Hip hop artist Yayo releases new single ‘Live It Up’

The hip-hop artist from Houston, TX known internationally as Yayo has released his latest single, “Live It Up.” Like the rest of his repertoire, the single has been proudly published as an independent release on the MadMan Entertainment, LLC record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Upbeat, brightly toned, and full of rhythm and groove, “Live It Up” is the latest evidence that Yayo is a name to watch for music fans and DJs alike in 2017 and beyond.

Yayo sites as main artistic influences Kanye West, Jay Z, Rihanna, and Young Jeezy. These tastes appear in his own music several ways, including his penchant for writing infectious hooks, the use of analog and digital instrumentation, and writing lines and rhymes that are as fun as they are easy to sing along with.

Asked to talk about the themes of his new single, Yayo writes, “My single is about enjoying life. Live It Up means being grateful everyday for the time we get to spend with our family and friends. Live it up! You could die any minute. Everyday you gonna see me living to the fullest.”

Yayo attended Curtis High school in Staten Island, NY and graduated from Kashmere High School in Houston, TX. He played basketball at the University of New Orleans, and a year later, transferred to Yuba College in Yuba City, CA, where he continued his passion and love for basketball. While attending Yuba he suffered a knee injury, and his search for self-expression led him down a new path: music.

After leaving Yuba college, Yayo enrolled at San Jose City College to finish up school, but soon made a life-changing decision to pursue his passion for music. Yayo made a personal commitment to remain in San Jose and enjoy the California lifestyle of beaches and mountains – his source of inspiration and motivation to complete his debut mixtape: “No Sleep + Hustle.”

“Live It Up” by Yayo Is available from over 700 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early, hip-hop fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Rapper P.O.P. releases full-length album ‘As We Know It’

The indie hip hop artist known as Patterns of Perfection (P.O.P.) has released his new LP record, “As We Know It.” The full-length album contains 10 original tracks for a total listening time of over half an hour. Like the rapper’s other material, it has been proudly published on the World Records® independent music label without the aid or direction of the corporate music industry. A work of both perceptive urban poetry and colorful melodic character, “As We Know It” is further evidence that Patterns of Perfection is one of hip hop’s most inventive indie artists today.

Asked to cite some influences for his “As We Know It” LP, Patterns of Perfection points to “All genres of music. Any musician or band who has a unique sound or art that they have developed. Philosophy, politics, history and dreams.”

While this may sound too broad to glean anything about the album, in fact P.O.P.’s record sounds exactly like this. If unique styles from several categories of music and creativity were poured into the ear of a man with a taste for old-school hip hop, and if this man were socially aware and had plenty of thoughts on a range of topics, he might produce a record very much like “As We Know It.”

Audiophiles can get a good grasp of how singular Patterns’ brand of rap is by paying attention to the open-verse method and reflexive use of vocabulary on “Elsewhere,” Track 3, and by listening to the catchy melody lines and pop sensibilities present in “Matrimony,” Track 7. The songs are very unlike one another, and they are much unlike the other songs on the record. It is a multifaceted LP with something for every fan of hip hop (or even only of poetry).

Also notable is the analog methodology behind P.O.P.’s music.

“My music is created from scratch from start to finish,” he writes. “There are no pre-made samples. I use virtual or physical instruments, including beat boxes, and implement everything manually.”

This translates into textures which allow for minimalism in instrumentation, letting his lyric talent stay in the spotlight where it belongs.

Asked to describe the overall theme of the record, Patterns of Perfection is concise.

“That nothing truly ends,” he says.

“As We Know It” by Patterns of Perfection is available from over 700 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hip hop fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Stark Sound Lab releases new EP ‘Assembly Line’

The master of Moog known as Stark Sound Lab has released its final EP for 2016, “Assembly Line.” This EP was first published November 8th and has been enhanced for this release. It has been published on the Stark Records independent label, making it the latest in a flurry of quality Singles, EPs and Albums from Stark Sound Lab that include “New Day,” “Wally’s Woes,” “Haunting Memories” and two volumes of “Vintage Undercover Moog,” all dropped in Q4 2016. Marked by mechanical melody lines and deliberately synthetic syncopation, “Assembly Line” is poised to become the new flagship EP from Stark Sound Lab for 2016. Two of the most popular tracks, Doug’s Garage Band and Ant Farm were released as singles on September 17th and Oct 24th, respectively.

Canada’s Stark Sound Lab has cited as influences the Residents, Bob Moog, Vangelis, Wendy Carlos, Dick Hyman, Brian Eno, and Holly Herndon. Its own style is founded on a vintage collection of Moog keyboards which would fill any aficionado of classic instruments with awe. Its series of records explore the possibilities of these Moogs with clever enthusiasm, but also create collections of original songs which have their own individual character apart from the others.

And “Assembly Line?”

Stark Sound Lab says, “It was inspired by working on the line.” It is described as “a collection of electronic dance originals that keep things moving.”

They have also alluded to Track 4 on the EP, giving “Special Thanks to Donald Trump for inspiring ‘Electrical Votes,'” as well as “special thanks to Lamborghini Uptown Toronto for the sounds of the Lamborghini Huracán used on ‘Doug’s Garage Band.'”

Stark Sound Lab’s current official bio describes the project as creating New Age, Minimalistic and Experimental Sound Designs that invoke impressionistic and expressionistic experiences.

“Each soundscape is crafted so what you hear becomes illusory, with some sounds appearing to be inches from you, several feet away or far in the distance, while others emanate from directions that are virtually inexplicable.”

The Stark Sound Lab story begins in Marin County and San Francisco, California, 1968, when the Moog keyboard sound was all but ubiquitous and revolution was in the air. The late 1970s brought SSL to the North Bay. Stark Sound Lab now writes, performs and produces music in Oakville, Ontario.

“Assembly Line” from Stark Sound Lab, as well as the rest of the growing SSL repertoire, is available at over 700 quality digital music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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USA: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/stark-sound-lab/id1157093551

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UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Assembly-Line-Stark-Sound-Lab/dp/B01N0H8PU4

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Rapper Ty$on releases new album ‘Purgatory’

The artist of hip hop known as Ty$on has released his latest LP rap record, “Purgatory.” The album has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. “Purgatory” by Ty$on has been distributed online via Spinrilla.com and is hosted by DJ Ace Boogie Nola. Featuring elements of old-school, dirty south and cutting-edge American hip hop for a heavy hitting style that is all his own, “Purgatory” by Ty$on is the newest reason for music fans to acquaint themselves with this original musician from New Orleans.

Along with Rico, Ty$on is one half of the popular hip hop duo, Da Winners. Both rappers appear in the official video for “Fienin,” Track 2 of “Purgatory,” directed by Dr. Clipz (link provided below).

Ty$on has cited as main artistic influences Curren$y, Lil’ Wayne, Cam’ron, Tupac Shakur, Easy-E, Ice Cube, MC Eiht, UNLV, Juvenile, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. His own music is marked by personal, off-the-cuff urban poetry with an aggressive delivery style backed by modern beats, deep bass cuts and catchy melody hooks.

Ty$on moved to Savannah, GA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, where according to his bio, his music career began to unfold. Years after his return to New Orleans, Ty$on released two mixtapes before collaborating with fellow rapper Rico to found Da Winners.

The current official bio of Da Winners says of Ty$on, “With a combination of smooth, trippy banging beats and lifestyle lyrics, Ty$on is one artist to be on the look out for.”

If the artistic output of Ty$on over the last two years is any indication, the underground hip hop scene can expect much more music from the Louisiana rapper in the months to come, so fans have all the reason in the world to keep up with T. and Da Winners.

“Purgatory” by Ty$on, hosted by DJ Ace Boogie Nola, is available online worldwide from Spinrilla.com now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Experimental composer Josh Stewart releases new LP ‘Proemial’

The experimental composer internationally known as Josh Stewart has released his new, epic LP album, “Proemial.” The record contains eight original tracks plus seven bonus commentary entries for an approximate total listening time of one hour. Sweeping, soaring, multifaceted and as complex as the listener’s imagination allows it to be, “Proemial” is a record for hardcore aficionados and ambient music fans alike.

Josh Stewart cites as main artistic influences composers of soundtracks and soundscapes such as Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Hans Zimmer, and Thomas Newman, but also forward-thinking pop groups like Bon Iver.

His “Proemial” album differs from the rest of his repertoire, as well as from nearly everything else the music world has to offer, in having been written from the percussion upward, rather than the other way around. This puts the drums in a directorial role controlling the mode and tone of the music instead of relegating them to mere timekeepers.

“It’s really this conversation piece between a drum kit and music around it,” writes Stewart. “The concept began with this idea: what happens when a drummer sits down behind a drum kit, and plays with no set tempo and no set grooves, no direction, just a blank canvas for him to say whatever he feels?”

Stewart then composed the rest of the piece around – not to say on top of – the drums, allowing them to keep a primary and prominent place in each of the eight selections.

“So it was this experiment of beginning a series of compositional pieces with a drum performance, and then seeing how that would inspire music that would later be written around it.”

The drummer in question is Atlanta, GA’s rhythm machine, TJ Rodriguez. At 20 years old, Rodriguez has already made a career for himself after studying percussion at the Atlanta Institute of Music. A full-time drummer for various artists around the city, playing drums is his principle business. Stewart and Rodriguez have been friends for a little over two years. TJ Rodriguez delivers his own line of commentary about “Proemial” on Track 11, “The Heart of the Drummer.”

Josh Stewart’s music career began from a bard’s perspective – that music originates in the telling of tales. Asked to describe his start as a composer, he answers, “Out of my own curiosity of storytelling. I didn’t grow up playing or writing music. But when I began college, that was when music and writing began to become an interest and byproduct of loving to tell stories and of having stories told to me.”

But Stewart is also known for making music from the perspective of the listener. “Proemial” (from the Greek for ‘introductory’) serves as a self-examination for him, but also of the music fan.

“[Making the album] was a process of deconstructing how I write music. Hopefully, this gives listeners a fresh way of listening to a song. But even deeper, how a drum kit can talk to music, and command it. It was less about genre or song structure but focused more on color and conversation within music. It was an organic experience in seeing what music can come from. It was a true representation of what the drummer was feeling and thinking while playing. The music personifies his feeling and emotions.”

“Proemial” by Josh Stewart is available online worldwide beginning late 20 January 2016 and may be sampled at the official Josh Stewart website now (link provided below). Get in early, fans of ambient and experimental music. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Vicci Flame releases new hip hop single ‘We Already Did’

The up-and-coming hip hop artist known as Vicci Flame has released his latest single, “We Already Did.” The track has been published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Unique, creative, and bringing a sound never before heard in the West Coast, East Coast, or Dirty South underground scenes, “We Already Did” by Vicci Flame is a single rap fans everywhere in the world should hear.

Vicci Flame cites as main artistic influences Lil Wayne, Future, Tupac Shakur, Generation X, Dr. Dre, and Will I Am. His own sound on “We Already Did” might be most likened to Dre in the deepness of its groove, but the tone is something all his own and can’t be compared. In fact, it is the single’s originality which led Flame to producing the song on his own to begin with.

“I went to a studio and they couldn’t reproduce the beat I heard in my head,” Vicci Flame says, “so I bought equipment and made it myself.”

The result is a track which immediately stands out on its own. Imagining studio professionals having a hard time reproducing “We Already Did” as Vicci Flame has created it is easy.

The track has a message, too. Flame describes it, “We are already having fun. We already did what others are trying to do – so let’s just have a good time.”

While “We Already Did” may be the most outstanding release by Vicci Flame to date, it doesn’t represent his absolute beginning in music.

“Ever since I first heard Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean,’” he says, “I knew what I wanted to do with my life – learn how to record and produce music.”

Since those days Vicci Flame has produced for many industry and upcoming artists and has been called “something like an urban legend in the streets and in recording studios.” He has drawn comparisons to the Weeknd and Young Thug. He is currently writing his first screenplay, “Get Yo Bandz Up,” and has a clothing line called VICCI.

“We Already Did” by Vicci Flame is available online worldwide beginning Christmas, 2016. Get in early, hip hop fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Conal Flood releases new dance single ‘Playing Me’

The DJ and music producer known as Conal Flood has released his latest EDM single, “Playing Me.” The track has been proudly published on the Resident Records independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Classy, soulful and built on a foundation of rhythm ‘n’ blues and contemporary digital dance music, “Playing Me” is evidence that Conal Flood is a name to watch in 2017.

Ireland’s Conal Flood cites as main artistic influences Above & Beyond, Anjunabeats, and Anjunadeep. His own sound is cosmopolitan, accessible, and likely to appeal to a broad range of music fans, especially those on the fence between R-n-B and EDM. “Playing Me” features top-shelf female vocals, traditional instrumentation and surgically precise studio production for a sparkling result which fits any nightclub or living room playlist.

Commenting on the themes of his new track, Conal Flood writes, “In such complicated times we live in, I believe electronic music can bring us together for that small moment. People set their differences aside, race, religion, politics, none of it matters in the moment, maybe the world’s not so bad, it’s just how we make it in that period of time.”

Conal Flood has spent most of his life creating music. His own Resident Records label is dedicated to giving back to the music community.

“All I want to do is share with the world what I love doing,” says Flood. “After years of production I started Resident Records to help other artists like myself get forward in an already tough industry. I’ve always had the desire to give people that feeling of peace and release from every day stresses in a fast productive world we live in.”

“Playing Me” by Conal Flood is available online worldwide from over 700 digital music purveyors now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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