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Jamsphere Music Review Dream Field – Domino Grey & Donna S

September 11, 2015 Leave a comment

Dream Field album review by Jamsphere

Domino Grey featuring Donna S. – “Dream Field” encapsulates the essence of music itself: creativity, passion, skill!

The album “Dream Field” is the combination of producer Domino Grey and multi-instrumentalist Donna S. The two came together to create music that is Jazz-Hop in spirit. The album which contains 11 tracks includes “A New World” from the Butterfly Affect series which is given new treatment, as Donna S. adds her touch, as well as the bonus “Melody Diagnosis” from the Back In The Black release. This is neither pure jazz nor hardcore hip-hop but rather an extension of the two. In other words, this is quite simply an inspired album. The sax from Donna S is sharp, sexy, lyrical and creative, while Domino Grey is as musical as his ever have been on the boards and keys.

The album cover

“Dream Field” is a real high-water mark in the electronic, hip-hop and jazz instrumental crossover field, one that doesn’t seem under any real threat of being surpassed for a little while. Different themes and tempos come together in this urban quilt of jazz-hop textures to make this one of my favorite Domino Grey albums. If you like a groove, but prefer the kind of sophisticated cool you can play even for your parents over the hard core you only listen to when you’re in full party mode, “Dream Field” is for you.

For whatever reason most jazz-hop albums fail but this one works, and I think it’s because of the sax, which as opposed to voice, has a sweeter, rounder, more inviting sound. Thus being less alienating, no matter which side of jazz-hop, you’re coming from. This blend is at its finest here, being inventive, original and in your face, while showcasing both ‘street-based’ and introspective tunes. The album opener “Stylus Grande” takes fusion to another level with an amazing rhythmic groove and some straight Sax hooks.

Donna S. blowing her horn!

It’s on track 3 – “Magic King”, that Donna S breaks free with some serious phrasing while Domino Grey turns up the sound effects. From there on out, the two turn up the heat and the tempo on “Hold Them Off A Little While”. “Fade Distorts” fuses some intense sax lines with beats, samples, instruments and what sounds like some direct voices talking from the studio, into some eclectic lounge loving jazz.

The formula for the most part works extremely well. Donna S blends really well with these jazz-hop-centered beats. And nowhere does she shine much brighter with some thrusty melodic blowing than on, “Top Floor Moorings”, which runs over a straight driving beat by Domino Grey“A New World” is a more of the same ear candy, but percussively aggrandized with respect to the previous track.

However it’s not the genre-fusion in itself that makes this such a great album; it’s the way in which it is fused that is impressive; “Abstraction Layers” and “Melody Diagnosis” proves the case in point. Domino brings in the most disparate electronic and organic sounds to cook in his musical melting-pot on this album. I don’t think anybody has done a better jazz-hop ‘fusion’ job than this so far. “Dream Field” is a far cry from the nonsense which passes as music in the mainstream culture. This album encapsulates the essence of music itself: creativity, passion, skill – it is amazing, and so are its primary interpreters, Domino Grey and Donna S.

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ToneFlame magazine reviews Rock It Science

Dynamics Plus: “Rock It Science” – amazing, utterly genius, and completely different to the previous release!

Rock It Science album cover

Rock On Rocket

Even if you’re totally alienated from rap and hip-hop, “Rock It Science” is extremely hard to resist if there is a musical bone in your body. Dynamics Plus aka Lenzmen, once again displays his fearlessness and blindness to inhibiting boundaries, and coupled with his core musical competence, it is evidence that he knows exactly what people yearn for – great music, perspective, and a voice to be heard.

So what is “Rock It Science”? Is it a sequel to last year’s critically acclaimed 18-track, “Rocket Science”? Well, the answer is yes…and no! Same songs, same performers, same lyrics…and that’s where the similarities end, because musically and production-wise, this latest musical installment has been rebuilt from the beats to the bars. To the list of creative credits, Dynamics Plus has added the likes of DJ Cut Supreme, Producer Sam Duren and The Cryptic One, turning the electro-boom bap vibe of the previous release into pure fire!

What makes the above collaborations so good is that Dynamics Plus is obviously not looking for crossover acceptance, rather he is demonstrating how he can excel in such distinguished company. In my opinion, all the tracks are stand-outs, with my personal favorites being “Rocket Science Intro Esper Wish (ArtWriteUs Remix)”, “Hug the Pole FEAT SheaDoll”, “Seek End Destroy Cut Supreme Remix”, “Turn It Up a Few Degrees”, “Grace Notes (High By Noon Remix)”, “Sunrise to Sunset Spoil Sport Remix” and “What Comes Up (Cryptic One Remix)”.

Relating this album back to the past one, synthesizers, computer music, and sampling technology, together with real instrumentation, certainly shapes the incredible music-making ability of Dynamics Plus production and style. “Rock It Science”  is a stellar combination of music technology, artistic soul and raw talent. Dynamics Plus, for me, remains one of the best producers and eclectic rappers in the industry today, defying the genre-based stereotypes that exist in Rap and Hip Hop. He really has been ahead of the game ever since I can remember.

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Dynamics Plus. The Jamsphere Magazine article ‘Shifting Rap Moods’

November 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Dynamics Plus Rocket Science

Jamsphere article (2014 September’s Issue mirrors!)

Jamsphere Magazine cover

Jammed with artists -including Dynamics Plus

 

This album is a natural progression from previous works, with moods music shifting rapidly and without warning, tracks start one way, and then stop and morph. Musically, it is far less reliant on ‘standard’ Hip-Hop sounds, pushing more determinedly into funkier, soul, jazz and other keyboard induced grooves.

 

The SEPTEMBER 2014 issue of our monthly Indie Music Magazine. FEATURED THIS MONTH: Katrell, Kashkao, Amberson-Backett Band, Indie Anthems Vol.6, Luke Helmond, Tommy West, Rock Paper Pistols, Peter O’ Lean, Antonio Pantano, Lisa LaRue & 2KX, Spicy Tempo, Chand K Nova, All Chiefs No Indians, Mayhem Attack Squad, Natalie Jean, Jason Kerrison, , Harlequins Enigma, Dynamics Plus, Lackpro Records, Ricky Rebel.

Jamsphere covers all the news, reviews, interviews and events of the world’s top independent music artists from all genres. Every month we choose the cream of the crop from the numerous artists published across the JAMSPHERE network and edit them into our magazine, ready for digital download or to be delivered as a physical copy right to your door. Each month copies are also distributed to industry professionals and music’s top taste-makers, as we continue our quest to make indie irresistible!
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JamSphere Review: Fallout Shelter Elevator Music Volume III Going Down

September 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Fallout Shelter: “Elevator Music Volume III Going Down”

 

Fallout Shelter Music

Jamsphere in the Sphere of influence.

Emotional warmth fills the tracks

along with their usual sonic extremes

Posted By: Rick JammPosted date: September 22, 2014

 

Four music producers decide to combine forces and create music under the name Fallout Shelter. They are Dynamics Plus (from the Lenzmen rap group), Drew Spence (from Producer’s Edge Magazine), Xodus Phoenix (instrumentalist) and Domino Grey (electronic music producer). These are instrumentals and beats designed for your listening pleasure.

Fallout Shelter has always taken their sound to new heights, adding depth and intricacy to their scores of heady electronics. Emotional warmth fills the tracks, along with their usual sonic extremes, creating an album that is at once moving and honest. Elevator Music Volume III Going Down will change the way you listen to electronic music.

 

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https://dynamicsplus.wordpress.com/category/fallout-shelter/

 

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Rocket Science album review on REVIEW INDIE

September 2, 2014 Leave a comment

REVIEW INDIE takes a listen to Rocket Science

Source: http://reviewindie.com/Music-review/dynamics-plus-dynamic-universe-volume-9-rocket-science-intelligent-hiphop-from-a-lyrically-enhanced-scientist/

Rocket Science album cover

Rocket Science. Blast off now.

 

Dynamics Plus: “Dynamic Universe Volume 9 Rocket Science” Intelligent Hiphop from a Lyrically Enhanced Scientist!

Bottom line: amazing production, superior lyrics and almost no time wasted. I seriously cannot think of any flaws that this album has. “Rocket Science” is a must; you won’t be disappointed by how good this album is, or how easy it is to listen to.

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Most talented rap producers wish they could ply their verbal wares on the mic, while their emcee counterparts often hope one day, to be able to twiddle a knob or two. So what happens when these two rap’s renegade start flipping rhymes and beats for a full album?

For starters, you get a whole heap of possibilities as to where hip hop can go sonically. On “Rocket Science”, the bass lines and punctuated drums are sure to make the jiggy, jaded, and conscious bob their heads unremittingly. This album is a natural progression from previous works, with moods music shifting rapidly and without warning, tracks start one way, and then stop and morph. Musically, it is far less reliant on ‘standard’ Hip-Hop sounds, pushing more determinedly into funkier, soul, jazz and other keyboard induced grooves.

 

In fact, such is the wildly eclectic approach here that it almost begins to feel like an avant-garde form of beat production. Organic sounds are in abundance and littered across the whole album drawing from a huge catalog of sources.

The lyrical flow sounds like a mix between Q-Tip and Eminem. It’s so intensely musical, it doesn’t require you to like rap music at all. The lyrics are clever and occasionally brilliant, and the delivery top-notch. Every track is constructed with excellent beats, rhymes, and intricate word-play; these attributes definitely make this album worth the cheddar.

 

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Unlike a lot of rap and hiphop artists, who are just out to make money in spite of the harm it does to the credibility of the culture, Dynamics Plus displays an interesting musical and mental progression within the genre, adding his own distinct qualities. From the opening moments of the album, there is a sense that what you’re about it hear is going to be different.

When the sounds of “Rocket Science Intro Esper Wish”, hits your ears, you are quickly convinced that the lyrical flow just couldn’t fit any better with this beat, and that goes for every song on this album.

“Rocket Science” showcases 18 tracks, but this is one of those albums where there are no single highlights. Simply put, the whole album runs as a seamless blend of music that is one complete highlight. I’d be lying if I told you there weren’t tracks that I like better than others, but I’d also be lying if I said that I ever skip to these tracks.

Bottom line: amazing production, superior lyrics and almost no time wasted. I seriously cannot think of any flaws that this album has. “Rocket Science” is a must; you won’t be disappointed by how good this album is, or how easy it is to listen to.

 

http://reviewindie.com/Music-review/dynamics-plus-dynamic-universe-volume-9-rocket-science-intelligent-hiphop-from-a-lyrically-enhanced-scientist/

 

Rocket Science is out now and available on iTunes and other digital outlets

You can watch the video for the lead single “Phase Shift” on You Tube.

 

 

 

 

 

With ‘Boxing The Girl’, Domino Grey reaches the end of his Butterfly Affect Series – interview on Soundlooks

October 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Soundlooks interview with Domino Grey

Domino Grey

It Feels Right to end the Butterfly Affect Series

With the release of his latest E.P. Boxing The Girl, Domino Grey reaches the end of his Butterfly Affect Series.

This arc of music includes instrumentals that swing from pure listening vibes to house-inspired party tracks. We sit down with this electronic artist and pick his brain over the latest releases.

Where did the obsession with butterflies come from and what does it all mean?

I wouldn’t say obsessed. It’s just the overall umbrella idea that I had everything fall under. Butterfly into caterpillar- everyone gets that. People changing over time…deciding to see yourself as you are and not through the eyes of others… The affect instead of effect, because I’m talking about how these thoughts influence our self-image and self-esteem. If you think you’re a caterpillar, you will crawl instead of fly.

 But the goal is to make dance music, isn’t it? To be a part of that scene…

Well yes and many find it strange that I’d try to inject meanings and metaphors into music where- making them move is the main motive. But not every song is weighed down in deep thought or me trying to impart some kind of message. Sometimes it’s just in the liner notes. Sometimes it’s just one track and the rest are straight cuts. I party too.

The big idea for Boxing The Girl is a long, rambling message from a girl in a bit of trouble. What’s the story behind that?

I always pull my song ideas from real-life events. Usually I clean them up and make them universal enough so that everyone can relate without exposing anyone too much. We have all gotten or left an embarrassing or somewhat compromising series of messages. It’s just that no one usually saves them and slaps them on top of some music.

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Domino Grey interview with JamSphere 20 Questions Deep with Rick Jamm!

Twenty Questions: DOMINO GREY – The Intellectual Electronic Music Artist!

 

Source:  http://jamsphere.com/twentyquestions/twenty-questions-domino-grey-the-intellectual-electronic-music-artist

Domino Grey Electronic Musician

Thinkin…Thinkin….

Electronic Music producer, Domino Grey from New York, has influences that range from HipHop to Deep House. He is part of a group that releases instrumental music under the name Fallout Shelter and producing records as Drew Spence and Dynamics Plus. Recently in an exclusive interview, Domino confirmed that his  prowess and skills are not only confined to keyboards and mixing desks. The man (and artist) comes across as a rational and intelligent being, who completely understands his art and the sacrifices necessary to move within, and more importantly around and outside of its boundaries successfully.

1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?

Domino Grey: It’s been a few years now doing electronic music after many years doing Hip Hop and Rap. I think there’s some kind of artistic debt in trying to give the same kinds of experiences with my music that I had, when I was younger. I want to recreate what I felt then for someone else.

2. Who were the first influences on your sound and who do you consider the most influential electronic music producer in your genre today?

Domino Grey: Influential for today, I would say Deadmou5 and for dub enthusiasts, Skrillex -more so, for what they have accomplished, than their musical sensibilities overall. I think many artists see them as the end goal for their musical aspirations. It’s a little funny when the kids only look at their last two years in the big spotlight and think that’s all there is to it. So easy. Those are developed artists with long histories and are not overnight success stories. I tend to be inspired by ideas and not sounds or production techniques.

3. Do you remember the first piece of software or equipment that you actually purchased, for your productions, with your own money?

Domino Grey: First, I’m not so sure of, but most significant would be the Ensoniq ASR0-10 sampling keyboard. I bought it brand new from Sam Ash for over 2 grand, at a time when you didn’t know who else was using it besides yourself. There wasn’t a fantasy in my head like if I get this, I’ll be just like so and so. It was all about what it could do for me. When I forked over the money I thought “Okay, now you’d better be serious about this.”
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