Artist Review: (dIG) dEM iSBY gIRLS – “School Days”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Glistening vocals, ambient beat structures, and a futuristic hypnotic vibe that combines the best of yesterday’s and today’s R&B is what makes dEM iSBY gIRLS (aka dIG) a gem within their own right with their freshest single “School Days”.

The voices are subtle, magnetic, and brings you to a realm of a laid-back feel that really encompasses a sound that is very visceral, ethereal, and multifaceted. Their versatile approach in “School Days” is not your every day track; it resonates with a style that touches on originality and familiarity, giving their audience a taste of something new yet still identifiable. The vocal personas also touch on different factors, landscapes, and really give each vocal component a life of its own, which is what makes dIG a group that lives up to their name. You will dig them, and really find your listener’s niche with their hypnotic style of singing.

Another part of this song is the likability factors – the sing doesn’t carry on too long, has great runtime in its duration, and is a track you can come back to time and time again. It has that staying power – the power to really stay with you even after the song is over. Regardless, you will find unconditional love for this song; and keep you in anticipation of what dIG comes out with next. They won’t disappoint.

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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: KoBiTo – “Lost In This World” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

An insatiably catchy signature sound with an anthemic classic vibe that resonates with today’s mainstream production value is a very difficult feat to reach in this day and age of music. However, rising Hip Hop Artist KoBiTo has managed to pull this off swiftly and diligently with his recent banger “Lost In This World”.

With subtle mixtures of chill-out beat structures and a classic banger chemistry, this track showcases a very visceral style that is just as anthemic as it is fresh. It captures the depth and character of KoBiTo‘s flow, keeping it easy to connect and identify with. And his sound is very versatile in that sense – his dynamic lyrical structures and hypnotic bars and measures are impressively multifaceted, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still recognizable – and most notably, likable.

Throughout “Lost In This World”, KoBiTo never gets lost in his craft. His solidified, low-tone approach really encompasses a style and feel that has your undivided attention. He doesn’t need to be loud and obnoxious to get his message across. He’s an artist that demonstrates exactly what a real rapper needs to truly find their place and purpose in the industry game, as well as true character – dynamic wordplay, catchy song structures, a dedication to your own identity/self awareness, and a style that within a right of your own. In essence, lots of up and comers should be taking a cue from KoBiTo. He’s the type of artist that is truly taking indie Hip Hop in the correct direction.

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Artist Review: L.Awolf – “77” LP & Interview Behind The Mic

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

L.Awolf is no typical artist; he is a multifaceted and versatile mind with a vision that parallels with his music. His content, though always expressive and outward, utilizes his inner thoughts and manifests his lyrical foundation into his overall craft. And we get a clear glimpse into that window of create with L.Awolf‘s debut album 77.

Comprised of 11 diligently written, emotional and thought provoking tracks with clever rhyming techniques and witty lyrical punchlines, 77 showcases many angles to several of L.Awolf‘s artistic merit and songwriting structures; no matter what approach he has to take with each beat. This LP is a gem among the indie/underground circuit, but also a very generous contribution to today’s mainstream realm of modern Rap and Hip Hop as well.

Today, we take our readers Behind The Mic and catch up with the creator of the 77 LP and find out what he’s all about.

Behind The Mic: L.Awolf

What got you into music?

Since age 7, I was always obsessed with making sounds. One night in March 2018, I had X mixed with a lotta vodka and was already in my feelings over a fucked up break-up that had happened so I hopped on the music program i was using at the time and said “know what….I’m gonna make a song, fuck it”, and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with making dreamy, floaty instrumentals since.

Most Iconic Musical Influences

  • NAS, because I grew up listening to him a lot when CD players were still around.
  • Lil Wayne, because with me being from New Orleans, he proved that we can actually make it big and be from New Orleans.
  • Kid Cudi, because he helped me through my depression and I relate to him in many ways.
  • And finally…Earl Sweatshirt, because I watched him grow since his early OF days, and to me he is one the most lyircal of all time. And I relate to him on a personality level big time.

What’s Your Newest Release About?

My new releases will be more lyrically inclined and the overall message will be more positive but in an aggressive way. I like to make sure people hear my message. My last release and first project ever (77) was mainly about suicide because I was VERY suicidal and still am. But people have also reached out to me about their suicidal thoughts as well and I’m working on a way to let those people know that everything will be okay, and that I am someone who understands what they are going through.

The Message Behind The Music

My main message in my newer music is basically saying that everything will be ok, and if your significant other is abusive to you, you don’t need them. They are not worth it.

If You Had To Pick 3 Artists That You Think You Sound Like, Who Would They Be?

I don’t like to compare my music to any other artists because every artist is different. But I’ve been told my sounds are reminiscent of Kid Cudi, Earl Sweatshirt and Andre3k.

Plans for 2019

My plans for 2019 are to release more music videos and touch more people out there with my music altogether. I love to get feedback from fans, because I actually talk back. I fuck with people who fuck with me and I make an effort to make them a part of anything I’m doing.

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Artist Review: Yunglo – “All Bad” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Encompassing a sound that is anthemic and vocally visceral, Northwest Indiana-based rising artist Yunglo comes out swinging with his single “All Bad”.

With today’s convolution of artists competing to be the next modern muse of the industry, Yunglo is simply not the case. He’s a standout of his caliber, and showcases a signature sound that is unwaveringly catchy and crafty. With witty rhyming techniques and lyrical punchlines at the forefront, “All Bad” presents us with an innovative take on today’s Hip Hop and R&B flavors with a classic feel.

The track has an ambient beat that grabs your attention with its melody components and rhythmic sensibility. It parallels perfectly with Yunglo‘s equally melodic vocal approach with rhymes and hooks that flow effectively throughout each measure. It shows different angles to his songwriting and artistic merit, and really puts his signature sound into a realm of its own.

The best part of this track is the likability factors. It’s a great contribution to today’s mainstream market and really solidifies a style that touches on originality and familiarity. It gives his audience a taste of something fresh, yet still identifiable and relatable. “All Bad” is about being at your all time low, but still finding the ability to have hope and courage to face the situation at hand; no matter the odds that may be stacked against you. It’s an inspirational and moving track that really delivers a powerful message about the trials and tribulations of moving on and taking risks. It really delves into the aura of perspective, and really reflects Yunglo‘s ability to connect with his audience.

“All Bad”, along with Yunglo‘s other anchor singles, has amassed over 500,000 plays and has garnered critical acclaim and positive reception since their initial release dates. His music is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms.

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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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Artist Spotlight: Nick Ivey Comes Back Out The Gate With His Viscerally Catchy Single “Love You Show You Done Foreal”

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

Nick Ivey and his crew at SFS Sound have been pumping out the hits lately and readers are definitely intrigued by not only Nick‘s craft for Hip Hop, but his determination and authenticity as an artist as well. Nick comes back to the Artist Reach platform for round two for his infectiously catchy single “Love You Show You Done Foreal”.

For real, you gotta hand it to Nick. When it comes to getting his message across, he holds nothing back and delivers a compelling narrative. And this track does exactly that, this time with the woes of a relationship, and being tired of the female antics the male race has come to know when it comes to putting up with a drama queen. This is definitely an identifiable and relatable track that’ll give Nick at least 10 nods and affirmations from his fans when it comes to executing this concept in its spectral light.

And he shines the light of truth on this track. Coming at us with another anthemic and ambient beat at the forefront, Nick‘s swift and smooth lyrical caressing comes out in full force and locks the track down with unrelenting deliverance. His vocals ominously carry us through each bar and measure in a way that parallels perfectly with the rhythmic beat and production value as a whole. It’s a song of many likability factors and once again showcases the multifaceted side to Nick‘s writing style and eclectic take on Hip Hop.

Nick Ivey is definitely one of those gems that’s ready to be discovered on a much larger scale. His collective at SFS is his stomping grounds and is eager to bring other like minded musicians of all calibers to the platform to create more magic. Just like this current Nick Ivey single. Take a listen to this track yourself, as well as the rest of his and SFS‘s catalogue which is currently available on SoundCloud below.

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•Listen to the Single here: http://soundcloud.com/sfssound/

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