JOMO – EP Review

Hailing from Atlantic City, JOMO is no stranger to the Hip-Hop and rap scene. He released his “What I Want” EP on May 1 and it has already taken off. Check out the lead single here:

The self-titled lead single starts things off with a chill beat and hot rhymes that lets the listener get a feel for what’s about to come as well as providing a solid representation of the EP’s overall sound. The track has an uplifting message told through a Hip-Hop rhythm that would sound dope blasting through the car stereo. Following up is “Jersey Strong,” a track that contains a vocal loop that moves along with the beat. This track is perhaps the most experimental, a product of what can be accomplished in the studio by creative minds. Let JOMO remind you of the G-stack tales while chilling with this one.

“Cocky” is JOMO is at his best, as his mad verses flow into his bass-heavy magic chorus to balance attitude with soulful vocals. He can’t stop tooting his own horn on this song, and he wouldn’t stop if you told him to. The next track “LaLa” is a street-inspired club staple that would get everyone onto the dance floor, continuing with the attitude and swagger that JOMO knows how to deliver. The distinct synth that slides along would make your subwoofer vibrate your car and your pad.

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The slower “Clap” has JOMO telling his listeners to clap along to the beat if they feel his words. He spits truth while keeping the party going. It’s a track that bridges together the EP along. “Wanna Be My Freak” is more subdued compared to previous songs, but it’s still gonna keep you feeling the beats. Featuring WhiteKeys, the rap duo’s lyrics on this one are the wittiest on the EP with some inventive wordplay on a subject matter that has a lot of material to work with. The double threat is strong here and you’d have to step up your game to keep up with this one.

Perhaps the best track on the EP, “I’m SO Ole’ School” is a 90s-inspired street and perhaps the most instrumental track, with a melodic flute during the chorus and even a heavy distorted guitar thrown into the mix for good measure. JOMO’s swag on this track is bananas and he really does take us back to the old school. Check out the music video here:

Closing up the EP is “25 To Life,” a track discussing how many young brothers need to put down the guns and put away dealing to live a more responsible life (while still keeping it real). JOMO promotes his obligation to inspire those to make better choices in life to avoid 25 to life.

Overall, JOMO is the kind of rapper you listen to for a good mix of beats and vocals that are fun, authentic, and accessible to many who like rap and even good for those who don’t. Give it a listen, and let JOMO take over your world for a bit. To stay up to date with everything JOMO, follow him on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube and his official site.

Aubergine MACHINE – New Single Release

Aubergine MACHINE, consisting of multi-platinum selling producer Ian Carey and newcomer vocalist Shanti Ellis, has released the new track “U People” off their “Wildlife EP.” Check out the mystical song here:

“U People” begins with beautiful haunting vocals that sets the mood fitting of an ethereal wildlife setting. The slow-paced electronic beats by Ian add a free-flowing trance that really brings the song together. For an out-of-body experience, be sure to give this track a listen.

Aubergine MACHINE formed in 2012 with the intention of blending in a multitude of genres and influences they both picked up on their own distinct world travels. In their own words, they said: “We make music, love life and laugh sometimes. We are Aubergine MACHINE.”

To stay up to date with all things Aubergine MACHINE, be sure to check them out on Soundcloud, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Dark Model – Album Review

Dark Model will bring the orchestrated electronica to a new all-time high with the release of “Saga” on March 24. Check out “Survivors,” one of the many highlights from the album here:

Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, award-winning music producer Tatsuya Oe’s project Dark Model is the result of more than 20 years of producing music from a variety of genres and collaborating with other artists to create memorable, stand-out remixes. On “Saga,” fans of both orchestral music and dance floor anthems will unite as this album does a masterful job at combining both genres seamlessly together. At times, there will be an epic, over-the-top choir that is filled with intense emotions and at other times, the pulsating beats will have the listener swaying to the infectious rhythms.

“Saga” begins with powerful violins that build anticipation for what’s to come. The opening track slowly builds as powerful electronic drums come thundering in at full force. The two following tracks, “Avalon” and “Rage and Redemption” offer equally invigorating landscapes in different ways, as the former begins with an epic burst of energy that flows at a steady pace and features a mysterious and intriguing middle section, while the latter blasts in with dance beats ready to hit the club scene. With added choir vocals in the mix, the track keeps the epic theme intact with fierce passions and body-moving drums.

The song “Survivors” is a stand-out that would be the best representation of what the album offers. It’s an upbeat track with soaring melodies and a beat that is steady to provide a solid driving force. The next song, “Inferno Suite,” features a larger-than-life choir and electronic bass clocked in a maximum. It’s a track that will easily pump up anyone working out to go the extra mile. Other tracks such as “Labyrinth” are delicate and sound as if performed straight off the stage of a live orchestra, with heart-tugging piano melodies that encapsulate the feeling of hope and despair all in one. The closing track “Dawn of Resurrection” serves as a satisfying closure to the range of emotions the listener has gone through – from the very highs of empowerment to the lows of self-reflection.

Most of the songs on “Saga” are bold and delve into pounding drums in upbeat, majestic and empowering ways that would not seem out of place as a background soundtrack to a movie scene displaying an impending invasion of massive scale. One track’s beats are industrial in nature to keep things fresh, while another has a Middle-Eastern desert atmosphere to show off a variety of influences from around the world.

The choir in most of the songs add to an elevated sense of drama and tension that defines the album’s sound, making it stand out from other typical electronic offerings. It’s the little things, like the soulful and melodic piano melodies that add thought-provoking layers to make the album a worthy listening experience. Dark Model has made each song a chapter to a new adventure. Although “Saga” may not be the go-to record to pull out at a nightclub due to its intense, dramatic instrumentation, this is the album to grab when wanting to venture on an unbelievable mind-altering trip (while dancing to the beats).

To stay up to date with Dark Saga, check out the project’s media on YouTube, Facebook, and official website.