Artist Review: Engell – “Been Looking For” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Christina Myers


A very eclectic and experimental exercise into the realm of EDM and ambience. Recording Artist Engell brings us a very versatile edge in his new single “Been Looking For”.

With great experimentation in diversity and versatility, this artist brings a very likable, soulful, and passionate approach into the world of Electronic music without overdosing you on the noise factor. The song gently brings you into a buildup of emotions, and other moods that solidify the overall approach. And it’s safe to say that this track also expresses the vocals through melody and narratives alike. It’s something that makes you think, feel, and wonder what’s in the mind of its creator.

The production value is right where it needs to be, and can definitely be a great draft pick for a movie score. Engell has a sound that harbors many thoughts, emotions, and an expressive nature that grabs you on a personal level. It’s a deep song, with many light and dark sensations of reflection throughout the song’s buildup. And as the song plays out, you definitely begin to think for yourself about what this song means to the creator, as well as what it means to you. And I believe the balance between audio and imagery are perfectly presented as the song curiously keeps you listening all the way to the end.

This is definitely a song with deep meaning, and has moments that really grasp at your soul. Take a listen to “Been Looking For” and see (as well as hear) what the song means to you. It’s anthemic and a very dynamic adventure.

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Artist Review: Soap

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Hailing from the cityscape of Toronto, this up and coming Rapper is already making some noise in his scene.

Recognized by the stage name of Soap, and with a rocky start to his career, his undeniable strive to get his name out has been very apparent since putting out his audio tape Down in the Six.

With very charismatic flow in his lyrical structures with very smooth beats to compliment his overall range, it’s his vocal tone that really solidifies his sound as unique, accessible, and for the ear of the true Hip Hop enthusiast. 

His song “Views of the Six” demonstrates this beautifully, and definitely encourages you to see what Soap is all about. And with a very humble persona on top of natural talent at the surface, I can definitely see some raw potential with the drive and strive to just be heard. That’s the greatest part. He’s not asking to be famous overnight, he does however, want you to take a listen and give him a chance. And out of most underground Rappers that tend to have tunnel vision nowadays when it comes to being at the top of the game without having to work for it, this is not the case with Soap. If you’ve got the time, he’ll bring the tracks.

This is a talented Canadian Artist with a very humble mantra, as well as a great influence on artists that really want to pay their dues, evolve as an artist, and be heard & known for who they really are. Soap is one of the realest artists we’ve come across in quite sometime. Therefore, I think you should give him a listen and really get to know an artist that truly wants to play his cards right, without overhyping himself or succumbing to arrogance. Which is very, very rare among up and comers these days.

Soap is no joke. Give him the chance he deserves. We have his back 100%.

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Artist Review: Awaiting The Answer

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

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Heavy chugs, soaring guitar tones, melodic vocals with a powerful rhythm section makes Awaiting The Answer one of those bands that keeps it heavy, and keeps it completely real.

With a sound that can be comparable to Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine, and Atreyu, this Canadian quintet shows no disappointment in the musicianship factor. Setting all post production antics aside, this band is a big breath of fresh air. Their song “No Innocence” is a perfect example of how naturally gifted the band is. With dueling guitars that set the heavy tone for the rhythm section, and vocals that lead the pack altogether with both melodic approaches and shattering screams that grab you by the throat, you get a grasp of the perfect balance with their take on the melodic-metal core sound.

The best part to me is the simplicity. No EDM implementation, or experimental studio theatrics. This band did it the old fashion way that never fails. Step one: write powerful songs. Two: perfect them and polish them. And three: go into the studio, plug in, and track everything as it was intended. Your result will be nothing short of amazing, because there’s no unnecessary additives in this mix. This is a band that truly sticks to the roots of what made melodic metal the unstoppable genre it is today.

This genre is everywhere, but it’s very hard to find a band that can still truly pull off what this genre was really meant to be. Awaiting The Answer is one of those bands. And it’s refreshing as hell.

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Artist Review: Trusoul Davis

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Bringing back the smooth R&B sound we’ve all come to know over the 90’s era, and a touch of today’s Neo Soul sensibility that beautifully compliments the style and song delivery, Cleveland rising artist Trusoul Davis has brought a very sensual and passionate sound to the table with his infectious vocal melodies, and naturally gifted voice that perfectly showcases the music he has been creating over the years.

Trusoul probably could name off an endless list of influences, but when I take a listen to him, I hear a very great take on a genre that really knows how to capture the soul. His song “What About Me” off of his most recent album really demonstrates the heart behind the talent and really puts different musical focuses throughout the song’s structure. The intro is very curious, and even puts some theatrical foreshadowing into the song’s content as his very impressive one-track verse showcases Trusoul‘s sensual, real, and attractive vocal approach that keeps the listener interested, and perhaps in an anticipated state by wondering what the Chorus is going to bring to the approach.

The Chorus does not disappoint, at all. Just like the 90’s influence that was spoken of with some fantastically executed vocal overdubs and room for harmonies, it just comes together as one powerful Chorus that brings every true melody most effective in this song to the forefront, while keeping everything interesting in the backdrop, and side panels of the mix. Trusoul definitely knows how to melt your heart with beautiful vocal melodies, especially in his chance to bring forth a flawlessly performed, and produced Chorus like the one here in “What About Me”.

It’s hard to find R&B nowadays that isn’t smeared with several Feature Artists (Rappers, Singers, etc.). It’s refreshing to hear one brilliant artist put his self-taught work and solo-vocals strictly into the music’s entirety. And this comes as no surprise coming from an Artist that has an insatiable love for the 90s (as most of us do). Trusoul Davis has this song and the rest of his Album for sale, and is also able to be heard on ReverbNation as well as a nation-wide range of Radio Stations, Podcasts, Music Blogs, Music Retailers, and more. I truly recommend this Artist in every way. Chances are if you listen to this song, you’ll want to hear them all. Prepare to become instant-fan status after lending your eardrums to Trusoul Davis.

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Artist Review: Riesgo – “Ascent” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Solo Banks


Our good friends and sponsor Fearfield Studio have been establishing a collective of very impressive Indie Artists, and we are more than stoked that they sent another one of their up & comers our way.

This next artist, Riesgo, caught our ears immediately with his 90’s influenced Trip Hop beat in his single, “Ascent”, that brings us back to some of Hip Hop’s glory days. There’s even a Mortal Kombat sound byte in the intro that gives a strong affirmation to the 90’s era.

With witty lyricism and splendid rhyming techniques that solidify a very trippy yet busy verse, it all supports many defining factors to this song’s versatility. It pays homage to Hip Hop roots, has enough dynamics in the beat to keep the mind occupied, and definitely grasps at your interest for the track. 

Riesgo‘s flow is one that fits like a glove with both his sense of tone and technique as a whole. “Ascent” is also very charismatic, but the Indie Hip Hop Artist never tries to outdo himself in any way. His style is showcased not only properly for his approach, but also effectively. Leaving  him with an original persona that could head in many positive directions, and so far, seems to be doing just that with an insatiable drive to match.

With skill and ambition serving as perfect parallels for Riesgo, we picture a very bright future ahead for him. And we are in anticipation of what’s to come in the near future for his music and career altogether.

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Artist Review: Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders – “Only One” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Catchy, crafty, and very soulful might be a few ways to describe Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders’ exercise in eclectic mixes of Rock and Pop with their new single, “Only One”, which is a track that’s on their anticipated new album, Greenbah.

With a very tender Beatles-era vibe, Billy Roberts brings a sound to the table that is very universal, fun-loving, uplifting, and can be booked as a live act just about anywhere. They’re not too loud and rowdy, but at the same time can bring the energy to the dance floor and will definitely have you humming along to the Chorus of this catchy single.

There’s a great interactive exchange between both the rhythm section, and the guitar/piano textures that compliment it from beginning to end. Roberts’ voice gives us an R.E.M. kind of feel, together with his vocal delivery and range. And also knows how to choose his melodies wisely with his syllable usage. So we have an impressive backbone with Roberts’ craft of lyricism, and the appropriate factors of talent he utilizes to make this song effective and hard to get out of your head.

The production value is very natural, well-rounded, and showcases the band’s unit as a whole without any post-production antics that could make or break this classic Pop-oriented take on Rock. In a way, “Only One” to me sounds like an upbeat ballad with a cruising tempo. And I can easily hear this song being played both softly as a classic ballad, and the upbeat version as it is. If I had to vote between the two methods, I’d say the up-tempo sensibility the band chose is in best interest for this song. It’s clever, fun, and has a relatable sound that almost any passionate Rock listener can enjoy.

Definitely give this song a listen for yourself. Either way, no matter how you dissect it, it’s something you’re going to genuinely enjoy. And will most likely entice you to check out more of Billy Roberts catalogue, as well as perhaps purchasing Greenbah upon its release. We encourage it highly.

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Artist Review #2: After Alice – “99 Gold” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

We last reviewed Hard Rock outfit, After Alice, in January 2016. One year later, their music is even more infectious, and their presence has expanded gracefully.

Like stated in the first review, AA‘s spot-on and high range, flawless vocal structures are still ever present with the band’s main focus being their songwriting, which in our opinion is still in the realm of something that is almost unheard of in today’s Rock/Metal category. Basically, if you’re a big fan of the 90’s AKA when great songwriting still existed, then this band is an absolute must-hear for you.

With time comes more greatness for After Alice with the release of their newest single that’s spreading like wildfire on podcasts and radio, “99 Gold”. Once again, we have astonishment in the production value. The band obviously knows where their greatest strengths are, and they put it right to the forefront where it belongs. The guitar riff drives this song forward until the high vocal range grabs you by the throat. And by the time you get to the catchy chorus, your mind is still trying to catch up to the adrenaline rush that’s been thrown at you (whether you were prepared or not).

The chorus is catchy, memorable, and sticks like glue. And if you’re a guitarist, the opening riff to this track will definitely be chugging in your head even while you sleep. It’s an infectious riff, and it’s perhaps the simplicity and ability to write a proper vocal melody that makes After Alice as effective as they are. 

One word of this song title describes this song beautifully: gold. Hey, After Alice, can we get some more please?

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