Exclusive Review: Element A.U. – “Crispy” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

There aren’t many short-and-to-the-point Hip Hop moguls like Element A.U. out there. An artist that captures his craft quickly, precisely, and diligently projected. And with his teasingly vocal onslaught with charismatic rhyming schemes and dynamic lyrical structures in just under two minutes run time, Element‘s solid track “Crispy”, featured on his recent release Gift Of Game, does some major justice not only as a rapper, but a creator as well.

His album title definitely fits like a Breitling watch – Element with this track truly proves he is definitely a gift of the game and sets no boundaries in getting that point across. Since he began hitting the ground running in the industry, he’s been making waves throughout his prospective Knoxville, TN scene area and his surroundings; garnering an insatiable buzz amongst other rappers and fans alike. But one thing that stands out among Element and others around his hustle is the fact that he’s been on a DIY mission that has residually been beneficial for the rising rapper. And with his song “Crispy”, he proves that his come-up has been more than authentic.

“Crispy” is quick, in-your-face, and entices you to really get to know who Element really is as an artist; a tease into what his full-length release Gift Of Game has to offer. And “Crispy” is a perfect appetizer for what’s to come when you pick up your copy of his album. His rhyming never waivers from his consistency to keep you captivated, his flow never weakens and always keeps the vibe alive no matter how short this track may be. But above all, this track will have you hankering for more. So once you take a listen to “Crispy”, you’ll definitely understand why his album Gift Of Game is appropriately titled. We assure you that once you take a listen to this single, you’ll be enticed to pick up Element‘s album too – and you’ll see you (and hear) why he truly is the Gift Of Game.

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Exclusive Review: Hei$enberg – “Bad Chick” Single

Article by: Justyn Brodsky

An artist like Hei$enberg isn’t just a diamond in the rough, he’s the type that will shine bright even among other gems in the gallery. And one of his more-than-noticeable demonstrations of this is with his hit single “Bad Chick”, a track that is charismatic enough to retain relevance in today’s mainstream scene, but with a whole lot more punch and wit than one could ever expect.

This track’s ambient intro serves up a solitude that leaves us anticipated and overwhelmed until those verses come in. With backing vocal tracks complimenting each clever rhyme and wordsmithy magic touch as the verses play out, the next-level beat comprises itself with extra punch and versatility that is impossible to go unnoticed; it’s something that will easily stick in your head.

The structure of this track, though well-paced and formulaic, plays it safely throughout each measure. Which is perfectly fine, given the multifaceted nature of the song’s unique approach and mesh of Rap & Hip Hop styles that stay true to their anthemic quality. It’s a club banger that will definitely turn some heads and heals on the dance floor without any cause for concern or change of pace; “Bad Chick” fits right in, cordially and contagiously.

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Exclusive Review: Cherry-Ilex – “Where Is Your Love (feat. Erica B. and Shaunté Daurice)” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

If there’s one thing we’ve gotten to know about Long Beach-based producer Kevin Bailey (known as studio/recording artist Cherry-Ilex), it’s that he continues to pump out the hits ever since he hit the ground running many years ago when he first hopped behind the mixing board.

Since last month’s exclusive review for his predecessor, “Reason”, Bailey set the bar very high for the expectations surrounding what would be his highly anticipated follow up. And true to form, with his newest single “Where Your Love”, a song that lends beautifully executed continuity to his previous singles with much more versatility, proves that Cherry-Ilex is more than just a producer and songwriter – he’s a hit maker.

With female feature-artist Erica B. at the helm of lead melody vocals again (now accompanied by backup singing tracks), “Where Is Your Love” showcases the same power as the previous single and brings out more innovation than anything else Cherry has put out in the recent past. This track utilizes the same similar effective formulas that has given Cherry‘s music the charm that it is known for; using well selected plugins, classic R&B/Jazz-era instrumental styles, all mixed diligently with a humble and modern edge that makes a track like this completely relevant in today’s mainstream music spectrum.

Erica B‘s vocals once again are astounding and natural with much more projection from the presence of backup vocals bringing her more out to the forefront. “Where Is Your Love” is a sensual and unforgettable song that reminds us of the way R&B was meant to be – wholesome, soulful and real. Cherry-Ilex has set the bar even higher yet again, and “Where Is Your Love” is a perfect addition to Cherry‘s growing catalogue of hits, and when you take a listen to this track yourself, you’ll definitely be anticipating what tricks he has up his sleeves next time he enters the studio.

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Press Release: Florida Industrial-Rock/Metal Outfit New Dilemma Gears Up To Release Their Highly Anticipated EP “Is Your Story Over” In June

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Dave Welsh

Florida’s music scene has some serious competition on the heavier side of the Rock field. New Dilemma, hailing from the Orlando metropolitan area, gears up to release their highly anticipated EP “Is Your Story Over“, and they are truly not messing around.

Your story may be over, but New Dilemma‘s has only just begun. The heavy Rock-Industrial outfit has conjured up a signature sound that is not only multifaceted, but versatile as well. Their high gain in-your-face guitar riffs with earth rumbling grooves and intricately crafted vocals are not only melodically ambient and powerful, but also share equal parts originality and familiarity as well; giving their audience a taste of something different yet identifiable. The band boasts a frantic-like energy on each track that is reminiscent of late 90s/early 2000s greats such as Orgy, Chevelle, Shinedown and others of a similar caliber. However, New Dilemma, while adopting elements of the earlier heavy eras, have also put the perfect modern touches into the cog of the machine that makes an EP like “Is Your Story Over” a complete standout of its kind.

The likability factors of this record are endless, but it’s the relentlessly bone shattering grooves, full-on guitar onslaught, melodically heavy projection in the vocal techniques and electronically-infused textures that make each track from New Dilemma‘s record completely unforgettable and mind boggling. This is the type of record where it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, and you won’t find yourself skipping over any tracks whatsoever.

“Is Your Story Over” officially drops on June 26th, but there will be many teasers to come before then. The anchor single “Playing Victim” will be dropping along with an official music video sometime over the next couple months, as well as other album teasers. New Dilemma is active on social media, has developed an insatiable buzz in their hometown music scene and is building the anticipation in every possible way. The band has kept themselves under wraps very effectively, but are ready to explode onto the market when all is unleashed.

Be sure to follow New Dilemma on all of their platforms to keep close tabs on what’s to come, and don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 26th when the EP officially drops. You have no idea what you’re in for. This is a band you’ll be bragging about to all your friends because you discovered them first.

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Artist Review: G-Pak – “This Is It (feat. Brooke Lynne)”

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

There’s some heat coming out of the Brooklyn borough of NYC, and it’s coming out fire hot. With an insatiable knack for clever lyrical outbursts and wordsmithy rhyming schemes, Hip Hop artist G-Pak comes out swinging with his latest club-worthy banger “This Is It (feat. Brooke Lynne)”.

This single is all about the vibes. It has a versatile beat with auspicious detail in the mix that easily grabs your undivided attention with its bump and grind swagger, multifaceted use of instruments and swell pacing that sets the tone for the vocals to be extremely effective. And this track delivers in full. With a sing-songy chorus with an engaging punchline and melody choices, G-Pak really shines on this song from the very first measure and leads us into verses that are cleverly executed and projected.

Sharing the dueling verse duties with female feature artist Brooke Lynne, the rhymes, bars and hooks are eyebrow raising and demonstratively skilled beyond today’s run-of-the-mill rappers. Brooke‘s flow is charismatic, attitude-driven, and easy to resonate with the beat that continues to drive this song forward. When we get to the G-Pak verse, he ties the track together perfectly with his mid-ranged vocal approach and his undeniably smooth way with words; proving it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

The production value on “This Is It” is very detail oriented and really feels like a track that has been worked on diligently without a rush job. The dynamic use of vocal takes is one of the strongest components this song offers and you can really hear this stroke of genius each time you re-listen to it. And that’s another strongpoint; this track has a plethora of likability factors and is easy to revisit, which will definitely entice you to check more into G-Pak‘s catalogue, both past, present and future. “This Is It” is an absolute gem for 2020, and really sets the bar high for the NYC music scene. You can’t go wrong with this song.

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Artist Review: Pariz Noir – “Las Olas” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With sensual vibes, atmospheric textures and an enthusiastically ambient beat stirred into one tasteful concoction, Miami-based Pop Artist Pariz Noir proves that her newest single “Las Olas” is something on a whole new level, and really sets a nostalgic tone to her signature sound.

Pariz, who is also known by the identity logo “VX”, brings forth a futuristic approach that encompasses elements of Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop with a very subtle and sensual edge that makes this song a very blissful listening experience. Her vocals, blended with an anthemic and modern style, showcase an impressive range with a sing-songy formula that is both catchy and dynamic. She hones a crafty display of clever bars, rhymes, hooks and diligently blends it all together into a vocal style that covers different angles of her talent; which puts all the pieces together for a dangerously catchy tune.

And that’s perhaps one of the main standouts of this track – you can re-listen to it and come back to it time and time again without it becoming stale or forgettable. “Las Olas” fits beautifully on one of your hot single playlists with other Pop/R&B artists of a similar caliber, along with the mainstream greats you’ve come to know and love this past decade. Pariz‘s sound altogether has that solid Miami flavor that is sexy, club-worthy and classy; the production value is the best of its kind, and approached with a sensuality that can easily heat up both the dance floor and the bedroom. And once you take a listen to “Las Alos” yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why. This track is a perfect gem for 2020.

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Artist Review: Bruja – “False Prophets” Album/EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

If you’re the type of music fanatic that digs contagiously catchy Rock-infused Blues with a plethora of grooves, then Bruja is the band for you. The Delray Beach, Florida-based quartet of solid musicians has been making some major noise in their scene since their formation with their solid signature sound and energetic live shows. And with the release of their six-track record “False Prophets”, which dropped November 1st in 2019, Bruja has raised the bar even higher not just for themselves, but for their scene as well.

From crunchy guitar swells, ambient keyboard textures, a dangerously groovy and punchy rhythm section all topped off with anthemic vocal melodies and top-of-the-line production value, “False Prophets” is a stroke of true genius. Bruja comes together nicely to bring a collection of solid grooves to the forefront of each track very effectively, but it’s also a record that showcases each member of the machine and the impact their individual musicianship brings to the table. With a strong start to the record with the song “Coming Down”, their elements of high energy are diligently in the mix with a great structure throughout the song’s duration. This song in particular has one of the strongest choruses the album offers and never drags out in any way. The dueling crunchy guitars with crybaby-wawa touches puts an atmosphere into Bruja‘s sound that is very visceral and versatile; making this track a more than solid opener.

One factor this album boasts is its ability to remain consistent while also giving each track a different approach to the overall execution. Every instrument/element stands out on this album on its own and would not be nearly as effective if one member were to be taken out of the equation; giving Bruja a chemistry that is perfectly mixed and meshed together. With hints of reggae in the mix, this band’s charismatic sound is not only cleverly executed, but also quenches your insatiable thirst to indulge in something with equal parts originality and familiarity; a modern take on yesterday’s iconic sound that has something for everyone. With album title track “False Prophets” and the instrumental “Check The Groove”, you can clearly hear the diversity this record offers and the clever song structuring in the songwriting process that Bruja brings forth as a unit. The album closer “Roots” is also a crucial standout in its own right with a blend of elements from every track that came before it; which ties it all together into one tastefully catchy record with all the Rock and Blues sweetness you could crave with more than enough groove to go around.

‘False Prophets‘ is a record with staying power, where you can keep coming back to these songs time and time again and love it every time. It sets the bar high for what Bruja has in store for their future releases. Regardless, you’ll be keeping up with them to see just how far they’ll go. And you’ll be glad you did.

Listen to ‘False Prophets’:

•Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4yxisJ39W5hieRgU8A06Bf?si=6qQLMtp0RPGTuHCDYF1Nug

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•Official Website: https://www.brujaband.com

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

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

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