Artist Review: Riesgo – “Ascent” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Solo Banks


Our good friends and sponsor Fearfield Studio have been establishing a collective of very impressive Indie Artists, and we are more than stoked that they sent another one of their up & comers our way.

This next artist, Riesgo, caught our ears immediately with his 90’s influenced Trip Hop beat in his single, “Ascent”, that brings us back to some of Hip Hop’s glory days. There’s even a Mortal Kombat sound byte in the intro that gives a strong affirmation to the 90’s era.

With witty lyricism and splendid rhyming techniques that solidify a very trippy yet busy verse, it all supports many defining factors to this song’s versatility. It pays homage to Hip Hop roots, has enough dynamics in the beat to keep the mind occupied, and definitely grasps at your interest for the track. 

Riesgo‘s flow is one that fits like a glove with both his sense of tone and technique as a whole. “Ascent” is also very charismatic, but the Indie Hip Hop Artist never tries to outdo himself in any way. His style is showcased not only properly for his approach, but also effectively. Leaving  him with an original persona that could head in many positive directions, and so far, seems to be doing just that with an insatiable drive to match.

With skill and ambition serving as perfect parallels for Riesgo, we picture a very bright future ahead for him. And we are in anticipation of what’s to come in the near future for his music and career altogether.

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Artist Review: Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders – “Only One” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Catchy, crafty, and very soulful might be a few ways to describe Billy Roberts & The Rough Riders’ exercise in eclectic mixes of Rock and Pop with their new single, “Only One”, which is a track that’s on their anticipated new album, Greenbah.

With a very tender Beatles-era vibe, Billy Roberts brings a sound to the table that is very universal, fun-loving, uplifting, and can be booked as a live act just about anywhere. They’re not too loud and rowdy, but at the same time can bring the energy to the dance floor and will definitely have you humming along to the Chorus of this catchy single.

There’s a great interactive exchange between both the rhythm section, and the guitar/piano textures that compliment it from beginning to end. Roberts’ voice gives us an R.E.M. kind of feel, together with his vocal delivery and range. And also knows how to choose his melodies wisely with his syllable usage. So we have an impressive backbone with Roberts’ craft of lyricism, and the appropriate factors of talent he utilizes to make this song effective and hard to get out of your head.

The production value is very natural, well-rounded, and showcases the band’s unit as a whole without any post-production antics that could make or break this classic Pop-oriented take on Rock. In a way, “Only One” to me sounds like an upbeat ballad with a cruising tempo. And I can easily hear this song being played both softly as a classic ballad, and the upbeat version as it is. If I had to vote between the two methods, I’d say the up-tempo sensibility the band chose is in best interest for this song. It’s clever, fun, and has a relatable sound that almost any passionate Rock listener can enjoy.

Definitely give this song a listen for yourself. Either way, no matter how you dissect it, it’s something you’re going to genuinely enjoy. And will most likely entice you to check out more of Billy Roberts catalogue, as well as perhaps purchasing Greenbah upon its release. We encourage it highly.

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Artist Review #2: After Alice – “99 Gold” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

We last reviewed Hard Rock outfit, After Alice, in January 2016. One year later, their music is even more infectious, and their presence has expanded gracefully.

Like stated in the first review, AA‘s spot-on and high range, flawless vocal structures are still ever present with the band’s main focus being their songwriting, which in our opinion is still in the realm of something that is almost unheard of in today’s Rock/Metal category. Basically, if you’re a big fan of the 90’s AKA when great songwriting still existed, then this band is an absolute must-hear for you.

With time comes more greatness for After Alice with the release of their newest single that’s spreading like wildfire on podcasts and radio, “99 Gold”. Once again, we have astonishment in the production value. The band obviously knows where their greatest strengths are, and they put it right to the forefront where it belongs. The guitar riff drives this song forward until the high vocal range grabs you by the throat. And by the time you get to the catchy chorus, your mind is still trying to catch up to the adrenaline rush that’s been thrown at you (whether you were prepared or not).

The chorus is catchy, memorable, and sticks like glue. And if you’re a guitarist, the opening riff to this track will definitely be chugging in your head even while you sleep. It’s an infectious riff, and it’s perhaps the simplicity and ability to write a proper vocal melody that makes After Alice as effective as they are. 

One word of this song title describes this song beautifully: gold. Hey, After Alice, can we get some more please?

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Artist Review: Paul K

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Dark, ambient textures that bring out an emotional feat, Artist/Producer Paul K‘s “Ashes In The Snow” is a soundtrack-worthy instrumental that explores different moods hidden among our soul’s more emotionally intimate mindsets.

With great use of synthesizers and an anticipation of buildups as the song progresses, Paul K portrays a very dynamic and brilliant composition that gives you a visual experience through his production value. There are soaring melodies in the foreground that really stand out, and help put the climactic touches to the overall sound. It’s an exploration of art with a vast array of emotions that really soothe you as the track plays on.

Paul K, also known as the Producer for Glitch Code, is definitely the type of artist that the film industry could really grasp onto with his movie-score approaches and multifaceted skills behind the mixing board. “Ashes In The Snow” is not just something to listen to in a matter-of-fact sort of way; you have to sit back, open your mind, your heart, and let this song take you for the ride that it really is. 

This is an artist that’ll make you wanna explore all he has to offer, and anticipate what’s to come in the near future as a writer with a vision behind every composition. We highly recommend Paul K, and encourage you to go on the same audio and visual journey that we did. You won’t be disappointed.
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Artist Review: Matthew Strachan

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


More proof that some of the best musicians are from the U.K.

Matthew Strachan, a 12-time ASCAP Award winner, is a renowned Songwriter & Composer, responsible for the music scores for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, BBC Home Front, and formed the Klaus Harmony, is a very well-known and respected musician that has his music scattered over many landscapes in many forms; Musicals, Scores, Compositions, and is a very known figure in the industry.

Critics liken him to Tom Lehrer, Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman. His creations may not all be loveable but they’re always recognisable. Exasperated bigots, angry Alpha males, lonely landladies, voyeurs and dysfunctional daredevils all have their moment in the spotlight. Matthew Strachan gives them all three minutes to tell their tale.

Strachan recently released his most recent solo effort, Serious Men. An album integrated with Blues, Alt/Rock, and great piano-riff oriented tracks. One song in particular, “Hootchie Groovey Child”, is a fun, witty, personal side to Strachan and showcases both his dynamic writing style of melodies, and humble nature of his musical persona.

With such a successful catalogue under his belt and multiple awards to show for it, I must say it has been an honor to both write Matthew Strachan‘s Bio, and write a Review for him here.

He is a musician that not only deserves your attention, but is one that should be researched. This musician has a brilliant story, and his future holds a lot of promise as he continues to carry major weight throughout the industry. 


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Artist Review: EVOLUZION

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Starting 2017 off with a bang. 

Taken from the iconic John Lennon/Beatles anthem, Australian Hip Hop pioneer EVOLUZION proves that he has big things in his shortcomings with his current single “I’m a Dreamer”

Focused on creating and composing music meant to aspire, inspire, and put positivity in the forefront, it’s very apparent that this song is a perfect demonstration of exactly that. This track has top notch production value, executed in a way that perfectly showcases EVOLUZION‘s insatiable talent, vibe, and display of versatility throughout every measure.

With a female-featured hook, this song’s beat and the melody sung in the chorus makes this track incredibly difficult to get out of your head. It has all the right elements, and EVOLUZION‘s flow is a major defining factor in what drives this song forward and never lets up. The beat’s progression is one of the most catchiest ones you’ll hear so far this year, and will most likely remain in your top favorites all year long.

This artist has been all over the world and has an incredible story behind the music and the journey he continues to pursue full speed ahead. With the new year finally here, we at Artist Reach believe that EVOLUZION‘s “I’m a Dreamer” is by far the best new track (and artist) to start 2017 out with. When you take a listen to the song yourself, we guarantee you’ll agree.
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Artist Review: Ruggid Real

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to Ruggid Real‘s Mary-Jane attributed anthem “Blown Away”, the song title speaks for itself completely.

An artist with insatiable drive and talent, Ruggid Real is more proof that underground Hip Hop is where most of the best of its kind can be found. But make no mistake, I firmly believe this artist is one of XXL‘s “Next To Blow” artists, especially with this current single in the forefront.

With a baritone-oriented sing-songs style over one of the most catchiest beats I’ve heard anytime recently, “Blown Away” does exactly what the title advertises, whether it was aiming for it or not. The hooks are undeniably perfected in a way where there isn’t too many overdubs to outdo itself. There’s a medium, stable ground in the song’s dynamic approach and it falls under one of those classic-status weed smoking anthems that never loses its dignity, or its simplicity.

This is an extremely difficult song to get out of your head. It speaks in many volumes and RR‘s craft is ever present throughout every measure. The song’s content is showcased tastefully, and the repeat button is perfect option for this track. It’s one that will never get old, and perhaps it’s a track that intrigues you in a way that entices you to explore the rest of Ruggid Real‘s catalogue. This artist does not disappoint. At all. Period. It’s refreshing, and I can’t stress it enough.

With a new year right around the corner for RR, expect more music from this artist that won’t be anything less than amazing. For now, listen to this track and be, perhaps, blown away.

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