Exclusive Artist Review: Radio Drive – “One Breath Away” EP

Emerging from the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene, Alt-Indie recording artist and multi musician Kevin Gullickson (known under his solo monicker Radio Drive) has been writing, recording and releasing his own dynamic breed of eclectic Rock/Pop-oriented material since launching his solo career in 2008. Since then, he has undoubtedly hit the ground running and has amassed an impressive name for himself since emerging into the market; putting out an array of albums and releases at a frequent pace and constantly innovating his signature sound and stylization. He has received numerous glowing reviews and critical acclaim since his inception; receiving an array of airplay on several local and regional radio stations both in the US and Canada for his 2009 album Dream The Impossible, his sophomore 2010 follow up record Life Today as well as his subsequent release I Can See The World From Here. His release Life Today also hit the Top 40 charts on CJSW Radio in Calgary.

Fast forward to 2022 and Radio Drive has brought his inventive and cohesive sound full circle with his newest dynamic 4-track EP One Breath Away, comprised of some of Kevin Gullickson’s best work and most notable tracks to date. Each song is carefully crafted with fine detail, several coherent layers and a signature sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; delivering a solid performance that brilliantly incorporates Rock and Pop elements from older more classic flavors and today’s more modern sensibility. It’s not only a record for fans of the classics, but also for today’s hungry music fans searching for the next fresh take on the genres they have come to love. Fresh from the EP, the song “Be Yourself Tonight” diligently encapsulates the aura and atmosphere that this particular record gives off. It’s a minor scaled piano-driven tune with layers of complimenting clean guitars and a cohesive rhythm section to tie it all together. Kevin’s mid-to-high range vocals are very magnetic and anthemic, encompassing a style that cross breeds Rock vocalists like Sting and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. His melody choices are not just coherent, but brilliantly arranged and executed. His upper third harmonies in the second verse and octaves in the chorus are immediate standouts in this song and really demonstrate Kevin’s ability both as a singer and songwriter. This track will easily impress anyone upon first listen.

Another notable track on this EP is the more upbeat “I Believe I Believe”, a song with several impressive instrumental layers and a dangerously catchy title hook. Definitely the sing-along track of the record, this nostalgic track has surprises around every corner ranging from heavier crunchy guitars, a female chorus of background vocals, violins/strings and an anchor hook that will likely stick in your head like glue. This track definitely has staying power, and will stick with you even long after it’s over. “Don’t You Know” is another track with beautiful string layers and really showcases more of Kevin’s vocal range and arrangements. This Rock number has a nostalgic 90s feel that sounds like a song directly imported from that era. This ridiculously catchy song has shades of REM throughout the track’s duration and the glistening harmonies in the chorus’s “don’t you know, don’t…you know” will be stuck in your head for weeks. Lastly, the acoustic-oriented “Moment By Moment” is the final track and is an anthem all about life and living in that important moment, day by day, hour by hour. This feel-good track is a straightforward song with some tasty three part harmonies and really has that oldies vibe going on, but still has that same innovative signature that Radio Drive is known for. This track fits on this record like a glove and really ties Kevin’s sound together into a tightly wrapped package, with the bow and all.

Altogether, One Breath Away is a record for those seeking that dose of nostalgia, but still being able to indulge in that modern twist that we frequently hear with today’s more contemporary artists. Every track could easily be a radio hit, and the production value diligently parallels the performance value from beginning to end. Kevin Gullickson serves up a tasty platter of Alt-Indie songs on this EP with several key elements in each one offering a more cohesive finish product in whole. It’s a record that will easily capture new fans, satisfy old ones, and entice any listener to dive into Radio Drive’s impressive discography – as well as stay up to date on future releases as well. This is an absolute must-hear in every way.

One Breath Away is available now on Apple Music, Spotify, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen.


•Website: http://www.radiodrive.net
•Facebook: https://fb.me/RadioDriveMusic
•Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/radiodrivemusic
•Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/RadioDriveMusic
•Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/radio_drive
•Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5JZELlsigjpKLVji8J1n3e?si=0z00cEbgReCUflTkYoGsUQ
•iTunes: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/radio-drive/313677115

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Exclusive Artist Review: Adriana Adeline – “Higher Consciousness” Album

Hailing from the five boroughs of NYC, R&B/Indie rising artist Adriana Adeline began her journey into the music universe in 2018 when she released her debut album Bona Fide, based on her very real trials and tribulations regarding a recent heartbreak in her life at the time. From that point on, Adriana began culminating a buzz around her record and soon enough would begin writing her follow up effort. Manifesting into her own signature sound, style and ambience within the Indie and R&B world, Adriana’s sophomore release Higher Consciousness is not only her newest release, but her most distinctive one as well; brilliantly encapsulating her style, spirit, musicianship and everything in between.

This 7-track release really delves into Adriana’s aura and essence, offering a window into her soul with glittered tasty ukulele riffs, intelligently crafted lyrics, effective vocal melodies and other catchy twists and turns that she implements diligently throughout the record. Adriana is very inventive on this record and she definitely serves up her own menu of flavors on every track. Opening title track “Higher Consciousness” introduces the record with a spoken word style delivery and leads into a vocal melody that showcases her diverse singing style that is breathy, passionate and crafty. Which eventually transitions into follow up track “Worries”, an R&B-oriented song that has a bossa nova tempo with a very effective yet subtle drum section. Adriana’s blend with the tasty ukulele progression really sets the tone on this song and uniquely encompasses an aura that is both diverse and distinctive. Her vocals are definitely at the top of her game on this song and really captures her true spirit both lyrically and melodically.

The more upbeat “Change” is one of the most notable tracks on this album with a very big chorus that truly demonstrates just how brilliant Adriana’s writing style is. It’s a passionate song that lyrically bares her soul, and is definitely a standout on the record with several angles of innovative approaches from both the ukulele progression and vocal direction. This song’s chorus will stick with you even long after it’s over, it just has that sort of rare staying power that is rarely captured in today’s music world. One more notable track on this record is the more Hip Hop and Soul-oriented “Safe” featuring rapper Saze. This unique and crafty song has a 90s vibe reminiscent of artists like The Fugees. Hip Hop artist Saze delivers an excellent flow that really fits into this song like a glove. The old school flavors are very apparent and the one liner “you wanna get up” will be singing in your head for days. This track really grasps onto an R&B sensibility that shows exactly what made the genre what it is today, lending a more traditional approach to Adriana’s sound that really showcases her ability to utilize both a modern perspective and an old school one. This track will definitely be one of your favorites on the record.

Adriana Adeline is a true Indie artist in every sense of the word. She is self made, passionate and writes about her real life stories through the expression of music, further proving that NYC is still one of the best music scenes in the country with no limit on diversity or versatility. She’s an artist that you will not regret following as her career goes forward and her album Higher Consciousness is a must-listen on all counts. You can get a copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and any other digital music streaming platform. You’ll be glad you did.


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Exclusive Artist Review: The Harmalators – “Two Great Minds Think Alike” Album

We’ve had The Harmalators duo on our platform before, and they have yet to do disappoint. Since that time, the elite Californi-natives have put together another plethora of colorfully eclectic songs with top notch production value and songwriting technique versatility – some which have landed them in award/charting positions. Comprised of eight amazingly blissful textures and structures that melodically soar throughout the musical landscape, the two brothers in The Harmalators have truly hit it out of the park with their 8-track collective, titled ‘Two Great Minds Think Alike‘, an exercise in innovation, thoroughness, blissfulness and so much more that’ll captivate your musical aura and ambience.

Opening track “Love On Fire” really emphasizes their vocal melody approach, all while keeping that indie feel at the forefront with several facets of different instruments playing their respective roles. Each vocalist really helps enhance the other and you can tell that their togetherness and solidification really puts the melody strength into the writing structure in its entirety. It’s a brilliant intro to the album that will easily entice you to listen to the duration of the record in its entirety.

“Where Would I Be Without You” is a much more simple listen but is undeniably a much more basic structure – and that is held to the highest regard. It’s a shorter song, one that is easily to take in as a classic, and could definitely be heard as an intro to one of those 90s sitcoms (a GOOD one, by the way). Another facet of this track is to find it impossible to get it out of your head. From its title track lyrics, addictive melody structure and just overall charming presence with its well-put-together.

Overall, ‘Two Great Minds Think Alike’ insatiably showcase both brothers’ strongest points in both production and performance value in ways that entice any listener to hear what they’ve put together over the years together and solo-wise as well. They’ve put out a small catalogue of their innovative gems in the past foür😝 its time, but this 8-track collection of highly-produces bliss will definitely turn some heads; especially when an album like this is in the band’s arsenal.

“Two Great Minds Think Alike” have also garnered them some award status. Including…

If this is the first time you’ve heard the first time you’ve heard The Harmalators, then it definitely won’t be the last!


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