Artist Review: Anton Cullen – “Breaking Through” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


EDM with 8-bit Nintendo Plugins and melodies? Sign me up!

Anton Cullen is an elite EDM producer and has a sound with a lot of twists and turns with his song “Breaking Through”. From clever progressions, memorable structures, and sound-effective melodies with a video-game spin, we get served a great value of production, tasty measures of melody, and brilliantly diverse song structures with buildups and breakdowns that compliment each other throughout the song’s captivating stride.

There’s a lot of unexpected fun breakdowns in this track that really showoff Cullen‘s versatility, which gives it a raw and original approach. It’s witty, danceable, and could easily be deemed as a club track or even a straight rave track you could loosen up your mind to, and just take what’s coming with its energy, aura, and nostalgic realm.

It’s something you can play just about anywhere; even your car to test out those new Sony Xplodes. Stuff like that. It’s not generic, but is very universal and holds a very unique balance in between being radio friendly, and straight-up gritty. It’s a toss up really (depending on the Disc Jockey).

No matter how you take this song in, Anton Cullen is new food for the ear. This has that sensibility that’ll definitely have you coming back to the song time and time again. The likability factors are there, so in my eyes, you’re gonna love this track too. Now go listen!

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Artist Review: Tony Marino

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Hailing from the landscapes of Fort Wayne, Indiana…it’s a great day for renowned Multi-Musician, Composer & Producer Tony Marino; mainly due to his official Release of his newest CD of swingin’, foot-stomp’n, and dynamic Latin Jazz grooves, A Sound Investment.

However, all Marino needs you to invest is your Music hungry eardrums (and perhaps a few dollars to purchase his music on iTunes) and some time to have a glass of wine, relax, and listen to some very well written, catchy, and innovative tracks solely composed by Marino himself.

It’s music for a high class crowd, 5-star events, and all those who appreciate music theory and the insatiable world of Jazz. A genre that has set the groundwork and foundation for almost every other genre that exists today. Marino‘s tracks are groovy, and driven with a classic lineup of a trio of instruments that all blend together in a way that makes Jazz the dynamic genre that is. The instrumental trio being Piano as the lead instrument, with a zoot-suit rhythm section of Standup Bass and a very basic, yet highly effective 3-piece Drum setup. 

This is a great foundation that allows other brilliant musicians to jump in with melodic Trumpet/Brass solos, and other instruments that add to the traditional Latin Jazz sound that music lovers from all over the world have come to know and love over many generations. Tony Marino fits the bill for this perfectly, and it’s evidently clear that this Composer & Band Leader is a very influential one alongside many other greats who have also captivated the ears, and hearts of Jazz lovers from all over the world. 

If you’re interested in taking a listen to a true world-class musician that is keeping one of the most undeniable and undying genres of music alive in a very powerful way, then Tony Marino is your draft pick.

His newest CD, A Sound Investment, is available on iTunes along with other music retailers. Pick up a copy today! Artist Reach approval 100%.

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Artist Review: Paul K

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Dark, ambient textures that bring out an emotional feat, Artist/Producer Paul K‘s “Ashes In The Snow” is a soundtrack-worthy instrumental that explores different moods hidden among our soul’s more emotionally intimate mindsets.

With great use of synthesizers and an anticipation of buildups as the song progresses, Paul K portrays a very dynamic and brilliant composition that gives you a visual experience through his production value. There are soaring melodies in the foreground that really stand out, and help put the climactic touches to the overall sound. It’s an exploration of art with a vast array of emotions that really soothe you as the track plays on.

Paul K, also known as the Producer for Glitch Code, is definitely the type of artist that the film industry could really grasp onto with his movie-score approaches and multifaceted skills behind the mixing board. “Ashes In The Snow” is not just something to listen to in a matter-of-fact sort of way; you have to sit back, open your mind, your heart, and let this song take you for the ride that it really is. 

This is an artist that’ll make you wanna explore all he has to offer, and anticipate what’s to come in the near future as a writer with a vision behind every composition. We highly recommend Paul K, and encourage you to go on the same audio and visual journey that we did. You won’t be disappointed.
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Artist Review: Matthew Strachan

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


More proof that some of the best musicians are from the U.K.

Matthew Strachan, a 12-time ASCAP Award winner, is a renowned Songwriter & Composer, responsible for the music scores for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, BBC Home Front, and formed the Klaus Harmony, is a very well-known and respected musician that has his music scattered over many landscapes in many forms; Musicals, Scores, Compositions, and is a very known figure in the industry.

Critics liken him to Tom Lehrer, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman. His creations may not all be loveable but they’re always recognisable. Exasperated bigots, angry Alpha males, lonely landladies, voyeurs and dysfunctional daredevils all have their moment in the spotlight. Matthew Strachan gives them all three minutes to tell their tale.

Strachan recently released his most recent solo effort, Serious Men. An album integrated with Blues, Alt/Rock, and great piano-riff oriented tracks. One song in particular, “Hootchie Groovey Child”, is a fun, witty, personal side to Strachan and showcases both his dynamic writing style of melodies, and humble nature of his musical persona.

With such a successful catalogue under his belt and multiple awards to show for it, I must say it has been an honor to both write Matthew Strachan‘s Bio, and write a Review for him here.

He is a musician that not only deserves your attention, but is one that should be researched. This musician has a brilliant story, and his future holds a lot of promise as he continues to carry major weight throughout the industry. 


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Artist Review #2: Melvin Fromm Jr.

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


We are more than happy to bring back humble Artist & Composer Melvin Fromm Jr. with a new single, “Colorful Fall Luck Life”.

Most likely taking an imagery-driven influence from the Fall Season, this single is once again another great smooth and catchy composition from Fromm with very dynamic use of Violin as the song’s lead instrument.

The Bossa-Nova 4/4 tempo fits beautifully with the clean Alt/Soft-Rock guitar swells that carry the rhythm section, and leaves great room for the lead violin to really showcase its many angles. It has a very cinematic feel and could definitely be heard in a Soundtrack or movie score, and even lends a foreign substance from the violin’s foreground. The chemistry is something that definitely catches the ear and makes you want to wander through Fromm‘s catalogue of compositions. Maybe perhaps hear what other tricks he might have up his sleeve.

The song’s title definitely does justice; the sound is colorful, the season of Fall easily blends into the imagery, and Luck Life seems to be Melvin Fromm‘s mantra, from what we’ve heard and seen of him so far. As of right now, we are looking forward to hearing and seeing more from him. For another one of Fromm‘s colorful compositions, we reviewed him about a month back for his first contribution. And we are elated he’s still doing what it sounds like he does best in music!

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Artist Review: Melvin Fromm Jr.

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Loungy, comfy, and a terrific vibe that is administered to the overall aura with solid instrumentation and catchy composition.

And with that said, we introduce you to Songwriter/Composer Melvin Fromm Jr. A man of many instruments and multifaceted qualities when solidifying every measure that comes together between the rhythm and piano-lead song “Nice Fancy Feeling Life”.

This is definitely a song with a more upbeat yet Bossa-nova feel; there is excellent use of piano chord-progressions that set the tone and perhaps lead the way for the rhythm section that follows. It has that 5-star restaurant feel to it, and is the perfect anthem to a chilled-out and good-vibe celebration. Definitely eventful with a charismatic and nurtured foreground where everything is comprised properly. 

“Nice Fancy Feeling Life” basically are the best 4 words to describe the song. So I have to give props to the synonymous nature of the song, whether it was intended or not. But regardless, this song showcases not only Fromm‘s multi-instrumental ability, but his niche with composing as well, which is a large world in and of itself that has a great surrounding of music theory, and music appreciation. It’s definitely music that requires the know-how, and this is perfectly demonstrated in this catchy Fromm multi-instrumental piece. If you like a little Jazz, a touch of swing, and the good feelings all its characteristics bring, then Melvin Fromm Jr. is worth every minute of your time.

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Artist Review: Arjun

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Jeremy Knowles


Instrumental. Experimental. And keeps the mind busy.

From here in NYC, Arjun has been making some very tightly-knit, well-crafted tracks that definitely let you know that it’s not always about just lyrical content. In their new album Gravity, we get the perfect demonstration of Rock & Indie inspired music that not only omits vocals entirely, but for good reason. Musicianship. Getting to hear the strings, strums, beats and drums entirely for what they are, and how dynamically this genre can be played without 7-10 vocal tracks with auto-tuned harmonies and cheesy poetic lyrics.

The tracks on this album ease their way into their songs and keep you curious for how it’ll all play out, and with instruments being the complete centerpiece among all things and how they can be eclectic and interesting all on their own, it leaves a lot of room for this trio to really show off their musicianship, strictly.

With grooves, jazzy fingerpicking scaled melodies, progression, intricate guitar and bass structures, and even some guest musicians including a mind-bending flute solo from Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band on their song “Run”, and an Organ solo on their track “Ascent” by Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy, it definitely goes to show that Gravity is one for the musicians spirit and inspiration, and could even land under a lot of other Indie bands’ influences.

This is a great album to sit back, and just let the band do their thing, and do it very well. If you want some new food for the ear without the risk of having a singer ruin the professional showcase of musicianship coming from instruments only, then Arjun is the band for you.

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