The Tables Turned feat. Armstrong release video single ‘Ro Sham Bo’

The multi-talented music crew known as the Tables Turned have released their newest official video single, “Ro Sham Bo.” The track is a funk song with old-school hip hop in its bones, the video for which showcases the Tables Turned as purveyors and masters of both. In addition to the extensive talents of the Tables Turned, themselves, “Ro Sham Bo” features Armstrong delivering snappy, up-front vocals. The video and single have been published on the Activity Entertainment music label. Energetic and uplifting with an unstoppable back beat, “Ro Sham Bo” is rhythm and groove that fans of any genre can get behind.


The Tables Turned (who take their name from ‘turntable’ and use a 45 adapter as their logo) have a pared-down, sparse quality to their songwriting which is deceptively rich and complex in tone. This gives them a full and warm sound on “Ro Sham Bo” while the song itself revolves around a simple, infectious horn sample carrying the tune. There’s a hint of jazz in the way the trumpet falls away at the end of each phrase.


“We have diverse backgrounds and we share eclectic tastes,” write the Tables Turned. “Jimmy Moreno and DJ No Shame play in a band named Gonzo together. Gonzo has nine guys, including Michael Klooster [Smash Mouth]. Jimmy Moreno and DJ No shame decided they would like to form a project similar to Gonzo, but with a base of three band members along with guest artists.”


Their cited influences include artists from the rock, funk, experimental, hip-hop, and jazz genres. Narrowing these to specifics, Parliament Funkadelic, Devo, Victor Wooten, Fela Kuti, and J Dilla emerge as key notables.


The themes of “Ro Sham Bo” are lighthearted and devil-may-care, the song being named after the rochambeau game, often called Rock, Paper, Scissors in America.


“The message that the video conveys is, we all have our failures but we must rise each time we fall,” writes the band. “Sometimes you just need to trust fate in making life’s decisions.”


The “Ro Sham Bo” video by the Tables Turned is available online worldwide beginning 25 May 2014.


-S. McCauley

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Tom Oprendek releases new LP ‘Storm Comin”

The singer and songwriter of rock music known as Tom Oprendek has released his latest LP album, “Storm Comin’.” The record is composed of 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. Categorized variously as pop, folk-pop, folk-rock and indie-pop music, the record features songs penned and composed in the classic American style and masterful rock performances.


Asked to cite some main artistic influences, Oprendek mentions that his inspirations come from “folk and folk-rock/pop songwriters” in general.


“My father worked at the Capitol Records record pressing plant in Scranton, PA in the ’60s and ’70s and he would bring home copies of the records Capitol was pressing at the time,” he writes. “I was exposed to an eclectic mix of folk, country, rock, pop, world and swing/jazz music from a very early age.”


Oprendek mentions Nat “King” Cole, Sam Cooke, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, the Kingston Trio, the Beatles, the Band, Trini Lopez, Joe South, Count Basie, and Hank Williams.


“Touring the record plant sparked my interest in the whole process of composing and recording music.”


Records aside, however, Oprendek became particularly enthusiastic about the film biography of Hank Williams, “Your Cheating Heart.”


“I was so impressed by Hank William’s ability to write songs that I wanted to become a songwriter,” he says.


The themes of “Storm Comin’” are romantic in nature, but not syrupy. This fits well with the album’s tone, which is folk at heart with a classic-rock sound.


“The album title,” writes Oprendek, “is also the name of one of the songs on the album. ‘Storm Comin” is a metaphor for change or, more precisely, the anxious moments of uncertainty in anticipation of a change and prior to fully embracing the change. This feeling of uncertainty and anxiety prior to embracing the change can occur in many situations whether it’s a change within a relationship, taking a moral or political stand or advocating for social justice issues.”


In addition to the skills of Tom Oprendek, himself, “Storm Comin’” features the talents of Jerry Cortez, Steve Riley, and Kincaid Miller.


“Storm Comin’” by Tom Oprendek is available online worldwide beginning 25 May 2014.


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Nigel Perkins releases new EP album ‘You Could Be the One’

The singer, songwriter and performer known as Nigel Perkins has released his latest EP record, “You Could Be the One.” The EP is the most significant release from Perkins to date and stands as his definitive record, placing him among the most respectable R ‘n’ B artists to publish records in Q2. It comprises five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. “You Could Be the One” has been released on the 2013-2112 Records music label.


Nigel Perkins cites as main artistic influences Michael Jackson, Usher, Akron, Jodeci, Trey Songz, Jagged Edge,112, and Chris Brown. His own signature style and tone is a balanced blend of the best attributes of these, mixed also with a healthy dose of razor-sharp studio production.


This is unsurprising, as Perkins began his music career alongside the powerhouse production duo of Monyea Crawford and Richard Rollie of LoveChild Prods., whose combined credits include such names as TLC, Boyz II Men, Lloyd, N- Toon, Tony Rich and Arrested Development, Jagged Edge, 112, Joi, Anthony David, Klymaxx, Van Hunt, American Idol’s Randy 
Jackson, Jesse Johnson of the Time, and Jill Scott.


While working with Crawford and Rollie, Nigel Perkins released popular singles including “Hit the Floor,” “Body Talk,” and “R U ready for Love.” These songs paved Perkins’ way to a spot in 3XL Magazine. His music was soon featured also on their debut mixtape, as well as on DJ Cri$tyle and the Legion of Doom’s Late Night Tip Mixtape.


Nigel Perkins, a tireless stage performer from Atlanta, GA, is constantly touring the American Southeast and has recently been billed with BET’s Comic View and HBO’s Battle of the Comedians, and as one of the opening acts for a great roster of top R&B and hip-hop stars.


The “You Could Be the One” EP by Nigel Perkins is available online worldwide.


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Shawt releases new LP ‘Black Roses’

The rapper known as Shawt has released his latest LP album, “Black Roses.” The titanic record comprises 15 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of one full hour. It has been proudly released on the EastBeast Entertainment music label. A hardcore rap record from the American South with roots grabbing deep into the hip-hop underground, “Black Roses” stands as proof that Shawt is not just here at last, but here for good.


Shawt (who also performs under the professional name, Shawt Fella) cites as main artistic influences only Michael Jackson and Sean Carter (Jay-Z). His unmistakable, inimitable style results from a blend of East Coast and “Dirty South” rap fundamentals, capped by a unique mode of delivery which marks him as a staple of the New-Orleans hip hop scene. Among other titles, Shawt has been referred to as the “Creole Spice of Rap.”


Shawt’s music is anchored in his steadfast attention to lyrical excellence. Having come to music via his penchant for writing poetry, Shawt ensures that every track he pens has at its heart a solid ground in content. Speaking of the themes on which “Black Roses” was built, Shawt writes, “[I’m] sharing real life situations that are going on in my environment and life, and offering solutions to the problems that are plaguing my community.”


Shawt Fella’s official bio marks him as “one of the most profitable unsigned mixtape artists in Louisiana.” He broke mainstream during a stint with Johnathan Bender’s Akright Records label, during which he worked with such popular figures as Scarface, Lil’ Mo, the Clipse, Currency and Mack Mane, as well as producers including Mannie Fresh, KLC and Fiend. His EastBeast Ent. mixtapes flowed freely following his split from Akright: “South Tsunami,” “Rolling Stones,” “It’s Him Again,” “No Excuses,” and now, “Black Roses,” arguably his most widely anticipated LP in recent years.


“Black Roses” by Shawt is available online worldwide.


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Francesco Grieco releases new EP ‘With Love from California’

The producer and composer of electronic music known as Francesco Grieco has released his latest EP album, “With Love from California.” The record comprises six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 25 minutes. It has been proudly published independent of support from the corporate music industry on the FGrieco Productions record label. Endlessly danceable and full of style and groove, “With Love from California” introduces Francesco Grieco as one of Santa Barbara’s premier and eminent electronic music artists today.


Grieco cites as main artistic influences Late Night Alumni, Masters at Work, Kaskade, Jamiroquai, Daft Punk, Phaeleh, Lisa Shaw, Miguel Migs, Zero 7, Fred Everything, and Chuck Love. In addition to his own considerable and evident skills, his “With Love from California” also features the talents of Anna Sheree and Trevor Jones.


Grieco’s official bio describes his sound by saying, “The international influences of Francesco’s hometown, his musical father, and travels to Europe molded his unique electronic music style ranging from down-tempo, and house, to deep-soulful house, and many other sub-genres of electronic dance music.”


Speaking of the themes contained in his new record, Grieco writes, “’With Love…’ features the influences of where I was living. Since I love to travel, I have been to many places, and will continue to visit new countries and experience new cultures. I noticed in my travels that the culture, people, and lifestyle of each place I visited influenced the sound of my music in many ways.


“With this project I want to capture that feeling and share it with you. This EP is a musical postcard that showcases the musical influence and artists of the locations I visited. Growing up in California, it is only fitting that I honor the state that influences my music by releasing the first album of the series, ‘With Love from California.’”


Grieco is an Italian-American music artist and founder of Santa Barbara’s FGrieco Productions. He has been making music since the age of 15, when he became a DJ.


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Nicko Bellic releases self-titled album ‘Bellic’

The composer and producer of electronic music known as Nicko Bellic has released his new, self-titled album, “Bellic.” The record comprises nine original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been proudly released independent of support from the corporate music industry on the NickoBellic Music record label. It is Bellic’s most significant official release to date and currently represents the definitive Nicko Bellic LP album.


Bellic’s official Facebook page cites as his “favorite” music acts Deadmau5, the Expendables, Faithless, and Cypress Hill. These do not give a round understanding of his own sound, however. The music included on “Bellic” is soaked in jazz, blues and drum ‘n’ bass, with an overarching basis on electronica. His tones are reminiscent of Moby’s titanic “Play” record, in that the “Bellic” LP is endlessly classy, cool, and smooth. Fans of electronic music from before the dubstep craze will find a good friend in the Nicko Bellic record.


Bellic hails from the oft-underrated music hotbed of Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been an outspoken advocate for independent music and liberal digital distribution. His fans are likewise outspoken as well as loyal, drawn to his creative use of instrumentation, back beats, and cleverly chosen samples. The high production value of “Bellic” shows clearly that his talent for working out a melody line is paired also with ample chops as a studio engineer.


Previous to the present release of “Bellic,” Nicko Bellic was known for his collaboration with WorthIsBorn and DopeThought, DropInOcean, which was published on the SLC-based MakeMind record label. In contrast to the groovy, brass-filled tunes of his self-titled LP, DropInOcean has built a reputation for their rare blend of R ‘n’ B, EDM and hip-hop music, many of the best attributes have been carried into his solo project.


“Bellic” by Nicko Bellic is available online worldwide. Get in early.


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Catherine Parks releases debut single ‘Young Girls’

The singer and songwriter known as Catherine Parks has released her debut R ‘n’ B single, “Young Girls.” The track has been released on the Blue Chip City Records music label. Cool, blue, passionate and smooth, “Young Girls” will appeal to fans of jazz, blues and R ‘n’ B alike, and stands to place Catherine Parks beside some of the best singers in the scene overnight.


Catherine Parks cites only Lauren Hill and Michael Jackson as artistic influences, and while the clarity and precision of Parks’ singing is reminiscent of Lauren Hill’s, she has a sultry sound on “Young Girls” which would have fit well in jazz and blues clubs of the 1940s and ’50s. Her measured cadence and breathless intonation give her a class and style which cannot be faked and is rare to find.


The themes of her first single are romantic in nature. “Young Boys say they love you – just for fun,” one lyric runs.


Speaking of the themes of her song, Parks writes, “The song’s positive message encourages ‘Young Girls’ everywhere to ‘Keep on Believing,’ and to wait for the right guy who will appreciate you. And above all — believe in yourself because you are ‘Good Enough.’”


Catherine Parks’ official bio describes her as an American singer-songwriter based in Ohio. She has been writing songs since the age of 12. Her father’s substance abuse problem forced her to move regularly, and she attended more than eight schools in Ohio. She credits this with giving her sound depth of character.


“Moving a lot allowed me the opportunity to meet all different types of people and live in more than one type of environment,” she writes. “These real-life experiences have inspired some of the best lyrics I’ve ever written.”


Parks has written songs for the pop, R ‘n’ B, alt-rock, and country music genres. Her debut EP album is scheduled for release soon in 2014.


“Young Girls” by Catherine Parks is available online worldwide. Get in early.


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