Press Release: Renae Ellis

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Artists can be dime-a-dozen, but there is only one Renae Ellis.

Hailing from the elite Los Angeles music scene, singer and songwriter, Renae Ellis, began hitting the ground running in the music realm earlier this year in 2018, and delivers up a powerful vocal range and multifaceted take on R&B and Soul sensibilities that touch on both originality and familiarity; bringing music to the table that is authentic and dynamically innovative.

Known for a very versatile signature sound and stylization, Renae’s music is reminiscent of her vast array of musical influences, including industry heavyweights like Faith Evans, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Musiq SoulChild, and Stevie Wonder.

It didn’t take long for Renae to manifest her songwriting ability into the studio, and released her debut single “Love To Love” on May 20th of this year. The song’s vibes and production quality really bring out Renae’s charisma and catchy songwriting structures that put her strongest musical elements to the forefront, and really showcase her vocal talent in the most effective way. There’s is a passion evident within the track, and reminds us that there is still R&B performed the way it was meant to be.

“Love To Love” is available now on mainstream digital retailers including Spotify, Tidal, and Google Play. Renae is currently in the production stages of her upcoming EP “The Sessions” slated for release later this year.

As Renae Ellis continues to compose, create, manifest and spread the heat throughout 2018 and beyond, be sure to connect with her on her social media and music streaming platforms for News, Music, Events, Booking, Contact Info, and anything else related.

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Artist Review: D-Smoke – “Problems” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Nate Broshears

Some Hip Hop just can not be ignored. And that’s exactly the case when NYC rapper D-Smoke dropped his single “Problems”.

With a vocal delivery reminiscent of a more polished Dr. Dre, D-Smoke brings a flow and versatility that touches on both originality and familiarity. “Problems” is one of those tracks that not only catches your attention, but demonstrates this rapper’s artistic merit perfectly as well.

From a very well executed beat structure to an old school conceptual audio sample to fill the shoes of the hook, D-Smoke‘s musicianship is something heavily expressed in his content, context, and vocal overtone. With rhymes that are witty and clever, “Problems” is a song that isn’t too convoluted to follow; it’s a track you can latch onto, and come back time and time again to find something new to appreciate. It’s a song that just doesn’t get old and never loses its impact.

With NYC being an elite music scene, it can sometimes be flooded. Every musician and artist wants their music to garner attention and stand out; but D-Smoke is gonna have a lot less aggravation to deal with, primarily because he figured out the key ingredient to getting your music to stand out, and it’s one that every artist thinks is a secret: outstanding songwriting.

There, now you have the secret. The search is over. But D-Smoke already has this down. So while the fire is lit as he continues to climb his way to the top, be sure to check out “Problems” and see exactly how D-Smoke implements the music industry’s best kept secret.

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Artist Review: IP Da Man – “In My Rarri” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

If you want an insanely charismatic beat to parallel a witty rhyming technique, then IP Da Man‘s newest banger “In My Rarri” is your draft pick.

Jumping into this track with IP‘s mid ranged vocal delivery and multi-layered transitioning definitely puts him at the forefront where his true core of talent can showcase itself most effectively. He definitely went into the studio prepared — his precision in each vocal take is very present throughout the tracking process.

IP also delivers up a sort of authentic blend of old school and modernized elements that combines a sound that has both originality and familiarity; putting a new spin on what we’ve come to know and love, so to speak. The production value on this track speaks for itself, but it’s the charismatic rhyming schemes that really sets IP apart from a lot of today’s more contemporary Hip Hop artists.

With “In My Rarri” carrying the weight for IP with the buzz that has been created with it, it definitely has you morbidly curious to see what tricks he has up his sleeves next. We’ll be one of the first ones to call first dibs.

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Album Review: Sim Ross – “Mother’s Day Blues” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

It’s rare nowadays that you run into one of those albums where you don’t have to skip over one track. This is exactly the case with the multifaceted and passion-driven “Mother’s Day Blues” album from Sim Ross.

Hailing from the elite Austin music scene in Texas, Sim Ross blends a dynamic signature sound that is comprised of roots-rock and Americana with edgier components and presented with limitless musicianship factors and production value. This is one of those clear and concise albums that you know you’ll love from the very first track.

One of Sim‘s notable singles, “Sweetness”, is a perfect example of how effective the likability factors from this album really is, and how it resonates with a great play on creating a multi-genre approach that brings out originality and familiarity. Taking some of the best components from his musical influences that range from Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and The Black Crowes, Sim Ross‘s edgy vocal tones, innovative guitar progressions, and infectiously catchy hooks really brings every component to the forefront of showcasing Sim effectively, and properly. This is one of those songs that is more of an anthem – it doesn’t leave a stone unturned. The songwriting structure and overall presentation of this track delivers up one of the many gems that makes this album shine the way it does.

Taking a look at another angle of Ross, “Avalanche” brings us to a dark and witty aura that showcases the same signature that has been etched into the musical chemistry, but grasps a whole other part of you. With another powerful chorus and charismatic vocal delivery carrying the torch with authentic guitar work and all the right textures, we delve into another captivating track that brings versatility to this album that is indicative of precision and performance value.

This 14-song catalogue definitely gives a nod to an era when track sequence was an art form. It creates a narrative for the listener, and a perspective for the artist that you can identify with. “Mother’s Day Blues” is one of those albums you’ll keep coming back to time and time again, finding something new each time you play it from beginning to end. With an album this in-depth, creative, and beyond what you’ll anticipate, it definitely makes you eager to see and hear what Sim Ross puts out next. This is the type of artist you truly invest yourself into.

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Artist Review: NuJ4X – “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” Music Video/Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Michael Annotti

There is a lot of hype coming from the noise tank of EDM and its varieties. But when it comes to Nashville’s NuJ4X, we have a take on the genre with a much more multifaceted angle.

Combining a pounding rhythm and Hip Hop lyrical components, we have an explosive audio and visual package with NuJ4X‘s versatile single “Dab (On Dem Haterz). A song that is equally powerful to watch just as much as it is to listen.

Combining the concept of a lyric video and a found-footage spectrum with some innovative video editing, we have a track and music video that share perfect parallels. From dynamic vocal structures to infectiously catchy hooks, we have a chemistry of EDM that utilizes mainstream-worthy elements, and new ones that add a whole new flavor to it. It’s the type of video that needs to be seen to be believed.

Best of all, there are no cheat methods at play here. We don’t hear relentless auto-tune or overuse of plugins; we have a well-crafted track with outstanding execution and production value that any fan of the genre can appreciate. NuJ4X charisma and personality antics are also great additives. One thing most noticeable is the simplicity of the overall aura – we hear real music delivered up by a DJ with insatiable skills behind the turntables.

Once you grasp onto the track’s energy and stylization along with the overall content that “Dab (On Dem Haterz)” offers, you’ll be more than glad we told you about NuJ4X. Ultra Fest…we’re talking to you.

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Artist Review: Bad Marriage – “Old School Stereo” Official Music Video

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Grab 5 of the best musicians you personally know with similar artist influences, stuff them into one explosive package, and this is the band you get.

A lot of artists have tried to “bring back” the hair band era. Most have failed at it, and some comically pushed themselves to notoriety with it (ie: The Darkness, Ugly Kid Joe, Green Jelly).

Then there’s Boston’s Bad Marriage. A band I truly believe has re-captured what other bands have tried their damndest to capture, but at the same time have put their own spin on the era. And their song “Old School Stereo”, accompanied by a cinematic music video, tackles this concept perfectly.

A band that’s only been around since 2016, these guys have it all – down to the image, style, talent, but best of all – songwriting ability. The chemistry and cog of the machine is comprised of riffy guitar tones and chugs, a pounding rhythm section, and a vocal range that fits this genre like a glove. And although Bad Marriage just by their photographs seem to be a band just lusting for the 80s, they are so much more than that. And it’s this particular song and music video that emphasizes exactly what they’ve managed to bring to the table.

Bringing all the elements from the late 70s and 80s we’ve come to know and love, “Old School Stereo” brings forth a concept that shows us that a band can still execute an old school genre in today’s mainstream sensibility. The video is straight-forward with girls, cinematography, a charismatic and energetic show experience, and a song & video that is produced in a way that showcases Bad Marriage most effectively. Everything from the dangerously catchy chorus, gang-style harmonies, and the overall aura that has made rock & roll what it is today.

And we are definitely not the first ones to take notice of the gem that this band really is. They’ve opened for a vast array of legendary acts, including Buckcherry, Eddie Money, Extreme, Dokken, the Michael Schenker Fest, John5, LA Guns, and many more.

I could seriously go on all day about how fucking awesome this band is, but I think it’d be a better idea to just take our word for it now and go watch/listen to “Old School Stereo” and let Bad Marriage speak for themselves. You’ll be glad we sent you there.

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Artist Review: Rachael Hadassah – “Ain’t Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Charismatic, fun, with a funky vibe. Singer/Actress Rachael Hadassah hits us with a positive message on her fresh sounding single “Ain’t Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us”.

Jumping fresh into a music career, you might also recognize Hadassah from films like Amazon Prime’s Misunderstood Sadie, Anykah, and the dark twisted comedy Terrorizing the Todd. But now shifting from in front of the cameras to the front of he microphone, we capture a portrait of a very versatile and determined artist.

This single definitely has a fresh city club vibe to it, and garners elements of Hip Hop, and old school R&B with a 90s feel. The chorus delivers us a very catchy and identifiable presence that puts a fresh balance between charisma and texture when it comes to Hadassah‘s vocal range. Her vocals stand very close to the forefront and really put a witty edge to her overall execution of this song.

She definitely encompasses the passion that most artists lack nowadays; you can tell she’s not just after some money grab. She is an aspiring artist truly ready to come out of her shell and shine like a gem. And “Ain’t Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” is a great indication that nothing’s gonna be stopping Rachael Hadassah‘s drive for success anytime soon.

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