Artist Review: Kevin Calhoun – “For The World”, “Shoot Your Shot (feat. Drizzle Gwalla)” and “Nerd Confessions” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With a a collection of three anchor singles that showcase amazing facets of Kevin Calhoun‘s abilities with the mic, we get a versatile catalogue of singles that are captivatingly original, all of which give a nod to yesterday and today’s most iconic Hip Hop eras; and you have to hear them to believe them.

Most notable of the three tracks is the 90s-influenced gem “For The World”, which serves up a world of likability factors. With a dangerously catchy female-featured hook and an LL Cool J vocal approach, this song takes on a visceral throwback feeling while completely staying relevant to today’s modern aura of mainstream artists. Kevin‘s flow tight knit, subtle, and convey’s very uplifting and inspirational lyrical content that makes this track more anthemic rather than just another song.

His number “Nerd Confessions” is more of a street heat banger that never wavers from its charisma or passion. With a vocal approach that has a multifaceted Dr. Dre vibe, Kevin demonstrates that when it comes to cranking up the energy in epic proportions, he is extremely effective and lyrically compelling. This is an edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger that is top notch from start to finish.

Then coming to his final number “Shoot Your Shot”, this hypnotic track has another subtle and atmospheric vibe that delivers up a great female-featured hook, dynamic rhyming techniques and an R&B-infused approach that makes this song catchy and next-level. It’s very soothing and has incredibly effective beat structures with melodic chord progressions that make this song an unforgettable listen.

It’s rare that songs with precision on this level grace our platform. No matter what era of Hip Hop/R&B you listen to, Kevin Calhoun will easily become one of your top artists before the year is out.

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•SoundClound: http://www.soundcloud.com/kevizm

•Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kevizm25

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Artist Review: Jonathan Alexander – “17:34” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Electric, eclectic and blissfully composed, we get a nostalgic feeling from Jonathan Alexander‘s newest EP 17:34.

Combining an older sound with today’s modern production value, Jonathan Alexander presents us with a collection of tracks that explore visceral moods, catchy vocal melodies and dynamic guitar swells with very tastefully effective additives.

His vocal range is perfect for the Indie/Rock approach this record tackles, and carries a voice that could draw comparisons to John Lennon, Chris Martin and Adam Levine. But still an original in his own right. One brilliant thing about this EP though is the versatility of the tracks. Each song has a designated signature sound, but comes at you with different angles.

From the softer atmospheric tones of “Better Off Without You” to the more upbeat and electronically-infused “Light On”, Jonathan showcases his vocal approach and strong songwriting factors with catchy choruses, story-telling lyrics and chorus-like additives that lend blissful vocal textures that give each song an anthemic quality. Each song resonates perfectly with his voice, and the clean guitar parts have enchanting swells that really delve deep into the song structures and overall atmosphere of this EP’s aura.

It’s very rare that an EP with this kind of songwriting quality comes along in this era. There’s nothing convoluted or unnecessary about this record at all – each instrument has its rightful place in every song and the vocal melody choices are intelligently crafted and executed. You can tell that each track has been gone over with a fine tooth comb, and proves that Jonathan Alexander was determined to put out an amazing collection of tracks – which is exactly what he did.

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Artist Review: Xcedera Twins – “Like Ur Dyin” Single/Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

One of the paradoxes we as a human race have endured is the fact that if you wanna have peace you must prepare for war. And that is just one of the issues at hand that is expressed in the powerful and politically supercharged anthem “Like Ur Dyin”, the newest creation by Hip Hop/R&B dynamic duo Xcedera Twins.

One of the most inspiring facets of a truly groundbreaking song is the fact that it’s all real. A song that you can resonate with, relate to, and really feel the true spirit of the message to your very core. And that’s the realm of feeling we get with “Like Ur Dyin”, a powerful message about our society and government, and the message to love one another the best we can while also doing our best to come together to make positive change – no matter what race, religion, ethnicity, gender or age you are.

Accompanied by a very climactic and cinematic music video that parallels beautifully with the song’s lyrical content, “Like Ur Dyin” is a melodically crafted track with catchy hooks and an anthemic chorus, and sustains top of the line production value. The track has a masterful blend of rhythmic .progressions and melodic key signatures that really implement the lead vocals. There are diligent vocal melodies, a powerful Hip Hop flavor, and an atmospheric tone that really puts the Xcedera Twins‘ collective talents right out in the forefront. This track is strong, brilliantly executed and an absolute gem when it comes to showcasing the duo effectively.

The video is another component to the resonating factors – there are very thought provoking transitions that hold nothing back when it comes to getting its message across, and the cinematography flows with the track’s theme and overall aura when you pay close attention. If you were to hear the song first, then this video definitely comes to mind. But when seeing it in its entirety, you begin to notice that your expectations have been massively exceeded. It’s something you have to see to believe.

“Like Ur Dyin” is definitely a centerpiece when it comes to putting out a message on behalf of real life events. But even more so when it comes to encouraging a solution. If you can mix talent and authenticity on this level with the boldness of a song with this kind of impact, then it no longer becomes a song – it’s an anthem. Something we can all hear and take in with face value – and identify with its aspect while listening to something unwaveringly catchy and captivating. If this song is the first you’ve heard from the Xcedera Twins, then it definitely won’t be your last. “Like Ur Dyin” is bound to leave an everlasting impression on you.

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  • Career Highlights: Karra Mane

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one quinti-lingual Karra Mane.

    Emerging from the elite Los Angeles music scene in California, Pop recording artist Karra Mane began hitting the ground running in the music realm since her childhood years and started writing songs at the age of ten. Since then, she has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with her own signature sound and stylization.

    Known for her darker Pop approach and ambient vocal melodies, Karra’s music resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet

    still identifiable. Her music is also reminiscent of her artist influences including Whitney Houston, among many others over the years. She’s also one of those rare recording artists that holds a science degree. Since gracing the stage, Karra garnered her experience from being cast in prominent plays and musicals. She got to perform in front of a crowd of over 6,000 people in Kremlin (Russia) and also a crowd of over 55,000 people in Los Angeles.

    After years of developing her craft and piecing together her artistic merit, she is ready to unleash her first catalogue of tracks in her debut EP. Comprised of 5 fresh songs with a melodically dark Pop sound, the EP masterfully showcases Karra’s vocal range and songwriting skills with additives of post production flavors, and could draw comparisons to today’s superstars like Lorde, Adele and Lana Del Rey. The EP is slated for release on 11/18/18 and will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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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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    Press Release: 14-Year Old DJ/Producer Benjamin Bogart Slated To Release His Highly Anticipated Single “Light It Up”

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Young DJ/producer Benjamin Bogart is currently making waves across the Netherlands with his versatile EDM signature sound and big room DJ-sets. Praised for his elite skills and multifaceted song selection, this kid knows how to get the crowd rocking and the bass booming. Now the 14 year old award winning DJ is geared up and ready to unleash his newest creation “Light It Up” throughout the landscape, and his fan base has been patiently waiting.

    In all of dance music history, few debuts have been this enchanting. With ‘Light it up’, Benjamin Bogart immerses you in a sea of emotion where every single tone ripples on and on to blend in with the breathtaking atmosphere. The song presents a great demonstration of his authenticity and is truly a captivating listening experience.

    Light It Up” is a tasteful mixture of UK influences, raising the game of pure pop and welcoming luxurious horns drifting in from a distance. Bogart‘s cleverly executed measures demonstrate his precision, production value and composition style behind the mixing board, and always keeps you engaged throughout the song.

    “Light It Up” is slated for release before the end of 2018, and a Club Mix and Radio version will be released. The track will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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    Career Highlights: Mr. I-10

    Article by: Justyn Brodsky

    Music fans know that the underground is where the magic happens. The greatest music usually comes from the artists most casual fans haven’t quite heard about yet but who are pushing hard to get their message out into the world. Mr. I-10 is a rapper & artist on the rise who is doing exactly that.

    Emerging from the elite Hip Hop music scene in the US market coast to coast and originally hailing from Florida’s Jackson County, Mr. I-10 (AKAs: J. Tripp, Thulsa Doom, Tha Preachers Son) has been in the game since 2001 and is ready to hit the ground running since discovering his passion for the genre in the 80s. After years of listening to a vast array of different artists and gathering the tools to pursue his respective niche and artistic merit, he’s ready to delve into the music realm and perfect his prospective signature sound, and feels that his time is now.

    During his younger years while growing up in a military household, the aspiring artist began moving around with his family to different cities and communities, which lead to his manifestation of love for local and underground artists. And after attending shows and witnessing the artist legwork first hand, he began to encompass an insatiable respect for the grind and started becoming inspired.

    While listening to radio station KPOO in the Frisco Bay Area of California, he ran across many artists we’ve come to know in today’s music world before they became famous and rooted for them while they were still underdogs coming up in the scene. He expressed a profound respect for them as the ones who didn’t, and would be a pivotal point in his discovery of the hustle and grind as an artist on the rise still developing his first hand knowledge of the Hip Hop game and the business that surrounded it. Some of the artists he followed earlier in their careers include today’s superstars from labels like Rap-A-Lot, Death Row, Sic-Wid-It, Awol, No Limit, Cash Money, among several others. He followed them all with a special affinity for music from the West Coast and the South, and embraced the experiences of his surroundings and pursuits to get into the swing of things as an artist, which at this point was inevitable and a dream within reach. And this is when he began to manifest his signature sound and versatility as an artist – creating a style that shares resemblance to no one else and is one within his own right that he can truly own. And Mr. I-10 began to get his feet off the ground, with every horizon in sight and experience in the game to give him the drive to get there.

    I’m grown, I don’t compete with these kids. I don’t hate, because I see what we do as two different things

    Known for his versatile rhyming structures, Mr. I-10 exhibits the skills and dedication needed to really solidify his signature sound and stylization that is both original and familiar. Influenced and inspired by his daughter and the prospect of not giving up on dreams even if manifested or put on hold long ago, Ten is ready to show the world what he’s made of and is already on a path of creating important work. With lyrical content that resonates with real life situations ranging from child support, politics, the ideation of guns, the military, to the dynamics of the Black American Family, Ten’s music touches on subject matter that people and listeners can identify with and take in at its face value, rather than beat around the bush. His music touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable, and most of all, inspirational. Ten was inspired to be inspired, and that’s the musical path that got him to this point, and has no intention of slowing down his momentum anytime soon.

    These days, he knows how to enjoy life, using his craft to be a voice for hip-hop, continuing its movement with his community and fanbase, and living the life of an artist on the rise. He has come a long way and is driven to maintain his originality and to shoot for greatness without letting anyone knock him down. Judging by his skill set and continued drive to succeed so far, Ten will be well on his way to the top. And mainstream music fans will soon be used to hearing him as a household name. His debut Album “Facing Extinction” is slated for an early 2019 release and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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