Frhetoric & Rawiri James release new rap album ‘D:T:F’

The hip-hop duo known as Frhetoric and Rawiri James have released their latest EP record, “D:T:F.” Coming loaded with six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes, the album has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Blasting with bass, thumping with beats and boasting some of the tightest turns of phrase ever to strike a mic, “D:T:F” is clearly one of the best rap records to appear in 2015 so far.

Frhetoric and Rawiri James cite as main artistic influences Ludacris, Tech N9ne, Lupe Fiasco, and Kendrick Lamar. While elements of each of these can be heard on “D:T:F,” their intelligence and creativity have most in common with Lamar, whose music has been helping to reclaim the hip-hop underground from long-tired stereotypes and overused tropes.

Fans of rap looking for something upbeat and new will find more than they can hope to expect in “D:T:F” from Frhetoric and Rawiri James. Regardless of where the listener may be on the globe, these six clever tracks represent a much more engaging hip hop than what’s on the mainstream radio anywhere.

In fact, attacking the mainstream is part of what this volatile crew is about. Their current official bio reads, “While the resulting earworms [on D:T:F] are aimed at a mainstream hip-hop audience, the tongue-in-cheek lyrics deliver blows to a music industry that takes itself too seriously.”

The record has also been described as “a journey into a world of braggadocio and innuendo, where mundane objects are turned into lecherous metaphors.”

Asked to describe the themes of their new album, Frhetoric and Rawiri James recite a short list: “Existentialism, intellectualism, delusions of grandeur, and fun.”

If any or all of the above sounds too good to be true, the music fan is encouraged to taste the proof firsthand. This strong little record suggests that the era of bottom-shelf hip hop is finally coming to a close.

“D:T:F” by Frhetoric and Rawiri James is available online worldwide beginning September 18, 2015. Get in early, rap fans. Very, very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“D:T:F” from Frhetoric and Rawiri James –
http://www.amazon.com/D-T-F-EP-Explicit/dp/B014JEYEYU/
Website –-

www.frhetoric.net

www.twitter.com/rawirijames

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Swiss rockers Stiff Staff release ‘Mean Machine’ LP

The rock group from Basel, Switzerland known as Stiff Staff have released their anxiously awaited, debut record, “Mean Machine.” Literally funded 121% by Stiff Staff’s rabidly enthusiastic fan base, the full-length album has been proudly published as an independent release without the support of the corporate music industry.

“Mean Machine” contains nine original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. Screaming and wailing, pounding and crushing, “Mean Machine” from Stiff Staff is the latest sign that hard rock hasn’t gone anywhere – it’s more brutal and sex-charged than ever.

Fans of the early ’80s hard-rock sound have plenty to look forward to from this volatile quintet from Central Europe. Never ones to shirk from plain speech, Stiff Staff have consistently described their music in two eloquent words: sleaze rock.

“We are Stiff Staff,” they write, “and we play sleaze. We take one serving Mötley Crüe, a part of Guns N’ Roses and a shot AC / DC, stir well and taste with cheap bourbon. The result is highly explosive and must extend into the rock world.”

Much about the overall character of the band’s music can be derived from the members, themselves. Stiff Staff are lead vocalist Randy Andy, guitarist and backing vocalist Dick Fuxxx, guitarist Lex Climaxx, bass guitarist and backing vocalist Eddie Quicksilver, and drummer Nicky Sick.

Their debut LP “Mean Machine” showcases the group’s ability to play all along the spectrum of rock, with tracks like “Rock This City” and “It Ain’t Worth” lying on the traditional hard-rock axis, and tracks like “Down the Highway” and “Mean Machine” edging closer to speed or thrash metal. There are tracks with plenty of soul which bespeak the original blues roots of rock music, too, such as “Pose Your A– Off.” There’s even a ballad-esque closer, “Stayin’ Young,” which proves Stiff Staff that can be earnest, too, and what’s more, the final song turns out to be one of the best numbers on the record.

All in all, “Mean Machine” from Stiff Staff is far-and-away one of the best rock LPs to emerge this year. It becomes available online worldwide at over 600 music stores beginning 19 September 2015. Get in early, rock fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Music here –

http://www.amazon.com/Mean-Machine-Explicit-Stiff-Staff/dp/B014JEXG7Q/

Website here –

https://www.facebook.com/StiffStaffStuff/

Rockers Undercover Betty release new singles ‘Pain’, ‘Take Me’ and ‘Cigarette Please’

The intercontinental, female rock crew called Undercover Betty have released their latest official singles, “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please.” The tracks have been proudly published on the Shark Alley Records independent music label. Explosive, hammering and absolutely awash in adrenaline, “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” prove once and for all that Undercover Betty is a rock group fans of the genre around the world need to know about.

Undercover Betty (often abbreviated UCB) are four wild-mannered women from no fewer than three continents: Rebecca Field of England, Kana Leimbach of Japan, and Connie Bonds and Carol “Corky” Sarao of the United States. Their sound returns to the golden age of rock which was exemplified by bands like Bon Jovi, Styx, and Mötley Crüe, but with a raw and unpretentious delivery that derives its strength from masterful musicianship and top-notch songwriting. The result is a trio of songs any rock fan will be amped to hear.

UCB’s rapidly growing repertoire has plenty of texture, bringing songs from the whole emotional spectrum. As an appropriate introduction to the band, the global triple release of “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” covers much of their sonic style.

“Pain” represents the post-classic-rock sound Undercover Betty are perhaps most renowned for. “Cigarette Please” approaches a punkish, almost thrash-metal tone which characterizes UCB’s fun-loving, ‘in your face’ attitude. “Take Me” is every bit as much part of the UCB experience, too, being a laid-back and rolling single which exemplifies their exceptional use of vocal harmonies and knack for writing great medium-tempo tracks that break the mold of the sappy rock ballad.

Largely based in the music hotbed of Florida’s Tampa Bay Area, Undercover Betty prove their professional rock clout with a brutally tireless calendar of performances. Their official website [link provided below] shows UCB to have performed more than 36 shows in 2014, or thrice monthly, but their skyrocketing popularity means that they’ve already played 57 live appearances in the current year, with another 21 yet to come. This is in addition to recording dates in the studio, the fruits of which have ripened in this triple release of “Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” from Shark Alley Records.

“Pain,” “Take Me” and “Cigarette Please” by Undercover Betty are available online worldwide. Get in early, rock fiends. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Music here –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pain-single/id1039126607

Website here –

http://undercoverbetty.com

Rock band Shinaway releases new LP ‘Love Hate’

Indie rock band from Cheltenham, UK Shinaway have released their anxiously awaited LP album, “Love Hate.” The full-length album has been proudly published on the Slaughter Records independent record label. Containing nine original tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour, “Love Hate” is an arresting example of brilliant songwriting and expert musicianship fans of all genres will appreciate.

At the heart of Shinaway are an uncle-and-nephew duo known as Dodders and Westwood. Asked to cite their main artistic influences, they write, “Very eclectic: the Stone Roses, the Stranglers, Sam Cooke – endless.”

Qualities similar to the above appear in Shinaway’s “Love Hate” LP.

The overall composition of “Love Hate” recalls those patient rock ballads from Stone Roses, albeit in a more modern tone. Shinaway embrace a lo-fi mentality in their studio production, too, preferring to lay down a few excellently performed tracks rather than bury songs in wall-of-sound overdubs. Music by the Stranglers has the same underlying minimalism. Shinaway’s penchant for penning memorable and socially relevant lyrics is akin to the artistic principles of Sam Cooke, who often attributed his success to “the art of observation” during the Civil Rights movement.

Speaking of their own themes on “Love Hate,” Shinaway write, “We wished to write songs about real issues from what’s happening in the news to the very personal challenges that people can face, from mental illness and assault to broader issues such as people displacement. While the subject matter of some of the songs is a little dark, we wanted to create tunes with simple hooks to sing along to.”

The hooks are there, beyond doubt, making “Love Hate” an album which fans of pop will absolutely enjoy. However, to call the LP ‘pop music’ would diminish the lyrical clout of the album. Subjects like the cruelty of humankind (“Head in the Sand”) are dealt with in a straightforward and touching manner that somehow neither darkens nor depresses. These are balanced with less weighty songs like “Wrapped Around Her.”

Additionally, Shinaway have released an official music video for “Wrapped Around Her” available for viewing from their website [link provided below].

All in all, fans of alt-rock around the world have a surprise treat in “Love Hate” by England’s Shinaway. The LP stands as a shining sign that the true spirit and sensibilities of the original indie-rock sound hasn’t just survived – it’s continuing to grow and to flourish in colorful and evocative ways.

“Love Hate” by Shinaway is available online at over 700 stores online worldwide. Get in early, indie and alternative music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Love Hate” by Shinaway –

http://www.amazon.com/Love-Hate-Shinaway/dp/B014GTFP82/

Website –
http://shinaway.com

UK electro-pop artist Vaughty releases new single ‘Once Is Not Enough’

Popular electro-pop musician Vaughty has released his newest single, “Once Is Not Enough.” Like the rest of Vaughty’s catalogue, the single has been published on the Aggro Monkey Records indie music label. A high-energy run through a digital field of pulsing beats and airborne melodies, “Once Is Not Enough” proves yet again that Vaughty is among the world’s best composers of digital dance music.

Fans of Vaughty expect things from his new releases. This is because he has been consistently dependable in several respects: 1.) Vaughty singles have hooks which stay with the listener permanently – not for hours, days or weeks, but permanently. 2.) Vaughty music has a character which persists throughout his repertoire and develops from song to song. 3.) Vaughty music transports dancers and listeners, taking them to emotionally palpable realms he has either described or outright created.

“Once Is Not Enough” contains all of the above and is a fine example of what digital music lovers can expect from the artist. Coming out of the gates like a phantom of the early ’90s digital underground, it quickly establishes the shadowy, urban overtones for which Vaughty has become known. Sexy and entrancing, flying headlong into the night, “Once Is Not Enough” is quite literally what it says.

England’s Vaughty has a small, dedicated base of fans who have been following him since his first single, “Warm Inside,” appeared on digital shelves around the world in 2013. In the two-and-a-half years since then, this loyal cadre of listeners have haunted his official SoundCloud page like barflys at a pub, playing his showcased music over and over again.

Today there are no more than nine Vaughty singles available for listening there, four of which have been posted within the last eight weeks. Yet these songs have been played circa 10,500 times on SoundCloud alone.

That Vaughty has nearly doubled his online repertoire in the last two months is perceived as a sign of something large on the horizon. Indeed, the artist himself told fans on his official Facebook page in July that a full-length Vaughty LP was in the works and might be available as early as winter, 2015.

In any case, “Once Is Not Enough” is a treat for fans in itself, especially coming as it does with his “Static Dissection Mix” and a B-side, “It’s Time (Von Mixer Remix),” for a total listening time of about 20 minutes. This makes “Once…” more of an EP release than a simple one-off, and it’s enough to get Vaughty fans plenty excited for more.

“Once Is Not Enough” by Vaughty is available online at over 600 stores worldwide. Get in early, fans of electro-pop and dance music everywhere. Get in very, very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Once Is Not Enough” by Vaughty –

http://www.amazon.com/Once-Not-Enough-Single-Vaughty/dp/B014GT7F5S/

Vaughty at SoundCloud –

https://soundcloud.com/vaughty

Halo Minor release new EP ‘Further-Now You’re Close’

The post-grunge, alternative-rock group from Minneapolis called Halo Minor have released their new EP album, “Further-Now You’re Close.” The record contains six original tracks for an approximate total listening time approaching half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Melodic and orchestral, thrumming and soaring, passionate and a little dark, “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor mustn’t be missed be fans of alt-rock and the grunge tradition.

Halo Minor cite as chief influences Queen, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Failure, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Tool, the National, Sia Furler (Crisp), the Cure, and the Mars Volta.

Some Halo Minor attributes can be directly traced to these inspirations, yet they bear the creative twists of HM, themselves. Their towering vocal harmonies recall those of Alice in Chains but with a surprisingly affirming, choral character rather than the cynical delivery of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. The Pumpkins-esque guitars on “Further…” (of which there seem to be a thousand) come in warm waves and reverberate from all directions, roaring, rushing, plunging and charging.

Songwriting plays a key role in the achievement that is “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor, too, particularly in the instrumental composition of each track. Ignoring for a moment its exceptional vocals, the EP could easily give listeners enough to chew on with just its evocative chord progressions and startling turns of musical phrase. Taken simply as instrumentals, these songs are highly narrative.

Halo Minor’s vocals – an accomplishment in themselves – supply a large share of HM’s signature sound, though, and their lyrics are satisfyingly deliberate in an age that often rewards the insipid and punishes the thought provoking. If the same above experiment were applied to the vocal tracks on “Further-Now You’re Close,” the result would resemble a haunting yet beautiful choir.

HM’s total personality depends on more, however. Bass lines tell their own story, marrying the guitars to the drums and often sounding somehow heroic when rising above the din. Keyboard phrases appear, filling out the sound in ways one wouldn’t think possible and falling back into the music so subtly that the listener sometimes still hears them after they’ve gone. The percussion of Halo Minor represents a wonder of tasteful aggression, having an almost jazz-like quality in its spaciousness and an explosiveness in its timekeeping, like a remarkably mindful and creative combustion engine.

Naturally, the combination of all the above produces the greatest effect, that of Minnesota’s own Halo Minor.

Halo Minor’s current official bio describes their songs as “sonic descriptors of feelings, people and places left behind; beautiful living memories and yet, due to time, sometimes corrupted like a faded photo, beauty in a state of repose and then reborn from remembrance.”

“Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor is available at over 700 stores online worldwide. Get in early, fans of alt-rock and grunge. Very, very early.

Halo Minor are Blake Nolan Hanson (Floozie, Livid Lover) bassist Kerry Dalton Hanson (Black Flood Diesel, Numm, Atlas Shrugged), keyboard/vocalist Zack Jones, lead guitarist Danny Gan and drummer Devin Tomczik.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Music here –

http://www.amazon.com/Further-Now-Youre-Close-Halo-Minor/dp/B014JEOULC/

Official website –

www.halominor.com

Halo Minor release new EP ‘Further-Now You’re Close’

The post-grunge, alternative-rock group from Minneapolis called Halo Minor have released their new EP album, “Further-Now You’re Close.” The record contains six original tracks for an approximate total listening time approaching half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Melodic and orchestral, thrumming and soaring, passionate and a little dark, “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor mustn’t be missed be fans of alt-rock and the grunge tradition.

Halo Minor cite as chief influences Queen, the Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Failure, Alice in Chains, Faith No More, Tool, the National, Sia Furler (Crisp), the Cure, and the Mars Volta.

Some Halo Minor attributes can be directly traced to these inspirations, yet they bear the creative twists of HM, themselves. Their towering vocal harmonies recall those of Alice in Chains but with a surprisingly affirming, choral character rather than the cynical delivery of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell. The Pumpkins-esque guitars on “Further…” (of which there seem to be a thousand) come in warm waves and reverberate from all directions, roaring, rushing, plunging and charging.

Songwriting plays a key role in the achievement that is “Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor, too, particularly in the instrumental composition of each track. Ignoring for a moment its exceptional vocals, the EP could easily give listeners enough to chew on with just its evocative chord progressions and startling turns of musical phrase. Taken simply as instrumentals, these songs are highly narrative.

Halo Minor’s vocals – an accomplishment in themselves – supply a large share of HM’s signature sound, though, and their lyrics are satisfyingly deliberate in an age that often rewards the insipid and punishes the thought provoking. If the same above experiment were applied to the vocal tracks on “Further-Now You’re Close,” the result would resemble a haunting yet beautiful choir.

HM’s total personality depends on more, however. Bass lines tell their own story, marrying the guitars to the drums and often sounding somehow heroic when rising above the din. Keyboard phrases appear, filling out the sound in ways one wouldn’t think possible and falling back into the music so subtly that the listener sometimes still hears them after they’ve gone. The percussion of Halo Minor represents a wonder of tasteful aggression, having an almost jazz-like quality in its spaciousness and an explosiveness in its timekeeping, like a remarkably mindful and creative combustion engine.

Naturally, the combination of all the above produces the greatest effect, that of Minnesota’s own Halo Minor.

Halo Minor’s current official bio describes their songs as “sonic descriptors of feelings, people and places left behind; beautiful living memories and yet, due to time, sometimes corrupted like a faded photo, beauty in a state of repose and then reborn from remembrance.”

“Further-Now You’re Close” by Halo Minor is available at over 700 stores online worldwide. Get in early, fans of alt-rock and grunge. Very, very early.

Halo Minor are Blake Nolan Hanson (Floozie, Livid Lover) bassist Kerry Dalton Hanson (Black Flood Diesel, Numm, Atlas Shrugged), keyboard/vocalist Zack Jones, lead guitarist Danny Gan and drummer Devin Tomczik.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

Music here –

http://www.amazon.com/Further-Now-Youre-Close-Halo-Minor/dp/B014JEOULC/

Official website –

www.halominor.com