Artist Review: Uyoka – “Jupitersong” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Enchanting, ambient, and strikingly cinematic with moods that can have you walking through the city streets, while feeling the vibe and aura coming at you from every direction.

There’s a lot of different ways to describe this dynamic and beautifully-crafted record. Uyoka‘s Jupitersong displays artistic merit, and production value that fits the EP’s ingredients perfectly. This has very powerful moods and innovative musical spectrums that bring out different angles of genres we know and love today. With Jupitersong, we hear an R&B and Alternative crossover with very subtle vocal textures that showcase beautifully written melodies and lyricism that parallels it beautifully. With her deep vocal tones and great use of layered backups, I can hear musical influences ranging from Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, to Alanis Morisette and Bjork.

With her opening track “Aquaheart”, we have pure emotion and an introduction to the Soul side of the record. With a chord progression that can easily play at your heart strings, it’s hard not to fall head over heels for this song. Uyoka‘s vocal textures drive this track forward and definitely keep you fascinated.

With “Love Song”, we get a very good-vibes-only stride with the straight-forward rhythm section and soundtrack-worthy vocal melodies. This one displays more of a verse-to-chorus buildup that gives this song character and wit in all the right places. A very interesting and dynamic changeup to this song’s predecessor.

“Diamonds, Silver, and Gold” is definitely the radio hit and most-likely the most-notable track. It has that chorus that sticks with you long after the song is over and keeps the song structure simple and memorable. It’s a fantastic execution of something that could be called contemporary, but with likability factors that prevent this song from being generic. It’s a feel-good experience. Her song “Firestarter” sort of follows up from what’s already been structured as well, but maintains the feel-good vibe we’ve come to hear so far on this EP.

“Daydreamer” and “The Star” are great closing tracks, with a charismatic back-to-back sensibility that works for both songs like an anthem that could attach itself easily to the other. They are songs that conclude something that reminds you of a sound, vibe, and texture you haven’t heard quite yet. And by the time you finish this EP, you’re gonna add this to your list of favorites and pass it along to your friends.

Uyoka‘s thoughts and inspirations behind the EP: “This album explores my introspective thought process, and I hope it gives listeners a chance for them to stop and think, even if it’s just for a little while. It’s so important to take that time and really get in touch with yourself. And who knows – you might also discover something new.”

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Artist Review: illrecur

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Experimental, Industrial, with soothing doses of Ambience, illrecur‘s 27-track release Longitude definitely has longevity with its laid-back textures and mood swings among the dark elements that ties this album together.

With the omittence of vocals completely, Longitude is a roller coaster of emotions and deep thoughts that keeps you captivated with its experimental use of Diminished and Augmented progressions. There’s a very dynamic mesh between a sound that has video game pacing and futuristic EDM sensibilities. It’s definitely something that gives itself great character and a memorable centerpiece; which makes you wanna dive inside the mind of its creator.

It’s an album that doesn’t need a “single” or any specific track to offer up its significance. This is one of those albums where the entire album is the “single” or “hit song”. Every track is a piece of the puzzle, and it flows dynamically with its signature ambience throughout every song. However, it uses this formula without being repetitious or outdone. It’s very difficult to listen to 27 tracks straight without becoming burnt out or perhaps being overly spoon fed by one Artist. But this is not the case with illrecur. He gave this album a title that couldn’t share a more perfect parallel–Longevity.

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