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: 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 Review: Andrew Farstar – “Classics” Album/LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Andrew Farstar’s “Classics” LP

This album of classics, just like the album name ‘Classics’ suggests, is a nostalgic treat from the way-back-when machine that features a vast array of songs from renowned artists that we’ve come to know and love over many years. With the voice of Sydney-based artist Andrew Farstar at the helm of this record, tackling these beloved anthems with a modern and youthful approach that gives us a whole new perspective on these high profile covers, ‘Classics’ is not just a run-of-the-mill tribute or half hearted renditions, it’s a visceral reimagination.

Featuring chart-topping hit songs on the record that includes classics like “Your Song” (Elton John), “I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love” (Crystal Gayle), “Sealed With a Kiss” (Brian Hyland), and many more, Andrew Farstar breathes new life into these songs with a modern millennial signature sound that brings out a whole new world to songs that have been loved for decades by a widespread of fans from many different generations. His versatile and multifaceted mid-to-high range vocals are precise and punctual as they are charming as well. He also brings these tracks out in a way that could resonate with younger generations, who will find an entirely new perspective and appreciation for songs older generations may or may not know…but most likely definitely do.

The musicianship factors and production value parallels perfectly with both performance and structure. A lot of the tracks have a distinctive sound that could be reminiscent of artist pioneers like Tony Bennet, Frank Sinatra, Michael Bublé, James Arthur, Harry Connick Jr., and those of a similar caliber. But, when it comes to the overall execution, Andrew finds a way to truly make these songs his own reimagining in a way that gets us to appreciate these classic tunes in a whole new spectrum. Basically, if the renowned artists that wrote these songs took a listen to Andrew‘s versions, they’d be definitely mind blown at the brilliant balance between the insatiable feeling of originality and familiarity he brings to these songs. It’s an album of nostalgia, skilled musicianship, and a demonstration of making something completely your own when it comes to artistic merit.

You’ll love every rendition of these songs that Andrew has put together and will remind you that these songs still can have a major relevance in your life. You’ll love ‘Classics’ from beginning to end, unconditionally. You’ll be glad we recommended this to you. You’re welcome.


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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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Exclusive Review: Nick Davies – “Earth Without Art” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Cover Art for Nick Davies’ single “Earth Without Art”


If you haven’t heard recording artist Nick Davies yet, then you’re in for a very big treat. His newest single “Earth Without Art” is an exceptional track with a big anthemic signature sound that solidifies both musicianship factors and vocal ones. Tackling a concept of what the world would be like without music and art, Nick Davies proves himself completely worthy of your undivided attention with a brilliant balance of equal parts originality and familiarity.

Honing his craft with a distinctive style that tastefully blends Pop and Indie Rock, Nick‘s mid-to-high range vocal melodies completely carry the torch on this song with both vocal performance and lyrical ability. The track starts out with a clever piano intro with subtle vocals that builds an unwavering anticipation. Once the song takes off, it’s all uphill. With beautiful guitar textures, a solid rhythm section and 3-part harmony backup vocals, “Earth Without Art” completely hits it out of the park along with a strong message told in a story-like manner that almost anyone could resonate with, getting us to understand the impact that music and arts has on the world, and to imagine what it would be like if it didn’t exist.

This is the type of song you hear once and just know that you’re gonna love what’s coming. It has insatiable staying power, where it stays with you long after the song is over. And will also entice you to dive deeper into Nick Davies‘ musical catalogue and career altogether. “Earth Without Art” is available now on all major music streaming platforms as well as YouTube. You’ll be beyond glad that we recommended this one to you.


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Exclusive Video Premiere: Chuckola – “How Do I Begin” Official Music Video

Article by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Still shot from Chuckola’s Official Music Video for “How Do I Begin


Earlier in the week, our platform debuted an exclusive review of recording artist/producer Chuckola‘s powerful and anthemic single “How Do I Begin”, a song about the worldwide impact of the Coronavirus. Due to the positive reception and highly viewed response we received for the article, we are now back with a follow-up review of his official music video for the hit single, and it’s a cinematic rollercoaster that you have to see to believe.

Featuring several outdoor/scenic shots of different people and places from around the world, this video is an emotional perspective and expression of Chuckola‘s vision of the song. With beautiful cinematography and a cast of different people reflecting on the COVID19 pandemic, this vision shows that the virus can affect anyone at anytime, and that life is sacred. Chuckola, who himself lost a family member due to the virus, really hits home with this song’s imagery. It parallels perfectly with the ambient tone of the song along with his intellectually emotional lyrics and powerful message that can get you to easily resonate with Chuckola‘s perspective and artistic merit.

“How Do I Begin” is great as a standalone one, but the official music video really brings the power of this single to the forefront and provides a visual context that truly heightens the song’s impact. It’s a video you can connect with and appreciate both for its next-level production value and its visual message. It has endless re-watchability and you’ll find yourself coming back to this video time and time again.

The video (and song) is currently available on YouTube and has amassed almost 8,000 views so far. You’ll be more than glad we recommended this one to you. It’s a real journey and deserves the attention from the world. Be sure to listen, watch, share, and take care of yourself and loved ones as this pandemic continues to affect the world.


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Exclusive Review: Rita Pam – “Change The Tide” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

Everybody loves good groovy verses and anthemic choruses. It’s a great formulaic balance between originality, familiarity and tasteful blending of tempos and moods. That’s why singer/songwriter and producer Rita Pam‘s hit single “Change The Tide” is a standout of its caliber and a fresh take on a Rock-inspired Pop approach.

This song has a mysterious subtlety that immediately grabs your attention; the out-front punchy rhythm section and texturized piano and keys during the verses are reminiscent of hit songs like Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet”, which sets the tone for the track as well as the charm. Rita‘s impressively high vocal range is very apparent and is showcased very effectively in the chorus, giving her the breathing room to explore her artistic merit. When blended together, we get a dynamic song that is diligently crafted with elements of Pop and Rock that give a great callback to the 80s as well as today’s more mainstream chart toppers.

Rita has been a staple of the industry since she emerged in 2007, and its song’s like this one that have garnered her an insatiable buzz and growing fan base. Her album ‘Anna’ (which features this single) made amazing strides throughout the market and is an acclaimed record altogether. This hit single, as well as ‘Anna’ and Rita‘s full catalogue, is currently available online and several digital music platforms. She is an eclectic artist you really need to check out and keep tabs on as she continues to write, produce, and put out new material that keeps getting better over time like fine wine. You’ll be more than happy that you did.

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