Exclusive Artist Review: Allen B – “Gypsy King” EP

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.


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Exclusive Artist Review: 21 And 9 – “So…” EP

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!


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Exclusive Artist Review: Byron Bank – “Change II: A Dreamer’s Reality” Album

Emerging from the musical landscapes of Houston, rising rapper/producer Byron Bank began hitting the ground running eight years ago in the Hip Hop realm and since that time has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization; putting out several prominently well-received albums, EPs and singles since 2013 which has garnered him an insatiable street buzz and critical acclaim since emerging into the market. Now, in 2021, Byron has hit the studio once again to diligently self-write and self-produce his most recent effort ‘Change II: A Dreamer’s Reality’, a sequel record to his previous release ‘Change’.

Comprised of 13 anthemic tracks with a handful of impressive feature artists, ‘Change II: A Dreamer’s Reality’ from start to finish showcases Byron Bank’s crucial witty lyricism, smooth and swagger flow and top notch production value that isn’t heard often in today’s independent artist spectrum. Byron’s vocal execution on each of these songs is crafty, witty and really shines a light on his ability to write hits. Opening tracks “Y’all Trippin’” and “Another Level (feat. Dro Frazier)” are direct demonstrations of this and really set the tone for the rest of the album when it comes to Byron’s musicianship factors, production value and artistic merit. These well-crafted tracks diligently parallel a nostalgic 90s aura with a more modern sensibility that balances equal parts originality and familiarity; giving the listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Another note-worthy number on this album is the anchor single “Heavy”. A hypnotically visceral track with an ominously haunting beat structure and atmosphere. This track showcases a whole different angle of Byron’s craft and is just as effective as its predecessors. His flow kicks it up a notch and really brings his lyricism dynamics to the forefront full circle, giving us another window into his songwriting structures and execution.

One last notable track on this record is “Fire & Desire (feat. Mani Starz)” which has an intelligently placed R&B texture that really adds to the visceral listening experience throughout this album’s duration. Feature artist Mani Starz delivers a next-level vocal melody that parallels the innovative rhythmic bars that Byron unleashes on this number; serving up a more-than-solid collaboration that brings additional realms of versatility to the album, as well as tastefully blended multi layers and textures. Overall, ‘Change II: A Dreamer’s Reality’ is an unmatched anthemic record with its insatiable originality, nostalgic beats and visceral vocal deliveries from both Byron Bank and the notable feature artists. Old school Hip Hop fans and modern fans alike will love the bangers on this record, but will also find themselves impressed with the nostalgic callbacks in some of the beats, including a piano implementation of Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”. The album is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave this a listen – you’ll easily find this record on your favorites of 2021.


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