JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:40:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 $lem: “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” strategically allows him to fire off unfiltered creativity! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lem-aint-worried-upreme-strategically-allows-him-to-fire-off-unfiltered-creativity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lem-aint-worried-upreme-strategically-allows-him-to-fire-off-unfiltered-creativity#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:35:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27995 $lem is a young artist from Charlotte North Carolina.  Influenced by his idols Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott, $lem even has a Taylor gang tattoo on his chest. An upcoming artist who has often worked with his brother and producer Dane Cascade, $lem already has a few singles to his name, including “Hook up”, “No […]

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$lem is a young artist from Charlotte North Carolina.  Influenced by his idols Wiz Khalifa and Travis Scott, $lem even has a Taylor gang tattoo on his chest. An upcoming artist who has often worked with his brother and producer Dane Cascade, $lem already has a few singles to his name, including “Hook up”, “No chaser” and his debut track “Therapy”. His latest single “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” was released three months ago and has been his most popular track to date, signaling an ever growing fan-base and confidence in his skillset. The Charlotte rapper is building own his stoner-like brand brick-by-brick.

At his most compelling, $lem is a purveyor of effortless cool with a laidback demeanor that seals in the sharpness emitted by his wordplay. “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” is peak $lem —bleary eyed, genteel and, eager to please. The melody coasts and sticks while everything is mannered, well-paced with some good ass production. Listening to the track feels like you’re resting in a seat on an airplane, waiting for takeoff.

It’s all atmospheric and chill; it’s both very inviting and relaxing at the same time. And when the beat drops and it’s straight up dope. $lem rides the beat with a great flow, and the smart bars will paint a vivid picture in your head. $lem does not bask in any obnoxious lyricism, but skillfully reflects with his penchant for seemingly loosely structured verses which work perfectly.

As so often happens with unsigned artists, “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” strategically allows him to fire off unfiltered creativity without having to deal with the burdening pressures that come with being trapped with major label or mainstream expectation.

In an uninspiring time where commercial marketability is placed at a higher premium than talent, $lem sidesteps such perplexity to make art focused on honest introspection. Well aware that he is an anomaly to a rap world intimidated by uncontrollable industry interested in selling one-dimensional fantasy, $lem  has found it necessary to portray his every facet and mood with transparency on Ain’t Worried ($upreme)”.

$lem can’t be easily classified as a certain type of MC just yet, as he is still building his brand, and it would be wrong and probably unfair to pigeonhole him into the scheme of things so soon, but without a doubt he most certainly voices the talents that usually go forgotten within mainstream channels.

$lem, makes complex sentiments sound simple and soaks relatable experiences in uncommon depth and alternative sophistication. Producer Dane Cascade’s versatility behind the boards is on full display here too, as he provides a layered musical palette that is both a base for, and enriches $lem’s musings.

The music provides just the right framework for this song. “Ain’t Worried ($upreme)” is an artful body of work that is sonically fulfilling and dripping with understated lyrical sharpness.

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Jay Felicite: “Gawdly” – an attractive urban and island production and some heartfelt reflections http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jay-felicite-gawdly-an-attractive-urban-and-island-production-and-some-heartfelt-reflections http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jay-felicite-gawdly-an-attractive-urban-and-island-production-and-some-heartfelt-reflections#respond Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:02:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27990 Jay Felicite (pronounced; Fay-Lee-See-Tay) is a Saint Lucian born and raised singer, songwriter, sound engineer. Jay uses a mixture of Caribbean culture and heritage along with R&B and Urban flavors to deliver melodic, rhythmic, and catchy material stuffed with lyrical substance. The artist, who currently lives and operates out of London, UK, works closely with […]

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Jay Felicite (pronounced; Fay-Lee-See-Tay) is a Saint Lucian born and raised singer, songwriter, sound engineer. Jay uses a mixture of Caribbean culture and heritage along with R&B and Urban flavors to deliver melodic, rhythmic, and catchy material stuffed with lyrical substance. The artist, who currently lives and operates out of London, UK, works closely with a lot of local underground talent, and has just dropped his brand new 13 track project entitled “Gawdly”. It’s a solid EP marked by attractive urban and island production and Jay’s heartfelt reflections. Here the young Rastafarian showcases his entire skillset, rapping and singing in a blend of styles that quickly separates him from the pack.

Right from the opening track “No Affiliation (Intro) [Prod. Rellzi B]” to the EP closer “No Affiliation (Outro)[Prod. Rellzi B]”, this recording is definitely different, joyful, insightful, rhythmic and honest, with incredibly high-peaking surprises and soul-bonding rituals.

While Jay is without a shadow of a doubt a gifted emcee, for me he is more of a singer and songwriter on “Gawdly” and his best work is when he sings. “WPF [Prod. Rellzi B]” is a beautiful and poignant love ballad where he explores the strains and morphing of a relationship in an emotional and expressive voice.

All over this EP, Jay Felicite’s vocals are driven by pure emotion and passion overpowering all else, regardless of the style his performing. It could be the slow-burning Dancehall-styled “Slow Wine”, or the rhythmically pumping “Vibrate (Feat. Arthur Allain & ZigZag) [Prod. Lion & Jay Felicite]” and “Tease Remix (Feat. Scarlet Power)[Prod. PDUB, Nick Dre & Jay Felicite]”.

Again, the high-peaking surprises are where Jay pushes himself out of any comfort zone, and let’s his voice ride the beat and vibe of the arrangement in perfect harmony. Something he achieves with major profit on the soul-driven “I’m Good [Prod. DopeBoyzMuzic]”, the introspective “Do You [Prod. iAmK]” and the edgy and confrontational “Hot Steppa [Prod. Edeez & Rellzi]”.

Jay Felicite is a mix of Wyclef Jean, Trey Songs and a dash of Sean Paul all rolled into one. Even though Jay sings for a majority of the EP, there are enough moments of rhyming to satisfy hip-hop loves. Not only does he have clever deliveries and lyrics when he rhymes, the overall feeling of hip-hop is evident in every song.

I favor music which blurs the constraining lines of definition, and Jay Felicite’s diverse musical tastes – undoubtedly a result of his upbringing and heritage – shine brightly throughout “Gawdly”, and it comes off as an honest reflection of the diverse music styles which has and still does inspire him.

Jay reached deep into his bag of tricks for this one as he effortlessly mixes singing and rapping with infectious hooks, tons of melody, heartfelt lyrical honesty, and some very impressive music production. This is genuine off-the-wall modern music with a leaning towards island music, yet still authentically urban.

As his more firmly established peers have dipped their toes into the alt-R&B pool or flirted with four-to-the floor EDM to stay relevant, Jay’s point of view has remained trendy but traditional,  and while he’s subtly evolved, gracefully embracing hip-hop and R&B’s increasing cross-pollination, he hasn’t lost any of his Caribbean culture and heritage along the way.

The satiny synths, leisurely rhythmic percussion, and evocative bass rumbles, which all provide a cushion for Jay Felicite’s velvety voice, will leave you fully gratified, no matter which genre or style you’re coming from.

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KnowledgeΔustin: “Hip-$oul” – pure and unaffected by label demands! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/knowledge%ce%b4ustin-hip-oul-pure-and-unaffected-by-label-demands http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/knowledge%ce%b4ustin-hip-oul-pure-and-unaffected-by-label-demands#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:04:13 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27985 KnowledgeΔustin is an 18 year old Hip-Hop Artist from the small Florida city of Sarasota, FL. His father, DJ Superyakk was well known around the city, and specialized in old school music genres such as; funk, soul, jazz, fusion, and some forms of rock n’ roll. Sidney aka Knowledge, has been doing music for over […]

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KnowledgeΔustin is an 18 year old Hip-Hop Artist from the small Florida city of Sarasota, FL. His father, DJ Superyakk was well known around the city, and specialized in old school music genres such as; funk, soul, jazz, fusion, and some forms of rock n’ roll. Sidney aka Knowledge, has been doing music for over 7 years, but been recording his own music for 5. Knowledge does everything from producing, mixing and mastering as well as photography, writing as well as work instrumentation. His career trajectory runs counter to that of an artist working to infiltrate hip-hop’s mainstream.

He doesn’t seem to pine for the A-lister referrals and feature circuit ubiquity that lubricate the most well-oiled artist rollouts. He doesn’t search to hobnob with hit makers or kowtow to the will of radio. Instead KnowledgeΔustin launched into an exploratory experiment; a soul-themed hip-hop album.

“Hip-$oul” isn’t an album that will inspire a revolution, such as Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. It also isn’t an album that will evoke a deep and profound psychological reaction, like the Roots’ Things Fall Apart. What “Hip-$oul” is, though, is something just as unique and treasured: an album that is the raw undistilled manifestation of the artist’s creative power, combined with the technical ability to polish it into a shining diamond of an album…at 18 years old!

KnowledgeΔustin is a technician on the microphone, hitting you with a precise flow in each verse, while maintaining a cool, charismatic personality. The beats, possibly influenced by J Dilla in places, but certainly not limited to that, are funky and soulful.

The production moves each song along with a sharp bounce and a deep groove, but never gets in the way of the verses. The opening track, “All on da (One) sets the mood of the album, before kicking off official with “Reminisce” which beats to a rolling bass line and some fiery verses. “Changes (Prod.Donato)”, showcases mid-tempo, dreamy riff and lots of vocal harmony, along with some serious rhyming.

One of the best tracks on the album, “70 (5ive) (Feat. LAGARIAN) (Prod. TaylorKing)” makes your head nod, your brain chew on the lyrics, all while your heart feels full. This feeling is also recreated one track later on the funk-driven “Got My Mind Made Up (Feat.Shambased)”. “Soulerlude” and “Real ( do I keeps it)”, are another two outstanding cuts, which carry the “Hip-$oul” theme comfortably.

If I were a professor of hip-hop, “Real ( do I keeps it)” would be a track I would hold up to my students as having almost every element that makes a great hip-hop song. The beat is driving, layered with a full-force horn section, it grips your ears and doesn’t let go. KnowledgeΔustin lyrics, rhetorical yet educated, show a rapper coming into full bloom.

“Hip-$oul” is the result of when an artist hits a sweet spot in the recording. His music is still pure, unaffected by label demands, budget constraints, and the pressure of having to follow up quality work. The artist is young, hungry and ready to show and prove. KnowledgeΔustin does that and more, blending his style into a soulful and vibrant album that is a great listen, front-to-back.

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John Casson: “Castles In The Stars” – a mood changing, melodic guitar player http://jamsphere.com/reviews/john-casson-castles-in-the-stars-a-mood-changing-melodic-guitar-player http://jamsphere.com/reviews/john-casson-castles-in-the-stars-a-mood-changing-melodic-guitar-player#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:35:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27981 John Casson is an English guitar teacher that lives and teaches guitar in schools in New Zealand. He started playing at 19 inspired by Joe Satriani, Martin Taylor, and melodic playing. Casson says that he doesn’t believe you need to have any particular talent for playing, just a passion for it and a bit of […]

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John Casson is an English guitar teacher that lives and teaches guitar in schools in New Zealand. He started playing at 19 inspired by Joe Satriani, Martin Taylor, and melodic playing. Casson says that he doesn’t believe you need to have any particular talent for playing, just a passion for it and a bit of practice. “I was really awful for a very long time,” continues Casson, “and you have to be quite hard on yourself to get better. The best thing for your playing is that, no one really cares if you can solo really well, they just want to hear a song they know!”

And that’s exactly what John Casson does on the track “Castles In The Stars”. He plays a song you know…or rather, he plays a song you think you know, because he wraps his original layered guitar arrangement in so much nostalgic- sounding melody that it strikes a chord with your memory.

And the tune becomes one of those mind-bending dittos that will have you saying: “Damn, where did I hear this before!” but it’s a puzzle you won’t ever solve dear friends as our crafty old guitar teacher has simply tied your knickers in a knot with this one.

While many technical guitarists dwell in the realms of scales and techniques trying desperately not to compromise on feel, many melodic guitar players go ahead with what becomes their natural instinct on the guitar.

I consider some melodic guitar players poets in every sense of the expression; Jeff Beck for me is one of the few melodic guitarists that can bring an empty canvas to life. Another guitarist that can do this of course is Eric Johnson. His dexterity on the fret board combined with his tone and phrasing techniques create a hypnotic aura for listeners.

Melodic guitar players are mood changers and John Casson fits comfortably into this group. He has the ability to take you from emotional point A to emotional point Z in a song, it just happens, as it does on “Castles In The Stars”, if you know what I mean.

It’s obviously a misconception among many that technical guitarists are not melodic. That is not true, a number of technical guitarists play without compromising the roots of melody, but it’s more complex, hence complicated for the common ear to appreciate instantly. On the other hand, John Casson’s style is naturally melodic and inviting to just about any set of ears.

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QuinoBLN: “Ein Jahr danach” refines the electropop template of the 80s esthetic http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/quinobln-ein-jahr-danach-refines-the-electropop-template-of-the-80s-esthetic http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/quinobln-ein-jahr-danach-refines-the-electropop-template-of-the-80s-esthetic#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:24:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27976 Songwriter and composer QuinoBLN was born and grew up in Spain. After many years of making music there, he had the feeling that the country had become too small for his dreams and desire for adventure. After living in several European cities like Amsterdam and Cologne as well as travelling around a lot, he settled […]

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Songwriter and composer QuinoBLN was born and grew up in Spain. After many years of making music there, he had the feeling that the country had become too small for his dreams and desire for adventure. After living in several European cities like Amsterdam and Cologne as well as travelling around a lot, he settled down in the very lively Berlin, which not only grew into his heart and his music, but its acronym became a part of his moniker. On the 14th of February this year QuinoBLN released his electro, dance-pop single, “Ein Jahr danach” through La Santa Compaña Records. From what I can deduce, the track’s title should translate to “One Year Later”. With the lyrics being entirely in German I could only pick up the gist of its meaning. The narrator seems to have been afflicted by a person, event or circumstance from which he has freed himself after one year.

While critics, fans, and websites engage in regular, never-as-important-as-they-seem skirmishes over whether this or that artist belongs to one or the other genre or is overrated or eve underrated, the music keeps piling up, waiting for a calmer moment when it can be properly assessed. Believe me, I know.

I’ve been reviewing records professionally since…well I can’t even remember and when I look back at the albums and bands I was sure were vital back in my youth—and the albums I either ignored entirely or publicly trashed, largely because they were popular—I cringe a little. But just a little. Being spectacularly wrong about music is an important part of growing up.

Hence when a polarizing act like QuinoBLN arrives on my desk and conjures the kind of synth washes and pop piano runs that could have easily pulsed across records during the mid-’80s, I know we’re in for another ‘never-as-important-as-they-seem skirmishes’.

What genre is this? How good is QuinoBLN? Is this retro synth-pop style of music still relevant? Heck, QuinoBLN even complicates things further by singing in German. So expect some more questions! Thank heavens I don’t give a shits about genres anymore, I form part of the old, and by now heavily cliched crew who believe music has only two genres – good or bad!

I may on the occasion use genre-labels for some people’s need to box things to better fit the limitations of their own minds. So having said that QuinoBLN falls into the ‘good’ music category, and for the genre-minded, he sits comfortably in the electro-pop classification.

A genre the Germans are masters of by the way, and which they’ve dominated since 1969 with the advent of the super-group Kraftwerk. So the Spaniard, QuinoBLN, has truly taken on all of the Teutonic characteristics, since his move to Berlin!

On “Ein Jahr danach”, QuinoBLN continues to develop and refine the template of the 80s esthetic, that splits the difference between new wave, synth-pop and club-ready dance music,  with surprisingly positive results. The record’s carefully considered aesthetic and meticulous production featuring some unusual instruments bear all the hallmarks of an iconic work.

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Music for your Soul – A blend of East and West Music from the Movie “The Kamasutra Garden” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/music-for-your-soul-a-blend-of-east-and-west-music-from-the-movie-the-kamasutra-garden http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/music-for-your-soul-a-blend-of-east-and-west-music-from-the-movie-the-kamasutra-garden#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:22:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27971 [Tampa, FL], Dream Merchants Entertainment introduces the soundtrack of the feature film, “The Kamasutra Garden”. The film is based on an acclaimed novel of the same name by Riju R. Sam. The film is the story of the only brothel in the world, “The Kamasutra Garden”, where the women are trained in “Kamasutra”, the ancient […]

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[Tampa, FL], Dream Merchants Entertainment introduces the soundtrack of the feature film, “The Kamasutra Garden”. The film is based on an acclaimed novel of the same name by Riju R. Sam. The film is the story of the only brothel in the world, “The Kamasutra Garden”, where the women are trained in “Kamasutra”, the ancient art and science of love making. The film follows an award winning filmmaker, William Thomas as he visit the Kamasutra Garden (a brothel in Nevada), to prepare a documentary. Tucked away in a remote desert town in Nevada is, “The Kamasutra Garden,” where the women are young, beautiful and every man’s fantasy. However, William soon discovers the complex lives and secrets of the women who work there.

Apart from the great concept of the feature film, the said film is equally worth for its great soundtracks. The songs are composed by talented musicians Perry Woo, Arpit Gandhi and Peter Lam with Riju R. Sam as the lyricist and have been brought to life by great singers.

The album is composed of 8 songs with the titles “Halloween Trick or Treat”, “Love Song”, “This is my Temple”, “Goodbye Song”, “Om Kamadevaya Vidmahe”, “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, “Hey Mahaprabho” and “Love Song” (Bonus Track).

The songs are custom written to enhance the emotion of each scene and for viewers to connect with the characters. Each track is a combination of east and west music. The Indian music, with origins going back thousands of years, developed in the courts and temples, can break your heart with its beauty.

The two different music genres blend to create a divine harmony. Together with the amazing voice of the singers and the meaning behind the lyrics of the songs, the team behind this album was able to make truly interesting music.

The music in “The Kamasutra Garden” is indeed “Music for your Soul”. The album is available for purchase in music stores worldwide. To listen to the song tracks, please visit www.thekamasutragarden.net . The rare blend of western and Indian music combination make this music album, a rare, valuable and collectible copy.

 

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King Draper: “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” – Sharp Observational Skills! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-draper-a-windows-life-a%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bw%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bl%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8b-sharp-observational-skills http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/king-draper-a-windows-life-a%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bw%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8bl%e2%80%8b-%e2%80%8b-sharp-observational-skills#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:39:42 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27966 Refreshed and refocused after a last year’s “Restitution”, King Draper rebounds back in 2017 with what could easily rank as his best work to date. As other emcees have fallen by the conscious curbside due to a number of diverse personal reasons or misguided mainstream pleas, this Birmingham, AL, native born Adrian Duval Owen II, […]

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Refreshed and refocused after a last year’s “Restitution”, King Draper rebounds back in 2017 with what could easily rank as his best work to date. As other emcees have fallen by the conscious curbside due to a number of diverse personal reasons or misguided mainstream pleas, this Birmingham, AL, native born Adrian Duval Owen II, continues to deliver music that strives to invoke change – be that on a personal and intimate level or on a global socio-political plane.

The new album – “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” – introduces itself with a few somber, contemplative notes from a piano. Then the strings awake from their slumber and start swirling. Another slurring analog keyboard line slides in. “Yeah, in this life you gotta make the right decisions”, King Draper says with resounding confidence.

Elevated by the melodic burst of the quintessential Skeyez beat, King Draper proceeds to dole out his verbal address: “Another fork in the road, you see this decision is eating me.” This intro is inviting, stern, buoyant, and level-headed all at once, establishing a theme of restrained optimism on the tortuous roads that we have to affront in our lives.

It’s deftly followed by the banging street symphony “Radio” ft. Poet, where the wise emcee is not preaching, just leisurely speaking, playing the world-weary yet still-hopeful documentarian. Gazing into personal relationships on “Vindication” produced by Breezy, King Draper, refreshingly confirms a recurring theme: “The days come and they go, it ain’t no stoppin’ time, but why waste it letting dark souls stop our shine.”

King Draper’s flow is slowed and smoothed out, with understated emphasis and emotion taking the place of young-buck flashiness. There are less instant-gratification couplets, but more of each verse’s rewarding intricacies which become evident with multiple listens.

Sonically, “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” is utterly listenable: With 17 songs, the record might appear as a long boring haul, when instead it is as succinct as its title. Making the album fly by even faster is the intrinsic sense of continuity provided by the mountain of producers who deliver absolutely gorgeous, organically sounding soundscapes – each able to exuberantly push this lyrical beast to unleash superior oratory skills. Warm, twinkling pianos abound, as do rich swooshing synths.

All throughout the album King Draper proves himself to be an inventive, natural talent behind the mic, as on the smooth “It’s Still Love (ft. B-Hold Da General)”, on the spiritual and soulful “The Rising (ft. Blackheart & Jasmine)”, the head-nodding, but conscious “Random Thoughts”, the slow and intimate “Naked”, and the gospel-induced “Blinding Light (ft. Judah Morrison”.

But to be honest there are no skippable songs on this recording, so you can press play just about anywhere you like and come away fully satisfied beat hearing a quality beat, lyrics withy substance and a flow that will nurture your soul.

Clearly this album’s appeal stems from King Draper’s passionate honesty. This invigorating trait comes across whether he is talking tender on romantic weaknesses or spitting unflinching, detailed narratives chronicling downtrodden plights. King Draper lends power and self-worth to the listener.

He raps like he’s standing on every street corner in the city, or in the living room of your home reporting live from the scene like an eyewitness. “A Window’s Life (A​.​W​.​L​.​)” works as sharp commentary because it balances King Draper’s acute mental perception, with his secondary insight, taken directly from his observational skills.

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Silk Animus: “Hot Vegetables” – hitting a creative peak and thinking outside of the box http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/silk-animus-hot-vegetables-hitting-a-creative-peak-and-thinking-outside-of-the-box http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/silk-animus-hot-vegetables-hitting-a-creative-peak-and-thinking-outside-of-the-box#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:42:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27960 Is vaporwave or cloudrap a thing? It’s a term that’s plagued hype-fueled news articles for a few years now. Its existence is more relevant now than ever, and it can be found in some form on Silk Animus’ track, “Hot Vegetables”. Though Silk was obviously not the first person to experiment with the psychedelic, dreamlike […]

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Is vaporwave or cloudrap a thing? It’s a term that’s plagued hype-fueled news articles for a few years now. Its existence is more relevant now than ever, and it can be found in some form on Silk Animus’ track, “Hot Vegetables”. Though Silk was obviously not the first person to experiment with the psychedelic, dreamlike aesthetic with heavy bass, he has cohesively conceptualized the sound here. It’s one whose sound and visual style is rooted in modern internet culture.

Critics and fans alike can agree on one thing; it’s fresh. It’s aesthetically pleasing, it’s layered, it’s new, it’s modern, it’s influenced by all the things deemed cool by this generation: ambient electronic music, sex, booze, marijuana culture, flashy clothes etc.

“Hot Vegetables” is drenched in a hazy beat, glittery synths, a slow to medium rhythm, and glitchy samples. The production is immaculate as well: cohesive, gorgeous, and compliments Silk’s flow greatly.

Despite mainstream rap still being fueled by EDM, pop influences and radio not giving this stuff the time of day, it‘s the furthest thing from Silk Animus’ mind, as he concentrates on releasing his stream of consciousness. Silk Animus has all the traits of being a product of the internet, an underground sensation with weird tendencies and a flamboyant sense of his craft.

In an age of radio-ready hip-pop, Silk Animus is hitting a creative peak and thinking outside of the box and putting that experimentalism at the forefront and succeeding. It’s not a masterpiece just yet, and it doesn’t need to be.

Silk is confidently at a point where he can consistently release creative music that will now be expected of him, and he’ll do fine. “Hot Vegetables” manages to be much more thoughtful than some of its predecessors, while also evoking a sense of surprise with all of its extremely lyrical moments.

In short, Silk Animus takes what made most of his catalog new or exciting and finely hones it. Most rappers tend to lose their capacity for innovation after a couple of releases, but thankfully this isn’t the case. Silk Animus has a bright future ahead of him – and hopefully a classic on the horizon.

There’s no ploy for a crossover hit, no awkward shoehorning into a EDM banger, or even a bloated collaboration featuring every underground blog-popular rapper to be found anywhere. Avoiding those trappings is a blessing since “Hot Vegetables” confirms that the he doesn’t need to do any of those things to be relevant or make an impression.

His only necessity is a producer like “_enter.name” who provides a sturdy framework to support the canvas on which Silk Animus paints his singular lyrical pictures.

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ZGRT: “HARD POWER” bridges various electronic decades successfully! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/zgrt-hard-power-bridges-various-electronic-decades-successfully http://jamsphere.com/reviews/zgrt-hard-power-bridges-various-electronic-decades-successfully#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:54:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27955 The ZGRT single “HARD POWER” is written by Brooklyn based songwriter, synthesist and producer Zachery Allan Starkey, with production assistance and final mix by DFA’s Gavin Russom (Black Meteoric Star/LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records). Vocals were recorded and engineered by William Andrew Raposo of Midnight Magic. The 9 minute track is meant to be a bold reflection […]

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The ZGRT single “HARD POWER” is written by Brooklyn based songwriter, synthesist and producer Zachery Allan Starkey, with production assistance and final mix by DFA’s Gavin Russom (Black Meteoric Star/LCD Soundsystem/DFA Records). Vocals were recorded and engineered by William Andrew Raposo of Midnight Magic. The 9 minute track is meant to be a bold reflection of America’s role in never ending wars abroad and its surveillance state at home. ZGRT was founded in late 2014 by Starkey, combining electronic synthesis and aspects of techno, house, and post-punk with thought provoking and subversive lyrics.

Zachery Allan Starkey

Zachery Allan Starkey

If you’re from the new school of electronic music and delve into ZGRT’s quirky 8 track album, you would probably end your first encounter more puzzled with it than when you started. If like me you grew up on Depeche Mode, New Order, Joy Division and to some extent even Frankie Goes To Hollywood, you will totally understand what’s going here. Having said that, this is certainly a diverse, strange and entertaining album for 2017, which rises triumphantly track after track.

As such an eclectic and innovative work, what “HARD POWER” does not suffer from is lack of a unified theme with a clear direction and purpose. If an album is written in 2017, produced in 80s and released in 90s, which decade is it from?

If it features 80s style electro keyboards and 90s angst-styled rock vocals, is it electro or rock? If it’s dark yet uplifting, will it make you happy or sad? I’m glad to say that “HARD POWER” is all of these things and more.

This album showcases ZGRT’s craft, filtered, distilled and purified. The epic ambitions of the ominous synth lines, beautifully resonating vocals and crystal clear electronic effects all float gracefully over murky growling bass lines.

Tempos rise, fall to the depths, and rise again, sometimes within the space of a single song. Anonymous interludes bind the songs together with elegance and subtlety. It’s darkly mysterious, evocative muscular and sullen in places.

ZGRT

“Ghost Money” opens up the void and is an excellent introduction to this finely-tuned blend of up-tempo electro music and something rather more shaded, reclusive and vicious. “Black Angel’s” propulsive rhythm and darkly uplifting chorus referring to the bleakness of stark realism makes this a very dramatic song indeed, yet still one that you can dance to.

“Game Over” descends further into the mire with its tense, rhythmic verses chugging along with dirty, droning whirrs, while the voice sails full blast overhead. Underpinned by a stomping guttural synth-riff, “On Top” sounds raw and primal. “Kiss the Camera” is a shadowy masterpiece of pumping synths and pounding bass effects. If you ever want the definitive ZGRT track, this is it – the supreme height of a glorious, uplifting, sinister feeling.

If there was ever an album that bridges various electronic decades successfully in just nine songs, HARD POWER” is it. It’s not just because of the number of excellent highpoints scattered casually all over the album; it’s also the absence of any real flaws or filler that makes it such an easy and compulsive listen from start to finish.

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JLAMONE: “Gospel” brings a new flavor to the genre http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jlamone-gospel-brings-a-new-flavor-to-the-genre http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jlamone-gospel-brings-a-new-flavor-to-the-genre#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:28:37 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27950 Jeremiah Silva, also known by his stage names JLAMONE, O.E and D.J MISSA, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur. He was born in Fall River Massachusetts and was raised in Harlem, New York. Quick-witted satisfaction is what makes rapper JLAMONE such an impressive artist, the medium in which he truly shines […]

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Jeremiah Silva, also known by his stage names JLAMONE, O.E and D.J MISSA, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur. He was born in Fall River Massachusetts and was raised in Harlem, New York. Quick-witted satisfaction is what makes rapper JLAMONE such an impressive artist, the medium in which he truly shines and which he has carried out across the songs I found on his website. Each track signals the immediate thrill of 16 bars of pure colorful rhymes.

Even when the punchlines land where you least them, it’s impossible to turn away. There’s a certain exuberant commitment to the delivery, and that voice, which sounds pinched yet fully possessed. Listening to JLAMONE is a compulsive act.

These qualities seem like telling indicators of a new rap star on the rise. The track “Gospel” in many ways gets close to the essential JLAMONE appeal, perhaps surprisingly for a track focused on worship. It trades in attempts at being a blockbuster project for some deep spiritual moments, and there is something refreshingly unusual in all of this.

There is a massive, jangly guitar-driven beat, and even phrases taken from a prayer. JLAMONE entertains us because he understands the source of what he’s doing, and where his inspiration is coming from.

His call to the people to rise and be a light in this dark world is timely and yet timeless. This track could influence you to examine your life and convicts you of your shiftlessness in your faith but then inspires you to do more.

I don’t know if JLAMONE can generally be called a Christian or Gospel rapper, or if this is a one-off plea, as this is the first lyrically committed song of his that I have heard so far, but I’m sure this song may just be the spark that many Christians need to reignite the embers in their soul – “The Lord gave me life, mom gave me birth, dad told me what I’m worth on God’s green earth.”

JLAMONE paints pictures with his lyrics and just has something about him that makes you connect. He gets into details about his life, his struggles and victories and how we should feel blessed to be able to worship.

I think that JLAMONE brings a new flavor that is sure to appeal to all who like outspoken diversity and creativity in the genre. “Gospel”‘ showcases his ability to catch your attention with confessional and hope-filled lyrics.

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Mellah Nix: “Luther The Shooter” – highly invested in his own emotional integrity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mellah-nix-luther-the-shooter-highly-invested-in-his-own-emotional-integrity http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mellah-nix-luther-the-shooter-highly-invested-in-his-own-emotional-integrity#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:15:55 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27945 The Innagalaktik Nerd, Mellah Nix has dropped his latest single “Luther The Shooter” from his new mixtape “Kaiju.Random.Tekneeq”, set for release at the end of March. The ATL rapper who once was an active resident artist at the Art Studio Miami for five years, lost his mother at only 7, when she was tragically murdered by […]

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The Innagalaktik Nerd, Mellah Nix has dropped his latest single “Luther The Shooter” from his new mixtape “Kaiju.Random.Tekneeq”, set for release at the end of March. The ATL rapper who once was an active resident artist at the Art Studio Miami for five years, lost his mother at only 7, when she was tragically murdered by his stepfather, forcing him and his siblings to grow up with their grandparents in Chicago. He remembers his mother once telling him “your world is your own, let people see what you see” – A phrase that has become part of his natural code of ethics. The Atlanta rapper is a prolific emoter, converting a wide array of intense feelings.

Mellah Nix

Mellah Nix

On the surface, and listening to the single, it would appear that “Luther The Shooter” has all of the necessary ingredients for Mellah Nix to cook up another compelling mixtape. First there’s the cryptic title “Kaiju.Random.Tekneeq” which you have to pronounce to get your tongue and mind around, and it’s there to enhance the expectations even before you hear any music.

On “Luther The Shooter” he seems fearless, with a temperament that comes through in sharp flows and a hard beat. There’s no definitive proof that Mellah Nix has even reached the apex of his craft, but he makes sure everyone knows he isn’t falling off an inch, making rap his own grand spectacle in the process.

Mellah Nix has a flawless chemistry with the beat that stems directly from a deep, intuitive understanding of what he is trying to transmit artistically. It’s only fitting, then, that Mellah’s sonic spirit brings to life his most intimate sensory experiences. Mellah Nix is highly invested in his own emotional integrity, even if it means disregarding rap’s money-making misogynous tropes, and he is, yes, honest, perhaps uncompromisingly so.

“Luther The Shooter” is a raw interpretation of heartfelt and expressive musings inspired by his homie named Luther, filtered through the mic and laid bare at the intersection of Hip-hop and rap. The track in its entirety is a fascinating foray into the creative mind that ambitiously pushes the limits of self-expression and transmission.

I logged onto his online catalog and listened to quite few tracks by Mellah Nix and the first thing that comes to mind is that each song ‘knows’ exactly what it is — a conduit for Mellah to articulate his rawest feelings, as it peruses motifs in an unapologetic way in order to convey his most profound expressions with the same intensity and passion with which he originally felt them.

Surely after putting everything into his art, sooner or later he will be seeing a return on that investment. Yes, Mellah’s world is his own, but he is letting people see what he sees!

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Holt & Apollo: “The Visions Mixtape” – disrupting the triangle of mainstream rap hegemony http://jamsphere.com/reviews/holt-apollo-the-visions-mixtape-disrupting-the-triangle-of-mainstream-rap-hegemony http://jamsphere.com/reviews/holt-apollo-the-visions-mixtape-disrupting-the-triangle-of-mainstream-rap-hegemony#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:34:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27935 Holt & Apollo are a couple small town rappers belonging to the Hip Hop group “Special Defects” who have taken over their hometown of Windsor, Missouri with music. Holt is releasing his debut album “Scars” in August, and Apollo just released his debut mixtape “Here and Now”. They have opened up for Haystak, Twisted Insane, […]

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Holt & Apollo are a couple small town rappers belonging to the Hip Hop group “Special Defects” who have taken over their hometown of Windsor, Missouri with music. Holt is releasing his debut album “Scars” in August, and Apollo just released his debut mixtape “Here and Now”. They have opened up for Haystak, Twisted Insane, and Ces Cru, which had a record breaking sold out crowd at The Bay in Warrensburg MO.

Holt

Holt

Holt & Apollo’s idiosyncratic stream-of-conscious raps on the The Visions Mixtape” zigzag like a series of flashbacks, memories, snapshots and recollections. It’s an impressive approach – the narrative ebbs and flows, deftly jump-cutting back and forth between fearsome rap brags and front-line dispatches from life’s dark underbelly.

It’s that iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove approach that, in the end, reaps rich rewards for Holt & Apollo’s work here. In an increasingly-predictable rap universe top-heavy with trolling mumble-rappers and formulaic pop-trap beats, “The Visions Mixtape” quiet-storm menace makes for a surreptitiously potent punch of heavyweight Hip Hop.

The Midwest swing Holt & Apollo will be disrupting the triangle of mainstream rap hegemony that has become the East, West, and Dirty South. Regional stylizations have long been widely recognized and co-opted by the larger hip-hop mainstream. The introduction of Holt’s unique rapid-fire flow in “Steady Zonin’”, adds to the resurgence of hip-hop from the Midwest, and more importantly, from Missouri.

All through “The Visions Mixtape”, Holt & Apollo are technically sound, demonstrating the diversities of hip-hop music regionally. But thematically, they don’t merely conform to the banalities of mainstream hip hop.

Holt & Apollo shows why there has been a revival in the Midwest hip-hop scene. Although Holt & Apollo are not the first to use the double-time scheme, their style is clear and articulate, and they doesn’t rely on this novelty throughout the mixtape. What’s equally impressive is the duo’s versatility; they are able to change their rhyme patterns and tempos even within the boundaries of the same song.

That’s best exhibited on the soulful and bounce-heavy “Expectations”. Their wit and flows blend seamlessly over the sped up rhyming in an otherwise seeming clash of sonic style. Holt & Apollo’s more thugged up raps come hard and fast as well, and will appeal to the core street rapper set.

Holt & Apollo

Holt & Apollo

The growing interests in Holt & Apollo’s flows could challenge the ways that we identify underground rap music, as well as the perceptions of the technical complexity of the art and culture. “We Gone Make It” is another steady lyrical effort, as is “Wild”. Often Holt alters his flow from pondered pauses before launching into breathless, rapid-fire metaphors. It’s like Usain Bolt dashing through a war zone.

No doubt the Holt & Apollo pairing is a perfect match. No one can question their lyrical prowess, proving that they’re more than just a gimmick. And they’re able to slot in a fair amount of melody too, which is evidenced on “Self Image”.

Every rap region has its signature style. The west coast has its gangstas, the east coast their lyricists, the south its banging productions, and the Midwest has carved its niche for possessing machine-gun emcees. Rapid firing rappers that often find themselves home in the heartland of America. Since the 90’s Midwest rappers like Tech N9ne, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, and Rebel XD have made their names for spitting lightning fast rhymes.

Twista is another rapper recognized widely for spitting multi-syllables per second. Hence the advent of Holt & Apollo does not surprise one bit. Overall, “The Visions Mixtape” is a spectacular recording if you get high on gangsta-styled rapping and superb technical flows.

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Eric Peterson: “Silly String” – guitar instrumentals with a lot of power and texture! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/eric-peterson-silly-string-guitar-instrumentals-with-a-lot-of-power-and-texture http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/eric-peterson-silly-string-guitar-instrumentals-with-a-lot-of-power-and-texture#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:05:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27931 “Silly String” is Eric Peterson’s 20th CD, which doesn’t sound like a surprise when you listen to its blazing 13 virtuoso guitar instrumental tracks. This sounds like the essential Eric Peterson album. Eric poured his soul into every track, and it shows. It raises the bar for musical prowess. I’ve said this a hundred times, […]

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“Silly String” is Eric Peterson’s 20th CD, which doesn’t sound like a surprise when you listen to its blazing 13 virtuoso guitar instrumental tracks. This sounds like the essential Eric Peterson album. Eric poured his soul into every track, and it shows. It raises the bar for musical prowess. I’ve said this a hundred times, maybe more, to my ears the true sign of a well-crafted, well balanced instrumental is that you could easily imagine lyrics going along with the melody. If I can’t fit lyrics to it then I know that the said piece is just a well-executed masturbatory process made to self-satisfy the ego. This doesn’t happen on “Silly String”, and it doesn’t happen from track one, which is “Black Ice”. 

Regardless of the amount of riffing or shredding, Eric always has a fair amount of melody built into each track. On this tune he often switches between electric and acoustic guitar lines, both of which are handled splendidly. “Silly String” is in many ways exactly what we’ve come to expect from this genre, style and artist, but then again not quite, because while the formula here is essentially the same as always, the boundaries of that formula have been expanded considerably.

Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson

The sound is much fiercer and more hard-hitting than on some of Eric Peterson’s previous outlets. And though this album encompasses various riffs and song ideas covering the years from 2010-2016, it doesn’t ever sound over improvisational and unstructured.

On “Silly String”, though, our guitar hero has upped the ante, delivering his material with a sonic energy not heard previously, at from what I’ve heard from Eric’s catalog. Here he sounds alive and free-flowing, but at the same time so compact and carefully constructed. The instrumentation includes a wide variety of flavors.

You can really feel the presence of the other instruments throughout this record, and that I think is the key to the success of this album. The organic interplay leaves room for each of the ingredients to do their thing, instead of just having layers of guitars and effects on top of a monotonous drum beat. The drumming on here is also very eclectic, going anywhere from fast heavy metal to progressive snares and funk rhythms, adding to the diversity of the grooves.

There is a lot of power and texture to the arrangements on this release, and that is ultimately what makes the whole thing work so well. The result is what I feel to be the best and most engrossing Eric Peterson record I’ve ever heard. It’s kind of hard to put a finger on exactly why this particularly project is so compelling.

Something about it just feels more focused, which is strange for an album put together with “various riffs and song ideas” extracted from a four year time period. The bottom line however is that if you are a lover of guitar instrumentals, especially, progressive electric fusion, you’ll be bowled over by songs like “Black Ice”, “Silly String”, “Piranha People”, “Mall Walking”, “Double Agent Pizza Man”, but you’ll find more melodic and acoustic material too, as “Silly String” covers a wide spectrum of virtuoso guitar playing.

Eric’s influences include Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Neal Schon, Michael Hedges, and Christoper Parkening, and you can hear why.

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A​rtist Page: https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/EricPeterson
​Guitar Lesson Blog: ​http://guitarantics.blogspot.com
​Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/guitarantics
Reverb Nation: https://www.reverbnation.com/ericpeterson
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ericbuddhahendrix
T​witter: https://twitter.com/guitarantics

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Blaikz: “Head In The Clouds” ft. Get Scarlet in 6 Brand New Remixed Versions! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/blaikz-head-in-the-clouds-ft-get-scarlet-in-6-brand-new-remixed-versions http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/blaikz-head-in-the-clouds-ft-get-scarlet-in-6-brand-new-remixed-versions#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:21:44 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27926 German Dj, Producer and Remixer, Blaikz (Sven Schwarz) is constantly on the move and dropping new releases. Latest in the pecking order is “Head In The Clouds” ft. Get Scarlet. Blaikz met up with alternative pop band Get Scarlet in 2016, quickly realizing the potential of a collaboration effort. This led to the aforementioned track which has already […]

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German Dj, Producer and Remixer, Blaikz (Sven Schwarz) is constantly on the move and dropping new releases. Latest in the pecking order is “Head In The Clouds” ft. Get Scarlet. Blaikz met up with alternative pop band Get Scarlet in 2016, quickly realizing the potential of a collaboration effort. This led to the aforementioned track which has already been featured on Blaikz’s Best Of Album. But Blaikz decided to take this concept further and has released a collection of remixes “Head In The Clouds” done by producers such as Adam Van Garrel, Killmode, Fun[k]House, Vanilla Kiss, Phillerz, as well as Sonny Vice & Danny Carlson. This has given the song 6 different shades of EDM, so you’re sure to find the remixed version that suits your taste.

The more that produces seemingly gravitate towards a similar sound, the more it increasingly becomes about the little things. What does a producer or artist do to separate themselves? If they don’t, what aspect of their sound or performance is so strong to make them special?

There are many cases for both parties; Blaikz is becoming increasingly singular by injecting a healthy dose of pure fun into what is becoming a definitive blend of dynamic dance and more complex and progressive arrangement. He has also succeeded in following in the footsteps of other successful producers and slowing down his sound on the strength of each featured singer’s pristine voice and way with captivating vocal melodies.

Enter six diverse producers. What the collective have put forth with “Head In The Clouds” ft. Get Scarlet could easily be dismissed as more of the same; the whole EDM and remix thing is becoming one of the most crowded genres in all of music recently.

However, there is simply a mastery of dynamic and diverse instrumentation coupled with superb production, the winkingly self-aware lyrics and strong melodic performance by Get Scarlet that makes this set of remixed singles a huge winner.

Employing ghostly synth slides, distant piano keys, and slightly reverbed vocals, there are a number of atmospheric touches in the production of the original single that are intriguing and memorable; the drums are also expertly produced, and go a long way towards making sure that every shift in quiet/loud dynamics packs the necessary wallop.

The piano, and genuinely soulful riffs only serve to underpin a classically emotional chorus that is passionate in all the right ways. Each producer has continuously found creative ways to imbue their own personal signature sounds into the track with ingenious and distinct touches.

The remixes of  Blaikz’s “Head In The Clouds” ft. Get Scarlet, showcases playful and subtly inventive twists to the EDM formula while still including emotive vocals and expressive lyrics. In a burgeoning genre, this track gets the little things done right in a big, big way as it heads towards this year’s massive summer dance scene.

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Jaymarlé: “So High” ft. LoneStar surges with a lush, sensual gravitas http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jaymarle-so-high-ft-lonestar-surges-with-a-lush-sensual-gravitas http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jaymarle-so-high-ft-lonestar-surges-with-a-lush-sensual-gravitas#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:24:51 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27922 It’s is easy to see the emotionally-stained airy-voiced Soul and R&B singer Jaymarlé  in the lineage of female artists whose music hinged on the paradoxical power of vocals that felt like a blend between a growl and a whisper. There are those that fall more or less in one end of that spectrum like Sade, who achieved idol […]

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It’s is easy to see the emotionally-stained airy-voiced Soul and R&B singer Jaymarlé  in the lineage of female artists whose music hinged on the paradoxical power of vocals that felt like a blend between a growl and a whisper. There are those that fall more or less in one end of that spectrum like Sade, who achieved idol status for the icy sensuality of her music, and there is Brandy, whose voice is much richer, or someone like Ciara and, of course, there is Aaliyah, revered like a goddess thanks to the crushing emotionalism of a voice that put her far out of step with the divas of the 90s.

On the other side of the spectrum there are songstresses like Macy Gray, Duffy and Amy Whitehouse, among others. Slap-bang in the middle, we find the upcoming talent of Jaymarlé. If you lie in bed alone at night in a pitch black room with only the sound of an earplug and an iPhone, Jaymarlé’s voice is the one that might feel the most appropriate.

Anchoring the song “So High” ft. LoneStar produced by The Beat Arkitekz are Jaymarlé’s advancing command of her instrument and a more nonchalant approach to melody. Her voice skips and flits across chilled composition with a confidence that defies the limits of emotion.

She has zeroed in on her strengths as a performer and tailored “So High” specifically around them. Rapper LoneStar steps in to drop a few bars which add a more urban slant to the proceedings. The song surges with a lush, sensual gravitas, distinctly Soul and R&B but never confined to genre conventions.

Jaymarlé’s almost freestyle lyrical composition is a nice change of pace from other RnB female vocalists, and is completely unique in its own sense. The true goldmine in her music, though, besides her voice is the content of what she communicates and the atmosphere the music creates.

As human beings, we are conditioned to use music as an escape, an outlet, and a coping mechanism, and as such “So High” ft. LoneStar is the equivalent of sipping on a cup of passionflower. Jaymarlé’s vocal conviction is blended with coy, soothing intimacy, while her sensual singing works because of its lyrical directness.

With the release of this track Jaymarlé has clearly set a huge precedent for doing it her way, and showing audiences that her product is not the product of anyone else.

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Dog Kiss Records to Donate Profits From Charity T-Shirt Sales http://jamsphere.com/news/dog-kiss-records-donate-profits-charity-t-shirt-sales http://jamsphere.com/news/dog-kiss-records-donate-profits-charity-t-shirt-sales#respond Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:11:26 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27919 Dog Kiss Records have introduced a number of GS Band T-Shirts, on sale at their website (http://www.dogkissrecords.com/). The special edition shirts feature a quality treble clef logo design, along with ‘GS Band’ text. The 3 step ordering process involves selection of shirt, payment via Paypal, then a quick email message with desired size. There are several […]

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Dog Kiss Records have introduced a number of GS Band T-Shirts, on sale at their website (http://www.dogkissrecords.com/). The special edition shirts feature a quality treble clef logo design, along with ‘GS Band’ text. The 3 step ordering process involves selection of shirt, payment via Paypal, then a quick email message with desired size. There are several styles available for both men and women.

Dog Kiss Records decided to start the charity fund raiser after 12 members of the Gulf Shore band were injured, at the beginning of the 2017. The invent ‘Annual Mardi Gras Parade’ where 6 middle school, along with 6 high school students were among the injured. A chaotic scene unfolded, resulting in the cancellation of the event.

Ambulances rushed to the scene to treat the injured, whilst broken instruments were scattered among-st the debris. It has been confirmed that the accident was caused by the driver suddenly accelerating. Although it’s unsure why this happened, it’s thought that the driver’s intentions were not deliberate.

The funds raised towards the school are set to help towards the cost of replacement of instruments damaged at the scene. Its also a way of making the best out of the bad situation. Dog Kiss Records feel they would like to contribute as much as they can.

GS Band T-Shirts are now available for purchase, directly from (http://www.dogkissrecords.com)

All proceeds raised from the sale of the shirts will be donated to the Gulf Shores School.

Media Contact
Company Name: Music Talkers
Contact Person: Andrew Braithwaite
Email: andrew@musictalkers.com
Phone: +44 (0)161 818 6487
Country: United States
Website: http://www.dogkissrecords.com

 

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Vonte’: “Read Between the Lines” – perfect mix of hard-hitting lyrics and hard-hitting beats http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vonte-read-between-the-lines-perfect-mix-of-hard-hitting-lyrics-and-hard-hitting-beats http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/vonte-read-between-the-lines-perfect-mix-of-hard-hitting-lyrics-and-hard-hitting-beats#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:07:34 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27914 Up and coming rapper Vonte’ was born Jhavonte’ Moon in Norfolk, Virginia but grew up in Clayton, North Carolina.  Strongly influenced by artists like J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Eminem, Big Sean and Drake, he has created a style of music all his own.  Vonte’ got his start as a singer, never really […]

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Up and coming rapper Vonte’ was born Jhavonte’ Moon in Norfolk, Virginia but grew up in Clayton, North Carolina.  Strongly influenced by artists like J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Eminem, Big Sean and Drake, he has created a style of music all his own.  Vonte’ got his start as a singer, never really considering that he might rap one day.  He wrote his first lyrics to a remix of a favorite song, “The Way” by Kehlani and Chance the Rapper. He decided that it wasn’t too bad, so he continued to write increasingly better and more passionate music. Having gone straight from high school to the United States Air Force, has limited the time he can fully dedicate to his craft.  But while Vonte’ is very proud of his service to his country, He is looking forward to the time when he can fully pursue his music.

Vonte’s first mixtape, “Read Between the Lines” is about “paying attention to everything that you are missing in life – not letting the demons that you have in your life bring you down or distract you from what you really want to do.”  He feels that every song on it has a purpose and a message that just about anybody can somehow find relatable.

With his album, Vonte’ is solidifying himself as one of the best new rappers out. The Clayton rapper carries the aura of an underdog on his shoulder, due to the fact that he has to track his career part-tim.e

But you can gauge by this recording that this is no party rapper, instead throughout the album he shows signs of growing into one of the more interesting storytellers in the underground business. The album is full of heart, and should connect deeply with fans. It’s clearly a solid 16 track project.

“Read Between the Lines” has a perfect mix of hard-hitting lyrics and hard-hitting beats, with Vonte’ front and center on every song. Vonte’ reflects on hot button personal issues, relationships and romance. He gains steam with every track on the record, it seems, as the album bobs and weaves through Vonte’s brain, offering a reflective vision of life.

Most surprising to me was how cohesive the album is considering the amount of diverse producers involved. He has some things to get off his chest, and he does. There is a party platter of themes and subject matter he touches on, each tasteful in their own way. From regret to universal thankfulness, the subjects frequently change but steady goes Vonte’s strong verbal delivery to drive it all home.

A high degree of originality shines through with the album’s created atmosphere of a sonic journal, which sees an emotionally wise rapper detailing select scenes of life. Again, the production aspect is mixed extremely well considering the amount of producers involved.

Even the track order arrangement, is well done as the album ebbs and flows like a sea of emotions. By the end of “Read Between the Lines”, you’ve spent a weekend in the life of Vonte, from Fridays filled with every rapper’s favorite things, to a lonely, self-combative Saturday, to a thankful Sunday sermon with mom.

There are many great tracks on the album, but the essential ones for me include: “Lucid (Prod. KingWill Music)”, “That’s My Word”, “Mula (Prod. XavierJordan)”, “No Fear ~ Interlude (Prod. Dran Fresh)”, “You V3 (Prod. Stunnah Beatz)”, “Sinner (Prod. Kid Ocean)” and “Let It Loose (Prod. StunnahBeatz)”.

You can catch some of his tunes on SoundCloud and follow him on Twitter or Facebook for all of his latest updates.

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Brett Miller: “Something Beautiful” – an absolute pop powerhouse! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/brett-miller-something-beautiful-an-absolute-pop-powerhouse http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/brett-miller-something-beautiful-an-absolute-pop-powerhouse#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:17:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27908 South Florida native and NYU Songwriting Masters graduate Brett Miller is set to release his debut EP in May 2017. In 2014, after completing his undergrad in vocal performance at Rollins College, Brett went on to pursue a Masters in Songwriting at NYU, under scholarship. Brett collaborated with fellow student and songwriter, Austin Zudeck and […]

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South Florida native and NYU Songwriting Masters graduate Brett Miller is set to release his debut EP in May 2017. In 2014, after completing his undergrad in vocal performance at Rollins College, Brett went on to pursue a Masters in Songwriting at NYU, under scholarship. Brett collaborated with fellow student and songwriter, Austin Zudeck and partner, Justin Thunstrom, who co-wrote “Something Beautiful”, the first track from the EP, which he also produced. Brett Miller has played over 1000 shows since the age of 16, including most notably, The Studio at Webster Hall, The Parkside Lounge, Provincetown Playhouse, Redeye Grill and Mastro’s Steakhouse.

Brett Miller makes music the way it should be made…to last a lifetime. Embrace is an appropriate word for this track; Miller is constantly reaching out for someone, seeking to close the gap and provoke an impassioned connection, and that longing is evident throughout, aesthetically.

It multiplies the dimension of his art to the point of reaching dazzling tones to soul-searching ranges. While his excursion into this mainstream acoustic pop arrangement exhibits his star power, he reduces and understates the stunning impact of his timbre just enough in exchange for authenticity.

While his voice is far and away one of the purest and most refined in recent memory, Miller never exerts himself to showcase it above all else, staying inside a balanced sonic atmosphere that allows the song to breathe and grow just as much as his voice does.

At its very best and sharpest, “Something Beautiful”, is a poignant and vocally rich survey of turbulent emotions, instinctively producing the same brand of pop soul that many greats before him have used to explode onto the pop scene.

It displays an intuitive understanding of feeling and what it’s like to yearn for ‘something beautiful’ regardless of whether it is on a personal or collective level. Miller’s particular variation of this aesthetic is striking and soothing, and when he is most in tune with his skill set, he is totally enchanting.

“Something Beautiful” is a great listen on because it’s a succinct summation of Miller’s agenda, and the subtlety of his timbre, falsetto and his tonality are stunning. The song is expressive and built for easy listening.

Brett Miller has the voice of an absolute powerhouse, and he knows just how to use it. His debut connects his feelings with his mood, and when it plateaus it peels back the emotional state to the visceral, and it explores further down inside. Miller’s introspection goes as deep as the soul will allow.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITEINSTAGRAMFACEBOOKTWITTERSOUNDCLOUD

Something Beautiful – Brett Miller [TEASER] from Brett Miller on Vimeo.

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VerseBorn: “Work Ethics” ft. Drego has a determined undercurrent http://jamsphere.com/reviews/verseborn-work-ethics-ft-drego-determined-undercurrent http://jamsphere.com/reviews/verseborn-work-ethics-ft-drego-determined-undercurrent#respond Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:53:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=27904 VerseBorn of KonQuest Now and Drego of DreProductions have teamed up to deliver “Work Ethics”, a track meant to drop gems of wisdom and propagate peace over a smooth VerseBorn production. The San Francisco based VerseBorn has not only amassed a worldwide following, but has had the privilege of writing and producing for many popular […]

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VerseBorn of KonQuest Now and Drego of DreProductions have teamed up to deliver “Work Ethics”, a track meant to drop gems of wisdom and propagate peace over a smooth VerseBorn production. The San Francisco based VerseBorn has not only amassed a worldwide following, but has had the privilege of writing and producing for many popular artists associated with major record labels including Universal Music Group, Def Jam Recordings, E-One Music, Interscope and more.

I’ve been a fan of VerseBorn and the KonQuest Now movement for a while. VerseBorn, and most of the other dudes involved in the project are among those few artists that the average person can really relate to. And VerseBorn really gets better musically and lyrically with each release.

I think with “Work Ethics” he and Drego open another window into their and our lives, a little more than usual. They’re not just telling bland stories about life but they talk about real trials and tribulations everyone is affronted with, in our ‘big brother’ society.

“Work Ethics”, which has been mixed and mastered by another talented and acclaimed San Francisco native – Juante415“highlights and glorifies ideals centered around having a clear focus towards setting and reaching goals as well as remaining level-headed in a system deemed hostile towards minorities and free-thinkers,” says it’s writer, just in case anybody is having any doubts about where this song is leading lyrically.

Although us critics would lead you to believe that we are all independent, objective thinkers, the truth is that we’re often very predictable marketing tools who can be easily manipulated by using a proper set of variables. And the same thing happens in almost every other sphere of life, if we allow ourselves to be manipulated by those who would love to control us.

VerseBorn and Drego show us that we can move ahead of these almost imposed limitations with the proper mindset. VerseBorn is silently becoming the ‘next big thing’ in underground hip-hop, a particularly impressive achievement considering the bi-coastal regionalism of the genre.  So the expectations for “Work Ethics” have been very, very high. And it doesn’t disappoint.

All the elements that make VerseBorn and KonQuest Now so hot are present here. But whereas some previous works may have sounded like the intellectually complex basement revelations of an emotionally yet stubbornly resilient young man-of-the-world, “Work Ethics” has a determined undercurrent that, despite how hard you try to look past it, is unmistakable and pervasive.

OFFICIAL LINKS: REVERBNATION – KONQUESTNOW – FACEBOOK – INSTRAGRAM –TWITTER

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