Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rock duo Monsanto/Nickoloff releases debut single 'Without You'


The two-man team of rock music known as Monsanto/Nickoloff has released their debut single, “Without You.” The track has been proudly published as an independent record release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Grooving, rolling, and featuring the skills and talents of two true American veterans of rock, “Without You” is a track which will put Monsanto/Nickoloff on the map across the USA and beyond.

Monsanto/Nickoloff are Reg Monsanto and John Nickoloff. They cite as main artistic influences Kiss, Journey, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Eagles, Def Leppard, “and many more.” The strength of the '80s rock sound which continues to distinguish groups like Jovi, Halen, Leppard, etc. is equally strong on Monsanto/Nickoloff's “Without You” debut single, and fans of these will enjoy it immensely.

Asked to describe the themes of the song, Monsanto/Nickoloff write, “Positivity and Hope. We believe that everything happens for a reason, and that something good always follows something bad.
We want for the listener to find the positive in the negative. It's there.”

Reg Monsanto and John Nickoloff are from New York and Indiana, respectively. They met in Daytona Beach, Florida in 1994 and formed a popular rock group at that time called RainLord. RainLord went on to release several records and receive national radio circulation. When the band went on extended hiatus, the two continued their collaboration.

“Without You” was co-written in 2016 and represents the first official fruit of their ongoing creative efforts.

“John and Reg are excited,” their current bio states, “about the prospect that this could lead to more of what they both love to do.”

“Without You” by Monsanto/Nickoloff is available online worldwide from over 700 quality digital music retailers now.

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

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rapper O Vee releases new EP album 'Hustle & Finesse'


The rapper and hip hop artist known as O Vee has released his latest EP album, “Hustle & Finesse.” The record comes complete with four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes. It has been proudly published on the B.O.S.S. Set Entertainment independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Distinguished by deep bass grooves, laid-back rhythms and rolling, direct vocal lines, “Hustle & Finesse” represents some of the best indie hip hop to be released in the last year.

O Vee cites as main artistic inspirations legends from every important scene in the United States, including Tupac Shakur, Tha Notorious BIG, Lil' Wayne, Gucci Mane, Eminem, and T Pain. As might be expected from a list like this, his own sound comes from a mix of rap geography. Originally from the Bronx area of New York City, O Vee was largely raised in West Palm Beach, Florida.

B.O.S.S. Set Ent. says of O Vee and his new record, “[His music has] a wide range of southern hip hop influence, as well as NY hip hop. Behind the boards, sonically, there is a twist to his mix. It's ironic that he does not sound like a southern artist, nor the average New York 'East Coast' type of rapper.”

The album, which officially dropped on Christmas Day, 2016, has been met with acclaim by music fans and other hip hop professionals, as well. Listening to any of the “Explicit Lyrics”-stamped tracks quickly reveals O Vee to be a maverick among hip hop performers, a songwriter who does things his own way.

O Vee was first exposed to music as a child by visiting his father in East Elmhurst, New York, who was collaborating with producers making beats. When he went south to live with his mother, he began writing for himself. He notes in his current official bio that he saw “the simple format of creating a record” and was “inspired by local artists on the scene, and bigger artists such as J-Kwon.”

“J-Kwon's record 'Tipsy' gave me the idea to give music a shot,” writes O Vee. “From that point, I began to study the rap game heavily.”

“Hustle & Finesse” by O Vee is available online worldwide from over 700 quality music retailers now.

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

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Singer Anthony Mayler releases EP 'Simply Loving U' and single 'True Love'


The singer and songwriter known as Anthony Mayler has released his latest EP album, “Simply Loving U,” and an official single, “True Love.” The EP contains five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. Both have been proudly published on the Mind Music Production independent record label. Graced with smooth grooves and a cosmopolitan style built firmly on the roots music tradition, “Simply Loving U” and “True Love” prove Anthony Mayler to be one of the most intriguing names in roots for 2017.

Jamaica's Anthony Mayler has cited as main artistic influences Wayne “Sleng Teng” Smith, Ed Robinson, Randy Crawford, Marcia Griffiths, Cynthia Schloss, Pam Hall, Denise Williams, Skeeter Davis, and Johnny Gill.

His own sound is a mix of old-school reggae with rhythm-n-blues mellowness crafted in the spirit of soul. Fans of reggae, rhythm-and-blues and traditional roots music will find much to appreciate in Mayler's smooth, affirming vocals and minimalist instrumentation. Guitar and bass recall those of the Wailers, while the brass employed is reminiscent of Toots and the Maytals. It's easy to tell from the cover art that these new Anthony Mayler releases have romantic themes, but their heartwarming sound will appeal to anyone.

Asked to comment on his artistic aims, Mayler writes, “Music is the great comforter for the Body, Mind, and Soul. Music can heal any ills of the human psyche.”

Regarding his new EP, “Simply Loving U,” and “True Love” single, he says, “Love conquers all obstacles. Love binds us together … Place joy and happiness on your bucket list and remember that God’s love and tender mercies will guide you through all your life’s experiences.”

Anthony Mayler's current official bio says that he “wants his fans to be resilient, to be able to bounce back from obstacles or disappointments. They must be able to enjoy life no matter what they've been dealt.” It also notes that “Anthony sings because he is happy and he sings because he is free,” and ends with a blessing for his fans: “May the joy and happiness of his music console you and keep you well.”

Mayler has performed with a broad variety of popular artists, such as Gyptian, Ed Robinson, Courtney Melody, Michael Palmer, Tristan Palmer, Jah Mason, Chronicle, UU Maddo to name a few. His recent live shows include international appearances such as Tanya Mulling’s Walk of Fame in Canada, the Tony Cobb Show in the USA, and the Prospect Park Community Show in the USA.

Mayler’s music has been described as “especially created to foster love and relationships. It tells the story of how failures and disappointments can be instrumental in shaping the character and the personality of the individual. His music will accentuate the spirituality of individuals and bind them with the commonality of one cultural experience.”

The “Simply Loving U” EP and “True Love” single from Mind Music Production records are available online worldwide from over 700 quality digital music retailers beginning 28 January 2016.

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

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Grammy-nominee Charlie Bereal releases gospel single 'You Are God'


The guitarist, singer and songwriter of gospel music known as Charlie Bereal has released his latest official single, “You Are God.” The track has been proudly published on the Bereal Entertainment and Productions independent record label without the direction or inclusion of the corporate music industry. Boasting rhythm and blues elements with notes of contemporary soul thrown in for good measure, “You Are God” by Charlie Bereal is a modern pop classic of gospel music for music fans everywhere.

Charlie Bereal cites as main artistic influences Marvin Gaye, and Sly and the Family Stone. His music makes it clear, however, that his main inspiration for writing, performing and producing music is in the Christian God. Bereal is lead guitarist and vocalist for the Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award winning gospel quartet, the Soul Seekers. He has described his songs as belonging to their own category he calls, “honest music.”

Bereal is a session guitarist in demand who has played on recordings such as “More than a Woman” (Aaliyah), “One Minute Man” (Missy Elliott), “Call Me I’ll Be Around” (Cee-Lo), “Love is Like Whoa” (Mya) and “Do What It Do” (Jamie Foxx), and others. He has performed live with acts like Jay Z, Ja Rule, P Diddy, Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Ashanti, Brandy, Mario, Tweet, Missy Elliott, Toni Braxton, Mary Mary, and many more.

Charlie Bereal's television appearances include the Tonight Show, Mad TV, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen DeGeneres, BET’s “Pepsi Smash,” the ESPY Awards, the Soul Train Music Awards, the Lady Of Soul Awards, the Grammy Awards, et cetera.

Asked to describe the theme of his new “You Are God” single, Bereal says it has a “positive message with truth that comes from the heart. It's food for thought.”

Charlie Bereal is a platinum-selling producer, musician, and singer/songwriter. He has been playing guitar since the age of nine. He performs in many genres, such as hip hop, R&B, soul, neo-soul, alternative, gospel, pop, urban adult contemporary, and rock.

“Music isn't something I do,” writes Charlie Bereal. “It's who I am.”

Bereal is sponsored by the Fender guitar company. He wrote and produced Tweet's 2016 album, which Rolling Stone pegged at #12 for the top records of the year. He has written and produced for Whitney Houston, Jamie Fox, Mary Mary, Chris Brown, Kelly Roland, and Mya. His debut solo record, currently untitled, is expected to drop before long.

“I love all types of music,” says Charlie Bereal. “I love epic-sounding music and you can hear that in my work. I love soul, and I love honesty in music, and that’s what my music is.”

“You Are God” by Charlie Bereal is available online worldwide from over 700 quality digital music retailers now.

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

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Experimental musician B.E.N releases new ambient LP 'Be Easy Now'


The bassist and producer of experimental music known as B.E.N has released his latest LP record, “Be Easy Now.” The album contains six original instrumental tracks for an approximate listening time nearing one hour. It has been proudly published on the Crooked Pants Publishing independent music label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Soothing, beautiful, and remarkable in its ability to carry the listener on bass lines alone, “Be Easy” is a mellow, mindful treatment of ambient music for 2017 and beyond.

Experimental music mastermind B.E.N has cited as main artistic influences Claude Debussy, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Bill Frisell, and Explosions in the Sky. While this distinguished roster colors him as a listener of much scope and perspective, the nods to Debussy and Eno have most in common with his “Be Easy Now” LP is concerned. Expansive, expressive and lush like the surface of an ocean, “Be Easy Now” is pleasant to hear in nearly every imaginable circumstance.

More than just ambient music, though, “Be Easy Now” is actually a work of meditation. Read from top to bottom, the track listings form a peaceful mantra not unlike those invoked by practitioners of yoga and Buddhism. They are, “Breathe In,” “Deep End,” “Be,” “Easy,” “Now,” and “Breathe Out.” Full-sounding yet minimalist in its composition, every sound on the LP was emitted from a bass guitar.

B.E.N's music has been described as, “the musical expression of regular, everyday life in a way that is completely irregular.”

His current official bio names him as Benjamin Ryan Williams, “a Texas-born, Atlanta-bred bassist with a penchant for combining his influences into a solo experimental musical style that is unlike any other.”

B.E.N has been a full-time musician since 2010, and has been performing and recording bass with folk icons, Indigo Girls, since 2012. He is also a first-call session player in Atlanta for top-shelf hip-hop producers such as DJ Burn One and DJ Toomp. B.E.N has stated that touring with a Grammy-winning folk group while recording with Grammy-winning hip hop acts helped him see “a common thread about harnessing the energy of originality through music: the rules are man-made.”

“B.E.N composes music with nods to folk, impressionism, and the avant-garde,” says the artist's official bio. “The music is entirely comprised of sounds from the bass guitar, exploring fresh and exciting boundaries for the instrument. With thoughtful harmony, odd song structures, and opaque timbres, listening to B.E.N's music is at times as similar to reading poetry as it is listening to a performance. Oddity made accessible … In a time when the music industry seems to have no rules, B.E.N has even less.”

“Be Easy Now” by B.E.N is available online worldwide beginning 28 January 2017. Get in early, ambient music fans.

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

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Rapper Dark Source releases LP album 'If Hip Hop Should Die...'


The hip hop artist known internationally as Dark Source has released his monumental full-length record, “If Hip Hop Should Die...” The album includes 15 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction or financial support of the corporate music industry. Mixing elements of old-school with sharp production and contemporary beats and melody lines, “If Hip Hop Should Die...” is an LP proving Dark Source to be one of the year's most intriguing artists.

Dark Source has cited as main artistic influences such legends of the mic as Tupac Shakur, Rachelle Ferrell, Micheal Jackson, Scarface, Master P, Nas, MC Breed and Dayton Family. His own lyric style blends highly narrative storytelling and urban poetry with an aggressive delivery. These are laid down over deep cuts and grooves which bring to mind the 808s and 909s of yesteryear. Fans of all hip hop scenes have something to look forward to in “If Hip Hop Should Die...”

Hailing originally from Michigan and residing now in Indiana, Dark Source is closest to the East Coast style of hip hop, but many elements of West Coast (and a few from Dirty South) rap are present in his work. He has been rapping and beatboxing since the age of six. He has been described as having “a unique style and the ability to learn fast, excellent with the lyrical content, voice, experience, consistency and patience.”

He has been performing live since 2003 and has been a member of the Gwapp City Gangstas in Grand Rapids, MI. He has recorded two albums and seven mixtapes available in more than 150 nations worldwide.

“I’m confident in my future all around Full Circle,” Dark Source writes, “because I’m determined with a lot of ambition.”

Asked to comment on his new “If Hip Hop Should Die...” album, he writes, “Adversity… Persistence… this is my story!”

“If Hip Hop Should Die...” by Dark Source is available online worldwide from more than 700 quality digital music retailers now.

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

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Yeshua Alexander releases hip hop single 'Dream' feat. Ne-Yo


The hip hop artist known as Yeshua Alexander (AKA “yA”) has released his latest official single, “Dream” feat. Ne-Yo. The track has been proudly published on the yA Music Group LLC independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Packed with boom bap and featuring top-shelf urban poetry from yA as well as white-hot vocals by Ne-Yo, “Dream” is a single which will turn the heads of hip hop fans in every underground scene.

Asked to cite some main artistic influences, yA balks, writing: “I do music in all genres. You can't just say I'm a rapper because one day I may feel like doing a country song, then the next day something pop, or R&B.”

This open-mindedness is present in “Dream” and results in a multifaceted, highly textured track with plenty of color and evocation.

“I love music from all over,” writes Yeshua Alexander. “I'm in tune with my soul and my emotions. I write and sing what I feel!”

Alexander's creative process isn't new to him, and in fact didn't necessarily begin with him. A man with music in his blood, he credits his dad with showing him the spark.

“I have been involved in music since the day I was born,” he writes. “My father who has passed away, as much as I can remember of him, he would always be singing, playing the guitar and piano around the house.”

But it's not just about family, he insists.

“Everyone I'm around is influencing the way I do music.”

Originally from Lincoln County, GA, Yeshua Alexander's most prominent album is “Evolution,” dropped in September of 2015. The LP features nearly an hour's worth of music in 15 original tracks. It has received radio circulation and plentiful accolades online, and continues to rack up fans going into 2017. He is rumored to have recorded eight albums and 50 solo singles ready to be released over the coming months.

Asked to comment on the theme of his new single, “Dream,” yA writes, “The message I want to send is this: enjoy life no matter how hard your situation may appear to be; try to live life to the fullest; live every day like there's no tomorrow!”

Yeshua Alexander's single, “Wait,” was created with Lil Uzi Vert, who was featured on the #1 Billboard single, “Bad and Boujee.” Another yA album, one inspired by his daughter, Nya, is titled “Concrete Rose” and due for release on 17 July 2017, Nya's birthday. Two more records, a pop album called “Coexist” and another hip-hop record, “Madness,” will drop on 3 March 2017.

“Dream” by Yeshua Alexander is available online worldwide from over 700 quality digital music retailers soon.

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

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