Artist Review: FRND CRCL – “Famous” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

It’s refreshing when a band like FRND CRCL hits the scene to remind us that melodic pop/punk is still alive and well. This articulate quartet of professional musicians not only have a solidified signature sound that is raw and melody-driven, but relentlessly fun and energetic as well. And their newest single “Famous” demonstrates their ability perfectly.

Accompanied by a colorful official music video with some clever meme-themed editing, this song launches into a dangerously catchy chorus that will have a very hard time leaving your head. Combining an indie pop-punk sound reminiscent of genre juggernauts like Blink 182, Alkaline Trio, Neck Deep and others of a similar caliber, FRND CRCL hones a unique style that is memorable, personal and elegantly crafted. The four musicians blend diligently and really showcase a type of self-awareness that most bands lack nowadays. Despite the song title, this band is humble and doesn’t portray an arrogance that leads you believe that they’re out just to chase fame. These dudes have fun with what they’re doing, and this song sends that vibe pretty much instantly.

With a pounding rhythm section, crunchy guitar chops and dual vocal melodies at the forefront throughout the song’s duration, “Famous” sets the bar high for the band and really delves into the band’s ability to write a catchy riff with melody choices that fit like a glove. The verses have a punchy groove and really gives you that rare feeling of intrigue when it comes to tightly knit songs angled more towards the newer era of pop-punk, but still maintains that wit and charm the genre has been known for since it started exploding back in the mid-to-late 90s. Overall, FRND CRCL puts forth a balance and composure that showcases each member’s influence in the band, conjuring a solid rock sound that sustains both originality and familiarity. “Famous” from the very first listen will be very difficult to get out of your head: and will stick with you long after it’s over.

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Artist Review: Wolfe Black – “Runaway” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

When it comes to natural beauty, unwavering talent and insatiable passion for her craft, Wolfe Black is quite the trifecta. And it really shows on her newest atmospheric single “Runaway”.

Originally hailing from the landscapes of Australia, Wolfe Black has been establishing her musical foundation in the Montreal music scene in Canada, and so far has hit the ground running. Armed with this first single, a regional buzz and word of mouth, Black has been laying down the groundwork for big things in her horizon and “Runaway” is direct evidence of this.

Drawing a nostalgic reminiscence to award winning artists like Enigma, Sia and those alike, Black really focuses on bringing forth an atmosphere that is magical and musically sensual. Her vocal range is showcased very diligently and shines bright on every element this song conjures up throughout the duration of this single. Her melody choices are effective, her vocal approach is authentic and natural, and the overall production value of this song really shines the spotlight on Wolfe Black‘s signature exotic sound.

This is not only a song, it’s an emotional journey; one of those tracks that you can feel as it plays out. Black has one of those voices that can guide you, and she really takes the lead on this fresh single from start to finish. Another important component of this song is the consistency; there is a vibrant edge that touches on melodic swells, subtle simmers, as well as buildups that never let you down. It has a structure that is more adventurous than it is formulaic; which gives it the charm it needs to retain the staying power all hit singles should possess.

This is not your average single, and Wolfe Black is not your run-of-the-mill Pop singer. She truly breathes life into her music and harbors a passion that immediately draws you in. “Runaway” is one of those songs that will soothe the body, the mind, and remind you that you can get lost in the moment at any time. Just close your eyes and let this song absorb into you – you’ll see (and hear) exactly why Wolfe Black is an artist to be keeping an eye out for.

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Artist Review: NuJ4X – “Wilmas & Bettys” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Sydney B

If you’ve been one of our more dedicated readers over the last few years, then you’ll definitely remember elite Nashville DJ/Producer NuJ4X. And one thing this artist does consistently is continually exceed expectations with every release. And he does it again with his most recent hit single “Wilmas & Bettys”.

Paying a direct homage to the classic cartoon The Flintstones, this track grabs you from the very beginning, most notably the hook from the verses – which carries a Maroon 5 vibe, but much smoother and subtle. You will find yourself singing along to it on the very first listen, and easily could be a chart topper in its own right as well as the song that gives NuJ4X his introduction to the commercial market. In short, “Wilmas & Bettys” is catchy at dangerous levels.

This track has all the elements – vibe, catchiness, versatility and talent. But another thing it has most notably is sustainability – a way where the song sticks with you and can be appreciated through multiple listens without ending up stale or boring. It’s the kind of song where you wanna play it for your friends and see their first reaction.

This song borrows many components from today’s more contemporary genres, but has more than enough charm and wit to really stand on its own and carry massive weight. It’s an anthemic single that boldly showcases NuJ4X‘s raw talent and skills behind the mixing board ,as well as his vocal and songwriting structures that is consistent with his prior releases. But there is just something about this track that makes it completely unforgettable, and it’s done in a way without having to resort to pushing the envelope with post production theatrics. It’s good old fashioned solid songwriting – the most effective way an artist truly stands out among the crowd.

We’ve had Beckys, Dolls and Baes. But once you take a listen to this single, you’ll be searching for your Wilmas and Bettys in no time. It’s a clever branding song that is delivered up in a hit single format that puts other female-attributed tracks to the wayside. We dare you to get “Wilmas & Bettys” out of your head after the first listen – you won’t be able to do it. This song will get stuck on you. And you’ll be glad it did.

About the song:

Wilmas & Bettys is a song about surfing and surfer girls. The name “Betty” was a popular term for really attractive girls who surfed in the 1980s and a bit into the 90s as well. Betty is also the name of Betty Rubble from “The Flintstones” and Wilmas & Bettys is a clever double entendre for both of those names. The lyrics are built from actual surfing lingo. “Dawn Patrol”, “Ride A-Frames & Chase the Ghost”, “Barneys”, “Ankle Busters”, “Hodads”, “Bennys” “Get the Skinny” etc. All surfing terms. I wrote this song because I’ve always loved the ocean, always loved the beach, always loved surfing and the island / tropical lifestyle.

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Artist Review: Cody Tyler – “Okayyy” Single

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cody Tyler is no stranger to our platform, and is an artist that not only continues to make moves by pumping out great tunes, but also continues to build his craft on every release he conjures. Now the YouTube celebrity comes out swinging again with his most recent single, “Okayyy”.

This song, despite the title, is much more than okay. It easily has that iconic vibe that got us into what true R&B and Rap was all about in the first place. It’s a solid song that gives us a modern edge on yesterday’s vibes, and is done with talent that is raw and inspiring.

Cody, who launched his career on YouTube, has amassed an amazing and dedicated fan base. His song “Mine” has garnered over 1 million views and his Purple & Stars brand has helped him create a recognizable and identifiable identity. “Okayyy” is a song that still showcases his authenticity and unwavering vocal talents, and really delves into creative angles with his well structured melody placements and genre blends. His lyrics are beyond what the average artist brings forth in this era; he always has depth to his content and has always considered music as a crucial therapy tool; not just for himself, but his fans as well.

This song’s beat is not convoluted and really embraces melody and progression. It’s something that really sticks in your head and has that staying power where you can come back to the track time and time again. “Okayyy” is a masterful manifestation of equal parts catchiness and vibe; something that is real and visceral both musically and lyrical. Cody Tyler‘s voice is the perfect forefront to a song like this and really shines throughout the track’s duration.

We don’t just recommend Cody Tyler because we love him, we recommend him because we know you will love him. This single is a triumphant additive to his already well-known discography and if you’ve heard his previous releases, we are certain you will agree. This is an artist whose aim is to inspire and be inspired – and that’s what makes him a standout of his caliber.

Connect with Cody Tyler:

• Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lightkidzleader

•Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/purplecodytyler

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Artist Review: Kim Kline – “The Heart Always Wins” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky, Bethany Stephenson

When we heard Kim Kline‘s prior smash single “Stand Tall”, we absolutely knew that this beautiful, talented starlet would definitely follow up with something just as delicious to our musical taste buds. And like predicted, we fall in love with Kim Kline all over again with her newest hypnotizing and soul soothing single, “The Heart Always Wins”.

Like the title suggests, this beautifully crafted, ambient track definitely wins our hearts. Taking on a more subtle R&B sound, Kim‘s versatile vocal style is showcased very effectively in this song in many ways. Her soft touch in each verse really delves into the song’s passionate feel and truly brings an essence and vibe that brings out a whole different side to Kim than what we heard in her previous single. It has an aura that is insatiably sensual, musically identifiable, and a likability factor that is impossible to go unnoticed.

This track’s beat is nothing short of appropriate for the vocal style Kim strongly embraces throughout this track, and it really delivers its message in the anthemic chorus that truly pulls at your musical heart strings. Her vocal range is versatile, the melody placements serve up the perfect catchiness, and has a flavor that can satisfy the tastes of both yesterday and today’s R&B enthusiasts. It’s a rhythmic song with top of the line production value and really solidifies Kim Kline‘s signature sound and identity. Once you listen to her catalogue of different songs, you get a true grasp of her authenticity both as an artist and person. Her lyrics deliver relatable messages that just about anyone can resonate with, and her music can be appreciated by both the mainstream and indie communities with her influential sound and image.

“The Heart Always Wins” is a gem that is bound to win your heart over. This is definitely a track you’ll be adding to your collection of favorites from the very first time you give it a listen.

Connect with Kim Kline:

•Listen to the track: http://smarturl.it/iamkimkline

•Video link: https://youtu.be/cOllbYG4SQk
•Official Website: https://www.kimkline.com

•Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IAmKimKline

•Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iamkimkline

•Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/iamkimkline

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Artist Review: The Jive Aces – “Diggin’ The Roots Volume 1 & 2” LPs

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Don’t just go back to your roots – dig them!

We’ve heard a lot of today’s takes on classic songs from many new age contemporary artists, as well as tribute bands and cover artists putting their own spin on yesterday’s hits from many calibers of genres with a fresh additive or two. Some do it well, some fall flat, and then there’s the few and far between gem that comes out swinging with the charms of both yesterday’s and today’s most influential eras wrapped up into one super tight package. That, my friends, is The Jive Aces.

This UK-based band are definitely not a bunch of randies by any means. Renowned worldwide for their high-energy spectacular showmanship, this elite group has garnered an enormous following from a combination of acclaims including their viral video for the track “Bring Me Sunshine” and for also being the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”. Since then, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves as the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band, and show no indication of slowing down their momentum anytime soon.

So with a résumé like that, you know there has to be something of theirs worth putting on your playlist. And their 2-Volume LPs Diggin’ The Roots are shining examples of their tightly knit signature sound of songs we’ve all come to know and love over many, many years. Boasting into today’s production value while maintaining that old school influential charm, we get a more than solid performance on both records comprised of eclectically professional musicians that absolutely own their roles on every track to deliver a sound that not only resonates with the classic each song became long ago, but with a whole new realm of energy and technique that gets us to appreciate them all over again in a whole new way, in a whole new era.

Diggin’ The Roots is exactly as advertised. They are tracks that have brought on endless inspiration and appreciation among a majority of today’s prominent artists and are the roots to their stories. On The Jive Aces Volume 1 record, RockinRhythm & Blues, we get a tastefully blended album of 13 tracks with many flavorful additives. Classic tunes on Volume 1 include smash hits “Jump, Jive & Wail”, “Feelin’ Happy”, “I Want You To Be My Baby”, and many others of the same caliber. Led by lead vocalist Ian Clarkson, who also takes up roles on trumpet and ukulele, his clean and vibrant voice in the forefront of every song really solidifies the band’s approach. The right rhythm section really paves the way for the rest of the band, and really puts the proper backing behind Clarkson’s effective vocal takes and melody placements. With hot piano leads, an anthemic brass section and funky fiddles added to the mix, this fresh look at some of our favorite Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues tracks will definitely get you up off of your feet and own the dance floor.

On their Volume 2 record, Hot Jazz, we get the same Jive Aces vibe with their tight grasp on 13 more classic tunes that combine equal parts originality and familiarity, just like Volume 1. Staying true to form like the previous chapter of this 2-part release, we get an instrumentally versatile execution of fan favorites from the classic Jazz era that includes “Jeepers Creepers”, “On The Sunny Side Of The Street” and “It’s Been A Long, Long Time“. Both of these records absolutely compliment each other and bring a brand new timeless edge to every perfected measure. The showmanship factors are undeniable and one thing that screams from these releases are the words “INCREDIBLE LIVE SHOW”. Diggin’ The Roots really brings out each member’s musicianship abilities and when put together, collectively bring out a stick dynamite just ready to go off at every event they play. And their devoted fan base and successful career milestones reflect that. But one of the most notable things about The Jive Aces is their authenticity – there is no wacky autotune, no oversaturated production techniques, and absolutely no cheat methods whatsoever being used. This band can produce live exactly what they do in the studio, which is a rare thing in today’s digital age of music.

The Jive Aces are the breath of fresh air you’ve been needing for a long time. They are a standout of their caliber, and once you take a listen to both volumes of Diggin’ The Roots, you’ll see and hear exactly why they are the UK’s number 1 Jive & Swing band.

Connect with The Jive Aces:

•Link to Volume 1: http://jiveaces.com/album/518834/diggin-the-roots-vol-1-rockin-rhythm-blues

•Link to Volume 2: http://jiveaces.com/album/518835/diggin-the-roots-vol-2-hot-jazz

•Official Website: http://www.jiveaces.com

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Artist Review: Astara – “Take Me Higher” Single

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

We’ve had amazing female solo talent grace our platform over many years. But it’s rare that we run into an artist that is truly versatile, with music that is surreal from the very first listen. Astara is one of those rare occasions with her newest single, “Take Me Higher”.

Truly a visceral experience from start to finish, Astara‘s vocal approach in this song is unwaveringly enchanting, and a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the track’s duration. With catchy vocal melodies that you can tell were carefully structured to deliver a solid impact on each listener, Astara really showcases her versatility and multifaceted nature that really gives you an everlasting impression.

“Take Me Higher” is a soundtrack worthy song that has reverb-driven structures that tell a very compelling story as the song plays out. The production value is more than impressive, and the instrumentally structured elements really help bring out the best of Astara and truly develops her signature sound that is deep, emotional, with endless likability factors throughout. It’s the perfect track to get to know her music from the first listen, as well as a brilliant addition to her catalogue that her fans will absolutely appreciate.

This song is also a great balance between today’s mainstream sensibility and yesterday’s more alternative and pop influenced sound that really brought the genre to the forefront in the first place; and can be appreciated by all music listeners from several eras. Astara is a gem, and “Take Me Higher” demonstrates her authenticity and true talent that a lot of artists tend to lack in today’s era of convoluted genres and overproduced tendencies. Which is another factor that makes Astara truly stand out – she’s a natural in her craft that doesn’t need all the post production antics to deliver real music. Her style can fit among influential artists such as Sia and Mazzy Star, but with a more modern spin and original approach. It’s a truly refreshing sound that almost anyone can identify with.

If you haven’t heard Astara yet, then “Take Me Higher” is the perfect track to get to know her. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

Connect with Astara:

•Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/astarasmusic

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/astaramusuc

•Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/astarasmusic

•Official Website: http://www.astaramusic.com

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