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: Ples Jones – “Sounds Of The Mind” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

Today’s era of Electronic Music and Hip Hop can be very convoluted with all the sub genres that conjure from today’s contemporary run-of-the-mill artists. It’s a big industry with a persistent rise of up-and-comers from platforms like SoundCloud, DatPiff and those alike. While those platforms remain true to form, it’s hard to stand out from this massive crowd. But every now and then you run into one of those rare gems that truly is a standout of their caliber. And a shining example of this gem is Pittsburgh-based Electronic DJ and Producer Ples Jones with his latest LP “Sounds Of The Mind”.

As the title suggests and perhaps putting one of the freshest takes on today’s Electronic Music standard, Jones comes out swinging on every track of this album and brilliantly showcases his versatile craft by setting a nostalgic tone to his signature Chillhop sound. Specializing in R&B and House music, Jones conjures a refreshing vibe to the table that dynamically puts his skillset to the forefront with exceptional precision and authenticity. He’s been honing his craft behind the mixing board for 15 years, touching on his love for Jazz and Soulful R&B additives to a very addictive Hip Hop sound that is reminiscent with yesterday and today’s more elite producers.

“Sounds Of The Mind” really sets the perfect nostalgic tone in consistency and never waivers from the nostalgic flow Jones brings to each track with his clever production techniques and versatile compositions. With tracks like “Alonzo’s Groove”, “Apologia” and “Bleu Light” to kick this record off, you immediately get a grasp on Jones‘ ability to create tracks that touch on several genre elements that blend very tastefully. The beats and rhythm sections that carry each song drives every electronic-infused melody perfectly and really delves into a craft that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity. Carrying over to “Cherish”, this track serves up a classic R&B style that really puts soul into the record. It is refreshing goodness with that perfect beat that reminds us how R&B was meant to be. The standout on this album, however, is feature-artist track “Drop”. A Hip Hop track with EDM touches that features brilliant lyrical hooks and bars from feature artist Phantom. This sweet concoction delivers an array of genre blending, vibrancy, consistency and everything in between to make this song completely unforgettable and a home run on the album.

“EmpPHATic” is a synth-driven tune that continues to drive the R&B element forward and really helps carry weight on this record with its vibrant setting and ambient flavor. “Late Nite Snack” brings us more of that nostalgic feeling this album has demonstrated from the beginning while “Married To The 90s” and “Shine” are more upbeat and animated in their execution. These four tracks in particular really give us a deep dive into the diversity of Ples Jones‘ production value and garners a dynamic quality that is rare among today’s DJs and EDM creators. The next feature-artist standout track “Quien Tiene Boca (feat. Alba Santos)” is a tasty R&B flavor with an amazing Spanish vocal delivery and soulfully crafted melody. The vocal mix on this song in particular is more than notable as it is beautifully performed. This one will get your heart fluttering. “Rise” is another female-featured track with a sound reminiscent to Sia with its own special touch. Featuring female singer Liz Cirelli, this dreamlike sequence brings new heights to the album with a sense of climax and anticipation as the track plays out. It’s brilliantly mixed, perfectly executed and adds more layers to this record while remaining consistent in the overall signature sound.

The bass and beat-driven “Santorini” is edgy and industrial with a darker tone in its delivery and fits like a glove with the predecessors on the record. “Shine (feat. Late Nite Vegas)” is the perfect subsequence that also captivates a darker tone with an upbeat flow and clever production narrative, while closing track “The Realization” brings us a synth-infused light at the end of the tunnel as a perfect album closer. Altogether, creating an innovative and creatively effective album where all the pieces fit no matter how many times you hear it.

The best thing about “Sounds Of The Mind” is the execution of each song with top of the line production value. Every track flows perfectly to the next while keeping consistency afoot with nostalgic vibes and tasteful genre blends. This album is not just recommended, it’s an absolute must-listen in its own right and demonstrates a very versatile skillset that Ples Jones showcases from beginning to end. This album has staying power with an ability to keep you coming back for more. You’ll be more than happy you gave this album a spin, and this record will definitely entice you to look deeper into Ples Jones‘ artist journey.

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Artist Review: frafri – Thank You For So Much, Sorry For So Little” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A lot of producers & creators showcase their best work through their musical visions and audio expressions through sound, especially when it comes to the instrumental aspect. frafri‘s 15-track LP Thanks For So Much, Sorry For So Little is a clear demonstration into the mind of exactly that – the thought process and execution of instrumental expression and the moods and structures that parallel the songwriting structures as a way to get into the mind of a creator.

And that’s the kind of LP frafri has put together, a record of many visceral moods, innovative beats, and the brilliant use of guitar sequences and synthesizers that really set the tone for each track. From subtle buildups, explosively climactic measures and anthemic melody choices throughout the album, each song delves into a form of expression that steers along the lines of ominous emotions, and feelings that are thought provoking.

And that’s one of my favorite parts about frafri‘s latest collection of tracks – the ambience and versatility that really sets this album apart from anything else within its caliber. But I don’t necessarily mean “experimental” when it comes to that particular term, because these songs are diligently put together and definitely brilliantly structured. They flow together like chapters in a book, and scream loudly with narratives even though this album doesn’t have. But the biggest component to this record is the creative use of instruments – from introverted guitar parts to a vast array of keys and synths providing the atmosphere. After listening to all 15-tracks in their entirety, you begin to draw the full picture in your mind. The full picture that this album delivers a full, flavorful sound with wholesome totality – and you find yourself resonating with every measure both musically, and visually.

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Artist Review: Delti Becker – “Voiceless” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Concept albums are some of the most intriguing. With the concept of the many different emotions of Winter and the cold, Songwriter/Composer Delti Becker presents us with a hauntingly visceral and melodically blissful listening experience with his newest album Voiceless.

With many moods, landscapes and surreal sequences throughout the record, this 19-track masterpiece engages us in a journey into an instrumentally emotional realm with the cold and Winter-themed song titles and conceptual cover art. With production value and songwriting factors that parallel each other perfectly, Voiceless is one of the best demonstrations of how music can be very emotional and visual in an instrumental setting.

Those that understand Classical music and Music Theory will especially appreciate this album, but its modernized approach is perhaps one of the strongest elements Becker brings to the table on this record. Each song resonates with the next, and the choices between melodies and instruments is what makes them so effective when you listen to each track in its entirety. First thing you recognize is the elite songwriting structures that have gone into these songs – no ordinary musician or composer can pull off a signature sound like this without the gift of natural talent. The other is the production value. Every measure has the strings, pianos and supporting instruments in their rightful place with multifaceted multi-layers, and a vast array of melodies that set the moods and emotions that carry the weight of everything you hear.

This is a powerful album for aspiring artists, and artists that wanna be inspired. It’s an exercise of putting a concept in place and getting it across without the use of lyrics. And Voiceless does this beautifully. It’s a modern record for the classic listener. It’s currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms – you’ll be more than happy you listened.

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Artist Review: Peltier – “Duality” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

A record that is musically blissful and emotionally visceral, we get a vast array of beautiful moods and landscapes from artist/producer Peltier‘s newest EP, Duality.

From behind the creative mind of a producer lies a signature sound and a stylistic niche. Combine this with the artistic merit of that same producer, and we have Duality. Comprised of 3 tracks that diligently explore musical emotions and a visual journey into the audio realm.

The first track, “That Spot”, demonstrates the signature touches and vibes that play out through the duration of each track. A perfect introductory tale of the digital world of electronic and EDM that Peltier creates. One thing that is most notable about this track is the effectiveness it has as an instrumental track. The song starts out subtle and ominous, and grasps onto many different layers and components as the song plays out. It’s a more laid back and anthemic beat that heavily expresses moods through the crafted melodies that overlay the song.

Next number, “Sensible Touch”, sticks to a similar recipe as its predecessor, but begins to explore different angles in both writing and production sequences. The synths in both tracks parallel each other beautifully, showcasing the brilliant melody choices Peltier utilizes throughout his song structures. This song is especially melodic in the same way, and continues to bring out the signature sound this EP resonates with.

The final track, “Harpoon”, is more rhythmic and energetic, but still maintains the ambience and textures that have been heard throughout the last two tracks. This song definitely ties the tracks together, almost the same way a trilogy does to films. It’s a resolution to the three songs, and a track that really brings Peltier‘s craft to the forefront in whole. The production quality is very relevant, consistent, and puts a modern visual bliss to audio recording and instrumental songwriting.

These are songs for the creative mind, an EP that delves deep beyond the surface of your emotions, and something you can listen to and relate with when you truly take them in. Peltier‘s Duality is anything but ordinary, and will keep you fascinated on what his future prospects may hold. You’ll also be enticed to look more into his background and prior releases. It’s a record that truly puts electronic music into the emotional realm.

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Artist Review: SuZen Releases Her Ambient And Inspirationally Moving Spoken Word Anthem “Jiva Is Shiva (The Mantra Mix)”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Inspirational, motivational and spiritually anthemic, UK-based Yoga Chant & Spoken Word artist SuZen projects her words into insatiable passion and magical solace with her newest single “Jiva Is Shiva (The Mantra Mix)”.

Presented as the opening track of her 7-track album, this track is a vocal demonstration of visceral feelings, spiritual realms and unwavering essence of self. SuZen, real name Susan Ni Rahilly, is renowned as a Yoga and Meditation teacher and author, and considers herself “trans-genre”: a multi-dimensional teacher. She is also regarded as a Master in India. And this track is a very clear demonstration of her authentic talent and ability to showcase her expertise through the expression of music, and it’s very effective and nostalgic when you clear your mind and let her voice guide you.

This track is one of her seven spiritual laws of Yoga, and is designated for men between the ages of 25 and 40, most specifically during their drive time; a time they can get space and personal time to think. And it resonates beautifully with its artistic merit and SuZen‘s craft. It’s a track that is ambient, climactic and very multifaceted in its content and parallels perfectly with its production value. Her voice is an angelic and hypnotic presence and really leads your body and mind to a deeper inner place of relaxation, resolution and clarity. The multifaceted nature of the track is very natural and versatile; it really delves into the depth of SuZen‘s character, as well as your own. And that’s one of the most compelling components of “Jiva Is Shiva” – its ability to connect with the listener and bring them to a spiritual resolution.

The track was released on December 4th, and is currently available on several digital music retailers and streaming platforms. It’s an enchanting track that reflects SuZen‘s 25 years as a Yoga Teacher, specialist, and artist in her own right. You’ll never hear another one like her.

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Artist Review: Vladimir Sterzer – “Black Mirrors” LP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

With beautiful piano landscapes and visceral measures in every track, Vladimir Sterzer brings us on a musical journey of emotions, ambience, and a surreal atmosphere with his album Black Mirrors.

Comprised of 16 tracks that are ominously dark and brilliantly melodic, Black Mirrors is just as thought provoking as it is peaceful. Each song is written and performed with absolute precision and encompasses raw emotion that parallels with the top notch production value. It’s an unwavering story-telling album that can mean something different to each person that listens, and is instrumentally dynamic as it is simple at times, though always appropriate.

Vladimir brings us more than just a collection of songs with this album, he brings us anthems, compositions of glistening textures and unforgettable piano swells that grab your attention from the very beginning. It’s an album you feel, one that you can listen to no matter the moods that are involved. It’s an album that allows you to escape the clutches of personal conflict and really release your anxiety.

Black Mirrors is an album that really puts a modern spin on some of the most prominent classical music over many generations and musical eras. It’s a rare treat and an absolute gem in its own right; and really showcases the brilliance of Vladimir‘s songwriting and overall signature sound. There is endless beauty in this album, no matter how you listen to it. And you’ll find yourself coming back to these tracks time and time again; as they are truly timeless compositions.

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