Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:27:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Liquid Lunch: “Sketches 2 Seed” – a vivacity and sultriness! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/liquid-lunch-sketches-2-seed-vivacity-sultriness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/liquid-lunch-sketches-2-seed-vivacity-sultriness#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:01:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29656 Ken Eagle and Michele Akers discovered each other’s musical abilities after meeting at a dance in May 2014 and formed a duo in late October of the same year. They booked their first gig a month later…prior to having any material ready, and were forced to burn the midnight candle before successfully completing the gig […]

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Ken Eagle and Michele Akers discovered each other’s musical abilities after meeting at a dance in May 2014 and formed a duo in late October of the same year. They booked their first gig a month later…prior to having any material ready, and were forced to burn the midnight candle before successfully completing the gig with a 40 song repertoire. The duo, Liquid Lunch has now played in excess of 200 Gigs, performing at more than 50 different venues and travelling in excess of 160,000kms across the state of South Australia. Through it all Eagle and Akers, now bring to the table their 6 track self-produced EP “Sketches 2 Seed”, released earlier this year. Most pop today features performers who couldn’t sing their way out of a paper bag without auto-tune, and bland, synthesized music with a straight 4 to the floor beat that has no soul. The first thing that strikes about Liquid Lunch is Michele Akers’ rich resonating voice, and then that jazzy swing in their music that wraps itself around blues, soul, singer-songwriter and rock sensibilities. It all seems like an intriguing mix and fusion of musical genres.

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Liquid Lunch has swiftly joined a place in my highest musical tier. Their music is apparently simple, yet richly complex and highly enjoyable. Not only do the duo provide a musical sound that both pulls from the past yet has a new, edgy feel, they do it with a vivacity and sultriness that is reminiscent of classic acts from bygone eras.

In a musical world obsessed with theatricality, exhibitionism and pornographic costumes, it is a breath of fresh air to see a set of artists almost exclusively concentrate on the aspects of their music. The secret to Liquid Lunch’s successful sound is easy to identify from the very first notes of “All She Wants”, the opening track on the EP.

Unhurried, unfazed, a strummed acoustic guitar, a plucked bass, a warm and shimmering keyboard, and a voice that is as stunningly surefooted as it is warm and accommodating. But the EP’s allure also stems from its consistency, with each and every track seamlessly passing the baton to the next without any significant dip in momentum. On the contrary it actually gains momentum on the bluesy “Can’t Live There”, with some chunky electric guitar riffs brought into the mix.

Ken Eagle

“Dirty Love” provides the record with another infectious and smoldering staple as it boasts a memorable, radio-friendly melody and enlists a smoldering electric piano and resonating horns to lace through the track’s stylish soul-pop drenched arrangement propelling us through to this cohesive and colorful patchwork of tunes.

Throughout the recording, and especially on the bass driven “Say”, the listener is rendered powerless to Liquid Lunch’s charm, which will probably result in more than one embarrassingly enthusiastic performance while stuck at a set of traffic lights. Rest assured though, you’ll be having far too much fun slapping your hands on the steering wheel to care.

“Wish I Could” is one of many highlights, showcasing Aker’s earthy voice in tandem with some deceptively elaborate instrumentation from Michele Akers who keeps the engine room running on this EP, before closing the show with an acoustic version of “All She Wants”. “Sketches 2 Seed” grabs you by the hand and drags you into a full-bodied embrace that is iron-clad, it’s simply up to you to give it the chance to do so.

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Enzo Sprigg: “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula” – sumptuous light and dark soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/enzo-sprigg-cosmic-bipolar-nebula-sumptuous-light-dark-soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/enzo-sprigg-cosmic-bipolar-nebula-sumptuous-light-dark-soundscapes#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:32:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29640 Enzo Sprigg is a creative electronic singer-songwriter, as well as a visual artist who illustrates his own album covers, creates the costumes in his videos and has even hand drawn and animated videos for his songs. Sprigg has just recently thrown down his therapeutic and cathartic 12-track “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula”, his third album. It’s with […]

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Enzo Sprigg is a creative electronic singer-songwriter, as well as a visual artist who illustrates his own album covers, creates the costumes in his videos and has even hand drawn and animated videos for his songs. Sprigg has just recently thrown down his therapeutic and cathartic 12-track “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula”, his third album. It’s with his continued freedom and internal exploration that Enzo Sprigg returns with a new recording, while showing a mature growth from his earlier releases. The album opens with “Raygun Love Transmission”, a beautifully sewn together song with distorted instrumentals and yearning vocals that create luscious textures to stimulate your ears. A strong start to the album.

Sprigg’s soaring, atmospheric vocals beckon you into the nocturnal, dark theater of a midnight show on tracks like “Gradual Decent.” “Prime”, a great song that begs to be remixed and club-worthy, continues the ear candy, while “Dark Matter” opens with urgent drums and throbbing keyboarding that could lull you into a foot-stomping and head-nodding state. “Oh Mother” continues the strong atmospherics on this album as we hear a banging snare open the song to Sprigg’s powerfully tortured and chilling vocals, which continue to impress. This track is one of the album’s absolute highlights.

Listeners are then swept along to the slow-burning, ebullient “Swimming Through the White Noise” and the turbulent “Sangre’ (In Blood)”, as Sprigg’s relentless vocals rise to a register of envy. His vocals continue to bleed over these tracks with the haunting “Hyper Magnetic Touch” and then, amid the swirling synths, we come full circle to the closing moments of the album with “Cosmic Nebula”.

The track unreels itself with a thumping bass and then breaks down into ominous lower register growling synths, as this superb track fades into the darkness. Thus leading to the melodic choruses of “Nova Expression”. Uncannily, the surprise comes at the end, with a club-worthy version of “Prime (Way Past My Prime Mix)”.

The diverse, sumptuously light and dark soundscapes found across this album showcase Enzo Sprigg’s strongest talents in balancing the contrasting instrumental impact of each track. It’s difficult to find a bad composition in this pastiche of electronic stylings with deeply introspective lyrical themes.

Cosmic Bipolar Nebula’s” arrangements wistfully exude an unquestionably unfolding aural landscape of sonic metaphors for the human condition and state of being. Sprigg’s ever-changing rich, fertile, electronic performances must be admired as a way above average, highly effective effort.

It should also be noted that unlike most albums today focused around one or two singles and then wrapped with filler material to boot, this is a flowing journey, just pop it in, lay back, and let it take you where it needs. With that said, the journey is entrenched in an electronic groove that is sure to captivate any listener.

Overwhelming electronic sounds and theatrical melodies counter gritty, lyrics to provide the ultimate contrast. Enzo Sprigg’s undeniably impressive vocals is one of the biggest selling points of this album as a whole. Paired with the emotionally raw lyrics and complex beats, it is an all-round powerhouse album.

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Samantha Bouquin: “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” – boldly original works! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/samantha-bouquin-contemplations-solitude-strings-boldly-original-works http://jamsphere.com/reviews/samantha-bouquin-contemplations-solitude-strings-boldly-original-works#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:04:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29630 Connoisseurs of experimental or avant-garde chamber music may already know of Samantha Bouquin’s inventive and entrancing sounds. This is music of great integrity, startling vitality, and striking originality, yet it is virtually unknown outside the cult following that has appreciated these ingenious compositions. A cross between homespun classical populism and the sophisticated experimentation of the […]

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Connoisseurs of experimental or avant-garde chamber music may already know of Samantha Bouquin’s inventive and entrancing sounds. This is music of great integrity, startling vitality, and striking originality, yet it is virtually unknown outside the cult following that has appreciated these ingenious compositions. A cross between homespun classical populism and the sophisticated experimentation of the avant-garde, Bouquin’s music follows in the iconoclastic tradition of forward thinking composers, but with its own frank expression, exuberance, and wayward charm; yet it is also accessible to the casual listener in the directness of its material and the clarity of its techniques, no matter how dense the textures or peculiar the tunings may sound.

“Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” her latest 3 track compilation forges the sounds of a string quartet with mesmeric ambient backdrops. To the untrained ear, these musical pieces can be a bit daunting on a first hearing, and the more complicated aspects of Samantha Bouquin’s creations may be elusive. Yet these are boldly original works, and the coherence of the music – adventurous as it is – is best appreciated through patient listening. From the opening piece – “Contemplation #1” – the music is highly expressive music, often beautiful, melancholic, thoughtful, intense, and dysphoric.

The pieces that follow suit – “Contemplation #2” and “Contemplation #3” – are obviously emotionally parallel to the opening track, as they too elaborate the theme of ‘solitude’. Bouquin’s music can be as ethereal as it is balletesque. It is an impressive achievement, music of radical innovation that speaks an expressive and engaging language with a visionary intensity. How can something so complex come across simple and effortless? How can something seemingly mathematical have such spiritual transportative effect? These sounds are poignant, deep and heartfelt.

Amazingly complex in its tonality yet extraordinarily direct “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” makes your inner self vibrate in unison. A true delight that all can savor once assimilated. These performances really surprised me. The musicianship is impeccable and the experimentation never ostentatious.  I am still transfixed by the breathless beauty with which “Contemplation #2” builds its pensive fabric and the celestial grace which precedes the conclusion of that wonderful piece.

Samantha Bouquin brings a lot of depth and expression to her compositions which release all the powerful emotions locked within this music – the whimsicality, the existential angst, and the mysticism, without a single detectable imperfection of ensemble or intonation. There can be no grumbles about the recording, either; the engineer has captured Bouquin’s distinctive sonority with remarkable clarity, and plenty of ambient warmth. This, above all else, is a recording with emotional intelligence! Definitely bravo, and five stars!

MORE ABOUT: Samantha Bouquin has been studying classical music and electroacoustic music since her earliest years, having been raised in a family of professional musicians and composers. She began her musical journey playing piano and violin at age four. Her professional training culminated in a piano performance degree from Juilliard School of music in New York City. Samantha is well known for her experimental work in altering the mechanics and shapes of traditional instruments such as the piano and guitar. She has many custom built instruments which her music is played and recorded on.

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My Silent Bravery: “Got it Going On” instantly lodges in your mind http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/silent-bravery-got-going-instantly-lodges-mind http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/silent-bravery-got-going-instantly-lodges-mind#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:25:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29625 “Got it Going On” is the latest single from My Silent Bravery and is the first track taken from the highly anticipated album “Willing to Try”. The song was featured on XM Sirius Satellite radio station XM The Pulse on Train Tracks with Pat Monahan, while the video premiered via the Huffington Post. Co-written and […]

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“Got it Going On” is the latest single from My Silent Bravery and is the first track taken from the highly anticipated album “Willing to Try”. The song was featured on XM Sirius Satellite radio station XM The Pulse on Train Tracks with Pat Monahan, while the video premiered via the Huffington Post. Co-written and produced by Jim McGorman (Gwen Stefani, Avril Levine, Poison) the album features 12 tracks and will be released in 3 separate Eps over the next year.

My Silent Bravery is the moniker used by Matthew Wade, and is meant to symbolize “persistence, perseverance and inner strength” – the same qualities Wade displayed on overcoming a sports injury which subsequently allowed him to pursue his passion in music.

“Got it Going On” debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart, quickly showing of Matthew’s ear for an uplifting pop melody and his sensible acumen in spinning an accompanying soundscape. Clearly, the man’s a canny operator. He knows his way around a song, and shows a happy knack of crafting exactly what should resonate with people.

Though we’re only officially hearing My Silent Bravery for the first time, he’s clearly been honing his craft over a long period. “Got it Going On” has a strong hook, a nagging melody, and a spring-heeled acoustic-guitar driven rhythm – something that makes it stick in your head for days. It’s rare to hear a song for the first time and feel like it instantly lodges in your mind but this one does the trick.

What seems like Matthew Wade’s easy-going everyman persona comes shining through, meaning situations that all of us will have experienced is confirmed as quotidian and relatable by the singer, as we join in to sing his joyous anthem. This is inevitably a track we will be hearing for a long time yet.

“Got it Going On” is the kind of song you can’t help but like. While it might not be the most ambitious record My Silent Bravery will ever produce. Matthew is writing what he knows, while indicating that there is still life in the positive, melodic and unobtrusive method of song writing.

By subtracting any undue pretensions in his music and adding purely songs that play to his strengths, My Silent Bravery certainly knows how to multiply his fan base. This new material has just about the right amount of studio polish and artistic soul to present a wonderfully endearing debut.

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Eleven Dollar Bills: “All Our People” – music that truly slices across multiple eras of rock http://jamsphere.com/reviews/eleven-dollar-bills-people-music-truly-slices-across-multiple-eras-rock http://jamsphere.com/reviews/eleven-dollar-bills-people-music-truly-slices-across-multiple-eras-rock#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:32:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29595 Alternative rock band, Eleven Dollar Bills broke out of Chicago and veered towards the national scene via Los Angeles paying their dues along the way and performing on stages from New York to LA, including The Viper Room, The Craftsman in Santa Monica, and Sayers’ in Hollywood. With Berklee College of Music alumnus, Jordan Casty, […]

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Alternative rock band, Eleven Dollar Bills broke out of Chicago and veered towards the national scene via Los Angeles paying their dues along the way and performing on stages from New York to LA, including The Viper Room, The Craftsman in Santa Monica, and Sayers’ in Hollywood. With Berklee College of Music alumnus, Jordan Casty, at the helm the band has been riding atop “Waves,” the first single from their EP entitled “All Our People”. Produced in Los Angeles, by multi-platinum songwriter/guitarist Jim Huff, “Waves” was co-written with BMI Award-winning Danish songwriter, Rune Westberg.

When Eleven Dollar Bills emerged with their debut, it was clear that they were always going to break boundaries. They took elements of blues, indie, acid and classic rock and infused them with alternative and even some southern flavors. In comparison, their new EP harbors all those qualities plus a more confident disposition, giving fans a real taste of the band’s true personality, beneath the layers of aesthetic appropriation. The Bills’ music truly slices across multiple eras of rock. “All Our People” is filled with abundant hooks, pushy guitars and big choruses.

The band works up a stomping, snare-pounding fury right from the start of the opening track, “Go”, and hardly let up thereafter. That Eleven Dollar Bills is a multifaceted band quickly becomes clear on “Waves”, as they bring in all the sunny pop vibes they can find to fit their rock manteau, and they do it without being derivative or unoriginal.

But it’s the title track, “All Our People” that gives me the proverbial kick up the backside. If it’s true at all that rock and roll has been slipping, this track is a refreshing reminder of what once existed – a driving rhythm, a solid melody, powerful vocals, and enough peaks and valleys to keep the Adrenalin flowing to each climax point.

“Hold My Hand” is another nostalgic trip for me, steeped in rich warm layers of harmony and thick guitar lines, the intoxicating melody thrives on every note and sound that surrounds it. Hardly has a band so exuded the sweet juices of classic rock styles while managing to retain its own distinct modern flavor. “1,2,3” brings a balladry reprise and gives the Jordan Casty just enough time to forge a crystalline falsetto and sweet harmony before swinging into the full-blooded, acoustic guitar driven freight train rhythm of “Need Your Love”.

There is every possibility that “All Our People” is going to be met with instant acclaim, especially if you got into Eleven Dollar Bills through their debut release. Many will find the blend of constructed and raw aesthetics of this album to be very alluring. The band has proved their commitment to evolution in a tight and admirable way, without abandoning all of what got them their following to begin with.

Gone is the sludgy production sound and the loose psychedelic world of “Change Your Mind” or “Water On The Road”, replaced with an emotive and brewing development that focuses more on careful buildup, instrumental precision and pristine production. Eleven Dollar Bills have officially grown up with “All Our People”, and just about anybody who understands how three little chords are put together will appreciate the band’s metamorphosis into ‘think first’ musicians, ready for the A-League.

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Spectacle: “My Medication” is built on solid foundations http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/spectacle-medication-built-solid-foundations http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/spectacle-medication-built-solid-foundations#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:25:09 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29590 Spectacle is a new band from Los Angeles on CSG Music, consisting of independent filmmaker, Spencer Grant Brod (vocals), Murv Douglas (bass) of “PowerMan 5000”, “Lords of Acid” and “Voodoo Kung Fu”, Kenny Pierce (drums) formerly of “Soul” and world-class guitarist, Dario Comuzzi. The music was recorded as the soundtrack for the new independent film, […]

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Spectacle is a new band from Los Angeles on CSG Music, consisting of independent filmmaker, Spencer Grant Brod (vocals), Murv Douglas (bass) of “PowerMan 5000”, “Lords of Acid” and “Voodoo Kung Fu”, Kenny Pierce (drums) formerly of “Soul” and world-class guitarist, Dario Comuzzi. The music was recorded as the soundtrack for the new independent film, “Inner Fear” and came out so well, they felt that a band had to be formed. The film, “Inner Fear” will soon be at film festivals worldwide. The debut album from Spectacle will be available on iTunes and all digital platforms. The band is also playing some select shows in support of the new record and film. What I like about Spectacle is that they avoid writing about the usual woman/love formula and stand apart from the crowd with the most unusual topic and song title for their single, entitled “My Medication”.

Anthemic statements of fiery intent are built around moments of dark textural emotion, and a catchy indie-rock song that is lyrically layered. It will be no surprise if this single takes the band to a very wide audience, as it is built on solid foundations with a rebellious spontaneity.

Emerging without seeming explanation, other than they were making a soundtrack, Spectacle will probably land forcefully on the college radio and independent music scene with a seemingly fully formed and utterly indelible sound.

Dario’s unmistakable guitar, Murv’s tuneful bass work and Kenny’s forceful drumming all serve to abet the mysterious, oblique presence of lead vocalist Spencer, a singer whose vocals seem to invest the group with a strange profundity.

Spectacle are at once artistically ambitious and almost impossible to dislike, and Spencer emerges as a full-throated singer with a message.  The sound of the vocals and the little harmonies are just gorgeous.

You can hear everything that’s going on musically, as the song has a very clean, suitable production that sounds natural and very distinctive. “My Medication” is one of those songs where everything is right, you can’t imagine this particular song with a different section, tempo, different instrumentation or approach.

Not only that, but the lyric really does place all sorts of images in your mind. And again, the harmonies are beautiful. Harmonies aren’t something that can be explained, they just go straight for your heart and soul.

So to recap, “My Medication” is beautifully atmospheric and concise, and wonderfully evocative. Lead singer Spencer Grant Brod sounds especially mysterious, if utterly beautiful. It’s a hypnotic song rather than a hook-filled song. But, the simple little repeating keyboard line heard throughout the song does stick in your mind and the whole piece has a strange kind of beauty surrounding it. The band’s EP was produced by Jeff Robert and Murv Douglas.

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Joe Uzzo: “The Break-Up Song” – a scrupulously tidy mix of Pop-R&B http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/joe-uzzo-break-song-scrupulously-tidy-mix-pop-rb http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/joe-uzzo-break-song-scrupulously-tidy-mix-pop-rb#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:23:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29588 Music is a powerful thing and never is that more obvious than when you’re going through some hard times. After all, there’s a reason why breakup songs are so damn popular and why so many people turn to them when dealing with heartbreak. Whether it’s your heart that has been broken or you’re the one who […]

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Music is a powerful thing and never is that more obvious than when you’re going through some hard times. After all, there’s a reason why breakup songs are so damn popular and why so many people turn to them when dealing with heartbreak. Whether it’s your heart that has been broken or you’re the one who has done the breaking, rest assured that someone, somewhere has written a song about it.  You could easily describe Joe Uzzo’s latest song, exactly as the title calls it “The Break-Up Song”. But that glib definition does this probing track a disservice. In addressing lost love, the song deals with everything in life you can’t control, in an emotional evolution. “Is there nothing I can say? Is there nothing I can do?” To nearly the same degree that the song’s lyrics explore the limits of control, the music seeks to enforce it.

At the same time, the slickness of the music never blunts its impact, as “The Break-Up Song” sticks to a scrupulously tidy mix of Pop-R&B. In both melody and arrangement, it’s tasteful to perfection. Same goes for Joe Uzzo’s skilled and agile vocals, which go high, higher and everywhere in between.

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There are thousands of records sadder than “The Break-Up Song”, hundreds more explicit and a fair number more schmaltzy, but Joe Uzzo’s single holds its weight not in a forced smile or a dejected tear but in its natural honesty and heartfelt, but graceful nuances.

This musical backdrop is mixed perfectly so that “The Break-Up Song” never becomes a barrage of noise or overwhelming to fragile senses, but also maintains its intimate vibe in a realistic manner. Realism is the cornerstone of everything this song does right.

There may be greater songwriters when it comes to general difficulties and universal emotions – but few could pen songs that fit this musical niche more snugly, and Joe Uzzo, Raffaele D’Onofrio & Steven Wiener’s succinct, writing style is pivotal to the outcome of this track.

There is not one single moment that Joe Uzzo threatens cliché, and the absence of melodrama bolt his performance to the floor alongside the sincerity of the sung verses. As with pretty much every flawless record, “The Break-Up Song” needs to be experienced to make sense, and that won’t pose a problem considering that Uzzo’s songs are bound to find their way onto playlists with considerable impact.

Moreover the record’s lasting effect stems from the way it passes through psychological states, questioning things, at its heart searching for answers and towards its close still not finding resolutions. As you listen to “The Break-Up Song” you’ll sympathize with Joe Uzzo, as you both realize that there is a long healing process awaiting ahead…

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Social Circle Deliver An Infectious Pop Record http://jamsphere.com/reviews/social-circle-deliver-infectious-pop-record http://jamsphere.com/reviews/social-circle-deliver-infectious-pop-record#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:26:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29583 Friends Matt, Jacqueline, Gabe and Frank, make up the synth-pop band Social Circle hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana. Currently working on a brand new release the band is promoting their self-titled 6-track EP. It combines all of the great aspects of the genre, and a set of songs which are all fantastic and beautiful, showcasing the […]

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Friends Matt, Jacqueline, Gabe and Frank, make up the synth-pop band Social Circle hailing from Lafayette, Louisiana. Currently working on a brand new release the band is promoting their self-titled 6-track EP. It combines all of the great aspects of the genre, and a set of songs which are all fantastic and beautiful, showcasing the band’s wonderful voices in almost soothing, emotional songs and upbeat tracks that put your mind on a high, making you crave some sort of action, motion, or creativity. This is my first experience with Social Circle, and I absolutely love it. The thoughtful lyrics and sunny tone of the music is refreshing and positive. I think it’s impossible to be angry and listen to this music at the same time.

Nostalgia is a deadly thing. It wraps itself around the minds of the many, making them reminisce about things that never really existed, allowing them to re-imagine the world to suit their ideology. Unsurprisingly, the world of music has also become increasingly involved in the trading of nostalgia. So while the pop structures, melody and harmonies constructed by Social Circle are extremely reminiscent of the 80’s, they are by no means a throwback retro group as such, and are solidly entrenched in the trendy sonics of today.

Social Circle are a group that relies on huge gorgeous choruses, yet at the same time they are also interested in getting underneath the groove, finding that sweet spot in-between the beat and the melody that allows them to take the listener into another world.

Their tracks grow and grow before slowly morphing into a damn fine hypnotic lullabies that will captivate your imagination. And the familiarity you hear in their songs isn’t simply nostalgically comforting, it’s creatively challenging.

Social Circle give their listeners a nice big cuddle and a metaphorical cup of sweet tea with their sound. “We want our fans to know that we’re here to party and love on them all at the same time,” says Matt. “That it’s a great time getting to escape from all of the BS, but we aren’t afraid to admit that it’s unavoidable at times. We don’t ignore the hard stuff. We just turn it into something beautiful.”

From “Kiss Me Like You Mean It” and “I Know You’d Know”, to “55th Steet” and “Just Before The Sky Falls” to “Two Little Birds” and “Hideaway”, these are incredibly accessible pop tracks with hooks and singalong opportunities aplenty. It certainly sounds like the fruits of a group of artists thoroughly enjoying their work.

Every single track included on the EP has all the key elements of any good, infectious pop record and could slot into the mainstream charts and feel right at home. It essentially takes the best aspects of the group’s talents to create something as intoxicating and beautiful as “Just Before The Sky Falls” and “Two Little Birds”, two outstanding arrangements, that pair off with the edgier and anthemic “I Know You’d Know” and “Hideaway” as the best cuts on the recording.

Whether Social Circle becomes a commercial giant, as they deserve to, remains to be seen. However there can be no doubt that they are doing pop the right way, and that their vocal and musical talents, as well as their songwriting ability deserves to be embraced by a much wider audience.

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Them Animals: This is one you plug in and turn up! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/animals-one-plug-turn http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/animals-one-plug-turn#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 14:30:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29570 Them Animals, a garage rock band from Baltimore, Maryland, was originally formed in 2014 by core members Jamie Zeller (Guitar, Vocals) and Chris Stoll (Guitar), and enhanced with the addition of Chris Curran (Drums) in 2016. Their self-titled EP released this year only presents one problem, you can never turn it up loud enough! This […]

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Them Animals, a garage rock band from Baltimore, Maryland, was originally formed in 2014 by core members Jamie Zeller (Guitar, Vocals) and Chris Stoll (Guitar), and enhanced with the addition of Chris Curran (Drums) in 2016. Their self-titled EP released this year only presents one problem, you can never turn it up loud enough! This is the one you plug in, turn up and play as loud as you can because it is that good. This is one of those rare albums/groups that truly represent raw power and soul without the unnecessary bells and whistles. I was most impressed with the recording, which does not sound like the usual overly-produced crap but rather much more real, raw, warm and with natural ambience and a stylish spring reverb sound, which you don’t hear very often, so that’s cool. I also like how they ‘overdrive’ the vocals sometimes, it actually works very well.

The overdriven guitar tones are great too – they sound like amp cabs, not the usual dry, direct-inject sound you usually hear. I don’t have any liner notes to reveal anything about the recording, so I don’t have the facts to back me up. But it sounds like that to me, and that’s what should matter to my ears…and yours anyway.

How Them Animals get that gritty visceral raw sound is their business not ours! I’m sure you could point to half a dozen great bands Them Animals may or may not remind you of, but I don’t much care about all that. It’s just really well-executed rock and blues with a proper rock recording which doesn’t make everything sound like most over compressed fake alt-rock.

Like many of rock’s purest bands, Them Animals leap into the fray fully fleshed out and yet with plenty of room to grow. They follow no formulaic pattern and at the same time recall many of rock’s greatest moments from the second they unleash their unbridled energy on the opening track, “The Grass is Turning Blue”. You’ll quickly assume that these guys are taking no prisoners…and you’re right.

“Day After Day” rides in smoothly on a thumping drum beat and count-in before unwinding into a hypnotic ear-charmer. “Losing Feeling” will grab you from the first note, I can guarantee you of that. Through some fancy guitar chicanery the band appears to whip out, this track will worm its way into your brain and frizzle it out.

Next comes the explosive and fast paced “Next To Nothing”, and just when you think things couldn’t get any more interesting, Them Animals surprise us once more with “Moving Pictures”. This track reaches a higher echelon of musical artistry. It’s a throwback to the classic psychedelic sound, but it’s so rich in its simplicity that it’s deceptive with just one listen.

This EP sincerely has no flaws and it certainly is a few levels up from the current competition. This is 2017 and there aren’t many bands out there that can run with Them Animals. They’re probably all too busy setting up the latest studio hardware or out purchasing the trendiest DAWs, to spend time messing about with noisy instruments and writing songs…

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Tom Connan: “Beautiful Day” – gorgeous, joyous music, and full of life! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tom-connan-beautiful-day-gorgeous-joyous-music-full-life http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tom-connan-beautiful-day-gorgeous-joyous-music-full-life#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:33:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29565 French singer-songwriter Tom Connan first came into the limelight with his debut single, “You Didn’t Give Them A Chance”. The song which deals with the question of equality and all of its distasteful connotations, was picked by the press across Europe and the USA and went viral within a short period. This of course led […]

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French singer-songwriter Tom Connan first came into the limelight with his debut single, “You Didn’t Give Them A Chance”. The song which deals with the question of equality and all of its distasteful connotations, was picked by the press across Europe and the USA and went viral within a short period. This of course led to Connan coming up on the radars of talent agencies and music publishers. Eventually signed to the Copper Wolf talent agency, the singer has since launched his sophomore single, “Beautiful Day”, supported by a video clip directed by Jean-Michel Hua. The success of the single has led Tom Connan to drop a club remix version which has reached a stunning 500k views on YouTube. The video for this remix was directed by Abdel Cruz.

Yes, music is all subjective and everybody has an opinion, but I am a picky listener who is constantly in search of something that hits me in the spot, and for me, “Beautiful Day (Club Remix)” is simply perfect. Tom Connan and all of the resources he pulls together for his music, and especially this track simply works on many levels for me.

Through his music Connan expresses a whole lot of emotions a states of being – happy, sad, reflective, fun and at times a lushness that is a guilty pleasure. I’m a newcomer to this artist, and “Beautiful Day (Club Remix)” was a great introduction to his talents. If you are looking for a bit of a musical adventure, without the unpleasant surprises, I offer my highest recommendations here.

Tom Connan doesn’t do anything revolutionary other than take an earworm melody, uplifting and inspiring lyrics, and then mounts it atop an electronic soundscape that is loaded with exhilarating zest. The result is a mesmerizing, heartwarming, colorful, and an all-around enjoyable experience. It’s almost like a spiritual awakening in an electronic dance music format, which showcases great songwriting, more than competent musicianship, and impeccable production quality.

“Beautiful Day (Club Remix)” has a feel-good essence and will really make you want to jump up and groove with somebody. It is gorgeous, joyous music, and full of life. Connan likes to manipulate his music aesthetically. He makes sure that the sound is just right so that when you listen to it you drift away into a new space. Then, there is that other side of his music that makes you want to dance.

Once in a while you come across music that you feel relates to you and your situation in life and is kind of like a soundtrack for that phase. Tom Connan is very good at evoking emotion through his music. With “You Didn’t Give Them A Chance”, he sent out a very powerful message, now with “Beautiful Day (Club Remix)” he is igniting some passionately positive sentiments.

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Franco Esteve: “The Wait” interprets all the palpable anxieties of waiting http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/franco-esteve-wait-interprets-palpable-anxieties-waiting http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/franco-esteve-wait-interprets-palpable-anxieties-waiting#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 18:45:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29556 Let me start by saying I really enjoy Franco Esteve’s work. He is a master at using music to create colors and emotions for the soundtracks he has scored. He’s produced and directed commercials and music videos, but is best known for his work with The Doll Chronicles series of short films, particularly Consequence, The […]

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Let me start by saying I really enjoy Franco Esteve’s work. He is a master at using music to create colors and emotions for the soundtracks he has scored. He’s produced and directed commercials and music videos, but is best known for his work with The Doll Chronicles series of short films, particularly Consequence, The Doll Chronicles, which he produced and directed. He also composed the music for the series, for which he’s received accolades. Though his work is more focused on scoring for films Franco Esteve is not tied down to any one genre or style, and you might find him listening to Nine Inch Nails, Beethoven, Snoop Dogg, Led Zeppelin and John Barry to She Wants Revenge.

Franco Esteve

Franco Esteve

Born in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, Franco Esteve has had a multicultural upbringing throughout the United States and Europe. From an early age he developed talents in music and piano, as well as acting, later moving towards other areas such production, photography, design, and film. In between his more formal commitments Franco finds time to compose pieces of music which interpret specific thoughts and experiences that intrigue his intellect or afflict his emotions.

Towards the end of 2016 he released the critically acclaimed musical composition, “Quicksand” which reflected the ups and downs we experience in everyday life. Where we find ourselves sinking deeper and deeper, the more we struggle. Now Franco Esteve has worked on a new theme that has plagued his mind – Insomnia. “The Wait” is a classical style piece of music that reflects waiting and anticipation. “It was written out of insomnia and the constant incapacity to sleep,” says Esteve. “It’s something I have personally struggled with throughout my life, and I admit a lot of my ideas flow from those hours fighting with it.”

Franco Esteve

Franco Esteve

There has never been a time when human beings enjoyed waiting. Perhaps there was a time when we had a much greater capacity to wait, but that doesn’t mean that waiting was ever a positive experience. The problem, or reality, is that life requires a lot of waiting. And waiting brings anxiety. At the same time though anything that requires growth, also requires waiting. This principle applies especially to the soul. Inner transformation, development, growth, integration, consciousness, and creativity take time. We need to wait for all of that to eventually happen.

Waiting is the canvas of our consciousness. Franco Esteve captures that consciousness as it is working, contemplating, mixing the hues and tones of our mood and attitude with time ticking away, and incarnated here by the pizzicato playing of the violin. The horns, violins and cellos all cover our insides with strokes of hope and despair, sketching the unknown, at once with dark apprehension, and then coloring it with anticipation.

Our souls are bared as we wait, and what it shows depend on what it is carrying within itself – what it reflects upon, connects with, questions, contemplates, imagines, feels, and loves, or hates. Franco Esteve’s “The Wait” perfectly interprets all these palpable anxieties of waiting. Esteve has been a storyteller throughout his career and he certainly displays that extraordinary quality with this great piece of music.

Streaming links:
iTunes: https://goo.gl/M2EN4c
Spotify: https://goo.gl/WWbdpc
CDBaby: https://goo.gl/QMz7ya
Apple Music: https://itun.es/us/qU01jb
Deezer: https://goo.gl/72keko
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2syzCRc
Google Play: https://goo.gl/RCgjN7
Tidal: https://goo.gl/PN4Q6s

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Official Website: http://www.francoesteve.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seefrancoesteve
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FrancoEsteve
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Strange Theories: “Wiped Out” catches your attention from the start http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/strange-theories-wiped-catches-attention-start http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/strange-theories-wiped-catches-attention-start#respond Sat, 12 Aug 2017 16:32:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29551 Strange Theories is four-piece rock group from Lafayette, LA, formed in 2015. The band has built up a loyal following in the South Louisiana region and now have their sights set on national and international recognition. Their brand new single, “Wiped Out”, is the first step in gaining that kind of attention. There are so […]

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Strange Theories is four-piece rock group from Lafayette, LA, formed in 2015. The band has built up a loyal following in the South Louisiana region and now have their sights set on national and international recognition. Their brand new single, “Wiped Out”, is the first step in gaining that kind of attention. There are so many things right with this single and its production that I don’t know where to start. First off, I think that Gabe, the lead vocalist for the band, has such an incredible tone that catches your attention from the start and never lets it wander.

Next, the band itself puts forth instrumentation that is great all on its own. Also, the track is the fusion of modern alternative rock and plain old catchy pop, which makes it really interesting. Together this exciting and slightly addicting mix keep your ears glued from start to finish.

I’m always looking for new bands to fall for, and I was immediately hooked by this song, both musically and lyrically. This is very different than what I usually listen to, so I was surprised at myself for liking it so much. Now understand that I’m new to Strange Theories, but I totally dig it. I’ve been playing this single for days now, I can’t seem to stop… and the weird thing is, I don’t want to either.

This band proves once again, if still necessary, that you don’t have to be totally groundbreaking, or wildly experimental to captivate audiences. Sometimes you can just take the ordinary bits in music and make it into something extraordinary, by the sheer power of peerless execution.

Strange Theories, with “Wiped Out”, take a really good song and turn it into a totally great song. There are no wasted gimmickry or overblown production, they stick to the basics of a clean arrangement and a strong melody garnished with lush harmony and warm instrumentation.

Parker Ardoin (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Lane Foreman (Drums, Backing Vocals), Gabe Broussard (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard) and Stephan Palumbo (Bass), go ahead and tear down all the preening and pomposity embedded into some instances of this genre. The band’s sonic palette seems to be void of excess.

It’s a song that’s ostensibly about growing up and out of a romantic relationship. It’s soulful, penetrating and addictive. I really think this track will catch a new audience, like it caught me. What Strange Theories have made with “Wiped Out” is a body of work that sounds effortless and sophisticated. Who knows where they’ll go from here!

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bando bando: “no luv” presents an eclectic creative figure! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bando-bando-no-luv-presents-eclectic-creative-figure http://jamsphere.com/reviews/bando-bando-no-luv-presents-eclectic-creative-figure#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 20:39:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29538 21 year old Canadian, bando bando, is in a collective with 2D DeadRose & lil dog bowl called “fromthecold”. An aspiring jewelry designer, digital artist, potential social media mogul, and music artist, bando bando has dropped the single, “no luv”. I’ve always gravitated toward artists whose creativity and personality sometimes outweighs their technical precision. That’s […]

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21 year old Canadian, bando bando, is in a collective with 2D DeadRose & lil dog bowl called “fromthecold”. An aspiring jewelry designer, digital artist, potential social media mogul, and music artist, bando bando has dropped the single, “no luv”. I’ve always gravitated toward artists whose creativity and personality sometimes outweighs their technical precision. That’s not to say I like goofy artists who can barely string a sentence or put a musical composition together, but music is about the feeling you get from it. I appreciate both sides of the coin, but for an art form that has so much creative room, I’m always drawn to the song I can nod my head along to and appreciate the audacity of whoever is performing it. That’s why I love bando bando. He’s doing his own thing, and he’s calling it ‘emotional durag music’. F*cking love it!

The song “no luv” is done in a kind of sing-song way, where bando bando is half rapping and half sticking to a singalong reggae-meets-trap melody. Of course he totally kills it with a heavy accent and English street poetry that reads: “she wan fucc me now cuz i been flessed up (been flessed up) / off a lot at once an now im messed up (im messed up) / Im a real finessa finessed ya depressed but still i ran my check up / pussy boi dat aint no chain das a necklace”. Now how can you not find that entertaining!

There are moments of genius here, but I’ll leave you to find them. Suffice to say that bando bando sounds like an extremely high extraterrestrial, seemingly without a filter and carrying in his eclectic dome a wealth of knowledge, and a ton of obscure tongue in cheek experiences.

The moments when his quaint personality and off-kilter lyrical maneuverability are the focal points is when the track is at its best – “cook they food like aunt june (ouu), gucci on ma undaroos (ouu), bando bando who you, she skrechin out deem lulus, take yo booo an woohooo, like she neva knew you (nah nah)” – get what I mean?

bando bando revels in describing everything he sees, smells, tastes, smokes, touches, fucks – just about every sensation that doesn’t require you to think…but directly enjoy. Once you get a hang of the melody, lyrics, and style, you’re going to dig this.

Anyone concerned that the music scene is currently lacking in eclectic creative figures who work totally out of the box and garnish their sound with artistically challenging ideas can now rest easy. One of the more eccentric figures to emerge in recent years, bando bando is single-handedly filling that void!

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Three60 and Stoley1st: “Tipsy Master_1” is the third single off of the upcoming mixtape “Untold Storyz” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/three60-stoley1st-tipsy-master_1-third-single-off-upcoming-mixtape-untold-storyz http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/three60-stoley1st-tipsy-master_1-third-single-off-upcoming-mixtape-untold-storyz#respond Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:17:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29510 “Tipsy Master_1” is the third single off of the upcoming mixtape “Untold Storyz”. This is a collaboration project with Three60 and Stoley1st who are also two thirds of the founding team that initiated ABC (All Bout Cash) Ent. The project is loaded with features including ClassicGenius, and mixing and mastering done by head engineer @atgrox […]

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“Tipsy Master_1” is the third single off of the upcoming mixtape “Untold Storyz”. This is a collaboration project with Three60 and Stoley1st who are also two thirds of the founding team that initiated ABC (All Bout Cash) Ent. The project is loaded with features including ClassicGenius, and mixing and mastering done by head engineer @atgrox and as well as their lead artist @11vox11 on a track. Three60 was signed to an independent deal in 2011 and his music has made it to many different major sites since. This is the 4th project coming from the ABC label, with more on the way.  First “Cash”, then “Thug Waffle”, and now this…. Three60 has yet to let me down. I’m not a di*k rider or anything, I just have a great appreciation for rap, and artists who contain core fundamentals of hip hop. This track not only sends a message, but it doesn’t push it so much to the point where you don’t want to listen. Overall, in my opinion, it is a very well executed track that I would highly recommend.

Three60 (and consequentially ABC for that matter) is building a nice catalog just like other more talked about rappers but more quietly. I have played this one multiple times and keep wanting to play it. That is a good sign of its replay value for me. The track is positive with an old school vibe but not preachy or forced.

The production is more percussive and eclectic on this one than his previous releases. One thing Three60 has over many of his peers for me is his growth lyrically and his flow. Actually to be honest, both Three60 and Stoley1st forge excellent deliveries here. The two switch and blend like time travelers from a forgotten era who want to bring ancient flavor to the present.

“Tipsy Master_1” is nostalgic, yet still fresh; Three60 and Stoley1st draw from ghosts years before their time and do it with an excellence that will be immediately revered by their peers. They are independent prodigies with the potential to be diamonds shining in the hip-hop jungle.

They meet the criteria for all those crying for real hip-hop: capable wordsmiths, conscious lyricists, meaningful concepts, on point beats, and barely any trace of outside influence.

Three60 doesn’t bring catchy jingles or gimmicks to hip-hop, he brings bars, and that is enough to create a following around him and his ABC (All Bout Cash) Ent conglomerate. In him the industry can see a refreshing artist with a mighty pen and plenty room to grow.

Three60 has found his niche as a rhyme-slayer who wants to be seen as a great artist and not a temporary hit maker. He has stayed indie and built a team bringing in people who share his passion for greatness and consistently feeds a growing fan base with raw raps and intricate records.

Skill and talent can keep an artist afloat, but being able to adapt without following the leader allows an artist to truly flourish without losing the essence that make them what they are.

“Tipsy Master_1” is the next stage in Three60’s career, and “Untold Storyz” will no doubt be a mixtape that defines who he is today. From afar, we’ve watched him grow with promise while exploring new avenues in his artistry. I’m hoping for a progressive mixtape, one that shows an artist not stagnant but courageous enough to take things to the next level. I already know, as proved many times before, that Three60 won’t let me down!

Check out the team on Instagram: @thisisthree60 @yung_dirty_bastard @atgrox and @11vox11.

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Lexisugar: “The Journey” – virtuosity and versatility on either side of the board http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lexisugar-journey-virtuosity-versatility-either-side-board http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lexisugar-journey-virtuosity-versatility-either-side-board#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:05:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29432 Currently there are many names bigger than Lexisugar when it comes to R&B and Soul mass acclamation. This may be because the Nigerian born record producer, audio engineer, musician, singer, songwriter, music consultant and owner of LexiSugar music group, has been working behind the lines, creating instrumentals and soundtracks for artists, movies and TV shows, […]

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Currently there are many names bigger than Lexisugar when it comes to R&B and Soul mass acclamation. This may be because the Nigerian born record producer, audio engineer, musician, singer, songwriter, music consultant and owner of LexiSugar music group, has been working behind the lines, creating instrumentals and soundtracks for artists, movies and TV shows, as well as mixing and mastering records for various clients. It may be that he has had a better handle on staying out of the news than most of his peers, because he is certainly better at his job than most. However no need to fuss and fret, Lexisugar – the graduate of Covenant University Nigeria and Career Recording Connection New York – is going to grab your attention with his new album “The Journey”.

It’s easy to see that a lot of care went into the making of this album. Lexisugar also collaborated with acts like House Studio’s Manny Wellz, Nigerian based soul singer Isaac Gerarlds, as well as T.Nayah, Jisola and Todi to bring more variety and depth to the recording. Along the way he has concocted a jazz-inspired sound that is extravagant without feeling over the top.

There’s hardly a wasted moment to be found on this album. The instrumentation of horns, percussion, guitars, pianos and of course, Lexisugar’s distinctive bass playing, works throughout the record as a great complement to the smooth soulful vocals supplied by Lexisugar and his featured guests.

While some R&B singers can get by on the strength of their voices alone, Lexisugar puts in the extra effort to stand out. He knows how to play to his strengths, and on this album in particular he is really able to reel it in. These songs are carefully crafted exclusively to his fitting, and no one else could satisfy as a substitute.

Lexisugar avoids the usual R&B vocal theatrics, but performs with so much unforced and understated soul and passion that it really is moving. His performances are a felicitous juxtaposition to that of his features.

“The Journey” is focused and consistent. Lexisugar hits the sweet spot and sticks mostly to what works for him, which is slow to mid-tempo odes to love. One thing that will separate Lexisugar from the average R&B composer and crooner is his ability to appeal to listeners who wouldn’t normally find themselves checking into the genre.

His experimentation with different sounds and styles makes his work accessible to just about any fan of music. Theirs is no space for any filler on “The Journey”, as the album is concise. It’s just packed with 7 quality tracks.

Lexisugar captures the intimacy of the R&B, Soul and Jazz genres without sacrificing the core music, which keeps it interesting for everyone. Whether you’ve fallen victim to the sentimental season in your lifer or you’re simply looking for some good music, “The Journey” can be your album.

And it becomes such right from the soulful “All My Love”, which follows the “Intro” track. And the sequences of songs that follow are all stunners that show Lexisugar’s virtuosity and versatility on either side of the board.

The title track, “The Journey” ft. Isaac Gerarlds, harkens back to the days of Marvin Gaye as the rhythm swings steadily and the vocals ring out clear as a bell through its octaves. With a slow and subtle reggae beat “How I Feel” feat. T. Nayah is nothing sort of captivating.

On “One Minute”, Lexisugar croons his devotion, while “I do” feat. Jisola is an uplifting love pledge with its progressive use of chord changes and the duet’s interchanging vocals.

Another track that shines above the rest is the album closer “Count on me” feat. Mannywellz and Todi, which finds its strength in its mainstream urban beat and the variety of appealing vocals present in the arrangement.

All-in-all, Lexisugar showcases his talents on “The Journey” while showing everyone what true R&B and Soul music is about. It’s not the voice, and it’s not the sound. This music is about sharing the core of who you are. And this is who Lexisugar is…so far…

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Green Light Silhouette: “The Mind Suggests Less Knowing” sneaks up on you! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/green-light-silhouette-mind-suggests-less-knowing-sneaks http://jamsphere.com/reviews/green-light-silhouette-mind-suggests-less-knowing-sneaks#respond Sun, 16 Jul 2017 17:06:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29427 Green Light Silhouette is a group with influences ranging from Alt/Rock to Folk, Hardcore/Punk and everything in between. Loaded with members coming from other bands they put this project together because they all have the same passion for creating music. Green Light Silhouette currently is Neal Mckenzie (Vocals, Guitar), Nick Yanez (Lead Guitar), Ryan Macauley […]

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Green Light Silhouette is a group with influences ranging from Alt/Rock to Folk, Hardcore/Punk and everything in between. Loaded with members coming from other bands they put this project together because they all have the same passion for creating music. Green Light Silhouette currently is Neal Mckenzie (Vocals, Guitar), Nick Yanez (Lead Guitar), Ryan Macauley (Bass, Vocals, Synth) and Joel Heun (Drums). Rock music is the art of feeling weightless. It’s about shaking yourself free of the burden, the obligation, the ball-and-chain boredom of modern life. About how three-chords and a melody can make the bad stuff seem less bad. Less powerful. Less likely to swallow you up. It’s made for drunken dancing, slurred singing, being with your friends and enjoying life despite what it does to you. And Green Light Silhouette easily fills part of that soundtrack with their album “The Mind Suggests Less Knowing”.

These days, it’s commonplace for young bands to not fully live up to their potential, as they aim too high, trying way too hard to impress, but anyone who dismisses Green Light Silhouette’s new album after just one listen is seriously mistaken. On the new full-length album consisting of 10 tracks, the band sounds like one with plenty of touring experience, with lots of musical ideas, and maturity.

All their most defining characteristics are brought to the fore – the highly melodic vocals, the creative drumming, the understated, yet highly effective basslines, and the guitars that share impeccable, licks and riffs. It’s what the band does with those ingredients that makes this album a superior one.

“The Mind Suggests Less Knowing” is loaded with nifty little touches, accents that give it more color. There’s the slinky, chiming guitar-infused opening in “Drifting”, the juxtaposition of the vocal harmonies and crunchy overdriven guitars on “Walk Away”.

There’s the off-kilter bass in the epic sounding “Let Them Starve”, or the wall of guitars and forceful drumming on “You”. The deliciously catchy angular guitars that gets in your head and won’t ever leave in the title track “The Mind Suggests Less Knowing”. The high speed punk of “Alderaan”.

You can hear the hint of Latin rhythm in “Charmed Life”, which also boasts a terrific guitar line and a shuffling chorus.  “Particle Fog” is pure, buoyant energy which is driven by the drums and guitar work, while “Hammer Away” divides it’s time between both acoustic and electric guitar dominated passages and tons of vocal harmony.

There’s so much musical depth in this album that it makes many of the bands contemporary’s sound stale in comparison. Which is weird considering that Green Light Silhouette sometimes lean on retro influences (knowingly or not).

Many of the songs often reiterate how good these guys are at composing uncomplicated, contagious pop hooks time and again, right inside their alternative rock arrangements. The melodic vocals and lush harmonies are obviously a focal point of the band’s sound, and on this album, prove their worth.

You can also hear a sense of world-weariness in their songs. “The Mind Suggests Less Knowing” doesn’t bowl you over, as much as it sneaks up on you. It’s a sly piece of work, an album that niggles its way into your brain with each repeated listen. This album is remarkably controlled, focused, and devilishly smart. And it sure as hell delivers some thrills along the way.

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TheKunig: “Urban Album” skillfully blends hip-hop, electronic, and jazz music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/thekunig-urban-album-skillfully-blends-hip-hop-electronic-jazz-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/thekunig-urban-album-skillfully-blends-hip-hop-electronic-jazz-music#respond Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:14:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29421 Featured many times on BBC Introducing and as well as on BBC Radio 6, TheKunig’s music has also been played regularly on radio stations across the globe. TheKunig skillfully combines jazz, synth sounds, samples, his own vocals and those of talented featured singers into very smooth and groovy compositions that are as alluring to the dancefloor as […]

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Featured many times on BBC Introducing and as well as on BBC Radio 6, TheKunig’s music has also been played regularly on radio stations across the globe. TheKunig skillfully combines jazz, synth sounds, samples, his own vocals and those of talented featured singers into very smooth and groovy compositions that are as alluring to the dancefloor as they are to a set of headphones. Rap music is not generally equated with atmosphere and transcendence, but TheKunig provides a great example of how rap can be just as otherworldly as other genres. He provides the experience on tracks such as “What?” and “From Lovers To”.

“Urban Album” is TheKunig’s most accessible album, but it is also his weirdest. The album is 10 + 1 bonus tracks of jazz infused electronics that create a dense and unique atmosphere. The album has many standout songs and provides one of the most unusual listening experiences of the year. TheKunig jumps from style to style within his electronic jazz core sound while creating the most colorfully vibrant chillout-ambient album that I have heard this year. This album can best be described as an experience.

The reason why TheKunig is who and where he is today is because he has never been afraid to do things differently. The fact that albums like this exists at all is testament to TheKunig perseverance, raw talent, and prophetic direction with which he steers his music to the richest musical waters; plucking out those worth bringing along on his musical voyage and creating records greater than the sum of their parts. More than any other recording before it, “Urban Album” feels like a milestone in the music of TheKunig.

The musical polymath who flits so lightly between jazz, electronica, hip-hop and ambient as to render the boundaries indeterminable, has cast his net even wider on this album, as he moves from the urban beat of “Droplets of Faith” to the surreal soul beauty of “Testify” and the retro swing of “Timeless Boundaries”. In between you’ll also find mainstream standouts like “No Glory” and “The Birthday Party” and the funky “Drive Me Crazy”.

There’s always been a sense that TheKunig was stretching for a new musical vernacular, one that would continue the lineage of his free jazz elements into new worlds. This album suggests he might have found it. As each song merges into the next, as one style succeeds another, the sensation is that of being in an urban dream.

To accomplish that transcendence, TheKunig implements the tricks of handfuls of different musical languages. Sometimes it’s the ecstatic energy of hard bop, other times the slow sway of astral ambient, and even others the communal hooks of hip-hop. Sections of the album verge on the mystical while others pulse with the visceral.

This is a TheKunig album, which means the number of musical stones he leaves unturned is negligible and the amount of emotion coursing through the album’s veins is immeasurable. TheKunig doesn’t play well in the grey area, because he understands that to be grey is to compromise. With the “Urban Album” he has composed one of this year’s most likeable albums and blended hip-hop, electronic, and jazz music more skillfully than many before him.

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Ricardo Padua: “Endless” – carving out his own artistic ambitions! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ricardo-padua-endless-carving-artistic-ambitions http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ricardo-padua-endless-carving-artistic-ambitions#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 01:00:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29392 Ricardo Padua Ramirez’ music consists of tasteful, typical, sophisticated and detailed pop music. Obviously his new single “Endless” is the most poppy and catchy. Ricardo who has infused the track with enticing EDM elements does a wonderful job on lead vocals and harmonies and makes the track all the more listenable. The simple heartfelt lyrics […]

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Ricardo Padua Ramirez’ music consists of tasteful, typical, sophisticated and detailed pop music. Obviously his new single “Endless” is the most poppy and catchy. Ricardo who has infused the track with enticing EDM elements does a wonderful job on lead vocals and harmonies and makes the track all the more listenable. The simple heartfelt lyrics and catchy melody will allow it to easily get radio plays and get stuck in many heads. Ricardo Padua, a 24 year-old musician, record producer, composer, songwriter, arranger and music executive, has managed to blend dance club vibes with R&B — and of course, a healthy dose of pop — to create a sound that’s all his own.

Ricardo has also done many releases via YouTube that feature covers of his influences and favorites, but the President and CEO of BlueSky Entertainment has grown as an artist in a way that is remarkable, and his new mainstream release, is a fully polished product.

It is infectious, gorgeous, and totally wonderful. We were instantly smitten with this track when we first heard it in the office and we’ve been playing it nonstop ever since.

“Endless” is a sweet talking love song that tells someone how important they are, so it makes sense that it resonates with many people too. Ricardo channels his feelings into this gorgeously understated track. This perfectly showcases his soothing vocals, while the synths and percussion add a welcome ‘club-feel’ dimension to the song.

Ricardo Padua has arrived, with his very own single ready to take on the world, but he has not only been working on this thing like you wouldn’t believe, he has been writing some stuff, and producing some stuff, and even been called up to see if he had a little free time to write songs for people like Selena Gomez and Nicki Minaj.

And as a full-length presentation of the man’s creative commitments, he has been shortlisted for the GRAMMY® Awards on several occasions and his latest album “Sounds Like Me” debuted on the Top 200 charts from iTunes Mexico. “Endless” is the kind of pure pop wholly appropriate for a clear-voiced Mr. Nice Guy who is carving out his own artistic ambitions.

As Ricardo maneuvers his way through the music industry, he continues in trying to find more solid sounds he wants to be known for. But as for now, he is one of those special artists in our generation that gives us the perfect intersection between the catchy tunes of pop and the feel-good melodies of R&B with the electronic rhythms of EDM. Ricardo Padua is definitely getting ready to make his mark in 2017.

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DabriaLive Records Presents: Lynette Santos – “#ThemJeans” – fluid vocals http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dabrialive-records-presents-lynette-santos-themjeans-fluid-vocals http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dabrialive-records-presents-lynette-santos-themjeans-fluid-vocals#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:17:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29373 Based out of the Philippines, the label DabriaLive Records started out as Dabria in 2011 as a duet of Anette Mendoza and Dalia Barrera, managed by Rick and Marilou Shurn. In their attempt to accomplish the difficult task of getting the girls visas and introducing them to the USA market, a whole new world opened […]

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Based out of the Philippines, the label DabriaLive Records started out as Dabria in 2011 as a duet of Anette Mendoza and Dalia Barrera, managed by Rick and Marilou Shurn. In their attempt to accomplish the difficult task of getting the girls visas and introducing them to the USA market, a whole new world opened up for the collective, which prompted them to launch the DabriaLive Production Group. Soon they began scouting and signing up new talent. The next step required them to step up production quality, which meant they turned into a full production record label, with their music being made in house. Along their journey of growth, DabriaLive Records signed Kaylah Marin, the songwriter of “#ThemJeans”, and followed that up with the 18 year old songstress Lynette Santos, who would ultimately cut this song as a single.

Lynette Santos was first discovered by DabriaLive Records when she sang at a birthday party while she was 16 years old. Two years later she was in the studio, without any previous experience, recording the lead vocals for “#ThemJeans”, which she completed in under 2 hours.

Lynette has one of the more capable voices in contemporary pop, a clean image, far-reaching charisma, and an ability to take a song she didn’t write and find a way to imbue her own interpretive instincts into the mix. Lynette’s vocals mesh perfectly with the Dabria made beat – the percussive pop style, accentuating the confident, fluid vocals.

Everything to like about Lynette Santos is here in large quantities, and it’s all filtered through her sweet disposition. No pop record can be great without some smart nuancing, and there’s plenty of it to go around here. Take, for example, the carefully placed backing vocals and the stream of driving percussion.

This renders the track a particularly vivacious and rewarding listen even through headphones. With its pulsating beat and swirling electronic composition, it proves to be an infectious piece of ear candy. The song maintains a steady flow of power as it moves between verse and chorus, resounding with Lynette’s melodic voice.

It’s easy to think that if Lynette Santos could put out an album that consistently captured the best of her talents, like those shown on this single, that record might be enough to help her and DabriaLive Records to aspire to one of the many thrones of commercial dominance in pop music. In the meantime “#ThemJeans” should be good enough to keep that dream alive.

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