Judge is now out!

Judge is now out!

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Friday, 29 October 2021
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Now here is a tasty treat, a nod to traditional Hip-Hop blended with Indie-rock connotations is the latest release from Riodine, called Judge. Featuring members of Neomatik, Riodine brings a large ensemble to this rap giving this track a party feel. If you can imagine the Beastie Boys teaming up with Biz Markie, then you would have Judge. This offering revolves around the theme of breaking the law and standing before the Judge awaiting sentencing. Of course, for our hero in this narrative, we are getting a guilty verdict which in turn, allows Justin Snyder and Ed Kabatsky (vocals, member of Neomatik) to paint a colorful tapestry of emotions running through the accused’s mind. “Remember to keep your story straight, Don’t cross that line, man, You should have listened.” From here we go through the stages of denial; “You prayed for an answer, You looked to the sky, You cursed and spit spells, What you got was a war cry” but in the end, the Judge makes the final call; “Bring down the gavel, Slam the book closed, Witness the unraveled, Legend decompose”. OK, we have some clever metaphors throughout these crafty lyrics, but the performance is where we should really be focusing this review. Judge features a guest player (Rashid Akmanov) playing the mouth harp as a harmony to the choral rapping going through the recapitulation phase of the track. This is a very fitting choice of instrumentation as it helps draw the imagery of all the voices in the accused head as the gavel is being brought down, sealing his fate. The chaotic presence as the song resolves the narrative, and the almost cheeky sounding vocals clearly make this track entertaining and almost funny. What I truly enjoyed about this track, however, is the snare work from the drummer (Joseph Tidnal). The syncopation he presents to these well-performed rudiments give the opening stanzas an almost militant feel like the grand stature of the judge enters the courtroom, but with the off-time snaps just before the downbeat (giving this track its swing), makes the courtroom almost feel carnival-like; “The judge in the hall, is firm on his stance, The circus will happen, in spite of romance.”

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Judge is a highly enjoyable track, offering something from any school of musicality. From the traditional Hip-Hop vibe to the party-like anthemic approach this track clearly should be enjoyed by all. Although it may not be an ideal track for mainstream commercial radio, with the exception of Alternative Rock format, Judge would be an ideal addition to any party playlist. In the clubs, and as an underground cult classic, Judge will remain in my catalog of witty, satirical, yet highly professional tracks I need to just sit back and enjoy. The highly professional mix blends all these chaotic elements of this track together beautifully while allowing the deep bass funk, and the high-end overtones to ring out clearly and concisely. Although this is the first offering I have had from Riodine, it has piqued my curiosity about what other magic will come out of this project. With the addition of Neomatik on this track, the collaboration is a clear success and should be a partnership worth exploring for future tracks. Don’t just take my word for it, listen for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

The Judge

The judge in the hall
is firm on his stance
The circus will happen
in spite of romance

We stood there together
Near the open door
Waiting for the words
Preparing for (an) uproar

The judge in the hall
is firm on his stance
The circus will happen
in spite of romance

We stood there together
Near the open door
Waiting for the words
Preparing for an uproar

How fast you changed the story
When your myth lost its use
Your hunger for glory
Dissolved all the truths

You prayed for an answer
You looked to the sky
You cursed and spit spells
What you got was a war cry

The judge in the hall
is firm on his stance
The circus will happen
in spite of romance

We stood there together
Near the open door
Waiting for the end
Preparing for uproar

Remember to keep your story straight
Don’t cross that line, man
You should have listened

You prayed for an answer
You looked to the sky
You prayed for an answer
You looked to the sky

How fast you changed the story
When your myth lost its use
Your hunger for glory
Dissolved all the truths

You begged (prayed) for an answer
You looked to the sky
You cursed and spit spells
What you got was a war cry

Bring down the gavel
Slam the book closed
Witness the unraveled
Legend decompose

Bring down the gavel
Slam the book closed
Witness the unraveled
Legend decompose

Don’t break the law
The judge is in the hall
This is it – he made his decision

Bring down, bring down the gavel
Bring down, bring down the gavel

My advice to you
Don’t live by this sword
‘Cuz you how this ends
You’ll get your reward

My advice to you
Don’t live by this sword
‘Cuz you how this ends
You’ll get your reward

My advice to you
Don’t live by this sword
‘Cuz you how this ends
You’ll get your reward

Your time is up
Goodbye old friend

Released October 28, 2021

Justin Snyder (vocals)
Ed Kabatsky (vocals)
Nicholas Kabatsky (keys),
Alek Sleczkowski (guitar)
Joseph Tidnal (drums)

Special Guests:
Andrea Perry (bass)
Rashid Akmanov (mouth harp, back vocal)

Sara Kabatsky (lyrics)

Music written by Ed Kabatsky
Recording and Production: Ed Kabatsky
Mastering: Shai Fishman

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