Monday, October 20, 2014

The W91 release new single 'The Sun Still Shines'

The music duo known as the W91 have released their latest official single, “The Sun Still Shines.” The single is the debut selection to be showcased from their upcoming record, the title and release date of which will be announced in the months to come. Tinted with the classy, stylish pop gloss of the 1960s, “The Sun Still Shines” is a track fans of any genre of music can get behind.

The W91 cite as main musical influences a broad swath of artists from various categories, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Elton John, Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio de Andrè, and George Brassens. But music by the W91 is concerned with more than mere sound, their lyrics having inspirational roots in the poetry of Charles Baudelaire and Walt Whitman, as well as in the stories of Ernest Hemingway.

The tone and feel of the W91's “The Sun Still Shines” is sure to please fans of contemporary bands such as Air and Phoenix, and especially aficionados preferring pop singers and songwriters of the twentieth century, like Astrud Gilberto, Francoise Hardy, and Serge Gainsbourg.

Music fans who appreciate pleasingly complex textures in themes, meanings and messages are perhaps most likely of all to find what they're looking for in “The Sun Still Shines.”

Speaking of their creative aims with their music, the W91 write:

“The W91 is a duo born in 2006 to carry on the 'Memories from '900' project, an album on the tragedies of the last century, focusing on some historical episodes like D-day, witnessed through the eyes of men who were part of them. It took some years to define the stories; the stories are some kind of little novels, and all the particulars are real. We recorded even the seaside waves at Omaha Beach, Normandy, on an evening in Summer 2011.”

Half of the W91, Massimo, began his music career as a bassist in the 1990s before leaving pop music to play classical guitar for more than a decade.

“I played as classic guitarist in theatres [pieces such as] Antonio Vivaldi's 'Concert in D-Dur for guitar and Orchestra,' and some of Johann Sebastian Bach's Suites – 1001 and cello suites.”

The other half of the W91 is Jacqueline, who takes her name in memory of the beloved Jaqueline du Pre.

“I needed a voice from the past,” explains Massimo, “warm and sad at the same time, a voice able to live and love the stories while singing them, able to make each single word meaningful to the listener.”

Jacqueline's clear, clarion, crystalline vocals stand out as one of the single's chief charms. Alongside her remarkable singing, the singular studio production of the single is also noteworthy.

Massimo writes of this, “And then I needed a particular vintage sound: so I asked Simon Heyworth (Tubular Bells, King Crimson) to master the songs using only tapes, to have as analog a tone as possible.”

The following is a partial explanation of the core meaning of “The Sun Still Shines,” provided by the W91 themselves. “The Sun Still Shines” by the W91 is available online worldwide.

From Massimo of the W91: “'The Sun Still Shines' is a phrase that Sophie Scholl, a member of the 'White Rose' said before she died, sentenced to death by Nazi regime at the age of 22, guilty of spreading information on the real conditions German soldiers were facing on the Russian front. This song is about the peaceful opposition to the regime.

“All this work carries one message: if we are able to remember and to bring our conscience deeply through the tragedy of the past, we can find the hope and the strength to build a better tomorrow, remembering the men who gave out their lives allowing this. The album has been written to leave a testimonial for the young generations, a message of peace and sharing of history as 'magistra vitae' [the teacher of life].”

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Meninx releases new single, 'Breathe'

The rapper, singer and songwriter known as Meninx has released his latest single, “Breathe.” The track has been proudly published as an independent release entirely without financial support from the corporate music industry. Classy, shadowy, stunning and emotionally fecund, “Breathe” is a high-impact track which deserves the avid attention of music fans across the genres.

Meninx cites as main artistic influences masters of sound from virtually every corner of listening.

“I love all kinds music,” he writes. “If it connects, I will continue to listen. As far as influences go, growing up it was Tupac, Nirvana, Chino XL, Evanescence, Wu Tang, Tech n9ne, Eleni Karaindrou, Rakim, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, DMX, Linkin park, BBD, Bobby Brown, Boyz to Men, James Horner, Harry Gregson-Williams.”

Everything written and performed by Meninx is as passionately intense as it is intellectually stimulating. In fact, the very stage name, 'Meninx' is shared with the Greek word which means the membrane which covers the human brain and brain stem, itself. Inside the razor-sharp rhythm with which Meninx raps, a towering wit amuses and even educates. The performer slides vocabulary through his mic with deft aplomb, making words like 'phrenology' seem commonplace and cool as ice.

While this cerebral tack has been slightly explored in the rap genre by artists like the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy and KRS-One, it remains vastly atypical. It's less counter-intuitive considering Meninx's lyric history, however.

“I used to write poetry,” he explains. “Things progressed on from there.”

Meninx has described the message of his new single thus: “'Breathe' is about feeling trapped in a situation and wanting to scream to release the tension.”

The artist's official bio, which colors him in clever language not unlike that of his songs, reads in part:

“A departure from the bubblegum rhetoric of your archetypal modern 'MC,' when listening to Meninx, you're more likely to have parts of your brain you never knew you had stimulated, than to be made to feel like Scarface sitting in the bath surrounded by piles of cocaine and guns.”

This cultural difference cannot be overstated.

“Is this conscious rap, alternative or something else?” the bio continues. “Should he be onstage holding a mic with Jay Z, or onstage holding a mic announcing bingo numbers? We will let the music speak for itself and you can decide.”

Meninx has a pending patent on his own line of headphones. He first garnered airplay on public radio on the “BBC Essex Introducing” show.

Regarding this last, he writes, “It's a start, and it's good to see that half-a-rainforest's worth of paper used writing letters asking for spins wasn't completely wasted. Here's to the beginning of something special ... hopefully.”

“Breathe” by Meninx is available online worldwide. Get in early. Very early.

-S. McCauley
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Christian K. releases new gospel LP 'Complete in You'

The singer and songwriter known as Christian K. has released his latest LP record, “Complete in You.” The album is composed of 14 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of over one full hour. It has been proudly published on the Loveworld Records independent music label, entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Loveworld Records is a popular gospel music entity known for producing albums by such names as Ada, Sinach, JoePraize, Lyke Onka, and Raph Femi Daniels. Soulful, heartfelt, exultant and exalting of the Christian God, “Complete in You” by Christian K. is a collection of gospel ballads that is sure to support the spirits of faithful listeners the world over.

The “Complete in You” LP has been wholly composed and written by Christian K., who also provides masterful lead vocals for each of the 14 tracks. An encompassing album with nearly twice the amount of content delivered on a usual long-playing record, “Complete in You” brings a round introduction for unacquainted Christian listeners to this startlingly talented songwriter and performer. It is commonly cataloged as gospel, Christian contemporary and/or adult contemporary music. Fans of Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman will be enthusiastic upon hearing “Complete in You” by Christian K.

Loveworld Records, which is based in the United Kingdom, describes “Complete in You” as, “A music album that will bless your life in a tremendous way, containing songs for every season which will enable you to worship and praise the Lord as you contemplate his greatness through these songs.”

Loveworld Records in renowned for their international scope in terms of talent and attention to music-oriented locales. With tones and moods across the sonic spectrum, “Complete in You” is as multicultural as the label which published it, and thereby also contains music in the French and Italian languages.

“Complete in You” by Christian K. is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
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Dria releases new EP 'Turn It Up'

The singer and performer known as Dria has released her latest EP, “Turn It Up.” The track has been published on the 4-Sight Entertainment music label, originally famous for inspiring records by such popular names as Jermaine Dupree, YMCMB (Cash Money), Master P., and for beginning the career of such artists as Usher. In addition to the considerable talents of Dria, the track features performances by Lil Jose, Jeff Foxx, and M.C. A.D.E. Upbeat, full of bass and groove, and above all, powerfully fun, “Turn It Up” by Dria is one of the most intriguing new hip-hop tracks to appear in recent years.

Dria cites as main artistic influences such legends as Drake, Missy Elliot, Wale, Lauryn Hill, and M.C. A.D.E., himself, who in addition to performing on the EP also happens to be Dria's own father, son of 4-Sight Ent. founder Billy Hines. Dria's sound on “Turn It Up” is natural, heavy-hitting and full of youthful verve, everything fans of southern hip hop can want in a party track.

Speaking of the message of her new EP, Dria writes, “That everyone goes through life's trials and tribulations, ups and downs, but no matter what you have been through (or maybe still going through) just know that as long as you have breath in your body, you can make your mark in life; hence, Dria can still color the world.”

This is the optimism and joyful strength with which listeners are first confronted upon hearing the record. It is lighthearted, uplifting, action-packed and explosively creative. Unlike much of the hurried and dispassionate urban productions which are pushed out the factory door today, “Turn It Up” is a modern masterpiece and reminder of the big, big sound which made hip hop a notable genre to begin with more than 30 years ago.

Particularly notable regarding the release of Dria's “Turn It Up” is the involvement of Dria's father, M.C. A.D.E. (M.C. Adrian Does Everything). Commonly credited as the innovator of Miami bass music, his 1985 single, “Bass Rock Express” is typically considered the first example of the popular style. Scores of Miami-bass tracks have been produced since that time, each of them borrowing from the original track by M.C. A.D.E. The sudden, unannounced resurfacing of M.C. A.D.E. has made a media ripple through hip-hop radio stations across America, giving “Turn It Up” much well-deserved attention.

“Turn It Up” by Dria is available online worldwide. Get in early, hip-hop fans.

-S. McCauley
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bubba Groove releases debut EP 'Music for the Average Hillbilly'

The singer and songwriter known as Bubba Groove has released his debut EP record, “Music for the Average Hillbilly.” The EP is composed of six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 25 minutes, making for a round introduction to this hitherto undiscovered entertainer from Springfield, Missouri. It has been proudly published on the Blackwater Productions independent record label entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Homegrown and heartfelt, earnest and free-spirited, “Music for the Average Hillbilly” by Bubba Groove is exactly what it purports to be, as well as a wonderful collection of songs for the average everyone.

Bubba Groove cites as main artistic influences such legends of the country-western sound as Junior Browne, Marty Robbins and Roy Clark, as well as rockers and rockabillies such as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, and Roy Orbison.

Groove's EP cleaves mostly to the former style, building on solid songwriting with natural, American narratives and filling itself out with well-orchestrated strings, classic electric guitars, and a balanced dose of synthesizer chords. A healthy presence of rock 'n' roll is felt throughout, also, and the closing track, “When Angels Fall,” is a sonorous ballad which brings the record to a thoughtful, mellow conclusion.

Speaking of his start in music, Bubba Groove writes, “In the 1960s, every young boy wanted to start his own garage band a be a rock star. I was no exception. At fourteen, I picked up a flat-top guitar and started pounding on it!”

Groove explains that though he had instrumental chops enough to make music as a younger man, he had nothing to write about, being too green yet to have anything much to say.

“I had not lived enough life to write about it,” Groove relates. “The songs in my album, 'Music for the Average Hillbilly,' tell stories of life. Some are sad, others I hope bring laughter to the listener, but all are always told through the joy of music.”

Bubba Groove had graduated to playing live at bars around town by the age of 22, but rearing children and supporting his family put his music career on the back burner.

“I never took music seriously,” he writes. “I was too busy getting on with life, marriage and raising kids, and holding down a steady job.”

Little did he suspect that while he was preoccupied with real life, he was also socking away the stories and meditations which would later become “Music for the Average Hillbilly.”

“Providing for my family through recessions and economy ups and downs took all my time and energy. Family has, and always will, take first place in my life. But, at last I am in a place in life where I can return to my first love, making music. Please enjoy the music my efforts have created for you, the listener.”

Groove's bio on his official website (link provided below) gives this final benediction:

“And no matter what else you do in life, be good to God's children. Sincerely, God bless to all – Bubba Groove.”

“Music for the Average Hillbilly” by Bubba Groove is available online worldwide. Fans of the legitimate American sound should get in early.

-S. McCauley
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DarkFromDayOne release new single 'All I Can Say'

The rock crew known as DarkFromDayOne have released their latest single, “All I Can Say.” The track is the first glimpse of their upcoming full-length sophomore album, “Love Without Pain,” due to drop in fall of 2014. It is their most significant official release since their debut LP, “The Fire Within,” appeared on digital shelves around the globe in 2012. Arresting, throttling, and charged with adrenaline, emotion and aggression, “All I Can Say” by DarkFromDayOne is vicious alt- rock for this brutally modern era.

DarkFromDayOne cite as main artistic influences a slew of seminal and innovative bands from the alternative music canon, including Nirvana, Tool, P.O.D., and Korn, into which base they stir attributes of more traditional metal makers, such as Pantera, Metallica and Black Sabbath. This results in a sonic alloy which is both melodic and chunky, guided by epic songwriting characterized by sweeping bridges and towering crescendos, measurable in terms of impact on the Richter scale.

Speaking of the messages their single and upcoming second LP may have in store for fans and new listeners, DarkFromDayOne guitarist Red Beard writes, “Our mission and message is to invoke hope and love into your soul, body, and spirit through our music. In essence, to connect and share life together, reaching for happiness.”

The name of the band further signifies their inherent compassion for humanity at large. Their official bio begins with a short manifesto which reads, “In the beginning, we are born unto this earth innocent, not knowing the pressure of stress, nor the evils that humanity is capable of. We just know to embrace life. Our hope is that life will never be anything short of extraordinary. Therefore, we are in the dark from day one.”

Originally formed in Russellville, AR in 2006, DarkFromDayOne currently hails from nearby Knoxville. They have performed with such bands as Korn, Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Static-X, Bury Your Dead, Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Three Days Grace, Avenged Sevenfold, and many more. Their debut single, “New Addiction” can be purchased for download on the Rockband Network for Xbox 360. They have consistently topped charts over such acts as Korn and Lamb of God across North America. Their new single, “All I Can Say,” first debuted on July 8th on iHeart Radio and Arkansas' KDJE 100.3 Fm, the Edge.

“All I Can Say” by DarkFromDayOne is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

South Maine releases new single 'Salute'

The rapper and songwriter known as South Maine has released his latest single, “Salute.” The track has been published on the Indie Music Factory independent record label, under which umbrella such acts as Sina, Cell Spitfire, Treasured Peace and others have gained widespread popularity. A pounding urban anthem with a booming back beat, galvanized by electrifying lines and rhymes, “Salute” is the latest sign that rapper South Maine and the Indie Music Factory label are names to watch in the 21st century.

South Maine cites as main artistic influences T.I., Ludacris, Jay-Z, Nas, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., and Andre 3000 (formerly of OutKast). His signature, in-your-face delivery is directly in the spotlight on “Salute,” each chorus bringing the rap fan to the foot of the stage with South Maine as if he were performing live in the listener's room. This explosive, powerful, sonic undertow is a palpable quality of South Maine's, and one which fans of the genuine urban-American sound are sure to feel as soon as the track begins.

Speaking of the lyrical content of his new single, South Maine writes, “It doesn't matter where you come from. If it's something you want to do in life, go after it. Prime example, I'm from Arkansas and people tell me everyday nothing will ever happen for me.”

Proving these naysayers wrong is a daily event for South Maine, whose “Salute” has been climbing online charts since its appearance on October 8th.

“South Maine is a rare talent and we are excited about introducing that rare talent to the world,” Indie Music Factory's business-affairs manager, Knowledge Stevens, told GTN News in Gainesville, FL.

Having been performing rap music since the young age of 12, South Maine is both a born natural and a practiced veteran of the sound.

“Music is my life so I’m-a live it,” he told GTN News. “This journey began with being able to write in ways that catch the ear. Seeing the power of word play, I began to structure poems and love letters into what I then-thought was real music.”

Fans of South Maine and of rap in general can look forward to a healthy dose of honesty from the up-and-coming artist.

“My inspiration comes from truth and life experiences,” he said, “so I vow to forever give you me.”

“Salute” by South Maine is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley
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