Artist Review: Spursy – “Neon” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Some of today’s artists really know how to put a true edge to the reminiscence of yesterday’s 80s iconic sound without succumbing to plagiarism techniques or obvious direct similarities to the music of any era, but executed more in a way where the artist’s homage to the era is more reinvented or reimagined in their own way and brought out in a mainstream realm of quality. And this is exactly the type of feat Spursy brings to the table with his signature sound from his single “Neon”.

This track definitely has a glow from the very beginning of the track, and never wavers from the concept’s funky riffs, tight knit rhythm section and Duran Duran style vocals – however all executed in a way that is compellingly original. The vocal range and lyrical outbursts of Spursy is completely versatile, multifaceted, and never wavers from its authenticity, balance and composure.

Each verse is doused with that 70s/80s synthy sound we’ve all come to know, love, and miss dearly. So it’s a refreshing and tasteful feel throughout the vocal combination. And once all of this takes place, the song’s structure melts us with an insatiably earth halting chorus that truly ties it all together to make “Neon” light up the room, your earphones, and everything in between that puts this song in the forefront of your listening experience. You truly can not go wrong with this song.

From the old school songwriting sensibilities to today’s mainstream production quality – it just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Press Release & Career Highlights: Joel Matthew, A Prominent Career And A Highly Anticipated EP For March 2019

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

As a man of embracing music that is visceral and inspiring, as well as known for wearing many hats in the game both on stage and off, Joel Matthew‘s signature sound as an artist is known for his charismatic rhyming techniques and dynamic lyrical structures that truly aim for the core of a song. His music also resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. But he is much more than just another artist…

Originally emerging from the elite Phoenix music scene in Arizona, Joel Matthew, a 22-year old prominently rising rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist – began hitting the ground running in the music realm during 2016 where he met up with his creative team. The move also resulted in ending a brief stint in college; a decision based on focusing his dreams on being one of the industry’s best at his craft that he has built on since 2011, and has no intention of slowing down. And with his team backing him, also put his situation and prospects into promising directions.

After mere weeks of making his successful move to Los Angeles, Joel began wasting no time at all getting acquainted and established with the industry’s bigger leagues. He began working with multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter, and keyboardist, Sam Barsh, as well as Grammy award-winning and GOOD Music engineer and producer, Tom Kahre. Together, this powerhouse production duo would manifest and craft Joel’s signature sound, and began the process for putting together his debut EP, “Where Do I Start”. Over the course of a year, Joel wrote and produced all seven tracks on the EP with his new team, and also developed the concept for the official artwork with his creative partner and brother, Jakob Matthew, along with artist and Sony Pictures animator, Tiffany Lam.

2019 is looking bright for the young, up and coming artist with “Where Do I Start” being his debut release. The EP releases exclusively on March 1st and will be available on several digital music retailers, streaming platforms, as well as Joel’s official website and social media. He has come a long way in a short time and is driven to maintain his originality and to keep shooting for greatness. Judging by his determination and prospects so far, Joel Matthew is well on his way to the top. And mainstream music fans will soon be used to hearing him as a household name.

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Artist Review: Barcenilla – “Timeless” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to being a vocalist, you can be trained since birth, all day, every day, from dawn to dusk. And you most certainly will achieve some results. But then (not to sound like Simon Cowell here or anything), you just have it. And what exactly is it? Exactly. You just answered it in your own mind. And when it comes to truly having it; be it a beautiful voice, an ear for detail, head-turning looks, a craft for incredible melody choices and songwriting techniques and everything in between, Philippines-based Pop/R&B artist, Barcenilla, goes above and beyond the standard of today’s average, or even eyebrow-raising, trifecta.

With a remarkably organic and word-of-mouth fan base that has amassed the rising artist over 90,000 Facebook fans, 10,000 Twitter followers and over 26,000 Instagram followers, it’s no surprise that Barcenilla‘s signature sound has made an insatiable impact with listeners all over the world; hankering for that next vital voice and fresh image that truly captivates them beyond the realm of something run-of-the-mill or passive. This is where Barcenilla truly stands out – he is that next musical fix you’ve been looking for, and you have to hear him to believe it.

His most recent gem “Timeless”, which officially released December 1st, is just like the title suggests. It’s a timeless song that has not only the perfect production value to showcase Barcenilla‘s artist merit, but also shows several angles of what his vocal range is capable of, all topped off with astonishing melody placements and dynamics of delivering his strengths as a vocalist in all the right places.

Reminiscent of a vocal approach that could draw comparisons to iconic heavyweights like Prince, George Michael, and even subtle touches of today’s musical heartthrobs like Bruno Mars, Barcenilla has a tone and range that is natural, visceral, and resonates with a style that shares equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still familiar. Which is an impressive feat in today’s world of music where almost everything has been done in some form or fashion.

But with Barcenilla, things take a natural and formulated turn in music, and “Timeless” is the perfect way to showcase his abilities both as an artist and stage persona. It’s about execution for him, and not what you sing, but how you sing it. The type of artist that could hear a poorly put-together song from another singer, erase all vocal tracks, and turn something that was essentially a flop into an absolute diamond. It’s all about the execution and Barcenilla strongly utilizes this component in his songs; and we hear that throughout every bar and measure in “Timeless”.

On top of hearing a brilliant Single with pop sensibilities. “Timeless” also delves into tastefully blended Hip Hop and R&B additives as well, giving it the perfect edge to almost any music listener that can appreciate the better side of today’s mainstream approach. It’s a song that doesn’t leave a stone unturned and really brings out the best of Barcenilla. From the looks of it, this artist is going places in 2019. So you’ll definitely wanna check out this single which is currently available on iTunes, Spotify among many others, and keep a close eye on his endeavors. You’ll be glad you did.

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Artist Review: Sassy Vee – “I Should Go” & “Emotional” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A gem like Sassy Vee is a girl with a vision and a girl with a vibe. She’s an absolute trifecta in the bigger picture altogether – she has class, beauty, and insatiable talent that is passionately utilized in her own signature style of music that is compellingly catchy, lyrically visceral and atmospherically ambient. And she showcases these very crucial components in her anchor singles “I Should Go” and “Emotional”. Two tracks with different eclectic approaches, but diligently executed by Sassy herself no matter what elements each song presents itself with. These are two very versatile tracks that truly bring you into the musical realm that Sassy delivers to the forefront; and never wavers from her flavorful sound she carries with her throughout every song that leaves you refreshed and aching to hear more.

“I Should Go” is a great mid-pacing yet subtle song that serves up as a flavorful modern treat into today’s Pop sensibility with Indie elements. From lyrically visceral and eased-up verses that beautifully showcase Sassy‘s voice as more of a clever and delicate buildup, the verses really caress her vocal textures and tenderness that really shows her authenticity. It’s the perfect buildup of soft-sung narratives before the powerful chorus jumps in to tie the song together with Sassy‘s wholesome vocal dubs and mid-to-high range melodies. She truly grasps onto the song’s aura and key signature to write and perform the perfect balance and composure for this track, and really puts her strengths right out to the forefront. She clearly has a knack for writing vocal parts that are not only catchy, but compelling as well, and really puts forth a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

Her second single “Emotional” is more R&B-infused and reminiscent of the classic Motown Records era with tasteful mixtures of today’s more authentic and eclectic Soul inspired artists that perform R&B the way it was meant to be. The track is more charismatic, fun, and shows a different angle to Sassy‘s lyrical techniques and artistic merit. It’s a track that any R$B listener can appreciate, including previous generations that witnessed the manifestation of the genre, and the components that came with it. “Emotional” is also a song that truly sings from, and speaks to the soul. It resonates with the truly passionate music fan that wants to delve into an artist’s true core, to see and hear who they really are as a songwriter. All the while relating to the song in a whole, and finding out how they can identify with it.

Overall, Sassy‘s singles are triumphant, meaningful and really bring out different angles of her talent and songwriter. She’s a rare gem among many artists of her caliber, and has a very promising prospect of what 2019 has in store for her, as well as beyond. By the sounds of it – Sassy Vee is not going anywhere, anytime soon. It’s artists like her that today’s music really yearns for.

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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: UnaVerSoul KING – “A Bottle Of Wine” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of artists focus more on the performance aspect, along with their image and presentation. But then there is the magic from behind the scenes. And elite songwriter/lyricist UnaVerSoul KING (real name Terry Davis) is one of those artists that makes that magic happen, and we get a clear demonstration of that with the single “A Bottle Of Wine”.

This acoustic track, with guitar and vocals performed by a female Canadian studio session musician, is a multifaceted yet simple song that has diligent chord progressions and intelligently crafted melodies throughout every measure. The track, solely written and arranged by UnaVerSoul KING, showcases an arrangement of glistening guitar parts with perfect parallels to the melody choices of the song. The lyrical narrative is very anthemic and has an infectiously catchy chorus that really sticks with you.

The single also has great production value that gives the song a sense of an instant classic feel. There’s no post-production theatrics or convoluted recording techniques to distract you from the song’s authenticity. It’s a track that is uplifting, fun, and delivers the impact where it’s intended; and really hits home where the heart is. It’s definitely a feel-good tune that will entice you to delve deeper into UnaVerSoul‘s discography as well as his future prospects and projects.

UnaVerSoul KING is one of those gems that really helps the artist in the forefront shine as bright as they can, with real music and real signature songwriting. His experience as a writer and his versatility working with different artists has honed his craft diligently, and will be a name you’ll be hearing much more about.

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Press Release: Thatcher Gears Up To Release Their Highly Anticipated Self Titled LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Some artists put out songs, others put out anthems. And with Thatcher‘s collection of anthemic tunes with their Self Titled LP, we get a demonstration of a multifaceted quartet of professional musicians coming together to create something you don’t hear every day,

With a signature sound reminiscent of U2’s early era and today’s more recent sensibilities from artists like Coldplay, Thatcher brings an array of powerful qualities to the forefront of their very versatile and visceral style on these songs. Their guitar work is very dynamic and parallels with the mid to high range vocal melodies beautifully, and tightened together with a neat and tidy rhythm section with jam band elements. It’s a mixture that is equally Indie-esque as it is mainstream in today’s modern era of bands and artists.

Their anchor single from the album, “Far From You”, is a perfect showcasing of the band’s craft and truly gives you a feel for what the rest of the album will sound like. It has that instant classic status that gives the song staying power – the power to stay with you even after it’s over, and has you coming back to the track time and time again to find new things to appreciate about the song. Thatcher‘s music also resonates with a sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

The vocals on this album have a more than impressive range with very climactic buildups that bring heavy emotion in both lyrical content and melody choices. The singer is definitely one of the strongest components of the band and has that potential to really be among the big league of today’s more iconic artists that have a true gift for their artistic merit.

The band’s first single from the album “Far From You” releases on January 15th, and will be followed up with their second single “Crimson Vision” a month later on February 15th. The songs will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you discovered this band, and this single will definitely keep you anticipated for the album release.

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