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Justin Kantor is a music journalist with a passion for in-depth artist interviews and reviews. Most of his interviews for Blogcritics can be heard on his Blog Talk Radio program, "Rhythmic Talk." Justin's work has been published in Wax Poetics, The All-Music Guide, and A graduate of Berklee College of Music's Music Business and Management program, he honed his writing chops as a teenager—publishing "The Hip Key" magazine from 1992-1996. The publication, which was created out of his childhood home in Virginia Beach, reached a circulation of 10,000 by the time he was 16. At Berklee, Justin continued to perfect his craft with a series of 'Underrated Soul' features for The Groove from 1997-2003. This led to a companion TV show on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in 2002, as well as writing for the national Dance Music Authority (DMA). A self-described "obscure pop, dance, and R&B junkie," Justin also has penned liner notes for reissue labels such as Edsel Records and FunkyTownGrooves. He's excited to be a part of the BlogCritics team and indulge his musical fancies even further. Connect with him at his Facebook page, or via

Music Review: Plush – Plush [2012 Vinyl Reissue]

Plush CD cover

Michael Jackson songwriter Siedah Garrett's first group serves up a tasty variety of '80s R&B on a limited LP reissue. Read More »

Interview: Nicki Richards – Royal Reality

Nicki Richards

In-demand backing vocalist and independent musician talks business, inspiration, Madonna, and more. Read More »

Interview: Mark Berry, Producer/Engineer and Founder of Attack Media Group

Mark Berry

Noted remixer and studio expert talks about his career path and Toronto-based artist development company, Attack Media Group. Read More »

Music Review: Cool Million – ‘III’

Soulful European production duo joins forces with international vocalists for a refreshingly funky third album. Read More »

Music Review: Five Star – ‘Rock the World’ [Special Edition]

Five Star Rock the World CD

Pop, dance, and R&B converge on British superstar group's final '80s album, newly reissued with bonus tracks. Read More »

I Remember Yesterday: In Memory of Donna Summer

Donna Summer Love's Unkind sheet music

A powerful voice and soul-deep writing style made Donna Summer much more than the Queen of Disco. Read More »

Music Review: Linda Lewis – ‘A Tear and a Smile’ [Remastered]

Linda Lewis A Tear and a Smile

The groundbreaking British soul artist's only album of the 1980's mingles her distinctive vocal stylings with a modernized production approach. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘The Very Best of T.S.O.B. Records’

very best of tsob records

Fired-up funk, soul-powered vocals, and disco nuggets comprise this delightful compilation of early-'80s New York grooves. Read More »

Music Review: Serge Devant – ‘Rewind’

Serge Devant Rewind

The progressive producer and remixer follows the success of Wanderer with a forward-thinking, retro-conscious sophomore disc. Read More »

Interview: Haywoode – Second Time Around


After scoring '80s pop hits "Roses" and "Getting Closer," the British singer disappeared. She returns with transatlantic CD, Bounce Back. Read More »