JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:55:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Digital Down: “Open Source Nervous System” is loaded with a dark, mysterious atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/reviews/digital-open-source-nervous-system-loaded-dark-mysterious-atmosphere http://jamsphere.com/reviews/digital-open-source-nervous-system-loaded-dark-mysterious-atmosphere#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:45:14 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30101 Digital Down is located in central Arkansas and consists of sole member, Melville Bragg. Melville started his professional career in late 2015 with the release of the first EP entitled “Incunabula”. Melville has since placed 2nd in an international music contest hosted by software company Open Labs and sponsored by Linkin Park, as well as […]

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Digital Down is located in central Arkansas and consists of sole member, Melville Bragg. Melville started his professional career in late 2015 with the release of the first EP entitled “Incunabula”. Melville has since placed 2nd in an international music contest hosted by software company Open Labs and sponsored by Linkin Park, as well as release his first full-length album, entitled “Open Source Nervous System”. At this point, many decades into its existence, it can be fairly expected that rock is not going to cough up a new paradigm anytime soon. The advent of digital sampling technology and electronic manipulation, both of which slunk in through the back door, have not reworked the fundamental rock structure in any significant manner; rather, it has changed the way it is generated, and real guitars may be traded for synths and samples.

This is not to say that rock is a dead form, by any means either. Though it often seems to move forward on hiccups and inertia, it periodically shakes itself awake and offers something genuine and vital, a small jewel extruded from a largely undifferentiated mass of refuse. Such a small jewel is the album from Digital Down. After the opening “Retina”, the immediate impact of Melville’s voice on “Incunabula” cannot be discounted; it was the thing which immediately catapulted Digital Down beyond their contemporaries for me. A smooth, melodic blanket of warmth, Melville’s voice can raise goosebumps on the skin. He never resorts to the screeching or barking of so many rock singers – electric or electronic.

The confirmation of the above statement comes with the advent of “Beyond The Trees”, which is loaded with a dark, mysterious atmosphere. Melville’s voice rises gently above the pulsing rhythms, mingling with the spiraling synths to create a quiet storm reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails, only less monstrously ominous and more melodically captivating.

This quaint combination is repeated on “Stepdown – Alternate” with the same positive results. A mention obviously has to be made for the throbbing darkwave version of “Putting On The Ritz”, but it’s “Heaven Isn’t Here” where Digital Down have a clear advantage over almost every band in America right now: their sound.

Melville is clearly working in an area trod by few groups, the essential power-electronic foundation of their music is bolstered by throbbing, mantra-like basslines and synth leads which create a wholly new kind of blend between darkwave and industrial. Digital Down also do right by choosing mood and economy over pretension and bloat.

The occasional growling experimental sound is splattered across the album here and there, like “Dr Faust” and “Mind Harvest”. The songs are short and to-the-point, disregarding the final monster track, “Heer Public Archive 1943”, coming in at 11 minutes and 57 seconds, and which I shall leave you to hear for yourself.

“Open Source Nervous System” is an amazing album. Full of several mystical and mysterious songs, with beautiful arrangements, outstanding vocals and really impressive electronic sounds and rhythms loaded with emotion. Melville Bragg’s eerily sweet tone emphasizes his dark melodies that both caress, and taunt your soul.

“Open Source Nervous System” includes 3 remastered versions of older songs, 2 alternative versions, a B-Side from the “Nervous System EP”, 6 segues, an intro track which is the oldest track released so far (2009), an outtro track, 1 demo version and a Bonus track from “Incunabula” originally only released under Chinese distribution.

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HALO: “Expressions” – aiming at a progressive R&B audience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/halo-expressions-aiming-progressive-rb-audience http://jamsphere.com/reviews/halo-expressions-aiming-progressive-rb-audience#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:40:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30096 Darnelle Treadwell aka HALO, was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He started singing in the church at the age of 4, by 13 he found that he wanted to pursue a professional career in singing but didn’t know how to go about it. He met an artist by the name of B.L.O.U.N.T. who introduced […]

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Darnelle Treadwell aka HALO, was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He started singing in the church at the age of 4, by 13 he found that he wanted to pursue a professional career in singing but didn’t know how to go about it. He met an artist by the name of B.L.O.U.N.T. who introduced him to M80 a producer from the Midwest that owns an independent label called G.S.P. Music & Film. Halo signed to G.S.P. and has been working closely with M80 for the past 9 years. Their latest artistic collaboration has delivered the album “Expressions”.

The recording takes you on bold artistic journey that when compared to the other urban music on the American radio stations is nothing short of genius. HALO is an artist in the best sense of the word as he stretches his muscles throughout the album .If you’re looking for excitement and the big bang, you’ll find it on this collection. On the other hand, if what you want is a slow burning groove, you’ll find that too.

HALO seems to be that can appreciate crossover sounds, as he moves between various soundscapes which have distinctive influences from outside the R&B genre.

His vocals are great and his writing seems well above average when compared to the rest of the stuff currently doing the media rounds. The success of the overall sound also owes a good deal to the production by C. Gilbert (M80), both futuristic and retro but always specific, and in tune with HALO’s vocal delivery.

HALO’s acute high-end R&B croon, his homages to past music greats, and a strong adherence to the four-minutes-or-less template, for pop music, would make “Expressions” feel at home in any decade since the ‘60s. But there are plenty of moments in this album that put it safely in the here and now. HALO’s vocal prowess and that pop sensibility bring him right to the winner’s podium with this release.

The opening track “Get High”, which comes in after the “Intro”, casts an unmistakable nod to the current urban sound, yet complete with retro harmonies and a Mary J Blige type female accompaniment.

“Get This Party Right” (feat. Yung Kahn the Don) is led by a slithering snare and subwoofer-testing bass, the track shifts from traditional funk to a sci-fi nodding club banger in such a fluid style that the change is barely noticeable. The first major curveball HALO throws happens with “Ms. Hollywood (feat. Mic Dubb)” where he forges a voice that sits somewhere between Al Green and Usher.

“I’m Feeling Live” (feat. Bishop the Voice) finds HALO trying to stretch R&B’s boundaries even further, by using an almost industrial sounding mix of synths and percussion. The second major curveball arrives with the brilliantly soulful and melodic “I Call Her Death” (feat. Mathew Herbert) – a splendid guitar driven track that is one of the album absolute highlights.

HALO’s vocals and lyrics are able to convey a warm humaneness while being surrounded by cutting edge musical gadgetry, throughout the album. “Clubbin’” (feat. M80) is the album’s most bumping track. If you don’t get the urge to move your feet on this one, then you’re done dancing a long time ago.

HALO is an absolute professional, someone who knows where to put the bridge, who knows the exact right moment to bust out his voice, and when to hold back. It’s this balance between restraint and exuberance which allows his tracks to flow smoothly and his features to fit perfectly into the scheme of things on “Expressions”.

Which is what happens with “Drummer Boi” (feat. I.V.O.E. da Grand Duke & Dre) and “Pick up the Phone” (feat. Bishop the Voice, M80 & Brittney).  This is an album that’s every bit as multifaceted as its makers, and one sure to grow over multiple listening.

 Halo I Call Her Death Official Video

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Interview with Detroit’s The Infamous Crackhead http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-detroits-infamous-crackhead http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-detroits-infamous-crackhead#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 19:12:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30091 Born on the Eastside of Detroit, the youngest of six, The Infamous Crackhead was kept off the streets and into music which became his passion. He worked hard at his craft as a DJ, then a beat-maker, and improving his mic skills before creating The Law Breakers. A couple of months backed The Infamous Crackhead dropped the 14 track album, […]

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Born on the Eastside of Detroit, the youngest of six, The Infamous Crackhead was kept off the streets and into music which became his passion. He worked hard at his craft as a DJ, then a beat-maker, and improving his mic skills before creating The Law Breakers. A couple of months backed The Infamous Crackhead dropped the 14 track album, entitled “Mental”. Focused and furious this is an album that has moments of great energy, toughness, lyrical smartness and a great old school atmosphere.

  1. How long have you been in the music business and how did you get started in the first place?

 The Infamous Crackhead: About 10 yrs ago Djing and listening to different music and artists all kinds of music hip hop, R&B, Blues, Rock, New wave etc.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

The Infamous Crackhead: All the Hip Hop Legends, Run DMC P.E Tibe, NWA. LL,Rakim,X-Clan, Wu Tang, Redman,DMX,EPMD,both Ice Tand Cube, Das,Nas,and my guys 2pac and Biggie

  1. Which artists are you currently listening to?

The Infamous Crackhead: Kendrick, J Cole, and a few others.

  1. How did the moniker ‘The Infamous Crackhead’ come to be?

The Infamous Crackhead: the crackhead came 1st by the way I rhyme hard, then the infamous came from my life growing up in the city, then became the infamous Crackhead gritty hardcore Mc

  1. What do you think separates you from the crowd of artists emerging right now?

The Infamous Crackhead: My originality and sound and my different point of view of the world and embodiment of hip hop I hold dear.

  1. What do you think people should get out of your music, first and fore mostly?

The Infamous Crackhead: Good vibes to raise your level

  1. Do you have a set of messages you’re trying to communicate? Or is each song just a story and an emotion unto itself?

The Infamous Crackhead: yes and yes my music is emotionally driven.

  1. What would you consider a successful or high point in your career so far?

The Infamous Crackhead: Getting my music to the masses and being able to have this interview with you, who understands my music.

  1. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music so far?

The Infamous Crackhead: Money, Networking my music, Family and raising my children. I had to put these things in front of my music.

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your music, regardless of style or tempo?

The Infamous Crackhead: I’m like a chef I try different ingredients to make the best soup to serve to my customers. As they say soul food supposed to stick to your ribs, lol

  1. Did you put together beats on your releases or do just handle the lyrics?

The Infamous Crackhead: yes I write, produce and make all my own material.

  1. Which aspect of being an independent artist and the music making process excites you most and which aspect discourages you most?

The Infamous Crackhead: I have full enjoyment when fans enjoy my music bad thing running across bad people who wanna feed off your dreams and do nothing to help, or take from you.

  1. How do you market and manage your music career? Do you have a management team or do you control everything by yourself?

The Infamous Crackhead: I have a small team that I’m thankful for but I am the Overseer

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about how the music business works right now, what would that be?

The Infamous Crackhead: Just saying isn’t it funny that we are Motown but we don’t have a major label here but anyways small labels need more room to strive.

  1. If someone has never heard your music, which keywords would you personally use to describe your overall sound and style?

The Infamous Crackhead: Informative, hardcore hip hop with a street wise edge.

  1. Do you consider Internet and all the social media websites as fundamental in building a career in music today, and what is your personal relationship with the new technology at hand?

The Infamous Crackhead: Yes it is very viable in today’s market – YouTube, Soundcloud, Apple, faster than out the trunk lol

  1. Tell us something about the founding and the idea behind ‘The Law Breakers’?

The Infamous Crackhead: The group was called speakers of the house we had up to 9 members at one time but egos and attitudes broke up a good thing so I left with the name then changed it to the law breakers of today with the same mission.

  1. Is your music inspired by mostly real events or the power of your creative imagination?

The Infamous Crackhead: It’s 50/50 the mind is a powerful thing use right and life can teach u a lesson or two, feel me.

  1. If any, which producers do you currently admire and would like to collaborate with?

The Infamous Crackhead: The Rza, Swizz beats, Dr Dre, Timberland, and the mighty Bomb Squad.

  1. What’s next on the upcoming agenda for The Infamous Crackhead?

The Infamous Crackhead: The WORLD DOMINATION ALBUM!!

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Adam Idris: “Count On Me” – the accessibility of purified emotion http://jamsphere.com/reviews/adam-idris-count-accessibility-purified-emotion http://jamsphere.com/reviews/adam-idris-count-accessibility-purified-emotion#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 16:04:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30086 Formerly known as Adamjlss, Adam Idris is musician and composer based in the United Kingdom. Almost a freshman to the scene, Idris started recording and making music seriously in 2016. Entrenched in the urban genres and blending R&B, Pop and Dance elements, the artist has a host of singles in circulation, including “Count on me”, […]

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Formerly known as Adamjlss, Adam Idris is musician and composer based in the United Kingdom. Almost a freshman to the scene, Idris started recording and making music seriously in 2016. Entrenched in the urban genres and blending R&B, Pop and Dance elements, the artist has a host of singles in circulation, including “Count on me”, “I’m incarcerated” and Power hungry”. The songs are by turn oblique, smolderingly direct, forlorn, funny, sad and gorgeous: a vertiginous marvel of digital-age urban pop. On the lead single, “Count On Me” Adam wraps his voice in woozy emotion and pivots in the space of just a few lines between lover-man braggadocios to caring mournfulness.

To release singles as spacious as these by Adam Idris takes confidence, and yet the deeper these tracks explored, the more it seems to be an acceptance of fragility. Adam trades the accessibility of his previous conventionalism for the accessibility of purified emotion.

The tracks are rich with influences and thoughts, and shaving them into a cohesive entities has been well done. As filtered through emotion as it is, the slow burning “Count On Me” feels thoroughly human, Adam’s voice driving like a nail between eeriness and romance.

There’s a focus on the vibe of lo-fi confessionalism on “I’m Incarcerated”, though the production is undoubtedly hi-fi. The song rings with a singular voice, as Adam gets more personal than ever without connecting all the dots.

It’s a track of synthesized interests without sampling, without stealing, without influence-as-copyright. He absorbs his influences, pours them through a strainer, and then filters that product once again. Adam Idris is more than his voice, and this track sees him illustrate all the ways in which he’s a true artist.

Adam’s melodies are more attuned to specific states of mind rather than grand pop gestures. The words are a constant swirl of observation that he conveys in a variety of ways, from bursts of confident hip-hop cadence to classic R&B belting and wandering introspection.

On “Power Hungry” he makes yet another powerful social statement. He is storytelling and constructing a world of events around the theme of being power hungry. The textures are so dense and frequently fascinating that the song scans as meticulously constructed.

What’s refreshing about these songs isn’t just how much ground it covers but the open heart and questioning it carries in doing so. In the drift of the music, from song to song, the only thing to hold on to is Adam Idris vocals, which can’t go unsung anymore. His high pitched voice, is the connective tissue between the projects – emotive, it surprises over and over in its versatility.

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John Grind: “Numb” – flourishes of brilliance throughout http://jamsphere.com/reviews/john-grind-numb-flourishes-brilliance-throughout http://jamsphere.com/reviews/john-grind-numb-flourishes-brilliance-throughout#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:52:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30082 John Grind is a hell of a songwriter with an undeniably cracking voice, brilliant lyrics, colossal tunes, grungy swagger and of course, as always, the right amount of light and shade in his songs. Through his life experiences riddled with pain, darkness, and self-destruction he has quickly moved towards being an adventurous and psychedelic musical […]

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John Grind is a hell of a songwriter with an undeniably cracking voice, brilliant lyrics, colossal tunes, grungy swagger and of course, as always, the right amount of light and shade in his songs. Through his life experiences riddled with pain, darkness, and self-destruction he has quickly moved towards being an adventurous and psychedelic musical maverick and author of timeless sounding pop-rock songs that effortlessly became part of our consciousness. Grind is a masterful song writer. Raw, brash and yet supremely polished – “Numb”, the single taken from his “Beauty Of Decay” EP, is an impressive track an ever-reliable artist.

There’s something altogether confident about “Numb”, the pumping acoustic confection of the opening bars instantly establishes the track as an outing that knows what it’s doing. That goes part and parcel with the man behind such heartfelt and soulful compositions. Grind rests comfortably in his more subdued and downbeat moodiness, but ably displays his abilities in writing intensely layered acoustically dominated rock.

Over the course of the “Beauty Of Decay” EP, John Grind breezes between the upbeat and balladic with ease. There are flourishes of brilliance throughout, the piano over guitars, the introspective lyrics and the sprawling riff work, yet “Numb” is distinctly stand alone.

There’s dalliances with grunge, old rock, Brit pop-rock and the delicious nods to ’00s alternative. Along with his slightly pained vocal (which works very well with this song) there’s so much to like here. But then again, every song by Grind is just pure quality from start to finish.

And “Beauty Of Decay” is the kind of recording that you just want to hide yourself away with and just listen to it on repeat forever. On this EP, besides the singing and songwriting, John handles Guitars, Keyboards and Drums, with the support of Ryan Lundy (Guitar Backup) and Will Kencel (Bass)

“Numb” is an instant classic with its rolling chorus hook and subtle grungy twang. It’s a euphoric driver which is offset nicely by the mellow and moody hum of the verses. “Numb” is a track brimming with confidence and energy.

Grind is definitely in control of everything and has obviously nurtured his talent at singing, playing, writing and producing for this release. And all for the better. As can be heard on the EP, John Grind’s music is a superb mix of melancholy, tranquille melodies and some rip-roaring tunes.  The main focus is the power and strength of Grind’s voice, and he does not disappoint.

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TONI REDD releases the single “Take Me To Paradise” featuring the smooth sax of Walter Beasley http://jamsphere.com/news/toni-redd-releases-single-take-paradise-featuring-smooth-sax-walter-beasley http://jamsphere.com/news/toni-redd-releases-single-take-paradise-featuring-smooth-sax-walter-beasley#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:49:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30079 Atlanta, GA – The tantalizing talents of multi-faceted entertainer Toni Redd is in the music spotlight with the new release of her latest gem, Take Me To Paradise, a jazzy, soulful, up-tempo feel good song that features the smooth sounds of renowned saxophonist Walter Beasley. Its a brilliant collaboration that will be a signature standout from […]

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Atlanta, GA – The tantalizing talents of multi-faceted entertainer Toni Redd is in the music spotlight with the new release of her latest gem, Take Me To Paradise, a jazzy, soulful, up-tempo feel good song that features the smooth sounds of renowned saxophonist Walter Beasley. Its a brilliant collaboration that will be a signature standout from her forthcoming jazz project. Her soaring, feel-good vocals coexist harmoniously in the infectious tune. I recorded Take Me To Paradise because I love the song and I wanted to show my listening audience the jazzier side of me, just in case they forgot.  Jazz is and always has been my first love.

Debuting as a Choice Cut selection for the month of September on soultracks.com, the song is also being presented to the marketplace via a widespread Radio promotion and marketing campaign that will target but not be limited to Smooth Jazz audiences and consumers. Toni’s versatility is a strong point, with her engaging ability to wow discriminating fans of Smooth Jazz,R&B, and Classic Soul. The song premiered on WSRB 106.3 FM Chicago to rave reviews and is now in regular rotation on its Windy City Jazz Program.

Among the numerous accolades she has received are the Black Women in Jazz Award for Best Jazz Artist and Music Video for Close to Me from Catching the Redd Eye 2014; Black Women in Jazz Award for Woman of Jazz & Soul 2015; a 2015 Georgia Music Award Nomination; nominee for a 2016 Soultracks Readers Choice Award; and her rendition of Stronger Than Before was chosen as one of the 50 Best Soul Songs of 2016 by Soultracks. Her most recent honor is a Lifetime Achievement Songwriting Award from the Writers Ball.

The award-winning songstress has been a desired feature performer at numerous jazz festivals such as the Maui Music Festival,  the Atlanta Jazz Festival, and the Blues and R&B Beach Party Festival, just to name a few. She is no stranger on the Domestic and International circuit, having performed with highly regarded musicians such as: Najee, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, The Rippingtons, Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Alex Bugnon, Angela Bofill, Rick Braun, The Ohio Players, Kirk Whalum, Morris Day and the Time, Everette Harp, The Yellowjackets, Gerald Alston, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Steve Cole, lead singer for Fattburger, Chico Debarge, Pamela Williams, The Temptations, Warren Hill, Oleta Adams, The Stylistics, Walter Beasley, Bob Baldwin, Tom Browne, and Kim Waters.

Not one to rest on her laurels, Toni Redd progressively refines and elevates her artistry on many fronts, and is creating a catalog that can stand the test of time. Music is instrumental in her day to day, but it is just one part of her multi-dimensional ambitions and pursuits. An enchanting personality, she is an all-around performer and actress, whose voice can be heard on National Commercial Jingles, and acting credits include the independent film Losing Grace, the Tyler Perry film, A Good Man is Hard to Find, and touring with the stage play A Good Man is Still Hard to Find.

Get to know Toni:

http://artistecard.com/ToniRedd

http://www.toniredd.com/

Connect with her on social media, and online platforms:

https://twitter.com/realtoniredd

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toni-Redd/152597528125246

https://www.instagram.com/realtoniredd

Retail distributors carrying her music include: iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby, and Spotify.

A ramped up promotional push has been instituted by Manager Ms. Daryl M. Donald, Esq, to create massive exposure, and opportunities for her artist.  A team of Industry veterans is in place; collaborating in unison to secure multi-media placements, show bookings, sponsorships, licensing, and compatible alliances.

Booking is available via: Ms. Daryl M. Donald, Esq. (408) 629-8150 http://www.barristerprod.com Marketing Consultant: Fred Mills

About REAL REDD Music:

Based in Atlanta, GA, the Independent music company produces music, video and related multimedia projects. It is creating a solid foundation for its artist to grow in a focused long-term environment.

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Rari: “Financial Finesse” – the importance of hood economics! http://jamsphere.com/news/rari-financial-finesse-importance-hood-economics http://jamsphere.com/news/rari-financial-finesse-importance-hood-economics#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 08:40:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30073 Charlotte NC rapper, Rari, describes his latest project, the 10-track album, “Financial Finesse”, as a collection of songs that “will teach you the importance of hood economics and show you certain people’s true colors.” Rari shines in that he unabashedly expresses his ideas and emotions with clever, well-thought lyrics, metaphors, and rhymes.  You do not […]

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Charlotte NC rapper, Rari, describes his latest project, the 10-track album, “Financial Finesse”, as a collection of songs that “will teach you the importance of hood economics and show you certain people’s true colors.”

Rari shines in that he unabashedly expresses his ideas and emotions with clever, well-thought lyrics, metaphors, and rhymes.  You do not need any context to understand and enjoy this album. The production of each song is layered with content, heart and perspective.

Rari seems to know exactly what he is doing and where he is going with his career. His thought processes and perception of things are interesting, and best of all, you can play “Financial Finesse” through with no skips, which is hard to find nowadays. This album speaks for itself.

With a masterful use of language and a great display of storytelling, Rari proves that hip hop isn’t completely dead. Rari’s motto is simply:  “He who has the money, holds the power”. Check out @RealLiveRari at Instagram and Twitter and listen to his latest album on Apple, CdBaby, Tidal, Spotify and Google Play.

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A Silver Lining: “Don’t Let me Down” – epic, aggressive and harmonic at the same time! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/silver-lining-dont-let-epic-aggressive-harmonic-time http://jamsphere.com/reviews/silver-lining-dont-let-epic-aggressive-harmonic-time#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:50:57 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30068 A Silver Lining is a five-member alternative rock band from Bay City, Michigan. Formed in 2017, the band is treading new ground with old influences, and re-discovering the sense of purpose and fun in rock music. Their single “Don’t Let me Down”, taken off their debut album “Paralyzed” is covered in a welcome confidence and […]

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A Silver Lining is a five-member alternative rock band from Bay City, Michigan. Formed in 2017, the band is treading new ground with old influences, and re-discovering the sense of purpose and fun in rock music. Their single “Don’t Let me Down”, taken off their debut album “Paralyzed” is covered in a welcome confidence and swagger that has been disconcertingly absent from the genre for far too long. On this latest offering, we are presented with a concise magnum opus – prepared to weave and shapeshift, prepared to embrace the unknown with reckless abandon, utilizing crunching riffs, pounding percussion, soaring vocals, and scorching lead solos – all of which amplify the melodrama and the band’s theatrics – something that the video for the single attests to. In short, “Don’t Let me Down” is absolutely massive and immaculately performed.

The band’s relentless musical assault, spearheaded by the potent guitar tandem, is very effective, displaying the A Silver Lining power and energy. Backed by ferocious drumming and highly audible basslines the guitars often take the spotlight with their solid rhythms and flashy leads.

Songs like, “Don’t Let me Down”, showcases this versatile guitar sound which can be epic, aggressive and harmonic at the same time. The track is engrossing and an incredibly smart choice for the band’s first single. The vocals are strong, which is evidenced in the song’s incredibly bridge that trails off into a howling chorus.

The song begs humanity to wake-up and look at the history of our existence and see how we need to make the right choices, standing side by side to lead the fight for what is right rather than continue to make the same choices that lead to the same mistakes, destined to make us fail.

The guitars resonate fiercely with a soaring guitar solo, the chorus is fast and heavy, and the melody is perfect uplifting, while the drums shine skillfully.  This song has tons of emotion and most definitely a sharp set of rock hard teeth.

“Don’t Let me Down” has that rise and fall momentum.  It allows you to breathe during the verses, then it comes at you with an adrenaline cocktail in the chorus that rushes you into a gritty aggressive smack. It’s a sonic journey that is rather impressive!

It usually takes us two or three listens to figure out if we like a band or not, but here one listen was enough. This track is a very clear statement that A Silver Lining want to climb to the forefront of the scene and they demand your ears to absorb and relish in the articulate power of their sound.

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Jogan: Shashika Mooruth’s singing is her soul connection http://jamsphere.com/news/jogan-shashika-mooruths-singing-soul-connection http://jamsphere.com/news/jogan-shashika-mooruths-singing-soul-connection#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 06:58:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30065 Jogan is an album of folk songs in the Hindi language that enthralls the listener with an uplifting experience. Shashika Mooruth is an independent artiste from South Africa. Her lineage extends to her forefathers from India hence the dynamic Indian traditional influence on her music style. Under the auspices of her music label, Urja Music, […]

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Jogan is an album of folk songs in the Hindi language that enthralls the listener with an uplifting experience. Shashika Mooruth is an independent artiste from South Africa. Her lineage extends to her forefathers from India hence the dynamic Indian traditional influence on her music style. Under the auspices of her music label, Urja Music, she displays her holistic musical artistry at every level of production. Her voice, however, is her main instrument.

In Jogan, she has rendered her voice to compositions based on styles that are popular in North India, particularly the state of Uttar Pradesh, which praise Krishna and Raam as the Divine. In such compositions, the music arrangement is kept simple as the focus is on the voice, lyrics (which is in the Hindi language) and melody.

With the exception of the acoustic violin by Jitendra Javda in track 2 the remaining arrangement is programmed with synthesized electronic music which is the popular style of rendering folk composition nowadays. Released on 26th June 2017, the album sold around 350 copies in physical cds during her recent tour in S.Africa and US which in today’s world of digital downloads is an amazing feat that there is a demand for physical cds. The title Jogan means a woman who leaves all worldly pleasures, mostly for someone, a beloved or God.

Shashika’s singing is her soul connection and hence she treats her music as her sacred life’s journey. Hence she best describes herself as a conscious, independent artiste. In any genre that she renders her voice, she aims to make a shift in the consciousness of her listeners. Blessed with the natural ability that involves communicating, teaching, healing, and entertaining that suits her personality and interests, Shashika also conducts workshops, music therapy sessions, voice classes and delivers motivational talks all through her unique, holistic approach.

For more info. on SHASHIKA MOORUTH and her music links visit her site at www.shashikamooruth.com Album available for sale at: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/ShashikaMooruth incl. Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oInbVC2HEqk https://youtu.be/8bJII8f4aq4

Tel.: +91 7506007544 or +91 9699887868 Website: www.shashikamooruth.com


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Interview with Italian Bass Player ALBERTO RIGONI http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-italian-bass-player-alberto-rigoni http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/interview-italian-bass-player-alberto-rigoni#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:09:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30062 Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer, internationally known for his career as a solo artist and as a member of the progressive rock band TwinSpirits, Lady & THE BASS and co-producer of the Vivaldi Metal Project. Alberto has been featured on the cover of many prestigious industry magazines such as Bass Magazine […]

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Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer, internationally known for his career as a solo artist and as a member of the progressive rock band TwinSpirits, Lady & THE BASS and co-producer of the Vivaldi Metal Project. Alberto has been featured on the cover of many prestigious industry magazines such as Bass Magazine (Japan), Bass Musician Magazine (USA), Bajos Y Bajistas (Spain), Basistas (Poland), TOP BASS (Poland) and Bass Guitar Magazine (UK). He has also recorded for several international artists such as Italian pop singer Alexia and is now playing bass for Canadian rock singer and songwriter Kim Bingham (Nelly Furtado) and The Italians, sharing stages with artists such as Alan Parsons, Suzanne Vega, Jørn Lande, Paul Gilbert and others. Alberto Rigoni’s his sixth solo studio album “Duality” will be released on September 20th 2017.

  1. Let’s pretend no one has ever heard of you. Where did the Alberto Rigoni story all start and how did you become a professional musician? 

ALBERTO RIGONI: I started playing bass when I was around 16 years old, after a friend of mine introduced me to Dream Theater music. My aim was to cover Dream Theater songs, which was pretty challenging! I really studied like a mad for months, then I created a band called Ascra with which I play for around 5 years playing DT covers. During one show of Ascra, Daniele Liverani, multi-instrumentalist (Genius Rock Opera, Empty Tremor) started talking me about a new prog band project called TwinSpirits. Some months later I joined the band. I would say that from that time everything changed and I entered the professional world.

  1. Who were your first and strongest musical influences that you can remember?

ALBERTO RIGONI: Dream Theater indeed, but also many bands such as YES, Rush, Symphony X, as well as rock and metal bands from ’70 ’80 ’90.

  1. Who or what drew you towards playing the bass guitar?

ALBERTO RIGONI: My passion for Dream Theater was so strong that gave me the drive to focus just on bass. My friend Enrico Buttol, drummer of Ascra, helped me a lot in my career. We spent hours and hours together playing just bass and drums.

  1. What do you feel are the key elements in your style of bass playing that separates you from the rest? 

ALBERTO RIGONI: I’m not a virtuoso. I always tried to focus on melodies and groovy riffs. My aim is to make Music and not “chops”. Also in most of the tracks on my albums, the bass has mainly three roles (rhythm, solos and arrangements) that ensures a kind of homogeneous style.

  1. I heard somewhere that you don’t like playing 4 string basses. Is there a specific reason for that? 

ALBERTO RIGONI: At the beginning I played 4 string bass for just some months, but John Myung of Dream Theater was using a 6 string bass so…

For many years I played 6 string bass, now I love 5 string. The reason? I love the deep sound of the low B string 🙂

  1. What is your current favorite setup – bass guitar brand, amp and type of strings you prefer using? 

ALBERTO RIGONI: I’m currently using Warwick bass (custom Thumb NT and Corvette models) as well as Ibanez bass (SR1405, Ashula 2, SR305). Those are my main basses but I also have Fender Jazz ’76 and some other basses.

  1.  Picks or Fingerstyle? How did you start out playing, and do you only use one style now?

ALBERTO RIGONI: I always felt comfortable playing with my fingers. I can play with pick but it’s not really my cup of tea.

  1. You’ve assembled an impressive range of playing experiences thus far. What would you consider a successful or high point in your career so far?

ALBERTO RIGONI: In the last few years I’ve featured on the cover of many bass magazines. Not because of my technique, I think, but because in some way I brought some new bass music (I hope).

  1. What key ingredients do you always try and infuse into your music, regardless of style or tempo?

ALBERTO RIGONI: I always try to make new albums sounding different than the previous one. One of the key ingredients is probably the fact that I never followed any given music genre, relying exclusively on an instinctive way of composing.  Another ingredient is that I like to experiment and to find new bass sounds. That helps to give the tracks a more fresh sound (or at least I hope that it does).

  1. You’re releasing your sixth solo album “Duality”. How does this one differ from the others? And which aspect do you think you’ve improved the most from your previous releases?

ALBERTO RIGONI: I would say that this album is more similar to Something Different, which was my first album released in 2008 by Lion Music. Let’s say “back to the roots”. But “Duality” is more minimal compared to SD as well as my other albums. There are much less bass over dubs and it’s mostly bass and drums, except for a few tracks where some other musicians joined (guitarist Matthias Eklundh and Frank Caruso, keyboardists Ryo Okumoto, Mistheria and Jonah Weingarten). I think this new album has brand new sound. Hard to describe music you know… just listen 🙂

  1. Where was “Duality” recorded? And how long did you work to complete the project?

ALBERTO RIGONI: Duality was recorded in my own studio and to complete the whole album it took around 3 months.

  1. You’ve been playing anything from pop to metal and progressive rock? How would you describe the core sound of “Duality”?

ALBERTO RIGONI:  Hard question! I would stay it’s a mix between melodic, experimental and prog music.

  1. How did you choose the featured guest players on the album? Were they just casually free at time and you invited them over. Or was each player hand selected for a specific task within the intended song?

ALBERTO RIGONI: For each song I already had mind who could be the right guest. I was lucky that everyone was free at the time in which I asked them to join!

  1. Is there anybody specific you’d love to record or play with, besides your usual projects, and why?

ALBERTO RIGONI: Steve Vai, Satriani, Richard Barbieri and some others. Some of my idols, indeed!

  1. Stuck on a desert island for 6 months, which 3 albums would you want to have with you?

ALBERTO RIGONI: 1) Dream Theater – Images and Words 2) Ark – Burn the Sun 3) Megadeth – Rust in Peace.

  1. Who are your personal favorite bass players?

ALBERTO RIGONI: Randy Coven (Ark, Steve Vai), Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), Michael Manring (solo).

  1. What is the first tip you would give to any young bass player just starting out, to help improve their playing technique. 

ALBERTO RIGONI: Be methodic, patient and stay focused on what you’re doing.

  1. Which do you ultimately prefer, playing live, or creating in a studio setting? 

ALBERTO RIGONI: I definitely love playing live but I also need to compose when I feel inspired.

  1. If you had the opportunity to change one thing about how the music business works right now, what would that be?

ALBERTO RIGONI: Ah! Good question. Internet changed the world in a few years, nothing new. People hardly buy music, and the web is overloaded with music, let’s say that you can listen to music for free because of the streaming services. I wish it would be possible to play more live gigs, but people prefer to watch bands on their smartphones or PCs instead of going to live shows of new bands. For sure people still go to famous and legendary bands live gigs, but that does not happen for new, less famous bands. That’s quite frustrating. At least here in Italy, venues ask only for cover bands… very hard to find gigs for original music. Wish something will change soon!

  1. What’s the next upcoming project on the agenda for ALBERTO RIGONI?

ALBERTO RIGONI: Together with my metal band Ardityon we are currently working on our second album and we are willing to play live as much as possible. Thanks so much for this interview!!!! Rock on!

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Jessie Wagner: “I Want To Dream” – a generous dose of grown woman sensibility http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jessie-wagner-want-dream-generous-dose-grown-woman-sensibility http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jessie-wagner-want-dream-generous-dose-grown-woman-sensibility#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 22:44:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30057 Jessie Wagner returns, and boy do you need this track in your collection. “I Want To Dream” is the kind of quality R&B that brings a tear to the eye. Composed by P.M.B, the strong, emotional lyrical content of this song is a giveaway that Jessie, or perhaps her some of friends have been through […]

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Jessie Wagner returns, and boy do you need this track in your collection. “I Want To Dream” is the kind of quality R&B that brings a tear to the eye. Composed by P.M.B, the strong, emotional lyrical content of this song is a giveaway that Jessie, or perhaps her some of friends have been through a fair amount of dubious moments with the men in their lives. This is more than evident on this smoldering vocal interpretation. The jaw-dropping classy piano lead, the lyrical content, the production, and sheer power of the vocals, would suggest that “I Want To Dream” could do for Jessie what many ballads have done for our current multi-platinum selling divas.

Jessie Wagner

Jessie Wagner

This track is so pure, so strong and is a very rare jewel these days, considering how over-produced many tracks are. That puts this stripped down soundscape in a position to quite simply be one of the best R&B tracks of the year.

Few can soulfully croon a love song as convincingly as Jessie Wagner, but “I Want To Dream” confirms what many have suspected since the Virginia native lit up the scene at the start of her career: it’s when she’s digging through the emotional depths of a relationship that she dishes up her best work.

Jessie alternates between coasting and scattering through the narrative’s emotional uncertainties, tugging at her voice as if it was strapped to a leash, until it finally breaks free and soars. She is demure and charming, coming across as humble.

Jessie has the same just-below-the-surface sensuality of Aaliyah and the hands-on-her-hips sassiness of Monica, but she keeps it subtly hidden and allows it to gently unfold and engulf you. She sings love songs without a touch of smut and a generous dose of grown woman sensibility.

Jessie Wagner & Lenny Kravitz

Jessie Wagner & Lenny Kravitz

Exactly what you will hear on “I Want To Dream”. It appears to be the apex of Jessie Wagner’s growth as an artist and as a woman. And as she comes to harness the power of her femininity, this release proves that there can be few things as stunning to listen to as a woman becoming herself.

Much of Jessie Wagner’s life has been played out in the spotlight. Her career blossomed when her live performance caught the attention of Bo Bice, and she began singing and touring with his band, Sugar Money. She got another break after moving to NYC when renowned drummer Omar Hakim had her audition for legendary disco band Chic where she became one of the lead singers.

From then on Jessie’s career went on a roll and performances with A-league music stars became the order of the day:  Lenny Kravitz, Duran Duran, Chic, Stevie Van Zandt and Kid Rock were just the iceberg as she went on to perform with artists from all facets of the music industry, including Patti Labelle, Sir Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Sister Sledge, Musiq, the Pointer Sisters, Bebe Winans and Eric Bene among others. Jessie Wagner has also performed live at such prestigious venues as the Montreux Jazz Festival, the legendary Roskilde Rock Festival, and the Grammys.

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Ernest J. Lee is propelling his career ahead with extraordinary momentum! http://jamsphere.com/news/ernest-j-lee-propelling-career-ahead-extraordinary-momentum http://jamsphere.com/news/ernest-j-lee-propelling-career-ahead-extraordinary-momentum#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:20:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30050 As a Producer/Songwriter Ernest J. Lee has written and produced songs for many top artists from the Gospel, R&B, & Pop genres. Known for quality production, innovative styling, and catchy hooks, E Lee is steadily building his brand as one of the most sought after names in the game! Lee’s influences include the legendary artists, […]

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As a Producer/Songwriter Ernest J. Lee has written and produced songs for many top artists from the Gospel, R&B, & Pop genres. Known for quality production, innovative styling, and catchy hooks, E Lee is steadily building his brand as one of the most sought after names in the game! Lee’s influences include the legendary artists, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee and Commissioned.

Ernest J. Lee has released his mixtape, “Anthems From The Vault Vol. 1” which offers urban contemporary music at its best. This authentic masterpiece features harmonic elements which are soulful, seriously developed, and quite impeccable. This extraordinary project immediately establishes a dialogue between melody & lyrics. The stylistic diversity simply raises the bar of excellence. Lee brings to his audience “ministry through song” with a personalized harmonic blend. Ultimately, it renders a musical story which ends well! Find the mixtape on ITUNES.

From the 12th of September Ernest J. Lee also launched his latest single “Gonna Be Alright” for the people of Houston, TX who were affected by Hurricane Harvey!  All Proceeds from this song will go to those who are in need! So you can help by downloading this song. Written, Produced by and Performed by Ernest J. Lee for David’s Dance Music, the track also features by J.Elise, & Jimmie Smith. Find the single on ITUNES.

Involved in diverse projects, Ernest J. Lee has also completed work on the soundtrack for the movie “The Jesus Freak” currently playing in select theaters Nationwide. The movie’s plot sees a youth pastor and his wife, along with three friends, head to Las Vegas to try and save people’s souls from sin and for Jesus. However, when they arrive they must fight temptations themselves. Find the soundtrack on ITUNES.

A member of the New Prospect Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan where he is involved in the Music & Arts ministries, Ernest J. Lee is propelling his career ahead with extraordinary momentum, grabbing every opportunity that comes his way.

For Inquiries email DavidsDanceMusic1@gmail.com

Connect with Ernest J. Lee via Social Media!!!!

www.ErnestJLeeMusic.org

www.Twitter.com/ErnestJLee

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oscarLIVE gives us the wake-up call with “oscar’s first mixtape” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/oscarlive-gives-us-wake-call-oscars-first-mixtape http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/oscarlive-gives-us-wake-call-oscars-first-mixtape#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:11:25 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30046 If you haven’t aimed your attention toward oscarLIVE by now, take “oscar’s first mixtape” as a wake-up call. The Houston rapper who takes his influences from Nas, Andre 3000, Fat Pat, Big Moe, Z-Ro, Scarface, Swishahouse, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem among many others loves to represent his city to the fullest. oscarLIVE will indeed built […]

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If you haven’t aimed your attention toward oscarLIVE by now, take “oscar’s first mixtape” as a wake-up call. The Houston rapper who takes his influences from Nas, Andre 3000, Fat Pat, Big Moe, Z-Ro, Scarface, Swishahouse, Kendrick Lamar, and Eminem among many others loves to represent his city to the fullest. oscarLIVE will indeed built a steady following with his style of eclectic vocals and eccentric soundscapes. For me, while his lyrics may be a little derogative, misogynistic and explicit, there’s an emotive quality to his voice and worlds he creates that are as captivating as they are unique.

oscarLIVE

oscarLIVE

To be true “oscar’s first mixtape” bumps. Take any cut off the mixtape and there is the same immediate bass-rattling, almost melancholic sound. The mood of the mixtape is quickly found in the opening track, “signals (original mix)” where oscarLIVE proclaims: “She keep on telling me, she keep on telling that she just wanna be friends, but she keep on sending these signals, she keep on sending these signals”

Throughout the mixtape, oscarLIVE teases, boasts and growls, never once losing momentum. What makes this record so exciting to listen to is the atmosphere oscarLIVE creates. He blends stories of consuming, fucking and partying to the murky, dark, and brooding production. Take the funky “fk u”, a certified banger for clubs and house parties, yet there’s something sinister about it.

The production also has an advantage because of oscarLIVE’s eclectic tastes. Even if he has a clear interest in making music with a trap flavor, he manages to sprinkle influences of alternative, electronic and funk. Yet at the same time, with “oscar’s first mixtape” he has actually held together the cohesiveness of the record’s production. While ambitious as it is, the recording never feels as it’s trying to accomplish too much. The experimentalism to be found here, has plenty of room to breathe.

With this mixtape, oscarLIVE also brings his ability to sing. Listen to the melody assisted track, “probation”. But it’s when he’s laying down the rolling and wobbly atmospherics on “drank” and “dis dih”, that oscarLIVE is at his best.

In almost each song, no matter how soft it starts there is always that unexpected moment where oscarLIVE somehow builds momentum to a bass-rattling boil. But the most surprising thing about all of this, is despite the explicit surface of the material, the depth each song seems to possess.

The primary enjoyment here is from oscarLIVE himself, and then in the forces that he amasses in the crazy sounds he can produce. Listening to “oscar’s first mixtape” for any kind of conscious lyrical insight is entirely missing the point. oscarLIVE’s strengths on this mixtape comes in the construction of sounds and atmosphere, as well as the explicit visual imagery in his hedonistic narratives. If that’s your thing, then “oscar’s first mixtape” proves why he definitely belongs here.

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Timi Alexander – Music to Emote and Challenger the Listener! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/timi-alexander-music-emote-challenger-listener http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/timi-alexander-music-emote-challenger-listener#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 17:39:00 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30040 Timi Alexander is a 23-year old Finnish singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist living in London. Timi, who also collaborates in the Hip-hop duo, Morceau, is set to release his self-titled debut album this month. The album which was entirely recorded in Timi’s room feature songs that go from electronic to 90s alternative rock and hip hop. […]

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Timi Alexander is a 23-year old Finnish singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist living in London. Timi, who also collaborates in the Hip-hop duo, Morceau, is set to release his self-titled debut album this month. The album which was entirely recorded in Timi’s room feature songs that go from electronic to 90s alternative rock and hip hop. Alexander’s music exemplify everything that is to be valued and cherished in most art. It sifts through the signs of human emotion. These signs sweep through lush waves of orchestration, music that overwhelms you, swells your chest, makes you feel when you don’t want to feel anything. It’s the catch between the human, the heart, the mind and the soul.

It’s the eclecticism: the insane vocal changes, the willful over or underproduction, and the different flavors of angst in one lyric sheet. It makes you think about what kinds of decisions were made, and to what ends, to create something to hit particular emotional triggers. These key points heighten our response to music, because that’s the way in: it’s where the naked soul shines through. It’s where Timi Alexander shines brightest.

His music hits all of these sweet spots. And it is so utterly, utterly engaging. Curious. Kind. Tormented. Genius? Timi may be any one, or all of those things. He’s a production polymath that sparkles with enthusiasm, and with a lack of snobbery that’s damn refreshing. When written down, this album should be a mess. It shouldn’t work as a whole.

Instead of sticking to a single style and sound, Timi Alexander decides to take colossal opposing directions, flirting with electro, world, atmospheric, ambience, rock, epic and experimental soundscapes. At a glance, he may seem like an artist that has lost all sense of direction, spiraling out of control in a desperate attempt to find a new sound…

However, call it a divine blessing, but it works. It works better than it should. It seems that Alexander has a rare skill, to take bits and pieces of samples, sounds, ideas and styles, spike it with his production-drug, and make it flow so well on an album that is different from anything you’ve heard before, yet cohesive and in some way familiar.

My guess is that these songs are not so much familiar to our ears, as they are to our emotions. It is there that Timi finds the common ground on which we all stand. And on which we will all find solace or distress.

Hence, music that shifts emotions will always find a listener. And it does so regardless of styles and genres. Having said that, the songwriting on this album is top notch, and the expansive arrangements all play a major part in bringing Timi’s outlandish creations to life.

Simply put, the dude is a quality songwriter, and an even better innovator. He creates songs that are at once hard-hitting, yet languid and atmospheric. Which he then wraps up in astonishingly elastic vocals that stretch from the lowest lows to the highest highs. At times he whispers and squeals, at others he growls and roars.

If you’re looking for simple melodies and easy listening arrangements, you will not find those here. Timi Alexander writes music that pushes boundaries and are meant to emote and challenge the listener. Essential listening includes: “Cold Leather”, “Heartblood”, “Bonus” and “Glide”. But these are not tracks a writer could, or should, even describe. A simple pair of earphones is really the only go-between you need to have between Timi Alexander and yourself.

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Davajeya Fomenter: “Seville” – a powerful follow-up to “Jabos Demo” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/davajeya-fomenter-seville-powerful-follow-jabos-demo http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/davajeya-fomenter-seville-powerful-follow-jabos-demo#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:28:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30035 Davajeya Fomenter is an independent hip hop artist from Charlotte, NC, who in 2016 released his dynamic debut album, “Jabos Demo”, to critical acclaim. Since the ten track collection release, Formenter has been hard at work, expanding his craft and completing his latest 11 track album, entitled “Seville”. Much like on his previous release, the […]

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Davajeya Fomenter is an independent hip hop artist from Charlotte, NC, who in 2016 released his dynamic debut album, “Jabos Demo”, to critical acclaim. Since the ten track collection release, Formenter has been hard at work, expanding his craft and completing his latest 11 track album, entitled “Seville”. Much like on his previous release, the rapper sticks to the stories and experiences that have been part of his upbringing. This helps spread a veil of authenticity over his compositions.  Another standard from the Davajeya Fomenter template, is his willingness to make space for features on his tracks, which add an extra dimension and interest to the proceedings, and doesn’t subtract from the artist’s personal showcase as he has plenty of bars to shine.

The features, Me$o, Bubba, and Rahim Anthony, on the other hand, make up perfect puzzle pieces in the vivid picture imagery Formentar brings to the table on this recording. Of course one of the main differences from the “Jabos Demo” recording, is that the production duties fall squarely in the hands of Forementar himself. And to be honest, the dude comes shining through with a mix of eclectic beats that are both funky and hard-hitting when needed, as well as sweet and slow on the occasion.

The amount of pressure Davajeya presumably felt to craft a powerful follow-up to “Jabos Demo”, without the help of producers Gaz & Eaze A, must have been palatable, but the he came through with flying colors, often showing flashes of creative skill with a taste for experimentation akin to his peers, the Outkast, who left us with some legendary albums. After the intro, and title track, “Seville”, Davajeya kicks in with an incessant flow and sharp rhyme scheme on “Blvd”, one of the best tracks on the album, which sets the tone for the rest of the album.

Though there are a couple of skits and interludes, they don’t negatively influence the fluidity of the album, but only present an ulterior coloring to the overall theme. “Minutes” ft Me$o is infused with a rich acoustic guitar and a flowing melody, and is another album highlight alongside, “Liquor Route”, “Toilet Tisha” ft. Rahim Anthony and Da Art of Peer Pressure” ft Bubba. All these tracks unfold like an old journal that’s been unearthed and shared with an audience of one – that is, an audience of you.

Low on frills, and rich with introspection and powerful storytelling, this new studio set will immediately resonate with listeners anticipating an album to match the buzz of any previous works. If sincerity and storytelling matter more than sensationalism, then fans will find “Seville” to be a solid album. Davajeya Fomenter digs deep, pulling out his most private thoughts and memories on life’s changing circumstances. On this recording he proves himself to be a good rapper and a very capable producer, and then combines that to his songwriting skills. The result is an artist who deserves the accolades and the buzz, he manages to pick up along the way, as his career builds.

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False Rumours: “Dragonfly” ft. Celeste – the new age electronic sound! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/false-rumours-dragonfly-ft-celeste-new-age-electronic-sound http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/false-rumours-dragonfly-ft-celeste-new-age-electronic-sound#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 21:37:04 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30031 Electronic music has been through varied stages of creative diversity, giving birth to a number of new genres and sub-genres alike. False Rumours’ music signifies the new age of electronic music and further delves into this new form of art and musical structure, a form which has become favorable amongst club and festival goers alike […]

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Electronic music has been through varied stages of creative diversity, giving birth to a number of new genres and sub-genres alike. False Rumours’ music signifies the new age of electronic music and further delves into this new form of art and musical structure, a form which has become favorable amongst club and festival goers alike – Tropical House. This new age electronic sound has been further supplemented by a wave of radio frenzy and pop cross-overs further dignifying it’s authority in the world map of EDM, and False Rumours has refined it further, into what he calls Tropical Pop, on his latest track “Dragonfly” ft. Celeste.

False Rumours revives the vocal pop classic sound with beautiful and soft tropical elements and melodic aspects that we have learned to expect from the genre. The track has all the potential for reaching great heights on worldwide charts and will most certainly compete with the success of other Tropical tracks in 2017.

“Dragonfly” is a feel-good tropical anthem with elements of sparkling piano tones, catchy flute melodies, and Celeste’s distinct sultry voice. The track’s strength is also in its dreamy free-spirited lyrics such as “Don’t hold me down. Don’t’ hold me back. I’m free to roam. And I like that.”

Oozing musical brilliance and heaps of crossover potential, “Dragonfly” ft. Celeste offers a high-end arrangement filled with delicate tones, heartfelt vocals and sublime synth play. Playing to the strengths of both the Australian producer, False Rumours and singer Celeste, the track showcases a special kind of smooth sonic magic between artist and producer that works really well.

Embarking on the scene with this track, False Rumours has the possibility to rise through the electronic music ranks at breakneck speed, as it demonstrates the full extent of the producer’s ability to innovate in genre in constant evolution. A rarity at a time when electronic dance music is booming with new talent.

It only takes one listen to recognize the beauty surrounding the tune. “Dragonfly” ft. Celeste is elegant, impactful, and slays conventional genre boundaries with ease, and finds its home among the more cutting-edge sounds of today’s global crossover pop-dance music scene.

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Kaeyra: “Fountains of Gold” – the sound of an artist who is beginning to go places! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kaeyra-fountains-gold-sound-artist-beginning-go-places http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kaeyra-fountains-gold-sound-artist-beginning-go-places#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:43:07 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30027 Spending time at her mother’s music school as a child, Kaeyra has learned to play several instruments as well as inspire her artistic career. The 16 year old Indie/Alt-Pop singer from Chicago has built a strong fan base on YouTube. Her music videos with Postmodern Jukebox have already garnered over 4 million views. Kaeyra recently […]

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Spending time at her mother’s music school as a child, Kaeyra has learned to play several instruments as well as inspire her artistic career. The 16 year old Indie/Alt-Pop singer from Chicago has built a strong fan base on YouTube. Her music videos with Postmodern Jukebox have already garnered over 4 million views. Kaeyra recently released her 7 track debut album “Fountains of Gold”. The album varies from cut to cut, but on the whole the music provides a vigorous soundtrack for everyday living, as the singer herself explained in an interview. “When I sat down to write this album, I just overcame heartbreaks and frustrations, understanding that the journey to success in life, and love, takes a lot of strength to believe in yourself and really sticking to the core essence of who you really are. Therefore, the album reflects all these emotions and sends a message to all people to stay positive and true to yourself, even though it might seem difficult at times.”

Kaeyra offers cadences that move from gentle whispers to soaring roars, in an affable manner as she declares her sense of self-worth. She never rushes the pace. She intones in different ways to let each song build in complexity. Think of it as the aural equivalent of a Lego set. One can use the simple bricks in different styles and colors to make something that stands out as special.

Kaeyra employs this formula on a number of fine songs, including the opening title track “Fountains of Gold”. She lets the song gently gather steam on its own power, and then drives it a euphoric state with a powerful voice that reaches beyond the stars. This song could comfortably sit itself anywhere on the Billboard Top 40, alongside her peers.

Soulful, fresh, and forward, Kaeyra delivers an excellent effort on both “On Love” and “Wit Ya” that finds this gifted vocalist stepping out just enough to make a big difference in her young career. Sounding great and building on her vast potential these are winners from note one.

On the smooth and silky “Show Love” and the slow-burning “Stay”, Kaeyra sounds perfectly suited for retro R&B aficionados to sip cappuccino’s to in their favorite coffee shop, or perhaps to light some candles with and settle in for the night with an object of affection. Either way she sounds like a twenty-something-going-on- thirty, young adult, and not a teenage songstress.

“True” has the sound of an artist who is beginning to go places, not of one coming from somewhere or standing still. And that’s a good sound to hear in the hands of someone so obviously gifted in music and song. Kaeyra sounds fully in charge and engaged, as she extends her vocal cords across “Remarkable”.

It is an explosive cocktail of indie-pop and R&B that is as beautiful as it is a pure ear hook. And if this album of soulful, impeccable vocal work is any indication of what is to come from the accomplished young Kaeyra, it’s a lead listeners will be happy to follow for many years to come.

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Kindred Souls: “The Whole Enchilada (and Other Modern Fairy Tales)” – rich organic soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kindred-souls-whole-enchilada-modern-fairy-tales-rich-organic-soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/kindred-souls-whole-enchilada-modern-fairy-tales-rich-organic-soundscapes#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:25:48 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30023 Kindred Souls is an all original rock band founded by singer-songwriter Jeff Rafferty and keyboardist Lon Bachrach, who have produced 9 albums during the last two decades. During July the band released their brand new 14 track CD entitled “The Whole Enchilada (and Other Modern Fairy Tales)”, a project that was born in 2014, and […]

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Kindred Souls is an all original rock band founded by singer-songwriter Jeff Rafferty and keyboardist Lon Bachrach, who have produced 9 albums during the last two decades. During July the band released their brand new 14 track CD entitled “The Whole Enchilada (and Other Modern Fairy Tales)”, a project that was born in 2014, and which has been digitally released internationally through Sony Music, via the AMG label. At first glance the album is as enthralling as it is complex. Plastered in a sort of glossy fuzz, the tracks bob and weave in-between groove and ambience without a care in the world. The opening track, “Family” encapsulates the entirety of “The Whole Enchilada (and Other Modern Fairy Tales)” in just over three minutes; rock and roll in its purest form.

What makes Kindred Souls so worthwhile is the charisma lead vocalist/songwriter Jeff Rafferty brings to the band, and there is plenty to be had throughout. He continually soars over the top of the omnipresent guitar leads, and it perfectly melds together with the backbone of the remaining instrumentals. Sometimes harkening back to a stoner-esque sound, the music plods along beautifully at a steady pace without ever overstaying its welcome.

“Arms Wrapped Round” is a perfect blend of catchy and intricate, and brings home the more melodic rock & roll vibe this album often successfully achieves. The production throughout the album is superb; the guitars have a sort of glossy crunch placed over them at times, enabling them to seem far more, well, catchy.

They shine throughout the album, and never seem uninteresting, particularly on tracks like “Heroes”, “The Red Rooster” and “Same Shoes”. But the album as forges some rich piano tones which can be found in the brilliant Americana-styled standouts, “Sunflower”, Valencia Street” and “Much Longer”.

The band uses the organic instrumentation to really build up the atmosphere of each track. The always thumping bass and drum track adds another much-needed element to the album’s attractive formula, and sit just right in the overall mix of the album.

The piano and guitar combo is always catchy in all of its crunchy and crisp goodness, and really carries the atmosphere each song builds. And every now and then the band will let through some rich horn interludes to intensify the luscious warmth of a track. This happens on “Someday”, for example.

And it all comes together to leave the listener in awe of such rich organic soundscapes. For a band who has existed for well over twenty years, it’s extremely exciting to see such life still left in them. With monumental melodic highs like “Time Machine” and “In The Bones”, “The Whole Enchilada (and Other Modern Fairy Tales)” measures up significantly well to anything else released in the genre recently.

With a sharp rock and roll edge, ever-fantastic Jeff Rafferty vocal performances, and near-perfect instrumental backing, Kindred Souls continue to prove that you can’t pin them down. There’s a certain rock swagger on display here, which, along with authentic song craft, groovy vibes and a dash of musical flamboyance, makes for a truly seductive sound, both deeply ingrained in the golden rock era and relatively novel.

Almost every band has that one album. That one album that justifies the immense love and dedication given by their fanbase. “The Whole Enchilada (and Other Modern Fairy Tales)” sounds like that album to me.

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DivaFly: “Million $ Cello” – a powerful tune filled with dynamic musical imagery http://jamsphere.com/reviews/divafly-million-cello-powerful-tune-filled-dynamic-musical-imagery http://jamsphere.com/reviews/divafly-million-cello-powerful-tune-filled-dynamic-musical-imagery#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 01:14:56 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30019 The multi-instrumentalist and classically trained pianist, DivaFly aka R. Danette Johnson, has been plying her craft for 4 decades. It is hard to classify the talented performer as she blends various genres into her repertoire that goes from classical to urban flavors. Her latest instrumental work, “Million $ Cello”, swings in as though the phoenix itself […]

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The multi-instrumentalist and classically trained pianist, DivaFly aka R. Danette Johnson, has been plying her craft for 4 decades. It is hard to classify the talented performer as she blends various genres into her repertoire that goes from classical to urban flavors. Her latest instrumental work, “Million $ Cello”, swings in as though the phoenix itself is rising with power, energy, and confidence. It grooves in an effortless movement as it explodes with intensified electronics built around a jazz and soul vibe.

DivaFly aka R. Danette Johnson

DivaFly aka R. Danette Johnson

Heading towards a catchy and rhythmic sound, the cello remains at the focal point of this track. It is energetic, colorful, and funky as it moves in a forward momentum, with thumped and plucked bass lines in support. It is a powerful tune filled with dynamic musical imagery. There is no question this song will speak most vividly to listeners, coming straight from the composer’s heart and soul.

Browsing through her catalog, it seems that DivaFly has attained an incredible amount of experiences over the last few months, and that has been shown in this release. She has explored different boundaries and added more fabric to her compositions. Her phenomenal instrumentals and her ability to transcend genres will draw you in.

DivaFly manages to blend the perfect amount of classical, organic and electronic into her work. “Million $ Cello” being an example of this, synths, low bass, horns, guitars and an organ that have all been obviously tweaked sharply at points with the cello through peeking through.

DivaFly captivates on her cello stylings and is never drowned out by production values, but is instead elevated by them. The track is indeed interesting enough to hold an audience’s attention.

“Million $ Cello” shows how DivaFly has developed as an artist through the years. This takes the good points about her earlier work and then builds on that, including a deeper, richer sound which proves far more powerful than her earlier releases.

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