zenxienz – Album Review

Hong Kong-born musician, producer, and songwriter, Cameron Williamson, aka zenxienz, has released his second full-length album for 2017 titled “Brainforest” on August 4. Listen to the album on Bandcamp here:

 

The opening track “Insignia” is a full burst instrumental rife with colorful sounds that mix both electronic and tribal-sounding drums, enchanting piano and an immense amount of creativity that sets the table as to what’s to come. The Middle Eastern vibe is traditional with a strong dosage of modern influences. “Undercurrents” continues the electronic sound but with a more intense EDM and dance vibe that pulsates at every turn. It’s the perfect song for those hot nights at a glow in the dark festival where you just want to lose your mind, body, and soul in the music. The album is the audio translation of a painting full of vivid colors and strange shapes all colliding into each other to produce a unique visual image. The beats throughout the album are fast yet the melodic keyboards that accompany them are slow, majestic and space-like to the point where being surprised becomes the expectation.

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“Pico” has vocal sound samples mix with heavy bass and disjointed drums all put into a synthesizer blender that melts away all conventions about what music is supposed to sound like. The drum style changes pace, style and tempo all in a matter of seconds making it a stand-out track that is destined to be blasted against a backdrop of strobe lights and beer cups held in the air. The sound of the album is heavily electronic, constantly changing through different methods of expression in both planning and execution. Soaring synthesizers add layers of discover that make for repeated listens, as this is not an album that could be fully understood in just one spin. The amount of rave and hardcore dance injected in each track will be enough to last for a very long time.

Some tracks like “Coiled” are a bit darker in tone with vocal tracks making small appearances to keep you on your toes of what to expect. Though most of the songs border on being dubstep, they do not stray into the territory of being loud and abrasive for the sake of it. The psychedelic drums and bass have deeper intentions with many breakdowns that give you a breather from dancing and trancing about. The breaks allow for recuperation, reflection on introspection, and allows you to take in the moment with someone new as you’ll most likely be listening to this new age, off-the-rails record at a blistering venue. The sounds, although chaotic, are therapeutic even for those swaying alone to the rhythmic madness alone in a room.

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There’s no doubt that the sounds from zenxienz will continue to impress for many years to come. For now, let’s all enjoy what this masterful electronic musician has created: an inspiring connection with others through sounds, mental images and creativity. To stay up to date with all things zenxienz, be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Bandcamp, Spotify, Soundcloud, and his official site.

King. B – Solo Artist Interview

Montreal-native Brendan King. B has been making waves in the rap scene after having released his album “The Reign” and his subsequent EP “First Semester” last year. Today, King. B spoke with ETV about the principles behind his musical career, the making of his EP,  and why he decided to release it for free.

King. B first got into music with a track titled “Acceptance,” something he struggled with his whole life. He was a victim of being bullied and the song was his way of letting everyone know that acceptance should be for all. Equality and identifying with one’s difference became the foundation for his musical career. The follow up song “Confidence” was made because he wanted to let people know that “they can do anything they want to do with a bit of confidence.”

Coming from a musical family, King. B is most influenced by his father Carl Hamel who has been making for 35 years and makes the instrumentation and compositions for the rapper’s tracks. More recently, King. B has been inspired by the likes of G-Eazy, Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper because they are making music exactly the way he sees himself doing it one day.

King. B’s album “The Reign” released in May 2016 and features 14 rap and Hip-Hop tracks that took him two years to complete. Check out the song “Boulevard” from the album here:

“I wanted to make it accessible to everyone while being personal on some songs such as ‘Blind,’” King. B said. “The biggest challenge was finding myself as an artist. By the end of the album I was content with my work. However, I’m still finding myself. Long nights and early mornings in the studio made for this art piece. Now, we’ll be touring with it and I’m super excited.”

With the release of King. B’s EP “First Semester” he explores the journey of recently graduating high school and entering college. The EP explores a new mature flavor of King. B and his struggles in school and love. And as an icing on the cake, the EP is available to everyone for free.

“I decided to release it for free to give back to everyone who has been supporting me,” King. B said. “I just released my first single off of my upcoming EP ‘Second Semester’ that will also be free. The college experience continues and so does the free music!”

“First Semester,” produced by Matt Mart, can be listened to here:

King. B is on the rise, so be sure to listen to his future releases as soon as they drop. As far as his message to people who may be struggling out there, King. B said, “Nothing is impossible with hard work.”

Stay up to date with all things King. B on his Twitter, YouTube, iTunes, and official website.

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