Emerging from the elite west coast music scene, rising starlet Dejhare blasted onto the market in 2018 and by the next year, put out a handful of well-received singles which garnered her a growing fan base quite rapidly. After two more successful album releases, she quickly began receiving anticipation for a powerful follow-up record that would ultimately solidify her signature sound, style and presence in the musical spectrum. And that record comes to fruition with her latest EP ‘Plead The Fifth’, a collection of tracks that Dejhare calls “our collective vulnerability” in mind where it addresses the complexities of navigating todays’ increasingly complex world from both an emotional, spiritual, and intellectual perspective.
Comprised of five visceral and hypnotic Pop/EDM tracks with several atmospheric textures and ambient blends, Dejhare truly comes into her own on every track and showcases several crucial angles of her ability both as a songwriter and performer; pouring her heart and soul into every song with her distinctively catchy choruses, vocal melody structures and multi layered production techniques in a way that gives every listener a visceral listening experience. Opening tracks “Take Five” and “Skeletons” are perfect examples of this and both tracks serve up a distinctive atmosphere from start to finish. With rhythmic measures of ambient beat structures and synthy leads at the helm of each chord progression, both songs musically parallel perfectly with Dejhare’s mid-to-high range vocal approach; diligently combining several electronically infused elements that are wholesome and crafty in their overall execution. They deliver a strong first impression for any first time listener of Dejhare’s discography.
Another notable track on this EP is title track “Plead The Fifth”, a more anthemic and upbeat tune with an energetic tempo that cruises through every measure. Once again we get a solid, precise and wholesome performance with Dejhare’s angelic voice and vocal structure, keeping an ominous and subtle presence in each verse until she unleashes her full vocal force in what is honestly the most powerful chorus on the record. This high-energy number really ties the EP together and showcases Dejhare’s vocal ability in every effective angle, never outdoing herself in any way, but continuing to raise the bar as the record plays out. This will definitely be one of your favorites on this release and it truly brings out Dejhare’s most versatile factors. Her use of melody choices is completely multifaceted and punctual, her vocal performance is strong and unwavering, and her signature sound perfectly balances aspects of originality and familiarity; delivering a sound that is fresh yet still identifiable.
Overall, ‘Plead The Fifth’ is easily Dejhare’s best effort yet. It shines a spotlight on every crucial musicianship factor and brilliantly encompasses production value that parallels her artistic merit. First time listeners of her music will be thoroughly impressed and her current fans will hear just how much she continues to raise the bar on every release. The EP is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You will thank us later for recommending it.
Hailing from the prominent musical cityscapes of New Orleans, powerhouse Artist/Producer Allen B began his journey into the industry thirteen years ago as a producer and subsequently also hopped on the Independent Artist train these last four years; solidifying his place as an original creator as well as performer in today’s artist realm with an above-average drive. Since his emergence into the scene, Allen B has made some serious strides solely off of his work ethics as well as talent and charismatic presence. Known for his distinctively innovative and futuristic style, Allen has been diligently shaping his Hip Hop signature sound in a way that captures fans from old school Hip Hop eras as well as today’s more modern Rap sensibility combined with crucial elements of EDM and electronic music flavors. His self-produced debut EP ‘Gypsy King’ is direct evidence of this and really brings his versatile style right to the forefront – serving up a record that delivers packed punches and a strong impression upon first listen, no matter which era of Hip Hop you come from.
Opening track “Ai Technology” has an atmospheric and futuristic aura that serves up catchy vocal melodies, a rhythmic flow and a beat structure that really sets the tone for Allen B’s innovative textures. The synth-infused track has a multi layered approach with excellent vocal structures that sway between melody, rhythm and cleverly crafted bars. This track is a very strong opener that will definitely grab your undivided attention. Follow up track “Road Rage” has a crafty bongo-and-tom beat with a visceral vocal flow that is reminiscent of superstars like OutKast and others of a similar calibre. But once again, Allen’s raw originality and multifaceted approach is undoubtedly present throughout every measure – which again delivers a strong, catchy vocal melody that will comfortably get stuck in your head even long after it’s over.
One more notable track on this EP is “Zena’s Moon”, a cannabis anthem with its own rhythmic flavors topped with Allen B’s signature charismatic vocal delivery that makes every song on this EP a standout in their own right. If you love industry heavyweights like Method Man/Red Man, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill and Kottonmouth Kings, then this banger is definitely gonna be one of your favorites. We again have a brilliantly structured beat with next level ambience and atmosphere – showcasing Allen B’s futuristic style in another crucial angle and spotlight overall. This themed track delves into a very well-known concept, but delivers the goods in an original way that truly makes it a whole different listening experience. First time listeners of Allen B’s music will be thoroughly impressed with this song – whether they love the ganja or not.
Overall, ‘Gypsy King’ is a brilliant showcasing of Allen B’s ability as an independent artist and truly comes out swinging from the very first track. The production value is high in its regard and gives the record a perfect pacing level that touches on many innovative layers. His use of instruments is very versatile and dynamically gifted – drawing highlights to many factors including mixing, transitions and drum structures; serving up a vast array of beats with different rhythmic textures. Allen B’s attentiveness to detail is very apparent and you can easily tell that he put some blood, sweat and tears in making this debut EP – which should earn your respect in and of itself. ‘Gypsy King’ is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is definitely a must-hear record for 2021.
You just don’t hear bands like this anymore. Emerging from the musical landscapes of Ontario in Canada, Alt-Rockers 21 And 9 blasted onto the market two years ago with their dynamic Alt/Rock style accompanied with nostalgic 90s elements of Grunge and Indie – and began hitting the ground running pretty much immediately. And with two years of writing and recording under their belts, the quartet have officially released their highly anticipated debut EP “So…”.
Comprised of six versatile and multifaceted tracks, 21 And 9 truly make an unforgettable impression with this record and any fan of the 90s will absolutely adore it. Combining a sound that is reminiscent to 90s nostalgic heavyweights like Oasis, Gin Blossoms, Weezer and Live, 21 And 9 serves up an EP that has intelligently crafted vocal melodies, powerful harmonies, a driving rhythm section and tastefully blended duel guitar leads. Opening track “All Figured Out” brings this manifestation of their sound right to the forefront with a buildup intro that diligently merges into a climactic chorus and a slamming breakdown that cruises all the way to the end of the song. This song beautifully demonstrates how all opening tracks should present themselves – powerful, wholesome and well executed. Title track “So” continues to showcase the band’s distinctive style but shines a light on more crucial musical angles that makes 21 And 9 the versatile unit that they are. This straightforward Alt-Rock number is well put together and focuses more on the strong vocal melody factors, as well as effective vocal harmonies throughout the song’s duration. It’s the EP’s anchor single and easily stands out as one.
Another notable track on this record is the anthemic “In This Song”, a powerful song with rhythmic drum rudiments and ambient guitar work. The blends of clean and gain-driven guitars mesh perfectly and brilliantly parallel the vocals from beginning to end. This track will likely become a favorite for anyone that listens for the first time, but overall, it’s very hard to pick a favorite since all six tracks are absolute standouts. But nevertheless, “So…” is a far-above-average debut record for a band that has only been together for two years. 21 And 9 definitely will be going places, and this record will definitely entice you to keep tabs on their career and subsequent releases. “So…” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen. For this debut record, the band has partnered with apparel company Tenfed (www.tenfed.com) and will be donating ten meals for every record sold to those in need – so it helps a great cause too. All the more reason to grab a copy today!