Monday, November 30, 2015

DJ Pad releases new LP 'Welcome Aboard'

The French DJ known around the world as DJ Pad has published his new full-length album, “Welcome Aboard.” Like Pad's previous releases, “Welcome Aboard” has been published independently on the 4000 Records label without the support of the corporate music industry. Also like earlier records from DJ Pad, “Welcome Aboard” boasts no fewer than 20 original titles for a grand total of over 100 minutes' worth of digital music, nearly three times the amount which denotes a full-length LP album.

A spectacularly creative EDM record with elements of house, deep house, post-trance, jungle, gabber, old-school techno and even a dash of rock 'n' roll, “Welcome Aboard” is perhaps the most inclusive and impressive album from Pad yet.

Since his first appearance on the global digital music stage in spring of 2014, DJ Pad has gained a reputation for being the most prolific composer of EDM currently producing music in France (perhaps in Europe overall and conceivably even across the entire world). With a rapidly growing repertoire that will almost certainly consist of more than 700 original songs by summer of 2016, “Welcome Aboard” is another milestone which proves that DJ Pad can create high-quality music at a rate far surpassing that of any other internationally known digital musician.

DJ Pad's albums change radically from one to the next, each having its own character and intended subgenre of electronic music. Pad has at one time or another cited as main musical inspirations such artists as ATB, Tiesto, Armin van Buren, Afrojack, Sebastian, Swedish House Mafia, Infected Mushrooms, Psycraft, Hallucinogen, Cosmic Gate, Atomic Cat, Angerfist, Hanz Zimmer, Mike Oldfield, and a great many more. He has been crafting his iconic brand of EDM since 2008 and shows no sign of slowing his remarkable creative pace.

The ability to write music across many categories is a rare talent. For DJ Pad, his musical skill extends even beyond digital music altogether, and in fact his creative roots are in traditional playing. He is an accomplished accordionist with nearly 20 years' experience.

A man of few words, DJ Pad has been quoted as saying he makes music to “share the craziness and the happiness of the songs’ beats, making listeners have a sudden urge to move their feet and forget all the worries of life.”

With more than 50 hours of music by DJ Pad since he began making digital music, the sonic world wouldn't be the same without him.

“Welcome Aboard” by DJ Pad is available online worldwide from 4000 Records. Go get a taste.

-S. McCauley
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pianist Roger Proctor releases new album 'Field'

The pianist and composer of solo contemporary classical music known internationally as Roger Proctor has released his new album, “Field.” The record contains 11 original instrumental songs for an approximate listening time of 25 minutes. It has been published as an independent release without the influence or support of the corporate music industry. Elegant, textured, and bearing a refreshing balance of melodic minimalism and tonal complexity, “Field” by Roger Proctor stands as a fine example of taste and excellence in modern classical piano.

UK-born Roger Proctor cites as personal favorites some of the world's most innovative and multifaceted composers, including Ludovico Einaudi, Yiruma, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, and Hans Zimmer. Proctor's own “Field” album explores the expressiveness of his piano without additional tracks, synthetic sounds, or instrumentation, however the record shows the influence of these titans in terms of emotional range and creative diversity.

Fans of piano not yet acquainted with the work of Roger Proctor will be enthusiastic to hear his innate sense of timing and natural flow. While a great deal of this stems from his initial composition, the execution of each song on “Field” suggests an intuitive connection with his music that cannot be transcribed with pen and ink.

Asked to comment on the overall themes of his new album, Proctor writes that it is “inspired by the landscapes of the Chiltern Hills close to where I live. The music is also dedicated to my young family and two of the tracks are lullabies for them.”

Roger Proctor's “Field” is preceded by his 2012 debut release, “Summit,” which received much media attention and which Proctor also dedicated to his family and bucolic homeland. In addition to live performances by Proctor, music from “Summit” received public radio airtime on the BBC.

Proctor has performed at well-loved venues like London's world-famous Jazz Cafe, and at locales such as Lucerne, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh, Strasbourg, Glasgow, and Oxford. His classical music training involves the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, music studies at Oxford University, and a focus on jazz piano at Goldsmiths University.

His work with the popular alternative-rock group, Holton's Opulent Oog, helped win the band great critical and fan acclaim for their 2008 LP, “The Problem of Knowledge” (9/10, New Musical Express) and for 2011's “Love in the Mist,” which was praised by widely circulated magazines like Uncut and Mojo.

“Field” by Roger Proctor is available online worldwide beginning 27 November 2015.

-S. McCauley
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Rapper Tru Born releases new single 'Pain Hurts'

The NYC rapper known as Tru Born has released his latest single track, “Pain Hurts” feat. Ermaine. The single has been concurrently published with two B-side bounce songs, “Somebody Lied” and “Da A Team (feat. Brooklyn Benny).” Each of these new Tru Born tracks have been proudly published on the Frank Perry Productions Music Publishing independent record label, outside the support and influence of the corporate music industry.

Bumping with bass, rattling with beats and showcasing the rhymes and lines of one of the East Coast's most aggressive urban poets, “Pain Hurts” by Tru Born is a sure sign that the birthplace of hip hop is still on top.

Tru Born cites as main artistic influences many titans of the old school. These include Michael Jackson, Kid 'n Play, the Fat Boys, Run-D.M.C., and even members of his family. His new “Pain Hurts” single has a legitimate connection to the King of Pop, in fact, in the form of its featured vocalist, Ermaine. Ermaine Coleman's unmistakable singing can be heard in the choruses to “Pain Hurts,” as well as in background vocals she recorded for Mary J. Blige and studio session work she did for Michael Jackson, himself.

Tru Born's “Pain Hurts” is preceded by his “Lyrical Minded” single, published in 2013, and by an EP, “All Me,” which arrived in 2011. Both remain available at online music stores for listening and purchase today,

Asked to comment on the themes of his new “Pain Hurts” single, Tru Born writes that the song is “an expression of what we experience in today's world.”

The rapper got his most significant introduction to the hip-hop stage while performing with the underground rap crew, Black Army, circa 1996.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support and for believing in me,” writes Tru Born, “and thanks to Frank Perry Productions Music Publishing for making it happen for me.”

“Pain Hurts” by Tru Born feat. Ermaine is available online worldwide beginning 26 November 2015 (Thanksgiving Day, United States).

-S. McCauley
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Rocker Cathy Richardson releases new single 'What I Am'

The rock singer known as Cathy Richardson has released her latest solo single, “What I Am.” The track is her most prominent solo release since 2006, an upbeat, catchy, incredibly empowering rock single with which fans of many music genres will identify and instantly love.

Richardson is perhaps best known for her work as front woman for Jefferson Starship, in which role she helped bring about the legendary band's first full-length record in over a decade, “Jefferson's Tree of Liberty,” in 2008. The year before saw Richardson singing lead for Janis Joplin's Big Brother and the Holding Co. alongside Joplin's original band members on the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary Tour.

“When Richardson pours her magnificent, flexible voice into one of Joplin's signature numbers,” says the San Francisco Chronicle, “the experience is more real than any live recording ever captured.”

Grammy nominee and four-time DIY Music Award winner Cathy Richardson has been called “the best female voice in rock today.” She has published no fewer than seven official releases with her universally loved group, the Cathy Richardson Band, the earliest record going back to 1993's “Moon, Not Banana.” Another project for which she sings, the Macrodots, has been steadily adding to their loyal fan base since their 2010 LP, “The Other Side.” The Macrodots' sophomore LP is expected to drop in coming months, also.

Michael Allison of the Global Muse calls Cathy Richardson “one of the most interesting and inspirational singer/songwriters that I've heard. This music is simply amazing and as off the wall and unpredictable as anything I could imagine.”

Richardson's new “What I Am” single has been turning the heads of audiophiles in every music genre since its appearance on 2 November worldwide. For this capital release Richardson signed to the popular Australian independent label, Chance MUSIC, which is rapidly gaining prominence at home and around the world.

Commenting on the themes of her new “What I Am” track, Richardson writes, “Like anyone, I struggle with insecurities, that push and pull of confidence and self doubt. Whether onstage or in daily life, for me, it's really about not being afraid to shine my brightest and own my awesomeness.”

The idea isn't about self-aggrandizement, however. Richardson's goal for her music is to make life warmer for everyone, everywhere.

“When you step into your greatness,” she says, “you elevate the vibration of the world around you. You literally make the world a better place. That's the message I would most like to instill in my kids, and when I hear them singing along to every word – and they don't even know what some of the words mean, yet – it brings a tear to my eye. In my dreams, people across the world are singing 'What I Am' as a love song to themselves.”

“What I Am” by Cathy Richardson from Chance MUSIC is available online worldwide. Get in early, music fans. Be sure also not to miss the official music video (link provided below).

-S. McCauley
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2R3D releases new electronic dance single “Escape” feat. Collin Morgenstern

The composer and producer of digital dance music known as 2R3D has released his new single, “Escape.” The track has been published as an independent release without the support or direction of the corporate music industry. In addition to the already considerable skills of 2R3D himself, “Escape” features the talents of Collin Morgenstern. Part ambient, part trance, part dance pop and with still more elements of electronica and EDM sewn into it, “Escape” is easily one of the most creative and unique singles to arrive for the winter 2015 season.

2R3D's “Escape” has been billed under various music genres, mainly indie dance and the relatively fresh nu disco category, but it will appeal to a much larger variety of music fans than only these. The track weighs in at a cool 90 bpm, less than 20 fewer than the average EDM single sold on Beatport, making it a relaxing single with an upbeat edge that manages to be surprisingly danceable in spite of its mellowness.

Nevertheless, many audiophiles are sure to appreciate 2R3D's “Escape” for its fascinating scope in terms of sonic texture and depth of tone. True to the artist's name, “Escape” is very three-dimensional and can be as immersive as the listener prefers to enjoy it. On the surface, excellently executed and innovative vocals are more than enough to hold one's attention for the duration of the single, but should one choose to listen beneath these, there are also waves, undercurrents and still subtler sounds moving down there, and these, too, can take the listener to seemingly countless faraway places, making the song's title likewise very apt.

2R3D was born and raised in Colorado. At 18 years old he is already a performing DJ of electronica and digital music with live shows at more than 20 venues under his belt, a number to which he is steadily adding. An avid student of music and sound, 2R3D is currently attending the Art of Audio recording school in Denver, CO, where he will graduate with degrees in electronic music production, music business, and audio engineering.

“Escape” by 2R3D feat. Collin Morgenstern is available online worldwide. Fans of nu disco, indie dance and electronic music shouldn't miss it.

-S. McCauley
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Nivelosky releases new dance single 'Suelta'

The singer and songwriter of dance and reggaeton music known internationally as Nivelosky has released his latest single, “Suelta.” The track has been proudly published on the Direct Supply Records independent music label. Upbeat, pulsing, full of ritmo Latino and Caribbean soul, “Suelta” is a dance track picking up speed in North, South and Central American nightclubs and beyond.

Nivelosky (often simply billed as Nivel) cites as main artistic influences fellow Puerto Rican reggaeton musicians such as Daddy Yankee and Yandle, as well as puertorriqueño rappers including popular Miami-born performer Pit Bull. Nivelosky's own sound takes some of the most effective traits of music by these artists and uses them to make the new, fresh style for which he has become known.

Asked to comment on the overall themes of his “Suelta” single, Nivel says that the idea is to “party, dance, to have good times and to let loose.” 'Suelta' means to let loose.

“Suelta” is not the first official release from Nivelosky to achieve global distribution. It is preceded by his seasonal reggaeton single, “A Reggaeton Christmas,” which appeared on Direct Supply Records' “That Time of Year” EP in 2013. His most prominent work before that was as a featured artist on Skee-lo's Grammy-nominated “Club Song” single one year earlier.

Nivelosky's “Suelta” is the first taste of the singer's upcoming album which will include it. Nivel's label, Direct Supply Records, calls it “full of well-articulated, fun, beat-driven Latin soul music that will leave you sweating and wanting more.” Nivel's manager at DSR says of him, “This guy is busting at the seams with talent and works hard at his craft, so it's just a matter of time before the world becomes aware.”

Nivelosky comments, “This is just the beginning I have so much more music, videos to present, and with the support I have, the sky is the limit!”

“Suelta” from Nivelosky on Direct Supply Records is available online worldwide. Be sure not to miss the song's official music video, due out soon.

-S. McCauley
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Monday, November 16, 2015

Guitarist Stephen Lantz releases new single 'Rockin' at the Cabin'

The guitarist and songwriter known as Stephen Lantz has released his latest instrumental single, “Rockin' at the Cabin.” The track is the third single release from Lantz in 2015, preceded by his “High Sonority” and “Chasin' the Sunbeams” tracks which appeared on digital music shelves around the world in April. Like his previous releases, “Rockin' at the Cabin” has been proudly published as an independent single without the influence of the corporate music industry. With a groove that rolls like the ocean and power that builds like a tide, “Rockin' at the Cabin” showcases Stephen Lantz as one of the indie music scene's most expert guitarists and intuitive songwriters.

Music by Stephen Lantz tends toward the true classic-rock sound, though “Rockin' at the Cabin” has elements of alt- rock songwriting as well, making it somewhat akin to the early acoustic songs of Pearl Jam. Rooted in the active, vibrant acoustic guitar playing which has made Lantz's single tracks stand out in a scene populated by synthetic instrumentation, Lantz's songs have that unmistakably American tone which recalls the influence of country, folk and bluegrass on the classic rock of the '60s and '70s.

Lantz has variously cited as artistic inspirations Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Cream, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Eagles, Front Range, Hot Rize, Lester Flatt, Merle Haggard and Jerry Jeff Walker. These influences can be heard in every aspect of his music. “Rockin' at the Cabin” has the same warmth and natural feel of the Eagles, the casual aggression of the Rolling Stones, and the unpretentious beauty of Peter, Paul and Mary.

“Rockin' at the Cabin” is a highly narrative piece of instrumental rock. Listening to it is an easygoing, yet upbeat jog through a sonic landscape that is almost palpable. Strident guitar notes dance like eddies of wind in trees. The music fan almost smells pine. Were the song's title not suggestive of the forest, its exceptionally American character would still evoke images of grass in sunshine, wildlife at a full run, and other earthy, Midwestern vignettes.

Speaking of the themes of his new single, Lantz writes: “My long and very close friends own a cabin in the Colorado mountains. In our younger, post-college days we were in a band together and had a blast playing all kinds of gigs. My wife and I were visiting our friends at the cabin recently and we were jammin' when the rhythm guitar part for this new song just popped into my head. When I got home, I recorded it.”

A humble music artist though one of the highest caliber, Lantz insists that his songs aren't attempts at fortune and glory.

“As always,” he writes, “my goal in recording and releasing music is simply to offer musical enjoyment to the world.”

“Rockin' at the Cabin” by Stephen Lantz is available online worldwide. Get your share of musical enjoyment now.

-S. McCauley
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Rapper Ty$on releases new LP 'Young & Reckless, Vol. 2'

The rapper and songwriter of hip hop known as Ty$on has released his newest LP album, “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2.” The full-length album contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Boogie Boards Productions independent record label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Innovative, yet coming from the true roots of the best old-school hip hop from both coasts and the dirty south, “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2” is a rap record with unstoppable back beats and hip hop for everyone.

Ty$on cites as main musical influences Lil' Wayne, Curren$y, UNLV, Juvenile, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Tupac Shakur. His own music takes the best elements of each of these, but it is Ty$on's inimitable knack for writing lines and delivering them with an almost physical punch that makes “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2” a rock-solid hip-hop album.

That Ty$on considers UNLV (Tec-9, Lil Ya and Yella Boy) a chief music inspiration comes as little surprise as the “Young & Reckless” rapper is himself from New Orleans, LA. Having relocated to Savannah, GA in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster, Ty$on began writing and polishing the music which would one day become his “Young & Reckless” series of hip-hop records.

Fortunately for the hip-hop underground and rap fans everywhere, Ty$on returned to New Orleans years later, dropping two official mixtapes without wasting any time. He soon partnered up with friend and rapper Rico (who appears on two tracks on “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2”) and named their collaboration Da Winners.

In addition to the considerable talents of Ty$on and Rico on “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2,” the LP also boasts the skills of such artists as AK, Noon Orleanz, Smooth, Marley tha Skywalker, and DJ Ace Boogie Nola (producer/engineer), and still others.

Young & Reckless, Vol. 2” from Ty$on is available online worldwide from Boogie Boards Productions. Here's hoping Vol. 3 is right around the corner.

-S. McCauley
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Pianist Atelier-M releases debut instrumental LP 'Season'

The pianist and composer of instrumental music known as Atelier-M has released his debut full-length record, “Season.” The LP is composed of 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. Calming, soothing, intuitive, contemplative and beautiful in its simplicity, “Season” showcases Atelier-M as one of the world's most accessible and creative composers of piano music today.

Atelier-M cites as his main artistic influences Ryuichi Sakamoto, Astor Piazzolla, “and other French, Italian and Spanish musicians.”

His “Season” is actually a repertoire of compositions written to suit the months of the year, each being appropriately named for the 30 days it is intended to characterize. Like Vivaldi's “Le quattro stagioni,” these pieces sound and feel like their climatic counterparts, being upbeat and warm, mellow and mild, or introspective and cool to match the respective season. Unlike Vivaldi's “Four Seasons,” however, Atelier-M takes great care in painting sonic portraits of each individual month so that there is a far greater range in his record from track to track, divided as it is in 12 parts, rather than four.

Speaking of his goals for the “Season” LP, Atelier-M writes:

“In this release, I intended to deliver themes/inspirations such as loneliness, the beauty of nature, and relaxation. I intentionally made it old fashioned like '60s or '70s European movie soundtracks, as modern musicians don’t focus on this area much, but I believe there are lots that we can do and develop in this musical area.”

Atelier-M's 2015 year has been dedicated to his “Season” debut LP, but it is far from his first music release. The “Season” LP is preceded by more than 50 single tracks in genres as disparate as easy listening, pop, EDM, avant-garde and progressive.

Largely a studio musician, Atelier-M has not yet performed live, but his music may be heard at private art exhibitions both in Tokyo and outside the city, as well as at venues like the planetarium at Nagano Prefecture in Japan. He has been playing piano since childhood but soon found composition more to his liking. An autodidact in the world of writing music, he continued composing but never recorded these songs until 2005.

“Season” by Atelier-M is available online worldwide.

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Electronic music artist Vusive releases new EP 'Soulseeker'

The composer and producer of electronic music known as Vusive has released his new EP record, “Soulseeker.” The EP contains five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been released on the Ohio-based Grasshopper Juice Records independent music label. Jazzy, classy, stylish and full of groove, “Soulseeker” by Vusive is an electronica soul album that fans of digital music and R 'n' B can all get behind.

Vusive cites as main artistic influences “Hip hop, electronic music, EDM, IDM, indie, jazz, classical,” and proving that he has an open mind, “anything really.” He has also mentioned Flying Lotus, Tokimonsta, Nosaj Thing, Machinedrum, Samiyam, Hudson Mohawke, Onra, and Flume as inspirations in the past.

Vusive's appearance in the independent music underground scene is fairly recent as a producer, having begun digital music production in earnest little more than a year ago. That said, his repertoire is already filling out in short order, as the current EP proves. His knack for clean, precise sound engineering and intuitive songwriting are bringing him (and Grasshopper Juice Records) to prominence both at home in Cincinnati and abroad.

The artist himself has described his sound as “a music project that has stemmed from various backgrounds and influences that has a large focus on improvisation and live instrumentation.”

These backgrounds notably include the classical genre, with which Vusive spent his first years in music. A longtime instrumentalist, Vusive is a violinist with more than 14 years of experience. He is also a musical autodidact, having taught himself to play guitar and drums. With widespread abilities like these, it's no surprise that he is no stranger to the live stage, either.

Vusive describes the creative process of his “Soulseeker” EP as centered around “a dynamic mix of genres ranging from hip hop, jazz, R 'n' B, soul, classical, hardcore/metal, disco, and funk, all induced into an electronic platform that brings a very groovy, and dance-oriented atmosphere.”

“Soulseeker” from Vusive on Grasshopper Juice Records is available online worldwide.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Electronic music duo Second Space release debut single 'Square One'

The powerhouse duo of electro-pop music known as Second Space have released their debut single track, “Square One.” The track has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Booming and full, pulsing and rhythmic, awash in colorful vocal melodies and techno-style synth chords, “Square One” from Second Space is gigantic fun on dance floors and in headphones alike.

Second Space are audiophiles with a penchant for a broad range of genres, citing anything from rock to dance music as influences, though they note, “We have preferred not to immerse ourselves in other music when going through [the 'Square One'] production process, staying as focused as possible on developing the unique Second Space sound.”

This characteristic sound is indeed unique, and even uniquely so because it is a kind of newness which feels familiar while remaining unpredictable and having a tone unlike earlier music groups. The Second Space style can be described without much difficulty, however, often in terms of sheer volume and sonic size.

“We've always admired quirky acts who can create a big sound or atmosphere,” writes Second Space. “Many of these were ever present on the radio in our childhoods in the '80s and '90s: Depeche Mode, Trevor Horn, St. Etienne, Alex Metric, Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys, Mutt Lange, Per Gessle...”

Fans of some, any or all of the above will find a happy, dynamic environment in the “Square One” single from Second Space. Exceptionally danceable and suitable for casual listening in equal balance, the track will appeal to a wide audience everywhere in the world.

Second Space themselves write:

“Our debut single 'Square One' offers equal measures of heady, mercurial breakbeats and ethereal vocals. Its production is upfront and compliments a bittersweet song for the tech generation – meaningful lyrics to the throwaway thunder of EDM beats about something more than going out at the weekend getting wasted (as seems to be an established trend for electronic artists to write about these days).”

They describe the style of their single as something new arriving from old-school points of origin.

“The song itself is fairly explanatory with a psychoanalytic, introspective theme, which, universally, we think people can relate to in one way or another. Our intention is to innovate but despite this, you can expect no sonic destruction or avant-garde soundscapes.”

Second Space are vocalist Alison Hilary and producer Oliver Lord from Chester, UK. After achieving moderate success ghost-writing music for big-name DJs, Lord left the scene, unimpressed with what he termed its “formulaic structures,” inspired to produce music with which he was truly satisfied.

“Meeting and writing with Alison was the eureka moment,” their official bio states, “both encouraging each other to throw away the rule book and make something they wanted to hear that inspired them to do what they do best – creating the unique Second Space sound … Initially the intention was to write for established artists, but realising their sound was unique and no session singers could emulate Alison's vocals, they had no choice but to start a band.”

Second Space are currently at work devising a live show and preparing for the release of their new EP, due to drop this coming winter.

“Square One” from Second Space is available online worldwide. Get in early, electronica fans. Very early.

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Modern folk artist Greg Charles releases single 'Repulsion Days'

The singer and songwriter of contemporary folk music known as Greg Charles has released his latest single, “Repulsion Days.” The track is being concurrently dropped with two B-side tracks, “For All I Know” and “Drug Taken Girlfriend.” These and their flagship single, “Repulsion Days,” are being proudly published on the Octive Resin independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry.

Sonorous, heartfelt, natural and indicative of the zeitgeist of today's folk-music revival, “Repulsion Days” from Greg Charles stands as proof that folk fans have much to look forward to in this indie folk musician from Australia.

Queensland-born Greg Charles cites as main artistic influences Picasso, Jay-Z, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nabokov, Jodorowsky, Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Built to Spill, Townes Van Zandt, Soulwax, and East River Pipe. From this eclectic potpourri of art forms and styles comes the inspiration for a highly textured sound that is all Greg Charles.

Music by Charles tends toward the introspective and emotionally evocative. His guitar work is subtly ingenious without sounding the least bit pretentious. His singing comes from his heart and takes the tone of a raw talent as it emerges from him with carefully crafted words.

Asked to describe the themes of his new single, Charles writes, “'Repulsion Days' is a meditation on the emotion called disgust, disgust being a response to everything that you are receiving through your senses in modern-day society. So it talks about psychologists, men, women, children, all of the roles that people play in society. The end result of experiencing all of these games people play is a general feeling of disgust and repulsion. Repulsion Days.”

“Repulsion Days” was written in a single night at a friend's house and recorded the following day at the Lounge Room with engineer Todd Dixon in 2009. And the B-side songs?

“'For All I Know' is a pop song,” writes Charles. “It’s full of melodies and is in drop-C tuning. It’s about learning how to tolerate somebody who is trying to ride your coattails.”

These single tracks are far from Greg Charles' first foray as a published musician. They are preceded by “Attack the Day” (independent – 2003), three records as Charles Curse: “InSilver Scene” (MusicYourMindWillLoveYou – 2005), “Rain In Skull” (MusicYourMindWillLoveYou – 2006) and “STOMAC” (WeHaveNoZen – 2011), as well as a vinyl re-release of “Rain In Skull” from Olde English Spelling Bee out of Brooklyn, NYC in 2009.

Greg Charles lives and makes music now in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia, and has re-emerged with a brand-new perspective on creating and music. He is currently writing a new record, playing shows in Burleigh Heads and Brisbane, and plotting a new phase of creative output.

Asked for a comment for his fans, Charles says simply, “I'm ready.”

“Repulsion Days” from Greg Charles is available online worldwide beginning 23 November 2015.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Rappers Counterfeit Money Machine release new LP 'Desperate Measures'

The hip-hop crew known as Counterfeit Money Machine have released their new LP “Desperate Measures.” The album contains 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been published on the Grasshopper Juice Records independent music label without the influence or financial support of the corporate music industry. Funky, full of lyrical gymnastics and even socially conscientious, “Desperate Measures” by Counterfeit Money Machine is a hip-hop album that belongs in every rap lover's play list.

Counterfeit Money Machine are typically billed as an alternative hip-hop group. They have cited as artistic influences Run The Jewels, the Mars Volta, and Anticon. Similarities to artists like Atmosphere, P.O.S., Toki Wright, Aesop Rock, and Busdriver can also be drawn. Fans of these progressive hip-hop favorites are likely to be enthusiastic about “Desperate Measures” for its wide stylistic variation and colorful sonic creativity. Solid, bass-driven back beats, inventive use of samples and catchy melody lines work together to make Counterfeit Money Machine's latest LP their greatest album to date.

Fans of lyric geniuses such as Tupac Shakur, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar also have much to look forward to in this most recent CMM release. The album is chock-full of social commentary, all of it well-informed, well-intended and amusingly satirical. Hip-hop listeners looking for another bling-polishing gang endorsement disguised as art will need to look elsewhere.

Counterfeit Money Machine are based in the Cincinnati area's thriving hip-hop underground. They are brothers Andrew (AP) and Bill Doench (Kill Bill), and beat composer DJ Juan Cosby (AKA Cincinnati Entertainment Award-winning artist Nick “Chick Pimp” Mitchell). In addition to the considerable talents of CMM, “Desperate Measures” also features appearances by popular rappers MC Longshot and Rick Chyme.

Counterfeit Money Machine have performed with renowned progressive-rap artists like Sage Francis, Sole, Busdriver, Milo, Clipping, F. Virtue, MegaRan, and others. 2015 alone saw them performing at such festivals as Three-Points in Louisville, KY, and Adjust Your Eyes and Midpoint Music Festival in their hometown of Cincinnati, OH. In addition to frequent shows in Cincinnati, they regularly appear in Brooklyn, NY, Nashville, TN, South Bend, IN, Newport, KY, and have played their vivid, Beastie-esque live act in Grand Rapids, MI, Lexington, KY, Clarksville, TN, and Philadelphia, PA, with many more locations to come.

“Desperate Measures” by Counterfeit Money Machine is available online worldwide beginning 6 November 2015. Get in early, hip hop fans. Very early.

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Rapper Ra-Sool releases single 'Stronger' feat. Naomi

The indie rapper known as Ra-Sool has released his new single, “Stronger,” feat. Naomi. The track has been proudly published on the Treyead Entertainment independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Founded on a booming bass line, a rock-solid back beat and featuring brilliant vocals by Naomi, “Stronger” from Ra-Sool is a wake-up call for America shouted from the soul of the hip-hop underground.

Phoeniz, Arizona's Ra-Sool blends qualities from many styles of music to achieve his characteristic sound. These include elements of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, soul, rock, and pop, each of which may be heard in his new “Stronger” single. The sheer force of the track may be felt in its first moments, before the song truly begins. The first lyrics both assert this strength and dedicate it to two recent martyrs of social injustice: “Trayvon, Mike Brown – rest in peace.”

This feeling builds to a crescendo over several extremely deliberate and well-written verses, each of which exhorts the listener to consider the history of oppressed Americans and to consider, also, that these tribulations have made African-Americans and the civil rights movement ever so much stronger.

Commenting on his new single, “Stronger,” Ra-Sool writes:

“People feel the echoes of today's problems which turn into tomorrow's future. Many livelihoods have been taken for granted leaving holes in the hearts of many. With the recent decision of the Michael Brown grand jury to not indict, I decided to bridge the gap with a song dedicated to Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and families abroad facing the same struggle.”

Ra-Sool's song isn't just art for the sake of awareness, however. It's art for direct civic transformation.

“I am releasing this project not for profit, rather for creative activism to promote social change and inspiration across the African-American diaspora.”

It must not go unmentioned that the vocal work of featured singer Naomi on Ra-Sool's new single is one of the track's most prominent qualities. Exceptionally precise in terms of tone and bearing the natural grace that marks the world's most gifted singers, Naomi brings a feminine power which pairs with Ra-Sool's own measured aggression and makes the song a full and complete work of hip hop for the betterment of humanity.

“Stronger” by Ra-Sool is available online worldwide. Fans of hip hop and justice everywhere should definitely get in early.

-S. McCauley
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Alt- rocker Michael Snellings releases new EP 'To Be Determined'

The singer and songwriter of alternative rock music known as Michael Snellings has released his new EP album, “To Be Determined.” The record contains four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It is being proudly published as an independent release without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music industry. Written with the creativity of the alt-rock movement and played with the exceptional skill of the classic-rock guitarists, “To Be Determined” is a lo-fi dose of sonic adrenaline fans of pure alternative rock shouldn't miss.

Michael Snellings cites as main artistic influences a broad swath of different artists.

“Every single well-played artist from the 1940s to present has had a huge influence on me,” Snellings writes. “From the crooners to BB King to John Denver to Black Sabbath to Radiohead to Slash … Most of my guitar influences are from the great guitarists of the classic-rock era. But a few modern guys slip in.”

Snellings has found much popularity making his music available to listeners online.

“With the advent of YouTube,” he writes, “suddenly I became more of an influencer than the influenced. Go figure.”

Fans of the Los Angeles punk rock sound will find the raw power of Snelling's album to their liking. Those more interested in guitar chops will also appreciate his obvious talent and precision. Music fans with an interest in songwriting will note that “To Be Determined,” largely autobiographical, is a work of rock composition that manages to be catchy, fluid and memorable without being predictable or derivative at all.

“To Be Determined” isn't Snellings' first release, but he isn't interested in his old material these days. He writes of this, “I've taken [the old albums] down because I had problems with a previous distributor so you can't find 'em. Some inconsequential mishmash of stuff that isn't worth mentioning.”

Snellings began his music career singing solos in the family church and playing guitar by ear. He rehearsed for hours, fingers blistering and sometimes even bleeding. Years later, in the military, he formed “barracks bands” and kept up his chops. Not satisfied with what he could do as an autodidact, he eventually went to college for music theory. He performed on guitar and as a vocalist in several musical theater productions before dedicating himself to writing and recording in the studio.

Today, Michael Snellings is a self-described “semi-famous social media musician” who has described his considerable and enthusiastic fan base as “Thousands of people across the planet listening not only to my music but my inane ramblings as well.”

“Come join me in my world of wild 'n' Crazy Ponies and Suicidal Squirrels,” writes Snellings of his latest album, “where you'll find both Poodle Boys and Sparkly. Eyed. Girls.”

“To Be Determined” by Michael Snellings is available online worldwide beginning 7 November 2015.

-S. McCauley
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Italian composer SimoNoize releases debut LP record 'Outer Sounds'

The composer of digital music known internationally as SimoNoize has released his debut full-length album, “Outer Sounds.” The record has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. It contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. Blending styles and tones ranging from classical music to modern electronica, “Outer Sounds” is an instrumental record in which everyone can find something to love.

The Italian-born SimoNoize cites as main artistic influences a staggering variety: Pink Floyd and Tears for Fears; Jimi Hendrix and Emerson, Lake and Palmer; the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin; James Brown and Aretha Franklin; Carl Douglas and Earth Wind and Fire; Rise Against and Metallica; Tupac Shakur and Eminem; Skrillex and Datsik; even reggae – and of course, traditional composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Stravinsky.

“Outer Sounds” arguably has most in common with the EDM artists and classical composers SimoNoize mentions. The record is well-suited as a soundtrack and has been made available for licensing for film, TV, video games, etc. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the musician notes that he's lately been focusing on the works of Hans Zimmer, Harry-Gregson Williams, Ramin Djawadi, and Nobuo Uematsu.

Asked to describe the sound and feel of his new LP, SimoNoize writes that it “is more a journey, when you can let music be a part of your moments, your days, your life; you won’t need to listen to it, you will feel it.”

SimoNoize's LP is preceded by his “Xperiments” EP (2002) and his “Uplift” EP (2014), both of which were published via DirectDriveDigital. He has also composed and produced music for Italian records such as BigUp's “Il grande salto” hip-hop album, Wolf's “RIParto” hip-hop album, and Nazario's “Invisibile” pop album.

A composer of particularly evocative music, SimoNoize has said, “I would like to reach people's feelings through my music, let them say 'wow, this track makes me feel...'”

“Outer Sounds” by SimoNoize is available online worldwide beginning 4 November 2015.

-S. McCauley
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