Exclusive Artist Review: Dru – “Declamation of Useless Genius” Album/LP

NYC-based recording artist Dru (full name Dru Hepkins) is well renowned in the voice acting realm and has built an insatiably reputable career out of it. However, before discovering his love of that field, Dru would embark on a path of musicianship and eventually wrote an arsenal of songs with his own signature sound and stylization. And even though there were trials and tribulations throughout some of his earlier years, the overall result would ultimately showcase its unsurpassed worth with his anthology album ‘Declamation of Useless Genius’ – a nine track LP that delves deep into Dru‘s musicianship factors and artistic merit.

This record showcases several crucial angles of Dru‘s career and features tracks he wrote from the last decade – giving the listener the opportunity to hear him evolve and develop a sound that is authentic, cleverly structured and diligently produced. Opening track “Sit and Wait to Die” is an exceptional piece of music that truly casts a spotlight on Dru‘s songwriting structures and clever lyrical outbursts. Featuring a hauntingly ominous atmosphere comprised with dynamic piano measures, silky smooth bass lines and hypnotic female backup vocals, this song in particular really grabs hold of the listener and demands undivided and uninterrupted attention. Dru‘s subtle yet effective vocal melody choices give us a visceral listening experience with his authentic approach and story-telling narratives that really put his multifaceted nature right out to the forefront. It’s a transparently powerful first impression that sets the tone for the rest of the album’s duration without any borders or boundaries. Another anchor highlight from this record is the acoustic-based “Jackie’s Song”. An anthemic tune with dynamically crafty guitar riffs that add a sense of multi-layers to the overall song structure that really paves the way to an atmospheric musical landscape in its execution. It has undisputed wholesomeness and defining factors that make this a truly solid entry on this album without reservation – adding to the journey into Dru‘s musical direction as the record plays out.

The attentiveness to detail that this album encompasses is heavily apparent from the very beginning and really highlights Dru‘s many angles of talent. It’s the perfect record for anyone just discovering him and will definitely entice you to dive deeper into his career and discography. You can get your copy of this release on Spotify, SoundCloud, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. We can’t recommend this one highly enough.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Maalthepsalmist – “Cursed By Cupid” Album/LP

Very few artists could release a debut album with the impact that Maalthepsalmist has. Hailing from the West Palm Beach, Florida scene, the rising artist began hitting the ground running at full speed just this past year and so far has shown no sign of slowing down – and he makes this all the more apparent with his viscerally swagger debut full-length LP ‘Cursed By Cupid’ for all the right reasons.

This 13-track banger delves into several crucial elements of R&B, Hip Hop and Pop sensibilities. Maalthepsalmist‘s distinctive signature sound is balanced by equal parts originality and familiarity to give each listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. His stylistic nature also has a reminiscence to industry heavyweights including Michael jackson, Mary J Blige, Prince, Boyz II Men, and New Edition. Anchor single “Don’t Holla At Me” is a tastefully swagger track that showcases Maalthepsalmist‘s versatile vocal approach with a subtlety that is hypnotic and even haunting at times. One thing that’s apparent in this song and throughout the record is the distinctive melody choices he makes that follow along diligently with the lead instruments. It’s a very authentic style that really showcases Maalthepsalmist‘s vocals in the most effective angles.

The track “Superstar” is jazzy, bluesy and has a more upbeat dynamic when it comes to its rhythmic approach. It’s a solid tune with wholesomeness in all the right places. While closing track “Unforgiven” has a more hypnotic bossa nova angle that leans more towards a classic R&B approach that shares parallels with the 90s and early 2000s. This entire record has several crucial parallels but the bottom line is it showcases Maalthepsalmist‘s insatiable vocal and songwriting skills most effectively, leaving us with an authentic sound that is brilliantly crafted and diligently executed. “Cursed By Cupid” is available now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms – it will definitely entice you to delve deeper into the career and future releases of Maalthepsalmist altogether. You’ll definitely become an instant fan after giving this record a spin.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Forest Robots – “Amongst A Landscape Of Spiritual Reckoning” Album

We were beyond impressed with solo artist Forest Robots‘ third album when we reviewed it last June. Now in 2021, he has conjured up a fourth album that exceeds all expectations. The new record ‘Amongst A Landscape Of Spiritual Reckoning’ diligently showcases Forest Robots‘ evolution and really brings his signature sound to the forefront in this ten-track juggernaut.

Comprised of ambient guitar swells, atmospheric textures and anthemic electronic additives throughout the album’s duration, ‘Amongst A Landscape…” truly encompasses a multi layered sound that is articulately crafted and cleverly executed. The performance and production value parallels each other perfectly and the atmosphere of the album sets a tone that encapsulates many moods throughout. It has brilliant touches of Jazz, Indie, and Orchestral instrumentals with tons of different flavors in each song to bring a unique and captivating listening experience to anyone that encounters this album. It’s like a rollercoaster of emotions that have steep ups and downs, which really explores many different angles of Forest Robots‘ unique ambient style. It’s a record you need to hear to believe.

Each song meshes beautifully with the next and goes together like a storybook or concept album. The track “All Great Things Must Grow Through Dirt First” has a sampled sound of rain in the background and really puts an atmosphere into the song that is rarely heard. The dynamic use of sounds of nature really breathes life into this album and enhances the listening experience through the textures and chemistry that is conveyed in every song. It has insatiable staying power – the power to stay with you even long after it’s over.

This album deserves multiple listens and you’ll discover something new each time you encounter it. You can listen to it exclusively on BandCamp and you can find several Forest Robots releases on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms.


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