Monday, 19 June 2017

Music News: Soul Superstar in the Making Tracy Cruz Announces Pledge Music Campaign

A The New Beatmaker Favourite Takes to Pledge Music: Offers Great Rewards to Donors

Longtime favourite and The New Beatmaker family, soul singer-songwriter Tracy Cruz has announced a Pledge Music campaign which offers not only the chance for fans to help fund the creation of a musical trilogy; but also offers great rewards in return.

For more info and to pledge, visit: pledgemusic.com/projects/tracycruzmusic


Tracy is not only a superb singer-songwriter, being included in several of The New Beatmaker 'Soundcloud Sessions', but she has also been one of thenewbeatmaker.com's most dedicated supporters.

Pledges start from as little as $8.

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Six Bar Break 'Nashville Calling' (Country Music Review C/O Push Power Promo)

An understated, haunting country rock track with plenty of replay value.

This post is in association with pushpowerpromo.com. For more details see the bottom of the post.

The melancholic instrumentation is understated but pleasing throughout; the introductions to both the first and second verses are especially nice.  The guitar melody is very catchy.


There are plenty of evocative and quotable lyrics here and Ben's delivery is heartfelt and memorable. 

I am not 100 per cent taken with the refrain ('all I know, know') although I am not entirely sure why. Also the ending feels a tad abrupt.  I would have loved to hear Ben and band let loose with a big, raucous climax. However, I can appreciate that doing so may have been too far removed from the understated feel of the rest of the track. Even with these slight quibbles I enjoyed Ben's words and performance. 
I'll be sure to revisit this track and follow the band's progress with great interest.
I very much liked the mix. There's a great balance between both the instruments themselves and between the instruments and the vocals. I would be tempted to perhaps have just the absolute tiniest more high end but again, I can totally appreciate that this could spoil the warm, earthy vibe of the track.

'Nashville Calling' brings to mind such legends as Pearl Jam, Tracy Chapman and Live. I very much like the track and I have focused on the few elements that I may - emphasis on may - tweak in the name of 'tough love'. Nothing I say takes away from the good to very good impression I get of the band from this track.

I'll be sure to revisit this track and follow the band's progress with great interest. Guys, you have a new follower in me.

Music: 4/5
Vocals: 4/5
Mix: 4/5
Total:4/5 


I have been paid to review Six Bar Break 'Nashville Calling' by Push Power Promo. 

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SteveOG 'Fake' Produced by IVN (Hip hop Music Review C/O Push Power Promo)

Producer IVN cooks up a dramatic trap inspired beat for lyrical beast SteveOG. 

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Producer IVN cooks up a dramatic trap inspired beat for lyrical beast SteveOG; an MC who first came to my attention on the impressive 'Conscious', featured on 'Soundcloud Sessions' 19.


On 'Fake', the drum claps are so tastefully designed and mixed that they never become overbearing even though they play such a sustained role; and the bassline is tuneful and fat enough to be enjoyed even on high street headphones which are usually not able to convey much in the way of low end info. 
The bassline is even enjoyable on high street headphones...
SteveOG’s lyrical prowess will excite fans of Eminem, Tech N9ne and Joey Bada$$ with his message of endurance; his multi-syllabic delivery and his gruff, animated voice.

The abrupt ending is the only potential bump in the road. I would have loved some epic strings or even a simple fade out of the beat; or perhaps a beat juggle and drop a la Timbaland's beat for The Game’s ‘Put you on The Game’, to provide some variety without changing the track up too much.
SteveOG’s lyrical prowess will excite fans of Eminem, Tech N9ne and Joey Bada$$ with his message of endurance; his multi-syllabic delivery and his gruff, animated voice. 
Even with this potential quibble in mind, this track serves both as a great introduction to talented producer IVN; and is a welcome reintroduction to mega-talented MC SteveOG.

Beat: 4/5
Lyrics and flow: 4/5
Mix: 4/5
Total:4/5  

I have been paid to review SteveOG 'Fake' Produced by IVN, by Push Power Promo.  

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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Soundcloud Sessions 19: K15, Pomo, The Lox, The Outside and more



From K15's house / techno epic 'Look (Beyond You)' to the LOX's heartfelt takeover of the 'Santorini Greece' beat by Bink (for Rick Ross); and from the joyous almost disco sounds of Pomo to the heavy rock-with-a-message of The Outside, Soundcloud Sessions 19 has you covered.

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Review: Cozone's 'Beattape Vol. 3: Chopaholic'

Both a Nod to Legends long Established; and an Introduction to a Potential Legend

Whilst the tape's cover may evoke Joe Cool's classic 'Doggystyle' cover, Cozone's 'Beattape Vol. 3: Chopaholic' is an impressive mix of 00's New York, post-Dilla Detroit and contemporary down South trap stylings.


What the project does share with the West Coast canine's classic however, is the meticulous attention to detail of it's production; finely selected and chopped soul, funk, rock and folk samples, weaved into new instrumentation seamlessly, with every track being an epic sonic workout.

Starting with the euphoric, Just Blaze stylings of 'Can't Hide' and the Rsonist / Heatmakerz sounds of 'Crowded Spaces', the epic early 00's sound of Roc A Fella and Dipset hangs over the beginning of the album.

The mournful 'I Don't Know What To Do' evokes 'The Minstrel Show' Little Brother, before the glorious 'Come On Down' sounds like a Rick Ross banger produced by J Dilla and Black Milk.

Impeccably chopped vocal samples are the order of the day throughout the project. 'Simple Words' mixes high pitched bird calls, wistful female vocals and a sliding violin sample masterfully.

The second half of the album is an exercise in dramatic, cinematic soundtracks.

'Fool Me Once' is the perfect backdrop for The Lox with it's staccato samples evoking a paranoid setting.

Followed by the incredible Black Milk meets Alchemist - meets trap of 'Hallucination', which chops a psychedelic folk record into fragments, this is a masterclass in sonic suspense.

'Diamond Shine' and 'Stay With Me' finds the producer breathing new life into very familiar samples and with it further reinforcing the sonic signatures found throughout the album.

By mixing samples from a diverse array of genres and paying homage to several high profile influences - especially in the first several tracks - Cozone risked becoming a beatmaking tribute act; an artist who was good at sounding quite a bit like other people, but with no originality or signature of his own.

However, as the project progress and over repeated listening, the project evolves from one that has heavy nods to some of hip hop's greatest beatmakers, to becoming a project that showcases an artist who could, one day, be called one of hip hop's greatest beatmaker's himself. 

Beats: 5/5
Mixing and Mastering: 5/5
Track Sequencing: 5/5

Overall: 5/5

Cozone  is awarded The New Beatmaker's Award For Excellence for 'Beattape Vol. 3: Chopaholic'.

Review: BEWARE 's 'Loosen Up' is a Cross Genre take on the Anxiety Age

A Lo-Fi, yet Accomplished, Exploration of these Trying Times


BEWARE, former writer for the legendary blog The Smoking Section meditates on living in the anxiety age with his instrumental, cross-genre ‘Loosen Up’ project.

The first two cuts show off a dance influence, ‘Our Exes’ kicks off with a morose meltdown from a sitcom character; the desperate yet optimistic ‘Make it Work’ sounds like early Cassius track played on a busted tape deck.

Tracks three and four have a mid to downtempo hip hop flavour. The twisted-yet- beautiful ‘Duck Duck Goose’ evokes The New Beatmaker favourite Evil Alex; whilst ‘Salty’ could be a perfect instrumental for an introspective Beanie Sigel.

‘Victor Red’ has a gorgeous hip hop / RnB vibe evoking images of an idyllic paradise…The strings and female vocal samples are especially poignant touches.

The melancholic and meditative ‘Good Tipper’ brings to mind ‘Play’ era Moby; whilst the old school beat and evocative strings of ‘BoFIII’ are a nice way to begin winding down the project.

The final track ‘Up & Atom’ Bomber’ has an early noughties indie rock feel and ends the project nicely.
 
Where the project could falter is in mixing. Sadly, the bass lines are lost on high street earbuds; at times the key elements of the track could do with a bit more mid-range presence; and throughout the project high end info is sacrificed in the name of the projects' dark concepts of stress and anxiety a tad too much.

Even with these subjective critiques, ‘Loosen Up’ is an accomplished exploration of trying to survive in these trying times.   

Beats: 4/5
Mixing and Mastering: 3/5
Track Sequencing: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

I Will Critique Your Song and Promote it on Twitter for a Month

I will critique your song (songs can be up to five minutes long) and will send your a review based on both artistic appeal and technical quality.


For $5 I will critique your song (songs can be up to five minutes long) and will send your a review based on both artistic appeal and technical quality.

Contact me on Fivver: http://bit.ly/2rp0aqv.

I will communicate what I feel are high points as well as areas which could be improved, along with high level suggestions (eg, 'the kick drum is very loud in comparison to the rest of the tracks / there is a lot going on in the midrange frequencies' etc).

The average review is approx. 125 words.

Please note: songs that are deemed to promote or glorify violence or illegal activities cannot be reviewed.
Songs can be instrumental or vocal and can be in the following genres, be they commercial or more underground:

Electro / House / Dance / EDM / RnB / Soul / Neo-Soul / Jazz / Hip Hop / Post hip hop beats / Rock / Pop  

In addition I will send an automated tweet with appropriate hashtags out to my approx. 900 twitter followers every day for 30 days.

For an extra $5 I will extend the critique by another approx. 250 words and extend the twitter promo by another 30 days.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries you may have,

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Jay Bishop: 'All That To Get To This' Album Review



'Jay yet again proves to be a multi-talented artist skilfully employing a myriad of related styles to great effect.

He is unafraid to explore the often painful realities of life with an openness, wit and warmth often lacking in contemporary music.'

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

ICYMI: Soundcloud Sessions 18 Part One 'Valentine's Day' Special:

ICYMI: Soundcloud Sessions 18 Part One 'Valentine's Day' Special: A Collection of Social Hip Hop, Future Beats, Dance, Rock and more 

In case you missed it when it dropped on Soundcloud, here's another chance to capture The New Beatmaker's Soundcloud Sessions Valentine's Day special.  Dig in folks.



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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Handpicked. & Ile Flottante 'Beats of a Third Kind'

A The New Beatmaker Favourite Comes Correct yet again

'The next serving from the Handpicked roster comes from Bristol beatmaker Ile Flottante, who’s Beats of a Third Kind project bridges the gap from Terra to Stellar, sending you blasting through the solar spectrum, fat caps in hand, with a broadcast of bomb beats designed for bumping in your boombox.'



As well as his all original productions, the cassette-only b-side of the tape houses a recording of Ile Flo’s live set from supporting Samiyam at Stereo Cafe Bar, Glasgow, Scotland.

Artwork & internal photo booklet from Mark Worst
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Monday, 2 January 2017

Social Hip Hop, Beats, EDM, Rock: 'Soundcloud Sessions' 17

Soundcloud Sessions 17: A Collection of Social Hip Hop, Future Beats, Dance, Folk and more 

In honour and celebration of the New Year, here is a Soundcloud Session with renewal, determination, focus and re-birth as the theme.
  
Wishing you all a healthy, happy, successful and safe 2017.

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Today's Future Sound Annual Fundraiser: Please Donate

Today's Future Sound Annual Fundraiser: Please Donate 

Mission: Today’s Future Sound (TFS) uses music production and media arts as vehicles through which to empower youth as artists and community members while fostering their well-being as individuals.

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