Press Release: Tristan Cole Releases “Volume II: The Remixes” LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s been a busy year for Model/Actor & Recording Artist Tristan Cole. After the success and street buzz of his self-titled EP and most recent single “Do Or Die”, the acclaimed artist released a collection of visceral remixes with contributions from several elite producers.

Comprised of 8 tracks that showcase 2 versions of 4 anchor singles, this album of remixes is a brilliant and versatile project that puts different perspectives of the producer’s touch into each track. With different levels of moods, energy, ambience and overall atmosphere throughout the songs and their durations, we get to hear different angles of Tristan‘s influential and vital voice behind the origination of each track.

With a brilliant cast of producers including Blackout Gotti, RJ Goodz, DJ Kodzu, Conskept, Jacob Colon, Avanti and Hot Vibe, Volume II holds nothing back when it comes to its creativity, versatility and artistic merit; all coming from individual efforts that really put new prominent perspectives on some of Tristan‘s hottest tracks. Delving into styles and structures with each set of hands behind the remixes, the album focuses on the shifting of song structures and their overall approaches – which gives us a fresh and innovative listening experience.

No matter what version you hear though, we get the same signature sound and validity from Tristan‘s catchy hooks and captivating lyrical techniques. His mid-vocal range allows him to tackle many facets of his talent behind the mic, and his overall execution of each track makes him a vital voice to the Pop genre. But his style also explores different elements that really allows him to add a very clever chemistry to each song, adding more musicianship factors to every foundation that is laid down in each song. His image is also a perfect parallel to his style and musical persona, and truly develops him into a character in music that is vital and influential. And these remixes bring out even more if that – which makes Volume II the perfect addition to Tristan Cole‘s discography.

Volume II: The Remixes is currently available on all digital music retailers and streaming outlets. And if this is your first time discovering Tristan Cole, then these remixes will definitely entice you to dive deeper into his back catalogue as well as future prospects. He’ll easily become one of your new favorite artists before the year is out.

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Artist Review: Phylea Carley – “Out Of Love” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Charismatic, soulful and undeniably catchy, Phylea Carley heats up the dance floor with her newest hypnotic and bass-driven track “Out Of Love”.

Phylea, the first female House Music artist on the island of Jamaica, delivers up a track that showcases yesterday’s and today’s danceable signature sound that is vibrant, energetic and unwaveringly infectious with its catchy hooks. Her voice has the perfect range to articulate her take on the House Music genre, and “Out Of Love” is a brilliant song that brings out the best of her vocal approach and structure.

Phylea, who garners inspiration from other industry heavyweights including Robin S. Crystal Waters, Cece Peniston, Barbera Tucker among many others, puts together some of the most effective vocal melody choices in the forefront of this song that makes it a standout of its caliber. The bass-driven nature is very rhythmic, heart pounding and has a hypnotic and ethereal feel throughout the song’s duration. It shares elements of the 80s wave of disco and today’s more innovative House and Bass sensibilities that gives “Out Of Love” an authentic balance that is well executed, brilliantly produced and vocally intact. Every measure is strong and doesn’t hold back from its visceral vibes and really puts Phylea in a very bright spotlight. Her presence is very apparent and is impossible to go unnoticed from this track’s beginning to end.

Phylea Carley is definitely a fine gem among today’s electronically infused styles, and “Out Of Love” will definitely leave you with an everlasting impression of her vocal and artistic merit. Her likability factors are front and center throughout this track, and she definitely knows how to make her presence known.

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Press Release: Trey Wonder Set To Release His Sophomore Album “The Ghost Of My Father” On November 23rd

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Grungy, versatile and unwaveringly charismatic with his viscerally multi-genre Indie/Punk approach, Hawaiian island-based artist Trey Wonder is geared up to release his sophomore record The Ghost Of My Father.

If Weezer and Radiohead started a 90s-era punk band, then Trey Wonder would definitely be recruited as their lead singer. And the brilliance of both groundbreaking signature sounds is what The Ghost Of My Father brings to the table. We have a collection of tracks that dynamically blend an edge-of-your-seat Indie sensibility, and several elements of punk, grunge, and an eclectically melodic style that is reminiscent of several rock eras.

Each self written and self produced track is comprised of a clever mixture with musical elements that include melodically versatile vocals, loud and crunchy guitar progressions, a tight knit pounding rhythm section and dangerously catchy choruses. He’s an original in his own right, but still can be heard as recognizable among the drawn influences from some of yesterday’s and today’s rock icons. You never hear the same thing twice, but you can tell it’s the same artist commanding the wheel, and the infectiously catchy overdubs in every chorus will stick with you throughout the record even after it’s over.

On top of this record being a follow up to Trey‘s predecessor Nice Fish, this new album is also an attribute to his father, and is being released on the anniversary to his death on November 23rd. This record is for any avid Indie Rock listener that yearns for the glory days when punk was actually good, and wasn’t afraid to show its melodic side. The Ghost Of My Father will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms on Friday.

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Artist Review: Luna 13 – “Devil’s Wrath” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Dark, visceral, beautiful, and not for the faint of heart.

And we mean that with the utmost respect. Luna 13, signed with Cleopatra Records, is a Bass Music onslaught of thought provoking art, violence, beauty, and unwavering energy with their single “Devil’s Wrath”, accompanied by a cinematic and face melting music video.

The band’s iconic image and signature sound resonates perfectly with their gothic and stylistic merit. Their versatile and Black Metal take on the Bass movement shares equal parts originality and familiarity. It’s innovative and ahead of its time.

“Devil’s Wrath” is a double kick drum slaughter with electronically infused moments of rage and sonic alchemy. The visual aspect of the song definitely enhances the song’s musicianship factors, and really delves you into Luna 13‘s overall persona as artists. The consistency of the climactic vocal growls and high gain measures of Bass are the main key factors of the group’s sound and when outside looking in, it’s extremely hard to look away. Almost voyeuristic in a way, but Luna 13 definitely wants you to watch. And we will, gladly.

Luna 13 is captivating, horrifying and glamorously clever with both image and musical execution. They are definitely gonna be one of your newest guilty pleasures if they aren’t already. You’ll definitely be delving more into Luna 13‘s back catalogue, and you’ll be stalking them throughout every move they make in their future. They are the first Bass Music project to perform in the Metal Festival circuit and will be opening up for Death Metal pioneers Possessed on 1/11/19.

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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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•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 Highlight: Slyboy619

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Artist highlights on our platform have been a great opportunity to grasp onto artists on the rise that are making their way into the industry and destined to leave their mark. The artists that have genuine ambitions, are willing to endure the legwork and base their careers on the passion of creating music.

One of those artists is South Maryland’s Slyboy, a young up-and-comer that started out dabbling in music during his high school freshmen year, and manifested into something more serious by the time his senior year came around. And since then he has diligently built his craft, became acquainted with producers, has collaborated with other artists and has put together a handful of tracks that are noteworthy, melodic and multifaceted.

Slyboy describes his music as Hip Hop/Sly, something he considers his identity and represents his artistic merit as well as persona behind the mic. And after taking a listen to some of his tracks, it turns out that his style is a very versatile one. And is thoroughly enjoyable.

His track “Tonight” is insatiably melodic and has an atmospheric tone that really gives this song great pacing and structure. Utilizing more of a modern sing-songy R&B style, we get a swift blend of vocal melodies and clever lyrical punchlines that really delve into a narrative that tells a story very effectively. The track is very captivating and has impressive vocal arrangements that really tie the key signatures together.

His next number “Therapy Cypher” stays in its ambient aura of atmosphere, and has a plethora of feature artists from different cities and locations. Comprised of catchy vocal harmonies and well-placed shared verses, this emotional rollercoaster dives into the world of self medicating and the anguish that creates the cause and effect. It’s a cautionary tale that has amazing collaborative efforts, and leaves you with a visceral listening experience.

Then jumping over to “I Rock Hard”, a self-awareness track about the trials and tribulations of dealing with a bad breakup. It’s a very ambient beat structure and gives Slyboy room to showcase different angles of his vocal range, and gives this song a very ethereal touch with its ominous lyrical content. But the resolution of the song makes this one all the more worth it – when you realize that no matter how down you are on yourself, you still rock. And Slyboy really drives this point home with this track.

The most beneficial part to Slyboy‘s career as of right now is his ability to sustain the legwork and focus, be it songwriting, collaborations, promotion and anything DIY. It’s the type of work that has an immense payoff, and each track you hear from Slyboy‘s beginnings til now demonstrates that he gets better every time he hits the vocal booth. At the pace he’s going, Slyboy will be a pivotal and vital voice in Hip Hop before he knows it. He’s come a long way in a short time and has great promise lined up for his future prospects.

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