J. Walker releases new LP ‘I’m a Christian’

The rapper and producer of Christian hip hop known as J. Walker has released his latest LP album, “I’m a Christian.” The album is composed of 16 original tracks for a total listening time of one full hour. In addition to the considerable talents of J. Walker himself, the record also features the talents of Freeda, God’s Mic, Martha Noelle, and the Lion’s Den, a music label and collective of Christian musicians of which J. Walker is both founder and an active part. Expertly produced, earnestly performed and true to the heart and message of the Christian Bible, “I’m a Christian” is one of the most outspoken and courageous records to emerge from the gospel music genre in some time.


J. Walker (often stylized as J.Walker with no space) cites as main artistic influences such legends of the microphone as Tupac Shakur, Lecrae, Jahaziel, J. Cole, Andy Mineo, and Drake. His style of rapping shares many of the best attributes of these while adding a healthy portion of his own character, particularly in the way of lyrical content, something in which Walker has a motivating interest.


Speaking of the message and meaning of his new LP, Walker writes, “The album title is a response to the questions, ‘Who are you?’ and ‘How do you identify yourself and find an identity?’ My response is, ‘I’m A Christian.’”


There’s more to this statement than may appear at first. With his music, Walker intends not only to proclaim his faith but also to examine the Christian lifestyle and help define what it is to take up the mantle of Christ.


“The album challenges the view of who Christians are and what a Christian is,” Walker explains. “I share my imperfect nature and flaws with listeners as well as typical elements of the christian walk and struggle that other Christians will recognize and identify with.”


J. Walker’s record reaches out to believers and seeks to soothe them. Like the Lion’s Den from which he comes, “I’m a Christian” brings sympathy and support to the children of God all over the world, and it does so through powerfully direct lines and rhymes set against a booming back beat.


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Welsh band Amser release new LP ‘Crochan’

The Welsh band known as Amser have released their latest LP record, “Crochan.” The album is composed of 11 original tracks, mainly instrumental but also with vocals, for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Bricsan independent music label without the support of corporate music entities. Steeped in the music tradition and spirit of Wales, yet with contemporary frills and a bluesy, jazzy undertone, “Crochan” by Amser is a record unlike any other from the heart of the United Kingdom.


“Crochan” by Amser (which mean ‘Cauldron’ and ‘Time,’ respectively) is a record which equally holds its own as fare for the serious music aficionado, or as a pleasing backdrop for social events, studying, or virtually any circumstance in general. This versatility is at least partially due to the aforementioned jazz attributes with which Amser embellishes their mode of folk music, which at its core is the modern folk sound of Wales.


Amser cite as main artistic influences a great list of beloved songwriters and instrumentalists, many of them from the ranks of guitar innovators like Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel, jazz greats like Miles Davis, Celtic and British folk players like the Chieftains and John Renbourne, and classical masterminds such as Steve Reich, Bohuslav Martinu and Igor Stravinsky. The Rolling Stones also make the list, which accounts for the quirky and creative nature of “Crochan”’s delightfully surprising tracks like “No Shoes Blues” and “Life’s a Riddle.”


The soul of Amser is guitarist Dave Stephen, a Welsh rock sculptor working largely with slate at his workshop in North Wales. He has been performing music for over 40 years and writes his own songs, often with fellow collaborator Gareth Moriarty and the occasional other. Asked to comment on Amser and their new “Crochan” record, he writes:


“This album (‘Crochan’) is the second by Amser. We specialise in mainly instrumental, self-penned pieces with a Celtic backdrop, although with all sorts of different influences. ‘Crochan’ also contains two songs with vocals, which is a new element.”

He closes his note with a simple mission statement.

“We play for the joy of playing.”

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Desert Sparrow releases debut EP ‘Leave This Town’

The indie music duo known as Desert Sparrow have released their debut EP record, “Leave This Town.” The record comprises four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 18 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release entirely without support of the corporate music infrastructure. A seamless blend of contemporary folk and old-fashioned, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll, “Leave This Town” is a raw and unadulterated serving of sound any music fan can get behind.


The heart and soul of Desert Sparrow are Kylie Adams and David Carreno. They cite as main artistic influences Fleetwood Mac, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Kings of Leon, and Angus and Julia Stone. This list of legendary groups does not add up to a round understanding of the Desert Sparrow style, however. Desert Sparrow are natural musicians in the truest sense of the word. Their undeniably great vocals and refreshingly tasteful instrumentation are merely ancillary qualities, the proverbial icing on the cake in light of startlingly solid songwriting that is (literally) packaged for play on public radio around the world.


The sense of Desert Sparrow simply going outside to enjoy themselves with a song or two and incidentally making a four-star album is palpable. This unassuming goodness is also reinforced by a characteristic humility that can’t help but distinguish them in the land of competition that is Los Angeles. Asked to describe their start in music, this modesty is plain to see.


They write that they began by attending “Singer-songwriter nights for fun. Everybody around us kept hassling us saying that we needed to give the music business a shot.”


Asked to describe the underlying message of their first official album, Desert Sparrow explains that “The main theme of the EP is believing in your dreams. Don’t let anything or anyone get you down. Get out there and make it happen. Don’t conform because it’s easy, be true to yourself.”


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Stan Swanson releases new EP ‘Driving Down to Eden’

The singer and songwriter known as Stan Swanson has released his latest EP record, “Driving Down to Eden.” The EP is composed of four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 14 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release on the Stony Meadow Records music label. Generally found online listed in the contemporary folk category, Swanson’s “Driving Down to Eden” is a purely American record colored brightly with earnest storytelling and a dash of rock ‘n’ roll.


That Swanson’s music should fall into the folk genre makes sense. He lists as main artistic influences Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Patty Larkin, Bob Lind, and the Beatles. Like the best folk artists, however, his overall timbre is his own and he sounds like no one but himself. As a songwriter with decades of experience playing his own music, this also seems intuitive. Swanson began writing music at the age of 13 in the 1960s.


“I write songs that speak to me on a personal level,” he explains. “Some have deeper messages than others. I mean, every songwriter writes about falling in love as well as falling out of love. And, yes, I have written my fair share of those. But I also relate to the folk music of the sixties which was a great era for songs that had something special to say.”


Like some of the best loved folk tunes of that epoch, however, there’s more to Swanson’s sound than the traditional folk pattern.


“I am a very eclectic songwriter and although I feel my roots are in the folk genre, my songs take me in every direction possible.”


Swanson’s inclination to diverge from typical modes of folk music is a reflection of his own multifaceted nature. While ‘Driving Down to Eden” is his most widely distributed album to date, he is also the published author of several popular books available online.


Swanson writes, “I split most of my time between writing novels and performing. I have written eight books and am working on a couple more.”


Nevertheless, fiction can only satisfy his muse by so much.


“I’ve played in many groups and bands and then went solo for awhile. I left the music scene for several years, but that magical pull finally brought me back. There’s nothing quite like it.”


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Jeff Gray releases new single ‘The Stories’

The composer and producer of electronic dance music known as Jeff Gray has released his latest single, “The Stories,” featuring Corey Friesenhan. The track has been proudly published as an independent release entirely without financial backing from the corporate music industry. Spacious and ethereal, rhythmic and buoyant, vivifying and full of drum ‘n’ bass, “The Stories” is a single which helps define the signature Australian EDM sound called Melbourne bounce.


The DJ from southeastern Australia cites as main artistic influences many of the world’s most respected contemporary digital musicians, such as Avicci, Will Sparks, Calvin Harris, Joel Fletcher, SWM, TJR, and Reece Low. Gray’s own style, however, is only tinted by such inspirations, having an overall color which takes its hue from the sonic culture of his locale.


After leaving the New South Wales Police Force, Gray began performing as a DJ all around the area’s best dance clubs. His official bio states that “Jeff Gray earned his stripes at venues such as the Goulburn Workers Club, the Burns Club in Canberra, the Mittagong RSL Club and various other venues in Goulburn, the Southern Highlands, and the Australian Capital Territory.”


Gray picked up music at the age of seven, beginning with guitar. When the rest of his life got in the way of his music, it would take many years before working as a disc jockey for parties and clubs started his creative machinery whirling again.


“I enjoy playing and making music that makes me feel good,” he writes. “If I can replicate that feeling in others, then that’s a bonus. Music should always be a visceral experience and I hope to invoke many different emotions with music I play and produce.”


Jeff Gray has been producing music now since 2011. His featured musician on “The Stories,” Corey Friesenhan, is a seasoned producer in his own right and will release the second volume of his popular vocal sessions collection, “Banshee,” in October of 2014.


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La’Que releases new LP ‘Who’s Backstabbing Who?’

The veterans of R ‘n’ B music known as La’Que have released their latest LP record album, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” The album is composed of nine original songs for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been released on the Walking Tall Records independent music label. Slick, sonorous, and irresistibly debonaire, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” is an album which can’t help but revive the fire in the hearts of all who hear it.


La’Que cite as main artistic influences such notable performers as Anthony Hamilton, Paul McCartney, Maxwell, and the Temptations. Their signature, inimitable style is gilt with common qualities of all these, but retains that attribute which is perhaps most important to the groove and timbre of an R ‘n’ B record: that unmistakable Chicago sound.


With tracks written by longtime La’Que members Jimmy Lloyd and Terry Snodgrass, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” is a reminder of what made R ‘n’ B unforgettable in its golden era of the 1970s. Bedecked with strings, bass, three-part harmonies and impeccable lead vocals, La’Que’s new album is easily superior to most of the rhythm and blues played regularly on today’s public radio stations.


Speaking of the themes of their new LP, La’Que write that it is, “Very direct to its listeners. We make our music believable and to the point. Our titles of our songs are self-explanatory and very heartfelt and soulful.”


More than merely meaningful, however, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” has more boogie in its heels than James Brown at a Sunday service. Music fans who enjoy records by artists like the Four Tops, the Spinners, and Gladys Knight and the Pips are sure to be enthusiastic about this new LP from one of mid-western Chicago’s most striking and unstoppable R ‘n’ B groups.


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Frank Arnold releases new single ‘World In Between’

The composer and producer of electronic music known as Frank Arnold has released his latest official single, “World In Between.” It has been published on the Galileo Dreams Recordings independent music label and is available at iTunes, Beatport, and everywhere good digital music is sold. Mellow, spacious, and populated with several undeniable melodic phrases, “World In Between” is a reminder of just how good modern electronic music can be.


German-born Berliner Frank Arnold cites as main artistic influences Enigma and Jean-Michel Jarre. He has also been quoted as preferring music by such composers as Astrix, Astral Projection, Infected Mushroom, Schiller, Above & Beyond, Kaskade, and ATB. Arnold’s own music is often much more subdued than what is expected of the EDM genre, however. Billed on iTunes as electronic, ambient, and lounge music, Arnold’s “World In Between” is perhaps best considered an example of what fans of electronic dance music often refer to as “chillout” music.


Frank Arnold has been playing music since the age of nine, at which age he discovered an accordion in his parents’ flat. He took accordion lessons for many years before hearing Jean-Michel Jarre’s seminal album, “Oxygen IV” on the radio. (Jarre has been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records four times for performing the largest concert ever; 3.5 million people attended his show in Moscow). After being inspired by Jarre, Arnold dedicated himself to the practice and production of electronic music.


Arnold began to focus on sound design and synthesis in the early ’90s, producing several demo tapes which were ignored by record companies in that highly competitive and elitist era of professional music. He left off music production for software development until 2004, when he was exposed to Chicane, Enigma, and the talented trance artists of Israel’s digital music underground. Since that time, Frank Arnold has been sculpting his own music style, which he considers to be an amalgam of ambient, trance, and pop music.


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