Artist Review: Bygone Civility – “Circling Again” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & James Henes

Infectiously catchy, top-notch musicianship, and limitless production value might be a few ways to describe Bygone Civility‘s single “Circling Again”, but we think it all combines perfectly as a way to portray this gem through the collective musician & listener’s ear.

This song really emphasizes on a lot of key factors — dynamic songwriting, quality lyrics, and versatility. This track is definitely indicative of musician’s that really have a chemistry when it comes to composition and production, because this song has endless likability factors.

Elements of the early-mid 2000s are present while we can still hear some of the iconic music we grew up listening to in the 90s era. The vocals are on point with the effective and charismatic-yet-subtle delivery, but keeps the perfect balance and composure that keeps its aura relevant, elegant, and out in the forefront appropriately.

“Circling Again” is definitely a brilliant demonstration of the members behind Bygone Civility. You can hear depth and substance contributed from each instrument and additive that is brought out authentically, and production-wise. They sustain a very natural sound and don’t marry themselves to a particular type of formula; you just hear a cast of dynamic musicians that are innovative, creative, and multifaceted with a signature sound and stylization that almost anyone can appreciate.

“Circling Again” will definitely entice you to look into more of what Bygone Civility has to offer. And we suggest you do just that. You will not be disappointed.

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Artist Review: TreDay – “TreDay” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

TreDay is more than just a rapper, he’s a true character.

Combining some of the illest rhyming techniques with unwavering humor, this master wordsmith brings out a style and image not seen in every day Rap or Hip Hop.

Accompanied by a hilarious and cleverly executed music video, TreDay seriously holds nothing back with his track (also called) “TreDay”. Seriously, this is one of those chubby dudes that’s gonna steal your smokin’ hot girlfriend.

He has a baby-faced persona that completely catches you off guard with his X-rated lyricism, but it’s done very tastefully with witty components of articulated rhyming structures and bars that are spit faster than the tongue can twist.

The video’s content has the perfect atmosphere for a track like this, and tells a funny story and narrative that’ll have you passing this video to your friends, and their friends. This track, and video, has viral potential and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it happened.

From a 90s stylistic beat to a very mid-ranged vocal delivery TreDay delivers us a mainstream worthy track with old school sensibilities that parallel each other perfectly, giving this song a type of catchiness that is easily contagious.

By the time you reach the end of this song and video, you just might believe that TreDay could become the next legitimate government holiday.

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Artist Review: Blaque Rose

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

This is definitely new food for the ear, and a taste that’s very acquired and inspiring.

Blaque Rose came out of the gate recently and we’re happy to say that we get to be the first ones to write about some of his music from his upcoming release, slated for this year. First of all, a lot of EDM & Electronic Music comes to the platform quite often, but I gotta say that BR definitely brings a versatility into his music that is something raw and original compared to others I’ve heard.

One thing I can hear is some of the 90s elements in some of BR‘s sing-songy hooks. I can hear elements of The Cure with a touch of Radiohead, somewhere on that plateau. There’s a fresh and catchy feel to every chorus, especially on his track “Needed You”, which opens up with the hook. And it definitely reels you right in.

He also displays a lot of charisma in his verses on “Chosen Ones” where you can really hear Blaque Rose coming into the forefront and adding more chemistry and cog to the mix to develop a dynamic signature sound and stylization. Another element he adds is Retro, a very innovative style and groove that separates him from most contemporary Electronic artists. This approach is definitely different than one might expect just from the word Electronic alone. And that’s one of BR‘s best likability factors – he’s bringing something raw to a very familiar concept, and an original concept to a familiar genre.

His upcoming release is coming out this year, and is in its mastering/production stages. You will likely see a follow-up review when he officially drops the record. In the meantime, connect with Blaque Rose and get to know him as he continues to manifest.

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Artist Review: Oxaï Roura

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

This is definitely new food for the ear, with a fresh concept that is both atmospheric and unique.

Those familiar with African polyrhythms and polyphonic chants will definitely identify with French-Guianese Composer & Percussionist/Vocalist Oxaï Roura, a self-taught pioneer of his music & culture who was born in a multicultural family of artists, poets, and musicians; and began his journey into the realm of drumming at the young age of three.

Performing under a genre that mixes a diverse blend of Electronica, Sacred Afro-Brazilian Drums & Bass, and Afroamazonika, Roura‘s music offers up an ambience and atmosphere that is themed around dreams, outer space, and parallel dimensions. Music that could be described in essence with futuristic-electronic sounds, ancient mystic voices, and spiritual percussion from different parts of the world.

With the short-and-sweet vocally driven track “Back From Sirius B (Nommo)”, we get a versatile demonstration of the vocal side of Roura‘s multicultural sound and technique. And although very short in its runtime, it definitely keeps you cliffhanging and intrigued to explore more of what this artist has to offer.

With his second single, “America + Europe 21: The Secret Alien Union”, we definitely get to grasp onto more of the signature style Roura expresses in both his performance and production value. As an attribute to the solar system and the planets altogether, this space-themed track has elements of Industrial and a poetic Hip Hop sensibility that really comes together effectively. It’s something very new and diverse, but captivates a futuristic feel and can give your audio experience a visual component as well. The aura and multifaceted nature of Roura‘s musicianship is definitely at the forefront of this track.

One thing you will gather from a collective artist like Oxaï Roura is a universe of emotion, diversity, intensity, and a multicultural side to musicianship. His music is very acclaimed in his native homeland and is executed in a way that gets you more interested in what he has to offer. He’s definitely an artist you’ll want to invest your time and research into. His story and abilities will exceed your expectations.

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Artist Review: Empire Of The Ants

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Mark Sullivan

An audio and visual realm of ambience, texture, and a familiar versatile stylization.

With many years under their belts as songwriting musicians from the UK cityscapes of West London, dynamic studio-duo Empire of the Ants bring us a fresh take on stylized Electronic Rock with 90s-era Grunge and Industrial influences that are among some of the best we’ve come to know.

Their music video for “Radar” is a solid first impression of the band. With a low to mid vocal range in the forefront, this ambient and subtle track really explores a progressive edge that shows comparisons to pioneer artists such as The Cure, Muse, and David Bowie. With a driving rotund low end and attention-grabbing vocal content, this listening experience parallels perfectly with the visual experience perfectly, and really shows you a style and image that is not only fresh-faced, but pays homage to some of the best music eras we’ve come to know and love over decades.

Their second video “Sirens” brings a more upbeat side to the duo with great cinematic elements with stunning use of color. This grunge/industrial crossover sustains an energetic flow but still brings out the same ambience that really gives Empire of the Ants the signature sound that solidifies their artistic merit and persona.

Their third video, “Utopia”, is another stroke of visual gratification with excellent blends of black & white cinematography. The song is very climactic and utilizes significant structures that deliver a buildup that makes this song an effectively compelling measure-for-measure and frame-by-frame experience. This one definitely looks and feels like the heart of their sound, and showcases their originality the strongest.

All 3 of these music videos are very much worth the watch & listen. If you’re into the classic 80s/90s Rock/Industrial era with magnetic framework and production value of today’s modernization, then Empire of the Ants will be added to your list of discoveries you wished you discovered much earlier.

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Artist Review #2: Anton Cullen – Breaking Through EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With great pleasure, we are bringing back one-man EDM powerhouse Anton Cullen to the platform, and for very good reason.

Since our previous review of his single “Breaking Through”, the elite producer has put together an EP of the same name, featuring two more very diverse and mind-bending singles that clearly shows evolution of Cullen‘s artistic merit and versatility.

First new single is “Heaven On Earth”. An uplifter with a very subtle intro that eases into a solidification of melody, progressive measures, and a nostalgic euphoria for the ears. It’s a great track that really shows a whole different angle to Anton Cullen and his innovative take on EDM and production value. It’s a toned-down, feel-good song that definitely expresses a unique and universal tone that skyrockets the likability factors of this EP altogether with this single alone. In essence, this is a track that is impossible to dislike.

Shifting over to a different shift of moods, we have the second and final fresh single “Warfare”. Where Cullen really kicks it up a notch with some very effective twists and turns and video game pacing that really puts the throttle into overdrive. With some 80’s influences into the mix, we have a modern take on some of the classic root-elements of electronic music with some industrial touches, making this song one of the most versatile listens you’ll run into on this EP. From tempo changes, fast keyboard action and masterful production elements, this song really puts out a relentlessly energetic feel that will likely put your mind into a physical plateau of musical lust. It’s a brilliant track, and some of Cullen‘s best work to date.

All 3 songs from this EP (including the self-titled track we previously reviewed) are all different sides to a brilliant producer well on his way to something much bigger. Each song brings different components to the table, and even though you never hear the same thing twice, you can still sense that it’s coming from the mind of the same creator. If you haven’t discovered Anton Cullen yet, you’ll be glad you did now.

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Artist Album Review: Elix Risqué – “Champagne Problems” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


One thing about this EDM-oriented Pop Artist is the strong image and versatility. Elix Risqué has put together a very infectious collection of tracks with the artist’s release Champagne Problems. A rollercoaster of emotions, upbeat anthems, and ballads that really showcases different angles to the artist.

With a captivating low-to-mid range voice, we get a great start with energetically opening track “Come to Life“. A fun, witty, catchy song that captivates both the EDM and Pop sensibilities that perfectly parallel each other to get both elements of the song expressed in the strongest ways to showcase this track. 

The follow-up tracks , “Dark Stranger” and “I Bet You Like It” sticks to an upbeat formula that really brings forth the energy and still beckons a signature sound that sets Elix Risqué apart from artists that attempt this prototype of EDM or genres that express this type of versatility. They’re very addictive, and really portray a style you don’t hear everyday with this type of EDM-oriented execution.

Next track, “Losing Control”, has in my opinion, the best vocal structures and catchiest hooks on  this LP. The syllables are correctly placed with some of the best melodies that have been conjured so far on this record.

The track “Do You See Me” is definitely one of my favorites. It’s one of the ballads of the LP with chord progressions that allow some of the best vocal structures and melodies to be integrated into this track. And Risqué doesn’t take any risks with this; the vocal melodies and powerful ear-catching chorus takes full advantage of the open opportunity to put together something powerful, and utilized this opportunity in the correct direction.

And that’s what this album is about to me–utilization. Knowing where to put these songs on this album and where. Having an ear for detail and to keep the listener listening. It has an energy and subtle crossover that breathes ambience into this album as well. It’s a great album and it’s one that will captivate you with its versatile and raw sound.

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