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, while 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, we 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 layered backups, I can hear musical influences ranging from Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, to Alanis Morisette and Bjork.

With 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 the 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, but 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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Album Review: Daryl Yahudy – Soulful Life Within LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Atlanta has always sported some of the most insatiable talent. And with Daryl Yahudy taking center stage of the review board with his album Soulful Life Within, we get some more of ATL’s most finest.

All I gotta say is, this is the way R&B was meant to be. A true soul-to-soul experience from start to finish; the tenderness of well crafted vocals that parallel perfectly with every beat, progression, tempo, and writing structures that allow the perfect melodies to completely grasp your ears, and your heart. Most of all, Soulful Life Within grasps at your attention.

Yahudy is definitely no stranger to music. The rising star has put together a collection of tracks that leave you breathless, weightless, and absolutely elated. Each of these tracks offer up something new; something that showcases the singer in a different angle, making this album a joy to behold as you listen.

From subtle ballads like “Beauty Within” and “Get Up” to more upbeat fingersnappers like the catchiness from “Joy of Yah”, there are many key elements utilized for every track that demonstrate just how effective Daryl Yahudy‘s vocals are throughout the duration of this record. The music is very piano-oriented with an essence for ambience, good vibes, and a lovable nature that sets the bar high for the likability factor.

One thing you can not even dispute is the Soul of this record. The LP title is a very fitting one and the clean-cut image that Daryl Yahudy presents himself with reminds us that true R&B still exists, and it’s singers like him that keep the genre not just alive and well, but stronger than ever. In almost every track from Soulful Life Within, you can hear the perfect balance between yesterday and today’s sensibilities of R&B’s best efforts put on the industry table; worthy of something very big in the prospect of the rising artist’s future.

Believe me when I say that it doesn’t come often that true R&B makes its rounds anymore. And that’s what truly makes Daryl Yahudy‘s Soulful Life Within the gem that it really is. From production value that emphasizes on the singer’s strengths in melody and character, to the songwriting structures and progressive measures that ties it all together creating the perfect recipe for an album you are bound to love from the very first listen. All this while the sensuality of Yahudy‘s blissful vocals that sings straight to your heart, this is also the perfect album to get to know the artistic merit that this singer carries with him, and just how bright his future looks as a rising star.

I could literally talk about this album all night long, but instead of that, take a listen to Soulful Life Within instead, and feel that same soothing feeling that we at Artist Reach feel. You’ll be adding this album to your shelf of absolute favorites.

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Artist Review: Imani WJ Wright

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


It’s not often that I stumble upon an artist and decide to take him under the reviewer’s wing, but we’re gonna change the pace a bit here at the Artist Reach camp.

Sensuality, good vibes and a little Rock & Soul might be a few choice words for young and upcoming Artist/Producer Imani WJ Wright

Starting out in the business early, talented and serving as your own Producer is definitely the way to go. That’s why I have to tip my hat to Mr. Wright. His single, “Appreciation”, is a lovingly witty and soul-soothing track that is bound to draw in the ladies at first blush. For a debut single, I’d say he can accomplish just that. This song does one big thing though…it gets you pumped for the prospective future for the young Artist. I wanna hear what else this young man can do. Because he’s absolutely on the right track in every way; music and image alike.

If you have appreciation, no pun intended, for an up and comer ready to take sensuality, sexuality, and the heart and soul of music’s passion, Mr. Wright is right up your alley. I hear a man ready to take off and fly. He has his passport, plane ticket, and the jet ready, and this song walks me to the plane.

So again, I have to give major props to a young guy giving his heart and soul to true music that definitely won’t shy you away. “Appreciation” is a stunner for its alley of execution, and I’m dying to hear what move this guy makes next musically. I’m jet-ready, let’s get the plane to take off!

This single is definitely on the Wright track! Double-pun completely intended.

Now his other single, “Make Me”, shows a different side to Imani WJ Wright, but still utilizes the same elements within his content and overall execution. This song allows you to get to know the fellow artist a little bit more, and explore what he has to offer as an artist that does it the DIY way.

This song offers up more edge and production value. Each measure is well crafted and keeps you listening and adds more character depth to his music and image. This is definitely a great follow-up from the predecessing track.

With the great R&B vibe still in the forefront, this song definitely will capture your heart and put some soul into you. It entices you to research more into Imani WJ Wright as an artist and persona. 

These are some solid tracks for this young man, and we at Artist Reach would like you to check them out. It’s not often that we Review an artist on-the-spot or happen upon them, but this seemed like the right occasion. 

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Artist Review: Azzedine

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


It’s very rare that an artist reaches out to the platform for a review and sends me music that’s so good, I almost can’t find the words to describe it. Who is this artist? He goes by Azzedine, and this is a name that’s gonna stick with you when you listen to his music.

This stroke of genius hails from the United Kingdom, and this Rock & Soul artist is nothing short of amazement to behold. This amazement comes in the form of an EP called Away, and if I were a fan that could rename the EP just for fun, I would change it to Blown Away. Yes, this EP is that good.

If you’ve ever watched an American Idol season or have heard a lot of today’s contemporary artists with world-class sounds, Azzedine would fit right in. With a blissful several-octave vocal range, a perfect vibrato, and above-average songwriting techniques behind the mastered craft, we have a very delicious stew. And there’s more than enough to go around.

With his opening track “Hello (feat. Alejandra Isabel Bedale)”, a duet-oriented upbeat song with two angelic voices perfectly complimenting each other, you’re gonna hear the perfect ingredients to how a duet was meant to be written, sung, and executed. From a subtle verse that builds gradually, by the time you hit the chorus, you’re already head over heels for this song. The use of piano and a smooth rhythm section really helps define this song’s production value, and in my opinion, couldn’t have been done better. This is just an amazing song from start to finish.

The other track that really grabbed me was the follow-up EP-title track, “Away (feat. Bazza B)”. There’s pure Soul in this song, and in my opinion has the most powerful chorus on the EP. With another piano-lead song with dynamic and punchy verses, we find another great buildup to the chorus that transitions every defining factor perfectly, and also showcases Azzedine in the most effective way. This is another track that keeps you listening, and will render you hooked without a doubt.

I could go on all day about this EP, but I would much rather put it simply to you: GO LISTEN TO THIS EP RIGHT NOW. If you’re looking for that musical spiritual awakening, Away will give that to you and so much more. 

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Album Review: Rocky Jones – “Welcome To Vultureville” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


I have a lot of Hip Hop of all prototypes come through our platform. Some artists are veterans while others may be just starting out. And for this 24-year old up & comer from Trenton, New Jersey, we have an up & comer that hit the ground running.

This young fresh artist goes by Rocky Jones, a very charismatic and passionate artist that decided to come out of the gate with something that will give people the first and best impression upon discovery; and that ear-grabbing effort is his LP Welcome To Vultureville. A collection of tracks that not only showcases Jones‘ writing and performing abilities, but done in a way where every song could easily be deemed an anthem, with some of the best production value today’s Hip Hop could offer.

Starting out with track 1 we have the Soul-driven “Passion 4 Paper”,  a great track opener with a strong presence of vocal delivery, rhythmic flow with versatility, and a very effective progression in the overall execution of the song that perfectly parallels the high quality production value. This track will definitely entice you to keep listening.

Following up with “Single for the Summertime”, which landed as #1 on the Beatscore Weekly Top 25, we have an energetic and upbeat song that does perfect justice to the title. An anthem that dynamically expresses the perks of summertime, and with a positive edge that touches on today’s mainstream market in a very effective way. This also an anthem for the ladies, and about the ladies. So DJs should definitely be adding this one to their spin list at the club.

Now “Baby Don’t Change” is another upbeat banger with undeniable hooks and production value. The charisma in this track is very evident, and adds spice to the overall projection of the content, mood, and overall signature sound that Jones delivers on every track. No matter the mood, content, or subject matter, Jones knows how to integrate his persona in all the proper places as an artist. And this track, is indeed another demonstration of that.

With the sexually scandalous “Side Nigga”, we definitely have the laid-back track on the album, however, with a great lyrical twist. Everyone wants a side piece once in awhile. And in this version, we get to see it through a different perspective. It’s a tale of wanting to be chased instead of doing the chasing. You wanna be her side piece. Rather than her being ours. Stroke of genius in the content. A rhythmic flow with the perfect attitude in vocal delivery, and one of my personal favorites on this LP.

With the next track “Brother’s Keeper”, we have a great mix of what we’ve heard so far on this LP, and all the elements that make this album as effective as it is. There’s a more relaxed vocal delivery, but the R&B sensibilities really help carry the torch on this one and definitely thrusts the likability factors into overdrive. 

Last but not least, “Summer’s Over” is another anthemic and powerful R&B oriented track that combines an insatiable mix of yesterday’s and today’s mainstream Hip Hop sensibilities. This one has the signature sound we’ve come to love about this album so far, and is a perfect track for almost any mood. Jones really knows how to hit it out of the park with his charisma and rhythmic flow techniques. And just like every predecessor we’ve heard, this track fits the Rocky Jones formula. And for an up & comer, I’m incredibly excited to hear what he comes out with later on as his career manifests.

Welcome to Vultureville LP is definitely one of the best Hip Hop albums that has come through our network from a fresh artist. With this LP, Rocky Jones is armed with something that a lot of Artists lose sight of for success: an album of killer songs! Pick this record up as soon as you can. You will have a hard time believing that something this mind blowing came from a young, fresh artist.

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