Press Release: Fadetheblackk – “Visions (feat. B*Star)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Combining an integration of smooth rhymes, charismatic vocals and a multi-genre approach, we get an innovative blend of Hip Hop with elements of Soul and Alternative with Fadetheblackk‘s newest single “Visions (feat. B*Star).”

With great production value and a soul-infused beat carrying the torch, this song is anything but ordinary. It’s a multifaceted creation of something artistic, inventive and takes Hip Hop into a new modern realm.

With each verse breathing life in the form of a straight and subtle flow, you can hear FTB‘s natural talent loud and clear with his ability to articulate his lyrics in all the right places. His tone is catchy, his melody-driven chorus is anthemic, and his spirit in the track never wavers.

Fadetheblackk‘s current single is distributed by Warner Music Indie platform Level and he has always been behind the scenes creating and working with many artists in today’s music industry since 2011. So with years under his belt, it’s not a huge surprise that this song is as versatile as it is, but it surely is a treat.

If you’re looking for something outside of your everyday Hip Hop single that drops from every corner of the street, then “Visions” is the track for you. It’s a song that indicates that FTB is not riding any kind of bandwagon – he’s bringing his very own creation to life; something that you don’t hear every day and a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable at the same time.

The single dropped on July 13th and is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

If you need material for rehearsal, here is a website where you can get piano sheets for free.

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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: 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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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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Artist Review: JVNIOR’ AMOUX – “The Party’s Over” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With a sound reminiscent to R&B infused artists like Bone Thugz N’ Harmony from the 90s combined with today’s more mainstream stars of the same caliber, 22-year old rising Australian artist JVNIOR’ AMOUX‘s EP The Party’s Over takes us on a ride of sensuality, versatility and a flow into his ambient sound.

The first set of opening tracks introduce us into a very subtle, yet effective sound. JVNIOR‘s low-range vocals are pure, soothing and multifaceted. His voice really carries the torch along with the immaculate production value and really parallels beautifully with the aura of the overall sound and vibe these songs offer, especially in the title track “The Party’s Over”. A track that really grasps at your attention and delves you deep into JVNIOR‘s signature style that has a tapestry of likability factors and sensuality throughout the song’s structure.

There are a handful of impressive feature artists on this EP, but one that sticks out is “Attention (feat. JahMase)”. A song that really gives vibe a whole new feeling with two voices that compliment each other beautifully. We also get a higher ranged vocal delivery from JVNIOR himself that is astonishing and brilliantly executed. This is one of the EP highlights for sure, and like the song advertises, is one that will definitely grab your attention.

The Party’s Over is a 100% recommendation for any avid fan of prominent R&B with elements of Hip Hop and Soul. Each track is a soothing listen, yet still adds enough charisma to really get your emotions running high. And I know once take a listen yourself, you’ll love this record just as much as we do. It’s one you’ll keep coming back to time and time again.

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Press Release: Chante Kim

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Emerging from the Birmingham music scene in Alabama, R&B recording artist Chante Kim began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2014 when she started out as a gospel singer. Since then, she has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with her own signature sound and stylization, and in 2017 decided to tackle the R&B genre exclusively as well as diligently.

Known for her charismatic vocal style and impressive range, Chante’s take on R&B music touches on equal parts originality and familiarity. Her music is also reminiscent of many musical influences including Prince, the classic Motown Records era, as well as genre influences that include elements of Hip Hop and Rock.

Chante Kim’s current single “They Tell Me” has garnered her a prominent street buzz and internet presence since its release date. The track is currently available on ReverNation, SoundCloud and other music streaming outlets. The song will also be receiving airplay on Radio Station 105.1 this July. Chante’s ultimate goals are to inspire others through her passion of music, and become an industry household name of her genre and caliber.

As Chante continues to compose, create, manifest and spread the heat throughout 2018 and beyond, be sure to connect with her on her social media and music streaming platforms for News, Music, Events, Booking, Contact Info, and anything else related.

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