Artist Review: Julia Rose – “Touch My Body” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Think of Katy Perry and Alanis Morissette cross breeding, and you get the charismatic and catchy touch of  Julia Rose.

Her single “Touch My Body”  (accompanied by a very dynamic and colorful Music Video) is not only something recognizably lovable with the genre it fits in, but has the perfect balance between 90s classic Pop sound and today’s sensibility wrapped up into one tasty package. 

She really sustains an amazing aura, not just with her movements and ability of being in front of the camera, but in her vocal approach as well. Her range is perfect for a song like this and it even offers up a bridge and breakdown with a middle-eastern influence as well. It’s almost like Pop Culture shock, but that’s perhaps one of the most lovable parts about the production value and song altogether.

Julia Rose plays a very colorful and sensual role in this video, but also shows a very merciless side to herself with her knack for keeping things rough and moving forward effectively as the song plays on. The concept, though a simple one, is beautifully executed, and gives you that Aronofski feeling after watching the video. 

The back drops are kept simple, but I am more than certain that it was intended completely. The characters in this video also grasp onto a type of lighting that makes everything cinematic, effective, and unique with the talent in the cutting room. The editing is on-point and parallels with the song extremely well. Which is another captivating and defining factor to the entire vibe being placed right in front of you.

Overall, in my opinion, there’s no way you could dislike this song or video. It has that modern edge-of-your-seat feel while a perfectly mid-ranged Julia Rose encompasses you with her commercial-worthy vocal melodies and brilliant vocal tones that perfectly match her sensibility of combining beauty, edge, sexuality and sensuality. This is strictly candy for the eyes and ears.

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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, and 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, I 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 layering her backups, I can hear musical influences ranging from Natalie Merchant, Tracy Chapman, to Alanis Morisette and Bjork.

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 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, and 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: Nate Utley – “Infinite Potential” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Acoustic, eclectic, and an edge you never saw coming. 

As a guitarist myself, I must say, this is an artist that knows his way around a fretboard. From star to finish, we get some of the most full sounding, detailed, and innovative guitar chords that turn progressions more into compositions with Nate Utley‘s “Infinite Potential” EP. 

But it’s so much more than that. It’s beyond your run-of-the-mill contemporary acoustic-infused solo record. We have twists, turns, and genre-bending we have yet to hear come from this type of acoustic-based approach.

His opening track “Blue Dream” is very nostalgic, and showcases Utley‘s fully-detailed guitar parts along with his perfectly mid-ranged vocal melodies as well. He makes great use of multi-layers and dualing-vocals as well, demonstrating different angles of his defining factors as a songwriter, guitarist, and lyricist altogether.

The next track, “What Up”, with a more darker edge to the guitar measures, is one of my favorites off the EP. But this is where you begin to hear something completely different. And his track “Bet” touches on this as well. We get the same dynamic guitar riffs, but add in some Hip Hop and Reggae to the mix; both in the beats that drive the song forward, the rhythmic rhyming schemes, and lyrical content that pieces it all together. It’s straight Hip Hop laced acoustic-infusion that is merciless, brilliant, and brings out a whole new realm to the genre altogether. It’s one of the best mixes I’ve heard in a long time.

The same goes for tracks “Its over” and “Blowtorch”. Songs that start subtle, but delve into the same chemistry you’ve heard thus far. Utley‘s Jack Johnson style vocals definitely add to the raw and original factors to this EPs spectrum. It sings and speaks volumes, with moments of intensity, and always with perfectly executed textures with Utley‘s mastered craft of songwriting, and with an indie-lover’s production value.

Overall, the likability factors of this EP are supercharged and relentlessly high. It’s a chillout-album with elements of something raw and original in every way. If you want some new food for the ear, then Nate Utley delivers it beautifully with “Infinite Potential”.



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Artist Review: Hefe Heetroc

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to versatility, energy, craft, and witty lyrics with a space-themed EDM Rock influence to Hip Hop, you just might do justice to Hefe Heetroc artistic merit.

One thing is for sure, I haven’t heard something quite as raw and original as this in quite some time. So if you’re looking for new food for the ear with a shot of adrenaline, then Mr. Heetroc is your draft pick. His breed of Hip Hop is not only fresh, but it also sustains elements of the 90s glory days, old school Rap, and today’s Indie scene with a very heavy edge.

This is definitely a genre bender. His track “I Already Got That” is the perfect demonstration of the energy-driven EDM and Rock/Metal chemistry that is not only cleverly structured into Hip Hop, but multilayered and multifaceted as well. First off, if you’re a fan of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then this is definitely for you. We have a high-range vocal approach that is very commercial-worthy, but has a very indie forefront that showcases great charisma, intelligently crafted verses, and daring beat structures that will leave you at the edge of your seat. So if you want something in-your-face and merciless, then this is your anthem.

Carrying the torch over to the next track, “Addiction Tonight”, we still get the perfect EDM factor that puts the outfit on Hefe Heetroc to give him the character he deserves, and the originality that’s been displayed. Toned down a bit from the last track, we have another genre-bender with Heetroc‘ signature vocal style that puts his likability factors on overdrive.

And same thing goes for “Deep Space Stars Galaxy”. Another charismatic track with great multi layers of energy and charismatic chemistry. This surrounds more of the overall theme of what Hefe Heetroc carries with him as a lyricist, but still shows different angles of his craft and overall defining factors. Regardless, you’re gonna find something energetic, clever, and completely compelling.

There’s so much you could say about this take on Hip Hop, but regardless of how you find the words, you’ll only have the best things to say about Hefe Heetroc. Here’s some advice going into it though: strap yourself in for the ride.

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Artist Review: Natalie Jean

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


After scoping out the aura, vibe and sound that talented Bombshell Starlet Natalie Jean has put into the musical presence and image around her, it comes as no surprise that she is well on her way to some major things!

She is quite the trifecta; brains, beauty, talent…you name it. She’s been nominated for a slew of Awards, and has won many. And right now her most recent remix, “Red Room”, has really given her career a major boost and has been recognized on many other platforms like Jamsphere and ReverbNation — in which she also signed to donate 1/2 of her album sales to a charity that ReverbNation is doing.

“Red Room” to me is an explosion of high-end EDM and Pop sensibilities with a heavy presence. And with Natalie Jean‘s perfect range for this song with a very expressive and well-toned voice to compliment the song in whole, we have a masterpiece with dead-on production value that puts all the important musical key factors together; making the song catchy, exotic, free spirited, and very uplifting. This is one for the books if you’re an avid EDM or Pop enthusiast. You won’t be disappointed in the least.

This is the type of artist to really keep your eyes on. Or perhaps reach out to before it’s too late. Because like said, as a professional musician myself, my professional opinion is that she will be going to bigger places on the horizons. Mark my words, folks. Artist Reach approval 100%.

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Artist Review: Shaneanigans

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Solo Banks


It’s all fun and games with Shaneanigans’ new EDM-pumped single “Arcade (Original Mix)”. Starting it off with an 80s-oriented classic dance/disco beat, we get a very energetic and neo-synthesized melody that gives this song the atmosphere fit for its title. It is very arcade/game-like and it makes excellent use of the hybrid energy taken from the early era of Electronic/Dance and today’s EDM sensibility.

There’s seriously a lot of energy in this, and I can’t stress that enough. This is the perfect track to test out your new Sony Xplodes system or something to add to the rave mix if the atmosphere is eclectic and open to explore all eras of EDM and Dance. There’s a distinctive use of instruments and plugins that helps craft the melody in a way it can be most effective. And that kind of post-production requires some Shaneanigans if it’s going to deliver up the goods, which gives you a clear-cut, solid first impression if this is your first time hearing his material.

This track can definitely be used universally; whether it’s your club hotspot, a rave, house party, game soundtrack, or even today’s modern clothing store. It has great elements and definitely shines bright in the melody department. It’s ear-catchy, dance-worthy, bass-bangin, and serves up the energy to make Shaneanigans’ “Arcade” a fun place to be.

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Artist Review: Sakis Gouzonis

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A demonstration of EDM’s ambience and beauty. Progression and Melody driven that manifests a great journey into Greek songwriter-composer Sakis Gouzonis‘s full-length LP, Liberating Truth.

With great usage of strings to set the tone for the rhythm section, we get a great taste of very well written progressions that leaves plenty of room to compose and create compelling melodies in the foreground on songs like “A Breath of Life” and “Deeper Places”. And the melodies crafted are very diligent and captivate the listener with the beauty these songs give off, with a cinematic feel.

This is an album that is omitted of vocals completely, but that’s something in EDM that’s very common and works very appropriately; especially with albums like Liberating Truth. Each track showcases a very soothing aura for the listener, and gives you that feel-good effect that ambient elements tend to do. It’s an album that tells a story through passionate moods, and when you close your eyes and temporarily shut off the switch to the rest of the world around you, you begin to notice just how captivating this album is. It’s an emotional journey on many levels, something that leads the creative mind to an active and uplifting imagination. 

It’s a well engineered and diligently composed LP that is best listened to as a way to spiritually and emotionally cleanse the mind, and light up the soul. It’s definitely an album you should be listening from start to finish with no interruptions from the outside world. It’s worth to be taken in for what it really is, and the beauty of it is…it can be interpreted differently to everyone. It could musically medicate you in the ways you feel necessary. And it’s something you’ll feel once you listen to it. And that’s the beauty of the omitted lyrics. If you were to put words to this album, what would they be? What story does this music tell you? What does the aura and beauty of this music mean to you? It’s questions that can be figured out by listening to Liberating Truth. So, what are you waiting for? Take a listen to this journey, and discover what it means to you…and what feelings manifest by doing so.

Sakis Gouzonis has won 10 International Music Awards and has a catalogue of 9 studio albums. With an impressively large fanbase and experience as a Recording & Performing Artist on major levels…expect big things to emerge from Gouzonis as his career in music continues to evolve, expand, and take shape

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