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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