Exclusive Review: Maria Jacinta – “Human” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky


Hailing from the landscapes of the Netherlands, Techno/Dance recording artist Maria Jacinta began hitting the ground running in the early 2000s with her electronically-infused, distinctive sound. Since then, she has garnered an insatiable buzz throughout the music world with many solid releases, industry exposure and word of mouth. And she continues her winning streak with her latest single “Human”.

This song’s Techno and Dance combination is very atmospheric and upbeat, mixing in textures of Pop elements as well which gives her the outlet to really shine in the infectiously catchy chorus. Her exotic mid-to-high range vocals are encompassed perfectly in this song and feels like she was meant to be a vocalist for this specific genre; her lyricism is projected smoothly, her vocal melody choices are wholesome and on point, and the overall production value makes “Human” a completely visceral listening experience from beginning to end.

Maria‘s vocals really carry the torch on this track, but there’s also brilliant key progressions and structure as well, and even includes an incredible EDM-oriented synth solo towards the end of the song. But overall, one of the biggest things this track has going for it is its ability to have staying power – where the song stays with you even long after it’s over, and can still be appreciated wholesomely even years later where you find yourself coming back to this track time and time again. “Human” is currently available online and several digital music streaming platforms. You’ll thank us later for recommending it.


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Exclusive Review: Darshae Kiér – “Halasana Girl” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky


Fun, vibrant, and unique are a few good ways to describe Miami-based recording artist Darshae Kiér, but most of all, he is authentic and real. And he demonstrates these qualities in his newest single “Halasana Girl”.

After a heavy street buzz formed from the success of his previous single “Translation”, Darshae knew he had to keep his winning streak going by putting out this anthemic single, and just like before, he hit the mark once again. Taking on an approach that combines smooth elements of Pop and Reggaeton, “Halasana Girl” is one of those tracks that is bound to get your hips shaking and the dance floor moving. Darshae‘s lyrical ability serves up rhyming techniques that are clear and crisp, projecting smooth bars and rhymes that is perfectly parallel with the song’s ambient and uplifting beat structure. It’s a formula that works, and Darshae sells it perfectly from start to finish.

“Halasana Girl” released last year on September 27th, and since then has become an anthem for summer-fall vibes and a staple among digital music playlists. Darshae Kiér is quickly becoming a vital voice in the hip hop community and is direct proof that underground hip hop is alive and well. If he keeps up the pace, he will easily cross over into the mainstream market; and we will be stoked when it happens. You can listen to “Halasana Girl” on SoundCloud and other digital music streaming platforms. Be sure to also follow Darshae Kiér on social media to stay up to date on his current activities, as well as future events.


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Exclusive Review: Oh Well – “Us” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky


Very few artists in this day and age can conjure up an unrelentingly powerful first impression quite like Chicago-based artist Oh Well. Coming out the gate with the new single “Us”, this song not only encompasses a signature style that is energy-driven and versatile, but a boat load of musicianship factors as well; allowing Oh Well to shine in all their glory throughout this single’s duration.

This anti-pop banger is loaded with an onslaught of in-your-face vocals that project a powerful delivery in Hip Hop that is rarely heard. It’s also a track that encapsulates a true knack for passion and making sure the listener doesn’t walk away unsatisfied; showcasing an innovative edge that balances equal parts originality and familiarity. “Us” has multifaceted angles of different genre blends that lend a razor sharp edge to an otherwise contemporary sound including touches of Rock and Reggae, which Oh Well ultimately incorporates brilliantly. Overall, this track brings some of the freshest ideas to a mainstream Hip Hop style, and it’s honestly a mind-blow that this song hasn’t topped the charts yet. The anticipation to hear the material they have up their sleeves after this song is absolutely riveting, and once you take a listen to “Us” yourself, you’ll understand exactly why.

“Us” is available now on YouTube and other digital music platforms. Be sure to follow Oh Well to keep tabs on upcoming events and releases.


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Exclusive Review: DJ Raw B – “Uncorrupted” Album

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With a dynamically versatile style and several decades in the business, it’s no wonder pioneer artist/creator DJ Raw B has garnered unwavering accomplishments over the years. And he continues to do so with his latest album ‘Uncorrupted’.

Combining a raw, unique 90s approach with a clever modern spin, this album is a blast of nostalgia as well as a breath of fresh air. The production value is high quality and provides the perfect textures to make this record really stand out both musically and lyrically. Tracks like “Toscin” and “Genesis” have classic 90s grooves with smooth beats and eclectic twists and turns that really showcases DJ Raw B‘s signature sound, while other tracks like “Unspeakable” and “Keynote Speaker” have hauntingly ambient vibes that balance atmosphere and smooth bass lines, and are easily the standouts of the album.

DJ Raw B is no stranger to the industry though; he began hitting the ground running in the early 90s as a co-host/DJ for the critically acclaimed underground San Francisco-based hip hop show Beat Sauce, who brought on a plethora of notable guests including industry heavyweights like Jay-Z, Eminem, OutKast, Common, the Black Eyed Peas, Mobb Deep, among many others. By 2001, DJ Raw B became “Best Local Club DJ” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, playing shows that ranged from underground hip hop clubs to more lavish higher-end venues. DJ Raw B also got involved with many different collaborations, including Smash Mouth’s performance of their hit song “All Star” in the movie Rat Race. He has also garnered success in the radio circuit, including working on KMEL’s “Sway In The Morning”, KCBS News, and KNBR’s “Morning Show With Murph & Mac”.

With a resumé like that, it’s no wonder that ‘Uncorrupted‘ has the uniqueness that it does, and you can very much hear a successful and skillful DJ throughout every track’s duration. And if you haven’t heard DJ Raw B yet, then this album will make you an instant fan. The album is currently available online and all digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: La Sinclair – “La Golden” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to vibe, ambience and atmosphere, La Sinclair‘s newest single “La Golden” absolutely delivers in full. And will immediately grab you by your senses.

Based on an advocacy for the legalization of hemp and delving into its usage as a potential cure, this positively visceral and uplifting R&B/Pop-oriented single has style and resonance that has a uniqueness that makes it something completely authentic in its own right. Featuring seductive and hauntingly ominous verses, La Sinclair‘s Spanish vocals are lustful, precise, and addictive. Her vocal range is an immediate standout and this song gives her the perfect amount of breathing room to really showcase her vocals. While you can hear some very authentic 90s R&B influences in this track, it also serves up a modern makeover that puts it into a perfect position for the 2020s; giving a nod to both yesterday and today’s modern music eras with a perfect balancing of both equal parts originality and familiarity, encompassing the audience with a feeling of nostalgia and something completely fresh.

The production value on “La Golden” is right where it needs to be and doesn’t outdo itself whatsoever. It lets La Sinclair shine through every measure while taking in an electronic beat that shares groove and resonance, adding not only charm, but effectiveness and thoroughness as well. It’s honestly something you have to hear to believe.

“La Golden” is currently available on all mainstream music downloading platforms and online. We can’t recommend this single highly enough.

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Exclusive Review: Project Rod Williams – “Spin Me” Album

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

After Rod Williams‘ debut album ‘Fire’ released in January 2019, an insatiable buzz was set and would ultimately lead the pioneer Artist/Songwriter to begin his journey on his sophomore record. Now, in May 2020, Williams has done just that with his newest collab-driven and electronically infused juggernaut ‘Spin Me’, and it doesn’t disappoint in the least.

Under the official name Project Rod Williams, this ten track album is led by Rod himself as principal songwriter/synth/programming/backup vocalist alongside co-lead vocalists Ben Dial and Matt Williamson, who are reprising their roles from Rod’s first record, respectively. Other notable artists including Aleisha Leo and Fabian Hernandez also make contributions to the record as well. From the gate of the opening track “Shake It On The Dance Floor”, the album immediately introduces an atmosphere that is packed with many clever punches. Combining elements of Dance, Funk, Pop, Rock and Indie, this opening smasher gets right into business and really showcases an unrelenting strength of both talent and high quality production value that sets the tone for the rest of the album. With well executed three part harmony vocal melodies, catchy groove beats, melodic song structures and many different electronic textures, this record really brings the dynamics of technical production and strong songwriting to the forefront with cleverness and staying power.

The grooves continue on “Don’t Stop Me Baby” and title track “Spin Me”, which both bring additional touches to the album that really exceed your expectations after the opening track. The mysteriousness of songs “Because” and “Tears” are completely visceral and really show off the versatility of this record and are definitely standouts of this album. The consistency of the record is definitely worth noting and it makes it very easy to delve into and get comfortable with. The vocal ranges are instantly noticeable and beyond impressive when they first kick in; the dueling vocal tracks and signature synth sound really comes together in a way that gives a nod to 90s/early 2000s Dance elements with a complete modern makeover into something completely of its own kind, producing equal parts originality and familiarity with its overall execution. Most of all, ‘Spin Me’ is an accessible album for both fans and new listeners alike. It’s an impressionable album, and you can tell that it was written and produced with absolute care. If you haven’t heard Project Rod Williams yet, then this album will make you an instant fan. ‘Spin Me’ completely lives up to its title. The album officially drops on May 24th and will be available online and on music downloading platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Snailmate – “I Know What You Want” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to dynamic duo Snailmate, it’s all about the energy and insatiable desire to share their unique sound with the world. Comprised of Kalen Lander (Synth/Vocals) and Bentley Monet (Drums/Vocals), this Arizona-based band has relentlessly toured Europe, Japan, and spends 6 months out of the year touring the US for the last 5 years. Since then, Snailmate has been hitting the ground running and has no intention of stopping, and they are currently extending their buzz with their newest single “I Know What You Want”.

Combining a fury of well placed synth parts, dual punk and rap-oriented vocals with measures of theatrical touches, this single is equally fun as it is technical and tightly knit. The vocals are spit quickly and effectively, putting a brilliant genre bend to their electronically-infused signature sound. Meanwhile the drums are super punchy, full of fun fills and cover all angles despite any lack of guitar. The track is bassy, attention grabbing, and versatile in its overall execution.

If anyone grew up in the 90’s scene, then you might remember Atom and His Package. While Snailmate‘s sound is very different, they give a great callback, or perhaps reminder of Atom. But either way, can be appreciated all the same. One thing you can definitely hear is Snailmate having a mess load of fun, and is definitely a must-see when they jump back on tour after this COVID19 pandemic subsides. But until then, you really need to take a listen to “I Know What You Want” and get to know this band. Their music is available all over the place and their multifaceted and energetic sound will be your new addiction.

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