Rick Jamm – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:11:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Free From Gravity: “Step Into The Sunlight” – Very British and very rock and roll! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/free-from-gravity-step-into-the-sunlight-very-british-and-very-rock-and-roll http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/free-from-gravity-step-into-the-sunlight-very-british-and-very-rock-and-roll#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:21:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27179 Free From Gravity fill space with such perfection. It seems every beat, every syllable, and every phrase is calculated and prescribed just the right instrumentation and fill. Not every gap is filled with predictable guitar strums, hums, or piano doodling. If any instrument repeatedly fills space, it will nearly always take on a different sound […]

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Free From Gravity fill space with such perfection. It seems every beat, every syllable, and every phrase is calculated and prescribed just the right instrumentation and fill. Not every gap is filled with predictable guitar strums, hums, or piano doodling. If any instrument repeatedly fills space, it will nearly always take on a different sound every time. This band is an infusion of creativity and fresh air in what has become a stale, boring musical landscape. They arrived right on time all the way from Portsmouth, UK. Free From Gravity are needed in the world. They have chops. They have fun, catchy melodic sing-along songs, as well ballads and they have great, clean vocals and harmonies.

Led by founder and front man Vince Barnes, and completed by Philip Estell (Drummer), Urszula Filipowicz (Keyboards/Backing Vocals), Roger Cooper (Lead Guitar) and Andy Stratford (Bass Guitar), the band has finally released its full length album, entitled “Step Into The Sunlight”.  Very British, and very rock and roll, Free From Gravity deliver 12 tracks that cover all the angles of rock.

It’s not metal, it’s not alternative, it’s not pop, it’s not punk, it’s just really good, driving down the road with the stereo cranked up, and singing along at the top of your lungs, fun Rock n Roll. Yes, a rare beast these days – a band that doesn’t suck and whose lyrics that anybody can listen to. If you are a fan of straight forward rock, you will love this band. It’s really a testament to the sad state of today’s music scene that these guys haven’t become huge. But maybe they’ve been transported to the wrong era!

This is one of those great albums that seems to get better every time you listen to it. Front, to back, all the songs are quality, with a very distinctive sound and feel. Nothing pretentious or glamorous, but this five piece are anything but an advert band, with one hit and a bunch of samey tracks. They have managed to create a twelve track whirlwind, each song with more energy, personality and melody than the whole Top 40 chart put together.

They kick things off with the jangly sing-along, handclapping track “Behind Those Lines”, before switching to the mid-tempo “Crazy Lady”, and then moving into overdrive with the rocker “Dance With Me”. The first three tracks give you the same kick you got when you first listened to the Travelling Wilburys . That mix of fun, exuberant melodies that uplift and sweep you away to another time.

If there was an album that I could pinpoint as being a true attempt at reviving the styles of classic rock of the 60s and 70s, it could easily be argued that “Step Into The Sunlight” fits the bill, as it is one of the best recreations of those styles in recent years. It has all the great elements of classic British rock music, and a great sense of energy thanks to the instrumentation, the vocal melodies and the exquisitely simple songwriting.

Except I don’t think that Vince and the rest of Free From Gravity deliberately wanted to recreate anything. I think that this is just the music they really do, and always have down. Just listening to these tracks, it is evident from the sheer, natural joy of their performances, that Free From Gravity is the real deal, not some young hipster band trying to cash in on the retro revival. Grab an earful of “Step into the Sunlight” and “Tee Coffee or Something” for the ultimate proof. You can’t just make up this kind of authenticity after pint or two down at your local pub!

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Interview Westwood Rapper Lil J http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-westwood-rapper-lil-j http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-westwood-rapper-lil-j#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:51:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27175 Lil J is a white rapper from Westwood MA and a current student at Bryant University. He writes over both classic and original hip-hop beats. Rap is his true passion, almost to the point of obsession. He says his music can be considered “clowning”. After the release of his “Idols” EP, where he paid homage to his heroes […]

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Lil J is a white rapper from Westwood MA and a current student at Bryant University. He writes over both classic and original hip-hop beats. Rap is his true passion, almost to the point of obsession. He says his music can be considered “clowning”. After the release of his “Idols” EP, where he paid homage to his heroes and idols, Lil J came back with the follow-up, “Idols 2”, which over and above containing songs to his idols, also discusses Lil J’s dreams as a rapper.  He is following that up with his new mixtape, “Stoner Chick” which which dropped on 2/14.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

LiLJ: I started rapping my junior year of college when I was around 19/20. Me and buddies would throw on a beat on YouTube and just spit. We never really took it serious, just something fun. One of my homies Nick also known as Pasty White Boy had made a few tapes on SoundCloud. We all joked around that we were going to make a tape. There was one event in particular that made me realize rap is something I want to pursue. One night in February of 2016, I was delivered a very special message. After a night of heavy chronic smoking and indulging in a highly potent marijuana edible (a firecracker) this message was delivered to me in my sleep. I rarely remember my dreams, especially when I smoke weed, but this dream in particular I remembered. I can still remember to this day. In that dream, I found myself in a hot-boxed room in front of a wall of smoke. Out stepped Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre. In this dream, we smoked some blunts together and then told me that there was a special reason for his visit. Dre told me that he had come to deliver a message which came straight from God. In this message, you told me that I was to become a rapper along with my accounting study. He told me that as long as I never quit and put in the work, that I was gonna make it big; even saying that I was going to be the “White Snoop Dogg”. I wrote about what he had to say in my song “Lil Buddy” off my first mixtape, Idols. After that dream, I can tell you that it changed me forever, for the better. I hope I can meet Dr. Dre and all my idols one day and make fire raps with them.

Stoner Chick Artwork

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

LiLJ:  One of the first rappers I listened to where homies like 50 Cent, The Game and Eminem. As I got older, I expanded my repertoire of rappers I listened to. I have 12 Idols from whom I derive my inspiration for my music and they are Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Eazy-E, Tupac, Freddie Gibbs, Wiz Khalifa, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game and Nas.

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to? And is there anyone of these that you’d like to collaborate with?

LiLJ: I listen to the music put out by my idols a lot. But honestly, I listen to many other rappers too. Just whatever is fire honestly. I don’t listen to the radio much … it’s become trash. I would love to collaborate with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

  1. Where does the moniker Lil J come from?

LiLJ: It was a nickname I got in college and decided to use it as my rap name.

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of emcees emerging right now?

LiLJ: I have faith and grit, two things that you can’t teach.

  1. Which do you ultimately prefer? Entertaining a live audience or creating songs in a studio setting?

LiLJ: Haven’t entertained a live audience yet, but I feel both would be equally fun.

  1. If you were forced to choose only one, which emotion, more than any other drives you to be a part of this highly competitive business day after day?

LiLJ:  Love. I have so much love for rap, it’s my passion. I do not get paid now, so it is just kind of a hobby. However, I hope one day someone will recognize my talent and I will get paid for this.

  1. What would you consider a successful or high point in your career so far?

LiLJ: My latest release called Stoner Chick.

Lil J

Lil J

  1. Tell us something about your lyrics and music production on your releases. Which part of these processes do you handle yourself, and which do you outsource generally?

LiLJ: I write my own lyrics on pen and paper. I usually writ over classic hip-hop beats, But recently I have been using some I had found on YouTube or beats for lease/purchase. I record on a laptop with my beats headphones. That’s pretty much it.

  1. What do you feel your listeners should get out of your music?

LiLJ: My music I real. I rap about my life, my idols, love and the world around me.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?

LiLJ: Just trying to find my voice and get my music heard more.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

LiLJ: I love writing, that parts always exciting. Something about putting a song together, that is so satisfying. It can be discouraging when you don’t get the attention you feel you deserve. Nevertheless, I just keep my head in the game and grind away.

  1. How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?

LiLJ: Right now it’s all me

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about the music business, what would that be?

LiLJ: Greater ease of access gaining in contact with A/R executives.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

LiLJ: Clowning and dead-pan comedy. I am a funny guy but I can be subtle about it.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

LiLJ: Absolutely. I have my songs on Soundcloud and I have some people listening from far away places like Denmark.

  1. Tell us something about your “Stoner Chick” release and where fans can find it.

LiLJ: Stoner Chick is about my quest for love. It can be found on my SoundCloud Page

  1. What is your relation with visual media and YouTube etc. Have you released any videos clips for fans to see?

LiLJ : I appear on The Adventures of Pasty White Boy Episode 2. It’s a TV show based around at my homie Pasty White Boy’s EP, Friday Night at Mary. I might make a music video at some point.

  1. If you were stuck on a desert island, which 3 albums would you choose to accompany your stay there?

LiLJ: I would pick Tha Blue Carpet Treatment by Snoop Dogg, 2001 by Dr. Dre and Raw Footage by Ice Cube.

  1. Do you have a motto or positive message stuck somewhere in your mind to inspire you, or anybody else, at any given time? If so, what would it be?

LiLJ: I’ll leave you with these two quotes: “You might not have a car or a big gold chain, but stay true to yourself, and things will change” – Snoop Dogg   and   “If I was a plumber or something like that, I’d still make hip hop records. That’s how much love I have for it” – Dr. Dre

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Lost Like Alice: “Empty Tank” – moments of transcendent beauty http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lost-like-alice-empty-tank-moment-of-transcendent-beauty http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lost-like-alice-empty-tank-moment-of-transcendent-beauty#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:47:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27170 Lost Like Alice are a three piece rock band based on The Isle Of Anglesey in North Wales.  They are currently working on their debut EP and have released various singles up until now, including “Wake Me Up”, “Whence” and their latest, entitled “Empty Tank”. There is a steely sleekness of purpose in the band’s […]

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Lost Like Alice are a three piece rock band based on The Isle Of Anglesey in North Wales.  They are currently working on their debut EP and have released various singles up until now, including “Wake Me Up”, “Whence” and their latest, entitled “Empty Tank”. There is a steely sleekness of purpose in the band’s music. A gritty traction and relentless evolution is noticeable in their songs. The latest being, passionate, intimate and tender. There is much to admire about the detailed and sensitive songwriting and performance. Everything feels so balanced and confident, as if Lost Like Alice have found their favored direction.

“Empty Tank” is a gentle, pastoral, warm-hearted sounding record. The etherealness of the recording will spook the horses, and makes you feel like accosting virtual strangers and bore them half to death about how great this record sounds.

There aren’t many alternative rock bands I can think of who are able to deliver something as vitally minimal as this and still make an impact. Lyrically it creates a pop-up puzzle in the mind, sending the listener on a potentially endless exploratory journey, pursuing the pointers and chasing the clues.

Every critic knows that a million words of art theory can be vaporized by one moment of transcendent artistic beauty, and bang on cue, a few arrive in this song – for one, the hypnotic keyboard chords, and then the choir-like harmonies, the gently jangling guitar and finally the understated heart-rending and breathy lead vocals.

The result is a gentle and sumptuous piece of alt-rock which embraces you in a reverie that seems to stop time itself.

“Empty Tank” stands out because it sounds like the band’s most focused effort so far, and where the theory of ‘less is more’, absolutely pays off dividends. On this single, Lost Like Alice have completely stripped off any excesses, getting to the bare core of their music, and what comes through is sheer emotional force and intelligence.

By paring down excess, Lost Like Alice have managed to marry the music, the performance and the lyrics more successfully than they have done before on their previous singles. As good as the others songs are, they sound like man-made compositions, whereas “Empty Tank” seems to live and breathe out of its own free will.

This may sound odd as an explanation, right now, but you will get the gist of it once you’ve heard the song.

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Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine February 2017 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-february-2017 http://jamsphere.com/printed-magazine-issues/jamsphere-indie-music-magazine-february-2017#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:51:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27162 The February 2017 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Steve Lieberman, Natalie Jean Red Room Remix, Enko, Edgler Vess, Norunoua, LeonDee, LUURK, Paul The Trombonist, Dan Weintraub, Vessel Decimal, Black Malachite, Red Porch Kid, Robert Hunter, Charles Luck ft. Addie, Last Ronin, Pablo Iranzo, dasmeter, Poetically Contagious, Folie, Leo […]

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The February 2017 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Steve Lieberman, Natalie Jean Red Room Remix, Enko, Edgler Vess, Norunoua, LeonDee, LUURK, Paul The Trombonist, Dan Weintraub, Vessel Decimal, Black Malachite, Red Porch Kid, Robert Hunter, Charles Luck ft. Addie, Last Ronin, Pablo Iranzo, dasmeter, Poetically Contagious, Folie, Leo Wilde, OP4 and the OP Mob, Magazine Gap –

Jamsphere covers all news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop for our magazine, ready for digital download or to be delivered as a physical printed copy right to your door. Copies are also distributed to industry professionals and music’s top tastemakers, as we continue our quest to make indie irresistible!

Jamsphere Indie Music Magazine February 2017

By Rick Jamm in JAMSPHERE Indie Music Magazine

50 pages, published 2/23/2017

The February 2017 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine – FEATURED THIS MONTH – Steve Lieberman, Natalie Jean Red Room Remix, Enko, Edgler Vess, Norunoua, LeonDee, LUURK, Paul The Trombonist, Dan Weintraub, Vessel Decimal, Black Malachite, Red Porch Kid, Robert Hunter, Charles Luck ft. Addie, Last Ronin, Pablo Iranzo, dasmeter, Poetically Contagious, Folie, Leo Wilde, OP4 and the OP Mob, Magazine Gap -Jamsphere covers all news, reviews,…

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LaQuinn: “217″ embodies his ideal vision of excellence! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/laquinn-217-embodies-his-ideal-vision-of-excellence http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/laquinn-217-embodies-his-ideal-vision-of-excellence#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:57:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27157 LaQuinn is a student of many great Charlottesville musicians having dealt with everyone from every musical form of life. His late uncle Johnny Gilmore afforded him the possibilities to meet, witness, build and learn from other greats such as Uncle George Clinton, John Hornsby, Dave Matthews and a host of other talented artists. His story […]

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LaQuinn is a student of many great Charlottesville musicians having dealt with everyone from every musical form of life. His late uncle Johnny Gilmore afforded him the possibilities to meet, witness, build and learn from other greats such as Uncle George Clinton, John Hornsby, Dave Matthews and a host of other talented artists. His story of being abducted when young to the perils of inner city life, a brief run in with the law and industry fodder serve as entertainment and as cautionary tales for enlightenment.

We know that LaQuinn’s “217” is a fabulous album simply by just checking its qualities. It sprints all the way to the half-hour mark without taking a powder, with shattered storytelling, dead-eyed axioms and Olympic rhyme schemes. However retrograde, or pure the subject matter, the album is musically somehow grandiose and economical at the same time.

But his development extends beyond just his writing, as LaQuinn picks a wide-ranging group of thumping beats from different producers. And to back that variety up, he also drops a sequence of features to further boos the diversity of the album.

And as if that is not impressive enough, “217” has some of the most unusual song titles I have heard in the rap game yet – “Pauls Gaurdian Angel” (feat. Ben Malick), “In Galatians She Naughty” feat Gill (feat. Winston Garland), “Judas Peer Pressure” (feat. Tanaek Turner), “Matthews Holy Slaves” (feat. Lyle Eugene), “Solomon the Pimp! (feat. E Dubb) and “Zebedee Talks” (The Jeffersons), among others.

This is a 12-track twisted odyssey, crafted by a lyrically gifted underground rapper, as he unloads on a range of specific issues. LaQuinn presents a consistently high standard of lyrics and wordplay throughout the album. It’s easy on some tracks to miss his clever wordplay while powerful instrumentals dominate the tracks, so pay attention.

LaQuinn gives the listener a consistent performance leaving little room for error. At a time when the most talked-about issues in rap music are centered on process and authorship, LaQuinn instead takes umbrage with matters of content and persona.

LaQuinn aspires to be the final torchbearer of truly authentic, larger-than-life, world-weary, and lyrically virtuoso rap music, embodying his ideal vision of excellence and purity in the field.

To help put together the tapestry of twisted soundscapes that LaQuinn uses as a launching pad to excoriate and eviscerate the world at large, the rapper called in a diverse row of production talent, as well as a packed house filled with features who ably support his quest, leaving LaQuinn however unmatched.

The opening track, “Pauls Gaurdian Angel (feat. Ben Malick)”, sets the tone: over a chilling, broken beat, LaQuinn lays out his position as if he was a nothing-to-prove veteran capable of out-thinking any other artist in his lane. Going verse-to-chorus on tracks like “Caine Versus Abel (Brother’s Keeper)”, “Marys Grief” or “Roman Candles (Getting Gone) [feat. Gill]” takes serious belief in your own abilities, but over succinct bass and drum driven beats, LaQuinn proves himself worthy of the implied comparison.

But to be honest, all over the album, not a syllable goes wasted, no brag feels undercooked, and when a beat needs space to breathe, LaQuinn allows it just that. Essential tracks also include “Matthews Holy Slaves (feat. Lyle Eugene)”, “Solomon the Pimp (feat. E Dubb)” and “The 12ths Love”. This is one of my favorite albums of 2017 so far, and easily one of the most consistent projects in a long time.

OFFICIAL LINKS:
Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYEAzhRpxOzCjQZOSgbOimw
Audio:
Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/laquinnofficial2
Bandcamp:
https://laquinnofficial.bandcamp.com/album/el-bueno-la-mala-y-el-feo
Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4wHpKmkgoRq7h583h9MHpf
Broadjam:
http://www.broadjam.com/artists/home.php?artistID=100776
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/laquinnofficial/
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MRQATM
MTV:
http://www.mtv.com/artists/mrq-aka-iamq/
iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ike-turner-single/id1156230938
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/e.l.m.o-single/id1150151365
E-Music
http://www.emusic.com/album/laquinn/ike-turner/16978272/
https://themusic.today/release/laquinn-ike-turner-single/8136835
Ike Turner [Explicit]
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E.L.M.O
Link: http://a.co/2hBp4zW

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Me’Chell: “Live Out Loud” – an inspiring club anthem http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mechell-live-out-loud-an-inspiring-club-anthem http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mechell-live-out-loud-an-inspiring-club-anthem#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:08:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27143 Me’Chell is a model, actress, singer and host, who has released her high energy club single “Live Out Loud”. This latest effort highlights the artist’s uncanny ability to craft a pop hook that will stay lodged in the listener’s head for days after, capable of causing a “repeat” disorder. Me’Chell vocals are melodic and distinct; […]

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Me’Chell is a model, actress, singer and host, who has released her high energy club single “Live Out Loud”. This latest effort highlights the artist’s uncanny ability to craft a pop hook that will stay lodged in the listener’s head for days after, capable of causing a “repeat” disorder. Me’Chell vocals are melodic and distinct; her material is inspirational, endearing and relatable, carving a path towards stardom. While she gives a tight delivery on the touching verses, it’s the uplifting chorus of “Live Out Loud” that will allow this effort the chance to dominate the radio airwaves. It is a chant, a plea an invitation, to be the best you can be: “So let the breeze blow through your hair. Let the stars just take you there. You can be from anywhere. Just make a statement, and live out loud!”

Me'Chell

Me’Chell

And if you think that this is some superficial call to carefree hedonistic partying, think again. The lyrics come from a much deeper place, as Me’Chell herself explains: “Live Out Loud is a song about living life to your highest potential. It’s about how even though life can really knock you down at times and feel really hard, we’re meant to do what we love and “live out loud.” It’s an anthem that’s meant to inspire people to be who they are, be proud, and live happy and freely despite any hardships and curveballs life may throw at them. No matter who you are, where you’re from and what you’ve been through, you deserve to live the greatest life possible.”

But Me’Chell also gives a touching and personal insight of where the rudiments of this song come from. “I was a journalism and political science major, applying to law school and living a life that wasn’t truly fulfilling. My brother passed away in late 2013 which was not only a dark cloud in my life – that I thought would never lift – but it was also the moment where I asked myself, “life is short, who am I doing all of this for?”

Me’Chell finished the school year and decided to move to LA and pursue her true dream of being a singer. Despite the hardships she faced in life, she has still been able to smile and persevere in being who she feels she is meant to be, and now she wants to inspire others to do the same.

There’s one thing you can’t deny about Me’Chell: she is not your clichéd shallow female dance and pop singer blurting out hooks, and she has a most recognizable voice to match. “Live Out Loud” is a grower. Opening with tranquil production, surrounding Me’Chell’s calm and collective performance, the song quickly changes gears when the Top 40-ready chorus bursts through the speakers. The artist’s enunciation of some of the words on the lyric sheet, give the track the necessary dynamics, ultimately becoming an infectious and engaging, club-thumping, and inspiring anthem.

Add to the artistic package, her attractive physical attributes and her intriguing demeanor, which transpires through the video of “Live Out Loud”, and you can be sure that Me’Chell will continue to make a name for herself – not just because she wants to, but because she deserves to!

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Lucas feat. Thomas Daniel: “You’re the Reason”- Brimming with sun-kissed flavors http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lucas-feat-thomas-daniel-youre-the-reason-brimming-with-sun-kissed-flavors http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lucas-feat-thomas-daniel-youre-the-reason-brimming-with-sun-kissed-flavors#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 07:21:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27127 The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather. Now what song should be the soundtrack […]

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The sun is shining, the reasonably warm air is crisp and refreshing, the cruel winds are nowhere to be found. You put your headphones in and start walking with a spring in your step and a smile on your face, rejuvenated by the rare taste of enjoyable weather. Now what song should be the soundtrack to your unexpectedly pleasant walk to the beach?  “You’re the Reason” is a track by Czech Republic DJ-Producer Lucas, featuring singer Thomas Daniel.

Lucas

Lucas

The production is a delicate, classy affair. Instead of swamping the song with an overbearing but lifeless beat, Lucas’ percussion adds a relaxed, island-esque vibe ideal for those long summer walks by the beach – and when Daniel steps up to the microphone, there is enough warmth in his voice to light up the night too.

Lucas crafts electronic music with a melodic instrumental base supercharged with positive vibes. Brimming with sun-kissed flavors and sonic Southern California iconography, “You’re the Reason” hinges on nostalgia for glistening bronze skin, sand snug between the toes, and young love and lust.

It is the perfect soundtrack for those clinging to the thoughts of summertime. When done right, an artist can invoke nostalgia without losing their purpose or their integrity. And Lucas strikes this balance by creating something undeniably modern that still harkens back to simpler times. There’s a poignant realism to the lyrics too, as they resonate with anyone who has felt the pangs of love, desire, and the distance between.

Thomas Daniel

Thomas Daniel

Of course to carry those lyrics you need a nuanced voice, warm and rich enough to transport the listener into an emotional and euphoric state of being, and Thomas Daniel proves to have all vocal the attributes for the job.

“You’re the Reason” is a radio-ready electronic track driven by hope of things to come, and the overt happiness of having seen ‘the reason’: “I needed you more in my life / Than you could ever know / Cause all that I’m feeling inside / Starting to take control / I’m dreaming in color and lights / In ways I’ve never known / And now I can see it / You are the reason.”

No matter the listener’s age, the world could use a little more love magic—and Lucas just may be the man to bring it. So before you declare some other EDM-inflected track as your song for the upcoming summer, get yourself to a Lucas playlist. This Czech artist is ready to provide the next evolution of melodic EDM.

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Dmilla Tha God: “The Plan” – a classic sounding recording http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dmilla-tha-god-the-plan-a-classic-sounding-recording http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dmilla-tha-god-the-plan-a-classic-sounding-recording#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:14:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27114 Miami, Florida artist Desman Miller, aka “Dmilla Tha God” discovered his musical talent at the age of 10 years old, listening to Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Naz, Biggie and Drake who inspired him to perfect his craft. In 2014 he released his first mixtape “The Grind Vol. I”. This was followed by his smash 2016 […]

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Miami, Florida artist Desman Miller, aka “Dmilla Tha God” discovered his musical talent at the age of 10 years old, listening to Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Naz, Biggie and Drake who inspired him to perfect his craft. In 2014 he released his first mixtape “The Grind Vol. I”. This was followed by his smash 2016 album, “Sticking to the Plan”, which included the number one hit song “Panda Freestyle”. In the wake of all the waves he was making, Dmilla Tha God dropped his 5-track “The Plan” EP, four months later.

This is not an album for a casual hip-hop listener, nor an album to dance to. The songs don’t follow mainstream formats: the verses twist and turn, the hooks are often either one-liners or refrains in the music itself, and the jazzy and soulful production is anything but mainstream.

All that being said however, “The Plan” is a classic sounding recording. What makes it a classic is not the catchy hooks and beats that make your head bop. This EP is classic because of its complexity – it represents underground rap at its finest, detailing the complex dilemmas of being a rapper, a player and a hustler.

Dmilla Tha God has metaphors that take a few seconds for him to spit and which can spark intellectual conversations that last for hours. If you love to analyze lyrics, this recording will bring you plenty of enjoyment. However, at the same time if you want music that’s catchy, and uplifting, you got that too.

Dmilla Tha God spits his verses in a laid back, smooth flow which fits the beats perfectly. It is the perfect way to introduce Dmilla to the world. But Dmilla Tha God isn’t desperately trying to be flawless or attempting to make a masterpiece. He is trying to be honest with us.

Trying to be honest with himself, and trying to figure out how to do what he is doing in the best possible way…and the result is we get a handful of outstanding songs , such as “Hidden Agenda”, “Keep It Pushin” and “#1 Fan”.

In the era of the ‘personal brand’, a nebulous ‘greatness’ is the buzzword that underpins how everyone sells themselves without saying a damn thing. This doesn’t happen with Dmilla Tha God, who lays it on the line lyrically. And even has the nerve to close down the recording with a freestyle track.

What defines and differs “The Plan” from most other works is its production, not so much the quality, although that is also a factor, but the style of the production on this album. These jazzy and soulful soundscapes are top notch stuff that brings something new to the table.

As opposed to the usual artificial-like sounding beats, downloadable at a dime a dozen on the internet. Add that to Dmilla Tha God’s understated rapping attitude and you have a recording that is far from being harsh on the ears, and that’s quite an achievement in today’s rap movement!

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Stori Brooks: “Commentary Album” anecdotes, truths and insights! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-commentary-album-anecdotes-truths-and-insights http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-commentary-album-anecdotes-truths-and-insights#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:42:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27101 That Stori Brooks is a forward thinker has been very clear to us, since listening to her “Say Hi” track produced by Big Cat Music, a few months back. On the track Brooks had great lyrics, and combined a unique flow and delivery with a semi-singing/talking approach that worked extremely well for her. Experimental and accessible at […]

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That Stori Brooks is a forward thinker has been very clear to us, since listening to her “Say Hi” track produced by Big Cat Music, a few months back. On the track Brooks had great lyrics, and combined a unique flow and delivery with a semi-singing/talking approach that worked extremely well for her. Experimental and accessible at the same time, the chill ambiance and smooth dreamy flow mixed perfectly.

Stori Brooks

Stori Brooks

This avantgarde, experimental and alternative hip hop artist is a voice that will appeal to the genre’s heads and deep thinkers, as Stori Brooks delivers intelligent almost poetic lines, which sometimes can also be cryptic. Like many greats before her, you sometimes have to hit replay and listen again, to pick up her lyrical gems.

Often listeners don’t get the exact gist of a song that an artist is executing. At others, they love to understand why and how a track was created. Or why certain samples, voices, effects or words and phrases were used in a song. Most times these are questions that will go answered and we are each left with our own interpretation, which is cool. But what if we had that one undeniable anecdote or truth about each song, the explanation that could only come directly from the songwriter and narrator?

Well Stori Brooks has done just that. She has published a collection of anecdotes in the album, entitled simply the “Commentary Album” which gives listeners her personal insight into songs from her catalog. If you’re a fan of her music, then this is essential listening. If you’re not a fan yet, then this album will help you understand this artist and her musical creations, and just maybe make you inquisitive about her craft.

Check out the links below for more information or to follow Stori Brooks.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – PANDORA

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*D~Nice*: “Mixed Emotions” an album defined by its good taste! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dnice-mixed-emotions-an-album-defined-by-its-good-taste http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dnice-mixed-emotions-an-album-defined-by-its-good-taste#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:17:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27078 “Mixed Emotions” by *D~Nice* is an album defined by its good taste. The effort is layered and detailed, with a sound that is lush and exquisite, like an elaborately decorated mansion. It is at its best when it carries on that tradition of richness of sound as a virtue in and of itself. The productions are […]

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“Mixed Emotions” by *D~Nice* is an album defined by its good taste. The effort is layered and detailed, with a sound that is lush and exquisite, like an elaborately decorated mansion. It is at its best when it carries on that tradition of richness of sound as a virtue in and of itself. The productions are all satisfyingly fattened up, like they just gorged on a Thanksgiving meal. Songs like “May Be You,” which foregrounds a melody that blurs the line between the sound of a strummed guitar and the sound of a tambourine moaning in unison, and “Kinda Sorta Guy,” which evokes the pleasurable warmth of a high, feel generous and comforting, with catchy songwriting to boot.

“Rainin” breathes life into the Snap & B sound with a burbling bass and a playful piano line that reminds us that *D~Nice’s* productions offer more than just their simplicity. But It’s on songs like “Another Day” and “No Love” where *D~Nice* is at his most vital, as an artist situated firmly in the contemporary mainstream but whose music feels like the work of a dedicated classicist. When “Mixed Emotions” shades more toward that contemporary mainstream, it flatters *D~Nice’s* artistry.

*D~Nice* spends the album singing about what he knows most intimately, which is his intimacy (“Kinda Sorta Guy”), his grind ( “My Time”), his relationships (“No Love”) and his faith (“Hold On”). Versatility is perhaps *D~Nice’s* greatest strength, aside from an abundance of talent—not only as a singer but also as a songwriter, producer, and rapper.

He can bounce between soulful ballads, sexy jams, club bangers and worship rhymes with ease, comfortably owning each, and with his sun-soaked vocals always present. Another thing that is always present in the Florida native’s music is substance.

Although rap and R&B libertines come a dime a dozen these days, *D~Nice* stands out with his economic approach to songwriting. It helps that he’s a gifted vocalist and rapper, one who can knit those abilities into a definitive artistic persona.

For this 15 track excursion, the Ocala melodist found a balance between being a lascivious rap-singer and a posh producer with a profuse amount of skills whether behind the mic or beat machine. With “Mixed Emotions”, *D~Nice* carves his niche as a vocalist who knows how to perfectly tread the thinning line between rap and R&B.

Following the example of the album’s title, *D~Nice* is a mixed-bag of tricks. He can swing between genres and soundscapes with his voice and rhythm effortlessly. His credentials stretch far beyond that of just an R&B singer or rapper, while his music provides a swathe of sounds.

So, all in all, *D~Nice* delivers a lusciously layered release, with more depth than we thought could be drawn out of the rap and R&B sound. Carefully tied together with a bow of potential hits and the messages he wants to share with the world.

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Rod Carrillo: “Alegre” is already on the Top 50 Billboard Dance Chart! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rod-carrillo-alegre-already-top-50-billboard-dance-chart http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rod-carrillo-alegre-already-top-50-billboard-dance-chart#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:34:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27053 Rod Carrillo head of A & R and production for the label Carrillo Music which has charted over 50 tracks on the Billboard and Radio charts since its inception in 2008 is also an artist in his own right and has released his latest track, “Alegre”. The infectious Latin/African dance composition instantly got off the […]

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Rod Carrillo head of A & R and production for the label Carrillo Music which has charted over 50 tracks on the Billboard and Radio charts since its inception in 2008 is also an artist in his own right and has released his latest track, “Alegre”. The infectious Latin/African dance composition instantly got off the ground running and has already catapulted straight into the Top 50 Billboard Dance Chart. “Alegre” is available on Carrillo Music/Stepperman and includes remixes from the Hoxton Whores, KSO, Eddie Amador, DJ Kue, Fenix, Ralphi Rosario and Peter Brown.

In true Carrillo underground fashion, Rod makes the difficult task of production look easy.  The music deftly sets the tone for what we’ll no doubt be hearing from him this year: massive club appeal rhythms with big, stadium-ready drops. I kind of get chills every time I hear it.

It screams summer and happiness and all things good in the world. This is Rod Carrillo music at his best, and I just love the juxtaposition of supporting remixes which bring a whole set of new flavors to the table.

Each of these remixes is intricately crafted and melds so many types of sounds so well. The standard build-up/drop song structure is also expertly used in different ways for maximal hands-in-the-air fun. These remixes all have their own original dance flavors inspired by the various producers/dj’s behind the boards.

We will obviously all have our own favorites, depending on the style that best suits our tastes. Besides Carrillo’s mixes, the remixes that impressed me most, are the Hoxton Whores Club Mix, the Kissy Sell Out VIP Club Mix and the Kue Remix.

When you’re in the game as long as Rod Carrillo it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot, but he has demonstrated his ability to remain at the forefront of music time and again. Just check the number of Billboard successes his relatively small independent label has had.

In its entirety “Alegre” is an excellent representation of not only Carrillo’s intelligent and focused sound, but what the current pulse of hardcore underground EDM sans pop-styled vocals, should sound like.

The one thing that Rod Carrillo always brings to the game is his ability to take a normal instrumental mix, swing the rhythm, throw in a few voice samples and sounds and somehow culminate that into a roaring anthem for our dancing generation – Checkout the Fenix Club Mix and the grooving Club Mix for certification of my statement. Rod Carrillo once again holds his own, with these powerhouse dance tracks.

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Matt Scan: “Scanner” – no shortage of well executed concepts! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-scan-scanner-no-shortage-of-well-executed-concepts http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-scan-scanner-no-shortage-of-well-executed-concepts#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:47:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27049 Matt Scan is an Indie Hip-Hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. His “Scanner” EP is a breath of fresh air coming up from what seems like an eternity of Fetty Wap, Future and Drake dominating the hip hop sphere. Overall it’s essential to note how stellar Scan’s vocals are. I say vocals because it’s the combination of lyrics, flow, […]

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Matt Scan is an Indie Hip-Hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. His “Scanner” EP is a breath of fresh air coming up from what seems like an eternity of Fetty Wap, Future and Drake dominating the hip hop sphere. Overall it’s essential to note how stellar Scan’s vocals are. I say vocals because it’s the combination of lyrics, flow, and inflection that make him stand out. Scan has no shortage of well executed concepts, but maybe his best asset is actually the endlessly inventive ways in which he constructs each verse; it’s the delivery not the lyrics that impress on first listening.

Matt Scan

Matt Scan

These songs each call for a different style, so Scan keeps his flow in the pocket and focuses more on rhyming.

“Scanner” has some stand out tracks. My favorite songs always tend to be those that are overlooked by most, but “Artifical Intel”, “Automatic Mode Addict” and “Ronin” are the tracks that will get the most recognition. After listening to the whole EP, if you feel like you didn’t connect with the lyricism or it sounds too shallow, I urge you to press replay.

Matt Scan is a poet. His calculated, hard-hitting flow, together with the extremely busy soundscapes can be distracting when trying to decipher the sheer emotional intelligence he displays in his songwriting. Scan is almost too much of a lyrical genius and for some listeners it may be a bit overwhelming.

However, he makes it extremely evident that this EP is a step forward in finding the perfect balance between creatively composed productions and firm, uncompromising delivery.

Matt Scan finds a looser, weirder, and ultimately more interesting version of the hip hop formula on this release. He sounds adamant to leave behind all the overeager, overproduced clichés that rap has been producing in the last few years, and dig deep into his core influences.

With the creative confidence to go with his considerable skills and heart, Scan crafts some eclectic and appealing material, from unapologetic “Mind Flex” or the ominous “Cold Stunner”. All throughout the recording Scan successfully finds the balance between brilliantly executed composition and complex lyricism that truly sets him free from underdog territory.

“Scanner” deserves attention as it is an EP that diverts substantially from the repetitive and formulaic music that is all too frequent today. This collection could provide a taste for what is to come from Matt Scan, and there is absolutely no doubt that his artistry is moving in the right direction.

As always the most daunting task for underground indie artists is not creating good music, but rather getting the music across to the people who need to be hearing it, so pieces can be moved. Money can be made. And the artist can move to the next level!

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Artist, singer and producer Glenn Polin & Frank Topper getting the job done! http://jamsphere.com/news/artist-singer-and-producer-glenn-polin-frank-topper-getting-the-job-done http://jamsphere.com/news/artist-singer-and-producer-glenn-polin-frank-topper-getting-the-job-done#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:18:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27040 Glenn Polin is an amateur artist, singer and producer. Frank Topper is an organizational development consultant from Greenbrae, California, who writes lyrics on his day off. Together the two moonlighters have been working on a couple of songs in their spare time. Well, three songs, to be honest. The songs roughly deal with religion, women and […]

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Glenn Polin is an amateur artist, singer and producer. Frank Topper is an organizational development consultant from Greenbrae, California, who writes lyrics on his day off. Together the two moonlighters have been working on a couple of songs in their spare time. Well, three songs, to be honest. The songs roughly deal with religion, women and money, sometimes all at the same time. It’s difficult to find another 3 topics as controversial as these, anywhere on the planet. Lyricist Frank Topper has proven himself to be incredibly versatile over the last couple years, mixing vein-bulging intensity, emotion-laden elegance and a humorous flair in his verses.

But Frank has always had to hand over half of the work to someone else to get the job done, and relying on various singer-songwriters to slot his words into appropriate pieces of music. Some collaboration efforts were magic, others better than the rest, but on the odd occasion it wasn’t always a match made in heaven – until Frank met up with someone like Glenn Polin of course.

Glenn Polin

Glenn Polin

Glenn has the same irony, hard-nosed tongue in cheek expressions, and offbeat smartness in his voice that you can read in Topper’s lines. Now I wouldn’t be as presumptuous to say that this is a match made in heaven, but it’s damn near close.

“Pay Me” is a track that has Frank and Glen sharing the lyric writing, while Glenn completed the music too. Starting out on a sumptuous electric piano ditto Glen digs in with “Pay me if you wanna get God”. That one line is enough to let you know where these fellows are heading thematically.

This is a smart arrangement with Glen recording a series of layered vocal harmonies and injecting the song with plenty of horns and his preacher voice: “Don’t need gyms, don’t need affairs. Just pay me for God and you’ll get there.”

“Bottom Line Woman” is a Blues-induced lament, where the narrator loses all his money to good times and good women…or is that bad women. Glen turns in another sterling performance. This time he uses his deep gravelly crooning voice, which is as effective as it is charming to the ear. “The money’s all gone, and there’s a hole inside where my heart used to be,” is sung between a wailing saxophone and a yearning lead guitar.

Frank Topper

Frank Topper

Besides the vocals, Glen shows off all of his instrumental skills, sculpting a rich, heart-wrenching soundscape, before throwing down the trump line “She’s not interested in my plans, don’t care about future dreams. Well she lookin’ at my coffee, she only wants the cream.”

“Every Moment at Once” sees a complete change of tone, timbre and style, as Glen bathes his romantic swooning, inside a smooth, laidback but groovy, traditional pop standard-type backdrop – “When you took my hand, when I revived. When you said yes, that’s when I arrived. Every moment at once.”

This is the kind of jazzy music that Sinatra or Tony Bennett would have cherished in their catalogs. These songs show the kind of simple magic that can happen when two artists who were made for each other, join forces to create something special, without pretense or particular ambition, other than fulfilling their personal dreams and spreading a bit of wisdom, wit and love, towards whoever wants it.

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Elmo Karjalainen: ‘Age Of Heroes’ – a bulldozer of an album! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/elmo-karjalainen-age-of-heroes-a-bulldozer-of-an-album http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/elmo-karjalainen-age-of-heroes-a-bulldozer-of-an-album#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:52:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27028 Elmo Karjalainen is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity and precision. His latest album ‘Age Of Heroes’ is a big sounding album with enough twists and turns to make Karjalainen’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. This album represents a milestone, for Elmo, who is considered one […]

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Elmo Karjalainen is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity and precision. His latest album ‘Age Of Heroes’ is a big sounding album with enough twists and turns to make Karjalainen’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. This album represents a milestone, for Elmo, who is considered one of the best rock guitarists in his native Finland. On this album he realized his dream of playing alongside side some of his own ‘heroes’.

“This album saw me realize a dream. I have always wanted to have people I consider influences appear on an album of mine,” says Karjalainen, continuing, “I dreamt of playing with Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen, and on this album I saw that happen. I got Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen keyboard player who also toured with Billy Idol, Kiss and Alice Cooper) to play a killer solo on one of the tracks. The second artist to feature was none other than Viking guitar maestro Mattias IA Eklundh of Freak Kitchen. He’s a guy who has truly influenced my playing. In addition to those two I got the extremely talented Janne and Emil to feature on one song, where we did a three guitar battle. ”

Elmo Karjalainen

Elmo Karjalainen

There are plenty of incendiary guitar breaks and harmony guitar parts, shredding and the like, but Elmo Karjalainen also demonstrates a lightness of touch which is almost playful at times. This aspect is offset by several complex moments that explore rock, pop, metal, blues and even classical influences as he cleverly balances the obtuse with the accessible.

‘How Can Less Be More’ is full of diversity, a wide range of solos and an array of tone colors. He glues together all the elements on ‘The Colour of Greed’, which he tops with an incredible shred and then joins keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen) as they trade instrumental virtuosity before slipping into some beautiful slow-burning guitar ambience  on ‘Chikken Noodul’.

The lyrical duality of ‘A Fertile Discussion’ is exulted by the subtle dynamic tension between Mattias IA Eklundh’s exemplary playing and Karjalainen’s fusion ensemble sensibilities, laced with multiple harmonies. The restless live feel of ‘A Meeting of the Gods ( And This Guy)” is evidenced by the way Janne Nieminen and Emil Pohjalainen (winners of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition), together with Elmo Karjalainen trade electrifying riffs as if it  was an adrenaline pumping rollercoaster ride.

This is an intense high octane collaborative track. And it’s this constant search for that one lick to match the others that gives the tune such a captivating appeal which is exemplified by the booming ‘call and response’ riffs.

Karjalainen saves one of his biggest impacts for ‘Falling for Falafels’ on a collision of understated power, song craft and intense guitar playing. The big crescendo before the outro is effectively a musical sleight of hand, as it suggests a succinct resolution to a bulldozer of an album, but magnificently, ‘Age Of Heroes’ has even more depth than that.

It’s a frequently multi-layered and surprisingly diverse album full of magisterial guitar lines that constantly draws Elmo Karjalainen into new musical avenues.

He’s at his tasteful and poignant best on the meandering twist and turns of ‘Three Days of Peace’ and the bluesy ‘Limiting Rationality’, while the upbeat fusion groove of ‘The Grassy Gnoll’ is an example of an artist following his own musical path. ‘Age Of Heroes’ reveals new nuances with repeated plays.

Elmo Karjalainen’s musical knowledge, breathless guitar playing and imaginative musical arrangements shape the musical vision of a genius shredder with a penchant for real songs. Elmo personally feels that this is his best album to date, and on the evidence showcased across the 15 tracks here, it would be hard to disagree.

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Pauline Frechette: “Come Away With Me” – a classical essence! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pauline-frechette-come-away-with-me-a-classical-essence http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pauline-frechette-come-away-with-me-a-classical-essence#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:58:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27011 Let me start by saying that I am, by this time, a devout fan of Pauline Frechette’s remarkable talent, which includes her songwriting and her instrumental and vocal performances. I only discovered Pauline some months ago, but I’ve learned that it’s never too late to come to the table.  She has recently released the classically-inspired […]

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Let me start by saying that I am, by this time, a devout fan of Pauline Frechette’s remarkable talent, which includes her songwriting and her instrumental and vocal performances. I only discovered Pauline some months ago, but I’ve learned that it’s never too late to come to the table.  She has recently released the classically-inspired piece “Come Away With Me” which is gorgeously sung and orchestrated.

It is a great showcase of the nuances of her lustrous voice. When Pauline sings this, it is the voice of the angels, and few can come close to the beauty of her delivery. The song arrangement was done by renowned arranger, composer and conductor, David Campbell.

Pauline Frechette

Pauline Frechette

I would rather listen to Pauline Frechette than a great deal of the sopranos staggering around opera and theatrical stages and let’s be honest her classical compositions are beautifully done. What also impresses is that her voice is just as pure and strong as it was years ago.

Pauline has sung many styles of music, and while her voice is firmly rooted in a classical essence you always know she is trying to put her own brand of spontaneity and theatricality to any genre she tackles by fusing her personal nature into the songs.

It’s a big world and artistry represents another world within that world. There’s room in all of this for exceptional artists like Pauline Frechette and her multiple musical personae, both vocal and instrumental. You can’t box Pauline into a single genre, but you can fit just about any single genre around the talents of Pauline Frechette.

If you have ever heard her voice, you will know what I mean. If you have not, “Come Away With Me”, is just as good a place as any to start.

I believe it is important to grasp that Pauline is an artist who strives and succeeds in becoming one with the music she sings. This adds a dimension to her presentation that is rarely found in today’s popular music.

I believe that just about any musical composer would necessarily be honored with her as an artist to put forth their efforts, considering the work that she normally puts into the vocal interpretations of the songs she sings. And I repeat, when she sings, she is simply remarkable, often exceptionable, and almost always inspiring.

My perception is that Pauline Frechette must be an extraordinarily brilliant, sensitive, and vulnerable person with a huge love for humanity and all that surrounds her. How else would she be empowered to sound so divine!

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Doc Jazz: “It Takes Love” – the equivalent of a warm embrace http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/doc-jazz-it-takes-love-the-equivalent-of-a-warm-embrace http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/doc-jazz-it-takes-love-the-equivalent-of-a-warm-embrace#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:26:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27006 Doc Jazz’s songs are emotional, some are slow, others are upbeat, and most of the songs weave melodies through stories in a way that has you holding your breath to hear the words – then again, if you want, they can just have you tapping your toes or stomping your feet.For those of us who eagerly […]

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Doc Jazz’s songs are emotional, some are slow, others are upbeat, and most of the songs weave melodies through stories in a way that has you holding your breath to hear the words – then again, if you want, they can just have you tapping your toes or stomping your feet.For those of us who eagerly trawl through the internet, the forums and digital music sites in search of new adult orientated soulful music with a classy jazzy touch, nothing is as exciting as news of a new track from Doc Jazz.

Few artists have released albums and singles as consistently good as Doc Jazz, and on his latest single release entitled It Takes Love” he proves once again that he still is on top of his game.

Doc’s silken voice is like molten sweet cocoa dripping down into the ear canal on this track, as he is backed up by American singer Toy Matthews. The background vocal arrangement is delightful, and Doc Jazz produces an inspired vocal performance.

Probably the best vocal performance I’ve heard him do so far. The thick bass and funky guitars propel the song forward, producing a smooth groove that instantly forces the listener to either tap their feet or bob their head, or in my case both.

Delicious, succulent and the equivalent of a warm embrace, It Takes Love” puts forward its theme of why love should exist in everything we say and do. The business of music in recent years has left us wanting more.

The record labels and the producers drive artists to make quick, throwaway and soulless music, and the absence of a single authentic pounding heartbeat in most popular recordings is noticeable.  At the tune’s end you may either wish you were in love or be glad that you are.

But that is concisely what Doc Jazz’s music does to us here – he makes us reflect on that “state of being” that defies control – he makes us reflect on love. And I mean all kinds of love. It Takes Love” rekindles the soul and ignites a fire in the heart.

MORE ABOUT: Doc Jazz is a Palestinian doctor who was born in the Netherlands. The entirely self-taught musician and multi-instrumentalist is actually a surgeon by profession that has a passion for music – and for his homeland, Palestine.

Doc Jazz’s songs contain firm protests against the injustices perpetrated upon the Palestinians, and against other social or political mishaps around the world. Before moving from the Netherlands to the Middle East, he was also known there for his advocacy for the Palestinian cause as spokesman of the board of the Palestinian Community in the Netherlands (PGN), and through public appearances, articles and interviews on radio, television and in newspapers.

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DasMeter: “Evolution” – genre fans will absolutely adore this album! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dasmeter-evolution-genre-fans-will-absolutely-adore-this-album http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dasmeter-evolution-genre-fans-will-absolutely-adore-this-album#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:06:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26995 Real-life brothers Darren (Keyboard, Drums) and Michael (Guitar, Vocals) are an American music duo project that goes by the name of DasMeter. Their debut electro-hardcore single “Mercury” was released in late May of 2015.  Now in 2017 DasMeter unleashes their brand new 13-track body of work entitled “Evolution”. Whenever you hear the words: “I choose you to be my partner in life. […]

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Real-life brothers Darren (Keyboard, Drums) and Michael (Guitar, Vocals) are an American music duo project that goes by the name of DasMeter. Their debut electro-hardcore single “Mercury” was released in late May of 2015.  Now in 2017 DasMeter unleashes their brand new 13-track body of work entitled “Evolution”. Whenever you hear the words: “I choose you to be my partner in life. I promise you my unconditional love, my fullest devotion and tender care,” or “I promise to be faithful and to love, honor and cherish you all the days of our lives…”, beware, as promises like these, made by mere fallible mortals like ourselves are bound  to be broken.

Recent stats claim that over half of all marriages in the United States – a staggering 53% – end in divorce! So more than one in two marriages, where the above words are pledged, are proclaiming promises that will not be kept.

“Evolution” is born out of the failing of those pledges, as DasMeter compose the accompanying soundtrack that takes us through marriage, separation, and divorce. Up until now, the structural decisions, the subtle production touches, and the synth tones that DasMeter produce have always gone straight to the subconscious, that evokes feelings more than thoughts.

And on “Evolution”, the feeling in question seems to be a dim, wriggling, all-pervading anxiety and delusion, sprinkled with perceptible rays of hope.

They’ve made a really great soundtrack album for the moments of your day where you’re stressing about things of the heart and difficult personal-life decisions. They’ve made a great thematically uncomfortable – yet musically comforting ambiance album, one that sticks with you through all your discomforting moments.

DasMeter let you know that you are not alone in these saddening plights. Moreover, the replay-ability of this album pairs amazingly with late nights of work, road trips, a long gaze out of rain licked windows, a meditative nap…just about everything.

The uncanny knack the duo has for evoking pensive nostalgia in the present moment is readily available on this album, which will make you ponder and deliberate. The play of memory and music preoccupies most musicians, but few translate it into instrumental music as well as DasMeter do.

From the moment “twenty years” kicks in, you’ll begin to feel the narrative though the layered instrumentation.  It’s very atmospheric in places but rises to perfect IDM on upbeat back to back tracks, such as, “the wall”, “fighting for you” and “losing hope”.

There are no bad songs to be found here, even if some of them might take a while to sink in. It may not overtly hold mainstream appeal, but genre fans will absolutely adore this album. My favorites for now tend to be the melodic “on my knees”, the twisting rhythms of “I cared about you” and the brilliant synth sounds on “silver linings”.

However their aural magic is as evocative as ever on all of these tracks, and with their alchemical skills, they could well invent any necessary musical element they desire. In a music environment where most bands take great pains to be connected to their fans, DasMeter have created an environment which eludes tormented hyped-up commercial schemes for anyone interested in their music.

Why? Because the fabric of their music is creating emotional, profound scenarios that tease the mind as much as they satisfy it. The public who love this music will naturally be drawn towards it on its intrinsic merits alone, resulting in fans with a unique reverence for not only DasMeter’s music but their intelligent approach to making and diffusing it.

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Ronnie Walka: “Sex Tape” – mature, refined and sexy male R&B http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ronnie-walka-sex-tape-mature-refined-and-sexy-male-rb http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ronnie-walka-sex-tape-mature-refined-and-sexy-male-rb#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:03:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26986 Ronnie Walka was born in Brooklyn, New York. The oldest of four children, he had to face difficult times in the mean streets of Brooklyn, but before he became a dead statistic, Ronnie was able to leave the streets and the gang life behind. He learned the basics of filming and writing and his creative […]

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Ronnie Walka was born in Brooklyn, New York. The oldest of four children, he had to face difficult times in the mean streets of Brooklyn, but before he became a dead statistic, Ronnie was able to leave the streets and the gang life behind. He learned the basics of filming and writing and his creative ability allowed him to merge photography and cinematography so well that he has become very much in demand. He took it to the next level and became the publisher for Caution Magazine, but he has also produced a short film, and he is a graphic designer for many publications and books around the country.

However somewhere along his journey Ronnie became an inspiring R&B artist, joining his first R&B group at the age of sixteen. Never losing faith ‘in what God had planned for him’, Ronnie has continued to record and release music. He currently has a series of creatively sexy songs that are playing in the clubs and radio stations which are sure to set the mood in any bedroom.

One such track is his 2017 release “Sex Tape”. What could’ve arrived as a corny, blue-balled R. Kelly parody song with innuendo in triplicate is, instead, silky as a boutique lubricant.

“Sex Tape” is one of the most mature, refined, and sexy male R&B projects from any artist this year. The track opens with an expanse of cinematic white-noise, and then goes straight into layered harmonies, followed by a banging bass drum beat which snaps to a mellow mood, only to reprise excitement with Ronnie Walka’s extended vocal flourishes. This dude can stretch notes and growl vowels, as well as flip into ecstatic falsetto lines.

Ronnie has created an instantly recognizable urban sound that seamlessly blends street language, raw sexuality and vulnerability. His sound is the type that the R&B crowd can always appreciate. The music Ronnie Walka and his ilk create is indeed the sound of America in love and lust.

On “Sex Tape” Ronnie taps into that vein with surgical precision and in the process delivers a fine, cohesive work. The song seems effortless and natural. It doesn’t want to change the world or leave any significant impression, it simply wants to entertain, and it wants you to have good sex, move your body and meet new people. This could essentially be a Trey Songz-type track, only this has much better vocals!

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Saykoo Heights: “GOD FORM” – pulsing, tight, and thoroughly melodic! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/saykoo-heights-god-form-pulsing-tight-and-thoroughly-melodic http://jamsphere.com/reviews/saykoo-heights-god-form-pulsing-tight-and-thoroughly-melodic#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:22:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=26981 Saykoo Heights, born Sekou Greenlees in Atlanta, Georgia and based in Miami, Florida, has been rapping and sharpening his skills since the age of 13. Saykoo has been working the underground as a solid member and one of the founding fathers of Hiya Heights. Saykoo’s family plays a big role in his career, with his […]

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Saykoo Heights, born Sekou Greenlees in Atlanta, Georgia and based in Miami, Florida, has been rapping and sharpening his skills since the age of 13. Saykoo has been working the underground as a solid member and one of the founding fathers of Hiya Heights. Saykoo’s family plays a big role in his career, with his brothers and cousins all taking part in his projects, producing and designing a lot of his work you see today.

Saykoo Heights is now currently working on a new project (Space Muzik) that is set to drop in 2017 in collaboration with producers, Rahstarr THC Beatz & Ghost Tha God of (5starr Productions). Saykoo has a lot in store for this year with some new exclusive mixtapes coming set to drop unexpectedly stay updated on his social media.

“GOD FORM” is an album only in the sense that it’s a bunch of songs all in one place. There’s no particular logic to the collection structure; these 10 songs could all stand alone as one-off singles, and that’s fine, because that’s what Saykoo Heights does best.

This album feels like it is a checklist of everything Saykoo can do. His vocal-warble, his swift vowels, his thick-tongued cadence, and his edgy flow are sprinkled across the album like familiar jingles. On “No Tomar (Prod.By Rahstarr)” Saykoo goes hard but keeps it melodic, one word tumbling into the next, and punctuated by the intro: “We living life like there’s no tomorrow”.

The first six tracks all have beats from Rahstarr, which are pulsing, tight, and thoroughly melodic, allowing Saykoo Heights to paint his risqué trap-rap lyrical gems all over the top. The pick of the bunch being “Yung Shenron (Prod.By Rahstarr)”, “The Answer (Prod.By Rahstarr)” and “Superturnt (Prod.By Rahstarr)”.

On “Kitana (Prod.By Shahka)” the atmosphere loosens up a little, and then flips into a more epic feel with “Double Kupz (Prod.By Hipaholics)”. “Kill Switch (Prod.By NickEBeats)” sticks with a darker soundscape, as does “Motion Picture (HD) Ft. Loudpack Kap (Prod.By Hipaholics)”.

When it comes to voices, a loose, tripped-out flow, augmented by a lean-drenched warble is basically a prerequisite for hip-hop stardom these days, and the list of those who have ridden this vocal style at some time or other, include Rich Homie Quan, Rae Sremmurd, Chief Keef, Young Thug, iLoveMakonnen and Future.

All either have dabbled in or built a career on this type of sing-song rap, laying the groundwork for the trend’s current domination of the genre, which Saykoo Heights seems to handle with ease. His best songs are effortlessly melodic and composed with an obvious attention to hooks, bridges and verses; he knows when he needs to snap into his flow before delivering the crooning goods in the chorus.

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