Artist Review: Luna 13 – “Devil’s Wrath” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Dark, visceral, beautiful, and not for the faint of heart.

And we mean that with the utmost respect. Luna 13, signed with Cleopatra Records, is a Bass Music onslaught of thought provoking art, violence, beauty, and unwavering energy with their single “Devil’s Wrath”, accompanied by a cinematic and face melting music video.

The band’s iconic image and signature sound resonates perfectly with their gothic and stylistic merit. Their versatile and Black Metal take on the Bass movement shares equal parts originality and familiarity. It’s innovative and ahead of its time.

“Devil’s Wrath” is a double kick drum slaughter with electronically infused moments of rage and sonic alchemy. The visual aspect of the song definitely enhances the song’s musicianship factors, and really delves you into Luna 13‘s overall persona as artists. The consistency of the climactic vocal growls and high gain measures of Bass are the main key factors of the group’s sound and when outside looking in, it’s extremely hard to look away. Almost voyeuristic in a way, but Luna 13 definitely wants you to watch. And we will, gladly.

Luna 13 is captivating, horrifying and glamorously clever with both image and musical execution. They are definitely gonna be one of your newest guilty pleasures if they aren’t already. You’ll definitely be delving more into Luna 13‘s back catalogue, and you’ll be stalking them throughout every move they make in their future. They are the first Bass Music project to perform in the Metal Festival circuit and will be opening up for Death Metal pioneers Possessed on 1/11/19.

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Artist Review: Jonathan Alexander – “17:34” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Electric, eclectic and blissfully composed, we get a nostalgic feeling from Jonathan Alexander‘s newest EP 17:34.

Combining an older sound with today’s modern production value, Jonathan Alexander presents us with a collection of tracks that explore visceral moods, catchy vocal melodies and dynamic guitar swells with very tastefully effective additives.

His vocal range is perfect for the Indie/Rock approach this record tackles, and carries a voice that could draw comparisons to John Lennon, Chris Martin and Adam Levine. But still an original in his own right. One brilliant thing about this EP though is the versatility of the tracks. Each song has a designated signature sound, but comes at you with different angles.

From the softer atmospheric tones of “Better Off Without You” to the more upbeat and electronically-infused “Light On”, Jonathan showcases his vocal approach and strong songwriting factors with catchy choruses, story-telling lyrics and chorus-like additives that lend blissful vocal textures that give each song an anthemic quality. Each song resonates perfectly with his voice, and the clean guitar parts have enchanting swells that really delve deep into the song structures and overall atmosphere of this EP’s aura.

It’s very rare that an EP with this kind of songwriting quality comes along in this era. There’s nothing convoluted or unnecessary about this record at all – each instrument has its rightful place in every song and the vocal melody choices are intelligently crafted and executed. You can tell that each track has been gone over with a fine tooth comb, and proves that Jonathan Alexander was determined to put out an amazing collection of tracks – which is exactly what he did.

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Artist Highlight: Slyboy619

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Artist highlights on our platform have been a great opportunity to grasp onto artists on the rise that are making their way into the industry and destined to leave their mark. The artists that have genuine ambitions, are willing to endure the legwork and base their careers on the passion of creating music.

One of those artists is South Maryland’s Slyboy, a young up-and-comer that started out dabbling in music during his high school freshmen year, and manifested into something more serious by the time his senior year came around. And since then he has diligently built his craft, became acquainted with producers, has collaborated with other artists and has put together a handful of tracks that are noteworthy, melodic and multifaceted.

Slyboy describes his music as Hip Hop/Sly, something he considers his identity and represents his artistic merit as well as persona behind the mic. And after taking a listen to some of his tracks, it turns out that his style is a very versatile one. And is thoroughly enjoyable.

His track “Tonight” is insatiably melodic and has an atmospheric tone that really gives this song great pacing and structure. Utilizing more of a modern sing-songy R&B style, we get a swift blend of vocal melodies and clever lyrical punchlines that really delve into a narrative that tells a story very effectively. The track is very captivating and has impressive vocal arrangements that really tie the key signatures together.

His next number “Therapy Cypher” stays in its ambient aura of atmosphere, and has a plethora of feature artists from different cities and locations. Comprised of catchy vocal harmonies and well-placed shared verses, this emotional rollercoaster dives into the world of self medicating and the anguish that creates the cause and effect. It’s a cautionary tale that has amazing collaborative efforts, and leaves you with a visceral listening experience.

Then jumping over to “I Rock Hard”, a self-awareness track about the trials and tribulations of dealing with a bad breakup. It’s a very ambient beat structure and gives Slyboy room to showcase different angles of his vocal range, and gives this song a very ethereal touch with its ominous lyrical content. But the resolution of the song makes this one all the more worth it – when you realize that no matter how down you are on yourself, you still rock. And Slyboy really drives this point home with this track.

The most beneficial part to Slyboy‘s career as of right now is his ability to sustain the legwork and focus, be it songwriting, collaborations, promotion and anything DIY. It’s the type of work that has an immense payoff, and each track you hear from Slyboy‘s beginnings til now demonstrates that he gets better every time he hits the vocal booth. At the pace he’s going, Slyboy will be a pivotal and vital voice in Hip Hop before he knows it. He’s come a long way in a short time and has great promise lined up for his future prospects.

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  • Artist Review: Sam C-B – “I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved” Single/Video

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Funky, fun and inspirational to the modern day teen pessimist, Sam C-B gives us a reality check of what matters most in his new single “I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved”.

    Accompanied by a colorfully clever music video shot exclusively with a cell phone, Sam‘s craft is definitely an absolute original and ahead of his time. Writing and recording under a genre he calls “Indie Rop” (a balanced blend of Indie Rock and Rap), the teen artist conveys a message that no matter what adversities you face while growing up in your teenage years, everything is okay when you realize that you know what it’s like to be loved (as the title suggests).

    This is a brilliant song though, and is actually a stroke of genius if you take a close enough listen. Sam‘s style is definitely versatile and appealing, combining eclectic elements of a Pop-infused Indie sound with lyrical techniques that fit the realm of old school Hip Hop with the occasional melody or hook to give it a flavorful topping. His vocal style is charismatic, witty, relatable and undeniably catchy with every rhyming scheme he pieces together. He has a vast array of likability factors and his sporty/edgy image parallels perfectly.

    This track, which utilizes a lot of instrumental textures in its production value, also expresses more of a story-telling narrative rather than a collection of convoluted measures – which is a breath of fresh. It has an old school approach yet still has a hybrid sound for the modern era that keeps it relevant. But what’s most intriguing is the perspective of the song from the artist himself, and he definitely delivers up an in-depth explanation of what the song’s overall theme means in a way that you can take a walk a mile in his shoes.

    ‘I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved’ is about the teenage experience and how I’m dealing with it. Probably, like most teenagers, I occasionally get on a bit of a downer and sometimes I’m a bit confused. However, when it gets like that, I’ve learnt to give myself a reality check and remind myself that I am so lucky because I do know what it’s like to be loved. Even when life seems crap, I make myself aware that, compared to most people in the world, I’m incredibly lucky…” -Sam C-B

    For an artist this young and talented, “I Know What It’s Like To Be Loved’ is a song that showcases Sam most effectively and really leaves an everlasting impression of his versatility, diversity, originality and him as a person and persona equally. You’ll feel like you’re getting to know him on a personal level as well as a prospective musical one. We can’t recommend him highly enough!

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  • Career Highlights: Karra Mane

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one quinti-lingual Karra Mane.

    Emerging from the elite Los Angeles music scene in California, Pop recording artist Karra Mane began hitting the ground running in the music realm since her childhood years and started writing songs at the age of ten. Since then, she has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with her own signature sound and stylization.

    Known for her darker Pop approach and ambient vocal melodies, Karra’s music resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet

    still identifiable. Her music is also reminiscent of her artist influences including Whitney Houston, among many others over the years. She’s also one of those rare recording artists that holds a science degree. Since gracing the stage, Karra garnered her experience from being cast in prominent plays and musicals. She got to perform in front of a crowd of over 6,000 people in Kremlin (Russia) and also a crowd of over 55,000 people in Los Angeles.

    After years of developing her craft and piecing together her artistic merit, she is ready to unleash her first catalogue of tracks in her debut EP. Comprised of 5 fresh songs with a melodically dark Pop sound, the EP masterfully showcases Karra’s vocal range and songwriting skills with additives of post production flavors, and could draw comparisons to today’s superstars like Lorde, Adele and Lana Del Rey. The EP is slated for release on 11/18/18 and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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    Artist Review: Kevin Maze – “Been A Long Time” Single

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    Through innovative production value and an authentic take on today’s modern visceral Dance music, we get a rhythmic adventure from the modern realm of Kevin Maze‘s newest studio creation “Been A Long Time”.

    This track impressively resonates with yesterday’s classic Dance vibes and today’s EDM sensibility. It’s a well crafted piece that would be suitable for raves, clubs, soundtracks and several other musical atmospheres

    . The song takes off from the very first measure, builds up with each tasty additive, but never wavers from its rhythmic drive. And that’s what makes it a fun filled Dance anthem from beginning to end.

    Utilizing samples that are appropriately placed without convoluting the song, “Been A Long Time” is a steady buildup of well paced measures and sequences that keep the energy flowing on the dance floor. There are no unnecessary theatrics and Maze definitely proves with this track that less is definitely more.

    Overall, this track demonstrates what Dance music has always been about. Rhythm, pacing, vibes and authenticity. And it’s a breath of fresh air to hear Kevin Maze produce a track that sticks to that formula. You’ll be dancing all the way into 2019.

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    Artist Review: Brigz Crawford – “Let Love” LP

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    Tapping into an innovative swagger with today’s more prominent R&B sound, we get a breath of fresh air with Brigz Crawford‘s newest album Let Love.

    An album that delves into a more versatile take on the current wave of the mainstream R&B genre with elements of EDM and Hip Hop, Brigz shows a lot of promise with this record and keeps you intrigued from the very first song. He has melodic vocal melodies, story telling lyrical narratives and a voice that ties it all together diligently.

    One standout on the album is the multifaceted use of different rhythms and tempos – where we get something a little different in each song, but we also know it’s coming from the same artist. There’s great depth and artistic merit placed throughout the track that brings Brigz‘ musicianship factors to the forefront, showcasing his authenticity and originality. This album, and he as an artist, show a very promising direction with this record.

    Let Love is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. It has something for everyone that has an affinity for today’s more prominent mainstream sound. You’ll be glad you gave this album a listen, and you’ll be thanking us later.

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