Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:12:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mindz I: “iAwake” – This is where hip hop needs to be! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mindz-i-iawake-this-is-where-hip-hop-needs-to-be http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mindz-i-iawake-this-is-where-hip-hop-needs-to-be#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:07:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32942 The brand new album “iAwake”, presents a new wave of Psychedelic & Electronic Hiphop and Rock, entirely written, produced, and recorded by Mindz I (mind’s eye).  Mindz I is an emerging hip-hop artist, producer and musician from Trenton, New Jersey, who is taking the music scene to another level with his powerful sound and psychedelic […]

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The brand new album “iAwake”, presents a new wave of Psychedelic & Electronic Hiphop and Rock, entirely written, produced, and recorded by Mindz I (mind’s eye).  Mindz I is an emerging hip-hop artist, producer and musician from Trenton, New Jersey, who is taking the music scene to another level with his powerful sound and psychedelic visuals. Instruments, samples, technology and rhymes blend in a universal message for the times. I have been turning my nose to rap and hip hop recently, and for good reason. Most of the trash you hear is the same old recycled bullshit you’ve heard mainstreamed a thousand times already. Beats that are less original than school yard table pounding rap sessions.

Yet even when I say that I cannot forget that rap still features passion-driven artists, who use the medium as an extension of their very person. They experiment for a sound and feel which at first may seem misplaced, only to then certify its existence as a perfect element for the progression of the genre.

Mindz I is one of those artists, and “iAwake” is his expression. Mixed with genuine and creative lyrics carried by what would be on its own unusual samples and beats, somehow blend together to create one amazing listening experience.

Mindz I is an artist who validates Rap as a medium. I suggest him to anyone who wants better music in their life. When I first put this album into my rotation, it sat around, not quite hooking quickly, but by the second full listen it struck me hard. “iAwake” is almost completely unlike anything out there in the hip hop spectrum right now.

Actually, you can erase the word ‘almost’ from my previous statement. Not only that, but the album maintains a very spacey sound enhanced by a rich sonic atmosphere of odd, trippy effects – both in the beats and the vocals.

This, to me, is where hip hop needs to be. The music is so spare and yet lusciously resonating. It puts so many artists to shame I dare not name all of them but let’s just say “iAwake” is a legend killer. It hits you hard and right where you want it to.

After you listen to the whole record, you may just go out and tell everybody and anybody, how you really feel about this. I stand by this as one of the most creative, innovative, and captivating rap albums of the year. Even to this day, Mindz I sounds like he was beamed in from another planet with the shifting, rhythmic sounds of this album.

As the album opens with “The Abstraction” and then moves onto “Lyrical Light Saber” and “3 Jewelz”, you will I immediately fall for the innovative beats and production, as well as Mindz I’s excellent rapping over top of them. But they don’t even touch the tip of this iceberg of talents.

It’s when the groove gets into “The Great Bizarre” and “The Live Wire” that you fully realize Mindz I’s potential, and that he is taking rap to a place that it hasn’t really gone before. There’s been a lot of really interesting developments in experimental electronic-based music recently. But, Mindz I’s hip-hop experiments differ from those of other artists partly because he has the advantage of creative perspective.

“Road Tripp (Green Light)” ft. Greenlight Gordon & Tiffany Hill, only serves to confirm that Mindz I can deliver killer verses, while collaborating in a highly melodic environment. But, when it comes down to it, Mindz I really just sounds like a bigger, better version of himself when compared to his previous releases.

He takes the futuristic direction he outlined on those earlier works and fleshes it out to make some truly mind-bending music, which is perfectly showcased on “S.W.E.D.”, “Mysteryland” (ft. Just-One) and “Outie 5000”. If you want something different from traditional hip hop – And probably a little ahead of its time – you should definitely get “iAwake”.

You can listen to the full new album “iAwake” on YouTube HERE.

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Cody Daniel: “Breaking Away” – a sound made for modern radio http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cody-daniel-breaking-away-a-sound-made-for-modern-radio http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/cody-daniel-breaking-away-a-sound-made-for-modern-radio#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 06:21:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32933 Cody Daniel’s first performance playing guitar was in 2008 at his senior talent show. “I didn’t sing because I was too shy,” he says. Cody has since been motivated to continue to grow in music, and determined to find his niche. After attempting to from different genres of bands with friends, Cody realized he had […]

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Cody Daniel’s first performance playing guitar was in 2008 at his senior talent show. “I didn’t sing because I was too shy,” he says. Cody has since been motivated to continue to grow in music, and determined to find his niche. After attempting to from different genres of bands with friends, Cody realized he had a difficult time compromising his creative side with other people. His musical vision was so clear, that he decided to embark on a solo venture. Now, completely in charge of the production of his music and visuals, Cody Daniel brings us his single “Breaking Away”. His vocal prowess, lyrical maturity and all round musicianship is evident throughout the track.

It would be easy to overlook Cody Daniel as a trendy pop artist whose fans are likely to be teenage girls, but as we continue to see, this is one of the most powerful demographics in the entire world. Hence for him this would be nothing less than an outright advantage. Cody is the future, and I don’t mean that hyperbolically. He’s aware, and knows so much about what he wants to do with his music.

It’s thrilling to see someone with so much potential finding himself as an artist, and to see how he embraces his sincerity and earnestness. The track’s authenticity is extremely transparent. Cody led with his heart on his sleeve and didn’t look back. “Breaking Away” follows a mid-tempo formula, but it manages to retain all the natural emotion that Cody is able to place in his vocals.

The artist’s sound is made for modern radio: a mix of electro pop and indie flourishes with liberal use of percussion, a rumbling bass and vocal harmonies. The simplicity of the style leaves room for both good and bad raw emotion to blossom.

The month of August is turning into a banner one for underground single releases from young, good-looking, sensitive pop singer-songwriters blessed with awesome falsettos. Cody Daniel’s style is one that is not obsolete.

In a world with plenty one-man headliners with a guitar and fun beats, it is important to differentiate yourself. Cody does just this by proving to be vocally and instrumentally in tune with the times. Another thing to praise Cody for is how relatable his music is. His storytelling is wildly genuine.

“Breaking Away” describes the need to get out of a poisonous relationship and the usual daily grind. It proves that Cody is in the same league as many of his peers; capable of writing emotional lyrics whilst completely capturing the audience with the melody.

Moreover he shows that he can croon soulfully and work a song better than most. Suffice it to say, Cody Daniel is a talent on the rise. On the rise to where? Only time will tell, as he divides his time between singing and acting, but this record, seems to be another step in the right musical direction for this multi-talented artist.

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Bright Fires: “The Scenic Route EP” – an immersive, wildly action-packed journey! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bright-fires-the-scenic-route-ep-an-immersive-wildly-action-packed-journey http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bright-fires-the-scenic-route-ep-an-immersive-wildly-action-packed-journey#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 22:16:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32845 Bright Fires the Houston, Texas based post-hardcore/emo alternative rock band, is back with a brand new EP, entitled “The Scenic Route EP” (Release Date August 6, 2018). In the meantime two singles – “Disarray” and “Forgive, Forget” – taken off the collection, has already been released on Spotify and iTunes. The new recording is an incredibly […]

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Bright Fires the Houston, Texas based post-hardcore/emo alternative rock band, is back with a brand new EP, entitled “The Scenic Route EP” (Release Date August 6, 2018). In the meantime two singles – “Disarray” and “Forgive, Forget” – taken off the collection, has already been released on Spotify and iTunes. The new recording is an incredibly kinetic EP. On record, CJ Steves (Guitar), Jeff Marshall (Bass), David Michalak (Drums) and Joel Davis (Vocals) has never associated themselves with the terms – calm, motionless, quiet or hushed. Here sudden bursts of energy erupt from already explosive moments during the opening track “Last We Spoke”. Alarming guitars, shooting drums and shivering bass lines contort around Davis’ blistering vocals, making these songs sound like a monstrous tidal wave crashing down on you.

However, it’s the little intricacies like how each melody subtly leads on to the next, or how the songs build their climaxes with a mother-load of chord progressions , or how they maximize their table-flipping breakdowns by slamming on the brakes and then exploding into action.

Across the EP, and especially on “Forgive, Forget”, Bright Fires illustrate their emotional mannerisms, where they can sound so bracing, so cleansing and yet so destructive at the same time, with massive guitar riffs and soaring vocals.

This is an immersive, wildly action-packed journey which expertly sews opposing sounds and contrasting expressions together like no other band has done in years and will hopefully propel them to the lofty success they are so busy earning. “2005” skyrockets with urgent and melodic vocals slapped a cross a fast paced soundscape. Expertly flaunting their catchy hooks and layered harmonies.

There’s a genuine momentum to the Ep, as the band travel from the explosive front end to a latter half that displays a wholly explorative mesh of alternative rock, with complex rhythms and fluid tempo changes, like on the bone-crushing “Disarray”, which bursts into snarling vehemence, and is one of the absolute highlights on this recording.

The almost celestial, “Untitled”, is a beautifully sweet all enveloping song that’s stays surprisingly linear and straightforward throughout. Predictably, Bright Fires’ idea of “linear and straightforward” is far less limiting than for most other bands. Such is the expertise of this band, even when they hold back.

As long as Bright Fires can maintain their sense of artistic freedom and develop at their own pace, then the opportunities for them are endless and one feels that they are on the cusp of making an astounding full-length album. There is no doubt that this EP will show that this band has reached the heights their potential showed them capable of on their previous release.

The keyword here is, emotion. Something that when channeled, has the power to move you in just the right way that it becomes forever etched in who you are. “The Scenic Route EP” is a recording so full of emotion and power that it embeds itself deep into your system and will eventually become a part of you.

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Olaide Banks: “Story of My Life” – his personal Christ-centered metamorphosis is undeniable http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/olaide-banks-story-of-my-life-his-personal-christ-centered-metamorphosis-is-undeniable http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/olaide-banks-story-of-my-life-his-personal-christ-centered-metamorphosis-is-undeniable#respond Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:10:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32836 I don’t even have words to describe how awesome this single is. The lyrics, the music….all stellar. Encouraging, uplifting, everything you want a Christian track to be. Those wooed by the blue-eyed gospel stomp of acoustic and organic Pop/R&B musical flavors will experience comforting aural Deja vu barely seconds into “Story of My Life”, the […]

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I don’t even have words to describe how awesome this single is. The lyrics, the music….all stellar. Encouraging, uplifting, everything you want a Christian track to be. Those wooed by the blue-eyed gospel stomp of acoustic and organic Pop/R&B musical flavors will experience comforting aural Deja vu barely seconds into “Story of My Life”, the brand new worship song by Olaide Banks. Banks is a talented artist, worship leader, and associate pastor based in Houston, Texas. Committed to achieving social justice through diverse music, sharing the Word of God, and community outreach and education, Banks and his ministry team, The One Worship Movement, are taking the next step toward reaching people across the U.S. with a message of inspiration and hope. The release of Banks’s debut single, “Story of My Life”, marks the first step towards his debut album, “One Worship”, set to release in early 2019.

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Olaide Banks’ music is staunchly gospel-centered, both musically and lyrically. The recording flows sweetly, built upon mid-tempo acoustic guitar strumming, colored by a steady rhythm section and rich vocal harmonies. Olaide inhabits a soul that has been cleansed.

Much like the Gospel itself, Banks’ message is spiritually revolutionary, yet simple enough for a child to understand. There is a clear distinction between darkness and light, and his personal Christ-centered metamorphosis is undeniable. He does not engage in heavy metaphoric language, knowing that the plain, clear truth of his life suffice.

However, the poetic embellishments Banks may sacrifice in vocabulary, for a clearer understanding of his message, he more than makes up for with passionate singing. At its best, this track transports the listener to a Holy Spirit-driven discussion where its emotional pull is irresistible.

At a time when many contemporary worship songs can easily be mistaken for romantic odes, Olaide Banks’ music is one consistently holy communion. Banks clearly is no stranger to the storms that life can sometimes throw at us.

Although he is a newcomer to the CCM scene, his deep-seated sense of spiritual and personal songwriting will earn him respect within the industry. “Story of My Life” explores how God’s love has covered him from morning to nightfall, and that His promises are true.

Bank’s life story obviously was the backbone for writing the song, and he does a nice job of delivering it with authenticity. His move from being solely a worship leader and an associate pastor, to also pursuing a Christian music career, has resulted in music that is honest, hopeful, raw and emotive.

Full of hope, life, passion and fervent urgency; “Story of My Life” is a must-have for anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian music. He makes it clear in his message that the promised land of the Lord may in fact be nearer than we think. And that our moment of realization, surrender, and acknowledgement that Jesus can wash us clean from all the pain, turmoil and unsaid things, could easily become our own story of our lives.

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Arash Behzadi: “The Last Sigh” goes deep, extending his ringing, open-air, melodic sound http://jamsphere.com/reviews/arash-behzadi-the-last-sigh-goes-deep-extending-his-ringing-open-air-melodic-sound http://jamsphere.com/reviews/arash-behzadi-the-last-sigh-goes-deep-extending-his-ringing-open-air-melodic-sound#respond Tue, 31 Jul 2018 14:36:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32826 As a Canadian Iranian whose musical evolution has its beginnings in traditional Persian folk music, Arash Behzadi’s vibrant piano compositions explore the gamut of human emotions. “The piano mirrors existence in all its complexities from moments of profound sadness and loss to exhilaration and new beginnings,” he says. Arash’s soulful searchings have evolved in the […]

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As a Canadian Iranian whose musical evolution has its beginnings in traditional Persian folk music, Arash Behzadi’s vibrant piano compositions explore the gamut of human emotions. “The piano mirrors existence in all its complexities from moments of profound sadness and loss to exhilaration and new beginnings,” he says. Arash’s soulful searchings have evolved in the last few years, spurred by a dedication to yoga along with explorations into a variety of art forms and fresh interpretations of New Age music. He is a creative collaborator working with renowned choreographers, artists, and musicians. Arash’s audience is a global one. He has performed at concerts and events in Bali, most notably the Bali Spirit Festival, as well as in Geneva, New York, the World Trade Centre Club in Dubai, the Tirgan Festival in Toronto and at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Arash Behzadi’s best music emerges from those spaces where the melody finds its own refractions, unimpeded by pointless ornamentation and overblown classical flourishes that tarnish so many modern-day pianists work. On “The Last Sigh”, Arash goes deep, extending his ringing, open-air, melodic sound, while embracing minimalist influences.

Strangely the opening melodic sequence from is instantly recognizable, even if one hasn’t heard it before, using none other than dark note themes to form a somber cascade of rhythmic quality, which hovers below a myriad of resonant bittersweet melodies.

Arash’s particular arrangement of this piece is stunning for its use of wonderful dynamic range between understated explorations, to determined higher registering notes. However, more wonderful is the moment when one sees through the tune playing in ostinato.

Backed by an insistent string accompaniment, and one realizes the complexity of the syncopated rhythms forming an elaborate backdrop of notes that amazingly never topples over the main theme. Arash’s usage of contrast is evident everywhere.

His pianissimo in the opening bars become an emotional entity, while at other times his sudden accentuations are refreshing reminders that dynamic music is being played as a celebration to life itself, rather than just an ode to melancholy uniformity. There is an uplifting quality to the melodies that evolve through various sections of the track.

Arash Behzadi has a wonderful sense of dynamics and timing, knowing exactly when to pause for dramatic effect. I was also aware of how, in certain sections, his left hand provided a solid anchor, while the right hand danced lightly over the melody.

Arash is a supremely gifted pianist and composer with a flair for writing daring melodies and performing them with great style and emotion. There is also a distinct musical identity that is present in his playing. “The Last Sigh” is an unconfutable beauty in modern piano repertoire, and if given the chance is a thoroughly satisfying example of emotional representation through music.

What sets Arash Behzadi apart from other contemporary pianists is his strong sense of melody and the way he develops his themes musically. His pieces range from those conveying sheer delight in tone to quieter, more somber executions. “The Last Sigh” embraces both with equal performance dexterity.

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Michael Burrows: ‘Please Don’t Cry’ – weave a story and stimulates emotional response http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-burrows-please-dont-cry-weave-a-story-and-stimulates-emotional-response http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-burrows-please-dont-cry-weave-a-story-and-stimulates-emotional-response#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 21:33:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32795 The brand new single by Michael Burrows, ‘Please Don’t Cry’, taken from his debut EP ‘Turn This Love Around’, comes at a time when the Country, Folk, Americana and Rock styled artist has worked with some of music’s royalty. On his EP, Burrows worked with Grammy-award winning, Hall of Famer, Country artist Frank Myers (I […]

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The brand new single by Michael Burrows, ‘Please Don’t Cry’, taken from his debut EP ‘Turn This Love Around’, comes at a time when the Country, Folk, Americana and Rock styled artist has worked with some of music’s royalty. On his EP, Burrows worked with Grammy-award winning, Hall of Famer, Country artist Frank Myers (I Swear), producer Jimmy Nichols, and audio engineer, as well as Grammy-award winner, Steve Marcantonio. Based in Melbourne, Australia, where he produces film, music and radio scores, Burrows explained the origins of the song: “It started out as a really slow ballad, written in the early hours of the morning in the front room while everyone was asleep. At the time, I was listening to a lot of Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison, who exercise in modest melodies and deceptively simple words, describing complex emotions.” Martha Wainwright also personally selected Michael Burrows to open for her recent concert tour, lifting him into the forefront of the Australian industry.

If you love and appreciate great song craft and are not yet fully immersed in Michael Burrows’ new debut work, you should be. If you are familiar and fully acquainted with it but don’t absolutely love what he does, then there is something wrong with you. In a mass of generic, uninspiring noise, Burrows is the real deal.

His ability to weave a story into his music and stimulate emotional response is reminiscent of some of the best singer-songwriters of the past. Mixing mellow yet innovative alt-folk music with scintillating lyrics, he makes keen observations on the hidden truths of human nature. Something he promptly does on ‘Please Don’t Cry’.

Burrows has a beautiful voice, the lyrics are wonderful and sharply focused. It is the opposite of the over-produced stuff that currently saturates radio. The sound is acoustic dominated but richly layered, especially in the chorus sections which expand into fully blown, fleshed out arrangements. It’s a track to listen to and savor because it has meaning and honesty.

I’m always drawn to singer-songwriters who offer great lyrics and beautiful melodies. And Michael Burrows is no exception to the rule. Burrows can sit comfortably in my collection, next to those talents who craft songs with a strong focus on lyricism and clarity. More than anything, I suspect that Burrows is really an album-type artist, so that’s what I’m expecting next- multiple tracks of intriguing narratives.

He delivers melodic and emotional sounds that make you listen, understand and allows you to become a part of it. This is music that gets inside your head, heart, and soul. Burrows is able to take a little slice of life and give it universal scope and meaning. His lyrics cut to the core but the music and melodies are extremely accessible and catchy.

Michael Burrows is bringing an age-old craft to a new era in captivating fashion. All Burrows does, is take the quaintness of the human mind and puts it into words, alongside his poignant chord progressions. But it’s a lot easier said than done. Hence Burrows deserves substantial praise for this.

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Yashae: “Will You Be Home Tonight” – lush and nothing short of captivating http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/yashae-will-you-be-home-tonight-lush-and-nothing-short-of-captivating http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/yashae-will-you-be-home-tonight-lush-and-nothing-short-of-captivating#respond Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:56:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32790 Yashae is a singer-songwriter who is aiming to spellbind people with her sultry sound and refreshing take on urban music. She started penning songs from as early as seven years old. A former competitive Indian dancer and a staple in local pageants, Yashae was born and bred in Jamaica. Her lyrics and musical style are […]

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Yashae is a singer-songwriter who is aiming to spellbind people with her sultry sound and refreshing take on urban music. She started penning songs from as early as seven years old. A former competitive Indian dancer and a staple in local pageants, Yashae was born and bred in Jamaica. Her lyrics and musical style are reflective of her Caribbean roots, while she embraces Hip Hop elements into her compositions to create a rich and dynamic sound. Fresh from recording her debut single “Boomerang” with the Grammy-nominated production duo KUYA, the Jamaican songstress is ready to make her mark with a brand new, bittersweet love anthem, entitled, “Will You Be Home Tonight”.

This song is one of the best songs she has done to date and really does feel very emotionally intensive. Lines such as “No LA, no more trips to Miami, you’re gone,” or “And I wonder where you are tonight,” and “Are you still with her, are you alone?” tell a story as honestly as possible.

Yashae’s voice is so powerful for these sort of lyrics and fits them so well that it is impossible to hold back the emotion that will inevitably fill your chest. This is a magnificent studio outing for Yashae with some incredible backing instrumental work and gorgeous vocals that makes for a very strong Pop/R&B track. “Will You Be Home Tonight” seems to be born out of some sort of immaculate musical conception.

Yashae’s voice is, quite frankly, massive. Watching her music videos shows an enthusiasm and lack of self-consciousness and pretension rarely seen in her peers, and a closer look at some of her songs shows a hugely impressive range of voice and styles.

While she generally sits comfortably in your average vocal range, every once in a while, Yashae’s lets loose, and her voice absolutely soars, without hesitation or any lack of power. And it’s not just talent alone that carries her, it’s also her songs, and “Will You Be Home Tonight” offers those deep lyrical reflections which allows Yashae to expand on her vocal nuances and tones.

The bright synth riffs and catchy hook-laden lyrics make it an instant winner, with the chorus that keeps it simple by boosting the song’s best aspects to an even higher level. The beat and the song arrangement is lush and nothing short of captivating. Dipping out of electronic territory for a moment, a simple chord progression drives the melody and rhythm on the verse, allowing for Yashae’s vocal register to shine through.

Anyone skeptical of her legitimacy should listen to “Will You Be Home Tonight”, an ultimately confident and unapologetic step in the direction of a true artist. Yashae is easing into musical maturity, and its results in her most compelling work to date.

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A&L release their 8th single “We Are Love” to Share a Positive Message http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/al-release-their-8th-single-we-are-love-to-share-a-positive-message http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/al-release-their-8th-single-we-are-love-to-share-a-positive-message#respond Tue, 24 Jul 2018 11:46:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32777 A&L is releasing their 8th single “We Are Love”. The Britpop-styled song celebrates diversity, acceptance and love. “We hope to share a positive message that we feel is needed in today’s high-strung world,” says Anthony Casuccio. Anthony and Lana Marie the core A&L members are both seasoned professional. Casuccio, who has been featured in major […]

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A&L is releasing their 8th single “We Are Love”. The Britpop-styled song celebrates diversity, acceptance and love. “We hope to share a positive message that we feel is needed in today’s high-strung world,” says Anthony Casuccio. Anthony and Lana Marie the core A&L members are both seasoned professional. Casuccio, who has been featured in major media publications, is a 3-time Grammy nominee and has received RIAA certified gold records for his production work. Lana is an award-winning vocalist who has been a long-time force on the NY music scene and voice to many jingles on radio and television. Adding to the success of A&L are two Western NY music regulars; Rich Smith who has been behind the drum kit since A&L’s 3rd release and Matt Sunick whose bass playing gives A&L the groove and feel that they have been striving for.

A&L’s music has been played in over 70 countries on over 150 radio stations. The past 4 years have included various live shows, movie sound tracks, radio interviews and features in leading music publications. Particularly appreciated in Europe, A&L has featured on the Euro Indie Music Top 200 countdown often, and have reached the top 3 spots. “We Are Love” has already broken the Top 20 on the Euro Indie Top 200, and landed at #88 on the Hit Track Top 100 countdown ahead of Paul McCartney’s debut.

The track contains what I believe to be A&L’s most listener-friendly elements, packed with both a massive wash of effervescent, acoustic guitar and jangly licks from Anthony, the icy warmth of Lana Marie’s vocals, both charming and assertive, in nature and presentation.

There’s a rhythm section able to produce a fluidly progressing groove as well as stop-and-go percussion, and shimmering, heavily atmospheric production values brought to bear by Casuccio and his wall of luscious strings.

On “We Are Love” the A&L develops a blissful cascading, cocooning sound that seems both intimate and sonically expansive all at once, which gives it an almost universally compelling sound, formulated from the successful blend of a retro and modern pairing.

The result of this, is a record that dances with waves of melody and harmony from start to finish. Showing a full-circle maturity in musicianship, production and songwriting. You’ll find it very hard to file this track away, owing to its sheer sonic goodness and sharp production coupled with uplifting lyrics.

“We Are Love” weaves a hypnotic tapestry around string-driven, swirling atmospherics and shimmering acoustic guitars. All conjure a most alluring spell that binds the listener to a positive and rapturous listening experience.  It’s is like stepping out of a darkened old shed into the bright sunlight on a hot summer day.

The music floods the senses with light and pure magic. This is easily one of the band’s most all-embracing pieces of music yet. A&L will also be teaming up with The World Kindness Movement, a world-wide non-profit organization promoting a kinder world, to help bring awareness to their movement.

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Han Sino: “Exquisite Gardenz” – a shape-shifting collage of expression http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/han-sino-exquisite-gardenz-a-shape-shifting-collage-of-expression http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/han-sino-exquisite-gardenz-a-shape-shifting-collage-of-expression#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 23:40:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32762 Han Sino uses the modern means of CAM – Software, and Hardware sequencers, as well as digital and analog keyboards and synthesizers, to produce original creations. To these significant tools, he sometimes adds traditional instruments. Inspired by Afro American music fundamentals, world traditional music, and the urban and electronic experiments, Han Sino creates instrumental Nu Jazz […]

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Han Sino uses the modern means of CAM – Software, and Hardware sequencers, as well as digital and analog keyboards and synthesizers, to produce original creations. To these significant tools, he sometimes adds traditional instruments. Inspired by Afro American music fundamentals, world traditional music, and the urban and electronic experiments, Han Sino creates instrumental Nu Jazz and Urban Spoken Word Poetry. His sound is characterized by a groove, a swing or an atmosphere inspired by the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, but resolutely turned toward the future and more daring experiences. His latest and most daring album to date is the Nu Jazz Instrumental “Exquisite Gardenz”. Han Sino’s new full-length album, is a true glimpse into the organic workings of the mind of the French producer. Combining jazz music, ambient melodies and electronic beats with urban infused undertones, “Exquisite Gardenz” is truly a treat for the senses that transports the listener to a world of pure, unadulterated bliss.

“Exquisite Gardenz” exudes a melodic space and creates an other-worldly atmosphere where the listener becomes thoroughly entrenched in the harmonic cosmos Han Sino manifests through the impeccably polished and calming sounds which endure throughout the album.

The sounds contained in each song shows off a shape-shifting collage of expression that never crystallizes into a final form, but remains kinetic. I was moved by the imagery of this concept as it relates to the composer’s experiences and his creative process. As Sino himself explained, this is not an easily accessible album.

It unfolds like a vast canvas of spattered vignettes, connected loosely by vague, stretched thoughts; and even when grounded in a rhythmic premise, it seems like Sino is equally bound to the sense of drifting ideas and evasive thoughts, separating purpose from overarching structure, and leaving us suspended in between.

Yet this recording stands out in his catalogue because of its stylistic leaps. It is genius because it affirms and refutes any defining traits, in a way that is both subversive and invigorating, but most importantly, wholly befitting of our attention, refusing to be relegated to background noise.

This is all drawn around the album’s bookends, “Exquisite” and “Gardenz”, a pair of emotive compositions anchored in a state of boundless growth and imperceptible fragmentation. The sounds wander in and out of straight lines and sway with a knowing grace.

There’s something beautiful in the conceit an artist constantly toying with expectations and never choosing a direct path. What ultimately gives the album its brazenly hypnotic allure, is how it not so much avoids structure, but instead takes the concept purely on its own terms.  This is evidenced on “Funky Kotoz” and “Nice Pearlz”.

The album’s inclination to intrigue rather than simply charm – be it through its illuminating shards of humanity on “Void Visionz” or through its immense box of sounds on “Fluo Lotuz” – is based on an almost playful exuberance. The beauty of the album is that it somehow manages to balance its whimsical nature with the utterly peregrine landscapes it chooses to employ.

The tangible subtlety you’d expect in a typical Nu-Jazz or Chill Groove release is there, but the sonic production and the fairy tale like songwriting twist that around. On “Exquisite Gardenz” Han Sino masterminds his electronic ensemble to create soundscapes that draw from the familiar but end up sounding completely novel.

OFFICIAL LINKS:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJEJnos97MVSa3jCpBVA8VQ
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https://www.facebook.com/Han.Sino
facebook band page
https://www.facebook.com/han.sino.5
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https://www.facebook.com/Silent-N-Wise-249507002460568/
facebook label page
https://soundcloud.com/han-sino
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https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HanSinoMusic/posts
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http://hansino.tumblr.com/
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https://twitter.com/hansinomusic
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https://twitter.com/SilentNWise
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https://www.instagram.com/hansinomusic/
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http://hansino.silentnwise.com/

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Michelle Miller Bell: “Just Want To Know You Better” ministers to your soul http://jamsphere.com/reviews/michelle-miller-bell-just-want-to-know-you-better-ministers-to-your-soul http://jamsphere.com/reviews/michelle-miller-bell-just-want-to-know-you-better-ministers-to-your-soul#respond Sun, 22 Jul 2018 15:11:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32755 Michelle Bell, born as “Michelle Miller” in Chicago Illinois, was raised in a religious home with both parents and eight other siblings. Michelle discovered her singing ability at the age of 12 when she was asked to sing at her elementary school graduation. Moving forward, she later began singing and playing drums in her childhood […]

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Michelle Bell, born as “Michelle Miller” in Chicago Illinois, was raised in a religious home with both parents and eight other siblings. Michelle discovered her singing ability at the age of 12 when she was asked to sing at her elementary school graduation. Moving forward, she later began singing and playing drums in her childhood church; it was here where she perfected her God giving talents and gifts and later became one of the praise and worship leaders.  Michelle Miller Bell recently dropped her 9 track album, entitled “Just Want To Know You Better”. The emphasis on this gospel recording swings back to classic and catchy, soulful jams, with R&B sensibilities.

Right from the opening track, “Give God What’s Due”, which comes straight after the intro, Michelle comes across as a very down-to-earth woman, yet her music seems so classy, stylish and sophisticated. That seems to be a family thing. After all, her husband Michael Bell, CEO of Bell Time Records has been working this industry with the same sensibility, keeping it positive, faith-based, and most importantly, made with love.

Michelle is one of the few artists who can easily switch from the mellowest of praise and worship songs to the fieriest of urban R&B jams. She does both very well, and proves it as she swings from the airy bounce of “Didn’t God Do It For You” to the urgent anthem “Sing Hallelujah”.

Blessed by a gorgeous rhythm and melody, Michelle takes the lyric of this latter track and soars into the stratosphere, delivering the emotional thrust needed to make the cut resonate long after the final fade. Mrs. Bell also takes hold of “Bring My Friend Back Home”, a song that tells of God’s constant vigil for our prayers, and His concern for us and our loved ones.

Over a tender bed of strings and a plucked guitar, Michelle flows her vocals, moving her plea into a rich harmony, and thoroughly convincing us all, of God’s care for her friend. On “He’ll Work It Out For You” Michelle lets us know that when situations get too much for you to take, and you feel like you’re going to break, God will work it out for you.

“I’m Grateful” gets rocking powerful with each progression and is the experience of a God who never fails, and Michelle keeps on reaffirming that she is grateful for all that He has ever done and is doing. This leads to the soulful and soaring, “Just Want To Know You Better”, which is almost a logical consequence of the previous song, if you come to think it deeply.

Just as every Spirit-filled worship leader does not draw attention to themselves but to the God they adulate, this song is divinely focused. The album merges a classic Soul and R&B musical styling throughout, and Michelle Miller Bell is an anointed singer that ministers to your soul, and her voice reaches all cultural and age groups.

MORE ABOUT Michelle Miller Bell: While working in the church as a youth leader, choir director, and musician, God called Michelle into the ministry of preaching. Both her singing and preaching ministry has opened many doors for her, and eventually caught the attention of record label owner Michael Bell, CEO of Bell Time Records, and is now her record producer and husband.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKTWITTERABOUT ME

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AMARU: “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE” – A Majestic Album! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/amaru-champagne-attitude-a-majestic-album http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/amaru-champagne-attitude-a-majestic-album#respond Sat, 21 Jul 2018 11:45:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32731 The album “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE”, is described as a narrative about a boy who was forced to grow up very fast, a boy who had to learn how to play the hand of cards he was dealt. That boy is none other than the multi-talented AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the […]

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The album “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE”, is described as a narrative about a boy who was forced to grow up very fast, a boy who had to learn how to play the hand of cards he was dealt. That boy is none other than the multi-talented AMARU – a singer-songwriter and a trained actor, originally from the Republic of Suriname (South America), residing in The Netherlands (Europe) since 1991. A quick screening of his bio, confirms that the award-winning AMARU, has achieved an unbeatable royal flush with the cards that life has dealt him. And the best is yet to come, considering the release of this, his brand new album, and the fact that he will shortly be starring in his first international feature film, which began shooting during June 2018.

Photo by Michael Lambert

On “CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE”, AMARU again join forces with producer Marcel van Ling from MoSound Productions in the city of Zoetermeer (The Netherlands). The two have been working together since 2014. The album forges twenty tracks (including interludes), that cover genres from Pop to Rock, Neo-Soul, R&B, Blues and Dance, to Reggae and World Music.

AMARU leaves no musical stone unturned, in his search to reach a wide audience to which he can dispatch his social conscience and personal anecdotes about love, hope, relationships, self-empowerment, injustice and discrimination, among others.

“CHAMPAGNE ATTITUDE” more than met my expectations. It is now my new ‘attitude’. I am obsessed with every song, and even the spoken interludes which introduce them. It has been such a long time since I’ve loved every single track on an album. AMARU shreds my heart with “Never” – a most beautiful, powerful ballad dedicated to his maternal grandmother.

The electro-drive of “I’m the One You Need”, and the funky “Gentle Giant” make me feel euphoric. These songs are dance-floor gems. The fatherless tale of “Independence Day”, and the reggae infused, “That’s the Way I Like It”, are both lessons in personal poetry with such uplifting beats that you are elevated to loving life and ready for anywhere it takes you.

The new single

The title track “Champagne Attitude” with its cryptic look at people who overrated themselves, is a musical masterpiece. I can’t let this song go. This is pure AMARU. A thick, incessant beat plays as an aural canvas for AMARU’s urgent vocal nuances. All which is topped off with a fiery electric guitar solo.

This may be the best song he has ever written and performed, in my book. “I Got the Blues” with its melody and lyrics so real and relatable, is smoldering hot with AMARU’s vocals.  The talented artist also finds the time to turn his attentions to rapping, with the ambiguously sharp, “Joystick”, which recites the line: “You can bring your X-Box, I will bring my Joystick.”

The latest release from AMARU is a welcome addition to the pop and dance genres. While so many artists seem to repeat themselves, attempt to create hits, collaborate with hip hop artists, or sound like robotic vocals added to a looped track, AMARU is an original.

He, and his team, have created an entire work which can be appreciated on many a different level, and is more than just a collection of possible hits. And AMARU was able to do so with his innate talents, and the cards this life has dealt him.

Along with his album, AMARU’s new single “Low On The Dough (Radio Mix)” is now available on digital download on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon.com, Google Play and Shazam.

Keep up with AMARU at the following links:

Official Website: www.amaru.nl
Official Label Website: www.amaru-music.com
Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/amaruofficial
Official YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/amaruonline
Official Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/amaruonline
Official Instagram Page: www.instagram.com/amarumusic1

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Wsabi Fox: “GUSHING” – a testament to progressive rock’s creativity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/wsabi-fox-gushing-a-testament-to-progressive-rocks-creativity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/wsabi-fox-gushing-a-testament-to-progressive-rocks-creativity#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 18:29:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32705 Wsabi Fox is a performative art-prog project led by Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary performance artist, Jennae Santos. “Wsabi Fox was created in the wake of immense change in my life,” explains Santos. “The simultaneous breakup of a long-term relationship and band, combined with suddenly finding myself homeless. I am forever grateful that some important new friends and […]

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Wsabi Fox is a performative art-prog project led by Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary performance artist, Jennae Santos. “Wsabi Fox was created in the wake of immense change in my life,” explains Santos. “The simultaneous breakup of a long-term relationship and band, combined with suddenly finding myself homeless. I am forever grateful that some important new friends and loves then came out of the Ether and Brooklyn music community,” she continues. “Their generosity and support helped me find my grounding, and empowered a new more articulate voice as an artist and bandleader.” Wsabi Fox’s EP, “GUSHING”, encapsulates the spirit of rebuilding after loss and finding a sense of inner freedom through love. The first you notice when you press play on Wsabi Fox’s single, “Yes Ma’am”, is that this project defies categorization. They can be described as experimental, progressive or alternative, and all will be right. To me Wsabi Fox simply sounds like one of the most devastatingly poignant progressive rock bands around today.

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Kicking off the chaotic, mesmeric “Yes Ma’am”, Wsabi Fox’s intent is apparent from the get-go. A screeching Baritone sax gives way to crunchy, swirling cello and viola motifs and irrepressible drum syncopations but ultimately the anxious candor of Jennae Santos’ voice and lyrics cuts right through the forceful dissonance.

At nearly 7 minutes, the song manages to reach majestic peaks of devastating sonic grandeur. Santos’ vocals intensify the energy to the already menacing atmosphere, and never loses itself within the many imposing and spectacular climaxes found here.

“Diabolical Hue” is a heartrending and transmuting tale against a complex arrangement of symphonic swirling guitars and an ever-changing sonic atmosphere. The result is an eclectic masterpiece that has true meaning. It’s a rare thing these days but Wsabi Fox seem able to do it time and again.

There are moments of pristine beauty here, as well as punishingly heavy passages towards the end of the track. Setting out the project’s somewhat dynamic sound, the listener is treated to a host of moods, off-set by Jennae Santos powerful voice, and the angular strings.

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“Flamingo” is a unique rock fusion that embodies lush instrumentation and offset drumming, together with notably creative lyrical accompaniment. Wonderfully executed through vocal intrigue, this exemplar songwriting can be found scattered throughout the EP.

Perhaps the most wonderful facet of the EP is the dynamic collaboration of instruments. From guitar interludes to saxophone bursts, and string twists, “GUSHING” encompasses the beauty and visceral power of each instrument and fuses them into a set of flawless and engrossing compositions. The album is, but a mere way to exemplify overcoming the fragility of human life.

This project will make you think about your life and it will teach you to move on. Whatever a listener’s interest, this recording is a must have for any lover of unique musical escapes. “GUSHING” is a strong and powerful EP, with emotion, dissonance and melody in abundance.

A strong set from an impressive outfit. It is a testament to progressive rock’s creativity and a salute to the new ways in which music can create affecting soundscapes and auditory hybrids. Imagery and emotions are what ultimately makes this project tick. In many ways, Wsabi Fox can serve as any discerning listener’s entree into a heretofore unexplored genre.

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Quinn Soular: “Ovah & Ovah” ft. Ziggi Recado – full of elevating moments! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/quinn-soular-ovah-ovah-ft-ziggi-recado-full-of-elevating-moments http://jamsphere.com/reviews/quinn-soular-ovah-ovah-ft-ziggi-recado-full-of-elevating-moments#respond Thu, 19 Jul 2018 00:34:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32696 Quinn Soular has released his 3rd official single “Ovah & Ovah” which is a summer banger featuring guest vocals from Dutch-Caribbean Reggae superstar Ziggi Recado. Born on the Island of St. Maarten, Quincy Adolphin aka Quinn Soular is a Pop and R&B singer-songwriter who has his own music production company, QP (The Quinn Productions). If […]

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Quinn Soular has released his 3rd official single “Ovah & Ovah” which is a summer banger featuring guest vocals from Dutch-Caribbean Reggae superstar Ziggi Recado. Born on the Island of St. Maarten, Quincy Adolphin aka Quinn Soular is a Pop and R&B singer-songwriter who has his own music production company, QP (The Quinn Productions). If you’re a fan or just a longtime R&B historian in general, you probably know that some of the game’s most renowned voices were cultivated in choir stands and churchyards. Sure, R&B’s secular content often clashes with the gospel’s divine intent but the similarities are unmistakable. The storytelling, delivery and, most importantly, the heartfelt passion, go hand-in-hand. So it’s no surprise that with the full support of his parents Quinn also began playing in the church from an early age.

Quinn Soular has been pricking the ears of R&B critics since his previous critically acclaimed releases, both of which built upon his musical roots. “Ovah & Ovah” keeps the momentum rolling – and is an assurance that the new breed of Urban music can bring more to the table than hollow commercial trickery. Artistically, he showcases the utmost potential, never missing the mark. Vocally, Quinn delivers a balanced, complete performance, never under- nor over-singing. There’s great intensity, confidence and presence from the artist here.

The beautiful choral vocals amplify the record to the ninth degree, blurring the lines between urban contemporary and a reggae flavored groove. Ziggi Recado adds the final touch to authenticate the sound with his keen Caribbean vocal twist.

It’s not a recording of epically sweeping gestures, but rather full of elevating moments, nuance and detail, as the thematic and musical threads coalesce. Riding on funky bassline song builds toward a spinning chorus that acts as a kind of comforting echo chamber.

It’s one of many beautiful moments drawn from a simple and direct sentiment, and typical of how Quinn Soular is both impressionistic and insightful. The track is a summation of themes that strike at the core of who Quinn is: a multi-talented individual.

Every artist is trying to strike that ever delicate balance between creating their own distinct sound while avoiding creating a boring, repetitive sound. Many come close before falling off of that tightrope and into oblivion. Creating a successfully captivating sound is a steep climb. The hike requires preparation, care, caution and an exorbitant amount of talent and energy.

All of which Quinn has an abundance of. Moreover he has a voice that can melt a heart like butter — he could sing anything and make it sound captivating. Ziggi Recado’s feature on the track plays an integral role in the song’s flow and thematic significance, supplying a much needed rhyming deviation before the song switches towards a crescendo of harmonies.

With its dynamic production, elegant lyrics, and effortless singing, this is a real treat for urban music fans. With the release of “Ovah & Ovah”, Quinn Soular builds on the foundation laid by his previous single projects, to create an exceptional work of art that he can be proud of.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – SPOTIFYAPPLE MUSICSOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBE

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Hefe Heetroc: “Alienz & Conspiracies” – An Epic 33 Song Boxset! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hefe-heetroc-alienz-conspiracies-an-epic-33-song-boxset http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/hefe-heetroc-alienz-conspiracies-an-epic-33-song-boxset#respond Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:37:20 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32677 As human beings, we try to explain and analyze events or situations that can have a possible emotional effect on us.  In today’s world, perfect rationality is impossible, and neither can necessarily rely on academic or scientific information all the time. Therefore, when something proves difficult to explain, people often resort to more speculative explanations. […]

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As human beings, we try to explain and analyze events or situations that can have a possible emotional effect on us.  In today’s world, perfect rationality is impossible, and neither can necessarily rely on academic or scientific information all the time. Therefore, when something proves difficult to explain, people often resort to more speculative explanations. A conspiracy theory has the ability to provide enough rationale for a comprehensive explanation, or at least a perceived comprehensive explanation. Conspiracy theories are intriguing. It’s interesting to consider the theories, weigh the evidence and come up with a conclusion. And if you link conspiracy theories to the topic of aliens, then the storytelling possibilities become endless for any well versed worthy narrator. And what if you investigated those themes to the banging beat of electronic, cloud rap, hip-hop and trillwave soundscapes? One man from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has done just that, across an epic boxset of 33 songs, entitled “Alienz & Conspiracies”.

Justin Bacik aka Hefe Heetroc aka Wez Nilez aka 27 SAVAGE was born in Rochester, NY. Heetroc has been in the underground hip hop game for a long time under various guises. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s because he remains busy working his craft. He produces, raps and does basically everything related to his single, EP, album, mixtape and now Boxset releases.

“My dream was always to release a boxset; and to compile tracks for this boxset based on a topical theme,” explained Hefe Heetroc. “My problem was, ‘What do I name this box set?’ After a friend observed I used to only make records about aliens, he recently commented that on my new projects I only recorded songs about conspiracy theories. A light bulb went off in my mind and I said ‘That’s the name and theme of my upcoming boxset!’ Alienz & Conspiracies.”

Hefe Heetroc’s rapping style is very charismatic, his beats are sensational and the lyrics and subject matter are intriguing, to say the least.  Heetroc is the Prince Rogers Nelson of hip-hop – a musical genius and boundary pusher, there is never anything ordinary in his tracks.

He is always searching for the edge…and then pushes himself over it. From the minute track one, ᴀɴᴛʜᴇᴍ ᴅᴊ トウモロコシ (ᴊᴀᴘᴀɴ)”, kicks in, you’ll know this is not your traditional rap album. “Do U (Part II)” and “Rap-tilian” quickly establishes the weight of Heetroc’s words and the nuances in his flow.

Once past the eerie “Alien Sky”, you’ll hit on “Talk 2 Loud”, one of the best tracks in the package. Only 5 tracks deep, and you’ll realize Hefe Heetroc is breaking the mold in Hip Hop. Everything about this Boxset is unique. From “The Mothership” and “Space Energy” to “Lemon Yellow Sun” and “Truth 2 Be”, he is inviting the listener into his world. He expresses his thoughts and theories.

This is something I haven’t heard in Hip Hop for a while. It’s always good to hear a true solid rap album that isn’t about money, jewelry, cars, and girls. This is the trend that mainstream hip hop is setting and it’s really irritating.

Regular rappers continue to beat a dead horse. It’s no longer relative to what’s going on in the average hip hop fan’s life. We are experiencing a recession where people are losing their jobs and homes. Then you turn on the radio or watch a video and see all the flashy wannabe’s throwing the riches in your face.

Hefe Heetroc is going beyond all of he is taking your brain on a trip – no riches needed here, just an open mind. So to me this Boxset is truly refreshing. It delivers great production – much of which he handles himself – and lyrics. A real rapper knows how to paint a perfect picture through his songs and Heetroc captures a vivid portrait.

Listen to how he mesmerizes your senses on tracks like “Mind Go’z Dumb Slow”, “She’z Paranoid” ft. Chillz Muzik and “Whatcha Got From It”.  Despite its length, this boxset is an overall enjoyable listen. Hefe Heetroc delivers something that his fans will enjoy as it is truly an amalgamation of all of his previous works, and it is the most focused he’s been musically in years.

He brings intelligence through his lyrics and songwriting, the instrumentation is varied and very infectious to the ear, and is consistent throughout. You can easily pick up these traits in the standouts: “The Media’s Watching Me! (Do U Part III)”, “The Awakening” and “Global Economics”.

In its totality “Alienz & Conspiracies” might not be for everyone – especially those who dig commercial radio rap – as Hefe Heetroc does appeal to a certain niche of people or rap heads, but I can confidently say that there are songs here for everyone. This is the perfect summation of the artist’s career thus far.

Whether fans gravitate to Hefe Heetroc’s alternative experimentation or not, he never rides what’s trending in the current music scene; he’s simply creating his own trends. His mission is to portray his own mind’s meanderings within vivid soundscapes on “Alienz & Conspiracies”. Listen to the boxset from beginning to end, and tell me that it is not a work of art!

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Armonite: “And The Stars Above” – from progressive rock rhythms to epic cinematic-like soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/armonite-and-the-stars-above-from-progressive-rock-rhythms-to-epic-cinematic-like-soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/armonite-and-the-stars-above-from-progressive-rock-rhythms-to-epic-cinematic-like-soundscapes#respond Sat, 14 Jul 2018 14:41:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32659 May 2018 saw the release of the new album, “And The Stars Above”, by Italian progressive rock band, Armonite, featuring violinist Jacopo Bigi and keyboardist Paolo Fosso. The album also includes a guest appearance by Porcupine Tree’s bassist, Colin Edwin. Composer Fosso and violinist Bigi are classical musicians who through their teenage years, joined local […]

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May 2018 saw the release of the new album, “And The Stars Above”, by Italian progressive rock band, Armonite, featuring violinist Jacopo Bigi and keyboardist Paolo Fosso. The album also includes a guest appearance by Porcupine Tree’s bassist, Colin Edwin. Composer Fosso and violinist Bigi are classical musicians who through their teenage years, joined local bands, playing a variety of genres and artists, from the Beatles to Dream Theater. At the end of the ’90s, while still in college, they would play in a band called Armonite. They released an album in 1999, performed a few dates live, and then split up. In 2015, they formed a new band while borrowing the name of their old one. Hence the revival of Armonite. There are artists who choose to make music because it’s their calling. It comes from their core and they have the burning desire to create something that will ignite your imagination and make your dreams of complex, vibrant sonic landscapes become almost tangible, easily accessible realities. Armonite explore their artistry in progressive electronic and organic sound design textures.

“And The Stars Above” sees Armonite pushing musical boundaries and taking the listener on a mystical and reflective journey. The opening song “The March Of The Stars”, after an airy choral start, develops into a hypnotic rhythm and builds up with intense drums and dramatically dynamic instrumentation, it’s an emotional introduction and promises much to come on this album.

“Next Ride” experiments with rolling basslines, pumping percussion and over-driven electric violin riffs with Jacopo Bigi’s melodies weaving its way through the arrangement. “District Red” brings the strings entirely to the fore in a dashing orchestration which is as luscious as it is vigorously compelling.

“Plaza De España” brings moment of respite, all wrapped up in the organic splendor of rich and resonating pianos, crunchy distorted strings and playful percussion. “Clouds Collide” focuses on the angelic and airy female vocals that dominates the melody complemented by sophisticated instrumentation.

“Blue Curaçao” gets back to the gritty progressive grind, with a heavier rock sound, where once again the strings and bass lines shine brightly, turning it into a complex psychedelic haze and fusion-like composition. By the time Armonite hit on “By Heart”, it is clear that they are in overdrive. The rhythms and musicality flows simply and majestically throughout each composition.

The music composed by Paolo Fosso is spellbinding, and at times even deeply moving, just like you would expect from any enthralling progressive rock band, except that the parts normally played  by a virtuoso guitar player, is occupied by the masterful nuances of Jacopo Bigi’s electric violin.

Right up alongside Bigi, are bassists Colin Edwin and Alberto Fiorani, along with drummers, Corrado Bertonazzi, Emiliano Cava, and Jasper Barendregt. Together this ensemble is simply sublime, moving from complex and jarring progressive rock rhythms, through to epic cinematic-like soundscapes, without losing a note or beat along the way.

An enchanting melody, and uncharacteristic instrumentation, on “Freaks”, continue to capture the essence of what makes this work so distinguishing. “By The Waters Of Babylon” exactly encapsulates the cinematic element previously discussed, as this second part of the album regularly combines Paolo Fosso’s sprawling piano sounds with the mood-inducing strings.

“The Usual Drink” takes this combination to its highest level of poignancy, before Armonite switch the tempo and intensity on “What’s The Rush?” – Another showcase for the project’s arranging and performance skills. Essentially, the closing track, “Ghosts”, is decorated with varying violin interludes, dynamic percussion, and welcoming interlocking bass passages, resulting in a sort of captivating introspection.

The album however does not finish there, as Armonite include two bonus tracks – “A Playful Day (For String Quartet)” and “The Fire Dancer (For Piano Solo)”. Consequently, they expand the meaning and scope of the album while also providing a cumulative overview of violinist Jacopo Bigi and keyboardist Paolo Fosso’s performing talents.

No matter how you view it, “And The Stars Above” is an essential emotional journey and a testament to the magic of uncompromising artistic vision. This is a record that LA-based indie label Cleopatra Records, will be proud of distributing.

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MVJOR ARCVNA: “The Last Word in Love”- a gripping melody and textured soundscape http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mvjor-arcvna-the-last-word-in-love-a-gripping-melody-and-textured-soundscape http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mvjor-arcvna-the-last-word-in-love-a-gripping-melody-and-textured-soundscape#respond Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:50:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32646 Jaron Pearlman aka MVJOR ARCVNA, is an audio engineer, backing musician, and songwriter who grew up in Asheville NC, and is now based in Atlanta GA. Over the years he has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Indigo Girls, The Shadowboxers, Amor Kismet, Mercury Jackson and more. MVJOR ARCVNA is revered […]

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Jaron Pearlman aka MVJOR ARCVNA, is an audio engineer, backing musician, and songwriter who grew up in Asheville NC, and is now based in Atlanta GA. Over the years he has toured and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Indigo Girls, The Shadowboxers, Amor Kismet, Mercury Jackson and more. MVJOR ARCVNA is revered by many critics – and certainly by us – as one of the most quintessential independent producers currently around, standing almost alone in his ability to mix catchy crossover EDM-Pop sounds with complex rock-styled songwriting, and igniting the electronic underground in a truly unprecedented fashion. We could not be more enthralled that MVJOR ARCVNA has released his latest single, “The Last Word in Love”.

The track takes you deep into the world of MVJOR ARCVNA that you may, or may not already be familiar with, and mesmerizes with his new material. Already a master of layers and sequenced progression, different pieces come together in “The Last Word in Love” to a tell the full range of an anthemic and emotional story.

This time, more mature in his sound and more expansive as a whole than we are used to, MVJOR ARCVNA rises to new heights. Listening to the chord progressions and lusciously intense instrumentation, it’s easy to understand that MVJOR ARCVNA is to EDM, what progressive is to rock.

Whether you’re a die-hard MVJOR ARCVNA fan or you’re listening to his music for the first time, you can’t help but acknowledge “The Last Word in Love” as being undeniable for what it is. An iconic track of 21st-century crossover music that’s so expansive and far-reaching it outgrows its very genre blend, unable to be contained within any box or label.

The track soars with a powerful melody from the opening bar and only grows stronger and more captivating with each verse and chorus. The lead vocals and harmonies showcase MVJOR ARCVNA’s ability to craft gripping melodies and textured soundscapes into one expertly mixed track.

The Atlanta based producer is on a flourishing trajectory throughout this track, and his unique musicality and inspired production prowess knows no bounds. MVJOR ARCVNA’s career seems not only to be on the verge of underground dominance, but also leaning towards mainstream notoriety at times.

He’s got a way with shimmering chord structures, and his soul-bending melodies pay heed to the modern day chart busters. “The Last Word in Love” strikes a fine balance of effortless uplifting progressions and inspiring vocals.

While capturing a firm sense of authoritative synth shots he drops a glimmering retro-styled solo that reeks of classic synth-pop, before pivoting into another euphoric chorus and firmly reiterating his entrancing modus operandi. There’s more than just emotion and the vibes are incredibly overpowering here.

“The Last Word in Love” is a stunning melodic anthem, with its riveting arrangement and rich instrumentation. There’s something incredibly unique and inspiring with MVJOR ARCVNA’s sound design on this one!

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Boy Leadfoot: “Turn-Buckle” will carve out a steady cult following http://jamsphere.com/reviews/boy-leadfoot-turn-buckle-will-carve-out-a-steady-cult-following http://jamsphere.com/reviews/boy-leadfoot-turn-buckle-will-carve-out-a-steady-cult-following#respond Tue, 10 Jul 2018 19:00:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32627 Max Gordon with Boy Leadfoot is a three-piece blues-based, alternative soul and rock project, from Vancouver Island, Canada. Their latest release, the EP “Turn-Buckle” is a breath of fresh air compared to the pop dribble permeating the American music scene right now. This is the type of musical project that will carve out a steady […]

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Max Gordon with Boy Leadfoot is a three-piece blues-based, alternative soul and rock project, from Vancouver Island, Canada. Their latest release, the EP “Turn-Buckle” is a breath of fresh air compared to the pop dribble permeating the American music scene right now. This is the type of musical project that will carve out a steady cult following and attract a good deal of critical acclaim. All three members are very professional and innovative musicians, and musicians of any sort will gobble up all kinds of licks, tones and spices from this release. The EP resides in the nebulous nexus of blues and alternative rock, leaving us to wonder what the hip blues sound like and how to get down to the blues hop.

Boy Leadfoot make a wonderful lazy mix of blues and roots rock, where keyboards flow with groovy drums, killer bass hooks and strummed guitars; the vocals are on the laid back but fully dynamic side, and are always ready to reach up and out when needing to switch towards a more urgent register.

Smooth, slick and graceful, “Swallow” opens the proceedings and is a fantastic back-to-basics effort. Employing effortless songwriting skills that mix in a cadre of guitar tones and subtle-yet-perceptible organ flourishes, the record finds the band wholeheartedly playing to their strengths and sounding great while doing it.

By the time you hit play on the second track, “Sun-Shine” which is as fresh and smooth as a peach, you realize there is simply nothing else that sounds quite like this right now; it just clicks into a unique sound. It swings, it rocks, it grooves, it flows – it simply works.

Whether cruising on a road trip, kicking back with family & friends on a lazy summer night or out on a date and trying to set the mood, this track feels good and enhances the positive vibe. Bare to the bone, “Take Easy” is raw, gritty, honest, and beautifully simple. This track exemplifies everything wonderful in Boy Leadfoot’s music. Smooth, supple, and the very sonic incarnation of another intriguing summer’s day jam, with its hypnotic lead guitar motif and intoxicating beat.

“Melting” is practically a case study in Boy Leadfoot’s distinct flavor of effortless cool groove, as the track unfolds at its own pace. This Vancouver Island alternative blues project doesn’t lose time in getting worked up by a sweet groove and some exhilarating melodies.

“Made To Last” presents Boy Leadfoot at their finest, laying down a smooth lyrical flow over beautifully acoustic guitar riffs and rhythms. For all of their laidback, blissful sound and soulful vocal delivery, don’t for a minute make the mistake of consigning them to the middle of the road, as musically they are too profound for that.

This is a return to the beginning, where musicianship and creativity was once off the wall in every project. Deconstructing crossover blues preconceptions, Canada’s Boy Leadfoot are thematically on fire, daring to integrate the blues into alternative flavors, while subtly tearing up the joint, jamming and jiving in the coolest possible manner.

These songs don’t even need over the top lyrics or any radical statements more than the message in the melodies – simmer down or move to the powerful groove.  The songs on “Turn-Buckle” are perfectly crafted, every single one! Presenting the evolution of the blues, Boy Leadfoot is just too damned different not to have in your collection.

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Juan Donovan: “Merlot & Marijuana” conveys a sense of summation http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/juan-donovan-merlot-marijuana-conveys-a-sense-of-summation http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/juan-donovan-merlot-marijuana-conveys-a-sense-of-summation#respond Sun, 08 Jul 2018 10:53:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32621 As one half of the production duo Darkroom Productions, Juan Donovan has produced with his partner Jamal Roberts some of today’s hottest artists. That list includes R Kelly, Wale, Young Money, Maino, JellyRoll, 24Hrs (Royce Rizzy), Brick Squad, G-Unit, Bad Boy, and more. The duo also won multiple awards for its phenomenal work on HBO’s […]

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As one half of the production duo Darkroom Productions, Juan Donovan has produced with his partner Jamal Roberts some of today’s hottest artists. That list includes R Kelly, Wale, Young Money, Maino, JellyRoll, 24Hrs (Royce Rizzy), Brick Squad, G-Unit, Bad Boy, and more. The duo also won multiple awards for its phenomenal work on HBO’s classic hit series “The Wire”, which garnered them featured in major publications such as FADER, The New York Times, VIBE, and dozens more. It’s not surprising then that Juan Donovan would want to drop a record that’s as much a personal statement as a collection of stunning songs. His long anticipated debut album entitled “Merlot & Marijuana” conveys a sense of summation, as Donovan deploys a lavish roster of all-star talent in a broad overview of R&B, and urban music flavors in general.

There is no stylistic redlining on Juan Donovan’s block, where contemporary R&B, RnBass, Soul, Trap, and Ambient all get credit – sometimes in imaginative combinations that occupy the same song. The album’s main strengths are a thorough smattering of variety that guarantees almost infinite replay value, and a plethora of stylish vocal thrust to go with Donovan’s brilliant compendium of styles and luxurious production touch.

Wonderful musicality says an awful lot –as Donovan doesn’t make beats as much as he produces songs – and the high points on “Merlot & Marijuana” are brimming with it. The opening song “Work” (feat. Devon Hill), which drops in after the intro, is a slow, bracing, potentially influential amalgam, in which Donovan weaves yearning choral motifs, around and over busy hi-hats and pianos, then turns up the melodic juice with some soulful crooning by Devon Hill. Donovan’s role on this album can be likened to that of a high class tailor who chooses the cloth then cuts it to perfection.

He shines with his ability to not just make human voices sound enticing, but ensures that together with the music they become irresistibly captivating. With his eyes, heart and musical mind always fully focused on the project, the occurrence of a perfect match between vocals and instrumentals, is repeated on every track on “Merlot & Marijuana”.

Both “Presence” (feat. Tatmancoop x Shayla) and “All Over Me” (feat. MKHL x Aliché) are such brilliantly constructed pieces of music. The melodies are infectious as the vocals transport you to a world of slow groove with some awesome arrangements.

Every element of “Fireworks” (feat. Aliché) has been carefully thought out. Every frame of its construction from the synth interludes, the vocals, and the ability to let the song simmer in its instrumental with Aliché putting in a stellar vocal performance.

Juan Donovan is able to arrange and compose songs to fit any sort of mood. His musical knowledge is all on display with this project, and can be savored on the piano-driven instrumental “Arturo Fuente”. Chrxstal’s mesmerizing vocals are in full force on “Running On E” (feat. Chrxstal). This mellow groove is pretty intoxicating with its finger-snapping beat.

For me personally, “Roses” (feat. Adria Jenée x KenTheMan) is one of the album’s absolute highlights. The instrumentation, especially the bass lines and thumping kick drum are intensely manipulating on the senses. The track also has an edgy urban flavor as the rapped lines perfectly contrast the soft melodic vocals and lush production.

To be fair, “Lost In A Minute” (feat. Danni Jackson x M.A.V.), is pretty much locked into the same hierarchy. It’s hard to imagine anyone listening to this downtempo groove on replay and not attempt to sing along with the chorus at least once.

Juan Donovan clearly wanted to bring together some of the finest voices in the game as well as compose and arrange some fantastic pieces of music. Many songs here play testimony to that fact. Sometimes he allows those voices to reach out on their own, as on the smooth and soulful “Win Your Love” (feat. Danni Jackson).

Even as I listen to the closing instrumental track, “Indulge”, I can appreciate the amount of work that has gone into these 11 tracks, in what is one of the most listenable R&B and urban music albums I have heard in a very long while.

Overall these tracks present a treasure trove of skills sets from Juan Donovan and his collaborators. It may take a few listens to fully grasp the source of each groove, the choice of voices, the song structures and the arrangements, but you will connect to it on the very first listening. And that’s a sign of great music – something which captures you instantly, and then allows you to unpack and unfold it for deeper, sumptuous and endless listening pleasure!

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American Spirits: “Nowhere Near Perfect” – intellectually sharp and instinctually captivating! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/american-spirits-nowhere-near-perfect-intellectually-sharp-and-instinctually-captivating http://jamsphere.com/reviews/american-spirits-nowhere-near-perfect-intellectually-sharp-and-instinctually-captivating#respond Mon, 02 Jul 2018 10:49:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=32593 Since being launched in 2017, Bowling Green, Ohio, Indie Rock band, American Spirits, have also founded The Summit Shack, a local DIY venue that has hosted over 25 bands since its inception in the same year. 2018 saw the four piece band release their album “Nowhere Near Perfect”. This recording will grip you by the […]

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Since being launched in 2017, Bowling Green, Ohio, Indie Rock band, American Spirits, have also founded The Summit Shack, a local DIY venue that has hosted over 25 bands since its inception in the same year. 2018 saw the four piece band release their album “Nowhere Near Perfect”. This recording will grip you by the neck and slam you into the ground. It’s simply one of the most listenable Emo albums you would have heard in a while. You could play the whole thing through without getting bored, probably every day if you wanted to. The music is catchy. The lyrics are clever, they make a statement at every turn, and are easily sung along with.

Top to bottom, “Nowhere Near Perfect” is just plain good. Their songs don’t just contain a bunch of simple, repeated chords and typical lyrics, the music is genuinely interesting, as they tackle the ills of the 21st Century, which impair our relationships, social status and psychological well-being.

At the same time American Spirits is not one of those bands who squeamishly preach and implore. They make powerful affirmations in just over 3 minutes, and leave you to work it out for yourself. The album’s opening track, “So Much Time Has Pabst”, right off the cuff, engages the Western World’s capitalistic tendencies and its impact on our personal lives.

The track interchanges, restrained verses, impacting bridges, soaring choruses, and an insanely pummeling outro. Every song works off the one prior to it, setting an accurate atmosphere for itself. So by the time band dive into the phrase: “I’m not content, with the content, I want more, more, more…” on the carefully paced second track, “Blanket Forts”, you’re already hooked and singing along.

Originality is a tough quality to achieve within the music world in this current age. The band conquer this feat with ease and it shows. What distinguishes American Spirits is their flair for conjuring idyllic radio melodies embedded in coarse, jangling guitar-driven soundscapes; they move from serenity to a scream, where they’re most beautiful when they align between Emo and Hardcore.

This quality is manifested in “Anthem” – as it is on all the other songs to be honest. It’s the clarity and authority of American Spirits sound which is impressive. Just because they’ve only been together for a short time, doesn’t diminish the sonic satisfaction of their performances and production.

Deeper inside the substance of their arrangements is the density of their musical dynamics, as the band’s sound again teleports between sweet coated yearnings and searing malice on “Open 9-5”, which hallmarks the provisional rise in credibility and popularity of emo revivalism.

The arrangement is bold, spiny, and played with intensity. Perhaps nothing confirms this better than the closing song, “C’est La Vie”. The guitars ring out with resonance and everything sounds simultaneously digestible and almost elegant, forcing even casual listeners to chalk it up to a win.

Whatever the band’s approach though, the songs that shine brightest on “Nowhere Near Perfect” are those that strike a balance between American Spirits at their most musically and lyrically ambitious, together with their raw immediacy. Tightly-wound, well-thought-out, intellectually sharp and instinctually captivating, this album will become the benchmark to judge the rest of the band’s upcoming catalog.

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