Joe Hodgson Gears Up To Release His Guitar Instrumental Single “The One That Got Away” Slated For August 28th

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Joe Hodgson’s new single “The One That Got Away”

When it comes to powerfully written guitar-focused instrumentals, it’s musicians/songwriters like Joe Hodgson that truly carry that torch. His technique is clean, crisp, and always keeps you engaged without the need of deep meaning lyrics or poetic justice (not saying those things are bad!). But sometimes the musicianship factors themselves need their own leg to stand on and Joe Hodgson does exactly that with his anthemic new single “The One That Got Away.”.

This song from beginning to end really sets a mild tone that is comfortable, dynamic, and multifaceted when it comes to Joe‘s signature style of guitar playing. His tones are crisp, the mix is very precise and the guitar melodies really resonate with any listener. His intro is blended with beautifully executed jazzy riffs that have emotion and anticipation. At times, you can hear some great lead techniques from guitar veterans like Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton and Eric Johnson, but Joe still very much instills his own versatile style that makes great use of picking, time signature leads and other practical uses that are crafty and innovative all at the same time. It’s an emotionally jazzy song that does justice to the heart of the title and the visceral mood of the overall tone. The title is inspired by a breakup of a long term relationship and speaks to the soul through its stripped back simplicity. It shows a musician that can paint pictures and tells stories with his guitar. And when it comes to the overall experience of this song, you can really hear how it shows, how the song resonates with emotion, and bridges the listener right to the heart of the song.

This track is the gold standard when it comes to techniques, the ability to place them in the song correctly, and to really build on a foundation that is beautifully written and mixed down perfectly. This is highly recommended for everyone, but especially guitarists and instrumentalists altogether. They will appreciate the writing structure, beautiful guitar tones and overall mood of this versatile track. The song comes out on August 28th, and you can catch a quick teaser below.


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Press Release: Toronto-based Indie/Hip Hop Artist Holy Ramen Brings Us On A Visceral Journey Of Emotion With Her Debut Album “Oblivion”

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Holy Ramen’s Album/LP “Oblivion”

When it comes to solidifying a signature sound that is vital, impressionable and attention-grabbing with versatility, a lot of the time it can take several trials and errors to finally gather all the musical elements needed to encapsulate that manifestation of creating your music to mix all the ingredients just right, in a way where all flavors come together for any listener who discovers you through their insatiable taste for something new. Then every once in awhile, there are rare gems that come out of the woodwork with something that hits the ground running from the very first try. That gem is Holy Ramen‘s debut release of “Oblivion.” A 10-track juggernaut of multifaceted keyboard driven songs with several dynamic vocal styles that lend each track their own sensibility of balance and composure; touching on equal parts originality and familiarity in clever ways throughout each song.

Utilizing vocal styles that sway between melody, spoken word and rapping, HR‘s very self aware stylization is filled with many thought-proving measures that explore subtlety, anticipation and buildup all in the right places that keep you fascinated on her vocal approach and overall demeanor. Her many moods and stories are at times very sad but also cross into more vital territories that bring you on a rollercoaster ride of steep hills, twists and turns; sometimes unexpected. But this definitely adds to her unwavering cleverness and tends to lead you down a path where your expectations are far different from the outcome. And all in the best possible ways.

The Hip Hop banger on this track is definitely “Possessed,” an in-your-face Hip Hop onslaught that never lets up once the verses drop. HR‘s swaggerish rapping style is showcased relentlessly on this track through many angles, including a smooth yet projective flow that gets her rhymes to come together diligently but almost flies right passed you if you take your attention off these finely-tuned details that require some next level attentiveness. Closing title track, “Oblivion,” however, is a beautifully melodic track with sensual piano progressions that really showcase many crucial facets of HR‘s artistic merit through her mind, body and soul. It’s the perfect ending to a brilliant debut record that really explores endless moods, auras and atmospheric textures that really get us to understand Holy Ramen‘s ideas and emotions. Her artistic approach to this album encompasses something different with each song, but you can still tell that it’s coming from the same artist. If you truly wanna hear a debut album that hits it out of the park from the very first try, then ‘Oblivion’ is a must listen in every way and will easily become a favorite for 2020. The album drops on August 8th, this Saturday. It will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Review: Thraeyce – “Multifaceted” Album

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Thraeyce’s Album “Multifaceted”

If there’s one thing that can be said for sure about Thraeyce‘s newest record, it’s that the album name does absolute justice. This exceptionally multifaceted, versatile and electronically infused 7-track juggernaut is a futuristic album that enriches each listener with a hypnotic listening experience full of twists, turns, and atmospheric textures.

“Multifaceted” utilizes several eclectic genre blends that tastefully include touches of Pop, Alternative, and all kinds of electro-goodness; conjuring a signature sound that is wholesome, detailed and captivatingly catchy to contagious levels. “Run” is a more-than-solid opener that could be reminiscent of a more modernized Annie Lenox while still keeping the originality out in the forefront. “Let There Be Love” has an insatiably catchy chorus that really jumps at you and dynamically showcases Thraeyce‘s musicianship factors from many angles. The production value is very technical and encapsulates an ambiance that concentrates diligently on balance and composure, giving the listener a sense of nostalgia from earlier electronic influences, but still touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; bringing together a collective of songs that is freshly innovative in its approach, but also sustains an identifiability that provides a trademark vibe.

The banger on this record is definitely “F**k It Up,” a song that has a buildup of intensity heard rarely in today’s EDM spectrum. It has a video game pacing and Kill Bill kind of package that still manages to provide beautifully textured melodies underlying the track. The relentlessly smashing beat and gang vocals will have you chanting along with this song any day of the week, and the multi layering in all the right places is a component that truly makes this track a real gem. It’s a furiously quick fix that satisfies in full and really comes out swinging once it really gets going. You won’t walk away unhappy after blasting this one in your Sony Xplodes.

“Study” is hypnotic and beautifully crafted in a way that combines vocal melodies and effective synth progressions. It puts a finely tuned mood and unwavering lyrical passion all in one place that comes together in an aura that can really create a visceral listening experience. Meanwhile “Renegade” and “Here For You” are more upbeat and melodically focused throughout more of the instrumental measures both songs articulate. They’re comforting songs that close out this record with enticement to delve deeper into Thraeyce‘s career both past and present, but definitely looking into her future releases as well. Overall, “Multifaceted” really raises the bar when it comes to electronic music mixes and all the production components that are required to compose, create, manifest and innovate with tastefully clever ideas that resonate with fans of the genre. In whole, Thraeyce successfully achieves that feat and so much more with every track this record offers. “Multifaceted” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for recommending it.


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Exclusive Review: ANTDUAN – “Rain Drops” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of ANTDUAN’s single “Rain Drops”

When it comes to mastering your craft and manifesting into a versatile artist with multifaceted musical strengths, ANTDUAN is one of those very musicians out in the front lines of the industry at large. Utilizing an electronic-infused and atmospheric signature sound to set the tone and conjure hypnotic moods, his hit single “Rain Drops” does complete justice – and for all the right reasons.

From defying all odds, having an insatiable passion and love for music at age 8 years old, the Thailand-based rising artist became determined to create his own stylization of art and win over hearts. Taking a massive interest in music production for several forms of electronic music in particular, ANTDUAN quickly enough began to compose, create, manifest and innovate with a style that honed a foundation of an electro-vibe approach merged with Techno, Deep House and other sub genres of the electronic spectrum that would put his name on the map. And his hypnotically bassy single “Rain Drops” is a solid demonstration of these elements coming to fruition.

This track’s intro grasps a sense of anticipation that is almost nail-biting, but soon enough thrusts you into an aura of diligently crafted synth-melodies, inventive key signatures, progressions, and a classic drum and bass beat with multi-layers of modern flavors that make this track a standout of its kind. The subtlety is almost mysterious but still has that bright spot in the song’s dark atmosphere that leads you down a path of beautifully crafted rhythms, keyboard textures and additives that blend in ingredients of a sound that borderlines love, lust, and the adventures of the mind. These textures sound like actual rain drops themselves, which makes “Rain Drops” not only a title that does justice to the song, but the cleverness as well when it comes to the track’s duration of attentiveness to detail.

“Rain Drops” is a brilliant demonstration of ANTDUAN‘s ability in the producer’s chair and really showcases one of his many angles of musical visions. It’s the type of song that will entice you to look more into his discography from the past, present, as well as future. The single can be found on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. Once you take a listen yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why ANTDUAN continues to be a driving force among the Electronic and EDM universe.


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Exclusive Review: Lavender Galaxy – “Lavender Galaxy” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Lavender Galaxy’s Self Titled EP

Music that’s meant to make you move with atmospheric moods is one of many ways to describe Lavender Galaxy‘s self titled EP. A project conjured and masterminded by pioneer producer Eric Remington, this 5-track juggernaut is more than what meets the ear when it comes to the Dance and EDM sensibilities it encapsulates with careful crafting and coherence. It’s a visceral listening experience, and really wraps its signature sound around your mind, body and soul.

Featuring several vocalists that are designated for each song, this anthemic EP starts out with a bang on opening track “Paradise (feat. Antonia Fountain). The upbeat bounce beat is immediately apparent on this track with a clever synth/key intro that introduces a catchy chord progression and an ambient aura. As the song takes off, the vocal melodies sung by Fountain truly enhance the detail-oriented production value, putting a perfect parallel between the atmospheric tones and the mid-to-high vocal range. The song “I’d Follow You” also features Antonia Fountain and has a craft that is honed similarly, but not repetitive in any way.

The standout on this record is definitely “Livin’ It Up (feat. Marvin Fockens)”. A futuristic track with vital vocal melodies and a contagiously catchy chorus that is next to impossible to get out of your head. On this track especially, you can really grasp onto Remington‘s signature production style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, blending a mid-2000s callback energy and a burst of modern textures that come together beautifully. The backgrounded details on this track are complimentary, the melodic structure is next to flawless, and the vibes are uplifting and dynamic; making this track a standout of its kind from start to finish.

This EP is a rollercoaster ride of beautifully executed tracks that enhance the EDM/Dance listening experience with solid songwriting techniques, detail-oriented production value, and a style that remains consistent and vibrant. You’ll love every song on this record, and it will definitely entice you to check into the Lavender Galaxy catalogue as well as future releases. The EP is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, and other digital music streaming platforms.


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