Rapper Ty$on releases new LP ‘Young & Reckless, Vol. 2’

The rapper and songwriter of hip hop known as Ty$on has released his newest LP album, “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2.” The full-length album contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Boogie Boards Productions independent record label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Innovative, yet coming from the true roots of the best old-school hip hop from both coasts and the dirty south, “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2” is a rap record with unstoppable back beats and hip hop for everyone.

Ty$on cites as main musical influences Lil’ Wayne, Curren$y, UNLV, Juvenile, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Tupac Shakur. His own music takes the best elements of each of these, but it is Ty$on’s inimitable knack for writing lines and delivering them with an almost physical punch that makes “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2” a rock-solid hip-hop album.

That Ty$on considers UNLV (Tec-9, Lil Ya and Yella Boy) a chief music inspiration comes as little surprise as the “Young & Reckless” rapper is himself from New Orleans, LA. Having relocated to Savannah, GA in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster, Ty$on began writing and polishing the music which would one day become his “Young & Reckless” series of hip-hop records.

Fortunately for the hip-hop underground and rap fans everywhere, Ty$on returned to New Orleans years later, dropping two official mixtapes without wasting any time. He soon partnered up with friend and rapper Rico (who appears on two tracks on “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2”) and named their collaboration Da Winners.

In addition to the considerable talents of Ty$on and Rico on “Young & Reckless, Vol. 2,” the LP also boasts the skills of such artists as AK, Noon Orleanz, Smooth, Marley tha Skywalker, and DJ Ace Boogie Nola (producer/engineer), and still others.

“Young & Reckless, Vol. 2” from Ty$on is available online worldwide from Boogie Boards Productions. Here’s hoping Vol. 3 is right around the corner.

-S. McCauley

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Pianist Atelier-M releases debut instrumental LP ‘Season’

The pianist and composer of instrumental music known as Atelier-M has released his debut full-length record, “Season.” The LP is composed of 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. Calming, soothing, intuitive, contemplative and beautiful in its simplicity, “Season” showcases Atelier-M as one of the world’s most accessible and creative composers of piano music today.

Atelier-M cites as his main artistic influences Ryuichi Sakamoto, Astor Piazzolla, “and other French, Italian and Spanish musicians.”

His “Season” is actually a repertoire of compositions written to suit the months of the year, each being appropriately named for the 30 days it is intended to characterize. Like Vivaldi’s “Le quattro stagioni,” these pieces sound and feel like their climatic counterparts, being upbeat and warm, mellow and mild, or introspective and cool to match the respective season. Unlike Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” however, Atelier-M takes great care in painting sonic portraits of each individual month so that there is a far greater range in his record from track to track, divided as it is in 12 parts, rather than four.

Speaking of his goals for the “Season” LP, Atelier-M writes:

“In this release, I intended to deliver themes/inspirations such as loneliness, the beauty of nature, and relaxation. I intentionally made it old fashioned like ’60s or ’70s European movie soundtracks, as modern musicians don’t focus on this area much, but I believe there are lots that we can do and develop in this musical area.”

Atelier-M’s 2015 year has been dedicated to his “Season” debut LP, but it is far from his first music release. The “Season” LP is preceded by more than 50 single tracks in genres as disparate as easy listening, pop, EDM, avant-garde and progressive.

Largely a studio musician, Atelier-M has not yet performed live, but his music may be heard at private art exhibitions both in Tokyo and outside the city, as well as at venues like the planetarium at Nagano Prefecture in Japan. He has been playing piano since childhood but soon found composition more to his liking. An autodidact in the world of writing music, he continued composing but never recorded these songs until 2005.

“Season” by Atelier-M is available online worldwide.

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Electronic music artist Vusive releases new EP ‘Soulseeker’

The composer and producer of electronic music known as Vusive has released his new EP record, “Soulseeker.” The EP contains five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been released on the Ohio-based Grasshopper Juice Records independent music label. Jazzy, classy, stylish and full of groove, “Soulseeker” by Vusive is an electronica soul album that fans of digital music and R ‘n’ B can all get behind.

Vusive cites as main artistic influences “Hip hop, electronic music, EDM, IDM, indie, jazz, classical,” and proving that he has an open mind, “anything really.” He has also mentioned Flying Lotus, Tokimonsta, Nosaj Thing, Machinedrum, Samiyam, Hudson Mohawke, Onra, and Flume as inspirations in the past.

Vusive’s appearance in the independent music underground scene is fairly recent as a producer, having begun digital music production in earnest little more than a year ago. That said, his repertoire is already filling out in short order, as the current EP proves. His knack for clean, precise sound engineering and intuitive songwriting are bringing him (and Grasshopper Juice Records) to prominence both at home in Cincinnati and abroad.

The artist himself has described his sound as “a music project that has stemmed from various backgrounds and influences that has a large focus on improvisation and live instrumentation.”

These backgrounds notably include the classical genre, with which Vusive spent his first years in music. A longtime instrumentalist, Vusive is a violinist with more than 14 years of experience. He is also a musical autodidact, having taught himself to play guitar and drums. With widespread abilities like these, it’s no surprise that he is no stranger to the live stage, either.

Vusive describes the creative process of his “Soulseeker” EP as centered around “a dynamic mix of genres ranging from hip hop, jazz, R ‘n’ B, soul, classical, hardcore/metal, disco, and funk, all induced into an electronic platform that brings a very groovy, and dance-oriented atmosphere.”

“Soulseeker” from Vusive on Grasshopper Juice Records is available online worldwide.

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Electronic music duo Second Space release debut single ‘Square One’

The powerhouse duo of electro-pop music known as Second Space have released their debut single track, “Square One.” The track has been proudly published as an independent release without the influence of the corporate music industry. Booming and full, pulsing and rhythmic, awash in colorful vocal melodies and techno-style synth chords, “Square One” from Second Space is gigantic fun on dance floors and in headphones alike.

Second Space are audiophiles with a penchant for a broad range of genres, citing anything from rock to dance music as influences, though they note, “We have preferred not to immerse ourselves in other music when going through [the ‘Square One’] production process, staying as focused as possible on developing the unique Second Space sound.”

This characteristic sound is indeed unique, and even uniquely so because it is a kind of newness which feels familiar while remaining unpredictable and having a tone unlike earlier music groups. The Second Space style can be described without much difficulty, however, often in terms of sheer volume and sonic size.

“We’ve always admired quirky acts who can create a big sound or atmosphere,” writes Second Space. “Many of these were ever present on the radio in our childhoods in the ’80s and ’90s: Depeche Mode, Trevor Horn, St. Etienne, Alex Metric, Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys, Mutt Lange, Per Gessle…”

Fans of some, any or all of the above will find a happy, dynamic environment in the “Square One” single from Second Space. Exceptionally danceable and suitable for casual listening in equal balance, the track will appeal to a wide audience everywhere in the world.

Second Space themselves write:

“Our debut single ‘Square One’ offers equal measures of heady, mercurial breakbeats and ethereal vocals. Its production is upfront and compliments a bittersweet song for the tech generation – meaningful lyrics to the throwaway thunder of EDM beats about something more than going out at the weekend getting wasted (as seems to be an established trend for electronic artists to write about these days).”

They describe the style of their single as something new arriving from old-school points of origin.

“The song itself is fairly explanatory with a psychoanalytic, introspective theme, which, universally, we think people can relate to in one way or another. Our intention is to innovate but despite this, you can expect no sonic destruction or avant-garde soundscapes.”

Second Space are vocalist Alison Hilary and producer Oliver Lord from Chester, UK. After achieving moderate success ghost-writing music for big-name DJs, Lord left the scene, unimpressed with what he termed its “formulaic structures,” inspired to produce music with which he was truly satisfied.

“Meeting and writing with Alison was the eureka moment,” their official bio states, “both encouraging each other to throw away the rule book and make something they wanted to hear that inspired them to do what they do best – creating the unique Second Space sound … Initially the intention was to write for established artists, but realising their sound was unique and no session singers could emulate Alison’s vocals, they had no choice but to start a band.”

Second Space are currently at work devising a live show and preparing for the release of their new EP, due to drop this coming winter.

“Square One” from Second Space is available online worldwide. Get in early, electronica fans. Very early.

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Modern folk artist Greg Charles releases single ‘Repulsion Days’

The singer and songwriter of contemporary folk music known as Greg Charles has released his latest single, “Repulsion Days.” The track is being concurrently dropped with two B-side tracks, “For All I Know” and “Drug Taken Girlfriend.” These and their flagship single, “Repulsion Days,” are being proudly published on the Octive Resin independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry.

Sonorous, heartfelt, natural and indicative of the zeitgeist of today’s folk-music revival, “Repulsion Days” from Greg Charles stands as proof that folk fans have much to look forward to in this indie folk musician from Australia.

Queensland-born Greg Charles cites as main artistic influences Picasso, Jay-Z, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nabokov, Jodorowsky, Gareth Liddiard (The Drones), Built to Spill, Townes Van Zandt, Soulwax, and East River Pipe. From this eclectic potpourri of art forms and styles comes the inspiration for a highly textured sound that is all Greg Charles.

Music by Charles tends toward the introspective and emotionally evocative. His guitar work is subtly ingenious without sounding the least bit pretentious. His singing comes from his heart and takes the tone of a raw talent as it emerges from him with carefully crafted words.

Asked to describe the themes of his new single, Charles writes, “’Repulsion Days’ is a meditation on the emotion called disgust, disgust being a response to everything that you are receiving through your senses in modern-day society. So it talks about psychologists, men, women, children, all of the roles that people play in society. The end result of experiencing all of these games people play is a general feeling of disgust and repulsion. Repulsion Days.”

“Repulsion Days” was written in a single night at a friend’s house and recorded the following day at the Lounge Room with engineer Todd Dixon in 2009. And the B-side songs?

“’For All I Know’ is a pop song,” writes Charles. “It’s full of melodies and is in drop-C tuning. It’s about learning how to tolerate somebody who is trying to ride your coattails.”

These single tracks are far from Greg Charles’ first foray as a published musician. They are preceded by “Attack the Day” (independent – 2003), three records as Charles Curse: “InSilver Scene” (MusicYourMindWillLoveYou – 2005), “Rain In Skull” (MusicYourMindWillLoveYou – 2006) and “STOMAC” (WeHaveNoZen – 2011), as well as a vinyl re-release of “Rain In Skull” from Olde English Spelling Bee out of Brooklyn, NYC in 2009.

Greg Charles lives and makes music now in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia, and has re-emerged with a brand-new perspective on creating and music. He is currently writing a new record, playing shows in Burleigh Heads and Brisbane, and plotting a new phase of creative output.

Asked for a comment for his fans, Charles says simply, “I’m ready.”

“Repulsion Days” from Greg Charles is available online worldwide beginning 23 November 2015.

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Rappers Counterfeit Money Machine release new LP ‘Desperate Measures’

The hip-hop crew known as Counterfeit Money Machine have released their new LP “Desperate Measures.” The album contains 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been published on the Grasshopper Juice Records independent music label without the influence or financial support of the corporate music industry. Funky, full of lyrical gymnastics and even socially conscientious, “Desperate Measures” by Counterfeit Money Machine is a hip-hop album that belongs in every rap lover’s play list.

Counterfeit Money Machine are typically billed as an alternative hip-hop group. They have cited as artistic influences Run The Jewels, the Mars Volta, and Anticon. Similarities to artists like Atmosphere, P.O.S., Toki Wright, Aesop Rock, and Busdriver can also be drawn. Fans of these progressive hip-hop favorites are likely to be enthusiastic about “Desperate Measures” for its wide stylistic variation and colorful sonic creativity. Solid, bass-driven back beats, inventive use of samples and catchy melody lines work together to make Counterfeit Money Machine’s latest LP their greatest album to date.

Fans of lyric geniuses such as Tupac Shakur, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar also have much to look forward to in this most recent CMM release. The album is chock-full of social commentary, all of it well-informed, well-intended and amusingly satirical. Hip-hop listeners looking for another bling-polishing gang endorsement disguised as art will need to look elsewhere.

Counterfeit Money Machine are based in the Cincinnati area’s thriving hip-hop underground. They are brothers Andrew (AP) and Bill Doench (Kill Bill), and beat composer DJ Juan Cosby (AKA Cincinnati Entertainment Award-winning artist Nick “Chick Pimp” Mitchell). In addition to the considerable talents of CMM, “Desperate Measures” also features appearances by popular rappers MC Longshot and Rick Chyme.

Counterfeit Money Machine have performed with renowned progressive-rap artists like Sage Francis, Sole, Busdriver, Milo, Clipping, F. Virtue, MegaRan, and others. 2015 alone saw them performing at such festivals as Three-Points in Louisville, KY, and Adjust Your Eyes and Midpoint Music Festival in their hometown of Cincinnati, OH. In addition to frequent shows in Cincinnati, they regularly appear in Brooklyn, NY, Nashville, TN, South Bend, IN, Newport, KY, and have played their vivid, Beastie-esque live act in Grand Rapids, MI, Lexington, KY, Clarksville, TN, and Philadelphia, PA, with many more locations to come.

“Desperate Measures” by Counterfeit Money Machine is available online worldwide beginning 6 November 2015. Get in early, hip hop fans. Very early.

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Rapper Ra-Sool releases single ‘Stronger’ feat. Naomi

The indie rapper known as Ra-Sool has released his new single, “Stronger,” feat. Naomi. The track has been proudly published on the Treyead Entertainment independent music label without the influence of the corporate music industry. Founded on a booming bass line, a rock-solid back beat and featuring brilliant vocals by Naomi, “Stronger” from Ra-Sool is a wake-up call for America shouted from the soul of the hip-hop underground.

Phoeniz, Arizona’s Ra-Sool blends qualities from many styles of music to achieve his characteristic sound. These include elements of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, soul, rock, and pop, each of which may be heard in his new “Stronger” single. The sheer force of the track may be felt in its first moments, before the song truly begins. The first lyrics both assert this strength and dedicate it to two recent martyrs of social injustice: “Trayvon, Mike Brown – rest in peace.”

This feeling builds to a crescendo over several extremely deliberate and well-written verses, each of which exhorts the listener to consider the history of oppressed Americans and to consider, also, that these tribulations have made African-Americans and the civil rights movement ever so much stronger.

Commenting on his new single, “Stronger,” Ra-Sool writes:

“People feel the echoes of today’s problems which turn into tomorrow’s future. Many livelihoods have been taken for granted leaving holes in the hearts of many. With the recent decision of the Michael Brown grand jury to not indict, I decided to bridge the gap with a song dedicated to Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and families abroad facing the same struggle.”

Ra-Sool’s song isn’t just art for the sake of awareness, however. It’s art for direct civic transformation.

“I am releasing this project not for profit, rather for creative activism to promote social change and inspiration across the African-American diaspora.”

It must not go unmentioned that the vocal work of featured singer Naomi on Ra-Sool’s new single is one of the track’s most prominent qualities. Exceptionally precise in terms of tone and bearing the natural grace that marks the world’s most gifted singers, Naomi brings a feminine power which pairs with Ra-Sool’s own measured aggression and makes the song a full and complete work of hip hop for the betterment of humanity.

“Stronger” by Ra-Sool is available online worldwide. Fans of hip hop and justice everywhere should definitely get in early.

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