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: Sassy Vee – “I Should Go” & “Emotional” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A gem like Sassy Vee is a girl with a vision and a girl with a vibe. She’s an absolute trifecta in the bigger picture altogether – she has class, beauty, and insatiable talent that is passionately utilized in her own signature style of music that is compellingly catchy, lyrically visceral and atmospherically ambient. And she showcases these very crucial components in her anchor singles “I Should Go” and “Emotional”. Two tracks with different eclectic approaches, but diligently executed by Sassy herself no matter what elements each song presents itself with. These are two very versatile tracks that truly bring you into the musical realm that Sassy delivers to the forefront; and never wavers from her flavorful sound she carries with her throughout every song that leaves you refreshed and aching to hear more.

“I Should Go” is a great mid-pacing yet subtle song that serves up as a flavorful modern treat into today’s Pop sensibility with Indie elements. From lyrically visceral and eased-up verses that beautifully showcase Sassy‘s voice as more of a clever and delicate buildup, the verses really caress her vocal textures and tenderness that really shows her authenticity. It’s the perfect buildup of soft-sung narratives before the powerful chorus jumps in to tie the song together with Sassy‘s wholesome vocal dubs and mid-to-high range melodies. She truly grasps onto the song’s aura and key signature to write and perform the perfect balance and composure for this track, and really puts her strengths right out to the forefront. She clearly has a knack for writing vocal parts that are not only catchy, but compelling as well, and really puts forth a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

Her second single “Emotional” is more R&B-infused and reminiscent of the classic Motown Records era with tasteful mixtures of today’s more authentic and eclectic Soul inspired artists that perform R&B the way it was meant to be. The track is more charismatic, fun, and shows a different angle to Sassy‘s lyrical techniques and artistic merit. It’s a track that any R$B listener can appreciate, including previous generations that witnessed the manifestation of the genre, and the components that came with it. “Emotional” is also a song that truly sings from, and speaks to the soul. It resonates with the truly passionate music fan that wants to delve into an artist’s true core, to see and hear who they really are as a songwriter. All the while relating to the song in a whole, and finding out how they can identify with it.

Overall, Sassy‘s singles are triumphant, meaningful and really bring out different angles of her talent and songwriter. She’s a rare gem among many artists of her caliber, and has a very promising prospect of what 2019 has in store for her, as well as beyond. By the sounds of it – Sassy Vee is not going anywhere, anytime soon. It’s artists like her that today’s music really yearns for.

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Artist Review: Static RYan – “NOSHO” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With a conjuring of ambience, versatility, and an insatiably raw sound that combines today’s indie Trap Rap sensibilities and rock elements from the iconic 90s era, UK-based solo artist Static RYan proves that his latest single “NOSHO” is innovative, clever, and anything but ordinary.

With fans describing his signature sound as a “low-fi Nirvana” kind of approach, SR brings forth a classic yet futuristic style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable in its own right. From atmospheric guitar tones, ominous digital additives and hauntingly visceral vocal structures, this song’s chemistry is hypnotically mysterious as it is cleverly innovative. It’s a diligent approach of a Hip Hop flow with grungy Rock flavors that leave room for different lyrical pathways and really shows an array of different angles of SR‘s talent.

“NOSHO” is a very consistent track, and very relevant as well. It’s appeasing enough to the underground scene, but could still easily win over the fundamentals of today’s mainstream market. The track officially releases today and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You won’t regret picking up a copy of this track, and it’ll definitely entice you to look deeper into Static RYan‘s discography, as well as future prospects. He’s the type of artist to keep watching for, to see what next move he makes, and where it takes him.

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Artist Review: Iamjuri – “Gone Fishing” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With upbeat rhythms, flashy tempos and synth-infused buildups that keep you at the edge of your seat, Iamjuri sets sail on a futuristic signature sound with the visceral single “Gone Fishing”.

Blasting off with a subtle yet heavily anticipated intro, this track has great pacing and production quality that sets an innovative tone. It’s not a noisy or convoluted song that’s gonna distract you from the actual talent or artistic merit; it has great consistency throughout each measure and really resonates as a whole. The drum tempos are a diligent mix of earlier Dance eras and today’s more simple EDM sensibilities. The charm of this track is evident as soon as it begins, and maintains that aura throughout the song’s duration.

This is also a track that really entices you to dive deeper into Iamjuri‘s catalogue of other projects, especially future ones. This artist’s style is a glimpse into the future of what the prominent electronically-infused Dance genre just may hold. From well dressed beats, charismatic tempos and top quality production, “Gone Fishing” is anything but a letdown, and really brings Iamjuri‘s talent right to the forefront.

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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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Artist Review: Jacobs Ladder Here And Now – Self Titled EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Every now and then, we discover a voice that is truly versatile and triumphantly unique. Encompassing a sound that is equally exotic as it is visceral, we get a stroke of hypnotic bliss with Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s debut Self-Titled EP.

The artist behind this project is a trifecta of many trades, including the roles of a professional singer, songwriter and producer. Formerly with Warner Brothers, Jacobs Ladder Here And Now, now on her own uphill path as a solo artist, comes out swinging with her anthemic tracks from her debut record and brings forth a sound that really defines her and gives her identity. Combining an exotic Pop sound with dynamically melodic Indie elements, This EP delivers up a signature style perfect for the modern realm. With ambient beats and atmospheric chord progressions carrying the aura behind her sassy vocal approach, her song “Love And Understanding” casts out the perfect demonstration of Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s craft and musical essence.

Comprised of well-placed verses, well-paced tempos and a chorus that is dangerously catchy and reminiscent of Björk-like sensibilities, this track brings her signature vocal textures to the forefront. The song has a unique balance and composure that utilizes minor key signatures and diligently placed vocal harmonies that really give this song true character. The depth of the song goes beyond your expectations as compared to artists of a similar caliber, and really keeps you at the edge of your seat with a stunningly versatile approach that is unlike anything else you’ve heard. The same can also be said about her other track from this record, “Opening”, a song that delivers more as an anthem rather than just another track. This song is definitely a treat, and a real journey into her artistic merit that captures the heart of the project. This song, combined with the others, embraces the entirety of both the production and performance value that this EP offers up. It’s a great collection of songs that really grow on you immediately.

The best part of these tracks are the staying power – the power to stay with you even after its over. This is a record you’ll be coming back to time and time again, and will never get old. It’s the perfect contribution to today’s modern Pop and Indie elements.

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Press Release: Michael Brading Releases His First Anchor Single From His Upcoming EP “Vocal Release”

yArticle by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With the success of Michael Brading‘s Connection EP, released in October 2018, he is now gearing up to follow up the record with his upcoming EP Vocal Release, premiering in early 2019. His catchy and versatile single “Want You Back” just recently dropped, and is the first official single from the upcoming EP.

“Want You Back” is an ambient track with visceral moods, climactic melodies and an innovative take on Pop and R&B. But this song also has amazing additional electronic flavors that really add to the sound’s authenticity, and it’s a great signature style that brings Michael‘s melody placements and lyrical narratives to the forefront. His impressive mid-to-high range vocals parallel the song’s structure and production value very effectively, and utilizes a multifaceted style of multi layering that showcases him in different angles that contribute to his artistic merit.

The song’s beat is unwaveringly atmospheric and ambient, it creates a brilliant aura for the song and sets the tone for Michael‘s vocal approach that keeps him as the centerpiece of the track. It’s a great electronically infused R&B sound with modern Hip Hop elements that resonates with both equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable and relatable.

If you’re into a hypnotic beat with viscerally electronic sound with anthemic melodies, then “Want You Back” is definitely a track for you. This is the first single to Michael‘s upcoming EP Vocal Release, and will give you a feel for what the rest of the album is going to be like. Michael, as an interesting fact, was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in 2017 for his highly acclaimed track “Hidden Love”. His dedication to his craft is something to behold and it reflects perfectly on this new single. Once you take a listen to the song yourself, you’ll definitely be looking forward to the album.

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