Artist Review: Empire Of The Ants

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Mark Sullivan

An audio and visual realm of ambience, texture, and a familiar versatile stylization.

With many years under their belts as songwriting musicians from the UK cityscapes of West London, dynamic studio-duo Empire of the Ants bring us a fresh take on stylized Electronic Rock with 90s-era Grunge and Industrial influences that are among some of the best we’ve come to know.

Their music video for “Radar” is a solid first impression of the band. With a low to mid vocal range in the forefront, this ambient and subtle track really explores a progressive edge that shows comparisons to pioneer artists such as The Cure, Muse, and David Bowie. With a driving rotund low end and attention-grabbing vocal content, this listening experience parallels perfectly with the visual experience perfectly, and really shows you a style and image that is not only fresh-faced, but pays homage to some of the best music eras we’ve come to know and love over decades.

Their second video “Sirens” brings a more upbeat side to the duo with great cinematic elements with stunning use of color. This grunge/industrial crossover sustains an energetic flow but still brings out the same ambience that really gives Empire of the Ants the signature sound that solidifies their artistic merit and persona.

Their third video, “Utopia”, is another stroke of visual gratification with excellent blends of black & white cinematography. The song is very climactic and utilizes significant structures that deliver a buildup that makes this song an effectively compelling measure-for-measure and frame-by-frame experience. This one definitely looks and feels like the heart of their sound, and showcases their originality the strongest.

All 3 of these music videos are very much worth the watch & listen. If you’re into the classic 80s/90s Rock/Industrial era with magnetic framework and production value of today’s modernization, then Empire of the Ants will be added to your list of discoveries you wished you discovered much earlier.

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Artist Review: Cat Beach – “Go to Work” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Another astonishing and compelling reason that the Nashville music scene never disappoints.

That reason comes in the form of the charismatic and artistically articulate recording artist Cat Beach. A pioneer of the city’s renowned music scene with all the right ingredients to showcase some of today’s finer modernized Country & Blues.

Her hot single “Go to Work” is a perfect demonstration of how these ingredients are mixed with Cat Beach‘s very impressive mid-vocal range and groovy production value. While this song lyrically could be the polar opposite of the acclaimed “Take This Job and Shove It!”, we still get to grasp the same catchiness in a whole new way; except this time, you go to your job rather than quitting it on bad terms.

It’s only a lyrical reference however. The song itself is a very enchanting danceable experience with great backup vocals to compliment Cat Beach‘s fun, witty vocal style and bluesy riffs that drive this song forward. It starts out with a bang and cruises with a modernized take on classic Blues progressions that many famous songs utilize, but has a whole different kind of originality and versatility that emanates from every measure. Its message is conveyed beautifully and makes this song very addictive and quite the fun listen.

“Go to Work” has that staying power that will keep you coming back to this song again and again, as well as entice you to check out more of Cat Beach‘s catalogue. If you dig a catchy tune with a big band experience, then this song is definitely for you; and will give you another reason to absolutely adore the Nashville scene.

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Artist Review #2: Anton Cullen – Breaking Through EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With great pleasure, we are bringing back one-man EDM powerhouse Anton Cullen to the platform, and for very good reason.

Since our previous review of his single “Breaking Through”, the elite producer has put together an EP of the same name, featuring two more very diverse and mind-bending singles that clearly shows evolution of Cullen‘s artistic merit and versatility.

First new single is “Heaven On Earth”. An uplifter with a very subtle intro that eases into a solidification of melody, progressive measures, and a nostalgic euphoria for the ears. It’s a great track that really shows a whole different angle to Anton Cullen and his innovative take on EDM and production value. It’s a toned-down, feel-good song that definitely expresses a unique and universal tone that skyrockets the likability factors of this EP altogether with this single alone. In essence, this is a track that is impossible to dislike.

Shifting over to a different shift of moods, we have the second and final fresh single “Warfare”. Where Cullen really kicks it up a notch with some very effective twists and turns and video game pacing that really puts the throttle into overdrive. With some 80’s influences into the mix, we have a modern take on some of the classic root-elements of electronic music with some industrial touches, making this song one of the most versatile listens you’ll run into on this EP. From tempo changes, fast keyboard action and masterful production elements, this song really puts out a relentlessly energetic feel that will likely put your mind into a physical plateau of musical lust. It’s a brilliant track, and some of Cullen‘s best work to date.

All 3 songs from this EP (including the self-titled track we previously reviewed) are all different sides to a brilliant producer well on his way to something much bigger. Each song brings different components to the table, and even though you never hear the same thing twice, you can still sense that it’s coming from the mind of the same creator. If you haven’t discovered Anton Cullen yet, you’ll be glad you did now.

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Artist Review: Jay Versatile

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to versatility, Jay Versatile is the exclusive shareholder. 

And I truly mean that. His name does not lie. If you’re digging a fresh concept and multifaceted sound with a theatrical grasp, this is the artist for you. His smash “This Is What We Do” demonstrates this beautifully. We get a heat seeking intro, then a blast into rhymes and bars that showcase a very story-telling plateau all mixed together with a dynamic beat that redefines bass altogether. This song has an Eminem-stylized approach, just with better beats and more twists and turns to keep you hot on your feet. If you want the best impression of Jay, then definitely start with this track.

Jumping over to his other single “Laugh In They Face”, we get another supercharged side to Jay Versatile. Between key changes and innovative verse structures, this is another reason to absolutely be blown away by this Hip Hop artist. It’s not your every-day indie artist or rapper we are addressing. When something hits home, it hits hard, and that’s exactly what we get with both of these singles.

Jay Versatile has that edge that Hip Hop needs in this day and age; which is why it’s very crucial that an artist like this gets all the exposure he can get. It’s also the type of artist that can potentially help save a genre that has become completely saturated and pretentious. So when you give Jay Versatile a listen, do yourself (and the industry) a favor and pass his tracks around.

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Artist Review: Natasha Jane Julian – “Now I Know” Single/EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to turning heads and capturing the ears, renowned Pop recording artist Natasha Jane Julian does exactly just that with her recent EP Now I Know.

Natasha, from a small mountain town in Southern California, gained a lot of her on-stage experience as a showgirl, performing relentlessly in theatres and dance shows. When Natasha moved her stomping grounds to the landscapes of Florida, her experience in music hit the ground running when she joined forces with an eclectic band called Psychedelic Mist. 

A handful of shows and an EP later as a band, Natasha decided to spread her wings of versatility and began to find her vision as a solo artist by the time 2015 came around, and respectively departed from Psychedelic Mist. 

This is when Natasha began her Artist Development process, and decided to take time off gracing the stage to hone her craft, find her sound, her musical niche, her inspirations as well as aspirations, and even learned piano during this time, which took place around 2016, and even added learning some guitar during the process; refusing to leave a stone unturned. 

After some years of blossoming into a solo artist, Natasha Jane Julian released her debut EP in June 2016, Now I Know. The first single from this freshman-effort was her Rock-influenced track “Gemini Twin”. The EP received positive reception, critical acclaim, and eventually prompted Natasha to make her rounds throughout the cityscapes; she currently has an elite team of musicians now gigging her original songs all over the US, UK, and more.

But the one that really stands out is her EP-title track, “Now I Know”. A song that’s tight, well-put-together, and charismatic. Natasha‘s mid to high singing approach breathes life into this song and really parallels the musicianship, as well as structures. It screams with melody as well and fits every piece of the song like puzzle pieces. So I have to really tip my hat to Natasha Jane Julian. Her musical acclaim and path is very promising.

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Artist Review: The Keymakers – “Good For You” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


R&B the way it should be, and a groove that was meant to make you move.

Dynamic duo, The Keymakers, are some very talented voices contributing to the R&B and Hip Hop flow that makes artists like these guys stand out in versatile ways with a signature sound that could easily appease both old school R&B fans, and new sensibilities. A sound that’s integrated in natural production value between the duo with their current buzzing single, “Good For You”. A track of sensuality and a great showcase of both voices honing their craft in order to do their part as a duo with a duality approach. It’s a brilliant mix for any avid listener of the R&B good nature along with the rhyme and flow that beautifully drives this song forward.

There’s many twists and turns in different ways with many different dynamics that The Keymakers succumb to. You can hear many artist influences, but there’s a vibe and natural persona that absolutely puts likability factors in the forefront with the duo. It only takes one listen to really hear the witty edge and nostalgic factors that these two bring to the table, and really bring their own vocal structures and melodic executions right where they can grasp at your heart, ears, and mind. “Good For You” is definitely the song for you. A song with drive, diversity, both indie and mainstream sensibilities, and with the right marketing and getting this song out to the correct people (hint: That’s where WE come in), “Good For You” just might bring some good for The Keymakers future prospects. We can hear the potential loud and clear.



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Artist Review: Wounded Spirit – “Stand Up (featuring Har-Q)”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to production value, this band supercharges it with top-notch quality and beautifully executed multi-genre, multifaceted, and even multilayered qualities. 

Wounded Spirit‘s extremely versatile single “Stand Up”, featuring some rhymes and bars from Har-Q, and also accompanied by an entertaining animated music video, pulls out all the stops to give you a song that not only puts great energy and moods in the air, but also gives you an uplifting message and the hankering to, well, stand up. And perhaps jump around and dance quite a bit.

With witty verses that Har-Q delivers us in a very unique and clever manner, we also get some very clean and impressive vocals with an excellent range; and gives the song high likability factors with the sharing of the verses, and really prepares you for a very powerful chorus that not only deepens the message, but is also utilized with an amazing post production mix that includes a choir-stylized and almost gang vocal-edged way of making this song’s chorus explosive and unforgettably melodic. It’s a flawless chorus that really captures your soul, and your knack for dancing.

Whether intended or not, the avatar-stylized animation is not only fun to watch, but brings a nurtured humor with it as well. And now that I really think about it, I’m more than positive that the video was intended to have its humor. It really adds to the song’s (and band’s) overall character; the charisma, the message, the good-nature of having fun, and playing the music they really believe in.

It’s hard to really pick out one defining factor that sells you on this song. There are so many positive twists and turns, top-notch production value, and amazing Songwriting structures that turns this song more into an anthem. You’ll be very surprised at just how impressive Wounded Spirit is. They’re not a band that needs several listens to “grow on you”. They’ll grow on you right from the very first listen.

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