Artist Review: Static RYan – “NOSHO” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With a conjuring of ambience, versatility, and an insatiably raw sound that combines today’s indie Trap Rap sensibilities and rock elements from the iconic 90s era, UK-based solo artist Static RYan proves that his latest single “NOSHO” is innovative, clever, and anything but ordinary.

With fans describing his signature sound as a “low-fi Nirvana” kind of approach, SR brings forth a classic yet futuristic style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable in its own right. From atmospheric guitar tones, ominous digital additives and hauntingly visceral vocal structures, this song’s chemistry is hypnotically mysterious as it is cleverly innovative. It’s a diligent approach of a Hip Hop flow with grungy Rock flavors that leave room for different lyrical pathways and really shows an array of different angles of SR‘s talent.

“NOSHO” is a very consistent track, and very relevant as well. It’s appeasing enough to the underground scene, but could still easily win over the fundamentals of today’s mainstream market. The track officially releases today and will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You won’t regret picking up a copy of this track, and it’ll definitely entice you to look deeper into Static RYan‘s discography, as well as future prospects. He’s the type of artist to keep watching for, to see what next move he makes, and where it takes him.

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Artist Review: Jacobs Ladder Here And Now – Self Titled EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Every now and then, we discover a voice that is truly versatile and triumphantly unique. Encompassing a sound that is equally exotic as it is visceral, we get a stroke of hypnotic bliss with Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s debut Self-Titled EP.

The artist behind this project is a trifecta of many trades, including the roles of a professional singer, songwriter and producer. Formerly with Warner Brothers, Jacobs Ladder Here And Now, now on her own uphill path as a solo artist, comes out swinging with her anthemic tracks from her debut record and brings forth a sound that really defines her and gives her identity. Combining an exotic Pop sound with dynamically melodic Indie elements, This EP delivers up a signature style perfect for the modern realm. With ambient beats and atmospheric chord progressions carrying the aura behind her sassy vocal approach, her song “Love And Understanding” casts out the perfect demonstration of Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s craft and musical essence.

Comprised of well-placed verses, well-paced tempos and a chorus that is dangerously catchy and reminiscent of Björk-like sensibilities, this track brings her signature vocal textures to the forefront. The song has a unique balance and composure that utilizes minor key signatures and diligently placed vocal harmonies that really give this song true character. The depth of the song goes beyond your expectations as compared to artists of a similar caliber, and really keeps you at the edge of your seat with a stunningly versatile approach that is unlike anything else you’ve heard. The same can also be said about her other track from this record, “Opening”, a song that delivers more as an anthem rather than just another track. This song is definitely a treat, and a real journey into her artistic merit that captures the heart of the project. This song, combined with the others, embraces the entirety of both the production and performance value that this EP offers up. It’s a great collection of songs that really grow on you immediately.

The best part of these tracks are the staying power – the power to stay with you even after its over. This is a record you’ll be coming back to time and time again, and will never get old. It’s the perfect contribution to today’s modern Pop and Indie elements.

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Artist Spotlight: BYND

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

BYND is an American Rap/Hip Hop artist working in a subgenre known as Surf-Rap. This is a laid back style of Hip Hop that centers around the popular pastime of surfing. It’s a style that resonates with a relaxed and mellow feel of stoner rap, but with a unique, fresh vibe and versatile approach.

Emerging from the elite Miami and NYC music scenes, BYND is fairly new on the scene and possesses a multifaceted and distinctive rapping style that brings to mind a more chilled out reminiscence of Notorious B.I.G. or the light hearted Hip Hop side of De La Soul. 2018 has already been a prolific year for him with the release of several EPs and single tracks. ‘Bonfya Stories’ EP is BYND’s expressed personalities or personas told through the lens of others and some of his own lens as well; told in the form of Stories or Scenarios.

Now with 2019 right around the corner, the rising rapper has prospects that are very promising with a career that continues to manifest and prosper. He has come a long way in a short time and has already created important work towards becoming a new and vital voice for Hip Hop and its movement. He is destined to take his place alongside major players in the game, and based on his success and determination already, he is on his way to doing exactly that. BYND is a name music fans and the Hip Hop community will be hearing much more about.

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Artist Review: Barendo – “Contradictions and Disconnections” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With keyboard-fronted melodies and viscerally dark vocals, Netherlands-based artist Barendo proves that the craft of his new album Contradictions and Disconnections is brilliantly themed and hauntingly original.

Concept albums are especially rare nowadays, especially ones that are effective and well executed. However Barendo‘s Contradictions and Disconnections is a rare gem in this caliber, and has written and composed a record that encompasses shades of both originality and familiarity. With each track sharing the theme of the title, containing a contradiction or disconnection, we get an exercise of beautifully accented progressions and atmospheric landscapes in every measure as Barendo embraces us with a signature sound that is melodically dark and full of textures.

His vocal range is very appropriate for his style, which blends artistic elements reminiscent of David Bowie and The Cure. It’s hard to put him into just one category, and that’s one of my favorite things about Barendo – his versatility. He extracts many authentic blends of several genres and never makes anything obvious about his sound. It’ll keep you guessing, perhaps debating. But all you know is that it’s very beautifully crafted, articulate, and stays true to the atmosphere of the album as a whole without being repetitive. He’s an original of his own right.

His vocal melody placements parallel each other perfectly in every track, and deliver up vocal content that is almost like whispering secrets into your ear. It’s ominous, dark, and soothingly ambient with an array of emotions when you truly listen to the lyrics. This is an album that is multi-layered and multifaceted in its concept, and Barendo never wavers from this aspect throughout every track.

Also, this is his debut album. His first release. Which is a big surprise granted that it’s gonna leave you very curious with what he puts out next. Some artists take several trials and tribulations to find their niche and authenticity, but Barendo definitely gets it right on the first try with Contradictions and Disconnections. It’s an album that is interesting, isn’t rushed, and has a lot of character depth and artistic merit. It truly knocked my wind out to know that this is a debut record, and scares me as to what tricks he has up his sleeves when he hits the studio again.

Contradictions and Disconnections is uniquely original and has endless likability factors that show several angles of Barendo‘s artistic glow. He’s like candle light, but never burns out. A glow stick that never loses its color. And delivers up a collection of songs that will stick with you throughout its duration. If you love concept albums with actual meaning behind them and songs with real musicianship qualities, then this record is a must-listen. You’ll be glad you did.

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Press Release: DRK Sharlo Release Debut Single “Changes” And Are Slated To Drop Their Debut EP December 14th

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Clever rhyming techniques, melodic vocals and a visceral Hip Hop sound is what clearly makes DRK Sharlo vital voices of versatility for the genre. Comprised of Austin-based rappers Jony Shelby and Mad Nice, the duo have come together to create like-minded music that is innovative, influential and next level. And since the release of their debut single “Changes” (produced by VanillaGod), DRK Sharlo has proven that their collaborative effort is onto something.

“Changes”, released exclusively only to SoundCloud and YouTube, is a collective exchange of multifaceted melody choices and ambient beat structures. The duo puts together a track that is subtle yet still attention-grabbing in a way that both rappers are showcased properly. Both artists bring their own elements to the song, but the overall anthemic feel and good vibes is always present between the duo and is consistent with what they both present in the overall atmosphere of the track. It’s a solid chemistry that mixes very well.

With a sing-songy style and atmospheric vibe, the track is very crucial with its catchy vocal melody choices which gives the song a great sense of authenticity and musicianship. There aren’t any convoluted post production theatrics that drown out the vocals and it really leaves the perfect amount of room for each vocalist to bring their skill right to the surface without any unnecessary noise or distractions. It’s a versatile song that brings both vocalists together and really shows how effective a collective effort can be, if done right. And “Changes” really hits it out of the park.

The single is gonna be followed up by DRK Sharlo‘s upcoming EP, slated for release on December 14th of this year. This is definitely a record to look forward to, especially if you’ve heard the single. The dynamic duo is definitely ending the year with a bang to start off 2019 with just as much force. The EP will be available on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms, and will become one of your favorite releases before the year is out. Mark your calendars.

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Artist Spotlight: Marquis Music

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one Marquis Music.

Emerging from the Clinton music scene in Maryland, R&B recording artist/producer Marquis Music began hitting the ground running in the music realm in 2014, and since that time has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization.

Known for his soulful voice and melodic vocal arrangements, Marquis Music‘s music touches on a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Since performing his first show in May of 2015, his insatiable passion for the stage has driven him to perform music that is captivating and charismatic. Since putting out songs on YouTube, his debut track “Sex Play” has garnered him an extensive fan base and currently has over 26,000 plays to date.

Recently, on October 26th, Marquis Music dropped his highly anticipated single “Down On Me”, which is currently available on digital music retailers and streaming platforms. As he continues to compose, create, manifest and innovate as an artist and producer, his plans are to continue connecting with his fans and release music that will get him the recognition he deserves. With each release he’s put out, Marquis Music has proven that he exhibits the skills to be a vital voice for R&B music and is determined to make his mark. He plans on connecting and collabing with mainstream artists as a feature artist and take his place alongside the industry’s major players. Judging by his success so far, he is well on his way to the top. And music fans will soon be knowing him as a household name.

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Artist Review: Through Infinity – “The Sight Of An Eagle” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Anthemic, powerful and melodically visceral, Croatian Indie/Alt-Rock band Through Infinity takes us through a cinematic journey with their anchor single “The Sight Of An Eagle”.

Possibly one of the most beautiful locations a music video has ever been filmed at, “The Sight Of An Eagle” is a breathtaking experience from the very second it begins. With a dynamically paralleled Piano and Flute intro that foreshadows the song’s chorus, this song brings every emotion to the forefront with its catchy nature and Indie approach. The song has an anthemic grittiness that is hard to explain, and is very innovative – almost completely ahead of its time.

But this video’s stunning cinematography is an absolute show stealer and makes the listening experience all the more powerful. With a great vocal buildup between the singer and the band throughout the well crafted and ominously dark verses, we get a sense of anticipation that almost no other song has ever accomplished. It’s an edge-of-your-seat feeling with a blending of moods that almost separates your body and mind. And when the chorus hits, it hits home right where the heart is.

And that’s one of the song’s inescapable highlights – the chorus. Bringing us the full band version of what the intro eased us in with, we get a chorus that sticks with you in a way that will heighten your senses. It’s a captivatingly powerful chorus that is very rare among a lot of today’s contemporary artists, and the multi-genre nature of the song is really something to behold that truly makes Through Infinity a real original outfit.

The interchangeable harmonies between the woodwind, keyboards, guitar and vocals are intelligently blended and all keep a balance and composure that is almost unheard of. It comes together in a way where your emotions are at the forefront, and makes the visual aspect of what we hear in music a completely new experience when presented in this way. When you really sit back and clear your mind to watch this song and video, it’ll give you a whole new sensation to the music video experience with a whole new aspect altogether. It’s something you need (and hear) to see to believe.

Through Infinity breaks absolute new grounds when it comes to the visual aspect to music. After watching/listening to “The Sight Of An Eagle”, you may not view music videos quite the way you used to anymore. This video will grab your undivided attention from the very beginning, and even stays with you after it’s over.

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