EP review – Jimmy Con – Drama


EP Review – Jimmy Con – Drama

Released: 1 April 2011

by Jade Sperry

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EP cover for DRAMA. Photo courtesy of the artist.

This is no April Fool’s Day joke. Jimmy Con of Chicago’s Ghosthouse has released his new EP Drama. Electronic trance music with some fantastic beats. Vocals that are toned out to emphasize the beats of the music. Classic beats done in the ’80’s old school DJ style with some samples. I can totally envision a crowded club dance floor with the people dancing up a storm, arms in the air. Jimmy also has Ear Candy Chicago (Crystal Bishop) helping him to reach his vision in becoming a big name artist. The future is going to be bright for Jimmy Con me thinks.

Track listing:

  1. Drama
  2. Fly Away
  3. Heat of the Night
  4. White Tiger
  5. Yjodaly
  6. You’ll Never Know (Pyrofighter remix)

On first listen, what stands out in the big picture of this EP is the timing of the beats and vocals within the melody of the songs themselves. And how well the echo, effects and layering of the songs are – well built, solid and kicking it. Starting out with “Drama” this is one cool and classically built song. Structured well with great timing, it just flies out of the speaker at you. This song is a favorite in my collection as of right now. I like the beginning of the song, soft shouting in the background with great effects and how it kind of sounds like cleansing water flowing over you. It has a positive, upbeat vibe to it that is consistent throughout the song. “Fly Away” has more of a sonic feel to it much like the movie “Trainspotting” had. Fast moving beats and effects all melding into one fusion song that moves like a train going mach one. This song does have some lyrical structure as well that is light and fun which matches the mood of the song. “Heat of the Night” has a deep bass beat as the backbone to this track. With good timing and rhythm within the song, lyrics fit the bill perfectly and that’s what the song calls for. Jimmy’s instincts in what plays good for the song will serve him well in the future. The fourth track “White Tiger” is this writer’s favorite song. This track starts out with spacey, trippy trance beats and effects with a soft crowd clap in the background. The beats rise above that chaotic sound into a psychedelia trance beat that makes you want to get up and shimmy around your living room or office. Good drum beat effects punctuate in the right areas of the song which again shows good instincts with what sounds best for the song. “Yjodaly” sounds like it’s from another planet for some reason. I guess the vibe of this song brings that vision in my head. I can imagine a space shuttle-like trip with this music as the background music – “spinning on the vintage side” and “you’re alive” – makes sense to me. The vocals are done well and fit the song perfectly. The final song “You’ll Never Know (Pyrofighter Remix)” is straight up dreamy beats, minor tones and layers of happy dance melodies and gets spaced out which makes for a nice break towards the end of the track.

The download of Drama will be available for FREE until Monday April 4. You can get it here.

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CD Review – Alert The Medic – We, the weapon


CD Review – Alert The Medic We, the weapon
Released: Fall 2010
by Jade Sperry
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Halifax, Nova Scotia quartet Alert The Medic released their sophomore effort to rave reviews and were nominated in 2010 and to their delight, were awarded “Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year” award at the East Coast Music Awards. The band’s live show leaves the same sort of lasting impression. After playing last year’s Canadian Music Fest, ChartAttack reviewed, “…man, did they ever wake people up”. It isn’t hard to see why the east coast is raving about this exciting rising talent!

I must admit that until Audio Blood sent an email with this band’s press kit, I had never heard of them. But once I downloaded and began listening to the songs, I am now a fan of this bands’ music. Raw, powerful and emotional are all in the songs and a whole lot more.

Track listing:

  1. Aid The Getaway
  2. Atlas
  3. Let’s Hear It For The Symphony
  4. The Weatherman (pt, 2)
  5. Cause For Alarm
  6. Cardboard Cutout
  7. Hey Kid, To The Back Of The Line
  8. Stealing Scenery
  9. Cross Your Fingers
  10. The Wound That Won’t Heal

Alert The Medic are getting their bombs on. Photo courtesy of the band.

The first song “Aid The Getaway” is a song that just flows and hits you across the head screaming “HELLO!” from the first note. Good tempo changes, a really good hook and melody that blend well with all members playing as one unit which is what the song dictates. I really like bands who play what’s best for the song. Following this is the song “Atlas” which has a great dirty kind of groove reminiscent of many of today’s progressive alternative rock bands. Adding in an organ gives the song a real classic rock sound buried in layers which is what the song calls for. Subtle effect. The chorus is smooth, funky and flowing so easily that the listener would think it was effortless when in fact it’s not. Good old hard work. Lyrically this song is about collecting experience so that you’re up for anything, going off to see the world and, having those two things, you can take it to the next level in the game. “The Weatherman (pt. 2)” is a beautiful ballad written in the minor keys giving it a desolate sound and feel. I also like how this song builds slowly and crests just like a surfer’s perfect wave towards the end of the song. Lyrically it speaks of how one might fall down the corporate ladder while not realizing it as it is happening. Only after the fall do they realize it and are defeated in some way by that realization. “Stealing Scenery” is a song that has a good melody, time changes and is funky with the bass line. Although the chord structure is a bit simple it is effective for the time changes within the song. Playing what’s best for song. The guitars follow the bass and drums like fish to water and it just sounds so good. Lyrically about stealing cars, petty crime and feeling high from what would be called a rebel doing bad things in small crime.

Other standout songs are “Let’s Hear It For The Symphony”, “Cross Your Fingers”, “Hey Kid, To The Back Of The Line” and “The Wound That Won’t Heal”. A strong and solid CD, I would recommend this if you like progressive alternative radio-friendly rock that will get you up dancing in your living room in no time.

Video – The Weatherman (pt. 2)