Artist Review: Trusoul Davis

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Bringing back the smooth R&B sound we’ve all come to know over the 90’s era, and a touch of today’s Neo Soul sensibility that beautifully compliments the style and song delivery, Cleveland rising artist Trusoul Davis has brought a very sensual and passionate sound to the table with his infectious vocal melodies, and naturally gifted voice that perfectly showcases the music he has been creating over the years.

Trusoul probably could name off an endless list of influences, but when I take a listen to him, I hear a very great take on a genre that really knows how to capture the soul. His song “What About Me” off of his most recent album really demonstrates the heart behind the talent and really puts different musical focuses throughout the song’s structure. The intro is very curious, and even puts some theatrical foreshadowing into the song’s content as his very impressive one-track verse showcases Trusoul‘s sensual, real, and attractive vocal approach that keeps the listener interested, and perhaps in an anticipated state by wondering what the Chorus is going to bring to the approach.

The Chorus does not disappoint, at all. Just like the 90’s influence that was spoken of with some fantastically executed vocal overdubs and room for harmonies, it just comes together as one powerful Chorus that brings every true melody most effective in this song to the forefront, while keeping everything interesting in the backdrop, and side panels of the mix. Trusoul definitely knows how to melt your heart with beautiful vocal melodies, especially in his chance to bring forth a flawlessly performed, and produced Chorus like the one here in “What About Me”.

It’s hard to find R&B nowadays that isn’t smeared with several Feature Artists (Rappers, Singers, etc.). It’s refreshing to hear one brilliant artist put his self-taught work and solo-vocals strictly into the music’s entirety. And this comes as no surprise coming from an Artist that has an insatiable love for the 90s (as most of us do). Trusoul Davis has this song and the rest of his Album for sale, and is also able to be heard on ReverbNation as well as a nation-wide range of Radio Stations, Podcasts, Music Blogs, Music Retailers, and more. I truly recommend this Artist in every way. Chances are if you listen to this song, you’ll want to hear them all. Prepare to become instant-fan status after lending your eardrums to Trusoul Davis.

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Artist Review: Alonzo

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Danielle Ferguson


A presentation of laid-back, imaginative, and a more subtle & ambient approach to Hip Hop allowing a song to have more foreground to showcase the true nature of an Artist’s actual talent like it is meant to be.

This description is perfectly fitting to Recording Artist, Alonzo, and his single “TRIPPYNation”. A Hip Hop song that eases you in, rather than sounding alarms and setting off sirens that the genre obnoxiously tends to hit you over the head with. 

This is not the case for Alonzo at all, and throughout most of the Hip Hop we’ve been reviewing over these past months, it seems to be heading in a similar if not very close to the same approach among the underground Hip Hop artists we’ve discovered and reviewed. Which in my opinion, if the major label artists don’t tone it down a bit, the Indie/Underground is gonna push them out of the way. Or these brilliant underground Hip Hop artists could possibly risk being plagiarized. 

Alonzo‘s track has a very R&B-oriented beat that makes this song melodic, emotional, innovative, and very memorable. It has that staying power where you could put this track on repeat, but better yet, let the tracks play out. Especially his song “Mystique”. Another song with a clear presentation of how well executed Alonzo‘s talent is with the forefront’s room to show off his dynamically gifted mic skills and witty nature to his rhyming.

Again, Alonzo is more solidified proof that Indie Hip Hop is going to be tossing a tarp over the majors and nailing down each corner with a railroad spike. Connect, listen, reach out, and get to know these artists before it’s too late! Because these artists are heading for much bigger things sooner than you think.

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Artist Review: AMARU 

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A great message and great vocals that perfectly parallel each other. This is a truly inspiring song, and Artist.

AMARU‘s single “Independence Day” is a song with catchy hooks, dynamic vocals, that showcases top-notch production, and has an Official Music Video with great visual narratives that add the power of the song’s overall delivery of its message.

AMARU has a fantastic image, gifted vocal ability, and you can tell from this track alone that his passion for music is ever present, along with the portrayal of positive vibes and keeping the concept of love and passion alive. 

The song’s content is bound to inspire you, spiritually uplift you, and make you want to explore more of AMARU‘s catalogue of music. His Official Music Video for “Independence Day” definitely gets you in a way where you can grasp more of his vibe of positivity, captivating image, and the song’s message in the most powerful way.

AMARU‘s single for “Independence Day” along with other songs of his, are currently available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and other digital outlets. 

We at Artist Reach recommend this song in every way; it has great charisma, a great beat, message, and vibe altogether. 10 out of 10. This is a must-listen.
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Artist Review: Steven Blane

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Jay-Z have contributed iconic songs on behalf of their love for New York City, but when I was contacted by Rabbi and founder of Sim Shalom, the world’s only online Jewish Universalist synagogue and singer-songwriter Steven Blane, I didn’t know what surprises he had in store. If his intention was to give me something just as iconic as the artists mentioned in my first sentence, then he succeeded quite nicely. 

Steven Blane‘s LP of Jazzy, Swingish, and Bluesy collection of tracks titled The Best of Steven Blane (So Far) is a treat for the New Yorker’s soul in ways that almost can’t be fully described. It’s just that feeling; that feeling. A feeling that also leaves a presence within you. Whether it’s walking to the Union Square train station on a Fall, breezy evening or simply sipping some wine in one of the Village bars or Tap Rooms, Blane delivers you that same iconic sound in the league of artists that could be comprised of Sinatra, Bennett, and a riffy Johnny Cash vibe as well.

His song “I Love My NYC” is definitely Blane‘s calling to one of New York’s many city-inspired and tributed songs to the lifestyle, streetlights, and surroundings of New York’s finer moments. And it’s played and performed with that delicacy in a way where you can feel the atmosphere of the city in the song itself. Blane‘s clean, and articulately mid-ranged vocal approach is definitely a huge impact on this song’s overall signature sound. The lyrics are clever, and have great narratives that grasp you into them. It’s an attention-grabber and weaves a fabric into the city’s aura and feeling. His song “Happy New Year” also brings out this same soul behind the voice and writing style that Blane brings to the table.

Every song on this album has a smooth, eclectic, and soothing sensibility…no matter where you come from. He has a sound that has class, dynamic musicianship, and innovative measures that are always present throughout every track. The sound is versatile and diverse. And once you take a listen to Steven Blane yourself, he’ll find his way to your heart unconditionally. Whether you expect it or not.

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Artist Review: The Mox & J. Project

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Chris Barbosa


An expressive journey into a multi-genre and multifaceted display of emotions, self reflection, and versatility.

Blending very infectious elements of Soul, R&B, and Hip Hop, The Mox & J. Project‘s Who We Are LP is definitely a creative collection of tracks that puts this dynamic duo on the mark. This is another one of those rare gems where you can’t just pick one song off of this album and call it a “hit” or a “single”. Because the entire album does justice, and stands out as a whole.

With a beautiful, soulfully mature and dynamic female vocalist bringing you the hooks, melodies, and lyrical sex drive to the table, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the character and persona that is being expressed through the very impressive vocal range and texture that solidifies her half of the duo’s equation. It’s mesmerizing and astonishing with the glow that her voice brings.

Jumping to the other half of the whole, we have a very charismatic and passionate flow from the rhymes, bars, and measures that are expressed through the male rapper’s edginess and self expressive nature. He has very clean vocal tones that perfectly meshes with his female partner of melody.

Who We Are is definitely appropriately titled from the self expressive tracks that encompass the meaning and uniqueness of the album. You get to grasp onto a very solidified and well-polished signature style, but you get a taste of something different in every track. That’s what makes this dynamic duo stand out with this album.

The Mox & J. Project are anything but a letdown. If you’re looking for something with a bold and new feel with many different songwriting techniques and surprisingly unique sensibilities, then Who We Are is an album just for you.

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