Artist Review: Rocc – “Community Service” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Solid beats, a charismatic flow and a record that shines on yesterday and today’s best elements of Hip Hop the genre could offer, rapper/songwriter Rocc serves up a flavorful 7-track EP called Community Service. Comprised of tracks that bring out the best of his overall skills, songwriting structures and lyricism that is very noticeable from the very start.

Things get supercharged and emotionally visceral on his very first track, “Sometimes It’s Hard“. A song that not only has a well-rounded, but also tastefully catchy as well. This is the perfect kind of track to start the engine for any new record, especially if it’s coming from an artist you’re discovering for the first time. And also, just to add note, Rocc knows how to sing his own well-written hooks as well, and they fit each track like a glove.

This record also has many twists, turns, moods and atmospheres as the songs play out. From straight up bangers to components that add subtle undertones, each of the 7 tracks bring out a different side to Rocc‘s style and really grabs your attention. You can tell he goes over his lyrics and hooks with a fine tooth comb, rather than rushing through a recording process just to get his name out quickly in fashion. But if there’s one thing artists should always know, take your time and make the best use of your studio time. Make sure you’re not writing a record with a possible hit or two – write an entire record of hits. Conceptualize the record and make your audience crave for more. And I truly believe that Community Service is extremely effective in this way.

If this is your first time discovering Rocc, then you won’t be disappointed. If you already know Rocc, then you already know you’re in for a treat.

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Press Release & Career Highlights: Joel Matthew, A Prominent Career And A Highly Anticipated EP For March 2019

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

As a man of embracing music that is visceral and inspiring, as well as known for wearing many hats in the game both on stage and off, Joel Matthew‘s signature sound as an artist is known for his charismatic rhyming techniques and dynamic lyrical structures that truly aim for the core of a song. His music also resonates with a style that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. But he is much more than just another artist…

Originally emerging from the elite Phoenix music scene in Arizona, Joel Matthew, a 22-year old prominently rising rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and keyboardist – began hitting the ground running in the music realm during 2016 where he met up with his creative team. The move also resulted in ending a brief stint in college; a decision based on focusing his dreams on being one of the industry’s best at his craft that he has built on since 2011, and has no intention of slowing down. And with his team backing him, also put his situation and prospects into promising directions.

After mere weeks of making his successful move to Los Angeles, Joel began wasting no time at all getting acquainted and established with the industry’s bigger leagues. He began working with multi-platinum and Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter, and keyboardist, Sam Barsh, as well as Grammy award-winning and GOOD Music engineer and producer, Tom Kahre. Together, this powerhouse production duo would manifest and craft Joel’s signature sound, and began the process for putting together his debut EP, “Where Do I Start”. Over the course of a year, Joel wrote and produced all seven tracks on the EP with his new team, and also developed the concept for the official artwork with his creative partner and brother, Jakob Matthew, along with artist and Sony Pictures animator, Tiffany Lam.

2019 is looking bright for the young, up and coming artist with “Where Do I Start” being his debut release. The EP releases exclusively on March 1st and will be available on several digital music retailers, streaming platforms, as well as Joel’s official website and social media. He has come a long way in a short time and is driven to maintain his originality and to keep shooting for greatness. Judging by his determination and prospects so far, Joel Matthew is well on his way to the top. And mainstream music fans will soon be used to hearing him as a household name.

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Artist Review: L.Awolf – “77” LP & Interview Behind The Mic

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

L.Awolf is no typical artist; he is a multifaceted and versatile mind with a vision that parallels with his music. His content, though always expressive and outward, utilizes his inner thoughts and manifests his lyrical foundation into his overall craft. And we get a clear glimpse into that window of create with L.Awolf‘s debut album 77.

Comprised of 11 diligently written, emotional and thought provoking tracks with clever rhyming techniques and witty lyrical punchlines, 77 showcases many angles to several of L.Awolf‘s artistic merit and songwriting structures; no matter what approach he has to take with each beat. This LP is a gem among the indie/underground circuit, but also a very generous contribution to today’s mainstream realm of modern Rap and Hip Hop as well.

Today, we take our readers Behind The Mic and catch up with the creator of the 77 LP and find out what he’s all about.

Behind The Mic: L.Awolf

What got you into music?

Since age 7, I was always obsessed with making sounds. One night in March 2018, I had X mixed with a lotta vodka and was already in my feelings over a fucked up break-up that had happened so I hopped on the music program i was using at the time and said “know what….I’m gonna make a song, fuck it”, and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with making dreamy, floaty instrumentals since.

Most Iconic Musical Influences

  • NAS, because I grew up listening to him a lot when CD players were still around.
  • Lil Wayne, because with me being from New Orleans, he proved that we can actually make it big and be from New Orleans.
  • Kid Cudi, because he helped me through my depression and I relate to him in many ways.
  • And finally…Earl Sweatshirt, because I watched him grow since his early OF days, and to me he is one the most lyircal of all time. And I relate to him on a personality level big time.

What’s Your Newest Release About?

My new releases will be more lyrically inclined and the overall message will be more positive but in an aggressive way. I like to make sure people hear my message. My last release and first project ever (77) was mainly about suicide because I was VERY suicidal and still am. But people have also reached out to me about their suicidal thoughts as well and I’m working on a way to let those people know that everything will be okay, and that I am someone who understands what they are going through.

The Message Behind The Music

My main message in my newer music is basically saying that everything will be ok, and if your significant other is abusive to you, you don’t need them. They are not worth it.

If You Had To Pick 3 Artists That You Think You Sound Like, Who Would They Be?

I don’t like to compare my music to any other artists because every artist is different. But I’ve been told my sounds are reminiscent of Kid Cudi, Earl Sweatshirt and Andre3k.

Plans for 2019

My plans for 2019 are to release more music videos and touch more people out there with my music altogether. I love to get feedback from fans, because I actually talk back. I fuck with people who fuck with me and I make an effort to make them a part of anything I’m doing.

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Artist Review: Return Trip Project – “Tarantella Love Songs” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With insatiable talent glistening of high range female vocals and a classic world class sound, Return Trip Project showcases their unwaveringly talent and eclectic signature sound with their EP Tarantella Love Songs.

Tarantella is a group of various folk dances characterized by a fast upbeat tempo accompanied by tambourines. It is among the most recognized forms of traditional southern Italian music. The specific dance-name varies with every region, for instance tammurriata in Campania, pizzica in the Salento region, Sonu a ballu in Calabria. Tarantella is popular in Southern Italy and Argentina. It has also been rumored to treat people who were suffering from unrequited love.

Return Trip Project embraces this sound and concept with their own versatile take on the genre, and really delve into impressively high range female-fronted vocals that brings true essence to the Tarantella signature sound. Each track has glistens of tambourine and percussive flavors that embrace an inspirational sound that is well crafted, well executed and gives this EP an inspirational aura that any music fan could appreciate.

The songs have brilliant melody choices, interesting tempos and showcases a very talented style that is not in our every day mainstream market. It has precise production value and soaring vocals that breathe life into every song; making this EP a gem of its caliber and an interesting look into a style that isn’t commonly heard in the US market.

All profits from the EP will be donated to charities supporting the alleviation of poverty in South and Central America. It’s an amazing EP supporting an amazing cause, and you will discover a whole new world of music with each track from the record.

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Artist Review: Scotty Seed – Self-Titled EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A plethora of versatility and a hypnotically infused energy in his signature sound, Scotty Seed delivers us an electronic explosion with his new Self-Titled EP.

With tracks that serve up different styles reminiscent of 80s electronic music and today’s EDM sensibility, Scott puts forth the perfect blend of strong visceral beats that could tear off the roof of any club, with very well crafted hooks that really define his style and identity as an artist.

Each song is brilliant in a sense that we get a grasp on different angles of Scott‘s artistic merit that shares equal parts originality and familiarity, giving his audience a taste of something fresh yet still recognizable and identifiable. They’re songs that have an insatiable energy that never wavers, and has melodically placed hooks and choruses that really draw you in to his stylistic qualities with several diligent additives to each song. This record has recognizable features, but as a whole stands out in its own right and proves Scott is his own identity of his musical caliber.

These songs are perfect for any high energy and well-paced atmosphere, whether it’s at a club, in your car or on prominent radio stations. Scott‘s EP is beyond a brilliant contribution to today’s realm or electronically infused music, with his own dynamic take on the genre with many musicianship factors. The EP is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms right now. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen.

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Artist Review: Jacobs Ladder Here And Now – Self Titled EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Every now and then, we discover a voice that is truly versatile and triumphantly unique. Encompassing a sound that is equally exotic as it is visceral, we get a stroke of hypnotic bliss with Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s debut Self-Titled EP.

The artist behind this project is a trifecta of many trades, including the roles of a professional singer, songwriter and producer. Formerly with Warner Brothers, Jacobs Ladder Here And Now, now on her own uphill path as a solo artist, comes out swinging with her anthemic tracks from her debut record and brings forth a sound that really defines her and gives her identity. Combining an exotic Pop sound with dynamically melodic Indie elements, This EP delivers up a signature style perfect for the modern realm. With ambient beats and atmospheric chord progressions carrying the aura behind her sassy vocal approach, her song “Love And Understanding” casts out the perfect demonstration of Jacobs Ladder Here And Now‘s craft and musical essence.

Comprised of well-placed verses, well-paced tempos and a chorus that is dangerously catchy and reminiscent of Björk-like sensibilities, this track brings her signature vocal textures to the forefront. The song has a unique balance and composure that utilizes minor key signatures and diligently placed vocal harmonies that really give this song true character. The depth of the song goes beyond your expectations as compared to artists of a similar caliber, and really keeps you at the edge of your seat with a stunningly versatile approach that is unlike anything else you’ve heard. The same can also be said about her other track from this record, “Opening”, a song that delivers more as an anthem rather than just another track. This song is definitely a treat, and a real journey into her artistic merit that captures the heart of the project. This song, combined with the others, embraces the entirety of both the production and performance value that this EP offers up. It’s a great collection of songs that really grow on you immediately.

The best part of these tracks are the staying power – the power to stay with you even after its over. This is a record you’ll be coming back to time and time again, and will never get old. It’s the perfect contribution to today’s modern Pop and Indie elements.

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Behind The Music: An Interview With Steph Saraj About His Newest Release “The Art Of Letting Go”

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Today, contemporary R&B recording artist Steph Saraj released his new visceral single “The Art Of Letting Go”. Those of you who read our press release of the track are familiar with it, and now we get to delve deeper into the song itself, as well as Steph himself in an exclusive interview. If you’d like to read the press release first, you may do so by going here: https://thepactmusicsociety.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/press-release-steph-saraj-gears-up-to-release-new-single-the-art-of-letting-go-january-2nd/

About The Single

”I had originally planned for my EP ‘When Everything Isn’t Enough‘ to be released on January 2, 2019, but due to post-production circumstances, I’ve decided to save one song and release it as a single. It was hard to decide which song I would save, because I wrote the EP as a story. I had to pick what chapter would be heard first and I’ve decided on this one. Lyrically it’s a sad song, but I didn’t want the sound to be sad. Pain doesn’t always have to sound sad.”

About The Title

”The title ‘The Art Of Letting Go‘ marks the completion of a cycle. It does not necessarily mean the ending of an era. It could, though, if you want it to be. It’s a song about unconditional love, pain and personal growth. Sometimes the things that we hold closest to our hearts can become our greatest challenges.

About The Cover Art

During the covershoot for ‘The Art Of Letting Go‘ I was channeling an alien whose home planet got destroyed, who’s now hovering through space by themselves not knowing where to go next. The ring is actually…the ring represents a vow.

Future Plans

I’m ready to take over 2019! I have many projects planned for next year. I’m releasing my first EP ”When Everything Isn’t Enough” mid-February. We’re ready to record my second 4-track EP which will follow soon after my first EP’s release. It’ll show a different side of me as a person and as an artist. My plans for next year also include the release of my debut album. I’ve also recently started writing my 3rd EP. I stay busy, I have too much inspiration and too many stories to tell to not be productive!

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