Press Release: S T A R S – “Infiniti” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Every now and then you encounter an artist that captures your attention with insatiable passion, versatility, and a signature style that brings you to a whole new musical spectrum. We get exactly that with the birth of S T A R S’ debut album Infiniti.

With a sound that is completely innovative and next-level, S T A R S encompasses a genre described as Sci-Fi/Pop; which dynamically combines an ambience of EDM blended with her subtle and soothing mid-ranged vocals and hybrid feel. You can literally hear the distinctive vibes of her atmospheric genre the very second you start listening to the album, and it provides a very inventive aura with musicianship factors that really make her stand out from any other artist reminiscent of the Pop genre.

S T A R S is more than your average musician though. Hailing from the landscapes of the UK, she is a multifaceted solo artist that takes on many roles including singing, songwriting, sound engineering, music producing and is also a staple in the fashion industry as an elite designer. She has worked with other notable musicians including Mr. Hudson, Metronomy, Jana Kirschner, United Vibrations, among many others.

After many years of establishment into the music and entertainment industry, S T A R S is ready to emerge onto the scene as a solo artist that is authentic and captivating. And Infiniti is a massive debut album for her, considering its raw originality and mind blowing production value. It’s gonna leave you anticipating what S T A R S has up her sleeve for future releases, and entice you to keep a close eye on the rising starlet.

Infiniti released on September 17th of this year, and is currently available on all digital music retailers and music streaming platforms. You can get details on her official website, and any other info you may desire as she continues reaching for the stars.

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•Official Website: http://www.starsfm.co.uk

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Press Release: Ignacio Peña – “Songs For The Fall Of An Empire” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

The type of artists that really capture your attention with their artistic merit and brilliant execution of musicianship are very, very few and far between. Ignacio Peña is one of those rare gems.

This Puerto Rican rocker is no stranger to the industry at all though, and is completely multifaceted from writing, recording, performing, producing, directing, media creation and more. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Peña rose to fame in the Latin market with the release of his debut album “El Mundo al Revés” in 2000 and the subsequent tour which saw him perform festivals in Argentina, Venezuela, Panama and the United States. Peña‘s albums have garnered critical acclaim and are considered by many to be some of the best rock music to come out in Spanish.

From 2015 through 2017, Peña has been nominated for five NATAS Suncoast Chapter Emmy Awards, winning two for the WIPR-TV Short Subject documentaries “Por Qué Conmemoramos” (Why We Commemorate) and “Soy De Una Raza Pura” (I Am From A Pure Race) respectively.

Now fully loaded with his next collection of rock anthems, his newest album creation Songs For The Fall Of An Empire is one that delivers a concept about the history of debt, and really delves deep into telling a story effectively. With two singles accompanied by music videos for each, the visual aspect adds unwavering power, depth and anticipation as these songs truly keep you at the edge of your seat from start to finish.

The first single/music video for “The Same Replies” is an explosive introduction to what this album is about, as well as how the music resonates with it. With an eye-catching intro that locks you into pure anticipation, this move-trailer-like intro to the song is masterful, mind bending and astonishing all on its own as the perfect powerful entrance into a song. With ambient guitar leads, melodic chord projections and soaring harmony-driven vocals, this track hits you in ways you’d never think possible.

Shifting from Peña and his band members to the song’s visual concept is what makes this video one of the highest-energy experiences you could ask for. Every verse has incredible pacing with thought-provoking, intelligent lyrics with a dynamic rhythm section driving the song forward and smashing its way into a chorus that is melodic, catchy and suitable to any rock listener that appreciates an unforgettable chorus. The dark elements of the song really carries the weight of the song’s concept as well, and the production value couldn’t be better. This is a song and video that will stay with you even after it’s over. It’s one you have to see to believe.

Bridging over to the second single/video on the album, we get a thrust of heavy ambience with the song “Sound The Alarm” which carries over from the previous track as continuity of the same concept the album has been centralizing. From strong yet subtle verses that continue to tell a very political and supercharged story that gets the listener to pay extra close attention, we get one of the biggest buildups in anticipation before this song’s extremely in-your-face and most highlighted chorus yet.

From ascension to attention, the energy really flies high and is definitely one of the best written rock choruses of this caliber you could come by. With heavy-gain guitars and rhythmic riffs that drive with a force along with a pounding rhythm section, this climactic track is definitely gonna be one of your favorites of the album, and really puts the defining factors of the song right into the forefront where it’s most effective as a whole.

“Sound The Alarm” releases on September 17th, and is definitely gonna set the bar high for concept rock albums altogether, as well as videos.

A new song from Songs For The Fall Of An Empire will be unleashing every three weeks until the album release date of December 10th. Mark your calendars for this masterpiece.

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Artist Review: Swagg Jazz – “Swagg Jazz VS. Jasmyn”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

There have been a tapestry of new female rappers coming out the gate lately. Some are hit or miss, and some just hit it out of the park. And Memphis Hip Hop starlet Swagg Jazz is exactly one of those cases.

Her latest release Swagg Jazz VS. Jasmyn really sets the bar higher not just for herself, but for other female Hip Hop artists everywhere. She’s dynamic, witty, and very versatile. And every track on this record demonstrates this perfectly.

Swagg‘s album concept is almost like a Jekyll & Hyde approach, putting her stage persona and offstage personality into parallels. And you can really delve into more of who she is in her reflective opening track “Self Note”. A storytelling narrative that starts everything on a more subtle note, however very effective. We have a more toned down song that reels you right in to Jazzy‘s mid-ranged tone, perfect flow, and charismatic lyricism that really lets her guard down. This is definitely a fantastic opener to get to know Jazzy on a more personal level, and there’s no better way to start a record off.

Then things get much louder and edgier immediately with her follow-up track “Chase A Bag”. An in-your-face party track that really heats up the streets and casts Swagg Jazz in a much more fast-paced role. First of all, like the album title depicts, we hear a whole different side to her and she really lets loose with this one. We have a beat that flows beautifully with her lyrical conjectures, and the perfect production value to tie it all together.

Another highlight of this album is collab track “I Ride” (feat. Ashley Banks). We have an extremely catchy chorus that carries the torch with Ashley Banks‘ multilayered harmonies and multifaceted melodies aligned with Jazzy‘s insatiable rhyming techniques, making this one of the main bangers of the album for sure. It’s a perfect blend of two female voices in two different roles, structured together beautifully and produced in a way that really showcases their artistic merit.

Overall, if Swagg Jazz keeps up this kind of momentum in the playing field of female Hip Hop, then Memphis is gonna have a new Queen at the table. If she hasn’t been given the throne already. Either way, Jazzy really holds her own with every track of Swagg Jazz VS. Jasmyn. And when you take a listen to it yourself, you’ll see exactly why.

Swagg Jazz has also been making her rounds as a feature artist for a slew of other rappers in the elite Memphis scene and its surroundings as well. So when you research more into her music, you will definitely catch a glimpse into an on-the-rise female Hip Hop artist grinding her way to the top. And we are stoked to see her get there.

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Album Review: Terry McMahon Project – “A Shade Of Alec” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

We are more than stoked to bring our man Terry McMahon back to the platform to celebrate and look in-depth into his new Alt/Rock album A Shade Of Alec.

We were definitely blown away from his single “Believe”, so when he submitted his album to us, we already knew we were in for quite a treat.

With an amazing onslaught of high-quality production value coming from elite producer Doug White of Watchmen Studios (credits include Gym Class Heroes, Every Time I Die, and countless others), Terry McMahon‘s album has all the works from incredibly catchy choruses, eclectic song arrangements and a signature sound that is both original and familiar, A Shade Of Alec‘s likability factors are essentially around every corner throughout every track of this record.

With a signature sound reminiscent of Rock artists the world has come to know and love including Breaking Benjamin, Staind, and Soundgarden, Terry brings a powerful emphasis to his vocal abilities and really knows how to place melodies into every measure.

Opening track “Critically Broken” sets the tone perfectly and gives you an outstanding first impression of what these songs bring to the table as a whole. From subtle verses that buildup to a climactic chorus and a melody that soars on top of the chord progressions perfectly, this song is the perfect sonic-fueled Rock opener one could ask for of an album of this caliber.

Toning things down a bit, we have the anthemic percussion-driven track “Sentiment For The Lost”, arguably one of the most addictive songs on the record. If you’re looking for that Alt/Rock non-whiney dark ballad, then this track is gonna be one of your favorites. But the thing I love the most is both of these opening tracks really demonstrate the different angles that Terry McMahon brings to the forefront that showcases both his writing style and dynamic vocal abilities effectively. Every song on this album signifies something different, but you can tell it’s coming from the same artist.

But the best thing is, A Shade Of Alec reminds us of many things that still exist among the convoluted noise in today’s mainstream market. It reminds us that brilliant songwriting still exists, authentic production is still being utilized, and albums like this one keep the rare gems shining; even if they’re few and far between. Each song has something for every Rock fan on this record, and you don’t hear the same thing twice even though it’s the same artist. There’s no experimental trickery, overproduced theatrics, or any trivial distractions from the actual music. No gimmick needed, no ghostwriters necessary, Terry McMahon shows his authenticity front and center from start to finish on this LP.

We are very honored to be reviewing this album, and we know you’ll dig A Shade Of Alec just as much as we do. No matter what Rock era you designate yourself with.

Connect with Terry McMahon Project:

• Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/terrymcmahonproject

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TerryMcMahonProject

• Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHF8L5A1SCA

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Artist Review: Lavi Beats

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to production value with innovation and insatiable authenticity, Lavi Beats is a name to take note of.

Delving into a bit of his history, Lavi is not only specified to one role in music. He is a DJ, producer, singer and a songwriter. Alongside that he also plays the keyboard and drums. Hence, he has experimented a lot in this the music realm and is extremely multifaceted. Still, this music star like all of us has his own artist favorites from the field. The ones he would go on to credit being influences on the music he produces range from Sam Cook, Bob Marley, Tiesto, Afro Jack, Major Lazor and Stevie Wonder, among many others.

Lavi‘s sound is dynamic, climactic and extremely effective. With production credits ranging from Pitbull to renowned singer Belinda, Lavi has been hitting the ground running since his thrust into the industry.

His single “Young Night” serves up a very tasty demonstration of his skills behind the mixing board. With a mid-vocal range and seductive lyrics grasping at a very catchy melody, the upbeat flavor to this song really comes together with every element that is implemented.

Lavi‘s other track “Miami Life3” shows a very in-depth look into his writing style exclusively in the beats department. With a punchy approach, this song demonstrates a style that shows various components to how he pieces together a digital composition. It doesn’t outdo itself with every plugin or noise theatrics. He kicks this track booming, enticing, and overall effective in its approach.

Lavi is definitely one of those artists you don’t wanna sleep on. He has amassed incredible credentials, an unwavering internet presence, and a career that cruises to new heights with every release he puts out.

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  • Artist Review: Gkleft Ryda – “Welcome To My World” EP

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    If there’s one rapper that is quick with his words and quick on his feet, it’s definitely Gkleft Ryda with his fresh new EP Welcome To My World.

    This is a fun indie record with a signature sound and style all in its own caliber. That’s for sure. From authentic rhyming schemes and dynamic lyrical techniques, we definitely delve into Gkleft Ryda‘s world with four banging tracks this EP offers up.

    “Clear My Mind” is a perfect opener. It’s a great introductory track and blasts you right into the overall feel and aura that GR delivers throughout the record. His vocal charisma shines bright with multifaceted multilayered vocals that are authentic and upbeat. The production value contains a happy medium and doesn’t overdose the listener on any theatrical elements. This record is definitely as real as it gets between the bouncy beats and the lyrical spits that share perfect parallels.

    Then we have two more tracks that follow suit with a similar angle with “Pajamas” and “Way It Is”. Songs that really solidify GR‘s stylization and really show his integration as his lyrical flow continues to master itself through each verse and well-placed hook.

    The party track is definitely “Baby Go Ham” though. This one drives with a narrative that shows us more of GR‘s personality and artistic merit. This is probably one of the most catchy on the record, and will stick like glue far after it’s over. While every track on this record glorifies in its own way, you definitely have to crown this track as one of the prominent highlights. It’s literally a sonic boom that doesn’t disappoint.

    And that goes for the whole record; it doesn’t disappoint. At all. I was a little scared that the title of Welcome To My World might be underwhelming in its content. But don’t even begin to think it. This EP is an astonishing delivery of Gkleft Ryda‘s world. And you’ll feel more than welcome when you take a listen yourself.

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  • Album Review: Blaze – “Born To Blaze” LP

    Review by: Justyn Brodsky

    If you are looking for a highly spiritual and captivating record with a great story-telling method, then Triunion Music artist Blaze‘s Born To Blaze will not let you down.

    This Christian Hip Hop artist brings spirituality to a whole new level that really grasps at your heart and your mind. Blaze‘s album is versatile, multifaceted, and incredibly charismatic with his vocal deliveries and inspirational lyrical content that gets to the heart of real life situations. It’s extremely deep, passionate, and a joy to behold.

    The beats incorporate many different genre elements and make great use of instrumentation and plugins. Each track is ambient and really flows together with Blaze‘s messages perfectly, and also showcases a handful of feature artists that really add artistic merit to this record.

    One track that really stands out is the opener, “I Surrender (feat. Sarah McTiernan)”. With a soulful female-vocal hook cruising through this song, Blaze really hits the ground running with his spiritual lyrics and clever narrative. With elements of ambient Rock and Reggae influences that add many different moods to this track, you can’t help but fall head over heals with this record immediately. It’s an opening track that lets you know that you’ll be listening to every track on this album from start to finish.

    Each track on Born To Blaze not only provides us with Blaze‘s signature style, but offers up something new and effective in every measure. You won’t hear the same song twice, but you’ll know it’s coming from the same artist; and that’s a very hard feat to reach in today’s mainstream market.

    Blaze is a complete standout of his caliber and we at Artist Reach honestly can’t recommend him enough. If you’re in the mood for something fresh, powerful, well-crafted and highly spirited, then Born To Blaze is just for you.

    The album is available now on iTunes, Google Play, SoundCloud, and other digital retailers.

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