Exclusive Artist Review: Elektragaaz – “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 1” EP

Very few artists have achieved the technical uniqueness of Elektragaaz. Comprised of Netherlands-based electronic composer/songwriter Poppo Redband (or just Redband for short) and a slew of guests/contributors, Elektragaaz‘s dynamic and versatile signature sound began laying down its foundation in 2017 and began hitting the ground running since its inception. Even though there is a big level of mystery surrounding primary project leader Redband, Elektragaaz‘s atmospheric textures are laid down diligently in epic proportions on their debut EP “The Synaesthetic Picture Show Now Playing Part 1”.

This six-track juggernaut is likely unlike anything you’ve ever heard when it comes to style and composure. Blasting into an upbeat tempo with opening track “Cabin Fever”, this record immediately launches into an atmospheric assault that balances style and execution. The attentiveness to detail is very apparent from the start and continues through the track’s duration with a vast array of instrumental choices and melodic measures. This opener is highly effective and really delves deeply into the musicianship factors that Elektragaaz shows no shortage of. Another highlight of this album is the song “She Walks It Like She Talks It” which also incorporates dynamic tempos but brings the levels of uniqueness in a slightly different effective direction. But one song that has an anthemic quality is closing track “Dancin’ With The Queen of Hearts” which stylistically is more ballad-like but maintains a type of intricacy that focuses more on the distinction of energy as opposed to the more in-your-face technical touches this EP has plenty of. This track is definitely a standout of its calibre and further encapsulates the distinct uniqueness that is heard throughout the runtime of this EP and really showcases the artistic merit of this project in several angles.

This EP is also a record that has staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over, and will undoubtedly entice you to dive deeper into the Elektragaaz discography and career altogether. This EP is available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is a record you need to hear to believe.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Tony Marino – “Swing Your Thing” Album

Fort Wayne-based veteran artist Tony Marino has graced our platform in the past and has been a staple among the music realm for over 40 years. Known for his dynamic compositions and multifaceted signature style, Marino‘s newest album “Swing Your Thing” proves that he is at the top of his game and continues to hit the ground running.

“Swing Your Thing” is the follow-up record to Tony Marino‘s three Global Award winning albums and is comprised of ten visceral fresh tracks with versatile angles throughout the record’s duration, its albums like “Swing Your Thing” that truly delve into an artist’s musicianship factors and artistic merit. Kicking off the record with the hip swaying title track “Swing Your Thing”, this song’s blues progression immediately encapsulates Marino‘s world class sound and showcases his strengths right from the start with anthemic brass parts, a tightly crafted rhythm section and smooth jazzy bass lines that are a standout of their kind. These tracks are brilliantly arranged and this self-aware banger kicks this album off beautifully and foreshadows what’s to come throughout the rest of the album. Tracks “Biagio” and “Hoppy” also have cleverly executed brass solos and really add to the rhythmic elements that build up through the entirety of this record. Each track resonates with the previous one and really comes off more as a concept album of anthems as opposed to just average songs.

You can clearly hear the unwavering talent that Tony Marino possesses and “Swing Your Thing” will definitely tickle the cherries of any musician that gives it a listen. It’s a world class sound that dives deep into musicianship and showcases the true strengths of a veteran musician — which will undoubtedly entice you took dive deeper into Marino‘s career and discography. You can listen to the record exclusively on Spotify at the link below and you’ll be more than glad that you did.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Rootspence & The Groove Makers – “Judgement Day” LP

Now here’s a group you’ll rarely discover in your lifetime. A band of versatility, nostalgia and unwavering talent that showcases multiple angles of their signature stylization, Rootspence & The Groove Makers are a seven-member Mozambican powerhouse tackling their own crossbreed of Reggae/Pop/R&B and Fusion; done in a way that is both multilayered and multifaceted. And if this description entices you, then you will lovingly feel the bliss of this group’s musical power with the fruition of their latest 8-track juggernaut Judgement Day.

With their formation setting its groundwork in 2015 by Helio “Rootspence” Sixpence (vocalist/frontman) in Maputo, Mozambique, The Groove Makers quickly began hitting the ground running and have no intention of stopping anytime soon. The Groove Makers are very well known for their jazzy, African-guitar style and pop approach to reggae featuring live musical instruments. The fusion imprint results from the diverse rhythmic mastery from the band members, entailing Hard Rock, Gospel, Afro-fusion, Kizomba, Jazz and Hip-hop. And when you put this multi-genre concoction together, you get Judgement Day. Eight songs with top notch production and performance value with more layers and hooks to go around. With undeniably catchy choruses embracing every track, it’s songs like “Everything”, “My Heart” and “Beautiful Smile” that truly give The Groove Makers the staying power; the power to stay with you even after the song is over, because you’ll be getting these choruses completely stuck in your head with no escape.

The musicianship factors are completely off the charts with this album. With smooth bass lines, a tight-knit rhythm section with soulful anthemic vocal energy and every other additive each member brings to the table, Judgement Day simply is a record of not just pure talent, but perfectionism too. Every nook and cranny is covered, and with slick guitar progressions and stylistic keyboard parts with on-the-mark backup vocals, Judgement Day also proves that the band is fully comprised of not just top of the line musicians, but principal songwriters as well. Whether it’s on a cruise ship or stadium, The Groove Makers have put together a wholesome sound that never leaves a stone unturned, and that’s exactly what is comprised on Judgment Day.

Throughout their five year career, the band has already acquired a vast array of accomplishments including a 2020 WAM Award Nominee (Best Reggae Music), 7 Times Reverb Nation Featured Artist, Selected for Global Home Music Fest, SongDew TV, Brews Radio, and several others. Rootspence & The Groove Makers are one of those bands you become stoked about after discovering them. And after you take a listen to Judgment Day yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why. The album is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and several other digital music streaming platforms.

For Roots the most rewording thing in the word is “that feeling, you know… when you look deep into someone’s eyes and you just feel great… you don’t care about what you lost because you believe sharing, giving and mending souls is just the right and greatest thing to do”. Baptized Roots as translation of his reasoning style. Paradoxically idealist and man with feet on the ground, he advocates love, respect, compassion, harmony, equality and peace. -Rootspence


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