Exclusive Artist Review: Marc Armitage – “Augmented Soundtrack” EP

Fans of the gaming world will absolutely love this. Since the early 2000s, Keyboardist/Programmer and Producer Marc Armitage has been hitting the ground running in the music realm with his distinctive futuristic style and formulaic textures. He has put out many solid releases over the years and has amassed an insatiable fan base. And now, with the release of his newest EP ‘Augmented Soundtrack’, Armitage has undoubtedly raised the bar as he continues to soar to the top of his game.

Comprised of 6 brilliantly visceral tracks, ‘Augmented Soundtrack’ is a collection of electronically-infused cover songs from various popular video games including Deux Ex and Duke Nukem. Armitage uses his extensive experience in programming and production on this record to bring forth a futuristic aura that will leave gamers out there with a feeling of nostalgia like never before. He uses many layers throughout each song and is very attentive to detail when it comes to making every measure as wholesome as possible. The track “Stalker [Factory Reset v2]is an energetically versatile listening experience with punchy grooves and jam packed with high gain guitars and hauntingly ominous melody choices. Each facet of this track is not only well executed with its songwriting structure, but also performed with absolute precision. This is definitely a personal favorite that really sets the tone for the record’s duration. “NYC Streets [Reamplified]” is another notable track with an anthemic atmosphere that continues to showcase the many angles of Armitage‘s artistic merit. It further explores his ability to craft songs with unparalleled performance value and really delves into his overall signature style. The keyboard scales divulge in melodies that not only stand at the forefront, but also contributes to the integrated and innovative structure that this song lays down with its foundation. It’s a magical listening experience and definitely brings every effective musicianship factor to the spotlight.

‘Augmented Soundtrack’ will definitely be beloved by veteran gamers out there spanning back the last few decades. It has that classic electronic sound we’ve come to know and love, but also takes on a modern twist that gives this record a perfect balance between originality and familiarity. This EP was officially released this past February and is currently available as a free download on Bandcamp. It’s also available on Spotify and other digital music streaming platforms as well. Be sure to give this one a listen – you’ll love every minute of it.


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Exclusive Artist Review: Todd Underwood – “Upside Down” Album/LP

Very few artists have the veteran musicianship that Todd Underwood possesses. A man of many genres, many bands over the years, sports radio, music on Dog Whisperer and a long successful career for the past 38 years, the Prescott, Arizona-based artist hits the peak of his game with his 13-track juggernaut ‘Upside Down’.

An album about unimaginable hardships and losses, this futuristic and progressive record breathes new life into the early-mid 2000s Emo/Alt-Indie sensibilities and truly encapsulates a signature sound that is versatile and crafty. If you’re a fan of groups like Circa Survive, Story of the Year, The Used, Knuckle Puck and Taking Back Sunday’s earlier records, then this album will be a new refreshing favorite that is bound to be added to your playlists in no time. Opening title track “Upside Down” is hauntingly visceral and introduces a modern twist to the Emo genre that is diligently executed. From atmospheric dueling guitars to high range vocal harmonies, this song sets the tone for what’s to come throughout the record’s duration. Jumping into “It’s My Fault”, this track enters into a heavier territory and makes excellent use of three part vocal harmonies topped off with smooth bass lines and overall a very tight-knit rhythm section.

Anchor single “Tell Me It Will Be Okay” is a brilliantly progressive song with fascinating chord progressions and vocal melodies. This track in particular has a math-rock feel with Jimmy Eat World vibes that really stands on its own as a track that has great balance and composure when it comes to originality and familiarity. “Love Like That” has an insatiable groove with a southern guitar riff that jams and slams away with absolute precision in its calibre. However, it’s the song “Merry-Go-Round of Pain” that reaches the next level of heavy. With down tuned riffs, intricate bass measures and Todd‘s futuristic vocal harmony style, this song is definitely one of the many standouts on this record.

This album is jam packed with atmospheric guitar leads, visceral vocal harmonies, powerfully clever lyrics and a signature style that has originality at its forefront and top notch production value in its entirety. It has many modern textures that are effective and utilized in all the right places to make this the gem it really is. But it also has older Alt/Indie elements that truly compliment the overall sensibilities that Todd Underwood conjures up. If you molded into the early-mid 2000s Warped Tour and Drive-Thru Records scene, then this record will be one of your favorites.

This is definitely one of the best records you’ll run into for 2021 and will definitely entice you to delve into Todd Underwood‘s career and discography. ‘Upside Down’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. This is a must-hear on all counts.


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Exclusive Artist Interview: Rhyme Poetik

When it comes to clever lyrical punchlines and a dynamic signature style that can resonate with just about any Hip Hop era, Poetik is your draft pick. Active since 2005 and emerging onto the scene as a solo artist in 2011, Poetik began hitting the ground running since his inception and has no intention of slowing down anytime soon. He has received critical acclaim, has amassed an insatiable fan base and has artistic merit that makes him a standout of his calibre. He’s a come-up story that is inspirational, authentic, and full of twists and turns.

Influenced by industry heavyweights like Tupac, Wu Tang, The Lox, Big Pun, Canibus, AZ, Nas, Royce 5’9 , King Crooked, Dipset and Ransom, Poetik‘s style touches on equal parts originality and familiarity; combining a sound that resonates diligently with yesterday’s old school flavors and today’s more wholesome modern music approach. He is an authentic artist on the rise and has proven he’s willing to grind his way to the top, so we sat down with Poetik for an interview to get to know his career more exclusively.


•What got you into music? Tell us about your musical foundation.

I was always into music since I was a child, used to family house parties gatherings, but what got me wanting to rap were my older cousins and older guys back in Portugal in my neighbourhood

Miratejo- Margem Sul, there was always some sort of cyphers going on, even thou I was a kid that wanted to play football day and night.

•What are some of your musical influences?

National influences; Black Company, Boss AC, Chullage, Sam the Kid, Valete, Nigga Poison & Celso Opp, I came up listening to alot of their music, international influences, I was heavy on Tupac, Tha Dogg Pound, Wu Tang, Canibus, Big Pun, The Lox, Mos Def, Common, the list goes on – the so called Golden era of HipHop!

•How is your city’s music scene in Portugal?

The music scene in Portugal and countries of the same language in the diaspora, mainly Africa and South America I wouldn’t say its easy to thrive, but I can say its more difficult to convince the masses to get acostumed, there are many musicians, competition is at an all time high, so as an artist one must thrive to really stand out or end up hardly unnoticed.

•The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into the live show experience. How has the coronavirus affected your music career?

Adapting to the pandemic during the Corona virus times has not been easy. Initially from the gate I had 3 shows cancelled straight away! Those 3 shows would have been the segway to more shows eventually. Many recording studios had to close and that affected my recording process because I don’t have a home studio I can at least apply my vocals and ideas to. As I got more aquented with the pandemic regulations, I decided to use the availability of time to get back into my creative process, as far as song writing and perfecting my craft.

•If you could go on your with any musical act, who would it be and why?

If I could go on with a musical act, ermm I’m not sure, probably Nas, to me he embodies what a real HipHop artist should represent, and that is the culture first and above everything!

•When is your next music release coming out?

My next music release is a combined project I have with an artist called Don Jaga, we are aiming for around easter times but no set date specifically yet.

•What are your plans for the rest of 2021? Give us the goods.

The rest of my plans for 2021 is to keep working on my artist endeavours, I have 2 projects in the making, a mixtape and an LP. So as soon as this pandemic fixes up I will get back to the lab (studio)


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