning Is Still Last Night”. Rich, smooth and bursting with distinctive production touches, the album makes smart use of all of its features. The album is an evolution of musical progression that blends a diversity of tones tempos, and textures into a brilliant cohesive body of soul-stirring music.

“Lips” ft. Phoebe Carter starts the album off with a luxurious instrumental and skittering hi-hats that slowly develop into a inspired slow-burning groove with lots of keys, bass and Phoebe’s honeycomb vocals. “Naked” ft. Breanna Steer brings home Juan Donovan’s virtuoso ability to craft resonating pads and percussion with depth and character. It’s from these first two tracks that we get to understand, why Juan’s instrumentals have brought him to where he is, on his career path.

The intensity steps up a notch on “Decide” ft. TMC & Hailey, where the male-female, call and response vocals, are matched by Juan’s keys and deeply reverberating bassline. Choosing to color with bold the lines and create luscious soundscapes Juan Donovan’s shows zero restraint when it comes to his song writing.

“Wrong or Right” ft. Ouncez O.Z. showcases shimmering and jangling guitars. As does the explicitly sexy “Kegels II” ft. NewNew Babii & Honey-B-Sweet, which forced me to hit the replay button a couple of times.

Throughout the album Juan Donovan’s production style perfectly complements the various styles of the unsigned, all-star supporting cast. Juan allows each of their vocals to shine and dictate the momentum of the instrumentals. Resulting in lush songs that perfectly blend together showcasing the chemistry between the producer and the artist. And when he decides to go it alone on the ethereal and expansive instrumental, “Always Be”, the results are no less impressive.

On “Like That”, Juan designs a steady thumping bass drum to underscore the lavish keys and strings which are further embellished by the vocals. “Summertime” ft. PromKnght takes us to the hallway mark, as the album continues to build with emotional intensity.

You can hear that Juan Donovan is putting a lot of thought into his work. Almost every track can be used to chill after a hard day’s work, or as a sensual bedroom jam, but you can also imagine it banging in a late-night club setting.

“Lonely” ft. Neguine Niktash highlights seductive vocals which fit perfectly in the cozy, smooth flowing and crisp instrumentation. “Entitled” ft. Danni Jackson & Lance Prime is melody and harmony in its purist form.

It’s easy to get lost between the kick drums, and the mellifluous vocals, and before you know it, the track is over. “Xposed” ft. Antonia Marquee, introduces a sultry, smoky voice, over dynamic percussion and glistening organic warmth.

“L’amour de ma vie” is another handmade instrumental by Juan Donovan, where his commitment to lusciously layered intricacies makes his music so immediately appealing. The album closes with “Midnight In Paradise” ft. Danni Jackson who serenades to a resonant piano dominated backdrop.

On this album we witness the Juan Donovan formula in its most smooth and fully developed state. “When Morning Is Still Last Night” exposes his versatility and soul as a producer, as well as his unprecedented attention to, and manipulation of detail.

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Nerdy G – “On My Grind” preserves a classic lyrical rap style! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nerdy-g-on-my-grind-preserves-a-classic-lyrical-rap-style http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/nerdy-g-on-my-grind-preserves-a-classic-lyrical-rap-style#respond Sun, 21 Mar 2021 15:18:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=45029 Dominic Sanchez, better known as Nerdy G, was born in Ware, MA. Hip-Hop was introduced to Nerdy G by an uncle who was a lyricist himself. Listening to favorites such as J Crime from Foul Airplay, Big L, 2 Pac, and more, Nerdy G began writing his own songs around the age of thirteen. He has since focused on perfecting his craft, writing, and recording with friends. All in preparation for releasing his first solo project in 2021. In fact April 8th sees Nerdy G drop his single “On My Grind”, which will be available on all major digital download and streaming platforms. Produced by Mazement/Studio Red Productions, “On My Grind” comes out via the Rize Up Entertainment record label.

The single “On My Grind” represents the working class of the world who are constantly on their grind to make a living. Nerdy G’s flow can be quick, but never inaudible. He always finds ways to connect his lines with clarity, flow, catchiness, and a vacancy of filler or awkward lines. He has a distinct voice that supplements his unique lines which makes him stand out even more in the current rap scene, especially in contrast with some of his contemporaries who for the most part have very diverse vocal pitches.

Nerdy G preserves a classic lyrical rap style but never lets his performance become stale, boring, or obsolete. The metaphors, the anecdotes and analogies come thick and fast, as the rapper weaves his narrative. You’ll be hearing his ingenious comparisons and smart wordplay as he unfolds the art of grinding that will allow you to reap the benefits of life. Nerdy G’s nimble-burst flow and ability to craft a relevant set of verses comes to the fore with “On My Grind”.

Nerdy G will no doubt conquer the fickle tendencies of hip-hop fans worldwide within his niche. The track finds itself imbued with the kind of assured professionalism that is only permitted those who already have a string of releases under their belts. Nerdy G successfully crafts a track that represents balance, artistic talent and the sought after organic emotion that is lacking in most of the overhyped, mechanical rap and hip-hop music we hear today.

The new wave of hip-hop gentlemen have been degrading the core essentials of the game in recent years, but Nerdy G brings back much of its original allure and shine with “On My Grind”.  It’s got all the elements of style, but also has the beat and that special thing that reverberates through time, the bars. Nerdy G’s attitude is genuine. His vortex of energy sounds natural and unforced. He taps into his influences with seeming effortless measures.

Regarding his lyrical approach in the track, Nerdy G perfectly illustrates what you should expect from him going forward. His word work is laser-sharp and spills an attitude that within time could be something that will be some of the strongest attributes he builds. Nerdy G does not fail to impress on “On My Grind”, if you like real rap, there is no excuse not to have this.

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Dr Mikey – “I’m Proud Of It” – as compelling, creative and powerful as ever! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dr-mikey-im-proud-of-it-as-compelling-creative-and-powerful-as-ever http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dr-mikey-im-proud-of-it-as-compelling-creative-and-powerful-as-ever#respond Fri, 19 Mar 2021 17:51:35 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44982 To narrate Dr Mikey’s life and career moves, would require a whole chapter apart. To cut to the core, he was born in a ghetto north of Paris. His mother is from Guadeloupe and his father is from Guyana. At 14, a serious accident made him unable to walk. Fighting to rehabilitate his two broken hips, he moved from Paris to the jungle of St. Laurent du Maroni, with his father. There he found his love for music, with a desire to become a rapper and singer. At 18 he formed the reggae group Damaniak in Guyana before returning to France in 1997 and launching Instint 2 Scarla in which he was the rapper and lead singer. In 2000, a meeting his manager Sonia Kinany who took him to the United States, where a year he would form True 2 Life Players with Louisiana rapper, La Balle.

Dr Mikey

In his career Dr Mikey has toured with with Bone Thugs & Harmony, The Mothugs Family, and Won-G, as well as performing with Capleton, Sean Paul, M. Vegas, Buju Banton, and Spragga Benz. In 2020 Dr Mikey released his long-awaited album “I’m Karibbean”, featuring 14 tracks and one hour of music, including both English and French language songs. Now he is back with his latest single, “I’m Proud Of It”.

Dr Mikey is artist a finely-tuned, radio-friendly and club-banger attitude. Naturally “I’m Proud Of It” has a focus on both of these facets. And naturally, it’s superb. There’s little that needs to be said about the production quality, as it is of an extremely high standard (as expected). Vocally and lyrically, Dr Mikey is as compelling, creative and powerful as ever.  But it’s the tone of his voice and the lyrical theme that Dr Mikey has dived into which is most impressive.

“I’m a black man and I’m so proud of it. I’m ghetto and I’m loud. I’m So Proud of It. I make noise. I’m So Proud of It. What you ear it’s just joy. I’m so proud of it,” exclaims Dr Mikey in “I’m Proud Of It”. It’s clear that he has intentionally trodden a tightrope between bringing his sound to bang into 2021, but also keeping his thoughts consciously focused on socio-political dilemmas that continue to plague mankind. And, Dr Mikey has done it extremely well.

A celebration of Black History Month, “I’m Proud Of It” blends Dancehall and Reggae flavors with Hip-hop and Dance grooves. Rhythmically driving and with intricate, highly orchestrated production from Skandalyze, it’s extremely solid work and pleasing on the ear.  “I’m Proud Of It” is a searing diatribe on the devaluing of human life based on skin color, except that Dr Mikey tackles the subject from a positive standpoint.

“They, can say what they want about us. We welcome everyone one to come party with us. We don’t have that much, but we always have enough. Enough to share,” chants Dr Mikey. It’s a declaration of humble, but proud resilience, in the face of those who are unfairly and ignorantly against us in life. The amalgam between a party banging rhythm, and a heavily conscious narrative, is highly commendable on “I’m Proud Of It”. Another superb job by Dr Mikey.

Connect with Dr Mikey on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snap @drmikeyofficial or visit his page on http://www.mgrallstar.com

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See Your Shadow Songwriting – “I Know My Worth” – a female empowerment anthem! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/see-your-shadow-songwriting-i-know-my-worth-a-female-empowerment-anthem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/see-your-shadow-songwriting-i-know-my-worth-a-female-empowerment-anthem#respond Fri, 19 Mar 2021 01:33:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44959 Music holds a lot of power. It can alter your mood, lower stress, make you more productive, but beyond that, songs have been utilized as a way to educate the masses. There are many fierce anthems of female empowerment, recorded by artists from the 1960s until the present, which help combat distorted notions about women, which are deeply engrained in our psyches. Culture and society at large is constantly sending negative messages to girls and women about how they should look and behave. Recently See Your Shadow Songwriting dropped its own in-house made Country-Hop female anthem, entitled “I Know My Worth”.

See Your Shadow Songwriting is a musical creation project currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Run by Michael Coleman, aka The Metropolitan Cowboy, See Your Shadow is unique in the fact that it is a collaborative network of talented vocalists and musicians who make the songs it creates their star.

Michael Coleman

Not only did Coleman and crew turn out a fun, entertaining and informative song, but also decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the song to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) to help those who have been victims of sexual assault, and to pay homage to Coleman’s mother who herself was a survivor.

Okay, yes, this was written by a man, but that makes the song all the more convincing. “Living up to perfection as defined by someone else. Sure-fire way to lose your sense of self,” writes Michael Coleman, and it sure enough makes honest to goodness sense. But the song is filled with plenty of positive, inspiring and confidence boosting mantras which the ladies can hang onto, and pull out in moments of self-doubt.

Banjos jangle and guitars twang, in a southern fried blend of Americana goodness. It’s all deftly constructed and beautifully realized, as the vocals switch from mellifluous crooning to straight out rapping, subtly alluding to the new hick-hop craze, albeit without the down and dirty, beer-swilling aggression.

It quickly becomes apparent that “I Know My Worth” very much deserves to be considered equally alongside the rest of the See Your Shadow Songwriting discography and not seen as a one-off novelty.

“I Know My Worth” manages to tick most See Your Shadow Songwriting boxes, being heartwarming, melodic and uplifting. The nuanced song craft and classic Michael Coleman leitmotifs are very much in evidence, showcasing his ongoing strength in constructing engaging, meaningful and rewarding songs. The track’s major highlight comes from leftfield, with its breezily exuberant country beat and unexpected rap interludes.

“I Know My Worth” by See Your Shadow Songwriting is big-hearted music, which is pushing boundaries – musically, ethically and socially. Michael Coleman has a keen sense of the world around him. His lyrical concerns have never been timelier. Unique in their sound and their ambition, See Your Shadow Songwriting are not like any other musical project. They sound like musicians working together with creative and personal fulfillment.

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Albanian-American Emcee Ajsin puts substance over style! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/albanian-american-emcee-ajsin-puts-substance-over-style http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/albanian-american-emcee-ajsin-puts-substance-over-style#respond Wed, 17 Mar 2021 15:43:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44908 Ajsin is an Albanian-American who was raised in the Bronx NY, and now lives in Boston. He grew up with the Hip-hop culture inside of him all the time, but never took action until recently when he decided to drop his first two songs, “Bigger Than The Realest” and “Life Is Hell Trying To Make It Out”. These tracks signify the beginning phase of Ajsin’s recording career. The rapper’s passion for words pulses through the speakers on these cuts, as he takes his time to carefully choose his lyrics and the messages he wishes to send. Asjin is not obsessed with machine-gun rhyming, or twisted melodic verses, instead he takes his cue from many of the old-school rappers, who put substance over style.

Asjin

There are reams of rappers who have made careers explaining how “real” they are, while building their brands on empty hype. Ajsin seems more down to earth as he concentrates on the rhymes he is writing, providing a ground-level view of human existence on “Life Is Hell Trying To Make It Out”. He unpacks the struggles, the grind, the hustles and the injustices, in a world built on suffering, despair, sacrifice and iniquity.

It is clear from his carefully chosen words on “Life Is Hell Trying To Make It Out” that Ajsin is a politically and socially aware emcee, maintaining a keen eye on his community and his culture. In a way, the track is a blistering broadside in the face of the slew of misguided and wrong-headed artists working to cheapen rap and stack papers, rather than focusing their energies on the issues that are really important to the community.

Ajsin experiments a bit with his style on “Bigger Than The Realest” where he dabbles in some bold self-empowering bars challenging the ethics of the players in the game and the industry as a whole, while still not forgetting about life’s unfair obstacles aimed at only a chosen few.

It’s an ambitious execution that lands where it is supposed to, as Asjin unravels life’s circumstances. In terms of powerful displays of pure skill and big ideas, this track shows a super-confident Asjin firing on all cylinders, eager to take his game to the public, and ready to change the world.

Asjin’s work on these songs, often recall the core of New York hip-hop in the 90’s – attention to lyrics centered on the skills of the emcee with the intention to make the audience think about an issue or subject in a different way. Challenging the listener’s core assumptions and viewpoints, doesn’t happen as often as we might hope for, in today’s music scene, so Asjin promises to be a very welcomed exception to the rule.

Connect with Asjin on Instagram @AJ.SIN83 and at RapChat @AJSIN1

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“Changes” – KT sounds alert, urgent, and on a mission! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/changes-kt-sounds-alert-urgent-and-on-a-mission http://jamsphere.com/reviews/changes-kt-sounds-alert-urgent-and-on-a-mission#respond Tue, 16 Mar 2021 12:12:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=44885 Dawit Tyson aka KT (Keep Trying) has been writing poetry since age 6, and started rapping at 11.  The California resident, engrained in the hip-hop culture, recently dropped his confrontational single, “Changes”. Here KT sounds alert, urgent, and on a mission, shifting between cadences and registers with flawless dexterity. This musical project paints what can only be described as an entirely vivid culmination of the rapper’s flustered mindset up to this point, as articulates his impatience with waiting for changes that never seem to come.

KT wastes no time in conveying his sentiments on “Changes”, as he comes out of the blocks in an awe-inspiring and completely thrilling fashion. He matches the percussive energy of the beat with his equally kinetic delivery — one that is entrenched in rhythmic flows, powerful lyrics, and an energetic force that takes not a single second to slow down.

This track sees KT rollick in a style slightly removed from his past releases. Here he sounds more focused, edgy and electrified. Those exact facets actually make this track so impacting, because it cannot be stressed enough how much of an immersive, captivating, and frankly surprising musical experience that this song brings.

In a time when most of KT’s contemporaries are more obsessed with sweetly twisting melodic deliveries, he comes out with a tense and tight urgency. It’s a daring step, but with that said, few tracks of equal significance, thus far this year, can match the sheer amount of enthrallment that “Changes” delivers. In doing so, it actually does accomplish what KT set out to do with this track.

No matter his approach, you’ll consistently feel as though you are in the presence of a man who has spent his time honing his craft as a rapper and now is as eager as ever to display his abilities on the mic. Hopping aboard this single and joining KT for a ride across his restless and highly-strung performance is certainly an original and excitable experience. You’ll be treated to some heartfelt wordplay along the way.

No doubt, the hip-hop thrills packed into KT’s latest single, “Changes” are sure to do wonders in terms of breaking the mundanity of the moment, in these troubled times. Especially when we’re all living in a moment that doesn’t seem to be changing rapidly enough for the better. It only gives this single more relatability and authenticity, as we go about our own daily struggles and grind, searching desperately for change.

In the long run, “Changes” will likely prove effective in just about any context. Moreover, complete with a speaker-knocking bass beat, dynamic hi-hats and a determined flow, the track marks a new level of confidence, and ownership in KT’s skillset. This energetic track is a refreshing reminder of KT’s musical passion as he continues to elevate his craft.

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