Jacob Aiden – JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:34:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean: “Lost & Found” – powerful in its progression and resolute in it intention http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-peloso-and-natalie-jean-lost-found-powerful-in-its-progression-and-resolute-in-it-intention http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/michael-peloso-and-natalie-jean-lost-found-powerful-in-its-progression-and-resolute-in-it-intention#respond Wed, 17 Apr 2019 09:55:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34973 Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 […]

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Michael Peloso and Natalie Jean have released their latest collaboration single, “Lost & Found”. The two are no strangers to each other, having worked together on the multi-nominated, and award-winning track, “The Letting Go” with Levi Moore. Michael and Natalie also joined forces on Josie Award nominated track “Please Don’t”, as well as the 2017 single “Alive”. Michael Peloso is a New Jersey-based lyricist/songwriter who writes undeniably touching, honest lyrics with a sense of simplicity that are uniquely all his own. Natalie Jean is has achieved recognition across the most diverse of musical genres and quite comfortable performs in English, French and Creole. She has been nominated over 70 times for her music and has won many awards.

Michael Peloso

Right from the outset Natalie Jean continues to prove to her audience that not only is she a powerhouse vocalist, but also has the skills and musicality to show her more emotional side through hauntingly beautiful vocals and instrumentals that will put you in a somber yet reflective mood.

“Lost & Found” is a mid-tempo love anthem that fits Natalie’s gritty voice like a glove. It’s powerful in its progression and resolute in it intention.  It’s a track to rival the best efforts of Natalie’s big-name pop contemporaries: a slinking piano line, vibrant percussion, and an insistent melody.

The beauty behind it all, is of course Michael Peloso’s lyric sheet: “Your hand fits perfectly into mine / Like a thief you stole my heart & got away with a crime / You fill the cup & I drink the wine / The table is set & we begin to dine.”

This clearly states how the narrator has found his amorous zenith, which is confirmed in the chorus: “& I’m lost & I’m lost / I get so lost in you / In you.” As soon as the track begins, it’s clear that Michael wants to account for his deepest thoughts for listeners; narrating a journey of unconditional love through sound and words. As a wiz with a pen, he succeeds impeccably.

Natalie Jean

As the pop landscape changes and artists become bolder in structure, production and presentation, it is assuring to see Natalie Jean has comfortably anchored herself in the category of pop innovator, as she constantly spreads her wing to work with other artists and writers.

Expanding her horizons with nuanced and smart songwriters/lyricists such as Michael Peloso only adds to the richness of her catalog and artistic experiences, thus establishing unforgettable listening experiences. The final result is a track brimming with confidence; confidence not only in Natalie Jean’s own voice and her eye for a chorus, but in the emotive quality of Michael Peloso’s lyrics.

When this writing and performing collaboration reaches for their inner emotions, they sound like they’re doing so because that’s where their best music emerges from, not because they think that’s what authentic artists do. Natalie is an arresting performer, but by far what’s most compelling on “Lost & Found” is the brute force of her vocals, and Michael’s profusely impassioned words.

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Natt Moore: “Drive, Vol. 2” is nothing short of a cinematic experience! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/natt-moore-drive-vol-2-is-nothing-short-of-a-cinematic-experience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/natt-moore-drive-vol-2-is-nothing-short-of-a-cinematic-experience#respond Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:05:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34963 When I listen to experimental ambient, I find that usually I put it on for the sole reason of not having to pay attention to it. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but for workload productivity ambient generally works the best to fill the gap of silence while not degrading the attention I can […]

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When I listen to experimental ambient, I find that usually I put it on for the sole reason of not having to pay attention to it. Of course, this isn’t always the case, but for workload productivity ambient generally works the best to fill the gap of silence while not degrading the attention I can give to whatever it is that I’m doing. But something strange happened when listening to “Drive, Vol. 2” by Natt Moore. I noticed straight off that I was paying more and more attention to the actual record with each successive track. Instead of using it to fill a void in-between thoughts, I began to contemplate the record deeply. It was simply because “Drive, Vol. 2” is much more than a record of background noise, it is a brilliant exercise in emotional and cinematic soundscapes.

Unlike most experimental music, this album isn’t a formless piece of sound; each song has a definite core structure and mood that the listener can elaborate and dwell on for its duration. Natt Moore accomplishes this with rich and lush production and dynamically orchestrated arrangements.

Gone are the minimal soundscapes of some of his earlier works, which have been replaced by a bigger epic sound, sometimes reminding me of a Hans Zimmer soundtrack. Right from the opening sweeping track, “Timeless”, Natt’s Zimmer-like knack for creating such vivid imagery is in full force, with a solid set of headphones you will be able to pick up on the subtle touches that really make this a special listening experience.

It’s when you hit play on the second track, “Hysteria”, that you realize this is nothing short of a cinematic experience, and that Natt Moore makes his best music when he moves outside of his comfort zone. Most ambient albums create a mood and settle on it.

By contrast, “Drive, Vol. 2” ping-pongs from one emotional pole to another, which further convinces me that Natt has totally crossed the ambient-experimental boundaries on this release. You’d be hard-pressed to find an ambient album this interesting, that crams as many sounds and layers into a flowing piece of work and pulls all of them off so successfully.

Much of this owes to Natt’s melodic and harmonic gifts; he doesn’t solely rely on drones to evoke beauty, as he also employs chord progressions and even simple riffs to refine his sound. The fundamentally disparate worlds of electronic and classical music have, on occasion, meshed to form truly inspirational music.

“Forward” and “Curious” blend characteristics from both those worlds and the results bring melodramatic buildups and crescendos, which are even more evident on “Hysteria – No Melody Version”.

No doubt Natt Moore has once again created an extremely interesting recording full of texture and detail. Blending cinematic and orchestral arrangements with his own trademark ambience is a brilliant idea and an excellent use of classical underpinning in electronic music.

MORE ABOUT: Natt Moore is an artist who produces music in a variety of genres, including electronic, instrumental, ambient, dance, and drone. He composes and publishes his work independently, seeking full autonomy over both the art and business of what he does. Hailing originally from Gloucester, United Kingdom, Natt got his start in the music world when he was only 7 years old, learning piano by playing classical pieces mainly by Einaudi and Roberto Cacciapaglia.

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Christa Deánā will rank as your favorite Contemporary Christian Music album for this year http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christa-deana-will-rank-as-your-favorite-contemporary-christian-music-album-for-this-year http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christa-deana-will-rank-as-your-favorite-contemporary-christian-music-album-for-this-year#respond Sat, 13 Apr 2019 11:04:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34950 I feel pretty certain that the self-titled debut album from Christa Deánā will rank as your favorite Contemporary Christian Music recordings for this year. Christa selected a variety of songs and tailored the styles to minister each one with designed intention that maximizes both the lyrics and music. The musicians and vocalists on this project […]

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I feel pretty certain that the self-titled debut album from Christa Deánā will rank as your favorite Contemporary Christian Music recordings for this year. Christa selected a variety of songs and tailored the styles to minister each one with designed intention that maximizes both the lyrics and music. The musicians and vocalists on this project perfectly back her up in what seems to be her very personal testimony when she sings. The album launches Christa’s aspiring progression as one of the premier up and coming Gospel artists of our time. From beginning to end the recording is an authentic stream of worship straight from her heart. It is the culmination of hard work and a passionate vision. Considering that the Christian singer, songwriter, pianist, and educator, from Philadelphia claims to have heard the voice of God since she was 6 years old, hers has been a long journey in finding the purpose of life and faith.

The result is 10 tracks with a modern urban worship sound that is palpable and profound, and which will touch a chord with many different audiences – whether they be Soul, R&B, Pop or Hip Hop orientated.  The autobiographical opener “My Story (Introduction)” sets the basis for how and why Christa Deánā arrived at this point.

“Plenty of Confidence” forges an energetic, triumphant declaration of victory and trust in God which starts slowly but ends in an explosive, no-holds barred praise jam – the first of many. Christa’s effortless, passionate vocal is a highlight throughout; covering the range from slow and soulful to fiery screamers with ease.

“If God Doesn’t Want It” is an eloquent handclapping hymn of adoration as Christa allows her voice to bathe in layers melody and harmony, as well as rap interlude. “I Ain’t Worried” is a bluesy R&B celebration of worship and “Here” a melodic, tender breathy vocal, overflowing with desire and hope sure to lift the spirits.

On the piano driven sumptuousness of “Long” you can hear her sincerity and strong melodic voice that reaches to the core of your heart. All throughout this album one can feel Christa’s passion and pursuit to worship God through every song. Along the way she inserts interludes to articulate and connect her faith experiences to the album’s momentum.

“The Breakdown (Interlude)” offers a moment of pain and doubt, as well as the temptation to cease all belief in God’s power. But “Never Stop Believing” quickly erases those doubts, as Christa refers to God as a friend who she doesn’t always understand, but knows will always be there for her in times of need.

Fans are taken on an intense worship experience on “Shine” – probably the most powerful and uplifting song on the album. Christa Deánā begins the song softly and begins to build it with each and every line. The backing vocalists eventually join in and together the voices raise up an angelic, chain-breaking sound.

This self-titled debut album deserves to be talked about throughout 2019 because of its on-time message, effective delivery, and strong musicality. Filled with lots of declarations, prayer and faith, you would leave this album playing in your living room for a long time. Christa Deánā has a great big voice and a fearlessness in stepping beyond the boundaries, not being scared to infuse lots of creativity and personality into her music. Christa Deánā (Duh-nay) is clearly here to stay.

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Deane Nesbitt Jr. – “Soundtracks in the Sand” – made to emote and delight http://jamsphere.com/reviews/deane-nesbitt-jr-soundtracks-in-the-sand-made-to-emote-and-delight http://jamsphere.com/reviews/deane-nesbitt-jr-soundtracks-in-the-sand-made-to-emote-and-delight#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:26:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34939 Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His […]

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Although Deane Nesbitt Jr. has composed music for years, he does not read music. His unique background consists of practicing law for 16 years, co-founding an investment management company and writing an illustrated history of a 1912 investment bank. Deane’s music has been aired on more than 300 radio stations across America and Canada. His recent CD, “Music in Search of a Movie”, won the Philby Award in the United States for being one of the top 100 music CDs of 2015 and the Best Dramatic Music of the year. The album ranked on five CMJ charts for New World Music, reaching one of the top three positions on each.

Deane Nesbitt Jr.’s latest album “Soundtracks in the Sand”, which was inspired by films that contain Deane’s music, includes African, Caribbean, Mexican, Celtic and North American influences. Instrumental cinematic music can be a rather sticky topic.

One man’s music is another man’s molasses, as they say, especially when the music in question, is not accompanied by the imagery it was designed to enhance. Now, Deane’s music is quite something. The meticulous sculpting of his soundscapes, allows them to flourish without the filmed imagery, because they create their own. However clichéd that might sound, it’s the absolute truth.

The music on “Soundtracks in the Sand” is luxuriously layered, textured and pristine, thanks in no small part to modern production values and the ability to present crystal clear-cut compositions.

The listener who wants to fill a gap in their music collection with at least one long-running cinematic-styled instrumental  release will probably have to look no further: this is Deane Nesbitt Jr. at his quintessentially lushest, every track indexed yet connected, ushering forth reams of cascading piano notes and orchestral arrangements that unfurl and glide at differing paces.

There is no set scheme, no unilateral template, and no manifesto, except the will to emote and delight. It is a tapestry of moods and tones which are totally engaging. Deane’s well-defined approach and knack for creating picturesque imagery is in full force- whether it’s the joyous, energetic rhythm of the opening track, “Upbeat”, or the slower piano orchestration of “The Heroine”, and the foreboding “Legacy of War”, with its booming percussion and anthemic strings.

“Tracking The Soldier” has a calm, reflective vibe thanks to the lush soundscape and gently flourishing dynamics. The production is spot on capturing the spiritual, sublime Celtic sound that this track has to offer. Deane’s high-definition piano beautifully introduces the African flavors of “Change for Chimps”, featuring a vibrant vocal choir and interesting percussive deviations.

“Angels of the Ice” delivers soothing, sonic waveforms that instill a vast, deepness of open spaces and peace. Rich strumming guitars bring in the Mexican-flavored brass of “Chihuahua”, in another song which rides on Deane’s predilection for melody and harmony.

“Niagara” returns to the epic cinematic sound, before the album closes down with another taste of Deane Nesbitt Jr.’s delectable piano playing on “The Best That Can Be (Reflective)”. This is music that will still retain its artistic intent and expression through time. “Soundtracks in the Sand” doesn’t simply let you listen, it holds you hostage from the beginning to the end. Headphones are a very good idea too.

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ROSABEL: “The Album” – Superbly put together and jammed full of dancefloor atmosphere! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rosabel-the-album-superbly-put-together-and-jammed-full-of-dancefloor-atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rosabel-the-album-superbly-put-together-and-jammed-full-of-dancefloor-atmosphere#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 06:49:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34934 ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La […]

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ROSABEL the DJ duo consisting of Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera met in 1989 during the Winter Music Conference in Miami. For the better part of 25 years the two have been generating dance hits, and more recently, tag-team DJing for the masses around the globe. They dropped their first creation in 1994, with “La Puta” released via Groovilious, a part of Strictly Rhythm records out of New York. The continued dropping independent releases and filling floors each summer on Tommy Boy Records/NYC, and have since, officially remixed such artists as Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Katy Perry, Cher, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Donna Summer, and many more.  Their remix work even landed them a Grammy Nomination in 2011 for the Rihanna Single “Only girl (in the world)”.

Ralphi Rosario is one of Chicago’s legendary “Hot Mix 5” DJs that strongly influenced house music when it started in Chicago. He has been an important DJ in the history of house and club music; Abel Aguilera is in the top tier of DJs, performing regularly for major worldwide events.

They’re both sought-after stars in the house music and Circuit worlds today. And now ROSABEL are set to release their debut album, via Carrillo Music – simply entitled “The Album”, featuring their longtime friend Jeanie Tracy on vocals. If these tracks don’t give your soul a little bounce when you throw them on, then find a new genre of music to listen to.

“The Album” should go down as one of the best Progressive House albums of the year, in other words this means giving it consecutive play start to finish. In fact, it is almost a shame if you ever need to pause or stop mid-track.

Whether you are on the dance floor, driving for hours, working out, or simply chilling with your best headphones on alongside a tall, frozen beverage staring out over a white sand beach, you will lose all sense of time. As usual Ralphi’s Puerto Rican, and Abel’s Cuban roots, are always tangible enough to infuse their tracks with that spicy Latin flavor.

Superbly put together and jammed full of dancefloor atmosphere, “The Album” is one original house compilation that cannot be overlooked. ROSABEL are true talents when it comes to producing dance tracks; their compositions are of the highest quality, but it’s their ability to add texture into their music, and to create moods which are all too easy and enjoyable to embrace that really stand out the most. This recording is so involving, it’s so hard to describe words that come to mind – certainly energetic, vibrant, absorbing, soulful, and well damn right, brilliant, come to mind.

Having a career that spans in excess of twenty years at the very top of their game in a continually shifting musical landscape is no mean feat, and equaled only by a select few. And this recording tells us exactly why. “The Album” oozes fresh tracks, impeccable mixing and longevity, which is key for any album to keep spinning on the turntable.

“Don’t Talk Just Listen” sets the tone perfectly, gently opening with a heartbeat rhythm and spoken word vocals as the percussion drives in to set the precedent for what is to follow. “Funky Beat” steps up the energy with a more insistent bassline while the harmonic key changes continue pushing the energy forward.

Jeanie Tracy steps into the mix on “Your Love” bringing a wash of soulful harmony and melody to a perky piano driven rhythm. She’s even more captivating on “We Need Love” a hypnotic monster of huge sounds with enormous basslines. It’s a delightful track and one of my favorites this year.

Basslines and brass zip in and out, as one of the hottest production properties, deliver their Latin flavored formula on “Cha Cha Duro”. “The Feelin” ft. Tamara Wallace, doesn’t merely creep in, it stomps in with an authority and builds and builds to devastating effect. Next up is “Anthem of House” with Terri B, which creates an incredible dancefloor atmosphere.

The album also includes some stellar remixes: “That Sound – Alan Jackinsky Private Mix (Bonus Track)” and “(Yinon Yahel & Mor Avrahami Remix Edit)”, among them. In between, you’ll find “Vamos!” and “Livin’ For Your Love” with the immense Jeanie Tracy.

“Cha Cha Heels (Tony Moran + Deep Influence)”, brings to a conclusion an immensely satisfying listening experience and something you will enjoy time and time again. ROSABEL have created a mix of forward-thinking dance compositions that doesn’t sound like anything else out there at the moment, and that looks set to stand the test of time!

 

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10 Best Drummers of All Time http://jamsphere.com/news/10-best-drummers-of-all-time http://jamsphere.com/news/10-best-drummers-of-all-time#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 19:58:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34931 Musicians do what normal people love – they mix and push notes and chords, sticks and claps to make melody and music. Drummers, who add the base and the beat to musical performances are definitely important in the tradition. They’ve been hitting their drum sets to produce the best beats and accompaniments to notes. In […]

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Musicians do what normal people love – they mix and push notes and chords, sticks and claps to make melody and music. Drummers, who add the base and the beat to musical performances are definitely important in the tradition. They’ve been hitting their drum sets to produce the best beats and accompaniments to notes. In this article, we explore ten best drummers of all time

  1. Gene Krupa

A resident of the United States, Gene Krupa’s music has been appreciable all throughout his late 90s career. Music critics often agree that he has a certain and specific style, which manages to sink into all the notes and beats there are. Gene Krupa is celebrated by fans even today!

  1. Glen Power

Glen Power was great at the drums, and you will agree if you have listened to The Script songs. He had a distinct style and was particular with the instruments he played with. When it comes to drums however, there is no better way to start learning about them than this page.

  1. John Bonham

Esteemed for his work Led Zeppelin, John Bonham was born on 31st May 1948 and went onto live as the most powerful proponents of the American Jazz Age. He was fondly called by the nickname of ‘Bonzo’ and has earned acclaim as one of the greatest musicians and rock band performers in history, remaining a constant source of inspiration to drummers for being an active proponent of the American Jazz Age.

  1. Art Blakey

Art Blakey had a lovely way of getting his beats to his audience. His aggressive style was impressive to say the least. That had a profound effect on 20th Century Jazz music. He used to say, “To pass through life and miss this music is to miss out on one of the best things about living”.

  1. Buddy Rich

Buddy Rich was a phenomenon remarkable for having astounded vaudeville audiences in the late 1910s and early ’20s. He was the most unconventional and iconoclastic drummers of his time.

  1. Neil Peart

Neil Ellwood Peart is known for being the primary lyricist and the drummer of the band Rush. A rock band drummer who tasted the pinnacle of success throughout his life, Neil Peart retired in 2007 after an illustrious career in the music industry.

  1. Joe Morello

Joe Morello has been a musician all his life. He started off as a master violinist when he was a kid. In his teens, he decided to take up the drums and made it big. At some point of time, he has worked with music legends like Johnny Smith, all the while earning international praise and fame for his skill.

  1. Mike Portnoy

As an established drummer, Mike Portnoy has been awarded by several music establishments after his songs turned into major international hits. He was extremely qualified as a musician and has been fondly associated with the band he played for. We attribute six Dream Theater albums to him, which he co-produced of course. The music he leaves behind is a legacy, and modern-day drummers continue to idolize him.

  1. Keith Moon

English by birth, Keith Moon was the drummer of the rock band “Who”. He had a specific style, and though this is eccentric, he had a rather self-destructive behavior too! His music rocked the charts for many years to come.

  1. Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl comes in at number ten as a drummer, but the fact is, he was multi-talented. The gentleman was from the States, and was also a multi instrumentalist and a film director!

Drummers add the extra beat to music. These famous drummers have a huge fan base and have always been held in high regard in the music industry.

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The 10:04s: ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright / ‘North’ – an epic sound and massive vocals! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-1004s-everything-is-going-to-be-alright-north-an-epic-sound-and-massive-vocals http://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-1004s-everything-is-going-to-be-alright-north-an-epic-sound-and-massive-vocals#respond Sat, 06 Apr 2019 17:43:32 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34901 The 10:04s have toured extensively up and down the UK, playing with various bands from Idlewild to The Proclaimers, The Cribs to The 1975 and with the Pet Shop Boys on the main stage at Edinburgh Hogmanay’s ‘Gig In The Gardens’.  The band’s new AA single, ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright / ‘North’, is […]

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The 10:04s have toured extensively up and down the UK, playing with various bands from Idlewild to The Proclaimers, The Cribs to The 1975 and with the Pet Shop Boys on the main stage at Edinburgh Hogmanay’s ‘Gig In The Gardens’.  The band’s new AA single, ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright / ‘North’, is created by a version of themselves that sounds both increasingly world-weary and stunningly refreshed. The 10:04s, who can be described as the usual independent underdogs, may well end up with a strong candidate for the most ambitious alternative rock track of the year. ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’, is a really big track in terms of epic sound and massive vocals.

Imagine a rocking Nick Cave or Dave Gahan in front of a bone crushing rhythm section, with wildly banging drums and abrasive, over-driven electric guitars, in a majestically orchestrated arrangement.

‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’ is a recording with the rough edges removed; the polished work of pros who have gotten incredibly good at what they do. The track’s emotional core comes screaming out from its dark place, as the lead vocals rise powerfully above the turbulent soundscape in which it’s set.

The driving rhythm and those sky-searching vocals lines keep the head up, rather than staring down towards the dark and tormented lyrics with pessimism. With ease, The 10:04s play to its strengths with this dramatic narrative and scorching beat.

Dark and neurotic this track bursts with unbridled energy, but careful, patient listening offers copious rewards, especially lyrically, as The 10:04s are never banal or shallow in their narratives. Ineffable transcendence aside, The 10:04s also succeed on the merits of simply being an excellent rock band.

Bold and brash, ‘Everything Is Going To Be Alright’ is subtly insinuating; at first it seems almost free of hooks, then three listens later it’s difficult to get it unstuck. It burrows and then resides, first easy to take in then totally impossible to let go.

“North”, on the other hand, is an almost-traditional-sounding piano-driven ballad that serves as the band’s best showcase for the lead vocals: Like the music that weaves around it, the voice is singularly beautiful, resonating, and more diverse than it’s probably given credit for.

What this track really reveals though, is that The 10:04s are able to write songs which are scalable: built around small, personal sentiments and eloquent musical passages that, when unfolded musically and emotionally, strike a mighty chord with listeners. It also shows how much The 10:04s songs can hinge on the atmosphere created by the lyrics and the vocals.

The subtle, spacious production is immaculate, allowing for an intimate blend of sounds that also feel grand and expansive. Instrumentally, The 10:04s do everything necessary to craft the aesthetic they’re aiming for on “North”, and achieve it with such precision and consistency that it implies genius.

Ultimately, The 10:04s musical world is one rife with unique insights and dark, detailed songwriting able to emotionally connect and inspirit. It is this embrace of emotion, in all its complexities, that makes The 10:04s the band that it is.

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Kfir: “Free Delivery” allows the singer’s distinctive talents to shine http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kfir-free-delivery-allows-the-singers-distinctive-talents-to-shine http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kfir-free-delivery-allows-the-singers-distinctive-talents-to-shine#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 15:35:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34888 New York based performing artist, Kfir, has spent his life pursuing his passion, which took him from classical ballet training, to Broadway, and to now releasing his first EP. Kfir developed himself as an artist writing poetry, eventually expanding upon that, and adding music to his words. After his dance mix single “Heart After Dark” went […]

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New York based performing artist, Kfir, has spent his life pursuing his passion, which took him from classical ballet training, to Broadway, and to now releasing his first EP. Kfir developed himself as an artist writing poetry, eventually expanding upon that, and adding music to his words. After his dance mix single “Heart After Dark” went to number six on the UK pop charts, he was able to raise the money he needed to fund his following endeavors, including his EP “Free Delivery”.  Listening to this EP just proves one thing – Kfir is a consummate craftsman. This album took me on a roller coaster ride of musical highs and no lows. Kfir is a vocal chameleon. The way he weaves his voice into the different songs is breathtaking. From empowerment, to fun, to joy and to raw introspective emotion, his voice mesmerizes and reach into your soul.

The lyrics, all throughout, are achingly honest and Kfir sings them with integrity and feelings. “Free Delivery” stomps in and sets the rebellious mood with its opening track, “Endless Game”. Deep voiced and dominantly ominous, Kfir broods through the verses and then soars into the high free-falling choruses.

It’s really refreshing to listen to music that has some depth to it. “Everything But Perfection” confirms the potential unleashed in the opening track. A funky spring-heeled beat supplies the foundation for the singer to deliver the mellifluous dancefloor anthem.

Emotional, atmospheric and highly impacting, the single “Outta Love” is a tormented love song that is powerfully confrontational. It is a beautiful song, sung exquisitely, with great beauty of tone, emotion, and power. Kfir has a great, great voice and this song displays it in its fullness.

The interesting thing to me is what a fine songwriter Kfir is, compared to other current pop artists. He pretty much puts many of his more famous peers to shame, whether it’s on the eloquent and rhythmic mid-tempo motif of “Step On The Flame”, or the hulking futuristic and cinematic soundscape of “Jenny Lou”.

For “City Romance” the singer comes back around to his sweet spot – introspective lyrics and textured vocals dripping with emotion. Here Kfir lets his sense of self and maturity shine through: “Kiss me for the last time, cause this ain’t working out. And as I take a piece of your heart, you can take a piece of mine. And I never thought this would happen, but something in me just died.” Being both haunting instrumentally, and honest lyrically, you instantly feel in the moment and fully understand every feeling felt, to capture such a performance.

The most remarkable thing about “Free Delivery” is the artist’s focus on having complete and moving songs rather than just singing as many impressive notes as possible – which he is able to do at free will of course. The final track “Big in America” gives us the luxury of savoring both of those privileges, as Kfir forges his entire skillset in a narrative that proposes the aspirations and enchantment of the American dream.

The album’s strongest tracks, are those on which the hooks and production are robust enough to stand up to Kfir’s force-of-nature performances, which is almost always the case. Ultimately “Free Delivery” allows the singer’s distinctive talents to shine, and marks a strutting step forward for Kfir.

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Sienná: “What Matters” – thought provoking and intense http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sienna-what-matters-thought-provoking-and-intense http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sienna-what-matters-thought-provoking-and-intense#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 22:27:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34860 After months of enduring indistinguishable trash, this is the song that any music connoisseur should and needs to appreciate. Where does someone begin to describe an artist who makes the music they desire to make and at the same time sound so beautiful doing it. Sienná, first and foremost, is a voice unlike any other. […]

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After months of enduring indistinguishable trash, this is the song that any music connoisseur should and needs to appreciate. Where does someone begin to describe an artist who makes the music they desire to make and at the same time sound so beautiful doing it. Sienná, first and foremost, is a voice unlike any other. Her vocals evince the particular mix of intelligence, intuition and emotion – a natural force where the instrumentation, no matter how grand or simplistic, accompany it to fully explore and satisfy our senses. An eclectic musical being from whom no high-concept creation should come as a surprise, Sienná returns with her 7th original release, entitled “What Matters”.

Sienná, a Japanese native from Kyoto, now living in Oslo Norway, pursues her vast musical talents for songwriting, musical production, and DJing. She has collaborated with many renowned artists and has been performing live with a Norwegian band since 2018.

During 2017 she also decided to launch her DJing career. Her original works blend avant-garde, jazz, traditional Japanese, and experimental sounds. On her latest track, “What Matters”, Sienná embraces a downtempo pop soundscape which features the Japanese Koto.

“It is my absolute passion to share my unique Japanese-meets-European sound with as many listeners as possible worldwide,” said Sienná. “I enjoy pushing the boundaries of what we come to accept as common place in music today, and I look forward to listener’s feedback when they finally hear the upcoming power-chill single What Matters.”

I am trying to find a word that best describes all the elements of this song: hypnotizing comes to mind. Haunting is yet another. There is also no doubt that this track is entirely beautiful and moving.

In the realm of pop music we are often wait for the chorus to come and impress us enough, to tap a foot, or nod a head. It is often easy to forget that the role of a true artist is to push us into realms we’d overlooked or never imagined, and to offer us a glimpse into a dimension that we, as unique individuals, would fail to possess ourselves.

In this respect, Sienná has achieved this feat brilliantly. The smooth warmth of “What Matters” is deceptive, luring you in while challenging your notion of human contact.

The music would imply a feeling of loss and longing, but Sienná also sings of the process of choice and healing, a trait unique to human nature, and a process which she is reclaiming in this song. “What Matters” gives us a deeper look at who Sienná truly is as a human being and an artist.

Indeed, she has opened up another facet of her conscience, revealing much of her very soul to the listener here. The chords in this song, along with the sound of the Koto, are absolutely splendid. And together with the backup of typical drumbeats and other twinkling instruments, Sienná’s immense talent is immediately obvious, while she sings with a soft and fragile tone that is entirely gorgeous.

The lyrics are sparse but very deep, thought provoking and intense. Sounding both melancholic and strangely inspiring, the lyrics gets to the root of the music, and brings forth the impact and emotion that will stay with the listener for a long times.  The bottom line is that “What Matters” is an absolute milestone in Sienná’s career.

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Sienná on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3xUbvLtGtb41xMTl9SMX7r
Sienná on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/siennamusic
Sienná on Soundcloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/siennaweb
Sienná on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/siennaweb
Sienná on Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/sienna_web
Sienná on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/siennaweb
Sienná on Official Web: http://www.sienna-web.com

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KingQueen: “Running In Water” – unadulterated grit anchored in cutting-edge modern rock http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kingqueen-running-in-water-unadulterated-grit-anchored-in-cutting-edge-modern-rock http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kingqueen-running-in-water-unadulterated-grit-anchored-in-cutting-edge-modern-rock#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2019 16:57:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34849 Formed by Swedish lead singer INA, KingQueen is a pop rock band consisting of drummer Lemuel Clark, Nipun Nair on bass and synth, and guitarist Adam Gimenez. The Los Angeles based band has been seen on multiple platforms such as MTV, LOGO TV, Revry TV, VH1, and performing at the American Music Awards. The multi-nominated […]

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Formed by Swedish lead singer INA, KingQueen is a pop rock band consisting of drummer Lemuel Clark, Nipun Nair on bass and synth, and guitarist Adam Gimenez. The Los Angeles based band has been seen on multiple platforms such as MTV, LOGO TV, Revry TV, VH1, and performing at the American Music Awards. The multi-nominated collective has opened for Jussie Smollett at Long Beach Pride, and performed at DTLA proud and OC Fair. KingQueen recently released their EP “Get Loud” and a music video for the track, “Running In Water”.

INA – Photo by Jose. D. Rodriguez.
Header Photo by Betsy Martinez

KingQueen embrace a blend of classic and modern rock, pumping out tracks with a lot of driving, frizzled guitar and anthemic harmonies that meet up with laser sharp keyboards, spirited rhythms and INA’s soaring vocals. They wouldn’t be out of place on ‘70s radio, in 80’s stadiums, or 90’s festivals, and on current millennium tours.

They practically have a timeless sound, where every one of their massive song choruses are perfectly designed for singalong experiences and euphoric audience participation. A knack many of their contemporaries hopelessly desire in vain.

A KingQueen song, is an invitation to a truly rocking, full-throttle jamboree that will have jumping up and down the aisles. The band prove on their EP, “Get Loud” that they know what it means to rock – with or without the aid of modern studio technology – weaving beautiful artistry that they are certain to easily perform in a live, concert setting.

Whatever the case, just put a microphone in front of INA and listen to her wail. Of course, the groundwork for the band’s delicious rock-pop foundation, is brilliantly crafted by the instrumentation and the passionate fervor of its players.

The album cover artwork

The result is this raw, unadulterated grit that crosses genres and anchors itself in cutting-edge modern rock. But take heed, underneath this immense cinematically-inclined, sonic bang, KingQueen harbor a sensitive beating heart, and a strong social consciousness that is laid out in timely fashion throughout the narrative of “Running In Water”.

“Are you living or are you just breathing, when tears are coming down for no reason. Say goodbye to everything you know. Welcome to your new life,” sings INA, as KingQueen invites us to reevaluate what makes us happy, and to not remain trapped in a life design, not of our own making.

The minute I first heard this song, I knew this band was something special. They are loud, triumphant, confident…and still consciously aware of the perils of our society. At the same time, frontwoman INA, has one of the most incredible voices currently prancing around her genre.

It’s a surprising that the band don’t yet get the mainstream exposure they so thoroughly deserve, but then again I’m happy for KingQueen to circle around the mainstream as sort of highly guarded indie secret.

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Royal: “Summer on Main St” is on fire! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/royal-summer-on-main-st-is-on-fire http://jamsphere.com/reviews/royal-summer-on-main-st-is-on-fire#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2019 12:44:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34839 Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the entire proceeds from concerts and albums to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Watson has […]

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Royal is a hip hop artist who currently resides in Hockessin, Delaware. He understands the importance of giving back and he performs at dozens of middle schools and high schools. In the past, he has donated the entire proceeds from concerts and albums to the community, spreading his generosity to the surrounding neighborhoods. Watson has performed alongside artists such as Waka Flocka, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, YG, and Tory Lanez. Slicing off the fat, Royal lets the music speak for itself, on his 10 track album, “Summer on Main St”. A true rap chameleon, Royal has channeled the Trap influence into his entire presentation. And fans who have heard the album will be ready to point out just how damn successful his chameleon act is.

He’s also on his A-game here, splitting seamlessly between his emotive rhyming and deft rapping. The divide flows more seamlessly than ever; right from the get go on ‘Still There’ ft. Hickey Boy, he begins softly talking, only for the full beat to come slamming in, to which he instantly responds with a tenacious flow.

What’s more, the juxtaposition of songs tilted towards one side of his style or the other is well considered, with the triumphant bassline booming of ‘Can’t Relate’ ft. Letthabeatroc, offering ideal contrast to the sensual click-clack jam of ‘Around Me’ ft. Letthabeatroc. In between, the money talk of ‘Trappin’ ft. Cru.

The rapper seems more determined than ever to prove there’s a space for him in the forefront, and he’s never stated his case more strongly than on ‘Letter To Cecil’ and ‘Letter To Perry’ ft. Perry Lott Jr and Perry Lotts III. When he raps, he’s on fire, presenting rhymes, wordplay, double entendres and metaphors.

The appraisal of this album would be incomplete without mentioning his enthusing lyrics. His lyrics are real, deep, confrontational and thought-provoking. Royal’s vocal mesh with Nick Rodriguez on ‘Soy Mexicano’ is another auditory delight.

Royal sounds seasoned and compelling on ‘Hall Of Fame’, as he covers all ground and leaves no stone unturned by expressing his innermost feelings and thoughts. This will bring him one step closer to solidifying a successful album and his respect as a well-rounded artist and emcee.

‘Occupy Cypher’ is another of Royal’s more transcendent songs – a 6 minute plus odyssey that features Taylo, Ty Bugatti, Watty 4rm Ye, Blanco Bull, and Cru. Royal obviously approached this track carefully, each feature taking time to perfect every bar and it really shows.

Clearly, a creative, original, and distinctive Royal is a good thing for the genre. On “Summer on Main St” he delivered it, finding a balance between smug satisfaction, heartfelt sincerity, and cold-blooded tenacity. Overall, Royal did a phenomenal job on this album.

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Ren Daversa: “SALTWATER” shows a striking amount of empathy for the listener http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ren-daversa-saltwater-shows-a-striking-amount-of-empathy-for-the-listener http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ren-daversa-saltwater-shows-a-striking-amount-of-empathy-for-the-listener#respond Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:57:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34818 San Diego-based singer songwriter, Ren Daversa is a working musician, who also spends a fair amount of her time playing her music on a volunteer basis. She is always happy to donate her talents to fundraisers, charity and awareness events. Influenced by artists like Cold War Kids, Tori Amos and Jeff Buckley, to classical, rock […]

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San Diego-based singer songwriter, Ren Daversa is a working musician, who also spends a fair amount of her time playing her music on a volunteer basis. She is always happy to donate her talents to fundraisers, charity and awareness events. Influenced by artists like Cold War Kids, Tori Amos and Jeff Buckley, to classical, rock and country music, she is proud to present her 9 track album, entitled “SALTWATER”. Awesome. This is an overused word for the most part, but in this case, awesome, is the right one. This is a perfect record, for what Daversa, conceptually and artistically, set out to do. These are all great songs, blending pop, folk and indie-rock flavors. Ren’s voice is sultry and smoky, but then turns on a dime and becomes honest and alto. Yes, “SALTWATER” is an incredibly strong collection of songs covering a range of moods and textures.

Ren Daversa is unapologetically unpretentious and she’s on some kind of righteous mission. A beautiful rich voice. A singer-songwriter soul. Lyrical poetry of an emotional touch. Ren is a golden ticket of perfection in singing from the soul. Hence this enriched album of storytelling lingers on the mind and makes one flow with the music. Ren is smooth in execution. Her voice is loud, proud and vibrantly resonant right from the poignant opening track, “Oceans Of You”. The song starts rather gently and tentatively, before exploding into a voluminous, undulating wave of emotion.

Ren Daversa refuses to do what modern music juggernauts do in spades; pander to stereotypical narratives, under-utilize the instrumentals and downright hijack a pop or urban intonation with the intention of being relevant and popular. Ren is here to grab your attention and keep it, but she isn’t here to let you dictate her narrative.

On “Heart To Heart” she makes the music she wants to make, holding onto her folksy roots. And then goes one step deeper on the beautiful and essential organic soundscape of “Cut And Dried”. Ren’s presence behind the microphone is simply a hand in glove fit, times one hundred. “Just One Word” is rhythmically elegant.

Ren is incredible at executing this acoustic guitar-driven upbeat motif, and the production value is almost equally a highlight. And just to prove she can go one better, “Closer” is her rock out anthem. Ren cuts loose both vocally and musically here. Lots of fiery guitars, thumping drums, and layered harmonies, push this track into a euphoric listening experience. Daversa runs the gamut all throughout this record, with up-tempo tracks like this at her disposal.

“Firelight” is another quintessential example of how Ren Daversa simply refuses to pander to the commonplace conventions that plague modern music. Rich organic sounds and plenty of harmonies spread under an expansive melody.

Ren shows a striking amount of empathy for the listener with her conversational tones on “The Upside Down”, before totally mesmerizing her audience with a stupefying vocal performance on “Funny”, showing off her full range.

By the time she closes the album with the finger-snapping rhythm of “Type A”, there is no doubt that Ren Daversa deserves every bit of credit that will undeniably come her way. “SALTWATER” is set to take Daversa up to the next level.

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Ben Ryan Metzger: “Ride With The One You Love” – an amalgam of pop sounds http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ben-ryan-metzger-ride-with-the-one-you-love-an-amalgam-of-pop-sounds http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ben-ryan-metzger-ride-with-the-one-you-love-an-amalgam-of-pop-sounds#respond Fri, 29 Mar 2019 15:07:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34808 Ben Ryan Metzger is a pop artist from Cleveland, OH. His goal with his work is to share his love and positive energy through music and inspire listeners around the world to appreciate their precious, finite time on earth. Metzger’s current project “Ride With The One You Love” is no exception. Indie, pop, dance, electronic, rap […]

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Ben Ryan Metzger is a pop artist from Cleveland, OH. His goal with his work is to share his love and positive energy through music and inspire listeners around the world to appreciate their precious, finite time on earth. Metzger’s current project “Ride With The One You Love” is no exception. Indie, pop, dance, electronic, rap and artsy … all are good adjectives to describe Metzger’s latest album. Poetic and insightful lyrics accompany great beats and strong synth sounds to make a truly unique album. Some songs are nostalgic sounding, like they miss a past of innocence, while others bring a series of positively inspiring anecdotes to the table. Ben Ryan Metzger is definitely doing something new here, but he is obviously heavily influenced by the past.

Metzger knows how to make soundscapes. Catchy soundscapes, at that. There are indeed some notable tracks. The first of these is the title track, “Ride With The One You Love”, which begins with strikingly raw vocals as an electronica-laced bouncing beat and a thumping bassline adds a jovial nature to proceedings. Meanwhile, the album’s barometer quickly reaches an apex on the epic second track, “Make It So Jean-Luc Picard”, which sees Metzger use varying tones of his voice – from deep baritone passages, to wistful falsetto motifs.

Musically complex and the most likely cut to grow on a listener, this arguably could be seen as a summation of the entire album’s sound all rolled into one. “Nba Today The World We Save”, sees Ben Ryan Metzger comfortably slide into rap-styled verses, before once again switching styles on the funky retro-disco cut “Math Dance”.

It is when Metzger slips into his baritone voice, that I find him most impressive, coming off sounding like mix between Dave Gahan and Elvis Presley. In fact “Unbeatable Avenger Rambo Terminator” is a perfect example of this unique hybrid crossover, as the dark resonating tones of Gahan meet the raunchy drawl of Elvis.

None of that betrays the fact that Metzger still sounds like Metzger at heart. Despite infusing the songs with a heightened electronic quotient, these are songs that are still nostalgic for any given yesterday. It’s this kind of juxtaposition that Ben Ryan Metzger pulls off so well and maintains throughout their record.

Each track manages to flow into the next with relative ease all without sacrificing atmosphere or the summery pop-dance feel across the albums eight tracks. It’s because of this admirable creative chemistry that Metzger manages to get away with this amalgamation of sounds, without coming off as overstuffed or undecidedly grasping at straws.

This confidence and spontaneity even allows Metzger to include “Believeland” which is a live track. By now you would have noticed that Metzger also has the gift of giving his tracks tongue-twisting, tongue-in-cheek titles, such as, “Sharknado Secret You Don’t Know”.

Metzger then closes the album down with eloquent ballad, “One Moment With You”, which is also a live rendition of the song. Each track on “Ride With The One You Love” can stand on isolated listens, but the album really fluctuates as a whole, the listener picking up things gone unnoticed on previous album cycles, consolidating the entire record.

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TheDarkhounds: “Cheltenham Calling” – carving out his own identity! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/thedarkhounds-cheltenham-calling-carving-out-his-own-identity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/thedarkhounds-cheltenham-calling-carving-out-his-own-identity#respond Thu, 28 Mar 2019 14:07:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34797 Xander AKA TheDarkhounds is a solo musician, producer actor and model who won a YouTube partnership based on his vocals, while obtaining a music degree at university. He has done professional modelling and appeared in the British newspaper “The Sun”. TheDarkhounds who has self-produced and published 3 albums so far, has also appeared on TV […]

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Xander AKA TheDarkhounds is a solo musician, producer actor and model who won a YouTube partnership based on his vocals, while obtaining a music degree at university. He has done professional modelling and appeared in the British newspaper “The Sun”. TheDarkhounds who has self-produced and published 3 albums so far, has also appeared on TV for ITVs ‘Dark Angel’, and BBCs ‘Poldark’ as well as in music videos and in film. The musical direction that TheDarkhounds pursues in his latest solo effort, “Cheltenham Calling”, should not be surprising to anyone who has long followed the development of bands like Depeche Mode, or Darkwave music in general. TheDarkhounds is somewhat more expansive creatively, and less mainstream, sonically. And can be a whole lot bolder when it comes to song titles. As is confirmed by the explicit album closer – “Anal is Not for the Faint Hearted”.

TheDarkhounds’ restlessness steers his music towards dark sounding themes, layered electro-synth instrumentation, and echoey vocal effects. The opening track “Cheltenham Calling”, plays off the multiple vocal layers, the angular synths, and the high-paced rattling drums which is buried under the busy mix.

The pounding “Failure of the Family” features eerie-sounding basslines and ear-catching circular strings, evoking, albeit from a distance, Gothic laments and sentiments. TheDarkhounds’ vocal sorcery again being the focal point of the arrangement.

This is followed by the simmering keyboard orchestration of “Dreaming Alone”, which is pushed forward by the insistent percussion and TheDarkhounds’ deeply reverberating delivery. The banging urban-like beat on “All Kindz”, comes as a surprise, and a refreshing one at that.

It forges a different sounding landscape to the previous tracks. Its sounds more urgent and edgy and fits the ominous, mesmerizing effect of the vocals. This may just be the best track of the bunch.

TheDarkhounds’ songs feature artsy elements but are emo-throttled at the core. The ambient tendencies in the synth patterns for “She Can’t Help It” create moving pictures anchored by heavily chained beats with sumptuous emo-driven sonic furls.

TheDarkhounds vocals dig in deeply while thronged by roguish electronica. “Let You Win” has smooth, fluid lines that are stacked by buzz-saw stylistics and Brit synth-wave laden electronica. Throughout the recording, TheDarkhounds’ voice moves between sultry vocal stroking and sticky barbing that is charming with its melodic flourishes.

Intensely busy, and dramatically pertinent, the pornographic theme of “Anal is Not for the Faint Hearted” will pluck at your sensibilities, but that’s exactly the intention – to see the dirt beneath our feet in this technologically inclined, modern society.

There is something incredibly raw and authentic this track. It’s a song that not many would be as daring to pull off, as TheDarkhounds flip the commercial music aesthetic on its head. TheDarkhounds’ developing sense of structure to music and lyrics show in his acute indie-rock songwriting sensibilities and willingness to take risks.

“Cheltenham Calling” is a recording that presents a melting-pot of raw talent and a fresher approach to making electronic music in the 21st century. Musically, and lyrically, TheDarkhounds has no fear of going to the edge of excess and then taking it just that little bit further. So it’s fair to say that on this album, he is carving out his own identity. Which in today’s climate, is indeed no easy task.

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Enzo: ‘Light Me Up’ – warm, passion-filled aura http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/enzo-light-me-up-warm-passion-filled-aura http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/enzo-light-me-up-warm-passion-filled-aura#respond Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:23:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34744 DJs speak with their hands. Producers who can’t use words, express themselves through sound. On the other hand, it’s almost true that in the electronic music realm, the weight of the music can render words secondary. That’s not to say that producers aren’t using their voices…it’s rare but quite possible. Some producers over a number […]

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DJs speak with their hands. Producers who can’t use words, express themselves through sound. On the other hand, it’s almost true that in the electronic music realm, the weight of the music can render words secondary. That’s not to say that producers aren’t using their voices…it’s rare but quite possible. Some producers over a number of electronic genres have stepped up to the mic to express themselves vocally, others engage the perfect voices to execute the needed emotion. Once such creative is Enzo, a self-taught musical artist from Boston, Massachusetts. His work as a producer and DJ has led to an ever-evolving musical style. Inspired by the music of Avicii, Enzo began to pursue electronic music for himself. A follow up to his EP ‘The Golden Lining’, his latest release ‘Light Me Up’ is an electronic pop track with chill vibes.

Enzo, with the aid of his selected, featured vocalist, forging a melodically pronounced voice and sound, inundates us into a trance throughout this track. Hypnotic, with chill pop driven hooks, Enzo delivers lushly layered minimalism with an astute ear in knowing what to put in the mix and what to leave out.

Everything: from the spare, shimmering softness of the keyboards, to the earnest, crystalline vocals, to the impeccable production, make his latest effort a particularly special and poignant one. For an EDM or dance track, this is absolutely sublime listening with decent headphones.

The warm splashes of synth break through the building rattle of a mid-tempo dance beat, as the airy, ethereal voice steadily soars above the musical arrangement. ‘Light Me Up’ is a welcome reminder that love can still offer genuine refuge from the increasingly apocalyptic times we live in.

This warm, passion-filled aura is allowed to expand and occupy the entire track, as the gloriously soothing vocals echo and resolve the sonic sky around it. Enzo’s cutting edge production, allows the voice evaporate and appear, in a haze of harmony, alongside the instrumental, as the song gradually reveals itself—sonically, lyrically, and emotionally.

‘Light Me Up’ is a track that steps out of the cloistered space of its genre, and into the world around it. A little pop seeps into the chilled electronic soul and dance motifs, as Enzo continues to let his innermost thoughts out, the distance between listener and artist becoming smaller, resulting in a song that feels engagingly light and personal.

The vocals are airy, celestial and undulating, never failing to translate the emotion intended. Far from being a fist-pumping EDM anthem to simply jump around to, Enzo has created a song that will uplift and empower the spirit.

The production is immaculate, and if you want to know how EDM music could sound right now, stream or download ‘Light Me Up’, and relish one of the most open, positive and innovative, producers, forging his own interesting path.

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Silvertung: “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)” – a library of ear-catching riffs! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/silvertung-but-at-what-cost-a-library-of-ear-catching-riffs http://jamsphere.com/reviews/silvertung-but-at-what-cost-a-library-of-ear-catching-riffs#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 11:24:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34728 Award-winning rock band Silvertung, has landed on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio Chart three times. The Mid-Atlantic quartet, made up of vocalist Speed, lead guitarist Codey, bassist Sam Sour, and drummer Danno, have also opened for groups like Godsmack, Disturbed, Shinedown, Slipknot, Staind, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Filter, Drowning Pool, Anthrax, P.O.D., and others. With three […]

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Award-winning rock band Silvertung, has landed on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Radio Chart three times. The Mid-Atlantic quartet, made up of vocalist Speed, lead guitarist Codey, bassist Sam Sour, and drummer Danno, have also opened for groups like Godsmack, Disturbed, Shinedown, Slipknot, Staind, Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Filter, Drowning Pool, Anthrax, P.O.D., and others. With three albums and one EP under their belt, Silvertung, in collaboration with Thermal Entertainment, have dropped their latest album “(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)”, produced by Steven Wright, whose credits include Slipknot, Mars Volta, and Rihanna. This is the type of release that occurs when a band wants to record something to please old fans and also find new fans, but at the same time wants something that will allow them to be viewed on a higher level as artists.

“(BUT, AT WHAT COST??!)” is a collection of bursts of rhythmic aggression, and bone-crushing riffs, all designed to maximize the driving groove, and serving as a sound board for the sustained vocal roar. Like the band itself, Speed is a rock n’ roll animal, his voice a combination of harsh swagger and melodic cadence.

Every song is built from a library of ear-catching riffs, which they take on a different personality depending on what facet of his voice Speed uses, giving plenty of variation to the album. Silvertung know what they do well, and fans of the genre will likely dig right into the heaviness that they provide.

Right out of the gate, on “Dodging Bullets”, Silvertung show their true colors. The aggressive rocker is built on the driving guitar work by Codey and is likely to whip concertgoers into a frenzy when it goes live. Loud is exactly where you’ll want your volume to be, when rocking out to this track.

“Feel Inhuman” is a track full of assailing swagger, an abrasive bring-it-on vibe and one of the album’s stronger tracks – a rocker that’s sure to capture the ears of listeners. The warlike “World Gone Mad” is pure emotional Adrenalin. It’s heavy and kicks ass in no uncertain terms. It succeeds in bringing the hard in heavy doses with just the perfect smattering of melody in the right places.

“Wise Up” is a hard-driving rock song that bangs your head with every rock guru’s mantra, “turn that shit up louder!” Driven intensely by the rhythm section of bassist Sam Sour, and drummer Danno, it stands as a solid testament of the hard rock mastery that Silvertung are able to churn out.

there’s little doubt that Silvertung know how to pen a groove-filled rock tune for the head-banging crowd, the melodic moments they infuse into their songs are impressive. “Black Sunset” is a perfect testament to that musical blending.

The vocals are particularly powerful and infused with a certain passion and anger that the band captures so well. These characteristics are prevalent through the entirety of “You’re Fine” and “Done My Best”.  Musically and vocally intense these songs engage the listener, forcing you to acknowledge every aspect.

It drives through you with heavy, angular riffs and powerful, almost chastising, lyrics. This is modern and thrilling Hard Rock, with powerful riffs, outstanding vocals, and choruses that truly credit Silvertung’s songs to become potential rock n’ roll radio hits!

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Sevy Campos: “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace – an exciting partnership of cultures, sounds and styles! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sevy-campos-thirsty-ft-samuel-wallace-an-exciting-partnership-of-cultures-sounds-and-styles http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/sevy-campos-thirsty-ft-samuel-wallace-an-exciting-partnership-of-cultures-sounds-and-styles#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:07:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34664 Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then […]

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Sevy Campos

Born in Arles, Southern France, Sevy Campos began to sing and play guitar at a very early age with the desire to follow in the footsteps of the famous Gipsy Kings, who are from his hometown. During his teen years Sevy across all of Europe, and lived in the UK for 5 years He then returned to France before going to Germany.

His song “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace, has been aired on MTV, and is currently play-listed on more than 160 radio and TV channels around the globe. Currently preparing his upcoming album, Sevy Campos is also planning to announce a series of international concerts soon.

With the determined strumming of his acoustic guitar and the signature of his expressive, passionate vocals, Sevy Campos blends in an electronic dance music flavor that is very reminiscent of some of the crossover mega-hits released by the sadly missed electro genius of Avicii.

The energy, the raw emotion, the fabulous rhythm, the intricate guitar work – all of them combine to make music that makes you want to move every part of your body. If you want to feel upbeat or energized while you drive, I suggest you play this at top volume in the car – maybe reserve the dancing until your feet are on the ground again…if you can resist.

The single cover

Rich, vibrant, emotional, rhythmic, and beautiful, “Thirsty” not only features the dynamic acoustic guitar and vocals of Sevy Campos, or the smoothly flowing rapped verses courtesy of Samuel Wallace, but also forges stylish bursts of resonating brass which adds a gorgeous opulence to the arrangement.

Yes, you can listen to this while cleaning the house, cooking, or just hanging out, but the beat wants to make you get up and dance, while it reflects the skillful blending of acoustic and electronic elements behind Sevy’s voice.

Much like the Gypsy Kings, Sevy Campos’ musical roots pull from a style that was brought to Spain by traveling gypsies and continued to cross-pollinate with other forms of folk music in Spain and influences from both France and the Caribbean. I suppose it could be termed ‘world music’ in the purest sense of the term.

Nicolas Reyes of the Gypsy Kings with a copy of Sevy Campos’ debut single.

However Sevy has taken those roots and brought them right up into today’s contemporary sounds. The result is a richly textured, upbeat track where Sevy brings his pop-inclined melody, and Samuel adds in the edgier urban flavor with his rhyming skills.

The rumba flamenco styled pace of Sevy Campos’ acoustic guitar, and the street cred attitude by Samuel Wallace’s rapping, blends into a joyous dancefloor anthem, and a fruitful, exciting partnership of cultures, sounds and styles.

The happy, positive energy is palpable from the first bar of music, and taking in the sounds while enjoying the rhythm nestled all around the melody is a surefire way to alleviate stress. When you listen to music, research shows the brain releases dopamine, a ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter that happens when you experience pleasure.

And there is plenty of pleasure to be reaped from Sevy Campos’ “Thirsty” ft. Samuel Wallace. Here’s hoping for many more years of music making from Sevy Campos, who is filling a void, left vacant in the current music scene.

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The Vics: “Fourth and Clay” and “Proud” – refined songwriting http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-vics-fourth-and-clay-and-proud-refined-songwriting http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/the-vics-fourth-and-clay-and-proud-refined-songwriting#respond Mon, 11 Mar 2019 01:33:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34649 The Vics met in late 2015 attending California University of Pennsylvania. Shortly after, they merged into the Pittsburgh music scene through their self-released EP “Sparrow” and self-titled album in 2017. The band has since evolved taking all the appropriate risks on their two new singles, “Fourth and Clay” and “Proud”, without destroying the chemical makeup […]

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The Vics met in late 2015 attending California University of Pennsylvania. Shortly after, they merged into the Pittsburgh music scene through their self-released EP “Sparrow” and self-titled album in 2017. The band has since evolved taking all the appropriate risks on their two new singles, “Fourth and Clay” and “Proud”, without destroying the chemical makeup of their established existence.  Their previous musical experiences paired with their renewed perspectives not only solidify their status as one of the better alternative rock acts in the underground, but signals that they’re here for more than just a couple of songs.

The jangling guitars, the big chanting vocal interludes, and the epic Baroque-styled arrangement on “Fourth and Clay”, are about as far away from a mainstream pop act as it’s possible to be. But if you scratch the surface a little you’ll notice a few parallels – the refined nature of the songwriting, the urge towards a great hook, and a killer melody.

The truth is The Vics is an indie rock band that resembles free spirited youth and continues to grace the music stage with songs that are quirky, fun and downright catchy. Their latest tracks show the band’s growth and progression since getting their start in the music industry.

The Vics sound isn’t as raw and rough as when they first started. Though their earlier songs were great to listen to, it’s nice to see the change and the ebbs and flows that the band has endured. The band’s new music has a “radio ready” feel which is a sign of maturity and awareness.

Each of their tracks holds a unique, distinctive mood that displays the band’s level of depth. Their ability to make their sound their own is enough to leave you tongue tied.  As their music progresses, the band continues to paint a colorful, vibrant picture for their audience through their lyrics and sound.

“Proud” switches away from the almost singalong exuberance of “Fourth and Clay”. Retaining a strong indie vibe, The Vics, deliver a steady progression throughout the entirety of the song that’s carried beautifully by the drums and guitar.

The lyrics are not only well-written but are very vivid and poetic: “A letter left with the house turned sideways. Not even shut while the light sneaks by the door. I rarely bet cause the odds play mind games. But I know you left because we’ve gone through this before.” This is a song that despite its slower tempo and aura of restraint, immediately caught my attention from the very first note.

It reminds me of track that you would hear at the end of a heartbreaking movie, as the credits are rolling. Very melodic, graceful, and emotional, strangely it’s a song that makes you want to sway and nod your head as the tune plays, while your heart hangs heavy with sadness.

The Vics write from a place of pure honesty and vulnerability on “Proud” that makes it not only enjoyable but highly relatable. However their spirited, casual, yet insightful nature remains intact with “Fourth and Clay”, reminding me why I love indie music so much. Together these tracks deliver big musical moments, and enough lyrical substance for serious contemplation.

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Willow Raye: “Déjà Vu” – a mellow and captivating anthem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/willow-raye-deja-vu-a-mellow-and-captivating-anthem http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/willow-raye-deja-vu-a-mellow-and-captivating-anthem#respond Fri, 08 Mar 2019 12:09:06 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=34627 Willow Raye is a pop artist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA who started writing songs in High School. Currently working on the release of her debut EP, she has dropped her first single entitled, “Déjà Vu”. Music is the opportunity to hear the call for love and empathy. Nearly every serious artist has […]

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Willow Raye is a pop artist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA who started writing songs in High School. Currently working on the release of her debut EP, she has dropped her first single entitled, “Déjà Vu”. Music is the opportunity to hear the call for love and empathy. Nearly every serious artist has in some way discussed their personal journeys and feelings, while dealing with their relationships – either enduring or short-lived. Now Willow Raye joins the conversation, with her brand new single, refreshing the age-old theme for new listeners. With how well-crafted and succinct this track feels, you can tell that Raye has the potential of a pop hit-maker.

Vocally, Willow Raye peaks her voice like rays of sunlight crossing the crisp air of the sky. She feels simultaneously light and girded to the ground like a tree blowing in a breeze.  “Déjà Vu” sounds like a like an extremely confident display of herself, which is what every artist wishes to achieve on their debut.

The balance between emotional rawness and mass appeal is instantly apparent. Every synth and bassline motif, steams and simmers under the sultry utterings of a Raye’s sensual voice. Whether she is reminiscing, longing for, or dancing upon her desires, Raye wants to emote her lyrical story, and she does so successfully here.

Using the luscious synth-waves of modern electronic pop to captivate listeners, and place them in her envisioned story of love and lust, Willow Raye knows how to dive deep into real emotions to create powerful music. Though short and sweet, Raye takes no time to tell her fascinating story in “Déjà Vu”.

Honesty is her greatest strength in this track, as it’s not always an element shown in a similar situation, and in the same way, by many female artists. How many girls do you know, make a candid statement like: “I know I just met you, but I’m falling in lust.” That’s usually been the age-old, clichéd male prerogative – girls fall in love, men fall in lust.

Willow Raye’s declaration of inner bliss makes for a mellow and captivating anthem. While she sings about her extreme complicity and compatibility with another individual, we never quite know what the final outcome of that situation was on “Déjà vu”. Moreover, the music is enticing and suspenseful, adding to the song’s already intriguing predisposition.

Recently Raye did clear up some of the track’s mystery, by declaring she felt so connected to the song’s protagonist that she could only describe the sensation as knowing him in a previous life: “Deja Vu is about reliving the rush of lust, it’s about feeling something most of us ignore,” Raye went on to say.

Produced by Aleksei, the unobtrusive instrumental lets her vocals shine brightly, Willow Raye’s aptitude for making the personal pop-friendly, is spotlighted very well in her songwriting here. Her follow-up EP production will surely be a highly-anticipated event.

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