Exclusive Review: Thraeyce – “Multifaceted” Album

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Thraeyce’s Album “Multifaceted”

If there’s one thing that can be said for sure about Thraeyce‘s newest record, it’s that the album name does absolute justice. This exceptionally multifaceted, versatile and electronically infused 7-track juggernaut is a futuristic album that enriches each listener with a hypnotic listening experience full of twists, turns, and atmospheric textures.

“Multifaceted” utilizes several eclectic genre blends that tastefully include touches of Pop, Alternative, and all kinds of electro-goodness; conjuring a signature sound that is wholesome, detailed and captivatingly catchy to contagious levels. “Run” is a more-than-solid opener that could be reminiscent of a more modernized Annie Lenox while still keeping the originality out in the forefront. “Let There Be Love” has an insatiably catchy chorus that really jumps at you and dynamically showcases Thraeyce‘s musicianship factors from many angles. The production value is very technical and encapsulates an ambiance that concentrates diligently on balance and composure, giving the listener a sense of nostalgia from earlier electronic influences, but still touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; bringing together a collective of songs that is freshly innovative in its approach, but also sustains an identifiability that provides a trademark vibe.

The banger on this record is definitely “F**k It Up,” a song that has a buildup of intensity heard rarely in today’s EDM spectrum. It has a video game pacing and Kill Bill kind of package that still manages to provide beautifully textured melodies underlying the track. The relentlessly smashing beat and gang vocals will have you chanting along with this song any day of the week, and the multi layering in all the right places is a component that truly makes this track a real gem. It’s a furiously quick fix that satisfies in full and really comes out swinging once it really gets going. You won’t walk away unhappy after blasting this one in your Sony Xplodes.

“Study” is hypnotic and beautifully crafted in a way that combines vocal melodies and effective synth progressions. It puts a finely tuned mood and unwavering lyrical passion all in one place that comes together in an aura that can really create a visceral listening experience. Meanwhile “Renegade” and “Here For You” are more upbeat and melodically focused throughout more of the instrumental measures both songs articulate. They’re comforting songs that close out this record with enticement to delve deeper into Thraeyce‘s career both past and present, but definitely looking into her future releases as well. Overall, “Multifaceted” really raises the bar when it comes to electronic music mixes and all the production components that are required to compose, create, manifest and innovate with tastefully clever ideas that resonate with fans of the genre. In whole, Thraeyce successfully achieves that feat and so much more with every track this record offers. “Multifaceted” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for recommending it.

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Exclusive Review: David Cummins – “Reflections” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of David Cummins’ LP “Reflections”

Very few artists can truly tackle the creativity and precision like recording artist David Cummins with his album/LP ‘Reflections.’ Reminiscent of a more energetic Pink Floyd vibe, this tightly knit 11-track juggernaut is magnificently versatile with a signature sound that has innovative multi-layers, but still remains consistent with its structures and dynamic use of several instruments to articulate its artistic merit. And that’s why doing a deep dive into David‘s album is not only interesting, but rewarding as well.

If this is the first time giving David Cummins a listen, then you’re in for quite a ride. Each track has a unique presence of balance and composure that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving the listener nostalgic callbacks to previous Progressive Rock eras, but at the same time, offering up something fresh and new that stands out on its own and really grasps its own flavorful textures. With impressively dynamic use of synths and keys throughout each song, along with solidly smooth crunchy guitar leads to parallel the atmospheric rhythm section, David Cummins voice is presented in a way that’s effective, clean and magically ambient with the additional harmonies throughout every vocal melody choice that is utilized. His mid-range vocals are perfect for this album’s vibes and really showcase his integrated use of harmonies and transitions, but it’s something you really need to hear to believe. It’s an intense ride into atmosphere and melodic soundscapes, and truly gives you a soothing listening experience with several elements to take in as the album’s duration plays out.

One track that really stands out is the more upbeat “Caterpillar Eyes,” which features Calum Robertson (who performs on several tracks on this record). This groovy and synth-driven track is doused with beautiful dual guitar work, multifaceted use of piano/keys and poetic lyrics that really adds to the song’s overall atmosphere. The futuristic production value and intelligently crafted transitions make “Caterpillar Eyes” one of the most notable on this album, and is truly thought provoking upon the first listen. Overall, ‘Reflections’ is an album that will definitely be analyzed by musicians and producers in the years to come, and beloved by those who get ahold of this record. It’s honestly unlike anything you’ll hear in today’s era of contemporary artists and really raises the bar for other artists truly trying to capture a masterpiece of atmosphere and versatility like David Cummins craft in ‘Reflections.’ The album is currently available on Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. We can’t recommend this one highly enough.

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Exclusive Review: Spring 84 – “Higher Love” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Spring 84’s Album/LP

If you’re looking for a record about the concept of love accompanied by music with relentless danceability, then Spring 84’s debut album ‘Higher Love’ is your draft pick. Produced by the talent at Hap Records, this versatile 8-track album offers several tasty flavors that will easily get your juices flowing and the dance floor moving, all while merging a sound that is doused with R&B ingredients and electronically-infused Dance flavors that almost any fan of the genre will enjoy.

Spring 84‘s voice has sensual tones with sexy characteristics that showcase throughout this album with different angles. The title track opener “Higher Love” and follow-up track “Body Is So So So” are perfectly blended love songs that bring forth a clubbing vibe that is bound to get partygoers into their dancing desires to get their flirtatiousness on. They’re sexy tracks that really set the tone for the album and are easily the standouts of the record. The track “Never Never” however is a little darker and mysterious with Spring 84 bringing a more hauntingly visceral vocal approach to the table, while the song ‘Working Us” casts more of a hypnotic spell on the listener while still maintaining the same signature sound that was established since the first track. The diversity is very apparent on this record, but the overall aura of each song remains consistent and really serves up something inventive when you listen to it from start to finish.

Every track is freshly woven into a hybrid collective sound that showcases Spring 84 quite effectively and really explores many different facets of what can be implemented into a song while maintaining a consistent theme. “Higher Love” is definitely a lovable record with many innovative qualities and is truly a treat for any fan of R&B and Dance. The album is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Juan Carlos Martinez – “Acorralado” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of Juan Carlos Martinez’ album “Acorralado”

Not many artists can capture a signature sound quite like veteran Spanish multi-instrumentalist/composer, singer and producer, Juan Carlos Martinez. Integrating an explosive and wholesome style that combines many key elements of Blues, Ska, POP, Rock and textures of Soul, Juan Carlos Martinez comes out swinging with his ten-track juggernaut ‘Acorralado’ and proves that his versatility is untouchable.

Composed diligently with multi-layers of tastefully blended synths, keys and a brilliant horn section, ‘Acorralado’ is a rollercoaster ride of anthemic tunes that all stand out on their own. It’s a rare gem where you don’t ever feel the need to skip over any tracks and really entices you to notice the attentiveness to detail. The sirens go off in opening title track ”Acorralado” with an excellent buildup into an upbeat rhythm section that drives the song forward and showcases what’s to come for the rest of the album. Juan Carlos Martinez‘ well crafted vocals are complimented with on-point harmonies and vocal melody choices that are effective, clean and dynamically projected.

This album’s versatility and diversity is endless, but you can tell it’s coming from the same artist. “Que Sentimiento” is a very progressive song with haunting keyboard parts and intricate guitar textures that really puts an atmospheric twist to the record in very innovative ways. While “Nada Es Mejor” is more funky, witty and upbeat throughout each distinguished measure. Each track of this album showcases a different angle of Juan Carlos Martinez‘ artistic merit and he really takes each approach up to its highest potential. This is a record that literally has something for everyone on it, and the musicianship factors and production value completely speaks for itself with its top-of-the-line quality. This is an album you’ll be bragging about to your friends, and definitely a record for musicians to analyze and adore.

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Exclusive Review: V2T – “Drip Glitch” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of V2T’s “Drip Glitch” EP

DC-based Hip Hop pioneer and Bentley Records recording artist V2T is no stranger to the game. He began hitting the ground running at the age of 12 and has amassed an extensive career with an insatiably loyal fan base over several years; and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. However, when the rising artist dropped his hit single “IDK” on renowned platform World Star Hip Hop, his career would hit peak status and continue to stay at the top of the game. Now, with the release of his EP ‘Drop Glitch,’ V2T proves that he can easily raise the bar and exceed expectations no matter what position he is in.

This 5-track juggernaut has an assortment of bangers that will draw in just about any Hip Hop fan. Opening track “Money Bags” is high energy and straightforward with its Trap beat structure and rawness. V2T‘s vocal approach is very versatile when it comes to his flow and really sets the tone for the rest of the record with his dynamic use of rhyming techniques and wordsmithy cleverness. This continues with the track “Patek” which also showcases different angles of V‘s lyrical forms, but it’s the song “Clout Pack” That really brings out a whole new realm of catchiness. This song’s hook demonstrates strong defining factors to V‘s signature sound on this record and really encapsulates his artistic merit effectively; giving the listener a front row seat to V‘s very real and story-like vocal ability. Tracks “IDK” and “TrapStar” are more bouncy and anthemic, perfect for a club setting and party atmosphere with all the swagger you could ever ask for. The overall execution of the record grasps crucial portions of 90s and early 2000s Hip Hop while also embracing an edge that gives it today’s modern sensibility.

‘Drip Glitch’ is definitely a must-listen for 2020. It’s V2T at some of his best material and will definitely entice you to do a more deep dive into his career. The EP is currently available on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for recommending this one.

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