Artist Review: frafri – Thank You For So Much, Sorry For So Little” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of producers & creators showcase their best work through their musical visions and audio expressions through sound, especially when it comes to the instrumental aspect. frafri‘s 15-track LP Thanks For So Much, Sorry For So Little is a clear demonstration into the mind of exactly that – the thought process and execution of instrumental expression and the moods and structures that parallel the songwriting structures as a way to get into the mind of a creator.

And that’s the kind of LP frafri has put together, a record of many visceral moods, innovative beats, and the brilliant use of guitar sequences and synthesizers that really set the tone for each track. From subtle buildups, explosively climactic measures and anthemic melody choices throughout the album, each song delves into a form of expression that steers along the lines of ominous emotions, and feelings that are thought provoking.

And that’s one of my favorite parts about frafri‘s latest collection of tracks – the ambience and versatility that really sets this album apart from anything else within its caliber. But I don’t necessarily mean “experimental” when it comes to that particular term, because these songs are diligently put together and definitely brilliantly structured. They flow together like chapters in a book, and scream loudly with narratives even though this album doesn’t have. But the biggest component to this record is the creative use of instruments – from introverted guitar parts to a vast array of keys and synths providing the atmosphere. After listening to all 15-tracks in their entirety, you begin to draw the full picture in your mind. The full picture that this album delivers a full, flavorful sound with wholesome totality – and you find yourself resonating with every measure both musically, and visually.

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Artist Review: L.Awolf – “77” LP & Interview Behind The Mic

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

L.Awolf is no typical artist; he is a multifaceted and versatile mind with a vision that parallels with his music. His content, though always expressive and outward, utilizes his inner thoughts and manifests his lyrical foundation into his overall craft. And we get a clear glimpse into that window of create with L.Awolf‘s debut album 77.

Comprised of 11 diligently written, emotional and thought provoking tracks with clever rhyming techniques and witty lyrical punchlines, 77 showcases many angles to several of L.Awolf‘s artistic merit and songwriting structures; no matter what approach he has to take with each beat. This LP is a gem among the indie/underground circuit, but also a very generous contribution to today’s mainstream realm of modern Rap and Hip Hop as well.

Today, we take our readers Behind The Mic and catch up with the creator of the 77 LP and find out what he’s all about.

Behind The Mic: L.Awolf

What got you into music?

Since age 7, I was always obsessed with making sounds. One night in March 2018, I had X mixed with a lotta vodka and was already in my feelings over a fucked up break-up that had happened so I hopped on the music program i was using at the time and said “know what….I’m gonna make a song, fuck it”, and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with making dreamy, floaty instrumentals since.

Most Iconic Musical Influences

  • NAS, because I grew up listening to him a lot when CD players were still around.
  • Lil Wayne, because with me being from New Orleans, he proved that we can actually make it big and be from New Orleans.
  • Kid Cudi, because he helped me through my depression and I relate to him in many ways.
  • And finally…Earl Sweatshirt, because I watched him grow since his early OF days, and to me he is one the most lyircal of all time. And I relate to him on a personality level big time.

What’s Your Newest Release About?

My new releases will be more lyrically inclined and the overall message will be more positive but in an aggressive way. I like to make sure people hear my message. My last release and first project ever (77) was mainly about suicide because I was VERY suicidal and still am. But people have also reached out to me about their suicidal thoughts as well and I’m working on a way to let those people know that everything will be okay, and that I am someone who understands what they are going through.

The Message Behind The Music

My main message in my newer music is basically saying that everything will be ok, and if your significant other is abusive to you, you don’t need them. They are not worth it.

If You Had To Pick 3 Artists That You Think You Sound Like, Who Would They Be?

I don’t like to compare my music to any other artists because every artist is different. But I’ve been told my sounds are reminiscent of Kid Cudi, Earl Sweatshirt and Andre3k.

Plans for 2019

My plans for 2019 are to release more music videos and touch more people out there with my music altogether. I love to get feedback from fans, because I actually talk back. I fuck with people who fuck with me and I make an effort to make them a part of anything I’m doing.

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Press Release: Thatcher Gears Up To Release Their Highly Anticipated Self Titled LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Some artists put out songs, others put out anthems. And with Thatcher‘s collection of anthemic tunes with their Self Titled LP, we get a demonstration of a multifaceted quartet of professional musicians coming together to create something you don’t hear every day,

With a signature sound reminiscent of U2’s early era and today’s more recent sensibilities from artists like Coldplay, Thatcher brings an array of powerful qualities to the forefront of their very versatile and visceral style on these songs. Their guitar work is very dynamic and parallels with the mid to high range vocal melodies beautifully, and tightened together with a neat and tidy rhythm section with jam band elements. It’s a mixture that is equally Indie-esque as it is mainstream in today’s modern era of bands and artists.

Their anchor single from the album, “Far From You”, is a perfect showcasing of the band’s craft and truly gives you a feel for what the rest of the album will sound like. It has that instant classic status that gives the song staying power – the power to stay with you even after it’s over, and has you coming back to the track time and time again to find new things to appreciate about the song. Thatcher‘s music also resonates with a sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

The vocals on this album have a more than impressive range with very climactic buildups that bring heavy emotion in both lyrical content and melody choices. The singer is definitely one of the strongest components of the band and has that potential to really be among the big league of today’s more iconic artists that have a true gift for their artistic merit.

The band’s first single from the album “Far From You” releases on January 15th, and will be followed up with their second single “Crimson Vision” a month later on February 15th. The songs will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you discovered this band, and this single will definitely keep you anticipated for the album release.

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Artist Review: Return Trip Project – “Tarantella Love Songs” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With insatiable talent glistening of high range female vocals and a classic world class sound, Return Trip Project showcases their unwaveringly talent and eclectic signature sound with their EP Tarantella Love Songs.

Tarantella is a group of various folk dances characterized by a fast upbeat tempo accompanied by tambourines. It is among the most recognized forms of traditional southern Italian music. The specific dance-name varies with every region, for instance tammurriata in Campania, pizzica in the Salento region, Sonu a ballu in Calabria. Tarantella is popular in Southern Italy and Argentina. It has also been rumored to treat people who were suffering from unrequited love.

Return Trip Project embraces this sound and concept with their own versatile take on the genre, and really delve into impressively high range female-fronted vocals that brings true essence to the Tarantella signature sound. Each track has glistens of tambourine and percussive flavors that embrace an inspirational sound that is well crafted, well executed and gives this EP an inspirational aura that any music fan could appreciate.

The songs have brilliant melody choices, interesting tempos and showcases a very talented style that is not in our every day mainstream market. It has precise production value and soaring vocals that breathe life into every song; making this EP a gem of its caliber and an interesting look into a style that isn’t commonly heard in the US market.

All profits from the EP will be donated to charities supporting the alleviation of poverty in South and Central America. It’s an amazing EP supporting an amazing cause, and you will discover a whole new world of music with each track from the record.

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Artist Review: Scotty Seed – Self-Titled EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A plethora of versatility and a hypnotically infused energy in his signature sound, Scotty Seed delivers us an electronic explosion with his new Self-Titled EP.

With tracks that serve up different styles reminiscent of 80s electronic music and today’s EDM sensibility, Scott puts forth the perfect blend of strong visceral beats that could tear off the roof of any club, with very well crafted hooks that really define his style and identity as an artist.

Each song is brilliant in a sense that we get a grasp on different angles of Scott‘s artistic merit that shares equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still recognizable and identifiable. They’re songs that have an insatiable energy that never wavers, and has melodically placed hooks and choruses that really draw you in to his stylistic qualities with several diligent additives to each song. This record has recognizable features, but as a whole stands out in its own right and proves Scott is his own identity of his musical caliber.

These songs are perfect for any high energy and well-paced atmosphere, whether it’s at a club, in your car or on prominent radio stations. Scott‘s EP is beyond a brilliant contribution to today’s realm or electronically infused music, with his own dynamic take on the genre with many musicianship factors. The EP is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms right now. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen.

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Press Release: Georgia-based Rising Artist Ajxni Gears Up To Release His New Album “Damaged Soul” In Early 2019

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

There are a very scarce amount of artists in this era that really capture their own hybrid signature sound. Georgia-based recording artist Ajxni is one of those rare gems, and is pulling out all the stops with his versatile multi-genre style with the highly anticipated release of his album Damaged Soul.

Combining a brilliantly multifaceted mix of Rock, Hip Hop, Grunge and Trap, Ajxni‘s craft is anything but ordinary. This is an artist that has put together a visceral sound that is energetic, climactic and compelling. It’s the type of surprise Linkin Park gave us when they first hit the market, our eyebrows raised to the ceiling. Ajxni‘s music delivers the same feeling – you just can’t believe what you’re hearing, and you are dying to find out more about him.

His anchor singles “WTF Is This?!” and “SelfMade” are highly acclaimed tracks that really give a clear showcasing of what Ajxni is capable of. Each track has a different angle to his artistic merit and leaves no stone unturned. Comprised of hypnotic beats, roaring guitars and a vitally energetic vocal approach to a flavorful Rap sound, these songs are a musical Hurricane when it comes to originality. The songs have a very rhythmic pacing and an array of elements and additives that make these tracks absolute standouts in their own right.

While Ajxni is his own entity of his musical caliber, there are landscapes of familiarity in these tracks as well. From lyrical wordplay, clever punchlines and anthemic buildups, these tracks are an explosion of versatility and authenticity. Ajxni carries the torch with a very nostalgic flow that resonates with the song’s energy. And that’s one of the focal points of these tracks – energy. It is an unwavering passion that screams out in ways that keeps you at the edge of your seat. And even though these tracks have different angles, you can still tell it’s coming from the same artist; and that’s what makes Ajxni‘s music as effective as it really is – you can always recognize his signature sound.

And since the success of these singles as well as other releases from his discography, Ajxni is now geared up to bring his wholesome sound to the forefront with the upcoming release of Damaged Soul, slated to drop in early 2019 and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. It’s an album you are gonna be passing around until it goes viral. Keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, be sure to prepare yourself for the album by connecting with (and listening to) Ajxni as the album release date draws closer.

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Artist Review: Bami – “Stream Of His Grace” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Captivatingly talented with her voice and spiritually authentic in her message, rising Gospel artist Bami brings us on a modernized journey into the realms of uplifting our Faith in God with her much awaited versatile new EP Streaming Of His Grace.

Bami‘s sound is explosive, multifaceted and graciously fun with a ton of multi-genre additives and flavorful beats on this 4-track record. Her electronically-infused sound combines an array of funky riffs, hypnotic jazzy tempos and a salsa/tropical and Latin edge that brings out her voice very effectively and tastefully. Her mid-ranged voice tackles very spiritual content about her Faith in the Lord and really brings a new and fresh approach to the legacy of Gospel music with her compellingly dynamic production and highly intricate song structures.

Delving into the songs themselves, the musicianship factors are unwavering. The rhythmic tempos are extremely neat and tidy and grasp onto composition techniques reminiscent of many jazz and fusion eras, but that’s just one of many components. Her Pop elements also add to the intuitive song structures and really helps carry Bami‘s voice in a way that is front and center, with very tasteful melodies in her vocal approach that resonate perfectly with the bluesy rhythms and chord progressions. This is a modern day triumph of Gospel music that could easily take on a life of its own, and really showcases an amazing range of production techniques and songwriting structures that are rare in Gospel music, if not new altogether.

The most striking part of Streaming Of His Grace is the originality. The record does not emulate any other artist and Bami really delves into a signature sound that is in her own right. You can draw comparisons to her if you think hard enough, but there’s no question that her approach in Gospel is anything but ordinary. If you’re looking for a spiritual record that is also musically fascinating and compelling, then Streaming Of His Grace will absolutely blow your mind.

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