JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:26:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Metal Band Crimson Guardian Release Album ‘Sands of Time’ http://jamsphere.com/news/metal-band-crimson-guardian-release-album-sands-time http://jamsphere.com/news/metal-band-crimson-guardian-release-album-sands-time#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:26:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29450 Crimson Guardian, A NW Original Hard Rock/Metal Band, have just dropped their their latest album ‘Sands of Time’. The new album offers a classic rock sound but with a modern twist. Crimson Guardian are often compared to legends like Black Sabbath,  style wise but with their own unique sound. This provides rock and metal fans […]

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Crimson Guardian, A NW Original Hard Rock/Metal Band, have just dropped their their latest album ‘Sands of Time’. The new album offers a classic rock sound but with a modern twist. Crimson Guardian are often compared to legends like Black Sabbath,  style wise but with their own unique sound. This provides rock and metal fans a great opportunity to discover a new ‘metal friendly’ sound, which is sure to appeal.

Their classic metal style mixed with new blood of a more modern day edge has created a vibe and a class all to there own. Crimson Guardian stands out from the crowd yet at the same time accepts everyone as one. The Band is a Powerhouse of metal spanning rhythm, bass, lead, and drum patterns that are sure to catch the ear of just about everyone. Crimson Guardian is a Hard Rock/Metal fans band. If you like good tasty riffs, this is your band.

A recent press review said: “Taking a mix of classic metal and adding elements of 80s thrash, Oregon’s Crimson Guardian bring a modern tinge on the essential metal styles. One thing that stands out straight away is the production, while metal bands these days have a polished and crystal clear sound, Crimson Guardian have a raw and dirty sound. It doesn’t sound sonically perfect and initial impressions that makes it an even better listen.The bass is booming while not overpowering the guitar work. A decent album for old school metal fans to check out. I love a raw sound on a metal album.” Stencil

In the past, after shows Crimson Guardian has been referenced in the same category as Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dio, and Megadeath. This NW indi band turns heads everywhere they go, and they are worth your time and support. Currently they are picking up popularity through various online platforms including Spotify. All of which they have received a great response and a growing fan base and popularity.

The band is currently touring the United States and has been for the past 3 months. Upcoming dates are due in Washington. These include; Seattle, Tacoma and Bremerton. These dates are between 27th and 29th July. For more information and post updates/videos of live performances please visit their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/crimsonguardianofficial/

CD Track listing:

Metal Injection

Broken

underworld

Twisted Mind ‘n’ Soul

Nightmare

Scarred for Life

Burning Down

Tattered-Stitched-Torn

Sands of Time

Year of the Rat

Traumatized

Fireball

Beyond the Never

About: Crimson Guardian are from Oragon, formed in 2005. Since their formation they have been touring regular across the USA. Current lineup consists of Dave Jones ~vox/rhythm/lead, Sean Quinnett ~ Drums, Jay ~Bass, Alvin ~Lead.

Links:

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/crimsonguardian1

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLlHCEYBbkAXz7a7UMuUBpQ&

http://www.crimsonguardian.us

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Voice Season 10 Casting Finals Participant Releases Debut Music Video http://jamsphere.com/news/voice-season-10-casting-finals-participant-releases-debut-music-video http://jamsphere.com/news/voice-season-10-casting-finals-participant-releases-debut-music-video#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:54:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29447 HARTLAND, MI – Trey McLaughlin Music (TMM) announced today that Trey Connor will release the official music video for his new single “Hold On” on a date in late August that is yet to be announced. The video parallels the song’s theme about living life in the moment and holding on to things that make you happy.  Images […]

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HARTLAND, MI – Trey McLaughlin Music (TMM) announced today that Trey Connor will release the official music video for his new single “Hold On” on a date in late August that is yet to be announced.

The video parallels the song’s theme about living life in the moment and holding on to things that make you happy.  Images captured during the making of the video will be pushed out on the artist’s social media pages during the next few weeks and the video is planned for promotion by several online locations. Fans are directed to monitor the artist’s social media pages for more information and a specific release date.

The 6-song EP “While Everything Is Now” is an action packed collection of tracks offering something for everyone, including punchy pop/rock, a stirring ballad, and a larger-than-life, electrically charged rock anthem. Pop/rock delivered with guitar driven grit and creative production quality, these songs are smooth but also raw and edgy. Amazingly simple, yet deeply profound, this powerful pop/rock makes you want to get up and move.

Trey Connor is a 20-year-old fast rising pop/rock artist who amazes audiences of all ages with crystal clear vocals and artful guitar work. Leading his former band of young teens (Bulletproof Snow) to receive the Detroit Music Awards, People’s Choice Award in 2015, Trey was also invited to Universal Studios LA for casting finals week for Season 10 of “The Voice”.

One of the final 100 artists selected from 46,000 auditions, Trey did not appear on the show because the teams filled up before he had his opportunity to deliver his “BLIND AUDITION” for the celebrity coaches.

Trey McLaughlin Music is the Hartland, MI based music artist management and publishing company for Trey Connor.

Note: High-resolution photos are available on request. Trey Connor is available for interviews.

Relevant web site: http://facebook.com/treyconnormusic

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The Gore Boyz release official video for “Kisses For the Road” http://jamsphere.com/news/gore-boyz-release-official-video-kisses-road http://jamsphere.com/news/gore-boyz-release-official-video-kisses-road#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:18:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29445 “Kisses For the Road” is on FIRE!!! – The Gore Boyz released their official video for “Kisses For the Road” on YouTube in April 2017. Since then, they have almost 145k views on their video, the number 2 slot on The Digital Radio Tracker Indie Chart and, just announced, The Akademia Music Award winner Best […]

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“Kisses For the Road” is on FIRE!!! – The Gore Boyz released their official video for “Kisses For the Road” on YouTube in April 2017. Since then, they have almost 145k views on their video, the number 2 slot on The Digital Radio Tracker Indie Chart and, just announced, The Akademia Music Award winner Best Pop Music Video in June 2017. (http://www.theakademia.com/music/wfuDA2RNRL2URfdurU3N.html)

‘The Gore Boyz (TGB) have fascinating talent and performance instincts; commingling to illustrate a jumpin pop track with all of the right elements.’ Check out their Award Winning Video HERE!

https://youtu.be/54zsqKKSkp4?list=PLqd6hPCSoUP5SO8FtNx1MBhEmd2aMHcmG

About TGB – The Gore Boyz from Gastonia, North Carolina started performing in 2009 when the older brother Herman begged his parents to allow him and his two younger brothers to be in their 2009 talent show at their school, The Gore Boyz were born. All enrolled in music lessons, 16-year-old Herman takes on the ivory with the keyboards/piano, Edwin at 13 plays guitar, and Sean Michael who is only 11-years-old takes care of the drums.

They have spent the last six years in intense talent development following the Berry Gordy Motown model. Their Influenced by old school R&B bands and the trendy new sounds of pop, R&B, and hip-hop, Herman, Edwin and Sean Michael formed the musical trio The Gore Boyz aka TGB and have set out to make their mark in music. These incredibly talented brothers are not only gifted musicians and entertainers; they are also honor students, community servants and accomplished athletes.

Contact Links

hcgore@aol.com Official Site http://www.tgbrocks.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tgbrocks/

Twitter http://twitter.com/tgbrocks

Press Kit http://epresskitz.com/index.php?u=35256812

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“The Care Concert: There’s No Place That’s Home” Raises Approximately $30,000 to End Homelessness in Southern California http://jamsphere.com/events/care-concert-theres-no-place-thats-home-raises-approximately-30000-end-homelessness-southern-california http://jamsphere.com/events/care-concert-theres-no-place-thats-home-raises-approximately-30000-end-homelessness-southern-california#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:13:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29442 On June 11th in Downtown Los Angeles, musicians, philanthropists, and celebrities joined together at the Palace Theatre in Downtown, Los Angeles for We Can California’s The Care Concert: There’s No Place That’s Home to raise funds and awareness to the homelessness crisis in Southern California. Kelly Osbourne, Madeline Zima, and Karina Smirnoff were the Masters […]

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On June 11th in Downtown Los Angeles, musicians, philanthropists, and celebrities joined together at the Palace Theatre in Downtown, Los Angeles for We Can California’s The Care Concert: There’s No Place That’s Home to raise funds and awareness to the homelessness crisis in Southern California. Kelly Osbourne, Madeline Zima, and Karina Smirnoff were the Masters of Ceremonies for the evening. The meaningful event included a successful silent auction, a VIP cocktail reception, and many lovely duets and musical performances.

The Care concert was a beautiful evening where success and generosity came together to truly impact the homelessness crisis that is so prevalent in Southern California, with 100% of the money raised being given directly to those in need through the work of Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission and The Teen Project.

The host committee consisted of celebrities who hold this cause close to their hearts, including Vivica A. Fox, Melissa Rivers, Melia Kreiling, Laraine Newman, Lisa Loeb, Esai Morales, as well as Karina Smirnoff and Madeline Zima.

The Care Concert helped to raise the much needed funds and awareness to the homelessness crisis in Southern California. The Get Together Foundation was founded by Kevin Wachs, co-founder of THE TRIBE and Earthly Body, which have raised huge amounts for worthy causes over the years.

THE TRIBE is a collective of LA-based session and touring musicians and vocalists, including a variety of famous artists who gather to perform for various causes, using their creative skills to raise money and awareness. Proceeds from their events have gone to a number of charities that help people and the environment.

The event was a resounding success resulting in funding for these amazing charities who help LA’s homeless get back on their feet. We look forward to the next one with hope in our hearts for an eventual end to LA’s homelessness crisis.

For details and info, checkout the website www.wecancalifornia.org  and follow the project on www. instagram.com/wecancalifornia

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Art Tawanghar: “Buddha Lounge” combines multi-cultural songs and a variety of instruments http://jamsphere.com/reviews/art-tawanghar-buddha-lounge-combines-multi-cultural-songs-variety-instruments http://jamsphere.com/reviews/art-tawanghar-buddha-lounge-combines-multi-cultural-songs-variety-instruments#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:54:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29437 In his career Art Tawanghar has accumulated many accolades and awards while touring around the world and performing in front of thousands of people. An official Grammy® voting artist Art has also appeared on the Billboard Charts, staking his claim to the #1 spot for many weeks! He has released his latest album which is […]

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In his career Art Tawanghar has accumulated many accolades and awards while touring around the world and performing in front of thousands of people. An official Grammy® voting artist Art has also appeared on the Billboard Charts, staking his claim to the #1 spot for many weeks! He has released his latest album which is entitled “Buddha Lounge” and once again it proves Tawanghar to be a musical mastermind. Little is known about him, other than the fact that he is the essence of versatility and brilliance, but he is very well known for his music in which he combines multi-cultural songs and a variety of instruments. He can, however, produce stunning pieces of music if he put his mind to it. And more often than not Tawanghar puts his mind to it, as he has done on “Buddha Lounge”!

Art Tawanghar

Art Tawanghar

To round off the introduction of the album, you should know that it includes 6 songs, but despite its short track list, you’ll find a lot more than you bargained right from the first listen.  The opening track, “Distorted Time” sees Art Tawanghar collaborating with composer Ruth Weber in a track featuring an unusual duet for the Oboe and Duduk.

The Oboe is played by Emilia Lopez-Yañez, a graduate from Chapman University, while the song infuses world instruments from Turkey, Persia, and India and combines standard, jazz, pentatonic, and non-standard semi-tone scales.

“Inside Light” is another rich combination instruments and moods. The blend of dancing strings, intense percussion and sprawling keyboards form the perfect backing for the ethereal but soulful female vocals. This track further tells you that Tawanghar is full of original ideas and styles.

Look deeper, and you’ll find “Awakened Telomeres”, featuring Peter Sterling to be quite the relaxing track. Full of sublime percussion and the vibration of Sterling’s harp, this will mesmerize your senses for its duration. I simply cannot stress enough how good “Divinity Within” is. This song is epic in its own way, whether you are a fan of New Age or not. Imbued with a wall of layered stringed instrumentation this has a notable musical arrangement.

The album credits

“Beauty Within” plays within contrasts of varying tempo and timbre dynamics as it moves between melancholy and joy. This is another extract of Art Tawanghar’s emotional baggage which goes hand in hand with his technical mastery to form a combination of stirring sounds that saturate the mind and heart.

“Quantum Separation” almost sounds like a continuation of the emotional impact prepared on the previous track. Heavy and ominous the instrumental starts moodily before breaking out into an animated and enterprising climax.

Listening to the album “Buddha Lounge”, it quickly becomes clear that Art Tawanghar uses a very unique style of Chill and New Age, as he blends different kinds of music to create a fusion of sounds from all around the world. Here Tawanghar shows us the beauty of modern music by merging it with eloquent classic elements and structures.

Download the album, find out more, and follow Art Tawanghar at MAJORHITRECORDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICIAL LINKS:  WEBSITESPOTIFYITUNESYOUTUBEFACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – FACEBOOK – TWITTER – ITUNES – YOUTUBE

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Vitne: “Jupiter” will captivate and draw you in http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vitne-jupiter-will-captivate-draw http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vitne-jupiter-will-captivate-draw#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 19:05:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29415 Vitne, born Joseph Kimbrell in Charleston, SC USA, began playing in punk rock bands at the age of 15, eventually co-founding the band Golden Palace in 2004. With Golden Palace, he honed his guitar playing, began songwriting and upon relocating to Norway in 2010, he polished his vocal skills as a singer in the underground […]

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Vitne, born Joseph Kimbrell in Charleston, SC USA, began playing in punk rock bands at the age of 15, eventually co-founding the band Golden Palace in 2004. With Golden Palace, he honed his guitar playing, began songwriting and upon relocating to Norway in 2010, he polished his vocal skills as a singer in the underground sleaze rock scene of Oslo. During this time he met Julian Angel of the hair metal band Beautiful Beast and the two have been working closely ever since. In 2013 Kimbrell adopted the name Vitne (meaning “witness” in the Norwegian language), starting his solo career after his band activities were put on hold. Since embarking on his solo career, the rocker has released critically acclaimed albums, been nominated and has won various music awards.

Released during June of this year, the album “Jupiter” features the skills of Vitne (Lead vocals, backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, flute, synthesizer, piano), Julian Angel (Lead guitar), Nigel Rios (Drums) and Max Saidi (Drums on “Edge”). Vitne has never been one to surround himself with slouches. He knows how to really pick a quality line up of musicians and on his latest album, the band shines brighter than they ever have before. As a fan of Vitne since I first heard him in 2014, I have grown to love his mix of hard rock, glam and hair metal as well as Visual kei extravagances.

Though some may imagine this sound to be somewhat dated by way of the previous description, this couldn’t be far from the truth. Once you press play on the opening piano sequence, “Mirror”, you’ll discover the immensity of this recording and find yourself completely enjoying the hell out of this album.

Vitne has managed to create a perfect mix of what I loved about classic hard rock, as opposed to the corporate sounds of nu-metal. “Masquerade” opens with an infectious groove that had me nodding my head with a sheepish grin as I was totally loving what I was hearing. The groove was completely driven by the excellent drumming, the crunchy guitar riffs and Vitne’s melodic roar. “Lion” is a shining moment for the guitarists, but also a great example of why Vitne is great rock singer. The song is so anthemic and has such a nasty groove that your toes will curl up. This one’s great for live shows.

The harmony-filled rocker “Make Believe” leads to “Are You Real” and “Under The Moonlight”, which has to be one of Vitne’s best stripped down ballads ever. Vitne’s breathy, and emotional voice sounds delicate and very natural as it scales the octaves into falsetto and back, carrying the most poignantly subtle instrumental soundscape you could imagine on a rock record.

“Jupiter” is the perfect song for a quick recovery if you’re not into ballads, as it totally cooks and has a really great rocking vibe – Vitne continues to beautifully blend melody and layers of harmony with pure aggressive over-driven guitars. The vocals here once again confirm Vitne to be an absolute front-runner in his genre. “Edge” is an absolute album standout that will captivate and draw you in, with its ever evolving rhythms and constantly transforming vocal arrangement. The track is also imbued with a stunning guitar solo.

“Far Away” is yet another piano based ballad. The passion and longing in Vitne’s voice shows a man that has said good-bye more than a few times in his life. This just may be his greatest vocal delivery as it made the hair on my arms stand up. He sounds so connected on this song that it obviously means a lot to him and as a listener, I can feel it as well. “Say Goodbye” once again showcases the unstoppable drums and screaming guitars, and works really well as a closing track for ending on a high note.

The album “Jupiter” is yet another surprise that I was not prepared for. This is a great testament to the fact that Vitne is far from running out of ideas. He has managed to artistically and creatively revive himself after a 4 year break from recording, by surrounding himself with stellar players and putting out an album of really well-written and well-executed songs.

Any rock fan will find that this album is a fantastic listening experience. I can’t think of any artist out there right now that does what Vitne does. Hence he is not only brilliant, but a rare rock treat to be cherished indeed. I can guarantee that this album will be getting multiple spins, without a doubt!

OFFICIAL LINKS:

Website: http://www.Vitne.net

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1Nh93Btp349C6dwnYZGqOB
Bandcamp: http://vitne.bandcamp.com
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jupiter/id1229066104
CD Baby (CD version): https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/vitne15

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VITNEOfficial
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/VITNEOfficial

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Bathe in the Fire: “I Won’t Give In” – full of sonic peaks and valleys! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bathe-fire-wont-give-full-sonic-peaks-valleys http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/bathe-fire-wont-give-full-sonic-peaks-valleys#respond Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:15:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29410 Bathe in the Fire is a worldwide collaborative project featuring artists from all over the globe, including the United States, Amsterdam, Australia and Canada. The songwriters and performers change with each song, while the only fixed constant of this alternative rock project remains the singer, Scott.  BITF released their first EP, ‘Antihero’ in 2014 with the 2016 follow-up […]

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Bathe in the Fire is a worldwide collaborative project featuring artists from all over the globe, including the United States, Amsterdam, Australia and Canada. The songwriters and performers change with each song, while the only fixed constant of this alternative rock project remains the singer, Scott.  BITF released their first EP, ‘Antihero’ in 2014 with the 2016 follow-up ‘The Sky in Front of Me’ ready for distribution during July 2016. The name ‘Bathe in the Fire’ comes from the philosophy of constant reinvention through trials of adversity. “Bathe in the fire and be reborn”.  The collective has just released the single, “I Won’t Give In”, which is a remake of the song “I Can’t” by Ring of Saturn (the current band’s former name) to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Compared to its previous incarnation, “I Won’t Give In” is grittier, grungier, bottom heavier and has a more orchestral-type layered sound that recalls the best of Alice in Chains. Even though the track has a dirtier sound, Bathe in the Fire have not lost their ability to craft a memorable song that would sound good when cranked on the FM dial. In other words Scott and company have managed to keep the perfect balance between aggro and melodic.

What’s more impressive, though, is how Bathe in the Fire pump electrifying atmosphere into a moody and gloomy song. The band has always explored various themes in their music as well as the darker side of life and Scott continues to work out personal and existential dilemmas playing out in his head through his lyrics – “I’m torn again. So many things I question still. Oh life can be so vague and confusing…” But through all of narrative’s unknowns, the one thing the narrator seems to be sure of, as he confidently sings is: “I won’t give in so easily!”

One thing is certain, Scott can sing and has a passionate and expressive voice which packs Bathe in the Fire’s music with that double knockout punch. “I Won’t Give In” is the type of song that you expect from this band.

There are plenty dramatic left turns and creative curve balls, as well as the soft/loud dynamics that infuses their music with such replay value. If that’s the sort of sound you want from an alternative rock band, then you will be beyond satisfied with this track, because that’s exactly what the band doles out here.

“I Won’t Give In” is fierce enough to get the mosh pit going, thanks to its guitar squealing, ominous drum tones and its rising action vibe. The band has crafted a thickly layered sound on this song that’ll have you wondering when the bottom will drop out.

And it does, rattling you as you listen to it. It’s just got more of those sonic peaks and valleys that play well on your stereo. Bathe in the Fire dipped into their own past and came up with a modern, fresh rock record.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – PERIBANG RECORDSAMAZON – ITUNES

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Matt Allen: “Last Time” – making the old tropes sound fresh! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-allen-last-time-making-old-tropes-sound-fresh http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-allen-last-time-making-old-tropes-sound-fresh#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:04:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29405 After graduating from WAAPA in 2010 as the Most Outstanding Contemporary Music Student, Australian and precisely Perth-based Pop/ R&B singer-songwriter, Matt Allen, wrote and recorded his debut album, “Over”. The album’s title track received 8th place in the prestigious 2012 Australian Songwriting Awards, whilst the lead off tune, “Stay The Night” was awarded a Runner […]

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After graduating from WAAPA in 2010 as the Most Outstanding Contemporary Music Student, Australian and precisely Perth-based Pop/ R&B singer-songwriter, Matt Allen, wrote and recorded his debut album, “Over”. The album’s title track received 8th place in the prestigious 2012 Australian Songwriting Awards, whilst the lead off tune, “Stay The Night” was awarded a Runner Up in the 2012 International Song Contest. Allen recently released his follow up EP ‘Last Time’ and we caught up with the single, “Last Time”. Matt Allen’s music succeeds at capturing your attention because it’s groove-based, which is to say, it’s neither pop-based nor logic-based. Those elements are there but they’re not the overwhelming factors in making a mid-tempo funky swinger like “Ride The Moment”, or the heartfelt slow-burner like “Last Time” captivating. It’s the groove in Allen’s voice that will ultimately convince you.

Matt Allen works wonders with his music, highlighting empty spaces and filling them with reverberating vocals, and his performances are always soulful without losing heft or being over melodramatic.

But the main job of Pop and R&B music – and this is where it so often fails – is making the same old tropes sound fresh, and Allen certainly does that here.

Listen to how the beat on “Last Time” searches and searches and finally finds what it is looking for, following the storyline and lyrics of the song. That is how you create a cohesive project in all its artistic facets, which testifies to how well-versed Allen is in the composition and arranging of his songs.

The song’s production and beat, Matt Allen’s voice and delivery, as well as the strident guitar solo – come together in a way that makes it sound anything but dumb R&B. In fact Matt delivers an exciting song within a genre that has recently become very stale and clichéd.

And what’s more is that the listener pressured into qualifying the song as a guilty pleasure. It is immaculately and exuberantly crafted, with a real respect for those who have come before; it is music as tribute, music as love.

In every song on which he sings you can hear how seriously Matt Allen  takes this whole music thing, and you can also tell that — as a natural performer — he’s actually really, really good at it. “Last Time” solidifies his legitimacy as an individual artist, and confirms that he needs to be seen as an artist who’s thoughtful and creative with a sound that is as exciting as it is accessible.

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New Single “Good Life” Featuring Peedi Crakk Produced By 4th Disciple http://jamsphere.com/news/new-single-good-life-featuring-peedi-crakk-produced-4th-disciple http://jamsphere.com/news/new-single-good-life-featuring-peedi-crakk-produced-4th-disciple#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:42:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29402 “New Single “Good Life” Featuring Peedi Crakk Produced By 4th Disciple” Available 7-7-17″ on Tidal, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon Platinum producer 4th Disciple (The Adept) proven producer of classic Top 40 records from the former Wu-Tang Clan and Roc – A -Fella artist Peedi Crakk collaborate on the upcoming single the “Good Life”. This […]

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“New Single “Good Life” Featuring Peedi Crakk Produced By 4th Disciple” Available 7-7-17″ on Tidal, Apple Music, iTunes and Amazon

Platinum producer 4th Disciple (The Adept) proven producer of classic Top 40 records from the former Wu-Tang Clan and Roc – A -Fella artist Peedi Crakk collaborate on the upcoming single the “Good Life”. This release has been highly anticipated since 4th Disciple announced they were planning to enter the studio in February of 2016.

Music Talkers got a chance to listen to the song and it features a groovy sound with multi-instrumental backing. In some cases, bringing the sound of 90’s hip hop back with a modern twist. In addition, the complex clever lyrics are sure to impress any fan of hip hop.

With a wealth of hit records across the board, both 4th Disciple and Crakk have been influential trend setters in Hip Hop since breaking on the scene with the Wu-Tang Clan and Roc A Fella.

The “Good Life” dropped on 7-7-17 on Apple Music, Tidal, Amazon, Google Play, Apple Music, CD Universe and Spotify via Global Sounds Records and E1 Distribution.

This collaboration should ensure a firm basis for a great foundation on new releases from the Hip Hop icons. Crakk is said to be working on his new solo album “Crakk Kills”, currently there is no release date scheduled for the album.

You can find the song here: TIDAL: http://tidal.com/us/store/search

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Pasko: “The Lonesome Traveller” – Nostalgic yet ultimately fresh http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pasko-lonesome-traveller-nostalgic-yet-ultimately-fresh http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/pasko-lonesome-traveller-nostalgic-yet-ultimately-fresh#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 08:34:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29397 The first time you hear Australian singer-songwriter, Pasko, you’ll probably think your ears are playing tricks on you. Surely, you reckon, this has to be a new record by some legendary soul singer trying his hand at a 21st Century blend of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Pop & Showtime tunes. I reckon if you see […]

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The first time you hear Australian singer-songwriter, Pasko, you’ll probably think your ears are playing tricks on you. Surely, you reckon, this has to be a new record by some legendary soul singer trying his hand at a 21st Century blend of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, Pop & Showtime tunes. I reckon if you see Pasko live, and close your eyes, it’s the same reaction. But there’s a whole lot more to the pyrotechnical word-slinger than those retro-indebted shadows. Here’s a singer who was spending his days working the pub scene in Sydney and writing songs in his head and heart, before starting a collaboration with Ray Goodwin, (The original guitarist from the 70-80s Aussie rock band Dragon). Smitten with each other after a meeting in Surry Hills discussing great songwriting teams, they decided to work together on what would eventually become Pasko’s latest album – “The Lonesome Traveller”.

Pasko, who has also performed at the Sydney Opera House, on TV & Radio, as well as cruise ships, and writing music for film, gathered the help of various talents like Anatoli Torginski on cello, wordsmiths Mark Brettel & Justin Jones, Charlie McMahon & Michael Edwards on Didj and Clarinet, Sean Carey who mixed and co-produced the album, as well as Hazel Schravemade who took care of cover art on “The Lonesome Traveller”.

Nostalgic yet ultimately fresh and current the songs on this album dig into contrasting soundscapes and diverse musical eras, as Pasko delivers music, words and a voice that can only be described as timeless, and I say that with all the weight that statement carries. For Pasko’s voice would be extraordinarily notable regardless of if it was heard in the 50’s,60’s or 70’s, and any other era that brings us up to today.

‘Step by Step’ has a bright, big band rhythm and blues feel, sounding as though especially crafted to accompany the singer on a Las Vegas stage, meanwhile ‘Highway Man’ is an upbeat ode to the journey of life with a pop-rock bent.

Similarly, ‘Stars Live On’ is a tender offering that also carries an emotive lyrical theme as well as a melodic piano that tinkers harmoniously alongside those silky vocals and melancholy cello lines, while ‘Thunder Clouds’ brings a chance to stabilize the tempo and dabble with a storytelling Americana-influenced groove filled with horns and harmonies.

The title track, ‘Lonesome Traveller’ is an all-embracing mood piece where the strings are nothing less than mesmerizing playing off Pasko’s slow galloping voice. Again and again, Pasko repeats the trick all great soul singers have of taking you with him on the journey, something he accomplishes without reserve on the jazzy ‘Temple of Stone’, one of the best songs on the entire recording.

On ‘No Mind Games’, Pasko effortlessly finds his way to the heart of the piano-driven groove, as if almost wanting to show that the art of writing and performing infectious songs is the easiest thing in the world to do. ‘Last Breath’ brings the recording to its close – a slow-burning composition that showcases a more stripped back songwriting virtuosity.

Helmed by a soft acoustic piano and sparse instrumental skitters that play alongside the track’s heartfelt vocal yearning and Pasko’s multi-textural voice, it provides a fitting conclusion to a hugely accomplished album.

OFFICIAL LINKS: BANDCAMPFACEBOOK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFICIAL LINKS: BLUE SKY PUBLISHING – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – TWITTER

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Three60: “Thug Waffle” shows great charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/three60-thug-waffle-shows-great-charisma http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/three60-thug-waffle-shows-great-charisma#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 03:50:40 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29387 Three60 has been doing music since the early 2000’s with his tracks being released via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other similar sites. His upcoming mixtape ‘Untold Storyz” is an ABC (All Bout Cash) collaboration which includes the artists Stoley1st and Classic Genius. Out right now is the single entitled “Thug Waffle” taken from the aforementioned […]

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Three60 has been doing music since the early 2000’s with his tracks being released via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other similar sites. His upcoming mixtape ‘Untold Storyz” is an ABC (All Bout Cash) collaboration which includes the artists Stoley1st and Classic Genius. Out right now is the single entitled “Thug Waffle” taken from the aforementioned album. Three60 doesn’t fail to impress with his new release. He shows great charisma, content and mic presence, with a diverse production and just the right amount of interest to keep the track on repeat.

Overall the track has a dark, street anthem feel. Big drums, and lush keys accented by Three60’s gravelly voice adding punch and power. If you’re into good street-styled rap that stays true to the tradition of the genre without sounding dated then you can’t go wrong with “Thug Waffle”.

I’ve been listening to this track and Three60’s skill set is definitely above par. The voice, his countless flows and the ability he has to effortlessly apply them over any type of beat is his calling card.

Three60 brings his great technical rapping to his latest single, along with this strong wordplay. The track also manages to keep a polished, well-produced sound as well.  It covers typical, storytelling and lyrical ground, but Three60’s braggadocio and flow are on point, as he takes an exciting instrumental to the next level.

Three60 seems so ridiculously comfortable out of his comfort zone, as he melodically spits his way from each verse into the sung chorus. What makes this track different than other Three60 releases comes down to how he works with the production. He doesn’t just compliment good production he capitalizes on it. Slowly unveiling the natural chemistry between his flow and the beat.

The track is just over 3 minutes long, but it’s enough for Three60 to transport the listener into his world. Here his flow completely shifts to a harder, more jagged and enunciated style, sticking large emphasis on the ends of verses. The track flies by all too fast and you can really lose yourself in the rhythm and flow of it all.

Three60 has the flow, the rapping skills, and the writing, however it’s his ability to keep it all interesting and engaging that propels this single to even greater heights in my mind. “Thug Waffle” is another high-quality release to add to Three60’s steadily growing discography.

OFFICIAL LINKS: @ThisisThree60 @yung_dirty_bastard @11vox11 @atgroxcg. ITunes – Here I Go Vol 1: The collection

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THE NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS – a considerable amount of thunder on this record http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/national-evening-express-considerable-amount-thunder-record http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/national-evening-express-considerable-amount-thunder-record#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 01:54:05 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29382 Hailing from Melbourne Australia, the 4 piece rock band, THE NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS formed in 2013, featuring Dave (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Jan (Drums), Matt (Bass, Vocals) and Berto (Guitar, Vocals) – all seasoned musicians drawing on their varied influences including Motorhead, The Black Crowes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Midnight Oil.  In this day and […]

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Hailing from Melbourne Australia, the 4 piece rock band, THE NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS formed in 2013, featuring Dave (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Jan (Drums), Matt (Bass, Vocals) and Berto (Guitar, Vocals) – all seasoned musicians drawing on their varied influences including Motorhead, The Black Crowes, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Midnight Oil.  In this day and age, few things come around that make us stir from head to toe with glee and anticipation. One of these things is the announcement of a new rock record. This self-titled debut album, has hit our timpani, and the shelves on the way.

What can you expect from this?  It’s needless to say that there’s a considerable amount of thunder on this record. THE NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS cooks up a blend of demonically sly licks, heavy-pedal forward trudging drums, and bass lines that exude calm mastery. “Let’s Go Crazy” kicks off the titanic hard rock mega-jam with Jan’s precise, determined beats leading into the seductive vocals coupled with teasing lyrics, a key instrument of this album’s appeal.

The elemental pieces of this sound are their uniformly arranged hooks, which produce a full, wholesome energy; and their musical attitude, screaming unrefined hard rocking outlaw. After a few good listens, it’s evident that each member carries the torch of power for the group.

On the upbeat “Shadow Of A Former Man” they probably sound their most original, introducing the song with ghoul-like guitars and following with some pretty driving solos. The best off this one, though, is in “Back There Again” It starts out with some slow picking, but quickly grows into a spinning-mad jumble with a few stops on the psychedelic riff express.

“Pay To Play” gives room for Matt to bring forward his skills and superimpose them onto his cool bass, while Jan keeps the pace for Berto and Dave’s well-deserved blazing guitars. The aptly-named “Energy” comes flowing in at just the right time, to deliver hard-stomping mammoth-led rock n’ roll with added rap verses.

This track unleashes a more freaky side of THE NATIONAL EVENING EXPRESS, and caters to the need of experienced rock musicians to go a little street urban in sound.

The band delivers a really outstanding collaboration, and definitely one to be remembered on their self-titled EP. The only problem is that, from the get-go, you now know this stuff is going to be good. That allows for plenty of bias in expectation, and you wouldn’t want to like a record before you hear it, would you? Just kidding.

What we’ve got here is a debut album that’s fun and catchy with both lighthearted and heavy grooves, featuring extremely capable musicians each bringing his equal quarter to the pie. It sounds exactly like you might expect: the drums are gigantic and ferocious, the guitars spray unrelenting enemy fire, and the bass runs the gamut of shifting hyperactivity.

The four pieces together make for solid, often punishing blues-based rock n’ roll – wonderfully grimy and served fresh and hot from the studio.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEFACEBOOKYOUTUBEITUNES

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Spencer Rabin: “Apollo II” veers his talents toward pop and hip hop http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/spencer-rabin-apollo-ii-veers-talents-toward-pop-hip-hop http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/spencer-rabin-apollo-ii-veers-talents-toward-pop-hip-hop#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:30:15 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29378 Spencer Rabin is a composer, producer and guitarist from Chicago Illinois. Spencer started playing the guitar at the age of four, and had his first major gig at the House of Blues in Chicago at the tender age of eight years old. His first single, “Hazy” was released when he was twelve. In 2016, at […]

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Spencer Rabin is a composer, producer and guitarist from Chicago Illinois. Spencer started playing the guitar at the age of four, and had his first major gig at the House of Blues in Chicago at the tender age of eight years old. His first single, “Hazy” was released when he was twelve. In 2016, at the age of seventeen, Spencer released his blues/rock album, “Apollo”, and has now followed that up with his current album, “Apollo II”, highlighting his musical versatility as he veers his talents into pop and hip hop. At the young age of only 18, Spencer Rabin has already built up impressive credentials, as he continues to expand his catalog, network and industry presence.

On his latest album Spencer has also called in the help of some interesting features – among them: Hi-Rez, Emilio Rojas, Rex Life Raj, Joey Diggs Junior, City Fidelia and Merty Shango. From the first track, “Intro (One Small Step)”, it is apparent that Spencer has shifted to a more mature and soulful sound, and far more introspective lyrical content. His guitar performances are touching as he plays earnestly, with an emotive delivery instead of relying on pyrotechnics.

Spencer Rabin

Spencer Rabin

The first standout track arrives at cut number three, with “I’m On One” (ft. Hi-Rez & Emilio Rojas). This features some technically sharp rap verses, cool female harmonies, and smooth guitar lines in the background. This is followed by the funky banger, “Electric”. Strongly reminiscent of the latest Bruno Mars stuff, the track also showcases some fancy horns.

There is a great mix of slower ballads included in the album too, such as “Anything” (ft. Rex Life Raj, Joey Diggs Junior), “Compare 2 U” (ft. City Fidelia, Merty Shango), and “Take” which boasts some excellent vocals and the usual masterful musical soundscapes.

In #TheFreestyleChallenge Spencer presents us with a fresh and playful rhythmic component made up of layers of keyboards and percussion. The instrumental “Work” is an exciting song because it has a satisfying contrast between the synths and the hip-hop drums, giving you a constant lift with every bar that comes around.

Spencer Rabin’s maturity is notable throughout the album not only in the actual music and sound, but in the themes explored in the lyrics. He is certainly an old soul, wise beyond his years. Spencer will have all the girls swooning with the endearingly woo-full ballads of “Apollo II”, while the music aficionados will listen in awe to his compositions and arrangements.

This time around Spencer has played down the guitar as a lead or solo instrument, concentrating rather on all the instruments as an ensemble performance to back up the rich and luscious vocals as well as the streetwise and rapping to be found across the nine tracks that make up “Apollo II”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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yungsasukewiththeblade drops a single trilogy – “wash.rinse.repeat.” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/yungsasukewiththeblade-drops-a-single-trilogy-wash-rinse-repeat http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/yungsasukewiththeblade-drops-a-single-trilogy-wash-rinse-repeat#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 01:52:08 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29365 Dillon Johnson a.k.a yungsasukewiththeblade (yung sasuke with the blade) is a 20-year-old hip hop artist from the St. Louis area. He started making music to deal with his own demons and now continues to help others feel as though they are not alone. Self-taught, yungsasukewiththeblade has been recording and mixing in his home studio since […]

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Dillon Johnson a.k.a yungsasukewiththeblade (yung sasuke with the blade) is a 20-year-old hip hop artist from the St. Louis area. He started making music to deal with his own demons and now continues to help others feel as though they are not alone. Self-taught, yungsasukewiththeblade has been recording and mixing in his home studio since he was 17. He is currently in the midst of releasing a 3-song playlist, aptly named “wash.rinse.repeat.” – With each different-flavored track being dropped on diverse dates.

The songs “wash (Prod.Ank3Beatz)” and “rinse (Prod. Drxwn)” are already available for public consumption, while “repeat” will be up next. The young and upcoming rapper draws his inspiration comes from a huge list of artists from all eras, including Frank Sinatra, Otis Redding, Tupac, Notorious B.I.G, Shabba Ranks, Partynextdoor, Drake, Chance The Rapper, XXXTentacion, and more.

The newly released tracks is a bold attempt at panoramic exposition. yungsasukewiththeblade’s musical progression is shown in quick succession as a captivating one. These single projects are related, but still loose, expansive, and individual things – full of room for experimentation, exaggeration and the right kind of groove.

The St. Louis rapper likes to shift the emotive gears throughout his songs. All 3 single releases are remarkable for their sheer range and change of pace – simultaneously wild and bruising on “wash” and “rinse” to euphoric and tender on “repeat”.

Not unlike the rest of his generation, yungsasukewiththeblade’s lyrics are sexually highly strung, with a strong an emphasis on all things hedonistic. Transitioning from one song to the next, in a period of obviously frenzied productivity, yungsasukewiththeblade’s music twists around a dense existential core.

The rapper takes a series of unspeakable truths and channels them into an exceptional trilogy of singles that are as creative and tormented as they are exhilarating. These products of his own personal catharsis are refined and converted into something lush and cinematic for our ears.

There’s a natural interplay between yungsasukewiththeblade’s quick-witted wordplay and rapid-fire flow, and the producer’s beats – a push-pull dynamic enabling the rapper to sprawl freely into the spaces just ahead of him, before snapping back into place.

The song, “repeat”, is a whole different kettle of fish, as it relishes in a slowed down, effects-filled vocal display, and builds its substance more on atmosphere and tension than quick rapped verses.

It’s interesting to note that the individual formal details that shape each song are just as captivating as the accumulative effect they produce. yungsasukewiththeblade applies delicate layers to delicate layers, fluidly assembling all sorts of interesting cadences and rhythms in his songs.

There’s also a certain amount of playfulness and elasticity that marks specific elements of these songs, as the rapper pursues each swirling beat to its climax, without ever straying off course. The St. Louis artist’s strengths as a songwriter, storyteller and rapper are fully evidenced on “wash.rinse.repeat.”

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