Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:36:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Miss Money: “Mrs. Parker” is delivered with infectious force http://jamsphere.com/reviews/miss-money-mrs-parker-is-delivered-with-infectious-force http://jamsphere.com/reviews/miss-money-mrs-parker-is-delivered-with-infectious-force#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:24:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35635 Award-winning artist Miss Money has worked with major league artists and labels. Her music video for “On the Nephs” aired on BET, MTV and played on major stations in Africa. Her song “tFone” features Boosie Badazz. Miss Money has also headlined shows with artists such as Dej Loaf, Young MA, Boosie Badazz, Jadakiss, Cardi B, […]

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Award-winning artist Miss Money has worked with major league artists and labels. Her music video for “On the Nephs” aired on BET, MTV and played on major stations in Africa. Her song “tFone” features Boosie Badazz. Miss Money has also headlined shows with artists such as Dej Loaf, Young MA, Boosie Badazz, Jadakiss, Cardi B, Da Babay, Jimmy Wopo and Wiz Khalifa. The Pittsburgh rapper started a RICH CHICKZ movement which was inspired by her music and clothing. Miss Money is currently pushing her latest single “Mrs. Parker” produced by Stevie Beats. It has an awesome, crisp dancehall-flavored beat with smart sexy lyrics, offering a sensual yet fresh twist on hip hop. She peaks into emotions and feelings of hers that all of us have and she’s just laying it out there for everyone, while keeping it real.

“Mrs. Parker” is vulnerable and ferocious, lewd and witty, with blunt-force charisma and more range than anyone has any right to expect. The song is delivered with infectious force. Miss Money shows off focus and brevity.

She is vivid and startling, and hell-bent on not wasting even a second of your time. What makes “Mrs. Parker” even more impressive is that it never drags, never settles, and never dilutes the rapper’s exuberant vibe. Every verse on the track matters to her, and she lets you know it.

It’s also a perfect pop song, the way it ping-pongs from well-worn catchy clichés to razor-sharp wittiness. But the way Miss Money herself handles the chorus of “Mrs. Parker” is what sticks with you, as she digs into the sing-song groove: “Now do your thing, thing, do your thing, thing, do your thing, thing, do it.”

And when she jumps back onto the verse, it’s her impressively catchy flow that captures everything that Miss Money is praised for — her punchlines, her delivery and her personality. This is a sexy passion-loaded female empowerment anthem that spares no lyrical excess in its over three minute run time.

“Mrs. Parker” shows off Miss Money’s best qualities and makes a point that she has nothing to hide. Here she takes control of her sentiments, her desires, her sexuality, and control of her sound.

This would normally be cataloged under the overused rap tropes department, but this track makes a seemingly recognizable narrative feel fresh, mainly because of Miss Money’s uniquely female perspective. The track lays out the artist’s personal narrative while also proving her to be a deeper, more diverse talent than she’s previously let on.

With its Caribbean groove, the effervescent “Mrs. Parker” is deeply connected to Miss Money’s personal essence; the song presents an artist confident enough to expand her sound but smart enough, not to drift too far from her wheelhouse.

All the while, Miss Money’s explosive personality translates flawlessly into confidence-saturated rhymes. This track will undoubtedly be heard all summer in crowded clubs. Miss Money’s song will radiate through the hearts of infatuated lovers everywhere.

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A&L: “So Sorry” even more aptitude and passion than ever before! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/al-so-sorry-even-more-aptitude-and-passion-than-ever-before http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/al-so-sorry-even-more-aptitude-and-passion-than-ever-before#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:41:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35619 “So Sorry” is the 10th single release by the two seasoned industry professionals – Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie, better known as the chart-topping indie outfit A&L.  “After the success of our last single We Are Love, which was a ballad, we wanted to get back to our aggressive roots,” says Casuccio, the Grammy nominated […]

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“So Sorry” is the 10th single release by the two seasoned industry professionals – Anthony Casuccio and Lana Marie, better known as the chart-topping indie outfit A&L.  “After the success of our last single We Are Love, which was a ballad, we wanted to get back to our aggressive roots,” says Casuccio, the Grammy nominated engineer who powers the production behind A&L. The track channels the anger and realization that you are being played by a new lover. The powerhouse performance of the other half of A&L, Lana Marie, is a call to action and a warning to all players out there: “You break my heart, you better sleep with one eye open. You screwed with the wrong woman.” Adding to the success of A&L is Rich Smith who has been behind the drum kit since A&L’s 3rd release, Smith is a hard-hitting rock drummer who always puts song writing and band chemistry first. Another element that contributes to the A&L sound, is Matt Sunick, whose bass playing has been influenced by progressive roots. Matt gives A&L the groove and feel that they always strive to achieve.

Though rock music can often times be found stale from an over-saturated market and radio, A&L brings that rough around the edges live take urgency to the sound. “So Sorry” is a hard hitting song that showcases grand all-round musicianship, Anthony Casuccio’s screaming angular guitar work, and extraordinary vocal work by Lana Marie. Her burning and persuasive vocals will leave a haunting echo in listeners’ hearts, as she sings both confrontational and unapologetic lyrics over smashing drums and dirty guitars.

The melody driven groove gets retained in your mind long after listening. The idea that rock and roll is dead obviously isn’t known to A&L, “So Sorry” is proof that rock music with intelligence and emotion is not only plausible, but executable.

Lana is a stand out singer and front runner, offering the perfect blend of classic pop-rock vocals with rough around the edges snarling. She’s confident, driven and a talented artist that only helps to push the pleasantries of the band’s music.

Casuccio makes sure that the production quality is top notch on “So Sorry”. The sound is captured on all vocals and instruments, with great tone and appropriate frequency extension. The mix is artful with all elements being audible and aurally easy to follow.

The recording has tremendous punchiness too. The production achieves overall loudness, while staying within maximum headroom and not subtracting the music of any dynamic expression, by way of overdone compression. There is a vibrancy and honesty to this song – something heartfelt rather than manufactured.

“So Sorry” is an authentic rock track, and is unique to today’s Top 40-centered music scene. And even though there is plenty of rockin’ going on, A&L understand that most great songs rely on having something easily accessible to win people over.

So Lana makes sure the lead melody is highly identifiable, while the guitars are heavier, the bass is thumping, and the drumming is impeccable. Yes, A&L are back again, with even more aptitude and passion than ever before!

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“New Road Home” – The perfect continuation of Deborah Berg’s craft http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/new-road-home-the-perfect-continuation-of-deborah-bergs-craft http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/new-road-home-the-perfect-continuation-of-deborah-bergs-craft#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:46:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35591 An official Martin Guitar and Sennheiser endorsed artist, Deborah Berg is a performing songwriter and teacher with a 38-year musical career under her belt. Recorded at Grand Street Recording (Brooklyn, NY) with producer Ken Rich and mastered at Sterling Sound (New York, NY), her latest release “New Road Home”, (2019) is Deborah Berg’s third solo […]

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An official Martin Guitar and Sennheiser endorsed artist, Deborah Berg is a performing songwriter and teacher with a 38-year musical career under her belt. Recorded at Grand Street Recording (Brooklyn, NY) with producer Ken Rich and mastered at Sterling Sound (New York, NY), her latest release “New Road Home”, (2019) is Deborah Berg’s third solo album, and sixth album to date, including her work with Julian Marshall as the 80’s band Eye to Eye. “New Road Home” is a fresh breath of honeysuckle-scented air on a lovely spring breeze. It stands so far above the Bro and Bad-girl country clones that haunt the airwaves these days. Deborah’s voice is like an angel from heaven – clear, gentle, yet majestic, and pure as cascading waterfall.

The minute you set your ears on “Gamble Everything For Love”, you are surrounded by well-written melodies and expertly executed lyrics which reach into the audience’s likely experiences with love, hopes, dreams and everyday living. Deborah Berg and her backing band play like a well-honed machine.

They deftly trade solos and rhythm parts without ever getting in each other’s way, and they play with spectacular understated dynamics – knowing just how to bring tempo and volume up and down to underscore the songs, and allow Deborah’s spectacular voice to take center stage.

And she truly takes center stage on the minimalistic, mid-tempo “Meet Me In The Middle”. Deborah Berg could sing the Nashville phone book and it would be worth treasures untold. Here her voice is so powerfully nostalgic and full of steely-eyed beauty, as she wrings every scrap of available beauty out of the chorus with smooth confidence.

She does even better on the swampy “Sliver of a Moon” dropping into an edgier, and even more resonant tone. Deborah’s performance comes off as exhilarating, natural and blissfully unforced. In every instance, the track rises to the impossibly high bar set by its predecessors.

“Muddy Weather” breaks the somber mood with an upbeat rhythm and plenty of string instruments – strummed, plucked and pulled. Deborah provides an impeccably warm and sweet vocal as she locks into the pulse of the rhythm.

“Full Circle” is the kind of quality music one would expect from Deborah Berg after her years in the music business. Her voice has that nuanced, clear quality that makes one want to listen closely and hear every word. Alongside her the band weaves a mesmerizing palette of pastel colors that soothes the soul.

The featured single, “You’re Gone”, features dominant bass and a well-defined rhythm that marches forward at an energetic pace, intricately laced with perfectly matched harmonies and the accordion. Deborah’s voice adeptly dances as it finds its way through the verses, and then jumps out and grabs you and forces your attention.

Her only rival here being the violin, which is impeccably played to perfection here. “New Road Home” is everything a country, bluegrass, and roots record should strive to be. It never rests on its laurels and surprises the listener around every bend. Furthermore, it’s the perfect continuation of Deborah Berg’s craft and a worthy addition to any music collection.

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Tess Posner: “The Mask” – a stream of consciousness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tess-posner-the-mask-a-stream-of-consciousness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tess-posner-the-mask-a-stream-of-consciousness#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:19:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35565 Tess Posner is a singer-songwriter from Oakland, CA. Her latest project is the single “The Mask”. The vulnerable lyrics describe longing for authenticity and the fears that hold us back from being our true selves. Tess collaborated on “The Mask” with Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Sal Oliveri, while the vocals were tracked at the historic Hyde Street […]

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Tess Posner is a singer-songwriter from Oakland, CA. Her latest project is the single “The Mask”. The vulnerable lyrics describe longing for authenticity and the fears that hold us back from being our true selves. Tess collaborated on “The Mask” with Grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Sal Oliveri, while the vocals were tracked at the historic Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco, CA. Tess will be promoting the single with several live performances. Have you ever felt like you almost missed out on something wonderful, so then you feel extremely blessed to have it, and want to shout out to the world hey look what I found? Well this is it. Tess Posner is an absolute delight to listen to. She has a very soulful and haunting voice, while the song is beautiful, heartfelt, realistic, and distinctive.

Sounding poised and seasoned, upon initial listen it’s clear Tess is ready to officially set her trail ablaze right out of the gate. Exceptionally written throughout, there isn’t too much or too little of anything on “The Mask”. Never trying too hard or not enough, Tess is so unlike her outwardly fame-seeking contemporaries.

With that said, what is refreshing about the single, is Tess Posner’s ability to convey her message exactly the way it is intended. Her musical appeal is entertaining, her narrative profound, but it is not forced.

“The Mask” arrives with a fully-formed concept, look, and sound, and showcases Poshner’s impressive versatility. Tess’ vocals reach their highest heights while the pulsating production has a deepness to it that creates the perfect contrast.

The song is perhaps better interpreted as a stream of consciousness from an artist who is, like you and me, just trying to make sense of a time that makes little sense. A time when we’re continually attracted to nurturing facades which satisfy social, cultural or environmental norms far removed from our true personal essence.

It’s a contradiction to the philosophy that should be guiding our lives, and Tess Posner lays its intricacies bare, as she sings: “Shake hands, fake smiles, meet eyes, Keep the world seemingly satisfied. I’m so comfortable in this disguise,” or further on: “Night creeps in, edges start wearing thin. But naked feels like a deadly sin. This uniform’s my second skin.”

Part of what is exciting about Tess as an artist is her willingness to explore themes beyond the surface to the point where many would be concerned with totally embracing the narrative. Which is made relatable by Tess’ vocals which are beautifully precise and confident.

“The Mask” is one of those tracks that you can leave on repeat and you will not get tired of it that easily. Lyrically and sound wise it is so strong and powerful that it really moves you Tess Posner is on fire showcasing the uniqueness of her voice and songwriting perfectly. When Tess is playing to her strengths, like she does here, there’s no stopping her.

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Ray Ryder: “Wasting Time” is getting ready to set the music landscape alight! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ray-ryder-wasting-time-is-getting-ready-to-set-the-music-landscape-alight http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ray-ryder-wasting-time-is-getting-ready-to-set-the-music-landscape-alight#respond Wed, 05 Jun 2019 21:27:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35551 Hailing from Western Australia, Ray Ryder has been writing, recording and touring his brand of southern country rock and country pop for years, delighting country music fans across the nation. A multi-instrumentalist, Ray has just released a brand new track, entitled “Wasting Time”.  Already on radio playlists, the track will be available for purchase via […]

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Hailing from Western Australia, Ray Ryder has been writing, recording and touring his brand of southern country rock and country pop for years, delighting country music fans across the nation. A multi-instrumentalist, Ray has just released a brand new track, entitled “Wasting Time”.  Already on radio playlists, the track will be available for purchase via all major online stores on the 28th of June 2019. In the grand scheme of things, Ray Ryder appears to be a guy who’s actually not a prima donna. Ray looks the part, writes his own songs, and sings them with passion and authority. Yet he comes across as nice to people and a real dude. At least that’s what I pick up from the outside looking in. Currently Ray is getting ready to set the music landscape alight with his latest release.

The song is a perfect marriage of production and vocals. And, make no mistake about it, vocals are one thing that Ray Ryder has in his favor. You get the feeling that no producer had to coach him to be Country or Southern rock.

Without a doubt, Ray’s voice sets him apart from much of the pack. As the genre adopts more and more boy band-esque vocalists, Ray’s mature southern rock croon offers a palate cleansing. There’s also certain believability in his music that lends itself to his overall success.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Ray Ryder’s career so far is his ability to have a catchy mainstream pop, country and rock world sound, while still having the allure of a complete outlier. The thing is Ray isn’t doing anything unheard of in his genre, he’s just doing it so much better than everyone else.

You’ll pick up this sensation after only a few bars into “Wasting Time”. This has the potential to be a real flyer on the charts. The fluidity of Ray’s voice paired with the rock guitars is so powerful you can’t help but get absorbed by the sound. The chorus is pure gold and embodies the new modern country concept, while there are just enough pop twists to hook and pull in any genre bystanders.

Ray Ryder is a powerhouse and you can never get too much of those fantastic vocals. He is one of those super humble acts that you just fall in love with from the very first note. Ray is a rising star you simply won’t be able to escape on the country rock music scene at the moment.

The production is sleek and polished on “Wasting Time”, the chorus is designed for radio. Country runs through Ray Ryder’s veins and there’s no posturing or affected accents here, just a phenomenally gifted singer that can span country and Southern rock with equal ease.

Ray’s music isn’t straight up traditional country, but it’s a rock infused country that delivers exactly what country music needs. Keep a watchful eye out for Ray Ryder as he continues to shape his multifaceted approach to his craft.

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Klef Mikaydo: “My System” exhibits exceptional energy, soulfulness, and swag http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/klef-mikaydo-my-system-exhibits-exceptional-energy-soulfulness-and-swag http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/klef-mikaydo-my-system-exhibits-exceptional-energy-soulfulness-and-swag#respond Sun, 02 Jun 2019 21:19:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35516 Californian urban contemporary standout, Klef Mikaydo, delivers another sensational, sensual effort on his highly-anticipated single, “My System”, which the first track off his upcoming EP. The R&B and Hip-hop, singer-songwriter and producer’s previous releases all reeked of superbly high quality, both in writing and production, and this new track sticks to the same shining quotients. […]

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Californian urban contemporary standout, Klef Mikaydo, delivers another sensational, sensual effort on his highly-anticipated single, “My System”, which the first track off his upcoming EP. The R&B and Hip-hop, singer-songwriter and producer’s previous releases all reeked of superbly high quality, both in writing and production, and this new track sticks to the same shining quotients.   “My System” begins with a bang, literally. The production is lush, rich in a variety of sounds.  This sound is clearly characteristic of Klef Mikaydo – eclectic and sexy through and through. Vocally, he delivers a complete, passionate, and soulful performance. The chorus provides an excellent lift, as Klef rides the beat like a champ. In addition to the awesome production work, the groove is a major selling point.

Vocally, Klef Mikaydo consistently exhibits exceptional energy, soulfulness, and swag. Artistically, he understands his musical identity and niche, continuing to excel without a doubt.  The smooth, soulful track benefits from snappy snare and hi-hat cues. Klef’s eclectic script is alive and well here.

“My System” is an instant eargasm, finding the artist growing animalistic in reference to his sexual desires. His vocals are steeped in the carnal, yielding one of his strongest and lustiest performances of his career yet.  Clearly, he’s being sexual to the ninth degree, but it’s all in the name of love.

Throughout the course of “My System”, Klef is outspoken, explicit and commanding, and clearly on autopilot.  Klef’s voice is like smooth cream being poured over strawberries, as he weaves deep romantic references between declarations of lust. Thematically, amplified by the accompanying music, this is more than a simple bedroom jam – it goes deeper.

Klef has matured so much as a songwriter; with both his bluntness and sensibility showcasing his strengths, as well as his vulnerabilities throughout the song. Oozing confidence, maturity, and self-awareness, the artist is not afraid to bare his soul and take a stand.

The lustful energy of “My System” allows Klef Mikaydo to be more explicit, yet more accessible and better than ever. Klef proves that we can acknowledge our relationship realities while still delving into the carnal heat of our respective fantasies.

Klef’s voice is so malleable that he can make the listener feel every emotion at once. He delivers the lyrics in a slightly off-kilter conversational way that makes the track unique, and undeniably his. “My System” is a track that looks inward and outward to move forward, and it does it with grace, wisdom, and a whole lot of sexiness.

How does Klef Mikaydo do it? How does he consistently top himself release after release? The multi-skilled R&B crooner’s latest release, “My System”, is his most intriguing and most excellent effort yet.

The production work is superb, the vocals top-rate, and the songwriting on-point. It’s no surprise that Klef Mikaydo is praised as one of the most interesting underground urban contemporary artists out there.

MORE ABOUT: Klef Mikaydo who previously went under the moniker G.Klef, writes and produces all of his works, which he releases through his independent label EliteStar Empire. The Californian artist who started to compose music at the age of 9 soon learned to play the drums and enhance his vocals. By middle school he had learned to play the tenor saxophone and trombone, and was soon introduced, via a friend, to software programs such as Fruity Loops and Reason, which offered him the essentials tools he needed to move his recording career ahead. From there we can witness his artist evolution on every subsequent release.

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Love Ghost: “Quiet Voices” – sonic sanguinity and lyrical self-awareness! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/love-ghost-quiet-voices-sonic-sanguinity-and-lyrical-self-awareness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/love-ghost-quiet-voices-sonic-sanguinity-and-lyrical-self-awareness#respond Sat, 01 Jun 2019 00:52:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35492 Love Ghost is back, and their latest single release, “Quiet Voices” is grand and focused, elegantly layered, delicate and dramatically impacting. The track, with lyrics written by Finnegan Bell (guitar and vocals), deals with self-doubt, jealousy and betrayal, and how the voices in your head can lead to self-destruction. Love Ghost is completed by members […]

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Love Ghost is back, and their latest single release, “Quiet Voices” is grand and focused, elegantly layered, delicate and dramatically impacting. The track, with lyrics written by Finnegan Bell (guitar and vocals), deals with self-doubt, jealousy and betrayal, and how the voices in your head can lead to self-destruction. Love Ghost is completed by members Mya Greene (Viola and Keyboard), Ryan Stevens (Bass and background vocals) and Samson Young (drums and background vocals). What really impressed me was how memorable it was for a once listen through, which also may say something about the density of this work. The band shows the concentration of craftsmen who delight in intricacy and a willingness to sling strictly personal narratives, expecting that listeners will engage with layers of emotion.

Love Ghost stint on curvaceous melodies, plush vocals and sweeping buildups, along with glimpses of heartache and echoes of a more sumptuous, more optimistic alt-rock future. “Quiet Voices” arrives and pushes its music further both inward and outward, toward the cryptic and toward the voluptuous.

Its secrets and anxieties are gorgeously wrapped in crunchy guitars, throbbing basslines, banging drums and bone-chilling Viola motifs. Love Ghost emphasizes its influences as they arrive full-bodied, and not attenuated by way of being indie.

“Quiet Voices” presents a rich wealth of melodic finesse, which, with its rhythmic flourishes and darkly harmonic twists and turns – makes for borderline grandstanding stuff. The shrewd shifts and almost-imperceptible tonal changes capture the band’s knack for exquisite chord changes that reward a keen ear.

Love Ghost have once more mined majesty from honoring the craft of the song, not to mention the profound air of alt-rock wanderlust that is forged when the rhythm and the melody bang heads, delivering many moments of brilliance that Love Ghost notch up at times to a realm of straight-up virtuosic finesse.

“Quiet Voices” has all the vibes and parts you’d expect—the jagged somnolence and oceanic swells, the bright, churning chords stabbing through the mannered rhythm like spikes. Throughout the record, the words are emotional pathways through which the melody travels from one sweep to the next.

They dive into a fuller sound that is still intricate, layered, and fit for playing arenas if they chose to. The comfort and familiarity Love Ghost has amassed by playing together pays off in spades as they tear through this complex arrangement, fully in step together. They weave their strengths together in a balance difficult to achieve and impressive to listen to.

Love Ghost are ready to rule the indie music world, infusing the world of alt-rock culture with their unique blend of sonic sanguinity and lyrical self-awareness. The quartet has an inimitable way of allowing their lyricism to complement their instruments, and vice versa.

Nothing is supplementary; the one would not wholly exist without the other. The group’s latest single, “Quiet Voices”, reintroduces the world to Love Ghost in a way that is cognizant, melodic, and achingly enchanting. It is a sweeping achievement for a band that has already achieved quite a bit throughout their brief career. “Quiet Voices” was produced by Carl Restivo (Tom Morello’s “The Atlas Underground”).

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Cherry Suede: “Rise” has all the potential to be a smash http://jamsphere.com/reviews/cherry-suede-rise-has-all-the-potential-to-be-a-smash http://jamsphere.com/reviews/cherry-suede-rise-has-all-the-potential-to-be-a-smash#respond Fri, 31 May 2019 14:28:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35488 Candian Rock band Cherry Suede has taken the UK by storm. Their first show at The Bedford, the legendary London music venue, sold out in less than 24 hours. During the course of playing over 3,000 live shows the band has developed a compelling signature sound. Cherry Suede’s latest release is “Rise”, a rallying call […]

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Candian Rock band Cherry Suede has taken the UK by storm. Their first show at The Bedford, the legendary London music venue, sold out in less than 24 hours. During the course of playing over 3,000 live shows the band has developed a compelling signature sound. Cherry Suede’s latest release is “Rise”, a rallying call to action to spur society to reach its highest potential. Never underestimate the power of classic rock with a message. Cherry Suede are riding their latest mount of visionary melodic rock into the summer.

This band possesses a lot of things. One of those things is a steaming mad groove. Then add in the full frontal bark from its lead singer and an appreciable set of playing chops from the rest of the band, and “Rise” is sure to prompt fan singalongs at the group’s live shows. A hard hitting track right off the bat and exactly what you’d expect, it is unrelenting, gritty and impacting.

Cherry Suede know how to write anthemic singles, and “Rise” has all the potential to be a smash. It has the melodic singalong chorus, an inflammable mid-tempo groove and the requisite screaming solo stick in the arrangement. The track is razor sharp with focused lyrics and a less than a 4 minute running time.

Listening to “Rise” works well to let off some steam, get in a solid workout, or crank up nice and loud as you’re cruising down the highway. This is an obvious snipe at the current state of the world. Right from the start, it’s a declaration of the band meaning business.

“Rise” is the kind of quality you’d expect from a band at this point in their career as they climb up touring posters and play sold out shows. This is the kind of track which justifies them staying at those lofty heights, if not pushing them even further. It’s this sort of quality which justifies their successful UK tour.

Delightfully heavy whilst paying attention to their melodic elements, this is peak Cherry Suede. This song is built for audiences of thousands to chant to and which will stay in band’s repertoire for years to come. Cherry Suede bring the heat, and the feel with “Rise”.

Cherry Suede have turned their adrenaline-fueled, relentless-swaggering riffs and rhythm, into an art form, and top them off with a huge, anthem-shaped chorus begging to be sung loud and proud. They’re also more than capable of delivering heartfelt and emotional lyrics.

“Rise” epitomizes everything that Cherry Suede embodies; the superb vocal abilities, the masterful instrumental collaboration, and the overall atmosphere that their music creates. This track might have you starting a mosh pit in your living room, so make sure the kids are out of harm’s way.

With the words ‘Rock Is Dead’ being trolled out left and right, Cherry Suede are rocking their way through the dirge to bring the genre, back to the forefront.

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Dr Ally K: “Up, Up & Away” – energetic and addicting, with substance! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dr-ally-k-up-up-away-energetic-and-addicting-with-substance http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dr-ally-k-up-up-away-energetic-and-addicting-with-substance#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 22:31:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35476 Real life happens; real music should result. But pop music’s claim to honest expression is often asterisked by the specter of commercial calculation. In a time when pop music feels so corporately manufactured and soulless it can be difficult to wade through the mud to find a diamond in the rough. Gold medal and award […]

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Real life happens; real music should result. But pop music’s claim to honest expression is often asterisked by the specter of commercial calculation. In a time when pop music feels so corporately manufactured and soulless it can be difficult to wade through the mud to find a diamond in the rough. Gold medal and award winning contemporary Urban Pop songstress, Dr Ally K, is doing her best to change that. A registered doctor (CFPC Specialist), she is an Ambassador for Autism Sings and a spokesperson for Shelter Movers. She also runs an Autism & Domestic Violence campaign to bring awareness to these issues. And she brings those themes right into the core of her music. Dr Ally K has written & recorded a song called ‘Monster’ about her slain friend, Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji, and domestic violence. The proceeds of the song – which will be released soon – are going to Elana’s family and charity of choice.

In the meantime Dr Ally K has released her acclaimed 6 track EP, entitled “Up, Up & Away”, produced by award-winning, Peter Linseman at his CCMA nominated recording studio, Music Mentor Productions. The music on the recording is uniformly crisp and tuneful, with many inventive touches weaved in by the sagaciously skilled hands of Linseman.

The EP is at its best when it uses its star’s distinctive and nostalgically flavored voice for moments of harmonic beauty. All-round it is an energetic and addicting, yet deceptively, lyrically profound collection of songs, which is a defining statement as to who Ally is as an artist.

Dr Ally K launches the EP with “The Best (Mean Girl)” ft. Ajay – a song which carries a powerful anti-bullying message. An electro- synth motif is driven by a banging beat, as Ally’s voice soars over the arrangement, leaving just enough space for Ajay’s rap to make an immediate impression.

“Baby” showcases a light toe-tapping rhythm that evolves into a spacious harmony- filled soundscape, with a sparkling retro melody and a dynamic pace. The song’s light pop trills, slick keyboard flourishes, and slick production play to Dr Ally K vocal and melodic strengths. And things get even better on “Celebrate the Inside”, where Ally’s zings and observations are incisive enough to make this song resonate deeply.

The musical production on “My Cue” bursts with creativity as the song is driven by a high powered bassline, a slamming snare drum and Ally’s slightly more angst-filled vocal tone. Ally then goes on to dominate “Never”, with her impeccable voice and ear-catching melody which rides a strident and rugged production by Peter Linseman.

This is top class, radio ready material. Dr Ally K has an irrepressible energy and an infectious tone which mesmerizes the senses for the entire run-time. The vocals are crystal clear and the whole creation so precise. You’ll just love her story, her journey, and her spirit.

Ally’s decision to be both outspoken and conscientious in her art, benefits her in ways that give her total control in her own narrative. Dr Ally K displays a sense of command, which does not allow for stripped down passion or tarnished integrity. At the same time she doesn’t fall prey to overplayed melodrama and lets her songwriting make the impact.

By the time Dr Ally K closes the show down with the catchy title track, “Up, Up & Away”, it will come as no surprise to me, if her tenacity to continuously produce exquisitely hypnotic tracks, forms her into everyone’s favorite new pop star. Right from the moment you slip this into your media player, you’ll see what I mean!

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER – ITUNES – SPOTIFY

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Maki: ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’ Anticipates the Full-Length Album! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/maki-atlas-hacked-epreview-anticipates-the-full-length-album http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/maki-atlas-hacked-epreview-anticipates-the-full-length-album#respond Wed, 29 May 2019 21:41:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35033 The bottom line with Maki’s music is that it doesn’t hit you from the outside, to make you realize it’s good. His music pulls something from within you that’s already there. He manages to influence your natural biorhythms. Pause. Think about this. A magnificent fountain of auditory bliss drips through the speakers, while the silky […]

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The bottom line with Maki’s music is that it doesn’t hit you from the outside, to make you realize it’s good. His music pulls something from within you that’s already there. He manages to influence your natural biorhythms. Pause. Think about this. A magnificent fountain of auditory bliss drips through the speakers, while the silky arrangements exhibit their brilliant flirtatious force. There is something about this album that is omnipresent in your thoughts, and the intelligence level is through the roof. That is what makes ‘Atlas Hacked’ an incredibly exceptional release, even before you have deciphered the complete message behind the music. For now you will have to feed your appetite with the 3 track ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’, in anticipation of the full-length album set for release later this year.

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Maki works in L.A. and Seattle producing music, entertainment and independent film. While earning his living as a club musician in Detroit, he received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Combining traditional art training with digital filmmaking, multimedia and sound design, Maki launched Spirit Studios in 1999. He creates short films & animations, published several music concert DVD, designs soundtracks for independent feature films and is a consulting Art Director to a fortune 500 company.

In a manner mirroring the vibes of his music, Maki’s has been a story of unhurried but noticeable progression that is now ready to reach what could well be a defining work of broad scope but instant familiarity. For his upcoming new album, a great point of reference is another defining work, “Waking Up With The World On Fire” which precedes the release of this EP by almost a year, and on via the same Natalis Group distribution label.

Both have the feel of an artist finally finding their voice after much experimentation with tone and dialect, situated in the hazy field of avant-garde electronica but calling upon traces of world music, cinematic, and more ambient spheres.

What sets Maki apart in an overly crowded marketplace, is an expert ability to channel myriad influences from outside of his sphere into something that works perfectly inside it, not just within a single track but start-to-finish across an album.

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The impressionist vocals of Francesca, the saxophone of Snake Davis, and the voice of the part machine, part human God, The Golden Calf, are disparate ingredients that gel brilliantly within the narrative. Maki has continued fine-tuning his musical identity here with the same deliberateness he’s always shown.

A close listen to ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’ reveals just how much he’s carefully pushing his own boundaries – in every sense. “If you believe in The Golden Calf, you do not need Jesus. You do not need Allah. You do not need Torah. You do not need any more excuses. In the end you will prevail. He is the chosen one, and everything will be right. Just like it is supposed to be.”

This is just a small extract of the massive philosophical and existential queries “Insect Politics” puts before you, above throbbing percussion and whirling synths. But beware, the allusions to Gods, go well above those we believe to live somewhere up in the sky.

Maki is more concerned with the spurious beings seeking domination here on earth via deception and distortion. As always, Maki’s soundscapes feed the general scenario, allowing you to personally fill in the particulars, of which you’re well aware. “Is Not” is both ominous and ethereal.

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With a mellow progression and dynamic drum interludes, it manages to make use of a gorgeous vocal samples while retaining an almost isolated and echo-like effect. There is a distinct Pink Floyd-ish “Dark Side of the Moon” aura, pervading the track, which makes it all the more mysterious and interesting.

“Don’t Do Wrong” is an acapella exercise beautifully arranged by Maki.  After listening to these 3 tracks, I expect ‘Atlas Hacked’ to be an authentic odyssey that is both open-ended and interesting enough that it allows the listener to do what so little albums do these days; to open up the possibility of how life should and can be experienced, and for that, it’s worth a place in your collection. Independent of any hyped musical movements, Maki occupies a unique position in the musical ecosystem.

Maki appears to have permeated the electronic music scene silently and seamlessly, building up a core fan-base on his musical merit alone, with most critical acclaim resulting from his previous album, “Waking Up With The World On Fire”. A combination of something creatively expressive and intriguing, ‘Atlas Hacked EPreview’ presumes that his latest work is set to be recognized in a much bigger way.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEATLAS HACKED

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Lounge Act Jam: “Diabolical” – Acoustic guitar blasts mingle with vivid storytelling http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lounge-act-jam-diabolical-acoustic-guitar-blasts-mingle-with-vivid-storytelling http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lounge-act-jam-diabolical-acoustic-guitar-blasts-mingle-with-vivid-storytelling#respond Mon, 27 May 2019 11:42:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35449 Lounge Act Jam is a Portland, Oregon based, multi-genre alternative and experimental project overseen by head honcho Alan Yang, who is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Alan writes, sings, and plays all instruments, as well as mixes and masters the material, this project puts outs. Lounge Act Jam’s latest release is the 10 track album “Diabolical” […]

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Lounge Act Jam is a Portland, Oregon based, multi-genre alternative and experimental project overseen by head honcho Alan Yang, who is originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Alan writes, sings, and plays all instruments, as well as mixes and masters the material, this project puts outs. Lounge Act Jam’s latest release is the 10 track album “Diabolical” – which is predominantly a stripped down, lo-fi, singer-songwriter endeavor, featuring raw vocals and acoustic guitar. In between, you’ll find the post rock influences of the opening track “Pluto Waits For Nothing”, as well as the reverbed, shoegaze flavors of “Shine (Interlude)” and “Live Through Spring”. As can be expected of an album of this nature, there are two things that really shine on this recording: Alan Yang’s vocals and the acoustic guitar work. Alan’s vocals are amazingly pure and the boy can hit some high notes too. He delivers the song story-lines very convincingly and the lyrics are superb as well.

The songs on “Diabolical” have a great deal of energy, atmosphere and strong melodies. Thrown out of the window, are all the glossy production embellishments we find on modern mainstream records. The emphasis here is on the songs and performances themselves. All unfiltered and unadorned.

Guitar slaps and strums, bedroom auras, and live take distortions are all included, for an authentically visceral listening experience. Apart from the odd reverbs and layered vocals in some songs, this is music in its naked, rawest, and realest form.

As soon as you hit on songs like “Idea of Me”, “Afterparty” and “Violent Love”, you realize how this album folds the polished dynamics of contemporary alt pop and rock into a collection of heartfelt songs that ache and soar like vintage singer-songwriter music.

Acoustic guitar blasts mingle with vivid storytelling and titular phrases, punctuated by comforting vocals. Despite the rough and raw, stripped down, and unpretentious aspect of these tracks, there’s something so refreshing and soothing about a Lounge Act Jam song.

Turning on one of any songs on this albums feels partly nostalgia. There really is something special about the lack of artifice, the wholehearted commitment to a feeling that Lounge Act Jam gives the songs. Alan Yang keeps his lyrics simple and honest for the most part, never hiding behind a smokescreen of cool, but he knows just the right details and turns of phrase to use to bring a moment to life, to make the specific feel universal.

Regardless of tempo and feel, you will find all of these qualities in the back to back tracks: “Memories (In my head)”, “Dwell (Rest Your Soul) [Live In Sanctuary]” and especially “Hanging In The Air (In Your Dreams You Could Breathe Again)”.

As mentioned previously, “Live Through Spring” falls into the category of those couple of songs which lean towards dream pop and shoegaze influences – smooth highly reverbed backdrops fronted by hazy, washed out vocal harmonies that mesmerize your senses.

The fact that Alan Yang aka Lounge Act Jam has a special skillset to sing from a jam-session-like, personal perspective, enabling the listener to sing along as if they wrote the song for themselves, is evident on “Destiny, Paradise!” The unifying nature of Lounge Act Jam clearly stems from Alan’s ability to lay bare his most intimate thoughts and feelings, and have them resonate with listeners.

Alan Yang doesn’t just sing. He emotes. He rasps, he strains, and he flips into falsetto on the given occasion. Ultimately, Yang lets the rawness and emotion in his voice show. It’s amazingly endearing with a pure, raw sound that he does not allow to interfere with the fundamental aspects of his music.

Yang is a master of communicating his feelings across his tracks, and the vast majority of the time he has the strong songwriting to back it up. The rawness of “Diabolical” by Lounge Act Jam, speaks volumes that most modern music, indie and alternative rock included, only wish it could.

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SHEETS0: “As It Happens” – iconic and instantly identifiable! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sheets0-as-it-happens-iconic-and-instantly-identifiable http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sheets0-as-it-happens-iconic-and-instantly-identifiable#respond Sun, 26 May 2019 09:56:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35433 SHEETS0 is an American singer, songwriter, and producer based in California. In 2019 SHEETS0 signed with L. Still Versions and released his debut EP titled “As It Happens” on May 10, 2019. The EP’s melodic alt-pop vibe draws inspiration from both contemporary pop and electronic music. SHEETS0 reminds me of no-one else, which is a […]

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SHEETS0 is an American singer, songwriter, and producer based in California. In 2019 SHEETS0 signed with L. Still Versions and released his debut EP titled As It Happens” on May 10, 2019. The EP’s melodic alt-pop vibe draws inspiration from both contemporary pop and electronic music. SHEETS0 reminds me of no-one else, which is a damn good sign right out of the blocks. He’s kind of mystical, ethereal, and wispy with lots of pleasurable chemicals in the mix. If you’ve been jaded by the same old recipe music from the last couple decades, I highly suggest you try this recording. Every song is replete with new ideas, new melodies, and excellent new lyrical poetry. What I really like is his voice. It’s pretty wonderful – whether in its normal range or in falsetto – it is stunningly impressive. From the moment I hit play on the opening song, As It Happens” exceeded my expectations in every sense.

The electro alt-pop and indie vibes of As It Happens”, mirrors the changing landscape of a musical revolution; the millennials are all grown up and looking for the next big thing, and that could be SHEETS0. His voice possesses an immense range and a smooth, strong falsetto that never sounds out of control; he has a sound that easily becomes iconic and is instantly identifiable.

The lyrics themselves, already vivid and expressive, seem all the more sincere and emotional when carried by SHEETS0’s voice. The opening track “Make It Back” takes it slow, easing the listener into a state of hypnotizing delight with a tropical mid-tempo sensibility.

The synth and vocal work is at once devastatingly gorgeous. SHEETS0’s ascending voice quietly soars into oblivion, taking you along for the ride. “Reason” shows off the singer’s spectacular falsetto over skittering hi-hats and twisting synth lines.

“Mainframe” slows things down to an ephemeral heartbreak rhythm, as SHEETS0’s enchantingly wispy melody draws you into a state of suspended euphoria. Sublime, is the only way to describe this song. “Surrender” marks the turning point of this EP, in terms of tempo and atmosphere.

Here SHEETS0 turns up the pace, and adjusts the backdrop, to include a series of horns and handclaps. You could easily head-nod along this one. Rhythmically, “Show Up” is even more forceful, determined to persuade your body to swing to its momentous sway. SHEETS0’s eccentric lilting voice complements his psychedelic alt-pop style perfectly.

I’ve heard plenty of well-produced albums and EP’s over the last year. I’m not sure I’ve heard one better than As It Happens”. It’s an alt-pop record that’s incredibly smooth with beats and sounds that are completely original, and amazing. The same can be said for the vocal work of SHEETS0.

His voice ebbs, flows, and floats through this recording effortlessly. He has one of the coolest voices that you’re likely to hear in pop currently. As It Happens” is filled with soulful alternative grooves and some awesome beats, and the production sounds better, and more creative than anything I’ve heard in the electro alternative pop market recently.

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Franco Esteve: “The Hunt” – a remarkable concept album http://jamsphere.com/reviews/franco-esteve-the-hunt-a-remarkable-concept-album http://jamsphere.com/reviews/franco-esteve-the-hunt-a-remarkable-concept-album#respond Sat, 25 May 2019 01:46:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35419 Three years in the making, the loosely tied together, classical crossover, concept album, “The Hunt”, represents a masterwork for Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist, Franco Esteve. The award-winning filmmaker and music composer, once again forges his intense-storytelling, and vivid imagery-driven compositional skills. Esteve’s music not only engages the ears but also intrigues the mind and feeds […]

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Three years in the making, the loosely tied together, classical crossover, concept album, “The Hunt”, represents a masterwork for Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist, Franco Esteve. The award-winning filmmaker and music composer, once again forges his intense-storytelling, and vivid imagery-driven compositional skills. Esteve’s music not only engages the ears but also intrigues the mind and feeds the soul. “With The Hunt, I wanted to do something different, expressing through classical, orchestral music, the images and feelings one gets from life itself,” explains Franco Esteve, continuing: “Whether it’s the drive of ‘The Hunt’, the insomnia of ‘The Wait’, or the sadness of ‘Quicksand’ and ‘Lament’. The album serves as a metaphor for life’s experiences and is an indirect soundtrack of it, expressed as individual musical pieces that are easy to digest and absorb.”

The true magic of “The Hunt” is that Franco Esteve, with all his cinematic dexterity did not compose this music as a background to any film. Rather, he composed as a backdrop to life itself. And as such the recording absolutely holds its ground as a stand-alone album.

Having said that, Esteve’s music combines the dreamlike quality of Danny Elfman with the more dramatic, and dynamic styles of Hans Zimmer and the pieces here tend to alternate between these two styles with consummate skill.

Esteve’s compositional range, often showcases strident low strings and brooding brass combining to give the music real power and maintain the tension which displays his gift for musical storytelling so well. To be fair Esteve’s use of strings all across this album, is both stunning and gorgeous.

From the cheeky playfulness of “Enter The Huntress”, to the push and shove of “The Hunt”, and the ominous strains of “Lament”, Esteve’s strings are always central to the theme and mood. It is only on “The Chase” and “Quicksand”, that the composer allows the piano to drive the narratives.

The recording is brilliant, and you can clearly listen to all the details your mindset will convey as it interprets each musical passage and motif. It has lots of affecting moments, such as those on the slow building, “The Trek” and “The Wait”, which trigger deep emotional feelings.

As with most music it is within the quieter, less busy moments that your mind is more active in attempting to fill in the spaces. The album creates a sense of wonder and awe at times, and anxiety and distress at others, as Franco Esteve uncovers new ways of inducing emotion through his scores.

Overall, “The Hunt” is a remarkable concept album by an immensely talented composer and musician. With a complete grasp of orchestration, he has learnt to blend his many compositional influences into a nuanced style of his own.

This takes the listener to some magical and dramatic places, and like all the best albums, leaves the listener wanting more. Franco Esteve could well become one of the more prominent classical crossover composers we currently have around. His music is mesmerizing and will touch you emotionally.

More About: Franco Esteve is a multi-disciplinary artist – a Composer, Filmmaker, Writer, Photographer, and Artist. He expresses himself artistically in many ways and through different media. Born in the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, with a globe-trotting background, Franco Esteve is as varied as they come. He won the Indie Fest Award of Merit in 2015 – Best Original Score – Consequence, The Doll Chronicles Soundtrack.

His multicultural upbringing throughout the United States and Europe led to his adoption of the concept of everywhere and nowhere for his views of life, origin, and culture. The same has applied to his professional life as well, covering a multitude of disciplines, feeding his thirst for knowledge and expression. He has strived to transmit and communicate that through his various artistic and musical creations.

OFFICIAL LINKS
Official website: https://francoesteve.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/seefrancoesteve
Facebook: https://facebook.com/seefrancoesteve
Twitter: https://twitter.com/francoesteve

STREAMS
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7sIJqdwo893mUsz8gDAhHq?si=odueCy1BTfiXEkZHSv7ysg
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-hunt/1458020250
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/album/91884062
Tidal: https://store.tidal.com/es/album/106658469
Bandcamp: http://francoesteve.bandcamp.com/album/the-hunt
Amazon.com: https://amzn.to/2X3UgHi

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Plastic DJ: “Giving Up” accentuates beautiful flourishes of artistic resplendence http://jamsphere.com/reviews/plastic-dj-giving-up-accentuates-beautiful-flourishes-of-artistic-resplendence http://jamsphere.com/reviews/plastic-dj-giving-up-accentuates-beautiful-flourishes-of-artistic-resplendence#respond Fri, 24 May 2019 03:26:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35406 The album “Giving Up” by Barcelona-based producer and singer Plastic DJ, is the very best that the blended genres of Deep House, Downtempo and Electro have to offer. The thing that sets Plastic DJ so far above his contemporaries is that he’s genuinely talented as a musical composer, and stunningly enchanting as a singer. The […]

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The album “Giving Up” by Barcelona-based producer and singer Plastic DJ, is the very best that the blended genres of Deep House, Downtempo and Electro have to offer. The thing that sets Plastic DJ so far above his contemporaries is that he’s genuinely talented as a musical composer, and stunningly enchanting as a singer. The music is of a baroque complexity, and here’s no overpowering bass or wailing synths. It’s like listening to a dream. You’ll play this in your car when you want to relax, at home when you’re at the beach or sitting on the porch, or as you chill out waiting to meet your friends at a club or bar. Plastic DJ produces a sound that at once can lull you into a trance and then jump back out with a dance beat that begs, but doesn’t force.

Truly euphoric, refreshing and atmospheric, you can definitely just crank your sound system and let the album blare out the songs, but when you put on headphones, you’ll be surprised by the complexity of the tracks. The first track, “Waiting For Your Call”, is where you get a good taste for what is to come.

A bit upbeat, and a bit layered. The vocals are smooth and soulful, drawing you in with each passing line. The melody is catchy, while the beat will have you tapping your feet. We’ve all heard the expression ‘summer music’, usually applied to whatever album happens to have a song that references a beach.

But when you’re driving through a nice residential area, leaves falling, sun just a few hours from setting, this is the kind of music that makes the whole thing complete. “Take Me Home” utilizes pulsating percussion and warm keys to the fullest effect by creating one of the most spine-tingling tracks on the album.

It is truly one of the best pieces of recorded music here, and never fails to make me break out in goose bumps. Absolute sonic majesty are a few of the words which begin to describe “We Got This”, with its effects-filled gorgeous arrangement and left-field female vocals.

“I Can Breathe” features stunning values, both in terms of vocal and instrumental production. This track is simply ravishing, if not a bit wistfully sexy in overall mood and feeling. Plastic DJ is a master at crafting instrumentals and “It’s Over” is yet another impeccable addition to his inimitable production pedigree.

It allows his vocals to croon and sparkle over its landscape. This track will totally transport you elsewhere, somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t quite been able to. “By My Side” and “Hold me Now” are songs you just want to get up and dance to, yet at the same time you could play them while lying down and be perfectly relaxed.

Album closer, “Next to You” demands to be played over and over. There is a lot of compositional creativity in this song. This is the stuff that changes people’s perceptions about Deep House, Downtempo and Electro music.

From its beautiful, melodic soundscape, to the crisp rhythm and perfect sound quality, it will place you in the environment of a comfortable, relaxing crowd at the sunset beach-side, calm waters rolling.

All throughout, this album accentuates beautiful flourishes of artistic resplendence. Open your eyes, heart, and ears to melodic tones and evocative soundscapes that carry you from the laboring workload, into the skies above you, on “Giving Up”.

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One Step From Everywhere: “Somewhere in Between” – spectacular, high energy performances! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/one-step-from-everywhere-somewhere-in-between-spectacular-high-energy-performances http://jamsphere.com/reviews/one-step-from-everywhere-somewhere-in-between-spectacular-high-energy-performances#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 22:40:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35401 One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete […]

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One Step From Everywhere is a Seattle based band that does not limit themselves to genre or style. Primarily a rock band, with a passion for playing live, they are not afraid to add shades of any style that may strike a chord within them.  Their album, “Somewhere In Between”, is a full and complete artistic statement that can function equally well as an introduction to and summation of the varied strengths of this band. The production and engineering also aids immeasurably in this regard. The sumptuous mixes place the listener deep within the instrumental interplay of a band whose natural chemistry allows them to navigate the somewhat more structured likes of the outright rocker “Back to Eden” as adeptly as they do the more open-ended approach of “Do Some Living”.

Throughout the nine cuts, the four man One Step From Everywhere demonstrate a grasp of dynamics that can only arise from such chemistry – though it can be, and probably was honed by assiduous practice and roadwork.

The combination of jangly strums and soul-stirring lead guitar strains within the arrangement of the title track, “Somewhere in Between”, are as striking as the piano-driven edginess within “Toward the Unknown”, which itself has an impact almost as resounding as that of the cacophonous groove of “Cherry Wine” which switches between acoustic and electric embellishments.

The aforementioned tracks provide an ideal setting for the densely-layered freight train rhythm of “Wings in the Wind”, which is filled with crunchy guitar riffs and thumping basslines. It’s a tribute to One Step From Everywhere’s innate sense of direction and self-discipline which never ends up diluting the purpose and focus of their work.

Simply put, they get to the heart of their songs very quickly, eschewing any meaningless meandering. The band recapitulates its core strengths without repeating itself through the course of these tracks, creating alternate versions of themselves.

The sound of “All Them Good Times” hits home immediately as its massive mix reverberates even at low volume at the same time it radiates a sense of how much fun these four men have when they play together.

“Get It Loose” with its saxophone interludes and rockabilly rhythms, is the most diverse, and surprising track in the collection, and not exactly what I was expecting as the album closer. Either way, “Somewhere in Between” erects a cogent musical statement from a band that doesn’t pander to any predetermined trends.

In the end, One Step From Everywhere is a rare rock ‘n’ roll group with a free-spirited heartbeat, a quality that distinguishes the finest rock bands across time. As a recording and performing unit, they generate an insistent rhythmic thrust, adorned with fiery guitar work, and soaring vocals, turning in spectacular, high energy performances.

The album threads together all those moments of tried-and-true virtuosic, vibrant, and vital rock. “Somewhere in Between” is definitely not the typical overplayed garbage that is out there aplenty. Thanks to One Step From Everywhere for putting this out.

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Kingdom Atlas: “Severe Spheres” is what all rock should have been today! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kingdom-atlas-severe-spheres-is-what-all-rock-should-have-been-today http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kingdom-atlas-severe-spheres-is-what-all-rock-should-have-been-today#respond Thu, 23 May 2019 14:12:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35395 Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody […]

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Kingdom Atlas is a Georgia-based hard rock band that was originally launched as Rising Tide in 2013by, Grant Purvis with friends Nick Blake and Adam Chiarella while studying music with them at Georgia Southern University. The lineup of Purvis (vocals, guitars) and Blake (guitars, keyboards), along with Devin Ruiz (bass), Aaron Coburn (drums) and Cody Barber who replaced Chiarella as lead guitarist in 2015, was stable until the groups disbanded in 2017 due to schedule conflicts and some members graduating. In 2018, Purvis, Blake, Coburn, and Barber reformed with the new name Kingdom Atlas to record their debut album “Severe Spheres”, which included the “Rising Tide” EP songs re-recorded, as well as other original songs. The album was self-released in February 2019, and currently Purvis and Barber are writing new material for a follow-up album and planning show dates with a new lineup.

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“Severe Spheres” is a tribute to what rock should have been today. From the classic sounds, to the gritty and raw sounds of early rock, this album represents what rock and roll should have been if the revolution in music of the early 90s hadn’t lost momentum in the millennium, allowing the expansion of corporate rock to take place.

We now live in an age where the rock music industry is often confused, or in some cases, totally killed off. “Severe Spheres” is an album that refuses those connotations entirely. It somehow grinds and shimmers at the same time; its curiosity doesn’t dissipate its fury, but rather feeds it.

Kingdom Atlas combine bluesy rock styles, bringing in classic and alternative sounds with progressive driving rhythms, and soaring high range vocals, to create gritty guitar based soundscapes. The general effect is some ripping rock combined with lucid moments of intense and beautiful melody, all of it well-blended and harmonically symmetric.

Bold and brash, Kingdom Atlas announces itself, with unmistakable bombast, like one of the potential rock band’s with the intrinsic qualities to save rock n’ roll from a premature death, while it lies motionless, in agony.

From the opening track, the album stands on a sound whose crystal-hard ferocity and melodic beauty precedes and then includes relentless verbal communication. The instrumental opener “Prelude” might trick you with its eloquent and elegant arrangement featuring a soulfully wailing lead guitar, but as soon as the riff-heavy, “The Rider” kicks in, the real tone of this album is unleashed.

There’s just so much cool, creative, heavy dynamic shifts stuffed into the four-and-a-half-minute. The rhythm section is stunning, as the twin guitars and Grant Purvis’ skyrocketing vocals.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to “Hold You Tonight” at maximum volume, punishing my eardrums, in awe of the energy of this band. “Jenna” was just as impressive, shaping its lava flow guitars into radio-friendly structures without sacrificing its elemental power.

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“Sexified” confirms that the drumming is always propulsive, dropping in virtuoso fills, and harnessing the band’s idiosyncratic swing.  “Stronger Than Yesterday” proves that the arrangements, too, are diamond-sharp and expansive, as Purvis delivers the enigmatic lyrics with appropriate passion and nuance, thriving in the heat of the band’s power.

Right off the bat, “Let There Be Lightning” goes from lo-fi bluesy fuzz, into full screaming stereo brilliance, as Devin Ruiz’s wrecking-ball bass underscores the drive behind the track, leaving the ringing guitars in the spotlight.

“Spanish Lady” presents itself as the radio ready single to feed the media with its catchy guitar hooks and straight ahead melody. “Cold Sweat” again allows Aaron Coburn’s sturdy drumming to shine, as it does throughout this entire album. However this is primarily a guitar dominated album and the six stringed beasts rip the flesh off of these tracks in a number of devastating ways.

Warning on the Horizon” turns down the pace, but not the intensity, in a track that starts off clean, slow, and pristine, before exploding into unrestrained, intelligent, virtuoso rock.

“The Tide That Binds” closes the album down with a euphoric, ascending classic rock blast, furiously executed by Kingdom Atlas. Vintage Deep Purple influences infiltrate this track, embellished by sterling organ interludes and strident Ian Gillan-esque vocals. I have listened to it over and over again and never get tired of it.

Though the band has evolved from their classic rock status, and now encompass diverse styles, I personally feel that Kingdom Atlas is simply one of the greatest interpreters of classic rock I have heard in the last 10 to 15 years. Period.

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Mortinus: “Morten (Deluxe Edition)” – crisp and gorgeous http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mortinus-morten-deluxe-edition-crisp-and-gorgeous http://jamsphere.com/reviews/mortinus-morten-deluxe-edition-crisp-and-gorgeous#respond Wed, 22 May 2019 12:22:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35384 Danish electronic music producer Mortinus has a brand new 19 track album out, entitled “Morten (Deluxe Edition)”, which features some of his best previously released tracks. Those of you who have heard the album “Morten” will recognize many of the melodic motifs and ambient electro soundscapes, together with Middle Eastern flavors and South Asian influences that Mortinus […]

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Danish electronic music producer Mortinus has a brand new 19 track album out, entitled “Morten (Deluxe Edition)”, which features some of his best previously released tracks. Those of you who have heard the album “Morten” will recognize many of the melodic motifs and ambient electro soundscapes, together with Middle Eastern flavors and South Asian influences that Mortinus puts together. Is there any way to describe the music of Mortinus other than ‘captivating’? Not really: The Mortinus sound is one of pink sunsets, breezy oceans and silky deserts. It’s also irresistibly good, which might explain why he hasn’t dared mess with the formula that keeps affording him so many accolades.

“Morten (Deluxe Edition)” offers second helpings of tasty world loops and rhythmic beats; sepia-tinted keys, and throbbing basslines. The difference is things are more fleshed out now, the arrangements supervised by perfectly by Mortinus, who has watched his music emerge quietly as a series of quality recordings.

It’s easy enough to say this could be his finest release, and as strong as anything Mortinus could’ve hoped for.  Savvy enough to give the subscribers to his music exactly the tones they’ve been hoping for, the set list for this album balances several western styled cuts against a welter of Eastern flavored material, all of it crisp and gorgeous.

At nineteen tracks, “Morten (Deluxe Edition)” is a long trip, but Mortinus is clever enough to add spice where it’s needed, edging his thick beats away from New Age and into something more engaging. From when the album opens with “Mooi Nights”, it is steeped in nuance and ripe with replay value.

It is everything we’ve come to expect from Mortinus and more. The playfulness of “Enchanted Turquoise Hills”; the futuristic piano drive of “Leaves Pt.2”; the exotic rhythmic twist of “Yellow Pencil”; the dancing strings of “The Park”: the incessant percussion of “New One”, all feel more expansive and somewhat bolder in delivery.

Synths sparkle and cascade while the drum work makes the songs glide along. Certain moments within these songs prove that Mortinus is a hell of a producer. You can verify that on standout tracks like “Hymn”, “Orange Nights”, “My Lord and King”, “February to March” and “Mooi Nights Pt.2”.

Mortinus finds a niche wedge between warm, intentionally smooth ambient compositions, the sophistication of northern European composers, and the rhythmic restlessness of eastern influences. In this sweet spot, he treads a fine line between soothing chill music and multifaceted sonic landscapes that warrant closer listening.

On “Morten (Deluxe Edition)”, Mortinus’ mindset surfaces in the snaking, layered synth lines that form the melodic core of the album’s tracks. While the powerful rhythms serve as a platform to push the melodies around new corners.

Because of this, the album is a compelling gallery of electronic motifs whose emotional depth requires a rich listen and zero passes. Someone this talented deserves that kind of response to move forward artistically. This is ready to soundtrack your spring and summer months.

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DAV!D&CLARA: “Repair” – humanistic and existentialistic visions http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/davdclara-repair-humanistic-and-existentialistic-visions http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/davdclara-repair-humanistic-and-existentialistic-visions#respond Tue, 21 May 2019 11:33:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35368 The man and machine duo of DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, are back with a new single in 2019, called “Repair”. The track is taken from the upcoming album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” to be released early 2020. Much of this latest single displays a minimalist, almost survivalist element, […]

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The man and machine duo of DAV!D (David Castillo) and his computer CLARA, better known as DAV!D&CLARA, are back with a new single in 2019, called “Repair”. The track is taken from the upcoming album, “CONFESSIONS OF THE MACHINE” to be released early 2020. Much of this latest single displays a minimalist, almost survivalist element, as if every movement, gesture, and note is conserved and used for maximum effect. DAV!D’s songwriting principle seems to be “less is more”, a sentiment CLARA seems to adhere to perfectly. Together they have an artistic sensibility that’s far from common. The song is based on an echoey and robotic groove, as well as ascending chord progressions, which naturally has a tendency to grow powerful. Unlike the bulk of his previous tracks, DAV!D narrates his story using the spoken word, instead of his usual singing voice. This adds an extra sense of haunting mystery to a track that already has a twisting and darkwave intent.

At times haunting and sinister, at others beautiful and lush, and embellished with ethereal harmonies, DAV!D narrates the reprogramming of what appears to be a human mind that has been repressed, manipulated and devastated by the norms of society. The narrator wants to repair, restore, rehabilitate and revitalize the core human sentiments which afford us crucial anti-alienation elements such as empathy, tolerance, respect and love.

In its own way, “Repair” sounds almost like a lesson in existentialism, if we take into account T.Z. Lavine’s explanation: “Man is a conscious subject, rather than a thing to be predicted or manipulated; he exists as a conscious being, and not in accordance with any definition, essence, generalization, or system. Existentialism says I am nothing else but my own conscious existence.” It is that exact ‘conscious existence’ which DAV!D&CLARA wants to ‘repair’ and ‘restore’ to its original state of pureness.

As fans would expect the atmosphere is rugged and intense with pulsing synths dragging themselves across the track backed by controlled drums and flashes of quieter sounds and deep emotions. This is one of DAV!D&CLARA most complete visions and proves that DAV!D’s talent and drive are still pushing him forward into new and exciting territories.

When you are as free a musical spirit as DAV!D, allowing yourself to go places the music and feeling take you, then there are no boundaries and nothing is off limits.  DAV!D’s humanistic and existentialistic visions seem to be intensifying as he continues his relentless musical journey.

On “Repair”, DAV!D&CLARA have achieved an incredible vibe that combines the energy of modern industrial rock with the passion and cinematic texture that makes their works both enduring and interesting. Each of their songs is a vignette into some piece of what’s going on in the human mind and heart.

Sometimes the query will be exclusively personal, other times it will be of a more general nature, affecting us all. “Repair”, I feel, falls squarely into both. A simple look into our own homes and hearts, will immediately reveal just how many of us need ‘repairing’ before we will be able to create a fair-minded and loving world.

 “Repair” is staggeringly awesome in its intent. The question is, will we, as humans, be as impressive in our response? Anyone who wants to see DAV!D&CLARA in action, can do so via the live shows viewable on Instagram. DAV!D&CLARA can be found on social media @davidandclara.

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Pepper: “One Step Closer to Home” proves to be a stunning performance! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pepper-one-step-closer-to-home-proves-to-be-a-stunning-performance http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pepper-one-step-closer-to-home-proves-to-be-a-stunning-performance#respond Sun, 19 May 2019 10:33:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=35357 These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B track. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element. If Pepper didn’t exist, someone would have to invent her. Frighteningly talented, incredibly photogenic and blessed with a remarkable voice, she just happens to be very good at what she does. Pepper is a vocalist […]

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These days, it seems anyone can make an R&B track. However, recording a soul track takes that special intangible element. If Pepper didn’t exist, someone would have to invent her. Frighteningly talented, incredibly photogenic and blessed with a remarkable voice, she just happens to be very good at what she does. Pepper is a vocalist and R&B/soul artist from Toronto, Canada. Her childhood spent singing in the church led her to her current career and sound. Hope and positivity are the cornerstones of her creativity, which she weaves into her music. Influenced by gospel, soul, R&B and hip hop, Pepper is poised to win over millions of new fans with her heartfelt songs. Her debut album is set for release in 2019.

Spunky, fresh, and forward, Pepper delivers an excellent effort that finds this gifted vocalist stepping out just enough to make a big difference in her career. Sounding great and building on her vast potential it’s a winner from note one. In fact if you didn’t see her picture you would think she is a black soul sister.

On her latest single, “One Step Closer to Home”, the singer wraps her gritty vocals around the from-the-gut melody, as she channels as a pitch-perfect blend of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin. She proves to be both an innate interpreter of lyrics and someone who reaches for new heights with every note.

Like great fashion that never goes out of style, a great song depends on the singer’s ability to inject it with passion and meaning. Pepper achieves that and more, literally making this track come alive, and leaving the listener breathless from time to time with pure power and undeniable depth.

The mix of brooding layered sounds, a rhythm paced to meaning, and that great soulful voice of Pepper are the true magic of this track. While I typically immerse myself in any music I review, I’ve probably listened to this one at least a couple dozen times.

Each stanza, every turn of phrase and each lilt of guitar or punch of drum comes together to give a soulfulness and nuance to the music that allows us to continually uncover more. What Pepper offers the listener is a complete songstress, not a booty-thumping wannabe diva from a music video, and not a bland archetype.

Pepper’s thoughts, ideals and philosophies spring to life through her music and voice. She bares her mistakes, and shares her victories. These spiritual and existential adventures and misadventures formulate the foundation of “One Step Closer to Home”. Indeed, most of what the singer puts down here feels raw and heartfelt.

She draws on her natural talent, covering the beat and soundscape with emotional lyricism spawning a heartfelt subject in need of deep exploration. The track lets Pepper balance her purring sensuality with more forceful, intrusive tones. With intrepid artistic flexibility, and a bottomless love for her craft, she proves to be a stunning performer.

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