Hip hop artist BK releases new single ‘No Pain’

The hip hop performer known as BK has released his latest official single, “No Pain.” The track has been proudly published on the Paystyle Records Inc. independent music label, entirely outside the control of the corporate music industry. Punchy, catchy, aggressive and inspiring, “No Pain” is the latest reason for music fans to sit up and take notice of this forward-thinking rapper and hip hop producer, BK.

BK cites as main artistic influences Jada Kiss, Young Jeezy, Tupac Shakur, Drake, and Proof. His own sound shares elements of each of these but has its own individual flavor which sets him apart from many other up-and-coming hip hop artists of today. Part of the unique draw of “No Pain” in particular comes from the stand-and-deliver philosophy that is its primary theme.

“Anything is possible,” writes BK of this. “If you fall down, get back up to fight another day – and never give up on your dreams.”

That one of the chief strengths of “No Pain” is in its lyrics should come as no surprise to BK’s fans. The rapper’s first successes in the music field were as a ghostwriter for his sister’s successful music crew, who shared the stage with names such as Rah Digga, Redman, Method Man, Trina and Jay Z. Now BK is not only writing and performing for himself, but also heads the same Paystyle Records label on which “No Pain…” is being released.

Since then, Paystyle has dropped two nationally distributed mixtapes and secured an audio licensing and publishing deal with MTV.

“Sure the accomplishments make it worthwhile,” writes BK, humbly. “But perhaps even more importantly than all of that, it’s you, the listener, who makes all of it matter.”

BK’s current official bio closes saying that he “looks forward to many more (sometimes hard, sometimes ugly, but always worthwhile) experiences along his musical journey. Here’s to hoping that you are part of that journey.”

“Thanks for being a listener and making it all matter,” BK says.

“No Pain” by BK is available for purchase and download now from the official Paystyle website (link provided below).

-S. McCauley

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J-Suave releases new EP ‘Kissing Strangers’

The singer and music producer known as J-Suave has released his latest EP record, “Kissing Strangers.” The album has been proudly published as an independent music release outside the direction of the corporate music industry. Dusky, sultry and built on a rock-solid foundation of drum ‘n’ bass, “Kissing Strangers” is a surprise standout to close the summer 2016 season.

J-Suave’s new EP is crowned with its startlingly excellent single, “Lo Lo,” an opening track which is already traveling upward through the Internet music charts and gaining momentum at a rapid rate. Unstoppably smooth and irresistibly classy, the song deserves its popularity for boasting near-perfect performances, top-notch writing, and utterly superb, exceptionally tasteful studio production the likes of which is rarely seen in any genre from any music label, anywhere.

In addition to the considerable talents of J-Suave himself, “Lo Lo” also features graceful vocals by Luccie Fontane.

Houston, TX’s J-Suave cites as main influences (in the order given by the artist): art and abstract paintings, conversations with people, smells and textures, as well as the music of Bob Marley, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Drake, Stevie Wonder, and Issac Hayes.

Speaking of the EP’s romantic overtones, J-Suave writes, “Kissing strangers has two meanings: A.) You can be with someone forever and not really know who they truly are, which leaves you kissing strangers; B.) Someone you love can push you so far away and towards other people so you end up kissing strangers.”

While the album is definitely music which will appeal to listeners of every category, it’s a personal record and one with something to share with people in all walks of life.

“My EP is a soundtrack for those life experiences and all the emotions and changes that come from them,” J-Suave writes. “Not only emotions of the sad, depressed variety but also the newfound focus of taking on new challenges, the feelings of wanting that person back (renewed love, the feeling of wanting to go out and have epic nights and starting over…).”

Outside his musical endeavors, J-Suave is a martial artist who uses meditation as his way of practicing spirituality. His thoughts on romance are unorthodox and carefully considered.

“I don’t believe in monogamy,” he writes, “but I do believe in love.”

“Kissing Strangers” by J-Suave is available online worldwide. Get in early, R ‘n’ B fans – very early.

-S. McCauley

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Justin Nathanielson releases new albums ‘Archive Box EP’ and ‘Jus’ Brown Songs’

The singer and songwriter known as Justin Nathanielson has released two new EP albums, “Archive Box EP” and “Jus’ Brown Songs.” The two records have been proudly published as independent releases. Each EP sports six original tracks and approximately 25 minutes’ worth of alternative rock. Three singles from the records are also being released. Inventive, well-written, and based on some of the most heartfelt vocal tones to appear in 2016, “Archive Box EP” and “Jus’ Brown Songs” from Justin Nathanielson are notable alt-rock additions from the indie world to kick off the fall season.

Originally from Freeport on Long Island, New York, Justin Nathanielson cites as main artistic influences such disparate legends as Portishead, David Bowie, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Sade, Alice in Chains, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, U2, the Doors, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, John Lee Hooker, the Police, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana, the Black Crowes, Stone Temple Pilots, Johnny Cash, and Genesis.

His own music borrows mostly from the alternative rock movement of the early-mid nineties. The singing of AIC’s Jerry Cantrell and late front man Layne Staley can be heard in Nathanielson’s eerie, sharp harmonies, and his careful attention to song structure and lyric poignancy also recall songwriting like that of Scott Weiland’s (Stone Temple Pilots) and Chris Robinson’s (the Black Crowes).

Asked to expound on the themes of his new albums, Justin Nathanielson writes, “The message is about everyday livelihood occurrences, getting to know someone and/or experiences whether it’s relationships, good, mediocre, personal or bad.”

Currently residing in Georgia’s Milledgeville/Sparta area, vocalist Justin Nathanielson is also multi-instrumentalist and professional musician playing rhythm and lead guitar, auto-harp, keyboards, piano, bass guitar, drum programming and percussion. A veteran of the armed forces, he is also a veteran of many bands over the years. While he mainly operates now as a solo act, he has said of himself that he has “always been committed to maintain optimism and a collaborative chemistry, just as other musicians should.”

He has written and recorded music in many genres, often blending two or more, including grunge rock, blues rock, spirituals, alternative, trip hop, electronica, Latin, reggae, East Indian, Native American, and country.

“Archive Box EP” and “Jus’ Brown Songs” by Justin Nathanielson are available online at over 700 digital music stores worldwide beginning 23 September 2016.

-S. McCauley

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Joseph Freije releases fourth LP album for 2016 ‘Hiding in the Light’

The eclectic composer of music known internationally as Joseph P. Freije has released his fourth full-length record for 2016, “Hiding in the Light.” The album contains 13 original Freije tracks for a listening time approaching a full hour. Like all music by Joseph P. Freije, it has been proudly published on the Phrygian Music independent record label without the support or direction of the corporate music industry. Fantastic and fugue-like, clever without pretension and kaleidoscopic with just a touch of psychedelia, “Hiding in the Light” is one of the most accessible experimental records from Joseph P. Freije yet.

2016 has been a remarkable year for Joseph P. Freije, whose music expertise delves into classic rock, jazz, classical, experimental, electronica and blues music, just to name a few. While this new offering, “Hiding in the Light,” is a singular blend of electronica, postmodern jazz and experimental music, he has released no fewer than three other full-length records this year in various genres, with yet another rumored to be on the way. These previous LPs include “Elements of Evidence” (alt-rock), “Electric Phlower” (dance/electronica), and “Jazz Beyond the Chaos” (postmodern jazz/electronic jazz).

Joseph P. Freije has at different times named as main artistic influences Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Jeff Beck, Peter Kater, Nicholas Gunn, Carlos Santana, Jesse Cook, Spyro Gyra, the Moody Blues, Jefferson Starship, Thierry David, and the great classical composers. While this paints an image of an open-minded music fan with top-shelf tastes leaning toward the best of the classic-rock legends, the list does not at all elucidate the experience of hearing a record published by Phrygian Music.

Much of this stems from the general head space, paradigm and philosophies of Joseph Freije and Co. Some of his albums are steeped in thought, symbol, and implication, while others are mostly experiential – art for art’s sake. “Hiding in the Light” seems mostly of the latter persuasion.

Asked to speak on the themes of his new record, Freije says, “Life is meant to be more fun and pleasant for more people more of the time on a daily basis.”

Music fans who wrap their ears around “Hiding in the Light” by Joseph P. Freije are certain to accomplish this in short order.

Joseph P. Freije’s “Hiding in the Light” is available online worldwide at over 700 music stores now. Don’t miss the rest of Phrygian Music’s catalog, also available anywhere great music is digitally sold.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer


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Hip hop musician SoBlak releases new single ‘Handz Up Gun’d Down’ feat. Lady Upt

The hip hop hero from New Orleans known as SoBlak has released his latest official single, “Handz Up Gun’d Down” feat. Lady Upt. The track has been proudly published on the 1Point5 Entertainment LLC independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Heavy-hitting, socially conscientious and making a bold statement against police brutality in the United States, “Handz Up Gun’d Down” is a hip hop track putting SoBlak on the map where he belongs.

SoBlak cites as main artistic influences Rakim, KRS-1, Scarface, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Ludacris, Outkast, Lil Wayne, Freddie Gibbs, and Kendrick Lamar. In addition to the top-shelf tones and attitudes these legends of the mic have impressed on SoBlak, himself, “Handz Up Gun’d Down” also features the considerable talents of Lady Upt.

At the heart of “Handz Up Gun’d Down” are issues close to the heart of all Americans interested in social justice .

“This single directly addresses the extreme tension felt by the people who are and have been the target of police brutality and killings,” writes SoBlak. “I wanted to capture that N.W.A. spirit of ‘F*ck the Police,’ but with my flava and knowledge on it.”

The result was an aggressive track, one which fights for peace while refusing to back down.

“To balance the scales I had Lady UPT bring her perspective of the issue,” SoBlak says. “By us both touching on a variety of aspects of what we know and experience, it came together as a very strong song with a defined message.”

It’s clearly an evocative track. Much like the efforts of the Black Lives Matter social-awareness movement, however, not all the public response has been positive.

“It has caused a nasty campaign on Facebook by many who are displaying their racist views and some who are incorrectly labeling me as racist,” SoBlak writes, “but the truth is paramount with this track, and the driving sound keeps the tempo and momentum going to the very end.”

SoBlak started in music by learning from his father, a jazz and gospel musician and music promoter in New Orleans. He became serious about music after joining the Marine Corp in 1990. “Handz Up Gun’d Down” represents his most prominent official hip hop release in recent memory, with its music video hitting over 86,000 views within two weeks.

1Point5 Entertainment calls SoBlak “a veteran in the rap business,” saying, “you can expect lyrical and production quality from this Jurassic Classic cat.”

“Handz Up Gun’d Down” is available online worldwide at over 700 music stores now.

-S. McCauley

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Country singer Rhea Francani releases new single ‘Is This Love’

Country music sensation Rhea Francani has released her latest single, “Is This Love.” The track is the third popular single track to be showcased from her debut full-length record which dropped in July from the Limestone Records independent label. Upbeat, driving, and conveying all the warmth that comes with a new romance, “Is This Love” is the latest reason for country fans to take note of Nashville’s newest voice.

Rhea Francani cites as main artistic influences Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson. While this mix comes out in the repertoire offered on her “Now or Never” LP, a seventh crucial influence must be mentioned in connection to “Is This Love:” her sister.

“I wrote 10 of the 12 songs on the album,” Francani writes. “I had the honor of recording two songs that my sister, Adria Francani, wrote. ‘Is This Love,’ is one written by her <3.”

Pressed for details with regard to the theme of her new single, Francani discusses how her lyrics portray the emotions one experiences with a fresh love interest, mentioning lines such as “I’m walking like I’m never gonna touch the ground.”

“The lyrical content emits vulnerability and transparency,” she comments. “One is in such a euphoric state. The song drives as aggressively as the very pulse of one’s heart. This is a real feel-good song :D.”

Rhea Francani’s contemporary country music is described in her current official bio as blending “the classic country genre with bluegrass, pop and rock sounds to create a distinctive Cosmopolitan Country brand of music, style and fun.” She has a master’s degree in music and music education from New York’s Columbia University. Her first official single, “Dizzy,” made it to #11 on the global HotDisc chart and was included on All Access Nashville radio services. Her music has been up-voted for Grammy consideration.

“Is This Love” by Rhea Francani is available online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

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Film Composer Julian Scherle releases new soundtrack album ‘Let’s Be Evil’

The film composer, known internationally as Julian Scherle, has released his latest full-length soundtrack album, “Let’s Be Evil.” The album contains 23 original tracks for a total listening time of approximately 35 minutes. The “Let’s Be Evil” soundtrack makes for a comprehensive tour of Scherle’s composing and arranging skills and showcases a talent for combining different musical genres.


Eerie, ambient, and evocative, the SciFi – Horror score of “Let’s Be Evil” is the most prominent example of how to incorporate retro-synth into a futuristic and dark electronic sound world.


LA-based Julian Scherle’s unconventional composing style exists in it’s unique universe; calling to classics like Pink Floyd, John Carpenter, Depeche Mode and unifying these electronic aesthetics with composing styles similar to contemporary classical composers.


Scherle’s tone easily balances between dreamlike, nebulous, and entrancing and an intense, nerve-racking terror. His songs climb and build, sweep and soar, and thrill the listener just as they permeate the atmosphere of “Let’s Be Evil.”


Scherle, when speaking of his aims for the album, gives liner notes that provide a glimpse into his writing process:

“The original musical concept for the film, ‘Let’s Be Evil,’ was to write a straight up ’80s-inspired retro synth soundtrack, which slowly – while the movie was forming – morphed into a hybrid between an old school electronic and a modern-glitchy futuristic score. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed creating it”.


JoBlo.com writes of Scherle’s work on the film score stating, “If a filmmaker wants to get me salivating to see their movie, one of the best things they can do is pair an ’80s-esque synth score with colorful lighting, and that’s exactly what [the soundtrack for the] thriller ‘Let’s Be Evil’ does.”


Music by Scherle has been featured on a number of critically acclaimed projects such as Golden Globe and Emmy winning TV shows, “Mr. Robot,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” and “American Horror Story.”


“Let’s Be Evil” by Julian Scherle, has been published on the independent music label Scissors and is available for digital download at over 700 music stores worldwide now.


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Indie R&B Artist/Producer Robert Maddrey Releases Third New Single ‘Paint a Picture’

The singer/songwriter of contemporary rhythm ‘n’ blues known as Robert Maddrey has released his latest official single, “Paint a Picture.” Like the rest of his growing repertoire, “Paint a Picture” has been proudly published again under the ThickerThanWater Productions independent record label without the direction or support of the corporate music industry. A smooth, classy, and heartfelt R&B ballad riding with a mellow groove that will surely appeal to fans of any genre. “Paint a Picture” is the latest reason for fans, listeners, and even the music industry itself, to sit up and seriously take note of this budding and trending artist and producer on the horizon.

Asked to cite some of his main artistic influences, Robert Maddrey lists Ray Parker, Jr.,Frankie Beverly, Ron Isley, Al Green, Issac Hayes, and “the sound behind the Motown sound” the Funk Brothers,” calling them “the great sounds of our history.” His own tone on “Paint a Picture” is less dramatic than Al Green’s and more subtle than Isaac Hayes’, making for a style that is

modern, non-derivative, and will surely stand the test of time.

Helping to produce the magic behind “Paint a Picture” is Robert Maddrey’s brother, Paul Maddrey, Jr. who is undeniably bringing unprecedented musicianship to the table. This chemistry of musicianship helps create their characteristic sound that is slowly bringing ThickerThanWater productions closer and closer to the music forefront.

Speaking of the themes of his newest single, Maddrey writes, “‘Paint a Picture’ as in painting a picture with music and song. Music is not just a sound but a feeling that you create. It’s a simple but important message of peace and a musical vision of hope for the world– just a ‘feel good’ song that any real music

lover can’t help but enjoy.”

The publication of his first prominent single, “Change,” came in February 2016, followed in May by “Never Forget”, which was published under the “FaithWalk Entertainment” umbrella. Paint A Picture’ is a great follow up release after ‘Change’ and ‘Never Forget.’ The three songs compliment each other as well as show the great versatility in musical style and genre.

“From the vocals to the instrumentals,” writes Maddrey of his single, “‘Paint A Picture,’ I believe this song is destined to bring real music and musicianship back to life and to the airwaves. This song is truly a musical vision of the way the world should be. Bringing real music back in all genres as well as continuing to spread our universal message of peace. ‘Paint A Picture’ is a great follow up release after ‘Change’ and ‘Never Forget.’”

Maddrey has said of ThickerThanWater productions, “We love to make music and we make music to love.”

“Paint a Picture” by Robert Maddrey from ThickerThanWater Productions is now available online at over 700 digital outlets worldwide.

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