Artist Review: j0nny chidi – “Know The Deal” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Today’s Hip Hop and R&B sensibilities can be quite contemporary and sometime end up falling flat. But we don’t get any of that with j0nny chidi‘s single “Know The Deal” by any means.

Well known for his sing-songy style and charismatic hooks, this track really delivers the goods on production value, mainstream quality, and a multifaceted approach that really gives this artist a powerful foundation to his musicianship.

With clever and charismatic flows that parallel the catchy hooks, “Know The Deal” is a fantastic modernized approach to today’s better new school outfits that could easily be in rotation with the industry heavyweights currently being played on Hot 97.

This song’s mix has a very well-put-together chemistry, and uses many of today’s more utilized studio plugins in a tasteful way as opposed to an over saturated one. It’s a track that is upbeat, but sustains an implemented ambient touch as well, which really allows you to delve in deeper into not only this track, but entices you to research more into chidi‘s catalogue to really give you the outlet to get to know this artist better.

This artist is definitely heading somewhere. And it shows masterfully on this single. And once you take a listen to “Know The Deal” yourself, you’ll know what we’re talking about.

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Artist Review: Ysteeze – “Slave” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Some of the best Indie Hip Hop comes through our platform quite often. And Mobile, Alabama’s Ysteeze is more evidence of that, indisputably.

Taking elements of old school Hip Hop and today’s main stream sensibility is a hard feat nowadays with Producers constantly saturating their artists with auto-tune and rushed beats just to make a quick buck. This is not the case for Ysteeze‘s “Slave” LP. And there are many reasons why.

One thing that’s hard to execute in this day and age is authenticity and versatility, because a lot of indie artists are drawn to the many trends that come and go in today’s music industry. But we get a breath of fresh air with this Album. “Slave” not only has some of the most authentic production quality, but outstanding musicianship as well. The beats are very detailed with an ambient feel that puts a very effective aura into the signature sound. Combined with Ysteeze‘s energy, and you’ll hear a mix and chemistry that resonates perfectly with the atmosphere of every song.

Ysteeze‘s rhymes are dynamic, innovative, and you can tell he knows how to put himself in the forefront in a way you can understand and identify with him. He keeps you engaged in his lyrical content, which is witty and clever in many ways. And make no mistake, this artist has been widely acclaimed in his scene and beyond. Since coming out of the gate 3 years ago, Ysteeze wasted no time and definitely hit the ground running by doing what a lot of artists fail to do in this era, and that’s legwork. Not just to get his name out, but also putting out music that has a fine tooth comb running through it before dropping it. He took his time to make sure things are done right.

Ysteeze is definitely one of the absolute best in the game so far for 2018 that we’ve run into. And you will definitely hear why when you take a listen to “Slave” yourself. You can also find him at this year’s BET Awards, and is currently working on the album’s sequel as we speak. He also has the official Slave Tour coming to a city near you this summer. Don’t miss out on this artist, because he’s gonna skyrocket before you know it. Get to know him early on so you can say you heard about him through us, and saw him come up the same way we are seeing it.

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Artist Review: Juice Sinatra – “Go” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

This Houston Rapper-on-the-rise is making some serious moves, and for good reason. Google the name Juice Sinatra and you might exhaust yourself after about 16+ pages of results. And that’s one thing this guy has his sights on — results. Also the CEO & Founder Of Sweet November Records, this artist didn’t just come out the gate, he flew out.

Juice Sinatra‘s “Go” isn’t just a wide-received Single, but critically acclaimed as well. This track carries an old school vibe, but wittingly implements some of today’s more notable mainstream sensibilities that makes this banger a song for just about anyone that appreciates Indie Hip Hop the way it’s supposed to be.

With charismatic rhyming schemes and a fun, up-beat to parallel the flowing nature of the production value, Juice delves into a type of lyricism that is edgy, clever, and innovative. With a very unforgettable beat & tempo to help carry the torch, “Go” is one of those tracks that doesn’t need a bombardment of Feature artists, overly compressed vocal theatrics, or any kind of saturation whatsoever; Juice can handle this one all by himself, and it really elevates and demonstrates the tone that he sets to give this song all the likability factors that it has.

Best of all, Juice Sinatra brings his own elements to the table in his own versatile way; something that most artists lack when it comes to executing an effective track. And that’s what we hear on this single — effectiveness. Something that gives you a reason to come back to this song again and again, but at the same time, entice you to dive in deeper into more of Juice‘s catalogue.

The best Hip Hop nowadays 9 times out of 10 comes from the Indie scene. And Juice Sinatra‘s “Go” is definitely one of those memorable tracks that supports this fact. He’s one of those on-the-rise artists you need to pay very close attention to. Because if this is the first time you’ve heard of him, rest assured it definitely won’t be the last.

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Artist Review Special: Luanne Hunt & Steven Bankey – “Lightning In A Bottle” Duet/Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Acclaimed and widely-received Award Winning Indie Country Star Luanne Hunt has made an astonishing presence on the Artist Reach platform at least twice. And third time is definitely the charm with her new duet-single “Lightning In A Bottle” performed alongside Sioux City Country Artist Steven Bankey.

This song is definitely another one of Hunt‘s upbeat gems with the same lovable and infectiously catchy signature style she is known for. And both voices on this song definitely brings out something special and memorable the more you hear it.

With an old school western-sensibility that ties in some of today’s best Country/Folk elements we’ve all come to know and love, this verse-sharing track is anything but a letdown. We get a story-telling narrative that brings both Hunt and Bankey to the forefront on each verse, while coming together with authentic and innovative vocal harmonies in the chorus to tie it all together into one great foot-stomping package. These two Country stars just soar together beautifully.

The likability factors are there for any Country listener. But it’s not just what is used in this song it’s how it’s used. We have very effective violin parts that parallel beautifully with the steel guitar-fills and piano-licks while showcasing some of the best use of backup tri-harmonies you could hear in such a naturally produced song: making it very busy, but not oversaturated. One thing you’ll be able to pick up on is how dynamic and precise this song’s composition is. It’s not one of those songs in need of relentless synthesizers, compression or auto-tune; this is about as real as it gets and it really sets a great tone for this track and showcases Hunt and Bankey‘s naturally-gifted talent in the most effective ways.

One other thing I found interesting is that even though this song is a duet, it’s not a love song. Which is not a bad thing at all. In fact, I found it more captivating that an upbeat duet is being put to use here without using the “Feature Artist” component. This is a duet for those looking to get out and dance to an amazing Country tune!

Both of these brilliant artists shine bright on “Lightning In A Bottle”. Take a listen for yourself, and we have no doubt you’ll feel the same.

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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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