Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:26:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Easy Views – “Porta Da Chill” – chillout energy and soulful seduction! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/easy-views-porta-da-chill-chillout-energy-and-soulful-seduction http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/easy-views-porta-da-chill-chillout-energy-and-soulful-seduction#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:20:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38973 Based in sunny California U.S.A Easy Views release their debut E.P. – “Porta Da Chill” on the Smokersblend Record label run by producer Dominic Owen (The Love Theme). They define their sound as “Sunshine Chill” with a laid back Boom Bap beat. “Porta Da Chill” is one of the smoother recordings this side of the […]

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Based in sunny California U.S.A Easy Views release their debut E.P. – “Porta Da Chill” on the Smokersblend Record label run by producer Dominic Owen (The Love Theme). They define their sound as “Sunshine Chill” with a laid back Boom Bap beat. “Porta Da Chill” is one of the smoother recordings this side of the new year, melding tuneful basslines with bright, positive keyboard vibes and slapping drums. It also showcases the project’s talents for blunting sounds to perfection.

This is a work of chillout energy, soulful seduction – and in the truest sense, a work of fusion. Easy Views tease the line between various forms and styles of music, revealing that line to be extremely thin and gray. Their exploration of these thin, gray boundaries is not only insightful but also artistically captivating.

The strength of this compilation of four explorations in the land of Boom Bap groove may best lie in its production. Although the music and creative work is presented in impeccable fashion, the level of production on this release is a reflection of current developments in the underground urban sound.

As the art form progresses into its next stage propelled by the creative talent of what to us are lesser known artists, the level of production is what differentiates 21st century music from that of the past. Easy Views have created a very clean sounding, multi-layered and multi-leveled controlled impingement of sound here.

With “Porta Da Chill”, Easy Views present a selection of tracks that serve as an instrumental lover’s paradise, showcasing the broad diversity of their influences and articulation of music. Always full of groove each track takes on a different character, sets a different tone, and explores a different ambience, though all connected by one musical theme.

Opener “1990” establishes a sultry groove, setting the perfect backdrop for the warm shimmering keys and horn interludes. All is spiced up by with little touches of hip-hop, a taste of R&B, and a spoon-full of jazz.

A bare and dusty snare beat provides a blunted downtempo backdrop for Easy Views canvas on the title track, “Porta Da Chill”, as they fill it with it sparkling motifs and a bassline that punches in and out like clockwork. The richness and warmth accentuated by the use of the keyboards on “Fresh Drip”, is a masterclass in production as Easy Views provide a swinging groove for the skittering hi-hats to effortlessly bed down on.

With a continued polished production and an even higher melody count, “Switching Lanes” closes the EP. The result is a sexy, lush, glowing piece of instrumental soul with a sticky drum beat, liquid electric piano motifs, uplifting progressions and gorgeous strings.

“Porta Da Chill” is an EP that doesn’t chase any current trends nor try to emulate what has come before, rather, they build and expand, on known genre aesthetics, bringing their own “Sunshine Chill” to the groove.

Who in the world enjoys having to drive home in an overabundance of traffic after having worked eight grueling hours during the day? No one does. In truth a discovery has just been made that will surely cure the tediousness of such a trip. That discovery is Easy Views.

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Cyrus R.O. – “Bones” is full of constructions that are flamboyant, bold, sharp, and generous http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cyrus-r-o-bones-is-full-of-constructions-that-are-flamboyant-bold-sharp-and-generous http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cyrus-r-o-bones-is-full-of-constructions-that-are-flamboyant-bold-sharp-and-generous#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:29:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38958 I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the […]

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I think I expected this music to be sterile and methodical. However, to my surprise, Cyrus R.O.’s new single “Bones” from his upcoming debut album “Deconvolution” is blazingly irradiated like bundle of energy that expertly marries the organic and synthetic. Underneath it all, a darker lyrical narrative dealing with “a character struggling with their gender identity, and the fear of social turmoil that comes with that.” Everything just grooves so well together; it’s a blend of sounds that I haven’t heard done this well from any progressive, jazz, or electronic artist in quite some time. It’s a masterful melding of electronic machinery with a convincing human touch and soul.

Originally leader of the band Cyrus R.O. Quartet which folded due to changing personal and professional circumstances, the Halifax, NS, Canada based artist decided to embark on a solo career, infusing his music with wide variety of influences.

What emerges from “Bones”, is a wonderfully pleasant surprise. This said, it’s still a skillfully crafted song. Its chunky disorienting overdriven guitar riffs along with the shifting synths and rhythmical patterns in the background make this both a comfortable, yet challenging listen as sings:

“I know happiness is a state of mind but your state ain’t a friend of mine. And it’s strange how the inner peace we find depends on whether love is blind. And I can’t trust nobody because noone’s quite like me. And when this time bomb finally goes off, will we ever clear up all of the debris?”

It takes a while to adjust to the ingenuity of the arrangement, which keeps changing every second, and allows almost no room to breathe, as every level of pitch appears occupied with some sort of fascinating flourish or unexpected cross-rhythm.

In the midst Cyrus R.O.’s vocal melody gently searches and soars, exploring the chord progressions and shifting dynamics of the song. The Canadian artist juxtaposes his sweetly controlled voice with hauntingly personal lyrics and a creatively unpredictable musical approach.

Cyrus R.O. is one of those musicians that grab you from the first note and never let’s go. Never having heard this artist before, you are instantly drawn in by the rich music and lyrics that are stand-alone poetry. His voice is magnetic, the song is catchy and complex all at once – truly innovative songwriting, but never arrogant, pretentious or contrived.

Awash with swirling synths and an electro rhythm backdrop, “Bones” is over all too quickly. The song also reflects Cyrus R.O.’s skill at modulating mood. And with this record, he excels at balancing rawness and sincerity with vulnerability and indestructibility.

On a songwriting level, Cyrus R.O. proves to a top-tier songwriter who has outdone himself on “Bones”. The track is full of constructions that are flamboyant, bold, sharp, and generous.

Cyrus R.O. wastes not a single second, every moment is intentional, every instrument employed for a purpose, and every note sung with sincerity. Cyrus R.O. makes music like honesty and creative integrity aren’t things to be afraid of. Cyrus R.O.’s devotion to making music that exists outside of any box, has resulted in a tremendously earnest and endearing record. It’s exactly the right choice for him.

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Arrows – “After Hours” – Propelled by serious ambition and layered songwriting! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/arrows-after-hours-propelled-by-serious-ambition-and-layered-songwriting http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/arrows-after-hours-propelled-by-serious-ambition-and-layered-songwriting#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 18:41:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38938 “After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it […]

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“After Hours” the brand new full length album by Arrows, says all it needs to about the brand of retro nostalgia this kind of music evokes. The project’s sonic palette is especially dense with layer upon layer of synth sounds stacked upon one another and wrapped up in a modern production veneer that makes it bang. Every song delivers big in the keyboard hooks department and the moods are consistently melancholy and wistful throughout. “After Hours” is Arrows hitting their stride; this is what it sounds like when a young band is killing it.

Inspired by 80’s synthwave and video game sound tracks, Arrows only started creating synthwave music in 2019. That same year founding member, Brennan Hales, released the debut EP, “CPU Says No”. The single, “Thinking of You” followed, and was featured on the Ukraine synthwave label, Retro Wave Touch’s “Best of 2019” Compilation Album.

While Arrows was also up for “Best New Musician” by Retro Wave Touch. Shortly after releasing “After Hours”, which also featured singer Savannah Jane, founding member Brennan Hales was joined by Jordan Tanguma, which now made Arrows a duo.

Throughout “After Hours”, Arrows display a layered soundtrack, creating atmospheres that dictate the progression of each track. By focusing on an extensive range of motifs for each composition, the project is able to bring in and out multiple layers on a whim, giving an abundance of sonic changes without losing momentum.

Keeping within their primary synthwave influences, Arrows uses cycling melodies and modulating synths to sweep you away into the record’s landscape. Starting out with the opening tracks, “1P Pres Start” and 8-Bit Lifestyle”, and for the majority of the record, Arrows keep their sonic vision strong with an abundance of diversity and references for both synthwave and videogame music fans.

“Wings” is a neon drenched soundtrack of a distant future, based on a foundation of solid songwriting. “II. Above Us” swirls with slow mystery as it leads us into the powerful resonant tones of “Bright” ft. Jason Klobnack. “Visions” rides a bumping bassline and slapping drums, all awash with crunching synth motifs. It roars out of the speakers in a blaze of sonic blast.

The “III. Understand” interlude quietly introduces us to the album’s centerpiece – “Terrified” ft. Savannah Jane. This is a stunning and soulful vocal track, ready for any radio station. The main thing to take away from this track is that Arrows, despite having a defined stylistic playbook, are not ones to stay grounded to any particular sound, trend or cliché.

Here they showcase their abilities to navigate the luscious sounds of modern mainstream while still retaining their gorgeous retro synths. “Last Night In London” is another beautifully constructed mid-tempo tune, while “IV. Midnight” explores the band’s more delicate and emotional side.

This is certainly a synth-driven album but don’t be fooled. This is also an album full of real emotion. “Waking Up” sounds clear, crisp and polished, and it’s a beautiful mix of simplicity and complexity. While at the surface level, this song might seem quite simple, there’s actually a myriad of little changes going on throughout, and if you listen to it with a keen ear, you will get exponentially more out of the experience.

The title track, “After Hours”, comes at the very end, and once again, great swathes of sound cascade, creating a mesmerizing atmosphere. The track is energetic and raucous, and has a punchiness to the beat that makes it all encompassing for its run-time.

Overall, “After Hours” is electronic, retro-futuristic music that is coated in a thick layer of nostalgia, 80’s longing and a truckload of synthesizers. Propelled by serious ambition and layered songwriting, the synthwave-inclined Arrows duo create an album that demands the listener’s attention.

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PWJazy – “Heroes” sounds so natural and raw! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pwjazy-heroes-sounds-so-natural-and-raw http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pwjazy-heroes-sounds-so-natural-and-raw#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 13:49:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38933 LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed […]

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LA-based performer, PWJazy, is an unusual artist. His songwriting is soulful and the arrangements are mind blowing. His voice is a breath of fresh air with all of the nonsense that has been going on for years in the music scene. His singing has a distinctive tone that has not been auto tuned or fixed up in any other manner. “Heroes”, his latest single, is a really intriguing, diverse recording. I didn’t like it when I first heard it, but the uniquely experimental alternative rock sound, the bombastic lead guitars, and the dark, mysterious lyrics somehow fuse together to produce a strangely honest track, both emotional and uplifting in its way.

PWJazy seems to almost freestyle his lyrics into something that’s mesmerizing and uplifting. It’s magical, alchemical, haunting, original, and unique. PWJazy’s records jump from genre to genre with ease and it’s quite possible one could love his previous release, hate the following, and then adore whatever comes next.

Don’t let this fool you however because the song writing and performance found on his works is light-years ahead of anyone else in his field. PWJazy takes you on a bizarre journey to the faraway land that is the mind of an alternative creative.

PWJazy doesn’t fall into mainstream categories or logical song structure constraints –both in the production and execution of his music. On “Heroes” the music and the guitars are a couple of notches louder than the vocals, while the drums sit right at the back of the mix.

That’s about as far away from conventional production methods as it goes. But then as his music proves, PWJazy’s musical vision is purposely distant from the “tried and tested” cannon. Simple guitar chords accompany PWJazy’s spectacular vocal execution throughout the duration of the song to create an almost laid back alternative song, if it were not for the crashing guitars.

When PWJazy’s sings you can really tell he feels every word and whilst some lyrics may indeed be difficult to catch due to the volume levels, it’s impossible not to conjure up thoughts and feelings whilst listening to this track, which may lead to the reason “Heroes” never loses its appeal, it can be a soundtrack to your reflections if you so wish it to be.

The song is produced in such a manner that you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action, standing next to PWJazy as he goes through the motions, and at some point it makes you feel like you are part of it because it sounds so natural and raw.

Hearing PWJazy go over the mainstream edge this way brings thrill after visceral thrill as he chops, changes, and bangs his guitar with reckless abandon, showing what is possible when he nails the balance between the man and the music.  What we’ve got here with “Heroes”, is yet another worthy addition to PWJazy’s unusually tuned discography.

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Strings Of Atlas – “How Far We’ve Come” sets the stage for the upcoming EP http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/strings-of-atlas-how-far-weve-come-sets-the-stage-for-the-upcoming-ep http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/strings-of-atlas-how-far-weve-come-sets-the-stage-for-the-upcoming-ep#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 09:59:31 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38926 Strings Of Atlas is an American music project, started in 2006 and consisting mainly of multi-instrumentalist and producer Atlas Cage. Cage has been joined by such great musicians as Ed Chavez (Bassplayer for Archetyped/Phoenix Recoil), Albert Diaz, Jake Stuble and more.  The band defines their music as hard rock with a bit of psych punk […]

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Strings Of Atlas is an American music project, started in 2006 and consisting mainly of multi-instrumentalist and producer Atlas Cage. Cage has been joined by such great musicians as Ed Chavez (Bassplayer for Archetyped/Phoenix Recoil), Albert Diaz, Jake Stuble and more.  The band defines their music as hard rock with a bit of psych punk rock and blues. Influences include Clutch, Monster Magnet, Audioslave and Royal Blood.

Over the course of the last few years, the world seems to have rediscovered their interest in rock by heralding a number of up and coming champions of nostalgic tones that are beginning to usher in a new age of rock n’ roll. Strings Of Atlas are definitely on that essential list.

Opening with a moody tone before swinging into full throttle, the single “How Far We’ve Come, sets the stage for the upcoming EP of the same name, by Strings Of Atlas. This is a cutting, relentless and raw banger that smoothens out a razor edge with catchy songwriting.

Strings Of Atlas more than prove their worth as an incredibly strong rock band with their latest release. A hard rocker that is both parts classic rock, as it is ultra-modern, as best captured between the contrasting vibes of the relentless verse and the melodic chorus.

What is most impressive is that Strings Of Atlas has delivered a track that captures the high octane and raw energy of a live set and has channeled that vibe straight into the veins of a hard-hitting studio recording. Simply put, Strings Of Atlas are one of the most exciting bands I’ve heard in years.

It’s clear Atlas Cage and crew properly laid the groundwork for tone, feel, and groove with heavy guitars, cutting edge production and absolutely punishing drums. The band’s approach is in your face and sounds like these guys have all been around the block a few times over.

A sound with this kind of authority is a rarity in today’s underground music business and all eyes should be on this group in the near future. From the killer “live off the floor” type of performance, to the ear shredding guitar work and fierce slow-burning rhythm, this tune truly personifies the band as a sonic unit.

The track is loaded with dark chord changes and a captivating set of lyrics. “How Far We’ve Come” delivers a sinister swing with haunting vocals surrounded by sludgy guitars that perfectly tie the track together.

Strings Of Atlas take the audience on a bit of a grungy acid trip, just staying this side of sonic anarchy, with endless layers of guitar, and some serious crescendos. Beyond the timbre and delicious grit of Atlas Cage’s vocals, on the track, I find the music extends beyond the sum of its parts, and damn, do they rock the hell out of it.

I listened to a couple more tracks from the upcoming project, and can confirm beyond doubt that Strings Of Atlas is one of those bands whose energy translates to their recordings, as you can hear their thundering power on virtually every song. They have the ability to explore beyond overdriven chord progressions into rocking riffs without losing any momentum at all.

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João Tostes – “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” allows the instrument to break loose from its expected bounds! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/joao-tostes-live-ukulele-here-there-everywhere-allows-the-instrument-to-break-loose-from-its-expected-bounds http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/joao-tostes-live-ukulele-here-there-everywhere-allows-the-instrument-to-break-loose-from-its-expected-bounds#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 13:44:52 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38912 How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the […]

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How often do you get to hear a full length live album of twenty instrumental songs played on the ukulele? And what if those songs were being played by an artist considered to be one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil? Someone who has toured the world, taking his ukulele sound, to the most diverse countries – from Brazil to Canada, Italy and South Korea, among others. Someone who dropped a parallel career as an Information Technology entrepreneur in 2017 to fully dedicate himself to music and the ukulele. The Brazilian musician, composer, arranger and musical educator, in charge of the Toca Ukulele Project, João Tostes, is one such artist.

And the album in question, would be his latest 2020 release, “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere”, on which João Tostes exhibits dazzling musical dexterity, his canny arrangements, and his way of letting his feel for sound and structure direct him around musical corners and down unexplored musical paths.

The album which is a compilation of cover and original songs performed live, between 2016 and 2019, also features players, Diogo Fernandes, Felipe Moreira, Jonas Loi, Vinícius Vivas and Rio Saito, who ably assist João Tostes in communicating his musical vision.

The 20 songs  recorded over 4 years in 8 cities, showcase classic tracks like the Beatles’ “Yesterday”, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, to Waldir Azevedo’s “Brasileirinho”, as well as the world-renowned “Girl From Ipanema”. The recordings were made in Brazil, Canada, Italy and South Korea, while interestingly, the album cover was designed by João Tostes 10-year-old son João Victor Tostes.

João Tostes take on Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” opens with a reverent, almost hushed, tone and proceeds slowly into the transcendental space that Tostes and Diogo Fernandes creates. Overall though, Tostes, who was the first ukulele player to be on national television in Brazil, has done a stellar job on this latest musical effort.

All of the songs are distinct and well-crafted, and moving through highlights like “Flor Amorosa”, “Asa Branca / O Ovo”, “Delicato Ukulele”, “Bodysurfing”, “Lua Branca / Gaúcho (O Corta-Jaca)”, “Alivium”, and “Ashes”, it becomes clear that his prowess on the ukulele is unparalleled. It is worth more than just a passing glance, especially since there is something in these songs for everybody.

With each subsequent release, ukulele player João Tostes takes another step away from being merely a Brazilian phenomenon. At this point his international status is permanently cemented. “Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” further extends his reputation as a marvelously talented ukulele playing sensation.

An adventurer who is constantly seeking to expand the audience for ukulele, João Tostes is capable of crafting catchy pop motifs, New Age-flavored dreamscapes, delicate lines akin to classical themes and crunching fiery work that packs an energetic punch.

Such is the presence created by João Tostes and his ukulele, on this album, that the pleasure which bounds forth is not only atmospheric and rhythmic, it positively invokes the passion found in the realm of imagination and asks the listener to embrace the fundamental essence of tone, mood and musical environment which the ukulele can provide. There is a wealth of music that the album invariably thrills the listener with, that captures the heart and allows the instrument to break loose from its expected bounds.

“Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere” is an album open to the feeling of majesty, and of deftness of touch; free, passionate and full of life, with a sound that not only fills the room with warmth, but with grace and a sense musical meticulousness. João Tostes is living proof that the sound of the ukulele can rigorously and unwaveringly pliable.

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Toby Regal is ready to drop his latest single release “I Am Still Right Here” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/toby-regal-is-ready-to-drop-his-latest-single-release-i-am-still-right-here http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/toby-regal-is-ready-to-drop-his-latest-single-release-i-am-still-right-here#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2020 14:18:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38896 Running through his back catalog, you will notice that Toby Regal has hardly put a foot wrong. Few newcomers capture real emotion like Toby does, without being over melodramatic or overwhelming. Instead of chasing trends and competing with other upcoming whippersnappers or even his more famous peers, Toby sticks to what he does best – […]

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Running through his back catalog, you will notice that Toby Regal has hardly put a foot wrong. Few newcomers capture real emotion like Toby does, without being over melodramatic or overwhelming. Instead of chasing trends and competing with other upcoming whippersnappers or even his more famous peers, Toby sticks to what he does best – a mix of electronic sounds, catchy melodies and romantic nostalgia. His lyrics blend beautifully with his smooth rhythms, making for both thought provoking and appealing listening experiences.

On his latest release, “I Am Still Right Here”, Toby Regal once again captures all his aforementioned lightning in a bottle. Just like many of his previous offerings, the song here moves in the friendly landscape of contemporary pop, where ballads are at the fore, and which are also Toby’s strongest forte. Here Toby displays his maturity as a songwriter as he delves deep into the complex emotions of sentimental affliction and unrequited love. The record is brilliant in the simplicity of its sophistication.

“I Am Still Right Here” deals with the sensory side of love, showcasing that Toby Regal has the sensibility and the Midas touch of a songwriter comfortable within his craft. This is beautifully crafted mid-tempo ballad that is smooth and melancholic in its sound.  And most importantly, this song fits Toby Regal like a glove, which he delivers masterfully and comfortably. It is without a doubt his best vocal and songwriting work yet. An infectious tapestry of sounds both timeless and captivating.

MORE ABOUT TOBY REGAL: Toby Regal was born in Stockholm, Sweden 19 August 1980, and loved music since he was a kid. He spent most of his allowance on buying albums, and could spend hours in a shop trying to find music that he liked. His passion for music turned him into a singer, songwriter and producer. He wrote his first song when he was nineteen.

He studied Music Production in Stockholm (School of Audio Engineering and Kulturama), music History (Stockholm University) and decided to move to Scotland to study composition. However, this ended up being a long break from music, and many friends and family encouraged him on occasion to get back to creating music and producing music again.

Toby Regal describes his music as catchy and his lyrics are telling his stories and are personal. Toby sees creating music as therapeutic experience, as it feels better to get all the feelings and experiences out on paper. It also helps him to grow as a person and work through experiences.

Living in Lisbon renewed and brought inspiration. After a divorce, Toby was set on making a change to his life, and handed in his resignation, booked a one way ticket and arranged temporary accommodation before he even had a job or a real plan.

Making music again seemed like a natural decision, and after a few months of writing and producing music again he released his first single “Never Walk Alone” on 17 July 2018.

Connect with Toby Regal:
Website: www.tobyregal.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TobyRegalMusic
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Oliver von K releases ambient guitar instrumental – “Ayinka V” http://jamsphere.com/videos/oliver-von-k-releases-ambient-guitar-instrumental-ayinka-v http://jamsphere.com/videos/oliver-von-k-releases-ambient-guitar-instrumental-ayinka-v#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2020 11:52:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38892 As the new single from 35 Year old male hobby guitarist from Switzerland,  Oliver von K, “Ayinka V” is a recording full of sweet emotionally charged moments, of quiet subtlety, emphatic life affirming melodies and sprinklings of musical flare. Bursting with fresh ideas and rhythmic vigor, this record is a highlight of the instrumental ambient […]

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As the new single from 35 Year old male hobby guitarist from Switzerland,  Oliver von K, “Ayinka V” is a recording full of sweet emotionally charged moments, of quiet subtlety, emphatic life affirming melodies and sprinklings of musical flare. Bursting with fresh ideas and rhythmic vigor, this record is a highlight of the instrumental ambient guitar genre itself.

Oliver von K

If you’re like me and have crippling anxiety and it takes a lot for you to find your zen, this is the track for you. Put on your headphones and let this be the background of your day and you will be so thankful you did. Forget classical or new age meditation music. Who needs chanting when there is sweet ambient guitar music that will help you reach the same ethereal mental state?

With the release of “Ayinka V”, Oliver von K has created a work that showcases a perfect understanding of atmosphere and dynamics spread across a mesmerizing track. With an unusually concise playing time for the instrumental genre, the track never allows ideas to become stale and labored allowing Oliver von K to express himself both musically and emotionally within an accessible song length.

Subtlety is one of the track’s biggest strengths as despite the discreet layers of instruments nothing is ever overbearing and obnoxious, leaving the guitar plenty of space to paint the sonic canvas. The way “Ayinka V” has such a tight grip on your emotions is what makes this type of music truly great, as it goes to and fro between a propelling driving jaunt and a spaced out relaxed vibe.

The underbelly of “Ayinka V” is carried along by big drums, a resonating bass, and lovely warm keyboard tones. The guitar shimmers and echoes within the floating space, its weightlessness drawing you into contemplation. Oliver von K has crafted a record that speaks to an audience without words.

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Ambrose – “Without a Word” – an epiphany of wistful sound! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ambrose-without-a-word-an-epiphany-of-wistful-sound http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ambrose-without-a-word-an-epiphany-of-wistful-sound#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:28:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38869 Ambrose is one of those unusual musical composers you rarely come across via the mainstream media. Her work is never trite or clumsy and it always sparkles with personal genius. She never panders to modern trends or seeks to retread classic retro avenues, in search of commercial viability. She simply composes what moves and inspires […]

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Ambrose is one of those unusual musical composers you rarely come across via the mainstream media. Her work is never trite or clumsy and it always sparkles with personal genius. She never panders to modern trends or seeks to retread classic retro avenues, in search of commercial viability. She simply composes what moves and inspires her emotions. Each track on her stunning album, “Without a Word” will resonate with a different part of you. Ambrose’s works are equally beautiful and unique, as well as being particularly crafty at appealing to even the most elusive facets of your states of being. The album features 12 original tracks that total a gargantuan 79 minutes of music, which is essentially as much audio as will fit onto a standard CD.

As the album progresses, you will feel as though you are receiving an intellectual and spiritual deep tissue massage. “Without a Word” will work you over and leave you deeply relaxed and really thankful that Ambrose makes music. And making music is something this multimedia artist and writer living near Alaska, nearly didn’t get to do.

“I desired to write songs since the seventies when hearing amazing music for the very first time,” explains Ambrose. “I prayed for the ability as a wistful child.” However, not being in a musical family, her influences and experiences were circumscribed to the frivolous hits on the radio. Ambrose aspired to sounds that were more thoughtful and timeless.

Hence, she got to complete her first song at 29 years old, and then never got to complete any others for another 17 years. Now a fully grown creative and passionate artist, Ambrose has finally turned her childhood wish into an epiphany of wistful sound that has received more than 17 awards, and has featured on international radio and various music charts.

Brought to life by Ambrose and Paul Cecchetti, a producer from Ireland, “Without a Word” is brilliantly composed, produced, and imagined from beginning to end. It’s one of those albums where you can tell that a great deal of thought and intentionality is put into every note, and every little sound.

From the moment the album opens with the mid-tempo piano driven track, “Emotions”, it becomes a creature of beauty and precision. As the album title suggests, these songs are completely instrumental, and mainly keyboard driven. It is not often that an album can be both calming, and yet energizing. Somehow, Ambrose manages the best of both here.

The album ranges from the exciting head-bobbing beats of “Day to Night”, “Everything” and “Deserve” to the nostalgic and epic cinematic-type scores such as “Abandon”, “Deep Waters” and “Time to Wish”. Propulsive beats and a celestial melodies, are usual centerpieces of Ambrose’s compositions, and continue to be such, on standouts “Heaven Only Knows” and “Some Say Love”.

Ambrose is one of the gifted few who can imbue her instrumentals with tangible warmth and genuine emotion, whether they are tempting you to move some part of your body, or offering you a moment of sedentary reflection. The former occurs on “Out Of Nowhere”, while the latter presents itself on both “Sunlight in Darkness” and “Good Morning”.

This album brings the gentle throb of ambient and downtempo instrumental sounds so distinct and caressing it becomes the most gorgeous and unpretentious soundscapes you’ve ever experienced. No words are uttered, but still we as listeners feel entangled within the exploits of each musical narrative.

Ambrose has constructed an environment for listeners to turn to during times of needed relaxation and introspection. And at the end of it all, “Without a Word” will leave a warm feeling in your stomach and an inspired spring in your step.

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The Marica Frequency – “Delicate” is challenging project that demands to be repeatedly, an actively engaged http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-marica-frequency-delicate-is-challenging-project-that-demands-to-be-repeatedly-an-actively-engaged http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-marica-frequency-delicate-is-challenging-project-that-demands-to-be-repeatedly-an-actively-engaged#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:52:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38846 The Marica Frequency is an alternative folk/indie band from South Wales, UK, founded in 2015 by songwriter and producer Christopher Evans. They released their first, independently produced album entitled “Nursery Rhymes”, in 2017. Their latest 9 track album “Delicate” is the project’s fourth studio release. The Marica Frequency’s latest album vacillates musically from plaintiff soul-searching […]

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The Marica Frequency is an alternative folk/indie band from South Wales, UK, founded in 2015 by songwriter and producer Christopher Evans. They released their first, independently produced album entitled “Nursery Rhymes”, in 2017. Their latest 9 track album “Delicate” is the project’s fourth studio release. The Marica Frequency’s latest album vacillates musically from plaintiff soul-searching folk tunes to lush, complex, multi-layered production numbers that still manage to sound intimately personal. It is an enthralling emotional journey that takes us to the depths of the composer’s afflicted nadirs to his more hopeful spiritual epiphanies.

On very few occasions has an album struck me as being such a complete statement about the human emotional condition. Perhaps it is Christopher Evans’ personal sensibilities that allows him to hold such a profound combination of despair and distress supplemented by boundless rays of hope.

Take this as a lesson for the bland musical artists who prostitute themselves wildly to the mainstream, The Marica Frequency’s music is what you can do when you simply let your creativity, faith, and true inner feelings inform and inspire the music rather than just use the music as a cheap commercial tool.

The Marica Frequency comprises an important school of contemporary music: restrained yet lush, in some cases challenging traditional song form, borrowing from the sounds of organic traditional folk and modern electronic technology, and assembling them in wholly new ways.

This album is a masterpiece of that blend, and it is a true gem that will probably only get better with age. Acoustic guitars, gentle vocals, shimmering keypads, ethereal choral voicings, resonant string tones, and off kilter rhythms drift in and out. The soundscapes can alternately evoke affliction, paint pastoral images, or dig into an entrancingly somber groove.

“Delicate” is ultimately the type of dense, challenging project that demands to be repeatedly, an actively engaged. Though the album shows the songwriter’s fluency in his craft, it is never pretentious. The key distinction being that Evans approaches the ideas that infuse his work with the respect they most certainly merit.

That much is clear from the mellifluous opener, “Open Arms”, which distills a profound sense of spiritual affinity into a simple melodic motif. The Marica Frequency also fully grasp the importance of a traditional mainstream structure as a means to enhance a theme, which they beautifully illustrate on “Blue Eyes”.

“Where Have The Angels Gone” makes use of vocoder effects and hazy keyboard tones to bring a progressive and psychedelic slant to its devotional narrative. “Borrowed Time” is another example of how Evans writes songs that often surprise for the goodness of their minimalism.

“Written By Rabbits”, on the other hand a is a lushly orchestrated string dominated composition, embellished by quirky celestial vocal adlibs. Truth is, The Marica Frequency gets everything right. And, ultimately, that’s how this album surpasses expectations. From its framing rich vocals and its folk songwriting to its otherworldly narratives and its lush instrumentation, “Delicate” is musical art of the highest caliber.

But the best is yet to come with standouts “Hope”, “Remain” and “Breaking the Silence” talking center stage, in my book. All three are breathtakingly beautiful. Rich in harmony and intoxicating atmosphere, musically, the arrangements are staggering.

By the time the album closes with “Morphine”, it is clear there’s a conviction and a reverence that fluidly runs through these songs. There are so many minute nuances to pick through and convince you that this is not a project not to be taken lightly. Executed with passion and originality, “Delicate” is one of the finest records of its kind that you’ll hear this year.

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Dopé – “Fuck Wit Me” ft. Yunsik is instantly capable of drawing in massive engagement http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dope-fuck-wit-me-ft-yunsik-is-instantly-capable-of-drawing-in-massive-engagement http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dope-fuck-wit-me-ft-yunsik-is-instantly-capable-of-drawing-in-massive-engagement#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:26:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38835 There’s a fresh crop of rappers who are ready to take over 2020 and define the sound of the next decade. Signed to the DUCMG RECORDS label, the rapper Dopé has dropped his debut single, “Fuck Wit Me” ft. Yunsik. With a natural knack for melody that separates him from most peers, he makes music […]

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There’s a fresh crop of rappers who are ready to take over 2020 and define the sound of the next decade. Signed to the DUCMG RECORDS label, the rapper Dopé has dropped his debut single, “Fuck Wit Me” ft. Yunsik. With a natural knack for melody that separates him from most peers, he makes music that paint the picture of a young artist who isn’t afraid of the hardships, and has ambitions to take over the world. His new single show his effortless ability to write sticky hooks that have a way of climbing inside your brain and never leaving.

Dopé keeps a stash of flows and witty bars that show he has the makings of a true star. He skillfully bounces between the evolving scenes of trap and rap, and like any player who can play multiple sides of the floor, and will soon be forcing his contemporaries and peers to step their game up.

While at first glance, this just sounds like a fun song to vibe to, there’s also sneaky depth and nuance to the rapper’s songwriting. Dopé makes songs that you can party to, in one setting, and learn life lessons from, in another. He can really do it all in one song. Dopé has an extremely diverse set of artistic skills, and he’s as sharp a rhymer, writer and producer as any.

Once you hit play on “Fuck Wit Me” ft. Yunsik, Dopé emerges quickly and powerfully, somehow fully-formed as a confident artist with an unbreakable aesthetic. His is a universe populated by references both introspective and easily relatable, an impressionistic sketch of his mindset and experiences. It’s unrelenting, and breathes with the epiphany of self-discovery.

Today there’s room for stars and up-and-comers alike, with each bracket able to gain respect and traction. Dopé isn’t short on natural charm, and there’s a universality to his music that makes him a perfect potential star for the modern era.

The rapper showcases a knack for weaving together a vivid tale in a way that’s at once honest and addictive, and all his talents come together on this song.

Offering lyrical flourishes for the rap heads and sticky choruses for radio-friendly listeners, “Fuck Wit Me” ft. Yunsik, signals versatility and mastery of his artistry. Dopé is a reminder to never sleep on what’s happening in the underground scene.

He’s got something special, instantly capable of drawing in massive engagement. In case you aren’t already acquainted with Dopé, we encourage you to accept his invitation into his debut single release.

And while you’re about it, check out his EP project “Dopé Session”. The rapper’s bubbly, intoxicating delivery defies regional sounds, making him a versatile artist whose music can travel well beyond his hometown. Something tells us Dopé has the star power and quality music to ride his defining elements for a long time. So it looks like the DUCMG RECORDS label signee is ready to seriously build his momentum in 2020.

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Website: www.TheRapperDope.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRapperDope
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/therapperdope
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRapperDope
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/therapperdope

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The Jake Stutsman Band – “Drifter” captivates, intrigues and moves the listeners to new sonic heights http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-jake-stutsman-band-drifter-captivates-intrigues-and-moves-the-listeners-to-new-sonic-heights http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-jake-stutsman-band-drifter-captivates-intrigues-and-moves-the-listeners-to-new-sonic-heights#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 21:00:59 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38763 How do you blend the big band sound, with cinematic electronics and guitar pyrotechnics? You infuse the influences of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray, with The Brian Setzer Orchestra and allow it to instill and mature in the mindset of an Alaska based musician, Indiana native, father, husband, and guitar player who […]

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How do you blend the big band sound, with cinematic electronics and guitar pyrotechnics? You infuse the influences of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, and Robert Cray, with The Brian Setzer Orchestra and allow it to instill and mature in the mindset of an Alaska based musician, Indiana native, father, husband, and guitar player who goes by the project name of The Jake Stutsman Band. The proof of the materialization of the aforementioned amalgam can be savored in the single “Drifter”. Guitarist Jake Stutsman arrived at this project via concert band experience and a 3-piece instrumental progressive rock band, called Sonic Karma which he founded with school mates.

Balancing between big-room melodic electronics and old-school guitar progressions, “Drifter” delivers a vast range of nuances that will satisfy your needs. Embracing the current trends in EDM to utilizing non-electronic elements, such as the electric guitar, the single builds into a full-blown orchestrated anthem.

Stretching just over 3-minutes, the instrumental track settles into a driving groove, where the guitar melody arrangements allow for breathing room between the massive synth and percussive peaks.

There was much excitement and a high level of expectation when I first loaded this single into the player, especially during this time of an ever changing musical expectation from the rise of lesser known underground artists.  What can we expect from this single? Well for starters “Drifter” exceeds expectations, as The Jake Stutsman Band captivates, intrigues and moves the listeners to new sonic heights with an unusual blend of styles and genres on one single track.

The song comes alive with the strong guitar voicings enclosed around inspiring chord progressions and a very uplifting bass line. Intense and euphoric; “Drifter” emblematizes the artistic diligence that ceaselessly drives Stutsman throughout this project.

And is ample proof of the artist’s exhaustive commitment to his craft. The dexterity of Jake Stutsman’s production, paired with his acute ear for the radio-driven maximalist sound that befits today’s airwaves are apparent on this track.

Neatly packaged alongside the aforementioned elements, “Drifter” also exudes Stutman’s affinity for the larger-than-life instrumental domination that resides on this track. And with the same stroke of his pen, Jake Stutsman effortlessly turns the musical tables with inclusions that scale modern guitar music’s stylistic continuum.

The delight of “Drifter” is the question that it begs: does The Jake Stutsman Band have a sonic comfort zone? If it does, it’s nearly impossible to discern along the chromatic length of this nuanced single.

From the fiery guitar plucks to the thumping percussive motifs and the gargantuan synth-lines, Jake Stutsman proves he trembles at the foot of no aural opportunity. With its broad assembly of sonic elements, anthemic chord progressions, instrumental constructions, and ear-catching concepts and guitar hooks – across this studio showing – resonate poignantly or spike listeners’ adrenaline (often both successively).

“Drifter” is proof not only of The Jake Stutsman Band’s creativity, but also of the artist’s absolute performance ardor. Sheer talent and hard work are keywords here.

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King Mushu – “The Rise of King Mushu” sets a new bar for underground rappers http://jamsphere.com/reviews/king-mushu-the-rise-of-king-mushu-sets-a-new-bar-for-underground-rappers http://jamsphere.com/reviews/king-mushu-the-rise-of-king-mushu-sets-a-new-bar-for-underground-rappers#respond Mon, 09 Mar 2020 02:06:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38751 There is a lot of debate on how the music has changed in the last decade or so. On one hand, the artist has gained more control and can freely release music at a faster rate with less regulation from major labels. Of course one major drawback to that lack of label involvement has been […]

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There is a lot of debate on how the music has changed in the last decade or so. On one hand, the artist has gained more control and can freely release music at a faster rate with less regulation from major labels. Of course one major drawback to that lack of label involvement has been a question of quality control. Front-to-back, quality-filled albums with zero filler are a rarity these days. That’s where “The Rise of King Mushu” comes in. King Mushu’s full length album sets a new bar for underground rappers in terms of quality and content. He shows us he has exceptional flow and a gift for conveying emotion through personal experience.

Each subsequent track on “The Rise of King Mushu” ups the intensity even more, and shows growth in almost every sense of the word. King Mushu’s rapping gets even better, the singing sounds stronger, the songs themselves are more memorable, the production quality is top notch, and by the end of it all, there isn’t a weak track to be found here.

The Rise of King Mushu” has raised the quality bar for independent Hip Hop that will be hard to match. You can tell that every moment on this album was thought about carefully and every decision was made intentionally.

I could name off standout tracks but naming every song on the album would seem almost pointless. This album is brilliant. By far the best I’ve heard in this first quarter of the year. From the moment the recording opens with the impactful trinity of “Rokm Intro”, “The Rise of King Mushu”, and “Thank You”, King Mushu has a way of making you connect emotionally.

Listening to his new music is a visceral process. Of the different emotions we can feel as humans, he’s utterly relentless in making you identify with them all. His bars are tight, but also extremely relevant. Not least worthy of mention, are brilliant supporting features – namely CharliSoSauceEboni, FoxMarlo and Rochelle Denise.

In between the skits, you’ll be blown away by the mellifluous drive of “Smoke With Me King Mushu”, the soulful swing of “Look At Me” and “Materialistic”, as well as the highly chilled thump of “50 Shades of Eboni”. This is a rap album with a twist.

Most rappers curse so much you wouldn’t want to listen to them for five seconds let alone a whole album. King Mushu is different. His lyrics are thought-provoking and filled with words with meaning not just words of filth to shock you into submission.

You get an intense syllable-heavy style of rap that has no problem with sharing powerful messages. King Mushu’s sound can sometimes be bombastic, striking a chord with its sheer potency. This happens with “Mi Casa” and the album closer, “#TeamYakura”, on which the energy levels are wound up tight.

All throughout this album, King Mushu hits his stride with an effort as lyrically powerful and honest as ever – showing that the hard work on both himself and his craft is paying dividends.

King Mushu breathes, and believes the transformative and therapeutic power of music. He is the founder of UnderGround Paradise Records, a small label made up of extremely aware individuals who are actively involved in their community, facing issues like drugs, homelessness and injustices.

“The idea,” say King Mushu“is to give back to the community as much as possible. We all have a mission in life, understand yours.” At a time when other artists settle for less, King Mushu displays a commendable self-awareness that is expected from someone whose music runs parallel to their personal endeavors and experiences in life.

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 Klef Mikaydo – “Like Me” wraps the listener in its velvety smooth layers one bar at a time http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/klef-mikaydo-like-me-wraps-the-listener-in-its-velvety-smooth-layers-one-bar-at-a-time http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/klef-mikaydo-like-me-wraps-the-listener-in-its-velvety-smooth-layers-one-bar-at-a-time#respond Sun, 08 Mar 2020 17:09:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38745 With his release, “Like Me”, Californian urban contemporary artist, Klef Mikaydo, upped his game once more. He gave his all and he made it work. He gave his explicit, his sexy, his moody mood for lust, while at the same time, gave his moody mood for love. Klef seems to have transcended his talent to a […]

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With his release, “Like Me”, Californian urban contemporary artist, Klef Mikaydo, upped his game once more. He gave his all and he made it work. He gave his explicit, his sexy, his moody mood for lust, while at the same time, gave his moody mood for love. Klef seems to have transcended his talent to a level that breeches what he already does so damn good. The single is about going to the next level, rising to the occasion and giving fans the best music he has to give. The smooth keys give it that classic, Rat Pack vibe, and its simple, infectious groove will get you up and slow-dancing.

Here Klef Mikaydo cozies up with the slow-jamming backdrop to espouse the greatness of his sexy mojo: “He can’t do it like me,” warns Klef. “Whenever you call, I know what you’re looking for.” The singer-songwriter will be considered a serious, sexual and sensual ladies’ man thanks to his romantic take on R&B. The bass drum kick is heavy. The lyrics are straightforward, and the serious bedroom funk Klef infuses into the song’s suffix deserves special mention.

The groove-driven track is about an insatiable desire just to get next to someone and prove that you’re the one. It’s downright playful. Klef Mikaydo goes to his bread and butter balladeer style here and puts a twist on it.

He sits right in that sweet spot of poignancy and authenticity, part of the standard of excellence in his work, that sets him apart from so many R&B singers on the scene. The unique combination of clarity and suaveness in his voice is a perfect fit for this arrangement. Production-wise, “Like Me” is a monster too.

Overall, Klef Mikaydo has once again redefined himself and asserted his dominance in the underground R&B field. He is all over the beat on this single, pushing the song’s momentum and the sweeter edges of his voice. All of these element have yielded bountiful rewards, showcasing the focus of his sensual stylistics and constituting a powerhouse of a single.

Remember when R&B music was about singing? When lyrical content meant something? When it was true to its name, rhythm and blues? Klef Mikaydo is here to remind you of that simpler, better time with this track.

Klef Mikaydo produces music that would fit in easily on today’s hit radio stations. Through the entirety of “Like Me”, you will find smooth harmonies, emotional depth, and some truly epic runs to his vocal prowess.

It’s not often that you can point to a track today where the production and performance are firing on all cylinders throughout, but “Like Me” gives Klef the opportunity to do just that. The track wraps the listener in its velvety smooth layers one bar at a time.

The silk-like production dances on the listener’s palette inviting the individual in to a world of sensually textured delight. This is the soundtrack of growth and personal experience penned in three and a half minutes of confident transparency.

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Damian Sage – “Union Town” – a passion project honoring the collective strength of workforces http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/damian-sage-union-town-a-passion-project-honoring-the-collective-strength-of-workforces http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/damian-sage-union-town-a-passion-project-honoring-the-collective-strength-of-workforces#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2020 23:14:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38673 March, 16th sees the release of the brand new single “Union Town” by Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, Damian Sage. Damian is a thoughtful and compassionate writer, and he’s backed by the strong production. With all the lush organic classicism and narrative contentment, it would be easy for this track to become overly saccharine, but both […]

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March, 16th sees the release of the brand new single “Union Town” by Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, Damian Sage. Damian is a thoughtful and compassionate writer, and he’s backed by the strong production. With all the lush organic classicism and narrative contentment, it would be easy for this track to become overly saccharine, but both the arrangement and the character-driven story possesses a cinematic sweep that’s far more dramatic than the music of any of Sage’s reference points.

One of the many strengths of single “Union Town” that Damian Sage brings to the table is that he is not trying to catch up with the trends of mainstream  radio, because otherwise that would be easy for a songwriter of his caliber. Instead, Damian takes the legendary singer-songwriters’ route, casting his narrative on what makes his brand of music so significant, and that is the simplicity of focusing on the smaller, personal things in life, that affects the everyday man.

This is where Damian Sage really excels at honing in on the atmosphere and mood he’s trying to capture, with the instrumental giving him breathing room to deliver the celebratory testimony he completes: “This union town’s got lots of heroes. Not every hero wears a cape. Women and men like you and me know. This union town was built on strength.” As is evident, Damian is capable of writing memorable lyrics while sympathizing with the characters he creates.

This record is a passion project that shows a lot of Damian Sage’s love for writing about hope, optimism, and empowerment in the face of struggle and affliction. If Damian’s goal was to go back to the cinematic story-telling of his enigmatic peers in a previously glorious singer-songwriter era, while combining his own personal creative twist, he achieves it to perfection on “Union Town”.

Damian has honed in on honoring the collective strength of workforces, with a super-fussed-over production approach that bears all the authenticity of a modern singer-songwriter – but also with much of the emotional precision and rock grandeur that’s maintained his momentum throughout his releases.  Sage sings in battle-ready rasp as the feeling of empowerment is given plentiful backup in the song’s overall sound, which moves from thoughtful introspection to toward bold, hummable progressions.

These sonic elements are beautifully inspiring in a directly audible manner, but they’re juxtaposed with a subtly fine thread of concern running throughout the narrative. As a songwriter Damian Sage has mastered the art of imagining the lives of others, of singing in the first person about experiences which may be removed from his own.

This is what makes him a captivating artist. Moreover, Damian’s voice in particular adds the necessary nuances to the musical arrangement, highlighting the weight of the message it carries. As a social statement, and a work of modern Americana and Alternative rock, “Union Town” is superlative.

The track came into being when Damian Sage was approached by the writer of an upcoming TV series – to be called “Union Town” – to write a song based on the premise, and submit it for consideration as the show’s theme song. Damian immediately went to work, pulling up on his influences from Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown”, and John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero. The result being that Damian’s song has been chosen as the official theme song for the show, and that the artist will actually appear in an episode too.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – INSTAGRAM – RECORD LABEL – YOUTUBE – SPOTIFY

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Kick Me Out – “No Puppets” – Sheer gut-busting and ear-bending beauty! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kick-me-out-no-puppets-sheer-gut-busting-and-ear-bending-beauty http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kick-me-out-no-puppets-sheer-gut-busting-and-ear-bending-beauty#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2020 15:43:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38666 Netherlands based band, Kick Me Out assumes their own identity brewed of metal, rock, pop and punk, and are well on their way to becoming a force in the underground scene. The 5-piece unit radiate raw authenticity and artistry. Kick Me Out hold nothing back on their EP release, “No Puppets”. In the years since […]

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Netherlands based band, Kick Me Out assumes their own identity brewed of metal, rock, pop and punk, and are well on their way to becoming a force in the underground scene. The 5-piece unit radiate raw authenticity and artistry. Kick Me Out hold nothing back on their EP release, “No Puppets”. In the years since members Leander van Bijnen, Fons van Wegen and Boudewijn Jansen morphed from Deadman’s Switch, to the addition of musicians Nienke Schimmel and Rowan Maris, the collective have gone from an aspiring indie band to a true, female-led punk-rock band with raw vocals and a powerful sound. Not only has Schimmel discovered a resonant, soaring voice that few others achieve; the band has found a way to make a strong statement with their music.

Despite the thundering bombast of their sound, Kick Me Out also manage to connect emotionally with the listener on some of the more heartfelt tracks. “No Puppets” is a solid album of butt-kicking, crunching rock-inflected tunes.

Guitars are heavy and distorted and share center stage with Schimmel’s mewling and hollering, and the driving rhythm section keeps everything tight and propelled steadily forward.

The opening bars of lead track “Say Something” serves as a statement of purpose: a snaky, sinewy dose of bone-crushing punk rock, with an ear-wormy shout-along chorus and plenty of tasty guitar licks.

As opening tracks go, it’s a damn good one. “Can I have a minutes of your time,” sings Nienke. “May I please explain myself.” From there onward all hell breaks loose. Once the song is halfway through, you realize The Kick Me Out mean business.

And they quickly confirm that sensation with the explosive “Falling From The Sky”. Continuing with the massive chugging riffs, the track maintains the band’s aggression, while the vocal hooks sink deep into your mind.

As the twisted tale unfolds, I’ve got to admit, I’m impressed with this song. The production is ‘loose and live’ giving the sound an intensely fierce and gritty quality. The song, possibly because of the raw production, sounds fresh and relevant.

The album’s apex, for me, arrives with the motherlode of Bijnen and Wegen’s screaming guitars, Maris’ rumbling basslines, and Jansen’s hard banging drums on “Holding On”. This song is the centerpiece of the EP – a balls out rocker that will have you banging your head to the rhythm.

Add in Nienke’s commanding vocals and this gut-busting anthem is sheer ear-bending beauty. And I’m willing to bet that this will be a tremendously fun song live. If you’re looking for a mosh-pit song structure, this is it!

Surprisingly the best is yet to come. With “What About Us”, you get a straight up crushing wall of sound that features Nienke Schimmel at her absolute best. Her range is on full display, creating a vocal atmosphere that conjures up audible heartfelt images.

It’s a song with guts and attitude. On the whole the band’s sound is driven by relentless percussion which powers through every song, and the heavy guitars riffs which push the tunes further. Add to that the standout vocals and you’ve got a winner every time.

With too many punk, rock and metal bands sounding sterile and calculated nowadays, it makes the rawness, emotion and originality of Kick Me Out stand out even more.

Connect with Kick Me Out:
WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – YOUTUBE

 

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Zans Harkov – “Planet 1095” blends bombast with an equal amount of eerie beauty and thoughtful sonic introspection http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/zans-harkov-planet-1095-blends-bombast-with-an-equal-amount-of-eerie-beauty-and-thoughtful-sonic-introspection http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/zans-harkov-planet-1095-blends-bombast-with-an-equal-amount-of-eerie-beauty-and-thoughtful-sonic-introspection#respond Sun, 01 Mar 2020 02:55:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38655 Initially inspired by Minimalism and composers like Philip Glass Zans Harkov moved on to succumb to the allure of Techno, Trance, Hardstyle and Drum & Bass. He also had an affinity for the grit of analog sounds that he would pick up from from Synthwave artists such as Kravinsky, Perturbator, and Mitch Murder, among others. […]

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Initially inspired by Minimalism and composers like Philip Glass Zans Harkov moved on to succumb to the allure of Techno, Trance, Hardstyle and Drum & Bass. He also had an affinity for the grit of analog sounds that he would pick up from from Synthwave artists such as Kravinsky, Perturbator, and Mitch Murder, among others. Recently Zans dropped his debut single, entitled “Planet 1095”. The concept of his artistic persona is that of a robot A.I. from the 80’s with a goal of taking over earth. “The track is a vision of what home world is like,” says Zans. Born out of this experiment, the new track embraces the space-age sonic palate with a synth-heavy production.

“Planet 1095” flips between energized, uplifting production and dark, ominous passages. The synths and subtle melodies have a clear 80’s influence, incorporating rumbling synthwave with ethereal motifs that create contrasting moods which somehow fit together perfectly.

The song brings Zans music out from hovering over the beauty of Earth and into a larger galaxy. A somber beauty reigns supreme underneath the throbbing synths and rolling percussion.

The tidal waves of a lived life in the vast universe can ebb and flow in response to the gravitational pull of the emotional experience forged by the nostalgia of home. Zans Harkov has figured out how to portray these feelings in a deeply nuanced way through his machines.

Through we’re talking about robot A.I., there’s an emotional resonance here; less about visceral thrills and more about a connection to the moment.

This track is busting at the seams with neo-futuristic attitude and retro wooziness. Giant swaths of synth are accompanied by thumping basslines and electronic drums, as Zans Harkov blends bombast with an equal amount of eerie beauty and thoughtful sonic introspection.

It’s amazing when a composer can walk the line between ambient and active, which Zans has done consistently here. He builds a tune that is by turn mechanized, organic, and cinematic.

The shimmering sounds and blasting beat makes you feel like you’ve fallen into the soundtrack to a sci-fi movie, which you kind of have, given that there’s an intricate narrative behind the Zans Harkov artistic story.

It seems like Zans has set himself the personal challenge of seeing how much narrative can possibly be conveyed through electronic music, without the aid of lyrics. And to be honest, the song fits neatly within the composer’s overarching conceptual aims.

Zans Harkov displays a complete mastery of his craft, building up his sounds in an analog synth language ample enough to express shifting moods and paint a series of sonic imagery dedicated to the song’s theme. If you close your eyes, you’re taken on a mysterious journey through a Blade Runner-styled mission and an Inception-styled Hans Zimmer epic.

“Planet 1095” is a very interesting take on the rise of modern cinematic synthwave, and although we’re amongst a flourish of artists popping up, Zans Harkov stands out above for now.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITETWITTERSOUNDCLOUDSPOTIFYSTREAMS

 

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Shalom Kolontarov is a passionate Russian-American Actor/Singer/Producer/Director and emerging Author http://jamsphere.com/news/shalom-kolontarov-is-a-passionate-russian-american-actor-singer-producer-director-and-emerging-author http://jamsphere.com/news/shalom-kolontarov-is-a-passionate-russian-american-actor-singer-producer-director-and-emerging-author#respond Sat, 29 Feb 2020 22:24:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38649 Shalom Kolontarov is a passionate Russian-American Actor, Singer, Producer, Director and emerging Author, widely known for “The Shalom And Lior Show” (2015-2017), “Money Talks Bullshit Walks” (2014), “Love Is Love” (2013), “Inside the American Mob” (2013), “Horrorific” (2018), “Sword. Heart. Stone”, and numerous other films, which are available on Amazon and Vimeo. The most pivotal […]

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Shalom Kolontarov is a passionate Russian-American Actor, Singer, Producer, Director and emerging Author, widely known for “The Shalom And Lior Show” (2015-2017), “Money Talks Bullshit Walks” (2014), “Love Is Love” (2013), “Inside the American Mob” (2013), “Horrorific” (2018), “Sword. Heart. Stone”, and numerous other films, which are available on Amazon and Vimeo.

The most pivotal moment in his creative career was when he became inspired to create a short film entitled “Mobsters Betrayal” (2013), which was based on a true story. His film received extensive acclaim YouTube-wide, and due to his undeniably moving performance, won “Best Narrative Film” at a local film festival.

Ultimately, what started as an avid interest in acting soon turned into a full-blown acting career, thanks to the unwavering support of his two brothers, Yakov and Lior. Shalom Kolontarov is currently on radio rotation with the tracks החבר שלך and Titanic.

Connect with Shalom Kolontarov
Website- https://www.shalomstopics.com/music
Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/artist/21PfFZTLsQsMstdxWi4Ohv?si=XsvDc4ZUSDqvz45CzxIiEA
YouTube- https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCij9mLfIuX8UOnWg7kN98nA
Apple- https://music.apple.com/us/artist/shalom-kolontarov/1497065215

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Goldie – “Fata Morgana” is the second single off the new album, “Blind!” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/goldie-fata-morgana-is-the-second-single-off-the-new-album-blind http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/goldie-fata-morgana-is-the-second-single-off-the-new-album-blind#respond Sat, 29 Feb 2020 12:53:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=38637 “Fata Morgana” is the second single off the new album, “Blind!”, by acoustic driven Alternative/Indie Rock artist, Goldie. The sounds and mood created with this single can place you anywhere in the world, as if you are not only exploring the music, you’re exploring his world with him. And boy, is the payoff worth it. […]

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“Fata Morgana” is the second single off the new album, “Blind!”, by acoustic driven Alternative/Indie Rock artist, Goldie. The sounds and mood created with this single can place you anywhere in the world, as if you are not only exploring the music, you’re exploring his world with him. And boy, is the payoff worth it. Goldie isn’t your typical listen, not by a long shot. There is so little he can be compared with.

The dense, yet sprawling ambient atmosphere that is created within the opening seconds of “Fata Morgana” does not let up. Your ears are practically graced by a soothing voice that leads the organic grungy sound onward. The Vancouver based Producer and Musician makes ample use of the acoustic guitar to create the backbone of his sound.

Accompanied with this is a variety of subtle elements to give him a signature sound so dense and gripping, the song becomes distinct and powerful without reaching a soaring scream. An ode to a Werner Herzog Film of the same name, Goldie creates a feeling of exploration with this sound.

Complemented by the laidback but heartfelt vocals and lyrics, it’s hard to bring yourself back to your environment after you’re done listening. Fata Morgana the 1971 film by Werner Herzog, captures mirages in the Sahara and Sahel deserts. It was explained that the Sahara was used as the background for Herzog’s own vision of man’s compulsion to corrupt and debase himself, as well as the world in which he lives.

Another strong focus on “Fata Morgana” is the stellar use of electro percussion, which continues when the distinctive guitar work and dense layering comes to the forefront. The song is an outstanding representation of an evolved Folk-Rock sound.

What is so interesting about Goldie is the connection a listener feels with him. He might as well be playing this song directly to you, meaning every word and every note. It’s hard to recall a track that speaks as close to the heart as “Fata Morgana” does without being melodramatic. You’ll have to go back to the grunge era for a similar engaging melancholic experience.

Experience this moody feeling, while trying not to get lost in the encompassing sounds from the percussion and guitars. As Goldie ponders the world and the life it allows for, so too will you the listener.

From the beautiful vocal work and lyrics, the innovative and unique percussion, and the dense, atmospheric acoustic guitar work, “Fata Morgana” commands your attention. So delve into it, hopefully you’ll be able to make your way out of it by the time the song fades out. If not, stay there, as you’re in a rare and interesting place for self-discovery.

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