Exclusive Review: Versus Me – “Continuous” EP

Article by: Justyn Brodsky & Dave Welsh

With the countless amount of bands and artists in today’s indie scene, signed or unsigned, they’re all aiming to climb to the top of the Spill Your Guts agro crag (if you grew up watching 90s Nickelodeon, then you know exactly what that is). But all that aside, the music industry has never been more competitive for the up-and-comers, especially after the discontinuation of the full-summer runs of the holy grail of indie band-designated traveling music festivals, the Vans Warped Tour, after 2018. But a band like Versus Me, who began hitting the ground running several years ago and comprised of passionate musicians that put every cell of their body into their music, have been part of the Warped Tour scene heatwave and everything in between, and yet have easily stood out among the masses, with or without the push from others in the scene. Basically, these guys are 100% DIY til they die; where no matter where they end up, they created their own destiny and manifested it all on their own, with blood sweat and tears. All of this passion in the energetic, metalcore-driven outfit comes to fruition in their most recent 13-track juggernaut “Continuous”, which released this past September.

These tracks are not only unwaveringly in-your-face, but as tight-knit as can be. It’s orchestrated chaos with more than enough melody to keep it in a mainstream-worthy spectrum. The verses are just as much ambient and ominous as they are gripping and unrelentingly earth shattering. All topped off with dynamic interludes, EDM touches in many bridge measures and breakdowns, and a plethora of musicianship factors that are brought to the forefront through top of the line production techniques. The vocals share dueling duties of both crafty melody measures and high power screaming that never outdoes itself in any way. And let me point out – VM does not use the scream factor just for the sake of it. You can tell this band knows there’s a time and place for everything, and with screaming making or breaking the divide, these guys get it right just about every time and conjure a sound that is both edgy and marketable. Rabidly high gained guitar swells, chugs and mid throttle riffs pan out perfectly on both sides of the mix and completely hold together the punchy textures that the rhythm section holds down throughout every high energy chorus and breakdown.

One of the most notable factors of “Continuous” is its versatility and multifaceted nature. You hear the same band playing throughout the duration of this record, but hear something different in more subtle ways rather than obvious ones; separating them from an “experimental” sound or aura that can throw the record completely off. This album is a great serving of many metalcore-edged components, but have so much more going on with their distinctive detail, post production touches, and just altogether a unity of energy, passion, musicianship, dynamics, and everything that shows you exactly how a band stands apart from anything else you’ve ever heard. And that’s exactly what you’ll hear with “Continuous”. You’ll have a very difficult time picking a favorite song from this record, and once you listen to this anthemic record from front to back, you’ll understand exactly why.

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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: Katie Veltri – “Catch Me” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Bringing acoustic grooves and rhythmic Blues to the forefront with sensual vocal techniques that speak to the soul, recording artist Katie Veltri encompasses new ambient territory with her newest single “Catch Me”.

“Catch Me” is definitely catchy. It’s a timeless track with jazzy guitar chord progressions that really facilitate the anthemic vocal melodies to make each measure really count. Katie‘s voice is tender, natural, and really puts emphasis on how she projects every line of her clever lyrics this song has to offer as the track plays out. The guitars also have a spiciness and aura that brings a true uniqueness to the modern rhythm this song blends in. It shares a classic feel while still embracing a modern take on today’s more versatile pop-infused genres.

Put simply, this song is very hard to dislike. It has very powerful vocals that shine bright in the forefront. Katie‘s voice not only has an impressive range, but also projects a multifaceted nature as well that really showcases her talent very effectively. “Catch Me”, accompanied by a lyric video, is a song that shares equal parts originality and familiarity – it has that classic signature sound that you’ve come to know and love throughout many years, as well as today’s more notable mainstream edge that resonates with more modern music styles. Katie Veltri will definitely reel you in with “Catch Me”.

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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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