Buddy Nelson – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:33:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Adrian Kniffley: “Authentic” – a tool to connect people through emotional storytelling http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/adrian-kniffley-authentic-tool-connect-people-emotional-storytelling http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/adrian-kniffley-authentic-tool-connect-people-emotional-storytelling#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 14:13:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31554 Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 17, Adrian Kniffley latched onto music as a constant. “I’ve always loved to create. Through music I had a way to express my creative side in my own way. I never started doing music to be a millionaire or to glorify material things. Just followed my […]

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Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 17, Adrian Kniffley latched onto music as a constant. “I’ve always loved to create. Through music I had a way to express my creative side in my own way. I never started doing music to be a millionaire or to glorify material things. Just followed my heart.” The Louisville, KY, artist, was born into a musically cultured family, and began writing songs and composing music by 4th grade. After being introduced to the music producing program, FL Studio, Adrian knew he had found his niche. For much of the last couple of years hip-hop has been under a microscope. As many artists found success with seemingly indecipherable lyrics. Critics have been questioning if these lyricists deserve a seat at rap’s table. Their penchant for mumbling words over a hard beat became a fan magnet, but not all of hip-hop’s vanguard welcomed the new regime with open arms.

The predicament of simple comprehension in hip-hop is a crucial one, but when you have a lyrical rapper like Adrian Kniffley in the room, all the dreck and the drivel of mumble rap disappears; technical skill, poetic quality and social significance come to the fore.

Adrian raises the stakes of rhyming by presenting his aspirations, his experiences as well as the challenges he faces on the album “Authentic”. He then pairs this with a commentary on the priorities in the culture he is surrounded by. Adrian also calls into question the ideal of ‘realness’, which has long been affiliated with street cred.

Often Adrian Kniffley’s wordplay is so subtle, so effortless, you don’t even realize he’s doing it at first, and when you do, you think back and say, “Damn, Adrian. That was dope.” Unlike a lot of emcees who act tough in their raps, Adrian gets very real very quick in a way that catches you off-guard. Part of the power of some of his lines comes from its brevity; it comes at you so fast, it hits you like a blow to the face. Taken into account all the aforementioned elements,

The proliferation of the album, “Authentic”, isn’t simply a transmission of sound; it’s Adrian Kniffley’s mode of expression, and as such, a tool to connect people through emotional storytelling. Besides the content of Adrian’s verses, which is powerfully descriptive, and the tone, which echoes the emotions of artist, the collage of sound that Adrian Kniffley constructs, with alliteration, metaphor, and multi-syllabic rhyme, is impeccable.

Most rappers can’t rap with the conviction nor the technical skill that Adrian does on tracks like, “Habitual” (Prod. SOTB), “When it’s On” (Prod. Damien Tomasso) and “Instinct” (Prod. Damien Tomasso).  At the same time there is plenty of ear-catching and soul-sitting material here, which will captivate you long before the message does. The best of these include, “Just Chill” feat. Christina Marie (Prod. Crackdosja), “All Good” feat. Emmit Jay and “What We Like” ft. Rolo (Prod. Crackdosja).

Throughout “Authentic”, Adrian Kniffley beautifully illustrates the story-lines and delivers the lines as if he’s dictating what’s happening as it occurs. You can almost see the words floating around in the air, rearranging themselves until they make sense and culminate into clear pictures. The debate between mumble and lyrical rappers, no doubt, will continue. In the meantime settle down, turn up the volume and enjoy the true essence of a lyrical rapper.

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Jahmings Mccow Set To Release New Single – “Trod It Through” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jahmings-mccow-set-release-new-single-trod http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jahmings-mccow-set-release-new-single-trod#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:40:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31537 In the pantheon of underground reggae artists, Jahmings Mccow is right up there at the top. He has gained critical acclaim for both his expressive vocal delivery and his exceptional skills as a songwriter, and the undeniable charisma is another part of the draw. Like the great pioneering figures that came before him, Mccow’s biggest […]

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In the pantheon of underground reggae artists, Jahmings Mccow is right up there at the top. He has gained critical acclaim for both his expressive vocal delivery and his exceptional skills as a songwriter, and the undeniable charisma is another part of the draw. Like the great pioneering figures that came before him, Mccow’s biggest claims to fame comes through ardent songs that expose the vulnerable heart of a passionate man, and like his more famous peers Mccow has also recorded a lot of astute social commentary and expressions of the struggles of humankind. Jahmings Mccow was already happening as an artist during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, when he started forming his own bands, before going on to do studio work with the likes of Max Romeo and Sugar Minott. He has since remained a force to be reckoned in the underground, continually releasing new music and forging his own path relentlessly. Put it all together and the end result is an awesome catalogue.

But Jahmings Mccow keeps building his brand and expanding his craft. Right now he is in the studio mixing and mastering his upcoming brand new single release “Trod It Through” which we managed to get a preview copy of. This slow-burning ballad has got all the credentials to really boost Mccow’s profile.

From the bluesy arrangement to the gently loping rhythm, as usual it’s his voice that cuts through to make the most lasting impression. It’s the heartfelt anguish that really draws attention; he’s singing every word as an honest reflection of the circumstances that he sees around him.

The expert mix, places the slowly pounding drum pattern to the fore, with a haunting keyboard and guitar pattern lingering alongside it. The melodic bass meanders woefully as Mccow wails of the injustices meted out by an inequitable world. In some instances he uses biblical language to relate the plight of innocent.

The pain and anguish his voice indicates that he is singing about his own experiences rather than merely observing. The blend of Jahmings Mccow’s great lyrics and melody, all play starring roles. Always front and center is his understated, willowy tenor, which invites the listener to pay attention.

A new Jahmings Mccow release is always cause for celebration, and with “Trod It Through”, Mccow once again proves that in the quiet environment of the studio he is still quite capable of turning out a quality product. Simply put, Mccow adds another jewel in his crown with the new single which is coming soon. The artist also has a new album in the works, to be called “Metal & Paper” which will feature this latest single.

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TRVP HIPPI3Z: “On Lock” rides a creative high http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/trvp-hippi3z-lock-rides-creative-high http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/trvp-hippi3z-lock-rides-creative-high#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:00:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31483 TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars […]

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TRVP HIPPI3Z is a Canadian rap duo who just dropped their latest single entitled, “On Lock”.  Listeners beware. This product has been known to blow up and cause fires in a variety of stereo systems, due to the super-hot fire provided by this crew. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a team-up that has risen as great exemplars of righteous chaos. Their supersonic sound and hard-nosed imagery gives them a mysterious sheen, but the duo have grounded themselves via booming production, and a sonorous verbal presence, coupled with their willingness to fuck you up. Their chest-beating bravado is explosive on “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)”, and is again evident “On Lock”.

“On Lock” is a front-loaded blitzkrieg that shows TRVP HIPPI3Z’s knack for packaging serrated witticisms into prismatic rhymes. Flow-wise, there is no lack of muscular skill-flexing. This is an intensely consistent assault of a record, with deftness and finesse, but enough surgical precision to land haymaker after haymaker line. Bombast meets melody with the production shining throughout, as the standout flows and hooks unite to meet each other with unmatched intensity. There is a lot to love here.

“On Lock” marches with a robotic swagger and packs emotional punch in abundance. Never compromising, never obstructed, TRVP HIPPI3Z revel in the sheer audacity of rapping, their mere voices an act of defiance. The dark bass heavy beat by RichRick is minimal but just as bold, keeping the tension high. Maybe it’s that dichotomy that makes TRVP HIPPI3Z’s an exciting prospect in the hip hop game currently.

Even in an age when Kendrick is revolutionizing the genre, when Kanye is redefining the word megalomania and when Chance the Rapper is leading a vanguard of new talent for whom classic long playing records look like a foregone conclusion.

Hardly anybody fresh out of the blocks in the underground could make vital tracks like “IDGAF (Prod. THZ)” and the new single, “On Lock” sound quite so effortless. TRVP HIPPI3Z may not be famous just yet, but their rhymes remain taut and vicious, and their beat choices are able to shake the foundations of a skyscraper.

In a world filled with upheaval where trust and compassion appear in short supply TRVP HIPPI3Z are here to educate, discuss, provoke and attack – whichever is necessary. Their honest lyrics reflect the problems of today’s society with perfectly fitting beats. TRVP HIPPI3Z is a hip-hop duo that manages to alternately sound futuristic and old school.

TRVP HIPPI3Z sound vital in a musical climate that can often feel stagnant and too often not any fun at all. The duo are clearly having fun and are perfectly matched as they ride a creative high having put out two great hip hop songs within the space of only a few days. They’re setting a fantastic example of how two people should come together to grow as artists.

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Dub Haiku grabs the listener’s attention the second they hit play http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dub-haiku-grabs-listeners-attention-second-hit-play http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dub-haiku-grabs-listeners-attention-second-hit-play#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 19:09:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31461 Combining reggae with the sounds of dub, fusion, and modern jam bands, Dub Haiku formed in Lyons, Colorado in 2016. The band consists of original members Garrison Schulte (keyboards, melodica & vocals), Alex Kohler (drums), Garrett Long (guitar & vocals), Alex Bullen (bass guitar) and Aaron Rovenger (guitar). Their self-released, self-titled EP, was recorded just […]

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Combining reggae with the sounds of dub, fusion, and modern jam bands, Dub Haiku formed in Lyons, Colorado in 2016. The band consists of original members Garrison Schulte (keyboards, melodica & vocals), Alex Kohler (drums), Garrett Long (guitar & vocals), Alex Bullen (bass guitar) and Aaron Rovenger (guitar). Their self-released, self-titled EP, was recorded just months after their lineup solidified and demonstrates their original songwriting and dedication to the genre. Throughout the entire EP, bass lines and guitar licks are crisp and clean, while the melodies are elegantly crafted in this thoughtful well defined package.

Influenced by everything from the mainstream popularity of Bob Marley to California feel music to even a bit of rock, this collection of songs, fully holds up the signature sound this genre has been engraving in fan’s ears since its humble beginnings to its worldwide dominance.

The EP grabs the listener’s attention the second you hit play and let the first few chords of the opening track “Crazy World” fill the room’s atmosphere. The vocalist embraces a melodic, soulful voice on slow-burning beat that instantly gives the listener a taste of just about everything that this recording holds in store for them.

Whether it’s a snazzy beat of drums or some great catchy guitar and keyboard riffs, it all comes in a completed bowed package waiting to be unwrapped. Listeners will find themselves bobbing in their seats and humming along to the melody of “Livity” with its chilled out beat.

For being a band so into creating a vibe, Dub Haiku’s attention to detail is impeccable. And this is what makes the band stand out from the rest of the Reggae groups. They have a sound that is crisp and clean on “One Day Maybe”. Everything just seems to fit beautifully in the songs and there’s a perfect balance between the instruments.

No unnecessary vocal flare or obnoxious drumming. In fact Alex Kohler (drums) does an awesome job behind the kit, keeping the traditional reggae shuffle feel in the songs without ever overstepping the line of extravagance. The guitars too, play a dominant part in the dynamics and depth of the music.

The vocals again does a great job on “Wildfire”, with the guitars delivering lots of variation in thick contrasting tones. However, one of the coolest parts of this song is Alex Bullen on the bass. Steadily throbbing in the background, he pushes the song along incredibly well.

Like I said before, everything just fits in the balance, and just flows. Awesome song. As soon as you press play on this elf-titled EP, you are officially a passenger on a picturesque journey. From the opening bars of the first song to the closing bars of the last, Dub Haiku’s sound takes a hold of your soul, and brings you to a place that only breeds a sense of positivity.

From the thick and heavy bass lines, to the crisp timing of the drums, and the shimmering guitar work, this recording forces you to move with the rhythm at each turn of the track. Throughout this EP, there are plenty of surprises that will bring out superior spirits and emotions in listeners, while Dub Haiku carve out their own graceful style of timeless reggae music.

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Kitson Lau: “Be By Your Side” will charm you, hook you, and make you feel comfortable! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kitson-lau-side-will-charm-hook-make-feel-comfortable http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/kitson-lau-side-will-charm-hook-make-feel-comfortable#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 02:52:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31446 Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the […]

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Kitson Lau wears many hats – a musician, songwriter, singer and graphic designer, he is also a medical graduate. Initially without any musical background, Kitson became inspired by Norwegian record producer and DJ, Alan Walker. This passion drove him to learn music and song production. And soon, with dedication and focus Kitson Lau hit the top of the China Kanjian ING 10 Charts with his Mandopop albums. Since signing to Sony Music Entertainment Malaysia, Kitson has been encouraged to record English songs, so now he is making his official debut via Sony, with the song “Be By Your Side”, which is part of a 3 track EP.

“Be By Your Side” is a sentimental pop track with a catchy melody which tells the story of two people in love that are inspired by each other. It’s a narrative which explains that love can conquer all. This can almost be described as one of those most amazingly beautiful, loving, tender, kind, inspiring, feel better, compassionate songs that no longer exists in the current music scene.

With this song Kitson stretches out the distance between himself and his contemporaries, few of which you can even bat an eye at. If you are looking for music with an inspiring love aura to it, then look no further.

This story is inspiration, and illustrates the power of the positive. The power of the positive is what Kitson Lau delivers through his songs, and it is enshrouded in genuine art, beautiful music, and a golden voice. It is just so refreshing to see a new young artist who seems to live the experiences he shares through his art and gifts.

He is honest, transparent and willing to make his personal evolution. “Be By Your Side” affirms not only love and a willingness to embrace it with an open heart, but this track celebrates everything that should make us love and appreciate this artist.

“Be By Your Side” is both upbeat and happy yet really profound with insight, metaphor and thoughtful imagery that invites the listener into a deeper reflection of existence. All while communicating joy. The fact of the matter is that Kitson Lau has such a lovely spirit and it shines through his music.

This track seems to be performed from the heart as every word is sung with passion that flows throughout. Kitson has a way with words. He knows how to get to an emotion without hesitating. And he never fails to lift the mind and spirit with the perfect match of lyric to music.

The first thing that sticks out while listening to the music is Kitson Lau’s voice. He has a great range, and he shows it off without being a showoff. The instrumentation is also flawless on this track, so we get the best of both worlds. Kitson Lau will charm you, hook you and make you feel comfortable – all in the same song. “Be By Your Side” is an expressive paean to love’s transformative powers.

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J-Carter: “Time to Shine”…And He Does! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-carter-time-shine http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/j-carter-time-shine#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:43:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31423 J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And […]

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J-Carter is based out of New Jersey. Motivated by a plethora of hip-hop artists who have appeared on the scene during the past 30 years, Carter began his musical journey by writing lyrics at the age of 13. “Time to Shine”, his debut album, has been in the works for nearly 2 years now. “And now it’s here to hopefully shed light on all aspects of the world we live in,” says J-Carter. The Deluxe version of the album includes 19 tracks and features Cateasha Carter, Jasmine Carter, Aaron Carter, Jacee Carter and Janiya Harris. “Time to Shine” is a clinic of Hip-Hop execution, an insanely long album that is almost devoid of filler which is a near impossibility in the genre. J-Carter’s flow is diverse, deftly maneuvering between melodic catchy hooks to ridiculously fast rhymes that are often genius in their complexity.

“Still A Killa”, “Ain’t Yo Ni**a”, “Got It Going On” ft. Cateasha Carter, “Hold Mine Down” ft. Jacee Carter and “Remember When” all show J-Carter flowing at an absurdly high level and backed by stunning beats that are powerfully strong in their own right, but are still overshadowed by the smooth flow of the vocal deliveries themselves.

The strength of “Time to Shine” is more than quality flows, rhymes, and beats; it’s alarmingly consistent in a genre that is anything but, and stands as an utter achievement of rap art. It weighs strong lyrically and accessibility wise, and is an overwhelmingly well executed Hip-Hop album from a vocal delivery standpoint.

J-Carter’s talent is undeniable, and almost impossible to conceive until you press play. J-Carter is one of the purest underground rappers to grace the mic. When you talk about lyrics, punchlines, metaphors, flow and mic presence, Carter has it all. Check him out on killer tracks such as “Who Here Wit Me” ft. Aaron Carter and Cateasha Carter, “Get Up Off That”, “I’m On It” and “Keep It 100”.

From the above tracks you can gauge that J-Carter’s key to a successful sound though is not just the sheer verbal wizardry but his ability to tap into crossover audiences with songs that mixed fly beats, soulful samples and a strong personality.

He is also equally good at holding down entire tracks on his own, or sharing verses and choruses with his features. The bottom line is, if your head isn’t furiously bobbing to some of these beats, you’re either tone deaf or just aren’t a fan of hip hop at all.

So while the beats are created to make your neck sore, J-Carter only enhances the experience by riding each beat flawlessly. And his ability to utilize imagery just from the ambience of each song is amazing. J-Carter’s confidence on the mic makes him stand out among his contemporaries.

By the end of the album, most listeners will be begging for more of this refreshing sound. “Time to Shine” is an album that provides an immediate impact and seeks a steady response from fans in all four corners of the hip-hop world.

The lyrics sung will supply the elation that fills rooms, bring the nostalgia that transports us to the late 90’s, and fuels an assertive voice that booms through the microphone. The album “Time To Shine” is on the shelves of all major digital download stores. Find and follow J-Carter on Twitter and Facebook. Visit his Website for more information.

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Get Adam: “Something” ft. Rrr Pow oozes technical excellence and draws you in http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/get-adam-something-ft-rrr-pow-oozes-technical-excellence-draws http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/get-adam-something-ft-rrr-pow-oozes-technical-excellence-draws#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 01:48:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31418 Get Adam is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Avondale, AZ who has recently released his latest single, entitled “Something” ft. Rrr Pow, a talented and soulful female singer. The track is ideal to be played at an intimate club settings, because of its introspective execution, and slower tempo. Yet at the same time a […]

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Get Adam is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Avondale, AZ who has recently released his latest single, entitled “Something” ft. Rrr Pow, a talented and soulful female singer. The track is ideal to be played at an intimate club settings, because of its introspective execution, and slower tempo. Yet at the same time a simple remix of the track, could turn it into an anthem for major arenas and festivals, due to its strong hooks and melody, as well as big room chords by Get Adam, coupled with Rrr Pow’s crisp vocals. It has a liberating and refreshing vibe to it, and it is safe to say that EDM has never sounded more infectious and variable.

From the beach to the sandwich shop, from the hotel to the pool, and all the way to the airport and club, “Something” ft. Rrr Pow is a track that will comfortably fit in. When time goes slow, deadlines pile up and you don’t exactly look your best. All you need is some juice to kick start your day.

And nothing like EDM can give you the much-needed boost. When talking about EDM, you can’t miss out Get Adam, his music oozes technical excellence and draws you in.

The new single carries both energy and restraint and also manages to incorporate a beautiful melody and percussion that ties the song together. If last year’s formula for hit songs is anything to go by, then producers should know that different is good. However, different can sometimes be very difficult for some artists to adjust to.

Get Adam has certainly done big things in a short amount of time. He’s an artist who is adept at creating life-affirming originals. His musicianship is apparent in how easily this track can be stripped down. And his sound has matured, developing far beyond the type of music that is suitable for a DJ set only.

In fact there is much more to “Something” ft. Rrr Pow than a simple selection of instruments; there is an undeniable feeling of intent, an intangible sense that Get Adam has poured himself into every bar of production. And beyond that he even throws himself into competently rapping a verse, and in so doing adding an extra dimension to the track.

With each successive listen it becomes more apparent; every single note has a purpose, every snare hit and synth sound was methodically placed and painstakingly produced. Get Adam’s attention to detail is stunningly thorough, every single sound has been toiled over, worked and re-worked, until what is left is nothing short of perfection.

At first it was hard to define, but then I realized that “Something” ft. Rrr Pow has one thing that so many of today’s dance music productions do not — it has a soul.

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Twizm Whyte Piece: “TWP 3:16” – a well-rounded and addictive sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/twizm-whyte-piece-twp-316-well-rounded-addictive-sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/twizm-whyte-piece-twp-316-well-rounded-addictive-sound#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 12:17:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31401 Rapper Twizm Whyte Piece Aka T.w.p.’s music has always been about his life. His songs are usually very personal, with a specific theme which is easy to catch. His songs are very atmospheric whether they are hard-hitting or slow burning.  Those facts continue in his latest album “TWP 3:16”, where he sings or raps about various occurrences […]

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Rapper Twizm Whyte Piece Aka T.w.p.’s music has always been about his life. His songs are usually very personal, with a specific theme which is easy to catch. His songs are very atmospheric whether they are hard-hitting or slow burning.  Those facts continue in his latest album “TWP 3:16”, where he sings or raps about various occurrences or feelings in his life, with great atmosphere. His flow and lyricism have improved since last year, and the messages are as clear as ever. It takes guts to be as vulnerable and to write about the personal matters T.w.p. does on this album. The way he pours his heart out is something not everyone could do. We live in a world today where we try not to open up and show ourselves. Lack of honesty has led to a generation full of anxiety, isolation, broken relationships, and frustration. By opening up and allowing listeners to join in, T.w.p. lets others see that they are not alone in their struggles. It encourages frankness and openness, which is something we all could use more of in our lives.

Aside from strong lyrical and thematic quality, Twizm displays remarkable growth musically as well. Each song is beautifully crafted, with dark, moody, theatrical music, as well as some banging beats. His rapping has become even more complex and intense at the same time. He can really do it all, write and rap, and it’s exciting to see him growing and improving.

“TWP 3:16”, is in my opinion, one of the best all-around rap albums so far in the New Year. It’s well rounded and has an addictingly good sound. Real music. That’s the brand, the motivation and quite noticeably, the theme of each Twizm Whyte Piece produces, with his latest being no exception to that brand.

“My Madonna” is embedded within a fiercely intense beat. The song has a massive sound that creates a sense of tension, anticipation for something unexpected yet suspiciously familiar. And from there on out its all plain sailing. Thematically, Twizm’s brutal honesty and transparency give his songs added meaning and impact.

Hence “So Many Eyez” has an even bigger sound. With sixteen tracks on the album, it’s certainly easy to see that the man is dedicated. Thoughts & Memories” has Twizm in stream of consciousness mode. This track sounds simple in concept, but because of how well-written it is, it stands out.

On “Feel My Struggle, Feel My Pain”, he shows that he has some serious potential and that he will be catching a lot of people’s attention. “Never NeverLand” and “Dialtone are among the best tracks on the album. As is “Ciroq & Hypnitiq” and “Watching Me Pt.2”.

But to be honest, there isn’t a skip-worthy song on the record. “Black Opz 2” and “Candy Shop” plays testimony to the fact that Twizm’s music is always an intense mix of meaningful lyrics and bone-chilling beats that enhance his all-round work. He never leaves his bars on the surface, but instead dives deeper into his mindset with each and every track.

It may be very difficult for Twizm Whyte Piece to top this album with his next one, but I will be very eager to see him try. In the meantime though, he’s left us with a great piece of work to process and enjoy. The award-winning rapper has definitely taken another big step on his road to becoming one of the premier rappers in the underground business.

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FUTHAMUCKA$ release incendiary debut single – “Social Disease” http://jamsphere.com/reviews/futhamucka-release-incendiary-debut-single-social-disease http://jamsphere.com/reviews/futhamucka-release-incendiary-debut-single-social-disease#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:13:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31395 The world we live in is going to hell, and in the face of heightened world tensions and political turmoil, FUTHAMUCKA$ incendiary debut single, “Social Disease” seems necessary and relevant. Edgy both in a musical and lyrical sense, the track may not be creating a new genre, per se, but it certainly propels the blend […]

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The world we live in is going to hell, and in the face of heightened world tensions and political turmoil, FUTHAMUCKA$ incendiary debut single, “Social Disease” seems necessary and relevant. Edgy both in a musical and lyrical sense, the track may not be creating a new genre, per se, but it certainly propels the blend of nu metal and rap genres to center stage of the scene once again, after its last serious appearance in the mid to late 1990s.

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Considering the fact that FUTHAMUCKA$ come out during an era when politically charged rap is once again creating shockwaves with its messages, FUTHAMUCKA$ music takes equally forceful lyrics and delivers them in a way that only a handful of bands have been willing and able to do throughout history.

FUTHAMUCKA$ sound is defined by many distinct and often unconventional characteristics, and their debut track will set a standard for years to come with what alternative rock rap can do.  Probably the most obvious characteristic that stands out upon listening to “Social Disease” is the grinding guitar work on the track.

Unusual in its complexity and eccentricity, the group brings a sound that arguably no one in the game is going to replicate.  The live instruments is what provides the listener with “Wow!” moments during the track.

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Another distinction on this track are the voices and powerful lyrics.  Much like the group’s guitar aptitude, there are numerous instances of lyrics that strike the listener.

Outspoken, the group’s lyrics are strikingly sharp, and regardless of the listener’s outlook, there is no denying the fact that the lyrics are certainly powerful and there is a message being delivered. One other overlooked yet important aspect of the group is the work on the bass too.

Edgy and angry – yet not overbearing – “Social Disease” is a trailblazing track that fuses genres more than it crosses them. Whether the listener agrees with FUTHAMUCKA$ lyrics or not there’s no denying the clout they provide.

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The group’s ability to blend rap with rock is exceptional, and although I’ve heard plenty of solid tracks that fuse/blend the rap and rock genres, none have been able to come close to what Shai Millie Rome (rapper, guitarist), LegendTerry (rapper, bassist), G420 (lyricist, singer, multi-instrumentalist) and Tonga (drums, songwriter, singer) do on this single.

The firepower on “Social Disease” is driven by FUTHAMUCKA$’ primal, unmistakable guitar riffs and funky bass licks, as the song exhibits fantastic musical variety and brilliant writing on the band members’ part.

This song shows off the Australian collective at its best; with variety, heaviness, catchiness, and a cutting edge attitude. The smooth booming vocal delivery, is a perfect complement to the aggressively groovy instrumental. FUTHAMUCKA$ are an elite task force of revolutionary musicians determined to confront the mountain of mainstream.

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“Family Straight” – Shashee ft. Kxng Davxd bring something extraordinary out of the hat http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/family-straight-shashee-ft-kxng-davxd-bring-something-extraordinary-hat http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/family-straight-shashee-ft-kxng-davxd-bring-something-extraordinary-hat#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 20:35:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31367 Kxng Davxd was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and has been in the acting industry since the age of 4. He began his career as an actor and has appeared on commercials for Nickelodeon, Universal Studios, Florida Tourism and many more over the years. He found his love and passion for creating music in […]

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Kxng Davxd was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and has been in the acting industry since the age of 4. He began his career as an actor and has appeared on commercials for Nickelodeon, Universal Studios, Florida Tourism and many more over the years. He found his love and passion for creating music in 2016 when a good friend introduced him to the music scene. Instantly he fell in love with the ability to create music and has recently decided to pursue a career in music. Kxng Davxd has just dropped a banger entitled “Family Straight” in collaboration with singer Shashee and producer Kidocean.  As much as some rappers hate to admit it, the search for the perfect hook or chorus to go between every 16 bars is as much a delicate craft as penning the verses. Now and then you can get away without a chorus and make a hit. But generally, you better be ready to sing or shout or sample something catchy as hell, or hire someone who can, to get your joint into heavy rotation.

In the 21st century, as hip-hop has become more collaborative, ‘hire someone’ is the most popular route, as emcees began outsourcing the task of writing and performing hooks. Every now and then something extraordinary comes out of the hat.

There are those moments when inspiration strikes and someone you’d never expect comes up with the anthem and hook you end up shouting about. “Family Straight” is unusual because it brings Shashee on the hooks and chorus, and then shows off her rapping skills on verse. This gives a neat contrast to Kxng Davxd’s flow and rhymes, giving the track depth and diversity.

When Kxng Davxd and Shashee go back and forth on “Family Straight”, they literally just take turns reciting their own personal refrain, first her and then him, with no call-and-response interaction or even gender pronouns to reverse.

And it works wonderfully, because they both have different, equally fantastic ways of ripping into the track’s unique cadence, which leaves no empty space between words. All throughout the track Shashee never abandons her facility for melody, and it works with incredible efficiency.

Rap hooks often rely on a simple, sing-song melody not unlike a nursery rhyme or jump rope song. Here on “Family Straight” it’s given a whole new twist – extended and precisely non-repetitive. It is the perfect melodic foil to the more aggressive rhymes by Kxng Davxd, who in his own right, throws a couple of melodic twists into his flow.

Over the years, R&B and hip-hop artists have joined forces to produce some amazing songs. Even though the line between the two styles is often blurred today, the gritty urban feel of hip-hop and the smooth melodies of R&B can come together on a single track with incredible results.

While artists from both genres often collaborate with one another, some duos simply work out better than others. Kxng Davxd and Shashee deliver a whole new experience. I doubt that their eclectic mix of styles could have been done better.

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Trazmo: “Moving On” – a blend that is both soothing, and euphoric http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trazmo-moving-blend-soothing-euphoric http://jamsphere.com/reviews/trazmo-moving-blend-soothing-euphoric#respond Sun, 28 Jan 2018 05:36:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31343 Twenty-nine year-old Trazmo is an up-an-coming French artist. Specializing in electronic genres, the producer has been making music for 10 years now. His latest offering is the Tropical House track, “Moving On”, out via the Music Revolution label. Trazmo is a horse of a different color when it comes to Tropical House music. The way […]

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Twenty-nine year-old Trazmo is an up-an-coming French artist. Specializing in electronic genres, the producer has been making music for 10 years now. His latest offering is the Tropical House track, “Moving On”, out via the Music Revolution label. Trazmo is a horse of a different color when it comes to Tropical House music. The way he incorporates the vocals and lead synth in his pieces is absolutely brilliant. He combines the progressive melodies of Tropical House with a soulful sound that melds perfectly; creating a blend that is both soothing, and euphoric. Trazmo’s drum patterns are extremely good, and overall his music just sounds really well composed. With a strong rhythm and a catchy melody, the vocals are added in to give the late night summer vibe that you won’t hear on the main stage of a large outdoor festival, but rather in NYC night clubs or on the intimate sets at your local auditorium.

And that’s what sets Trazmo apart from his contemporaries and peers. His brand of Tropical House on “Moving On”, is a lot more snug and warm than the regular anthemic motifs doing the rounds. Usually, electronic dance always has a habit of throwing everything, including the kitchen sink, at the listener.

This happens with the volume turned up to 11 and an explosive electronic riff usually substituting for the refrain. But then you have exceptions such as “Moving On”. The track is a unique, smooth take on a genre usually filled with loud noises. “Moving On’s” marquee of catchy riffs, vibrant and spacious atmosphere and incredible vocal talent will be a crowd-pleaser.

Trazmo delivers a warm and relaxing experience that will have you feeling like you’re floating towards heaven. There’s never an array of different electronic melodies and effects flying around at once. There aren’t any loud drums or earth-shaking bass to be found.

There is only the attractive craftsmanship of Trazmo and his ability to create a soulful song out of the same verse-buildup-drop structure of the traditional EDM track. He accomplishes this electronic music production by regressing to a melody and its surrounding harmonizing chords.

“Moving On” succeeds in the form of well-crafted, calm and collected electronic music that keeps to the form of the traditional EDM song structure, while avoiding the precarious clichés. Throughout its length, the delivers a relaxing experience through a lush style of production that creates a space of elation and composure in the otherwise noisy world of electronic music. Another strength of “Moving On” obviously stems from the amazing female vocal talent featured on the track.

In many ways, Trazmo gives electronic music artists tasked with navigating the post-EDM landscape a roadmap of sorts. It gracefully pays respect to the influences at its foundation while simultaneously refusing to adhere to its restrictive boundaries, incorporating instrumentation and a style with such taste that the track sounds like the logical next step in the creative journey of a navigated creator.

Once again, whether it’s the delicate chords in the verses which intertwine with the rhythm, or the bouncy keyboard stabs underneath the smooth vocals in the chorus, Trazmo’s talents as an electronic producer shines here. Add this to vocals – which has the ability to be both soft and soulful – and you have a successful track which certainly sets the tone for future releases from the artist.

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Moo-You: “I’m Not In Love But Love Is In Me”- swagger and charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moo-im-not-love-love-swagger-charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moo-im-not-love-love-swagger-charisma#respond Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:12:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31318 Raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres, Moo-You’s biggest influences musically included 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. Back with the 808 boom, the stone-cold rhymes, and that sturdy, warrior soul, Moo-You shows off his consistency in his latest EP project […]

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Raised in Houston, Texas with a great respect and love for music of all genres, Moo-You’s biggest influences musically included 2pac, Nas, Scarface, Mary J Blige, Outkast, Michael Jackson, Eminem, and Bun-B. Back with the 808 boom, the stone-cold rhymes, and that sturdy, warrior soul, Moo-You shows off his consistency in his latest EP project “I’m Not In Love But Love Is In Me”. Anyone familiar with his previous efforts will find the same mix of radio-friendly singles and the kind of Houston-styled street music made popular by the area’s legendary crews. Moo-You’s aqueous drawl and throat-attacking, uncompromising sneer, contrasts his effervescent verses. There are many moments of lyrical clarity, when the rapper’s observations cut through the thick twang of his voice, easily being the highlights of the record.

This is one of the better rap EP’s I’ve heard in quite a while, and definitely one of the most solid Southern underground recordings I’ve heard in years. While some Southern artists only get across because of their beats, some get across with their swagger and charisma, and even a select few get across with superb lyrics, Moo-You manages to combine all of those three things into one outstanding package.

Moo-You is an almost perfect emcee in every sense of the word; the wordplay, the flow, the diction, the presence, the ear for beats. He even gets considerably deeper than most of his Southern contemporaries, and is most definitely one of the most underrated lyricists in the game.

Tracks like “I’m The Shit” and “Die For You” sound like classic anthems instantly. However, they’re most definitely not the only highlights to be found on this EP. “Inspiration” has a soulful and an infectiously sung hook, while “Never Had” features some soaring elements, not least the high-pitched Maxwell sample that contrasts Moo-You’s low range rasp.

Moo-You gets down on all his verses as he has learned to make great songs rather than a song with simply two good verses. Everyone listens to rap for different reasons: beats, lyricism, punchlines, stories, messages, etc. When listening to “I’m Not In Love But Love Is In Me”, you get all of that. You can’t really go wrong if every facet of the rap game is covered.

Moo-You’s rhyme scheme is technically intricate but never over-complex, and he has a way to capture your attention because he rhymes with passion and charisma – something rappers have forgotten about in the past few years. Moo-You has talent and it’s no surprise this EP is hot. From banging beats to spitting fire over tracks, Texas really is the home of the playas and pimps, and Moo-You is on top of his game here.

While others may claim that they keep real, they don’t even come close to Moo-You. He’s on his game on just about every track. Whatever he is talking about, he’s always doing it with a skill, and a fierce style of rap that will have folks taking notice. “I’m Not In Love But Love Is In Me” is definitely a breath of fresh air compared to the snap, crackle and pop tunes polluting the airwaves nowadays.

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Justin 3 is a Lithuanian Pop-Rock Band for all Seasons! http://jamsphere.com/news/justin-3-lithuanian-pop-rock-band-seasons http://jamsphere.com/news/justin-3-lithuanian-pop-rock-band-seasons#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 00:14:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31257 Justin 3 is a music project formed by Justinas Stanislovaitis, an actor, singer and songwriter from Lithuania. The band has been aired on national, as well as some international radio stations. They have also made numerous TV performances and have played major festivals in Lithuania. Originally starting out as a cover band Justin 3 has […]

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Justin 3 is a music project formed by Justinas Stanislovaitis, an actor, singer and songwriter from Lithuania. The band has been aired on national, as well as some international radio stations. They have also made numerous TV performances and have played major festivals in Lithuania. Originally starting out as a cover band Justin 3 has since released various singles an EP.

The band still do private and corporate events, as well as weddings and festivals. They have three line-up variations to adequately handle any situation or setting:

Solo – One man band, acoustic music using Loop Pedals, foot keyboard, everything performed by one man. Perfect for Weddings, acoustic evenings, festivals, town fiestas.

Duo – one man band + keyboard, Perfect for Weddings, acoustic evenings, larger events, corporate events, festivals, town fiestas.

Trio – Three piece band, full Pop Rock sound, great for festivals, large events, festivals, town fiestas.

Their program consists of their own, original material plus cover songs, for a full program up to 3 hours long.

Justin 3 currently have a brand new single out, entitled “Born To Be Wild One”, which is available on all major digital download stores.

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M3 El Famoso Leon drops “Dead Inside” (Prod. Vessels) – contemplative psyche and deep-welled emotionalism http://jamsphere.com/news/m3-el-famoso-leon-drops-dead-inside-prod-vessels-contemplative-psyche-deep-welled-emotionalism http://jamsphere.com/news/m3-el-famoso-leon-drops-dead-inside-prod-vessels-contemplative-psyche-deep-welled-emotionalism#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:13:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31236 “Dead Inside” (Prod. Vessels) by M3 El Famoso Leon  is a dark, deep, rock, hip hop love song, about a guy that gets a record deal and falls in love with a mysterious girl. A songwriter, rapper, and singer from Bronx NY, music is M3 El Famoso Leon’s life, it’s how he express his most […]

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“Dead Inside” (Prod. Vessels) by M3 El Famoso Leon  is a dark, deep, rock, hip hop love song, about a guy that gets a record deal and falls in love with a mysterious girl. A songwriter, rapper, and singer from Bronx NY, music is M3 El Famoso Leon’s life, it’s how he express his most dark, as well as happy, life experiences.

This is hip-hop which does away with the soothing regularity of traditional flows and lyrics in favor of a brash, dangerously off-kilter rock attitude. M3 El Famoso Leon’s lively lyricism and the brilliantly grungy and experimental production form a beautiful team.

As murky, combative and depressing as his introspection can be, “Dead Inside” (Prod. Vessels)  is not difficult to listen to. With such extreme experiences comes a story that only its narrator can tell, and for artists like M3 El Famoso Leon, it’s inevitable for the listener to end up feeling some sort of attachment to the art at hand.

M3 El Famoso Leon certainly seeks to exceed his listeners’ expectations. And “Dead Inside” (Prod. Vessels)  is focused on both lyricism and production, showcasing disparate elements of rock and rap music into one all-encompassing journey. From the perspective of an upcoming rapper, M3 El Famoso Leon is earning his stripes as an artist who can do things on his own terms.

“Dead Inside” (Prod. Vessels)  shows that the rapper has notched up a level, giving the feeling that M3 El Famoso Leon is being even more candid than he has been before; finally allowing the mask to slip even further. The propulsion of the track seems designed to irrevocably drag the listener into the artist’s contemplative psyche and deep-welled emotionalism and, though stylized, intimates the woefulness he’s seen and felt.

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Myja – ready to spark up a wildfire! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/myja-ready-spark-wildfire http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/myja-ready-spark-wildfire#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:22:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31203 Los Angeles, CA-based side project Myja featuring Michael Marquart and Jacob Bunton release their debut self-titled album on January 12th, 2018. The record was produced, engineered and mixed by Jason Elgin (Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster, Collective Soul), at The Barn, Marquart’s studio in Malibu, CA. In today’s world of singles, short attention spans […]

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Los Angeles, CA-based side project Myja featuring Michael Marquart and Jacob Bunton release their debut self-titled album on January 12th, 2018. The record was produced, engineered and mixed by Jason Elgin (Maylene & The Sons Of Disaster, Collective Soul), at The Barn, Marquart’s studio in Malibu, CA. In today’s world of singles, short attention spans and immediate gratification, it goes against the grain to release a 10 track rock album. But then I guess that Myja are not a band to go along with the crowd. Let’s face it: Being a classic rock band in 2018 requires a very specific amount of fearlessness, where taking yourself and your music seriously may compromise how seriously others may take you. If you’re willing to create a full-length album in today’s warped industry, then you better be willing to put everything you’ve got into it. Anything less simply wouldn’t do. The LA duo realize this, and go into writing the band’s debut album, ready to spark up a wildfire.

The first thing that strikes you about the music, is that there are no egos, no rock star attitudes and no going through the motions.  These are obviously musicians with a past, a present, and most excitingly… a future.  The next thing of note, is probably the most important in a rock band – the vocals.

From the opening melodic rocker “Hit and Run”, it’s evident that vocalist has the chops to sing the phone-book and make it sound majestic… without misdialing. My theory is confirmed on the following number “Anniversary”, which also establishes the status of the big choruses and harmonies. The third track, “Breath”, closes the deal as Myja forge gritty guitar riffs and screaming solo lines. It’s a clincher. This is rock from another era, where melody, rhythm and lyrics held equal importance.

There are times where the listener is surprised with what this band comes up with.  “Into Focus” begins with an alternative rock sound, before morphing into a classic rock bridge and then an epic progressive rock chorus. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, and the chorus will get stuck in your head for weeks.

There are some really great crunchy rock moments on this album. “Hangman” is one of them. The song is mid-tempo, catchy, and has some killer guitar work. The slow vocal sections build into rich classic choruses which are followed by heavy riffing and solo work. “Just One Kiss” makes for another great moment. The intro is great, the verses are catchy, and the choruses are unadulterated pop-inclined excursions.

“Dear Eden” has good acoustic guitar work, and some great energy, together with a soaring vocal performance. Next to “Into Focus”, “Flood” is another one of the best songs on the album. The layered vocal harmonies and luscious choruses together with the tasteful guitar work reminds me of super group Asia, in their glorious heyday.

The instrumental and arranging work on the next track, “Plans”, is progressive and creative, and leads into the brilliant closer “Mourning The Death” which is another vehicle for the stunning vocals on display throughout the album. Myra is made up of musicians with new musical life, a new attitude and the desire to create. Michael Marquart and Jacob Bunton have a passion to carry on both the tradition of the past and create new music for today.

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EyE-C: “E”shifts our perspectives towards the inner life of the mind http://jamsphere.com/reviews/eye-c-eshifts-perspectives-towards-inner-life-mind http://jamsphere.com/reviews/eye-c-eshifts-perspectives-towards-inner-life-mind#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:24:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31183 The process of discovery and assimilation of new insights into culture and music is the fascinating feature about the debut album “E” by the space-pop duo EyE-C, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two collaborators are DJ Fathouse a Funk Futuristic soundscape composer and producer, and That Guy a Neo-Soul vocalist and poet. This multi-genre […]

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The process of discovery and assimilation of new insights into culture and music is the fascinating feature about the debut album “E” by the space-pop duo EyE-C, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The two collaborators are DJ Fathouse a Funk Futuristic soundscape composer and producer, and That Guy a Neo-Soul vocalist and poet. This multi-genre soundtrack is meant to reflect sounds, thoughts, and feelings the two have experienced throughout their lifetime. The story is told from the viewpoint of an extraterrestrial being. Unknowing of this world, it sees things differently. In substance this album represents a sonic experiment in a cultural labyrinth. Sure, it’s bubbling over with ambient, trip-hop, alternative, experimental, and all sorts of other musical elements, but what makes this album a powerful statement from a musical perspective is the difficult process of figuring it all out. “E” will not work for everyone of course, and why should it?

There is a sweet balance of the sonic and the discursive on “E”. EyE-C shuffles the rhythms up and down, and shifts our perspectives towards the inner life of the mind. The whole thing starts off by dropping us right into the heart of the urban wastelands with spacey sound effects slowly developing into an eerie ambient soundscape.

From there on out you’re on a journey into…anywhere this album takes you. “E”, may bear a 2017 release date, but that feels entirely incidental—it sounds like nothing else this year, or last year before, or the year before that one. Nor does it fit into any recent musical development beyond an incidental affinity with the resurgence of ambient electronic productions.

In its quirky, globe-spanning rollout and heightened disregard for the music around it, “E” looks in no obvious direction, genre-wise, yet it ignores none. In terms of impressive twists and turns, they’re myriad. Tracks morph, pressurize and reorganize—but never break down, exactly—following a completely unpredictable if utterly natural logic that follows a supernatural story-line.

I’ve listened to some of the cut dozens of times, and there are still sections that surprise me, that I can’t believe I’ve heard before though I’m positive I have. The album is utterly engrossing and is on a completely different planet to almost anything else that’s been released over the last few years.

Those who explore and understand the eccentricities of the musical language used by EyE-C will take comfort in the waves of aural schizophrenia, driving bass lines, contorted vocals, and shifting electronic ambiance. Those incapable of the challenge will remain stranded in the murky pool of pop stagnation.

With atmospherics cascading over jittering, restless percussion, the listener is transported into a totally ethereal sonic space that could be constructed by few others. Not because other artists are technically or artistically incapable, but because they probably lack the courage it takes to walk on the extreme outer borders of the mainstream like EyE-C does. Throughout its considerable track-list the album explores this space, manipulating its shape and creating its own boundaries.

To speak about singular tracks will be doing a disservice to this album or the other tracks that surround it. Each track is its own entity, and can hardly be compared to the other tracks on the album. Countless themes and motifs constantly shift in and out of focus, yet each sound is absolutely essential, placed in exactly the right corner of this intense, shimmering aural canvas.

It can be tricky to keep up, to remember previous passages after a couple of sharp left-turns that the record takes, but it never really feels like you miss anything. On repeated listens, more layers become audible, more snatches of melody will break through the dense, sonic canopy.

Each and every moment of the record has enough depth and detail to allow the listener to get utterly – and willingly – lost. Though this record is best heard in one sitting with a pair of good headphones, I will say that the essential and most accessible tracks for those just taking a quick peek, are: “disguise”, “synchronize”, “money”, “wondEring thought”, and “hEart bEat”. All in all this album is a genius construction which messes with your head in the way only a chosen few can.

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Amaal: “Need It Too” Checks Off All The Boxes! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/amaal-need-checks-off-boxes http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/amaal-need-checks-off-boxes#respond Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:17:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31141 Amaal is a pop singer from Washington D.C. who has struggled with chronic pain and depression for years, and music has been a key in relief of his symptoms. He has been studying and performing music since he was 4 years old, and started taking singing lessons as he gravitated towards pop and jazz at fourteen. […]

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Amaal is a pop singer from Washington D.C. who has struggled with chronic pain and depression for years, and music has been a key in relief of his symptoms. He has been studying and performing music since he was 4 years old, and started taking singing lessons as he gravitated towards pop and jazz at fourteen. “Need It Too”, Amaal’s latest single makes the statement it needs to. The newcomer’s distinctive voice cuts through the melody sliding up and down the scales and packed with soul. From this point on he’s definitely on a winning streak as he impresses with his diversity, vocal ability and unique sound.

From the simple but touching relationship story that he tells in the single, Amaal is masterful in the art of narrative, and creating a story that is so much more than just a snapshot of one single moment. His lyrics really do something powerful, and it is when I actually took the time to listen to the words he had to share that I found my appreciation for “Need It Too”. There really is a sense that this young man has been on a journey which has taken him to both light and dark places, and his response to this has been to chronicle it through song.

As well as the song being lyrically strong, it helps that Amaal has such a distinctive voice, making his otherwise pop sounding music more unique than it would have been. His tone matches his words; it has a raw quality about it that makes it pleasant to listen to, but also gets across the emotion that he tries to deliver.

Amaal has talent aplenty with an emotive voice and a believability that would make many of his more blazoned contemporaries quiver in their boots. It’s obvious that everything that has unraveled, or pleasured him, has been channeled into a creating beautifully tender narrative.

More than anything else, what I think Amaal has done so well with here is create a song that people will want to hear. We want to hear about struggles, about love, about wanting to be there for someone and it’s this commonality that people will buy into. He’s at his best when we can see he’s just one of us from suburbia experiencing the same relationship challenges we all face.

“Need It Too” checks off the boxes for Amaal.  First and foremost, he is able to showcase his capable voice.  The nuances, the cracks, and the power all impress on this single Furthermore, the song itself is well-executed in numerous ways.

The pacing is a pro, beginning more restrained and evolving into something grander and more triumphant.  The chorus is incredibly catchy, latching upon the first listen.  The production is also selling point.  It’s nothing too extravagant, but it serves as a solid backdrop for the focal point, which is Amaal’s authentic and passionate voice.

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KnowledgeΔustin: “Chapter III: The Lake” – a certain level of motivation and drive! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/knowledge%ce%b4ustin-chapter-iii-lake-certain-level-motivation-drive http://jamsphere.com/reviews/knowledge%ce%b4ustin-chapter-iii-lake-certain-level-motivation-drive#respond Sun, 31 Dec 2017 02:46:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31118 KnowledgeΔustin’s music isn’t just a celebration of diligence and endurance; it’s about knowing where you’ve come from and loving your community. He has experienced major growth since his debut and each project he released since has documented his evolution into a more energetic and confident rapper. Hip Hop has always been a diverse genre where […]

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KnowledgeΔustin’s music isn’t just a celebration of diligence and endurance; it’s about knowing where you’ve come from and loving your community. He has experienced major growth since his debut and each project he released since has documented his evolution into a more energetic and confident rapper. Hip Hop has always been a diverse genre where marquee artists proselytize about the human condition. For all of the negativity surrounding the genre, the biggest artists of this generation have been more willing to take musical risks than their pure pop contemporaries.  It is somewhat ironic then, that the genre slated to signal the decline of American society seems to be the only mainstream music that speaks to what is happening in the world. Perhaps, more so than anything else, the current shift in urban music is to make cohesive albums again. The tricky part, however, is in the execution.

KnowledgeAustin – (c) Miller Photography

Luckily for him, KnowledgeΔustin is a writer, producer and performer. Hence the Florida creative is able to cover all angles with his own personal perspective shining through. He has though, allowed a few features, like Bil, Roy McBean and Yvng Pharoah to join in on the project. Breaking onto the Rap/Hip-Hop scene requires a certain level of motivation and drive, different than other genres of music.

A difficult task, but KnowledgeΔustin makes it clear from his humble beginnings in Sarasota, FL that he has exactly what it takes to make it to the top of the mountain. Actually he already proved that with the release of “Hip-$oul”, this album is just an ulterior confirmation of that fact.

“Chapter III: The Lake” seeks to push past the boundaries of one size fits all style genre. Overall, this is a well-rounded album full of deep emotion delivered in street packaging. Exploring different scenarios and situations, lusty and heavy beats combined with wider ranges and verses presented within smooth soulful grooves make it a potent piece of work.

At first glance, the album’s mood is deceptively dark and rough. However, fans will find messages of hope and resilience throughout. The album rolls in on a relaxed vibe on “Sacrilegious (Feat. Bil)” before building in intensity.

The raw lyrics give strength and hope in a world filled with struggle. Next up is the dark and edgy “December (Feat. Roy McBean)” which is full of resolve while having modern nuances mixed in with older simplicity found on many Hip Hop classics.

KnowledgeAustin – (c) Joshua Welborn

Continuing with collaborations, Yvng Pharoah appears and leaves his mark on “Eastside”. Once again reaching for updated sounds meshed together, the track is a really solid work of art. Up next is the warping “Island”, built on a jazzy guitar tone with a frustrated drum beat. There is slower pace which relies on the vocals to emphasis the vibe.

Going back to a vintage styling, “Weed X Alcohol” plays out like a midnight writing session at a recording studio, before we settle into one of the album’s standouts, “U (Somethin’ To Tell)”. What the listener should pay attention to on this track is how KnowledgeΔustin adapts to the gradual switch between beats-per-minute and melody.

The best thing about “Chapter III: The Lake” is that KnowledgeΔustin is still himself. He didn’t morph into a gangsta caricature or withdraw into his inner core to become an insecure emo rapper. He sticks to his style, steps up his game, gets us up-to-date on his journey, bringing forward more of the person he truly is.

This ultimately creates an album with just as much substance as it has shine. And shine it does, with the closing tracks, “What’s Real” and “Self Inflicted”.

This is the rapper’s best release to date. The project is everything you’d expect from the Florida native, catchy songs full of his probing introspection and smooth instrumentals. This is definitely a career defining moment for KnowledgeΔustin. Now, let’s see where he takes it from here.

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Caesare’: “Luv Muscle” – slow, dense and sumptuously fulfilling http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/caesare-luv-muscle-slow-dense-sumptuously-fulfilling http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/caesare-luv-muscle-slow-dense-sumptuously-fulfilling#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 20:17:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=31036 After initially having a development deal with Jive Records, and being part of the rap group O.T.G. which eventually split ways. Caesare’ Swann, also known as Caesare’ or Ray Swann, an American singer, songwriter, and composer, has bounced back. Currently working on his studio album “The Perfect Stranger”, after a period of focusing on a […]

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After initially having a development deal with Jive Records, and being part of the rap group O.T.G. which eventually split ways. Caesare’ Swann, also known as Caesare’ or Ray Swann, an American singer, songwriter, and composer, has bounced back. Currently working on his studio album “The Perfect Stranger”, after a period of focusing on a business career.  He was drawn back to the game by his passion for music, something he has cultivated since a very young age with a family full of singers. For the past few years, artists in R&B and soul music have met a fork in the road. The two paths presented to them offer different ways to travel the ever-shifting landscape that is the modern music industry. One path—often guided by a major record label—is the pursuit of radio play beyond the bubble of contemporary urban sounds. Along this path, singers adapt to the rap-influenced sound that currently dominates mainstream R&B.

On the other path, artists are usually supported by an indie label. This direction focuses not on relevance at all costs, but instead on creative control. Both paths can be dangerous. The former risks the alienation of a singer’s core fan base, while the latter tends to forfeit exposure to the masses.

On his latest single “Luv Muscle”, Caesare’ crosses both paths with equal determination and confidence. The most ear-catching aspect of the new single is the chance to hear the Dallas, Texas-based artist during nearly every moment of this track. No features, no rappers, and no hook singers – the man dominates his own track as any respectful artist should.

“Luv Muscle” is a slow, dense and sumptuously fulfilling ode, doubling down on varied aspects of love, sex and romance. The head-over-heels passionate abandon of the track, designs an often spectacular atmosphere, which by the way is enhanced by the supporting video clip.

There are alluring sonic details spread along the verses and chorus which charm with their beauty and simplicity. Caesare’ never forces his hand by ‘over-singing’ or filling the track with too many bells and whistles. “Luv Muscle” features lush, sensual production work.  This is a selling point by all means.

The standout backdrop includes slick hip-hop driven drums, clearly part of the contemporary script. Caesare’ delivers a superb performance, characterized by smooth vocals. Like the production, his vocals exemplifies the sensuality of the song. His tone is amazing.  Notably, Caesare’ matches the swagger of any of his peers and contemporaries here.

We dwell in a social media-driven society that lessens attention spans and compels folks to ‘sweep and delete’ if the jam doesn’t gel in record time. To stay in the mix, artists are having to walk a tenuous tightrope, carrying their skills in one hand and enough sophistication in the other to maintain their appeal with both classic and the contemporary fans. Thanks to his ability to endure the chaos and fend off competition with the various weapons in his artistic arsenal, Caesare’ brilliantly manages to hold his own with “Luv Muscle”.

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