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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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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Press Release: Shina Mack Geared Up To Release His Debut EP “Fear, Love” On November 20th

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There are some artists out there that are truly dynamic and original. Artists with soul, spirit and a vital voice to their prospective genre. We get a hypnotic R&B-infused signature sound with an ambience like we’ve never heard before with Shina Mack‘s upcoming debut EP Fear, Love.

This EP being a debut effort is a great example of truly getting it right on the first try and hitting the ground running. It’s a captivating catalogue of tracks, and really showcases Shina‘s gift of voice, authenticity and songwriting structures. If this is his first release, then I am stoked for what his subsequent releases have in store.

Fear, Love, as a whole, focuses on two specific topics: fear and love. This project is a personal reflection of struggles birthed from love in a crude world that curates fear. It embraces the full spectrum of love itself – the highs and lows, ups and downs – how truly beautiful you can and cannot be. Fear, on the other hand, is unfortunately faced by everyone and it’s something you either conquer or get defeated by. As you listen to the EP, you will hear expressions of Shina‘s own experiences and the perspectives he takes to understanding them.

Each track glistens with a mix of yesterday’s and today’s R&B feel, but also implements several modern and tasty additives from other genres that really helps showcase Shina on many different angles with every track, offering up something new every time. His versatile voice is very eclectic and real, he is humble yet poised and precise when it comes to his projection. And his melody choices are incredibly crucial and effective when it comes to really catching the listener’s ear.

This EP, especially with its designated theme and concept, also provides a lot of soul and raw emotion. Shina‘s passion is at the forefront at all times and his story telling narratives are extremely thought provoking, gripping and really gets you at your core. His artistic merit shines both musically and personally, and maintains the perfect balance and composure through each track.

This EP has that staying power – that ability to stay with you even after it’s over. Being able to come back to these songs time and time again, and finding a whole new appreciation of these songs no matter how many times you give them a listen. There are melodies that will stick in your head and lyrical messages you’ll identify with. Shina really connects with his listeners on this EP, and really entices you to invest yourself into him as an artist and person as well. You’ll be able to walk a mile in his shoes…and realize you’ve been down the same path.

Love is what we were born with, fear is what we learned here” -Marianne Williamson

Fear, Love was produced by Ryan “Top Secret” Anderson with work from Ryini beats and Unhuman. The EP also has an array of feature artists including Tre Amani, Ayce, The Indigo, and k.lef. with additional vocals from Mo god. The EP officially drops on November 20th and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. This EP is an astonishing first impression for Shina Mack and will be one of your favorite releases before the year is out. Mark your calendars, you’ll be glad you did.

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Artist Review: Lucas Burn – “Fade” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Gripping and climactic, Lucas Burn takes us through a realm of dark emotions in his hypnotic Hip Hop single “Fade”.

This is one song that’ll definitely hit you at your core. It’s thought provoking, effective, and really puts a strong perspective on raw emotions over the feelings of loss.

“Fade” has a classic yet futuristic beat that is dark, ominous and very atmospheric. It’s very visceral and has versatility that really gives Lucas a true identity behind his music. With a darker Eminem resemblance possibly at play here, we get a set of clever lyrical punchlines and a story telling narrative that grabs you from the very first measure. His demeanor is serious, the content is personal and the overall tone is captivatingly dark. It’s one big emotional rollercoaster.

This track is also something almost anyone can identify with. From anger, resentment, helplessness and emotions surrounding that realm, “Fade” ties it all together with this song into one big explosion of expression, and Lucas Burn delivers it up beautifully in a way that keeps you on your feet and constantly thinking.

“Fade” is a stunningly powerful song that really shows Lucas‘s craft in a hypnotic light. He is dark, charismatic and definitely an original of his caliber. We highly recommend this banger!

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Press Release: Toby TomTom – “Born 2 Be Free (feat. APZee)” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Inspirational, danceable and melodically heartfelt, Toby TomTom makes a phenomenal first impression with his debut single “Born 2 Be Free.”

Written, composed & performed as an attribute to his youngest son, “Born 2 Be Free” reminds us all that love conquers fear and we have the right, and most importantly, possess the fight to be free.

This song has a ton of likability factors. One major one that stands out is the versatility – the originality and clever use of the multi-genre approach. From smooth guitar riffs to an EDM & electronically danceable sensibility, this track has many flavorful components and really brings Toby‘s craft to the forefront and explores many angles of his abilities as a songwriter and performer.

His vocal melodies are well selected, well placed and even provides us with impressive 3 part harmonies and vocal layering. The authenticity of this song is very vital and showcases the perfect mix of standard instrument tracking and digitally crafted post production sequences. There’s great balance in the production value and Toby really delves into a signature sound that is truly his to own.

“Born 2 Be Free” is a high spirited track of many things; spirit, soul, fun, warmth, talent, attribution and something truly from the heart. It’s a track that will surprise you with its very original approach and heartfelt lyrical content, as well as the natural talent that encompasses every measure of the song that makes it the gem that it really is.

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Artist Review: Charlie Blackheart – “F*ck Feels” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With witty rhyming techniques and dynamic lyrical structures, Charlie Blackheart heats up the streets with his newest 7-track EP F**ked Feels.

Adding elements of alternative to his chemistry, Charlie Blackheart comes out swinging with this newest record with some serious versatility and originality. He’s very stylistic, his flow is catchy, and his vocal approach is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to younger artists on the rise.

This EP, which is the first installment of a 2-part series, has a selection of beats that are ambient and atmospheric and provide the perfect soundtrack for CB‘s character and artistic merit. Reminiscent of today’s more mainstream sound, his underground vibe is what really gives this record the authenticity it needs, and it truly brings out his strongest musicianship factors right to the forefront where we can hear solid lyrical punchlines and hooks.

Coming from the elite Atlanta music scene, F*ck Feels is a brilliant contribution to the Hip Hop genre that will be garnering more attention as new fans discover this record and artist. This EP is a perfect first impression, and will definitely entice you to dive deeper into the facets of Charlie Blackheart‘s catalogue and career.

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Artist Review: Tulga – “Dancing In The Streets” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Blissful and anthemic, Mongolia’s rising recording artist Tulga let’s his voice shine in his newest single “Dancing In The Streets.”

I am always all about a dangerously catchy song with a feel-good vibe. And Tulga gives us exactly that with this single. His well ranged voice is showcased beautifully and conveys lyrical content that tells a very powerful story that grasps at your heartstrings.

But it’s so much more than that. Once the verse starts you can’t help but feel captivated. The uplifting guitar progression sets the perfect tone and opportunity for Tulga to really bring forth a vocal approach that can make this song into an anthem, and turns out – he exceeds the expectations. The vocals are heartfelt, emotional and really expresses his musicianship factors in glistening ways with his subtle vocal tones and mainstream-worthy gift of vocal projection.

Once that chorus hits, it hits home right where the heart is. With beautifully placed upper 3rd harmonies emphasizing every vocal detail, Tulga sings a chorus that couldn’t have been written better, and truly brings this song to life where it can reach your soul and stay with you. A true heartwarming feeling emulates from this chorus and highlights the brilliant songwriting that has gone into it.

And also, who can resist a 2-part harmonized guitar lead. This soft and well placed solo brings even more depth to the song and just makes you feel even warmer as its duration plays out. It’s a genuine surprise and really brings forth an eclectic aura that ties the whole song together. And the production value is right where it needs to be with the perfect mix of all the leads being right out in the forefront to articulate its purpose in the song. It just feels right, and you’ll definitely agree when you take a listen for yourself.

It’s rare a song this good from the Alt/Rock genre comes to the platform. If you’re waiting around for the next artist to bring you a genuinely great song with brilliant songwriting, then stop waiting. Tulga‘s “Dancing In The Streets” will be everything you’re looking for plus so much more.

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