JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:55:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Liam Merrigan: “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” – homespun originality that’s hard to come across http://jamsphere.com/reviews/liam-merrigan-broke-beyond-tomorrow-homespun-originality-thats-hard-come-across http://jamsphere.com/reviews/liam-merrigan-broke-beyond-tomorrow-homespun-originality-thats-hard-come-across#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:54:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29700 Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool […]

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Liam Merrigan is 29 year old singer-songwriter from Kintbury Berkshire UK. The 10 track album of original songs, “Broke Beyond Tomorrow” deals with Liam life experiences – either lived first hand or witnessed. I enjoyed the intimate nature of the recording, which sounds as if Merrigan was playing a beat old guitar on a stool 10 feet in front of you. Totally stripped down, this album demonstrates the great craft of the songs, as well as Liam’s expressive voice, and of course his acoustic guitar. Liam is the English equivalent of rejuvenated Neil Young in his observational skills.

Liam Merrigan puzzles and enchants, menaces and soothes, and probably remains an enigma far too slippery to attract anything larger than a devoted cult following for now. Throughout, the fundaments of his persona and his uncompromising musical nature – No punches are pulled, no concessions are made, no fabulous makeovers to appease the masses. To be a Merrigan fan is to take him as he is and expect nothing else.

The vocals of Liam Merrigan are addictively listenable across the LP, it seems like he knows what he needs to do vocally and doesn’t go overboard with wasted notes and nuances. Exaggerations aside, one thing must be said: this guy knows how to write a good song. Never mind the arguments about having glossy production or bells and whistles. His music is not about making comparisons, it’s about being comprehended.

And when it comes to Merrigan, that doesn’t take a lot of effort from the listener. You just need a few verses, some seconds of music and you’ll get it. Simply because between the pure acoustic music and lyrical storytelling there is nothing else to distract the listener. This is folk music the way the old school singer-songwriters used to do.

His songs can be simple as hell and still mean a lot (and most of the time they do). That also makes the task of pointing out his best or most accomplished songs a little bit hard. But in the end, it all depends on your personal taste as a listener, because the consistence of Liam Merrigan’s universal approach remains intact.

Liam has something that is inherent only to those with a high sense of life and perception. He seems to understand you as much as you will probably understand him, and that is what makes a songwriter so relatable and respected. His experiences are more than likely the same as yours. And that’s what he sings about.

If you can’t relate to standout songs like “Memory of You”, “Far Too Long”,  “All These Things My Father Said” or “Girl With No Name”, well then frankly, you haven’t lived long enough…or maybe not at all! Liam Merrigan’s songs have many layers to them in which he conveys so much feeling.

Being rough raw and to the bone, he doesn’t have the most radio-friendly sound; But nothing beats the emotional connections of a songwriter singing and playing his own work in the most unpretentious way. This guy has a homespun originality to him that’s hard to come across.

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Marcus Christ To Perform at The Airliner In Los Angeles on October 19th! http://jamsphere.com/news/marcus-christ-perform-airliner-los-angeles-october-19th http://jamsphere.com/news/marcus-christ-perform-airliner-los-angeles-october-19th#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:19:50 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29694 LOS ANGELES – MtB Entertainment has confirmed that Marcus Christ will perform his new singles, “I Get High on the Most High“, “If I Die Tonight“, and “You Knew That” to promote his upcoming double album Prince of the Universe due 12/7/2017! Pre-sell begins November 7th and comes with an exclusive download. Currently, MtB Entertainment is offering fans a chance to win 2 […]

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LOS ANGELES – MtB Entertainment has confirmed that Marcus Christ will perform his new singles, “I Get High on the Most High“, “If I Die Tonight“, and “You Knew That” to promote his upcoming double album Prince of the Universe due 12/7/2017! Pre-sell begins November 7th and comes with an exclusive download. Currently, MtB Entertainment is offering fans a chance to win 2 free tickets ($30 value) by signing up for the free newsletter at MtB Entertainment’s website.

All three singles that will be performed at The Airliner in Los Angeles on October 19th have received positive feedback from radio stations and blogs. The most popular single is “If I Die Tonight”. The newest single “You Knew That” showcases Marcus Christ ability to vocally perform in addition to everything else. “I Get High on the Most High” has become MtB Entertainment’s 4/20 hit of the year.

This will be the first show Marcus Christ will perform at since his release from jail in November. He has been scheduled to perform at The Airliner earlier this year but cancelled due to low ticket sales. Marcus Christ and MtB Entertainment are promising Marcus Christ will be there.

When asked about the last two shows he never attended Marcus said, “I showed up at The Lexington, but they couldn’t find my name on the set list so instead of arguing I chose another venue. I like The Airliner because it’s downtown Los Angeles so its close if you take public transit, and it’s also on Broadway the iconic street. I’m really looking forward to giving fans a good show. Should be fun! The more tickets I sell the longer I’m willing to spend on stage”.

This is not Marcus Christ first performance since he has been acting, singing, and playing instruments since grade school. This will be the first show where he will step out of his comfort zone of rapping to tackle an award winning vocal performance. Hopefully.

Buy General Admission Tickets athttp://www.aftonshows.com/MarcusChrist

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Etop: “Masterworks” – a crate of retro flavors and grooves http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/etop-masterworks-crate-retro-flavors-grooves http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/etop-masterworks-crate-retro-flavors-grooves#respond Sun, 20 Aug 2017 10:30:43 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29689 Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance […]

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Etop is not your typical electronic artist. If someone says to you that Etop plays electronic music do not go thinking that he plays heavy beats and dance songs. Well he does, but not quite the way you’re thinking. Etop is everywhere. He can go to a bubblegum electronic pop tune, to a groovy dance song, all the way over to a depressing ballad. And then he can do something better than just about anyone else…go back in time. No, this is not another installment of Return To The Future. He really goes back to the past, and out of the crate drags a ton of retro flavors and grooves. Often Etop returns to the kitsch 70’s and infuses it with the most exotic tones and melancholy moods. But here he does more…

On his latest album, “Masterworks”, Etop slides back a decade from his usual itinerary and takes us through some vintage rock and blues, as well as rhythm and soul textures, ranging from the 60’ through to the 80’s. Although he does this, the album flows together very well and even though there are a lot of different styles and moods here, Etop still keeps this album accessible. He throws in so many different grooves, moods, and rhythms so that no two songs sound the same.

Masterworks” is unlike any other electronic album out there, Etop is constantly keeping things fun, interesting, and above all, authentic. There are two main influences that this album has, there are the softer, beautiful melancholy tracks, and the more rhythmically driven tracks. Of course there’s also the added fascination of tracks such as “Manami In Twilight” ft. Juri ify Love and “Tomoko and the Star Dust” which seem to have decided bent towards Japanese J-pop anime music. And then there’s the reggae influenced “Control Tower” to throw a spanner in the works. Etop also explains that the album’s opening track, “Blue Collar”, is intended to pay homage to vintage blues-rock artists, such as Booker T and Canned Heat. And it does so in splendid style.

Booker T was totally groundbreaking in his time. His band comprised of two black members and two white members, and that was long before Martin Luther King, Jr. lead the March on Washington. In his music you can hear those amazing rhythms that black drummer Al Jackson and white bassist Lewie Steinberg concoct together. Then Booker T. on keys, and lead guitarist Steve Cropper, played off of each other in the most amazing ways. Etop recreates that same vibe and style on this track with aplomb.

From start to finish, on this album, we receive an intense ride full of groove ridden beats, warm old school keys, the occasional vocal interlude, and a wash of soulful guitars. “Orangutan” acts as a slow burning showpiece that successfully blends the blues and that somber mood which is so hard to create electronically. You couldn’t really ask for a more beautiful song on this record. Until you come to “The Guggenheim Job” of course, which is another exercise in beauty and restraint.

One of my favorite songs on this album has to be “Live Love Repeat”. It’s no secret that Etop is a real guru when it comes to the slower tunes, and here he infuses this track with emotionally stirring layers of beautiful horns, reeds, piano and guitar. It’s definitely a contender, alongside the bluesy electric-guitar driven “M.I.T. Instrumental” and the organically atmospheric “Orangutan” as the most outstanding track on the album.

Etop has gone out of his way to make an electronic album that is ground-breaking and innovative with “Masterworks”, and at the same time he has pieced together a record that boasts 13 stunning, inspiring and emotive tracks that sit confidently within the genre’s expansive repertoire, but spills over its boundaries too. His skills lend well to any style but he is especially proficient on slower emotional grooves, and those skills play a prominent role within the soulful and engaging framework of “Masterworks”.

MORE ABOUT: Etop’s family immigrated to the United States during 1986, from South America and West Africa, settling in Brooklyn. Etop would find joy and entertainment in hearing songs on records during his youth. Later on in life, Etop received an associate degree in architecture, while studying at New York City’s Technical College. This allowed Etop to receive his Bachelor of Arts in architecture at the Pratt Institute of Arts and Design. Even though Etop was on the path to architectural design, music production has always been his calling.

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Andre Gimaranz: ‘Supermoon’ – excellently crafted music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/andre-gimaranz-supermoon-excellently-crafted-music http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/andre-gimaranz-supermoon-excellently-crafted-music#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:35:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29684 After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories […]

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After 15 years as a session musician, Brazilian guitarist, singer and songwriter, Andre Gimaranz’s first solo album, ‘Handmade’, was released in 2015 gaining instant attention from the industry and fans alike, resulting in Gimaranz being considered one of the best new live acts in Brazil. In 2015 and 2016, Andre was a nominee in the categories ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the IMEA Awards. He recently dropped the highly acclaimed single, ‘State of Rage and Fear’, and has now followed that up with his brand new full-length album, entitled ‘Supermoon’. Every once in a while, after making many disappointing purchases and endlessly listening to choppy pieced together efforts compiled by lesser artists who try to blend their erratic writings into something cohesive, you finally lose your faith in buying albums, preferring to stick to singles from iTunes.

And then suddenly you unexpectedly find a rare jewel…the complete album you’ve been longing for. ‘Supermoon’ by Andre Gimaranz is one of those finds. Every track from beginning to end is seamlessly tied to the next, whether played in order or in shuffle mode. The mood of each piece varies enough to maintain interest and expectation but does not become repetitive or boring.

Gimaranz’ music and lyrics has a mature, sophisticated sound on this album and, in my opinion, is his best work so far. But while at its core, everything sticks to a modern smoothly produced framework, there’s much ear candy to be found here, as Andre sticks his toe into funky soul, airy jazz, sentimental balladry, and Clapton-esque blues-rock. Besides any other accolades or awards this album may receive, as an independent work, this is truly deserving of a Grammy nomination, above all else.

Those who have bypassed Andre Gimaranz’s work up till now are missing out on some excellently crafted music. As Gimaranz has grown more confident in his work, it’s gotten better. He’s certainly one of the better songwriters in his genre today, and his vocals and guitar playing also place him in an elite class.

While ‘Supermoon’ contains a couple of surefire hits in the superlative, “State of Rage and Fear”, “The Muses Are Heard” and “A Hole on My Shoe”, it’s one of the few mainstream pop/rock albums that’s absolutely satisfying from the beginning to the end.

Apart from the pop and rock influences, Andre Gimaranz obviously has a deep abiding respect for soul, blues and jazz tones, and never is it more apparent than on this superb album. These influence run through these tracks in some way or other, and add many dimensions of depth to the arrangements.

Whether it’s “Tough Guys Don’t Dance” or “Reaching” the orchestrations are always rich, lush and fleshed out, crossing over into more than just one genre style. Make no mistake about it; Andre Gimaranz is a very talented and real individual with nothing but a great future ahead.

Out of the 10 tracks, I did not hear one that I could not identify with, or thoroughly enjoy for the musicianship, vocals, and lyrics. This recording oozes with a strong feeling of confidence and maturity at every turn. Gimaranz owns who he is musically, and does things his way, which just so happens to be the right way, in my opinion.

Andre Gimaranz’s guitar playing is clean, sharp, and biting all at the same time. His vocal style is relaxed yet very effective because of the way he brings each word from his heart to his lips; it all comes rolling out with meaning, like something he holds very close to his soul. ‘Supermoon’ is set to become a true indie classic, a sparkling and memorable production that deserves all the media attention that it will be receiving and continue to get many years from now.

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Moorhouse: “I Love You to the Moon and Back” ft. The Cellophane Heart – an engaging soundscape http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moorhouse-love-moon-back-ft-cellophane-heart-engaging-soundscape http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/moorhouse-love-moon-back-ft-cellophane-heart-engaging-soundscape#respond Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:32:16 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29680 Irish DJ and producer Moorhouse has dedicated the song, “I Love You to the Moon and Back”, to his daughter, Abbie. It speaks about their relationship and what the future holds. Canadian artist, The Cellophane Heart, provided the vocals for the track, and the song was produced in Moorhouse’s home studio in Waterford, Ireland. The […]

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Irish DJ and producer Moorhouse has dedicated the song, “I Love You to the Moon and Back”, to his daughter, Abbie. It speaks about their relationship and what the future holds. Canadian artist, The Cellophane Heart, provided the vocals for the track, and the song was produced in Moorhouse’s home studio in Waterford, Ireland. The track offers a lively, upbeat 90s dance pop sound mixed with current top 40 influences from Baz Luhrmann and N-Trance. This track means a lot. And there is a reason for that. Sure, it may be electronic dance music, but it’s…different. EDM music is becoming too formulaic and ugly because of it. Moorhouse brings a new slant to the genre.

The best thing about purchasing an electronic track these days is you are buying one of the purist forms of musical artistry available today. Electronic music in general is touched by a fraction of the individuals compared to other genres, and in most cases is under total direction from start to finish by the original artists.

In this case these duties are shared by Thomas Moorhouse and Jeremy Gladstone a.k.a. The Cellophane Heart, who write, perform, record and produce this track with no interference from outside sources, except for the mastering done by Kevin Carafa. What you’re getting is their exclusive vision in all aspects of the final product. That’s what I mean by pure.

This track is very reflective, and after a few listens, I really felt like I knew both Thomas and Jeremy on a personal level. They went really deep here and didn’t cover up any feelings, laying it all on the line. You’ll probably feel the personal vibe a whole lot better if you have kids, but hey, you can just dig the music if you don’t.

“I Love You to the Moon and Back”, as a whole, has a slightly melancholy yet positive, happy feel to it. At the same time, the song is so beautiful. The Cellophane Heart’s spoken word performance adds an earnest and devoted tone to a playful, up-tempo beat. The contrast makes a flowing and encompassing soundscape.

“I Love You to the Moon and Back” is Moorhouse making a bold statement. He is not afraid to differentiate himself from the bass-dropping junkies. He wanted to make this track personal, and he did. And that’s an almost groundbreaking action, in a genre, rightfully or wrongfully, perceived as impersonal and cold, and made by very smart calculating machines! Wrong!

Moorhouse proves that you can make sentimental, heartfelt, and very personal music in the electronic genre, if you put your mind and heart to it. I found him to be successful in this effort, I simply can’t listen to this without being absorbed by all kinds of feelings and Moorhouse’s emotion perfectly portrayed by The Cellophane Heart. You should be impressed. Very impressed.

“I Love You to the Moon and Back” by Moorhouse featuring The Cellophane Heart is currently available for download on Apple iTunes, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, Google Play, Spotify, Rdio and other online music streaming services.

About Moorhouse: Moorhouse was founded by Tom Moorhouse in 2013 to provide music services to individuals, organizations, and businesses in the areas of DJ, wedding, and event music; music and guitar lessons; and music production and recording.

Contact E-mail: tom@moorhouse.ie Phone: (051) 323-687

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THE RIFT: “Rock Narcotic” – constantly shifting dynamics! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rift-rock-narcotic-constantly-shifting-dynamics http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/rift-rock-narcotic-constantly-shifting-dynamics#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:20:27 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29675 Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT is made up of brothers Aris Anagnos (Vocals, Guitar), John Anagnos (Bass) and Ovais Malik (Drums). Since forming in 2009, they have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, among others. Their 2016 full-length debut “INVENTIONS” caught the attention of the media, industry insiders and […]

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Los Angeles hard rock trio THE RIFT is made up of brothers Aris Anagnos (Vocals, Guitar), John Anagnos (Bass) and Ovais Malik (Drums). Since forming in 2009, they have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, among others. Their 2016 full-length debut “INVENTIONS” caught the attention of the media, industry insiders and radio stations, as well as Grammy winning producer Brandon Friesen who has worked with Alice in Chains and Nickelback . Now 2017 sees the band release their brand new single “Rock Narcotic”, which is music on THE RIFT own terms, and really, that’s all you could ever ask for.

Retaining a part of the feel of their previous album, “Rock Narcotic” blends the wild and energetic sound that the band has become known for, as well as the more thoughtful and deliberate sound a band as meticulous as THE RIFT has been striving for.

Aris Anagnos absolutely shines here, his vocals and fantastic guitar work undoubtedly steals the spotlight and will leave the hairs on the back of your neck to stand on end. But the single also shows off some impressive performance abilities from John and Ovais.

Most bands can be forced into a genre if it comes down to it, at least in description. But to do that with the THE RIFT defeats the very purpose of their existence. Their writing is totally uncompromising, organic and it’s enthralled with a definite sense of joyous emotion.

“Rock Narcotic” constantly rewards your curiosity, finding paths and segues everywhere, seamlessly transitioning and ebbing into and out of breakdowns and buildups, and constantly shifting dynamics back and forth, loud and soft.

But if you’re thinking this might be too complex on the ear, think again. The track has plenty of depth but is extremely accessible – catchy actually – think a cross between the futuristic alternative dynamics of The Muse, the deadly ear-worm falsetto choruses of Maroon 5 and just a pinch of the Mars Volta exuberance in the arrangement.

Simultaneously being a music lover and cynic, I am usually hard-pressed to easily accept new music by a band I don’t know much about. I am used to the few listens it takes for me to decide what I really think about a project. THE RIFT convinced me immediately, and is still convincing me after 10 days of heavy rotation.

It’s a musical tapestry woven from eloquent expression rather just volume. It’s an aural feast; teeming with carnivorous guitars, booming drums and thumping basslines, without ever being abrasive. Ambitious and explosive in their endeavors, the band’s raw talent and creative chemistry is all on show here, rivaling and even surpassing their best work.

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LeeSon Bryce: “The Proelium EP” – an impressive showcase of his luminous talent http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/leeson-bryce-proelium-ep-impressive-showcase-luminous-talent http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/leeson-bryce-proelium-ep-impressive-showcase-luminous-talent#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:43:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29670 Briceson Lee, artistically known as LeeSon Bryce, was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Lee Summit, MO (south of Kansas City). First as a drummer for his church since the age of 12, then as a college graduate, manager, and an affiliate owner of a nutrition company LeeSon has always been influenced by […]

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Briceson Lee, artistically known as LeeSon Bryce, was born in Kansas City, MO and raised in Lee Summit, MO (south of Kansas City). First as a drummer for his church since the age of 12, then as a college graduate, manager, and an affiliate owner of a nutrition company LeeSon has always been influenced by music. Now at 23, he is adamant in pursuing what has always been his true passion. Teaming up with other local artists and DJs such as Oblivinatti and Buck, LeeSon Bryce sets out to prove himself in the music industry. The first challenge comes from his 8 track release, “The Proelium EP”.

‘Proelium’, taken from the Latin word meaning battle, or conflict, in this case intends to signify the battle against the struggles of everyday life. Which for LeeSon Bryce could mean anything from depression, emotions due to a failed relationship, or simply trying to study whilst hearing your neighbors having sex.

This EP is an impressive showcase of his luminous talent. LeeSon makes eclectic musical choices that may confuse listeners who lack his expansive inclinations and are too hooked on mainstream pulses. But LeeSon is a beast when it comes to rapping, crafting music that packs a mighty punch, delivered in an understated way. Check out the all-embracing opener “Welcome To Proelium”.

In addition to rap and hip-hop, the entirely fascinating “The Proelium EP” includes funk, indie-rock, pop and neo-soul flavors. LeeSon Bryce’s penchant for gloom on “Keep Hope” and “Kinda Happy”, yields compelling music.

As far as emotional songs go, “Keep Hope” really makes my heart ache. I know exactly what it’s like to have such thoughts and emotions as what LeeSon has conveyed throughout this track. As a matter of fact, I got such intense chills straight from the beginning.

But he also knows how to make a head nod with “That’s Loud”, or spin a captivating story on “So Bad”. For speed-rap enthusiasts, “Through It All” is the EP’s main attraction. This exhilarating flow-show sees LeeSon topping the efforts of some elite speedsters. On these tracks LeeSon Bryce no doubt shows that he has some of the most diverse talent around this genre.

Overall, “The Proelium EP” has some songs that certain fans will like, and songs that certain fans will love, but LeeSon Bryce’s ability to branch out and appeal to all these different audiences should be applauded.  Fans of technically proficient hip-hop lyricism, emotional songs, alternative beats, and a dash of humor, are all going to find out how much they adore this guy.

With this recording, LeeSon Bryce is able to channel his emotions from his personal conflicts to create some hard-hitting, creative and relatable music.  In addition to sensational rhymes, the production is exceptional, anchored by lush atmospheres and slick drum programming.

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MusicMegaBox.net – Now Listen To Music In Your Own Language! http://jamsphere.com/news/musicmegabox-net-now-listen-music-language http://jamsphere.com/news/musicmegabox-net-now-listen-music-language#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:27:41 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29667 It is always comforting to see that the website you just accessed is available in your language. Well, MusicMegaBox.net (you can read more about this music service here) is proud to release its French and German versions. While it may not be a problem to look for the music you like in English, which is […]

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It is always comforting to see that the website you just accessed is available in your language. Well, MusicMegaBox.net (you can read more about this music service here) is proud to release its French and German versions. While it may not be a problem to look for the music you like in English, which is a universal language, used on every website available on the Internet, using your own language means accessing a greater variety of details. You will know the meaning of every word on the website and you will certainly find what you’re looking for a lot faster. So now you can “ecouter musique gratuite en ligne” or “Kostenlose Musik hören online”, picking the one that is your native language.

MusicMegaBox allows its users to listen to hundreds of thousands of songs, entirely free, so it is definitely the place you need to be if you want to create a playlist with your preferred songs. Now, you can search for your favorite music in your own language, regardless if it is French or German, because the platform decided that it was time to add more language versions to its loyal users. If you know what you want to listen, that’s great, but if you don’t know that yet or you would like to discover new songs, the platform provides an impressive songs database. You will also find music here sorted conveniently in categories, like music to listen in the car, or music for performing sports, music for parties, music for relaxation, and so on.

After all, the goal of the MusicMegaBox platform is to provide a much improved experience to all the users that wish to enjoy great music. Thus, it is easy to explain why the platform launched these two language versions. It is very likely that the platform will be available in other languages as well in the future. Until then, you can select either French or German, or opt for the classical English version to find your favorite songs. It is worth noting that here you will find a top 100 best songs, plus opportunities like creating your playlist with the songs you enjoy the most and the chance to listen to the playlists created by other users, maybe your friends or others. Also, each song will come with its lyrics, so you won’t have to look anywhere else for the things you need, including the lyrics of your favorite songs.

So, are you ready to enjoy MusicMegaBox.net in your native language? Then take advantage of the official launch of the French and German versions and start browsing for the music you prefer. Now the site will be friendlier and your experience on the site will be much improved. The main mission of the platform was to allow users to have a great time while using its services, listening to music, and look for information in a fast and easy manner.

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Rudi Simon feat. Nika Syva – Zero Gravity is gaining momentum http://jamsphere.com/news/rudi-simon-feat-nika-syva-zero-gravity-gaining-momentum http://jamsphere.com/news/rudi-simon-feat-nika-syva-zero-gravity-gaining-momentum#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:34:23 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29662 Rudi Simon Hoppe (aka Rudi Simon) grew up in a small mining town in Botswana, studied in Cape Town and moved to the UK in 2004. Music production is one of a number of parallel careers. Music career: Rudi started producing computer-based music and writing songs as a teenager, but gave up the hobby in […]

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Rudi Simon Hoppe (aka Rudi Simon) grew up in a small mining town in Botswana, studied in Cape Town and moved to the UK in 2004. Music production is one of a number of parallel careers.

Music career:

Rudi Simon

Rudi started producing computer-based music and writing songs as a teenager, but gave up the hobby in favour of a ‘real job’, while continuing to DJ (claim to fame: has played at Fabric and Heaven). The niggling dream of making music didn’t go away, and after listening to a vocal house track (with full brass section and backing singers) playing in his head for years he finally began studying sound production, evenings and weekends, gradually piecing together the full track in 2014. “Honest About It”, a jazzy, downtempo vocal house track featured US vocalist Porter Shields and Jack Painter on trumpet (who subsequently rose to fame as Captain Ska with the Theresa May protest song ‘Lair Liar’).

The release made it onto radio in the UK and was followed up by the more ambitious “Slipping Away”, a duet featuring Vince Freeman (The Voice season 1) and Nika Syva executed in three styles: house, pop and acoustic. The experience gained led to the more intricate and grown-up production quality on “Zero Gravity” (March 2017 (co-written with Mute Records’ Polly Scattergood)), another collaboration with vocalist Nika Syva which has gained traction by racking up several thousand plays on both Spotify and SoundCloud.

Rudi makes his own music videos, with the videos for “Just” (a remix of an acoustic pop track) and “Zero Gravity” reaching thousands of plays on YouTube. Rudi has expanded on his production skills by learning to play guitar in 2016 and starting to record acoustic songs.

Influences:
Rudi is influenced and inspired by progressive house producers such as the Anjunadeep producers (Yotto, Lane8 and Luttrel), Canadian Nigel Good (who did a webcast review of Rudi’s remix of Just by Henry Ate and liked it!), commercial dance producers (Calvin Harris and Disciples), as well as more old school progressive house producers like Sasha and John Digweed. From a pop songwriting perspective, the list is more commercially focused: Adele, Ed Sheeran and Max Martin.

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Liquid Lunch: “Sketches 2 Seed” – a vivacity and sultriness! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/liquid-lunch-sketches-2-seed-vivacity-sultriness http://jamsphere.com/reviews/liquid-lunch-sketches-2-seed-vivacity-sultriness#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:01:46 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29656 Ken Eagle and Michele Akers discovered each other’s musical abilities after meeting at a dance in May 2014 and formed a duo in late October of the same year. They booked their first gig a month later…prior to having any material ready, and were forced to burn the midnight candle before successfully completing the gig […]

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Ken Eagle and Michele Akers discovered each other’s musical abilities after meeting at a dance in May 2014 and formed a duo in late October of the same year. They booked their first gig a month later…prior to having any material ready, and were forced to burn the midnight candle before successfully completing the gig with a 40 song repertoire. The duo, Liquid Lunch has now played in excess of 200 Gigs, performing at more than 50 different venues and travelling in excess of 160,000kms across the state of South Australia. Through it all Eagle and Akers, now bring to the table their 6 track self-produced EP “Sketches 2 Seed”, released earlier this year. Most pop today features performers who couldn’t sing their way out of a paper bag without auto-tune, and bland, synthesized music with a straight 4 to the floor beat that has no soul. The first thing that strikes about Liquid Lunch is Michele Akers’ rich resonating voice, and then that jazzy swing in their music that wraps itself around blues, soul, singer-songwriter and rock sensibilities. It all seems like an intriguing mix and fusion of musical genres.

Michele Akers

Liquid Lunch has swiftly joined a place in my highest musical tier. Their music is apparently simple, yet richly complex and highly enjoyable. Not only do the duo provide a musical sound that both pulls from the past yet has a new, edgy feel, they do it with a vivacity and sultriness that is reminiscent of classic acts from bygone eras.

In a musical world obsessed with theatricality, exhibitionism and pornographic costumes, it is a breath of fresh air to see a set of artists almost exclusively concentrate on the aspects of their music. The secret to Liquid Lunch’s successful sound is easy to identify from the very first notes of “All She Wants”, the opening track on the EP.

Unhurried, unfazed, a strummed acoustic guitar, a plucked bass, a warm and shimmering keyboard, and a voice that is as stunningly surefooted as it is warm and accommodating. But the EP’s allure also stems from its consistency, with each and every track seamlessly passing the baton to the next without any significant dip in momentum. On the contrary it actually gains momentum on the bluesy “Can’t Live There”, with some chunky electric guitar riffs brought into the mix.

Ken Eagle

“Dirty Love” provides the record with another infectious and smoldering staple as it boasts a memorable, radio-friendly melody and enlists a smoldering electric piano and resonating horns to lace through the track’s stylish soul-pop drenched arrangement propelling us through to this cohesive and colorful patchwork of tunes.

Throughout the recording, and especially on the bass driven “Say”, the listener is rendered powerless to Liquid Lunch’s charm, which will probably result in more than one embarrassingly enthusiastic performance while stuck at a set of traffic lights. Rest assured though, you’ll be having far too much fun slapping your hands on the steering wheel to care.

“Wish I Could” is one of many highlights, showcasing Aker’s earthy voice in tandem with some deceptively elaborate instrumentation from Michele Akers who keeps the engine room running on this EP, before closing the show with an acoustic version of “All She Wants”. “Sketches 2 Seed” grabs you by the hand and drags you into a full-bodied embrace that is iron-clad, it’s simply up to you to give it the chance to do so.

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Anette Mendoza – crystalline vocals and miles of talent http://jamsphere.com/news/anette-mendoza-crystalline-vocals-miles-talent http://jamsphere.com/news/anette-mendoza-crystalline-vocals-miles-talent#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:08:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29650 Anette Mendoza, one of the original members of the Dabria duet which originated in 2011, has performed by request in various places such as Japan, Korea, UAE, and Indonesia among others establishing a solid reputation as a singer and performer. Anette, who started singing when she was 5, has also recorded the song, “I will […]

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Anette Mendoza, one of the original members of the Dabria duet which originated in 2011, has performed by request in various places such as Japan, Korea, UAE, and Indonesia among others establishing a solid reputation as a singer and performer. Anette, who started singing when she was 5, has also recorded the song, “I will do anything for love”, with Philippine artist – and first ‘Pilipinas Got Talent’ winner – Jovit Baldivino. Inspired by her late father, who himself was an excellent singer, Anette decided to sing professionally at the tender age of 7, starting out with covers by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Miriah Carey, and of course, Michael Jackson.

However her father also instilled in her the importance of education, and Anette would complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems Design and Programming. A humble, low key person she is also a keen athlete who loves running. During her school years she won many medals for track and field events, and claims these activities helped her breathing and hence benefited her singing.

A fully fledged artist today, and part of the vibrant Dabria group of talented singers and producers, as well as the DabriaLive Records stable, Anette Mendoza is ready to take the next step in her career. The first track I hit play on in her catalog was “Love On Fire”. Anette’s distinctive vocal cords is as reassuring as seeing an old friend. It is also a refreshing reminder that female vocalists need to do more than just belt out notes to convey emotion.

She can growl and purr, be soothing and pulsating, and evoke a myriad of feelings in the listener. As she does here, over a smooth, but bubbling synth based soundscape. Right out of the box she sounds like a great alternative for those who’ve really gotten tired of the overplayed and overexposed Beyoncé and Rihanna.

Anette doesn’t need to resemble – or sound like – any other artist currently out there. Her craft is far cleaner, more natural, and infinitely superior (with the exception of a few of her contemporaries and of course those who came before her – think Mariah, Whitney, Toni, Celine), and I think it’s pretty evident in her songs.

The simple acoustic-guitar strummed “CyberStalker” is another track of testimony to her crystalline vocals and talent, as she delicately soothes the soul. Unlike most so-called singers as of late, Anette’s rich, emotive voice is an asset not a liability. Without her excellent voice, this, and her other songs would not become as enjoyable as they are.

The singer always manages to shine regardless of what kind of soundscape her voice needs to color. On the R&B influenced “Just Say Yes”, Anette really brings it on vocally and emotionally and keeps it current too, while reaching a register that would cause envy in many of her peers. Yet, unlike her contemporaries, she never seems to try and change or enhance her voice with auto tune or other computerized technologies.

She simply sings from the heart and soul – this is what sets her apart. Recently Anette also features on the rhythmic and edgy urban track, “Dangerous” by Dabria, alongside Haydee. Once again showcasing her versatility in executing songs from any genre and style, and being remarkably comfortable at it.

However, hearing her music, there is a class and sophistication to Anette’s voice that isn’t common in popular music. You really have to dig and search current artists to find something comparable, or simple fall back on the legendary divas that once were.

She has a voice that’s well equipped to hitting any note she chooses. Anette Mendoza is a vocal superstar with vitality and endurance who has expertly come of age musically. DabriaLive Records are now seriously aiming to expand her artistic and performing assets into a global success story. One which she thoroughly deserves…

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KonQuestNow: “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” ft. STP & J.Morgan – a wisdom enhancing narrative http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/konquestnow-nop-no-ones-perfect-ft-stp-j-morgan-wisdom-enhancing-narrative http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/konquestnow-nop-no-ones-perfect-ft-stp-j-morgan-wisdom-enhancing-narrative#respond Thu, 17 Aug 2017 01:52:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29645 The preconceived notions of what a KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) track is going to be like are plentiful well before you even press play. This has been a boon to their career, in what has become a viral habit of either hating or loving something based almost solely on your own personal internet […]

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The preconceived notions of what a KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) track is going to be like are plentiful well before you even press play. This has been a boon to their career, in what has become a viral habit of either hating or loving something based almost solely on your own personal internet culture and what your daily feed prompts you to feel about a certain subject. The collective’s name has become synonymous with great lyrics, superb beats, and originality. On their latest track “NOP (No One’s Perfect)”,  produced by Wreck The Rebel, featuring  STP & J.Morgan,  KonQuestNow (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel), demonstrate once again that they are among the most intelligent, creative, and talented active artists out there.

It’s good to know that they haven’t run low on ideas. Here they bring a couple of smart concepts to the table – First, “perfection is unattainable, if we chase it we catch excellence,” and second, “it’s better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” Everything that people love about KonQuestNow is on this track: metaphorical lyrics, a unique beat, incredible replay value, on point features, and the list goes on and on. KonQuestNow always give us something different than the usual fare of a genre that has long lost most of its coolness.

Wreck The Rebel opens the first verse: “Don’t ever try to knock me, I’m strong like a Wookie / Grew up wit my Pops and Grandma’s sugar cookies.” STP takes over on the hook: “Im here for a purpose and I know it / To learn and live but never forget no one’s perfect.” And VerseBorn kills the second verse: “Here for a purpose puffin – Urkle im off the purple searchin / For precise movements- Surgical circles.” J.Morgan delivers verse three: “The more I am myself, the more I feel alive / Working 9-5 then work a 5-9.”

This is one of KonQuestNow’s most focused, thematic, and accessible track yet. I would say that “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” quantifies the realm of what hip-hop should be; as this crew definitely continue to step their game up. They are the masters of intelligent poetic lyrics with flows that perfectly blend with the beat.

One of the most powerful things about hip-hop is its ability to present deeply personal thoughts and feelings. This track doesn’t just showcase the rappers unique penchant for wordplay, as well as a vocabulary which could make even the most seasoned writers jealous; it also takes the listener through a wisdom enhancing narrative, which is almost impossible not to relate to it in some way.

While most good rappers know how to deal with their personal experiences in song, KonQuestNow’s examination and depiction of life are filtered through an assemblage of uncanny language. “NOP (No One’s Perfect)” is another reminder that KonQuestNow are scrupulous purveyors of our universe.

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Enzo Sprigg: “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula” – sumptuous light and dark soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/enzo-sprigg-cosmic-bipolar-nebula-sumptuous-light-dark-soundscapes http://jamsphere.com/reviews/enzo-sprigg-cosmic-bipolar-nebula-sumptuous-light-dark-soundscapes#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:32:17 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29640 Enzo Sprigg is a creative electronic singer-songwriter, as well as a visual artist who illustrates his own album covers, creates the costumes in his videos and has even hand drawn and animated videos for his songs. Sprigg has just recently thrown down his therapeutic and cathartic 12-track “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula”, his third album. It’s with […]

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Enzo Sprigg is a creative electronic singer-songwriter, as well as a visual artist who illustrates his own album covers, creates the costumes in his videos and has even hand drawn and animated videos for his songs. Sprigg has just recently thrown down his therapeutic and cathartic 12-track “Cosmic Bipolar Nebula”, his third album. It’s with his continued freedom and internal exploration that Enzo Sprigg returns with a new recording, while showing a mature growth from his earlier releases. The album opens with “Raygun Love Transmission”, a beautifully sewn together song with distorted instrumentals and yearning vocals that create luscious textures to stimulate your ears. A strong start to the album.

Sprigg’s soaring, atmospheric vocals beckon you into the nocturnal, dark theater of a midnight show on tracks like “Gradual Decent.” “Prime”, a great song that begs to be remixed and club-worthy, continues the ear candy, while “Dark Matter” opens with urgent drums and throbbing keyboarding that could lull you into a foot-stomping and head-nodding state. “Oh Mother” continues the strong atmospherics on this album as we hear a banging snare open the song to Sprigg’s powerfully tortured and chilling vocals, which continue to impress. This track is one of the album’s absolute highlights.

Listeners are then swept along to the slow-burning, ebullient “Swimming Through the White Noise” and the turbulent “Sangre’ (In Blood)”, as Sprigg’s relentless vocals rise to a register of envy. His vocals continue to bleed over these tracks with the haunting “Hyper Magnetic Touch” and then, amid the swirling synths, we come full circle to the closing moments of the album with “Cosmic Nebula”.

The track unreels itself with a thumping bass and then breaks down into ominous lower register growling synths, as this superb track fades into the darkness. Thus leading to the melodic choruses of “Nova Expression”. Uncannily, the surprise comes at the end, with a club-worthy version of “Prime (Way Past My Prime Mix)”.

The diverse, sumptuously light and dark soundscapes found across this album showcase Enzo Sprigg’s strongest talents in balancing the contrasting instrumental impact of each track. It’s difficult to find a bad composition in this pastiche of electronic stylings with deeply introspective lyrical themes.

Cosmic Bipolar Nebula’s” arrangements wistfully exude an unquestionably unfolding aural landscape of sonic metaphors for the human condition and state of being. Sprigg’s ever-changing rich, fertile, electronic performances must be admired as a way above average, highly effective effort.

It should also be noted that unlike most albums today focused around one or two singles and then wrapped with filler material to boot, this is a flowing journey, just pop it in, lay back, and let it take you where it needs. With that said, the journey is entrenched in an electronic groove that is sure to captivate any listener.

Overwhelming electronic sounds and theatrical melodies counter gritty, lyrics to provide the ultimate contrast. Enzo Sprigg’s undeniably impressive vocals is one of the biggest selling points of this album as a whole. Paired with the emotionally raw lyrics and complex beats, it is an all-round powerhouse album.

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Stori Brooks: “Parachutes” – insight into her essence http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-parachutes-insight-essence http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/stori-brooks-parachutes-insight-essence#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:03:24 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29635 Stori Brooks has been a lot of things in her career: producer, poet, conflicted rapper, scenic storyteller. While her versatility keeps her afloat, it’s tough to get a bead on exactly who Brooks is and what she stands for—is she the conscious backpacker or the straight-talking street girl? She embodies the urban alternative, and she’s […]

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Stori Brooks has been a lot of things in her career: producer, poet, conflicted rapper, scenic storyteller. While her versatility keeps her afloat, it’s tough to get a bead on exactly who Brooks is and what she stands for—is she the conscious backpacker or the straight-talking street girl? She embodies the urban alternative, and she’s working on an album, to be entitled, “EVERYTHING IS GR8”, that offers her full narrative. The first single, “Parachutes”, taken off the upcoming album offers insight into her essence, finding the rapper at her most reflective. Maybe she’s assessing her current status and how she arrived at this moment.

Stori Brooks

Stori Brooks

Stori Brooks is one of my favorite rappers. She is also one of my favorite people. I’ve always seen Brooks as one of the genre’s moral compasses. She has never shied away from stances that might be seen as controversial or topics that weren’t popular. She manages to balance the underground sound, with the sound of the street and mix it with a more alternative and experimental sensibility without sacrificing her vision or sound. It is one impressive juggling act.

Judging by the new single produced by, SampleLov – a female artist and producer from the Bay Area – the potential for greatness with her upcoming album is an exhilarating thought, and if anyone deserves greatness it is Stori Brooks. The Atlanta-based artist has been building and hustling for a while now, putting together a relatively successful catalog simply by scrapping and staying true to her vision. Talk about a novel idea.

With “Parachutes” and SampleLov, I think Brooks has found the lid to her pot. The two just mesh so perfectly together. The production is thick, it’s powerful and it’s crafted around Brooks’ voice in a way that past collaborators only dreamed of. Whether it’s the wonderfully lush synths, the echoey vocal flavors, or verses like: “I decided to drop out the sky / Right on my way to a record high / Heard it was easy that I could fly / But coming downs harder I wonder why” – the two are perfect sides to a wildly shiny coin. My guess is that this will be one of the most talked about tracks on the upcoming album.

As I mentioned earlier Stori Brooks is a moral compass and has a way of shedding light on issues that most would avoid or approach awkwardly and heavy-handedly. Lyrically “Parachutes” leans towards being fairly cryptic, but you could easily fit these lyrics to your own personal story, and still feel the emotion.

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Samantha Bouquin: “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” – boldly original works! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/samantha-bouquin-contemplations-solitude-strings-boldly-original-works http://jamsphere.com/reviews/samantha-bouquin-contemplations-solitude-strings-boldly-original-works#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:04:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29630 Connoisseurs of experimental or avant-garde chamber music may already know of Samantha Bouquin’s inventive and entrancing sounds. This is music of great integrity, startling vitality, and striking originality, yet it is virtually unknown outside the cult following that has appreciated these ingenious compositions. A cross between homespun classical populism and the sophisticated experimentation of the […]

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Connoisseurs of experimental or avant-garde chamber music may already know of Samantha Bouquin’s inventive and entrancing sounds. This is music of great integrity, startling vitality, and striking originality, yet it is virtually unknown outside the cult following that has appreciated these ingenious compositions. A cross between homespun classical populism and the sophisticated experimentation of the avant-garde, Bouquin’s music follows in the iconoclastic tradition of forward thinking composers, but with its own frank expression, exuberance, and wayward charm; yet it is also accessible to the casual listener in the directness of its material and the clarity of its techniques, no matter how dense the textures or peculiar the tunings may sound.

“Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” her latest 3 track compilation forges the sounds of a string quartet with mesmeric ambient backdrops. To the untrained ear, these musical pieces can be a bit daunting on a first hearing, and the more complicated aspects of Samantha Bouquin’s creations may be elusive. Yet these are boldly original works, and the coherence of the music – adventurous as it is – is best appreciated through patient listening. From the opening piece – “Contemplation #1” – the music is highly expressive music, often beautiful, melancholic, thoughtful, intense, and dysphoric.

The pieces that follow suit – “Contemplation #2” and “Contemplation #3” – are obviously emotionally parallel to the opening track, as they too elaborate the theme of ‘solitude’. Bouquin’s music can be as ethereal as it is balletesque. It is an impressive achievement, music of radical innovation that speaks an expressive and engaging language with a visionary intensity. How can something so complex come across simple and effortless? How can something seemingly mathematical have such spiritual transportative effect? These sounds are poignant, deep and heartfelt.

Amazingly complex in its tonality yet extraordinarily direct “Contemplations on Solitude and Strings” makes your inner self vibrate in unison. A true delight that all can savor once assimilated. These performances really surprised me. The musicianship is impeccable and the experimentation never ostentatious.  I am still transfixed by the breathless beauty with which “Contemplation #2” builds its pensive fabric and the celestial grace which precedes the conclusion of that wonderful piece.

Samantha Bouquin brings a lot of depth and expression to her compositions which release all the powerful emotions locked within this music – the whimsicality, the existential angst, and the mysticism, without a single detectable imperfection of ensemble or intonation. There can be no grumbles about the recording, either; the engineer has captured Bouquin’s distinctive sonority with remarkable clarity, and plenty of ambient warmth. This, above all else, is a recording with emotional intelligence! Definitely bravo, and five stars!

MORE ABOUT: Samantha Bouquin has been studying classical music and electroacoustic music since her earliest years, having been raised in a family of professional musicians and composers. She began her musical journey playing piano and violin at age four. Her professional training culminated in a piano performance degree from Juilliard School of music in New York City. Samantha is well known for her experimental work in altering the mechanics and shapes of traditional instruments such as the piano and guitar. She has many custom built instruments which her music is played and recorded on.

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My Silent Bravery: “Got it Going On” instantly lodges in your mind http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/silent-bravery-got-going-instantly-lodges-mind http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/silent-bravery-got-going-instantly-lodges-mind#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:25:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29625 “Got it Going On” is the latest single from My Silent Bravery and is the first track taken from the highly anticipated album “Willing to Try”. The song was featured on XM Sirius Satellite radio station XM The Pulse on Train Tracks with Pat Monahan, while the video premiered via the Huffington Post. Co-written and […]

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“Got it Going On” is the latest single from My Silent Bravery and is the first track taken from the highly anticipated album “Willing to Try”. The song was featured on XM Sirius Satellite radio station XM The Pulse on Train Tracks with Pat Monahan, while the video premiered via the Huffington Post. Co-written and produced by Jim McGorman (Gwen Stefani, Avril Levine, Poison) the album features 12 tracks and will be released in 3 separate Eps over the next year.

My Silent Bravery is the moniker used by Matthew Wade, and is meant to symbolize “persistence, perseverance and inner strength” – the same qualities Wade displayed on overcoming a sports injury which subsequently allowed him to pursue his passion in music.

“Got it Going On” debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart, quickly showing of Matthew’s ear for an uplifting pop melody and his sensible acumen in spinning an accompanying soundscape. Clearly, the man’s a canny operator. He knows his way around a song, and shows a happy knack of crafting exactly what should resonate with people.

Though we’re only officially hearing My Silent Bravery for the first time, he’s clearly been honing his craft over a long period. “Got it Going On” has a strong hook, a nagging melody, and a spring-heeled acoustic-guitar driven rhythm – something that makes it stick in your head for days. It’s rare to hear a song for the first time and feel like it instantly lodges in your mind but this one does the trick.

What seems like Matthew Wade’s easy-going everyman persona comes shining through, meaning situations that all of us will have experienced is confirmed as quotidian and relatable by the singer, as we join in to sing his joyous anthem. This is inevitably a track we will be hearing for a long time yet.

“Got it Going On” is the kind of song you can’t help but like. While it might not be the most ambitious record My Silent Bravery will ever produce. Matthew is writing what he knows, while indicating that there is still life in the positive, melodic and unobtrusive method of song writing.

By subtracting any undue pretensions in his music and adding purely songs that play to his strengths, My Silent Bravery certainly knows how to multiply his fan base. This new material has just about the right amount of studio polish and artistic soul to present a wonderfully endearing debut.

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Lord Doom: “II” – a rare degree of integrity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lord-doom-ii-rare-degree-integrity http://jamsphere.com/reviews/lord-doom-ii-rare-degree-integrity#respond Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:49:01 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29620 Lord Doom leads the SGV trio Doom Squad who put on shows and support the growth of their local scene. Starting his own label and building a home studio, Lord Doom began working on a follow up to last year’s self-titled EP. Self-produced and written, the 25 y/o rapper aims to strike emotion rather than […]

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Lord Doom leads the SGV trio Doom Squad who put on shows and support the growth of their local scene. Starting his own label and building a home studio, Lord Doom began working on a follow up to last year’s self-titled EP. Self-produced and written, the 25 y/o rapper aims to strike emotion rather than a turn up. The new album entitled simply “II” features beats that aren’t just made, but composed very well, and never monotonous. It fuses genres and sounds in a great blend that fits perfectly. The most immediately arresting feature of this album, is the production; the creator has dug deep and come up with a mind-boggling array of sounds that gives this record a character unlike many other hip-hop releases in recent memory.

The album is permeated with a gritty, old-school flavored beats and futuristic experimental interludes. There are fantastically intricate layers of sound at work here, but never so much do the beats detract from the rhymes. On the contrary, the choice of beats and sounds seems more directly related to the rhymes, giving this record a rare degree of integrity. The one notable exception is “Opus” (Bonus Track/Instrumental) which purposefully stands apart from all the other songs on the album and thus has a sound all its own.

The complex and edgy production seems spur Lord Doom on; his delivery is sure, his rhymes always intelligent, and there’s a confident flow at work here, with a characterful voice backing it up. Like all great music, this album succeeds on several levels. It has a consistency of character, but enough variety from track to track to keep the listener from getting bored.

On some of the songs, effects are applied to the voices adding an extra dimension to the already original sounding tunes. Lord Doom delivers his lyrics in a powerful – sometimes booming, sometimes hushed, but always intimate tone. As background music, most of the songs on the album provide plenty of bass driven bump; standouts that immediately come to mind here are, “Stumped (I’d Rather Be By Myself)” and “Day Ones”.

On the other hand, for discerning listeners who love dark and edgy slow-burners, “Lost Never Found” and “Cold Hands” are absolutely not to be missed. For those with a taste for the mysteriously sublime, “Lullabye” is manna from alternative heaven. It’s also the track where Lord Doom gets to flaunt his flow and offset rhyme scheme.

Motivated to make the album a musically unique experience, Lord Doom continues to make magic by combining a healthy mix of eclectic and moody beats hanging side by side. This is not like all the commercial hip hop. Rap is supposed to have something to say, to break the quintessential mold, but today’s rap is just like all the crap that plagued rock n’ roll before its death rattle.

“II” provides an excellent array of songs to get a feel of what Lord Doom is about, and what creative underground rap can really be like. Most will find that the lyrics never disappoint, and there’s always plenty to come back for musically.

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Dennis Sy: “Life is What You Make It”- an intelligent and nuanced artist http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dennis-sy-life-make-intelligent-nuanced-artist http://jamsphere.com/reviews/dennis-sy-life-make-intelligent-nuanced-artist#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:18:29 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29616 Dennis Sy is an award-winning, multi-genre singer and BMI songwriter, as well as GRAMMY-winning producer (for the album PRESIDENTIAL SUITE: EIGHT VARIATIONS ON FREEDOM by Ted Nash at the 59th Grammy Awards 2016). Songs from his 3rd solo album STRONGER THAN BEFORE have garnered multiple nominations and awards. Sy has also collaborated with other Grammy […]

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Dennis Sy is an award-winning, multi-genre singer and BMI songwriter, as well as GRAMMY-winning producer (for the album PRESIDENTIAL SUITE: EIGHT VARIATIONS ON FREEDOM by Ted Nash at the 59th Grammy Awards 2016). Songs from his 3rd solo album STRONGER THAN BEFORE have garnered multiple nominations and awards. Sy has also collaborated with other Grammy members and has performed on many important stages. Currently on a roll Dennis has been involved in a number of projects including writing and performing the official soundtrack song for “Life is What You Make It” – a short documentary written, produced and directed by Jhett Tolentino about his life from the slums in the Philippines to Broadway.

Dennis Sy is a brilliant songwriter and a fabulous musician. It’s a shame artists like him continue to take a backseat to the mostly heartless and soulless music that permeates our airwaves. His style is definitely Adult Contemporary here but it’s the kind that any true music fan can not only appreciate but it just may become a big part of your musical rotation for a long time to come. All of Sy’s music is worth owning and listening to over and over again, as he is an intelligent and nuanced artist whose music actually overrides the zest for sticking to particular genres.

It’s nice to enjoy a song that is just plain uplifting with great piano and a fantastic band playing perfectly on a song with inspiring lyrics and a heartwarming melody. If you enjoy a touch of pop mixed with a sprinkle of rock and you have a free spirit, this one is truly for you. I played this song several times and I have yet to tire of Dennis Sy’s voice, he always matches the empathy of whatever song he sings, whether that be joy or sorrow, and succeeds in doing the same on “Life is What You Make It”.

Dennis Sy has been wowing us with his combination of observational genius wit and overwhelming musical prowess for some time now.  Here he turns his songwriting prowess to explore the idealized vision of a better life and how to achieve that vision. It is a beautifully crafted narrative that Sy unravels with thoughtful insight. Hence “Life is What You Make It” is a song that not only grabs the listener with a catchy melody and hooks but also opens its bountiful treasures to those who are willing to sit back and pay attention to what Dennis Sy has to say.

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David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” – compelling and relevant http://jamsphere.com/reviews/david-vaters-voice-wilderness-volume-1-compelling-relevant http://jamsphere.com/reviews/david-vaters-voice-wilderness-volume-1-compelling-relevant#respond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:18:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=29609 This year Canadian born David Vaters released his first solo album “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” on Feb 17. It’s an ambitious project showcasing a cast of a-league musicians which include: Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin; John Hammond and Brian Fullen in the pocket; Jeff Cox on bass; David Vest and Johnathan Brown […]

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This year Canadian born David Vaters released his first solo album “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” on Feb 17. It’s an ambitious project showcasing a cast of a-league musicians which include: Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin; John Hammond and Brian Fullen in the pocket; Jeff Cox on bass; David Vest and Johnathan Brown on keyboards; Charles Owens on harmonica; Susie Vaters and K.J. Raney on background vocals; and David Vaters on acoustic guitar and vocals. The album was produced by Dave Vest and David Vaters.

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1” may be the best, most influential debut Americana album produced by any independent musician in the past decade, if not longer. We’ll see how David Vaters career pans out over the next couple of years, but if this album is any indication, we may be witnessing the uncovering of a musician for the ages.

Might not be far-fetched based on this collection. Vaters’ lyrics are an uncanny reflection of society’s Zeitgeist in the middle of the second decade of this century. His songs evokes all the uncertainty, despair and hope in what he calls “an imperfect world”, adding that “only by the grace of God can we make it in this imperfect world”.

David Vaters is a shining example of what has made Americana music so compelling and relevant. He has a close association with Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, but don’t go thinking for one moment that his music is derived from any of these artists, he’s a man who stands his own ground, and owns every square foot of it.

His vocals and lyrics are placed front and center, with the guitar, keyboards and mandolin evoking themes of loneliness, and the tall tales of a fully grown man sitting on his front porch with crystal clear eye.

The first thing that strikes you about David Vaters when you press play on the opening track of the album, “Let It Rain”, is his voice. Vaters sounds like he has experienced it all, and whether that’s true or not is irrelevant. What matters is that his voice lends certified authenticity to his poignant storytelling.

The conscious repentance on “Running To You”, the guilty melancholy on “Ways From Sunday”, the personal conviction on “This Cross” and the ardent spirituality on “God Help Me Out”, all assume an evident and engaging credibility because Vaters doesn’t just sing it, he sounds like his lived it.

Throughout “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1”, Vaters’ lyrics document a restless search for truths, one that’s informed by embracing the past and choices made. This is an album of peaks and valleys.

As the perfect experience for the classic Americana fan, Vaters scrapes the grime off his soul and douses it with a Dylan-like poetry set to organic grooves and articulated with riffs that awaken the spirit of a freer time in music.  He puts a personal stamp on the stories by bringing his own personal experiences into the equation making just about everything hard to ignore.

It’s hard to think of David Vaters as new, even though this is his debut album, because he sounds like he comes he comes from the prime generation of Americana performers. He’s proven on this recording that he is no upstart, and should today be considered a stalwart of the genre.

On my scorecard, David Vaters is in the clubhouse with a substantial lead. Although it’s still August, I’m not sure if anyone is going to catch him at the finish line for top honors in 2017. This album should be on everyone’s radar.

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