Exclusive Review: Kevin Sihwan – “Catch Up” Album

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Cover Art of Kevin Sihwan’s “Catch Up” Album

When it comes to Philly/NYC’s Kevin Sihwan, DJing is the name of the game, along with the mastering of production value. Originally hailing from South Korea, Kevin has always sustained an insatiable passion for the electronically infused genre and the prospect of creating music throughout the EDM world. Once he came to the states to attend school in Philadelphia, that passion would come to fruition with his amazing energies and versatile six track banger, “Catch Up.”

Well, we certainly caught up with Kevin‘s album, and it has quite the ability to turn heads when it comes to multifaceted EDM stylizations. Title track “Catch Up” really sets the tone nicely with its bassy forefront and really utilizes buildups effectively while also being able to change moods. Don’t let the bass get ya! But it certainly will. The structure is dynamic, flows consistently and never tries to outdo itself. “Fallout” continues with its intensity-driven buildups and breakdowns, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to really putting a signature tone on the production value. It’s definitely the most melodic track and definitely resonates between one sequence to the next. The synth parts are beautifully crafted and really helps carry the torch when it comes to the album’s versatility.

“Bassline” has a little bit of a change of pace and adds a fun Hip Hop edge with excellent video game pacing. This track’s interlude is definitely anthemic and really flows perfectly with the feature vocal track. It’s another solid demonstration of what Kevin can do behind a mixing board, and never strays himself far from his own creative signature sound. This track just might end up being your favorite. “Rolling Thunder” showcases more drums and synths than anything and truly gives every angle of this track strength. The “whoa!” parts of this track definitely add a very significant touch that really keeps the listener focused and willing to stay for the whole ride. “Dance All Night” and “Get To Me” are perfect closing tracks to this record. While “Dance All Night” sticks to a similar formula to the previous tracks, it’s the 90’s and Rhodes Blues influences this song offers up with a very effective female vocal feature that truly makes this closer a gem. It’s a softer touch compared to the other tracks, but adds so much charm to the point where this change up can be perfectly warranted. It has melodic structure that really steps up to the plate, a visceral vibe and untouchable likability factors .

“Catch Up” starts and ends with a bang. These can easily be club hitters that could get any dance floor moving and any crowd vibing. While the record has its twists and turns, it still sticks to that signature sound that Kevin Sihwan manifests from the beginning – and never lets up. This is a six-track record that will blow the lid off any EDM enthusiast, and the production value is one of many reasons, but a crucial one to say the least. “Catch Up” is a melodic journey of buildups and breakdowns that everyone will love. The record is currently available on YouTube, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: KÍTA – “Postponed” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

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Icelandic recording artist KÍTA is quite the trifecta. She diligently recorded, wrote, and produced her multifaceted Electro-Pop debut album ‘Postponed’ over a 3 year period (hence the album title reflecting the process of pushing back the production, or “postponing” it over that time period). But just like almost anything that takes a crucial amount of time and hard work, the end result is rewarding and fulfilling; and this reward comes in the form of the atmospheric and indie debut of KÍTA‘s record ‘Postponed’ in its finished greatness.

Comprised of 8 versatile tracks with messages of empowerment, heightened moments of life, adversities and many different moods and stories that surround the album, KÍTA brings forth a signature sound that is vivacious, charismatic and multilayered with many different ambient additives to deliver a powerful Pop sound with electronically-infused textures to tie it all together into an album of joy and fascination. While plenty of melody is offered on this record, her story-telling lyrics echo like a choir with many layerings of her own vocal projections to emphasize each track into something more than meets the ear. She shares a reminiscent vocal quality similar to super stars like Lorde and Dua Lipa, but with more class and less flash – leaving her musical persona more mysterious and out in the open in a way where you can draw your own conclusions about her. When listening to ‘Postponed,’ you gather a sense of a girl that will not be judged but leaves subtle hints of a mysterious portrayal. And by that, we mean portrayal of herself – no matter how you may view her. But when listening to her, it all comes together for her where it’s what she says that gives her the biggest presence. Showcasing herself as an artist with a loud, powerful and effective message that resonates throughout the landscape,

The two standouts on this album are definitely back-to-back tracks “Actions Speak More” and “Still Young.” Songs with subtlety, sounds of nature and beautiful additives of upper 3rd harmonies. But each have their own uniqueness. “Still Young” has that finger snapping “Royals” feeling with lyrics that speak of nostalgia, but still remaining in the moment, and refusing to take your youth for granted. The bluesy Tracy Chapman-style guitar progression is an amazing musicianship factor in this song and really brings this song to life with its uniqueness and versatility.

Overall, ‘Postponed’ is definitely an album worth waiting for, for those who have been involved with the project since the beginning – especially for KÍTA herself. These are 8 unforgettable tracks you’ll be coming back to time and time again, and hopefully her next release won’t take three years [smile]. The album is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Vish-K – “Lucky Turned Favored” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Vish-K’s EP “Lucky Turned Favored”

Emerging from the prominent Atlanta Hip Hop scene down the east coast, Rapper & Recording Artist Vish-K began hitting the ground running in the music realm 13 years ago when he came out the gate with a hypnotic and inventive Tra. And since that time has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization with no signs of slowing down his momentum. Now, with over a decade under his belt, Vish-K has brought some of his most diligently crafted material to the forefront of his career with the release of his long awaited EP, ‘Lucky Turned Favored.”

This 5-track anthem is a perfect example of proving that the underground produces some of the best Hip Hop content that exists in the modern musical realm, even though it sits right under the nose of most mainstream labels. This rollercoaster ride of bangers from start to finish showcases Vish-K‘s super charged flow and sonic alchemy of dynamic lyrical structures when it comes to his rhyming techniques, and truly knows how to keep your attention fixated on him no matter what theme he puts forward. “Part of Me” and “Big Truckz” are masterful opening tracks that really emphasize V-K‘s vocal approach that has balance and composure, but still diligently touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving every listener a chance to hear nostalgic old school callbacks in each track, but still also offers up enough of his own innovative qualities to make each song modernized and fresh off the table.

The standout of this EP is definitely “Upper-Unity,which was first put out as an exclusive single as a means to hype up this EP, and did exactly just that. It’s definitely the banger of the record that explores many sectors of Vish-K‘s vocal talent in many different angles. This bassy beat is accompanied by a vast array of cleverly executed bars and a flow that really carries the torch from start to finish as each verse carries out. It’s incredibly catchy, energetic and ties in the entire EP’s aura with its direction and artistic merit. But overall, every track is flavorful and serves up a Hip Hop style that keeps the magic coming from the underground scenes. Vish-K does not mess around on this EP and really raises the bar for any artist involved in the prominent Hip Hop genres with every bar and measure speaking for itself strongly, as well as effectively. ‘Lucky Turned Favored’ is currently available on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and several other digital music streaming platforms. Pick up a copy’s

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Press Release: Hip Hop Starlet Lexxi Meshan Makes An Extraordinary Comeback After Four Year Hiatus With Her New Hit Single “DGAF”

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

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Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one Lexxi Meshan. Emerging from the elite Atlanta Hip Hop scene, the New York native began hitting the ground running in the music world back in 2011 and has made unwavering strides in the industry since coming out the gate. Known for her charismatic rhyming techniques and versatile lyrical structures, Lexxi‘s driven sound is undeniably multifaceted and really delves into a crafty stylization that showcases several angles of her mic skills and artistic merit. This manifestation would come to fruition with her debut release ‘The Pilot EPisode.’ An EP of catchy and cleverly executed tracks with a signature sound that balances equal parts originality and familiarity; giving her fans a taste of something fresh but still identifiable. Not long after its release, Lexxi would begin building an insatiable street buzz and devoted fan base, getting the anticipation to great heights of what the rising female rapper would follow up with. The wait would be eager, agonizing and the world was more than ready for Lexxi‘s sophomore release. But when 2016 hit, she would ultimately go on an indefinite hiatus. But the story in no way ends there.

Fast forward four years to 2020, and the Hip Hop world would be blessed all over again with an extraordinary return to form for Lexxi Meshan. The starlet has made a return to the scene with a hot new single that has the industry talking and the streets heating up. After a four year break, Lexxi picks up where she left off with the song “DGAF,” a heavily lit track with crafty bars, smooth hooks and a flow that really raises the bar in many ways. Her brilliant signature style is still apparent, but you can clearly tell that Lexxi has really turned up the heat on this banger and is delving more into a modernized approach that is both fresh and effective. Accompanied by a cinematic official music video, this single is well worth the wait since her last release and is already garnering her some major attention on social media.

Press Photo of Lexxi Meshan

With Lexxi Meshan back on the grind in full force, Sky is the limit when it comes to revitalizing her career. So far, she is back with a vengeance and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Her distinctive look and image is captivating, her music is more solid than ever and her determination is a force to be reckoned with. “DGAF” released just a week ago, but Lexxi is just getting started. As she continues to compose, create, manifest and spread the heat throughout 2020, be sure to keep an eye on every move this rising star makes by listening to the new single and connecting with her on social media for news, updates, photos, and everything in between.

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Exclusive Review: V2T – “Drip Glitch” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of V2T’s “Drip Glitch” EP

DC-based Hip Hop pioneer and Bentley Records recording artist V2T is no stranger to the game. He began hitting the ground running at the age of 12 and has amassed an extensive career with an insatiably loyal fan base over several years; and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. However, when the rising artist dropped his hit single “IDK” on renowned platform World Star Hip Hop, his career would hit peak status and continue to stay at the top of the game. Now, with the release of his EP ‘Drop Glitch,’ V2T proves that he can easily raise the bar and exceed expectations no matter what position he is in.

This 5-track juggernaut has an assortment of bangers that will draw in just about any Hip Hop fan. Opening track “Money Bags” is high energy and straightforward with its Trap beat structure and rawness. V2T‘s vocal approach is very versatile when it comes to his flow and really sets the tone for the rest of the record with his dynamic use of rhyming techniques and wordsmithy cleverness. This continues with the track “Patek” which also showcases different angles of V‘s lyrical forms, but it’s the song “Clout Pack” That really brings out a whole new realm of catchiness. This song’s hook demonstrates strong defining factors to V‘s signature sound on this record and really encapsulates his artistic merit effectively; giving the listener a front row seat to V‘s very real and story-like vocal ability. Tracks “IDK” and “TrapStar” are more bouncy and anthemic, perfect for a club setting and party atmosphere with all the swagger you could ever ask for. The overall execution of the record grasps crucial portions of 90s and early 2000s Hip Hop while also embracing an edge that gives it today’s modern sensibility.

‘Drip Glitch’ is definitely a must-listen for 2020. It’s V2T at some of his best material and will definitely entice you to do a more deep dive into his career. The EP is currently available on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for recommending this one.

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