JamSphere http://jamsphere.com The Indie Music Magazine & Radio Network! Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:05:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” – a musical tribute http://jamsphere.com/news/gibb-collective-please-dont-turn-lights-musical-tribute http://jamsphere.com/news/gibb-collective-please-dont-turn-lights-musical-tribute#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:05:28 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30461 October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin […]

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October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I doubt anyone ever had the idea of ‘turning out the lights’, consistently illuminating the Bee Gees’ music for many decades on end.

The Gibb Collective

The task at hand was obviously enormous. Just how do you improve perfectly cut gems? Well you can’t, you can only polish them up from time to time. So with all the love and passion in the world. The Gibb Collective set about shining up their family jewels.

The interesting thing is that the collective members never assembled in one place, instead they recorded their individual parts in places as far away as Sydney, Ohio, London and Los Angeles, with the recorded pieces then being blended together in a US production studio.

“It started when my partner Lazaro and I decided to do a cover of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941,” says Samantha Gibb (Maurice’s daughter). “We loved the way it turned out and thought it would be really cool to do more if it. We had been wanting to do a tribute for a long time for my dad and my uncles. It started to feel like the right time so we started to reach out then we talked to everybody. Each person decided to do a take on a track that was one of their favorites. The next thing we knew we had a 10 song album”.

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What ensued, is nothing short of a genuine blend of the sublime and the spectacular:  “New York Mining Disaster 1941” by Samantha Gibb and “I Started A Joke” by Robin John Gibb is breathtakingly engaging, Peta Gibbs’ delectable version of “Fool For A Night” is surprisingly eloquent, as was listening to the electro version of “Angel of Mercy” by Samantha & Adam Gibb.

There are also unexpected song choices like “I Can’t See Nobody” which was the B-side of “New York Mining Disaster 1941” back in the 60’s. Berry Gibb Rhoades’ reworking of the song is another definite album highlight.

The album has many other memorable moments, especially when the The Gibb Collective interpret the so-called lesser known tracks from the Bee Gees catalog.  In this sense, Spencer dispenses a sumptuous refurbishing of the bittersweet “Don’t Fall In Love With Me,” a track from the Bee Gees’ 1981 album Living Eyes.

Formed in 1958, The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide. Taking on this project would have been intimidating for just about anyone. The Gibb Collective don’t suffer this condition, probably because the primary goal of Samantha (Maurice’s daughter), Spencer and Robin-John Gibb (Robin’s sons), Stephen and Travis Gibb (Barry’s sons), Peta Gibb (Andy’s daughter), Adam Gibb (Maurice’s son) and Berry Gibb-Rhoades (the brothers younger sister), is not to sell records but to preserve and enhance a legacy.

 

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Rap Artist and Musical Entrepreneur Earl Adamant Allen is Determined to make an Impact! http://jamsphere.com/news/rap-artist-musical-entrepreneur-earl-adamant-allen-determined-make-impact http://jamsphere.com/news/rap-artist-musical-entrepreneur-earl-adamant-allen-determined-make-impact#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:12:58 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30455 San Antonio, Texas —  Earl Adamant Allen is a rap artist and musical entrepreneur from Hammond, Indiana. His music is direct, punchy and energetic, with a charismatic flow that reminds of the greats of the genre, including Jay Z, Nas, Kanye West or J Cole, just to name a few. Always looking to make a positive […]

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San Antonio, Texas —  Earl Adamant Allen is a rap artist and musical entrepreneur from Hammond, Indiana. His music is direct, punchy and energetic, with a charismatic flow that reminds of the greats of the genre, including Jay Z, Nas, Kanye West or J Cole, just to name a few. Always looking to make a positive impact in the lives of people around him, Earl chose to live a giving and rewarding life: when not busy making music, he actually works at a resident treatment center in San Antonio, Texas, caring for kids in need.

San Antonio is also home to a bustling hip-hop scene, where artists push the boundaries of what this music can be, coming up with new ideas and approaches. Earl is well-respected in the local rap community for crafting songs that are a great example of amazing lyrics, punchy beats and lush melodies. “The way you go about things regardless of the circumstances defines you. I choose to be positive because I refuse to let the struggle of what life presents to us from time to time steal my happiness” – Earl Adamant Allen.

The lyrical aspect of songwriting is particularly important to Earl, who is an avid poetry writer and loves to connect with the audience through meaningful words. Great rap isn’t only about banging instrumentals, but also about thought-provoking concepts that are meant to inspire and motivate listeners.

Music is my purpose. I’m determined to craft music with substance while making a difference. To learn more about my vision visit Adamantpositivemindset.com

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John-Marc Lucid: “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar – another great enrichment for all lovers of dancehall http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/john-marc-lucid-judas-ft-fyah-sthar-another-great-enrichment-lovers-dancehall http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/john-marc-lucid-judas-ft-fyah-sthar-another-great-enrichment-lovers-dancehall#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:43:30 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30452 Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new […]

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Music is a very powerful and mystical force. It speaks to people on a much deeper level than conversation. It really reaches the soul. With his new track “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, John-Marc Lucid hits us with music that indeed does reach our souls, an intriguing melody, piercing lyrics and outstanding musicianship included. The new release by the Texas based Dancehall and Reggae artist is a joint venture with Fyah Sthar, and together they breathe down-to-earth authenticity, making for an airy, buoyant listening experience. Lucid is a creative mind that doesn’t bother about drawers or labels – his music explores the depths of emotions and expressive possibilities, bringing joy and danceability.

Lucid has crafted this extraordinary release setting new standards for the genre, and adding a lilting softness to his voice. Apart from the singing, the underlying music is also a piece of art on its own, with the production providing multiple layers of fascination, making this song one of several stand-out tracks in Lucid’s catalog. A mixture of instrumental elements and a clever arrangement gives the song a world-music feel, while John-Marc grants us a look through the eyes of the youth in today’s world.

And indeed, the experience is vivid, palpable in the way Lucid vocally interacts with the rhythms. Anger, hope, indignation, love – all the emotions you can think of, resonate in his voice. John-Marc Lucid’s rise from a no-name to a seriously to-be-reckoned-with underground artist has been a swift one.

While some artists love to talk about being innovative and even believe they are, while they actually aren’t, others just do it big time and don’t even brag about it. One such artist is John-Marc Lucid. The result is an organic, authentic and extremely enjoyable sound.

Lucid’s impressive vocal range shows an understanding of structure and melody that repeatedly affect, not just infect, with hooks and turns that actually mean something substantial, and still lodge in the brain, just the same. John-Marc offers yet another great enrichment for all lovers of dancehall.

Nothing can be missed here to enable the track to move straight forward on the ranking lists. With no signs of dilution, this is a full sound aroma. Almost like a mission statement, the song “Judas” ft. Fyah Sthar, in a strong, yet humble spirit, makes clear once and for all that the Danchall/Reggae music of John-Marc Lucid is a serious thing, and this might just be another warning of more serious music to come.

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Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – a record everyone should own! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/innocent-bystanders-attractive-nuisance-record-everyone http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/innocent-bystanders-attractive-nuisance-record-everyone#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:39:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30444 Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and […]

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Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at Singing Serpent Studios in Kensington and released in 2017.

Imagine an EP that manages to draw influences from records that came long before it, but manages to sound like nothing else yet recorded. Not because it’s reinvented the wheel, but because there are so many styles and nuances locked inside the music, you cannot for the life of you, fit the band into any single one.

It manages to detail emotions on the human spectrum in such a way that, even if you’ve never experienced it, you somehow manage to know what it feels like. An album that is so compelling, rich and challenging but still remains completely joyous, harmonious and free of any pretense. Believe it or not this EP actually exists, and it goes by the name of “Attractive Nuisance”.

But surely that’s a bit of a sweeping statement for a record with 4 simple tracks of music? Well I guess it could be, but after a few listens to “Attractive Nuisance” it’s incredibly hard not fall for it. This is a record everyone should own; it is fun and melodic, inventive, groovy, and gives you that good audio buzz you just don’t get in modern recordings anymore.

That’s because everything about it is just amazing. Its warm, organic production, affecting lyrics and the way it manages to take you on a roller coaster of emotion and excitement whilst always remaining musically focused throughout. Innocent Bystanders just bangs out great song after great song, doing absolutely no wrong at all.

Be prepared to fall in love with rock and roll, and rhythm and soul, all over again during this EP. Starting with “Gotta Get Outta Here”, to “Highways”, and “Emerald Eyes” onto “Working Man’s Daughter”, Innocent Bystanders infuse these songs with vibrant rhythms, resonating horns, stirring harmonies and tons of positive vibes that penetrate the speakers all throughout.

“Attractive Nuisance”, despite its short run time, accomplishes a great deal. It’s the crucial axis and it’s a wholesome alternative for those that dislike the notoriously long runtime of albums, and gives fans a kick in double-quick time; it makes an easily digestible starting point for newcomers to the band, and will have them hungering for more.

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Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Let It Go” stays true to the society that we live in http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roger-cole-paul-barrere-let-go-stays-true-society-live http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/roger-cole-paul-barrere-let-go-stays-true-society-live#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:01:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30440 Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every […]

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Meaningful lyrics, amazing songwriting, superb heart-warming yet angry sound, musical teamwork, everything is so perfect in this track. Such a gorgeous and refined melody and philosophical lyrics is worth being remembered for all of the current generation. The guitarist uses swampy resonating sound so beautifully and the drummer plays simple but tight groove, with every drum fill-in is on the sweet musical spots. The bassist backs up the music stably as the boys sing the vocals with conviction. This is one of my current desert Island #1’s in the Roger Cole & Paul Barrere catalog. Yes, the track “Let It Go” is performed by a rock duo. Two proficient and passionate musicians who share the activities of a regular 4-piece band.

The credits read – Vocals (Roger Cole/Paul Barrere), Guitar (Paul Barrere), Bass, and Drums (Roger Cole). The track was Produced by Roger Cole/Paul Barrere and Mixed & Mastered by Roger Cole. This is a hauntingly awesome, rich and deep, philosophical song, simple and complex at the same time.

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere have always been a duo that speaks the truth when it comes to real life. It’s not that they have a lack of imagination, but they stay true to the society that we live in. They allow the listener to join in the emotions of real life drama, the disappointments, the struggle to find love and happiness, the laughable situations, the delicate theme of death, and the rare occurrences when we are at peace with ourselves.

I find them to be one of the sources in which you can reflect with you own personal experiences and sometimes draw a conclusion, even if it’s not to our liking. Ranging from somewhat heavy guitars and fast paced tempos, to slow meandering bass lines that seem like the chains of despair will eventually win out, Roger Cole & Paul Barrere’ music has commentated on most areas of human life during these past few years.

There are not many other bands, of course who currently have similar musical feel, but it there was, they would probably lack a certain natural charisma of humility that only comes from many years of toiling the craft.

If you’re looking for another Roger Cole & Paul Barrere record that combines musical inspiration and travelling emotions, with grounded ideals, I would sincerely recommend “Let It Go”. You’ll play it over and over if you’re at all like me. Especially the portentous intro and opening verse, bathed in deep growling guitars and moody bass basslines:

“When the world starts driving you crazy / Finding it hard to think / Let It Go / Everything just goes hazy and your heads pounding to the brink / What’s left to do, there’s nothing left to do / Let It Go”

The track’s keystone is the irascible guitar lines, but the lyrics, melody, harmony, and additional music make an incredibly gorgeous song. The futility of human existence plays a key part in the song, and the lyrics reinforce the notion of life’s limits which pervades this exquisite, if moody, masterpiece.

The single, “Let It Go”, releases officially on the 9th of November 2017

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Markus Scott: “Live Life With No Regrets” – equal parts infectious and well-crafted http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/markus-scott-live-life-no-regrets-equal-parts-infectious-well-crafted http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/markus-scott-live-life-no-regrets-equal-parts-infectious-well-crafted#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:01:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30436 Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. […]

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Born in New York City, Markus Scott grew up in humble surroundings, and his family were always on the move resulting in him constantly transferring schools. He excelled at reading and writing poetry, before discovering that he could rap when he won a freestyle battle with a signed artist at a house party in Harlem. He soon learned to DJ too, and with his first check from summer youth, Markus went to a pawn shop and brought a laptop. He then brought a DAW, and microphone from Guitar Center and began researching how to mix and edit his vocals. He dropped his first track in 2015 and then went on to release his 6 track EP “Graduation Night” in June 2016 on his graduation day. In August of the same year, Markus released the single “Swervin” alongside a music video that started to create a buzz.

Which brings us right up to the summer of 2017, and Markus Scott’s latest full-length 14 track project, “Live Life With No Regrets”. The album is the embodiment of all the challenges and overcoming of hardships Markus has gone through to finally achieve this recording which should well and truly set him on his way.

Scott does two things well; flip his lyrics into potential contemporary hits that maintain a simple charm and wonder, as well as proficiently rap with catchy tone that rivals other artists in the same lane. As an album seeking to tell a story, this does it well.

“Live Life With No Regrets” is essentially an amalgamation of influences from differing styles of Hip-hop music into a cohesive piece. As Markus explained previously on the release of his single “Bump & Grind”,  his music has undergone a change from his earlier recordings which focused more on conscious material before he discovered that this generation seeked-out something different.

So he switched his style and attitude to move up his buzz into trendier rap circles. Whether or not you enjoy Markus Scott’s personality, or current all-round aesthetic, his music proves to be equal parts infectious and well-crafted, qualities that many artists making similar music lack.

It is clear from the intro that Markus’ confidence is sky high on this project. He effortlessly flips between vivid reflection and unapologetic flexing throughout several instrumental changes. This coupled with the atmospheric production help to make the whole listening experience cinematic, yet easy on the ear. This album is highly polished and targeted to the masses, with star performances coming in on, “Grindin”, “Hopped Out”, “Know My Name”, “Flipped”, “Your Girl” ft Joes Mill Vill and “Letter”.

Much of Markus’ considerable talents as a rapper are here on full display. The result is an album that works hard at leaving the impression that this young man is working hard to create his future within this genre. “Live Life With No Regrets” is ambitious and lavish, with Markus Scott determined to seize a destiny he believes is his for the taking.

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Christopher Rapkin: “Focus In” has a powerful raw vibe! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christopher-rapkin-focus-powerful-raw-vibe http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/christopher-rapkin-focus-powerful-raw-vibe#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:41:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30432 Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar […]

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Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer. Christopher Rapkin is many things, including founding member of Digital Composers Guild, and a music industry consultant. During September Rapkin released his 10 track heavy guitar album, entitled “Focus In”. Listening to Rapkin on this album it also becomes clear that he could be known as a great guitar virtuoso and a perfectionist. Christopher is the guitarist who sings and he does it quite well, in my opinion even better than Steve Vai. Also he is a good composer, all of his albums are full of songs of different styles. So he’s the man whose albums are full of songs of different tones and textures. As for his guitar playing, he is unlike Joe Satriani or Steve Vai, in that is less frenetic technically, and more concentrated on thick and heavy rhythm structures, at least on “Focus In”.

Christopher Rapkin does not chase the shredding ghost, searching rather for the melody in his solos. He has a powerful raw vibe in his style, which he sometimes polishes up with astute studio production and tasteful playing, or he may just leave it at that if he chooses. He also makes his music interesting by deciding to sing over it. Let’s face it, instrumental guitar music can sometimes be boring over many subsequent tracks. So you’ll find Rapkin throwing his Bob Seeger- styled vocal cords into the mix, on tracks like “Go To Hell Adele”, “Just Beginning”, and “Take You Away”.

You have the ultimate, overdriven, down and dirty rock n’ roll guitar songs in, “Dirty Smile”, “Monstre”, “Sustain” and “Mad Summer”. But almost every track has a hook or guitar riff that immediately grabs your attention. You’re guaranteed to find something interesting or suited to your tastes on this album.

You get a couple of excellent ballads, as well as some bluesy riffs, and an acoustic guitar dominated track with a hip-hop beat, moreover Christopher Rapkin is an expert at combining multiple styles into just one song. And as mentioned previously, he doesn’t just play guitar solos like other shredders; he writes actually songs and selects his note choices wisely.

Artists who show more style over substance (Steve Vai) to those who play the same notes over and over again (Yngwie Malmsteen) are a completely different kettle of fish compared to Rapkin, so don’t get these mixed up. What I really liked about the album is that it is very easy to listen to.

Rapkin’s guitar playing is just perfect, very little pyrotechnics, plenty of visceral power. It’s obviously a personal point of view, as I know many of you like the pyrotechnical stuff – I do too, but not an entire album’s worth…(get it Yngwie?)

Overall “Focus In” is a fine and extremely likeable addition to the Christopher Rapkin catalogue, which manages to avoid the all too common guitarist’s pitfall of sounding like they’re trying too hard too impress. I’m sure Rapkin and his fans are clearly aware that he has nothing to prove and this album sounds like a passionate artist having a good time with his favorite guitars – a combination of several Gibson Les Paul’s, a Fender Custom Shop Strat, and a 1966 Fender Jazzmaster – Lovely stuff!

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Ziggy: “Breathe” – blurring of lines between the worlds of rap and electronic music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ziggy-breathe-blurring-lines-worlds-rap-electronic-music http://jamsphere.com/reviews/ziggy-breathe-blurring-lines-worlds-rap-electronic-music#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:56:03 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30428 Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received […]

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Zachary Raul Reyes aka Ziggy was born in Arcadia, California, but spent a lot of time moving around since his dad was in military service, ending up in a town in Ohio called Middletown where he spent most of my elementary and high school career. Growing up, music was his life. At 13 he received his first guitar, as a gift from his mom. He took two lessons before teaching himself how to write tabs and understanding harmony. From there Reyes ventured into listening to Hip hop and metal before discovering Dubstep, which represented a complete change of direction. Suddenly sound design became his driving passion. That desire saw the birth of Ziggy and the signing in 2017, to Victery Records LLC.

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Now out on all major digital platforms you’ll find the Ziggy single “Breathe”. The blurring of lines between the worlds of rap and electronic music is nothing new. Many of hip-hop’s first songs drew their inspiration from the rhythmic thump of dance music, flipping samples from songs that had the specific goal of getting a crowd moving.

So it’s no surprise that the latest modern mutation of dance music, under the ambiguous EDM has crossed over and even been absorbed into hip-hop. This type of cross-genre pollination is essential to hip-hop.

The best EDM shares many of the same qualities as the best hip-hop: an emphasis on rhythm, a commitment to intensity and a powerful physicality. It’s really no surprise that an artist like Ziggy, with “Breathe”, brings one right into the other – it’s like Eminem meets Diplo, meets Martin Garrix.

The acquaintanceship of rap and EDM is perfectly personified by Ziggy, an anomaly of sorts who is an imaginative lyricist and nimble emcee. Ziggy sounds like one of the first rappers to try and conquer underground hip-hop and electronic music concurrently.

Music isn’t a one size fits all anymore. Electronic music today has fragmented into dozens of subgenres, and when combined with hip-hop it can range from appalling Pitbull remixes of Daft Punk songs, to the vibrant beat scene genre-mashing at Los Angeles’ Low End Theory club.

Hip-hop, of course, was created by piggybacking off of other genres, and has been infused with everything from disco to rock to nu-metal over the years. Hence today there are young and talented artists like Ziggy taking the genre in different directions. In the end, he is probably helping keep both hip hop and electronic music relevant for a new generation of kids.

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Lynne Taylor Donovan: “Sooner or Later” – the multiple facets of unrequited devotion http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lynne-taylor-donovan-sooner-later-multiple-facets-unrequited-devotion http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/lynne-taylor-donovan-sooner-later-multiple-facets-unrequited-devotion#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:44:02 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30425 “Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way […]

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“Sooner or Later”, the new release by independent Canadian Country songstress, Lynne Taylor Donovan, is the third single from the Nashville sessions that produced her hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One” and the follow-up European #2 hit “Am I Dreaming”. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base. “Sooner or Later” has a warm and deep intention, reflecting Donovan’s eloquent and versatile tidings, showcasing her country gravitas, and a swirling pool of rich technique and tender ability.

A careful sensory indulgence is heard in the track, shedding some light on sun-kissed guitar plucks, airy drum brush filters and her larger than life vocal capacity drawn into an intimate setting, as Lynne explores the multiple facets of unrequited devotion:

“He’ll take your heart, too far too fast. Give you his word then he’ll take it back, sooner or later,” or  “He’ll look straight at you with those angel eyes, laugh like the devil while he’s telling you lies, sooner or later,” as she confirms, “ I’m a woman who knows what I’m talking about. You might not want to hear it, but you’re gonna find out, sooner or later.”

This is a song that works, and it works well on all levels. Lynne Taylor Donovan’s genuine charm has been spell casting many for a few years now with her signature musical filings enthralling the die-hard country music devotee and non.

“Sooner or Later” continues this custom, unearthing more emotional material from the artist, as Lynne gives a great vocal performance on a track that is fully developed lyrically. Donovan is again expanding her sonic palette here with some shimmering production and a very modern country edge, but she’s not stepping outside of her fans’ comfort zone.

Lynne Taylor Donovan and her production team have managed to integrate the song, and vocal performance with a fully-realized backdrop of instrumentation, making “Sooner or Later” a richly nuanced sonic tapestry that matches the mood of the story-line. It’s hard to imagine anyone else breathing as much life into this track. Artistic freedom has never sounded so good.

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Odd-Arne Jacobsen: “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/odd-arne-jacobsen-crossing-bridge http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/odd-arne-jacobsen-crossing-bridge#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:22:36 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30422 Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and […]

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Musician, songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Odd-Arne Jacobsen has worked with most of the leading artists in his home country of Norway, in both theatre and music, and has also presented his craft internationally. He has had his own television show in Russia, as well as a solo concert at the Moscow International Jazz Festival, and has toured the USA, Mexico, Russia, France, China, Kuwait, Scotland, and Japan. In 1990 he undertook a solo concert of his own compositions in New York, becoming the first Norwegian guitar player ever to hold a solo concert in Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Apart from his own solo projects, Odd-Arne has also performed with world famous guitarist Jan Akkerman from the legendary progressive rock band Focus.

Odd-Arne Jacobsen has recently released his brand new 5 track recording for solo guitar, “While I Was Crossing The Bridge”, out on OAJ Records. There are only a couple of other guitarists who have impacted my heart and soul to the degree that Odd-Arne music does: they go by the names of Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Andres Segovia.

Odd-Arne music is a gift to the world – there for anyone, anywhere, at any time – that is given with pure love. He’s a rare musical genius who decided to make the most and give the most from his talents.

With that said, “While I Was Crossing The Bridge” is another very tasty Odd-Arne Jacobsen recording. For one, the solo guitar arrangements on “41”, “Besame Mucho”, “Cherokee”, “All Things You Are” and “Flow My Tears” seem both creative, melodic and hauntingly beautiful. Secondly, his use of light and shade, adds a dimension to the music that takes it beyond category.

Odd-Arne also makes use of tremendous sound texture without overburdening the ear. He seems to know exactly what he is looking for in a musical piece, finds it, and then executes it perfectly. Combine that with his overall compositional, arranging and interpretive brilliance, and we have an artist that we can only hope will inspire other musicians to go beyond category and genre and simply create beauty straight from the heart.

On “While I Was Crossing The Bridge”, Odd-Arne Jacobsen shows us how he systematically deconstructs, scrutinizes and rebuilds a track to become a very personal expression, probably unlike you’ve heard anybody else in jazz and classical guitar music do.

Particularly impressive are his creative workings on Consuelo Velázquez’s “Besame Mucho”, Ray Noble’s “Cherokee”, and “Flow My Tears” – a song that John Dowland originally composed for the Lute. Mix equal parts of Odd-Arne Jacobsen’s interpretive creativity and his performance skills, and this is what you get…an absolutely brilliant piece from beginning to end.

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Jennifer Hope releases her cover of Linkin Park’s “My December” for Fundraising Campaign http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jennifer-hope-releases-cover-linkin-parks-december-fundraising-campaign http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jennifer-hope-releases-cover-linkin-parks-december-fundraising-campaign#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 18:06:38 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30416 JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October […]

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JENNIFER HOPE LAUNCHES DOWNLOAD TO DONATE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT LINKIN PARK’S MUSIC FOR RELIEF CHARITY

Singer-Songwriter Jennifer Hope, has released her cover version of Linkin Park’s “My December” to raise awareness, and contributions for Music for Relief’s One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The track is available for download until October 27, 2017 at GoFundfMe. A one dollar donation is all that is required to receive a download code, but any additional amount is appreciated and your extended generosity can further help many in their time of need. All donations go to the charity through the PayPal giving fund.

My December cover artwork

“Hybrid Theory”, Linkin Park’s album, shocked the masses by making good nu metal. This is of course subjective, but it’s definitely one of the most unique and successful albums from the genre at the time. Linkin Park did what most nu metal bands didn’t – they focused on hooks and melodies, not just pure anger.

Not that it was completely void of anger. The album did succeed for a reason though. These songs were memorable and relatable. But hidden in amongst the nu-metal songs on the album, the song “My December” appeared as a bonus track.

The bonus track version gave us Linkin Park’s earliest sign of maturity. This song was incredible with the pure unforced and restrained emotion in Chester Bennington’s voice against the soft instrumentation and production. In fact the song shone because it focused on Chester’s emotive vocal style instead of Mike’s furious verses. And when does briefly Mike rap on this song he sounds in pain.

It was that sonic shift in sound that promised something amazing for the band’s future. Jennifer Hope takes that promise and builds on it in the most poignant and personal way. She generates a powerful harmonic resonance with a sense of horizontal stream and an emotional melodic core that screams loss.

Chester Bennington

The original version alluded strongly towards solitude and loneliness, to a point of desperation, hence, “…give it all away, just to have someone to go to…,” is almost like saying, having anyone is better than this hollow, lonely feeling. It’s better to share happiness with someone than to be alone with it. Jennifer twists the slant and tone of the track towards the departed Chester. So when she gets to the part that goes: “This is my December. These are my snow covered dreams. This is me pretending. This is all I need”, the feeling is one of loss and the resignation of having to come to terms with that emotion.

As always, Jennifer Hope’s vocal delivery is impeccable as she conveys her heartfelt rendition of “My December” without the overblown melodrama that one would expect from a tribute song. Part of the answer can be found in the fact that Jennifer had already been planning a cover version of this track back in December 2016. “I always thought that this bonus track on the Hybrid Theory was underplayed, explained Jennifer. “After various delays, my cover version was completed on July 20, 2017. I heard about the passing of Chester Bennington shortly thereafter.” The rest of what makes this such an immensely discernible cover, can be found in the beautifully tailored instrumental – the dominant acoustic piano, the deeply resonating strings – and of course that  marvelous voice that reeks of honesty and integrity.

OFFICIAL LINKS: GOFUNDMEWEBSITEFACEBOOKTWITTER

Jennifer Hope is an Alternative Singer-Songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Known for her distinct ethereal/dream pop vocals, unique songwriting style and enchanting renditions of well-known songs, her tracks have been released on Cleopatra Records as well as her own label, Mystic Dreams Music. Of Jennifer Hope’s various releases, her LP, Velvet Fire and EP, X -Tremities were sponsored by Eddie Van Halen and produced by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt). www.JenniferHope.com

Music for Relief is a nonprofit organization, which was founded by the band Linkin Park in 2004 and is comprised of musicians, music industry professionals, and music fans. Since inception in 2005 Music for Relief has raised over $9 million for survivors of multiple natural disasters. MFR is currently sending aid to help families in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean to recover from the damages following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In addition, Music for Relief has established the One More Light Fund in memory of Chester Bennington. The fund will honor his generous spirit and desire to help others. www.musicforrelief.org

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Jordan Everist: “Vacancy” is rich in instrumental gold infused with fragments of sparkling vocal gems http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jordan-everist-vacancy-rich-instrumental-gold-infused-fragments-sparkling-vocal-gems http://jamsphere.com/reviews/jordan-everist-vacancy-rich-instrumental-gold-infused-fragments-sparkling-vocal-gems#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 13:56:12 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30411 Jordan Everist is a creative from Portland, Oregon. His love of music began when he was 4, but really took off in his high school years. Since then he has been producing music professionally for short films, cartoons, and musicians. He also has had a series of personal projects, where he’s been able to express […]

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Jordan Everist is a creative from Portland, Oregon. His love of music began when he was 4, but really took off in his high school years. Since then he has been producing music professionally for short films, cartoons, and musicians. He also has had a series of personal projects, where he’s been able to express himself and develop his own voice. Besides music, Jordan has an interest in all things creative, which he shows through his other ventures, writing and animating cartoons, and developing video games.

Odds are if you’re reading this review, you’ve heard of Everist’s music before. If you haven’t, it’s your lucky day: you’ve just struck a hidden gold mine of music that will catch you off guard. The best part? Jordan Everist’s new album, “Vacancy”, is rich in instrumental gold infused with fragments of sparkling vocal gems.

So why do I know you’ll like this album? This isn’t an album where you skip some songs and repeat others unequally: you’ll love every track to the point where you will end up adding the whole album to your favorite playlist.

It’s the perfect soundtrack for driving, playing games, relaxing, or anything you can really think of doing while listening to music. Everist covers a whole lot of musical ground from vastly supersonic soundscapes covered with synthesized bliss and a hip-hop instrumental paradise, to incorporating organic and sample-filled chilled vibrations that take soulful turns towards low-key pop and ambient flavorings. You can’t help but ecstatically smile, as you listen to this multi-genre potpourri. Go ahead, you’ll see what I mean.

I’m trying not to reveal too much, because I don’t want to spoil your first undisturbed listen of this album, but just know this: Jordan Everist lands on the planet of chill and bliss and excitement that many other instrumental artists aspire to even find, and this record is your first-class ticket there.

Part of the excitement and interest is that there is always a hint of experimentation, or boundary pushing, present in each and every track. So even the most fleshed out tune sounds like its work-in-progress, ready to take yet another left turn. The other surprise is, of course, the fact that no two songs sound the same.

The dreaminess from the electronic sounds is matched with beautiful use of the sparse vocals and samples. I love this combo as it adds more groove and soul than some of the more ‘pure’ electronic music, which can also be colder and more austere.

The final fraction of “Indecisive” forges stunningly emotional vocals, while “Switching Lanes”, pretty much maintains a soulful groove throughout.  However, it’s “Let Go” that is the first real standout with its ethereal vocals and magnetic head-nodding beat. And it gets even more soulful on “What We Do”, where the vocals fade tantalizingly in and out of the audio spectrum.

Beautiful, tranquil, and yet often pulsating, Jordan Everist’s reverberating sound elements intertwine with each other like paint being mixed on a palette until you can’t quite tell what color it is you are looking at.

This happens on another set of standouts like “Tired”, “The Ghost” and the title track, “Vacancy” – These tracks have a wonderful warmth about them with genuine emotion, and a positive energy that abounds. Electronic albums can sometimes sound sterile and emotionless, but that is not the case here by any means. Grab a cup of green tea and put this on and your mood will change.

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RealTalk: “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous – Rapping with an intense demeanor http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/realtalk-time-machine-hosted-dj-infamous-rapping-intense-demeanor http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/realtalk-time-machine-hosted-dj-infamous-rapping-intense-demeanor#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:05:19 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30406 On his brand new mixtape, “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous, Phoenix, AZ based artist RealTalk, delivers his visceral lifetime narratives over remixes of hits taken from the 70s, 80s and 90s, including samples by Bobby Womack, Rose Royce, Michael Jackson, Prince, Xscape , Aaliyah, Pink Floyd, and more. The mixtape delivers 12 grooving […]

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On his brand new mixtape, “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous, Phoenix, AZ based artist RealTalk, delivers his visceral lifetime narratives over remixes of hits taken from the 70s, 80s and 90s, including samples by Bobby Womack, Rose Royce, Michael Jackson, Prince, Xscape , Aaliyah, Pink Floyd, and more. The mixtape delivers 12 grooving tracks with beats by a handful of skillful producers, from Dj Eric Swain, Rehab Beats, to BigMattBeatz, Kaleem Beats and MCK, as well as By 318tae who has the lion’s share with 4 tracks.

The only feature is The Last Poets on the opening track, “Niggas”. If you are already familiar with RealTalk’s past works, then you know that he delivers in all categories of a recording. There is depth and variety to each song, which is supremely supported by excellent lyrics and production.

This is an artist who is contributing to his genre in a positive way and it shows once again in this album. As soon as you hit play on the opening track, which is, “Niggas” ft. The Last Poets, you hear rhythmic Afro-styled percussion, chanting, singing, and a high energy preacher type sermon – some real artistic, cultural and political vibes come through here.

This isn’t that hip-hop mixtape intro where the artist comes out rapping a mile a minute about his personal prowess. That’s because RealTalk is not trying to prove he’s an amazing rapper, he’s trying to prove he can make an amazing mixtape.

The insistence with authenticity is a familiar pose in hip-hop. For RealTalk, though, life isn’t just a source of borrowed credibility; it’s where this storyteller goes to absorb details that for others might merely be glimpsed from afar. “The Time Machine” is thick with the residue of these immersions. Even when he’s drawing on his own experiences he exercises an observational acuity that suggests how much noticing he’s been doing. Real-life subjects are addressed, providing insight into his worldliness.

All throughout the mixtape, RealTalk did things his way. Rapping over remixes of past hits, might seem like a risk in a market where nobody even remembers last month’s top 40 placings. It is a risk only real artists are capable of taking to express their artistry.

But as soon as you bump into the triumvirate of standout tracks – “Patience” (Prod. by Justwritebeats), “Anymore” (Prod. by Rehab Beats) and “Diana” (Prod. by BigMattBeatz), you realize the indefectible reasoning behind that risk. Whether or not you recognize these songs make no difference to their sublime execution and desired effect on the listener.

If anything, knowing the samples only enhance your listening experience. The heartfelt mellow production on “Down With You” (Prod.By 318tae) only complements the power of the relatable lyrics, as RealTalk digs in with his inspiring flow. It’s tremendous track for its personal details, provided by a true storyteller.

Rapping with an intense demeanor, RealTalk is in his ultimate prime on “Got To Change” (Prod.By 318tae) which is, quite possibly, one of his best tracks lyrically. The production is reminiscent of old school hip-hop and will have heads nodding in agreement as the words propel into the brain.

The hard-knock-powered production mixed with melodic vocals in the background, is captivating on “It Happened” (Prod. by 318tae), which closes the mixtape with yet another standout. “The Time Machine” is RealTalk’s truest, most personal, artistic statement to date, and is easily his best release.

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David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” – the vivid gift and joy of believing! http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/david-vaters-voice-wilderness-volume-2-vivid-gift-joy-believing http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/david-vaters-voice-wilderness-volume-2-vivid-gift-joy-believing#respond Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:47:22 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30402 “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” finds David Vaters in top form. This is a beautiful complex album that highlights the full brilliance of David’s genius, as well as the serenity and wisdom of a long, full life. Those of you who have listened to the previous, ambitious and critically acclaimed project, “A Voice […]

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“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” finds David Vaters in top form. This is a beautiful complex album that highlights the full brilliance of David’s genius, as well as the serenity and wisdom of a long, full life. Those of you who have listened to the previous, ambitious and critically acclaimed project, “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1 ”, showcasing a cast of a-league musicians, will know exactly what to expect. As this offers more of the same emotional experiences savored on that recording. Once again David enlightens us with his lyrical wisdom, as he warns about our cultural and spiritual shortcomings and our insatiable desire to reap personal fulfillment from worldly possessions.  What David Vaters has given us here is a ten-song cycle that eloquently elaborates the daily vicissitudes of a man passionately uncovering the truths inside his soul.

The record is as much a view of both the beautiful and ugly corners of contemporary society, as it is an interior monologue on the power of faith. With unabashed, yet understated tenderness, there is none of the cloying quality in David’s voice and phrasing that somewhat mars your regular rock star’s performances. Vater’s sings from the heart at all times, without cunningly searching for the all-enticing hook.

The magnetizing power of his songs lie in the engaging melodies, the lavish production and the visceral approach he has to his storytelling vocal deliveries. More than simply singing a song David seems to be baring his soul. Hence the listener remains captivated all throughout the album.

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” is rock, it’s Americana, it’s thoughtful, gracious, beautiful, uplifting, and most of all it is David Vaters at his best. Here he opens up his heart for the most personal and most emotional release thus far. The electric, acoustic and organic composition of the songs are wonderfully orchestrated narratives mixed with hope and praise as Vaters chronicles the vivid gift and joy of believing.

He has created an album with vertically-focused worship songs. The record hits the ground running with “Castles In The Sand”, a mid-tempo song with a simple melody that you will find yourself quickly singing along to. On the heels of this anthem you will run into a tune written with the thought of avoiding resentment called “Forgive”. Starting off intimately with a piano and vocal lead-in, it falls into a beautiful groove as it hits the first chorus.

The first real universal standout arrives with “Godly Man”, a very worshipful song that contain powerful declarations to God, it employs a large and lavish rock arrangement. From here on out the album rises to amazing heights both musically and spiritually, as David’s relationship with God becomes more intense throughout the narratives.

“Brothers Of Mine” has a pretty deep meaning. It seems the song is telling the listener that the light shines brightest in the darkest places and times. One thing that I like about David Vaters for sure is the way he writes his songs, which make the listener imagine the situation and feel the meaning of every word in the track.

For arrangement, musicality and lyricism, moments of excellence can be savored on “Talking To God”, “Like I’ve Been Born Again” and “Service Of The King”, the best three back-to-back songs I have heard on any album during the last year or two. Regardless of genre.

It’s really hard to believe that “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2”, is only David Vaters’ second solo album. All things taken into consideration, it actually sounds like his twentieth. It does of course help that he had a roster of well-known players in the studio.

Including Grammy and Dove award winner Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin, John Hammond and Brian Fullen on drums and percussion and Jeff Cox and Gary Lunn on Bass, Johnathan Brown on Keyboards, Susie Vaters and K.J. Raney on Background Vocals, and David Vest on background vocals, keyboards and orchestration, while David himself handles the Acoustic Guitar and of course the Vocals. All the songs were written by David Vaters, except “Castles in the Sand”, which was written in collaboration with Ward Pike.

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Long Island Native and Singer Alyssa Colón to Release “I’m Gucci” http://jamsphere.com/news/long-island-native-singer-alyssa-colon-release-im-gucci http://jamsphere.com/news/long-island-native-singer-alyssa-colon-release-im-gucci#respond Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:06:45 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30398 LOS ANGELES, CA – Long Island, New York is home to 16-year-old singer Alyssa Colón. Since beginning her musical journey at age three, Alyssa has never stopped singing to her own beat. When asked about the inspiration behind her decision to pursue a musical career, Alyssa reflects on her relationship with late grandfather. A true […]

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LOS ANGELES, CA – Long Island, New York is home to 16-year-old singer Alyssa Colón. Since beginning her musical journey at age three, Alyssa has never stopped singing to her own beat. When asked about the inspiration behind her decision to pursue a musical career, Alyssa reflects on her relationship with late grandfather. A true musician himself, her grandfather would often play guitar, and eventually taught Alyssa how to sing along. This special bond is significant in Alyssa’s career, as it paved the way for her future in music.

As Alyssa’s grandfather continued to coach her, she began to learn the fabric of her own sound. “I continued to grow as a singer, and it made me want to do music,” said Alyssa. As she kept perfecting her craft, she also ventured into playing instruments, specifically with piano. This is a true reflection of the artist’s commitment to exceeding any boundaries, as the singer does not believe in limiting herself in her career. “Music means so much to me,” said Alyssa. “So many of my favorite artists, like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber, have impact on their fans through their words, and I want to put that kind of impact on others.” The 16-year-old makes it her mission to be somebody in this industry that fans and listeners can relate to and rely on for support. Through spreading light and positivity, she continues to do just that.

After her recent release of “Because of You” and “Blocking You”, she has been busy getting ready to release more music from her repertoire. Before the release of the single, Alyssa admits she had feelings of apprehension and nervousness, much like other artists, as she thought people might react in an unfavorable way. However, this was far from the case. “After the release, I received so much positive feedback. The song brought almost 8,000 hits on SoundCloud in the first week, and it was amazing to receive so many good comments and positive feedback,” said Alyssa. Seeing all of her hard work come to fruition was so surreal, and further inspired her to keep moving forward. She is planning to release her next single, “Sportyrich”, in addition to her upcoming project, “I’m Gucci”.

Looking to the future, the singer hopes to put a lasting impact on people who come across her music. She plans to go the extra mile to inspire people in the process, and do so much more than merely releasing music just to do so. “I love music, and being an artist in general. Putting out music is a different story, and though I plan to do that, I also want to help people,” said Alyssa. Through the positive message delivered through her meaningful lyrics, she hopes to brighten up someone’s day, day in and day out. Whether it is on tour or at a stop along the way, Alyssa’s desire is for her fans to feel comfortable relying on her through life experiences. Her musical style, which includes pop mixed with an RnB feel, is extremely versatile. Her overall artistic persona is something that sets her apart from the rest. “My music is going to be different,” said Alyssa. “I want to do a mix of things that other artists aren’t currently doing. I want to bring back the RnB vibe, and I feel I can do that with my voice and style of music.” There are major things in the work for this talented singer, and the sky is the absolute limit.

Follow Alyssa Colón on her social media sites below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Alyssacolonn/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alyssacolonn/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alyssacolon2

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lyssaol/

Youtube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC9SSxdk4A_g7pgEaqiNDFQQ

Website: alyssacolon.com

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Elíz Camacho: “Unfinished Letter” is in memory of her loving grandfather http://jamsphere.com/news/eliz-camacho-unfinished-letter-memory-loving-grandfather http://jamsphere.com/news/eliz-camacho-unfinished-letter-memory-loving-grandfather#respond Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:39:10 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30395 Unfinished Letter by Elíz Camacho is a 3-track cd featuring cinematic productions, charismatic vocals, and compassion in memory of the loving grandfather of Eliz Camacho. The set also includes, studio-live version (Sincere Williams) and bonus track. The tracks and set runs as follows: Unfinished Letter – Unfinished Letter is straight-up hypnotic and cinematic with a diva-ready […]

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Unfinished Letter by Elíz Camacho is a 3-track cd featuring cinematic productions, charismatic vocals, and compassion in memory of the loving grandfather of Eliz Camacho. The set also includes, studio-live version (Sincere Williams) and bonus track. The tracks and set runs as follows:

Unfinished Letter – Unfinished Letter is straight-up hypnotic and cinematic with a diva-ready melody which marks the arrival of trendsetting collaborations between Eliz Camacho and Ajay B. Singer-songwriter Eliz Camacho’s powerhouse vocals aim straight for the heart and the song is an emotional dedication in remembrance of her grandfather. Eliz’s vocals simmer just at the right temperature as she sings the thought-provoking lyrics “living [my life] away from [you] but I need your help to get through”. Ajay B adds his own palette from down under, a throbbing bass line laced with pulsating synthesizers and a beat that pops a pleasant surprise at 2:54. Unfinished Letter is refreshing and definitely sets the mood of Eliz Camacho’s forthcoming album.

Unfinished Letter (Studio Live Version) – Unfinished Letter, the second EP release, following first EP Get Loose, films singer-songwriter, Eliz Camacho live recording up close and personal experiences in her life and music, embarking a journey in remembrance of her grandfather. Unfinished Letter includes studio session with commentary scenes at The Lounge Studio (New York City), featuring debut single “Unfinished Letter”.

Unfinished Letter [Ajay B Club Mix] – Right off the bat with their first collaboration “Unfinished Letter”, Eliz Camacho (US) and Ajay B (AUS) have put in work across 10,000 miles yet again on the official remix of Unfinished Letter [Ajay B Club Mix]. This radio-friendly and extremely catchy track has heavy mass appeal that’s bound to go on heavy rotation worldwide. Eliz Camacho’s layered and powerhouse vocals really works well and gives it a distinctively nostalgic and soulful feel. Ajay B adds his own palette subtle, yet prickly synths for a cleverly addictive new take on the original. The Unfinished Letter Club Mix explodes into a vibrant dance track and you’ll find it difficult getting this one out of your head.

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Russell Esby: “Post-Sentiments” – cool, calm and collected! http://jamsphere.com/reviews/russell-esby-post-sentiments-cool-calm-collected http://jamsphere.com/reviews/russell-esby-post-sentiments-cool-calm-collected#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:19:53 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30391 Russell Esby is a 17 year old multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, from the European island of Malta. Russell says that writing songs and playing music is his escape from everyday life’s complexities. “Post-Sentiments” is Russell’s 6 track EP: exquisitely meandering sonics that author tranquil moods presented alongside insightful lyrical content. With a clear love of personal […]

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Russell Esby is a 17 year old multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, from the European island of Malta. Russell says that writing songs and playing music is his escape from everyday life’s complexities. “Post-Sentiments” is Russell’s 6 track EP: exquisitely meandering sonics that author tranquil moods presented alongside insightful lyrical content. With a clear love of personal storytelling, and a keen eye for the problems present throughout relationships, and yet with no desire to feverishly impose his knowledge, Russell weaves a gentle spell that pushes listeners toward awareness at their own pace. If you can embrace the gentlest subplot inside yourself – one that cherishes whisper-soft dances across the aural waves – then please do step into this acoustic dominated experience.

The music is stripped down to the mostly acoustic essentials, with some percussion and other sparsely used electric and organic instrumentation. It’s not easy to define: incorporating elements of Folk, Rock, and Pop, blended into something that is always soft, rhythmic and undeniably catchy in the most peaceful sense of the term. “Amanda’s Hymn” opens the recording with a meandering tale and a gentle swaying beat.

“Carnival Day” sounds like diamonds of a sunshine shimmying across ocean waves that balances all things infectious in Esby’s sound which matches his intelligently poetic lyrics. He follows this with the sweet-sounding “Girl Of My Dreams”, with a lovelorn dreamy feel that is reminiscent of the first time you really fell under the spell of infatuation. “Chocolate” flows superbly into the rustic guitars and drums that set the tone for the upbeat rhythm and eclectic unison vocal style which makes for a quirky and spirited recording.

“Hypnotised” is an exercise of song writing minimalism that keeps Russell Esby’s lyrical narrative at the forefront beside his simple and crisp guitar work and beautiful song writing. Few artists so young could write such a simple song that is overflowing with a level of soulful emotion, yet Esby seems to do so effortlessly. The title track, “Post-Sentiments”, is without a doubt the EP’s catchiest radio ready song, with its smoothly flowing rhythm and fleshed out instrumentation.

Uncluttered, simple, and spotless, the song features solid production work for a homemade project that’s never over- nor under-produced. The combination of the essential music and deep lyrics hit home in unexpected ways, because it’s easy to listen to and learn what Russell trying to convey.

Russell Esby’s songs allude to reigniting love, being empathetic, encouraging imagination and wonderment, and reflecting on life. Not bad for a seventeen year old. Esby remains cool, calm, and collected throughout, but there’s a charm about his vocals.  Even though he never asserts himself in an aggressive manner, his personality wins you over, despite his subtlety.

All in all, Russell Esby delivers a well-rounded affair with “Post-Sentiments”. He’s a minimalist artist – at least on this record- but for the most part, he does a great job of balancing stripped and more electric moments. Everything feels natural and right, with a soulfulness that’s never forced.

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JIBE: “Epic Tales of Human Nature” – Incandescent and emotional http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jibe-epic-tales-human-nature-incandescent-emotional http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/jibe-epic-tales-human-nature-incandescent-emotional#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:31:54 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30387 The 1994 assembled Dallas TX alt-rock band, JIBE, featuring vocalist Joe Grah, guitarist Toby Bittenbender, Corey Tatro on bass, and drummer Todd Harwell, is back after an eleven year hiatus with a brand new, full-length concept album, entitled “Epic Tales of Human Nature”. Produced by JIBE and Matt Noveskey (Blue October), and mixed by Grammy […]

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The 1994 assembled Dallas TX alt-rock band, JIBE, featuring vocalist Joe Grah, guitarist Toby Bittenbender, Corey Tatro on bass, and drummer Todd Harwell, is back after an eleven year hiatus with a brand new, full-length concept album, entitled “Epic Tales of Human Nature”. Produced by JIBE and Matt Noveskey (Blue October), and mixed by Grammy award-winning producer/engineer, Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn), the recording was completed at Orb Recording studios in Austin, TX. Wow! Once every year or two, I pick up an album that is so good it dominates my music preference for weeks or even months on end because it’s so good, so captivating, and nearly every song is a gem. “Epic Tales of Human Nature” is one of those albums.

Thirteen tracks deep, this album is a thoughtfully underscored and in-your-face social commentary set to hard rocking riffs that takes no prisoners. Kicking off with “Children of the Sun” starts off the album in a decidedly anthemic and melodic way with grungy guitar riffs followed by the rush of soaring choruses.

“Broken City” is a bold statement that JIBE is back with cutting guitars, as well as accompanying booming drums and bass that demands attention from the first fist-pumping beat and riff. Moving on to “The Human Condition”. We hear a head-bobbing piece of intricate rhythm and rhyme that tells the listener to “save the human race, before it’s too late.”

Keeping with the seeing past the end of your nose theme is “Release” – a biting track that takes the listener by the neck and shows them how the world keeps spinning badly, “as change is what we need.” Joe Grah’s satin-and-gravel blended voice, cuts into “Girl On The Hill”, just leaving enough room for Toby Bittenbender’s screaming guitar to exercise its potency, before the band falls into a brief piano-driven slumber on “A Shadow In The Garden”.

“Change” proceeds to lift the intensity with an upbeat radio-ready rock tune. “We’ve Only Just Begun”, is the type of track you purchase an album like this for – changing moods, soft and loud tones, adrenalin-pumping choruses, a motherlode of guitar riffs and inebriating vocals.

By the time we hit the rumble of “Don’t Give It All Away”, it is clear that JIBE has come back in a huge way. Their no holds barred, kick-ass rock, shakes the very foundations of the genre, saying it’s not over yet…not by a long shot.

The band is just as impressive when they take their feet off the pedal, as they do on the acoustic driven melody of “Waiting”. The track offers you just enough breathing space, before its back to the rock drawing board for “The Best I Ever Had”, another vehicle designed for Grah to show off his vocal cords, alongside Bittenbender’s fiery electric six-string. “Sanctuary” provides yet another quiet interlude, before “Bravery” delivers a multilayered backdrop of rich sounds and harmonies to close the album in luxurious style.

As a whole, JIBE’s album, “Epic Tales of Human Nature”, is intensely immersing. With the combination of the dramatic instrumentals and enthralling vocals, the recording can almost be considered cathartic given the themes it covers. I would rate this album, as a triumphant return for the band. Incandescent and emotional, this recording will launch JIBE back onto the scene without skipping a beat.

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Woochia: “Travels” – acoustic and synth-drenched set-ups make for an unusual combination http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/woochia-travels-acoustic-synth-drenched-set-ups-make-unusual-combination http://jamsphere.com/newreleases/woochia-travels-acoustic-synth-drenched-set-ups-make-unusual-combination#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:39:39 +0000 http://jamsphere.com/?p=30380 London-based French music and video producer, Charly Sauret aka Woochia, is influenced by artists such as Tool, Heretik and Beethoven, which is a fairly good indication of the vast creative spectrum his music is composed within. Expect also, to find a wide variety of blended sounds to accompany his arrangements – like the tones of […]

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London-based French music and video producer, Charly Sauret aka Woochia, is influenced by artists such as Tool, Heretik and Beethoven, which is a fairly good indication of the vast creative spectrum his music is composed within. Expect also, to find a wide variety of blended sounds to accompany his arrangements – like the tones of acoustic instruments (guitars or didgeridoo) with tones usually used for meditation (singing bowls, different types of throat singing) mixed with driving percussion and pumping synth bass lines, to deliver what is described as soft and melodic techno music.

A former student of Musicology at the University of Evry, and 10 years of composing computer music behind him, Woochia has worked with artists such as, Richard “Kory” Rivereau (Beyond the Dust, Rise) and Ebde (Ebde, Otter and Snake). His latest release, is the 6 track EP entitled “Travels”.

The recording instantly feels like a quintessential, well-crafted eclectic concoction, every bit as vital and masterfully mottled as his previously released genre-bridging output to date. Briefly running through his catalog, I find “Travels” to be Woochia’s most cohesive offering to date.

According to Woochia, all the tracks on this EP were composed or conceived in trains, buses and coaches while travelling between and around London and Paris. “These songs capture the feeling of being on the road, following the drift of the mind in its own imagination while the landscapes go by, behind the window,” he explains. For Woochia, a carefully-wielded air of familiarity – be it tempted via a balmy bass swell or a picked acoustic guitar pattern – can fare as potent as the fiercest sonic progression.

Guided by his own production – “Travels” finds Woochia not simply hitting the sweet spot between referencing his past experiences whilst keeping two eyes on the horizon, but conquering it. From the likes of the mid-tempo, melodic-conjuring of “Bus” and the acoustic guitar and percussive thrust of “Train”, to the rhythmic and haunting “Soil” and the brooding “Tunnel”, as well as the highlight “Ritual Walking” – a cinematic instrumental, where a thickly layered brass and string backdrop supports playful guitars and a hand-clap beat.

Expanding upon the blueprints of his instrumental craft, there are some real seismic peaks in Woochia’s approach here that seals the deal, as he excavates acquainted territory to reveal real forward motion and a slew of new-fangled ideas. The subtle impetus and melody that drives “Flow” forth is tangible.

Woochia’s acoustic and synth-drenched set-ups make for an unusual combination, one that delivers alluring, subtle melodies and rich atmospheric textures. It’s electronic rendered in an unusually accessible and articulate way. There’s enough energy and ingenuity to hold interest throughout, alongside Woochia’s ability to gently shift tones and textures while allowing them to coalesce lucidly.

In “Travels”, the artist displays a development in sound and execution that proves his vistas and stealth are as captivating as his desire to keep exploring new sounds and possibilities. Certainly, Woochia is happy to mix the colors from the wide palette he is holding.  It will also enable this London-based Frenchman to build a respectable reputation over the years, one best appreciated by those who tend to admire ambition and experimentation.

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