JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:41:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 No Longer the Hero: “On My Way (DJ KraQ Mix)” – a rarity in the game! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/no-longer-the-hero-on-my-way-dj-kraq-mix-a-rarity-in-the-game http://jamsphere.com/reviews/no-longer-the-hero-on-my-way-dj-kraq-mix-a-rarity-in-the-game#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:39:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27109 Demetrius “Whodini Blak” Reynolds and Michael Piccard joined forces to create the alternative hip hop duo, No Longer the Hero, ushering in a new era of craftsmanship by matching the unusual animated visual with a distinctive plot in NLTH’s music. And to convince us of their eclectic brilliance they drop the track – “On My […]

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Demetrius “Whodini Blak” Reynolds and Michael Piccard joined forces to create the alternative hip hop duo, No Longer the Hero, ushering in a new era of craftsmanship by matching the unusual animated visual with a distinctive plot in NLTH’s music. And to convince us of their eclectic brilliance they drop the track – “On My Way (DJ KraQ Mix)”. The tune is the 4th release from the album “After The Storm”. Right off the cuff you grasp that this isn’t “mass-consumption” hip-hop. If you still enjoy having rappers tell you about their money, jewels, and how dope they are, go buy some other track and wash your mouth with buckshot.

As peer-level artists are losing their heads to paranoia and politics, No Longer the Hero keeps it esoteric and poetic by delivering rhymes that are cryptic and complex firmly rooted in the spiritual realm. The never-hurried emcees flow smoothly on the track and harmonize even better.

They balance understated rapping swagger with an abundance of melodic vocal silkiness, and are a rarity in the game. Most rappers are materialists. Many MCs admit to this. It suggests greed, a sin to which most rappers confess with a smirk. It also implies an approach that, at its peak, is frank and empirical.

Lots of hip hop attempts to capture the folds and textures of our social fabric, from the ragged poverty of urban American to the rich excesses of what success yields, in sixteen bar segments. Interior reflections be damned; keeping it ‘real’ is the name of the game.

Of course, realness in hip hop is a misnomer. Nonetheless, accurately representing the world continues to be one of hip hop’s great aspirations – which lead us to No Longer the Hero, who defies this so called veritas.  They don’t follow the general hip hop format.

The see a different world, they see beyond the ‘realness’, they see right down to the reflections of the soul, often their own, which they narrate with elegant poignancy. Musically, “On My Way (DJ KraQ Mix)” is lush and ruminative, as No Longer the Hero flesh out the sound, enhancing the already-organic approach.

There is reason to believe that these two guys may be heralded as one of the better duos in modern hip-hop, as they have an almost psychic chemistry.

The track opens melodically, and ends just as melodically, but with a quite memorable period of beautiful verses in between.  It is these nuanced idiosyncrasies that makes this recording so captivating to the ear. No Longer the Hero, truly cannot be described with any word besides their own group name, as they are the new anti-heroes of underground modern hip hop.

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RealTalk Featuring Curt Flo and Taiyou: “CURSES” – dedicated to spreading truths! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/realtalk-featuring-curt-flo-and-taiyou-curses-dedicated-to-spreading-truths http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/realtalk-featuring-curt-flo-and-taiyou-curses-dedicated-to-spreading-truths#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:28:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27105 RealTalk is a Phoenix, AZ based artist who records out of Studio Flo Music based in Mesa, AZ. “CURSES” is the first full album released dedicated to spreading truths. He recently rhymed on the song ‘Q.O.D’ from Studio Flo Music CEO Curt Flo and Taiyou’s album ‘Monsoon Season’ which was released in September 2016 and […]

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RealTalk is a Phoenix, AZ based artist who records out of Studio Flo Music based in Mesa, AZ. “CURSES” is the first full album released dedicated to spreading truths. He recently rhymed on the song ‘Q.O.D’ from Studio Flo Music CEO Curt Flo and Taiyou’s album ‘Monsoon Season’ which was released in September 2016 and is available for purchase on iTunes. RealTalk’s dedication is purely to telling the African American reality through personal and anecdotal experiences without the censorship of a major record label. RealTalk is appreciative for the opportunity to work with Curt Flo and Taiyou as well as the hard work they put into the album while managing a studio.

CURSES” is the first full album released dedicated to spreading truths. RealTalk has produced an excellent 21st-century record that balances political powder kegs, audacious floss raps, complementary beats, and honest-to-god inspiration.

CURSES” has its overall theme awash with the disenfranchisement of African Americans. Its history, issues and what continues to happen in order to keep the status quo. RealTalk puts racism and inequality directly into the listener’s ear. He defines it in different ways and perspectives. If you really take his lyrics to heart, you may learn something.

On “Curses”, he steps up to the plate with a hunger, and a lyrical ferocity. He is in peak lyrical form, and in penning an unmitigated indictment of the conventions and regulations the U.S. clings to, he opens the gates for discourse not just in the black community, but for anyone listening.

Gliding atop a bass-heavy track with synths humming in the background, the flow is impeccable on “Cops In My Rear View” ft Curt Flo, Taiyou (Prod. by Synesthetic Nation), and the bars are full of reverence, while maintaining an objective look at the kind of atrocities man still commits on another man.

Nowhere, though, does RealTalk’s flow shine brighter than on “BloodLine” Ft. Curt Flo, Taiyou (Prod. by Synesthetic Nation). The gorgeous, mesmerizing beat twinkles over a slow drum loop, and RealTalk brings his quick, hard-hitting flow to the forefront. On “Preach” Ft. Curt Flo (Prod. by Beatstars.com) his delivery becomes slower and more meticulous, it’s clear he wants every word rapped to be heard.

“Keep It 100” Ft. Curt Flo (Prod. by 20dollarbeats.com) shows what is most important about this effort from Nas – his mind, soul, and wit is sharp. Luckily, for the world of music, RealTalk’s spirit is too strong to be stifled; he is, after all, one of the true rebels in the genre.

RealTalk presents not just a hunger, but a very aggressively displayed commentary on the black identity in the historical, cultural and modern context, and from multiple viewpoints. Check out his 360° vision on “Belly Of The Beast” Ft. Curt Flo, Taiyou (Prod. by Beatstars.com).

His message is effective and will leave you thinking. And needless to say, the lyrical skill that you’d expect great rap recording is here in full force. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this album. RealTalk brings it lyrically on every track. The production is top notch and the flow is immaculate too.

And when RealTalk is not digging deep into the socio-political Afro-American fabric, he is engaged in deeply emotional content such as “One Love” Ft. Curt Flo (Prod. by Beatstars.com), one of my favorite tracks on the album. All round though, hardly will you find another album that is so entertaining, intellectual, and raw.

RealTalk is making music from the depths, mining the bottom to pull up the filth and shed the light of day on it. But Regardless of what this record is about, and how you relate to its gut-wrenching content, this is some seriously vibrant hip-hop. Its RealTalk doing what he does best: not giving a fuck and spitting fire!

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www.studioflosound.com
RealTalk social: Twitter: @realtalk480 IG: realtalk480
Curt Flo social: Twitter: @curtflo @studioflomusic
Taiyou social: Twitter: @mistertaiyou IG: @mistertaiyou

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Stori Brooks: “Commentary Album” anecdotes, truths and insights! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-commentary-album-anecdotes-truths-and-insights http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-commentary-album-anecdotes-truths-and-insights#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:42:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27101 That Stori Brooks is a forward thinker has been very clear to us, since listening to her “Say Hi” track produced by Big Cat Music, a few months back. On the track Brooks had great lyrics, and combined a unique flow and delivery with a semi-singing/talking approach that worked extremely well for her. Experimental and accessible at […]

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That Stori Brooks is a forward thinker has been very clear to us, since listening to her “Say Hi” track produced by Big Cat Music, a few months back. On the track Brooks had great lyrics, and combined a unique flow and delivery with a semi-singing/talking approach that worked extremely well for her. Experimental and accessible at the same time, the chill ambiance and smooth dreamy flow mixed perfectly.

Stori Brooks

Stori Brooks

This avantgarde, experimental and alternative hip hop artist is a voice that will appeal to the genre’s heads and deep thinkers, as Stori Brooks delivers intelligent almost poetic lines, which sometimes can also be cryptic. Like many greats before her, you sometimes have to hit replay and listen again, to pick up her lyrical gems.

Often listeners don’t get the exact gist of a song that an artist is executing. At others, they love to understand why and how a track was created. Or why certain samples, voices, effects or words and phrases were used in a song. Most times these are questions that will go answered and we are each left with our own interpretation, which is cool. But what if we had that one undeniable anecdote or truth about each song, the explanation that could only come directly from the songwriter and narrator?

Well Stori Brooks has done just that. She has published a collection of anecdotes in the album, entitled simply the “Commentary Album” which gives listeners her personal insight into songs from her catalog. If you’re a fan of her music, then this is essential listening. If you’re not a fan yet, then this album will help you understand this artist and her musical creations, and just maybe make you inquisitive about her craft.

Check out the links below for more information or to follow Stori Brooks.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – TWITTER – FACEBOOK – INSTAGRAM – PANDORA

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FOLIE: “GORGEOUS” bridges and transcends genres! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/folie-gorgeous-bridges-and-transcends-genres http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/folie-gorgeous-bridges-and-transcends-genres#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:12:47 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27096 FOLIE somehow feels like mainstream misfits—too gritty and visceral for pop’s polished upper echelon and too enamored with the alternative underground for rock’s monochromatic worldview. That stubborn rebel mentality persists all the way through their “GORGEOUS” studio EP, which often takes a mad scientist approach to modern music. Yet they’re so catchy they should be on […]

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FOLIE somehow feels like mainstream misfits—too gritty and visceral for pop’s polished upper echelon and too enamored with the alternative underground for rock’s monochromatic worldview. That stubborn rebel mentality persists all the way through their “GORGEOUS” studio EP, which often takes a mad scientist approach to modern music. Yet they’re so catchy they should be on every damn radio station! They can be vivacious, danceable, and throw in an aggressive snarl with a melodic, soaring chorus, while the track displays its wistful jangle-rock twirls with a heavily processed voice. These moments underscore how much FOLIE are able to bridge (and transcend) genres by finding novel ways to stitch music, samples, and sounds and voices together.

Yet “GORGEOUS” is no nostalgia trip. If anything, the recording contains the most contemporary-sounding music around – electronic jams scrambled with digital noise, airy electro with bulletproof choruses and hip-hop-influenced pop.

FOLIE – a project that stems from the synergy of a group of dedicated performers, producers, songwriters and musicians with very different approaches, but with a single common goal: making great music together – creates its own musical reality and is inviting everyone else to catch up if they can. FOLIE explain that the EP “tells a story about a man who falls in love with an escort. Thinking he found the love of his life, soon realizes she’s more like a beautiful nightmare.”

Each one of these tracks could – hell, should – work as potential hit singles, especially the ultra-catchy EP opener “Hotel Room” or the synth-driven caterwaul of “Hey Now” to the disco-funk thrust of “Sorrow,” wherein the vocals discover another melodic and anthemic gear. But FOLIE keep throwing curve balls throughout this concept compilation, so you’ll have the pleasure of discovering the banging beats of “Runnin Wild” and “White Dress”.

“GORGEOUS” is a hyperactive affair which sees songwriters FOLIE, Richard T Reynolds, and Shi-Wun, as well as producers BeatsByMentra, HighlifeBeats, FlashBeats, and The T.R.O.N, strap themselves to the soaring choruses, melodic vocals and layered harmonies, setting course for the musical stratosphere.

They very nearly get there. As diverse of a collection of alternative indie-pop songs as you could hope to find, it’s an enthralling affair that takes you on an engaging and revealing journey through a twisted storyline and futuristic sonic palette.

FOLIE is one of those groups that you just want to dislike. They jump out of nowhere with no warning. You have no idea where they’re from or even where there are heading. Moreover you weren’t even the first to discover their music.

But they’re just so damn good. Their songs are catchy, their lyrics are smart and their energy is very evident. They have almost perfectly crafted a sound that’s punchy and alternative enough to fill underground rooms, whilst simultaneously having the pop and electronic elements to get considerable radio play. Nothing short of spectacular!

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Leo Wilde: “Dangerous” is vividly honest! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/leo-wilde-dangerous-is-vividly-honest http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/leo-wilde-dangerous-is-vividly-honest#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:12:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27091 Leo Wilde aka Lionel Wilder is an American music producer and independent artist from South Los Angeles, California, USA. Leo grew up in a tumultuous family situation in one of the worst city districts in the country, and was expected to fall victim to the system. However Leo Wilde had dreams about music, which he began […]

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Leo Wilde aka Lionel Wilder is an American music producer and independent artist from South Los Angeles, California, USA. Leo grew up in a tumultuous family situation in one of the worst city districts in the country, and was expected to fall victim to the system. However Leo Wilde had dreams about music, which he began creating at the tender of 10, after discovering Fruity Loops via his elder brother. Hence when he was 19, Leo attended the Musicians Institute to receive his Audio Engineering Certification.  He worked at a recording studio for almost two years before going off on his own adventure.

In 2013 he started a promotion company in California, called “My Own Entertainment, LLC.” Leo Wilde writes, produces, records, mixes and masters all his songs, which he release and publishes under his publishing company, “Leo Wilde Music.”

Fresh on the list, is the self-produced single “Dangerous”. The track, a free download from his website, is somehow gritty yet smooth at the same time, so listenable and yet nothing like conventional pop music

Leo Wilde is one of the only few R&B and Soul artists at the moment who isn’t conventionally cookie cutter, and it’s this dichotomy that characterizes him as an artist. Leo oscillates between pop-gloss and grit, between passion and meaning and between exposure and mystery.

His smooth, soulful voice almost obscures what he is singing about, with more than a small side of brooding desperation and nihilism. He is pioneering a kind of sub-genre of R&B that feels uncompromisingly authentic.

The worn out tropes of ‘bitches and money’ somehow feel subversive again, thanks to the experimental electronic production and Leo’s crooning vocal. The lyrics feel like an uncompromisingly realistic reflection of his reality, and its aggressiveness is tempered by the smoothness of his sound: “I was the one you called / Every time something in your life was going wrong / I was the one you called / But it turns out you didn’t even want me at all.”

Pop music – within the framework of R&B and Soul in this instance – that truly speaks to people is a rare thing these days, but this track is so magnetizing because it feels so distinctly personal. In an age where popular music has become increasingly bland in order to appeal to as many people as possible, “Dangerous” is vividly honest.

It’s not about getting drunk in a club, it’s about the psychological and emotional turmoil within a relationship. Leo Wilde is pushing the boundaries of what we consider to be “popular” and he is wise to resist typecasting.

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OP4 and the OP Mob: “The West Egg Vol. 1” – sharp-witted lyricism! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/op4-and-the-op-mob-the-west-egg-vol-1-sharp-witted-lyricism http://jamsphere.com/reviews/op4-and-the-op-mob-the-west-egg-vol-1-sharp-witted-lyricism#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:18:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27087 The OP4 and the OP Mob features a keyboardist, guitar player, bass player and drummer, with OP4 delivering rap vocals over tracks that define genre limitations. The band’s burst into the spotlight has been rather rapid. OP4’s controversial music video for “No Fucks” exploded on Reddit, landing him features on major music publications. Now the […]

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The OP4 and the OP Mob features a keyboardist, guitar player, bass player and drummer, with OP4 delivering rap vocals over tracks that define genre limitations. The band’s burst into the spotlight has been rather rapid. OP4’s controversial music video for “No Fucks” exploded on Reddit, landing him features on major music publications. Now the collective have released “The West Egg Vol. 1” album to give us a taste of things to come. The album’s production is majestic, aiming squarely for the skies. The atmosphere is lush, full of period ambiance worthy of a high-end high fidelity sound system set, while the tracks are embellished with intricate details throughout. These songs dig into something that feels unique to your mind, not just your record collection.

OP4’s is that he is skilled enough to figure out how to excel at something, and, for the most part, look like he knows exactly what he’s doing. As a rapper, he sounds the part: Take a step back, and there he is, rapping fast, switching up flows, and delivering punchlines.

Zoom in closer, and he’s delivering sharp-witted lyricism that cuts like a razor blade. Any fan of the genre should agree that OP4’s emotional performances prove fascinating, even if you aren’t into the content he’s using that power to convey.

Part of the genius of OP4 and the OP Mob is that they often write on two levels. You got fiery direct words for life on songs, but there are also times they stash hard-hitting socio-cultural commentary inside seemingly straightforward lines, where the bite is a whole lot bigger than the bark.

Add to that the easy pliability of the musical accompaniment which suggests that the team of background players have been put to their best use making bits of eclectic sonic things for OP4 to rap over.

These songs feel like the result of a group having fun while making music that matters to them, not some squad designing pop-radio nuggets as battering rams to try and storm mainstream hip-hop’s gates. This guarantees plenty of creativity and spontaneity, making “The West Egg Vol. 1” a real easy and interesting listen for the open-minded fan.

But beneath the hood of any smooth ride, there is always an engine working harder than it lets you believe. So while and your crew are lighting up and chilling to this stuff, on the other side of the boards, OP4 and the OP Mob have been grinding their butts off to create essential masterworks such as “No Fucks”, “Becky”, “The Door”, “No Fake Friends”, “My Big Fat Ego”, “Oppression For Men” and “2 Weeks”.

This album signals an exact meeting point where cerebral grit meets all-body-blows rapping and live instrumentation. “The West Egg Vol. 1” is an ominous gray-cloud to full-color-rainbow commentary, on everyday experiences and situations running the gamut from the conventional to the grotesque. And that gets a severe tongue-lashing from OP4 and the OP Mob.

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Jae Cabrera: “Show Out” – smooth crooning, edgy rap and a cutting edge electronic beat http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jae-cabrera-show-out-smooth-crooning-edgy-rap-and-a-cutting-edge-electronic-beat http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jae-cabrera-show-out-smooth-crooning-edgy-rap-and-a-cutting-edge-electronic-beat#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:31:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27083 R&B Singer-songwriter Jae Cabrera has been singing since the age of 5. And since he attempted to make his passion his living, he has experienced it all. From performing in a boy band to collaborating and writing material for big league productions by Kadis & Sean (G-Unit) and Dave Liang (The Shanghai Restoration Project, Carl […]

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R&B Singer-songwriter Jae Cabrera has been singing since the age of 5. And since he attempted to make his passion his living, he has experienced it all. From performing in a boy band to collaborating and writing material for big league productions by Kadis & Sean (G-Unit) and Dave Liang (The Shanghai Restoration Project, Carl Thomas). In between he has also found the time to sign with record labels, have singles on commercial radio, and record his debut EP. Now Jae has refocused his craft with the release of his new single, “Show Out”, which sees him again collaborating with Angelo “Doc” Velasquez, and King Patrick at Crashdummies Music.

As a musician, music lover, and music collector, I can say, without reservation, that “Show Out” ranks with some of the most sincere, genuine, crossover R&B/Pop music. I’ve just listened to the single for about the tenth time and I am simply overwhelmed by what Jae Cabrera has brought to the table.

This is music for musicians, music for those who really appreciate the craft, yet also for those who simply enjoy music for the sake of being entertained. I won’t go note by note, but the cut is a great expression of an amalgam of source styles – smooth crooning, edgy rap and a cutting edge electronic beat.

The song is a sultry, intoxicating groove with the kind of subtle production that is captivating to ears. Earthy, enchanting, uplifting, mesmerizing are only some of the words you could use to describe Jae Cabrera’s vocal delivery. Jae’s voice is indescribably sensual – bringing to mind quite a few other R&B singers.

He is one of the few R&B artists that have preserved the legacy of this music that has substance to it and is timeless. There is only a hand full of artists today who have this kind of talent and appeal to capture the ear of the very discriminating listener for good music – by keeping it commercially appealing with the sounds of today, but at the same time is carrying the torch for that classic sound, if you know what I mean.

Jae Cabrera’s compositions are filled with tenderness and attentiveness to detail in words and music. “Show Out”  is a treasure to listen to repeatedly for days as this music feeds the mind, heart and spirit of the listener with awesome realizations in soft, sexy and romantic tones.

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*D~Nice*: “Mixed Emotions” an album defined by its good taste! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dnice-mixed-emotions-an-album-defined-by-its-good-taste http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/dnice-mixed-emotions-an-album-defined-by-its-good-taste#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 01:17:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27078 “Mixed Emotions” by *D~Nice* is an album defined by its good taste. The effort is layered and detailed, with a sound that is lush and exquisite, like an elaborately decorated mansion. It is at its best when it carries on that tradition of richness of sound as a virtue in and of itself. The productions are […]

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“Mixed Emotions” by *D~Nice* is an album defined by its good taste. The effort is layered and detailed, with a sound that is lush and exquisite, like an elaborately decorated mansion. It is at its best when it carries on that tradition of richness of sound as a virtue in and of itself. The productions are all satisfyingly fattened up, like they just gorged on a Thanksgiving meal. Songs like “May Be You,” which foregrounds a melody that blurs the line between the sound of a strummed guitar and the sound of a tambourine moaning in unison, and “Kinda Sorta Guy,” which evokes the pleasurable warmth of a high, feel generous and comforting, with catchy songwriting to boot.

“Rainin” breathes life into the Snap & B sound with a burbling bass and a playful piano line that reminds us that *D~Nice’s* productions offer more than just their simplicity. But It’s on songs like “Another Day” and “No Love” where *D~Nice* is at his most vital, as an artist situated firmly in the contemporary mainstream but whose music feels like the work of a dedicated classicist. When “Mixed Emotions” shades more toward that contemporary mainstream, it flatters *D~Nice’s* artistry.

*D~Nice* spends the album singing about what he knows most intimately, which is his intimacy (“Kinda Sorta Guy”), his grind ( “My Time”), his relationships (“No Love”) and his faith (“Hold On”). Versatility is perhaps *D~Nice’s* greatest strength, aside from an abundance of talent—not only as a singer but also as a songwriter, producer, and rapper.

He can bounce between soulful ballads, sexy jams, club bangers and worship rhymes with ease, comfortably owning each, and with his sun-soaked vocals always present. Another thing that is always present in the Florida native’s music is substance.

Although rap and R&B libertines come a dime a dozen these days, *D~Nice* stands out with his economic approach to songwriting. It helps that he’s a gifted vocalist and rapper, one who can knit those abilities into a definitive artistic persona.

For this 15 track excursion, the Ocala melodist found a balance between being a lascivious rap-singer and a posh producer with a profuse amount of skills whether behind the mic or beat machine. With “Mixed Emotions”, *D~Nice* carves his niche as a vocalist who knows how to perfectly tread the thinning line between rap and R&B.

Following the example of the album’s title, *D~Nice* is a mixed-bag of tricks. He can swing between genres and soundscapes with his voice and rhythm effortlessly. His credentials stretch far beyond that of just an R&B singer or rapper, while his music provides a swathe of sounds.

So, all in all, *D~Nice* delivers a lusciously layered release, with more depth than we thought could be drawn out of the rap and R&B sound. Carefully tied together with a bow of potential hits and the messages he wants to share with the world.

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Tom Greer: “Say It” ft. Sarah Wade – an evocation of a long-vanished era http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tom-greer-say-it-ft-sarah-wade-an-evocation-of-a-long-vanished-era http://jamsphere.com/reviews/tom-greer-say-it-ft-sarah-wade-an-evocation-of-a-long-vanished-era#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:07:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27074 The song “Say It” by Tom Greer and Sarah Wade is scheduled for worldwide release in 140 countries and will be available from over 600 download and streaming sites on Feb 21st. The song is currently featured on Music 1 Radio, Jazz and R&B station with distribution to college and public radio stations throughout the US and […]

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The song “Say It” by Tom Greer and Sarah Wade is scheduled for worldwide release in 140 countries and will be available from over 600 download and streaming sites on Feb 21st. The song is currently featured on Music 1 Radio, Jazz and R&B station with distribution to college and public radio stations throughout the US and Canada. In the context of this jazz duet the contrasts between Tom Greer and Sarah Wade are interesting: He stays powerful and straightforward in his delivery, while she sometimes flirts with her voice adopting a coy affectation that’s never overpowering or obnoxious.

Their voices complement each other and mesh together almost seamlessly, and, it’s hard not to smile at the perfectly executed harmony. No matter your age or music preferences you have to love this track. The chemistry, talent and professionalism of Greer along with Wade’s talent is a must.

“Say It” by Tom Greer and Sarah Wade is an evocation of a long-vanished era, a celebration of classic American songwriting and a reaffirmation that some tunes transcend changing times and fashions. When the two sing, you can fully savor the artistic bond that links these artists.

For singers do not shape phrases, contrast tone colors and anticipate each other’s gestures with this degree of spontaneity and freedom unless they instinctively trust each other. Greer and Wade aren’t trying to sing exactly in sync or nail downbeats at precisely the same instant. Instead, they aspire to capture the exuberance of Tom Greer’s song, each in their own way.

All the while they are supported by a big band beat vigorously feeding the song’s flamboyant arrangement, upon which the duo zestfully, provide a showbiz performance of the kind you hardly here on modern records anymore. Tom Greer and Sarah Wade trade phrases with abandon, riding the rhythms of the hard-charging big band and generally basking in the pleasures of each other’s company.

The Story Behind The Song: Tom Greer and Sarah Wade have enjoyed successful solo careers, performing in several regional bands in and around Oklahoma. Both have diverse musical backgrounds, with Tom focusing on education, teaching voice and composition, while Sarah honed her musical chops performing in plays, choir and as a member of the internationally successful “Sweet Adelines” vocal ensemble. Both ran in the same musical circles and both performed with the local touring band, “Broken Spoke” led by band leader – Big Mike Griffin which backed up one of country music’s most successful male artists, Johnny Rodriguez, who recorded a string of number 1 country hits during his career.

After hearing Sarah perform “God Bless The Child” at the Charlie Christain International Music Festival. Tom asked Sarah to record his song “Say It” which was currently in production and due to be released by Star 1 Records, an independent label in California. After the labels managing director, Laura Patterson heard both versions of the song featuring Tom’s vocals with the other with Sarah’s, it was suggested that the song would really shine featuring both of their vocals as a duet.

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Caellus & Hidden Tigress: “Cryptic Dream” – as sensual as it is intoxicating and cinematic! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/caellus-hidden-tigress-cryptic-dream-as-sensual-as-it-is-intoxicating-and-cinematic http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/caellus-hidden-tigress-cryptic-dream-as-sensual-as-it-is-intoxicating-and-cinematic#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 18:03:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27070 Downtempo as a genre is nigh unequivocally serene and beautiful, but can rely so heavily on repetition that it approaches dullness. Not the case here – there’s so much diversity in texture, mood, tempo that “Cryptic Dream” is a single by Caellus & Hidden Tigress feels like just a journey across varying wildernesses, from tepid jungles to icy […]

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Downtempo as a genre is nigh unequivocally serene and beautiful, but can rely so heavily on repetition that it approaches dullness. Not the case here – there’s so much diversity in texture, mood, tempo that “Cryptic Dream” is a single by Caellus & Hidden Tigress feels like just a journey across varying wildernesses, from tepid jungles to icy tundras. The track is propellant and rich, spliced with call-and-response harmonies, a slow banging beat, and a sensuous spoken-word whisper. The track features American vocalist Hidden Tigress, who delivers an almost spirit-healing form of singing. It’s a stirring inclusion, a transcendental collaboration that, like Caellus’ other efforts in conjunction with other artists. This is easily one of the better more eclectic songs in his catalog.

The sound as sensual as it is intoxicating and cinematic. This is clearly not a track designed with a particular listening environment – or listener – in mind. It’s adaptable. There’s no “right”, and definitely no “wrong”, way to experience this song.

The only imperative is to experience it. Crisp, precise and sophisticated, “Cryptic Dream” by Caellus & Hidden Tigress is the sound of someone who has mastered his craft. Caellus’ maturation and experimentation has led to the creation of releases that were hailed as his magnum opus in the not too distant past. And I’m specifically talking about the epic “Genesis”.

Here on “Cryptic Dream” he is just expanding and manipulating his horizons. Already fully established in the electronic musical firmament, Caellus always seems to have his sights set on greater things. But he goes about this work in a relatively humble way, letting his music do the talking.

He has so far achieved that rare balance of making music that calms the head, but ends up moving the soul and stirring the mind simultaneously. So how does “Cryptic Dream” develop this process?

For a start the familiar Caellus mood-inducing soundscaping is still there. His use of sounds and effects continues to flourish, giving a living, breathing center to his music. And that’s what “Cryptic Dream” does. It lives and breathes, enhanced by the sultry stimulating whispering, courtesy of Hidden Tigress.

Overall, “Cryptic Dream” by Caellus & Hidden Tigress represents another step forward in the producer’s musical development, keeping what was already strong in his music but adding more color and depth. He continues to make music for the mind and the soul. In short, to experience his music is to enjoy an all-encompassing physical and mental boost.

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Katie Sly – Elegant and delicate, with clever little musical deviations http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/katie-sly-elegant-and-delicate-with-clever-little-musical-deviations http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/katie-sly-elegant-and-delicate-with-clever-little-musical-deviations#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:52:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27065 If you’re looking for something smooth, and engaging, then Kaitie Sly’s 3-track self-titled project, is the recording you need to own. Really you should just get it regardless. Katie has an extraordinarily beautiful voice, and when her melodies are expertly backed up with solid songwriting, and catchy trip hop beats you get some amazing songs. […]

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If you’re looking for something smooth, and engaging, then Kaitie Sly’s 3-track self-titled project, is the recording you need to own. Really you should just get it regardless. Katie has an extraordinarily beautiful voice, and when her melodies are expertly backed up with solid songwriting, and catchy trip hop beats you get some amazing songs. Hopefully I’ll never be so jaded that I won’t be able to recognize a tiny little masterpiece; even when it comes from a genre that I don’t particularly go crazy about; even when it has so obviously been produced to wow you; even when it has much more than a whiff of slickness about it.

But nobody can calculate all of the elements that come together to make this such an evocative and moving work. I am probably not alone in having “Life Breather” as my favorite track. But the crispness of all of the sounds is so real you could almost eat them.

The strings on “Progress” will go right into your ear and then into your heart, as will the piano and percussion on “Life Breather” or the vocals and bass on “Wanderlust”. Anyone who has sampled these equally sulky and scintillating compositions cannot help but fall in love with Katie Sly.

Haunting and ethereal – these are the two words that seem to embody the entire spectrum of descriptors when contemplating the qualities within the trip hop or ambient genres. But Katie Sly’s craft goes well above just being ‘haunting and ethereal’. Rich in seduction, her voice is a soothing breeze – a breath of melody and polished-smooth enunciation; Lyrics clearly audible, strewn over a backdrop of alternating chords and timbres and tones.

Elegant, delicate and with clever little musical deviations, this EP never tries to do too much, but continuously achieves its specific intentions with commendable results. All the songs here invoke a sense of both something otherworldly and ordinary – like a crack of sunlight shining through a window.

The song structures also demonstrate Katie Sly’s gentle but dominant control of its direction, and it’s a promising indication of the craft underlying and unifying this recording. The collaborating musicians here also deserve mention for their disciplined, subtle, and measured contributions. Sonically speaking – Katie Sly’s subtlety is part of their charm. Her work is understated, yet intricate; straightforward yet deeply emotive.

More About Katie Sly: Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Canada, musician and author, Kaitie Sly, has been honing her musical talents since the age of 8. In 1996 she stepped on to her first stage and has been performing ever since. Now based in Los Angeles, Kaitie has worked as a session bassist, collaborating with artists, television composers and playing on award winning albums. She has been featured on the player spotlight of www.notreble.com and on Rolling Stone Magazine with her duo project, Syreim. She currently performs in the soul/rock group, The Khourys, and writes and performs for her self-titled solo project. Her duo project, Syreim, is set to release their debut EP in early 2017.

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Souleye: “Snow Angel” ft. Alanis Morrisette – crossing the underground threshold! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/souleye-snow-angel-ft-alanis-morrisette-crossing-the-underground-threshold http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/souleye-snow-angel-ft-alanis-morrisette-crossing-the-underground-threshold#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:24:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27058 The “modern day hip hop warrior” Souleye, is getting set to release his next full-length album “Wild Man” in mid-spring, and has freshly dropped the second single from the upcoming collection, entitled “Snow Angel” featuring Alanis Morrisette, which also has a supporting video. The track is a follow-up to the previous single release, “Follow Your Heart”. […]

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The “modern day hip hop warrior” Souleye, is getting set to release his next full-length album “Wild Man” in mid-spring, and has freshly dropped the second single from the upcoming collection, entitled “Snow Angel” featuring Alanis Morrisette, which also has a supporting video. The track is a follow-up to the previous single release, “Follow Your Heart”. On the new track, produced by Crush Effect, Souleye explores a relationship that continues to tortuously twist and turn as each partner attempts to take a break from the other –only to return.

“When I first met Souleye, I was a fan. I was captivated by his stream of consciousness brilliance, bravery, imagery and his ability to articulate in such generous and prolific ways. His music touched me on multiple levels,” says Alanis Morissette. “Souleye has a voice like no other and I was a fan who had the great fortune of winning his heart.”

As with any Souleye release, this message of realistic optimism rings loud and clear, thanks to the sonic clarity of this accredited hip-hop artist. Souleye’s easily decipherable flow and ‘why-didn’t-I-think-of-that’ lines are almost defiant in their simplicity then made even more accessible by Crush Effect production. Increasingly interested in warmth rather than the frigidity usually found in electronics, the production embraces some of the most inviting elements of glitch and the like, in this arrangement. Mixing synth stabs with heavily effected choral harmonies and a dry thumping beat.

The result is a swirling, hard-hitting electronic soundscape that provides a canvas in motion for Alanis Morissette to color on. So when she breaks into the bridge with, “You’re my Snow Angel, you spread open wide as we go back and forth,” the kaleidoscope effect of her voice is nothing short of mesmerizing. Her quality stamp put’s high expectations on the track, which is however brilliantly fulfilled by Souleye.

Never intimidated or even slightly in awe of his partner’s artistic greatness, Souleye rolls out his distinctive flow: “And when it all goes down / Will you stick around / Would you stay the night / Would you give your life / Does it even really mater / If your not will to fight / It’s all about repair this I swear / Stand my ground for my family / Work so hard that I can’t be beat / Never meet defeat / Cause if its not win-win / Then I won’t compete”

Souleye has been bubbling beneath the surface for years now, creating a buzz on music blogs and forging his own lane in the underground scene. Famous for his lightning fast lyrics and impeccably smooth delivery, Souleye has become a favorite amongst hip-hop heads. Now with the help of his talent and warrior’s will, he is starting to finally cross the underground threshold and thrust himself into the limelight.

“Snow Angel” featuring Alanis Morrisette is yet another track that proves irrefutably that Souleye is worthy of fame and reverence from the hip-hop community.  It remains to be seen if that’s really what this “modern day hip hop warrior’s” ambition is.

More About Souleye: Souleye’s musical journey began when he was a teenager in rural Massachusetts, freestyling around a camp fire to entertain his friends. Blending traditional elements of hip-hop, EDM and numerous other styles; Souleye’s music crosses the boundaries of genre, defies convention and inspires listeners with uplifting lyrics coupled with both traditional and unusual hip-hop beats and samples. His first album, Soul Sessions was released in 2002. Since then, Souleye has released eight studio albums and numerous singles. Souleye has toured extensively with Bassnectar, shared the stage with the Glitch Mob, Tipper, Michael Franti and his wife, Alanis Morissette, with whom he has two children. For more information, visit souleye.net.

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Rod Carrillo: “Alegre” is already on the Top 50 Billboard Dance Chart! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rod-carrillo-alegre-already-top-50-billboard-dance-chart http://jamsphere.com/reviews/rod-carrillo-alegre-already-top-50-billboard-dance-chart#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:34:33 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27053 Rod Carrillo head of A & R and production for the label Carrillo Music which has charted over 50 tracks on the Billboard and Radio charts since its inception in 2008 is also an artist in his own right and has released his latest track, “Alegre”. The infectious Latin/African dance composition instantly got off the […]

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Rod Carrillo head of A & R and production for the label Carrillo Music which has charted over 50 tracks on the Billboard and Radio charts since its inception in 2008 is also an artist in his own right and has released his latest track, “Alegre”. The infectious Latin/African dance composition instantly got off the ground running and has already catapulted straight into the Top 50 Billboard Dance Chart. “Alegre” is available on Carrillo Music/Stepperman and includes remixes from the Hoxton Whores, KSO, Eddie Amador, DJ Kue, Fenix, Ralphi Rosario and Peter Brown.

In true Carrillo underground fashion, Rod makes the difficult task of production look easy.  The music deftly sets the tone for what we’ll no doubt be hearing from him this year: massive club appeal rhythms with big, stadium-ready drops. I kind of get chills every time I hear it.

It screams summer and happiness and all things good in the world. This is Rod Carrillo music at his best, and I just love the juxtaposition of supporting remixes which bring a whole set of new flavors to the table.

Each of these remixes is intricately crafted and melds so many types of sounds so well. The standard build-up/drop song structure is also expertly used in different ways for maximal hands-in-the-air fun. These remixes all have their own original dance flavors inspired by the various producers/dj’s behind the boards.

We will obviously all have our own favorites, depending on the style that best suits our tastes. Besides Carrillo’s mixes, the remixes that impressed me most, are the Hoxton Whores Club Mix, the Kissy Sell Out VIP Club Mix and the Kue Remix.

When you’re in the game as long as Rod Carrillo it can be hard to keep up with what’s hot, but he has demonstrated his ability to remain at the forefront of music time and again. Just check the number of Billboard successes his relatively small independent label has had.

In its entirety “Alegre” is an excellent representation of not only Carrillo’s intelligent and focused sound, but what the current pulse of hardcore underground EDM sans pop-styled vocals, should sound like.

The one thing that Rod Carrillo always brings to the game is his ability to take a normal instrumental mix, swing the rhythm, throw in a few voice samples and sounds and somehow culminate that into a roaring anthem for our dancing generation – Checkout the Fenix Club Mix and the grooving Club Mix for certification of my statement. Rod Carrillo once again holds his own, with these powerhouse dance tracks.

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Matt Scan: “Scanner” – no shortage of well executed concepts! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-scan-scanner-no-shortage-of-well-executed-concepts http://jamsphere.com/reviews/matt-scan-scanner-no-shortage-of-well-executed-concepts#respond Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:47:49 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27049 Matt Scan is an Indie Hip-Hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. His “Scanner” EP is a breath of fresh air coming up from what seems like an eternity of Fetty Wap, Future and Drake dominating the hip hop sphere. Overall it’s essential to note how stellar Scan’s vocals are. I say vocals because it’s the combination of lyrics, flow, […]

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Matt Scan is an Indie Hip-Hop artist from Baltimore, Maryland. His “Scanner” EP is a breath of fresh air coming up from what seems like an eternity of Fetty Wap, Future and Drake dominating the hip hop sphere. Overall it’s essential to note how stellar Scan’s vocals are. I say vocals because it’s the combination of lyrics, flow, and inflection that make him stand out. Scan has no shortage of well executed concepts, but maybe his best asset is actually the endlessly inventive ways in which he constructs each verse; it’s the delivery not the lyrics that impress on first listening.

Matt Scan

Matt Scan

These songs each call for a different style, so Scan keeps his flow in the pocket and focuses more on rhyming.

“Scanner” has some stand out tracks. My favorite songs always tend to be those that are overlooked by most, but “Artifical Intel”, “Automatic Mode Addict” and “Ronin” are the tracks that will get the most recognition. After listening to the whole EP, if you feel like you didn’t connect with the lyricism or it sounds too shallow, I urge you to press replay.

Matt Scan is a poet. His calculated, hard-hitting flow, together with the extremely busy soundscapes can be distracting when trying to decipher the sheer emotional intelligence he displays in his songwriting. Scan is almost too much of a lyrical genius and for some listeners it may be a bit overwhelming.

However, he makes it extremely evident that this EP is a step forward in finding the perfect balance between creatively composed productions and firm, uncompromising delivery.

Matt Scan finds a looser, weirder, and ultimately more interesting version of the hip hop formula on this release. He sounds adamant to leave behind all the overeager, overproduced clichés that rap has been producing in the last few years, and dig deep into his core influences.

With the creative confidence to go with his considerable skills and heart, Scan crafts some eclectic and appealing material, from unapologetic “Mind Flex” or the ominous “Cold Stunner”. All throughout the recording Scan successfully finds the balance between brilliantly executed composition and complex lyricism that truly sets him free from underdog territory.

“Scanner” deserves attention as it is an EP that diverts substantially from the repetitive and formulaic music that is all too frequent today. This collection could provide a taste for what is to come from Matt Scan, and there is absolutely no doubt that his artistry is moving in the right direction.

As always the most daunting task for underground indie artists is not creating good music, but rather getting the music across to the people who need to be hearing it, so pieces can be moved. Money can be made. And the artist can move to the next level!

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Tagh: “You Know It” (Prod. by @FallOutBeatz) creates its own world! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tagh-you-know-it-prod-by-falloutbeatz-creates-its-own-world http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tagh-you-know-it-prod-by-falloutbeatz-creates-its-own-world#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:21:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27045 Rapping is easy; releasing records is hard. This is the sad truth that emerges from many usually tepid and unfocused hip hop records. As a rapper, we can hear that Tagh’s bona fides are firmly in place, so we need to find out when it comes to releasing records, if his batting average will be […]

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Rapping is easy; releasing records is hard. This is the sad truth that emerges from many usually tepid and unfocused hip hop records. As a rapper, we can hear that Tagh’s bona fides are firmly in place, so we need to find out when it comes to releasing records, if his batting average will be keeping up. Unlike like many major label artists who deliver the sort of nothing-for-everyone platter that results from too many greedy, insecure managerial hands in the pot, Tagh drops a solid single release with “You Know It” (Prod. by @FallOutBeatz) including the supporting video Shot by @LewisYouNasty.

Hailing from Long Beach, California, Tagh says that his music deals with real issues and real hardships that he has artist experienced on his own skin. And that’s probably part of the reason why this track rings true to the average ear.

The other reason is that Tagh narrows his eyes and focuses, and his verses leaves a smoking crater that not even a relatively on-fire emcee can fill. He has the ability to ride a beat, flip a catchy chorus, and let the punch lines seamlessly roll off his tongue…all at the same time!

The best and worst aspect of this song is its similarity to the hard-hitting braggadocio of Gangsta Rap, but Tagh improves on the formula, proving that he is more than just a fake product of misguided hype, like some of his peers.

With music like so many other industries, getting comfortable, and feeling entitled can lead to downfall. But this is a trap that a hungry rapper like Tagh will hardly fall into.  Though he drops an equal amount of words that can be understood by ladies and thugs alike as he spills his guts out, Tagh has insights and observations that can be read from his lyrics sheet as pure prose. This rap-savant archetype is ready to rise prominence.

“You Know It” (Prod. by @FallOutBeatz) creates its own world both sonically and lyrically. The swirling banging beat plays like a slow, hard, cinematic bed for Tagh’s magnetic flow, allowing his voice to roll syllables around until he’s hit just about every possible permutation, transforming hard consonants into window-smashing rocks.

His style is basically a controlled aggression. Of course, Tagh’s rhymes are only one part of the equation. The production on this track is absolutely stellar too. All in all, Tagh’s infectious personality makes this track a personal classic. Put together with his genius lines and expert beat-selection make for an enthralling listen!

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Artist, singer and producer Glenn Polin & Frank Topper getting the job done! http://jamsphere.com/news/artist-singer-and-producer-glenn-polin-frank-topper-getting-the-job-done http://jamsphere.com/news/artist-singer-and-producer-glenn-polin-frank-topper-getting-the-job-done#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:18:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27040 Glenn Polin is an amateur artist, singer and producer. Frank Topper is an organizational development consultant from Greenbrae, California, who writes lyrics on his day off. Together the two moonlighters have been working on a couple of songs in their spare time. Well, three songs, to be honest. The songs roughly deal with religion, women and […]

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Glenn Polin is an amateur artist, singer and producer. Frank Topper is an organizational development consultant from Greenbrae, California, who writes lyrics on his day off. Together the two moonlighters have been working on a couple of songs in their spare time. Well, three songs, to be honest. The songs roughly deal with religion, women and money, sometimes all at the same time. It’s difficult to find another 3 topics as controversial as these, anywhere on the planet. Lyricist Frank Topper has proven himself to be incredibly versatile over the last couple years, mixing vein-bulging intensity, emotion-laden elegance and a humorous flair in his verses.

But Frank has always had to hand over half of the work to someone else to get the job done, and relying on various singer-songwriters to slot his words into appropriate pieces of music. Some collaboration efforts were magic, others better than the rest, but on the odd occasion it wasn’t always a match made in heaven – until Frank met up with someone like Glenn Polin of course.

Glenn Polin

Glenn Polin

Glenn has the same irony, hard-nosed tongue in cheek expressions, and offbeat smartness in his voice that you can read in Topper’s lines. Now I wouldn’t be as presumptuous to say that this is a match made in heaven, but it’s damn near close.

“Pay Me” is a track that has Frank and Glen sharing the lyric writing, while Glenn completed the music too. Starting out on a sumptuous electric piano ditto Glen digs in with “Pay me if you wanna get God”. That one line is enough to let you know where these fellows are heading thematically.

This is a smart arrangement with Glen recording a series of layered vocal harmonies and injecting the song with plenty of horns and his preacher voice: “Don’t need gyms, don’t need affairs. Just pay me for God and you’ll get there.”

“Bottom Line Woman” is a Blues-induced lament, where the narrator loses all his money to good times and good women…or is that bad women. Glen turns in another sterling performance. This time he uses his deep gravelly crooning voice, which is as effective as it is charming to the ear. “The money’s all gone, and there’s a hole inside where my heart used to be,” is sung between a wailing saxophone and a yearning lead guitar.

Frank Topper

Frank Topper

Besides the vocals, Glen shows off all of his instrumental skills, sculpting a rich, heart-wrenching soundscape, before throwing down the trump line “She’s not interested in my plans, don’t care about future dreams. Well she lookin’ at my coffee, she only wants the cream.”

“Every Moment at Once” sees a complete change of tone, timbre and style, as Glen bathes his romantic swooning, inside a smooth, laidback but groovy, traditional pop standard-type backdrop – “When you took my hand, when I revived. When you said yes, that’s when I arrived. Every moment at once.”

This is the kind of jazzy music that Sinatra or Tony Bennett would have cherished in their catalogs. These songs show the kind of simple magic that can happen when two artists who were made for each other, join forces to create something special, without pretense or particular ambition, other than fulfilling their personal dreams and spreading a bit of wisdom, wit and love, towards whoever wants it.

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Absoloot: “THE TRUTH” – celebrating the human potential for triumph over discrimination http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/absoloot-the-truth-celebrating-the-human-potential-for-triumph-over-discrimination http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/absoloot-the-truth-celebrating-the-human-potential-for-triumph-over-discrimination#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:06:18 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27036 A successful record executive, artist, and self-made social media professional, Absoloot embraces an industry that has made and broke countless individuals before him. Absoloot has licensed 7 songs to Don King and had Sony use his music in PlayStation video games. He was invited to attend the 2009 Grammy’s for his album “My Way,” and was recognized […]

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A successful record executive, artist, and self-made social media professional, Absoloot embraces an industry that has made and broke countless individuals before him. Absoloot has licensed 7 songs to Don King and had Sony use his music in PlayStation video games. He was invited to attend the 2009 Grammy’s for his album “My Way,” and was recognized by The BMA’s (Billboard Music Awards) for his songwriting accomplishments.

Absoloot’s list of accomplishments has continued to expand and progress forward, gaining more momentum as he makes moves. Hailing from the Sunshine State, the Jook Capital, Absoloot’s sound blends the new school flavor with a hint of old school nostalgia, in every aspect from delivery to production.

Absoloot recently dropped his latest track entitled “THE TRUTH”, and once again takes the industry and fans by surprise. If you don’t know this artist yet, get ready, because his vast flood of ideas could come off overwhelming for the faint-hearted.

Spend enough time with his craft, though, and this track will prove to be intensely alive, celebrating the human potential for triumph over discrimination, recognizing how completely things can go awry when too few people have too much legal power, and condemning the scars left by American history which are ruthlessly reopening those old wounds and filling them with finely grained sea-salt.

While the track is a lyrical landmark for Absoloot, above all, there’s no denying that “THE TRUTH” is a rich body of work all around. It makes sense that the track is absent of musical boundaries. Absoloot’s thoughts are all over the place — from Fort Lauderdale to Congress, from the lows of economic depression to the ultra-lows of police brutality and political arrogance.

There is nothing as thematically prevalent as Absoloot’s urge for black Americans to rise above it all, but he’s also enamored with the nation as a whole, hence his great delusion in current socio-political events which are destroying the country’s intrinsic principles.

Its dead-serious stuff, but you can still groove and nod your head to the riding beat. This track should push you to a better place, a place of “THE TRUTH”, and a place you should have no intention of ever leaving!

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Voss Rollins: “Hole” – highly effective in addicting the listener http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/voss-rollins-hole-highly-effective-in-addicting-the-listener http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/voss-rollins-hole-highly-effective-in-addicting-the-listener#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:07:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27032 Voss Rollins is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based out of Virginia Beach, VA. Known for genre bending and versatility, and after the fallout of his hip-hop project (General Booth), Voss has now turned his attention to Alternative and Folk music. One of two singles from his new self-titled project is entitled “Hole”. This track is […]

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Voss Rollins is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter based out of Virginia Beach, VA. Known for genre bending and versatility, and after the fallout of his hip-hop project (General Booth), Voss has now turned his attention to Alternative and Folk music. One of two singles from his new self-titled project is entitled “Hole”. This track is a must have for all those who love atmospheric acoustic music with a sprinkling of other instruments in support. A deep atmospheric song that describes a dark macabre inner world of melancholy, depression and sadness, as Voss sings: “I met my first wife in a grave. Fixed on my seams and shaved my face, down in a hole, waiting for me.” And “I spend my days in an abyss, freeform jazz I slit my wrist, down in a hole…”

The song itself is beautifully written and performed excellently. Voss Rollins is not only master with a pen and a piece of paper, but he is able to transmit that pure emotion and every word written from his heart directly into the listener’s soul.

The melody is simple and unadorned, but highly effective in addicting the listener. There is something hypnotic about the recording, at least partly due to the fact it was recorded with minimal production, and less distraction from Rollin’s vocal delivery as possible.

Voss Rollins has achieved a work of such unassuming depth that it is impossible not to grow impatient for a second recording. He manages to conveys a mood that is at once tender and full of existential pain, without ever indulging on the way too common tendency in young songwriters to put music to their private diaries.

Nor indulging in the kind of over-instrumentation that not-so-young performers indulge in to make up for the lack of richness in their work.

I don’t think there’s a single weak link in this song here, lyrically and musically, as well as in Voss’ deadpan ethereal vocal delivery, which fits the song’s sonic aura to a tee.

This is alternative folk music stripped from clichés, bringing together the lingering senses of someone reflecting deeply on his personal life…and thereafter. Every verse and chorus adds to the hue of emotions Voss Rollins is so able to articulate. In some ways, Voss reminds me of Nick Drake, in his capacity to write of sadness so beautifully that it can almost embrace you, like joy.

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Elmo Karjalainen: ‘Age Of Heroes’ – a bulldozer of an album! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/elmo-karjalainen-age-of-heroes-a-bulldozer-of-an-album http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/elmo-karjalainen-age-of-heroes-a-bulldozer-of-an-album#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:52:21 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27028 Elmo Karjalainen is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity and precision. His latest album ‘Age Of Heroes’ is a big sounding album with enough twists and turns to make Karjalainen’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. This album represents a milestone, for Elmo, who is considered one […]

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Elmo Karjalainen is a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ who revels in a self-penned musical hybrid shot through with intensity and precision. His latest album ‘Age Of Heroes’ is a big sounding album with enough twists and turns to make Karjalainen’s solos sound both dynamic and interesting. This album represents a milestone, for Elmo, who is considered one of the best rock guitarists in his native Finland. On this album he realized his dream of playing alongside side some of his own ‘heroes’.

“This album saw me realize a dream. I have always wanted to have people I consider influences appear on an album of mine,” says Karjalainen, continuing, “I dreamt of playing with Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen, and on this album I saw that happen. I got Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen keyboard player who also toured with Billy Idol, Kiss and Alice Cooper) to play a killer solo on one of the tracks. The second artist to feature was none other than Viking guitar maestro Mattias IA Eklundh of Freak Kitchen. He’s a guy who has truly influenced my playing. In addition to those two I got the extremely talented Janne and Emil to feature on one song, where we did a three guitar battle. ”

Elmo Karjalainen

Elmo Karjalainen

There are plenty of incendiary guitar breaks and harmony guitar parts, shredding and the like, but Elmo Karjalainen also demonstrates a lightness of touch which is almost playful at times. This aspect is offset by several complex moments that explore rock, pop, metal, blues and even classical influences as he cleverly balances the obtuse with the accessible.

‘How Can Less Be More’ is full of diversity, a wide range of solos and an array of tone colors. He glues together all the elements on ‘The Colour of Greed’, which he tops with an incredible shred and then joins keyboardist Derek Sherinian (ex-Dream Theater, Yngwie Malmsteen) as they trade instrumental virtuosity before slipping into some beautiful slow-burning guitar ambience  on ‘Chikken Noodul’.

The lyrical duality of ‘A Fertile Discussion’ is exulted by the subtle dynamic tension between Mattias IA Eklundh’s exemplary playing and Karjalainen’s fusion ensemble sensibilities, laced with multiple harmonies. The restless live feel of ‘A Meeting of the Gods ( And This Guy)” is evidenced by the way Janne Nieminen and Emil Pohjalainen (winners of Yngwie Malmsteen’s Guitar Gods competition), together with Elmo Karjalainen trade electrifying riffs as if it  was an adrenaline pumping rollercoaster ride.

This is an intense high octane collaborative track. And it’s this constant search for that one lick to match the others that gives the tune such a captivating appeal which is exemplified by the booming ‘call and response’ riffs.

Karjalainen saves one of his biggest impacts for ‘Falling for Falafels’ on a collision of understated power, song craft and intense guitar playing. The big crescendo before the outro is effectively a musical sleight of hand, as it suggests a succinct resolution to a bulldozer of an album, but magnificently, ‘Age Of Heroes’ has even more depth than that.

It’s a frequently multi-layered and surprisingly diverse album full of magisterial guitar lines that constantly draws Elmo Karjalainen into new musical avenues.

He’s at his tasteful and poignant best on the meandering twist and turns of ‘Three Days of Peace’ and the bluesy ‘Limiting Rationality’, while the upbeat fusion groove of ‘The Grassy Gnoll’ is an example of an artist following his own musical path. ‘Age Of Heroes’ reveals new nuances with repeated plays.

Elmo Karjalainen’s musical knowledge, breathless guitar playing and imaginative musical arrangements shape the musical vision of a genius shredder with a penchant for real songs. Elmo personally feels that this is his best album to date, and on the evidence showcased across the 15 tracks here, it would be hard to disagree.

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