Artist Review: Spursy – “Neon” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Some of today’s artists really know how to put a true edge to the reminiscence of yesterday’s 80s iconic sound without succumbing to plagiarism techniques or obvious direct similarities to the music of any era, but executed more in a way where the artist’s homage to the era is more reinvented or reimagined in their own way and brought out in a mainstream realm of quality. And this is exactly the type of feat Spursy brings to the table with his signature sound from his single “Neon”.

This track definitely has a glow from the very beginning of the track, and never wavers from the concept’s funky riffs, tight knit rhythm section and Duran Duran style vocals – however all executed in a way that is compellingly original. The vocal range and lyrical outbursts of Spursy is completely versatile, multifaceted, and never wavers from its authenticity, balance and composure.

Each verse is doused with that 70s/80s synthy sound we’ve all come to know, love, and miss dearly. So it’s a refreshing and tasteful feel throughout the vocal combination. And once all of this takes place, the song’s structure melts us with an insatiably earth halting chorus that truly ties it all together to make “Neon” light up the room, your earphones, and everything in between that puts this song in the forefront of your listening experience. You truly can not go wrong with this song.

From the old school songwriting sensibilities to today’s mainstream production quality – it just doesn’t get any better than this.

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Artist Review: Barcenilla – “Timeless” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to being a vocalist, you can be trained since birth, all day, every day, from dawn to dusk. And you most certainly will achieve some results. But then (not to sound like Simon Cowell here or anything), you just have it. And what exactly is it? Exactly. You just answered it in your own mind. And when it comes to truly having it; be it a beautiful voice, an ear for detail, head-turning looks, a craft for incredible melody choices and songwriting techniques and everything in between, Philippines-based Pop/R&B artist, Barcenilla, goes above and beyond the standard of today’s average, or even eyebrow-raising, trifecta.

With a remarkably organic and word-of-mouth fan base that has amassed the rising artist over 90,000 Facebook fans, 10,000 Twitter followers and over 26,000 Instagram followers, it’s no surprise that Barcenilla‘s signature sound has made an insatiable impact with listeners all over the world; hankering for that next vital voice and fresh image that truly captivates them beyond the realm of something run-of-the-mill or passive. This is where Barcenilla truly stands out – he is that next musical fix you’ve been looking for, and you have to hear him to believe it.

His most recent gem “Timeless”, which officially released December 1st, is just like the title suggests. It’s a timeless song that has not only the perfect production value to showcase Barcenilla‘s artist merit, but also shows several angles of what his vocal range is capable of, all topped off with astonishing melody placements and dynamics of delivering his strengths as a vocalist in all the right places.

Reminiscent of a vocal approach that could draw comparisons to iconic heavyweights like Prince, George Michael, and even subtle touches of today’s musical heartthrobs like Bruno Mars, Barcenilla has a tone and range that is natural, visceral, and resonates with a style that shares equal parts originality and familiarity; giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still familiar. Which is an impressive feat in today’s world of music where almost everything has been done in some form or fashion.

But with Barcenilla, things take a natural and formulated turn in music, and “Timeless” is the perfect way to showcase his abilities both as an artist and stage persona. It’s about execution for him, and not what you sing, but how you sing it. The type of artist that could hear a poorly put-together song from another singer, erase all vocal tracks, and turn something that was essentially a flop into an absolute diamond. It’s all about the execution and Barcenilla strongly utilizes this component in his songs; and we hear that throughout every bar and measure in “Timeless”.

On top of hearing a brilliant Single with pop sensibilities. “Timeless” also delves into tastefully blended Hip Hop and R&B additives as well, giving it the perfect edge to almost any music listener that can appreciate the better side of today’s mainstream approach. It’s a song that doesn’t leave a stone unturned and really brings out the best of Barcenilla. From the looks of it, this artist is going places in 2019. So you’ll definitely wanna check out this single which is currently available on iTunes, Spotify among many others, and keep a close eye on his endeavors. You’ll be glad you did.

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Artist Review: Sassy Vee – “I Should Go” & “Emotional” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A gem like Sassy Vee is a girl with a vision and a girl with a vibe. She’s an absolute trifecta in the bigger picture altogether – she has class, beauty, and insatiable talent that is passionately utilized in her own signature style of music that is compellingly catchy, lyrically visceral and atmospherically ambient. And she showcases these very crucial components in her anchor singles “I Should Go” and “Emotional”. Two tracks with different eclectic approaches, but diligently executed by Sassy herself no matter what elements each song presents itself with. These are two very versatile tracks that truly bring you into the musical realm that Sassy delivers to the forefront; and never wavers from her flavorful sound she carries with her throughout every song that leaves you refreshed and aching to hear more.

“I Should Go” is a great mid-pacing yet subtle song that serves up as a flavorful modern treat into today’s Pop sensibility with Indie elements. From lyrically visceral and eased-up verses that beautifully showcase Sassy‘s voice as more of a clever and delicate buildup, the verses really caress her vocal textures and tenderness that really shows her authenticity. It’s the perfect buildup of soft-sung narratives before the powerful chorus jumps in to tie the song together with Sassy‘s wholesome vocal dubs and mid-to-high range melodies. She truly grasps onto the song’s aura and key signature to write and perform the perfect balance and composure for this track, and really puts her strengths right out to the forefront. She clearly has a knack for writing vocal parts that are not only catchy, but compelling as well, and really puts forth a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving her audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

Her second single “Emotional” is more R&B-infused and reminiscent of the classic Motown Records era with tasteful mixtures of today’s more authentic and eclectic Soul inspired artists that perform R&B the way it was meant to be. The track is more charismatic, fun, and shows a different angle to Sassy‘s lyrical techniques and artistic merit. It’s a track that any R$B listener can appreciate, including previous generations that witnessed the manifestation of the genre, and the components that came with it. “Emotional” is also a song that truly sings from, and speaks to the soul. It resonates with the truly passionate music fan that wants to delve into an artist’s true core, to see and hear who they really are as a songwriter. All the while relating to the song in a whole, and finding out how they can identify with it.

Overall, Sassy‘s singles are triumphant, meaningful and really bring out different angles of her talent and songwriter. She’s a rare gem among many artists of her caliber, and has a very promising prospect of what 2019 has in store for her, as well as beyond. By the sounds of it – Sassy Vee is not going anywhere, anytime soon. It’s artists like her that today’s music really yearns for.

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Press Release: Thatcher Gears Up To Release Their Highly Anticipated Self Titled LP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Some artists put out songs, others put out anthems. And with Thatcher‘s collection of anthemic tunes with their Self Titled LP, we get a demonstration of a multifaceted quartet of professional musicians coming together to create something you don’t hear every day,

With a signature sound reminiscent of U2’s early era and today’s more recent sensibilities from artists like Coldplay, Thatcher brings an array of powerful qualities to the forefront of their very versatile and visceral style on these songs. Their guitar work is very dynamic and parallels with the mid to high range vocal melodies beautifully, and tightened together with a neat and tidy rhythm section with jam band elements. It’s a mixture that is equally Indie-esque as it is mainstream in today’s modern era of bands and artists.

Their anchor single from the album, “Far From You”, is a perfect showcasing of the band’s craft and truly gives you a feel for what the rest of the album will sound like. It has that instant classic status that gives the song staying power – the power to stay with you even after it’s over, and has you coming back to the track time and time again to find new things to appreciate about the song. Thatcher‘s music also resonates with a sound that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving their audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable.

The vocals on this album have a more than impressive range with very climactic buildups that bring heavy emotion in both lyrical content and melody choices. The singer is definitely one of the strongest components of the band and has that potential to really be among the big league of today’s more iconic artists that have a true gift for their artistic merit.

The band’s first single from the album “Far From You” releases on January 15th, and will be followed up with their second single “Crimson Vision” a month later on February 15th. The songs will be available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you discovered this band, and this single will definitely keep you anticipated for the album release.

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Artist Review: Superbird – “Cola Bottle Fizz” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Combining an onslaught of flavorful funky riffs, high ranged vocal melodies and a dynamically crafty rhythm section, UK’s Superbird starts out the new year with their explosively catchy single “Cola Bottle Fizz”.

This song is just ridiculous. And we absolutely mean that in every good way. This Power-Pop/Rock trio concocts a chemistry of funk-fueled bliss with their insanely tight knit signature style and high ranged harmonies that give off a modern Prince-meets-George Michael vibe. This band’s image is just as clever as their sound, and are a very well-deserved contribution to today’s modern realm of Rock and Pop flavors.

One factor that really jumps out at you is their insatiable energy. Superbird comes out swinging from the second this song begins and never lets up. This is the type of song you’ll be aching to hear live and you’ll imagine an all-night party where everyone gets in, everyone gets laid, and this band is the soundtrack to the entire evening; drink after drink, from dusk til’ dawn.

This band has a lot of versatility as well. While their song structures are kept pretty simple, every measure offers up something fresh yet still identifiable, delivering a sound that encompasses equal parts originality and familiarity. From smooth and hypnotic bass lines, a smashing drum kit, and guitars that parallel perfectly with the vocal melodies, “Cola Bottle Fizz” is the perfect Funk infused Rock fix. It has immense staying power – where the track stays with you even after its over. It’s also a track you’ll be coming back to time and time again.

This track dropped on January 4th and is available now on all digital music retailers and streaming platforms. The official music video for this song will also be releasing January 11th. You’ll be more than happy you discovered this track, and you’ll be thanking us later.

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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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Press Release: Michael Brading Releases His First Anchor Single From His Upcoming EP “Vocal Release”

yArticle by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With the success of Michael Brading‘s Connection EP, released in October 2018, he is now gearing up to follow up the record with his upcoming EP Vocal Release, premiering in early 2019. His catchy and versatile single “Want You Back” just recently dropped, and is the first official single from the upcoming EP.

“Want You Back” is an ambient track with visceral moods, climactic melodies and an innovative take on Pop and R&B. But this song also has amazing additional electronic flavors that really add to the sound’s authenticity, and it’s a great signature style that brings Michael‘s melody placements and lyrical narratives to the forefront. His impressive mid-to-high range vocals parallel the song’s structure and production value very effectively, and utilizes a multifaceted style of multi layering that showcases him in different angles that contribute to his artistic merit.

The song’s beat is unwaveringly atmospheric and ambient, it creates a brilliant aura for the song and sets the tone for Michael‘s vocal approach that keeps him as the centerpiece of the track. It’s a great electronically infused R&B sound with modern Hip Hop elements that resonates with both equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable and relatable.

If you’re into a hypnotic beat with viscerally electronic sound with anthemic melodies, then “Want You Back” is definitely a track for you. This is the first single to Michael‘s upcoming EP Vocal Release, and will give you a feel for what the rest of the album is going to be like. Michael, as an interesting fact, was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in 2017 for his highly acclaimed track “Hidden Love”. His dedication to his craft is something to behold and it reflects perfectly on this new single. Once you take a listen to the song yourself, you’ll definitely be looking forward to the album.

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