‘Blackout Reloaded’ earns 5 out of 5 stars from Matthew Forss (music critic)
October 26, 2013
Originally from Albuquerque, NM and based in Seattle, JVigil brings us a fresh set of three remixed songs of “Blackout” that incorporate industrial dance beats, subtle vocals, and groove- driven electronica.
The first track, “Blackout,” opens with punchy and industrial static with cool vocals and metallic sparks of sound that take on a Euro-dance feel. The heady song is dance-driven, yet vocally supple. Though, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke may be a very small resemblance here, JVigil still stands alone with better beats, vocals, and electronic arrangements than the abovementioned artists. “Blackout” (Shorthand Remix) is the same song, but it is remixed by Shorthand. As a result, there are more drawn out electronic embellishments, tapping percussion sounds, scintillating keys, and hip hop instrumentals without all the hip hop and rap lyrics. The song is longer than the other two songs on the album. “Blackout” (J Battle Remix) is remixed by J Battle, but written by JVigil. The song is more industrial with metallic pings and blurbs amidst an electronic array of noises. There is a solid and smooth dance beat rather akin to “Blackout.”
The swishy dance music elements, urban beats, electronic undertones, and spectacular vocals showcase the true meaning of electronic dance music. The intelligent arrangements are catchy, enthralling, and most of all – appropriate and relevant. The fluid musical elements are not overdone in any way. Also, the vocals are entirely appropriate and solid throughout each remix. The vocals do not overshadow the musical intensity of the instrumentation. Overall, the laser- like adornments and swishy percussion sounds are unlike anything contemporary music currently brings to the table. Fans of dance, electronica, R&B, urban, and pop music will love it.
Review by Matthew Forss
Music Reviewer, Bio Writer
Genres: World, Folk, Ambient, Downtempo, Electronica, Jazz, Reggae, Zydeco, Bluegrass, Old Time, Comedy, Latin, Blues, Pop, Rock, Fusion, and Dance
‘Secret Love’ the long anticipated music video is now available on YouTube and it’s hot! Initial reviews from viewers are extremely positive! Check out ‘Secret Love’ by JVigil now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54rf5yEp56s
JVigil’s latest single ‘Blackout’ earns 4 out of 5 stars from G.W. Hill (music critic)
January 12, 2013
Dance music merges with R&B and electronica on this energetic and catchy number. It’s music designed to get people up and on the dance floor and seems to be quite capable of that feat. The electronic sounds that open the cut feel like something from Kraftwerk, but the vocals that come over the introduction bring the R&B to the table. Then a short transition takes it into the song proper. A driving rhythmic element and waves of varying keyboard sounds serve as the backdrop for the vocals. The lyrics are risqué, but stay in the type of range that keeps it “clean.” That’s kind of a rarity these days and earns this some respect.
There isn’t a lot of musical variation here. Nor does it feel like there’s a lot of real “music” on display. Of course, for the club/dance crowd, that’s not necessarily a negative, but rather the state of the industry. It should be noted that while things like pitch perfect are somewhat industry standard, too, JVigil seems to play it clean. That says he has a kind of voice that doesn’t need help. It’s another point worth praise, particularly in the modern musical environment.
Overall, JVigil seems to have created a club/dance single that should work well in that environment. He’s managed to do so without resorting to the type of foul language often put forth these days. He’s also done it without artificial enhancement to his voice. Both of those things earn him some serious respect and elevate this tune beyond a lot of its competition. Whether one likes the genre or not, an artist who creates music without resorting to the “cheap and easy” tactics deserves recognition and JVigil is such an artist. It will be interesting to see what else this performer creates moving forward.
Secret Love music video on the way & JVigil is back in the studio working on new material
July 28, 2012
That’s right fans JVigil is currently beginning production on the Secret Love music video and he’s back in the studio continuing work on his second album. Here’s the low down on the new music….it’s HOT HOT HOT! Shooting for the Secret Love music video is right around the corner and we can’t wait to release it to you! Rumor has it JVigil plans to release the video at an event in Seattle. Details forthcoming on the dates, location etc. Did you catch JVigil’s live performances from Albuquerque? Check out the YouTube channel and see JVigil perform six hot songs from the debut album and don’t forget to keep checking back for updates right here on JVigilMusic.com.
JVigil will open for pop songstress JoJo at this years Abq Pride Festival!
May 13, 2012
That’s right! JVigil is returning to his hometown Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend and perform at this years Albuquerque Pride Festival. Opening for pop songstress JoJo, JVigil is ecstatic to participate in the celebration. “I can’t wait to return home and perform for my friends, family and community”, says Vigil “It’s going to be an awesome show”. JVigil will perform at the New Mexico Expo on Saturday, June 30. Check out the Albuquerque pride website for more detailed news and information.
“Carefree”, “In This Love”, “Drop It”, “Secret Love” tracks graduate to new heights
March 1, 2012
Exciting news to share fans! Three songs from JVigil debut album have been licensed to play in H&M retail locations and others across the United States! “Carefree”, “Drop It” and “In This Love” are among the three. “Secret Love” has been selected to stream on DMX’s Urban Beat and Silky Soul internet stations! These channels are subscribed to by business clients worldwide! Listen to them hear at j-vigil.com by clicking on the Music.