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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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: Pariz Noir – “Las Olas” Single

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

With sensual vibes, atmospheric textures and an enthusiastically ambient beat stirred into one tasteful concoction, Miami-based Pop Artist Pariz Noir proves that her newest single “Las Olas” is something on a whole new level, and really sets a nostalgic tone to her signature sound.

Pariz, who is also known by the identity logo “VX”, brings forth a futuristic approach that encompasses elements of Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop with a very subtle and sensual edge that makes this song a very blissful listening experience. Her vocals, blended with an anthemic and modern style, showcase an impressive range with a sing-songy formula that is both catchy and dynamic. She hones a crafty display of clever bars, rhymes, hooks and diligently blends it all together into a vocal style that covers different angles of her talent; which puts all the pieces together for a dangerously catchy tune.

And that’s perhaps one of the main standouts of this track – you can re-listen to it and come back to it time and time again without it becoming stale or forgettable. “Las Olas” fits beautifully on one of your hot single playlists with other Pop/R&B artists of a similar caliber, along with the mainstream greats you’ve come to know and love this past decade. Pariz‘s sound altogether has that solid Miami flavor that is sexy, club-worthy and classy; the production value is the best of its kind, and approached with a sensuality that can easily heat up both the dance floor and the bedroom. And once you take a listen to “Las Alos” yourself, you’ll see (and hear) exactly why. This track is a perfect gem for 2020.

Listen to the single:

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Artist Review: Cherry Ilex Sound – Reason (Take a Trip) featuring Erica B

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky

We’ve reviewed Cherry Ilex‘s music before. The elite west coast producer has laid down a more-than-solid foundation for his multifaceted set of multi-talents both as a songwriter and creator behind the mixing board; and he comes back out swinging with his first release in 2020, “Reason (Take a Trip)”.

Cherry‘s knack for vibing rhythms and catchy melodies is still ever present just like his previous releases. But this time, with feature artist Erica B at the helm of lead vocals, “Reason” has something truly special from beginning to end from the very first listen, and reaches out to a very innovative and wide-ranged audience that can appreciate Pop, Hip Hop, EDM, R&B and everything between. This track has a beat that captures a rap/snap and classic R&B signature, but possesses several clever elements in the realm of production and melody choices.

Erica B‘s vocals are addictive and completely star-quality; making this track a standout of its kind in the vocal melody department. But Cherry‘s attentiveness to detail is what truly makes this song an absolute gem. It covers many angles that are innovative enough to carry itself throughout the new 2020 millennium, but still has that hint of familiarity that gives us a callback to some of our favorite electronically-infused R&B tracks we’ve come to know over the years from many DJs and producers in the game.

This song is not only interesting, but also full of vibes that are completely feel-good throughout the track’s duration. The vocals are articulately crafted with well thought out lyrics, the production value has more than one approach that really blends together tastefully, and the overall sound this song tackles can cater to many different fans of many genres. This is the perfect kickstart track for the new millennium, and we at Artist Reach can not recommend “Reason” highly enough. You will be addicted to this one.

Listen to “Reason”:

•Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/5rshkW8SJyz1JWUecMU09J

Connect with Cherry-Ilex:

•Official Website: https://www.cherry-ilex.com

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

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

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

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Artist Review: Ples Jones – “Sounds Of The Mind” LP

Review by: Justyn W. Brodsky & Bethany Stephenson

Today’s era of Electronic Music and Hip Hop can be very convoluted with all the sub genres that conjure from today’s contemporary run-of-the-mill artists. It’s a big industry with a persistent rise of up-and-comers from platforms like SoundCloud, DatPiff and those alike. While those platforms remain true to form, it’s hard to stand out from this massive crowd. But every now and then you run into one of those rare gems that truly is a standout of their caliber. And a shining example of this gem is Pittsburgh-based Electronic DJ and Producer Ples Jones with his latest LP “Sounds Of The Mind”.

As the title suggests and perhaps putting one of the freshest takes on today’s Electronic Music standard, Jones comes out swinging on every track of this album and brilliantly showcases his versatile craft by setting a nostalgic tone to his signature Chillhop sound. Specializing in R&B and House music, Jones conjures a refreshing vibe to the table that dynamically puts his skillset to the forefront with exceptional precision and authenticity. He’s been honing his craft behind the mixing board for 15 years, touching on his love for Jazz and Soulful R&B additives to a very addictive Hip Hop sound that is reminiscent with yesterday and today’s more elite producers.

“Sounds Of The Mind” really sets the perfect nostalgic tone in consistency and never waivers from the nostalgic flow Jones brings to each track with his clever production techniques and versatile compositions. With tracks like “Alonzo’s Groove”, “Apologia” and “Bleu Light” to kick this record off, you immediately get a grasp on Jones‘ ability to create tracks that touch on several genre elements that blend very tastefully. The beats and rhythm sections that carry each song drives every electronic-infused melody perfectly and really delves into a craft that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity. Carrying over to “Cherish”, this track serves up a classic R&B style that really puts soul into the record. It is refreshing goodness with that perfect beat that reminds us how R&B was meant to be. The standout on this album, however, is feature-artist track “Drop”. A Hip Hop track with EDM touches that features brilliant lyrical hooks and bars from feature artist Phantom. This sweet concoction delivers an array of genre blending, vibrancy, consistency and everything in between to make this song completely unforgettable and a home run on the album.

“EmpPHATic” is a synth-driven tune that continues to drive the R&B element forward and really helps carry weight on this record with its vibrant setting and ambient flavor. “Late Nite Snack” brings us more of that nostalgic feeling this album has demonstrated from the beginning while “Married To The 90s” and “Shine” are more upbeat and animated in their execution. These four tracks in particular really give us a deep dive into the diversity of Ples Jones‘ production value and garners a dynamic quality that is rare among today’s DJs and EDM creators. The next feature-artist standout track “Quien Tiene Boca (feat. Alba Santos)” is a tasty R&B flavor with an amazing Spanish vocal delivery and soulfully crafted melody. The vocal mix on this song in particular is more than notable as it is beautifully performed. This one will get your heart fluttering. “Rise” is another female-featured track with a sound reminiscent to Sia with its own special touch. Featuring female singer Liz Cirelli, this dreamlike sequence brings new heights to the album with a sense of climax and anticipation as the track plays out. It’s brilliantly mixed, perfectly executed and adds more layers to this record while remaining consistent in the overall signature sound.

The bass and beat-driven “Santorini” is edgy and industrial with a darker tone in its delivery and fits like a glove with the predecessors on the record. “Shine (feat. Late Nite Vegas)” is the perfect subsequence that also captivates a darker tone with an upbeat flow and clever production narrative, while closing track “The Realization” brings us a synth-infused light at the end of the tunnel as a perfect album closer. Altogether, creating an innovative and creatively effective album where all the pieces fit no matter how many times you hear it.

The best thing about “Sounds Of The Mind” is the execution of each song with top of the line production value. Every track flows perfectly to the next while keeping consistency afoot with nostalgic vibes and tasteful genre blends. This album is not just recommended, it’s an absolute must-listen in its own right and demonstrates a very versatile skillset that Ples Jones showcases from beginning to end. This album has staying power with an ability to keep you coming back for more. You’ll be more than happy you gave this album a spin, and this record will definitely entice you to look deeper into Ples Jones‘ artist journey.

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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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