Thursday, January 18, 2018

Mr. Stress One releases new LP 'Sawed Off Kartel'


The rapper, songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Mr. Stress One has released his latest rap LP, “Sawed Off Kartel.” The full-length album contains no fewer than 21 tracks for an approximate total listening time of an hour and 20 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Sawed Off Kartel independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Original, gangsta, and packed with the boom-bap the fans have come to expect from the crew, “Sawed Off Kartel” stands as evidence that Mr. Stress One is a force of hip hop to be reckoned with.

Mr. Stress 1 Sawed Off cites as influences Chicano rap music, albums from the Sawed Off Records and Low Profile Records labels, Mr. Shadow, Mr. Sancho, Little Rob, West Coast, funk, and oldies music. Music from Mr. Stress 1, himself, stands on heavy base lines with unique hooks on top of solid rhythms.

“Originally Sawed Off Records started over 20 years ago here in San Diego,” he writes. “It had some of the most talented artists in the Chicano rap game back then. Today they are all music legends and true stars in the game!”

Since that time, Stress 1 has steadily kept the Number-One ranking at ReverbNation in the Latin genre for the entire San Diego area. Considering SD is California's second-biggest city at nearly twice the size of San Francisco, that's a gigantic accomplishment.

Speaking of the themes of his music, Mr. Stress 1 says: “Usually people rap about the physical things they have, not about the character they have. They don't talk about how they've conquered and persevered, and made non-believers believe in the craft. Game recognizes game and game recognizes lame – so you cant get away with that certain places...”

Stress 1 has expressed pride in the melodies and instrumentals produced by himself and the other Sawed Off Records producers, describing them as bearing “rap, funk, or oldies sounds with west-coast feels.”

Regarding signing with major labels like UMG and his decision to continue producing as an independent artist, Stress 1 had this to say:

“I have always been an independent artist. Also recruited into representing sawed off records as a free agent in 2015. Due to his presence online recognition and of performing local shows. It related to the same genre as Sawed off Records from the '90s, that's when I was ready to finally know that I was ready to release good quality of music. To stay loyal to the name Sawed Off. I've built like family relationships like comrades, when I met tons of other talented artists around the world for doing it. Some came and left. I decided to stay independent again and be my own boss. So I kept "Sawed off Kartel" just so I don't have to sign with the record companies' labels. I also didn't feel signing with Universal Music Group was necessary since I have my own domains and online sites that may bring along some traffic to those who love the same genre!”

“Sawed Off Kartel” by Mr. Stress 1 is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer


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Friday, January 5, 2018

Indie crew Rock Bass release third studio album 'Like the Fish'


The indie-rock group from West Virginia known as Rock Bass have released their newest LP album, “Like the Fish.” It is the third official full length from Rock Bass in a repertoire also including “The Adventures of Space Dog,” “Garbles,” and the seasonal EP, “A Rock Bass Christmas.” Like its predecessors, “Like the Fish” has been proudly published on the Try Catch Records independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Warm, bright, grooving, and packed with the good humor fans have come to expect, “Like the Fish” proves Rock Bass is a name to watch in 2018 and beyond.

Morgantown's Rock Bass cite as main artistic influences Weezer, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Costello, and They Might Be Giants. Smooshing these groups together in the imagination arrives at a sonic likeness very close to the Rock Bass experience. They're fun, clever, danceable, and family-friendly while holding the interest of mature audiences with witty quips, pop-music hooks and undeniable melody lines.

Also adding to the allure of Rock Bass is an almost tangible music expertise running through “Like the Fish” and the rest of their recordings. Every note, beat, measure, harmony and lyric feels and sounds surgically precise, calibrated, balanced, deliberate almost to a fault but ultimately faultless. This makes sense. The band are no greenhorns.

“We have all been playing music since middle school,” writes singer, guitarist Canon Fazenbaker. “All four of us are now in our 30s.”

Nevertheless, Rock Bass – need it be said? Bass like the fish, not like the guitar – have only been together six years. Averaging slightly better than an official release every two years, they're an active crew with lots of creative energy yet to spend.

Asked to describe the themes and styles of their new record, Fazenbaker writes, “'Like the Fish' marks a return to our guitar-driven alternative rock roots. Our last album was more experimental. The main lyrical themes throughout the album focus on love, living in the moment, and moving past unexpected adversity.”

Rock Bass are Canon Fazenbaker (vocals / guitar), Kevin Poling (bass), Steve Yokum (drums), and Lee Dunn (guitar / vocals).

Rock Bass has been variously described as “classic indie rock,” “a genuine group” and “a band in motion.” They have also been called “a throwback to a time where thick reverb or booming production was not the goal of the music, a time when the instruments that carry the music and the musicians who carry the instruments were important.”

West Virginia's Rock Bass have been prominently featured on both WCLG and WOAFM99 radio, as well as on the popular WV Sound and Sonic-Smash Music blogs. Rock Bass also wrote and recorded the theme song for the alternative-rock Allegheny Mountain Radio program, Alternate Transmission.

“Like the Fish” from Rock Bass is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early, alt-rock and indie music fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer


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Friday, December 22, 2017

Freelancer releases new EP 'Embryo'


The artists of contemporary folk rock known as Freelancer have released their new EP album, “Embryo.” The record contains seven original Freelancer tracks and an outstanding cover of Red Hot Chili Peppers' “Don't Forget Me” for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Evocative, sonorous, and often beautiful to hear, “Embryo” by Freelancer proves that an acoustic band can summon enough power to compete with the most titanic heavyweights of rock music.

Freelancer cite as main artistic influences John Frusciante, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Radiohead. Their own style blends the moods and tones of Frusciante with those of Radiohead, then perform this invocation using only acoustic instruments, vocal harmonies and some pedals. Particularly worth mentioning is their startling cover of “Don't Forget Me” by the Chili Peppers, Track 6 on the EP.

“When I had no friends as a teenager I spent about three hours every night listening to John Frusciante's music,” writes Freelancer's Fabian Moor. “The emotional intensity I was given by it made me stay alive and awoke my desire to give that same intensity to other people.”

Freelancer themselves describe their new EP as containing “raw emotional intensity.”

“The lyrics and the way they are sung trigger pictures of life and death in the head of the listener,” they write. “Sometimes melancholic, sometimes desperate, but always intense.”

Freelancer's current official bio likens the band to “a penguin flying elegantly to the zoo. In a Plane. Dazed by the trance of their self-created sound-waves.”

Their new record has brought plenty of attention. One source says of their lyrics and vocals, “They sing about mashed potatoes, fertilized handkerchiefs and flying penguins. Sometimes they sing desperately. Sometimes they sing freely. Sometimes they don’t sing at all and create sounds you wouldn’t expect from acoustic instruments.”

“Embryo” from Freelancer becomes available at over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide beginning 29 December 2017, or order it directly from the band now (link provided below). Get in early, contemporary folk-rock fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Rapper Promise Chukwu releases new single 'Real Live Talk'


The singer, rapper and producer of hip hop music known as Promise Chukwu has released her latest official pop singlem “Real Live Talk.” The single has been proudly published on the I Promise MUSIC LLC independent record label without the support, endorsement or direction of the corporate music industry. “Real Live Talk” was produced by O.Givens. Honest, melodic, passionate, intimate, and packed with rhythm and groove, “Real Live Talk” proves that Promise Chukwu is a name to watch in 2018 and beyond.

Promise Chukwu cites as main artistic influences such legends as Ladyof Rage, Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, the Notorious B.I.G., and Kendrick Lamar, “to name a few.” Her own style blends attributes of Kendrick Lamar, particularly his use of narrative poetic devices, with those of singers like Queen Latifah and Erykah Badu, who often intersperse sung lines with rapped ones.

This makes sense for Promise Chukwu, who, like many great musicians around the globe, first began playing music at the keyboard.

“I played the piano when I was young,” writes Chukwu. “Around the age of eight.”

Asked to describe the overall themes and messages of her new single, she says only that it means to “stay focused on the mission.”

Focus does not seem to have ever been a problem for the young artist, though, who writes all her music personally and has done so for years. Born in Enugu, Nigeria, Promise Chukwu was raised in the United States of America and recorded her first original music at the age of 17, only two years from the time of this writing. Though many might say 17 is young for so much responsibility, Chukwu began managing a music studio in Greensboro, NC, TheHitFactoryDownTown.

In 2016 she booked her first live performance. Today, Promise Chukwu is a publisher with BMI and a respected audio engineer, as well as a talented, successful graphic designer.

“Real Live Talk” from Promise Chukwu is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer


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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Reggae artist George P releases new album 'The Ghetto Prezident'


The writer and performer of reggae music known as George P has released his latest official album, “The Ghetto Prezident.” The album has been proudly published on the Shines Production independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Aggressive, packed with spirit, and representing the truest form of the reggae tradition today, “The Ghetto Prezident” proves that George P is one of the most legitimate sources of the urban island sound for 2018 and beyond.

George P cites as main artistic influences only Mavado and Flexx, the two reggae artists whose bitter feud ended in 2015 with the announcement of a collaboration in the works. George P has a personal connection to Mavado and Flexx, who, in his own words, “encouraged and helped me in my craft.”

Asked to describe his major themes on “The Ghetto Prezident,” George P mentions “the struggles of ghetto youths in Kingston, Jamaica.” He also notes track Number 3, “Gone,” a particularly personal song which deals with the deaths of both his mother and his best friend.

George P hails from the volatile Grants Pen community in St. Andrew. His current official bio speaks of “violence happening around him every day” and “the constant barking of guns in his Fagan Avenue neighborhood.” It goes on to state: “George P avoided that life and persistently molded his craft as an artist, later teaming up with his childhood friends Natural, Savage and Flexx to form the Fagan Fraternity.”

In 2007, Richie Ramus produced an underground mixtape, “Art of War,” on which he pitted the Fagan Fraternity against the Vibes Kartel led Portmore Empire. The album showcased George P as a dancehall standout, giving his fan base the firm and burgeoning foundation on which he stands today. As of the time of this writing, George P has been a professional musician for more than seven years.

George P tracks can be found on the Shines Production, Estates Records, M1 and Down Sounds music labels. He has shared the stage with popular artists such as Busy Signal, Aidonia, Flexx, Movado and others. He has performed at Heineken Star Time, Movado Birthday Bash, community stage shows, High School Barbeques and twice at the Starfish Resort.

George P offers special thanks to Mavado and Flexx for their support, and also to Supa Hype, Kibaki, and the rest of the Fagan Fraternity.
“George P aims to become the next platinum-selling artist from Jamaica,” says a representative for George P. “The fortitude that he developed as a child growing up in the Grants Pen community is the driving force that will see him through the many challenges along that path.”

“The Ghetto Prezident” from George P is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers beginning New Year's Day, 2018. Get in early, reggae and dancehall fans.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer


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Rapper Sparkadiss releases new official single 'Never Gonna Give Up'


The rapper, songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Sparkadiss has released his latest official single, “Never Gonna Give Up” feat. BR. The pop single has been proudly published on the True Music, LLC independent record label without the support, inclusion or direction of the corporate music industry. Warm, upbeat, full of energy and bursting with bass-driven rhythm, “Never Gonna Give Up” showcases Sparkadiss as a creative and colorful MC for the 21st century.

Sparkadiss cites as chief artistic influences the Beastie Boys, Eminem, Jay Z, and the Fugees. His own sound and style on “Never Gonna Give Up” blends the funky, bluesy, gritty tones of the 1990s with an updated, contemporary mainstream flavor which will appeal to fans of hip hop young and old alike.

Asked to describe the overall themes of “Never Gonna Give Up” feat. BR, Sparkadiss writes simply and in capital letters, “NEVER GIVE UP HOPE.”

The Aspen-based musician has been variously described as mainly a “Colorado Music Producer and Artist,” but also “A Professional Athlete,” and “A Mountain Man.”

The current official bio of Sparkadiss paints him as something of a maverick, saying, “He Lives Life on the Edge, One Day At A Time...”

Sparkadiss has been called “The most underrated artist of all time, still relatively unknown as a household name.”

Live performances by Sparkadiss continue to keep his name at the front of the Colorado scene, however.

As one source puts it, “In the underground nightclub and hip hop scene, he holds it down, keeping the show lit and the crowd dancing! Night after night!”

“Never Gonna Give Up” from Sparkadiss and feat. BR is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Rapper King Mal releases new single and music video, 'Chicken Wing'


The rapper and producer of hip hop known as King Mal has released his latest single, “Chicken Wing.” It has been published with an accompanying official music video available for viewing at the King Mal official website (link provided below). Both the single and the video have been proudly published as independent releases without the direction of the corporate music industry. Real, grooving, and even funny at times, the “Chicken Wing” video and single by King Mal showcase the emcee skills of one of Buffalo, New York's most creative artists.

King Mal is a hip hop performer with connections to nearly every corner of hip hop culture. His music takes elements of pop, dance, old-school, and even gangsta culture and creates a blend that speaks to anyone and everyone, no matter what their persuasion. “Chicken Wing” is a positive, upbeat track with a warm spirit that makes it attractive to fans of any music genre.

“My music message from an artist's point is that of freedom, fun, partying and being yourself,” writes King Mal. “I want my listeners to feel a good all-around vibe when they hear my music.”

Mal achieves this goal partially by following in the footsteps of pop stars who have done it before him.

“My all-time favorite is Chris Brown,” Mal says. “He's a big influence and someone I kind of see myself going in the same direction as.”

In addition to a solid back beat and the lines and rhymes of King Mal, the video edited by Formula 716 also introduces the innovative and infectious chicken wing step. It provides the connection to hip hop dance that makes up so much of King Mal's stage performance.

“I was always a dancer and loved performing,” Mal says of his start in music. “I love the way good music can make you feel, move, and want to dance, so being that most of my friends were rappers, I decided to give it a shot myself and try something new.”

“Chicken Wing” from King Mal is available from over 600 quality digital retailers online worldwide beginning 15 December 2017.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer


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