Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Taylor James releases new single 'Good News'

The singer and songwriter of contemporary R 'n' B and soul known as Taylor James has released his latest single, “Good News.” It has been proudly published on the Hearts of Gold Music independent record label, entirely without financial or managerial support from the corporate music entities. Infused with elements of funk, soul, gospel and rhythm 'n' blues, “Good News” is a glorious modern iteration of the Motown sound as well as an upbeat musical push for better social values.

Taylor James (born James Albert Taylor) cites as main artistic influences Godfather of Soul James Brown and mastermind music mogul Quincy Jones. Taylor James' own sound and style on “Good News” possesses many of the most important qualities of these. Perhaps most prominently, it exhibits the unstoppable funk and groove of James Brown, but also the razor-sharp songwriting and studio production of Quincy Jones. Lush, danceable and highly textured, “Good News” is easily one of the most powerful singles of 2014 to seamlessly blend no fewer than three genres of music, and indeed probably more.

Taylor James was born in 1953 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in music and a minor in recording engineering. He has been writing, recording and producing music since the age of 17. James served as drummer and lead vocalist for Wynd Chymes, whose two LP albums are still in circulation online. His own first album, “No Way Out” appeared on the Great Southern Productions (GSP) music label in 1984. He wrote and produced music under GSP from 1976-1990, after which time he built his own studio and recorded such popular artists as Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush, the William Brothers and the Canton Spirituals.

“Good News” is the most significant release from Taylor James in recent years, and has been published concurrently with an instrumental version as well as an official, high-gloss music video. It is the first of several tracks to be released from Taylor in late 2014, including such other titles as “Olde School,” “A Taylormade Christmas,” and “Say It's Me / Living for You.” Each has been produced and published by the Hearts of Gold Music label.

“Good News” by Taylor James is available online worldwide.

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Welsh guitarist Dave Stephen releases new LP 'Taith'

The popular guitarist and songwriter from Wales known as Dave Stephen has released his latest LP record, “Taith.” It comprises 12 original tracks for an approximate total running time of 50 minutes, and has been published on the Bricsan independent music label. Founded on principles of folk, Celtic, and rock music with elements of other genres stirred in for good measure, “Taith” is the most recent example of the rich, contemporary musical culture of Wales, showcased here by Dave Stephen.

“Taith,” which is Welsh for 'Journey,' is an entirely instrumental collection of guitar duets with some added percussion. Joined here with longtime collaborator Gareth Moriarty, Dave Stephen showcases his guitar chops with a rare combination of modest, natural talent blended with consistently impressive, intriguingly complex chord progressions and songwriting. As fans have come to expect from music by Stephen and Moriarty, “Taith” is dazzlingly creative and colorful.

A simple glance at song titles elicits proof of this: “Moses Knows His...,” “Three Mind Lice,” and “Shoot Me I'll Shoot You Too” are some of the more prominent examples, though the depth of tonal and stylistic variety on the LP is the real treasure. A comparison of “Shoot Me...” and Track 2, “Deep Waters Flow” yields a sonic duality which is braided rather than at odds. This multifaceted nature of “Taith” makes it a sure thing for fans of nearly any genre, but especially for those who appreciate raw, brilliant songwriting, lush Celtic undertones, and arresting performances on guitar.

Stephen cites as main artistic inspirations for “Taith:” “Too many; from Miles Davis to Stravinsky, and from the Rolling Stones to Chet Atkins. Always with a Celtic flavour.”

Although itself being billed as a solo project, “Taith” is the third full-length release to feature Dave Stephen and Gareth Moriarty in late 2014, both of whom also play in the popular Stephen-led Welsh group, Amser. Amser's most recent releases include October's “Crochan” and November's “Amserau,” both of which also come to the world from the Bricsan label.

“Taith” by Dave Stephen is available online worldwide. Guitar fans and fans of highly creative instrumental music should absolutely get in early.

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Music prodigy Sam Levin releases debut EP 'I'm in Here'

The 12-year-old singer and songwriter known as Sam Levin has released his debut EP album, “I'm in Here.” The album comprises five original and previously unreleased tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes, making for a satisfying introduction to this rapidly rising star from New York City. It has been published on the Clarence Productions independent music label. Upbeat, soulful, startlingly introspective and based on pure rock and roll principles, “I'm in Here” is an EP everyone should be paying attention to, and for several reasons.

“This year while I was writing and recording these songs I listened to a lot of Counting Crows, JJ Grey & Mofro, Galactic, and John Scofield,” writes Levin, whose new record has been anticipated by two singles, October 2012's “I Sure Hope Not,” and “Being With You Is Easy,” which appeared a year later.

Naturally, a great deal of change can be heard over the first two years of Levin's music career. His first single sounds not unlike a happier Jack Johnson, while “Being With You Is Easy” feels decidedly Beatles-esque. Now, having recorded a full five tracks over the last year, complete with backup vocals, layered harmonies, varied instrumentation and truly thought-provoking lyrics, it seems that Levin isn't just ready for the public eye and ear – he's already there.

“I saw an electric guitar hanging on the wall of a music shop when I was five years old,” he writes, “and knew that's what I wanted to do. And when I got a loop pedal, that's when things really changed. I started to compose music and I became a songwriter.”

Songwriting isn't the half of it, however. Listeners who expect music clearly written by a middle-school student will be utterly shocked at how engaging Levin's themes and artistic interests can be. “Look at Me,” for instance, is an aggressive castigation of social media showing a generation of people too fascinated with Twitter and Facebook, etc., who argue that they need online followers and subscribers because as Levin sarcastically puts it, “How else will I know I'm alive?”

Speaking of other topics he discusses on his record, Sam writes:

“Well, each song has its own message. 'I'm In Here' says that even though we all act or think differently from one another, deep down we are all just people with feelings who want the same things. I plan on donating the money I make from this song to a charity that helps children with autism.

“'On My Way to You' is about how life is full of stress and things we have to do and places we have to go, but there is always comfort in returning home.

“'Why Not' is about all of the awful things that powerful people do that hurt the planet and the people, just so they can have more money. It's obvious those things should change, but they don't, and I can't figure out why not.

“'Jam on A' is about finding something you love to do to get through hard times. For me that's playing music with my family and friends.”

Sam Levin writes, sings, and plays guitar, piano, bass guitar, saxophone, and drums and percussion. He performs pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, and Latin music, and often blends these sounds for a result that approaches alternative. He studies music and music theory at the Lagond School in Elmsford, NY. When not releasing official singles and records, Levin enjoys video and board games, makes short films, and reads fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and Game Informer.

His artist's bio concludes with the amusing fact that he is “not really a big eater; he eats because he has to.”

“I'm in Here” by Sam Levin is available online worldwide. Fans of musical genius everywhere should get in early.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Jagger Spacy releases new single 'Where'd You Go?'

The rapper and songwriter known as Jagger Spacy has released his latest pop single, “Where'd You Go?” The track has been published as an independent release entirely without support from the corporate music infrastructure. Melodic, heartfelt, and spat with razor-sharp accuracy and groove, “Where'd You Go?” is a masterpiece of urban pop from this up-and-coming talent from Arizona.

Jagger Spacy cites as main artistic influences only one artist, Eminem, holder of 13 Grammy Awards at the time of writing. Spacy's own style of rap on “Where'd You Go?” has certain qualities in common with Eminem's, such as witty and intelligent lyrics, clever rhyme schemes, and syncopated vocal rhythms which form the key strength of Spacy's music. His new single also features truly fantastic singing in each chorus, impeccable harmonies, and some of the most polished studio production to be heard anywhere.

Music by Jagger Spacy is also personal and autobiographical. Asked to describe how he came to begin performing music, he writes that, “It was a way I expressed my feelings, and dealt with life.”

His music isn't just written for himself, however. Through songs like “Where'd You Go?” Spacy aims to bring a little help to the public at large, too.

“I hope that people will relate to my music and that they will be inspired,” writes the rapper. “I hope it will show people that even though we deal with life challenges and struggles, we can get through it. Failure is key. I am just rebuilding what was broken.”

Jagger Spacy has been writing, performing and producing music since the age of 18, when the tracks he recorded using the GarageBand program convinced his parents that he should be recording in professional studios. As “Where'd You Go?” clearly demonstrates, they were absolutely correct.

“I always wanted to be in the music industry,” Spacy writes, “but it was something I kept to myself … The studio we ended up going to was called Tallcat Studios. We played my songs for them and they looked at me and said, 'You need to be doing this!' From that day until now it's been crazy. I now consider myself a rapper, but my mom says I'm more than a rapper, so whatever that means I'm going to go with it.”

“Where'd You Go?” by Jagger Spacy is available online worldwide. Fans of rap, pop, and hip-hop music should get in early.

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Rick Ivanoff releases new LP 'Rick Ivanoff – a Collection'

The Canadian singer, songwriter and guitarist known as Rick Ivanoff has released his latest LP record, “Rick Ivanoff – a Collection.” The self-titled record comprises eight original tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published on the Dog Star Music independent record label without support from the corporate music industry. Full of unstoppable hooks and widely varied pop songwriting, “Rick Ivanoff – a Collection” is the definitive Ivanoff music experience.

Rick Ivanoff cites as main artistic influences such classic rock and pop groups as the Byrds, the Eagles, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Blue Rodeo, Poco, CSNY, Pure Prairie League, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Garth Brooks, Dan Fogelberg, Joni Mitchell, and Rob Thomas. As a natural result, Ivanoff's own music is written with a surprisingly broad array of textures, styles and tones. His new “Collection” LP showcases him in many such forms, sometimes more rock, other times tinged with a hint of folk or country, and occasionally founded on rolling piano accompaniment that rings reminiscently of Billy Joel.

Speaking of the themes of his songs on “Rick Ivanoff – a Collection,” he writes:

“My album contains songs that are fun, serious and intelligent. They touch different subjects from UFOs and aliens to finding love, losing love and not giving up on your dreams.

“I believe that we all need to help and nurture each other so that we can realize our own potential both individually and as a whole. Even though we are all different, we are all humans will feelings. We all came into the world the same way. We all laugh, cry, hurt, rejoice, celebrate and love. Love is the answer!”

Ivanoff is a veteran guitar player and natural songwriting talent. He publishes original instrumental tracks for various production music libraries, and his tracks are licensed by music supervisors and producers on a regular basis. He has performed live on “Breakfast Television” in Toronto and “Global News at Noon,” a nationally broadcast program, and his official music videos have been shown on CMT. His songs have been recorded by both Canadian and United-States artists, and have been used in television.

He has worked and recorded with such music titans as Michael Fonfara (Foreigner, Electric Flag, Rhinoceros), Joe Mavety (Maryanne Faithful, Joe Cocker), Rick Gratton (Rough Trade, Ian Thomas), Joe Agnello (Cameo Blues Band, David Wilcox), Tony Lester (Boys Brigade, Arson) and many others.

“Rick Ivanoff – a Collection” by Rick Ivanoff is available online worldwide.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Prezident Kane releases new LP 'Death Before Dishonor'

The rapper known as Prezident Kane has released his latest LP album, “Death Before Dishonor.” The album is composed of 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It is the most widely distributed album to come from Kane to date and has been widely anticipated by his fans, which he proudly refers to as “my soldiers.” The album has been published on the SharkTown Records independent music label. Straight-up, hardcore gangsta rap from the heart of the American south, “Death Before Dishonor” is an old-school banger for fans of the G- sound whether young or old.

Prezident Kane cites as main artistic influences such personalities of the hip-hop scene as Master P., Tupac Shakur, the Screwed Up Click, UGK, South Park Mexican, and Do or Die. His own style is a legitimate part of the Dirty South mode of rap music, and has much in common with all related artists above.

In addition to the considerable talents of Prezident Kane, himself, his “Death Before Dishonor” LP also includes the skills of a broad spectrum of SharkTown Records friends and family. Such rappers and vocalists include Redrum, Lil Bing, Lyrikal, Merk Rock, Reality1, Hennessy, Killa, Cyr, Gina, and Pelon. Each featured artist, according to Kane himself, was given express freedom in writing his or her own lyrics for the respective tracks.

Speaking of the themes of his new record, Kane writes that the overall message of his new album revolves around “Real life in the streets in every hood in the world.”

Prezident Kane's official bio describes him as being from Corpus Christi, TX by way of Chula Vista, CA. He became the young, founding CEO of SharkTown Records at the age of 14. He began his music career by writing poetry, then branching into rap music in 1996 when a friend asked him to rap over the phone so a girl could hear him.

“My homeboy called on three-way and told me to rap to this girl on the line,” writes Prezident Kane. “She said that she was really into it … From rapping to girls, I started rapping about our lifestyles in the street.”

SharkTown Records has been renowned for their efforts in charitable social work and have been showcased on national television for this reason.

“SharkTown Records made an appearance on ABC that broadcast a local affiliated station called K-III TV-3 News,” Kane relates. “They interviewed me because we were helping the S.O.S drive and giving out free haircuts for all the kids. Some children couldn't afford a fresh haircut on the first day of school, so we wanted to make a difference.”

This isn't the only way Prezident Kane and SharkTown lend a hand, either.

“With our programs, we are trying to give back by helping the children that are less fortunate,” Kane writes. “SharkTown Records proudly has two programs. The first one is named the 'Kids Keeping It Real Foundation' for kids coming from situations they cannot control, family abuse and poverty, for instance. The second program is named the 'F.A.D.D Org.,' which stands for the Fight Against Drunk Driving Organization.”

SharkTown and Prezident Kane also appeared on the Johnny Canales Show, through which they were invited to the First Annual Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Parade with political leader Joe Ortiz.

“Death Before Dishonor” by Prezident Kane is available online worldwide.

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Paul Best releases new world music LP 'No Boundarys'

The composer and instrumentalist of world music and kirtan known as Paul Best has released his latest LP record, “No Boundarys.” The album contains eight original tracks for an approximate total listening time of a full hour. It has been proudly published on the Yatte Yattah Beat independent music label, entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Meditative, creative, calming and inspiring, “No Boundarys” is a fulfilling listen for fans of New Age music, world music, and kirtan music alike.

Known at home and abroad for playing what is perhaps best described as world music, Paul Best cites as main artistic influences mostly rock, such as that of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Cure, Radiohead, and Bob Dylan.

“I have always loved listening to music,” writes the musician, who has been playing for more than three decades. “My tastes have expanded over the years, taking in many styles of music.”

This penchant for mixing his interests and exploring new sonic territories is a key component of “No Boundarys,” as the title succinctly communicates. Best's new LP combines the traditional music styles of India with measured doses of electronic instrumentation and innovative, unorthodox techniques.

Speaking of this, Best writes, “This is an instrumental [record] that introduces sounds which most people have never heard, i.e. sitar, and sitar played with a bow – which turns it into a different instrument – combined with percussion and keyboard.”

“No Boundarys” is the latest addition to Paul Best's growing world-music and New-Age repertoire, which contains eight CDs and DVDs. At different points his music has contained elements of kirtan, reggae, pop, rock, jazz, and music for meditation. He has performed as lead instrumentalist accompanying most known instruments in the world, and continues to produce music and background scores for film.

Hailing from the New South Wales area of Australia, he has founded his own music studio where he provides a low-pressure, high-tech recording service to small bands, as well as facilitating the editing or transfer of old material (tapes, etc.) to new mediums (CD, .MP3, etc.) [link provided below].

“Paul Best has created a relaxed professional musical environment,” states the official bio for his studio. “Being a particularly patient fellow, he caters to musicians who are novices at the recording process.”

“No Boundarys” by Paul Best is available online worldwide.

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