Exclusive Review: The Sullivan Sees – “Strange Times” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for The Sullivan Sees newest single “Strange Times”

Hailing from the landscapes of London, The Sullivan Sees, led by songwriter/musician Mick Cooper, gives us a glimpse and snapshot of lockdown that pays tribute to the every day saviors with the new single “Strange Times”. An eclectic and collaborative song that showcases both the artistic merit of musicianship, and the distinctive message that parallels with it.

Alongside Cooper, at the helm of lead vocals, he is joined by a robust cast of feature artists at the top of their game on this track that includes Dan Harriss on piano, Mattias on guitar, Josue on trumpet, Jason Meekins on drums, rapper Mic, and a debut performance by Ann on backup vocals. The chemistry between these musicians is not just noticeable, but crucial as well, as you can hear a showcasing of each member’s craft throughout the song’s duration. With Cooper’s hauntingly mysterious low-to-mid ranged lead vocals, this song encapsulates an effectively ambient story telling technique that gets your attention from the beginning. The song itself has a clean mix between a lighter 90s-influenced indie rock sensibility with hints of jazz and a versatile vibe that touches on several other genre textures and moods. Cooper presents the song with subtlety and his passion is definitely apparent with both his performance and content.

Feature artist Ann’s vocal appearance is quite a treat. Her impressively high range with tour de force harmonies really adds a flavor twist to this track that really enhances the overall execution of the performance value, which compliments Cooper’s vocals diligently. And rapper Mic delivers some bars and hooks during the song’s bridge and breakdown that really adds to this track’s versatility. He’s unexpected, but certainly not out of place. Meanwhile the guitar work towards this part of the song has a true visceral feel with structured melodic swells, bluesy riffage and overall precision that really solidifies Mattias’s craft on this track that lends more elements to this song’s eclectic tone that makes it a standout of its kind.

“Strange Times” is also a great contribution effort, where all revenues from this song are going to NHS charities. The song is available now on Apple Music, ITunes, Spotify, and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll definitely be adding this one to your playlist.


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Artist Review: Andy James Releases Her Inspirational EP For The Holiday Season “The Christmas Song”

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Beautiful, jazzy and classy, Andy James brings joyful bliss to the essence of the holiday season with her newest EP The Christmas Song.

Comprised of a classically melodic single of her song “The Christmas Song” and a nostalgic cover of the holiday classic “White Christmas”, Andy James brings her soulful voice to the forefront on this record with a jazzy signature sound that is multifaceted and spiritually versatile.

With glistening piano leads, a bossa-nova influenced rhythm section and smooth stand-up bass riffs, the band behind the voice of Andy James brings out her very best on these songs with her beautifully toned vocal range and soothing melody placements that could easily be on Broadway and Las Vegas stages. Her eclectic and classic vocal touches breathes endless likability factors through every measure and really knows how to showcase her voice in many effective angles. Her approach is subtle, anthemic, and leaves an impression on you that is unforgettable and unwavering. Those with an insatiable hankering for real jazz will absolutely fall head over heals for Andy James.

This EP is a perfect holiday anthem for your family nights during this year’s holiday season, as well as the soundtrack to your favorite high class or five-star event setting. The moods delivered in her music are wrapped up like a perfect Christmas package of spirit, talent and true essence of the holiday season with that classical jazzy style that has influenced almost every genre that exists today. Andy James has a world class voice, beauty, and sings passionately through every measure of The Christmas Song EP. You’ll be adding this to your holiday collection this Christmas season, and will enjoy it for many years to come.

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Press Release: Cherry-Ilex Sound – “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” and “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” Singles

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

When it comes to soul, sensibility, musicianship and production value, Kevin Bailey Jr. and the Cherry-Ilex Sound music and studio collective never disappoint.

Back to the grind with another brilliant release, Bailey Jr. and his crew have put together the bossa-nova and R&B infused single “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” with a whole new catchiness from the same caliber of talent.

Reminiscent of the good old Motown Records days, this jazzy and soulful track has enchanting female vocals, great Horn arrangements and a very subtle delivery that is catchy, dynamic and atmospheric. There are many flavors that take place in this song with each verse, and every instrument plays the perfect role behind the vocals.

Delving into the production value, we once again have a very well-crafted tone and mastered mix that really showcase the talent and authenticity without any extra unnecessary noise. The song’s chorus is climactic and enchanting, and puts catchiness into new heights. With a song comprised of several elite musicians behind the production, it’s no wonder that we get something as uplifting and multifaceted as this song.

Bringing us to another track from Cherry-Ilex Sound‘s previous release Rapture Caught Up, we have “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” which was written with a lot of Kevin Bailey Jr’s personal artist influences as a cornerstone. Featuring an 80’s rhythmic groove and feel good vibes, this song also encompasses the modern R&B sound we’ve all come to know and love. With amazing lead vocals carried in the forefront, this moving song is one that really entices you to look deeper into the Cherry-Ilex Sound catalogue.

The musical elements are an astonishing mix of yesterday and today’s more influential sensibilities and really brings the old school feeling to new realms. With another chorus that is catchy and captivating in its writing structure, this is another track that brings out the strength of every musician behind the project as well as Bailey Jr’s skills behind the mixing board. It’s the type of song you can hear and see when you let it into your soul, and come back to time and time again to appreciate.

Both “Slow Down A Minute (This Time)” and “Dreaming of a Dream (Remix)” will be available on November 8th, and will undoubtedly be added to your top R&B flavorful favorites of the year.

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