Artist Review: Trilhoutte – “1×1 = X” Single 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A track that has yesterday’s Classic R&B foundation with today’s Hip Hop sensibility is quite a treat. It’s also a chemistry that sets the groundwork for marketing and reaching an audience that is bound to take an immediate liking to what is presented.

That’s what makes Trilhoutte‘s infectiously catchy single “1×1 = X” the gem that it really is, and glistens with some very high likability factors with its versatility and familiarity of the genre that this song combines in its own effective way.

With sing-songy stylized verses that could be comparable to Ne-Yo and Nelly, the Rapping and melody combination emulates a fluid and charismatically well-crafted flow that brings out a versatile edge that sets this song apart from your average artist. The syllable-wise and wordsmithy approach really hits home without sounding generic, run-of-the-mill, or pretentious. 

This is a track that shines on a whole other level, while still being able to utilize the mainstream elements of today’s Hip Hop and R&B that you might hear on Hot 97 or 106 & Park. This song has one key factor that is very difficult to compose with today’s saturated pop-culture influenced songwriting–staying power. That memorable and infectious feeling you get after the song is over; something that stays with you and perhaps becomes a part of you. It’s a very hard thing to achieve, and even in today’s industry standard of what is called a “hit song” still doesn’t do justice to true staying power that a song can manifest. And Trilhoutte accomplishes this rarity with this single.



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Artist Review: Aynxt – “Sweat” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


This artist is highly acclaimed, and rightfully so. But when it comes to reviewing just one song of his, it’s almost hard to find the words.

With a several-octave vocal range doused with spot-on harmonies in a Soulful touch to the EDM sensibility, Aynxt‘s new single “Sweat” is an explosion of versatility and undeniable talent with his dynamic signature sound and image equally, leaving you with a Justin Timberlake-meets-Jamiroquai type of track that is infectious, breathless, and charismatically electric.

Basically, this song is anything but a letdown. The insatiable catchiness of every melody is in the forefront with a multifaceted beat and progression setting the foundation to the song’s overall formula. It’s a great chemistry, and this artist’s likability factors in the vocal department is absolutely one of the defining factors to this track in every way.

The verses are subtle and build up in a way that doesn’t leave you lingering. It’s a perfect showcase of the mid-ranged vocals before the explosive chorus comes in; which I believe is the best way to showcase Aynxt altogether. 

“Sweat” completely blindsided me with the talent factors and at-times genre-bending moments that really give birth to this song. The production value doesn’t stray away from putting Aynxt‘s vocals in the forefront, and the song progression and structure fits perfectly in a track with this kind of persona. Regardless, “Sweat” is a huge breath of fresh air.

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Artist Album Review: C.H.A.D. The Change – “The Red Pill” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Versatile, political, relentless, and emotional, this Hip Hop full-length with R&B elements that combines a diversified chemistry from yesterday and today’s Rap styles is a very memorable collection of tracks that surrounds a theme of economic and social struggles.

Award-Winning Hip Hop Pioneer and Activist C.H.A.D. The Change‘s The Red Pill LP emphasizes on a lot of issues, personal and universal problems that are endured every day by an aghast society, along with production value and versatility that showcases the many powerful messages this album has to offer in the most effective ways possible.

With a handful of elite feature artists making appearances on several tracks to supply some ear-catchy verses, hooks, and everything in between, The Red Pill is definitely a rollercoaster of raw emotions and important messages all put together to bring an overall picture to the forefront. And one of the things I loved about this album is how each track had something different to offer up in its overall execution. It isn’t repetitive, but at the same time doesn’t stray from its path.

“Negative Energy” definitely caught my ear with its hooky chorus, and 90’s influenced beat that showcases this song’s lyrical content beautifully. C.H.A.D.‘s mid-ranged voice has mainstream quality and definitely has that quality in a way that makes you feel that he was destined to Rap. Ontop of his vocal quality, his witty and clever rhyming structures add to his seemingly endless amount of likability factors. And brings with him a signature sound that is true breath of fresh air.

“Change The World” is another song that caught my ear with its charismatic hook and dynamically uplifting vibe. It’s another track that shows many defining factors to C.H.A.D.‘s versatility as well as ability. Especially if you’re a fan of Rappers that can sing some of their own hooks. But overall, this track is an absolute gem and follows the formula this LP ties together.

Best part about The Red Pill is you won’t hear the same thing twice. Each track, though casting light on specific concepts, offers up something new and lovable on every song. To me, this is an album of Anthems. Songs that could stand on their own with a powerful foreground, or blend in with a collection of other Anthems that stir up into a chemistry explosion of something amazing altogether. And that’s what this LP really shines on. The fact that this is an LP that really took its time to make sure every track was on point. That way you won’t have one song to skip over. You’ll love every track The Red Pill has to offer.

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Artist Review: Jimi Wasabe – “Far ‘N Away” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


A versatile and multifaceted take on Acoustic-forefronted R&B and sensuality, this upbeat single by Canadian recording artist Jimi Wasabe really shines with his articulate vocal range, clever lyrical content, and melody driven hooks.

“Far ‘N Away” is a very charismatic exercise of many positive moods. Between the tenderness of the verses, vocal vibrates, and a strong chorus to add in the fibers of energy, this track has many elements that really make this song the gem that it really is.

With influences ranging from Al Green to Usher, this is a really fun and well put-together love song with some extra added flavor. It’s a track that stays with you, and has that staying power only good melodies can achieve. And this really puts Jimi Wasabe‘s songwriting and performing talents right in the forefront with a strong and solid impression.

There is also a universal sound to Wasabe‘s approach. His dynamic acoustic stylized signature sound has great radio sensibility, and his genre can be booked at just about any Venue or Event that has an audience eager to hear a very uplifting and lovable style and image that Wasabe has been making his mark with. Once you take a listen to “Far ‘N Away” yourself, then you’ll realize just how high his likability factors are, and just how brilliant this song is.

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Artist Review: Jimmie Smith – “Forty Three” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A spiritual soothing of the soul with the ability to sway your hips at the same time.

That’s one of the things that came to mind with Florida-based R&B/Pop artist Jimmie Smith‘s single “Forty Three”. A groovy R&B song that immediately showcases a feel-good nature from the components of the initial beat and vocal melodies that really display the defining factors of this track altogether. Every melody fits perfectly with the song’s key signature and leaves plenty of room for Smith to bring his vocal talent’s impressive range to the forefront, which gives this song high likability factors.

Though Smith presents himself with his own signature sound, you can hear influences ranging from industry powerhouse artists such as: Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Major Lazer, Bryson Tiller, and more. 

Jimmie Smith is an extremely gifted artist pushing the envelope of possibilities through distinct musical innovation. He possesses a hybrid approach to his music that remains authentic to his overall vision of a self-motivated prodigy navigating through the epitomes of the ever-changing music industry. And that’s a crucial factor among today’s artists. Because Smith is an artist that seems to understand that paying your dues and getting hands-on with the industry is very significant, and I believe that fact alone puts the up & coming artist ahead of the game, as opposed to a lot of artists these days that believe fame is an overnight endeavor (AKA “Tunnel Vision”).
“Forty Three” is a soul-soother and hip-mover all rolled up in one rhythmic package with all the right components; melody, harmony, authenticity, and god-given talent that isn’t covered up or altered by post-production theatrics. It’s the perfect song to listen to if discovering Jimmie Smith for the first time, and it’s also a breath of fresh air that a song like this isn’t drowned in auto-tune or any kind of genre-bending. It’s a brilliant song utilizing elements of R&B, Soul, Vibe, and Hip Hop ingredients, making “Forty Three” a Number One favorite!

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Artist Review: Savage 100 – “Why So Savage?” Mixtape

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Versatility, tranquility, and an indescribable ambience is something you’ll hear on Savage 100‘s mixtape Why So Savage?

Each song offers up something different, yet their formula and group-effort approach keeps very good consistency. Their opening track “Did It All” is a perfect example of the ambience. First off, a female rapper that can sing her own hooks is definitely a treat, and Angel Alei really brings this song to life. Her flow is very witty, her content is clever, and she shows a lot of backbone behind the track’s initial beat.

Next track, “2Nite”, with Shon P also brings forth a great edge to the same formula. And it’s another track that shows the differentiation between Savage 100 and some other run-of-the-mill Hip Hop group. Very clever lyrics, and a flow that takes you up stream. This is a great follow-up to its predecessor.

 My personal favorite, “Bounce”, is definitely the highlight of the mixtape. This is by no means an original concept, but the lyrics are mesmerizing. This concept has never been executed quite this way. Cause, truth be told, I went into it with the “oh great, another booty song”, but after giving this a listen, I was caught off guard with how this track’s story-telling method completely sold me on this song immediately. This is one of those songs where it’s not always what you write about, but how you write it. As well as present it. And turns out, this one just happens to be my favorite.

Now “New Me Who This” and “M.C.G.T.” are definitely the bangers of the mixtape. They are two great songs to conclude this release, and parallel each other beautifully. These tracks, along with the others before them, are all tied perfectly together with a chemistry that gives this entire record high likability factors. All three members, Shon P, Angel Alei, and Coda are very well displayed and shine very bright on this mixtape, and I’m absolutely eager to hear more from this group. This is definitely something more easy on the ears, rather than noisy and over-the-top. I love Savage 100‘s signature sound, it’s definitely something new. Take a listen to this record for yourself and enjoy what each song offers. There’s definitely something on here for any kind of Hip Hop fan, no matter what breed of the genre they praise.

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Artist Review: Uyoka – “Jupitersong” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Enchanting, ambient, and strikingly cinematic with moods that can have you walking through the city streets, and feeling the vibe and aura coming at you from every direction.

There’s a lot of different ways to describe this dynamic and beautifully-crafted record. Uyoka‘s Jupitersong displays artistic merit, and production value that fits the EP’s ingredients perfectly. This has very powerful moods and innovative musical spectrums that bring out different angles of genres we know and love today. With Jupitersong, I hear an R&B and Alternative crossover with very subtle vocal textures that showcase beautifully written melodies and lyricism that parallels it beautifully. With her deep vocal tones and great use of layering her backups, I can hear musical influences ranging from Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, to Alanis Morisette and Bjork.

Her opening track “Aquaheart”, we have pure emotion and an introduction to the Soul side of the record. With a chord progression that can easily play at your heart strings, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for this song. Uyoka‘s vocal textures drive this track forward and definitely keep you fascinated.

With “Love Song”, we get a very good-vibes-only stride with the straight-forward rhythm section and soundtrack-worthy vocal melodies. This one displays more of a verse-to-chorus buildup that gives this song character and wit in all the right places. A very interesting and dynamic changeup to this song’s predecessor.

“Diamonds, Silver, and Gold” is definitely the radio hit and most-likely most-notable track. It has that chorus that sticks with you long after the song is over and keeps the song structure simple and memorable. It’s a fantastic execution of something that could be called contemporary, but with likability factors that prevent this song from being generic. It’s a feel-good experience. Her song “Firestarter” sort of follows up from what’s already been structured as well, and maintains the feel-good vibe we’ve come to hear so far on this EP.

“Daydreamer” and “The Star” are great closing tracks, with a charismatic back-to-back sensibility that works for both songs like an anthem that could attach itself easily to the other. They are songs that conclude something that reminds you of a sound, vibe, and texture you haven’t heard quite yet. And by the time you finish this EP, you’re gonna add this to your list of favorites, and pass it along to your friends.

Uyoka‘s thoughts and inspirations behind the EP: “This album explores my introspective thought process, and I hope it gives listeners a chance for them to stop and think, even if it’s just for a little while. It’s so important to take that time and really get in touch with yourself. And who knows – you might also discover something new.”

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