Exclusive Artist Review: Allen B – “Gypsy King” EP

Hailing from the prominent musical cityscapes of New Orleans, powerhouse Artist/Producer Allen B began his journey into the industry thirteen years ago as a producer and subsequently also hopped on the Independent Artist train these last four years; solidifying his place as an original creator as well as performer in today’s artist realm with an above-average drive. Since his emergence into the scene, Allen B has made some serious strides solely off of his work ethics as well as talent and charismatic presence. Known for his distinctively innovative and futuristic style, Allen has been diligently shaping his Hip Hop signature sound in a way that captures fans from old school Hip Hop eras as well as today’s more modern Rap sensibility combined with crucial elements of EDM and electronic music flavors. His self-produced debut EP ‘Gypsy King’ is direct evidence of this and really brings his versatile style right to the forefront – serving up a record that delivers packed punches and a strong impression upon first listen, no matter which era of Hip Hop you come from.

Opening track “Ai Technology” has an atmospheric and futuristic aura that serves up catchy vocal melodies, a rhythmic flow and a beat structure that really sets the tone for Allen B’s innovative textures. The synth-infused track has a multi layered approach with excellent vocal structures that sway between melody, rhythm and cleverly crafted bars. This track is a very strong opener that will definitely grab your undivided attention. Follow up track “Road Rage” has a crafty bongo-and-tom beat with a visceral vocal flow that is reminiscent of superstars like OutKast and others of a similar calibre. But once again, Allen’s raw originality and multifaceted approach is undoubtedly present throughout every measure – which again delivers a strong, catchy vocal melody that will comfortably get stuck in your head even long after it’s over.

One more notable track on this EP is “Zena’s Moon”, a cannabis anthem with its own rhythmic flavors topped with Allen B’s signature charismatic vocal delivery that makes every song on this EP a standout in their own right. If you love industry heavyweights like Method Man/Red Man, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill and Kottonmouth Kings, then this banger is definitely gonna be one of your favorites. We again have a brilliantly structured beat with next level ambience and atmosphere – showcasing Allen B’s futuristic style in another crucial angle and spotlight overall. This themed track delves into a very well-known concept, but delivers the goods in an original way that truly makes it a whole different listening experience. First time listeners of Allen B’s music will be thoroughly impressed with this song – whether they love the ganja or not.

Overall, ‘Gypsy King’ is a brilliant showcasing of Allen B’s ability as an independent artist and truly comes out swinging from the very first track. The production value is high in its regard and gives the record a perfect pacing level that touches on many innovative layers. His use of instruments is very versatile and dynamically gifted – drawing highlights to many factors including mixing, transitions and drum structures; serving up a vast array of beats with different rhythmic textures. Allen B’s attentiveness to detail is very apparent and you can easily tell that he put some blood, sweat and tears in making this debut EP – which should earn your respect in and of itself. ‘Gypsy King’ is currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is definitely a must-hear record for 2021.


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Exclusive Artist Review: 21 And 9 – “So…” EP

You just don’t hear bands like this anymore. Emerging from the musical landscapes of Ontario in Canada, Alt-Rockers 21 And 9 blasted onto the market two years ago with their dynamic Alt/Rock style accompanied with nostalgic 90s elements of Grunge and Indie – and began hitting the ground running pretty much immediately. And with two years of writing and recording under their belts, the quartet have officially released their highly anticipated debut EP “So…”.

Comprised of six versatile and multifaceted tracks, 21 And 9 truly make an unforgettable impression with this record and any fan of the 90s will absolutely adore it. Combining a sound that is reminiscent to 90s nostalgic heavyweights like Oasis, Gin Blossoms, Weezer and Live, 21 And 9 serves up an EP that has intelligently crafted vocal melodies, powerful harmonies, a driving rhythm section and tastefully blended duel guitar leads. Opening track “All Figured Out” brings this manifestation of their sound right to the forefront with a buildup intro that diligently merges into a climactic chorus and a slamming breakdown that cruises all the way to the end of the song. This song beautifully demonstrates how all opening tracks should present themselves – powerful, wholesome and well executed. Title track “So” continues to showcase the band’s distinctive style but shines a light on more crucial musical angles that makes 21 And 9 the versatile unit that they are. This straightforward Alt-Rock number is well put together and focuses more on the strong vocal melody factors, as well as effective vocal harmonies throughout the song’s duration. It’s the EP’s anchor single and easily stands out as one.

Another notable track on this record is the anthemic “In This Song”, a powerful song with rhythmic drum rudiments and ambient guitar work. The blends of clean and gain-driven guitars mesh perfectly and brilliantly parallel the vocals from beginning to end. This track will likely become a favorite for anyone that listens for the first time, but overall, it’s very hard to pick a favorite since all six tracks are absolute standouts. But nevertheless, “So…” is a far-above-average debut record for a band that has only been together for two years. 21 And 9 definitely will be going places, and this record will definitely entice you to keep tabs on their career and subsequent releases. “So…” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen. For this debut record, the band has partnered with apparel company Tenfed (www.tenfed.com) and will be donating ten meals for every record sold to those in need – so it helps a great cause too. All the more reason to grab a copy today!


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Exclusive Artist Review: Tony Manley – “Another Night In Hollywood” Album/LP

West Virginia’s Tony Manley has been hitting the ground running since the age of 8 when he started playing guitar, and has been writing songs and manifesting his signature sound ever since. Known for his distinctively catchy style and insatiable affinity for the Rock & Punk genres, respectively, Tony’s diligently blended style touches on several Rock elements with innovative musical landscapes and a modern sensibility that truly makes him a multifaceted and multi layered standout of his calibre. And his newest 20-track juggernaut ‘Another Night In Hollywood’ is direct evidence of this.

Accompanied by several feature artists with next-level production value paralleling the strong performances on the album, ‘Another Night In Hollywood’ is an ambitious record that showcases several crucial angles of Tony Manley’s musicianship factors and artistic merit in a way that shines a bright light on his collective levels of talent. It’s an album that diligently balances originality and familiarity, giving the listener a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Opening track “I Miss You Here In Hollywood (feat. Zach Cook)” is a direct example of this and really sets the tone for the rest of the album. Tony’s mid-to-high range vocals are brilliantly written and structured with strong melodies in a way that’ll garner your undivided attention throughout the record’s duration. Zach Cook’s verse is very well placed, well paced and really adds a layer of depth that enhances the visceral listening experience, something made apparent from the moment this track starts. It’s a very strong opener that brings Tony’s signature stylization to the forefront in a way that is both effective and articulate.

Another notable track on this album is the more upbeat “Not Sober (feat. Rep)”, an acoustically anthemic number with a Dashboard-esque feel that really brings out the best of Tony Manley’s melodic vocals both lyrically and structurally. This one fits in perfectly with the rest of the album but also explores a whole other angle of Tony’s musicianship factors – bringing his versatile songwriting ability to the spotlight. Feature artist and rapper Rep spits some dynamic bars on this tune that parallels lyrically with the Tony in a way that not only works, but enhances the song’s concept as well. Tony especially brings his vocal A-game to this track, delivering a more charismatic performance that is engaging and crafty. Follow-up track “Chicago (feat. Saint James)” has a similar delivery but is more rhythmic with a swagger that even has R&B textures implemented into the structure. This is another song that explores the multi-genre angle of the album while still remaining true to the record’s signature style and tone.

One last highlight on this album is the more energetic “My Dear Poison (feat. Marissa Silva)”. A guitar-driven Rock infused track with a female feature that serves up excellent duel-flavors and atmospheres. This song is another anthemic effort with brilliant vocal melodies and story-telling lyrics that accompany the melodic guitar progressions and leads. This is definitely one of the stronger feature tracks as well as one of Tony’s stronger performances on the album. It’s also a song that dives deeper into Tony’s versatility as a songwriter as well. Overall, every track on this record ties the album together and really showcases Tony Manley’s distinctive melody structures, songwriting ability and performance execution. It’ll entice you to dive deeper into his discography, career as well as his future subsequent releases. ‘Another Night In Hollywood” has strong staying power, where it’ll stay with you even long after it’s over. The album is currently available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen, and it won’t be your last time doing so.


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