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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Album Review: Rob Alexander – “Being Myself” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Rob Alexander has put together a plethora of songs that bring out many different elements of Rock, Alternative, and a soft-Rock approach to many songs that are detail oriented, charming and versatile; designed to win you over and offer something for everyone on Rob‘s 15-track masterpiece “Being Myself”.

The album name lives up to the name in every way, but Rob (just like any other artist) draws reminiscences to several personal influences, including industry heavyweights like Elton John. Rob began hitting the ground running in the music realm around 2018 with the release of his freshman record “Long Road Coming Home”, which was released in February of that year. While garnering a solid buzz for his name since his first album, he quickly gathered up a group of elite musicians to assist him with recording a catalogue of new songs in 2019. This album is what would end up being his critically acclaimed “Being Myself”, his most successful album to date. On top of this sophomore record being much better than the precedent effort, this record also featured several world class musicians including 3 members of Elton John’s current musical lineup; comprised of Matt Bissonette on bass guitar, Kim Bullard on keyboards, and John Mahon on drums and percussion. The album was produced by Gabe Lopez.

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While Rob‘s album has 15 versatile and distinctive tracks that have something for just about anyone, one thing that’s made apparent is his precise attention to detail; very multifaceted chord progressions with very selective vocal melodies that aren’t only catchy, but genuinely well thought out as well. The type of vocal melody choices where you honestly wouldn’t change one thing. With piano-driven, soothing songs that really give this record more charm than you’d ever expect, this album does pick up the pace with tracks like “We’re Living In A Dream” and the electronic-infused “Secrets & Lies”, which in my opinion projects one of the best choruses on the record, but never trails ahead of the rest of the song’s.

Rob Alexander‘s story is quite one to behold from writing two well-received albums in two years, one which includes members of one of his all time idols; feats that even big time artists sometimes don’t get to experience nowadays. Currently, 3 anchor singles are playing regularly throughout the radio circuit from his “Being Myself” album; including the tracks “Never Gonna Let You Go”, “Friend Of Mine (Elton’s Epic)”, and the ambient “Life As We Know It”, which all garner airplay regionally throughout the country. This 15-track gem is a masterpiece of its kind and it’ll be very difficult to pick a favorite song once you take a listen to it. Rob Alexander truly hits it out of the park with the triumphantly produced and performed “Being Myself”.

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Artist Review: Bruja – “False Prophets” Album/EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

If you’re the type of music fanatic that digs contagiously catchy Rock-infused Blues with a plethora of grooves, then Bruja is the band for you. The Delray Beach, Florida-based quartet of solid musicians has been making some major noise in their scene since their formation with their solid signature sound and energetic live shows. And with the release of their six-track record “False Prophets”, which dropped November 1st in 2019, Bruja has raised the bar even higher not just for themselves, but for their scene as well.

From crunchy guitar swells, ambient keyboard textures, a dangerously groovy and punchy rhythm section all topped off with anthemic vocal melodies and top-of-the-line production value, “False Prophets” is a stroke of true genius. Bruja comes together nicely to bring a collection of solid grooves to the forefront of each track very effectively, but it’s also a record that showcases each member of the machine and the impact their individual musicianship brings to the table. With a strong start to the record with the song “Coming Down”, their elements of high energy are diligently in the mix with a great structure throughout the song’s duration. This song in particular has one of the strongest choruses the album offers and never drags out in any way. The dueling crunchy guitars with crybaby-wawa touches puts an atmosphere into Bruja‘s sound that is very visceral and versatile; making this track a more than solid opener.

One factor this album boasts is its ability to remain consistent while also giving each track a different approach to the overall execution. Every instrument/element stands out on this album on its own and would not be nearly as effective if one member were to be taken out of the equation; giving Bruja a chemistry that is perfectly mixed and meshed together. With hints of reggae in the mix, this band’s charismatic sound is not only cleverly executed, but also quenches your insatiable thirst to indulge in something with equal parts originality and familiarity; a modern take on yesterday’s iconic sound that has something for everyone. With album title track “False Prophets” and the instrumental “Check The Groove”, you can clearly hear the diversity this record offers and the clever song structuring in the songwriting process that Bruja brings forth as a unit. The album closer “Roots” is also a crucial standout in its own right with a blend of elements from every track that came before it; which ties it all together into one tastefully catchy record with all the Rock and Blues sweetness you could crave with more than enough groove to go around.

‘False Prophets‘ is a record with staying power, where you can keep coming back to these songs time and time again and love it every time. It sets the bar high for what Bruja has in store for their future releases. Regardless, you’ll be keeping up with them to see just how far they’ll go. And you’ll be glad you did.

Listen to ‘False Prophets’:

•Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4yxisJ39W5hieRgU8A06Bf?si=6qQLMtp0RPGTuHCDYF1Nug

Connect with Bruja:

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

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

•Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brujaband

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Artist Review: Chuck W – “Get Your Shit Together!” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With an exercise in innovation, experimentation and musical stimulation, Long Island’s Chuck W brings forth 4 years of in-depth puzzle pieces in every track of the frenetic, lo-fi synth-travel signature sound of his Get Your Shit Together! LP. An album that not only grabs you with persistent musicality, but imagery as well.

This instrumental album is comprised with a vast array of musical elements that range from clever looping samples, atmospheric textures, groovy tempos and jazz-infused outbursts that top off with a theatrical and at-times industrial edge. The track “Monoarm” is a grungy and multifaceted set of layers that sends us on an audio and visual journey. The ambient mood that underlies in this frantic track really demonstrates Chuck‘s dynamic behind the mixing board, as well as his songwriting structure that touches on many tangible elements that gives this song the push that it needs to enter your brainwaves. It’ll stick with you in a way you can’t really explain, but it’ll easily have you enticed to explore the rest of this album with your antennas for detail up. The rhythmic groove on this song is not only notable, but downright necessary. There are no blanks to fill on this track – Chuck covers all bases on “Monoarm” and really delves into detail that gives him undeniable versatility.

Veering over to the soundtrack-worthy “Jazz For A Rainy Day”, this creepy track lends an arm to a more theatrical take on Chuck‘s signature touch. This one gives you visuals and it really dives deep into the clever songwriting structures that is made apparent throughout the album. This keyboard-driven track really adds a fascinating parallel to the other songs on the album and really adds more concept to this multilayered musical journey.

Get Your Shit Together! is a nostalgic landscape of audio imagery that is immediately gratifying to the experimental sides of our brains. It has a wit and charm that speaks solely through instruments, structure and textures. Once you give this a listen, you won’t quite be the same again. But you’ll keep coming back to this album to go through each measure of detail, trying to capture every puzzle piece of the in-depth structure that Chuck W conjures throughout this album’s duration. You can’t go wrong with this album – there’s nothing else like it.

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Artist Review: The Jive Aces – “Diggin’ The Roots Volume 1 & 2” LPs

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Don’t just go back to your roots – dig them!

We’ve heard a lot of today’s takes on classic songs from many new age contemporary artists, as well as tribute bands and cover artists putting their own spin on yesterday’s hits from many calibers of genres with a fresh additive or two. Some do it well, some fall flat, and then there’s the few and far between gem that comes out swinging with the charms of both yesterday’s and today’s most influential eras wrapped up into one super tight package. That, my friends, is The Jive Aces.

This UK-based band are definitely not a bunch of randies by any means. Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, this elite group has garnered an enormous following from a combination of acclaims including their viral video for the track “Bring Me Sunshine” and for also being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. Since then, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, and show no indication of slowing down their momentum anytime soon.

So with a résumé like that, you know there has to be something of theirs worth putting on your playlist. And their 2-Volume LPs Diggin’ The Roots are shining examples of their tightly knit signature sound of songs we’ve all come to know and love over many, many years. Boasting into today’s production value while maintaining that old school influential charm, we get a more than solid performance on both records comprised of eclectically professional musicians that absolutely own their roles on every track to deliver a sound that not only resonates with the classic each song became long ago, but with a whole new realm of energy and technique that gets us to appreciate them all over again in a whole new way, in a whole new era.

Diggin’ The Roots is exactly as advertised. They are tracks that have brought on endless inspiration and appreciation among a majority of today’s prominent artists and are the roots to their stories. On The Jive Aces Volume 1 record, RockinRhythm & Blues, we get a tastefully blended album of 13 tracks with many flavorful additives. Classic tunes on Volume 1 include smash hits “Jump, Jive & Wail”, “Feelin’ Happy”, “I Want You To Be My Baby”, and many others of the same caliber. Led by lead vocalist Ian Clarkson, who also takes up roles on trumpet and ukulele, his clean and vibrant voice in the forefront of every song really solidifies the band’s approach. The right rhythm section really paves the way for the rest of the band, and really puts the proper backing behind Clarkson’s effective vocal takes and melody placements. With hot piano leads, an anthemic brass section and funky fiddles added to the mix, this fresh look at some of our favorite Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues tracks will definitely get you up off of your feet and own the dance floor.

On their Volume 2 record, Hot Jazz, we get the same Jive Aces vibe with their tight grasp on 13 more classic tunes that combine equal parts originality and familiarity, just like Volume 1. Staying true to form like the previous chapter of this 2-part release, we get an instrumentally versatile execution of fan favorites from the classic Jazz era that includes “Jeepers Creepers”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “It’s Been A Long, Long Time“. Both of these records absolutely compliment each other and bring a brand new timeless edge to every perfected measure. The showmanship factors are undeniable and one thing that screams from these releases are the words “INCREDIBLE LIVE SHOW”. Diggin’ The Roots really brings out each member’s musicianship abilities and when put together, collectively bring out a stick dynamite just ready to go off at every event they play. And their devoted fan base and successful career milestones reflect that. But one of the most notable things about The Jive Aces is their authenticity – there is no wacky autotune, no oversaturated production techniques, and absolutely no cheat methods whatsoever being used. This band can produce live exactly what they do in the studio, which is a rare thing in today’s digital age of music.

The Jive Aces are the breath of fresh air you’ve been needing for a long time. They are a standout of their caliber, and once you take a listen to both volumes of Diggin’ The Roots, you’ll see and hear exactly why they are the UK’s number 1 Jive & Swing band.

Connect with The Jive Aces:

•Link to Volume 1: http://jiveaces.com/album/518834/diggin-the-roots-vol-1-rockin-rhythm-blues

•Link to Volume 2: http://jiveaces.com/album/518835/diggin-the-roots-vol-2-hot-jazz

•Official Website: http://www.jiveaces.com

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