Artist Review: The Jive Aces – “Diggin’ The Roots Volume 1 & 2” LPs

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Don’t just go back to your roots – dig them!

We’ve heard a lot of today’s takes on classic songs from many new age contemporary artists, as well as tribute bands and cover artists putting their own spin on yesterday’s hits from many calibers of genres with a fresh additive or two. Some do it well, some fall flat, and then there’s the few and far between gem that comes out swinging with the charms of both yesterday’s and today’s most influential eras wrapped up into one super tight package. That, my friends, is The Jive Aces.

This UK-based band are definitely not a bunch of randies by any means. Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, this elite group has garnered an enormous following from a combination of acclaims including their viral video for the track “Bring Me Sunshine” and for also being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. Since then, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, and show no indication of slowing down their momentum anytime soon.

So with a résumé like that, you know there has to be something of theirs worth putting on your playlist. And their 2-Volume LPs Diggin’ The Roots are shining examples of their tightly knit signature sound of songs we’ve all come to know and love over many, many years. Boasting into today’s production value while maintaining that old school influential charm, we get a more than solid performance on both records comprised of eclectically professional musicians that absolutely own their roles on every track to deliver a sound that not only resonates with the classic each song became long ago, but with a whole new realm of energy and technique that gets us to appreciate them all over again in a whole new way, in a whole new era.

Diggin’ The Roots is exactly as advertised. They are tracks that have brought on endless inspiration and appreciation among a majority of today’s prominent artists and are the roots to their stories. On The Jive Aces Volume 1 record, RockinRhythm & Blues, we get a tastefully blended album of 13 tracks with many flavorful additives. Classic tunes on Volume 1 include smash hits “Jump, Jive & Wail”, “Feelin’ Happy”, “I Want You To Be My Baby”, and many others of the same caliber. Led by lead vocalist Ian Clarkson, who also takes up roles on trumpet and ukulele, his clean and vibrant voice in the forefront of every song really solidifies the band’s approach. The right rhythm section really paves the way for the rest of the band, and really puts the proper backing behind Clarkson’s effective vocal takes and melody placements. With hot piano leads, an anthemic brass section and funky fiddles added to the mix, this fresh look at some of our favorite Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues tracks will definitely get you up off of your feet and own the dance floor.

On their Volume 2 record, Hot Jazz, we get the same Jive Aces vibe with their tight grasp on 13 more classic tunes that combine equal parts originality and familiarity, just like Volume 1. Staying true to form like the previous chapter of this 2-part release, we get an instrumentally versatile execution of fan favorites from the classic Jazz era that includes “Jeepers Creepers”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “It’s Been A Long, Long Time“. Both of these records absolutely compliment each other and bring a brand new timeless edge to every perfected measure. The showmanship factors are undeniable and one thing that screams from these releases are the words “INCREDIBLE LIVE SHOW”. Diggin’ The Roots really brings out each member’s musicianship abilities and when put together, collectively bring out a stick dynamite just ready to go off at every event they play. And their devoted fan base and successful career milestones reflect that. But one of the most notable things about The Jive Aces is their authenticity – there is no wacky autotune, no oversaturated production techniques, and absolutely no cheat methods whatsoever being used. This band can produce live exactly what they do in the studio, which is a rare thing in today’s digital age of music.

The Jive Aces are the breath of fresh air you’ve been needing for a long time. They are a standout of their caliber, and once you take a listen to both volumes of Diggin’ The Roots, you’ll see and hear exactly why they are the UK’s number 1 Jive & Swing band.

Connect with The Jive Aces:

•Link to Volume 1: http://jiveaces.com/album/518834/diggin-the-roots-vol-1-rockin-rhythm-blues

•Link to Volume 2: http://jiveaces.com/album/518835/diggin-the-roots-vol-2-hot-jazz

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

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Press Release: Giovi Slated To Release His Hypnotic Re-Imagination And Cover Of “In The Air Tonight” On 11/1/19

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Delving into ambient song structures and multifaceted production value with his authentic style, rising artist/producer Giovi gears up to release his innovative re-imagination and EDM/Dance cover of Phil Collins’ iconic hit song “In The Air Tonight”.

Countless artists have fostered the idea of releasing their own versions of songs we’ve all come to know and love, and some have even entered the industry specifically from doing this successfully. But when it comes to the masterful production techniques of Giovi, he is doing something different with the concept – he is releasing his version of the song in an entirely different genre and format.

As opposed to just covering a song and giving it a different spin with your own version primarily from vocals, Giovi really crafts the song in an entirely different light and showcases a brilliant re-imagination of the hit song and even puts different angles on it that gets you to appreciate it in new ways you’ve never heard. His electronically infused signature sound offers up a hypnotic beat structure that is fast-paced compared to the original version of the song, and diligently works with the song’s melodies and chord progressions to fit his style like a glove. This version is very ambient, energetic and viscerally soothing with feel good vibes that out a brilliant edge into the song’s entire aura. It’s the perfect reminiscence of originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something new and fresh of something that is still recognizable and identifiable.

Whether it’s in your car or at the club, Giovi‘s version of “In The Air Tonight” is an absolute gem that encompasses his passion as an artist, and versatility as a producer. The song officially drops on November 1st of 2019 and will be available on digital music retailers and streaming platforms everywhere. Mark your calendars!

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Artist Review: Kevin Maze – “Been A Long Time” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Through innovative production value and an authentic take on today’s modern visceral Dance music, we get a rhythmic adventure from the modern realm of Kevin Maze‘s newest studio creation “Been A Long Time”.

This track impressively resonates with yesterday’s classic Dance vibes and today’s EDM sensibility. It’s a well crafted piece that would be suitable for raves, clubs, soundtracks and several other musical atmospheres

. The song takes off from the very first measure, builds up with each tasty additive, but never wavers from its rhythmic drive. And that’s what makes it a fun filled Dance anthem from beginning to end.

Utilizing samples that are appropriately placed without convoluting the song, “Been A Long Time” is a steady buildup of well paced measures and sequences that keep the energy flowing on the dance floor. There are no unnecessary theatrics and Maze definitely proves with this track that less is definitely more.

Overall, this track demonstrates what Dance music has always been about. Rhythm, pacing, vibes and authenticity. And it’s a breath of fresh air to hear Kevin Maze produce a track that sticks to that formula. You’ll be dancing all the way into 2019.

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Artist Review: Ariz – “Testify (Girl You’re Good)” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Two talented voices, one explosive song. We get a captivating and danceable listening experience with young Nigerian duo Ariz‘s newest single “Testify (Girl You’re Good).”

Some of the best music that graces our platform comes from younger up and coming artists that are just coming out the gate to get their message out to the world. And Ariz does exactly that with this premier single.

Their raspy and charismatic vocal approach is super melodic and really grabs your attention. Their shared, dueling verses are well placed, well paced and really solidified their signature sound between both singers. Then the chorus comes in with a higher ranged ambience and vocal projection that has amazingly catchy vocal harmonies. And that’s the peak of the song that really displays their their talent right out in the open, and it’s an unwavering joy to behold to hear this level of talent at such a young age.

The production quality of this track is very detailed and reinforces a lot of yesterday’s dance sensibilities with today’s modern additives. It’s a very vibrant feel-good listening experience any avid Dance/Pop fan can appreciate with a very versatile approach coming from a duo that clearly knows how to collaborate successfully.

And this is what makes “Testify” all the more better. It has an original yet familiar feel that is fun, atmospheric and energetic approach all wrapped up into one multifaceted collaborative effort. And it doesn’t disappoint in the least.

Ariz is definitely on a very promising path with this single, and really shows their prospective direction and depth as a dynamic duo. You’ll be very glad you gave this song a listen.

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Press Release: Toby TomTom – “Born 2 Be Free (feat. APZee)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Inspirational, danceable and melodically heartfelt, Toby TomTom makes a phenomenal first impression with his debut single “Born 2 Be Free.”

Written, composed & performed as an attribute to his youngest son, “Born 2 Be Free” reminds us all that love conquers fear and we have the right, and most importantly, possess the fight to be free.

This song has a ton of likability factors. One major one that stands out is the versatility – the originality and clever use of the multi-genre approach. From smooth guitar riffs to an EDM & electronically danceable sensibility, this track has many flavorful components and really brings Toby‘s craft to the forefront and explores many angles of his abilities as a songwriter and performer.

His vocal melodies are well selected, well placed and even provides us with impressive 3 part harmonies and vocal layering. The authenticity of this song is very vital and showcases the perfect mix of standard instrument tracking and digitally crafted post production sequences. There’s great balance in the production value and Toby really delves into a signature sound that is truly his to own.

“Born 2 Be Free” is a high spirited track of many things; spirit, soul, fun, warmth, talent, attribution and something truly from the heart. It’s a track that will surprise you with its very original approach and heartfelt lyrical content, as well as the natural talent that encompasses every measure of the song that makes it the gem that it really is.

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Press Release: Dress Code – “Underground” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to bringing raw energy and innovation to electronic music, Dress Code‘s upcoming EP Underground comes out swinging and hits it out of the park with every measure on this 5-track banger.

Combining a versatile electronic/EDM signature sound with rock and funk influences, Underground delivers up a tasty original concoction with flavors from yesterday’s favorites and today’s mainstream sensibilities. Dress Code (comprised of writer/performer Derek Holley) delves into a realm of ambient vocal melodies, catchy instrumentals and an endless supply of insatiable energy; making this Dance album extremely effective, addictive and multifaceted with its production value.

Each track brings something new to the table with many defining elements and musicianship factors that really sets this EP apart from many others of a similar caliber. Its multi-genre approach is crafty and executed brilliantly by being able to sustain consistency without breaking the overall vibes from this record as a whole. You get something new every time, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same artist; which is what makes Dress Code‘s identity and artistic merit shine at the forefront.

If you’re looking for a Dance album of versatility with all the electronic goodness and energy one can muster, then Underground will be added to your list of favorites from the very first listen. The EP drops on September 7th as a digital-only release and will be available on all mainstream digital retailers and streaming platforms.

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Artist Review #2: AMARU – “Champagne Attitude” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

We are beyond stoked to bring back the king of dance, AMARU, back to the platform. If you caught our first review we did on his music, then you know you’re in for a treat.

AMARU since his first review at Artist Reach hasn’t slowed his momentum down in the slightest. From show performances, an active YouTube channel, a vast array of music videos, magazine covers, commercials, and everything in between…we are proud to bring his new album Champagne Attitude to the forefront of the platform tonight.

This self-produced/written & arranged album is a step up in the game from the widely-acclaimed Netherlands-based artist, and has several reasons as to why. First off, the production value is a through-the-roof kind of feel. From charismatic piano arrangements, synths, plugins, and every component contributed to this Dance album, there is no stone unturned on this record.

The single “Low On The Dough” is a great example of this. Not only is the composition well crafted, but AMARU‘s melodies and lyrical structures is what truly makes this song a breath of fresh air.

The verses are very versatile, charismatic, and mind-bending. It has some twists and turns you don’t see coming, and when everything comes together at the chorus, that’s when you really begin to grasp onto this track’s stroke-of-genius factors. It’s a high-energy dose of feel-good fun, and will definitely have you singing along before the song’s even over.

While every song on this LP stands out, “Low On The Dough” is definitely the perfect track to make your entrance into AMARU‘s realm with, if you haven’t heard him yet. It’ll get you delving deeper into his discography, history, and artistic merit altogether. We can not recommend this album and artist highly enough. You can see (and hear) for yourself by checking out the links below to get your copy of Champagne Attitude right now. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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Listen to “Low On The Dough” (Radio Mix) here:

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