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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Artist Review: Ross Campbell with the Fat Band – “Super Circuit Man”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If James Brown, Pink Floyd and The Polyphonic Spree had surrogate sons, they would be Ross Campbell with the Fat Band.

Their multi-genre & Funk Rock track “Super Circuit Man” is a clever accumulation of choir-style vocals that build on a fresh funk sound with dynamically precise Rock elements. This is a track that is very difficult to fit into a specific genre. It’s more like a delicious stew, with additives of ingredients, creating something very tasty with plenty to go around.

And that could be a good way to describe this song—you won’t go hungry. Ambient guitar solo? Check. Catchy multi-vocalized melodies? Check. Surprises around every corner? Absolutely. This is definitely something you haven’t heard quite yet, even though you can hear some very crucial influences. This however, does not effect their originality or versatility. It captures a brilliance that keeps you paying very close to detail.

The production quality is right where it needs to be. While the vocals are more of a chanting-stylized effort, the musicianship wraps itself around the entirety of the song and really lets the foreground stay open to almost any possibility. Something that really gives you a chance to hear the detail for what it really is, and the talent that exceeds your expectations.

Best thing to do is to give this one a listen. It’s a relentlessly crafty song that really takes your body and mind for a spin. Give it a listen and see (as well as hear) for yourself.

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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: Russell Lee

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An exercise in catchy, witty, and clever Country/Rock.

With influences ranging from Bob Seger to James Taylor, critically acclaimed Canadian Recording Artist, Russell Lee, hailing from the Manitoba landscapes of Winnipeg, has performed for thousands of fans, has released three well received albums, and has sustained a very reputable presence with a very bright future ahead as he continues to write, record, and perform.

His most recent album, What Do I Do, is a collection of very humble, catchy, well-written songs that showcases many positive angles of Lee‘s musicianship, and dynamic writing skills. The production value is exactly where it needs to be and never outdoes itself. From very integrated melodies with great use of keyboards, harmonicas, 3-part harmonies and impressive guitar work, What Do I Do is definitely an album that is impossible to go unnoticed.

When it comes to priorities as an artist, Russell Lee has everything down to a science. The first one being amazing song structures and writing techniques; melodies that stick in your head and a proper way to showcase his voice with the best musicianship to back it up, along with production value to tie it all together to give his songs a full sound that never leaves a stone unturned. It’s refreshing to hear an artist that truly puts his best foot forward with his music and absolutely knows where his strengths are, and how to present them properly.

We at Artist Reach recommend Russell Lee without hesitation, especially if eclectic Country-Rock is in your heart. You will be listening to him non-stop.

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