Artist Review #2: Anton Cullen – Breaking Through EP You

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 Review: Natasha Jane Julian – “Now I Know” Single/EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to turning heads and capturing the ears, renowned Pop recording artist Natasha Jane Julian does exactly just that with her recent EP Now I Know.

Natasha, from a small mountain town in Southern California, gained a lot of her on-stage experience as a showgirl, performing relentlessly in theatres and dance shows. When Natasha moved her stomping grounds to the landscapes of Florida, her experience in music hit the ground running when she joined forces with an eclectic band called Psychedelic Mist. 

A handful of shows and an EP later as a band, Natasha decided to spread her wings of versatility and began to find her vision as a solo artist by the time 2015 came around, and respectively departed from Psychedelic Mist. 

This is when Natasha began her Artist Development process, and decided to take time off gracing the stage to hone her craft, find her sound, her musical niche, her inspirations as well as aspirations, and even learned piano during this time, which took place around 2016, and even added learning some guitar during the process; refusing to leave a stone unturned. 

After some years of blossoming into a solo artist, Natasha Jane Julian released her debut EP in June 2016, Now I Know. The first single from this freshman-effort was her Rock-influenced track “Gemini Twin”. The EP received positive reception, critical acclaim, and eventually prompted Natasha to make her rounds throughout the cityscapes; she currently has an elite team of musicians now gigging her original songs all over the US, UK, and more.

But the one that really stands out is her EP-title track, “Now I Know”. A song that’s tight, well-put-together, and charismatic. Natasha‘s mid to high singing approach breathes life into this song and really parallels the musicianship, as well as structures. It screams with melody as well and fits every piece of the song like puzzle pieces. So I have to really tip my hat to Natasha Jane Julian. Her musical acclaim and path is very promising.

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Artist Review: Wounded Spirit – “Stand Up (featuring Har-Q)”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


When it comes to production value, this band supercharges it with top-notch quality and beautifully executed multi-genre, multifaceted, and even multilayered qualities. 

Wounded Spirit‘s extremely versatile single “Stand Up”, featuring some rhymes and bars from Har-Q, and also accompanied by an entertaining animated music video, pulls out all the stops to give you a song that not only puts great energy and moods in the air, but also gives you an uplifting message and the hankering to, well, stand up. And perhaps jump around and dance quite a bit.

With witty verses that Har-Q delivers us in a very unique and clever manner, we also get some very clean and impressive vocals with an excellent range; and gives the song high likability factors with the sharing of the verses, and really prepares you for a very powerful chorus that not only deepens the message, but is also utilized with an amazing post production mix that includes a choir-stylized and almost gang vocal-edged way of making this song’s chorus explosive and unforgettably melodic. It’s a flawless chorus that really captures your soul, and your knack for dancing.

Whether intended or not, the avatar-stylized animation is not only fun to watch, but brings a nurtured humor with it as well. And now that I really think about it, I’m more than positive that the video was intended to have its humor. It really adds to the song’s (and band’s) overall character; the charisma, the message, the good-nature of having fun, and playing the music they really believe in.

It’s hard to really pick out one defining factor that sells you on this song. There are so many positive twists and turns, top-notch production value, and amazing Songwriting structures that turns this song more into an anthem. You’ll be very surprised at just how impressive Wounded Spirit is. They’re not a band that needs several listens to “grow on you”. They’ll grow on you right from the very first listen.

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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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Artist Interview: Trilhoutte

Interview by: Justyn Brodsky


A few days ago, we did an Exclusive Review with Dynamic Duo, Trilhoutte. Now, we’re bringing them back to the platform for an Exclusive Interview; a look inside their career as their music continues to build an insatiable buzz. So we caught up with Ty and Shaq with a set of questions that’ll give an insight to their past, present, and future
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1. Where are you guys currently based out of?

Right now we are currently based out of Atlanta.

2. What inspired you guys to get into music?

Ty: I grew up around a family full of singers and musicians and in the church playing instruments such as the drums and keyboard. I would always sing to myself and when I was by myself or around my brother because for a long time I was shy. I always knew I would end up doing music but at first I just wanted to produce. Two years ago I finally went to the studio with an affiliate artist named juice and dropped some vocals and I really liked the way people vibes from my music. So ever since then it’s been a passion. 

Shaq: his is all long… it started with I miss you tracks to my ex girlfriend that caught the attention of every woman besides her lol. So I kept with it, with the help of jojo the voice and Feek. Dropped a lot of music but I had a bad habit of dropping music and taking it down. I’m a perfectionist at some times. I hate to say that shes why I started taking it serious but it’s the truth. My mom and family wants to do music and are musically talented but most sit in the shadows I got tired of sitting on it basically.

3. What are your goals in your career currently? Big or small.

Our first goal is working on our new project while currently pushing our hit single “1×1=x”. We want to prepare people for this new project because it’s not your typical R&B. We have a very unique sound and we are putting our all into this next project to make sure that our fans really enjoy it and that we stand out in R&B with our different sound. Also our goal is to make sure that we have 2018 booked and full of shows and continue pushing our brand.

4. Who are some of your biggest Artist Influences?

Ty: Chris brown, Big Sean, Michael Jackson.

Shaq: R. Kelly, and Eric Bellinger.

5. What have you learned the most since becoming active Artists?

We have learned that it’s all about patience, consistency, faith, and hard work. We had to realize it starts with us first and our vision for Trilhoutte. We had to first believe in ourselves, be patient and become business minded because most people aren’t as visionary minded as we are. Also you have to set goals and work to achieve them and it’s very important to find a team of people that have the same mindset.

6. What’s been your best and worst show so far in your career, and why?

Ty: My first show was definitely my worst show. I performed with a affiliate artist named juice and I was really prepared as much as I thought. Also the speaker set up was bad and I couldn’t hear myself so I was singing off on certain parts of my songs. 

Shaq: prolly my first show too. I mean when I was younger I definitely wasn’t the same as I am now. It took time. Feek really gassed me up over the years so I Feek Like I stand on the stage with the top R&B artist around. 

7. What song, single, album, or release in general has been your most successful so far?

Our single “1×1=x” has been our best song and has gotten the most recognition so far on Spotify. We feel like that’s a great start to show our fans how unique our sound is and it’s only a sneak peak into how amazing our first project will be. 

8. What music are you currently working on and when can we expect it to come out?

Right now we are currently working on new songs for a project which will most likely be coming out before this year ends. At the moment we will continue to push “1×1=x” so that we can keep gaining more fans and more attention and we will most likely drop our cover to Chris Brown’s song “Popping” just to give something to the fans because we have been dropping teasers and they’ve been loving it.

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Artist Review: Mercury & The Architects

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


As Plucky Duck would say, expect the unexpected. But with a multi-genre group with a chemistry unlike anything we’ve heard in quite some time, Mercury & The Architects really put together something raw, fresh, and akin to sonic alchemy. Their dark and melodic approach is transcending, but regardless, the stars really aligned when their songs were put together.

“The Wolf” starts with dark melodic piano and a cleverly shared intro that switches between the male and female vocals. Then after leading into a synchronized duet between the duo, we get an astonishingly unexpected uptempo beat that really kicks this song off and gets your head bobbing along as it progresses into something more. The duality that is conveyed between the male and female lyricists tells a very multi-layered and multifaceted story, which leaves enough room to let your imagination parallel with the song’s themed likability factors. Although dark, it has elements of what an uptempo EDM modernized pop song might have, however this darker spin diminishes the pop sensibility and instead indulges in something versatile with influences from The Clash, The Cure, Danzig, and Blue Oyster Cult. A blend that has yet to be touched on in the EDM world, making “The Wolf” an entity of its own.
The theatrical and melodically string-oriented track “Genesis” really shows a whole different side to this artist. This track is far more structured with twists, turns, and mood swings that really show different components of the writing style and use of different plugins and post production. The low-to-mid vocal range really sets the tone for every song, and brings a charismatic nature that is powerful and versatile. The climactic Hip-Hop sequence really adds to the song’s depth and character of how the song is put together. It’s a track you’ll find yourself coming back to and hearing something more each time. It ends brilliantly subtle, and leaves you frozen in your seat.

“Machine” is very lyrically insightful with a sort of Adele influenced vocal approach, but more stylized and original. The Hip Hop sensibility is more at the forefront in the verses and really captivates the energy that this song garnishes with the soft and sensual female-vocal chorus. One thing that sets Mercury & The Architects apart from your contemporary artist is their content and arrangement; elements and chemistry from the lyrical content to the versatility of how each track is executed with different moods, concepts, likability factors, deep insights, and a style that always keeps you guessing. This is an edge-of-your-seat experience, as it has been with every track we’ve heard. You definitely won’t hear the same thing twice, and each voice carries its own weight to make each song a gem; something that is truly unique and stylized. 

Like any other group, there is probably a story behind the artist name. However to us, looking from the outside in, the group name definitely fits with Mercury being a flowing metal and the architectural arrangements and precision of each song puts justice to being synonymous with an Architect and songwriting. 
If you crave amazement and something completely mind-blowing out of the box, then Mercury & The Architects do justice.

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Artist Review: Jennifer Hope – “My December” (Linkin Park Cover & Chester Bennington Tribute)

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


In this last 1-2 years, between the losses of many music icons like Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Chris Cornell (Soundgarden / Audioslave), Prince, David Bowie, and most noticeably for Jennifer Hope, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park). 

And with her cover & tribute version of Linkin Park’s “My December”, I must say, I haven’t had goosebumps over a tribute like this since Tori Amos’s Piano/Vocal version of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” back in the 90s under the same mantra and concept that Jennifer Hope brings to the forefront with this cover.

It’s not just a run-of-the-mill Piano/Vocal cover, Hope really brings the vocal sensuality of the verses that parallel the same vocal delivery intended by Bennington himself, and puts a strong and even raspy tone to the chorus that once again brings the expression of the original version. 

But despite all the similarities, Jennifer Hope breathes new life into this song and performs it with that kind of simplicity that showcases her strongpoints in talent, emotion, production value, and true meaning in her artistic merit. She really lights up the room with this version, but still brings forth a darkness that beckons the Soul of the original version in all the right ways. 

This tribute was also released with the intention of bringing the components of suicide prevention & awareness, which currently has an active fundraiser that Jennifer Hope put together to support the cause and utilize the song into the hopes of helping others through the fundraiser. 

This Linkin Park cover is definitely a version that will give you the shivers and really put a sensation and aura of pure emotion into you with the beautiful swells from the Piano parts and mid-ranged vocals that tie in perfectly with the song’s production value and beauty. This phenomenal version will not only amaze you, but will entice you to see the bigger picture. The centerpiece of what Hope put into this tribute with her undeniable talent, and the awareness that should not be overlooked. Take a listen to this tribute, and also check into her GoFundMe campaign as well and contribute to a selfless cause that is far too common among today’s youth and pop culture.



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