Tuesday, April 18, 2017

John Law releases single 'Gotta Do It' feat. Yvette

The rapper and songwriter known as John Law has released his latest official single, “Gotta Do It” feat. Yvette. The track has been proudly published on the Raspucious Records independent music label without the involvement of the corporate record industry. Imaginative, unique, and full of pop and groove, “Gotta Do It” by John Law is one of the most interesting and original hip hop songs to emerge in the new millennium so far.

John Law hails from Fairfield, a city in the music hotbed of California's Bay Area. He has cited as main artistic influences such legends as J. Cole, Kanye West, and Lupe Fiasco. His own sound seamlessly blends contemporary rhymes with an old-school feel on the back beat and a minimalist production style. The result is a single which will appeal to fans of hip hop all over the globe, and especially listeners who truly appreciate that classic, vinyl-record ambiance that is so hard to come by in hip hop these days.

This undeniably fresh sound comes from John Law's goal to do his own thing in music. Asked to describe his start in hip hop, he replies, “People were rapping who I knew, and I wanted to be different.”

But there is more to “Gotta Do It” than just great style.

“The message my song shares with listeners,” John Law writes, “is that when you have something to do, don't procrastinate. Get it done (or do it) because if you don't it will never get done.”

A man of action, himself, nothing could be timelier than “Gotta Do It” in terms of Law's music career. An official single was just a matter of time.

“Procrastination leads to nowhere or to lateness,” says Law. “I'd rather be early than late because I know you've heard the saying, 'the early bird gets the worm,' and I need to eat.”

“Gotta Do It” by John Law is available online worldwide from over 700 digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Eric Slater releases new single 'Following the Blind'

The Los Angeles-based musician known as Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Following the Blind.” The single is Slater's most significant musical release since his popular song, “Dead Men” hit digital shelves around the world in February, sending ripples throughout the audiophile underground everywhere. Fans of Slater old and new are sure to be delighted with this latest offering, which boasts all the exceptional sonic qualities his following have come to expect from him.

Speaking candidly of the themes of his latest single, Slater writes, “'Following the Blind' was directly inspired by a short story from a good friend of mine. He shared the idea with me and I wrote the song with the general theme in mind, but putting more of a personal twist on it.”

“Following the Blind” is a parable of timeless proportion and relevance that has many current events at heart. It speaks to everyone alive in today's chaotic world.

“The song touches on the sheep and the shepherd thing. Everyone thinks they have the answer, yet no one really has much of a clue. Heroes can easily become villains and vice versa. I guess you can say it’s a satire on the absurdity and fickleness of popular opinion.”

Slater cites as main artistic influences a broad array of sounds, including Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Nina Simone, Sublime, Wu Tang Clan, Jeff Buckley, and Miles Davis.

Slater's acoustic solo debut album, “On the Edge of Something More,” was released in 2005. He has contributed his vast talents to various acts, including guitars, songs and vocals to bands such as Martha Davis and the Motels, Bomb Squad, Moflo, Off Limits, Aurora Beckons, Astral Aliens, and Tres Aliens.

“Following the Blind” by Eric Slater is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
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Eric Slater releases new single “Dead Men”

Musician Eric Slater has released his newest single, “Dead Men.” The track is an introspective, triumphant, yet darkly bleak rock waltz that plays on mortality for its theme. It is the first published single for Slater as a solo artist since his 2007 LP release, “Redemption & Disorder,” the light and airy nature of which shares few characteristics with the lurking and sinister, “Dead Men,” except that both are quality works of music from the same artist. In many respects, though, “Dead Men” is the superior result.

Slater's guitaring, though he is capable of playing in a wide variety of styles, is slowly strummed for this track in a black and blue tone that contains goth and punk-rock tendencies, reminiscent of Nick Cave's work, or of TSOL's mellower side (“Weathered Statues,” for instance). The song is crooned out by Slater in an intimate, cracking voice that sounds like a shadowy and more masculine Neil Young with a tinge of David Bowie, like the Verve's Richard Ashcroft, although more mid-west American in the delivery.

It is to the track's benefit that Slater's vocals are way out front in the single's mix, too, because his performance is a studied, yet natural perfection, showcased plainly here where he can be enjoyed without too much ornamentation to get in the way. The real show-stopper, though, is almost certainly Slater's songwriting. His lyrics are poetic, precise, and use a mixture of repetition and creative phrasing that keeps the narrative of “Dead Men” interesting from turn to turn; however, it is important to note that the vocals and instrumentation, together with a groove that tit-tat's along like the wheels of a carriage on cobblestones, are more than enough to keep a music fan's interest alone.

“Dead Men” represents the culmination of Slater's last six years spent meticulously honing his talents as a solo performer, and if the music world has much more of this to look forward to from him, then the sooner his next full-length is ready for distribution, the better off it will be for music listeners everywhere.

Eric Slater's “Dead Men” is available everywhere beginning 16 February 2013.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Rapper Shawn Lewis releases new LP album 'Life Overseas'

The writer, performer and producer of hip hop and R&B known as Shawn Lewis has released his latest full-length album, “Life Overseas.” It contains 13 original Shawn Lewis tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. The LP has been proudly published as an independent release without the support or direction of the corporate music industry. Smartly written, sharply delivered, and full of the best rhythms modern hip hop has to offer, “Life Overseas” is everything fans of Shawn Lewis have been waiting for and more.

Shawn Lewis, a rapper and R&B artist, has been variously billed as a musician, a rapper, a singer, a songwriter, a producer and a sound engineer, all of which duties he performs with expert skill on “Life Overseas.”

“Life Overseas” is the third official Shawn Lewis release from his growing repertoire, which also includes two singles from 2015, “Spend a Lot of Money” and “Brand New Girl.” Both of these 2015 tracks have been included in the set list chosen for this new release, “Life Overseas,” making it an excellent introduction to this rapidly rising star from Florida.

“I started rapping and singing as a child,” Shawn Lewis says of his music talent. “It's just in my blood.”

Asked to cite some main artistic influences for “Life Overseas,” Shawn Lewis says that these days, he's building his artistic vision on a veteran foundation of his own vision.

“At this point in my career,” he says, “I influence myself.”

Like all music from Shawn Lewis, “Life Overseas” has themes of perseverance and courageousness at its heart.

“['Life Overseas' is all about] determination, never giving up, wanting more in life, loving what you do and timeless music,” writes Shawn Lewis.

“Life Overseas” by Shawn Lewis is available online worldwide beginning 11 April 2017.

-S. McCauley
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Matt Record releases new EP 'Black Swan'

Acoustic-pop musician Matt Record has released his latest album, “Black Swan.” The record is an EP release containing five Matt Record originals for a total listening time of about 20 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Captain Beardo independent music label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Catchy, groovy, thought-provoking and pleasantly mellow to hear, “Black Swan” is a sign that Matt Record deserves all the attention he's been getting.

Indiana's Matt Record cites as main artistic influences Wilco, Sturgill Simpson, the Allman Brothers and bluegrass music, as well as certain “elements of the Grateful Dead and Phish.” This classic rock / folk rock / indie rock blend is exactly what music fans can expect from “Black Swan,” with the surprising bonus that Record's EP album is neither predictable nor derivative.

Asked about the themes of his new EP, Record writes, “A Black Swan is a catastrophic event that comes completely by surprise. This EP touches on some of the things we think about in relation to these catastrophic events in one’s personal life as well as those that can affect everyone worldwide.”

The result is relaxing, intriguing music that makes “Black Swan” a subtly philosophical little album for music fans who like some meat on their lyrical bones. Matt Record goes on to explore the effects of sudden tragedy on the individual – tragedies like death – explaining:

“Death in general is a Black Swan. In preparing for something that we cannot possibly prepare for, we lose sleep from thinking too much. We probably have regrets. We think about the passing on of our genetic information. Sometimes we just decide to have fun while we wait for the inevitable when we will return, in some ways, the energy that makes us alive back to the universe.”

Matt Record's current official bio describes him as a “singer/guitarist/songwriter performing and recording in a multitude of genres.” His singing has been called “dynamic and soulful,” his guitar work, “expert,” and his songwriting, “raw and handcrafted where small town roots meet big city struggles.” He has written, recorded and performed acoustic rock, indie folk, soul, funk, country and bluegrass music. Originally from Plymouth, Indiana, Matt lived and performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, Oregon and London before returning to Indianapolis, IN for this present release of “Black Swan.”
“Black Swan” by Matt Record is available online worldwide from over 700 digital music stores now. Get in early, singer-songwriter fans.

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Dutch music artist Madbello releases new EP 'New Acid Wave' feat. Dyezzie

The musician and producer known internationally as Madbello has released his latest EP record, “New Acid Wave” feat. Dyezzie. The EP contains four original tracks, but provides more than an hour's worth of quality electronica music. It has been proudly published on the Madbello independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Widely varied, full of groove, and featuring the original Euro-house music sound, “New Acid Wave” is an EP record for nightclub DJs and music aficionados alike.

Madbello, who hails from Holland, cites as main artistic influences several whole genres, including house, jazz, Latin, samba, death metal, and alternative music. His own style is a contemporary spin on the foundational house-music sound which arrived in the early nineties, the same early digital sound which would eventually morph into the global EDM scene as it is known everywhere today.

This makes sense, coming as it does from Madbello, whose first prominent releases were a full-length LP and a shorter EP which came out on the Polydor Records Italy major music label circa 1992. A quarter of a century later, Madbello has returned as a solo artist with a humble mission.

“I hope you will enjoy my music,” writes Madbello. “I try to create my own sound with the resources and knowledge that I have – but not for the money. I've made music with love. This is music from Holland with LOVE and a Dutch kiss.”

Madbello is Mike A. Di Bello, who has been playing music since 14 years old when he started on recorder, then guitar. Bass guitar followed, then drums, flute, violin, piano and synthesizers.

“I did this until the computer was powerful enough to take over all the instruments, add up to the final production,” Madbello says. “Before that I’ve been in several bands of various styles, from punk, metal, rock, new age and alternative styles. I worked for years with a four-track recorder and experimented a lot with it.”

True to form, Madbello's “New Acid Wave” EP is entirely solo.

“The only record deal I ever got was from Polydor in 1992 when I worked with my companion. Ultimately, this resulted in a flop; therefore, I'll now bring out my work by myself.”

“New Acid Wave” from Madbello feat. Dyezzie is available online worldwide from over 700 quality digital music stores now.

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Sam Levin releases debut LP 'Frame of Mind'

Young singer and songwriter Sam Levin has released his debut full-length album, “Frame of Mind.” The record contains 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Clarence Productions independent record label. Boasting heartfelt lyrics and equal portions indie rock and alternative pop styles, “Frame of Mind” makes it clear that Sam Levin will be a prominent voice for the next few years, and potentially for decades to come.

Sam Levin, 15, has cited as early artistic influences the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. Today Levin says he listens to the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bon Iver, Alt-J, Childish Gambino, Galactic, Gorillaz and JJ Grey (among others). Fans of these legends have much to look forward to in “Frame of Mind,” which builds on classic song structures while featuring many contemporary qualities that polish it to a high shine.

“'Frame of Mind' is really about the last year and a half of my life,” Levin says of his debut's theme. “It's not a good thing or a bad thing, it's just what happened.”

Music-News.com says of Levin's music, “[Sam Levin] weaves together complimentary melodies and tight rhythms with ease and finesse … From the acoustic base, Levin adds in tasteful electronic albums, giving them a modern, folktronica style.”

In a piece titled, “Amazed by the Music of Sam Levin,” Beat.Media writes, “Sam Levin is only fifteen, but he has the musical genius of someone much older than his decade and a half … He can only get better, and he’s already creating amazing music far beyond his years.”

Sam Levin has been recording and releasing music since the age of seven, with his first EP record, “I'm In Here,” appearing in 2014. He writes everything, and performs nearly all of the instruments on his studio projects. His music is warm, welcoming, soulful, and introspective without sounding self-absorbed.

“Frame of Mind is exactly that,” writes Clarence Productions about the record. “It's full of loneliness and love, friendship and struggle. It's about choices, changes, reflection and joy.”

Levin himself says, “It's about music's place in all of that, in my life.”

Sam Levin has been performing live since the age of seven, too, and is known for his dependably entertaining shows at festivals and humble venues in the New York area and beyond. Last year saw him on a week-long open-mic tour in London. Live performance also plays a major role in his new official video, “Everything's Okay” (link provided below).

“Frame of Mind” by Sam Levin is available online worldwide from over 700 digital music stores now. Get in early, singer-songwriter fans and fans of the Head and the Heart, Kings of Leon, the Lumineers, Imagine Dragons, Bon Iver, Bahamas and Jose Gonzales. Sam Levin will be around a long time.

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