Press Release: N DOT C Drops his Video Premier For His Hit Single “I Feel Good” and Album “Go For It”

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Photo Credit: Courtney Santos of Awkward Eye Photography

Music fans know that the underground is where the magic happens. The greatest music usually comes from the artists most casual fans haven’t quite heard about yet but who are pushing hard to get their message out into the world. Noah Castillo is a rapper & artist on the rise who is doing exactly that.

Noah Castillo, who goes by the artist name N DOT C, is an elite Hip Hop artist, producer, performer, and entrepreneur all wrapped up into one multifaceted powerhouse.

But he didn’t start this way. After working as a Network Technician for the last few years, it would be a chance meeting with celebrity entrepreneur/social media influencer Gary Vaynerchuk on March 13, 2017 at SXSW that would change the course of Noah’s path. And N DOT C began to emerge from the gates and manifest into a vital voice for Hip Hop, and proves with his latest record that he is made for the game.

Photo Credit: Courtney Santos of Awkward Eye Photography

It’s his transition into Hip Hop and the music realm that garners as the centerpiece to N DOT C’s new album “Go For It,” which explores the personal sacrifices and changes one has to make to mold their dreams into a reality, and broaden that message to everyone’s personal aspirations through the passion of music. It’s definitely a record you will relate to, and can successfully put yourself in the artist’s perspective without reservations and take a walk in their shoes – sole to the ground.

The music video for his anchor single “I Feel Good” is a feel-good track from the album with an insatiable indie vibe and is accompanied by a dangerously catchy hook from female feature artist Ora Cevallos. With charismatic rhyming techniques and versatile lyrical content, N DOT C takes us through a humble drama-free adventure of fun, friendship, hustling and working his way to the top by putting in the legwork and being real. The video is colorful, flavorful and keeps you on your feet throughout its duration. And it’ll definitely entice you to explore more into his artistic merit as well as the rest of his album.

A lot of artists take time to drop music that really has staying power, but N DOT C is one of those rare gems that really gets it spot on with “I Feel Good.” It’s free spirited, eclectic, and something you’ll be passing around. You can check out the premier video release at N DOT C’s Official Website at – you won’t be disappointed.

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Artist Review: Caramel Smooth Heaven – “The Shallows” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With blissful moods, dark dream sequences and subtle landscapes that encompass an atmospheric ambience, Caramel Smooth Heaven delivers an articulate demonstration of cinematic and musically crafted visuals with their single “Blue Clouds.”

Signed to Michigan-based label Kaiseki Digital and taken from their newest album The Shallows which released on October 26th and described as “an atmospheric, nonlinear experience of drowning in the ocean”, CSH is a very visceral production of emotions that captures your attention and psyche in unexpected ways.

The production value is very detailed without being too elaborate, and really connects you to the artistic realm that CSH encompasses with the signature sound that’s being showcased. It’s thought provoking, extremely innovative in its caliber and is very reminiscent of a climactic movie sequence from film creators like Darren Aronofsky and David Lynch.

The song is colorful, eclectic and never loses its pacing. It has great use of multilayering that parallels with the song’s rhythmic flow and subtle tempos, keeping every measure interesting, alive and intact with its wholesomeness and depth as a soundtrack worthy composition.

Everything you hear (and see) in “Blue Clouds” plays a role and has its rightful place in this song, and is the perfect impression for what the rest of the album has to offer. The Shallows is available now on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms, and you’ll thank us later for recommending it.

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Artist Review: J. Asadi – “Sky’s The Limit” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Rising rapper J. Asadi has been cranking out records like crazy, and has his new album Lazarus Experiment dropping October 31st on every digital music retailer you can find. But one standout single that truly demonstrates J‘s determination to rise to the top is his banger “Sky’s The Limit”.

With witty rhyming techniques and multifaceted lyrical content at the forefront, J. Asadi flies head first into this song with a banging and rhythmic beat that parallels his bars and rhymes perfectly, and never fails to keep you on your feet and fully captivated on what he’s saying.

Touching on a do-or-die concept where failure is never an option, this hit single hits hard in many ways. First thing is, he’s more living proof that some of the best Hip Hop comes from underground/indie artists. Artists that pen their own content and stay consistent with the legwork to keep relevance. But what makes J. Asadi even better is how effective he is when emphasizing his points and punchlines. His vocal delivery is like an assault, and hits you over the head in ways that makes Hip Hop the iconic genre that it is.

“Sky’s The Limit” holds nothing back and comes at you full force from the very first listen. It’s the type of single that really entices you to check into J‘s entire catalogue, as well as look forward to Halloween this year when his album drops. If this song doesn’t leave an everlasting impression, I don’t know what will. This song is absolute fire and you’ll be glad we recommended this track (and artist) to you. You won’t be disappointed.

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Artist Review: Charles Robinson – “A Brave New World” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

The new album by Charles Robinson, A Brave New World, brings you into a world of its own. And it is more than satisfying.

Imagine the perfect night at NYC’s Blue Note, Manhattan’s ultimate hotspot for Jazz. You walk in, order your favorite scotch on the rocks and take a seat with your friends and colleagues in the iconic lounge, reminiscing about your weekend plans.

Then your idle chitchat becomes overwhelmingly captivated by the artist performing in front of you that is delivering a heatwave of Jazz and Fusion right before your eyes. Dynamic, structured and extremely crafted to perfection for any avid Jazz lover. That artist is Charles Robinson, and he really takes you into a whole new world of Jazz with A Brave New World.

This album, a collection of tracks separated more into chapters, delves into an atmospheric ambience of classic Jazz & Fusion with a modern twist to its overall production value. From an outpouring of leads that rotate between piano, marimbas and a classic Rhodes piano sound, Robinson‘s melody choices perfectly parallel the right rhythm section that drives each song forward.

There are twists and turns, but everything is in its rightful place. The exploration of multifaceted musicianship factors goes deep within the realm of Jazz and showcases a flavor only Robinson has served up, and provides the listener with a signature sound that could be described as your favorite Jazz musician’s favorite Jazz musician. And deserves his name among the commonplace of the genres industry heavyweights.

However, when you attempt to draw comparisons, Robinson‘s style resonates with some of his artist influences including Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worrell and Robert Glasper. But more modern and more versatile – as A Brave New World demonstrates.

If you’re looking for your next favorite Jazz musician of the modern era, Charles Robinson will easily win you over. His skill is unwavering, his passion glistens through every composition, and A Brave New World brings it all right to the surface. This album is an absolute must-have for anyone that appreciates the genre.

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Press Release: Trace The Sidewalk – “Simply Livin’” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Energetic, grungy, rhythmic and melody driven, Trace The Sidewalk has everyone singing along to their anthem “Simply Livin'”.

A two-man international powerhouse comprised of Dean Ferrito (UK) and Matthias Niehues (USA), their versatile collaboration on this track brings us back to iconic music eras where effective songwriting and melody placement was high on the priority list.

With 90s-style production value showcasing this song’s grungy rock signature sound with an upbeat flavor, “Simply Livin'” and its unwavering catchiness has that staying power – where the song stays with you even far after it’s over. You might still be humming in your head or even putting it on repeat relentlessly, regardless – this jam completely sticks in your head with that staying power. And that’s a rare gem in today’s modernized music realm.

Reminiscent to the song title, one of the best components of “Simply Livin'” is the simplicity itself, as well as authenticity. The duo brings forth a style that has soaring guitar progressions, a thriving rhythm section and catchy vocal melodies with a 90s rock sensibility that leaves you wanting more – and they don’t need post production theatrics or one-trick-pony methods to keep you interested. Just authentic songwriting and brilliant melody choices that will have you singing along from the very first listen.

This track is Trace The Sidewalk‘s debut single, and just one of eight original tracks that’s going to be on their debut album slated for release Christmas Day of 2018. It’s gonna be a rockin’ holiday!

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Artist Review: Nokturnal Funeral – “Creatures Of The Night” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With haunting rhythms, atmospheric narratives and a cinematic eeriness that brings electronic music to darker realms, Nokturnal Funeral puts the perfect industrial spin on today’s EDM sensibility with the latest album Creatures Of The Night.

Conceptually, every track is its own creature in and of itself. It delves into the darkness of places our minds never go, and leaves us with a feeling of losing ourselves in the moment and giving into our most primal urges – whether we expect to or not. And that’s what makes this album so brilliant, it brings us to places we’d never go on our own. Both musically and visually.

Each track has composed production value, but has a surprise around every corner that grabs us by the throat and refuses to let go. It’s an anthemic album that is worthy of video game soundtracks and today’s modern thriller films. It has that atmosphere that really holds the power to enhance even the most semi-visceral visuals, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Nokturnal Funeral got picked up for some work in film scores.

Each song delivers a new realm of dark moods and emotions that takes us for more than just a mild rollercoaster. These tracks are climactic and cliffhanging, and have a relentless way of keeping us at the edge of our seats – whether we strapped in for the ride or not. Regardless, the strength is unwavering but not overpowering. Which is the perfect medium that sits between 90s industrial artists like Aphex Twin and Nine Inch Nails, and today’s more mainstream EDM circuit that has hit the industry like electric shock in the last decade.

Either way, Nokturnal Funeral fits right in with the climb of electronic music and just might be the new anchor to EDM’s darkest pleasures. And you won’t hesitate to indulge.

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Artist Review: Zama Rripa – “American Soul” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With great spirit, good nature, and a whole hearted eclectic sound driving his passion for music forward, Zama Rripa proves with his newest album American Soul that his message is just as powerful as his music.

Zama, emerging from the elite Miami music scene, has been garnering an insatiable street buzz with his indie-folk-americana rock style and free spirited lyrics that are uplifting and warm; yet take a stand at the same time in a positive and protesting way. He has performed all over the world in various bands as well as a solo artist, and his solo effort in American Soul really touches on his experiences, views and adventures into finding one’s journey and purpose.

Each anchor single off this album is very anthemic and has a very vibrant and almost tropical feel at times. With some reggae influences in the mix with a modern folk and americana signature, each track is very eclectic in its structure and timeless in its message.

With smooth acoustic textures and clean guitar layers that blend in with a very rhythmic flow, Zama‘s songwriting structures are very fresh, bold and deliver an authentic feel that is genuine and heartfelt. You can feel the passion that has been put into these tracks, and it really authenticates Zama‘s artistic merit every time each song plays out. There’s no specific formula – he writes and plays what he loves, and that’s what makes a songwriter truly influential.

If there’s one thing I can say about American Soul, it’s that Zama aims to inspire to be inspired. And to truly take in his music for what it really is – inspiring. He’s one of those artists that truly wants to make the world a better place through his music. And American Soul encompasses that with every track.

American Soul officially releases on October 26th and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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