Luke Raddon Jackson is an independent singer/songwriter and performance artist from Nottingham, England. Jackson has played in a number of cover bands but just this last year the artist decided to branch off and start playing his own original music. The Burning Sky EP is his debut solo endeavor. It encompasses highly energized feel-good rhythms coming from a rock, funk and blues standpoint.
Radioactive guitar solos sizzle in the makeshift of this impressive EP. Searing with rock, blues and funk packed in with a whole lot of soul, these are top-notch compositions that reverberate with Jackson’s lively theatrics and showmanship filled with panache and pizzazz. Jackson’s bluesy timbre is sung with spirit and gusto. His gnarly bluesy funk style is brimming with lots of grit. Filled with the edgy twang of classic rock n’ roll, Jackson adds his own modernized twist to the ongoing tapestry. With a definitive bold take on both worlds, Jackson’s sound is a melding of retrograde and contemporary territory that not only epitomizes his influences but also gives it a new unique take.
The Burning Sky EP opens with “Burning Train” where roaring guitars rev up to create a wall of sound. The packed sound is filled with grit and contains a gnarly twist. The music is top-notch blues. Jackson’s vocals come in burning with sweltering rhythms. His voice is bursting with loads of soul. Radioactive guitar solos launch toward the one-and-a-half-minute mark. Jackson’s vocals are impassioned and filled with fire. He sings with gusto and flair. The bluesy twang on the guitars really come to life.
Sizzling percussions add an amped air toward the start of “California.” The drums saunter in with an upbeat backbeat. The guitars come in full melodic force. The sound is heavy and hard-hitting. This is a pure instrument interlude that really evokes the adventure of road trips and cruising down the West Coast coastline with the top down.
“Free Me” comes right in with the vocals arriving with an energized flair. The guitars hone a giant rock n’ roll vibe. The driving guitars and bass lines soar with effect overhead. The raucous vocals give off a free-spirited vibe as Jackson shouts out the lyrics with vigor.
On the closer “This. Is. It.,” slick guitar riffs sound off toward the start of this track. The bass lines are rhythm-heavy. The drums are fast-paced. The cadence is overall heavy. The guitars and bass lines are driven with a hard-hitting vibe. This song has a hard rock feel to it. The backbeat is demanding. A guitar solo electrifies the track toward the two-and-a-half-minute mark. The sound has real reverberating vibes.
Jackson struts in baring his bombastic vocals. His vocals are bursting with attitude and vigor. Jackson is no slouch when it comes to music. His energized vocal deliveries, on-point lyrics and expressive guitars and bass lines all coalesce to great effect. He understands the disparity between over-the-top and sparse and lands somewhere in the median. His sound is just the right melding of rock n’ roll mixed in with blues and funk without being overblown. This debut solo album is an electric record. Jackson certainly knows how to rock well and hard. I can’t wait to see where this compelling EP will take the artist to next.
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