Artist Review: Astara – “Take Me Higher” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

We’ve had amazing female solo talent grace our platform over many years. But it’s rare that we run into an artist that is truly versatile, with music that is surreal from the very first listen. Astara is one of those rare occasions with her newest single, “Take Me Higher”.

Truly a visceral experience from start to finish, Astara‘s vocal approach in this song is unwaveringly enchanting, and a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the track’s duration. With catchy vocal melodies that you can tell were carefully structured to deliver a solid impact on each listener, Astara really showcases her versatility and multifaceted nature that really gives you an everlasting impression.

“Take Me Higher” is a soundtrack worthy song that has reverb-driven structures that tell a very compelling story as the song plays out. The production value is more than impressive, and the instrumentally structured elements really help bring out the best of Astara and truly develops her signature sound that is deep, emotional, with endless likability factors throughout. It’s the perfect track to get to know her music from the first listen, as well as a brilliant addition to her catalogue that her fans will absolutely appreciate.

This song is also a great balance between today’s mainstream sensibility and yesterday’s more alternative and pop influenced sound that really brought the genre to the forefront in the first place; and can be appreciated by all music listeners from several eras. Astara is a gem, and “Take Me Higher” demonstrates her authenticity and true talent that a lot of artists tend to lack in today’s era of convoluted genres and overproduced tendencies. Which is another factor that makes Astara truly stand out – she’s a natural in her craft that doesn’t need all the post production antics to deliver real music. Her style can fit among influential artists such as Sia and Mazzy Star, but with a more modern spin and original approach. It’s a truly refreshing sound that almost anyone can identify with.

If you haven’t heard Astara yet, then “Take Me Higher” is the perfect track to get to know her. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

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•Official Website: http://www.astaramusic.com

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Artist Review: Rob Georg – “Dust” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With bluesy guitar riffs, insatiably catchy vocal melodies and state of the art production value, Country/Blues & Rock recording artist Rob Georg shines bright on his newest single, “Dust”.

This song does not disappoint in the least. The quality of this track not only delves into a whole new realm, but also gives a nod to several influential modern Country artists with Georg‘s signature sound that showcases equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable to anyone that resonates with his genre. It has that classic country slickness with the perfect dosage of Rock elements to really broaden the fan base and appreciation of what Georg’s music genuinely offers.

Georg‘s vocals are very direct, surreal and truly bring a solid melody to this song and really helps structure it properly. With great guitar progressions and a tight rhythm section to showcase the song, it really demonstrates how truly talented and authentic Georg really is, and really highlights his likability factors in all the right places. This is one of today’s modern Country tracks that should be on the Billboard, and it’s easy to imagine his music climbing this kind of feat. It’s not just recognizable in his genre’s realm, it also brings a new and wholesome sound to the table that is perfect for today’s modern music listener, as well as fans of the classic sound they’ve come to know and love.

Once you give “Dust” a listen, you’ll immediately know that this is a song you’ll be coming back to time and time again; as well as entice you to check out more of Rob Georg‘s catalogue.

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Artist Review: Rocc – “Community Service” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Solid beats, a charismatic flow and a record that shines on yesterday and today’s best elements of Hip Hop the genre could offer, rapper/songwriter Rocc serves up a flavorful 7-track EP called Community Service. Comprised of tracks that bring out the best of his overall skills, songwriting structures and lyricism that is very noticeable from the very start.

Things get supercharged and emotionally visceral on his very first track, “Sometimes It’s Hard“. A song that not only has a well-rounded, but also tastefully catchy as well. This is the perfect kind of track to start the engine for any new record, especially if it’s coming from an artist you’re discovering for the first time. And also, just to add note, Rocc knows how to sing his own well-written hooks as well, and they fit each track like a glove.

This record also has many twists, turns, moods and atmospheres as the songs play out. From straight up bangers to components that add subtle undertones, each of the 7 tracks bring out a different side to Rocc‘s style and really grabs your attention. You can tell he goes over his lyrics and hooks with a fine tooth comb, rather than rushing through a recording process just to get his name out quickly in fashion. But if there’s one thing artists should always know, take your time and make the best use of your studio time. Make sure you’re not writing a record with a possible hit or two – write an entire record of hits. Conceptualize the record and make your audience crave for more. And I truly believe that Community Service is extremely effective in this way.

If this is your first time discovering Rocc, then you won’t be disappointed. If you already know Rocc, then you already know you’re in for a treat.

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Artist Review: Katie Veltri – “3rd & Fairfax” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Taking a very simplistic yet nostalgic approach, acclaimed singer/songwriter Katie Veltri has put an anthemic spin with her brand new single, “3rd & Fairfax”.

Katie is no novice-leveled musical dabbler. From releasing a well received full length album this past year and also tackling legendary covers like John Lennon’s “Imagine” and others, Katie has independently constructed herself an enormously impressive platform since she hit the ground running. Her newest single, “3rd & Fairfax”, is a brilliant demonstration of her versatility, angelic vocals and lyrical structures, as well as overall craft.

With beautiful piano progressions that tailor’s to a more rotund low end soundtrack worthy approach, his track is definitely one that makes Katie a very noticeable standout. It’s peaceful, magical, and isn’t convoluted with an array of overproduced elements or multiple instruments to take you away from Katie‘s vocal spirit. It’s a song that really brings you relaxation, fascination, and a multifaceted aura to her presence that is rare among today’s artists. This single is the perfect example of that old saying: less is more. We want to hear Katie, without the unnecessary noise, post production theatrics, or any sort of distractions. We want to hear an artist’s overall craft and signature sound that can really grow on you – and make you wanna delve deeper into an artist’s catalogue, as well as future prospects. And “3rd & Fairfax” is definitely a song that will entice you into finding out more about Katie; be it her music, passions, or personality.

This single is currently available on Spotify and other platforms, and we highly encourage our readers to really give Katie the attention she truly deserves. Her artistic merit is genuine, her musical factors are addictive, and she’ll definitely be an artist you’ll be sticking with once you get a grasp onto her overall sound.

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Artist Review: Circle The City – “Home” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With a dynamically Alt/Indie-Rock infused sound with a knack for subtle sweetness and multifaceted writing techniques, Canadian quartet Circle The City really puts a naturally boasted change to the game with their current buzzing single, “Home”.

Based out of Sarnia, Ontario and comprised of a powerhouse lineup featuring Riley Thompson (Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Harold Collins (Guitar), Nathan Yeadon (Bass Guitar)), and Jesse Mootrey (Drums/Percussion), these four versatile musicians brilliantly delve into a chemistry that really shines through their flavorful, catchy signature sound and songwriting structures that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

With a cleverly executed mix of sultry Jazz vocals, melodically thorough guitar compositions, funky jazz breakdowns and a pounding rhythm section that is tightly crafted, Circle The City is anything but the next ordinary run-of-the-mill band you’ve heard far too often. This female fronted group has a balance and composure that really sustains a foundation that’ll grow on you from the very first listen.

Their single “Home” is a perfect demonstration of this. The song has a Jazzy vibe that is seductive, engaging, and really visceral with an aura that showcases their style in a way that is not only effective, but very memorable as well. It’s the type of song you’ll keep coming back to time and time again, and find new ways of appreciating it. It’ll also entice you to also check out their discography of prior releases, as well as their future prospects. The band delivers up a sound that’ll capture your undivided attention, and stay with you.

And that’s another notable fact about “Home” – their staying power. The ability to stay with you even after the song is over. Similar to movies that are not only re-watchable, but also gets better every time. And that’s one of the defining factors of the power that this single gives off. Another key element for this track is the natural production value. There are no post-production theatrics or noisy plugins that take away from their naturally gifted sound, and really shines the spotlight on each band member’s ability. You get to hear true chemistry from the band as a whole as each measure comes together beautifully with a writing style that really resonates with a brilliant original take on the Alt/Indie and Rock influenced genres. Once you take a listen to “Home” yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why Circle the City is an absolute standout of their caliber. The single is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad we sent you in their direction.

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Artist Review: Prophett – “Hold Onto Me” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to getting your body moving, and getting the beats and vibes juicin’, Prophett means serious business with his latest single “Hold Onto Me”.

Accompanied by an official music video with some scenic and dynamically shot cinematography, this track is one for the books on Prophett‘s catalogue of catchy releases with his vibrantly hooky style. This song comes out swinging in the first frame and never wavers. The funky and fresh beat with a perfect Hip Hop and Salsa combo gives this song the versatility it needs to truly stand out. Whether it’s in your favorite club hotspot or Sony Xplodes car system, this track should be spinning, no matter the occasion.

This song, like the video portrays, gives us a tasteful insight into Prophett‘s craft, sing-songy vocal style, image and swagger that’s properly presented with beautiful outdoor scenery and all about “rocking” throughout the night. It’s a track that really puts the audio and imagery on equal playing grounds and truly gives this single the best platform and portrayal it could muster. The lyrics are masterfully smooth, the production value is top notch, and this song is mainstream-worthy in every way.

If this is the first time discovering Prophett, you’ll be seriously glad you did.

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Artist Review: Jonah Melvon – “RainWater Project” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Some music knows exactly how to touch the soul. With ambient vocal melodies, passionate rhythms and multifaceted male/female hooks, Jonah Melvon delivers up an innovative and soulful R&B album of anthems with that classic sound with brilliant textures of Jazz, Hip Hop and everything in between with every track on his newest LP RainWater Project.

Delving into a spectrum of a glistening R&B signature sound that perfectly resonates from the classics we’ve all come to know and love combined with today’s modern sensibility, RainWater Project is a triumphant album of tracks that really offer up an artist’s true passion in both performance value, as well as the strong messages in the content. This record awakens the entrepreneur spirit within all of us with his song “1099 (Mom And Pops)” from the album. A piano-infused, bluesy laid back tune that really nurtures the Soul from both Jonah‘s vocals, as well as the female feature artist. The song’s bossa-nova and rhythmic tempo really carries the mood of the track with each verse standing its own ground with the narratives and melodies paralleling each other perfectly. Then landing us into a chorus that’ll have you singing this one in your head well after it’s over.

The album also plants the spotlight on areas like gentrification, and an inhuman presidency crafted from his anthemic track “What’s Good for You“. A song that is powerful in its delivery and versatile in its overall edge. This track, with just as much swagger, puts another modern bluesy touch on this finely tuned single that brings out a brilliant execution from all angles. The message is powerful and the Hip Hop-additive makes this track very effective and gives it the perfect touches. It’s a song that really explores the true core of Jonah‘s talent and vocal approach. From songwriting technique to the song’s nostalgic pacing, this song will definitely win you over and will have you exploring the rest of this album more closely.

The biggest standout about RainWater Project is the authenticity and originality. A dynamic blend of tracks that mix the best of yesterday’s R&B approach and today’s innovative production value in all the right places. That, along with the multi-genre additives and several tasty flavors from each track will make this album one of your favorite Soul/R&B records you’ve heard this year so far. It’s an album with staying power, the power to stay with you well after it’s over. It’s also the type of record that will have you diving further into Jonah Melvon‘s catalogue as well as future prospects. RainWater Project is gonna give him a very promising year, and if this review is what lead you to his discovery, you’ll be thanking us later.

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