JamSphere https://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Fri, 28 Jan 2022 00:13:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Cooper Walker Project – “Society’s Child 2030” ft. E. Gibson showcases a remarkable ability to strikingly reinterpret! https://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-cooper-walker-project-societys-child-2030-ft-e-gibson-showcases-a-remarkable-ability-to-strikingly-reinterpret https://jamsphere.com/reviews/the-cooper-walker-project-societys-child-2030-ft-e-gibson-showcases-a-remarkable-ability-to-strikingly-reinterpret#respond Thu, 27 Jan 2022 16:28:20 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49923 Janis Ian conceived the song “Society’s Child”, (originally titled “Baby I’ve Been Thinking”) in 1964, when she was 12 years old. She wrote it at 13, and then published it at 14. The single charted high in many cities in the autumn of 1966 but did not hit big nationally until the summer of 1967.  The lyrics of the song center on the feelings of a young girl who witnesses the humiliation that her African American boyfriend receives from her mother and the taunts that she herself endures from classmates and teachers. In 1964, Janis lived in East Orange, New Jersey, where her neighborhood was predominantly populated by African Americans, and she was one of very few whites in her school. The song closes with the girl’s decision to end her relationship with the boyfriend because of her inability to deal with the social pressure.

Now decades later, Executive Producer E. Gibson and The Cooper Walker Project, releases a brand new version of the song, entitled “Society’s Child 2030”. Singer, songwriter and producer Cooper Walker has also updated the narrative, which reads: “The Year is 2030; The Place: South Sudan. Post war, the prospect for marriage among  women in this region is slim: 100 to 1. The majority of men have killed each other off in war. Efue, a young teenage girl falls in love with an AI (Artificial Intelligence) named Cooper, and her mother is not having it.”

The premise is as intriguing and devastating as the original, because discrimination of any form should always be considered as unacceptable behavior. The Cooper Walker Project and E. Gibson have put together a resonating and tasteful recording. I was expecting the usually overproduced electronic dancefloor fodder designed for moving feet, with the odd rap verse thrown to capture the pulse of current trends. To my amazement, this was not to be.

The Cooper Walker Project certainly roll out a modernized version, but they keep the song’s core essentials intact. It kicks off with some beautiful classically-styled and flamenco-flavored acoustic guitar motifs, which lead to a gorgeously mid-tempo thumping drumbeat.

When the impressive and soulful female lead vocal sets in, the production maintains the acoustically driven backdrop, and gently spices it up with shimmering electric piano lines, and emotional, strings backed by a deep reverberating bass guitar progression.

All throughout “Society’s Child 2030”, the arrangement remains thoughtful of the narrative. The music, for all it’s careful nuancing never encroaches on the vocals, which are allowed to perfectly translate and transport the song’s message.

The Cooper Walker Project clearly showcases a remarkable ability to strikingly reinterpret, and at the same time respect, a classic song. Cooper Walker and E. Gibson, could so easily have got carried away in this reworking, but they chose a more sensible and sophisticated route.

The result is a meticulous revisitation of a classic song that has now taken on a completely new meaning. Kudos are required for the lead vocals too, which absolutely elevate the recording to an even higher level. There is no musical pretension, or vocal histrionics to be found here, only pure powerful authenticity is allowed to filter through the soundscape of “Society’s Child 2030”.

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Comatose Fall Guy – “Message of Deliverance” – a penetrating sonic companion with an overarching concept https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/comatose-fall-guy-message-of-deliverance-a-penetrating-sonic-companion-with-an-overarching-concept https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/comatose-fall-guy-message-of-deliverance-a-penetrating-sonic-companion-with-an-overarching-concept#respond Thu, 27 Jan 2022 13:42:04 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49918 Anybody who has been following these pages knows a little about the unusual transgender rapper, singer and songwriter, Comatose Red Ivy. Built on a template of love, hate, drugs, murder, death, rebirth and revenge, she began her music career on October 16 2020 at 5:43am, after being poisoned, by whom she calls, her ‘ex-not-boyfriend’, and left to die. However, she managed to survive the forced overdose, and has been planning her retribution ever since. Comatose Red Ivy lives in a web of darkness, depression and malevolence. Now we discover Comatose Fall Guy aka Fall Guy the 7th rapper persona from the fictional universe IVYS CYANIDE DREAM. Fall Guy is the antithesis of Comatose Red Ivy. Firstly, he is her new husband, due to her previous one being killed in the story. Secondly Comatose Fall Guy is striving to spread the light within the darkness, and the good will of God.

The album “Message of Deliverance” by Comatose Fall Guy highlights 11 tracks dealing with finding faith and a reason to live, overcoming the darkness within and empowering everyone to avoid the evil and stand with the good. Writer Rikki Vedder uses this album, and all of his characters, to reflect the real events and emotions in his life. It is also a profound attempt to interpret what God is. Rikki seems to exist on his own aesthetic island, further finding new ways to explore his own fears and anxieties, longings and aspirations.

“Message of Deliverance” feels like a major work — the kind of thing that takes years of careful consideration, of writing and rewriting. Comatose Fall Guy lays out the album’s theme in casually precise musical tones, letting us know that the album we’re about to hear will be a penetrating sonic companion with its overarching concept. This album is an internal journey, an exploration of one man’s fight for the light.

Comatose in whichever character, has always been a linguistic bender and a vivid storyteller, as Fall Guy he retains those same qualities. He is more likely to fire off complex and philosophical verbiage than to just talk about what he seems to be talking about on the surface. Right from the beginning “Message of Deliverance” is an album about states of mind, and about the desperate search for ways to navigate those states of mind.

It comes through loud and clear on the opening track “COMATOSE RED IVY (DISS TRACK)”, as Fall Guy exclaims: “Maybe you should grab a dictionary and look up the first part of your name. Comatose, comatose, that’s a mental state. That means that you’re not even here, you’re barely alive.” This recording is about as solitary, original and personal as a rap album can be, and as the songs keep coming, Fall Guy unfolds each topic with convincing gusto and deep sensibility.

The standout moments are many. From the ethereal slow burn of “FRIENDS TO THE END”, which has its meaning in the title, or “ALL THE PIECES” which rides on the funky-driven backdrop of the Denis Edwards sample, “Don’t Look Any Further”. “PICTURES AWAY” looks at the power of memories, and how they can protect and guide us.  “WAR TRACK: FIGHT TO TAKE MY LIFE BACK” is an epic track, about survival and overcoming, built on a cinematic orchestral-styled beat.

“EXISTENCE IS GOD” and “PEOPLE OF THE WORLD” beautifully represents insular, and auteurist freestyle music. The sound is warm and lush, and genuinely powerful. On these tracks, Comatose Fall Guy sounds comfortable even when he’s rapping about intense discomfort. His flow has become easier and more virtuosic. The lyrics are dense and layered, but you don’t have to crouch over your speaker with a pen and a notepad. You can just let the album ride, taking in these brilliant analyses.

The album closes with the highly original and flamboyant “MR. ROGERS (FEAT. DA APE)”. With someone like Comatose Fall Guy, the art only works when you approach it on its own terms. “Message of Deliverance” is an album that meets you halfway, that invites you in. How much you enjoy it, depends on how deep you are prepared to dig – within the storyline…and within yourself.


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G Versa – “Vibes” is a smooth and captivating tour-de-force for this animated artist! https://jamsphere.com/reviews/g-versa-vibes-is-a-smooth-and-captivating-tour-de-force-for-this-animated-artist https://jamsphere.com/reviews/g-versa-vibes-is-a-smooth-and-captivating-tour-de-force-for-this-animated-artist#respond Wed, 26 Jan 2022 22:14:21 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49913 G Versa an upcoming rapper, singer, and songwriter from Queen, NY started his musical journey in 2014. He released his first mixtape a year later, entitled “Sixth Man Of The Year” under the moniker Gado. Gado was his first artist name but G Versa was always his nickname since he started making music. The G stands for Gado and Versa is short for versatile. In 2016 he made G Versa his official artist name which is pronounced “(G)ado (Versa)tile”.

The release of his single “Bands” soon followed and made waves on the Soundcloud platform. In 2018 he started work on his mixtape “S.K.I.N”, while in 2020 he released the songs “Vibes” and “Champagne Gado” which clicked up streams on Spotify.

“Vibes” is a smooth and captivating tour-de-force for this animated artist. G Versa uses his excess talent to add some cinematic flair to effortless lyricism that makes it more than just bars streaming through a speaker. Each layer, depth, and stylistic choice adds to our perception of G Versa’s skillset, which makes the song all the more engrossing. His rap style is constantly in flux, and he sounds both lyrical and melodic.

G Versa is deft with his rhymes too, but in a different way than his contemporaries, who rely on their melodies to offset the quality of blandness in their deliveries. Conversely, each one of G Versa rhymes is packed with energy to compliment the swiftness of his delivery.

“Vibes” is a mesmerizing exploration of G Versa rap style’s strengths. It’s tight and absolutely groovy; an alluring universe with a maze of moving intricate musical parts and words that thrust forward quickly into the next.

The effect is magical, as G Versa’s voice never falters. His voice morphs and transforms endlessly. The beginning of each bar sounds nothing like the end of it, as G Versa successfully captures the entertaining aspect of hip-hop. He carefully chooses every word and syllable, contributing to each verse a feeling composed of the highest level. It’s an intelligent choice which shows that he’s as much of a curator as he is an artist.

G Versa’s ability to keep the listener entertained by his delivery in addition to what he’s saying is effectively infectious. In an age where lyrical ability in hip-hop is becoming more and more irrelevant, G Versa makes his presence felt, as he can deal out both lyricism and feels.

The single “Vibes” presents G Versa’s phenomenal wordplay in its truest form, alongside his singsong flow. He’s got a lot to say, and he doesn’t take long to do it. The Queens rapper is at his best when he does exactly what he knows. He is aware of his strengths and is able to exhibit his blooming talents all over “Vibes”, where every sound functions to make the song shine.

G Versa is capable of extremely slick lines and a sense of determination, while producing catchy hooks complemented with his incredible technical ability, from flows to inflection. He is proving himself in a rap game where he has all the elements to be a standout.


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Tim Karr – “Salvation or Bust” breaks down rock to its barest essentials! https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tim-karr-salvation-or-bust-breaks-down-rock-to-its-barest-essentials https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/tim-karr-salvation-or-bust-breaks-down-rock-to-its-barest-essentials#respond Wed, 26 Jan 2022 17:46:16 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49908 There are many examples in popular music of stripping away the superfluity and getting back to the raw basics, but few get back to the raw basics of rock roll like Tim Karr does. After years of performing in popular Canadian bands like Seahorse and Marked Cross, he set sail to Hollywood, California. His first album released on EMI records, spawned the single, “Rubbin’ Me the Right Way”, which went all the way to #1 on some Canadian radio playlists. The video for the song was played regularly on MTV, Much Music and the Playboy Channel. Karr went on to tour with Richard Marx, before splitting from his management company and releasing music independently.

 Then came the “Triggerdaddy: Stereosonic Meltdown” project, co-written with Gilby Clarke and produced by Gilby Clarke. All-Star players included Gilby Clarke (Guns n’ Roses), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol), Eric Singer (Kiss), Johnny Griparic (Slash’s Snakepit), Muddy Stardust (L.A. Guns, Starfuckers, Gilby Clarke Band), Teddy Zig Zag (Guns n’ Roses), Ryan Roxie (Glamnation, Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper), and Chad Stewart (Faster Pussycat).

Tim Karr, who now resides in Los Angeles, later released what is considered to be his best solo work yet – the album “Lost in the Ether”, Produced by Andrew “Malac” Milukoff and Karr himself. From the album comes the single “Salvation or Bust”. The guitar driven soundscape hypnotizes the mind, while the searing emotion beneath the surface awakens the soul. The gradually snowballing sonic aggression of builds to a fantastically enthralling crescendo.

Tim Karr is full of charisma; he is a talented guitarist and singer, who writes impressively hard-hitting songs. His classic retro style gives his music its unique sound. Tim breaks down rock to its barest essentials and re-configures it into its purest most powerful form, which is a crucial part of his sonic aesthetic. Furthermore, “Salvation or Bust” performance does not have any of the pretension and self-importance one might expect from an artist of Karr’s caliber.

Tim Karr steadily pummels through “Salvation or Bust” with stoic verve: the guitar work and Tim’s vocals drive the momentum to hit a convincing stride. This kind of bold, honest, passion is what drives so many music geeks like me to still believe in the survival of rock as genre in the modern music scene. There’s something vital about caring enough about one’s craft to make a lasting statement, and that’s what Tim Karr attempts with each release.

Tim Karr is an artist who wants to sincerely connect with his audience and that need for connection results in an intensely vibrant song like “Salvation or Bust”.  There is a certain Bowie-like tension in Tim’s voice, which adds fuel to the already blazing fire, and once the guitars kick in, the song’s edge of menace, mirrors a striking angular rock style.

This is a crunchy, vigorously assembled package. Tim Karr should be considered a very important artist, attempting to reinvent a very important genre. All of which makes “Salvation or Bust” a very significant moment indeed.


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Oxfords & Amie’s – “Speak To It” – a message of faith, hope, and conviction! https://jamsphere.com/reviews/oxfords-amies-speak-to-it-a-message-of-faith-hope-and-conviction https://jamsphere.com/reviews/oxfords-amies-speak-to-it-a-message-of-faith-hope-and-conviction#respond Wed, 26 Jan 2022 13:31:54 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49903 Faith hope and charity has always been a perfect parallel.  Oxfords & Amie’s is a nonprofit foundation that adds music to this equation. Beginning in Rancho Cucamonga, California, one person’s vision has turned into an organization that partner with corporations and volunteer groups, as well as receive individual donations to give shoes to the less fortunate. They are also in involved in housing for the homeless, and fighting poverty in general.  Moreover, we have discovered that Oxfords & Amie’s also make music to inspire people. They have currently released the Country-Gospel tune “Speak To It”, which was conceived and executed by 4 volunteer members of the team.

“Today is a new day. Left behind the old ways. Thank God I’m finally grace activated. And by your love I’ve made it. I’m ingrafted to the family. But when life has beaten you down, taking you around the wrong way. Here’s a message of hope to keep you going, just know there’s brighter days. You gotta just speak to it. I can have what I say. Believe it. It’s here no on the way,” sings Oxfords & Amie’s, spreading a message that comes through loud and clear.

If you’re still in doubt, Oxfords & Amie’s make that message even clearer with the following lines: “When the Lord speaks, there’s no delay. Put your mind to it and go in faith. You faith is connected to yes and amen, signed sealed delivered my friend.”

Christian-inspired music is filled by artists, who produce what could be best described as “the same old thing”. Hence, its a distinct pleasure to find artists who want to break the musical norms and share a vision that is new and fresh.

And so enters Oxfords & Amie’s with a unique infusion of country and gospel blended into soulful sound. While their lyrical content can best be described as straight ahead faith and worship, it’s the incredible lead voice which rides on a simple acoustic driven backdrop, that takes what could have been just ordinarily good, and brings it to a whole new level of greatness. The singer’s easygoing, positive personality permeates the track.

The vocals on “Speak To It” are authentic and resonant while the stripped back music accompaniment compliments the strains of his soulful voice, which bounces around the arrangement with effortless ease. This is important as Oxfords & Amie’s are sending out an important message, and it’s a message of faith, hope, and conviction. “Believe it. It’s here not on the way. Your blessing is here. It’s here,” concludes Oxfords & Amie’s.

A lesser artist would have tripped all over “Speak To It”, maybe doing too much, both musically and vocally. However, the crew of Oxfords & Amie’s are so smooth, honest and essential, in their writing and performance of the song, making it seem downright captivating and powerful. Nothing is overplayed or overwhelming in any way. They aim straight at the core of the song’s sense and significance, and deliver it, proudly and skillfully.


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Poet, healer and spiritualist, Rosalee Laws releases “Breathe” featuring Kxng Crooked https://jamsphere.com/news/poet-healer-and-spiritualist-rosalee-laws-releases-breathe-featuring-kxng-crooked https://jamsphere.com/news/poet-healer-and-spiritualist-rosalee-laws-releases-breathe-featuring-kxng-crooked#respond Wed, 26 Jan 2022 00:49:02 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49899 NEW YORK, NY– Rosalee Laws aka Renaissance Woman Rosalee aka MOMMMRWR has just released Breathe, featuring Kxng Crooked. Rosalee is not just a musician or even just an artist – she’s a poet, healer and spiritualist who uses multiple forms of artistic expression to offer soothing seeds & salves for the soul. As she likes to put it “Soul” to “sole.” She’s been described as a multi-dimensional poet, lyricist, rapper, medium, spiritualist, and entrepreneur, and her latest project “Rebirth” is yet another hit of higher consciousness spiritually-laced entertainment that she said is sure to help anyone who has ever been a victim of life’s unwanted trauma and drama. Rosalee recorded the song during the night only months after her only child was born, having still not slept through the night since the birth but as an outlet for her own trauma. 

The single Breathe features Kxng crooked. The new album Rebirth features featuring me – DMX, Snoop Dogg, Kxng Crooked, Killah Priest, DMC, Kurupt, Planet Asia, prod by Anno Domini Nation, Legion Beats and Holy Toledo Productions.

“I had so many personal life experiences and traumas. Most recently birth trauma and relationship drama, during a pandemic, coming all at once” but this album captures my anger and emotions from that experience. But more importantly how we create our own lives and how it is up to us to become who we want to be. “Don’t die with your music buried deep inside,” Rosalee says. “I wanted to put it out there because many who listen to it can relate to it on a variety of levels. All my life experiences I turn into healing processes or teaching processes for other people. But a lot of people have reached out to me since hearing this song and said it has helped them. But there have been mixed reactions. Even mean comments about my race.  But this period in my life was traumatizing and difficult, and as an artist, I knew I had to express myself in some way or form and if it could help others who have been through similar things, or others trying to heal and live conscious creative lives, it’s worth it”

Rosalee Laws

Rosalee Laws

“Music was always the medicine for my own soul,” Rosalee says. She was first shoved on stage at 3 years old in a southern Baptist church in Tennessee. Growing up she sung with her dad and sister in church till around age 10, multiple choirs, and dance choirs in middle school and high-school in New Jersey.

Originally born in  Tennessee, Rosalee then lived in New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, and has traveled nomadically through India and Southeast Asia before settling into dual living between New York and south New Jersey again just outside of Philadelphia, just days shy of the pandemic.

Pulling from her Cherokee southern roots, various artistic, career, cultural, and life experiences, Rosalee has developed her music style with a unique, hypnotic voice, siren like lyrics. “Once I found my voice, I started using it to teach and to speak up for those who couldn’t speak up for themselves,” she said. “It’s hard to express yourself when you go through traumatic experiences. Many people don’t realize how painful those experiences are, and they don’t know what it takes to overcome those situations. I just want to get my messages out. I make music and poetry to reach out to other people. I want to inspire people. I want to be known for inspiring people to heal and make changes in their lives, overcoming trauma and for empowering people, especially other mothers.”

More than that, she’s a conscious entrepreneur who owns several companies, including her branding and marketing agency, The Business Building Bakery. Her spiritual counseling practice as MOMMMRWR, a trans-dimensional entertainment platform known as  #renaissancewomanmusic and the holographic entertainment figure #Rosaleesa. She also has a nonprofit organization called “The Cordelia Hope Foundation” that she formed after the death of  her 10 year old niece in 2016, who had Downes Syndrome and Moya Moya, for the purpose of “transforming the education system with kindness and the changing the baseline skills taught to children.” She also started the Renaissance Leadership Network and incubator that looks toward the evolutions of conscious leaders and creates physical art as an independent artist. Truly a Renaissance Woman is Rosalee.

Listen to Breathe on the new album Rebirth. Or the newest single Message part 2, just released December 21st, featuring Bronze Nazareth of Wu Tang, and Produced by Anno Domini Nation. To listen to Renaissance Woman Rosalee’s music, or to follow her on social media, please visit the following links:

Rebirth can be found anywhere you stream your music go to https://portal.reveldistro.com/smartlink.cfm?MTAwMDAwMzU1MDcw or search for “Renaissance Woman Rosalee”

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Manny Man – “Ride” talks about taking a loss at first and then making a comeback https://jamsphere.com/news/manny-man-ride-talks-about-taking-a-loss-at-first-and-then-making-a-comeback https://jamsphere.com/news/manny-man-ride-talks-about-taking-a-loss-at-first-and-then-making-a-comeback#respond Wed, 26 Jan 2022 00:14:03 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49895 Manny Man is an Artist and Producer from Baltimore Maryland. He has worked with Pastor Troy, Wave KD, DJ Beautiful Perfection and other notable artists recently. My inspiration for the song ride comes from me taking bits and pieces from my own personal story of betrayal and linking them up with my brothers story. I wanted to talk about the pitfalls of taking a loss at first and then making a comeback.

Having the lights off in my studio and being able to vibe allows me to dig deep into my lyrics and beat creation. When my friend Yung Coke sent me a pack of beats I can come up with ideas on the fly and be able to freestyle the ideas in the booth and jot them down. Just a combination of having an idea and personal accounts and great music helped inspire the song.

What makes me unique and different from other artists is me being able to make my own beats, rap and record on them. I’m kind of a throwback artist. I think lyrics and delivery are crucial to setting the tone of a song. I want people to have to think hard about what I’m saying either in third person or by using a lot of slang but still staying on topic. Plus being able to tell a story is a lost art. I like to bring that back into my music.



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Tryt0n – “Taking Over” is meant to encourage and inspire https://jamsphere.com/news/tryt0n-taking-over-is-meant-to-encourage-and-inspire https://jamsphere.com/news/tryt0n-taking-over-is-meant-to-encourage-and-inspire#respond Tue, 25 Jan 2022 22:24:20 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49892 I feel it’s been a while. I’m in a bad spot mentally from actually being 24/7 in my room working on my career and I sometimes lose complete taste in life which somehow inspires me to create music. Like if I needed to be completely filled with bad things to let it go when creating, that’s also why lately I’ve only released very dark songs. It’s still obviously a better option than harming myself, and I love to share with people my story using this way of expression. The song “Taking Over”, is actually about me, taking over and getting better on the current situation I’m in, and I hope it can help you somehow if you feel the same.



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‘Sirens’ – A dreamy indie-pop collaboration between Daniela Galasso & Auralens https://jamsphere.com/news/sirens-a-dreamy-indie-pop-collaboration-between-daniela-galasso-auralens https://jamsphere.com/news/sirens-a-dreamy-indie-pop-collaboration-between-daniela-galasso-auralens#respond Tue, 25 Jan 2022 21:39:42 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49889 A dreamy indie-pop collaboration between Daniela Galasso & Auralens, ‘Sirens’ is a playful song that encapsulates the wonder and giddy excitement of what could happen if you give into your crush. Sirens alludes to mermaids who lure sailors in through their enchanting singing & music—its soundscape can be described as uplifting, ethereal, and water-like.

The DIY remote production was born through a serendipitous Facebook post and first-time connection in Austin Hull’s MPM Facebook group. Daniela, Dani, is an indie-pop singer-songwriter and vocal producer from San Francisco, California. She loves combining the storytelling of a classic singer-songwriter with modern pop production.

Eric is a producer from Toronto, Canada. With a background in electronic/downtempo music, he now enjoys collaborating with singer-songwriters to create electronic pop. You can listen to and purchase Sirens on all major digital music platforms such as Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Youtube Music, and Amazon Music.


Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/0Xiqua3vsHsVjrTVd8PIbr?si=3T3WiAItRDquuoXxM9YBZg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/soundslikedani/
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Website: https://soundslikedani.com/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8HfH7G6vmQ

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INTERVIEW: Winterstate bring a vibrant, authentic pop-rock sound! https://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-winterstate-bring-a-vibrant-authentic-pop-rock-sound https://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-winterstate-bring-a-vibrant-authentic-pop-rock-sound#respond Tue, 25 Jan 2022 11:48:29 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49881 WINTERSTATE is led by singer-songwriter Kelvin Killmon (Seattle, WA), and multi-instrumentalist Alex Ortberg (Rochester, MN). The pair met as students at Berklee College of Music’s campus in Valencia, Spain and have continued to write and record new songs together inspired by feel-good bands like The Killers, Mae, Anberlin, Incubus and Foo Fighters. Alex’s tight, driving rhythms and clean, multi-layered approach to composition provide the musical bedrock for the band. Kelvin brings anthemic melodies and rich vocal harmonies to the mix. His insightful lyrics tackle an impressive array of topics – from small town love affairs to celebrating life in the face of chronic illness.

WINTERSTATE bring a vibrant, authentic pop-rock sound to their sophomore album TECHNICOLOR – released on January 14TH 2022. For the album’s lead single – “On Top of the World” – WINTERSTATE enlisted the help of legendary Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge (responsible for classics including American Idiot – Green Day, The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance), and mastering engineer Ted Jensen (Come Away with Me – Norah Jones).

  1. How long have you been performing and recording as Winterstate, and what is your primary mission as a group?

Alex Ortberg: Kelvin and I have been performing together since 2015 when we first met at grad school. As a full-fledged band, since 2019. Our primary mission is to just get our music to as many people as possible, and maybe change some lives (for the better) along the way. A lot of what Kelvin writes for lyrics are positive messages, or dialogues on the current social / political / environmental situations. Hopefully something in our music will resonate with people!

  1. Who have been your major influences in your writing and playing style?

Kelvin Killmon: I feel like a lot of my heroes growing up still have a strong influence on the music I write. As a kid I was a huge fan of pop-rockers like Dashboard Confessional, Goo Goo Dolls, Fiona Apple, and My Chemical Romance. I also love dreamier and darker bands who rose above the fray during the nü-metal years; groups like Incubus, Deftones, A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Taking Back Sunday, and Thrice.

Alex: As a drummer, my influences range from Neil Peart (Rush), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and Keith Moon (The Who), to Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Todd Suchermann (Styx), Tommy Igoe (WIM Trio / Tommy Igoe Groove Conspiracy), Dennis Chambers (Parliament-Funkadelic), Dave Weckl (The Dave Weckl Group), and Carter Beauford (Dave Matthews Band). In terms of my writing, artists like The Foo Fighters, The Maine, Anberlin, Mae, The Classic Crime, and Angels & Airwaves have been some of my favorite sounds coming out lately.

  1. If I was to turn on your media player right now, which artists/songs would I most likely to hear on your recently played list?

Kelvin: Some people might be surprised to find out that I’m obsessed with world music, both traditional songs and contemporary pop. Lately I’ve been enjoying the new singles from Belgian singer Stromae’s new album “Multitude”. There are so many interesting rhythms and cross-pollination of musical traditions in his music.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners?

Kelvin: I think that there’s something rebellious and exciting about rock music that almost everyone can appreciate. We try to write songs with catchy choruses and relatable lyrics that are fun to sing along with!

  1. With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and do not like about it currently? And if you could change anything about it, what would it be?

Kelvin: I love that the music industry is becoming more democratic. At this point, anyone can distribute and promote their music without needing the support of a record label. On the other hand, I’m really disappointed with the move to streaming, rather than purchasing music. Daniel Ek (the CEO of Spotify) is worth 3.6 Billion dollars, but artists only receive between $0.0033 – $0.0054 per stream. When you stream music, you’re giving your money to the ultra-rich, rather than supporting the musicians who spent years working so hard on that record.

  1. What’s your view on the current state of rock music in general?

Alex: It’s definitely not the primary genre that people are listening to anymore. Which is totally fine, but it makes it harder for bands like us to get radio spots on pop radio stations. Then again, The Foo Fighters are doing it. So that gives me some hope!

Kelvin: I’m a little more optimistic. I think people have missed the sound of guitars, and we’re seeing more rock influence creep back into mainstream radio. I’m keeping an eye on all of Travis Barker’s projects, and pop-rock crossovers like Meet Me At the Altar.

  1. Do you write songs with current musical trends, formulas or listener satisfaction in mind, or do stay focused on your own musical vision, and trust that your audience will follow?

Alex: We write songs that we think sound good, and try not to follow any trends, mostly because they’re not sounds we enjoy, or that would fit well with our sound. If people like our music, then great! If not, that’s okay. But I feel most of it is very accessible, especially with audiences of the same age as us. It should feel somewhat nostalgic for them.

  1. Could you describe your creative processes? How do you start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Is it a democratic process between the members, and who does what in the band?

Kelvin: Sometimes Alex sends me a pretty fleshed out instrumental demo, and I write the top line for the song. Other times, I come to him with an acoustic demo (usually just voice and guitar) and he builds the track around it. I think it’s nice that we both bring our own unique style of composition – and through the process of working together those songs develop in all sorts of beautiful and unexpected ways.

  1. Where did you do most of your recording and production work for the album “Technicolor”, and who was primarily involved in these processes?

Alex: I do almost all of the production and recording work for us at Blue Lagoon Recording Room in Rochester, MN. Kelvin will record his parts at his place in Seattle, and send them to me to mix in.

  1. Is there a particular song on the album “Technicolor”, in which you feel the band delivered its most perfect performance, on all levels? And is there maybe one song that you keep thinking you should have done a little differently in some way?

Alex: I think Pariah is a really well done song. Even though it might not be the most accessible one on the album, all the parts are locked in together, and the bridge is one of my favorite parts of the whole record. I’m always wary of my vocal tracks, because as a musician, a “singer” is the last thing I would call myself. So Threading The Needle is one that I’m never completely satisfied with, mostly just because of my vocal takes. But I wanted it to be a 3 part harmony between Kelvin, Amanda, and myself, so I recorded the part instead of Kelvin. I love that song, just not my vocals so much.

Kelvin: Personally, I think Alex’s vocals sound great on that song! My favorite performance on the album is “Empires”, though. There’s something so beautiful and emotional about that track, and I feel like it’s the perfect way to finish out the record.

  1. Which would you indicate as the highlights for fans to watch out for on the album “Technicolor”, and is there an overarching theme or backstory to the project as a whole?

Kelvin: I think there’s more urgency on this record. The radio interludes feel increasingly foreboding at the record develops. At the same time, a lot of our songs are about imploring people to get involved with a broader community and to help make the world a more equitable place. What were a few of your favorite tracks, Alex?

Alex: Daylight, Technicolor, On Top Of The World, Pariah, Keep Your Friends Close, Magazine, Empires. With an honorable mention for Frankly, My Dear.

  1. Could you tell us something about the making of the album’s lead single “On Top of the World” which boasts Grammy Award-winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge behind the boards?

Alex: So this is one of my favorites on the record! It turned out really really well. This was one where Kelvin wrote the song. He sent me his vocals and an acoustic take of the entire song, and I put the rest of the band to it. I was really into Angels & Airwaves’ record “I-Empire” at the time, so a lot of the guitar and drum work was pulled from that. After it was all done, I was never satisfied with how I was mixing it, because I thought it deserved to sound better than what I was doing (now, I might be able to do better!). So I decided to contact Chris Lord-Alge. I was looking for him to mix the song, but also teach me what he was doing along the way. He agreed, surprisingly! So we had 2-3 Zoom sessions where we went over his process and he mixed the song for me! It turned out amazingly, I learned a lot, and now the song sounds like it deserves to sound!

  1. How important are the lyrics in your music? Is it something you pay particular attention to, or are you more focused on the musical and technical elements displayed in your compositions?

Kelvin: I’m definitely biased, but I hope that people take the time to connect to our lyrics. I try to steer away from cliché topics and love songs and explore other types of stories. On this record we have songs that touch on themes of environmentalism, examining narcissism, recidivism in the criminal justice system, loneliness during times of success, both the dark and the silly sides of social media, and confronting difficult thoughts during the pandemic. Every song will have a lyric video on our YouTube channel, which I strongly encourage you to check out!

  1. Do you think it’s important for fans of your music to understand the real story and message driving each of your songs, or do you think everyone should be free to interpret your songs in their own way?

Kelvin: I think everyone is going to take what they want from it. We care a lot about spreading a message of joy and tolerance, and we believe in using art to help cultivate an appreciation for all the beauty and intensity of life – but beyond those core beliefs, I think it’s cool when people to find their own meaning in the music we make.

  1. Putting aside the accolades or criticisms that fans or the media may afford Winterstate, is there anything about the band, or your music, you think people may overlook, misunderstand or underestimate at all?

Alex: I think there’s a certain image people attach to the phrase “rock band”. And I don’t think it’s a very accessible image. Somehow I think people who listen to pop radio or top 40, think that “rock music” is too heavy for them, or not what they would want to listen to. Which is totally fine, but I think it gets dismissed before it’s even heard, simply because of the label of “rock”. In reality, there’s a lot of our music that is rooted in pop. On Top Of The World, Magazine, Daylight, and Technicolor are all pretty pop-y in their own ways. Our previous record even more so! Hospital Kicks, Followthrough, Wildfire, Varsity… all have very pop-y elements to them.

Kelvin: I think there’s also a toxic obsession with youth in our culture. Pop stars are getting younger and younger – and I think a lot of that has to do with who has disposable income. Right now, tweens spend a lot on entertainment – so teen and tween voices are elevated in media to boost sales. I believe that people in their 20s, 30s, and beyond still make great art and have amazing stories to share. I don’t want people to write us off because we don’t have a certain “look” or fit into an age bracket. Just listen to the music we make, and make your evaluation based on how the record makes you feel.

  1. Creative work in studio environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two do you ultimately prefer and why?

Alex: As a studio owner, I love studio work. But as a musician, there’s nothing better than playing in front of people. Not only that, but playing with other musicians that really understand each other musically and can communicate on an intimate level while playing, that’s something really really special.

  1. What is the best piece of advice regarding the music business that you actually followed so far, and what is the piece of advice you did not follow, but now know for sure that you should have?

Kelvin: I think a lot of musicians assume that if they make some recordings with high production value, and they’re satisfied they’ve made a “good album” – then they expect that the fans and money will pour in once the recording process is finished. They say “90% of music is marketing” but I think it’s closer to 99. Branding and publicity is paramount, and once the music is finished the real work begins.

  1. What would you consider a successful, proud or significant moment for Winterstate so far?

Kelvin: Well, this new album “Technicolor” has been added to rotation on 60+ college / AAA FM radio stations all across America! I’m very proud of our music reaching that wider audience.

  1. On the contrary, what do you feel has been the most difficult, and trying moment for Winterstate so far?

Alex: Our entire existence as a band is more difficult than most, I think. And that’s not meant as a woe-is-me statement. But the two main songwriters of Winterstate, and really the core of the band, live across the country from each other. So there are some things we cannot do that a normal band can: rehearse, gig regularly, be in the studio together, write songs together in the same room… so it’s a very unique process for us in terms of propelling ourselves forward as a band. We rely on the musicians that we choose as a band to be prepared when we do gig, we schedule gigs around travel dates for either Kelvin or myself, we write music over the internet and across the country… We one day hope to live in the same city, or even state, so that these things won’t get in our way anymore!

Kelvin: I thought it would be fun to do a remix and cover contest for this record. We put up $750 in cash prizes and invited people to submit a video or recording of them putting their own spin on one of our new songs. Unfortunately, no one submitted so all the prize money went unclaimed. It goes to show that you should always try – because if a single person had entered, they would have won by default.

  1. As a band, do you have a specific musical vision or goal that you want to achieve in the near future?

Kelvin: I think we would love to see our music placed in a TV show or movie. We’re also planning on playing a lot of shows this summer, and it will be a lot of fun to finally reconnect with our fans. This pandemic has made us appreciate sharing our music even more, and we can’t wait to see you on the road!

Official Website – https://winterstateband.com
Purchase the album Technicolor – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09L8N4J1M/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WinterstateBand
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/winterstatemusic/
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/kelvinkillmon

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MVP Mhad – “Brave” – carving out his unendingly individualistic tendencies! https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mvp-mhad-brave-carving-out-his-unendingly-individualistic-tendencies https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/mvp-mhad-brave-carving-out-his-unendingly-individualistic-tendencies#respond Tue, 25 Jan 2022 00:45:59 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49876 In a musical realm like hip-hop, the rate of creation helps ensure that new music is always available – that rappers and producers from any corner of the world can release something fresh, interesting, and occasionally even influential at any moment. It happens often. What doesn’t happen often is stumbling across something that feels eternally new, bold, and ultimately necessary to the construction of hip-hop creativity for the future, yet is classic in its core qualities. For anyone stumbling across MVP Mhad’s single “Brave” for the first time, there’s a sense of eternal novelty in its sound, blurred with its creator’s lyrical aesthetic, which asks that it remain paramount and keystone, not just to modern hip-hop, but to all of the genre in that it ticks all the substantial stylistic boxes.

The Chicago rapper and vocalist has been carving out his unendingly individualistic tendencies on his releases. We can witness it by the snappy wordplay, the rap-sung transcendentalism, the raw vocals, and rawer subject matter, which was continually on its way to being something truly special and game changing. When “Brave” rolled around, MVP Mhad had refined his sound, and in the process, redefined what modern new wave hip-hop could be. It will blow everyone’s mind.

“Brave” is a dissection of hip-hop itself, and a reconstruction of its pieces towards the most creatively bold of futures. There isn’t a bar here that doesn’t appeal to the collaboration between classic hip-hop and the new wave of melodic rap, showcasing MVP Mhad as one of the most stylistically transcendent modern artists of the underground music world.

There is not a verse throughout that does not make other rappers teem with jealousy on just how easy it is for MVP Mhad to sound so very different. He pieces together flow and wordplay more dynamically, thoughtfully, and hard-hitting than anyone else. And he does it all while telling a story, brimming with sonic texture and raw experimentalism pulled from his personal journey.

“Brave” is a paramount exploration of the possibilities when an artist willing and able to take the risks, takes them so convincingly. MVP Mhad is an ever-evolving artist, which ultimately rules out any cloning of his previous songs. There are formulas and trends, but MVP Mhad is not formulaic, nor is his sound bound to be barred by the borders of a short-lived movement. Instead, the rapper and songwriter is endlessly enigmatic, and coolly charismatic.

MVP Mhad sounds on “Brave” are tied together with the thread of bass-forward production and a keen sense of penmanship. It is an explorative, dynamic display of where lyrically inclined hip-hop meets the energy of a mainstay banger. The delivery of his raps ignite a sense of awakened energy. MVP Mhad’s insatiable appetite for busting through the rivets of the subwoofer with his vocal prowess is a mighty compelling thing.

“Brave” is the kind of thought-provoking and self-empowering poeticism that most rappers working over such production do not have the talents to muster. Most impressively, MVP Mhad has so many more dimensions than simply knowing how to navigate a banging anthem.


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Ramhero – “Best of it” ft. Slim Spitta & Phoenyx Novelle goes beyond the classic hip-hop aesthetic! https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ramhero-best-of-it-ft-slim-spitta-phoenyx-novelle-goes-beyond-the-classic-hip-hop-aesthetic https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/ramhero-best-of-it-ft-slim-spitta-phoenyx-novelle-goes-beyond-the-classic-hip-hop-aesthetic#respond Mon, 24 Jan 2022 14:37:55 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49872 Ramhero grew up in his small hometown of San Benito, located in South Texas. He started out writing poetry and the spoken word, before publishing a chapbook called “Thoughts to be heard”, and then transitioning to writing music. Through his music, Ramhero wants to inspire positive change around the world. His latest single is entitled “Best of it” ft. Slim Spitta & Phoenyx Novelle. There’s actual substance to unpack in this single, but Ramhero’s indomitable presence on record together with the soulful vocal hooks and knotty production almost make what he says incidental to how he says it.

“Best of it” ft. Slim Spitta & Phoenyx Novelle is what classicist hip-hop listeners may call dope, and even though his music goes beyond the classic hip-hop aesthetic, Ramhero has two essentially dope characteristics: his voice and his lyrics. What he does with words is incredible. He hurls them onto rhymes, shapes them, and twists them around bars, only to reconnect their syllables with poetic devices and turn them into messages and stories.

On “Best of it”, he keeps things simpler, with a straightforward vision and wisdom putting forward inspiring anecdotes to empower the masses in the face of struggles. Essentially, it is the effects of Ramhero’s honesty and modesty that keeps him afloat, above some of his equally skilled contemporaries. He is not so self-aware of his gifts that he becomes over-confident and cocky. This allows him to address his topics with less superficiality.

As Ramhero’s verbiage blurs, one can also take into account the beat, where the perfect element is added at the precise time, to establish a definite mood, something the production by InsaneBeatz has ostensibly mastered.

The music itself is amazing, and Ramhero never seems to run out of words to rhyme with. Using all his different influences this creative and dynamic artist is able to create songs so catchy, so rhythmic, and so memorable, as “Best of it” ft. Slim Spitta & Phoenyx Novelle.

This genre always needs someone who knows how to make great songs, but most of all needs artists who show the public how hip-hop can move in different directions. Ramhero is able to give us an outstanding example of this, with “Best of it” ft. Slim Spitta & Phoenyx Novelle. And he shows how he can do this while keeping your head nodding, and you mind attached to the music as well.

All throughout this single, Ramhero proves to be quite the writer, masterfully interweaving numerous literary devices with his philosophical revelations. Moreover, his flow meshes perfectly with the appealing musical atmosphere. “Best of it” ft. Slim Spitta & Phoenyx Novelle rides a mid-tempo groove that is infectious. The production, the flow and vibrant lyricism all point towards a bombshell record encapsulating Ramhero’s skillful attributes.

There’s a wide variety of ideas at play throughout “Best of it” ft. Slim Spitta & Phoenyx Novelle, but never does the display of skills feel forced. This record is a perfect example of when all the pieces fit just right.

Connect with Ramhero’s music: https://ramhero.hearnow.com/best-of-it

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Homicide Doll – “Catch Me When I Fall” – His voice confidently steers the song’s emotional investments https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/homicide-doll-catch-me-when-i-fall-his-voice-confidently-steers-the-songs-emotional-investments https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/homicide-doll-catch-me-when-i-fall-his-voice-confidently-steers-the-songs-emotional-investments#respond Mon, 24 Jan 2022 11:39:08 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49868 Born Jacob Rocha, Homicide Doll is a multi-talented vocalist and rapper born in Santa Barbara and raised on the South Side of Oxnard. His creativity is driven by a desire to express his feelings and emotions. Delivering a listening experience that spellbinding, dark and melancholic, Homicide Doll accredits the pivotal influences and inspiration in his life to Motionless in White and Ghostemane. Having battled with drug addiction, anxiety, and suicidal tendencies adds a heavy veil of authenticity to his performances. His latest release is the single, “Catch Me When I Fall”.

Rap, Hip-hop and Pop have been cranking out high-riding bangers for decades, but the serious genre historian is aware that dark depressing thoughts and dreamy, melancholic beats, are not a foreign concept for the genres. Especially in these last few years when a long list of subgenres burst out of the closet to infuse the aforementioned genres with a whole new set of profound vibes.

Many artists have embraced vulnerability in recent years, not afraid to make emotional introspection and mental health part of the dominant narrative. “Catch Me When I Fall” surveils a sense of hopelessness around Homicide Doll and the lingering trauma of suffering loneliness and insecurity. “Why don’t you want me? Why don’t you love me? Is it cause of all the scars or am I’m ugly?” asks Homicide Doll.

The single artwork

“Catch Me When I Fall” is a cage in which Homicide Doll finds his own voice. He uses his resources and focuses on what he can create as an individual and winds up with a jangly affecting sound, and a dark afflicted personal profile that proves the songwriter and performer, to be more nuanced than many listeners may even anticipate. His languid, melodic and precise flow, guitar-driven production and introspective lyricism is hypnotic.

This single sounds like a page from the diary of a young man who has retreated into himself and now chooses to share his darkness and afflictions with the rest of the world. More personal and confessional than snide and confrontational, Homicide Doll reflects a state of being where for once we do not have to be anything that we are not. Where we can honestly unpack our innermost pains and truths.

It’s in this space of lyrical reflection and careful beat production that “Catch Me When I Fall” exists. The single runs just under one minute and thirty seconds but saves no punches in that extremely brief time. The torment and sincerity comes across raw and unfiltered making it memorable and impactful. Homicide Doll is at his most transparent without sacrificing any ounce of bravado. His voice confidently steering the song’s emotional investments, allowing the moments described to be almost photographic.

In a genre and a culture where artists are hero-worshipped for being alpha male characters, shrugging off problems, Homicide Doll finds supreme sense of purpose and poise giving plenty of fucks about his own issues. Never in any danger of overstaying his welcome with “Catch Me When I Fall”, Homicide Doll shows an overall lyrical and musical maturity that suggests even greater things in his future.


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Tony Loud Woodz – The album “What The Hell Is This” releases on February 4th, 2022 https://jamsphere.com/news/tony-loud-woodz-the-album-what-the-hell-is-this-releases-on-february-4th-2022 https://jamsphere.com/news/tony-loud-woodz-the-album-what-the-hell-is-this-releases-on-february-4th-2022#respond Sun, 23 Jan 2022 18:24:38 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49863 Another Philly rapper? Aren’t there a million of those running these streets? Well none of them are Tony Loud Woodz – the hottest new artist coming out of the Good Thief Music camp. Hailing from Springfield Township, 1 block north west from the Philadelphia borders, Tony Loud Woodz is ready and eager to take this rap, hip-hop, and alternative genres by the throat and have his way with it.

Tony brings a fresh new sound to the music scene. Every critique has said Tony embodies multiple artists. Whether it be Big Boi and Ludacris or ODB and 2 Chainz mixed together, everyone agrees, you need to hear his music.

Tony Loud Woodz’s second album, “What The Hell Is This” releases on February 4th, 2022. The album has in the meantime produced to acclaimed singles. The first, “State Pharm”, which was written and produced by Tony, who also shot and edited the accompanying video.

This was followed by the second single, entitled “Paradise”. Both the aforementioned tracks are available on all major streaming platforms right now. Those interested in backtracking Tony Loud Woodz’s releases, will also find his 2020 EP “Least Expected”.

LinkTree: https://linktr.ee/TonyLoudWoodz
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tonyloudwoodz/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TonyLoudWoodz
TikTok: http://www.tiktok.com/@tonyloudwoodz

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Jay Turk – “Designer Love” – slow suave flows and hypnotic cadences! https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jay-turk-designer-love-slow-suave-flows-and-hypnotic-cadences https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jay-turk-designer-love-slow-suave-flows-and-hypnotic-cadences#respond Sun, 23 Jan 2022 16:08:15 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49856 Arkansas based 22 year-old upcoming artist, Jaleel Browning, better known as Jay Turk, is planning to drop his mixtape mid-February. In the meantime, he has released the single “Designer Love”.  Here the newcomer releases another four minutes of music rendering his storytelling with painterly detail, meticulous production, and breathy voice, tinged with subtle melancholy melody. The rapper adopts a steady conversational flow, while his appeal lays in an ability to craft a world that’s not just self-contained, but airtight. Instead of working inside the industry, Jay Turk works around it, following his own path within the realms of independent music.

The atmosphere feels like the beginning of an epic tale on “Designer Love”. The bounce is slow but infectious while Jay Turk’s vocal texture is the perfect tone for a late night story. Jay is such a subtle talker. No matter what he says, it never sounds as malicious as the words may imply.

He gets into a completely different zone when climbs onto a beat. So much so that this song would sound totally different without Jay Turk, as his voice finds the most unusual pockets. Jay also has a knack for picking hypnotic production complimentary to his delivery.

The shimmering and twinkling keys are so gorgeous they stand out front, as Jay Turk with suave flows and hypnotic cadences slowly rolls over the bass heavy production. Jay is the kind of artist who follows his own designated path of loops, twists, and turns without needing to rush to make this ride thrilling.

The words are fluid; the lyrics just flow out of him in a steady stream. He isn’t simply making a song, he’s documenting moments of his in-depth storytelling. Jay Turk’s delivery somehow validates that sense even more.

“Designer Love” is the type of song you play on repeat for hours with no complaints, as you try and unravel the lyrics, piece by piece. This is a hypnotic journey that absorbs listeners into its atmosphere. Jay Turk’s tone and textures feel weighty, as he stays consistently poignant.

There’s an elevated level of self-awareness present. This appears most clearly in Jay Turk’s songwriting, a strength that continues to improve from project to project. On every song he digs deeper, and “Designer Love” is no exception.

It is also clear in Jay Turk’s writing and performance that he understands where he is at in his career, and which directions and improvements he wants to include into his skillset, to take his sound to the next level.

Taking inspiration from artists like Young Thug, Future, Migos will obviously transport Jay Turk towards the more hazy, psychedelic and melodic flavors of rap.  In the meantime “Designer Love” is a gorgeous stylistic maneuver, and confirms that Jay Turk is getting ready to embrace his unique voice.


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Daze Davinci a one-of-a-kind wordsmith! https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/daze-davinci-a-one-of-a-kind-wordsmith https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/daze-davinci-a-one-of-a-kind-wordsmith#respond Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:22:12 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49847 Daze Davinci produces, engineers, raps, and also happens to be married to an international award winning piano player. Currently the creative is extremely busy setting up the release of two new mixtapes, namely “AKASHIK Tape” and “Awakening”, which are the gateways to his upcoming album “Abundance”, which drops before summer. An artist with a massive vocabulary and an emotion inducing delivery, Daze has put out a handful of underground hip-hop essentials that you should be listening to. He raps in vibrant detail, balancing heavy verbiage with sharp clarity. This is what it sounds like, when a laser-sharp wordsmith only uses words that count.

In typical form, Daze Davinci comes at subjects from skewed angels. His book of rhymes is a glued scrapbook of life’s experiences – both good and bad. It’s an ethos where nothing is immediately obvious, but steadily unfolds line and after line.

His are the ruminations of a mature young man who has come to terms with a life spent flittering in and out of the afflictions, struggles and aspirations of a kid, who at the age of 11 lost his father to a life sentence in prison.

Luckily, for Daze Davinci, along his journey, he came into contact with some amazing mentors and friends, who helped guide and inspire him. One such person was Mario Padilla, a college professor who allowed Daze to perform and practice his craft in his creative writing and literature classes. This led to shows for students, and Dave eventually merging his poetry into rap. The next step came when Davinci got connected to Tyronne Calsadillas (BackHouze Taco).

In this phase, Daze Davinci learnt all the technicalities and subtleties of recording and performance. This was followed by unravelling the business and promotion side of music. All of which has comfortably brought Daze into the moment where he is at now.

A quick listen to the track, “Lions Effort”, is all you need to certify the level of his skillset. Daze’s flow is smooth and soulful, the beat is slapping on a slow-burn rhythm, and the conversation feels legitimate.

This is rapping at boss level, with Daze Davinci using his super powers for narrative and emotional effectiveness. His voice rings with the raw, rumbling intensity that has long been his trademark.

“Lions Effort” is another great Daze Davinci track to add to the pile – another testament to further solidify his artistic status. Though this song feels like the exclamation mark, on a chapter in Davinci’s catalog, there are many other songs there that make a powerful impression.

Backtrack to songs like “Valid”, “Believe” or “Anxious”, and it soon becomes clear that Daze Davinci is capable of muscling more impressive imagery, tangible vibes and vocal dexterity into a single three-and-a-half minute track, than lesser artists manage in an entire album.

Daze Davinci a one-of-a-kind wordsmith whose music is an invitation for fans to roll up their sleeves and sink their hands into a treasure trove of beats and words. His greatest achievement though, is his ability to harness all of his skills, to create something absolutely spellbinding.

Connect with Daze Davinci on all socials @dazedavinci.

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Donis.Greene – “Crazy 88(Go Go’s Playlist)” flexes all of his performance skills! https://jamsphere.com/reviews/donis-greene-crazy-88go-gos-playlist-flexes-all-of-his-performance-skills https://jamsphere.com/reviews/donis-greene-crazy-88go-gos-playlist-flexes-all-of-his-performance-skills#respond Sat, 22 Jan 2022 12:34:11 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49840 Indeed, what makes the EP, “Crazy 88(Go Go’s Playlist)”, work so well is the singularity of Donis.Greene’s musical vision. His cracked voice, deep melodic sensibility, and versatile flows mesh with his profound perceptions of the world around him, as well as his ability to make music that – when everything gels – is so unmistakably his own. An artist from Toledo, Ohio, he mixes the sound of 90s R&B with spacey hip-hop production, featuring futuristic keys and skittering percussion. Layered vocals and lush soundscapes cascade around his musical templates, as Donis.Greene transforms his originality into something beautiful to listen to.

Donis.Greene’s superpower as an artist is the ability to lay bare his emotional state, whatever it may be at the moment, as a conduit for his artistic expressions to flow through. As a result, he is a master of mood rap.

From beginning to end, “Crazy 88(Go Go’s Playlist)” is a masterful body of work that penetrates the very fabric of the soul. Opening with “Lonely House”, Donis.Greene lays down a steady thumping beat, and a brazen, incisive vocal delivery, expletives and all.

“How Stella Got Her Groove Back” comes out banging with a powerful head-nodding rhythm, and a stream of consciousness non-stop delivery from Donis.Greene. The track maintains a jazzy flair as it drives forward relentlessly.

The infectious and melodic “About You”, captures Donis.Greene at his very best, as he unfolds some sentimental nostalgia on the theme of loss. Without losing any momentum, the artist invites the listener on a ride filled to the brim with top-notch songwriting, and raw emotionality.

Throughout its journey, “Crazy 88(Go Go’s Playlist)” is imbued with many twists and turns. “Grey Skies” thrives within an unusual arrangement of harmonic adlibs, retro pianos, and Donis.Greene’s resonant and versatile vocals, which move between rapping and singing with effortless ease.

This brings us to the slow and silky “Summer Walker (1:45)” with Donis.Greene at his most soulful, comfortably nestled within the warm and shimmering soundscape.

Donis.Greene is not only a technically able rapper and singer – his appeal is also forged with the atmosphere and emotion he brings to a song. Such is the case with “Omarion”. Here he plays to his strengths with fluid verses, where he is both stunningly precise and charismatic.

“Loved Ones” further underlines Donis.Greene’s far-reaching talents with passionate verses and heady waves of vocal effects.

The EP, “Crazy 88(Go Go’s Playlist)”, is the sound of an artist finding a new way of expressing his emotions, and a new form of musical freedom in doing so. Donis.Greene does this in many ways, ranging from melodic voice note, to moments where the tracks audibly develop with his precise raps.

All throughout the recording, Donis.Greene’s vision grows tangibly, feeling like a peek behind one of the most exciting acts in hip-hop. Having often struck an original and unusual note with his artistry, Donis.Greene uses this recording to remind us of his reality. He flexes all of his performance skills as much as he does his knack for intimate songwriting.


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Torsten – “Is Anybody Out There” has both an overwhelming sense of inspiration and sorrow https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/torsten-is-anybody-out-there-has-both-an-overwhelming-sense-of-inspiration-and-sorrow https://jamsphere.com/newreleases/torsten-is-anybody-out-there-has-both-an-overwhelming-sense-of-inspiration-and-sorrow#respond Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:05:56 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49835 Born in the city of Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, in Southwest Germany, Torsten is a Blues, Pop, and Ballad singer-songwriter. He blends a vast number of disparate sounds honed from such diverse influences as Michael Jackson, Michael Bublé, Mozart, and Ludwig Van Beethoven, among others. Initially, Torsten was drawn towards the sporting life, by his three brothers, which meant that he too, enrolled in the sports club. He moved from athletics to handball until he turned 16, and exposed himself to the arts by starting to dance with the same dedication he gave to sports. This led to dancing school and an amateur dance club. Eventually he attained the incredible feat of winning the national ballroom dance championship in Latin dance.

Dance of course, naturally brought him closer to music, a passion he had always held close to his heart. In 2019 he joined choral society and then took private singing lessons. Soon Torsten produced his first original instrumental song, “Nowhere”, which was followed by 3 cover songs.

In March 2020, he was invited, and became part of, the Artist Development Program offered by Bentley Records. This collaboration has sparked Torsten’s ambition, and in 2022 we have the release of his single “Is Anybody Out There”.

“Is Anybody Out There, is a song about social distancing, and that more conversation and respect for each other could change this,” explains Torsten. If there’s one undeniable fact about Tosten’s artistry, it’s that he has an uncanny ability to perfectly match whatever style of music he’s tackling vocally.

From his smooth organic numbers like “Stay That Way”, to the more contemporary electronic-styled takes heard on “Release Me”, he manages to shift his voice in a way that makes it palatable and fitting consistently, and without fail.

From the first moment, “Is Anybody Out There” shows off the scope its trying to achieve. It’s an original track that highlights his ballad-ready vocals, against a slow, but emotion-filled piano-driven arrangement.

Torsten’s ability to meld his sentiments with the resonating music is on full show here, and his mellow, perfectly understated tones especially shine throughout. The song is definitely a high quality one that expresses his singing and compositional talents well.

“Is Anybody Out There” is a thought-provoking and sumptuous cut with gorgeously silky and melancholy vocals. The lyrics lifting this track to even higher heights, as Torsten exclaims: “You’re tired of the distance. It’s filling you with doubt. Feels like you’re locked in prison. Your voice is getting loud. I promise I will listen. We’ll find some common ground. You’ll tell me about your mission, and I will hear you out. Guess it makes me sad sometimes, because we’re all part of the same tribe. So take my hand, we’ll make a stand…”

Each note and fragment of music is elevated, as the humanitarian values on this track, is being showcased in the four minutes of its runtime. There is both an overwhelming sense of inspiration and sorrow to the song.

On a beautiful string and piano crescendo, Torsten reminds us that he is perfectly adept at tugging at the emotions while stimulating the mindset and the same time. His performance mixes a refined vocal splendor with deep emotional and philosophical sensibilities.


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Justbeinamby is a social media influencer with a niche for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle https://jamsphere.com/news/justbeinamby-is-a-social-media-influencer-with-a-niche-for-fashion-beauty-and-lifestyle https://jamsphere.com/news/justbeinamby-is-a-social-media-influencer-with-a-niche-for-fashion-beauty-and-lifestyle#respond Thu, 20 Jan 2022 13:32:45 +0000 https://jamsphere.com/?p=49830 Justbeinamby (Just-Be-In-Amby) Nickname “Amby” is a social media influencer with a niche for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. Amby is from California, and was born on June 30th. Amby’s first project was a short series on Instagram and this progressed into collaborations on the YouTube and TikTok platforms. Amby has been influencing for over two year & has seen much success. Amby has gained a strong loyal fanbase in her time creating content professionally online. She has expressed in interviews that she wants to partner with more brands in the future. Her biggest supporters are her digital fans. Most of her fanbase and supporters are other content creators.

“I wanted an internet presence but I just wanted to be me. I wanted to document my own personality and thus came up with justbeinamby.” From her name to her content, Amby stays true to herself always. She writes her own concepts and brands usually give her creative control due to her artistic capabilities. Amby is currently working on acting and getting into film since she has a strong passion for being in front of the camera and bringing joy to others through the art of entertainment. She works well alone and with groups of talented individuals. She has a daughter named Bella who motivates her and although Amby has achieved a lot of success she always remains humble.

Interview with Just Be In Amby

What is your name/stage name?

Justbeinamby (Just-Be-In-Amby) Nickname “Amby”

When is your birthday?

June 30

Where are you from?


What do you do?

Social media influencer with a niche in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. I enjoy testing out products.

How long have you been influencing?

For 2 years, what started as a hobby became a career change.

What was your first song/project?

The first project was a short series on IG and progressed into collaborations on YouTube and TikTok.

Do you come up with your video concepts?

Yes, I like to use my imagination to create entertaining digital content for my different platforms.

Do you want a record deal, a distribution deal, or none?

I would love to partner with more brands to extend my content.

Who are your biggest supporters?

My digital fans. My biggest support comes from other content creators and viewers I have never even met.

Where did your name come from?

I wanted an internet presence but I just wanted to be me. I wanted to document my own personality and thus came up with justbeinamby.

Do you write your own material?

Yes, I come up with my own concepts and my brands usually give me creative control.

Do you create your own music video concepts?

Yes, I do my own filming and editing.

What’s your favorite music to listen to?

Lowfi and R&B while I create.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on acting and getting into film since I have a passion for being in front of the camera.

Are you the type to pull up alone or with a group of people?

Both, I work frequently online independently, but I’m constantly surrounded by talented individuals.

Where is one place you want to travel to perform?

I want to travel across the world to shoot content and vlog my experiences.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I saw myself acting and continuing to have a digital presence across multiple platforms.

What’s your favorite clothing brand?

Chanel has always inspired me. It embodies a woman who came from nothing and leveled up to exceptional glamour.

Where do you shop?

I shop predominantly online. I love affordable shopping with good-quality clothing. Stores such as ZARA, Missguided, FashionNova, and H&M.

What’s your favorite place to travel to?

I love to travel to tropical locations like the Bahamas and Puerta Vallarta. I would love to visit New York, Europe, and Canada for fashion and beauty.

Did COVID change your career for better or worse?

Covid definitely jumpstarted my career as a social media influencer. As a mom, I stayed home with my daughter, and creating short-form videos became a form of therapy for me. I loved teaching myself how to edit and eventually invested in my first Canon camera. From there I have been able to invest in social media platforms and start my first press kit. Now life feels like a dream. I am able to create videos on different platforms reviewing and trying on products. I am able to express my personality and make light of my corky attitude. I can continue to be home with my daughter while having a passive income. I have also connected with other talented individuals and helped several small businesses and musicians by featuring them on my channel. I get to help myself and others by doing what I love. Digital creating! Covid was a tough blessing, but a blessing in its own right.

Who is your childhood hero?

My mother and father. She raised 4 girls to have individual personalities, never settle for less, and chase their dreams. Nothing was ever too over the top or unobtainable. She is the reason I always finish what I start. My dad taught me to be true to my word and be professional. My father is the reason the finish line has never stopped. Always continue to set new goals to achieve. Improvement is always possible if you keep working on it.

What’s the best way for someone reading this to find you on social media, what’s your main platform?

The best way to find me is @justbeinamby. You can find me on Instagram, Tiktok, and most platforms under that alias. On YouTube I am AmberlyxBella. Bella is my daughter, and being home with her inspired me to start that journey. I owe my drive to her.

Do you have anything to share with the fans, any hints on new songs or collaborations?

Look out for me in film and appearing on social media spreading my love and joy for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.


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