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

Connect with Cherry-Ilex:

•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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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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Artist Review: Cherry Ilex Sound – “Take Me Away” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

What’s interesting about the collective of Cherry Ilex Sound is the fact that the folks behind the project (and name) are also a multifaceted professional studio run by elite musicians. That’s why we are stoked to be writing this review of their new single “Take Me Away”, a pop rock feel-good track led by the studio owner and anchor songwriter Kevin Bailey Jr.

Just like us at Artist Reach, this is another music services platform with a “for musicians, by musicians” motto, which is why this song encompasses high quality authenticity and production value all wrapped up into one catchy tune that any alt/rock listener can appreciate.

Accompanied by a very visually cinematic lyric video, “Take Me Away” takes us back to a time when songwriting quality was higher on artist’ priority lists. Something that’s well executed, versatile and naturally gifted in talent. With a sound reminiscent to the 90s and early 2000s era, Cherry Ilex Sound delivers us a track that is melodic, charismatic and will get easily stuck in your head.

With clean guitar riffs and a punchy rhythm section carrying the torch throughout this track from beginning to end, this song has an unwavering presence of catchy melodies, heartfelt lyrics and a climactic chorus that sticks with you even after the song is over. The thing we love the most is how fresh and natural their signature sound is. The track focuses more on presenting a high quality mix and emphasizing all the right elements in the correct places of the song; which is what makes this single the gem that it really is. The song doesn’t hide behind a mask or any kind of digital saturation whatsoever. We get a catchy tune with great lyrics with a fantastic mix, all straight forward without a gimmick.

We highly recommend this song as well as the Cherry Ilex Sound studio and collective all in one. Everything is self-produced, self-written, and highly eclectic. And when you listen to “Take Me Away” yourself, we guarantee you’ll catch the same feel-good sound that we did. We can’t recommend it highly enough:

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