Detroit rapper Aye Em releases new EP ‘I’m Listening’

The rapper from Detroit known as Aye Em is releasing his latest extended-play album, “I’m Listening.” It contains 14 tracks for a total listening time of nearly 40 minutes, making the album closer to a full-length, in fact, than it is to a typical EP. It is being proudly published on the SUNHI Entertainment independent record label without the support of the corporate music industry. Booming with bass, filled with rat-a-tat and bringing the lines and rhymes of one of hip hop’s most promising modern MCs, “I’m Listening” from Aye Em is one of the most creative works of urban poetry to emerge in 2015.

Aye Em cites as main artistic influences Big Joe, Eminem, Nas, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious BIG, Mob Deep, Hans Zimmer, Mike Shinoda, Fort Minor, Rakim, Linkin Park, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, T.I., the Wu-Tang Clan, the Isley Brothers, Funkadelic, and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. His own sound takes some of the most striking characteristics of many of these, Tupac and Big Joe in particular, and stirs them in new ways to arrive at a polished, lyrically based style that is all his own.

In terms of tone and overall groove, “I’m Listening” is the work of a man with as much meaning in his music as there is feeling, and both exist on the EP in great amounts.

“I respect all forms of art,” writes Aye Em. “Dancing, culinary, painting, poetry, photography, etc.”

This open-minded appreciation of art in general shows in his attention to lyric detail, mood, and effect. His rap is evocative and earnest. His writing shows much deliberation. The powerful record has a surprising amount of texture and is far more than a rehashing of the same-old, same-old hip-hop stereotypes.

Asked to describe his EP’s overarching message, Aye Em writes: “The meaning is that I’ve heard all of the criticism, the praise, the disbelief, the faith that people I’ve encountered have in me. I’ve sat and listened and watched a lot of changes in hip-hop music – some good, some terrible. So I decided to create a response to all of it, what’s real to me, where I feel hip hop should be and where I feel it should go.”

The album isn’t just music criticism, however. It’s largely a courageous autobiography.

“The tracks are journeys into my world, my head and what goes on in it,” Aye Em writes. “I’m crazy and I’m proud to admit it. On this project you have tracks that’ll have you thinking and vibin’, some will have you dancing and turnin’ up, some will have you on the edge of your seat and some will make you reminisce about how it used to be. I wanted to make an album that plays like a story and sounds like a classic.”

The rapper and the writer coalesce in this effort, the rapper having been recording for six years and counting, the writer doing so with pen and paper for more than 14.

“All of it is me, my life, what God has done, the lessons I learned and good music,” writes Aye Em.

In addition to the considerable talents of Aye Em, “I’m Listening” also includes the skills of producer/engineer Justin “Killa Smuv” Merritt, manager/executive producer Jamal “Gino” Carey, artist Andrew “Drewskizzle” Garrett, poet Darron “MC Lyricz” Baston, artist Stephen “GP” Fair, and artist Jai’laye.

The “I’m Listening” EP from Aye Em is available online worldwide beginning 6 November 2015.

The following is a written statement from the artist, faithfully reprinted here.

“Never judge a book by it’s cover. People see me and never expect me to do music but it’s who I am and what I chose. My past made me and I wouldn’t change nothin about it. To all my supporters and fans, I promise to give you me anytime you hear me rap or talk or when you see me in the street. Hear my pain and vision and learn from it, my brothers and sisters, keep your faith up and grind it out. Music is life. S.H.E. or nothin’! A!.. Y!.. E!.. Waaa!”

-S. McCauley

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Rapper M Dot Pitts releases titanic LP ‘Broken Hearts and Shattered Dreams’

The rapper and songwriter known as M Dot Pitts has released his cornerstone full-length album, “Broken Hearts and Shattered Dreams.” The flagship record includes no fewer than 18 original tracks for an approximate total listening time approaching two hours, making it the most comprehensive collection of M Dot Pitts music to date. It has been proudly published on the Warset Entertainment independent music label. Thumping and rolling with plenty of bass and boom-bap and showcasing the top-notch writing and rapping skills of M Dot Pitts, “Broken Hearts and Shattered Dreams” is an LP rap fans everywhere should hear.

M Dot Pitts cites as main artistic influences Tupac Shakur (especially his Makaveli-era work), Scarface, Devin the Dude, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eminem, 50 Cent, Tech N9ne, Yukmouth, and Snoop Dogg. Observant rap fans will note that these MCs come from every part of the US, and that’s a big part of the overall style of “Broken Hearts and Shattered Dreams.”

Born in Los Angeles, having spent years in Florida and living now in the Maryland, Wash. DC area, M Dot Pitts makes rap music with something for everybody. His music has been described as “the perfect blend of West Coast style, East Coast lyricism, Midwest flow and Dirty South melodies.” Appropriately, the songs on his new LP have qualities from every major hip-hop scene in the nation.

In addition to the considerable talents of M Dot Pitts, himself, “Broken Hearts and Shattered Dreams” also features Ms. Toi, Boo Kapone, Eastwood, Young Lano, Hot 16, D. Hella Fresh, and live guitar by Los Angeles musician Levi Mitchell.

Yet the main event at “Broken Hearts…” is the driving force behind Pitts’ music, that of unmitigated, unhesitating and often brutal honesty.

“I wanted to create a body of work that was a true, accurate depiction of my real day-to-day life,” writes M Dot Pitts. “Everything I rap about about is things that I do, go through, live and see. I’ve got songs about hustling, hitting the club, relationships, sex, love, going through hard times, etc. If it’s a part of my life, it’s incorporated into my music, whether good or bad. And I think I have a pretty interesting life, LOL.”

Regardless of whether the hip-hop fan is into dance tracks or urban poetry, this dedication to earnestness is refreshing in a scene full of braggadocio and endless posturing.

“I feel like waaaay too many rappers rap about things that they know they’re not really about,” Pitts writes. “Too much of it is fake. When it comes to me and my music, everything is real and it’s a true portrait of my real life. For that fact alone I feel it’s what makes my music/lyrics different from what a lot of my peers put out. I’ll show you my pain, my love, my rage, my happiness, my failures, my successes and everything in between. Simply because – I’m real.”

M Dot Pitts is an actor, rapper, lyricist, published writer, and accomplished performer. He has appeared both on the stage and on national television as an actor, and in prominent newspapers as an author. His “Broken Hearts and Shattered Dreams” is preceded by two mixtapes, “WARSET” and “Moments of Glory,” published in 2012 and ’13 respectively. They remain available today on

“Broken Hearts and Shattered Dreams” by M Dot Pitts is available online worldwide beginning 31 October 2015 (Halloween).

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Los Angeles electronica band Tremble release debut single ‘Illumination’

The L.A.-based electronica trio called Tremble have released their much talked-about debut single, “Illumination.” The track is expected to drop on 31 October (Halloween). It is being published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Sultry, stylish, sleek and writhing with groove, “Illumination” proves that Tremble is a modern music project to watch closely.

The sound of “Illumination” is shadowy, pulsing, ultra-cool and more than a little beautiful. It’s classy nightclub music, music to enjoy behind wraparound shades. It’s music to hack computers to. It’s sexy music, with a subtle undercurrent of masculine verve beneath the crystalline, silky singing of front-woman Kelly Sweet. Tremble’s female and male traits blend rather than contrast, not unlike the electronica of Depeche Mode or Bowie’s “Earthling” collaboration with Trent Reznor.

“We are inspired by old and new,” writes Tremble. “We particularly love the ’90s trip-hop sound of artists like Massive Attack, Portishead and bands that combine real instruments and electronics from that era, like Garbage. We also love electro-pop artists of today, like James Blake, and Banks.”

This live-instrument aspect is chief to the feel of Tremble’s music. Every sound is played by a musician, not an iProgram. That’s a real Fender Rhodes you’re hearing. That’s a guitar with a pedal effect on it. Those are live drums. The natural acoustics of the music coalesce in ways the most sophisticated software can’t emulate. In this way Tremble are closer to Slowdive than they are to Sneaker Pimps.

Behind Kelly Sweet are instrumentalists Haywire and Ajax. Each of the three are originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Los Angeles for some time now, writing, playing and producing both together and in numerous side projects, a number of which have received widespread radio circulation. Each has been playing music virtually from birth. Each is startlingly skilled in balancing excellent performance with just the right amount of restraint.

The result is that Tremble’s songs exhibit good taste in every respect: lyrics, creativity, execution, studio production – name it, they got it right. Passion without melodrama, solid beats without monotony, exceptional singing without ostentation, “Illumination” from Tremble is music you can hear on repeat many, many times and continue to find new perspectives from which to thrill. calls Tremble “like quickly taking a shot of neon blue hypnotic hard liquor. In slow motion.” Yeah. It’s like that.

For fans of great songwriting, too, Kelly Sweet’s talent is refreshing in a modern era that has all but tossed out poetry in music altogether.

“’Illumination’ is about escaping from a bad relationship,” Sweet writes. “You realize that your partner is not whom he says he is. You have that sense of clarity, that moment of ‘illumination’ where you are finally living your truth, being free.”

Her lyrics, like her singing, are natural and intuitive. Each phrase belongs where it is, exactly so, and the chanteuse brings them to life with tones that are sensuous and warm, yet delivered with a scalpel’s precision that implies an unwavering power. The music fan gets the impression Sweet could belt out an Ave Maria that would call angels if she wanted to – but that would be far too obvious.

Neither Sweet nor Tremble are in the spectacle business. They’re not a towering wave. They’re the undertow.

“Illumination” by Tremble is available online worldwide 31 October 2015. Get in early, music fans. Very early.

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Rock crew TFP release new album ‘Evolution’

The hard-rock group known as TFP have released their new EP record, “Evolution.” The album consists of five original tracks for an approximate listening time of 20 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Heavy, charged, evocative and aggressive, “Evolution” is a hard-rock record for fans in need of some real sonic adrenaline.

TFP are Chaos (vocals, rhythm guitar), Kevin Lawson (vocals, lead guitar), Aaron Moody (vocals, bass guitar) and Kronik (drums). They cite as main artistic influences a wide range of inspirations including Foo Fighters, Jim Morrison, Dave Matthews, Slipknot, Nirvana, Tool, Dimebag Darrell, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Zakk Wylde, Tupac Shakur, Carder Beauford and Buddy Rich.

Imagining what music might spring from a mix like this may seem difficult, but the commonality in all the above is that of creativity beyond the status quo. TFP play their own way. In terms of style, tone and individuality, “Evolution” is reminiscent of Faith No More or a less ostentatious Korn. There’s a grunge sensibility backed by the original metal sound, and made particularly unique by a dash of hip hop between the grooves.

Speaking of their new album, TFP write, “The inspiration for the release of ‘Evolution’ is to give our fans a taste of what is to come. We are finally a complete fused entity and we want to give everyone something to chew on while we continue on our full-length album which we are hoping to release around May of 2016.”

TFP were formed as the Factor Project in the Newark, OH area. Their debut, self-titled record appeared in 2013 and is now much sought by fans of the group.

“The goal is for a sustainable musical career” bassist Moody has said. “Fame would be awesome, but honestly we don’t care as long as we get to write and share our music.”

Ohio has come to know TFP as one of the hardest-working bands in rock. 2014 saw them performing live 28 times, with nine shows in August alone.

“Prepare your minds, your ears and eyes for what is to happen next,” the band writes. “We are after one thing and one thing alone: to be heard. So sit back and enjoy the ride! This story is just beginning. Let’s fill some ears and souls with music and maybe even a little inspiration.”

“Evolution” by TFP is available online worldwide.

The band also extends “A very special thanks to our families! Without your patience and understanding we wouldn’t be able to pursue our dreams. And to all of our fans: Thank you for always being there to support us, whether we are on stage, online, or in studio… we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.”

-S. McCauley

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Electronica crew ZibraZibra release previously unpublished ‘Mercury’ LP

The Minnesota gang of electro-pop rockers known as ZibraZibra have released their latest full-length record, “Mercury.” It is comprised of previously unpublished music from their 2010 LP of the same name. The album has been proudly published on their independent music label, Minneapolis-based Royalty, Etc. Records. Exploding with energy, bouncing with rhythm and showcasing some of the most colorful and ingenious compositions from the band yet, “Mercury” is definitive proof that ZibraZibra can provoke dance from coast to coast and truly anywhere in the world.

Listeners ready to pass judgment without further ado are encouraged to sample the record’s single, “Marie Antoinette,” at their earliest convenience.

“Mercury” is technically the fourth ZibraZibra album, first recorded in 2010. It is preceded by 2006’s “The End of the Lion,” 2007’s “777,” and 2009’s “Supplemental Material.” It was followed by their most recent LP, “Mr. Synthetic,” which turned heads internationally and introduced ZibraZibra (and Royalty, Etc. Records) to a whole new generation of listeners in 2013, almost a whole decade after the band’s formation.

The sound of ZibraZibra can range from the ambitious to the audacious and from the impertinent to the downright silly. Asked to cite some main artistic influences, the band writes:

“Moonlight walks on the beach, fruit smoothies, and horseback riding!”

In ZibraZibra’s repertoire audiophiles can expect to be reminded of eighties and early-nineties synth-pop bands and electro-pop groups like Echo and the Bunnymen and the Human League. In the band’s more sober moments, they can even invoke a more disco-minded Depeche Mode.

Commenting on their selections on “Mercury,” they write, “This was actually recorded during a dark time in the band’s history. The majority contributions were from Neil Z and Vanilla (shredding on guitar).” Whether the band say this tongue-in-cheek or in earnest is impossible to discern.

Upon being asked to divulge where they began playing and where they’re based now, they state, “We have been digitally copied to the internet and live there.”

ZibraZibra’s representation say of “Mercury,” “This album was almost lost to the sands of time, but Royalty, Etc. shook the ZibraZibra tree and this ripe fruit (shaped like a pair of testicles) fell right down into our mouths – and now it’s being issued to all.”

“Mercury” from ZibraZibra on Royalty, Etc. Records is available online worldwide now. Get in early, electro-pop fans. Very early.

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Ms. Sunshine releases debut EP record ‘Homage, African Soul Rebel’

The Kenya-born singer and songwriter known as Ms. Sunshine has released her highly awaited debut EP album, “Homage, African Soul Rebel.” The EP contains five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 25 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Sunny Music Records independent music label. A jubilant, funky and foot-stomping example of the neo-Afro soul style of music, “Homage, African Soul Rebel” is undeniable fun and proof that Ms. Sunshine is a singer with something to offer fans of all great music.

Ms. Sunshine has cited as main artistic inspirations Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and Pink Floyd, Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba, Etta James and Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Bob Marley, and even Sting. Many of the best qualities of these are clearly audible in “Homage, African Soul Rebel,” which Ms. Sunshine has called “my way to give my allegiance to all the artists that were before me and have heavily influenced my song writing now.”

Still, her debut EP cannot be called derivative. On the contrary, much of its sound is a new hybrid of genres which blend together to great and delightful effect. A particularly striking example exists in “Arabic Dub,” which features Mustapha Baidou and applies Arabic instrumentation and chord progressions to the dub style of music. Elements of such genres as dancehall, soul, R ‘n’ B, hip-hop, and reggae may be heard also, and the EP as a whole is as catchy and radio-friendly as modern pop music.

In addition to the appearance of Mustapha Baidou, “Homage, African Soul Rebel” also features the talents of Metaphysics Gandanga, Katrin Eggert, and executive producer Wayne Smith.

Asked to describe the themes of her debut record, Ms. Sunshine writes: “The songs I have recorded so far exemplify my personal take on life. My philosophy features ideologies from my African influences, with fusions from African-centered and Five Percent theologies, the complex views of diverse African cultural theologies and its complex interpretation of such strong cultural beliefs in our modern and evolving African culture. The majority of Ms. Sunshine music is greatly influenced by my beliefs of the Nation of Gods and Earths and my African roots and heritage.”

Living now in Belgium, Ms. Sunshine has made it her goal to translate the tone of some of the most influential music of the 1960s into music for today’s listeners, music which carries a message that speaks to today’s issues, as well.

“My mission was to bring that which was magnificently created during the ‘flower power’ movement and translate that same feeling, energy, music composition, and performances into our modern take on music production,” writes Ms. Sunshine. “My question always was, ‘How would they sound now, in this day and age?’ I wanted to keep the production to live recording by working with great musicians in the studio and also by writing music that can cause change or transformation. Music that touches one’s soul. Music that lingers on.”

“Homage, African Soul Rebel” is preceded by Ms. Sunshine’s popular singles, “Let It Shine,” “Red Umbrella” and “Mama Africa,” all of which may be heard and purchased online. An official music video has also been made available for “Mama Africa” which has nearly 100,000 views to date.

“Homage, African Soul Rebel” by Ms. Sunshine is available online worldwide. Get in early, neo-Afro soul fans. Very, very early.

-S. McCauley

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Rock project Movie Theater releases new LP ‘Love Letter’

The Russian musician known as Movie Theater has released his latest full-length album, “Love Letter.” It contains five tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. The record has been proudly published on the Movie Theater independent record label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Touching, evocative and entirely instrumental, “Love Letter” from Movie Theater is a progressive-rock album with the heart of a lover and the soul of a composer.

Movie Theater cites as main artistic inspirations Pink Floyd, Mono, and Explosions in the Sky, though the overarching theme of “Love Letter” is arguably more important to the album’s resulting sound. With tracks titled “Anger,” “Sadness,” “Fear,” “Regret” and “Love,” the LP is a literal working through of psychologist John Gray’s “Feeling Letter” technique.

This may not sound like a typical source of rock, but the power of “Love Letter” by Movie Theater is undeniable. It climbs and dives, soars and charges. It pummels with rapid strikes and at times feels like being belted in the gut. The record is one of the most visceral rock compositions in recent memory. That it comes from the feelings and sonic creativity of a single artist in rural Russia is testament to the human capacity to feel, as well as to Movie Theater’s particularly remarkable scope of emotional perception.

Asked to comment on his goals for “Love Letter,” Movie Theater writes, “I put love and a part of my soul into each of my records.”

Movie Theater is not the artist’s only music project and it is far from his only release. To date, he has published three records under the moniker, et_, and one as VYVCH. Additionally, “Love Letter” is preceded by his “Evil Twin” LP, which appeared in 2013 from ‘The’ Movie Theater.

Also adding unique spice to an already very unique album is Movie Theater’s knack for using unusual and self-made percussion instruments, as well as instruments made for children and other innovative implements which help to make his songs so full of his character.

“Love Letter” from Movie Theater is available online worldwide. Get in early, fans of progressive and alternative rock. This one hits hard.

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