Exclusive Review: M3lted – “Soldiers On Sunset” Album

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

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When it comes to dynamic production techniques, versatile beat making and multifaceted musicianship factors, M3lted fits the bill. Composed and created during the COVID19 pandemic, this anthemic album was put together as M3lted‘s first release since his retirement from a 16 year music career due to health issues, heartbreak and other events that affected him. Now, with his comeback record ‘Soldiers On Sunset’ making its way across the spectrum, you can clearly hear his love for music returning to the forefront as a major silver lining from the events that led up to it.

It’s immediately apparent from the very first track that M3lted hones a craft and signature sound of his own. From EDM-flavored measures to smooth electronically-infused transitions, this album has been handled with care and absolute precision. The song “Foam Backbone” is an excellent portrayal of M3lted‘s stylization and mixing with great energy additives in all the right places. Meanwhile, “Make Money” and title track “Soldiers On Sunset” are straight Hip Hop bangers with the same charismatic ingredients from the opening tracks that put a dynamic edge to a sound that is solidified and established.

The standout of this album is definitely “Just Another Love Song”, which is more of an anthem than just another song. This soundtrack-worthy track is melodically visceral and really captures the essence and aura that M3lted puts forth throughout this album’s duration. It’s a climactic track with solid melody structures and layers that any veteran producer will appreciate. Overall, this album is incredibly crafty and really resonates with the producer’s realm. After 16 years in the game, “Soldiers On Sunset” is an amazing comeback and will definitely entice you to dive deeper into M3lted‘s catalogue, as well as future releases.

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Exclusive Review: Kyle Oashu – “I Just Want to See the Sun Again” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

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If deeply conveyed poetry translated into an atmospheric formula of Hip Hop, then Kyle Oashu‘s EP ‘I Just Want to See the Sun Again’ would be the soundtrack. And if there’s one thing this album actually is, it’s poetic and anthemic.

Kyle‘s EP takes the body and soul on an ambient journey with six versatile tracks that showcase his artistic merit and skill set as a songwriter. His bars and hooks are crafty, the beats are toned with different moods and atmospheres, and the lyrics are self reflective and real. His opening track “Nimbus” gives a great example of the subtleties that take place behind the beat structures. It’s spacious, soothing and really puts an original foundation to Kyle‘s rapping style and overall execution of his multifaceted style. The subsequent track, “My Grandma Lives In Heaven”, is the banger of the album and presents a charismatically upbeat aura with great lyrical bars and story-telling punchlines. It’s definitely one of the standouts of this record.

With beautiful piano and synth swells throughout the beats, Kyle‘s vocal approach is not only effective, but brings a stylization of subtlety to the forefront that makes this album deep and uplifting. The song “Pretty Little Monster” gives more great highlights to Kyle‘s mid-range vocal structures which hones a craft that highlights precision and technique. All six tracks tie very well together and really explores a self reflective journey of loving yourself before you can love someone else. It’s an inspirational EP and explores the facets of who we positively become through our own learning curves. ‘I Just Want to See the Sun Again’ is a must-hear for 2020. You can find the EP on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Freddie Bourne – “The Troubled Boy At The Bonfire Disco” EP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

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When it comes to versatility, next level production value and attentiveness to detail, Freddie Bourne‘s EP “The Troubled Boy At The Bonfire Disco” really raises the bar and brings a huge, wholesome sound to the table. It’s his fifth studio release and features four larger than life tracks that explore many facets of Freddie‘s talent, and is the farthest thing from a disappointment.

Self proclaimed as “Conscious House-Pop”, Freddie‘s EP, produced by Stephen Horning of Dirty Dogg Productions, gives great nostalgic callbacks to the 90s and early-2000s era with his electronically infused Pop/Indie Rock sensibilities topped with House Music textures and exceptional song structures. Starting off with the opener “I Hope You Don’t Forgive Me”, we get a great acoustically-led guitar progression that builds up to something much more climactic and anthemic as the song plays on. Freddie‘s mid-to-high range vocals are strong, effective and presents this song’s chorus with absolute conviction. The Pop razor edge really works here and could easily be heard as a chart topper among many other artists of a similar caliber. The standout of this EP is definitely “Jeni”, a song with beautiful electronic and guitar textures, solid rhythmic structure and story-telling lyrics that really bring Freddie‘s songwriting ability to the forefront. This song is very busy, but not convoluted in the least; everything fits in its proper place. The 3-4 part harmonies in this chorus are very notable and big, and really encapsulates Freddie‘s precision as a vocalist. This track also has that classic 90s Alt/Rock feel reminiscent to REM, Goo Goo Dolls and Coldplay.

“Pale Blue Sky” (feat. E. King) and “Spacedust” (also co-written by producer Stephen Horning) are very ambient songs with innovative synth additives and bassy layers that drive both tracks into multifaceted territories. Freddie‘s vocals continue to shine and really showcase his ability to choose his vocal melodies wisely. His strength and projection really gives his vocal textures a wide array of techniques for both songs and really solidifies this EP’s signature sound. All four tracks of this record are diversely different, but you can still tell it’s coming from the same artist. Each song is carefully crafted, handled with absolute care and really paves the way for other artists that hone similar styles. “The Troubled Boy…” is a must-listen by all accounts and you will definitely be enticed to dig further into Freddie Bourne‘s career and discography. You can currently grab a copy of this EP on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad that you did.

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Exclusive Review: Dama – “Deep Thought” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

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Crafting a signature Hip Hop sound comprised of rhythmic textures, layers, moods and raw emotions that can fit into one musical aura is something to behold when it comes to Denver-based recording artist Dama, who has been building an insatiable street buzz with everything he adds to his discography. Now, with the release of the aptly titled “Deep Thought”, we take a deep dive into Dama‘s many angles of artistic merit and explore several facets of his talent through this 19-track LP.

From start to finish, “Deep Thought” is a journey through the realm of musical vision. The moods that navigate us through each track are subtle, versatile and sometimes even ominous. There’s a great sense of anticipation when it comes to some of the structural buildups, however leads us to a path of comfort and redemption both musically and spiritually. The production value focuses strongly on layers and setting the tone for what’s to come; making sure every vibe and detailed measure is something that can easily resonate with every listener. The album has a vast array of audio imagery and visionary techniques that get you to see (and hear) through the perspective of the artist, which is a major standout for Dama where we get a glimpse into his artistic approach. Each song is anthemic, effective and completely lives up to the album name.

This exercise of ambience and atmosphere is far beyond the ordinary visionary concept. It’s calculatedly diligent, brilliant in its production and intelligent in its musical execution. “Deep Thought” will definitely take you on a musically spiritual adventure you’ll never forget. You can currently find the album on Spotify and several other digital music streaming platforms. You won’t regret grabbing a copy.

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Exclusive Review: Mad Man Smooth – “Autonomous: Chapter V” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

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Mad Man Smooth is no stranger to our platform. He has been sustaining a heavy presence in our review section and since then has built up an insatiable buzz both on our website and his career collectively. So we were stoked to receive an advance copy of his newest 16-track juggernaut ‘Autonomous V’, which is his fifth chapter in his highly acclaimed ‘Autonomous’ series. And this one, much like the others, has a plethora of talented feature artists, innovative tracks, versatile components, key production elements and everything in between to solidify this as another gem in MMS‘s growing discography.

‘Autonomous V’ is another record that further cements MMS as an important and vital voice in the Hip Hop community for all the right reasons. His skill set is multifaceted and limitless, his lyrical techniques are dynamically unwavering, and his passion for the mic goes far beyond today’s contemporary artist; making him one of the more realer artists of the modern musical realm with his knack for crafting bars that have more power and substance than most mainstream rappers. His anchor single “To The Left” is the track that catapults this record into full throttle due to its popularity, versatility and notable reggae-influenced sound that sets a dynamic tone for the rest of the album. According to MMS himself, this album has a formula comprised of three distinctive elements. The first is the songs themselves being accessible to the every day listener. The next being mashups, where no vocals are one of the key factors and instead puts the sole focus onto the musical vibes enticing a signature sound that encourages a party atmosphere – similar to a DJ setting. And lastly, the beats themselves. The effective use of instruments, plugins and clever studio tricks that essentially carries the backbone of each song. This formula is one of the centerpieces that puts the concept of the ‘Autonomous’ series right out to the forefront and really showcases the genius and cleverness of MMS‘s mindset as an artist and creator of his craft; giving us a glimpse into his ability to conceptualize and successfully bring his vision to life.

This album also has an ongoing theme that centers around authentic vibes and moods, which breathes life into every track with something unique, diverse and effective in its execution. “Cherry Moonlight” has beautiful textures in the beat structure that really compliments the cleverly executed lyrical bars and hooks, and combines post production additives that bring extra layers to the table without going into unnecessary territory. “This War” is another effectively versatile track with a more old school feel that also has an impressive artist feature from Yoki Gold. It’s a political song that touches on the subject matter of unity, giving the audience a feeling of perspective and self awareness that encourages not to take sides. A standout on this record is definitely “From The Roots” (feat. Loso Westcrook), a track that tells a crucial story and focuses on the realm of realism in regards to where you come from; your roots. It’s a self awareness song that will definitely grab your attention and resonate with anyone with a similar past.

Overall, it’s very hard to pick a favorite off an album with tracks that could easily be standouts on their own. ‘Autonomous V’ is a rare gem where you don’t feel the need to skip over one track, sorta like Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’ and ‘Meteora’ albums. Mad Man Smooth is on an upward journey to much bigger things with the music industry and this album is continued proof of that. He’s a vital voice in the Hip Hop community that keeps it real and consistent; two things that just about guarantee a bigger place in the musical world for MMS, and most of all, deservingly. ‘Autonomous V’ officially drops on June 29th and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and all other digital music streaming platforms. This will be one of the more important records of 2020 and is a must-listen in every regard. Mark your calendars.

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