Rapper Mr. Red releases new mixtape ‘Expensive Taste’

The rap artist from Chicago known as Mr. Red has released his latest mixtape, “Expensive Taste,” hosted by DJ Smoke Mixtapes. The album contains eight original Mr. Red tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Bearing elements of ’90s old-school hip hop and as well as cutting edge modern styles, “Expensive Taste” by Mr. Red is bringing the gangsta sound into the new millennium.

The Chicago-raised Mr. Red cites as main artistic influences Jay Z, Jeezy, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Yo Gotti, 50 Cent, N.W.A., Drake, and Future. His own sound is largely based on the East Coast tradition of hip hop, but includes also that Chicago aggression which can be found also in artists from the area such as Common, Twista, Lupe Fiasco and even some of Kanye West’s more in-your-face material.

Asked to describe the overall themes of his “Expensive Taste,” Mr. Red writes, “The message that I want my listeners to get from my music is how get money and live good, and not only just listen, but visualize the picture that I’m trying to paint with my words.”

“Expensive Taste” is the most recent addition to Mr. Red’s repertoire which already includes the singles “I’m a O.G. F/ King Louie,” which charted in the Top 200, and “Plug f/ Scotty,” as well as a 2015 mixtape, “Mr. Red the O.G., Hosted by DJ Holiday.”

Informing the music and urban poetry of Mr. Red is a history of hard living in the streets of Chi-Town.

“My mom and pops made me,” says Red, “but the streets raised me.”

Mr. Red’s music has been described as a “near-perfect balance of power, respect, fear, and knowledge that can’t be bought, duplicated or faked.”

Red has used the motto, “Bringing back the real,” and his current official bio describes his music as being “up-front in your face and hardcore,” yet “not so far-fetched that it’s unbelievable.”

“If I was born white,” Mr. Red has said, “I’d be CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation, but instead you get Mr. Red, the streets’ C.E.O. And my main objective in this business is I wanna get rid of the impossible and bring back the probable.”

“Expensive Taste” by Mr. Red is available from over 600 quality music stores online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

“Expensive Taste” by Mr. Red –

https://open.spotify.com/album/7HCw2rhPSM5OQErGZitna9

https://www.amazon.com/Expensive-Taste-Explicit-feat-DjSmokeMixtapes/dp/B07BJ9T59K/

Official Website –

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Singer and songwriter Taylor D releases new single ‘Daddy’s Girl’

The singer and songwriter known as Taylor D has released his latest official single, “Daddy’s Girl.” Like previous releases in Taylor D’s repertoire, “Daddy’s Girl” has been proudly published on the Studio in the Sticks independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. An upbeat, heartfelt and wholesome work of genuine American pop rock music, “Daddy’s Girl” showcases Taylor D as a true voice of the American west in the 21st century.

Arizona’s Taylor D cites as main artistic influences the Beatles, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller Band, America, Simon and Garfunkel, and Steely Dan. His own sound blends subtle country notes with overt elements of classic rock and contemporary pop music for a sound which can appeal to a wide variety of listeners all over the world.

Core of and key to the popularity of Taylor D’s music is his insistence on earnestness and authenticity.

“So much music out there is artificial sounds/loops/grooves and beats,” says Taylor D of this. “It sounds great but it’s synthetic. It’s perfect, yet kinda fake at the same time … I record from the raw. I use real instruments void of all these artificial studio tricks. I don’t believe in tricking the listeners. This way when you play live, it’s the real deal.”

This makes even more sense when one takes into account Taylor D’s reasons for making music to begin with.

“Honestly,” he says, “as a super-achiever and a guy that would take on just about any dare, between martial arts, military service, and contracting over four-thousand commercial and residential projects, I needed some stress relief.”

Working out digital compositions on a DAW doesn’t seem as relaxing as pounding out pop music on a guitar. But that’s not Taylor D’s only motivation for releasing “Daddy’s Girl.” He’s also inspired by his daughter, naturally.

“Daddy and daughter relationships are amazing, crazy and zany times, to be cherished!” he writes. “Just like that, overnight that little baby in the palm of your hand turns ten years old! Wow!

What a ride! Okay, so let’s make this song reflective and fun! I love to smile and laugh.

The world needs much more smiling and laughing for sure! I hope this song helps that!”

“Daddy’s Girl” by Taylor D is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Daddy’s Girl” by Taylor D –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/daddys-girl-single/1361431283

Official Website –

http://www.studiointhesticks.net

Liz Herald releases debut EP ‘Out of the Dark’

The singer and songwriter of rock music known as Liz Herald has released her debut EP, “Out of the Dark.” The album contains six Liz Herald originals for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Strong, affirming, creative and aggressive, Liz Herald’s “Out of the Dark” EP stands as evidence that this artist from North Michigan has plenty up her sleeve for 2018.

Self-described contemporary-pop-folk artist Liz Herald cites as main artistic influences Pat Benatar, P!nk and One Republic. Of these, Herald may have most in common with P!nk in terms of pop-rock sensibilities and thematic songwriting. However, fans of folk music, folk rock, and even contemporary country music are also likely to find something they appreciate in “Out of the Dark” by Liz Herald.

Asked to describe the message of her new album, Liz Herald writes, “This album is about beginnings and life experiences. Each song is specific and relates to my world in an unforgettable moment. It is the beginning of my solo professional career and a connection with others that have felt or are feeling that way.”

Liz Herald has been around. After growing up in what her current official bio describes as “a struggling area of northern Michigan,” Herald joined the US Navy and commenced her tour around the world. As an enlisted woman, she kept her performance chops sharp by singing the National Anthem at a wide variety of military ceremonies. She also took home a Top-5 ribbon for her performance at the International Modeling and Talent Association New York Conference.

2015 saw Herald leaving the USN for the stage. Today she writes and performs music under the Kent Wells Productions umbrella based in the music hotbed of Nashville, Tenn.

The “Out of the Dark” EP from Liz Herald is available from over 600 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, pop fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

The “Out of the Dark” EP from Liz Herald –

https://www.amazon.com/Out-Dark-Liz-Herald/dp/B07B5H4ZGG/

Official Website –

https://www.lizheraldmusic.com

Experimental artist Són releases new album ‘Rituals’

The experimental artist known as Són, has released his latest instrumental album, “Rituals.” The album contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 30 minutes. The album has been published on the independent record label ‘Scissors’. Textured, colorful, rife with depth and endlessly thought-provoking, “Rituals” by Són is one of the most intriguing instrumental albums of 2018 yet.

Són is the alter ego of German-born, Los Angeles-based Julian Scherle. He takes his name, Són, from both the Latin word for noise or sound and a proto-Slavic term meaning dream or sleep. A multi-instrumentalist and artist of several various mediums, Julian is perhaps best known today for his work on USA Network’s Mr. Robot, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series in 2016.

The conceptional album “Rituals” has been described as “a work of sweeping sonic geography, working as a microcosm of human experience, a suitable soundtrack for nearly any real-life occurrence”.

Asked to comment on the general themes of “Rituals,” Són writes, “This work conceptually reflects an exploration of modern day rituals and their influence on mankind.”

“Rituals” by Són has since been passed on to five director friends, with the stated aim being “to visually explore this topic and gain different perspectives as a collective.”

Rock legends Black Merda release new LP ‘Forward from the Past’

The titans of American rock known as Black Merda have released a new offering for fans new and old, “Forward from the Past.” The milestone LP includes 12 original Black Merda tracks for a listening time approaching a full hour. It has been proudly published on the Third Child Productions Inc. independent record label. It is the eighth offering from the group since their self-titled debut on Chess Records in 1970. Featuring razor-sharp instrumentation, socially conscientious songwriting, and that classic Detroit funk-rock sound the band helped innovate nearly fifty years ago, “Forward from the Past” stands as proof that Black Merda can slay with the best of them in the 21st century.

Black Merda cite as artistic influences Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Sly Stone, James Brown, and Freddie King. They also cite as a major influence simply, “being from Detroit, Motown.”

The Motor City funk-rock crew have influenced far more musicians than can feasibly have influenced Black Merda, themselves, however, and this influence may seem stronger today than ever before.

“There’s many young people who’s starting to really appreciate the heartfelt music of the past,” write Black Merda. “We want to lead the way in keeping it alive.”

Fans of the group will note that “Forward from the Past” maintains a steady course from 2009’s “Force of Nature” while incorporating more contemporary digital music methods at the same time. The result is a rock record with soul, groove, rhythm, and plenty to say to audiophiles of every age and creed.

“The title of the album is ‘Forward from the Past,’” note Black Merda. “We want to keep elements of the past in the now and future.” They describe the record’s aim as “trying not to lose the realness of live music while mixing in some of the sequenced sounds of today.”

Black Merda began in the mid-1960s and reunited in 2005. Today they are original members Charles Hawkins, Anthony Hawkins, and VC L. Veasey. They survive drummer Tyrone Hite who passed away in 2004. They have shared the stage with the likes of Edwin Starr (“War”), Gene Chandler (the Duke of Earl), Wilson Pickett, the Spinners, the Artistics, Billy Butler, the Chi-Lites, Joe Tex, Jackie Wilson, the Temptations, Eric Burdon (the Animals) and War. Their story is a legitimate part of music history.

More recently, Black Merda were sampled by Ja Rule in 2005 and by Kanye West in 2009. The Detroit Metro Times named the Merda’s 1970 track, “Cynthy-Ruth” as one of the 100 Greatest Detroit Songs Ever. The track was also featured in the HBO documentary, “The Nine Lives Of Marion Barry” (2009). Spinner.com featured Black Merda in their 2010 article, “In Living Color: 20 Important Black Rockers Past and Present.” Their 2009 reunion LP’s chief single, “Take A Little Time,” was re-released on Mojo Magazine’s 2010 compilation, “Heavy Soul.” The Detroit Metro Times also revisited Black Merda in 2010 by choosing their self-titled 1970 debut album as one of “Detroit’s Greatest Hits that Should Have Been” (10 November 2010, Music Issue).

“Forward from the Past” by Black Merda from Third Child Productions is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music stores now. Get in early, funk fans and fans of the Detroit rock sound everywhere.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“Forward from the Past” by Black Merda –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/forward-from-the-past/1328927544

Rapper Loose Bills releases new official single ‘Windows 2 My Soul’

The producer and performer of hip hop known as Loose Bills has released his latest official single, “Windows 2 My Soul.” The track has been proudly published on the “Windows 2 My Soul” independent record label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Sleek, gritty, futuristic and palpably non-fiction, “Windows 2 My Soul” showcases Loose Bills as one of the season’s most intriguing independent rap artists.

Loose Bills cites as main artistic influences nobody but legends: Michael Jackson, Prince, Bootsy Collins, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Lil Wayne, TI, the Notorious BIG, Tupac Shakur, Jay Z, Sade, and Andre 3000. His own sound on “Windows…” is founded on an East Coast ’90s style but bedecked with elements of 21st-century pop and hip hop. Fans of rap music young and old on both the hardcore and pop/mainstream levels are likely to find much to appreciate in “Windows 2 My Soul.”

Asked to describe the overall themes of his new single, Loose Bills writes, “The message is motivational. Don’t wait on ya dreams, chase ya dreams. Go get it. Focus and manifest whatever it is you want.”

Jacksonville, FL’s Loose Bills first made waves in a rap trio called the Bfd Clique, who dropped two popular mixtapes, “The City Zoo” 1 and 2. These earned the crew and Loose Bills a runner-up award at the Source Unsigned Hype Convention in Dallas, TX, 2008. His first solo hit, “Undecided,” built the beginnings of his current fan base, who began clamoring for a solo album.

His first solo mixtape, “The Memoirs of Franklin Benjamin,” appeared to fan and critical acclaim in 2011. On the coattails of this came “Digital Dope, Vol.1,” which dropped with a corresponding Digital Dope video series, which garnered thousands of views and continues to build his brand of beat-backed urban poetry. His 19-track double-LP, “20 Mins Til’ Arrival” appeared in 2015, solidifying Loose Bills as one of the premier indie rappers of the 21st century.

“Windows 2 My Soul” by Loose Bills is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“Windows 2 My Soul” by Loose Bills –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/windows-2-my-soul-single/1362533083

Douglas Lambert releases new album ‘There’s Still Hope’

The composer, songwriter and performer of smooth jazz known as Douglas Lambert has released his latest official album, “There’s Still Hope.” It contains nine original numbers for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. The record has been proudly published as an independent release without the direction of the corporate music industry. Smooth, suave, and bearing the same classiness that first popularized his “Say It Again” EP, “There’s Still Hope” is a work of adult contemporary music which will appeal to a broad spectrum of music fans.

Douglas Lambert cites as main artistic influences such legends as Barry White, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Thom Bell, Horace Silver, Ramsey Lewis, and George Duke. If this dignified roster doesn’t give a round idea of what to expect from “There’s Still Hope” and the rest of Lambert’s repertoire, “There’s Still Hope” may be considered an entry-level crash course in the music of the above. Music fans can expect synth-powered, funk-filled and soulful R&B stylizing, with contemporary additions which will surprise and delight fans of the genre.

Asked to describe the main themes of his new album, Lambert writes simply, “Never give up. There’s Still Hope regardless of your situation or circumstance.”

Such surprises include but are not limited to the Carlos Santana-esque electric guitar which takes center stage on Track 5, “Hope Interlude, Island Love,” a disco-flavored dance number complete with a prominent, poppy bass line (Track 2, “Carnival”), and mashups such as “Space Cadet,” Track 6, which seamlessly blend two or more categories of music (funk, adult contemporary).

Nevertheless, while “There’s Still Hope” falls squarely in the jazz genre when taken as a whole, it often

hits the adult contemporary register with the most punch, as seen in its closing one-two combo, “Nobody Can Love Me Like You” and “Nice and Easy,” Tracks 8 and 9 respectively. As a result of the musical tour Douglas Lambert’s “There’s Still Hope” provides, his latest LP is likely to appeal to fans of R&B, cool jazz, smooth jazz, contemporary jazz, adult contemporary music, and much more.

“There’s Still Hope” by Douglas Lambert is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early, listeners.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“There’s Still Hope” by Douglas Lambert –

https://www.amazon.com/Theres-Still-Hope-Douglas-Lambert/dp/B07B6C8BQN/