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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Friday, December 8, 2017

Pop and reggae singer Row releases debut EP 'Be Positive'

The singer of pop, reggae and dancehall known internationally as Row has released his debut EP album, “Be Positive.” The album has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Upbeat, spirited and danceable in the extreme, “Be Positive” stands as proof that Row has a place among 2017s most innovative pop songwriters.

Row is the stage name of 24-year-old Rowin Premcharan of Purmerend, the Netherlands. The singer and songwriter has been performing live since the age of 18 when he first joined a band, but notes that he got his start by beatboxing. This early hip-hop origin story shows in the overall production of “Be Positive,” which features many of the effects and stylistic choices often found in hip hop and pop music.

In addition to the considerable talents, lines and rhymes of Row, himself, “Be Positive” also features the skills of Chaka Baka on the extended-play album's opening track.

“As a little kid,” writes Row, “I always wanted to make music and that's why I sang all day, and learned how to beatbox (thanks to the drumkit from my dad I wasn't allowed to play on!). Some friends were rapping at the time, and that's why I made some rap songs.”

But Row's future turned out to have less to do with hip hop and more to do with pop music.

“I noticed it wasn't my thing,” he says. “At the age of 18, I joined the band 'Naya Sitara,' the band of my producer, Tariq Sadal (TSMusicStudio). After I had done my internship in Surinam, I recorded my first song in a professional studio. This made me realise something. I wanted to make singing my living, because I just want to do this all day.”

Asked to describe the overall themes of his new record, Row talks about his desire to bring encouragement to others around the world.

“After a period of constant struggling with myself,” writes Row, “I wanted to make something that inspires people. That's why I made my EP, 'Be Positive.' It's all about just staying positive when times get rough. Better days will come – just work hard for it.”

This sentiment comes from experience. Just ask Row.

“It's all about being positive when times are hard. Me and my family have had a tough year, but still, no matter how hard it gets, you have to go on.”

“Be Positive” by Row is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Singer songwriter Jeanette Steiner releases new single 'Torture Chamber'

The singer and songwriter known as Jeanette Steiner has released her latest official single, “Torture Chamber.” The track has been proudly published on the Flagship Artists independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Soulful, evocative and primed to enchant any audience, “Torture Chamber” proves Jeanette Steiner is a contemporary voice of both yesterday and tomorrow.

Originally from Texas, Jeanette Steiner cites as main artistic influences everything from classic rock to '90s alternative, from Miles Davis to Portishead, and from Billie Holiday to Ani DiFranco. Her own sound on “Torture Chamber” boasts qualities from all these without sounding dated or derivative.

“Right now,” Steiner writes, “I've been jumping between Howlin' Wolf, the Alabama Shakes, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Etta James.”

These bluesy, folk-hearted elements shine through in “Torture Chamber.” It communicates with the listener with heartfelt humanity.

“'Torture Chamber' came about as I was coping with the end of a passionate relationship that meant a lot to me but was also very toxic,” writes Steiner. “It's so tough to let go, and it's particularly hard for me to admit that I can't solve something. This song is the expression of my acceptance, that sometimes letting go is the solution and the only right thing to do. Letting go is often the only way to find freedom.”

Jeanette Steiner is a 2016 Grammy Winning songwriter. Her lyrics have been described as presenting “a graceful perspective,” “a loving disposition” and “compassion for the human experience.” Her current official bio likens her natural voice to “a sonic hug offering encouragement to all her listeners.”

“Torture Chamber” is the most recent release from Jeanette Steiner since “Time's Up” earlier this year.

“Remain open, as difficult as it can be at times,” says Steiner. “Continue participating in life because you were made to love.”

“Torture Chamber” by Jeanette Steiner on the Flagship Artists label is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Big Dirty Moe Vega releases new single 'Enchanting'

The rapper, songwriter and producer of hip hop known as Big Dirty Moe Vega has released his latest official single, “Enchanting.” The single has been proudly published on the Big Ol' Pimp Records Inc. independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Deep, cruising, booming and full of that lush '90s hip hop sound, “Enchanting” stands as evidence that Big Dirty Moe Vega is a name to watch in 2017 and beyond.

Big Dirty Moe Vega cites as main artistic influences a variety of legends such as Big Daddy Kane, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Easy-E, N.W.A., D.O.C., Above the law, Gangstarr, Nas, Rakim, E.P.M.D., Snoop Dogg, the Luniz, and Dru Down. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Big Dirty Moe Vega's own style brings much of that OG 1990s sound into the 21st century with a blend of Los Angeles and New York City elements that will likely appeal to hip hop fans from coast to coast.

Kalamazoo, MI's Big Dirty Moe Vega has been rapping since the 7th grade and is quick to give a shout out to his childhood friend with whom he started freestyling, Benito Whitley. While his name may seem flippant, Big Dirty Moe Vega has society's best interest in mind.

Asked to comment on the overall themes of his new single, Moe Vega writes, “My message is Big Ol' Pimp! Which simply means, Black Intellectual Game Over Lames Positive Influencing Massive Populations! 'B.I.G. O.L' P.I.M.P.' is an acronym. I took something that's considered negative and turned it into a powerful and positive way of expressing my art from an extreme high level of creativity.”

Most people may know Kalamazoo from the Glenn Miller big-band classic, but Big Dirty Moe Vega comes from a different scene altogether.

“The north side of Kalamazoo was just a great place to be growing up in,” he writes, “until the crack era came about. I watched my neighborhood waste away from a strong community to a drug-infested war zone overnight! Being the tenth child out of my family, it was extremely hard to grow up as a young, black male in the hood with such massive overtones of negativity upon me daily. There was not a family that I knew on the north side who had not been affected in a dysfunctional manner by the Reagan and Clinton era through the '90s.”

But who is Big Dirty Moe Vega?

“Who I really am? Who I really am is a 6'8'' black male surviving in a strong racially bigoted city! I didn't sell crack to raise a family. I worked my a-- off through much stressful bigotry. This town has not been good to me and mine at all.”

Big Dirty Moe Vega's tribulations include, among a great many other things, termination from work on account of attending funeral services for his mother.

“I am what this town has made me into,” he writes. “From '88 to '95, I was on the block getting illegal money – but from '95-2017 I have been doing it all legal, even with employers who did not appreciate strong, tall, black males with even stronger work ethics.”

In spite of his struggles, Big Dirty Moe Vega's music brings a spirit of inspiration to listeners everywhere.

“My strongest message of all is, keep God first and foremost in your life,” says Moe Vega. “No matter if you have mean-spirited people in your family, phony friends talking down on you, or a town full of nay-sayers telling you that you will never amount to nothing. Or if you come from a town or city where all odds are against you, please believe me! The Almighty is way bigger than all of that, and that you can succeed and be somebody! No matter what your age is, you can do whatever you put your mind to, period!”

“Enchanting,” the new single from Big Dirty Moe Vega on Big Ol' Pimp Records, is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers beginning 2 December 2017.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Caribbean pop singer Quick Dawg releases single 'New Gyal'

The singer and songwriter of modern reggae and Caribbean pop known as Quick Dawg has released his latest single, “New Gyal.” The track has been proudly published on the Money Super Long independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Cool, mellow, stylish and full of groove, “New Gyal” is a surprise indie radio favorite to round out 2017.

Bahamas native Quick Dawg cites as main artistic influences legends such as Lil Wayne, Tupac Shakur, Vybz Kartel, and Bob Marley. As might be surmised, his own style blends key elements of the roots music tradition with contemporary pop qualities for a sound that is both steeped in Caribbean culture and ripe for play on pop radio stations and nightclubs everywhere.

Quick Dawg (born Ramon Jason Thompson) was born and raised in the Bahamas and moved to the United Sates at age 17 with dreams of a better life for him and his family. His 16-track project, “Parental Advisory Advised,” appeared in 2011. It featured singles such as “Smoking Herbs” and “A Sample” which helped showcase his ability to, as his current bio puts it, “provide projects full of vibes and new style.” In 2012 Quick Dawg released his mixtape “Still Making Moves” featuring popular songs like “Yeaa Ahhh / Money Super Long.”

Quick Dawg wrote and recorded his first original music at age 12.

“I loved the feeling of creating music,” he writes. “I loved listening to songs on the radio. I realized I learned songs very fast and would be able to pick songs that a lot of people also liked.”

This talent carried Quick Dawg through a succession of popular releases including “No Heart” and “I Love Her” (2013), “Love How” (2014), “Show Me” (2015), “Roll Dat” (2016), and “In There” (2017). Many of these received international acclaim and continue to garner praise years after their publication.

Asked to describe the main themes of his “New Gyal” single, Quick Dawg writes simply: “Love, self expression, self respect, that one girl that seems like a new everyday, consent, freedom, unity, versatility, enjoy life.”

Quick Dawg's much-anticipated album release, “International Transactions” is expected to drop in 2018.

“New Gyal” by Quick Dawg is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Weston Simonis releases official music video 'Yoga Pants'

The songwriter, singer and guitarist known as Weston Simonis has released his latest official video, “Yoga Pants.” The track has been distributed online worldwide and is available for viewing now. Showcasing Simonis' considerable guitar chops, a bevy of yoga beauties and a driving rock beat, “Yoga Pants” is a video with plenty to offer the music fan.

Weston Simonis cites as main artistic influences Bruno Mars, Metallica, and Blink 182. His own style on “Yoga Pants” lies somewhere between pop and hard rock music with elements of hip hop thrown in for good measure. The star of the show, however, is clearly the yoga pants, with a good sense of humor coming in a close second.

Asked to describe his new video, Simonis writes, “The music video 'Yoga Pants' is a comedy pop/rock song. The song shares the silly dream you see of being the only guy in a fitness or yoga class and the yoga pants are so tight that you can't focus on anything but them.” says of “Yoga Pants,” “[The video] absolutely confirmed that and why I was willing to support this guy from the beginning. What seems to be happening is that he is subtly tweaking his songs toward a clever mainstream, but still alternative sound. Being able to experiment with his songs, altering the sound, deepening the meaning, shows his strength as a performer and artist. With more freedom Weston is stretching way beyond the mainstream sound, yet still remaining extremely accessible.”

JamSphere notes that his record, 'Moments of Intoxication,' was named Best Indie Alternative Rock album of 2016 at the International Publisher Awards and has since garnered more than 20 licenses for film and radio distribution.

“Weston’s voice and guitar conveys a relentless quest to rise above a world of desperation and hopelessness,” writes JamSphere's Jacob Aiden. “His music has a sense of – tell the truth, cleanse the soul, feel good, and keep on pushing. At the same time it’s clear that Simonis values tradition as well as he does modernity, and links between past and present in his music, it is also evident that his vision has expansive boundaries.”

Yoga Pants,” the official video from Weston Simonis, is available for viewing now – see links below.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Livid Lover releases surprise indie-pop single 'Ayla You Blow My Mind'

The singer-songwriter known as Livid Lover has released his latest rock single, an indie-pop track titled “Ayla You Blow My Mind.” The track has been dropped with an accompanying B-side, “All Reason's Leaving Now,” as well as an extended version for fans and enthusiasts. They are the first official releases from Livid Lover since his 2015 LP, “Don't Worry, I'll Always Love You … And of Course … Mess with Your Head.” Stylistically accessible, emotionally complex, and as creatively colorful as fans of Livid Lover have come to expect, “Ayla You Blow My Mind” is a single to remind us that contemporary pop can still bring depth and texture into the 21st century.

Livid Lover is the stage name of Blake Nolan Hanson. Hanson is also known for his work with Halo Minor, whose 2015 EP “Further Now You're Close” features Derek Abrams of Ministry on drums. Hanson cites as main artistic influences a broad spectrum of legends including Stevie Wonder, Sia, the Mars Volta, Failure, the Year Of The Rabbit, Flood, Bjork, Deftones, and Massive Attack.

Also notable on “Ayla...” are the talents of Devin Tomczik, who provided drums and percussion which drive the music and lend palpable adrenaline and power.

Fans of power-pop bands like Big Star and the Plimsouls, as well as those of alternative-rock crews like Stone Temple Pilots and Smashing Pumpkins, are likely to find much to appreciate in “Ayla You Blow My Mind” by Livid Lover. “Ayla...” blends acoustic minimalism in its production with unexpected yet effective chord progressions. Livid Lover's raw vocals bespeak an underlying blues principle, his lyric style on “Ayla...” and its B-side, “All Reason's...” venturing into the narrative mode of bluegrass.

This makes sense, as the Minneapolis native has since migrated to the American music hotbed of Nashville.

“Nashville has reinforced in me the importance of the lyric and storytelling,” writes Livid Lover. “I would not have written this single had it not been for the move. Any given night, one can find top-level writers performing. It's just ridiculous. Humbling and eye opening as well.”

While music from Livid Lover does boast a level of maturity beyond typical “bubblegum” pop standards, Hanson, himself, does not wax proud. In fact, he dislikes taking credit for even his solo work.

“[Who writes my songs?] The multi-verse. My background in studying songwriting helps me collaborate with that infinite intelligence.”

He also helps fans understand his creative process in terms of a purposeful aural awareness.

“I gravitate to what sounds beautiful in my ears and try my best to put together what I can with what I feel I am good at doing. I want those who take time to listen to what I and my lovely collaborators do to have a unique experience. I really just want to become a super version of this weird thing inhabiting my body, and I want to see a huge shift in consciousness take place soon.”

Of no small interest, too, is Livid Lover's unique method of self-motivation. This notably included the ultimatum of a donation to the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its use of inflammatory hate speech in the media. The artist could not allow himself to fail.

“It was part of a list of tasks to activate a quantum leap in my artist career,” Hanson explains. “My penalty for non-completion was a $50.00 check written to the Westboro Baptist Church. (Not my idea, but a great one to motivate me, I thought). This nine-day list had, like, five YouTube vids to post, a complete demo of 'Ayla...' 90% done, and some other uncomfortable things. Tiring week, but it all got done. Westboro got $0 from me, I found the exciting chorus, and I was able to send the song to the one who inspired it on her birthday as a gift.”

Music aficionados have similar reasons to celebrate. Songwriting like that of Livid Lover is a gift to music, itself, and to audiophiles everywhere.

“Ayla You Blow My Mind” by Livid Lover is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early.

An official music video for “Ayla You Blow My Mind” is also expected soon.

-S. McCauley
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Punk rockers the Escapes release new album 'Blur'

The punk trio from Sydney, Australia known as the Escapes have released their second official album, “Blur.” The album has been proudly published on the Mahooney independent record label without the support or direction of the corporate music industry. Driving, aggressive, and full of the original hardcore spirit, “Blur” by the Escapes demands that fans of rock music everywhere stand up and take notice.

The Escapes cite as main artistic influences the Mummies, Nobunny, Devo, the Stooges, the Sonics, the Strokes, the Saints, and the Missing Links. Fans of legendary groups such as these will immediately understand the classic sounds and styles the Escapes have put in their creative toolbox for building something unique in the 21st century.

Asked to describe the overall themes of their songs on “Blur,” the Escapes write that “Each song has it's own little story. Some might be serious, some might be about love, or some might just be tongue-in-cheek.”

The Escapes are Rodney, Alan and Rissole. Their current official bio describes them as originally formed by a failure to fill a time slot at a small indie music festival. After playing for the first time live and impromptu at the festival, the Escapes decided to continue their collaboration. The name comes from a previous project in which they had worked together, the Apes. The present name, “The Escapes,” riffs on that.

Helping their decision to go on as the Escapes was a steady influx of gig offers stemming from their very first performance.

Their bio notes that their debut release dropped in 2010, and that “after several lazy years and lame arguments,” they made their way back into the studio to record the present release of “Blur.”

“They recorded their second album all in one day,” reads their bio, “as that’s all the time they wanted to spend with each other. It was recorded by Jason Whalley in his studio in Marrickville.”

The Escapes are Rodney Todd (bass and vocals), Kristian “Rissole” Woodcroft (guitar and vocals) Alan Hislop (drums and vocals). Rodney has played/plays in bands such as the Mess Makers, the Unf-ckable and Key Out. Kristian has played in bands such as the Alohas and the Steak Lovers. Alan has played in bands such as the Interstellar Villains and the Moffs.

“Blur” by the Escapes is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

OJ's Beat Factory releases new album 'The Original Beat Collection, Vol. 2'

The composer and producer of back beats known as OJ's Beat Factory has released his latest LP album, “The Original Beat Collection, Vol. 2.” The LP contains no fewer than 14 original OJ's Beat Factory tracks for an approximate total listening time of 120 minutes. Like the rest of the ever-expanding OJBF repertoire, it has been proudly published on the Yea Boi Productions independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Varied, ingenious, and bringing the old-school sound into the 21st century with unique, cutting-edge innovations, “The Original Beat Collection, Vol. 2” is the newest reason for fans of hip hop to pay attention to this beat alchemist from Chicago.

OJ's Beat Factory is OJ Sexton. OJ cites as main artistic influences legends such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, and Paul Hardcastle, as well as contemporary titans like Khaled, Metro Boomin', DJ Mustard, and Kanye West. Fans of 808s and 909s will not be disappointed. OJ has described his inimitable blended style as New Groove music, a category all his own.

“New groove is a blend of just about everything!” writes OJ. “Honestly there's no other real way to explain it in words. New groove combines genres that otherwise wouldn't be caught dead on the same album while being able to form it in a way that attracts mainstream appeal.”

This makes music from OJ's Beat Factory attractive to music listeners of every genre. It also makes his music useful for an array of purposes, such as back beats for radio, film, or even video gaming.

Speaking of his new album, OJ Sexton writes, “This album is the second issue of my best beats from the past. I've been through so much in life, and all of those stories come out in my music (even though this LP is nothing more than the tip of the iceberg).”

This iceberg's tip narrates in uncompromising terms the true emotions of a digital artist with a vinyl soul and a rhythmic mind. Two tracks have particular significance:

“Unapologetic” is OJ's first track to be submitted to Internet radio. A pop song mixed with elements of rock, trap, synthwave, and disco, it was composed with Rihanna in mind. Also, “Buck Wild (In the Hood)” has been called “a monster cut that's begging for vocals or a soundtrack feature.”

“By listening to this album and my previous releases,” says OJ, “you'll not only learn my story but possibly find the soundtrack to yours. There's a song of mine for everyone, and, with this album, I want to create something anyone can enjoy anytime. Just love God, love yourself, love one another, and love music.”

OJ Sexton makes one final, crucial note, however:

“I would also like to mention that today is my mom's birthday and this record is, in addition to a second collection of beats from the past, a birthday gift to her.”

Happy birthday, Cynthia!

“The Original Beat Collection, Vol. 2” from OJ's Beat Factory is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide beginning 21 November 2017. Get in early, fans of groove everywhere.

(Tracks 6-11 are available with the deluxe version only and include special remixes of some of Beat Factory's most popular tracks in Chicago).

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Director / music artist Kaiju the Unconquerable releases new video and short film 'Cyberpunk 2050'

The director and music artist known as Kaiju the Unconquerable has released his new video and short film, “Cyberpunk 2050.” The video has been proudly published on the AllUnsigned independent label without the control of the corporate music or film industries. It is the sixth installment in a series of official releases. Sleek, bleak, and as futuristic as a hacker with a jet pack, “Cyberpunk 2050” stands as evidence that Kaiju the Unconquerable isn't just a talented rap producer performer, but a skilled cinematic storyteller, besides.

Kaiju the Unconquerable cites as main artistic influences Kanye West,the Wu-Tang Clan, MF Doom, DMX, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Diplomats, G-Unit, Asian culture, Sci-fi, Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, Neill Blomkamp, John Carpenter, Bruce Lee, comic books, and street fashion.

Kaiju the Unconquerable says of his start in hip hop he began by, “Writing battle raps after watching Smack DVD in '06. I totally took music seriously once I started coming out of my pocket to spend for mixing and mastering. That's when the dedication started.”

Speaking strictly of the music, Kaiju The Unconquerable’s rap has been compared to Kendrick Lamar in the sense that his lyric content often tends toward the collegiate and thought-provoking, with better diction than may be expected by fans familiar mostly with mainstream radio hip hop.

“I feel like a hero almost,” says Kaiju, “like I gotta change hip hop and bring back innovation and originality because imitation seems to be the virus killing the art.”

Riley Wallace of writes of Kaiju's work:

“One part MF DOOM, one part living breathing Anime story line, Southwest Miami, rapper Kaiju The Unconquerable is in a lane all his own. A glorified, self-identified nerd, he started rocking stages at comic conventions — and even has the credit of being the first Hip-Hop artist ever to be featured in Shonen Jump, which has been the (print) ground-zero of all things Manga since it was launch 49 years ago.

“Kaiju differs from other 'weirdo' rappers, though — unlike an act like DOOM, he isn’t a character (per se). His songs and his image don’t hinge on each other to coexist. I mean, he uses a healthy amount comic and anime references, but no more than your average nerd-core spitter. He thrives on a wave-appropriate trappish vibe.

“Case and point is his newest release, 'CYBERPUNK 2050.' Over a bouncy trap tinged instrumental, he criticizes artists who create fake personas via social media that they can’t necessarily live up to in real life. 'I’m the kid with the new option, fans waiting like a shoe dropping,' he raps amid a laid back, well-paced barrage of straight bars. Like, this kid can rap!

“Where the nerdery comes in is his visual treatment. In this case, “CYBERPUNK 2050” serves as the sixth installment of an ongoing series of self-directed videos that Kaiju has been dropping over the past year. It’s a complicated storyline to explain, buy in this episode; Kaiju has used a portal to the future, and — to keep it simple — is engaged in some dope martial arts hijinx that make for an entertaining and engaging 6-minute watch.

“Artists are NOT putting this level of original thought process into their sh-t — don’t @ me!”

“'I love embracing who I am that’s why I respect Wu-Tang so much,' he told Lisa Ford Blog last year. 'Because even though they’re from the streets, they embraced the fact they were fans of martial arts movies.' It’s easy to make stylistic parallels to the dedication they have to their respective overarching themes.

“Kaiju has a great back catalog, with a full-length LP, ONI, and then all the material used for his video series following. It’s not clear if there is an actual project lined up that will house records like 'Forbidden' and 'Note 7' ( a banger, BTW) and this new one, but get acquainted — and get ready.”

The narrative of “Cyberpunk 2050” will appeal to fans of popular sci-fi films such as “Blade Runner” and “The Matrix,” with neon lights, flying cars, gun play and martial arts forming key elements. Imaginative costuming and special effects are ever-present in the video, with the background title track retaining the spotlight.

“Cyberpunk 2050,” written, performed, produced and directed by Kaiju the Unconquerable is available online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

R&B and nu-soul artist Ray Harry releases new single 'Close Your Eyes to See'

The R&B and nu-soul artist known as Ray Harry has released his latest single, “Close Your Eyes to See.” It is the most recent official release from Ray Harry since his popular August 2016 single, “I Want to Give Thanks.” These and others from Ray Harry have been proudly published on the Lighthouse Music & Media independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Soulful, sonorous, and bringing that unmistakable East Coast groove into the 21st century, “I Want to Give Thanks” stands as evidence that Ray Harry has a place in music collections everywhere.

Brooklyn, NYC's Ray Harry cites as main artistic influences Earth, Wind and Fire, Roy Ayers, the Philly sound, the Motown sound, and as he puts it, “so many more.” “Close Your Eyes to See” takes elements of Roy Ayers and EWF and blends them with the panache of titans such as Al Green, Bill Withers and Isaac Hayes. Ray Harry's raw, interpersonal style communicates to listeners with an unadorned, acoustic production making a naturally clear canvas on which his rich vocals can paint pictures.

“I like to write songs about life,” writes Harry of his lyric themes. “My songs are about love, lost and found. All the dynamics of a relationship, I write about. I also write songs about life struggles and triumphs, the highs and lows of our journey. Many of my songs are written from my experience, but I also observe the world and compose from that perspective. My ultimate message is to send positive vibes through music.”

Ray Harry's current official bio describes him as born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn to immigrant parents from Belize and Honduras, Central America.

“From a very early age, the sounds of music captured his heart, and he been on a mission to bring the music from his mind into the real world ever since,” it reads.

Harry credits growing up in New York with sculpting his approach to creating music, characterizing his neighborhood as “a melting pot of cultures where the many musical styles of the community influenced” him. Also affecting his creative efforts was the hi-fi his parents kept in the living room.

“Ray heard a great mix of old school Latin music, soca, calypso, reggae, soul, pop and the traditional music of the Garifuna people, of whom his family is descended,” his bio states.

While the music of his mother and father were seminal in his artistic development, nevertheless it was not where his own career was headed.

“I must admit,” Ray Harry writes, “during the boom-box era, radio was my best friend.”

His elder brothers had extensive record collections stocked with the contemporary soul of the '60s, '70s and the '80s. Ray himself purchased turntables and a mixer, then set out to develop his own vinyl collection.

“Ray's special musical niche was culling hip-hop break beats,” states his bio, “and the early hip productions from the likes of Enjoy Records and the first releases from the legendary Def Jam Records. Ray and his friends would set up speakers on the street corner, cutting and scratching break beats and hip-hop records into the late evening for the community locals.”

Eventually Harry became the house music producer for several aspiring rap groups but never broke through into the mainstream.

Ray Harry is a graduate of Full Sail University with a Bachelor's degree in music production and the founder/CEO of Lighthouse Music & Media.

“Close Your Eyes to See” by Ray Harry is available online worldwide from over 600 digital music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Rapper Bugsy Jones releases debut LP 'F1rst Impression'

The rapper and producer of hip hop known as Bugsy Jones has released his debut LP album, “F1rst Impression.” The full-length record contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Stylish, direct, and bringing aggressive amounts of party, “F1rst Impression” proves that Bugsy Jones has urban poetry for days and days.

Nashville, TN's Bugsy Jones cites as main artistic influences B.O.B., Fleetwood Mac, Lupe Fiasco, E-40, Jadakiss, and Big K.R.I.T. His own style is built on razor-sharp lines and rhymes, balancing his lyric play with solid back beats and intriguing background melody lines.

Helping Bugsy Jones achieve the complete picture are several talents of the TN hip hop scene. In Jones' own words:

“I appreciate Clevetta Anthony for featuring on this project, Dae Dae Da Great for providing the instrumentals to this project (and Fly Guy Slim for the “Getting My $ On” beat) and last but not least, Dj Wrightful for the production on this project … and YOU for listening.”

Outside this, “F1rst Impression” is all Bugsy. The tracks on his LP are all original to him.

“I'm too much of a writer to let anyone write for me,” he says. “I've always had a flare for wordplay, and to make them flow like water over a beat is just bliss to me.”

Asked to expand on the overall themes of “F1rst Impression,” Jones describes the record as largely autobiographical.

“I've experienced a lot in life,” he says, “and put a lot of it in my music.”

He has called his new album “a real emotional roller coaster.”

“As a fan,” says Bugsy Jones, “I love to hear an artist put together a good, full body of work. That's what this project 'F1rst Impression' is. There's something for everyone, and I feel the listeners will be pleased with the songs, production and wordplay on it.”

Jones himself has been characterized as “a charismatic artist with the lyrical finesse of a millennial wordsmith” and “a walking rhyming dictionary who's fluent in Ebonics.”

“F1rst Impression” by Bugsy Jones is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer


Hard rock crew Blacken The Day release new LP 'Eternal Eclipse'

The artists of heavy rock music known as Blacken The Day have released their latest LP album, “Eternal Eclipse.” The record includes eight original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 45 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Devil Frost Records Corporation independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Bringing tones, tempos and emotions from nearly every extremity of the spectrum, “Eternal Eclipse” proves Blacken The Day to be one of the strongest rock appearances of late 2017.

Joliet, Illinois' Blacken The Day cite as artistic influences names from a variety of genres and scenes, from Jimi Hendrix and Lynyrd Skynyrd to Slipknot and Mudvayne, from Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails to Lacuna Coil and K.D. Lang, from ELO to Kansas, and from David Bowie to Bjork.

While this unlikely melange may not paint much of a sonic picture, the fact remains that elements of each do present themselves in “Eternal Eclipse.” If Lacuna Coil had perhaps moments during which Bjork sang lead while Jeff Lynne of ELO played piano, and if the following track featured Slipknot's chunky guitars on a chord progression written by Mudvayne, and if the whole affair had been produced by Bowie using reel-to-reel recordings with the raw-or-nothing principles of Hendrix – then the result could sound very much like Blacken The Day's “Eternal Eclipse.”

The album will appeal to fans of lyric depth, too. Asked to comment on the overall themes of the record, each member had a different perspective, faithfully recorded below:

“Well, that's interpreted more so by the listener, but I always felt it was a story of overcoming the struggles in life by any means necessary,” writes Christopher Poss.

Blacken The Day's Dragmire says, “Don't be afraid to create something beautiful to share with the world, be it music, poetry, paintings, or anything that makes you feel good to make. The world will seem less ugly with more art.”

Says Christopher Graham of the project, “This album will let people know that there is always someone out there that can relate to what you are, or have gone through. This album will be the voice of the voiceless. Also, good and original rock music is not dead …”

Cassandra Ann writes, “The entire album tells a story front to back. A person is anxious, freaked out, can't sleep. You start wondering what the problem is. As you listen to the album you realize the person is going through a lengthy period of reflection after a bad breakup/divorce. After sabotaging him/herself, all he/she wants is to become numb to the pain. The resolution is somewhat bittersweet as nobody gets better, even if the situation becomes clear in the end.”

“Eternal Eclipse” from Blacken The Day is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now. Get in early, fans of dark alternative rock.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Age indie duo The Sophisticated Psychos release debut album 'Take Us Home'

The New Age indie duo known as The Sophisticated Psychos have released their debut official album, “Take Us Home.” The record has been proudly published on the K111 independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Combining entertaining hooks with razor-sharp production and a compelling message of empowerment, “Take Us Home” is the record to put The Sophisticated Psychos on the map for 2017 and beyond.

Los Angeles' The Sophisticated Psychos cite as main artistic influences Sade, Sting, Janis Joplin, Tupac Shakur, Stevie Nicks, Eminem, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Kendrick Lamar, Billie Holiday, Mozart, Beethoven, Jazz, Blues, Jewel, Mariah Carey, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Blink 182, Sublime, Broadway Musicals, Andy Warhol, and Basquiat.

They have been described as “a New Age indie duo who combine the elements of early hip hop with modern synth and live stringed instruments to create a very big cinematic sound experience.”

Based on the world-famous Sunset Blvd., The Sophisticated Psychos are Kyriaki, female poet, songwriter and co-producer, and Nicky Scorpio, male vocalist, co-producer and songwriter of the album.

Arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist Nicky Scorpio says of the record, “The sound this duo brings is groovy and fun while sending a message of positivity and transformation. The vision of the music is to celebrate the imperfect journey of life and to show the truth and connection that we all share.”

Asked to elaborate on the themes of their new record, The Sophisticated Psychos write: “A smile. A new belief. A need to share this with a friend or family member going through a tough time or someone in need of unconditional Self-Love. Our message is the power of healthy love through music. The Sophisticated Psychos are promoting mental health awareness through music, art and expression.”

The concept of “unconditional self-love” plays a central role in the songwriting of “Take Us Home.”

“Our album is sharing Unconditional Self-Love,” write The Sophisticated Psychos. “So important, rarely discussed. Weird beliefs around this subject. We want to bring more light to self care, self education and empowerment. How to love ourselves more, appreciate everything that is US and to be kinder to ourselves; to know the importance of abuse, how to heal ourselves from the PTSD and trauma we all share.”

The group goes so far as to say the teaching of unconditional self love is the founding principle of the record.

“We birthed this music to inspire people to create,” they write, “to always think BIGGER, and to know the power of vulnerability, which in today's society is very outside the box. From our hearts and experiences to yours.”

“Take Us Home,” the debut album from The Sophisticated Psychos, is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Friday, November 10, 2017

JBarrera releases official single 'Seduceme'

The singer and songwriter of Latin reggaeton and hip hop known as JBarrera has released his latest official single, “Seduceme.” The track has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Mellow, grooving, and coasting on an urban reggaeton beat that will make fans of listeners everywhere, “Seduceme” proves JBarrera can dish fresh jams with the best of them.

JBarrera cites as main artistic influences Kalimba, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, and Drake. His own sound melds styles from contemporary artists in South, Central and North America, and from the late 20th and 21st centuries. Developing an idea of what JBarrera's repertoire will sound like will need to wait, however, because “Seduceme” represents only the first glimpse from his upcoming debut LP record.

Also adding to the flavor of “Seduceme” is the exotic locale in which it was recorded and produced. JBarrera specifically went to Medellin, Colombia for the studio that would give him the sound he wanted. This makes sense, as JBarrera has deep Latin roots.

“I was born on November 5th in Arlington, VA,” he writes, “but was raised in Guatemala for almost 17 years.”

JBarrera has made music in the hip hop, R-n-B and dancehall genres, but that's not what his “Seduceme” is about.

“My music influence, it's always been urban reggaeton, hip hop dancehall,” says JBarrera. “Right now I'm releasing 'Seduceme,' the single of my first album which is coming soon. Most of the producing was made in Colombia. I hope everybody likes it.”

The Latin singer's relationship with music is a deeply personal one.

“I love music,” he says, “especially if I can express what I feel through it.”

JBarrera parts with his trademark quote, an uplifting inspirational line he is known to utter every chance he gets.

“Never give up.”

“Seduceme” by JBarrera is available online worldwide soon.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Creative audio agency Audio UX releases new EP 'Ethona'

New York City's one-stop-shop creative audio agency known as Audio UX have released their latest EP album, “Ethona.” The record has been proudly published on the Audio User Experience LLC independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Danceable, accessible, and both futuristic and contemporary at once, “Ethona” showcases Audio UX as a music group for the new millennium.

Audio UX cite as main artistic influences a varied kaleidoscope of acts including: Burial, AraabMuzik, Weezer, Here We Go Magic, Radiohead, Kiasmos, Luke Abbott, Michael Andrews, Rival Consoles, Nine Inch Nails, Arca, Cliff Martinez, Julius Eastman, the Wu Tang Clan, and even Russian classical composer Shostakovich.

The explanation for this disparate array lies in the melange of imaginations at work in Audio UX.

“Each of our producers has a long love affair with music,” Audio UX write. “From playing in bands, to composing for films and producing for artists, our collective musical journey informs everything we do.”

Audio UX take their collective ingenuity and distill it in such a way as to produce multifaceted tracks which put each member's sonic mind on display.

“A core component of our process is collaboration,” write Audio UX. “All of our team members contribute strategically and creatively in order to utilize our collective skills to the fullest extent. So while one team member might craft the core idea of a piece, usually we all take part.”

They also create tailor-made music for entities wanting sounds to characterize their brands. For instance, Audio UX crafted “Ethona” for the Ethona line of active wear for women. As Audio UX put it, “The Ethona EP is a way for the Ethona brand to interact with their audience through music.”

A link to the product line may be found at the official Audio UX website (see below).

Audio UX have described themselves as “a next-level team of NYC-based composers, producers and engineers, and we've developed a completely new way of thinking about music and sound for brands. We identify how people interact with your story and turn those moments into emotionally charged memorable experiences.”

“Ethona” by Audio UX is available from over 600 digital music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley
Lead Press Release Writer

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