Reggae singer Apocalypse releases new LP ‘A Life 4 a Life’

The singer and songwriter of reggae music known as Apocalypse has released his latest LP record, “A Life 4 a Life.” The full-length modern reggae record contains 10 original Apocalypse songs for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published on the Black Circle Records independent record label entirely without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music industry. Dark, intelligent, and infused at its heart with the contemporary reggae tradition, “A Life 4 a Life” is a modern reggae album with a fresh edge and a powerful message.

Apocalypse (also sometimes billed simply as Apoc) is first and foremost a careful lyricist with plenty to say. His themes range between a wide variety of topics, such as social theory, international and domestic politics, and easy-going, lighthearted party anthems. His latest LP, “A Life 4 a Life” also features the considerable talents of Nova on its two closing tracks, “Gas Cloud” and “Universe.”

Apocalypse and Black Circle Records are based in one of the Caribbean’s most active reggae hotbeds, South Florida. “A Life 4 a Life,” while not Apocalypse’s first full-length album, is his most prominent official release since Black Circle’s 2012 record, “Silver and Gold,” a compilation showcasing the label’s best artists, Bone, Taz, Ragga, and Darwin, as well as the two appearing on “A Life 4 a Life,” Nova and Apocalypse.

Black Circle Records has been steadily climbing the charts at bustling online music outlets such as iTunes and ReverbNation, and the label’s official pages at Twitter and other social networks have many hundreds of followers. Setting new high standards for production and musical integrity, Black Circle Records is showing how albums like “A Life 4 a Life” represent the aim of conscientious reggae music and all art forms seeking to change the world.

“A Life 4 a Life” by Apocalypse is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

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Hip-hop performer K4hnween releases new single ‘Little Red Is Riding Hood’

The singer and songwriter of hip hop known as K4hnween has released his latest official single, “Little Red Is Riding Hood.” The track is the most prominent release from K4hnween to date. It has been proudly published on the Dogg Head Gang independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Classy, dark, bursting with bass and showcasing an unusually clean studio production, “Little Red Is Riding Hood” is one of the most uniquely excellent rap tracks to appear in 2015 so far.

Caribbean-born K4hnween (often stylized K4HNWEEN) cites as main artistic influences Lil’ Wayne, Meek Mill, Migos, 2 Chainz, Rich Homie Quan, and Bird Man. His own sound on “Little Red Is Riding Hood” is spacious and ambient, extremely stylish and well-performed, decorated with plenty of popular effects and written with poetic deliberation and lyrical care.

Asked to describe the intended meaning of his latest single, K4hnween writes, “As I see how the world goes, I see younger and younger teenage girls having sex, getting pregnant just because they can do it without a parental look on this spreading common habit. This is my vision of [the problem].”

K4hnween was born on the island of St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles and grew up speaking both French and English. His professional name of ‘K4hnween’ is pronounced the same as “can win,” and the artist has stated that indeed it carries the same meaning.

K4hnween discovered music working as an electronic consultant for recording studios arranging audio components to achieve the best sound. Originally interested in the island styles of music such as dancehall, reggae and rock reggae, he was turned to hip hop through the music of Snoop Dogg and has been a rapper ever since. He intends to perform as soon as possible in foreign locales including France, England, and the United States.

“Little Red Is Riding Hood” by K4hnween becomes available online worldwide beginning 25 June 2015.

-S. McCauley

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Rapper Patterns of Perfection releases new LP ‘The Big P.O.P.’

The rapper and songwriter known as Patterns of Perfection has released his long-awaited, third studio LP record, “The Big P.O.P.” The album contains no fewer than 14 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been proudly published on the rapper’s own World Records independent music label. Widely varied, highly textured, extremely well-written and impeccably performed, “The Big P.O.P.” isn’t just a surefire hit of the summer – it’s quite likely to be among the most addicting hip-hop albums of the year.

Nevada’s P.O.P. sites as main artistic influences some surprising inspirations, including Pink Floyd, Zion-I, Eminem, Blockhead, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, the Cool Kids, Black Eyed Peas, Godsmack, Lil’ Wayne, Freddy Machete, and Fort Minor. If music fans can glean anything from this sonic spread, it’s that Patterns of Perfection is an artist with a knack for music appreciation. Appropriately, his new LP is a grab-bag of goodness that punches from several angles at once.

“The Big P.O.P.” is definitely a rap record through and through, but calling it a rap album doesn’t at all describe it. P.O.P.’s new LP is easily one of the least-derivative hip-hop releases ever produced, unique to the bone and totally peerless. Comparisons are impossible.

Patterns of Perfection’s instrumentation turns on a dime. His effects each seem newly invented specifically for its track. The result is that “The Big P.O.P.” is totally unpredictable from track to track except that every song delivers, every song being of the highest quality, so that the top-shelf skill with which the rapper performs becomes the running thread which keeps the LP consistent from beginning to end. Back-to-back plays of the record on repeat are virtually guaranteed.

Fans of old-school rap will love “The Big P.O.P.” for its ingenuity and raw beats. Fans of contemporary rap will love it for its pure hip-hop soul. Fans of other music genres will love it for its intellect and creativity. In short, “The Big P.O.P.” by Patterns of Perfection doesn’t just have something for everyone, it’s got more of it than anyone is likely to get anywhere else.

“The Big P.O.P.” by Patterns of Perfection is available online worldwide beginning 4 July 2015. Get in early, rap fans. Get in very early.

-S. McCauley

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Popular country/gospel musician Corey Farlow releases tribute to veterans ‘The Gift of Freedom’

The popular singer and songwriter of gospel and country music known as Corey Farlow has released his latest country single, “The Gift of Freedom.” The track has been published as an independent release and pays tribute and homage to veterans of the United States Armed Forces. A generous portion of the song’s proceeds are being donated to charities benefiting US veterans. A sonorous, gorgeously written and flawlessly performed track in the tradition of American country music, “The Gift of Freedom” is a worthy salute to the men and women who have served to uphold the values and ideals of the USA for more than 200 years.

Earnestly sung and elegantly plucked out on acoustic guitar by Corey Farlow, “The Gift of Freedom” was written by Fred W. Byrd, Jr. for the express purpose of paying respect to those who have served to protect the people of the United States and her principles.

“I want the listeners to understand that the sacrifice of our men and women is given freely for the love of our country,” Byrd writes of their new song. “No matter the cost, the freedom they supply should never be forgotten.”

While Farlow’s polished, natural singing voice rings clarion and pure throughout the track, charging its lines with emotion and profound regard, it is the meaning in Byrd’s lyrics which makes up the lion’s share of the song. Byrd, himself, speaks candidly about his intentions for “The Gift of Freedom.”

“I am a simple man,” he writes, “who believes in God, Country and Family. I know this might sound lame, but what else does a man need? As the writer of ‘The Gift Of Freedom,’ I served in the US Navy, and though my own injuries were [incurred] during peacetime, my dad served in World War II and in Korea. My nephew served in Iraq. I’ve seen what war can do and this was the one way I thought I could give back.”

He goes on to relate in detail how proceeds from “The Gift of Freedom” will benefit veterans.

“Half of everything I make will go to an organization to help the veterans,” he states. “I have also talked with the publisher to donate 15% of his take to the same organizations and he has agreed. This means that a total of 40% will go to help. I know that this might not sound like much, but with every dollar spent, everybody is helping the loved ones who have done so much for us.”

Clearly, Byrd’s feelings about the men and women of the US Armed Forces goes to the bone.

“There are billions of people living in this great country and sometimes people forget that from the first shot at Bunker Hill, men and woman have fought and died so you can enjoy the freedom you have today. Help me help the veterans, simply by buying a copy of my song, ‘The Gift of Freedom.’”

Corey Farlow is a well-known gospel singer from Kentucky who has made the crossover into the country-music genre. His debut “Country Never Stops” LP has been winning him fans from coast to coast since it appeared on iTunes’ digital shelf in May 2015, and his official video for the album’s title track has garnered approximately 65,000 views in less than 40 days.
“The Gift of Freedom” by Corey Farlow and Fred W. Byrd, Jr. becomes available 24 June 2015. Get in early, country-music fans. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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R ‘n’ B and pop singer Ron Aven releases new single ‘Turn It Up’

The singer and songwriter of R ‘n’ B and pop music known as Ron Aven has released his latest single, “Turn It Up.” The track has been proudly published on the Gudedit Records independent music label outside of the scope and influence of the corporate-music power structure. In addition to the considerable talents of Aven, himself, “Turn It Up” also features the talents of artists Emdee and Rkayde. Bumping with bass, jumping with melody and sporting energetic back beats and a razor-sharp studio production, “Turn It Up” is a standout pop single from Ron Aven proving him to be one of 2015’s most exciting performers.

Quebec’s Ron Aven cites as main musical influences Chris Brown, August Alsina, Michael Jackson, Usher and, as he puts it, “many more.” Fans of these will no doubt be pleased with his latest single, as it hits with the same force and moves people to the dance floor with the same evocative groove. Listeners already familiar with Aven will be thrilled to discover that this newest single, “Turn It Up,” continues the unstoppable sound and style with which he has been scoring fans over the last few years.

This style takes elements of pop, R ‘n’ B, old-school hip hop and contemporary hip hop and blends them together for a sound that is all his own. The digital effects on “Turn It Up” mark it as a surefire dance-floor primer, especially powerful for DJs at nightclubs, parties, and anywhere high-octane sounds are in order.

Aven’s repertoire stretches back to 2012 when he began work on his debut EP album. Since that time, notable Aven releases have included “Hypothermia,” “Party with Me,” and the seasonal hit, “My Christmas Wishes,” for which Aven received official runner-up accolades from the International Song of the Year Competition. He has consistently collaborated with some of the most creative musicians in the genre, including (but not limited to) Cassidy, Hurricane Chris, and now Emdee and Rkayde.

“Turn It Up” by Ron Aven is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Happiness to Life release new single ‘Best Day of My Life’

The band from Florida known as Happiness to Life have released their latest single, “Best Day of My Life.” The track is the first glimpse of their upcoming extended-play record, the “I Am the Winner” EP. Both are being released on the King Music LLC independent music label without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music industry. Sunny, joyous, and bringing a fresh, affirming sound to fans of pop music all over the world, “Best Day of My Life” by Happiness to Life is evidence that their forthcoming “I Am the Winner” EP is likely to be one of the most jubilant releases of the year.

Happiness to Life cite as main artistic influences such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Mavin Gaye, and Imagine Dragons, though it is the last of these which is most similar to the overall effect of Happiness to Life’s “Best Day of My Life” single. Built on an easygoing rhythm and marked by a warm chord progression and happy-go-lucky melody line, “Best Day of My Life” is as exulting as it is celebratory.

Asked to describe the general theme of their new song, Happiness to Life’s key songwriter, King Fernand, writes that his music shares an “uplifting, inspirational, positive, constructive and happy message with its listeners.”

King Fernand has been playing music since the age of 17, when he purchased his first guitar after having watched a friend play every day for an extended amount of time. A multi-talented musician, King Fernand composes, arranges and performs all his music on his own, with the added support of a talented vocalist giving life to his lyrics. Having been raised in such diverse locales as Haiti and New York, King Fernand has performed with several R ‘n’ B and rock bands including F.S.B., Spirit 9, and Raging Storm. His latest single, “Best Day of My Life,” is his most prominent foray into the genre of pop music to date.

“Best Day of My Life” from Happiness to Life’s upcoming EP record, “I Am the Winner,” is available online worldwide beginning 23 June 2015.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Jennifer Austin releases debut LP ‘Take Me With You’

Singer-songwriter of pop, dance, and electronic music Jennifer Austin has released her debut full-length album, “Take Me With You.”

This standout pop and dance album features 11 Jennifer Austin original tracks for an approximate playtime of 40 minutes.

Austin’s music is fresh, international, and original. Her ballads are iced with raw, powerful vocal colors layered with sonic textures that reflect artistic integrity. Rejecting the modern use of a digital auto-tuner, Austin’s singing is real and revealing in a way that draws in the listener. Her title track, “Take Me With You,” showcases simple and elegant lyrics that portray emotions which pull the listener into her world.

The album has dramatic contrasts and stark “catwalk” tracks like “Got It Going On” which bring the fun of dance and fashion into view – one can almost see the catwalk and models parading.

Upbeat, booming with bass and graced with a kaleidoscope of elegant vocal melodies, “Take Me With You” by Jennifer Austin is a pop record for all fans of sonic fun around the world.

Jennifer Austin, originally from Southern California but residing now in New Zealand, cites as main artistic influences only the most titanic of performers.

I was always a fan of larger-than-life artists such as Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley, and Britney Spears,” she writes.

Unlike the music of most pop performers, Austin doesn’t shy away from the public spotlight. Rather than hiding details of her personal life, this new album is both of an introspective and intimate nature.

She writes of her “Take Me With You” album, “This is a snapshot of my life and the message I want to share is: be you, whether it’s a fun side of yourself or more vulnerable – it’s still a part of who you are. It’s an album that I hope people will connect with because these songs are a journey throughout my life and everyone has a journey they all go on.”

Jennifer Austin’s songs on “Take Me With You” are all originals, the singer herself having penned all of them either alone or in collaboration with prominent New-Zealand-based writers, mPHAtic and Kevin Mark Trail (formerly of The Streets).

“I have always loved singing and performing,” writes Austin. “It’s what my life is about. I’ve always been in a choir – whether it be in church or school, acting in plays and musicals throughout my life. I am inspired by going to musicals, theater and concerts starting from a very young age. I continue to pursue my passion for music and acting as a career.”

Though these may seem like lofty goals, Austin’s already well on her way to the top. As a healthy sign of this, her music recently garnered attention from Auckland’s prominent boutique magazine, Verve (link provided below).

Jennifer Austin’s music is showcased by NZ’s own indie label that could, Li’l Dog Records, whose mission statement on their official Facebook page reads: “Li’l Dog Records New Zealand is dedicated to releasing New Zealand’s music to the world. There are talented musicians and singers in New Zealand who just need an opportunity to be heard. Li’l Dog Records wants to help them succeed.”

Take Me With You” is Published on the Li’l Dog Records New Zealand independent New Zealand, produced by mPHATic and Mastered by Simon Lynch from Stebbings New Zealand.

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Blues crew Wisemans Circus releases new LP ‘Lonely Traveller’

The purveyors of blues rock known as Wisemans Circus have released their latest full-length record, “Lonely Traveller.” The LP album is composed of 11 blues tracks for an approximate total listening time of nearly one hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence or support of the corporate music industry. Mixing elements of blues and rock with traits unique to themselves alone, Wisemans Circus is sure to appeal to fans of classic rock, southern rock, traditional blues and then some.

The wide variety of tones with which Wisemans Circus have decorated their “Lonely Traveller” LP comes from the equally various backgrounds of the band’s members. They cite as main artistic influences the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, the Grateful Dead, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and audiophiles will also hear similarities between their material and that of John Lee Hooker, BB King, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and other mainstays of the blues lineage.

Asked to describe their goals with “Lonely Traveller,” Wisemans Circus write, “We’d like to share some good ol’ rocking blues. We love the old school delta and swamp blues but we also love the contemporary rock blues. We tend to mash it up to offer some typical ‘Woe is me’ type blues and also some rockin’, get off your butt and hit the dance floor type rock blues.”

This description couldn’t be more apt where “Lonely Traveller” is concerned. Listeners will find themselves coaxed and transported by some tracks, then revved up and leaping from their seats by others. What is more, Wisemans Circus blend these facets in such a way as to keep their sound seamlessly consistent. At no point does the album put the music fan to sleep nor jar him with sudden blasts from the amplifiers. The overall blues-rock effect is extremely well balanced, making for a highly textured, reliably enjoyable and exciting album from beginning to end, one that doesn’t even wear out after the third spin on ‘repeat.’

“I guess if we are trying to send a message,” writes the band, “it is that blues can be fun. It can get the heart racing and emotions churning in different ways, and we are trying to explore those ways.”

The following is taken from the band’s current official bio:

“The Wisemans Circus do not just play music. They tell a story, a story of life, be it good times or bad. They know that audiences don’t just come to a gig with their ears, they come with their eyes and their hearts. Wisemans Circus put on a show for all senses. Make sure there is a piece of dance floor nearby because if Wisemans Circus are in town, you are going to need it.”

“Lonely Traveller” by Wisemans Circus is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of blues and rock.

-S. McCauley

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La Machine De Rêve release new single and video ‘Steam Train’

The trio of music artists known as La Machine De Rêve have released their latest single and official video, “Steam Train.” The track is a sultry, shadowy pop song with elements of downtempo, electronica and art rock which will appeal to fans of a great many music genres. It has been published as an independent release outside the influence of the corporate music industry. Elegant, beautiful, entrancing and gracefully dark, “Steam Train” is clear evidence that La Machine De Rêve has great things in store for audiophiles everywhere.

La Machine De Rêve (French for “The Dream Machine”) cite as main artistic influences Zero 7, The xx, Sia, and M83. Elements of all four are to be found in “Steam Train,” ensuring that fans of such groups are certain to be likewise enthusiastic about their sparkling new single. Similarly, listeners who enjoy music by Portishead, Goldfrapp and Massive Attack are sure to find what they’re looking for in music by La Machine De Rêve.

That the trio has penned and produced such a remarkably accessible and enthralling single isn’t surprising considering their pedigree. La Machine De Rêve are singer Donna De Lory, music guru and producer Anthony J. Resta, and filmmaker and guitarist Greg Ansin. A short recounting of their myriad accolades follows.

De Lory has performed and/or recorded with Carly Simon, Ray Parker, Jr., Kim Carnes, Santana, Martika, Laura Branigan, Belinda Carlisle, Selena, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Mylène Farmer, Alisha and Madonna. She sang as Madonna’s backing vocalist and dancer for every concert from the “Who’s That Girl” Tour in 1987 to the “Confessions Tour” in 2006. She last appeared onstage with the original Queen of Pop in 2007.

Drummer, guitarist and programmer Anthony J. Resta has earned twelve RIAA-certified gold and multi-platinum awards, and has been featured in many articles for his innovative recording techniques.

Resta has recorded, produced, mixed, remixed, co-written with or created soundscapes for clients including: Duran Duran (thirty songs including remixes – one platinum, one gold) Collective Soul (one platinum and two gold) Shawn Mullins (one platinum and one gold) Sir Elton John, Perry Ferrell, Megadeth, Sarah Mclaughlin/DMC, Blondie, and a great many others. Resta received his 12th RIAA Gold and Platinum certification for his programming and production work on the soundtracks of the wildly successful “Twilight” films.

Guitarist Greg Ansin is a noted filmmaker and animator. His films include “Infinite Santa 8000,” “Drive-In Horrorshow,” and a documentary on aging called “Growing Old.” The evocative imagery of the official “Steam Train” video makes it clear that Ansin’s film artistry is as much a part of La Machine De Rêve as is his dreamlike guitar work.

Asked to describe the underlying theme of their music, La Machine De Rêve write that their aim is, “to make music that uplifts the mind, body and soul by using the best of the past, present and future.”

“Steam Train” by La Machine De Rêve is available online worldwide beginning 19 June 2015. Fans of excellent music everywhere should definitely get in early. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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