Friday, June 24, 2016

Young Dope T releases debut hip hop single 'Htown Made'


The rapper and performer of hip hop known as Young Dope T has released his debut official single, “Htown Made.” The track has been proudly published on the Still Young Records independent music label based in Atlanta, GA. Aggressively creative, masterfully performed and full of lyrical surprises, “Htown Made” is a new hip hop for a new millennium.

Young Dope T cites as chief artistic influences Tupac Shakur, Pimp C, Master P, Fat Pat, Big Moe, and HQ. However, the artist mainly credits the scene in which he grew up as the most important factor in his musical development.

“By around age eight,” notes Young Dope T, “I was already heavily influenced by family members and Houston's hip hop scene.”

It should come as no surprise, then, that Young Dope T should dedicate his first official release to Houston, Texas, or “H Town.”

Dope's signature style is distinguished by snappy turnarounds and broad variations in tempo. A rapper with a naturally unique vocal tone, T delivers his clever, well written phrases with inimitable character and audible, infectious fun.

A true urban poet and writer at heart, Young Dope T makes songs with something to say. Remarking on the overall themes of his debut “Htown Made” single, he writes, “Be what you want to be, despite all life's challenges.”

Young Dope T was born Devron Troy Allen June 13, 1997 in Houston. While “Htown Made” is his public debut on the Still Young Records label, he has many unofficial releases publicly available for sampling and listening online.

“Htown Made” by Young Dope T is available at over 700 digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans.

-S. McCauley
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Emcee Drunken Monk 'Flippin I$h' feat. Hurricane Chris, Lil C The Hitman


The rapper and producer of hip hop music known as Emcee Drunken Monk has released his latest official single, “Flippin I$h,” featuring Hurricane Chris and Lil C the Hitman. The single has been proudly published on the New Age Lions independent record label without direction from the corporate music industry. Mixing the best elements of both old-school hip hop and the cutting edge of contemporary rap, “Flippin I$h” is the freshest reason for music fans to sit up and take notice of Emcee Drunken Monk today.

Emcee Drunken Monk cites as main artistic influences Miles Davis, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Lil Snoop, Ghost Poet, Portishead, and Bach. This list colors him as a listener who appreciates quality, rather any single music category. His “Flippin I$h” track stands as an example of this, being neither a clear-cut East Coast track, West Coast track, nor obviously from the Dirty South hip hop tradition. It is a song with attributes from every rap underground in world, and it adds its unique personality to the global scene, also.

“We are still grimy with our approach to hip hop,” writes Emcee Drunken Monk, “but we're progressive in our choices of sounds, music and beats.”

Asked to describe the theme of his new track, which kicks off the summer season on June 25th, Monk says, “The south still knows how to have fun and enjoy life and get the party started.”

Originally a trained pianist from Louisiana, Emcee Drunken Monk is a producer, keyboardist, and vocalist who splits his time between California's Bay Area, Manila in the Philippines, and Billings, Montana. Since cutting his teeth at a renowned school for the arts in Shreveport, Louisiana, he has studied piano performance at MSU and at the Jazz School in Berkeley, Calif.

His recent “Ghost Flow” mixtape was well received and included a diverse artist lineup including Merky Ace from the London grime scene and Honey Cocaine, a prominent Toronto female emcee, as well as Oakland's own Nittlz and TBM. Outside the studio, Drunken Monk has performed his music acoustically and likes to blend genres such as blues, house, trip hop and jazz into hybrid sounds. Though he has maintained what he calls “a low-key performance schedule in the Bay Area” over the last few years, Monk is planning to tour extensively in 2016 to bring his recent creations to fans near and far.

“Flippin I$h” by Drunken Monk feat. Hurricane Chris, Lil C The Hitman is available online worldwide beginning 25 June 2016.

-S. McCauley
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Trombonist Efe Erdem releases 'First Kiss' EP


The virtuoso trombonist known internationally as Efe Erdem has released his new EP album, “First Kiss.” The album has been proudly published on the RDM Records independent music label without the direction or influence of the corporate music industry. Groovy, jazzy, and full of funk and rhythm 'n' blues, “First Kiss” is a startling introduction to this intuitive brass player from Turkey.

Efe Erdem cites as main artistic influences James Brown, Maceo Parker, Johnny Guitar Watson, Nils Landgren, Roy Hargrove, and Quincy Jones. His own sound moves on the fringe, blending elements of genres into something all his own, much like the post-bop creativity of Herbie Hancock. His style is off-the-cuff and unpredictable, reminiscent of Trombone Shorty, seemingly inspired at the moment he takes up his instrument. The result is a versatile trombonist with an uncommon flair who can sit in with any crew of players and hold his own, and then proceed to surprise and delight music fans.

Playing music which reflects his own unique personality is a key part of Efe Erdem's performance both onstage and in the studio. It is a principle he wholeheartedly believes in.

“Not going along with what is expected of one,” he writes, “is automatically the only and best way to go about the task at hand.”

Schooled in music at Turkey's renowned Hacettepe Conservatory in Ankara, Erdem has been playing in orchestras and groups since his early teens. By 15 he had already played improvisational jazz in concert halls and theaters. In 2008 he moved to Rotterdam, Netherlands, to continue his studies at Codarts Conservatory as a student of noted alums Bart van Lier and Ilja Reingoud. He graduated in 2012.

“I grew up in a very dance and musically dynamic place with my parents both being traditional dancers,” writes Efe Erdem. “I realised from an early age that I did not choose music; music chose me!”

A much sought-after trombonist, Erdem has performed with Marcus Miller, Benny Golson, Tony Allen, Snarky Puppy members, Roy Hargrove, Bilal, and Robert Glasper among many, many others. He is a member of the Re:Freshed Orchestra, a 16-man orchestra with a rhythm section, horn section and string section. He recently recorded an album with popular singer and composer Frank McComb, and is slated to tour the Netherlands' own Doe Maar band (The Dutch Beatles) this year.

He has performed all over the world, in locales as disparate as Europe, South Africa and Indonesia.

“First Kiss” by Efe Erdem is available online worldwide at over 700 digital music stores beginning 26 June 2016. Get in early, brass fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley
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Folk-rock group Desert Sparrow releases new EP 'City of Dreams'


The Los Angeles folk-rock group known as Desert Sparrow have released their latest EP, “City of Dreams.” The album contains three original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release outside the direction of the corporate music industry. Sonorous, rural, and with roots wrapped deep in the rock 'n' roll tradition, “City of Dreams” from Desert Sparrow is an EP sure to resonate with fans of many music genres.

Hailing originally from Sydney, Australia, Desert Sparrow cite as main artistic influences '60s rock, folk music, spaghetti westerns, and surf rock. The resulting amalgam is a rhythmic, highly narrative experience which paints images of solitude and hardship, independence and perseverance on backgrounds of hardpan deserts and windswept plains. Their sound often recalls moments from groups like Fleetwood Mac, Kings of Leon, and Angus & Julia Stone.

Desert Sparrow write that their new album chiefly describes “Moving to the big city to follow your dreams and the hardships that follow.” They also note that it's about “accepting change, walking away from the bad and embracing the good,” as well as “cutting ties with old friends, moving forward, and taking risks.”

Desert Sparrow are Kylie Adams and Dave Carreno. Also appearing on their new record is guitarist Robo Hryn. Their “City of Dreams” EP is preceded by their 2014 EP, “Leave this Town,” the popularity of which preempted the group's move from Australia to Los Angeles.

Desert Sparrow's self-produced EP was engineered at Station House Studio in Echo Park, CA by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Shooter Jennings) and mastered at Sterling Sound, NY by Greg Calbi (Tame Impala, The War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards). It features cover art and photography by Ian Maddox.

“City of Dreams” by Desert Sparrow is available at over 700 music stores online worldwide beginning 24 June 2016.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Fado musician Cathy Pimentel releases new EP 'Fado Coimbra Live'


The artist of Portuguese Fado music known as Cathy Pimentel has released her latest official EP album, “Fado Coimbra Live.” The EP has been long awaited by fans of the Portuguese-Canadian singer, who has been called “the ambassador of Fado in Canada,” “the incomparable voice of Fado,” “a true and complete artist,” “the best kept secret in Montreal” and “the voice of the soul.” Her “Fado Coimbra Live” EP is expected to drop worldwide 9 June 2016.

Pimentel cites as main artistic influences Amalia Rodrigues, Mariza, Ana Moura, Luis Goes, Camane, Enya, Dalida, Maria Callas, Mizia, Dulce Pontes, Diego El Cigala, Cesaria Evora, and others. She has been singing in the traditional Portuguese Fado style since 2012. Since then she has performed over 100 shows in Canada, the United States, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, and is scheduled to bring her inimitable sound to Brazil in August, 2016.

One music journalist writes of Cathy Pimentel, “She sees paradise and sings for those who do not see.”

Pimentel's own take on the Fado mode of music takes its root rhythms and melodies and stirs in elements of classical music and opera. When singing Fado she often accompanies herself on guitar or piano. She is frequently chosen to represent Fado internationally, including a performance on Canada's ARTV channel, in the Festival Nuits d'Afrique (Nights of Africa Festival), in the International Festival of Montreal Portugal, and during a ceremony organized for the finance ministers of Quebec and Ontario in 2014.

Cathy Pimentel's 2014 album “Fado Horizonte” has been a success with French and Portuguese media in Quebec on ICI Radio-Canada, CBC, and CIBL, having stayed on the charts for weeks, reaching No. 1 in April 2014 in the world music category. She has been the focus of over 40 music articles.

“Fado Coimbra Live” was performed in concert with renowned musicians from Coimbra, Portugal and Montreal, Quebec. It was organized by the LUSOBEC foundation to promote the beauty of the Portuguese Fado and culture. Pimentel's own Coimbra Fado is particularly unique, as the Coimbra is generally performed by male singers. She has performed it for audiences of thousands since the opening of the show on 6 May 2015.

“Fado is the music of the people, of suffering, of lost love, and emotional tearing,” one journalist wrote in a press release for Pimentel's 2013 record. “[Fado is] the music of everyday stories that we can all relate to.”

“Fado Coimbra Live” by Cathy Pimentel is available beginning 9 June 2016 at more than 700 digital music retailers online worldwide. Fans of Latin, Portuguese, classical, and other great music styles in general should definitely give a listen.

-S. McCauley
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Monday, June 20, 2016

The Infinite MC releases new video 'Never Hurt Me Soul'


The rapper and hip hop producer known as the Infinite MC has released his latest official video, “Never Hurt Me Soul.” The track has been proudly published on the Infinite Records independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. It is the title track of his latest EP album, “Never Hurt Me Soul One Man Revolution.” An animated representation of the themes and struggles featured in his music, “Never Hurt Me Soul” by the Infinite MC is proof that this Egyptian-American rapper is more than just an entertainer. He's a revolutionary.

Separating the Infinite MC from the largest portion of rap musicians is his lyric content. Lines written and performed by Infinite are as notable for what he puts in as they are for what he keeps out.

“When I was seven years old I heard Will Smith,” writes the Infinite MC. “Realizing that rap could be positive without explicit content or demoralizing lyrics, I decided to become a rapper myself. I had a natural talent for free styling. Singing was my original passion, but the rhyme patterns of hip hop fascinated me. I noticed the potential for verbose lyrics with deep meaning.”

Profundity is at the heart of everything the Infinite MC releases, and his new “Never Hurt Me Soul” video is the latest example of this.

“The song was inspired by the first year of the Egyptian Revolution I experienced in Alexandria, Egypt,” he writes. “I started writing the song on the one-year anniversary of the start of the revolution. The cartoon I made is a metaphor for all the assassins revolutionists have faced throughout history.”

Starring in the animated hip hop video, naturally, is Infinite, himself.

“The main character was how I imagined a visual representation of the Infinite MC would look like. Named Neōterikós, I battle assassins that would stop a world revolution. The name is the Greek origin for neo and neoteric, the word I use for my genre of music.”

Loyal fans of the Infinite MC will not be surprised to learn that anti-war sentiments are the reason for “Never Hurt Me Soul” both lyrically and visually. As the artist puts it himself:

“The point of the video is that peace is the real goal of revolution.”
“Never Hurt Me Soul” by the Infinite MC is available for viewing online worldwide now (link provided below).

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Gunz Desperado & MJ Hill release new single 'All Good Now' ft. Three Dee


The music artists known as Gunz Desperado and MJ Hill have released their latest hip hop single, “All Good Now.” The track features the talents of Three Dee and has been proudly published on the 3DMusiQ independent record label outside the control of the corporate music industry. Blending old-school groove with razor-sharp modern production and smart aggression on the mic, “All Good Now” by Gunz Desperado and MJ Hill feat. Three Dee is the rap fan's best bet for kicking off summer 2016.

Gunz Desperado, MJ Hill and Three Dee cite as main artistic influences for “All Good Now” James Brown, Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Prince, Roger Troutman, and Dr. Dre. As this top-quality list indicates, “All Good Now” is a single which comes from musicians who know what a solid rhythm and flowing rhyme can do for the soul.

Asked to describe the theme of “All Good Now,” the artists write simply that it “reflects on trying to be happy after all.”

An official video for “All Good Now” has also been released and is available for viewing online (link provided below).

DJ and producer Three Dee (aka Marcel Koops) was born and raised in the south Netherlands. The son of a talented musician and radio personality, Three Dee has been involved in music production since the age of 11. He is a graduate of the Netherlands Conservatorium where he studied classic piano and electric organ and obtained his degree. He has a background in many genres, including RnB, hip hop, jazz, funk, soul, pop, reggae and dancehall.

Three Dee toured Europe as Triple D for more than two decades before relocating to the United States, then co-founded the 3DMusiQ indie label upon his return to Europe in 2012. He has made remixes for the likes of Usher, P Diddy, Samantha Mumba, Kevin Lyttle, Bushido, Eko Fresh, Dr Alban, and TQ, as well as having worked with Public Announcement, Wayne Wonder, Leftside, Million Stylez, Kay One, and Elisha La'Verne.

“All Good Now” by Gunz Desperado and MJ Hill feat. Three Dee is available online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer
www.MondoTunes.com

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