Artist Review: No-EL Dacosta – “The Soul Man From The Endz” LP

FrReview by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Bethany A. Stephenson

A truly modern triumph, and a realm of R&B the way it was meant to be is what No-EL Dacosta‘s The Soul Man From The Endz stands up to be, and represents as a whole. An album of tunes that are soulful, versatile, multifaceted, and a realistic caressing of the heart of real R&B music.

But Dacosta‘s album is a lot more than that. This collection of uplifting anthems have additives of Blues, Bossa Nova, Jazz, Jams, Hip Hop and everything in between. From swinging mid-ranged vocal tracks to clear and concise production value, these songs share all kinds of moods. There are blissful feature artists that bring in soothing vocal textures, beautifully crafted guitar and piano compositions. Best of all, each song breathes its own life into each song. You never hear the same thing twice and every track has a new set of features that conjures these songs more into anthems, rather than just songs on an album.

No-EL‘s album is a masterpiece of R&B in its own right, and rightly so. His vocal approach is perfect for the genre and has really put a modern edge to every song on this album. You’ll absolutely love it, and puts R&B into a new modern world that gives it a whole new sound for generations to come.

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Artist Review: SUPERBIG – “Sideways Love” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

SUPERBIG, since their formation in 2007, has manifested into one of the most versatile and multifaceted Alt/Rock groups in the Chicago area. Their modern dynamic and energetic signature sound has carried them throughout the duration of their career thus far, and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. And we get a clear demonstration of their continually innovative and evolved style from their recent single “Sideways Love”.

Accompanied by a very colorful and cinematic music video, this track brings out all the goods of today’s more brilliantly executed Alt/Rock style with plenty of flavorful additives to go around. With edge-of-your-seat verses and great vocal narratives, this song’s crafty buildup takes us to one of the most powerful choruses that kicks up the energy with gang-style vocals, along with the song’s overall punchlines and unwavering catchiness. And it never lets up once it starts. The vocals have a diligent mid-to-high range approach reminiscent to older U2 albums and today’s more influential artists like Coldplay, but comprised with a band that brings his voice to greater heights with SUPERBIG‘s very versatile and eclectic contribution to the Alt/Rock genre.

As for the video, we don’t sense any complaints anytime soon. Pole dancers? Check. Curvy female bodies? Check. Atmosphere? Check. Top of the line colorful production value? Absolutely. This video immensely enhances the track-listening experience and really showcases the band’s talent, class, energy, aura, image and everything in between. It’s the type of song and video you’d have to see and hear to believe.

From crispy clean guitar riffs, smoothly written/performed vocal melodies and textures, a cruising rhythm section and top notch performance and production value – this song delivers everything you could ask for, plus so much more you never expect. This song/video, since its premier, has already garnered two airings on MTV, and also continues to expand its growth on YouTube and several other internet/social media outlets. The band has also performed at some of Chicago’s more upscale and elite venues and events, and continues to be a prominent staple among the Chi-town Rock community as they keep hitting the ground running. SUPERBIG is definitely starting off 2019 on a big note.

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Artist Review: Superbird – “Cola Bottle Fizz” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Combining an onslaught of flavorful funky riffs, high ranged vocal melodies and a dynamically crafty rhythm section, UK’s Superbird starts out the new year with their explosively catchy single “Cola Bottle Fizz”.

This song is just ridiculous. And we absolutely mean that in every good way. This Power-Pop/Rock trio concocts a chemistry of funk-fueled bliss with their insanely tight knit signature style and high ranged harmonies that give off a modern Prince-meets-George Michael vibe. This band’s image is just as clever as their sound, and are a very well-deserved contribution to today’s modern realm of Rock and Pop flavors.

One factor that really jumps out at you is their insatiable energy. Superbird comes out swinging from the second this song begins and never lets up. This is the type of song you’ll be aching to hear live and you’ll imagine an all-night party where everyone gets in, everyone gets laid, and this band is the soundtrack to the entire evening; drink after drink, from dusk til’ dawn.

This band has a lot of versatility as well. While their song structures are kept pretty simple, every measure offers up something fresh yet still identifiable, delivering a sound that encompasses equal parts originality and familiarity. From smooth and hypnotic bass lines, a smashing drum kit, and guitars that parallel perfectly with the vocal melodies, “Cola Bottle Fizz” is the perfect Funk infused Rock fix. It has immense staying power – where the track stays with you even after its over. It’s also a track you’ll be coming back to time and time again.

This track dropped on January 4th and is available now on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. The official music video for this song will also be releasing January 11th. You’ll be more than happy you discovered this track, and you’ll be thanking us later.

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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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Artist Review: Aya & Ali – “Burn It Down” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Funky, flavorful and compellingly catchy, NYC-duo Aya & Ali come out swinging with their new highly anticipated single “Burn It Down”.

With rhythmic textures, mid-ranged snappy guitar riffs and female-fronted vocals with multifaceted melody choices, “Burn It Down” is definitely a next-level track that will easily raise the stakes for the indie artist realm, and turn heads in the mainstream music market. And with NYC being their stomping grounds, their potential and likelihood to make this happen is very much in their favor.

This track is also very versatile and touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; delving into a sound that gives their audience a fresh and modern feel, yet all the while staying relevant, identifiable and relatable. It has instant-likability factors that are paralleled between the songwriting, execution, and overall production value, and it never wavers from its aura and energy.

The song also has an anthemic message as well, and has a lot of depth. The song title and concept touches on “burning the negativity and turning it into a light that guides us to positivity”, a way to condemn racism and promote diversity. A song that identifies us as an equal human race with music being our cornerstone to bettering ourselves and inspiring one another. It’s a song, when listened to close enough, that could really put positive change in place and pave the way for a better future. For everyone, as a human race.

This song inspires you to be inspired, and has a world of talent expressed in Aya & Ali‘s artistic merit and musicianship factors. If “Burn It Down” is the first time you hear this duo, then you’re in for a real treat. You’ll be very enticed to dive deeper into this duo’s previous catalogue, as well as keep a close eye on their future prospects.

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Press Release: AMA Iziian Slated To Drop His Album “Woke” On December 21st

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

If this were a competitive sport; I would be Bruno Mars & Childish Gambino vs Travis Scott & Prince.. with Led Zeppelin as referee

With an insatiable knack for smooth groovy guitars, glistening vocal melodies and versatile song structures, AMA Iziian proves that his upcoming album Woke will be one of the most multifaceted records to release before the year is out.

Comprised of charismatic vocals and harmonies that are reminiscent of today’s mainstream Pop artists, AMA‘s edgy Alt/Rock and at-times electronically grungy sound brings a new wave of funky riffs and measures to the forefront with undeniably catchy melody placements. The album screams of versatility; you’ll hear an array of different elements with each track, but know it’s still coming from the same artist. And that’s one of the greatest components of Woke – there’s something for everyone on this record.

Moving through his verses with a story-telling sweetness and high-ranged R&B infused vocal approach, we get to experience a solid range of different angles to AMA‘s artistic merit. From a vibrant energy in his opening number “Get It Together” to more ominously subtle textures in “Gentleman”, the facets of his signature sound are present at all times with a twist of something different in his highly eclectic sound. It’s an absolute rollercoaster from start to finish, and will surprise you by its retro style while being able to maintain an indie sensibility that is still mainstream-worthy.

But one of the most compelling things about this album is its ability to have staying power — where AMA‘s music stays with you even after the album is over. From melody structures that stay in your head or guitar riffs that have you guessing what’s next, no matter what, Woke is an album that stays with you and resonates with your musical fascinations. You’ll never hear anything quite like it, and you’ll be addicted to each track like a bad habit.

Woke officially drops on December 21st and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. It’s the perfect release to end the year with, as well as begin your resolutions with for 2019. AMA will also be releasing his single “Naked Ballerina” on December 4th, which will also be released everywhere. If this is your first time discovering AMA Iziian, you’ll be very glad you did. Strap yourself in for a ride.

Pre-save Link for Woke: https://ffm.to/yhoaylgevz

Pre-save Link for “Naked Ballerina” Single: https://ffm.to/uvga0r1ri7

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Artist Review: Natasha Cash – “Don’t Stop Tha Music” Single/Video

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There’s a new queen of Funk in town, and she is heating up the streets. That queen’s name is Natasha Cash, who comes out swinging with her inspirational new single “Don’t Stop Tha Music”.

From swagger dance moves, an angelic vocal range and an eclectic blend of Funk and R&B at the forefront, Natasha‘s single, accompanied by a fun and colorful music video, pulls out all the stops to make sure that the show must go on in “Don’t Stop Tha Music”.

With very elegantly crafted melody placements and a vocal vibrato that puts a glistening signature touch over Natasha‘s mid-to-high ranged approach, this fun single embraces elements from the good old days of the Motown era and today’s more tastefully modern mainstream sensibility. It’s innovative, flavorful and really showcases multifaceted angles from both yesterday’s funky favorites and today’s modern R&B anthems. The song has great pacing, a precise rhythm section and top of the line production value to really bring out the best of Natasha Cash‘s vocal abilities.

One standout about the video is the authenticity – the fun, humble feel and free spirited nature that really resonates with the song. It’s all about vibes, and this video proves that it’s all good when it comes to keeping the vibes real. And that’s what Natasha brings to the table in this song and video – a real and authentic vibe with her blissful gift of voice. And she really shines like a diamond in “Don’t Stop Tha Music”.

This track has endless likability factors, and Natasha Cash is at the heart of every single one of them. And once you take a listen to this single yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why we crowned her as the new queen of funk.

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