Album Review: Sim Ross – “Mother’s Day Blues” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s rare nowadays that you run into one of those albums where you don’t have to skip over one track. This is exactly the case with the multifaceted and passion-driven “Mother’s Day Blues” album from Sim Ross.

Hailing from the elite Austin music scene in Texas, Sim Ross blends a dynamic signature sound that is comprised of roots-rock and Americana with edgier components and presented with limitless musicianship factors and production value. This is one of those clear and concise albums that you know you’ll love from the very first track.

One of Sim‘s notable singles, “Sweetness”, is a perfect example of how effective the likability factors from this album really is, and how it resonates with a great play on creating a multi-genre approach that brings out originality and familiarity. Taking some of the best components from his musical influences that range from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and The Black Crowes, Sim Ross‘s edgy vocal tones, innovative guitar progressions, and infectiously catchy hooks really brings every component to the forefront of showcasing Sim effectively, and properly. This is one of those songs that is more of an anthem – it doesn’t leave a stone unturned. The songwriting structure and overall presentation of this track delivers up one of the many gems that makes this album shine the way it does.

Taking a look at another angle of Ross, “Avalanche” brings us to a dark and witty aura that showcases the same signature that has been etched into the musical chemistry, but grasps a whole other part of you. With another powerful chorus and charismatic vocal delivery carrying the torch with authentic guitar work and all the right textures, we delve into another captivating track that brings versatility to this album that is indicative of precision and performance value.

This 14-song catalogue definitely gives a nod to an era when track sequence was an art form. It creates a narrative for the listener, and a perspective for the artist that you can identify with. “Mother’s Day Blues” is one of those albums you’ll keep coming back to time and time again, finding something new each time you play it from beginning to end. With an album this in-depth, creative, and beyond what you’ll anticipate, it definitely makes you eager to see and hear what Sim Ross puts out next. This is the type of artist you truly invest yourself into.

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Artist Review: TreDay – “TreDay” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

TreDay is more than just a rapper, he’s a true character.

Combining some of the illest rhyming techniques with unwavering humor, this master wordsmith brings out a style and image not seen in every day Rap or Hip Hop.

Accompanied by a hilarious and cleverly executed music video, TreDay seriously holds nothing back with his track (also called) “TreDay”. Seriously, this is one of those chubby dudes that’s gonna steal your smokin’ hot girlfriend.

He has a baby-faced persona that completely catches you off guard with his X-rated lyricism, but it’s done very tastefully with witty components of articulated rhyming structures and bars that are spit faster than the tongue can twist.

The video’s content has the perfect atmosphere for a track like this, and tells a funny story and narrative that’ll have you passing this video to your friends, and their friends. This track, and video, has viral potential and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it happened.

From a 90s stylistic beat to a very mid-ranged vocal delivery TreDay delivers us a mainstream worthy track with old school sensibilities that parallel each other perfectly, giving this song a type of catchiness that is easily contagious.

By the time you reach the end of this song and video, you just might believe that TreDay could become the next legitimate government holiday.

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Artist Review: Ysteeze – “Slave” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Some of the best Indie Hip Hop comes through our platform quite often. And Mobile, Alabama’s Ysteeze is more evidence of that, indisputably.

Taking elements of old school Hip Hop and today’s main stream sensibility is a hard feat nowadays with Producers constantly saturating their artists with auto-tune and rushed beats just to make a quick buck. This is not the case for Ysteeze‘s “Slave” LP. And there are many reasons why.

One thing that’s hard to execute in this day and age is authenticity and versatility, because a lot of indie artists are drawn to the many trends that come and go in today’s music industry. But we get a breath of fresh air with this Album. “Slave” not only has some of the most authentic production quality, but outstanding musicianship as well. The beats are very detailed with an ambient feel that puts a very effective aura into the signature sound. Combined with Ysteeze‘s energy, and you’ll hear a mix and chemistry that resonates perfectly with the atmosphere of every song.

Ysteeze‘s rhymes are dynamic, innovative, and you can tell he knows how to put himself in the forefront in a way you can understand and identify with him. He keeps you engaged in his lyrical content, which is witty and clever in many ways. And make no mistake, this artist has been widely acclaimed in his scene and beyond. Since coming out of the gate 3 years ago, Ysteeze wasted no time and definitely hit the ground running by doing what a lot of artists fail to do in this era, and that’s legwork. Not just to get his name out, but also putting out music that has a fine tooth comb running through it before dropping it. He took his time to make sure things are done right.

Ysteeze is definitely one of the absolute best in the game so far for 2018 that we’ve run into. And you will definitely hear why when you take a listen to “Slave” yourself. You can also find him at this year’s BET Awards, and is currently working on the album’s sequel as we speak. He also has the official Slave Tour coming to a city near you this summer. Don’t miss out on this artist, because he’s gonna skyrocket before you know it. Get to know him early on so you can say you heard about him through us, and saw him come up the same way we are seeing it.

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Artist Album Review: Elix Risqué – “Champagne Problems” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


One thing about this EDM-oriented Pop Artist is the strong image and versatility. Elix Risqué has put together a very infectious collection of tracks with the artist’s release Champagne Problems. A rollercoaster of emotions, upbeat anthems, and ballads that really showcases different angles to the artist.

With a captivating low-to-mid range voice, we get a great start with energetically opening track “Come to Life“. A fun, witty, catchy song that captivates both the EDM and Pop sensibilities that perfectly parallel each other to get both elements of the song expressed in the strongest ways to showcase this track. 

The follow-up tracks , “Dark Stranger” and “I Bet You Like It” sticks to an upbeat formula that really brings forth the energy and still beckons a signature sound that sets Elix Risqué apart from artists that attempt this prototype of EDM or genres that express this type of versatility. They’re very addictive, and really portray a style you don’t hear everyday with this type of EDM-oriented execution.

Next track, “Losing Control”, has in my opinion, the best vocal structures and catchiest hooks on  this LP. The syllables are correctly placed with some of the best melodies that have been conjured so far on this record.

The track “Do You See Me” is definitely one of my favorites. It’s one of the ballads of the LP with chord progressions that allow some of the best vocal structures and melodies to be integrated into this track. And Risqué doesn’t take any risks with this; the vocal melodies and powerful ear-catching chorus takes full advantage of the open opportunity to put together something powerful, and utilized this opportunity in the correct direction.

And that’s what this album is about to me–utilization. Knowing where to put these songs on this album and where. Having an ear for detail and to keep the listener listening. It has an energy and subtle crossover that breathes ambience into this album as well. It’s a great album and it’s one that will captivate you with its versatile and raw sound.

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Artist Album Review: Maribel Hill- “The Unveiling” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Jazzy, swingin’, and a writing formula that really adds appeal to the grooves, whole-band melodies that follow the vocal structures, and the bossa-nova textures that makes Maribel Hill‘s LP, The Unveiling, one of the most refreshening artists you’ll come by is not only an astonishing group that is very jammy and free spirited, but beautifully structured as well with a formula that is traditional, but modernized as well.

With the LP-title opening track “The Unveiling”, we get the perfect demonstration of this formula; a fantastic introduction into the aura that does justice to the song/album title. We are thrusted into adventurous musicianship that showcases the soothing mid-range vocals from Hill along with the band’s punctuality and precision that often follows her vocals in unison completely, syllable-by-syllable, which puts jazz songwriting techniques to a level you’ve never quite heard. Its versatility is relentless, and the likability factors are endless.

With the more uptempo track, “Sway”, we still enter the same prototype of their Jazz marksmanship and versatility, but explored at different angles. This is another song that does justice to the title completely. A track that shares some mood changes, but gets your hips to sway and place some ownership on the dance floor.

“Beautiful” is similar to the predecessors; the signature sound is still there, but a whole new showcase is brought to the forefront that encompasses you to hear another side to the moods and jazzy grooves that Hill and her band bring to the table. The musicianship is completely top notch and parallels the production value, as well as the intricacy of the signature sound that Hill offers up with every track. 

There’s something new, fresh, and multifaceted offered up in every song off The Unveiling. And it’s also an album that ties everything together both musically and lyrically. I can’t express how well put-together these songs are, and the band does a fantastic job of bringing in new additives and elements that are dynamic, soothing, and absolutely refreshing. Maribel Hill completely hits it out of the park with The Unveiling.

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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 Album Review: Dave Vargo – “Burning Through” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A veteran artist that produces the perfect blend of yesterday’s and today’s Alt/Rock, Dave Vargo truly delivers us a spellbinding collection of tracks on his LP Burning Through.

With a sound comprised of influences ranging from a mix of John Mellencamp, Gin Blossoms, and Counting Crows, we get a very anthemic album filled with elite musicianship, high quality production value, terrific vocal harmonies, and dynamically tasty guitar work on this beautifully written record that showcases Vargo‘s very well-put-together vocal structures and mid-range vocal approach perfectly.

This is another album that I noticed focuses on one of the biggest priorities some artists lose track of — incredible songwriting. This album is the perfect breath of fresh air if you’re looking for not only well structured original music, but also versatility as well. Each song offers up something new and uniquely different, but you can still hear Vargo‘s crisp and charismatic signature sound that sets him apart from your run-of-the-mill Alt/Rock artist.

The album displays different moods, auras, and absolute catchtiness regardless of the direction of each song. It’s an amazing mix of tracks that never shows an iota of being repetitive or running its course. Every song has an anthem-status that really showcases the true talent behind these songs, and there’s not one measure on any song that seems rushed, or shows any type of uncertainty. Dave Vargo went into the studio, and used the time to create not only some of the most precise tracks, but innovative ones as well. 

And that’s what makes it hard to choose a favorite. Because Burning Through is an album where you don’t skip over one track. So if you were to ask me about my personal favorite on this record, I’d say the entire album. From start to finish. This is one you’ll start listening to from beginning to end, and you yourself will realize that you just listened to an entire album of perfectly crafted songs. 

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