Artist Review: The Jive Aces – “Diggin’ The Roots Volume 1 & 2” LPs

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Don’t just go back to your roots – dig them!

We’ve heard a lot of today’s takes on classic songs from many new age contemporary artists, as well as tribute bands and cover artists putting their own spin on yesterday’s hits from many calibers of genres with a fresh additive or two. Some do it well, some fall flat, and then there’s the few and far between gem that comes out swinging with the charms of both yesterday’s and today’s most influential eras wrapped up into one super tight package. That, my friends, is The Jive Aces.

This UK-based band are definitely not a bunch of randies by any means. Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, this elite group has garnered an enormous following from a combination of acclaims including their viral video for the track “Bring Me Sunshine” and for also being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. Since then, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, and show no indication of slowing down their momentum anytime soon.

So with a résumé like that, you know there has to be something of theirs worth putting on your playlist. And their 2-Volume LPs Diggin’ The Roots are shining examples of their tightly knit signature sound of songs we’ve all come to know and love over many, many years. Boasting into today’s production value while maintaining that old school influential charm, we get a more than solid performance on both records comprised of eclectically professional musicians that absolutely own their roles on every track to deliver a sound that not only resonates with the classic each song became long ago, but with a whole new realm of energy and technique that gets us to appreciate them all over again in a whole new way, in a whole new era.

Diggin’ The Roots is exactly as advertised. They are tracks that have brought on endless inspiration and appreciation among a majority of today’s prominent artists and are the roots to their stories. On The Jive Aces Volume 1 record, RockinRhythm & Blues, we get a tastefully blended album of 13 tracks with many flavorful additives. Classic tunes on Volume 1 include smash hits “Jump, Jive & Wail”, “Feelin’ Happy”, “I Want You To Be My Baby”, and many others of the same caliber. Led by lead vocalist Ian Clarkson, who also takes up roles on trumpet and ukulele, his clean and vibrant voice in the forefront of every song really solidifies the band’s approach. The right rhythm section really paves the way for the rest of the band, and really puts the proper backing behind Clarkson’s effective vocal takes and melody placements. With hot piano leads, an anthemic brass section and funky fiddles added to the mix, this fresh look at some of our favorite Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues tracks will definitely get you up off of your feet and own the dance floor.

On their Volume 2 record, Hot Jazz, we get the same Jive Aces vibe with their tight grasp on 13 more classic tunes that combine equal parts originality and familiarity, just like Volume 1. Staying true to form like the previous chapter of this 2-part release, we get an instrumentally versatile execution of fan favorites from the classic Jazz era that includes “Jeepers Creepers”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “It’s Been A Long, Long Time“. Both of these records absolutely compliment each other and bring a brand new timeless edge to every perfected measure. The showmanship factors are undeniable and one thing that screams from these releases are the words “INCREDIBLE LIVE SHOW”. Diggin’ The Roots really brings out each member’s musicianship abilities and when put together, collectively bring out a stick dynamite just ready to go off at every event they play. And their devoted fan base and successful career milestones reflect that. But one of the most notable things about The Jive Aces is their authenticity – there is no wacky autotune, no oversaturated production techniques, and absolutely no cheat methods whatsoever being used. This band can produce live exactly what they do in the studio, which is a rare thing in today’s digital age of music.

The Jive Aces are the breath of fresh air you’ve been needing for a long time. They are a standout of their caliber, and once you take a listen to both volumes of Diggin’ The Roots, you’ll see and hear exactly why they are the UK’s number 1 Jive & Swing band.

Connect with The Jive Aces:

•Link to Volume 1: http://jiveaces.com/album/518834/diggin-the-roots-vol-1-rockin-rhythm-blues

•Link to Volume 2: http://jiveaces.com/album/518835/diggin-the-roots-vol-2-hot-jazz

•Official Website: http://www.jiveaces.com

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Artist Review: Jonah Melvon – “RainWater Project” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Some music knows exactly how to touch the soul. With ambient vocal melodies, passionate rhythms and multifaceted male/female hooks, Jonah Melvon delivers up an innovative and soulful R&B album of anthems with that classic sound with brilliant textures of Jazz, Hip Hop and everything in between with every track on his newest LP RainWater Project.

Delving into a spectrum of a glistening R&B signature sound that perfectly resonates from the classics we’ve all come to know and love combined with today’s modern sensibility, RainWater Project is a triumphant album of tracks that really offer up an artist’s true passion in both performance value, as well as the strong messages in the content. This record awakens the entrepreneur spirit within all of us with his song “1099 (Mom And Pops)” from the album. A piano-infused, bluesy laid back tune that really nurtures the Soul from both Jonah‘s vocals, as well as the female feature artist. The song’s bossa-nova and rhythmic tempo really carries the mood of the track with each verse standing its own ground with the narratives and melodies paralleling each other perfectly. Then landing us into a chorus that’ll have you singing this one in your head well after it’s over.

The album also plants the spotlight on areas like gentrification, and an inhuman presidency crafted from his anthemic track “What’s Good for You“. A song that is powerful in its delivery and versatile in its overall edge. This track, with just as much swagger, puts another modern bluesy touch on this finely tuned single that brings out a brilliant execution from all angles. The message is powerful and the Hip Hop-additive makes this track very effective and gives it the perfect touches. It’s a song that really explores the true core of Jonah‘s talent and vocal approach. From songwriting technique to the song’s nostalgic pacing, this song will definitely win you over and will have you exploring the rest of this album more closely.

The biggest standout about RainWater Project is the authenticity and originality. A dynamic blend of tracks that mix the best of yesterday’s R&B approach and today’s innovative production value in all the right places. That, along with the multi-genre additives and several tasty flavors from each track will make this album one of your favorite Soul/R&B records you’ve heard this year so far. It’s an album with staying power, the power to stay with you well after it’s over. It’s also the type of record that will have you diving further into Jonah Melvon‘s catalogue as well as future prospects. RainWater Project is gonna give him a very promising year, and if this review is what lead you to his discovery, you’ll be thanking us later.

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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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Press Release: Kimberly Brewer Gets Ready To Glisten The Christmas Spirit With Her Holiday Anthem “Every Day Feels Like Christmas”

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

With soulfully angelic vocals, an elite group of contributing musicians and multifaceted production value, Kimberly Brewer brings a new kind of magic to the holiday season with her upcoming single, “Every Day Feels Like Christmas”, slated for release on December 13th.

Kimberly is no stranger to the industry at all. She has been on an uphill journey in the world of music and entertainment since she began hitting the ground running in the 80s, and became known for her long time collaboration with Stevie Wonder. She has also contributed vocals to several other superstars including Whitney Houston, Kristen Vigard, Teena Marie, Rick James, K.D. Lang, Will Downing, Boney James, Vanessa Williams, and also toured with Earth, Wind & Fire as a backup vocalist in 2002 and 2004.

Now continuing her musical legacy with her newest holiday single, “Every Day Feels Like Christmas”, Kimberly‘s voice resonates beautifully with the Christmas spirit paralleled by her R&B infused vibrant vocals and soulfully fulfilling, wholesome sound. The contributing band for the track is comprised of some of the industry’s most elite musicians from Kimberly‘s life, including Herman Jackson, Byron Miller, and long time collaborator and musical ally, Stevie Wonder; who rocks a melodic harmonica track on this single.

This song, recorded in just five days as a live session, is a soulful and blissful R&B anthem perfect for the holiday season. The song’s precision in performance and production value brings out the best of Kimberly‘s undeniably catchy and attention-grabbing vocal tones and never fails to embrace your soul in every measure. From several-part harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and a classic R&B feel with today’s modern elements, “Every Day Feels Like Christmas” is a perfect addition to your holiday playlist the whole family will enjoy. Another amazing thing about this song is its staying power – it’s a track that stays with you even long after it’s over. It’s music that lights up your life even in the darkest of times, and when Kimberly sings, she sings to your soul. And it’s a feeling that will stay with you every time you hear her voice, especially in this track.

If you’re a fan of real Soul and R&B music reminiscent of the classic Motown era, then “Every Day Feels Like Christmas” will be one of your favorites for many years to come. It’s a captivating and nostalgic song that brings out the magic of the holiday season, and will be enjoyed for many more to come for this time of year. The single officially releases on December 13th, and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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Press Release: Angelia Williams Slated to Release Her Full Length LP In April 2019 + Exclusive Review Of “Both Sides Of Love” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

For those of you who yearn for the essence and presence of true R&B and Soul dating back to the iconic Motown Records era, Angelia Williams is your girl. And when she sings, she truly sings to your soul.

With a voice that was born to sing R&B the way it was meant to be, Angelia, not only brings us back to one of the most notable and relatable eras of truly inspirational music, but also adds glistening touches of today’s mainstream sensibilities as well. With her new LP Redefinition Of Angie slated for release on April 3rd, 2019, the Nashville-based recording artist, GRAMMY member and professional vocal coach already turned heads back in 2017 with her Soul-infused and multifaceted EP Both Sides Of Love. A collection of tracks with a classic Soul/R&B sound that brings out her nostalgic vocal melodies and artistic merit right to the forefront with endless likability factors.

Both Sides Of Love shows many sides of Angelia from her versatile vocal range, signature sound and insatiable passion for singing. She has a catchiness and precision that resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. It’s an R&B record like no other you’ll hear in today’s music world.

Comprised of jazzy guitar progressions with funky riffs, dynamically smooth bass lines and a neat & tidy rhythm section, Angelia brings us all the goods with every track from Both Sides Of Love. Her angelic and head-turning vocal melodies are something you have to hear to believe, and every melody placement she embraces in each measure fits like a warm glove. It’s a record that reminds us that true R&B still exists, and Angelia‘s soulful approach is what makes this EP truly authentic and refreshing.

Her upcoming LP Redefinition Of Angie is a record with the same nostalgia as the EP, and has many more facets of Angelia‘s writing style and musical aura as an indie artist. She’s been cranking out several new tunes in the studio, and this LP is one that will truly hit it out of the park for all who already know her, as well as those just discovering her now. This highly anticipated record will have 11 fresh songs that will keep you fascinated, refreshed and with a breath of fresh air that real music still exists. Angelia has proven that she knows how to breathe life into everything she writes, and this LP will be another showcasing of exactly just that, and so much more that will exceed your expectations.

Redefinition Of Angie will be available April 3rd, 2019 and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. Her Both Sides Of Love EP is also currently available on the same digital outlets, including YouTube and her social media networks as well. Mark your calendars for the LP, and get yourself ready for it by getting your copy of the EP while you’re waiting. You’ll be more than happy you did.

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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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