Music Mondays | Exclusive Interview w/ F.Y.I. Bounze Houze Album

Exclusive Interview with, LA Hip-Hop Artist, F.Y.I. for the New Album Bounze Houze and Short Film

F.Y.I., LA hip-hop artist, self-described “hueman”, lyrics and content that’ll make you think while giving a memorable jam session wherever you are. 

After the Fall ‘18 album release, Herecember 20NOW, F.Y.I. continues his run in dope lyricism with the new project, Bounze Houze, released on Jan  25th. The new album consists of upbeat tracks, motivating movement. This time around, F.Y.I. used his creativity to describe a viewpoint of relationships. Focusing more on a subject matter that was lightly touched in previous projects, F.Y.I. delivers a short film to complement the latest release. The film takes you through the dynamics of how men and women connect and interact taking us on a “sometimes bumpy” ride.

Bounze Houze Album by F.Y.I.

BRASH! was given the opportunity to get exclusive looks and listens to both the new album and short film, which is available with every album or merchandise purchase. 

Check out the interview below with F.Y.I. for more details on Bounze Houze and how the deliverance of the short film: 


As an artist, as long as you live life there is always something to write about and be inspired by. 

hip hop artist F.Y.I

Photo Credit: Jessica Magana of Red Heart Media

BRASH! How would you describe the new album in just three words?
F.Y.I. Eclectic.Hip-Hop.Vibes.

BRASH! What inspired the name Bounze Houze for the new album?
F.Y.I. It’s a nod to the overall sonics of the record.  I wanted only up-tempo tracks to create to. Nothing too slow or laid back.  Only music that cut through and compels people to move, to bounze.

I was inspired to write about that man-woman dynamic and the dramatized fun that ensues when the opposite sexes meet.  It was an opportunity for me to make a record that my female fans and women in general could rock with on a deeper level but still make it hard enough lyric wise where guys could vibe with.

BRASH! What experiences led you to writing and creating the lyrics for the new album?
F.Y.I. The scenarios on the record are inspired by different relationships that I had in the past and some of them are based on true stories from other people close to me.  As an artist, as long as you live life there is always something to write about and be inspired by.

I’m a lyricist; that’s the fun part of making music especially hip-hop. No matter what people say or the narrative that certain artists try to create nowadays; it’s still what it is – hip-hop.

BRASH! You maintain your lyricism along with a different take on the subject matters on this album, was there a challenge in finding balance?
F.Y.I. The challenge comes from creating something that you’re happy with and confident in to display to the world.  That’s always the challenge. Once you conquer that, then everything else falls into place. For Bounze Houze, I was able to dedicate an entire project to subjects that I usually touch on only once on my other projects; that’s the major difference.  I’m a lyricist; that’s the fun part of making music especially hip-hop. No matter what people say or the narrative that certain artists try to create nowadays; it’s still what it is – hip-hop. The difference between me and Chris Brown (just using an example; no shade) is that I rap; he sings.  What makes rap music, rap music – is lyrics, words, poetry, rhyme. Melody can be in there, “vibe” is always a part of making any song, but at the end of the day it’s about lyrics! Saying something. So I wanted to show people on this record that we can talk about women, we can talk about relationships and the music can still be hip-hop at its core; nothing watered down or compromised.

BRASH! How did you develop the concept of having a short film to go along with the album?
F.Y.I. I’ve always wanted to do a short film with my albums since 2014 but this project was the perfect subject matter to execute that vision and bring it to fruition. Praise God.   

F.Y.I.

Photo Credit: Jessica Magana of Red Heart Media

I look at the film as a thank you to those [that are] truly engaged with my artistry at a higher more connected level

BRASH! Throughout the film, it takes you on a journey of a relationship while correlating the songs within the short. Describe the process of developing the film that connects with the album.
F.Y.I. The short film was inspired by the songs on the project, so it was not created until after the entire record was completed.  From the songs, themselves, the script of the film was developed. I always said that a lot of my music is audio literature so the film had a conceptual foundation to go from.  The director, Marlon “Hightop Bully” Womack, came up with the script/treatment for the film and then I came and sprinkled in some flavor based on knowing the overall message and theme of the music to make the story more cohesive.

BRASH! What lessons can be learned through the film and the album?
F.Y.I. That God is faithful and He will see me through a creative process.  That I’m not boxed into one zone, one style or approach to making records or being creative.  This was the most ambitious creative endeavor I had to date. The record constituted a lot of collaboration with other artists and musicians to bring the ideas to life and then the short film was a new adventure for me because it was sharing my ideas through a new creative medium, film.  I also had the idea in mind of exclusivity in the sense that the audience would engage in the process of being proud to pay for exclusive merchandise or purchase the music in order to see this short film. I look at the film as a thank you to those [that are] truly engaged with my artistry at a higher more connected level and want to experience it in more than a snippet of a song on social media or streaming songs. 

BRASH! You tapped into your acting skills in this short film, is this a sign of venturing into the acting world in the near future?
F.Y.I. Thanks! It was fun tapping into a new creative side of me.  And why not, Marvel call me ASAP!

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Week 76 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist

Music reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Artist: Thyla
Track: “December”

Thyla’s latest single, “December” is a work of compelling grace and sublime melancholy.

December by Thyla

Painted in great sweeping ambients of shimmering feedback and sustain, slow-burn six-string arpeggio and delay-drenched rake; drums pounding deep at the heart of it all, kick and snare trading blows; great wash and crash of cymbal fizz, exploding onwards and outwards. The bass walking the groove steady and strong at the back.

Millie Duthie’s vocals cry out in scattered, overlapping echo and double; desperate shards of melody cast skywards and infinite by the talented vocalist. The instrumentation of the track swimming around her, sonics shifted, pitched, and reversed by modulated sample rate and timing. The production building in step with Duthie’s voice and delivery to a towering, massive musical event.

As the music industry runs itself down to the traditional festive break, quality releases become thin on the ground as artists either hold off to the new year or fall foul of the dreaded christmas song (a phenomenon which year on year robs musicians of any discernible taste or apparent ability). Amidst this slew of mediocrity, Thyla have delivered one of the stand out tracks of the year. “December” is a work of compelling songcraft and sublime musicality; a composition where emotion and production work in well-judged and inspired harmony.

It’s time to amend those best of 2019 playlists.

Facebook.com/thylamusic
Twitter: @thylamusic
IG: thyla_music


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Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.

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Outpours Run Deep | “Deep Water” by Lyves

Rising British songstress Lyves returns with her incredible new single – the powerfully emotive “Deep Water”

Deep Water by LyvesFusing cinematic strings with a slow-burning neo country rhythm, “Deep Water” follows three well-received previous singles from Lyves this year. Produced by Saint Claire (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) and written by him with Lyves and Tienus Konijnenburg, the poetically structured “Deep Water” hears the London-based artist’s honeyed, soaring vocals offer an honest and raw insight into learning to love.

The distinctive vocals of Lyves carry a wave of emotion with them as the gorgeous yet poignant production unfolds: “Guess we’re still learning and that’s okay / Take it minute, by hour, by day, by day” she outpours during the track, which uniquely does not feature a chorus – it just purely flows, a testament to Lyves’ risk-taking, adventurous artistry.

Lyves is the alias of Francesca Bergami. Citing influences as diverse as Tracy Chapman, Enya, Tupac, Moby, James Blake and Philip Glass, Lyves is deeply inspired by music that speaks to the quiet of one’s heart. Her emotive lyrical themes have consistently earned her top positions in Hype Machine along with critical acclaim from Complex, CLASH, Notion and Pigeons & Planes. Following the success of her 2017 debut EP Like Water, Lyves joined Coldplay on fifteen dates of their ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ tour – playing to packed stadiums across Europe.

Recording Artist, Lyves

“Deep Water” continues the rise of a sensational artist unfolding, and will precede three December headline shows in London, Glasgow and Leeds in support of her ambitious 8 Rooms project – a safe space for full and free expression, with eight short stories told through the medium of film about the real emotions people may be feeling, or what they may be going through.

Stream “Deep Water” NOW!

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Debut from Dallas | Away from the City EP by Jboz

Dallas Hip Hop/Pop/R&B Artist Jboz Releases Debut Studio EP

Away from the City EP by JBoz

Dallas, TX – Dallas, TX hip hop/pop/r&b artist Jboz will be releasing his first studio-arranged EP titled, Away from the City. Through this body of work, Jboz shows what it feels like to be heartbroken and to long for someone you love so much. Jboz is pouring his heart out to a girl that he is feeling detached from. It often leads him to question everything…and through these times he becomes more sure that the time is now to get this off his chest. Everyone needs someone or something to rely on throughout life’s journey. It is important to express your needs and be vulnerable enough to let the world know.

Music has been the outlet for Jboz to create material that are reflections of his life. It has been the main source of communicating, how he gets through hardships. Jboz talks through all of his feelings for his significant other, and every way that he expresses that to her. He combines the symmetry of good and bad, to show the duality of himself.

Away from the city
Away from all his problems
Away from all the pain
Away from all his worry

Stream Away from the City EP NOW!

IG: jbozmusic

Soul Blends | “Out Of My ooo” by Jessica Wilde

Jessica Wilde blends chic soul with savvy street defiance on new single “Out Of My ooo”

out of my ooo by jessica wildeBrixton raised singer Jessica Wilde is ready to sweep you off your feet with a sassy instantly lovable new single “Out Of My ooo”.

The single follows her debut ‘Cry For Me’ which was premiered as BBC Radio 1xtra’s ‘Record Of The Week’ and is bursting with classic soul style blended with street-savvy defiance. This creative fusion reflects her multicultural upbringing; brought up on her St Helenian mother’s obsession with jazz and soul, Jessica doused it with hip hop leanings and set it a light.

With its brass, bouncy bass and finger-clicking strut tempo it’s impossible not to get hooked on “Out Of My ooo” and its attitude infused swing. It’s the type of top songwriting that has seen Jessica sign a publishing deal with Sony ATV and work with luminaries such as Ghetts and Tough Love. Another of her self-penned tracks ‘Strangers Love’ was recently released by renowned Korean K-pop label SM Entertainment and her recent co-write with Rudimental, ‘More Than Anything’ featured vocals from Emile Sande and made their album.

Jessica WildeThe session at Ne-Yo’s Hollywood studio, with producer Kizzo (Ne-Yo, Afrojack) was a defining moment for Jessica – not only because she survived a bizarre, high speed LA crash moments before the recording began, but because her own project was borne and the basis of her upcoming singles took form. Three months in LA, and several purposefully missed flights later, Jessica Wilde returned to London, ready to showcase herself and her music to the world.

With its festive glow and stylish addictive refrain ‘Out Of My ooo’ is set to put Jessica Wilde firmly on the map this winter as an unmissable diverse artist who embraces the best of classic songwriting and instills it with bite.

Stream “Out Of My ooo” Now!

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Week 74 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist

Music reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

 

Landscapes by Bamboo SmokeArtist: Bamboo Smoke
Track: “Landscapes”

With sublime melody and scattered instrumentation, Bamboo Smoke’s latest single “Landscapes” is an inspired and singularly beautiful piece of work.

Beats, dusty and homebrewed burst and shuffle; guitar notes countdown subdued, gently chorused to resonate as though submerged; the bass shifts in broken-up dabs of low frequency force and weight. Keys break-open, brittle and beautiful. All across the stereo-field, six-strings, acoustic and electric rattle, sustain, and echo; cascading percussive moments, shards, snippets in time.

Amidst the scattered instrumentation, vocals swoop, lift, and turn; sublime lines of melody, delicately paired with lyrics, ‘Everything about you makes me want to dance’. And the words dance, moving about the ambient; left to right, and front to back; overlapping thoughts, phrases adrift in space and time.

“Landscapes” moves in tumbles and falls, building into rises of fragility that quickly wash away, only to soar again. The production exists in but a fleeting moment; a perfectly judged series of blinks of the musical eye. It captures and captivates, holding the listening in suspended reality; an odd, quite a beautiful world of the band’s own imagining.

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Twitter: @bamboosmoke
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Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.

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Week 72 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist

Music reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Where Will You Run by Hannah CliveArtist: Hannah Clive
Track: “Where Will You Run?”

In great cinematic tones and with compelling musicality, independent artist Hannah Clive delivers a heartfelt call-to-arms in defense of our planet, with new single, “Where Will You Run?”

Shifting from side to side with great weight and ancient grace, vast layers of production and instrumentation surge forward in deep pulses of sub and low frequency. The ambient fizzes left/right with reverse, glitch, and shimmer. Pads grind in the low mid, strings rise in desperate flight, and choirs resonate from a middle distance.

Chorused arpeggio and darken piano note add depth, drama, and foreboding. Cymbals explode in metallic shards and scatter, as beats snap dry and bit-crushed. Loop, repeat, echo, and delay cast odd texture, unnatural act, and sonic contrivement across the massive landscape.

Hannah Clive’s vocals stalk the mighty expanse with tightly coiled anger, her words spat and stabbed in exasperation; apocalyptic visions of a nightmare future, approaching ever more rapidly due to our collective indifference and inaction.

Songs of protest are notoriously difficult, more often than not coming off as preachy, naive, or simply disingenuous. Where so many, including the great and good, have failed, Hannah Clive has not only succeeded, she has excelled. “Where Will You Run?” is a staggering, epic track of great musical depth and even greater importance. It is further testament to the unique and inspired talent of Hannah Clive; but moreover, and so much more than that, it is a rallying call of the utmost imperative and severity. And, in doing so, it asks the most simple, straight forward, and vital of questions to each and every one of us.

“Where Will You Run?”

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Twitter: @hannahclive
IG: hannahclive

 

real talk by I M ArtistArtist: I.M the Artist
Track: “Real Talk” (Self-Made EP)

London-based singer-songwriter I.M the Artist delivers a darkly soulful dose of understated poetry and quiet musicality, with new song “Real Talk”.

Presented in a compelling sparse musical expanse of sweeping ambients, shimmering reverses, and stark sonic elements; ‘Real Talk’ grows quietly in brittle and distant piano progressions, deep subs that bleed down to the noise floor, and bit-crushed beats that snip, stutter, and snap.

I.M the Artist walks the beat with a series of tightly woven lyrical phrases, rich in imagery and thought. The talented vocalist carefully gauging her vocal pace to match the ebb and flow of the instrumentation around her. Voice and production shifting as one living, breathing listening experience.

Fiercely contemporary, “Real Talk” blurs the line between musical composition and sound design to such an extent that one becomes the other; and in doing so, questions the very need to even make a distinction. In very much the same way, so success is I.M the Artist in blending the seemingly opposing genres of ambient, beat, and singer-songwriter, that they cease to be separate; and instead, become something new, singular, and unique.

Facebook.com/i.mtheartistofficial
Twitter: @IMtheartistt
IG: i.mtheartist

 

 super bullshit by lauren ruth wardArtist: Lauren Ruth Ward
Track: “Super Bullshit”

LA-based Independent Artist Lauren Ruth Ward drops a raucous dose of no nonsense old time rock ‘n’ soul with new single “Super Bullshit”.

Fiercely percussive throughout, “Super Bullshit” shifts and shimmies, swaggers and struts, moving like a Travolta-Cat. Six-string acoustics spank and rasp, with slap and rattle, while electrics spit fuse and funky fuzz in riff and lick. The bass line walking like you’re talking in tightly delivered dabs of low frequency; playing off and against, the snap and crack of drumsticks working the pocket with skill and finesse.

Lauren Ruth Ward mouths the lyrics with compelling nonchalance and glorious lazy soul. Her voice, rich in low mid texture and deep tone, draws the listener’s voice into the production. A great disarray of willfully, and wonderfully, untidy backing vocal providing fantastic depth of harmony and vocal variation.

Raw, uncontrived, and very much in the room, “Super Bullshit” is a refreshingly honest and uncomplicated production; trading on sheer talent, inspired musicianship, and standout performance. ‘Old School’ is a tired and overused expression within the music industry; but with so many artists relying on FX, technology, and novelty, kids, it’s time to knock off the bullshit and go back to school.

Facebook.com/laurenruthwardmusic
Twitter: @laurenruthward
IG: laurenruthward

 


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About Tobi
Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.

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Week 71 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist

Music reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Wild Love by The TrustedArtist: The Trusted
Track: “Wild Love”

UK-based four-piece The Trusted round off a stand-out 2019 with an upbeat dose of compelling well-crafted Indie-Rock with new single, “Wild Love”.

Bleeding in from the sonic vista haze, guitar feedback shimmers and resonates in golden tones; electric arpeggio’s cascade in reverb and echo; dancing off and around the golden guitar light, left and right; in ambered time stood still. Fizzing riffs burst open in well-judged double, delay, and ambient triple; immediately engaging hook delivered by Dale Holt-Mead in sizzling saturation.

Bassline and drum working as one to create drive and groove; Finlay Cunningham’s bass shifting across the fret in swift, precisely timed run and dab of low-frequency force and weight; the pitta patta of Dave Batchelor’s kick and snare, punching and snapping in tandem with each other and support of the bass.

Tom Cunningham’s vocals stood center stage and drawing the listener’s ear deep into the midst of the band’s compelling and hard-worked musicality. Lyrics trading blows from the casual conversation to the enigmatic and poetic; unfolding in layers of engaging image, thought, and aspiration. Cunningham allowing his voice to drift off the beat and catch your attention with aside and shout.

‘Wild Love’ shifts through its 3-minute 45-second runtime in a series of carefully composed indie-rock stanzas; each member of the band delivering both impressive musicianship and inspired creativity, successfully emphasizing the changing dynamics of the track with a quiet, unassuming confidence that feels natural and easy on the ear.

And although born of, and very much forged by, the stage and the live show, The Trusted have delivered an instant indie-rock classic; built for the radio and the drivetime hour, “Wild Love” is a quiet-riot, a soundtrack to infinite highways, and escaping the dull, grey days.

Never you mind the darkening winter nights, the chaos and confusion of Brexit and desperate December election fights, the static of socials, and all the world of reasons and arguments why not; crank open the speakers and let The Trusted strike the brightest of lights; and blaze, blaze like it’s the end of days.

‘We’ll run where they can’t find us, baby we run, it doesn’t have to be this rough, we can hide in our wild love.’

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Twitter: @thetrustedband
IG: thetrusted

 

Pressure by Ellie DixonArtist: Ellie Dixon
Track: “Pressure”

Independent singer-songwriter and Producer Ellie Dixon drops a fiercely percussive slice of soul and groove with new single, “Pressure”.

Guitars dab and stab left/right, playing off and against each other; metallic percussive shuffles, chinks, and rattles wide around the stereo field; bassline joins with force and weight, doubled up with kick; low punch, landing tight and right for the count.
Dixon works the beat with her words, trading on clever use of cliche and well-judged use of repetition to create a compelling vocal mantra. Though tight to the grid, Dixon has wisely left her vocals enough room to breathe; thus, retaining her voice’s natural sense of timing.

Additional use of FX to create a double, echo, and pitched counter adds depth and width to the lead vocal line, while the 2-minute 55-second track shifts in smartly worked stops and starts; teasing sonic space, throughout. Dixon delivers an inspired series of musical change-ups, dropping variations of arpeggio, keys, and breakdown.

The rapid pace of changing production textures injects an engaging sense of pace into “Pressure”. The track refuses to stay still, perpetually looking to surprise and delight you with the next sonic stanza. Quality work throughout from songcraft, to performance, to production. Very nicely done.

Facebook.com/elliedixonmusic
Twitter: @Elliedixonmusic
IG: ledixon

 

5 Myths EP by FaultressArtist: Faultress
Track: “Icarus” (5 Myths EP)

Independent and multidisciplinary artist Faultress crafts a compelling musical world of theatre and myth, sonic oddity and intriguing wonder with new song, “Icarus” from her new EP, 5 Myths.

Harmonies lift out of, and taking form the silence; great expanses of gracefully modulating sustain, ancient organ, and primal tone. Faultress’ voice drifts, thinned by distance; saturated as though transmitted or, perhaps, projected ethereal. In shuddering reverse shard, her vocal joins in full; imagery and contemplation, delivered in cascading lyrical stanza; countered by mantra thrown left/right working in compelling percussive repetition.

Sonic oddities pop and burst, creating rhythm; a snare drum smacking dry and crisp in texture; kick drum landing dull, deep, and blunt; dabs of low impact, earthly roots. Chords grind in slow-motion; pushing the track in protracted surges of low-mid sound pressure.

“Icarus” shifts in great masses of seemingly inevitable musical energy, only to breakdown and reform in scattered vocal and structure re-constructed; a kaleidoscopic, ‘theatre in the round’ of vocal, word, and thought; composition in careful contradiction of itself, perfectly polarized by opposing observation, theme, and social value.

Complex, unsettled, and utterly engaging. A singular original musical creation. And one not to be missed.

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Twitter: @thisisfaultress
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BRASH! Magazine Fall ’19 Issue

BRASH! Magazine is BACK and ready for MORE NOISE in the Indie Music Scene!

Fall 19 BRASH! Magazine ft. Antonio Ramsey

Cover Photo Credit: Kayla Burt

Exclusive interview with Mr. FunkTrap, Antonio Ramsey. He talks to BRASH! about his short break from music, how he’s approaching his upcoming project, & other venture in the entertainment industry. Learn more about this pioneer of R&B music in the making in the Fall ’19 Issue of BRASH! OUT NOW!

Get 2 Know Kolette Easy.
This songstress made her mark with a dynamic stage presence and unique style of music.

We will ALWAYS Love the 90s
Coming off MC Hammer’s House Party Tour, The Funky Bunch is delivering new music and more goodies to keep the Good Vibrations going!

Rapper Young Deuces gives BRASH! an exclusive look into his upcoming album, Son of a Soldier. Honoring his father, the hip hop artist uses his father’s influence to create a new body of work.

The Business of Betty Moon
Learn how this multi-talented artist used her star power indie to make it to the majors!

All of this and MORE in the Fall ’19 Issue of BRASH! Magazine OUT NOW!

Week 70 | Tobi’s New Independent Music Picks

A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Independent Music Friday playlist

Music reviews written by Tobi Davis

Tobi's new music monster

Feel Something EP by Camp CrushArtist: Camp Crush
Track: “Gymnasiums” (Feel Something EP)

New Wave Pop Duo Camp Crush delivers an intoxicating landscape of cinematic synths and epic vocals with new EP Feel Something and the new song, “Gymnasiums”.

Bit-crushed beats crackle, smack, and grind. Vocals drift ambient, distant, elusive and yet persistent. Synth-sonics toll, great electronic bells; the ambient thickening into fizzing rises of an amped fuse. Synthesizer riff chime in gloriously odd modulation and compelling melodic hook. Drums erupt in gated tight reverb, beating and pounding; machined-tribal, surging in pulse and shudder. A bass thickens and drives in a great shifting slab of monophonic low frequency.

The lead vocals stand tall and epic; a great theatrical performance in voice. The stage a multi-dimensional construct of electro-phonics; pad and lead, expansive and brassy. Lyrics projected as though spotlight lit; a world of music hewn from electrical current, exploding and cascading all around; a great globe set real in melody, word, rhythm, and harmony.

“Gymnasiums” is an intoxicating montage of compelling songwriting and vocals, framed by a vast territory of synth-sonics; romantic and awesomely cinematic. It not only draws you into its magical world; it lifts you up and propels you, outwards from this oft dreary life, and away into the heavens; to where the stars dwell. Camp Crush are not just musicians, they are magicians too.

Facebook.com/campcrushmusic
Twitter: @campcrushmusic
IG: campcrush
Better Off Dead by Aimee StevenArtist: Aimée Steven
Track: “Better Off Dead”

Independent Artist Aimée Steven delivers a wondrously rowdy and willfully unrefined mess of raucous drum, blistering guitar saturation, and super cool vocal with new single, “Better Off Dead”.

Gruff and grinding electric six-string riff spanks and rusts, overdriven and gloriously rude; cymbals smash, metallic eruption. Kick landing big, bold, and boomy; the snare, in the room and deliciously distorted on the transient; bassline chugging and grooving in thick, heavy-set footsteps of deep, low-frequency SPL. Guitars rattle, spit and burst in fuzz, grunge, and gut.

Aimée Steven’s vocal strolls, nonchalant and smokey cool, through the great and glorious mess of distortion and noise. Her voice thickening around the lyrics, crafting weight and depth to the words; resulting in a physical listening experience.

“Better Off Dead” is an instantly and deliciously satisfying composition. The production feels grounded and bedded in; tones are fat and massive. The intentionally unrefined recording and processing of the instrumentation create the perfect contrast for Aimée Steven’s uber-cool vocal performance. A bluesy, smoldering, old school soul number delivered in great waves of distortion and fantastic noise. More, please!

Facebook.com/aimeestevenmusic
Twitter: @AimeeSteven
IG: aimeesteven
Eastcote EP by Sam JohnsonArtist: Sam Johnson
Track: “Lost in the Mail” (Eastcote EP)

Singer-Songwriter Sam Johnson crafts compelling drama and inspired musicality in great waves of instrumentation and soulful vocal with a new song and opening track, “Lost in the Mail”, from his debut EP, Eastcote.

Vocal harmonies land tall and theatrical left/right; six-string acoustic spank, Morricone cool; electric wail set distant and ambient; a great surge of instrumentation and wondrous noise. The 3-minute 38-second track breaking and rising in massive waves of sound and open spaces of percussive force and ambient depth. At the center of it all, a kick punches deep and thick with weight and gut; the bass line moving in tightly-controlled turns and runs, holding groove and line. Guitars electric and acoustic burst and pulse in incredible eruptions of percussive force, or rattle and gently spank in palm mute and riff. The production lurching and strutting like a mighty animal of melody and sound.

Sam Johnson’s vocals draw the ear into the depths of the great arena of noise, with soulful grace and well-judged pace, emphasize, and projection. Smart and accomplished producing and mix engineer craft space and breath for Johnson, among the mass of inspired instrumentation.

Impressive musicality and songcraft, framed by well-thought-out production/mix and master, stand, “Lost in the Mail” apart and above the great din of en masse upload. A composition of the highest quality, that both succeeds technically and creatively; successfully marrying the fundamentals with striking originality and imagination. Sam Johnson is very much an artist to watch.

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About Tobi
Tobi is a mastering engineer and remixer via Tobisonics. As well as writing music reviews for Brash and running various Independent Music playlists, he also hosts Thursday’s #Musichouruk on Twitter.

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