Artist Review: Lil Opioid – “Cosmic” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Young, aspiring and undeniably talented in his own right, Lil Opioid brings his craft in full swing with his latest EP Cosmic.

Ranging from an array of ambient beats, anthemic production quality and rhythmic rhyming methods that are effective and thought provoking, Lil Opioid (real name Nick Bowman) showcases a versatile vocal style that gives the Hip Hop game and Pop genre an entirely new fresh look and modern feel. Since amassing a rising and loyal fan base with the success of the EP as well as other anchor singles including “Shorty” and “WiFi“, this young on-the-rise artist has been accumulating an insatiable street buzz and internet presence that has him climbing the industry ladder; and has no intention of slowing down his momentum anytime soon.

Delving into his music, his vocal style has a dynamic youthfulness that is charismatic and authentic. His flow is very rhythmic and his lyrical outbursts are very clever, witty, and puts together very tasty ingredients to deliver catchy punchlines and solid hooks. The beats have a very chill and laid back aura with elements of energy, ambience and atmospheric production value. It’s a record that’ll keep you fascinated, on your feet, and constantly having you guess what’s next. Each track resonates diligently throughout its duration and never loses its signature sound; making Cosmic all the more charming and musically satisfying.

This is the perfect release to check out if you’re just discovering Lil Opioid now. He’s a vital voice for younger Hip Hop artists and plays a pivotal and influential role in keeping its movement alive and in the right direction. He’s currently working on his follow-up release, slated for 2019, and will include several big feature artist names that will undoubtedly take off when it releases. In the meantime, grab your copy of Cosmic and his other singles that currently has the industry paying extra attention to Lil Opioid and watching his next move. All of his releases are available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms, as well as his social media networks. Catch this artist before he takes off!

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Artist Review: Trey Poppi – “The First Mixtape” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

These younger artists have been crushing it lately. And we can add Trey Poppi to that list with his newest release, The First Mixtape.

Inspire, motivate, learn, and create! Reads the motto on the cover art. And that’s exactly what the buzz is all about with The First Mixtape. It may be his first, but surely won’t be his last. This collection of tracks ranges from hypnotic beats, ambient swells to track bangers and street anthems. And his versatile vocal style always keeps you on your feet.

One standout component of this record is the ability to diligently blend both old school Hip Hop and today’s modern Rap sensibilities. His songs also have hints of Jazz and Motown-era R&B influences as well when it comes to some of the hooks and beats. Trey‘s voice also resonates nicely on every track with his rhythmic tones and cleverly witty rhyming techniques – the perfect ingredients to make a flavorful Hip Hop Release.

There’s also a lot of originality on this record, and Trey‘s multifaceted voice makes this happen. He has a younger voice, but doesn’t give you the vibe that he’s an up and comer. He can easily sit alongside Soulja Boy and some of the other young hood superstars that made it to the top of the game at a very young age. It wouldn’t surprise me if exactly that happened for Trey.

Overall, this is a solid release and a big treat if you don’t know this artist yet. The First Mixtape has an array of different tracks that are charismatic, fun, and never ends up being repetitive. You’ll love every song, and you’ll be blasting this record to your friends everywhere.

The First Mixtape is available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Take a listen yourself and you’ll see why Trey Poppi is gonna be doing big things in the shortcoming. You’ll be more than happy you did.

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Artist Review: Giovonni – “Take My Hand” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s always refreshing to hear some young up-and-coming talent with a true, passionate edge. Giovonni takes us through sensual bliss with his newest single “Take My Hand”, and it doesn’t disappoint.

With subtle vocal textures and versatile lyric-writing techniques, Giovonni encompasses comfortable boundaries of the R&B and Hip Hop genres with his own signature style and approach. The beat is atmospheric, the production value is ambient, and this song is very charming in its duration as it plays out in full swing.

One standout about this track is passion – the insatiable and inspirational love for music that emulates from Giovonni‘s very likable sound. This is definitely a track for the ladies, and has a vibe LL Cool J would definitely appreciate. It’s a soul-grabber, and the easy listening sensibility is another component that makes “Take My Hand” all the more charming. It has facets of quality production value, well polished lyrics and an atmospheric tone that gives R&B a great modern edge.

Giovonni is definitely on to something with this track, and it’ll get you geared up in anticipation with what he comes out with next. Just take a listen for yourself – you’ll see exactly what we mean.

Listen to Giovonni‘s Single here:

•iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-my-hand-single/1444704717

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Artist Highlight: Blow_Flyy

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one Blow_Flyy.

Emerging from the elite Toronto music scene and originally hailing from Halifax/Dartmouth in Nova Scotia, Hip Hop/Rap recording artist Blow_Flyy is a versatile and multifaceted new age artist with a new thought process. Known for his dynamic story-telling techniques and control of his lyrical content, Blow_Flyy is an original in his own right that does it for the fans; encompassing his own signature sound and stylization that makes him a clever new voice in Hip Hop you haven’t quite heard yet.

Exclusively grinding his way to the top as an independent artist, he keeps balance and composure in his career that gives him the breathing room to truly take his destiny into his own hands and his music to a growing fan base with an insatiable passion for his craft. Since his inception into the scene, he has exhibited skills to be a vital voice in Hip Hop and take his place alongside major players in the game. His style is far from ordinary, more like Rap without the rhyming. Who said “rhyming” or where is it written that rhyming as a Hip Hop/Rap artist is a must to have a great entertaining catchy story and/or lyrics to have good entertaining quality music? Blow_Flyy embraces content that is less vulgar and more relatable. He has story-telling narratives throughout his bars and measures that keeps his audience captivated at every live show, proving that he is not just another run-of-the-mill artist, and is heading in a direction that is ahead of his time.

These days Blow_Flyy enjoys life, using his craft to be a vital voice in Hop Hop to continue its movement in the industry, as well as his community. He has come a long way in a short time and is already creating important work to further prove that music by independent artists is truly where the magic is made. As an artist who has content very respectful towards women of all ages and hard & entertaining enough for the men, along with an entertaining interactive live show, he has potential to gain a lot of respect among Hip Hop/Rap music listeners & fans as well as within the wide spectrum of the industry.

Judging by his success so far, he is well on his way to becoming a household name; and Hip Hop fans everywhere will know who he is. Blow_Flyy‘s Hip Hop lyrics and songwriting skills is destined to bring new money in a present yet undisturbed revenue stream, so keep your ears open and eyes on Canadian artist, Blow_Flyy!

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Artist Review: Lee Michael Walton – “Best Of The Gifts (Feat. Brad Jones)” Holiday Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

With enchanting piano progressions and blissful voices encompassing the spirit of Christmas, Lee Michael Walton proves that his duet with young feature artist Brad Jones is the perfect anthem for this year’s holiday season.

With both singers hailing from South Wales, this father/son themed song, “Best Of The Gifts”, has musicianship, versatility and the perfect musical atmosphere of the holiday spirit. With dynamically blissful piano parts that resonate with the mid-ranged vocal tones of Lee Michael Walton and the youthful catchiness of Brad Jones, both voices play a pivotal role in this song that brings out a chemistry and demonstration of two talented musicians from different generations; coming together to bring the essence of the Christmas season to your soul.

The song is a celebration of childhood, the father/son relationship, family, and the power of teaching a child to believe in themselves as they prepare to go out into the world. It’s an inspirational track that showcases both singers diligently and really puts a multifaceted angle to holiday-themed songs. It’s anthemic, enchanting, and a perfect addition to your holiday playlist that your whole family will enjoy.

The song is also about the reminiscence of good memories as well as the prospects of the future. It’s a song that glistens with spirit, hope, positivity, all wrapped up in musicianship factors that embrace the Christmas season with unwavering talent and beautiful melody placements. It’s a Christmas song that has a classic duet feel with an eclectic aura that is provided by two different voices bringing a high-spirited holiday theme to the forefront that showcases the vocal talents of Walton and Jones perfectly. Their voices are an amazing collaboration, and will make their mark with “Best Of The Gifts”.

The Single is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms everywhere. It’ll be one of your favorite holiday classics this Christmas season, as well as many years to come for the whole family.

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Artist Review: Dion Todd – “Remedy For Insanity (Club Cure)” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With a song that is catchy, multifaceted and electronically atmospheric, we get to hear different angles of the nostalgia with Dion Todd‘s Remedy For Insanity (Club Mix) EP.

This EP is comprised of very impressive remixes of the Remedy For Insanity single from several eclectic producers including Dave Audé, Bick Fiorucci, Joe Manila, Guy Scheiman, and Dan Slater; all putting their own spin on Dion‘s hypnotic track with their own remix and musical vision of the song’s aura.

Each version has different arrangements, textures and overall anthemic qualities with every remix and brings out a wholesome essence each time. The song is a solid and energetic exercise of melody, precision and outstanding production value that is perfect for today’s modern era of EDM and electronic music. Dion has a very projective vocal approach and really knows how to implement his melody choices into the track’s key signature and progressions.

And that’s what I love about remixes – getting to hear different sides of one project. And every remix has its exclusivity and ambient focal points as to what makes it a whole new song, even though it’s the same song – if that makes sense. It’s an EP you have to hear to believe in its own right, as its originality and familiarity share equal grounds.

This remix is great for your club, headphones, playlist, and the perfect addition to your catalogue of EDM/Dance favorites. Fans of Dion Todd will absolutely love this as well as all those who are just now discovering him.

Connect with Dion Todd:

•Social media links:

http://www.instagram.com/diontoddofficial

http://www.facebook.com/iamdiontodd

http://www.twitter.com/iamdiontodd

•Youtube EP Link:

•Spotify EP Link:

•Apple Music/iTunes EP Link:

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id/1444205038

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Artist Review: TBJ & Holy Nation – “My Audience Is The Lord” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With voices of spirit, energy of life, and true passion for the Lord, Gospel powerhouse TBJ & Holy Nation lift our spirits and faith in great proportions with their newest single “My Audience Is My Lord”.

Performing with outstanding charisma and a choir of God-gifted vocal ranges that are vibrant and powerful, we get an astonishing and captivating song that is both spiritually motivated and musically multifaceted. The song, released in June 2018, is based off a very compelling and inspirational story of a woman that had intentions of taking her own life, and by the power of realization that God has always been there for her, had therefore changed the trajectory of her life and ultimately saving it through his power, as well as the help of another person who reminded her that her faith is strong – and that you can get through anything. And that’s what “My Audience Is The Lord” is about – overcoming the darkness and guiding yourself to light through the power of the Lord, and to always believe.

The musicianship is amazing from beginning to end. It starts off strong and is unwavering to the very last measure. Their signature sound is Broadway worthy and is not in the realm of your typical church choir. This group is incredibly melodic, precise, inspirational and a constant reminder that your faith is always strong. It’s a song that can lift you up even at your rock bottom. A song that has glistening voices and a high spirited nature that has positivity that can spread anywhere and everywhere to all those who have the Lord in their heart, or are still searching for stable ground to walk on.

TBJ & Holy Nation really hit it out of the park with this song, and the message is just as powerful as the music. They’re a group that will inspire you, as well as bring you to new heights in your faith in the Lord as well as your love for Gospel. This song truly sings to your soul.

“My Audience Is The Lord” is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming outlets.

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