Six Mile Grove – ‘Million Birds’

Six_Mile_Grove_Million_Birds_Album_Cover_-_300x300The amazing American based band, Six Mile Grove, are back with their strong and infectious new record, ‘Million Birds’. It was released on Renas Kitchen Music on 26th January 2019. The album is a perfectly crafted piece of work with catchy and relatable songs from start to finish.

‘Million Birds’ opens with the title track. It sets the scene well, beginning with faded in strings followed by Drums, Bass and Guitars. The electric lead is smooth and melodic making the sound instantly inviting. There is a laid back feel with recognisable guitar riffs repeated throughout. We adore the mix of this song. It feels like a live recording full of heart and integrity. The mix on the drums gives the feel of the room and is truly enticing.

Each of the songs are warm and interesting from start to finish. It is hard to choose the stand out tracks because the quality is so high. We loved the song, ‘Shame On Us’. From the get-go, there is a big band feel with a marching snare. Surprisingly, this pulls away to reveal a laid back groove. The song feels textural and engaging with a wonderful slide guitar.

‘Early Morning Rain’, has a smooth and catchy vibe with harmonies which can only be described as stunning. We also enjoyed, ‘Not My Fault’ for its jangeley sounding guitar in the beginning to the characterful bass and guitars. It is a singalong track and it will have your toes tapping in no time!

One of the strongest components of the record are the lyrics. They are well constructed, intelligent and beautiful. The melodies which accompany the lyrics fit wonderfully. They are melodic and carry the songs along. The vocal performance is full of emotion and has a Nashville feel to them which adds to the overall charm.

Six Mile Grove also has an impressive back catalogue which needs to be heard to be appreciated. Their 20 years of playing together have created a band which are tight and versatile. They clearly know each other musically inside out and their playing styles complement each other superbly. They are all excellent musicians in their respective fields but more importantly, they come together as one harmonious band. Cheer up your weekend and make sure you check out this divine release today.

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

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Raym Word – ‘Black History Month’

IMG_20190226_201411_376Raym Word is back with another genius single. ‘Black History Month’ is a hard-hitting, intelligent song documenting Raym Word’s thoughts on Black History month.

The track opens with synths and a voice from the get-go. The voice explains why this song has been produced and is a brilliant introduction to the single. The bass line is intricate and interesting throughout. The drums are syncopated and offer loose high hats to compliment the free-flowing lyrics. We adored the synths which chime in with riffs and chords but mainly leave space for the lyrics to be heard. The mix, production and mastering are all top class and there is a nice level to the bass in the mix which commands the listener’s attention. There is a very special element towards the end where two voices can be heard reading separate facts in each ear. This clever mix adds interest and diversity to the piece.

Raym Word’s rap is insightful and intuitive throughout. We were blown away by his heartfelt, honest and moving lyrics. He has a style which is laid back and hard-hitting in equal measures. The way in which Raym Word describes situations and his personal thoughts and feelings are extremely clever and accessible. There is a sense of authority stamped on this song by Raym Word. He has a platform and is using it to have a voice and be heard. He has a lyrical talent which can not be taught but is inherent within and it is on show during this single in abundance.

We must also mention the phenomenally brilliant video which accompanies this release. It really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated but there are glimpses in Raym Word’s world. Family photos, fact percentage and hard-hitting images which are uncomfortable to view but necessary to see, are all included.

We have known for a while what a credible and talented rapper Raym Word is. ‘Black History Month’ sees his abilities taken to the next level, delving into a deeply important subject matter and articulating his views superbly.

What a brilliant and significant single. Make sure you check out the music and the video today!

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

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Raym world – Interview

We were lucky enough to catch up with Raym World. His latest release ‘Black History Month’ is a must catch listen and our review can be found here:  www.fvreviews.com/2019/03/08/raym-word-black-history-month/

Check out the interview with this interesting and talented musician now!

Raym World, Tell us about yourself?

I was born in Vallejo and raised in Oakland. I was introduced to creative writing in the 9th grade by my English teacher Ms. Mac and from there I would always have a passion for it. 

What is your songwriting process?

Sometimes lyrics come to my head out of nowhere and I start to write a song. While writing the song I look for a beat to record to and finish writing to the beat. Sometimes I could finish writing a song in under an hour or I could take days to finish writing a song. My main process consists of me listening to beats and getting the feel of my mood and then I just write exactly how I feel whatever comes to mind. 

What is the best gig that you have played?

The best gig I ever played was a little over a year ago. I remember being stiff and tense I look back at that now and realize it was anxiety. It was the good feedback that I got afterwards that made it worthwhile.

Tell us about your latest release?

“Black History Month” Is about true World history. I’m tired of the narrative always being one-sided. There is no black, I can’t go to black, I can’t be from black. Black, negro, and African American were terms created to hide the true identity of the peoples who were enslaved on what is formally known as America. I even go into details about how the law, justice, and school system are all in cahoots and work against people of colour. 

What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?

The messages my music conveys is for people to stand up for what you believe in. I want my fans to know it’s okay to be yourself and express yourself. I also want listeners to critically think despite what the popular opinion is.

Who are your musical influences?

My main musical influences come from DMX and 2pac. I need to resonate with artist lyrics to be influenced. 

Who are your non-musical influences?

My non-musical influences come from life experiences and day to day life. 

What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?

The biggest obstacles for bands/artists today I think is getting out there and on top of that a lot of artists except more and give less. 

What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?

The advice I give to other bands/artist starting out is to go hard no matter what and to promote yourself.

Interviewed by FVReviews March 2019

Misato Takane – ‘Sanctuary’

Attachment_1551827830‘Sanctuary’ is the brand new single by the amazing artist Misato Takane. A youtube clip has been released on 2nd March 2019 and it beautifully introduces ‘Sanctuary’. It is a spellbinding song with lyrics which speak to the heart.

‘Sanctuary’ opens to the sound of synths. An organ plays chords with a melody over the top and then we hear the luscious vocals enter. There is a slight vibrato to Misato’s vocal performance which creates texture and emotion. The song carries a powerful message and the instrumentation is there as a solid backbone for this.

Misato’s vocal is the shining star of the piece. She has a depth and emotion in her voice which is blissful to hear. There is a further enhancement from the sublime backing vocals. They create harmonies and a magnificent audio performance. The arrangement of the instruments creates a powerful impact too. The verses are stripped down with the vocals and synths working blissfully together. The choruses are where the big sound hits with the addition of bass, drums and, guitars. There are powerful drums and claps too adding emphasis to the sound. The Instrumental parts offer rising melodies and it is here we fully appreciate the resilient synths holding their own.

The song has been written by Misato Takane. Misato is clearly a master in her craft, the music flows beautifully with unexpected twists and turns and the lyrics are relatable and engaging.

The musicianship on this single is extremely high and the band are comprised of; Omer Marantz – Bass, guitars, Yoad Nevo – Guitars, Alex Bloxham – Synths, programming, Gani Tamir – Backing vocals and Shelly Carmel – Backing vocals. These are all clearly excellent musicians in their respective fields and here, they come together to make an extremely special piece of art.

The album has been produced by Sefi Carmel, Mixed and mastered by Sefi Carmel and Steve Russell. They have produced a single which is rich in texture and vibe. Each of the instruments has its own place and space in the mix. We found with each listen we heard new elements which we had not noticed before. The subtle touches create interest and are integral to the overall sound.

The release is accompanied by a taster of a youtube video available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx0ixg4WVT4&feature=youtu.be

Do not delay and make sure you check out this brilliant release today!

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

Auxycodone, 6obby & BINXX – ‘Make It Hurt’

Make it Hurt‘Make It Hurt’ is the phenomenal, brand new single from rappers Auxycodone, 6obby & BINXX. It is a catchy and classy song which at its heart, talks about relationships in an engaging and enticing way.

The song begins to the sound of synths. They phase in and out from either side of the sound spectrum and create a disorienting feel to the opening of the piece. The high hats, kick and bass line soon follow. The high hats are energetic and lively, they give a fresh new element to the piece. We found the bass line to be subtle but integral to the sound. It carries the song along and is the backbone to the structure.

The rap and spoken word elements are the heart of the piece. These parts are provided by 3 separate artists; Auxycodone, 6obby & BINXX. They each have their own specific and recognisable style making them individual however, the three come together as one to make the track work as a whole. These rap parts are the shining stars of the piece and are what makes ‘Make It Hurt’ a stand out track for 2019. Their powerful deliveries hit the mark every time in their own style. The first rap by Auxycodone has fast flowing lyrics with cadences which hit every time. 6obby’s style is more gentle but is a brilliant juxtaposition to what we have heard before. BINXX’s rap style mixes styles and has a punk element to it. Blissful.

The production and mastering of the track have been well executed. There is space for each of the instruments and vocals in the mix with them all coming together and working as a whole. The sound is warm and inviting, with the instruments providing the perfect backdrop for the vocals to shine.

We have no doubt that ‘Make It Hurt’ is destined for big things. The track is shy of 3 minutes in length and it most certainly left us wanting more. We will be following Auxycodone, 6obby & BINXX’s progress closely and can not wait to hear what will come next from such exciting and talented artists.

Reviewed by FVReviews March 2019

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‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ – Ohxzy

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Ohxzy has released his brand new album, ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’. This album is the follow up to the superb EP ‘Heartbreak Diaries’ which we reviewed in October 2018. What a follow up it is! ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ retains a lot of the charm and all of the character of ‘Heartbreak Diaries’ but it has a matured and evolved sound all of its own.

The opening tracks ‘Sun Meets Night pt1 ft Martha Bowker & jtheartist’ begins with the spoken word. This a mysterious​ introduction before a solo instrument kicks in and rap like​ a poem is spoken. There is a nice delay on the vocal which gives space to the piece and sets up what is to come beautifully.

We adored the song, ‘Homeless Shelter Ft. Riddiman’. The song opens to a vinyl crackle, piano and then a phat bass line kicks in. The track rolls along nicely with Ohxzy’s vocals as the shining star.

We also loved the track ‘Daughter!’ for its syncopated beats. The composition of the beat is such that the beat comes in and out creating texture and interest. ‘Hangover’ Ft. Sevenislost & Joe Cooper is a stunning song. Alcoholism is the theme at the centre of the track and the way the song has been executed is excellent. It is filled with sensitive, melancholic and relatable lyrics which all make this song a strong contender for our stand out track on the album.

Ohxzy’s vocals are unique and recognisable to his sound. There is a depth of honesty and raw emotion to his vocal parts which are truly heartbreaking in places. We adored the synth programming on the album but we also loved the real instruments. The piano and guitars we hear throughout are intricate and are a carefully selected accompaniment to the lyrical star.

‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’ is dark in nature, a sense of melancholy can be felt on each track unifying the album as a whole. It is not simply an album filled with ​depression and melancholy but is a ​truly beautiful recount of one person’s​ place in time. There are gorgeous moments of lyrical genius. Ohxzy gives the listener a wonderfully articulate look into his life, thoughts and experiences. We know this album will be a massive hit because it is relatable. These songs will touch the hearts and minds of many different people.

So do not delay and​​ make sure you check out this magnificent release today. Make sure to follow Ohxzy too, we know we will! He is a superb talent and this is just the beginning for him.

Reviewed by FVReviews February 2019

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Raym World – ‘I Thank You’

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‘I Thank You’ is the brand new track from Oakland, California’s hip hop artist Raym World. Released on February 1st 2019 the song is, at its heart, an honest and retrospective look at relationships. The relationships vary throughout the song but Raym World’s honesty and integrity are present throughout.

The song opens to a solo piano riff swiftly followed by a child’s voice. Next, we hear Raym Worlds rap begin. It is a beautiful and moving song with the lyrics speaking of being thankful, in the choruses, for how he was treated as a younger man. There is a gentleness in the choruses and a grateful, heartfelt and heartwarming message. The final verse sees Raym World’s tone change to a more aggressive feel. He documents being stopped by the police for nothing more than his skin’s colour. Raym World has articulated brilliantly the injustice and prejudice faced by many people and uses his platform here to highlight the issue well.

The instrumentation is comprised of a melancholic piano which gives the sad vibe to the song and syncopated beats and synths. The sound is full and leaves a wonderful accompaniment to the main star, Raym World’s voice. He is most certainly a gifted artist whose lyrics are relatable and intoxicating. His cadences and melodies fit beautifully every time and he is an artist with something to say. He is a refreshing and exciting talent who we will hear a lot more from in the future.

There is also an impressive and immersive video which accompanies the release. It depicts Raym World rapping the song to a background of colourful graffiti. The vibrant colours used echo the emotion filled song. There are passion and conviction in Raym World’s performance and it is brilliant to see it reflected in the video too.

‘I Thank You’ is fresh to be released and Raym World is an artist to be watched, followed and supported by us all in 2019. His unique talent and skill are to be showcased on this single and we can not wait to hear what comes next from such a talented artist.

Reviewed by FVReviews February 2019