VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:07:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Joey Britton: “Edmonton Sessions” – always subtle, yet powerful, precise and tasteful http://videomusicstars.com/joey-britton-edmonton-sessions-always-subtle-yet-powerful-precise-and-tasteful/ http://videomusicstars.com/joey-britton-edmonton-sessions-always-subtle-yet-powerful-precise-and-tasteful/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:07:24 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14993 Joey Britton started his journey in music at an early age. He joined the band ISO and played lead guitar helping to launch the Torn and Tethered Album. After ISO, Joey decided to move to California to expand his skills in the music industry while writing, recording, and producing his own records.  “I try to write songs that tell stories, relate to people, so that when you listen to them – you realize you’re not alone,” says Joey Britton. Exploring is an experience not easily replicated. Associated with it is equal parts thrill, anxiety, and apprehension. Exploring a new artist is no different. Who knows what you’re going to encounter? Is the experience going to be one you’d like to further, or are you going to cut it and run when you hear something that doesn’t click right the first time? I was never really sure what to think of Joey Britton, having never been exposed to his music before.

However once I pressed play, something about the heartland guitar playing and world percussion on the track “Forever Young” positively impacted me. And in the case of the entire album, “Edmonton Sessions”, any level of the slightest intrigue should be enough to start your journey in his realm of indie-folk.

The sounds and mood created with here can place you anywhere in the world, as if you are not only exploring the music, you’re exploring the world with him. And boy, is the payoff worth it. Joey is aided in the project by vocalists Ivan Garcia and Juleona Soto, who make sure that Joey Britton’s songs carry just the right amount of warmth, comfort and poignancy they deserve.

At times the songs are simple and stripped down to tracks like “Stay Here” and “One Night Stand”, while on others they are more fleshed out and layered, as on “Fly Away” and “Another Landfall”. “Edmonton Sessions” isn’t your typical listen, not by a long shot. There is so little that it can be compared with.

The fluorescent, acoustic-centric ambient atmospheres that are created within the core of these songs do not let up, as Joey Britton makes use of both electric and acoustic instruments to create the backbone of his indie folk sound.

Accompanied with this, is a variety of melodies to give him a sound so warm and gripping, that each song becomes so distinct and powerful that an album could be made of each one. Complemented by the heartfelt vocals and lyrics, it’s hard to bring yourself back to your environment after you’re done listening.

Another strong focus on this album is the stellar use of the drumming which is always subtle, yet powerful, precise and tasteful. However, what is so magnificently captivating about Joey Britton is the connection a listener feels with his music.

Listening to standout vibrant productions on tracks like “Saving Grace”, “Living Out My Dreams” and “Rainbow”, it’s clear that Joey and friends might as well be playing this album directly in your lounge. It’s hard to recall an album with sonics that speak as close to the heart as this does. As Joey Britton ponders the world, and the life and emotions it allows for, so too will the listener.

From the beautiful vocal work and lyrics, the smart percussion, and the atmospheric guitar work, this album commands your attention. So delve into it, hopefully you’ll be able to make your way out of it by the time “One Night Stand” fades out. If not, don’t worry, you’re really in a very good place to be.

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Daryl Yahudy: “Soulful Life Within” – blend poetry, seduction and consciousness flawlessly http://videomusicstars.com/daryl-yahudy-soulful-life-within-blend-poetry-seduction-and-consciousness-flawlessly/ http://videomusicstars.com/daryl-yahudy-soulful-life-within-blend-poetry-seduction-and-consciousness-flawlessly/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:05:50 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14989 Indeed, you could say that Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy, a former professional athlete, is a soul singer with a warm timbre and a penchant for sublime, emotional arrangements, defining what the neo-soul genre should sound like in 2017. He is a singer with a fine voice weaving a spell on songs which are full of distinctive takes on universal topics. The album “Soulful Life Within” is almost looking at how he was, how he is and how he will be in life. The warm, evocative, impeccable playing around Daryl here ensures a timeless listen.

The album is overflowing with lush, lilting ballads and stimulating soul grooves that are flush with narratives, melodies and discernable instrumentation. All 16 tracks were written by Daryl Yahudy and he’s been blessed with a tenor and falsetto range that are equally impactful.  Daryl’s approach — applying old school templates combined with his own modern-day unique flair — demonstrates why he should flourish as an artist. This new creation is as mesmerizing and masterful as his skill set will allow.

Darrell McClover aka Daryl Yahudy

After a decade in the industry most artists hope to have figured out their brand of music with sights on releasing a project that is able to grasp the hearts of their listeners. Daryl Yahudy has been able to do just on his debut album. Without reinventing the wheel he’s able to provide an authentic feel almost effortlessly.

The album’s single, “Return for You”, sees Daryl’s supple vocals glide over the rising piano soundscape, echoing a request for complete trust. This is the album’s calling card and a perfect introduction to an album that benefits from both enthralling spoken word pieces as well as soulful crooning.

An infusion of the blueprints of his predecessors combined with his own trademark sound and style have led Daryl Yahudy to unimaginable heights on his latest opus. Standout songs like “Nothing Compares”, “Virtuous”, “Joy Of Yah”, “Beauty Within”, “Pedaling For Life” and “What’s Love”, are nearly flawless in their execution, assuring his place as one whose music comprises of both sincere love, as well as spiritual and social awareness. Though the title suggests something ethereal or nuanced, Daryl Yahudy also focuses on the tangible and direct.

Tender and beautiful moments are ever-present on this debut, and Daryl’s approach is refreshing because he, for the most part, is subtle, yet direct. Not only can he blend poetry, seduction, and consciousness flawlessly, but he doesn’t try to push those limits into the realms of throwaway pop, which steadfast music lovers will undoubtedly appreciate.

If there is anything transcendent about Daryl Yahudy, it’s that he is genuinely talented and, above all, refreshing. “Soulful Life Within”, is the type of album that can and probably will be played on repeat without wearing on any music listener’s nerves—if anything, it becomes more inspiring during each rotation.

Comparisons and contrasts aside, Daryl Yahudy is the Neo of the Neo-Soul game right now, and if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he could save us all from the Matrix that Neo-Soul is bent on becoming.

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Chaz Hearne: “Rise of the Voluminous” – the evolution of folk into a progressive era http://videomusicstars.com/chaz-hearne-rise-of-the-voluminous-the-evolution-of-folk-into-a-progressive-era/ http://videomusicstars.com/chaz-hearne-rise-of-the-voluminous-the-evolution-of-folk-into-a-progressive-era/#respond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:59:56 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14986 The very first thing I learned while listening to the album “Rise of the Voluminous” by eclectic folk artist, Chaz Hearne, is that the defining question regarding any Hearne song is which Chaz Hearne he’ll be. Will it be the introspective, contemplative Hearne of slow-burning masterpieces like “Falling For Reason” and “Hount The Jab”? Or will the party-starter behind “Fun In ‘82” poke his head out, armed with flash phrases and funky beats? Or maybe he will just activate his progressive art-rock mode, as on “Voluminous Man” and “Spicy In The Dim Halls” – catchy, complex, yet ultimately armed with a sort of weightless. Of course he could just slip into the sprawling dreaminess of “51 With the Crusts Cut Off” (Feat. Carrie Allen), or the more stripped-down and folksy “Older”.

The truth is, the Rochester, New York based musician, Chaz Hearne, is no regular folk artist, in the classic sense of the title. His music is certainly rooted in folk elements, but Hearne points his creativity in quite a few different directions. Built around a collection of organic instrumentation, “Rise of the Voluminous” is a weird new classic, sneakily inventive and massively engaging.

Hearne is a master of infusing his signature essence into whatever styles he wants to play with at any given moment, and that remains true throughout the 8 tracks on this album. Though to be honest, with a gloriously distinctive high-pitched voice like his, it would be sufficient just to open his mouth and sing, for any song to have Hearne’s signature essence.

But as an artist, Chaz Hearne doesn’t just sing divinely, he plays his favorite instrument, the banjo, as well as the guitar, piano, violin and singing saw, when needed. Hearne’s artistic integrity and spirit are deep-seeded in this record. His melodies and music arrangements are a dream. They do all the things that you wanted them to do, but never expected a record like this would do.

With its wide-ranging sonic assemblages cut with oblique texts, “Rise of the Voluminous” is “a reflection on privilege,” explains the album’s liner notes, continuing: “While touring the lands, one of the Voluminous learns the complicated levels of inequality of which he had previously been ignorant as one of the elite. He discovers the history of his people; how they have kept themselves on top while turning the rest against each other. How their power created the Voluminous Man.”

The lyrics are interesting and evocative, the production strong and full. Musically “Rise of the Voluminous” sounds like folk writ large, with expansive and full instrumentation where decades ago there was only a voice accompanied by guitar. This is the evolution of folk into a progressive era, while still maintaining its roots.

It’s an all-embracing masterpiece that sweeps as it coaxes the mind into a perfect mix of uplift and rest. This music is not a quick fix to simply fill the empty void inside your head, although it could be if that’s what you ultimately desired — rather, toward the patient listeners, “Rise of the Voluminous” will resonate and reflect something intensely profound and uniquely affecting to each individual user.

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The Gibb Collective: “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights” has many other memorable moments http://videomusicstars.com/the-gibb-collective-please-dont-turn-out-the-lights-has-many-other-memorable-moments/ http://videomusicstars.com/the-gibb-collective-please-dont-turn-out-the-lights-has-many-other-memorable-moments/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:05:56 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14982 October marks the 45th anniversary of the Bee Gees song “Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” and fans of the musical super group of the 1970s, have reason to be excited. The Gibb Collective is a musical tribute, and a family legacy.  On the input of Maurice’s daughter, Samantha, the children of Andy, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb have found a way to honor their fathers by infusing new lymph  into the more than memorable Bee Gee classics of the 60’s and 70’s. And what better title for the 10-track album, than “Please Don’t Turn Out The Lights”. Though I doubt anyone ever had the idea of ‘turning out the lights’, consistently illuminating the Bee Gees’ music for many decades on end.

The Gibb Collective

The task at hand was obviously enormous. Just how do you improve perfectly cut gems? Well you can’t, you can only polish them up from time to time. So with all the love and passion in the world. The Gibb Collective set about shining up their family jewels.

The interesting thing is that the collective members never assembled in one place, instead they recorded their individual parts in places as far away as Sydney, Ohio, London and Los Angeles, with the recorded pieces then being blended together in a US production studio.

“It started when my partner Lazaro and I decided to do a cover of ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941,” says Samantha Gibb (Maurice’s daughter). “We loved the way it turned out and thought it would be really cool to do more if it. We had been wanting to do a tribute for a long time for my dad and my uncles. It started to feel like the right time so we started to reach out then we talked to everybody. Each person decided to do a take on a track that was one of their favorites. The next thing we knew we had a 10 song album”.

The album cover artwork

What ensued, is nothing short of a genuine blend of the sublime and the spectacular:  “New York Mining Disaster 1941” by Samantha Gibb and “I Started A Joke” by Robin John Gibb is breathtakingly engaging, Peta Gibbs’ delectable version of “Fool For A Night” is surprisingly eloquent, as was listening to the electro version of “Angel of Mercy” by Samantha & Adam Gibb.

There are also unexpected song choices like “I Can’t See Nobody” which was the B-side of “New York Mining Disaster 1941” back in the 60’s. Berry Gibb Rhoades’ reworking of the song is another definite album highlight.

The album has many other memorable moments, especially when the The Gibb Collective interpret the so-called lesser known tracks from the Bee Gees catalog.  In this sense, Spencer dispenses a sumptuous refurbishing of the bittersweet “Don’t Fall In Love With Me,” a track from the Bee Gees’ 1981 album Living Eyes.

Formed in 1958, The Bee Gees have sold more than 220 million records worldwide. Taking on this project would have been intimidating for just about anyone. The Gibb Collective don’t suffer this condition, probably because the primary goal of Samantha (Maurice’s daughter), Spencer and Robin-John Gibb (Robin’s sons), Stephen and Travis Gibb (Barry’s sons), Peta Gibb (Andy’s daughter), Adam Gibb (Maurice’s son) and Berry Gibb-Rhoades (the brothers younger sister), is not to sell records but to preserve and enhance a legacy.

 

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South Central emcee MAXI PAYNE drops new single ‘Me No Give A F–k’ Produced By Yung Stitch http://videomusicstars.com/south-central-emcee-maxi-payne-drops-new-single-me-no-give-a-f-k-produced-by-yung-stitch/ http://videomusicstars.com/south-central-emcee-maxi-payne-drops-new-single-me-no-give-a-f-k-produced-by-yung-stitch/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:29:06 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14978 South Central emcee MAXI PAYNE drops new single ‘Me No Give A F–k’ Produced By Yung Stitch. This #SHH BANG!!! – I KNOW YOU CAN FEEL THIS ONE!!!!
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MORE ABOUT Maxi Payne – A Independent label CEO [SoulHopHouse Music] and Emcee born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. Some say he’s the SCLA ‘Kendrick Lamar’ with a unique but familiar style, raw but clever flow and a passion that few can match. Maxi, the 4th of 5 children has en a fan and student Hip Hop his entire life but did’t begin his Emcee path until going off to college at UNLV.

From there no looking back and has writing, engineering, recording Truthful music. Publicly releasing several mixtapes available on Datpiff as well as a hand full of albums available everywhere. Maxi Payne is an elite emcee with a sound that can bridge the gap between Hip Hop generations.

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Innocent Bystanders: “Attractive Nuisance” – gives fans a kick in double-quick time http://videomusicstars.com/innocent-bystanders-attractive-nuisance-gives-fans-a-kick-in-double-quick-time/ http://videomusicstars.com/innocent-bystanders-attractive-nuisance-gives-fans-a-kick-in-double-quick-time/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:46:29 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14973 Based in Kensington and Mission Hills, Innocent Bystanders was founded by musicians who played regularly in various bands in high school and college, who got together to form a band to play fundraising events for a local law school. They perform a wide-range of rock and soul, focused on the music of the 1960s and 1970s. The band is made up of Steve Berenson (Drums), Steve Semeraro (Electric Guitar, Vocals), Kaimi Wenger (Keyboards, Vocals), Jessica LaFave (Saxophone), Ben Nieberg (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals) Kath Rogers (Vocals) and Donny Samporna (Bass guitar). Their “Attractive Nuisance” EP of original music was recorded at Singing Serpent Studios in Kensington and released in 2017.

Imagine an EP that manages to draw influences from records that came long before it, but manages to sound like nothing else yet recorded. Not because it’s reinvented the wheel, but because there are so many styles and nuances locked inside the music, you cannot for the life of you, fit the band into any single one.

It manages to detail emotions on the human spectrum in such a way that, even if you’ve never experienced it, you somehow manage to know what it feels like. An album that is so compelling, rich and challenging but still remains completely joyous, harmonious and free of any pretense. Believe it or not this EP actually exists, and it goes by the name of “Attractive Nuisance”.

But surely that’s a bit of a sweeping statement for a record with 4 simple tracks of music? Well I guess it could be, but after a few listens to “Attractive Nuisance” it’s incredibly hard not fall for it. This is a record everyone should own; it is fun and melodic, inventive, groovy, and gives you that good audio buzz you just don’t get in modern recordings anymore.

That’s because everything about it is just amazing. Its warm, organic production, affecting lyrics and the way it manages to take you on a roller coaster of emotion and excitement whilst always remaining musically focused throughout. Innocent Bystanders just bangs out great song after great song, doing absolutely no wrong at all.

Be prepared to fall in love with rock and roll, and rhythm and soul, all over again during this EP. Starting with “Gotta Get Outta Here”, to “Highways”, and “Emerald Eyes” onto “Working Man’s Daughter”, Innocent Bystanders infuse these songs with vibrant rhythms, resonating horns, stirring harmonies and tons of positive vibes that penetrate the speakers all throughout.

“Attractive Nuisance”, despite its short run time, accomplishes a great deal. It’s the crucial axis and it’s a wholesome alternative for those that dislike the notoriously long runtime of albums, and gives fans a kick in double-quick time; it makes an easily digestible starting point for newcomers to the band, and will have them hungering for more.

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Jayna Blackwell – “That’s My Song” featuring Oakland rapper/producer Ken’Yuan http://videomusicstars.com/jayna-blackwell-thats-my-song-featuring-oakland-rapperproducer-kenyuan/ http://videomusicstars.com/jayna-blackwell-thats-my-song-featuring-oakland-rapperproducer-kenyuan/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:33:03 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14968 Jayna Blackwell, signed to C-Town Records is a R&B / Neo-Soul artist from Oakland California whose debut single “That’s My Song” featuring Oakland rapper/producer Ken’Yuan is currently enjoying initial success all over top digital radio stations in the United States and in the U.K. The single is available on all leading digital music platforms and is distributed worldwide by Centurian Music Group. Known as the “Mistress of Soul”, a title given her by a local promoter/producer, Jayna Blackwell has been singing since she was four years old. Singing first in church you could often find her in the youth and young adult choirs of various local churches.

While still holding on to her gospel roots, Jayna began singing R&B professionally in the early 90’s and she hasn’t stopped yet. Her eclectic musical taste and style has enabled her to develop a voice that includes genres such as R&B, Funk, Jazz and even Rock & Roll.

Jayna credits her first band; ThrillTrain for opening her up to singing Rock & Roll and credits Mr. Barron Edwards for strategically placing her in his Motown Revue Tribute Show and his R&B show band, forcing her into an exciting new world of professional singing.

Jayna quickly became known as an established background vocalist supporting several local bands and solo artists over the years. She often says her “experiences have shaped the voice you hear today” and credits her family and peers for pushing and loving her back to center stage.

The year 2014 marked a career turn for Jayna as she was again nominated and awarded the “Best Neo-soul Performer” by the Bay Area Black Music Awards and was signed and also made the First Lady/President of the record label “Curency Kingz Entertainment” (CKE) by the label’s CEO, Kenneth Christian.

She has since been nominated and honored with many accolades and her newest single “That’s My Song” which features Ken’Yaun has just been released by C-Town Records a hot Hip Hop & R&B independent label based out of Cleveland, Ohio and distributed worldwide by Centurian Music Group

Jayna is looking forward to the release which will be her first nationally promoted single. Reached by phone in Cleveland, C-Town Records President Gregory Beasley adds: “The initial response to the single has been great! We dropped the single July 21st with a LIVE global kickoff on Radio station 985 The Boom in Texas.

Top mix show DJ’s around the country such as Dessert Storm Radio’s  DJ Verbal Klint, DJ Mack Ditty (NY), The World famous DJ Smitty (PA), Harlem’s DJ Les Love, DJ Mingo (Atlanta) DJ JackHammer  of the Northern California Hit Squad DJ’s), DJ D-Money of Fresh Juice (Seattle) DJ Russ Dogg (Ohio) New York’s DJ Cisco and Hotline Radio’s DJ Mike Styles (NY) are all loving the track and were some of the very first Deejays to play it since its release. We thank them for their early support.”

Jayna is currently in the process of recording her freshman album “Uncompromised”. The future looks very bright indeed and Jayna Blackwell The “Mistress of Soul” is looking forward to forging new industry alliances…

Grab the single “That’s My Song” featuring Oakland rapper/producer Ken’Yuan on ITUNES and SPOTIFY

Connect with Jayna!

Website: Ctownrecords.com

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Jaynasings2/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jaynasings2

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaynasings2/

Reverbnation: www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/artist/4961105

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Jordan Everist: “Vacancy” – there is always a hint of experimentation or boundary pushing http://videomusicstars.com/jordan-everist-vacancy-there-is-always-a-hint-of-experimentation-or-boundary-pushing/ http://videomusicstars.com/jordan-everist-vacancy-there-is-always-a-hint-of-experimentation-or-boundary-pushing/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:08:13 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14963 Jordan Everist is a creative from Portland, Oregon. His love of music began when he was 4, but really took off in his high school years. Since then he has been producing music professionally for short films, cartoons, and musicians. He also has had a series of personal projects, where he’s been able to express himself and develop his own voice. Besides music, Jordan has an interest in all things creative, which he shows through his other ventures, writing and animating cartoons, and developing video games.

Odds are if you’re reading this review, you’ve heard of Everist’s music before. If you haven’t, it’s your lucky day: you’ve just struck a hidden gold mine of music that will catch you off guard. The best part? Jordan Everist’s new album, “Vacancy”, is rich in instrumental gold infused with fragments of sparkling vocal gems.

So why do I know you’ll like this album? This isn’t an album where you skip some songs and repeat others unequally: you’ll love every track to the point where you will end up adding the whole album to your favorite playlist.

It’s the perfect soundtrack for driving, playing games, relaxing, or anything you can really think of doing while listening to music. Everist covers a whole lot of musical ground from vastly supersonic soundscapes covered with synthesized bliss and a hip-hop instrumental paradise, to incorporating organic and sample-filled chilled vibrations that take soulful turns towards low-key pop and ambient flavorings. You can’t help but ecstatically smile, as you listen to this multi-genre potpourri. Go ahead, you’ll see what I mean.

I’m trying not to reveal too much, because I don’t want to spoil your first undisturbed listen of this album, but just know this: Jordan Everist lands on the planet of chill and bliss and excitement that many other instrumental artists aspire to even find, and this record is your first-class ticket there.

Part of the excitement and interest is that there is always a hint of experimentation, or boundary pushing, present in each and every track. So even the most fleshed out tune sounds like its work-in-progress, ready to take yet another left turn. The other surprise is, of course, the fact that no two songs sound the same.

The dreaminess from the electronic sounds is matched with beautiful use of the sparse vocals and samples. I love this combo as it adds more groove and soul than some of the more ‘pure’ electronic music, which can also be colder and more austere.

The final fraction of “Indecisive” forges stunningly emotional vocals, while “Switching Lanes”, pretty much maintains a soulful groove throughout.  However, it’s “Let Go” that is the first real standout with its ethereal vocals and magnetic head-nodding beat. And it gets even more soulful on “What We Do”, where the vocals fade tantalizingly in and out of the audio spectrum.

Beautiful, tranquil, and yet often pulsating, Jordan Everist’s reverberating sound elements intertwine with each other like paint being mixed on a palette until you can’t quite tell what color it is you are looking at.

This happens on another set of standouts like “Tired”, “The Ghost” and the title track, “Vacancy” – These tracks have a wonderful warmth about them with genuine emotion, and a positive energy that abounds. Electronic albums can sometimes sound sterile and emotionless, but that is not the case here by any means. Grab a cup of green tea and put this on and your mood will change.

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RealTalk: “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous – exercises an observational acuity http://videomusicstars.com/realtalk-the-time-machine-hosted-by-dj-infamous-exercises-an-observational-acuity/ http://videomusicstars.com/realtalk-the-time-machine-hosted-by-dj-infamous-exercises-an-observational-acuity/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 11:11:29 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14960 On his brand new mixtape, “The Time Machine” hosted by DJ Infamous, Phoenix, AZ based artist RealTalk, delivers his visceral lifetime narratives over remixes of hits taken from the 70s, 80s and 90s, including samples by Bobby Womack, Rose Royce, Michael Jackson, Prince, Xscape , Aaliyah, Pink Floyd, and more. The mixtape delivers 12 grooving tracks with beats by a handful of skillful producers, from Dj Eric Swain, Rehab Beats, to BigMattBeatz, Kaleem Beats and MCK, as well as By 318tae who has the lion’s share with 4 tracks.

The only feature is The Last Poets on the opening track, “Niggas”. If you are already familiar with RealTalk’s past works, then you know that he delivers in all categories of a recording. There is depth and variety to each song, which is supremely supported by excellent lyrics and production.

This is an artist who is contributing to his genre in a positive way and it shows once again in this album. As soon as you hit play on the opening track, which is, “Niggas” ft. The Last Poets, you hear rhythmic Afro-styled percussion, chanting, singing, and a high energy preacher type sermon – some real artistic, cultural and political vibes come through here.

This isn’t that hip-hop mixtape intro where the artist comes out rapping a mile a minute about his personal prowess. That’s because RealTalk is not trying to prove he’s an amazing rapper, he’s trying to prove he can make an amazing mixtape.

The insistence with authenticity is a familiar pose in hip-hop. For RealTalk, though, life isn’t just a source of borrowed credibility; it’s where this storyteller goes to absorb details that for others might merely be glimpsed from afar. “The Time Machine” is thick with the residue of these immersions. Even when he’s drawing on his own experiences he exercises an observational acuity that suggests how much noticing he’s been doing. Real-life subjects are addressed, providing insight into his worldliness.

All throughout the mixtape, RealTalk did things his way. Rapping over remixes of past hits, might seem like a risk in a market where nobody even remembers last month’s top 40 placings. It is a risk only real artists are capable of taking to express their artistry.

But as soon as you bump into the triumvirate of standout tracks – “Patience” (Prod. by Justwritebeats), “Anymore” (Prod. by Rehab Beats) and “Diana” (Prod. by BigMattBeatz), you realize the indefectible reasoning behind that risk. Whether or not you recognize these songs make no difference to their sublime execution and desired effect on the listener.

If anything, knowing the samples only enhance your listening experience. The heartfelt mellow production on “Down With You” (Prod.By 318tae) only complements the power of the relatable lyrics, as RealTalk digs in with his inspiring flow. It’s tremendous track for its personal details, provided by a true storyteller.

Rapping with an intense demeanor, RealTalk is in his ultimate prime on “Got To Change” (Prod.By 318tae) which is, quite possibly, one of his best tracks lyrically. The production is reminiscent of old school hip-hop and will have heads nodding in agreement as the words propel into the brain.

The hard-knock-powered production mixed with melodic vocals in the background, is captivating on “It Happened” (Prod. by 318tae), which closes the mixtape with yet another standout. “The Time Machine” is RealTalk’s truest, most personal, artistic statement to date, and is easily his best release.

OFFICIAL LINKS: INSTAGRAMDATPIFFSPINRILLAAUDIOMACK

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David Vaters: “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” – moments of excellence http://videomusicstars.com/david-vaters-a-voice-in-the-wilderness-volume-2-moments-of-excellence/ http://videomusicstars.com/david-vaters-a-voice-in-the-wilderness-volume-2-moments-of-excellence/#respond Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:47:49 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=14957 “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” finds David Vaters in top form. This is a beautiful complex album that highlights the full brilliance of David’s genius, as well as the serenity and wisdom of a long, full life. Those of you who have listened to the previous, ambitious and critically acclaimed project, “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 1 ”, showcasing a cast of a-league musicians, will know exactly what to expect. As this offers more of the same emotional experiences savored on that recording. Once again David enlightens us with his lyrical wisdom, as he warns about our cultural and spiritual shortcomings and our insatiable desire to reap personal fulfillment from worldly possessions.  What David Vaters has given us here is a ten-song cycle that eloquently elaborates the daily vicissitudes of a man passionately uncovering the truths inside his soul.

The record is as much a view of both the beautiful and ugly corners of contemporary society, as it is an interior monologue on the power of faith. With unabashed, yet understated tenderness, there is none of the cloying quality in David’s voice and phrasing that somewhat mars your regular rock star’s performances. Vater’s sings from the heart at all times, without cunningly searching for the all-enticing hook.

The magnetizing power of his songs lie in the engaging melodies, the lavish production and the visceral approach he has to his storytelling vocal deliveries. More than simply singing a song David seems to be baring his soul. Hence the listener remains captivated all throughout the album.

“A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2” is rock, it’s Americana, it’s thoughtful, gracious, beautiful, uplifting, and most of all it is David Vaters at his best. Here he opens up his heart for the most personal and most emotional release thus far. The electric, acoustic and organic composition of the songs are wonderfully orchestrated narratives mixed with hope and praise as Vaters chronicles the vivid gift and joy of believing.

He has created an album with vertically-focused worship songs. The record hits the ground running with “Castles In The Sand”, a mid-tempo song with a simple melody that you will find yourself quickly singing along to. On the heels of this anthem you will run into a tune written with the thought of avoiding resentment called “Forgive”. Starting off intimately with a piano and vocal lead-in, it falls into a beautiful groove as it hits the first chorus.

The first real universal standout arrives with “Godly Man”, a very worshipful song that contain powerful declarations to God, it employs a large and lavish rock arrangement. From here on out the album rises to amazing heights both musically and spiritually, as David’s relationship with God becomes more intense throughout the narratives.

“Brothers Of Mine” has a pretty deep meaning. It seems the song is telling the listener that the light shines brightest in the darkest places and times. One thing that I like about David Vaters for sure is the way he writes his songs, which make the listener imagine the situation and feel the meaning of every word in the track.

For arrangement, musicality and lyricism, moments of excellence can be savored on “Talking To God”, “Like I’ve Been Born Again” and “Service Of The King”, the best three back-to-back songs I have heard on any album during the last year or two. Regardless of genre.

It’s really hard to believe that “A Voice In The Wilderness Volume 2”, is only David Vaters’ second solo album. All things taken into consideration, it actually sounds like his twentieth. It does of course help that he had a roster of well-known players in the studio.

Including Grammy and Dove award winner Tom Hemby on guitars and mandolin, John Hammond and Brian Fullen on drums and percussion and Jeff Cox and Gary Lunn on Bass, Johnathan Brown on Keyboards, Susie Vaters and K.J. Raney on Background Vocals, and David Vest on background vocals, keyboards and orchestration, while David himself handles the Acoustic Guitar and of course the Vocals. All the songs were written by David Vaters, except “Castles in the Sand”, which was written in collaboration with Ward Pike.

OFFICIAL LINKS: WEBSITE – AMAZON – GOOGLE PLAY – ITUNES – SPOTIFY – TWITTER – REVERBNATION – STORE

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