Artist Review: Kevin Borland – “Talking To Dead People” Album

Orlando, Florida’s Kevin Borland started making his impact in the music world with his 2016 debut album ‘Harbor City Meltdown’, a record that handsomely boasts his artistically progressive pop/alternative rock signature sound with a stylization that is original and dynamic. Tackling the realm of music with many successful releases under his belt over many years, Borland has a true knack and passion for being a composer/solo artist with several crucial influences from industry heavyweights like David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, as well as guitar pioneer Steve Vai.

Consistently putting out an array of notable releases since his debut in 2016, Borland has manifested into a thriving and rising solo artist, upping the ante with every record in terms of catchiness, coherence, creativity and originality. And this is heavily apparent with his newest album ‘Talking To Dead People’, a 15-track juggernaut that brings Borland’s colorful musical landscapes into to the forefront with cohesively catchy guitar riffs, progressive keyboard measures and melody-driven vocals fused together with well thought out lyrical themes. The track “Spoon Without a Fork” is a good example of this. With an unwavering groove from start to finish at the helm of this song, this track’s bass lines really tighten up the rhythm section in a way that drives the song in a dynamic direction alongside the story-telling narrative of Borland’s vocals. Topping the flavors off with prog/rock-style single-picking guitar riffs, this song is a standout of the album with its innovative verses and dangerously catchy chorus alongside all of the layers this song peels back as it plays out. If this is your first time hearing Kevin Borland, then this song will leave you with an insatiably unforgettable impression.

Another notable track on this record is the synth-driven “Autographed Picture of a Robot Dog”, a more jam band kind of approach with a gritty, bluesy rotund low end carrying an ominous melody that reminds you of the London nightlife. This song is anthemic, atmospheric and continues to demonstrate Borland’s inventive lyrical narratives – giving this song a distinctive edge that is sharp, witty and altogether innovative. Every part of this song is put together very diligently, especially the background vocal layers in the chorus that really give the entirety of this song’s melody an enhancement of compliments and style. It’s a brilliant listen from beginning to end and really solidifies the album’s overall tone.

One other song that really stands out on this record is closing track “No Love in the USA”, a more upbeat track with cruising tempos, diligently paralleled keys and guitars, and a big chorus that encompasses an anthemic arena of catchiness. This crafty closeout song not only wraps the record up with a shiny bow on top, but also entices you to start the record over again and do a deeper dive into Kevin Borland’s discography altogether. One thing this album has especially is multi genre approaches without crossing into absurd genre-mixing territories. It’s not some experimental craziness, it’s a diligently-composed and brilliantly themed collection of songs with crafty thought provoking lyrics that implement artistic outbursts of spoken word measures that really lend to the theming aspects of each song – coherently showcasing a signature sound that’s not only effective, but innovative in its execution as well. The attention to detail is amazing not only in terms of writing, but the performance factor as well. The production value is on point and doesn’t outdo itself in any way throughout the record’s duration. All in all, ‘Talking to Dead People’ is hands down Kevin Borland’s best release effort yet and will definitely hold a high regard upon those giving him a first listen. Those who are just discovering him will especially be impressed and will likely find enticement to go down the rabbit hole of Borland’s past releases, as well as pay close attention to the prospect of future ones as well. This album will not (and does not) disappoint in the slightest. ‘Talking to Dead People’ officially drops in June of this year and will be available across all digital music streaming platforms.


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•Official Website: https://www.kevinborlandmusic.com/

•Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KevinBorlandMusic

•YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwqBEbImP6SgSCYUhdMXpfQ


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Exclusive Artist Review: Zizzo World – “Beautiful (feat. Nes Mburu)” Single

London-based rising Artist Zizzo World has been grinding away for several years in the music world now and has manifested into a versatile and multifaceted artist with his own signature sound and stylization. After an array of several successful releases, he has built up an insatiable fan base and continues to garner a strong presence as new fans discover his music. He has become widely known for his very distinctive ambient EDM style, and with the newest upcoming single “Beautiful (feat. Nes Mburu)” coming to fruition, Zizzo World’s career comes right to the forefront and easily stands as his best release thus far; pulling out all the stops from production value, musicianship factors and artistic merit.

Zizzo World serves up an atmospheric and hypnotically rhythmic beat that combines crucial elements of World and Roots; delivering a sound that diligently balances originality and familiarity – something that is brilliantly materialized on this track with Kenyan feature artist Nes Mburu. “Beautiful” gives every listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable, bringing a vintage approach merged with today’s more modern sensibility. Zizzo’s visceral vocal melodies are anthemic, coherently structured and really showcases his ability as a songwriter and performer. His vocal delivery is cohesively punctual and his attention to detail will easily grab your undivided attention from start to finish. Feature artist Nes Mburu really adds a multi layered presence on this track with his impressively high range and charismatic delivery. His vocal measures parallel brilliantly with Zizzo’s and the structure between both vocal tracks mesh in a way that is not only effective, but musically atmospheric as well. Both vocalists enhance the visceral listening experience on this song and both artists are completely a standout of their calibre.

“Beautiful” is a single with absolute staying power – where it stays with you even long after it’s over. It presents Zizzo World at the top of his game and any first time listeners of his music will be highly enticed to do a deeper dive into his career and discography altogether. “Beautiful” officially releases on August 20th and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You can pre-save the song at this link: https://ffm.to/btfsong


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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.


Connect:

•Official Website: https://www.allenbmusic.com

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