Career Highlights: KI Back At It – Jersey We Lit Records

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

His name is Alterik Finney, also known under the stage name KI Back At It. And he didn’t choose music…music chose him.

Currently owner/CEO of Jersey We Lit Records, KI Back At It began hitting the ground running in the music realm by creating concepts and writing music for over the past 10 years, contributing his multifaceted skills for both small indie labels and larger ones for independent artists as well. Since then, he has manifested into a versatile and innovative artist with his own signature sound and stylization.

But things weren’t always so easy for the Elizabeth, NJ native who was once featured on Americas Most Wanted for an armed robbery. He recently opened the doors to his label as an insatiable and passionate effort to do things the correct way this time around, and is looking to genuinely help artists get their careers off the ground — primarily New Jersey artists, to help market and create commercial music, even performing management work.

“I’ve been working behind the scenes of the industry. Learning the ropes with everything from paperwork/business work, video editing, filming, online marketing, vocal recording, mixing, mastering and anything else related; and plan on being in full effect by the end of 2018. As Jersey artists, we’re known for sounding like others or sounding like street rappers, and it has never gotten us anywhere. My plans, with help from business-minded people, is to be the “Def Jam of New Jersey,” opening doors for NJ artists who want to sound different and connecting mainstream artists to small indie artists on collaborations.” –KI Back At It

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Artist Highlight: Calvin West

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

In today’s music world, the internet has been a focal point and cornerstone in almost every musician or band’s career. From platforms like YouTube, SoundCloud, Facebook, and other social media outlets, there’s always something behind the scenes to help enhance a music maker’s presence.

That’s where professional lyric video artist Calvin West comes in. A man that creates innovative and groundbreaking lyrics videos for any artist, any genre and with any kind of theme. Whether it’s a song that has a certain message or atmosphere involved, West is that visionary who can put all the pieces together for you and bring your song to live through an eye-catching lyric video.

Artists have especially taken interest in releasing lyric videos on behalf of getting fans to learn the words to a song, or perhaps put out a YouTube release of a track with some kind of character to it; in case an official music video just isn’t in the cards yet.

West has worked with over a thousand musicians and record labels from all over the world, and it’s a multifaceted combination of his background and ability that keeps his clients coming back. He understands their artistic identity and strives to channel it through the lyric videos he makes, and never fails to grasp at the artist/client’s vision for a project. Which is truly what separates him from the rest.

West is also a Top Rated Seller on freelance network Fiverr, with over 1,000 five-star reviews from artists all over the world that come to him for his abilities behind the screen. It doesn’t matter the challenge, it doesn’t matter the deadline – if you hand your work or artistic vision over to Calvin West to bring your song into a whole new spectrum, this is the man that will get it done. It gives musicians and their fans to encompass a whole new perspective on a very articulate audio and visual journey unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

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Press Release: DLOW – “Need It More” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are very few artists in today’s era that really know how to grasp at catchiness in a whole new realm. Chicago’s DLOW does exactly just that with his versatile new single “Need It More.”

If you wanted more of DLOW, then here is what you want and a whole lot more. The rising rapper has amassed an immaculate fan base collectively through shows, word of mouth and internet presence. And we definitely get more with “Need It More” for sure.

Delivering a sing-songy style that really brings his charisma and melodic approach to the forefront, “Need It More” is an exercise in R&B infused Hip Hop and unlimited swagger. This track’s lyrical structure keeps a solid flow throughout each measure and dives into melody and authenticity; centering around his natural talent and gift of lyricism.

It’s a song for ladies and gentleman with a genuine craving for a fresh Hip Hop track with a vast array of likability factors. If you’re an R&B hungry fan, this chemistry will also satisfy as well. This song blends the perfect mix of monumental modern elements of genres today that are usually convoluted and unconvincing. But that’s what makes DLOW stand out from the rest; this track is done right, and it’s one that will stay in your head even after it’s over.

He’s conveying a sound and message without trying to outdo himself. He keeps it completely real and really leaves the window open to explore other elements of the Hip Hop world that his voice could easily capture. And that’s one of the best focal points and cornerstones of his ability as a rapper, his ability to be universal. And that’s what you get with “Need It More.”

The single is available now on all mainstream digital music platforms as well as streaming outlets. This is definitely not a song to sleep on anytime soon.

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Press Release: Cherry-Ilex Sound – “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” and “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” Singles

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to soul, sensibility, musicianship and production value, Kevin Bailey Jr. and the Cherry-Ilex Sound music and studio collective never disappoint.

Back to the grind with another brilliant release, Bailey Jr. and his crew have put together the bossa-nova and R&B infused single “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” with a whole new catchiness from the same caliber of talent.

Reminiscent of the good old Motown Records days, this jazzy and soulful track has enchanting female vocals, great Horn arrangements and a very subtle delivery that is catchy, dynamic and atmospheric. There are many flavors that take place in this song with each verse, and every instrument plays the perfect role behind the vocals.

Delving into the production value, we once again have a very well-crafted tone and mastered mix that really showcase the talent and authenticity without any extra unnecessary noise. The song’s chorus is climactic and enchanting, and puts catchiness into new heights. With a song comprised of several elite musicians behind the production, it’s no wonder that we get something as uplifting and multifaceted as this song.

Bringing us to another track from Cherry-Ilex Sound‘s previous release Rapture Caught Up, we have “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” which was written with a lot of Kevin Bailey Jr’s personal artist influences as a cornerstone. Featuring an 80’s rhythmic groove and feel good vibes, this song also encompasses the modern R&B sound we’ve all come to know and love. With amazing lead vocals carried in the forefront, this moving song is one that really entices you to look deeper into the Cherry-Ilex Sound catalogue.

The musical elements are an astonishing mix of yesterday and today’s more influential sensibilities and really brings the old school feeling to new realms. With another chorus that is catchy and captivating in its writing structure, this is another track that brings out the strength of every musician behind the project as well as Bailey Jr’s skills behind the mixing board. It’s the type of song you can hear and see when you let it into your soul, and come back to time and time again to appreciate.

Both “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” and “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” will be available on November 8th, and will undoubtedly be added to your top R&B flavorful favorites of the year.

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Artist Review: Picasso Redd – “Now Or Never” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s rare to run into an artist that is truly versatile. Combining elements of Rap and R&B with old school elements reminiscent of influential artists like LL Cool J and Bone Thugz N’ Harmony, we get a grasp of a new atmospheric level with Picasso Redd‘s innovative single “Now Or Never.”

Utilizing low-to-mid ranged vocal deliveries that are soothing and subtle, we get an exercise of something memorable, original and multifaceted. What’s great about this track is not overusing the production value. It’s a song that puts Picasso at the forefront and really brings his talent front and center, showing us his identity as an artist without the extra noise.

It could very well pass as the next best love-making track, but shares many other qualities that enhance Now Or Never’s likability factors. The song blends components of several iconic eras, but puts a modernized twist on it. The production value is right where it needs to be and doesn’t try to outdo itself in anyway. The ambience in the song’s overall beat structure really helps bring a vibe and kind of solace that gets you to come back to this song and appreciate it in new ways all over again.

“Now Or Never” is definitely a track that entices you to delve deeper into Picasso‘s catalogue, and keep up with what he has up his sleeve. This is a must-listen for any music fan looking for something fresh and raw, yet still yearning for that familiarity you’ve always loved. This song delivers you just that, and so much more. You won’t regret giving this song a listen. It’ll definitely end up on your 2018 favorites list.

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Press Release: Indigo – “Don’t Believe” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are some voices that carry an essence of uniqueness and ambience when it comes to a song. Indigo Rey is one of those voices in her vibrant and subtle upcoming single “Don’t Believe.”

About the Artist:

Emerging from the Columbia music scene in South Carolina, Pop and R&B Singer/Songwriter Indigo Rey began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2016, and since then has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with her own signature sound and stylization.

Born in the surrounding area of Atlanta, Georgia in 1997 to Senegalese Immigrant parents, Indigo’s foundation for her love of music started at a very young age and always dreamed of being a star. Growing up, she became inspired from listening to all kinds of eclectic music genres including rock, pop, hip hop, R&B, folk, and anything that caught her ear.

After years of inspirations and aspirations in the world of music, she began to take her artistic merit seriously during her senior year of high school and became determined to record and release her own music. It was during this time she acquired an internship with Jelani, owner of a local Columbia, SC recording studio Studio 23. And it wasn’t long until he took her under his wing and began working with her exclusively to create the image and identity of Indigo Rey.

Fast forward two years, and a starlet in the making came out the gate swinging with her charismatic vocal abilities, catchy songwriting style, and overall musical persona. Known for her melancholy undertone, Indigo utilizes her music as an emotional expression and a way to relieve her reflective overthinking as an anchor and passageway into songwriting and performance.

And we get the perfect demonstration of her eclectic sound and vocal structures in “Don’t Believe.” A powerful song with very innovative production value that brings Indigo‘s likability factors to the forefront and musical aura into your soul.

Combining a beautiful piano progression and and ambient undertone throughout every measure, this laid back feel-good track is a soothing exercise that delves you right into Indigo‘s spirit, and delivers a captivating musical presence that any music listener of her caliber can enjoy. She truly has a voice of an angel.

“Don’t Believe” will be dropping this October and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. We highly recommend you mark your calendars.

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Laos In Harmony – “I Win” Single/Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With dynamic choir harmonies, a strong positive message and top notch production value, Gospel has found a new kind of power in Laos In Harmony.

The New York-based group emerged onto the scene in 2005 and has been a powerful entity among the elite NYC music scene ever since. Their ministry has been a force to be reckoned with throughout the 5-boroughs and have been highly acclaimed from their moving performances and unwavering spirituality. And this is beautifully demonstrated in their newest uplifting single “I Win” accompanied by an eye-catching music video.

The song was written by the group’s director, Chelton Thorpe, a talented songwriter, producer and musician based in New York City. It’s a multifaceted and inspirational track with all the key elements of great production and performance value. In addition to this, the music video makes this track an astonishing audio and visual experience, giving the listener the full ride that Laos In Harmony offers. The landscapes of the Brooklyn Bridge with a cast of incredible vocalists right from the start draws you in from their insatiable passion and image. The song is dynamically crafted and colorful, and parallels with the video perfectly. It blasts off, and never slows down.

Their signature Gospel sound is fresh faced, enchanting, and every voice carries enormous weight with the song’s message and spirituality. It’s the type of song that gets you through struggles and really entices you to reflect on your life. The song reminds you that with Christ, you will be victorious. This is a powerful message for all music listeners, churchgoers, and those searching for a closer relationship with God.

“I Win” is a very feel-good song and Laos In Harmony really lifts your mood with it in every aspect of emotion, spirituality, and musicality. Their talent is sensational and their togetherness as a group makes this single/music video a magical journey into a whole new generation of the Gospel. This song is meant to inspire you, and once you take a listen yourself, you’ll feel exactly just that.

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