Press Release: Fadetheblackk – “Visions (feat. B*Star)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Combining an integration of smooth rhymes, charismatic vocals and a multi-genre approach, we get an innovative blend of Hip Hop with elements of Soul and Alternative with Fadetheblackk‘s newest single “Visions (feat. B*Star).”

With great production value and a soul-infused beat carrying the torch, this song is anything but ordinary. It’s a multifaceted creation of something artistic, inventive and takes Hip Hop into a new modern realm.

With each verse breathing life in the form of a straight and subtle flow, you can hear FTB‘s natural talent loud and clear with his ability to articulate his lyrics in all the right places. His tone is catchy, his melody-driven chorus is anthemic, and his spirit in the track never wavers.

Fadetheblackk‘s current single is distributed by Warner Music Indie platform Level and he has always been behind the scenes creating and working with many artists in today’s music industry since 2011. So with years under his belt, it’s not a huge surprise that this song is as versatile as it is, but it surely is a treat.

If you’re looking for something outside of your everyday Hip Hop single that drops from every corner of the street, then “Visions” is the track for you. It’s a song that indicates that FTB is not riding any kind of bandwagon – he’s bringing his very own creation to life; something that you don’t hear every day and a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable at the same time.

The single dropped on July 13th and is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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Artist Review: Luanne Hunt – “Backroads, Bottles & Blues”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If there’s one elite artist that has graced our platform with music that gets better every time, it’s Hall of Fame Country Star Luanne Hunt.

Every release of hers compliments the last, and over time you can’t help but see what an inspiring and thriving catalogue of Country hits she puts out. And she adds to it beautifully with her fresh new EP Backroads, Bottles & Blues, a refreshing and delightfully catchy collection of 7 tracks that will win your heart over, especially if you’re a fan of true country.

From uptempo riffs, piano solos and innovative vocal harmonies with the finest precision one could hear, Luanne‘s natural and angelic voice soothes your soul from start to finish throughout every track. Her opening track “The Rhythm” is the perfect entrance into Luanne‘s signature sound and really gets you to grasp onto her artistic merit and her God’s gift to creating soulful music with heartfelt lyrics. It’s also a great track for those who haven’t heard her yet, and will steal your heart away from the very first verse.

With mid-tempo classic country vibes on tracks like “Broken Branches” and “Old Tobacco Road“, we get to hear another side to Luanne‘s writing style and her versatility as a songwriter shines really bright by making use of great guitar tones and chord progressions. The simplicity of the rhythm section is another great part about Luanne‘s style that allows her to keep her voice at the forefront in all the right places, meanwhile giving every instrument the room to explore different fills, measures and tastefully written solos that make these songs incredibly crafty with top notch musicianship factors.

This EP also includes her hit single “Lightning In A Bottle” from earlier in the year, as well as a new magical country ballad “Love Led Us Here”, a beautifully crafted gem that gets the heart fluttering and the soul glowing. The highlight of every track will always be Luanne‘s voice, one that is irreplaceable and incomparable. But it’s also her classic production value that delivers an old school country flavor with elements of today’s modern sensibilities that makes her truly multifaceted.

She has a positive presence and an amazing story-telling narrative to every song on this EP, and her ability to capture the best melody for each one is what makes Backroads, Bottles & Blues a true country classic record that will be sitting on your shelf of favorites. If you already know Luanne, then you already know you’re in for a treat. If this is your first time discovering her, then you’ll be more than happy that you did. She never ceases to amaze.

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Artist Spotlight: Lorenzo Doryon – “Friends (I Don’t Wanna Be)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Grasping an aura of hypnotic energy and an enchanting, versatile melodies – we get an exercise of electronic ambience with Lorenzo Doryon‘s new Pop-infused single “Friends (I Don’t Wanna Be).”

Accompanied by a colorful and eye-catching lyric video, this track delivers components of today’s likability factors among the Pop genre with many elements that balance on originality and familiarity. The production value is top-of-the-line and really brings Lorenzo‘s authenticity and talent to the forefront.

However, it’s his voice that carries the most weight throughout the song. His subtle and charismatic mid-ranged vocal delivery is soothing, moving, and bound to capture your heart and your attention. The colorful framework of the lyric video adds an atmosphere that resonates perfectly with the music, and really takes you on an audio and visual journey.

This track, debuting on the retail charts this week, is one of many song from his highly anticipated upcoming EP Paint The Night. Produced by Gemini (producer for Justin Bieber) and written by Jimmy Burney (songwriter for Demi Lovato) and Lorenzo himself. The EP was mastered at Abbey Road by Christian Wright (Ed Sheeran/ Coldplay) in London.

On top of terrestrial radio, the single will also be garnering regular play and rotation in nearly all retail chains including the Apple Store, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Six Flags, Staples, Best Buy, Subway, Denny’s, McDonalds, Hyatt, Dominos, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, among others.

With a voice and image like Lorenzo‘s, this single is the perfect demonstration of his innovative vocal abilities and insatiable passion for creating a perfect melody. “Friends (I Don’t Wanna Be)” will delve you right into his artistic merit and win you over immediately from the very second the song starts, and will stay with you long after it’s over.

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Artist Review: WÃVY MAY – “Ignorant Ways” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Sometimes you run into a music video that truly keeps you at the edge of your seat. WÃVY MAY‘s video for the hypnotic Hip Hop track “Ignorant Ways” is one of those rare gems.

First and foremost, whoever shot/produced the video has a true gift for cinematography, editing, and capturing an authentic vision. From suspenseful outdoor shots to innovative camera work and frame transitions, this video is a mind-blow from the second it starts.

And the best part is, WÃVY‘s track resonates beautifully with the visuals we get. His dynamic lyrical structures and multifaceted rhyming techniques are very evident, crisp and very well though out. The South London rapper really encompasses a craft that sets him aside from a majority of today’s Hip Hop, and is more living proof that underground artists truly make magic happen.

His verses and flow keeps you interested and delves you into his artistic merit, and delivers an energy that never lets up. He holds his own throughout, and is a great glance into WÃVY‘s vision as an artist and lyricist.

If you want the whole package that contains an explosion of modern audio and visual components with endless likability factors, then WÃVY MAY is gonna be one of your new instant favorites. And his video for “Ignorant Ways” serves up something unwavering, undeniable, and top-notch in its entirety. You will not be disappointed in the least. Get ready for an intense ride into the innovation and evolution of Hip Hop.

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Career Highlights: KI Back At It – Jersey We Lit Records

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

His name is Alterik Finney, also known under the stage name KI Back At It. And he didn’t choose music…music chose him.

Currently owner/CEO of Jersey We Lit Records, KI Back At It began hitting the ground running in the music realm by creating concepts and writing music for over the past 10 years, contributing his multifaceted skills for both small indie labels and larger ones for independent artists as well. Since then, he has manifested into a versatile and innovative artist with his own signature sound and stylization.

But things weren’t always so easy for the Elizabeth, NJ native who was once featured on Americas Most Wanted for an armed robbery. He recently opened the doors to his label as an insatiable and passionate effort to do things the correct way this time around, and is looking to genuinely help artists get their careers off the ground — primarily New Jersey artists, to help market and create commercial music, even performing management work.

“I’ve been working behind the scenes of the industry. Learning the ropes with everything from paperwork/business work, video editing, filming, online marketing, vocal recording, mixing, mastering and anything else related; and plan on being in full effect by the end of 2018. As Jersey artists, we’re known for sounding like others or sounding like street rappers, and it has never gotten us anywhere. My plans, with help from business-minded people, is to be the “Def Jam of New Jersey,” opening doors for NJ artists who want to sound different and connecting mainstream artists to small indie artists on collaborations.” –KI Back At It

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Music Theory: Boss Piano – A Lesson In Cadences

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It is nearly impossible for any piano player to not hear the word cadence at least once in their life. Before explaining the cadence meaning, I will start with the reference of what a musical phrase is.

As you might already know, it is a musical thought composed with four measures length in most cases, and incomplete also. A cadence is a chord progression composed usually of at least 2 chords that ends a phrase or a part of a piece of music.

The cadence has a really important role in any piece of piano sheet music because it gives a sense of resolution for that rhythm. There are some types of cadences that are authentic, deceptive, half, and plagal. They are divided into two groups: finished cadences and unfinished cadences.

The authentic cadence is the movement from the chord V to I of the key center. It is usually written V-I and is the most common and most frequently used cadence. For an example, when it comes to the C Major scale, try playing from V (G) to I (C) and you will notice by yourself how a great finish sounds, because the authentic cadence is also known as a perfect cadence and is well-known for its most finished contribution.

When it comes to the deceptive cadence, it is good to know that it’s also called the interrupted cadence. The name is very suggestive, as in this case, it ends on an unexpected chord. The music sounds reminiscent of something interrupting the piece. For this one, the most common chord progression is from chord V to chord VI, also written as V-VI. For an example, using the A Major scale, the chords are V which in this case is the key E and VI which is the key F sharp minor. Play it and listen carefully to get a familiarity to this type of cadence, so you will be able to use it in your own piano tabs.

When it comes to unfinished cadences, it is easy to anticipate that the sound will be unfinished. This happens because the unfinished cadences don’t end on chord I. By using an unfinished cadence at the end of a phrase in a piece of piano sheet music, it will give the listener the feeling that there is more to come in the next section and that the piece is not over.

In the group of unfinished cadences there is the half cadence. It is also known as imperfect cadence and it ends on chord V, while it can start on chord I, II or IV. For an example, in the G Major scale, we take the chords I (which is key G) to chord V (which is key D). Listen and you will notice that this is not the end, it’s more like a “wait for the next part” kind of feeling. When it comes to plagal cadence, the progression is from chord IV to chord I, also found written as IV-I.

Cadences are a great way to practice and develop piano techniques, and are also considered part of the little things that form the basis of piano for any player.

If you need material for rehearsal, here is a website where you can get piano sheets for free.

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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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