Artist Review: Sofistipunk – “Invincible” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Sometimes all it takes is asking your parents for a Moog Sub-37 Tribute Edition Synthesizer for Christmas, and then, an amazing recording Artist/Producer & Songwriter is born.

That happened to be what Sofistipunk‘s main member, Raven Hunter, exactly did. At only 17-years of age, this Hong Kong native is able to play multi-musical roles of Music Production, Tracking/Engineering, Singer, Songwriter/Composer, and everything in between needed to create the high-energy tunes with soaring melodies and vocal hooks he’s become known for.

With Sofistipunk‘s single “Invincible”, you can hear many different angles of an artist that is manifesting beautifully; shining light on his versatility, Infectiously catchy vocal melodies, heavy EDM breakdowns, and a very dynamic sound that showcases not only his artistic merit in performance and songwriting, but his ear for detail behind the mixing board during post-production as well. This is just one of those tracks that hits the spot; fits like a glove.

With a solid assortment of musical influences ranging from Rock giants such as Linkin Park, Nine Inch, Nails, David to modern Pop icons like Justin Bieber and Troye Sivan, Hunter’s love from the USA and UK pop culture really began to bring the aspiring teenage recording artist to new heights of determination and prospects of becoming something greater. Hunter even covered a couple songs from Bieber and even Taylor Swift on YouTube; paying homage to a staple of Artist influences that is continuing to inspire the rising star to find his niche, which is becoming strongly apparent with songs like “Invincible”. 

Hunter is definitely one of those raw and original artists that found his versatility and strong musical elements through the chemistry of his influences; which like said before, is very uniquely open-minded and utilized even more cleverly than you’d expect. And due to this immense creativity ontop of these strong influences, Raven Hunter’s multi-genre mashups include Electro-Pop, EDM, Alt/Rock, and many others that contribute to his electronically-melodic sound.

For a 17-year old debuting his first self-produced track with almost endless likability factors, I’m completely stoked to see (and hear) what Sofistipunk comes up with next. In the meantime, the rest of you really need to check out “Invincible” yourselves. 

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Artist Review: Untitled Art – “Philly To Long Branch Part 2” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Energetic, fast, relentless, and a blast of versatility in the EDM wave. 

I’ve never really heard anything like this. Untitled Art brings us a fast-paced and heavy presence with their powerful, grungy take on EDM with their single “Philly To Long Branch Part 2”, presenting some of the most impressive vocal executions that could be displayed with this type of in-your-face energy. 

It’s melodic, versatile, unforgettable to the ear, and absolutely original. It starts out completely eye-brow raising and continues to get more insatiably dynamic, innovative, loud, and action-movie worthy. 

The vocal ranges and overall mix is one of the best parts that brings out the mastered craft and artistic merit with this single, and it never outdoes itself in any way. The structures continue to stay loud, but melodic. Its formula is very fresh, but you can still hear many of yesterday and today’s musical influences that give this song extremely high likability factors. It’s definitely a song you’ll come back to time and time again, especially if you’re looking to blast something raw and original to your friends or music lovers looking for new food for the ear.

This is a brilliant single, and it definitely entices you to research more into what Untitled Art has available in their past catalogue, and future collectively. Chances are, you won’t be disappointed in the least.

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Artist Review: Kozie – “Fly” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


A melodic exercise in insatiable ambience.

With a soothing sound with influences from artists such as ColdPlay and John Mayer, Kozie‘s single “Fly” is a song that gives you the best back rub you’ve ever felt. The vocals are very well structured, mixed, and comes with a range that makes the best of melodies possible. The chorus, especially, is a memorable and uplifting highlight that helps define the centerpiece of the song’s entirety. A song that stays with you, and makes you eager to hear more of what Kozie has to offer.

The production value is exactly where it needs to be. It’s a track of many positive moods that leads you through the artistic merit between the musicianship of the band, and the perfectly-executed vocals that tie it all together. It oozes with a dynamic form of creativity that sucks you into the realm of what this song really brings to the table. 

You can hear influences from the 80s and 90s era, along with today’s sensibility. But when you truly take this song in with a cleared head, it displays abundant talent that has a very powerful signature sound among the group’s musicianship, structures, and overall execution of something you haven’t quite heard yet. It’s a standalone gem among its genre, and has endless likability factors.
“Fly” is one of those songs that will stick with you, and will never get old no matter how many times you hear it. It’s a multifaceted and modernized classic with traditions of how music is most effective in the universal Alt/Rock sound. Once you take a listen to Kozie yourself, you’ll see, hear, and feel exactly what we mean.

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Artist Review: Suburban Vermin

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh


An energetic old-school stylized punk rock trio from Seattle with chicks filling the guitar and drum roles? Sign me up.

Just like Dead Kennedys before them, this punk trio has the ability to draw you in just with their controversial band name alone: Suburban Vermin. Witty, clever, and eye-brow raising, the curiosity to hear them just becomes morbid.

So after doing just that, I couldn’t help but admire this band’s instant-classic sound that leaves you relieved that bands like Suburban Vermin still exist. A band that is 100% authentic, and keeping the music that Seattle is known for alive and well. Their sound is a plug-in-and-just-fucking-play kind of approach without the need of any kind of synthesized theatrics; straying far from mainstream antics. 

And that’s what punk has always been about, and for a band in this era to still stick with that same formula along with the values that corroborate it makes Suburban Vermin a band that deserves undivided attention from all true punk/Seattle-scene fans out there that still remember that the scene where this band comes from was, and always will be, iconic. And Suburban Vermin belongs in that collection of bands that have contributed to the genre and music scene as some of the most influential.

The production value is a perfect showcase of their authentic and traditional persona as a band, and the male and female vocal leads compliment their sound beautifully and add a very charismatic and signature style that also gives them a lot of room for versatility as well. Basically, if you’re a fan of the Seattle scene’s most influential bands (both mainstream and underground), then Suburban Vermin is a band you’ll be adding to your list of favorites. They’re a rare gem, and a breath of fresh air that true punk rock is still alive. It’s bands like them that keep it not only alive, but going strong as well.

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Artist Review: Alex Woods – “Fires” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


A dynamically feel-good track will never disappoint you.

That’s why Alex Woods‘ debut single “Fires” is a great track to introduce yourself with. So I gotta hand it to this young artist; he set out to make an impression, and so far I’m sold on him.

His high-range vocal structures are definitely one of the biggest highlights on this track. And the female harmonies add a lot of spice to this track, and I’m itching to hear more of what she may offer in the future. Regardless, both voices absolutely compliment each other and the lyrics definitely tell a story.

The up-tempo feel in this song reminds me of Copeland’s earlier albums, and even though this song has mainstream appeal, I think it could also be a charm among indie fans as well. Woods doesn’t try to overdose you on any one-factor; there’s a lot of versatility going on here. It’s witty, fun, and a song like “Fires” could easily warm you up.

For a debut track, I’m beyond impressed with the structures, the production value, the authenticity, and the overall nature of the track altogether. This is Alex Woods first solo effort, and even though this song is an incredible first release, I’m also interested in researching his previous musical activity; be it bands, groups, acts, or anything that can display more of his influences. Because I’m eager to find out more about this artist.

This song is absolutely well crafted and spot-on with its performance value. Check out “Fires” for yourself, and chances are you’ll be sold on Alex Woods too.



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Artist Review: Damson Blaze – “Hush” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Female vocals? Check. Catchy chorus? Check. A guitarist with enough Flying V’s to fill an entire room? Check.

With a great combination of 80’s and 90’s Female-fronted rock with some of today’s mainstream sensibilities, Virginia quartet Damson Blaze delivers a fresh in-your-face rock anthem with their newest single “Hush”

You can definitely hear some of our favorite iconic influences from this band, including Deep Purple, Rush, and a pinch of Pearl Jam. However Damson Blaze have manifested into a sound that is recognizable, lovable, and focuses more on writing some killer rock songs to entertain the crowd rather than delving into some sort of “experimental multi-genre” spinoff that falls flat most of the time. This band is ready to be loud, fun, and always makes sure there’s room for a shredding guitar solo.

“Hush” is not designed to be your next overly-versatile daring take on rock, they just keep it real. Good riffs, fun live show, a swell Martha Davis style vocal approach, and something that easily sticks in your head. It’s not aimed to change the game, it’s aimed at making it better altogether. Because when it comes to Rock nowadays, some bands and artists tend to insult the genre by over analyzing their mixes and using far too many EDM or electronically integrated plugins for their final touch. But in my opinion Damson Blaze doesn’t have time for those kind of fratty antics. This is simply a “plug in and rock out” persona. No BS needed.

I recommend “Hush” based on the formula that has always worked with Rock. And that’s to simply keep it loud, make it catchy, and never forget to leave room for a guitar solo! “Hush” is the title track of their upcoming EP of the same name. We are itching to hear more of it. And after giving this song a listen yourself, you will be as well.

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Artist Review: Ross Campbell with the Fat Band – “Super Circuit Man”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


If James Brown, Pink Floyd and The Polyphonic Spree had surrogate sons, they would be Ross Campbell with the Fat Band.

Their multi-genre & Funk Rock track “Super Circuit Man” is a clever accumulation of choir-style vocals that build on a fresh funk sound with dynamically precise Rock elements. This is a track that is very difficult to fit into a specific genre. It’s more like a delicious stew, with additives of ingredients, creating something very tasty with plenty to go around.

And that could be a good way to describe this song—you won’t go hungry. Ambient guitar solo? Check. Catchy multi-vocalized melodies? Check. Surprises around every corner? Absolutely. This is definitely something you haven’t heard quite yet, even though you can hear some very crucial influences. This however, does not effect their originality or versatility. It captures a brilliance that keeps you paying very close to detail.

The production quality is right where it needs to be. While the vocals are more of a chanting-stylized effort, the musicianship wraps itself around the entirety of the song and really lets the foreground stay open to almost any possibility. Something that really gives you a chance to hear the detail for what it really is, and the talent that exceeds your expectations.

Best thing to do is to give this one a listen. It’s a relentlessly crafty song that really takes your body and mind for a spin. Give it a listen and see (as well as hear) for yourself.

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