Exclusive Artist Review: Era’nay – “Elevate” EP

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In today’s overwhelmingly convoluted music industry, not many artists can truly deliver a signature sound and aura that encapsulates the R&B and Soul atmosphere quite like Louisville’s current rising starlet Era’nay. An artist that has been hitting the ground running since her soul soothing voice began gracing the musical landscape with her natural talent, persona, and knack of writing diligently crafted songs that brilliantly balance equal parts originality and familiarity; boasting an authentic style that successfully touches on today’s more modern sensibility as well as yesterday’s nostalgic R&B/Soul eras that have helped garner the impactful genre it is today.

Drawing reminiscence to industry notables like Toni Braxton and Patti Labelle, Era’nay’s songs also preserve a classic sound that almost any avid fan of the world of R&B can resonate with, and we get a deep dive into this musical aura with her most recent EP ‘Elevate’. An anthemic collection of six tracks that truly encompass Era’nay’s authenticity, gifted songwriting/melody structures, ability as a naturally gifted vocalist, and even her vulnerability as an artist – in only the best possibly ways. Opening tracks on this record are “Waiting For” and “In My Feelings (feat. T. Real & Darrin Lee Jr.)”. Both are hypnotic and feel like the best musical back rub you’ve received in decades; and especially sets the tone for what the rest of the record brings. Era’nay’s vocal delivery especially is beautifully subtle in all the right places and really showcases her ability to construct a very powerful, integrative lead melody that is memorable, catchy and leaves you with a visceral listening experience.

Moving onto one of her anchor singles of the EP, her song “Lesson” is a little more upbeat, bluesy and explores a bit more into the facets of her vocal range and musical persona. The Rhodes keys riff on this track from the very beginning is insatiably enticing and really delves into the musicianship factors that brilliantly parallel with the above-average production value. It’s a great demonstration of hearing how Era’nay can integrate her signature style into different musical atmospheres that cover more angles of her artistic merit. This one, just like the previous tracks on this EP, really add to the diversity aspect when it comes to composing effective vocal melodies regardless how much the music can tend to change or shift over.

Lastly, her closing track “Farewell”, which was also released as a single prior to the full EP release, reiterates back to the record’s beginnings with this track’s hypnotic aura. It closes the record with the same modernly nostalgic measures that set the tone for the record in the first place. It’s a brilliant ending to the record that reconnects with the EP’s beginning where it started it all; giving the audience a taste of something fresh yet still identifiable. Overall, Era’nay has served up a six-track hypnotic record that has so far amassed an insatiable presence and reception. It’s a true high-quality record with unquestionably above average production value which has helped create the visceral listening experience that ‘Elevate’ has brought to the table since its release date. It’s a must-hear on just about every account and will leave you with that musical feeling of warmth which has become relatively scarce in today’s modern music realm.

‘Elevate’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music , iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be beyond happy you gave her a listen.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Ruben Gausel Torkelsen & Jessica Chertock – “Rebound” Single

It’s rare that you find a collaborative gem like “Rebound”, an ambient and hypnotic new single from Norway’s EDM pioneer Ruben Gausel Torkelsen and NYC-based vocalist Jessica Chertock. While both artists completely hone their own versatile crafts that are a standout of their calibre, this track’s collaboration efforts between the two prominent artists truly encompass a type of musical magic that is scarce in today’s modern music realm – and “Rebound” really spotlights this sentiment in several crucial ways.

This hypnotically atmospheric EDM/Pop effort not only showcases both artists most effectively, but also provides a visceral listening experience to just about anyone that comes into contact with this song. Comprised of melodically structured EDM measures that bring forth a nostalgically blissful approach, the verses explore a vast array of emotions with Jessica’s tender vocals that really draw you in from the onset. Ruben’s attentiveness to detail in this song especially gives her the free reign to structure together a lyrical style that really aims for the soul and the musical centerpiece that harbors within all of us as listeners. The chorus is brilliantly anthemic and hits really hard after the verses build up to the moment it starts. Not only are the vocals captivatingly ambient, but the song structure gives every lyrical measure the necessary strength to be hypnotic, clever and with a wholesomeness that is original but still familiar among other industry greats that have used similar formulas. But overall, the melody choices between the song structure, vocals and musicianship factors that compliment the artists’ artistic merit – “Rebound” is a track that utilizes melody choices with the ability to truly captivate positive emotional responses from today’s music listener’s in ways they may or may not have felt before. It’s like a honeymoon phase that never comes to an end – and the feeling stays with you forever.

This song also has that undeniable staying power, the power to stay with you even after it’s over. This is also the type of track that’ll have you doing a deeper dive into both artists’ careers and discography. It has top notch production value, artistic authenticity and that ambience that truly gives this song an aura that is simply unforgettable. “Rebound” truly sets the bar high for both Ruben and Jessica as prominent rising artists. But we have a feeling they have even better tricks up their sleeves when the time comes for their subsequent releases. You can listen to “Rebound” now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be beyond fortunate that you did.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Yuma. – “OH MY GOD” Single

If you’ve been missing the club scene since the pandemic started, this track will bring you right back to it in epic proportions. Known for her dynamic EDM landscapes and atmospheric production value, EDM/House recording artist Yuma. (on Sovereign Records) continues to hit the ground running with her latest House anthem “OH MY GOD”.

This EDM cut has insatiable performance and production value that parallels each other diligently with powerhouse grooves, an arsenal of bass and crafty synth leads. “OH MY GOD” from start to finish dives deep into an EDM signature sound with anthemic elements of industrial and House sensibilities that combine brilliantly throughout each measure. The finely tuned style that Yuma. utilizes is creative and electronically infused with a driving beat structure, dynamic melody choices and well-executed synth progressions. This track explores several multi layers and angles of Yuma‘s artistic merit and really enhances the visceral listening experience that is apparent throughout the song’s duration. The attentiveness to detail is a major component and this is the type of song that’ll entice you to delve deeper into Yuma‘s career and discography.

There is undeniable staying power with this track as well, where it’ll stay with you even long after it’s over. If you haven’t discovered Yuma yet then this anchor single is definitely the one that’ll leave a strong impression on you. It’s a solid EDM track that has intricacy in its execution but still maintains that simple catchiness that undoubtedly draws in just about any fan of the electronic music world. “OH MY GOD” is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be adding this one to your favorites in no time.


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