Exclusive Review #2: Christopher Dallman – “Digital Blue (Remix)”

Since reviewing the original version of Christopher Dallman‘s elite 10-piece masterpiece ‘Digital Blue’, we decided to also take on the liberty of giving our two cents into the Remix Album, a reimagined versioned and an all around sensual realm into neurotic musical atmosphere. Once again, this remix leaves no stone unturned, doused with melodic symbolism, spacious lyricism and more aura than one listener’s tasteful craving. And with these components all reminiscently tied together into one tightly knit lit package,

Once again, the first three anthemic tracks really dig deep in to ‘Digital Blue (Calibeats Remix)as a chock-electro of fun, minor key progressions that bring an atmospheric aura to the artistic merit that brings Chris‘s skill set to the forefront as well as the spotlight. A must listen by all counts. ‘Highway Lines’ is another keyboard-driven track that stays more tame and submissive; however, with vocal harmonies that are not only precise, but EDM and 90s-to-early 2000s with finger picking guitar additives that bring an aura and atmosphere to the musical spectrum is what truly makes this track a standout of its kind.

With ‘Don’t Wanna Be Alone Anymore’, perhaps conjuring the strongest chord progressions to the forefront, Chris’s strongest vocal melodies and delivery are more futuristic, innovative and bring an aura to the table that has yet to be heard of. Once again, a strong presence of these first trio of songs really set forth to develop a personality that Chris brings to the table. He sets a nostalgic tone and really puts a new flavor into futuristic tones that a vast array of music fans could easily resonate with fans; including Electro-Pop, Vocal Aura, Drums and Bass, Emotionally dynamic lyrics, EDM, and everything in between that ties it all together. Now even though this is a Remix Album, you can still hear a plethora of sensibilities that are very reminiscent of Chris’s predecessor. His tone is very ambient, subtle, and atmospheric with his introspective execution between both his performance and production value.

With some notable qualities, remixes of ‘How I Swim (Calibeats Remix)’, just like his original version from the previous record, the bass-y and programmed drums really adds a a chime of essence to this more upbeat and synthesized version. ‘Butterfly (SIRPAUL Digital Skin Remix), is another visceral track that needs to be heard with both versions, the standard and the remix. It’s the most passionate, vocally melodic and altogether, both lyrically and symbolically. It really adds multi layers and a cruising feel to the song that truly brings out the synthetic layers with almost an 80s vocals feel. A track that will bring you to your core.

Another standout it “No Sense in Regret (feat. Chantae) [Calibeats Remix]” Chantae and Chris mesh beautifully in this track with unrelenting vocal work in their harmonies along with diligently put-together melodies. It’s a song that feels like it should be much longer, but still takes you for that carnival ride – whether you ride more than once.

Overall, this remix album is a rare gem among the best. Christopher Dallman has composed some of the most immaculate music to date with this 10-track juggernaut. You can currently find it on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is the kind of album that will leave an enormous impact on you.


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Exclusive Review: Pop Smear – “Old & Gray” Single

If you’ve ever visited the boroughs and cityscapes of NYC, then you’ll definitely know just how versatile and eclectic the music scene is there, whether it be larger acts or indie collectives. So with dynamic electro-pop duo Pop Smear hailing from this musical holy grail haven, you can expect just about anything and everything all at once with their innovative, multifaceted and boldly fresh signature sound. With Australian vocalist Georgia Haege at the helm of the mic with blissfully anthemic vocals along with visceral, electronically-infused keyboard theatrics by Tom Oski who diligently ties it all together as the musical centerpiece, Pop Smear collectively delivers up an atmospheric aura that is melodic and a formulaic in its overall execution; bringing forth a brilliant sound of textures, edginess and a true sense of musicianship with their recent single “Old & Gray.”

With singer Georgia Haege garnering a plethora of experience over the years as a session guest musician for renowned artist names like Wheatus, Meatloaf and Shontelle, it’s no surprise that her angelic voice on this track is a complete standout of its own. She truly brings shine to the title’s track throughout every measure and brilliantly goes out of her way to reach new heights of catchiness, wittiness and unrelenting tractor beam-like fascination. She makes a solid connection between her voice and any listener within earshot; keeping you captivated throughout every lyrical twist and turn. But just to add more acclaim to Haege’s already-impressive presentation, she gained a lot of her stage experience (and film) from acting in numerous roles ranging from the lead role of Donna Sheridan in the North American Tour of the Broadway smash hit Mamma Mia! The melodically driven keys and electro-textures from the musical mind of Tom Oski truly brings out Pop Smear‘s edginess that touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; giving every listener something fresh yet still identifiable.

The chorus of this song is definitely a powerful one and really stays true to the traditional can’t-get-it-out-of-your-head formula. Both musicians contribute vital components to this song and no stone is left unturned by the time it ends. Pop Smear formed in 2011, but took an indefinite hiatus after the release of their debut album. But just like most successful endeavors, you can’t keep a good thing down; especially several years later when Pop Smear would make their eventual return with a handful of new futuristic and retro tracks; “Old & Gray” being one of them. A track that grooves with melody, versatility and everything in between that makes Pop Smear the dynamic duo they truly are with endless artistic merit.

“Old & Gray” will be releasing on December 11th and will be available on Spotify and several digital music streaming platforms.


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Exclusive Interview: Winston-Salem Rising Rapper Iontez Sheds Light On His Upward Career As He Continues To Hit The Ground Running

Since coming out the gate in 2019, NC-based rising rapper Iontez has developed an insatiable knack for witty rhyming techniques, versatile lyrical concepts and everything else in between. Known for his multifaceted skill set behind the mic, Iontez has proven that relentless determination and passion for the craft will take your career to many places. And even with twists and turns throughout the course of the musical journey, it’s true artists like Iontez that show the industry at large that failure is never an option; one of his biggest focal points since his manifestation.

With a vast array of impressive releases under his belt since his inception into the market, the prominent DIY artist has kept his consistency out in the forefront and continues to keep grinding away at what he does best. Us at Artist Reach caught up with Iontez in an exclusive interview recently regarding the prospect of his career’s future and plans for 2021 and beyond.


•I see you got into music at the age of 13. How did that all manifest during that time? What inspired you to start so young?

Music is something that I enjoy doing. I was inspired to make music by my friend Moonz from Sweden who told me that I should start recording music and that I was a good at rapping. Ever since then I loved making music and it is amazing to also be able to make money off of something I enjoy and love to do.

Give us some insight on how you came up with your artist name.

My artist name is the same exact name I used for my gaming username. I thought the name would be perfect because it is unique and it makes it easy to find my music, all you have to do is search up “Iontez” and you can find everything.

•I see you have quite an eclectic background as well. MWho are some of your artist influences?

My influences are very versatile and you can hear it in my music. Some of my artist influences range from Playboi Carti, Duwap Kaine, BoofPaxkMooky, SauxePaxkTB, Yanko 7th, NAV, Young Thug, Chief Keef, and the list goes on.

We’ve had quite the pandemic sweep the nation and world at large this year. How has it affected you and how have you been utilizing your time during this COVID period?

It gave me more time to work on my music since school is closed. I have a studio setup in my room so I can work on my music any time I want instead of spending money and having to drive to a studio. The pandemic really had a positive impact on my career.

•I see you’re from the Winston-Salem area. How has that scene treated you and what would be one of the best parts about the scene? (Venues, other artists, etc.)

Winston-Salem is slept on. We have some of the greatest artists from here. Shoutout to Tia Corine, Apex3400, KloK, SauxePaxkTB (Rest In Peace), 52Paco, and there is so much more talented artists from Winston-Salem. I’m trying to put us on the map, when you hear North Carolina you think of Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Greensboro but I want Winston-Salem to come to your mind when you hear North Carolina.

What’s the name of your most recent release and what are your plans for 2021?

My most recent song is called 336 and it features my bro Lil Joker on it. It’s currently up on YouTube and SoundCloud. My plans for 2021 is that I’m going to stay working on my music and keep up my grind. I’m probably going to release a EP in 2021 too so stay tuned.

NOTE: Full Music Review coming soon this next week.


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