Artist Review: Cherry Ilex Sound – Reason (Take a Trip) featuring Erica B

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

We’ve reviewed Cherry Ilex‘s music before. The elite west coast producer has laid down a more-than-solid foundation for his multifaceted set of multi-talents both as a songwriter and creator behind the mixing board; and he comes back out swinging with his first release in 2020, “Reason (Take a Trip)”.

Cherry‘s knack for vibing rhythms and catchy melodies is still ever present just like his previous releases. But this time, with feature artist Erica B at the helm of lead vocals, “Reason” has something truly special from beginning to end from the very first listen, and reaches out to a very innovative and wide-ranged audience that can appreciate Pop, Hip Hop, EDM, R&B and everything between. This track has a beat that captures a rap/snap and classic R&B signature, but possesses several clever elements in the realm of production and melody choices.

Erica B‘s vocals are addictive and completely star-quality; making this track a standout of its kind in the vocal melody department. But Cherry‘s attentiveness to detail is what truly makes this song an absolute gem. It covers many angles that are innovative enough to carry itself throughout the new 2020 millennium, but still has that hint of familiarity that gives us a callback to some of our favorite electronically-infused R&B tracks we’ve come to know over the years from many DJs and producers in the game.

This song is not only interesting, but also full of vibes that are completely feel-good throughout the track’s duration. The vocals are articulately crafted with well thought out lyrics, the production value has more than one approach that really blends together tastefully, and the overall sound this song tackles can cater to many different fans of many genres. This is the perfect kickstart track for the new millennium, and we at Artist Reach can not recommend “Reason” highly enough. You will be addicted to this one.

Listen to “Reason”:

•Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/5rshkW8SJyz1JWUecMU09J

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•Official Website: https://www.cherry-ilex.com

•Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Cherry_Ilex

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

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

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Artist Review: Alpha Circle – “Sweet Talking Time” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

Alpha Circle is no stranger to our platform. Their debut single “Circles” received considerable acclaim and praise among our readers and music community at large. The song has launched their career in a way that has gotten the band to hit the ground running and garner the attention of Alt/Rock fans from all walks of life. With their new subsequent single, “Sweet Talking Time”, Alpha Circle proves that they continue to set the bar higher each time they hit the studio.

This Alt/Rock piano-driven track is more anthemic than anything. Reminiscent of early 2000’s Coldplay releases with touches of Mae and Copeland’s “You Are My Sunshine”, Alpha Circle have once again utilized a very collective and innovative signature sound that is prioritized by above average songwriting structures and melody choices; especially with the vocals. This ballad-like single is subtle during its verses with a charming and soothing lead vocal melody that immediately engages the listener’s undivided attention. All building up to a chorus that ties the song together in a way that reminds you that Alpha Circle puts their songwriting skills high on the priority list and proves that it’s all about the song structures rather than production theatrics – which gives them a true identity of the band’s authenticity and natural talent.

“Sweet Talking Time” portrays lyrics that delve deeply into the song’s subject matter at hand, but not to the point of attempting to be poetry. The lyrical narrative really drives the aura and emotional plea the music provides and really demonstrates a parallel between the music and lyrics altogether. The piano intro really sets the tone on this track and carries significant weight throughout the song’s duration,

Once again we have impressive work coming from each band member that holds a key to the group’s solidified sound and musical aura. The chord structures are full and composed to fruition with an impressively tightly-knit rhythm section that has complimentary bass lines that are smooth and perfectly maintained by the skillful drum parts that are both simple and effective. It’s a vast array of emotions coming from each element the group puts together and in the end, hones a craft that puts Alpha Circle far beyond your average Alt/Rock group. Their indie approach and straightforward production value perfectly demonstrates the band’s ability in this song as well as natural talent as a collective unit.

“Sweet Talking Time” is a triumphant follow-up single and truly adds to Alpha Circle‘s direction as a group. Each release they’ve put out has strongly showcased the band’s ability as both songwriters and performers as a whole. And if you enjoyed their previous single, this one will definitely get you even more invested into them. If Alpha Circle keeps this kind of momentum going, then they will be seeing big things on the horizon. No doubt about it.

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Artist Review: FRND CRCL – “Famous” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

It’s refreshing when a band like FRND CRCL hits the scene to remind us that melodic pop/punk is still alive and well. This articulate quartet of professional musicians not only have a solidified signature sound that is raw and melody-driven, but relentlessly fun and energetic as well. And their newest single “Famous” demonstrates their ability perfectly.

Accompanied by a colorful official music video with some clever meme-themed editing, this song launches into a dangerously catchy chorus that will have a very hard time leaving your head. Combining an indie pop-punk sound reminiscent of genre juggernauts like Blink 182, Alkaline Trio, Neck Deep and others of a similar caliber, FRND CRCL hones a unique style that is memorable, personal and elegantly crafted. The four musicians blend diligently and really showcase a type of self-awareness that most bands lack nowadays. Despite the song title, this band is humble and doesn’t portray an arrogance that leads you believe that they’re out just to chase fame. These dudes have fun with what they’re doing, and this song sends that vibe pretty much instantly.

With a pounding rhythm section, crunchy guitar chops and dual vocal melodies at the forefront throughout the song’s duration, “Famous” sets the bar high for the band and really delves into the band’s ability to write a catchy riff with melody choices that fit like a glove. The verses have a punchy groove and really gives you that rare feeling of intrigue when it comes to tightly knit songs angled more towards the newer era of pop-punk, but still maintains that wit and charm the genre has been known for since it started exploding back in the mid-to-late 90s. Overall, FRND CRCL puts forth a balance and composure that showcases each member’s influence in the band, conjuring a solid rock sound that sustains both originality and familiarity. “Famous” from the very first listen will be very difficult to get out of your head: and will stick with you long after it’s over.

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Artist Review: Wolfe Black – “Runaway” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to natural beauty, unwavering talent and insatiable passion for her craft, Wolfe Black is quite the trifecta. And it really shows on her newest atmospheric single “Runaway”.

Originally hailing from the landscapes of Australia, Wolfe Black has been establishing her musical foundation in the Montreal music scene in Canada, and so far has hit the ground running. Armed with this first single, a regional buzz and word of mouth, Black has been laying down the groundwork for big things in her horizon and “Runaway” is direct evidence of this.

Drawing a nostalgic reminiscence to award winning artists like Enigma, Sia and those alike, Black really focuses on bringing forth an atmosphere that is magical and musically sensual. Her vocal range is showcased very diligently and shines bright on every element this song conjures up throughout the duration of this single. Her melody choices are effective, her vocal approach is authentic and natural, and the overall production value of this song really shines the spotlight on Wolfe Black‘s signature exotic sound.

This is not only a song, it’s an emotional journey; one of those tracks that you can feel as it plays out. Black has one of those voices that can guide you, and she really takes the lead on this fresh single from start to finish. Another important component of this song is the consistency; there is a vibrant edge that touches on melodic swells, subtle simmers, as well as buildups that never let you down. It has a structure that is more adventurous than it is formulaic; which gives it the charm it needs to retain the staying power all hit singles should possess.

This is not your average single, and Wolfe Black is not your run-of-the-mill Pop singer. She truly breathes life into her music and harbors a passion that immediately draws you in. “Runaway” is one of those songs that will soothe the body, the mind, and remind you that you can get lost in the moment at any time. Just close your eyes and let this song absorb into you – you’ll see (and hear) exactly why Wolfe Black is an artist to be keeping an eye out for.

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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: BiGG$ – “Marijuana Memories (prod. by Novmber)”

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Get ready for a feel-good track with a fresh new vibe, because on-the-rise Hip Hop pioneer BiGG$ is doing big things for the vital future of Hip Hop. And he continues to push forward in his career with the recent release of his popular single, “Marijuana Memories”.

As a track that draws in both old school and modern sensibilities, this is a song that has insatiable passion, clever punchlines, and a feel-good aura that delves you into what BiGG$ is all about – creating effective and addictive tracks that stay with you far after the first listen. Carrying an ambient beat that is more subtle, well-paced and at-times nostalgic, the flow from BiGG$ dynamically crafted lyricism really shines in the forefront and never waivers from the song’s identity and self awareness. It’s a laid back track that lets us know to enjoy life a little more, and to relax with a good quality doobie.

The production value is notable and impressive; putting a visceral and modern spin on old school flavors that mix together like good weed and fine wine. BiGG$ has an established and direct approach in his vocal delivery, yet still knows when to incorporate that subtlety in all the right places to make “Marijuana Memories” the gem that is really is.

His lyrical structures are intact and never attempt to outdo/overdo itself in any way. The post production offers more magical touches than anything else – keeping a level ground to walk on throughout this track’s duration. We’ve heard many marijuana concepts in many Hip Hop tracks, but this one is a definite standout and could easily get a Snoop Dogg approval. BiGG$ is doing big things, and it’s tracks like “Marijuana Memories” that is helping pave the way for the rising artist. You will not regret putting this song on repeat.

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Artist Review: Leaving Zero – “Get Your Body Moving” & “Coming Back For More” Singles

Review by: Justyn Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

Some bands know how to grab you by the ears from the very first listen. They say first impressions are the most crucial ones, and can make or break a career when attempting to launch. In this case we have Memphis-based Hard Rock quintet, Leaving Zero, who immediately has hit the ground running.

For a band just starting out with their first two singles, these guys are an absolute mind blow. Their first single, “Get Your Body Moving”, does complete justice to the song title. It’s a heavy concoction of frantic guitar progressions, fierce tones, a heavyweight rhythm section, and a masterful vocal approach that steers the track into mid-to-high range ferocity. Drawing reminiscence to influential rock bands like Shinedown, 3 Doors Down and Stone Sour, Leaving Zero combines many versatile elements that deliver up a signature sound that is recognizable and original in their own right. Chris Autry’s vocals are authentic, full of attitude, and really delves into the band’s overall artistic merit as the cog of the machine. With a dangerously catchy chorus at the centerfold of the song, “Get Your Body Moving” does exactly what it advertises.

Moving on to their subsequent single, “Coming Back For More”, we get the same punch and precision as the predecessor, but this time with a more driving tempo and upbeat key signature. This one has a little more adrenaline but sustains the same amount of charm as the first single. Focusing more on the technical skill set of the drums and guitar work at the helm, this tightly fit track is comfortable like a leather glove and never lets up on the insatiable energy. Autry comes out swinging once again with more tasty vocal melodies that soar through each verse and reach a climactic feat by the time the chorus shows up. It’s a perfect follow-up to the last track and continues to showcase the band’s signature sound and each member’s influence on the overall execution of each song.

One of the most notable factors of these singles is the high quality production value. For a band honing their craft with a prominent hard rock sound in this modern era, the pre and post production is beyond the norm and exceeds expectations for a band just starting out. It sets the bar high for the band, and they are more than ready to reach those heights very few bands in this era really do. Both of these songs have mainstream potential and Leaving Zero is definitely a band I can see labels taking an interest in.

I’ve been in many bands for the last 23 years, and this is the type of group I’d love to write/jam/perform with. And trust me…I’m picky. Leaving Zero is just starting out, but not without a bang. Fans of this band will be impatiently waiting for a full length album, just like we are. You won’t regret giving these guys a listen.

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