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: 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: Andy James Releases Her Inspirational EP For The Holiday Season “The Christmas Song”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Beautiful, jazzy and classy, Andy James brings joyful bliss to the essence of the holiday season with her newest EP The Christmas Song.

Comprised of a classically melodic single of her song “The Christmas Song” and a nostalgic cover of the holiday classic “White Christmas”, Andy James brings her soulful voice to the forefront on this record with a jazzy signature sound that is multifaceted and spiritually versatile.

With glistening piano leads, a bossa-nova influenced rhythm section and smooth stand-up bass riffs, the band behind the voice of Andy James brings out her very best on these songs with her beautifully toned vocal range and soothing melody placements that could easily be on Broadway and Las Vegas stages. Her eclectic and classic vocal touches breathes endless likability factors through every measure and really knows how to showcase her voice in many effective angles. Her approach is subtle, anthemic, and leaves an impression on you that is unforgettable and unwavering. Those with an insatiable hankering for real jazz will absolutely fall head over heals for Andy James.

This EP is a perfect holiday anthem for your family nights during this year’s holiday season, as well as the soundtrack to your favorite high class or five-star event setting. The moods delivered in her music are wrapped up like a perfect Christmas package of spirit, talent and true essence of the holiday season with that classical jazzy style that has influenced almost every genre that exists today. Andy James has a world class voice, beauty, and sings passionately through every measure of The Christmas Song EP. You’ll be adding this to your holiday collection this Christmas season, and will enjoy it for many years to come.

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Artist Review: Matthias Daiber – “Out Of The Blue” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Blissful and dreamlike, LA-based Composer & Producer Matthias Daiber takes us through an atmospheric adventure with his multifaceted Piano and Electronic blends in his new album Out Of The Blue.

This 12-song LP is a masterpiece of its caliber and brings something new to the table with each track, all the while presenting a very recognizable signature sound that shows its presence throughout the record in its entirety and never fails to keep you transfixed on each element of every song.

Matthias‘s piano breathes life into every track with ambient electronic additives that really add a glistening touch throughout every measure. Each song is like a takeoff and landing to a perfect destination while enjoying the ride while making your way there. His approach with each track is very articulated, versatile and very well-crafted. You can’t help but feel a sense of serenity with each measure these songs offer.

The best part is the versatility and originality of the genre mix. With classic light Jazz components and very melodic key signatures that really embody a real soul to his music, Out Of The Blue really showcases every angle of Matthias‘s abilities both as a composer and performer. His ideas are authentic, the moods are very blissful, and the aura that surrounds this album provides an array of emotions that touch the soul.

Out Of The Blue is the perfect album for the innovative pianist putting a modernized touch on today’s more mainstream production value, while staying true to the humble roots of what makes piano the most theoretical instrument of our time. This is a next-level album for anyone that appreciates brilliant piano compositions and today’s more promising production formulas. The album released on October 26th and is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You won’t regret getting a copy!

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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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