Exclusive Review: Benjamin Andrews – “Silver Lining” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Benjamin Andrews’ debut single “Silver Lining”

Hailing from the landscapes of Vienna, artist/songwriter Benjamin Andrews began hitting the ground running in the music spectrum many years ago, mostly playing in bands and collating with other musicians. But with his current situation not allowing him to meet up with his band mates, mostly due to location, Andrews decided to conjure up his own project, playing all roles, with the help of some session musicians, including engineer/producer. As the project nears the end of production, Benjamin decided to put out his debut single “Silver Lining” as a taste of what’s to come when his full project comes to fruition.

“Silver Lining” is a tasteful blend of Pop and Rock with many multifaceted textures that showcases Benjamin Andrews‘ talents with both performance and production value. It’s a song for everyone, and was written during Ben‘s first week of lockdown due to COVID19. The song is about hope and optimism even when times are dark, and really brings a feeling of not being alone and getting through trials and tribulations with togetherness. This brilliantly crafted tune has flavorful piano riffs, a tight knit rhythm section and undeniably catchy vocal melody choices that really bring the song’s charm to the forefront. But the standout to me was this song’s use of intelligent chord progressions and key changes. Utilizing a 90s-style Pop/Rock sound with a hint of Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album sensibility, “Silver Lining” is an exceptionally well written song with effective vocal harmonies and a Queen-style guitar solo that ties it all together into one big versatile package. The song is accessible, anthemic, and has staying power where the song stays with you even after the song is over.

For a debut single, Benjamin Andrews really hits it out of the park and will definitely get you pumped for what he has in store next. The song will definitely entice you to delve deeper into Andrew‘s past, present and future. “Silver Lining” is available now on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll be more than glad you gave it a listen.


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Exclusive Review: Nahhdahh – “I Feel a Way (feat. Micky Marshall)” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Still shot from Nahhdahh’s music video for his single “I Feel a Way”

Comprised of vibes, flow and clever lyrical outbursts facilitated by an unwaveringly catchy chorus, Oakland-based rising Hip Hop artist Nahhdahh proves that he is on his way to being one of Hip Hop’s more vital voices with his newest banger “I Feel a Way”.

This track definitely has California vibes in all the right places. The beat structure provides more of a groove than your standard Hip Hop single, and provides a crisp and clear vocal execution that showcases Nahhdahh in the most effective ways. There’s also tour de force choreography from the video-featured dancer Micky Marshall, who breathes life into this video with smooth-as-silk dance moves and skilled articulation that gracefully captures an entirely different essence in this video like a time capsule. The song is also a mess load of fun and is definitely worthy enough of being on a night club and radio scene’s regular rotation. The production value is definitely a worthy mention, but one major standout is the authenticity and realism of Nahhdahh‘s mainstream-level voice. With a more aggressive tone similar to Ja Rule or even perhaps DMX, he boasts a flavorful approach that sets the tone throughout the song in a way that grabs your undivided attention. It’s the type of voice that others would believe comes from a mainstream artist.

Since “I Feel a Way” released onto the market, Nahhdahh has managed to garner an insatiable buzz throughout California and its regional surroundings, and continues to hit the ground running without intentions of slowing down anytime soon…or at all. The song is available now on YouTube and other digital music streaming platforms. Pick this one up if real rap is your thing.


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Exclusive Review: Wayz – “On God” Single/Music Video

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Wayz’ new single “On God”

Coming out the gate from the Tampa Bay, Florida music scene, rising Hip Hop artist Wayz has been creating a respective buzz in his regional area. He’s been a vital voice in the Hip Hop community that is set out to make a difference, and legitimately proves this with his newest Rock-inspired single “On God”.

This track, accompanied by a cinematic official music video, is a beyond solid banger that is comprised with a slamming rhythm section, clever beat structures, authentic lyrical punchlines and a heavy chorus that cranks up the energy like no other Hip Hop song. Wayz‘ flow is not only smooth and crisp throughout the song’s mix, but is also executed in a way that effectively showcases his craft in many angles. His rhyming techniques are genuine and real, and possesses a unique story-telling method that gets you to resonate with his message. He’s an accessible artist as well, a rapper that isn’t afraid to bring fresh elements to the table to enhance a genre that can tend to succumb to repetitiveness. But Wayz doesn’t have time for half-hearted songwriting – Wayz is truly touching on an innovative sound that has inventive musicianship and artistic value; components that truly make him a one-of-a-kind artist and standout among his respective genre.

“On God” is also a song that’s part of an unreleased documentary which showcases shots of meaningful places that are in Wayz‘ hometown area. The music video also touches on this idea and boasts a very well executed and diligently shot production. It’s something you’d have to see (and here) to believe. The track is available now exclusively on YouTube. You’ll be more than glad you checked this one out.


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Exclusive Review: The Sullivan Sees – “Strange Times” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for The Sullivan Sees newest single “Strange Times”

Hailing from the landscapes of London, The Sullivan Sees, led by songwriter/musician Mick Cooper, gives us a glimpse and snapshot of lockdown that pays tribute to the every day saviors with the new single “Strange Times”. An eclectic and collaborative song that showcases both the artistic merit of musicianship, and the distinctive message that parallels with it.

Alongside Cooper, at the helm of lead vocals, he is joined by a robust cast of feature artists at the top of their game on this track that includes Dan Harriss on piano, Mattias on guitar, Josue on trumpet, Jason Meekins on drums, rapper Mic, and a debut performance by Ann on backup vocals. The chemistry between these musicians is not just noticeable, but crucial as well, as you can hear a showcasing of each member’s craft throughout the song’s duration. With Cooper’s hauntingly mysterious low-to-mid ranged lead vocals, this song encapsulates an effectively ambient story telling technique that gets your attention from the beginning. The song itself has a clean mix between a lighter 90s-influenced indie rock sensibility with hints of jazz and a versatile vibe that touches on several other genre textures and moods. Cooper presents the song with subtlety and his passion is definitely apparent with both his performance and content.

Feature artist Ann’s vocal appearance is quite a treat. Her impressively high range with tour de force harmonies really adds a flavor twist to this track that really enhances the overall execution of the performance value, which compliments Cooper’s vocals diligently. And rapper Mic delivers some bars and hooks during the song’s bridge and breakdown that really adds to this track’s versatility. He’s unexpected, but certainly not out of place. Meanwhile the guitar work towards this part of the song has a true visceral feel with structured melodic swells, bluesy riffage and overall precision that really solidifies Mattias’s craft on this track that lends more elements to this song’s eclectic tone that makes it a standout of its kind.

“Strange Times” is also a great contribution effort, where all revenues from this song are going to NHS charities. The song is available now on Apple Music, ITunes, Spotify, and other digital music streaming platforms. You’ll definitely be adding this one to your playlist.


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Exclusive Review: Party Pants – “Party Pants” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Party Pants’ new single “Party Pants”

Party Pants most certainly is quite the party…and you’re invited.

You seriously won’t be disappointed though, you’re in for a lot more than one might expect. Combining an innovative blend of many genre-bending elements of theatrically-infused funk and indie rock, Party Pants brings forth a signature sound that is all about energy, fun and of course, party vibes. And it’s addictive as hell. With smooth beats, a tour de force rhythm section, inventive guitar riffs and theatrical vocals that execute butter-smooth transitions, “Party Pants” is definitely a party you’d gladly accept an invitation for and has a distinctive approach reminiscent of Cash Cash and Men Women & Children. And in the unlikely event that you may not be invited, you’d be more than willing to kick the door in just to make sure you’re there…whatever it takes!

But seriously, all party references aside, this artist has some skilled musicianship carrying the torch throughout this song that lets you know that Party Pants has what it takes to pull ahead of the curve. In fact, most fans and respective industry connections have deemed this song “ahead of its time”, and we won’t disagree anytime soon. This song has twists, turns, and even more twists, which makes it all the more interesting. It’s an unpredictable song that definitely keeps you on your feet, most likely to dance. And that’s the main message that we feel this song proudly boasts: dance, dance, dance your pants off! And then dance some more.

You’ll seriously love this song with an insatiable passion. The track officially dropped back on March 27th and so far has created an unwavering buzz that has definitely put Party Pants on the map in his respective scene, and it’s well deserved. The song is available now on all major digital music streaming. Don’t be a party pooper.


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Exclusive Press Release: P-81 – “Trapped Behind Bars” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art of P-81’s new single “Trapped Behind Bars”

Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Atlanta-based artist P-81 found his craft with rapping at the age of 12 and began hitting the ground running. With a vast array of influences from industry heavyweights like 2Pac, Biggie, Nas and a host of others, he quickly became a vital voice in the hip hop community and was destined to be heard. His clever lyrical wordplay, cool demeanor and harsh realities, makes him the perfect recipe for what the game has been missing – substance. In 2010, P-81 founded Men of Business Empire LLC and recruited best friend and business partner Kenneth “KC” Carter to hop on board. The two released a compilation showcasing some of Detroit’s best underground talent titled “At Work 1st Shift”. The MOB Train was moving and in full effect with the momentum to keep going.

A year later, creative differences caused a brief derailment in the movement and the established Artist/CEO began to put his focus on releasing a project of his own. In 2013, P-81 released a mixtape titled “City of Dreams” with features from Cash Kola (Detroit artist) and Black Ryan (Cleveland artist). This wasn’t your average club banging mixtape. The project covered several crucial topics that many stray away from within the industry out of fear of ridicule, judgment and/or being blackballed. After the release of the mixtape, tragedy hit home and P-81 had to put his career on pause for awhile and ultimately went on an indefinite hiatus. By 2017, things started to pick back up for the rising artist and eventually shifted back into gear. He began talking to his partner again about the prospect of revamping their initial movement, but doing it bigger and better with a much greater focus than before. And by 2018, the ball was well and rolling until tragedy suddenly struck again. This time with the unexpected and sudden passing of his business partner and 1/2 of the M.O.B. movement, Kenneth “KC” Carter. The two were rolling out a new movement called “F.A.M.O.” (For All My Oppressors) at the time and had incorporated a long term mentee and artist by the name Mic Brown as a key element.

Press photo for P-81

In late 2019, P-81 was hit yet again with the worst tragedy anyone could ever experience…the loss of his oldest twin son. Unfortunately, P-81 was in a common situation that many men face today – fighting the system and mother to be a father to his children. His son was 16 years old and had just started to reach out to him for guidance when his life was suddenly cut short. This was extremely devastating as he prayed and waited for years to build with his sons. Unfortunately, many men don’t get a chance to tell their story until they’re behind bars. Though a free man, P-81 says he has a story to tell for fathers alike by speaking truth and spreading awareness…even if it means he’s “Trapped Behind Bars”.


The single is also available on Tidal, Spotify, Google Play, iTunes, and all other digital music streaming platforms.

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Exclusive Review: Jason Biyo – “Numb” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Jason Biyo’s new single “Numb”

If you yearn for the good old days when artists wrote R&B the way it was meant to be, then Jason Biyo is your draft pick, and for very good reasons.

Coming out the gate with the highly anticipated debut single “Numb” from his upcoming album ‘N.U.M.B.’, Jason brings forth a signature sound that gives great callbacks to 90s/early 2000s R&B and Pop sensibilities with a tasteful blend of today’s more modern era all wrapped up into one tightly knit package for die hard fans of the genre. With innovative use of his mid to high vocal range, Jason brings strength to this track with excellent melody choices and backup harmonies that encompass an essence similar to industry heavyweights like Usher and Ne-Yo.

As the title says, “Numb” tells a story about those who say they’ll be there for you, but always end up letting you down in the end no matter how much effort you put in. It’s a song that can easily resonate with you as a listener, and although the concept is fairly known, Jason sings it in a way where his vocal delivery makes the song more about how he delivers the message, not necessarily the message itself. He’s an effective, accessible artist that will be loved among all R&B fans both old and new, and brings a fresh dynamic to the genre that will undoubtedly make him standout. The production value on this song is also a treat, keeping the musicianship factors fresh, inventive, and traditional all at the same time.

“Numb” is available now on all mainstream digital music platforms. His 7-track EP/Album drops on June 5th, and will also be available on the same platforms. You’ll be more than glad we recommended Jason Biyo, you’ll be seeing (and hearing) his name much more this year.


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