New York’s DJ SeanKev releases new LP ‘HouseFunkysco’

New York’s famous spinner of vinyl records known as DJ SeanKev has released his latest LP record, “HouseFunkySco.” The long-playing album comprises 16 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of nearly one hour, making for a comprehensive serving of the mix master’s material. It has been proudly published on the Seankev Records independent music label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Aptly named, “HouseFunkysco” is packed with endless amounts of funk and groove, and represents one of the best examples of the 1990s tradition of mixing beats from vinyl to be released in more than 20 years.

DJ Seankev hails from NYC’s Queens area, where he learned to spin and mix vinyl albums in the 1980s and ’90s. Often referred to in purist DJ circles as “Doctor of the Mix,” Seankev has been a traditional house-music DJ since the very innovation of the sound.

“I, myself, have been influenced by past and present DJs from around the world,” he writes, “but what separates me is my unique style of how I mix and play.”

This style was standard nearly three decades ago when the musician was learning the ropes from legends like producer Boyd Jarvis. But today, even headlining giants like Deadmau5 have pointed out that many modern DJs simply “press play” on a CD player and do precious little else during live performances. By contrast, SeanKev’s shows are analog and non-digital. His discs are high-quality vinyl, many of them prized antiques in pristine condition. His record collection is a work of art in itself, bearing the highly selective taste of their owner.

SeanKev’s new release, “HouseFunkysco,” showcases the aplomb with which he brings these beats and sounds together from albums pressed long ago. In his music old and new are seamlessly blended. His LP is a fresh group of songs imagined through an old tradition, realized by mixing classic, vintage records for a brand-new, 2015 release.

“My album shares a real, divine message of dancing and of feeling free to the music,” writes the DJ of his new LP. “It gives off a certain vibe to the body and soul, takes a person back in the good-old days in New York City when the clubs of my era in the ’90s were ‘the place to be.’ I had a real good time producing this sound for the world to enjoy.”

SeanKev has performed live with titans like Natasha Diggs, among others. A characteristically humble man, he outspokenly believes that the sound of soul music can spiritually heal a person and align their chakras. He considers the uniformly positive reaction of dancers at his live shows to be living proof of this.

“HouseFunkysco” by DJ SeanKev is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of beats and dance music. Very early.

-S. McCauley

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Shaniece Page releases new single ‘Number One Fan’

The singer and songwriter known as Shaniece Page has released her latest single, “Number One Fan.” The track has been proudly published on the In Us We Trust LLC independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. A track with melody, energy, and infinite danceability, “Number One Fan” is an RnB single that DJs around the world are absolutely certain to agree on.

Shaniece Page cites as main artistic influences Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, “and many more.” Her own style reflects the raw talent of Carey, the vocal precision of Houston, the taste and class of Blige, and the undeniable grooviness of Khan. Her music is accessible to nearly every group of music listeners.

Playing into this strength, Page has released her new single in three editions, one with unadulterated explicit content, another edited for radio and public play, and a third remix with digital elements specifically produced for that unmistakable European-house-music sound.

The characteristically humble, yet powerfully confident Page began her singing career in a church choir. She writes of the themes of “Number One Fan” that her single talks about “keeping your significant other’s attention and making sure they are your Number One Fan.”

An extremely well-traveled American singer, Shaniece Page was born in Florida and spent time in Georgia, Texas, Canada and New York before settling in the music hotbed of Atlanta. She has commented that her greatest inspirations have been Whitney Houston and her mother, Cynthia Colston.

The age of 25 found Page attending Morris Brown where she performed in the choir under the celebrated music director, Dr. Gregory McPherson, whose work with the New Kids on the Block helped ensure their legacy. After polishing her direct and arresting stage performance to a high shine, Page began playing every venue she could fit into her increasingly busy performance calendar. Her official bio points out her fan bases in the Virgin Islands, California, Texas, New York, Georgia, and many other states, besides.

Shaniece Page is currently working on her debut record, “Wife, Friend, Freak.” The album will feature her new single as her flagship, signature song.

“Number One Fan” by Shaniece Page is available online worldwide.

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Young Ent releases new single ‘United We Stand’

The rapper and songwriter known as Young Ent has released his latest hip hop single, “United We Stand.” The single has been published on the VanDyke Entertainment independent record label with loud, proud endorsement by the Fight…Win…Survive outreach and ministry [#FightWinSurvive]. A timely American anthem of encouragement and civil rights, “United We Stand” is a rap song fans of any music genre can get behind.

Young Ent cites as main artistic influences such legends of the mic as Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., Scarface, Ludacris, Run DMC, Busta Rhymes, Cash Money, Master P., Eminem, and DMX. His own sound on “United We Stand” combines the best traits of these while adding powerful attributes all his own, not the least of which is Ent’s rich, rolling natural singing voice.

Yet, perhaps the most powerful characteristic of the single remains its crucial lyrical content, the meaning of which strikes at the heart of today’s social injustices. “United We Stand” remarks upon the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and suffocation of Eric Garner on Staten Island, NY. Both deaths were at the hands of police officials. Neither of these African-American victims were armed.

Speaking with regard to the themes of his new single, Young Ent writes, “This song signifies the climate right now in America and the hope and desire to not be overtaken by it. Two grand jury decisions not to indict white cops who killed unarmed black men, the riots, the protests, the marches, the call for change, the hope for a better future, America and world.”

Not necessarily a straightforward hip-hop track, “United We Stand” has elements of rhythm ‘n’ blues, rap, and gospel music. It has been concurrently released with an alternate, “Lord’s Prayer Mix” version, available from online music outlets as “United We Stand (Lord).” This second, more spiritually profound edition includes Young Ent reciting the Lord’s Prayer at the end of the track [Matt. 9:6-13].

“United We Stand” is co-published by Fight…Win…Survive. Asked to comment on the motto of FWS, owner Steven A. VanDyke remarked, “Life’s circumstances can sometimes knock you or a loved one down, but it doesn’t have to knock you or them out!”

Fight…Win…Survive describes itself as “an encouragement merchandiser and ministry outreach that touches lives all over the world through positive reinforcement of love, trust, belief, inspiration, encouragement and faith.

“In this life everyone has to deal with something,” writes VanDyke. “When you stop and think about it, it is absolutely true!”

A recent statement from Fight…Win…Survive concerned their “Good Grade Challenge,” which the company has described as “a positive answer to the foolish challenge games that our kids were playing and posting online.”

FWS emphasizes that their new single, “United We Stand” “is all about everyone coming together for what is right. This song is set to be the theme of – not the civil rights movement of the past – but the ‘justice for all’ movement of the future.

“It’s not only about color,” writes VanDyke. “It’s about liberty and justice for all!”

“United We Stand” by Young Ent is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

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Pussy Stomp releases new LP ‘Guide for Shy Guys’

The purveyors of alternative blues music known as Pussy Stomp have released their latest full-length record, “Guide for Shy Guys.” The album has been proudly published on the Hopetone Records independent music label, which has been steadily garnering attention since its popular release of Takoma’s “Kerosene Belts” LP in late 2014. An aggressive, rocking and rolling blues record with a Gothic heart and a punk-rock soul, “Guide for Shy Guys” is an album with a ton of grit and style to spare.

Pussy Stomp cite as main influences many legends of sonic subculture such as the Birthday Party, the Cramps, Talking Heads, Joy Division, Big Black, Cop Shoot Cop, the Jesus Lizard, PJ Harvey, the Smiths, the Fall, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Nevertheless, their own sound is largely founded on the same blues tradition which gave rise to performers like Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker.

“We adore those bands from the British new wave of the ’80s and the post rock of the 1990s,” they write, “but we also love old blues and folk songs.”

Pussy Stomp are an Italian duo consisting of Skip Roberta and Buddy Chu Vanvera. Their official website pegs their sound as having come from out of the desert of Sardinia, one of the largest and most historically significant desert systems of Europe. Their new “Guide for Shy Guys” has been published on the heels of their “Superslut” EP, which hit shelves in 2014 courtesy of the Two Side Records label.

Asked to comment on the themes of their new record, they write, “We are not that wise! And we sing about even-less-wise characters. You know, people like Teddy Beer, or Belly Worm…”

Music by Pussy Stomp, like many of the most time-honored blues songs, is full of storytelling and narrative, much of it shadowy and amusingly irreverent.

“Maybe our album is a guide and an ode to shy guys like them, but all we feel like saying is B-Loose!” The advice alludes to one of their more prominent singles on the LP. “Find your own way, even in the darkest swamp.”

“Guide for Shy Guys” by Pussy Stomp is available online worldwide. Get in early.

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Europa’s Ocean releases new EP ‘Ambient Vivid Dreams’

The producer and composer of digital music known as Europa’s Ocean has released his latest EP record, titled, “Ambient Vivid Dreams.” The extended-play album has been published on the Europa Records independent music label, entirely without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music power structure. Bearing six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 36 minutes, it is closer to a full-length album than to a traditional EP and provides a roundly comprehensive showcase of music by Europa’s Ocean for listeners not yet acquainted.

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Europa’s Ocean has cited as main artistic influences such popular music groups as Secret Garden and Sigur Ros, with groups like Swans, Grimes, Tiësto, and Seven Lions as favorites also. As might be gathered from its title, the “Ambient Vivid Dreams” record is largely a work of ambient music, though terms like ‘chillout,’ ‘cinematic soundscape,’ and even ‘new age’ also appear as tags for the EP on the artist’s official BandCamp page.

While ‘ambient’ is certainly an appropriate descriptor for Europa’s Ocean’s new album, fans of the genre might be surprised at its highly melodic content. A category populated by soundscapes and sonic textures, rather than by orchestrated chord progressions and verse-chorus structuring, ambient does not typically offer many of the attributes contained in “Ambient Vivid Dreams.” Among other characteristics, Europa’s Ocean has written his music with traditional instrumentation and phrases over a background of ambient sound, making the record far more accessible to fans of many different music styles than it otherwise might be.

“My sound is crafted with harmonically rich synth pads and a strong piano melody,” writes the artist in his official bio online. “My goal is to create ethereal sonic landscapes with supernal reverb and huge stereo delay.”

With regard to the chosen name of his music project, he writes that “Europa’s ocean is the only other place in the universe where we are certain liquid water exists. And the possibility of life there is significant. My music is inspired by astronomy, theoretical physics, and of course Love of all forms.”

Europa is the sixth-closest moon of the planet Jupiter and is thought to be composed largely of ice.

“Ambient Vivid Dreams” is preceded by Europa’s Ocean’s “Ambient Ocean of Stars” EP published 1 April 2014 on his official BandCamp page.

“Ambient Vivid Dreams” by Europa’s Ocean is available online worldwide.

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Musician Taylor James releases ‘Say It’s Me / Living for You’ official video

The musician and songwriter known as Taylor James has released his latest official video, “Say It’s Me / Living for You.” The video has been released worldwide as one of the most anxiously awaited videos of Q1 2015. A classy, razor sharp video for a classy, razor-sharp track, the “Say It’s Me / Living for You” video by Taylor James is accessible to fans of any music genre and an instant classic [link provided below].

Taylor James (not to be confused to be with James Taylor) is a singer of soul and R ‘n’ B music best known for his signature blend of James Brown and Quincy Jones. James’ style is bass-driven and full of funk, retaining the best qualities of soul and rhythm-n-blues from the ’70s and ’80s while simultaneously adding his own attributes for a contemporary edge. Unlike much of the pop music churned out by the corporate music machine in the modern era, music by Taylor James has a live, analog quality that can’t easily be found amid the highly digitized and auto-tuned tracks which populate top-40 radio. Rich, real and full of groove and attitude, Taylor James’ “Say It’s Me / Living for You” video is not to be missed.

The video is the capstone of a series of capital Taylor James releases which began in November of 2014 with his “Good News” single and instrumental, rose to a crescendo with his popular “Olde School” LP, and mellowed for the holiday season with his newest EP, “A Taylormade Christmas.” Each of his recent releases has been published on the Hearts of Gold Music independent label to much fanfare and universal approbation.

Taylor James was born in 1953 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Jackson State University with a degree in music and a minor in recording engineering. He has been writing, recording and producing music since the age of 17. James served as drummer and lead vocalist for Wynd Chymes, whose two LP albums are still in circulation online. His own first album, “No Way Out” appeared on the Great Southern Productions (GSP) music label in 1984. He wrote and produced music under GSP from 1976-1990, after which time he built his own studio and recorded such popular artists as Willie Clayton, Bobby Rush, the William Brothers and the Canton Spirituals.

The “Say It’s Me / Living for You” official video by Taylor James is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

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Rock band Matyas & the Hybrid Mind release new EP ‘The Mornings’

The crew of rockers from Hungary known as Matyas and the Hybrid Mind have released their new EP record, “The Mornings.” The record has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Usually billed as pop rock but equally accessible to fans of alternative jazz or even adult contemporary music, “The Mornings” by Matyas and the Hybrid Mind is a piano-driven pop record of a quality one doesn’t hear often.

Hybrid Mind bandleader Matyas Bacsó is a Hungarian-born, classically-trained, award-winning pianist, singer, songwriter and composer. He cites as main artistic influences fellow pianist and composer from Hungary, Péter Máté, as well as jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, and Oscar Peterson. He names composers like Bach, Beethoven, Bartók, Strauss, and Gershwin, and rounds out his favorites with pop legends: Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Beatles, Billy Joel, Abba, Queen, Stevie Wonder…

As this list might suggest, “The Mornings” by Matyas and the Hybrid Mind is a synergy of moods, modes and tones. The early work of Elvis Costello comes to mind, as well as the best piano music by Joe Jackson. Nothing like it is currently being produced anywhere in the world.

“As far as I remember I always wanted to be a pianist,” Matyas writes of his start in music. “When I was seven I started learning to play the piano. Very soon after I was already composing my first pieces. A few years later I got into singing and very much enjoyed that I could accompany myself on the piano.”

Particularly notable about “The Mornings” is that it contains two bonus tracks written in the songwriter’s native Hungarian. Even more interesting is that the EP represents his first collection of songs written in English, and certainly the listener could never suspect it.

But what of ‘the Hybrid Mind?’

“The name ‘Hybrid Mind’ comes from Matyas’ dilemma of not wanting to limit himself to a particular genre,” the band writes. “As he describes it, ‘When I had to play classical music I wanted to play popular music. When I played popular music I was hoping get into jazz, and after I got into jazz I started to miss classical music.’ Eventually he realized that he is a ‘hybrid mind,’ and in his music he is combining elements of various genres: pop-rock, jazz, funk, R&B, instrumental and classical music.”

Founded in 2013, Matyas and the Hybrid Mind are based in Colchester, UK. The band members met at the Colchester Institute where they were working towards their degree in music. They became friends, then band mates. Matyas writes their material and collaborates lyrically with member Peter Scott-Presland, an accomplished lyricist from London.

“The Mornings” by Matyas and the Hybrid Mind is available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

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