VideoMusicStars http://videomusicstars.com Independent Music News Headlines Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 The Phil Mitchell Band Releases New Record, ‘Crossroads’ – Available Now! http://videomusicstars.com/the-phil-mitchell-band-releases-new-record-crossroads-available-now/ http://videomusicstars.com/the-phil-mitchell-band-releases-new-record-crossroads-available-now/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:10:28 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9812 phil-mitchell-band-680

United States - Chicago, IL - The Phil Mitchell Band is currently promoting their new record, ‘Crossroads.’ The album dropped in 2014 and is available on major internet music provider outlets. First, though, some information on the band: This is the third record Phil Mitchell has put out. The band consists of Phil Mitchell along with Kevin Branigan and Rex Carroll, who are well-established guitarists in Chicago, and Jammie Bosstel, a long-time rock singer. Lauren Anatolia also provides vocals and the man himself, Phil Mitchell, performs piano. The stylistic direction of the band is focused around Mitchell’s unique piano instrumentation.

Phil Mitchell describes the band’s mantra in the form of a political endeavor, citing that he wants to achieve similar status to acts who have projected political messages in their music - Green Day, the Doors, and the like. “What does an artist do when his world starts to cave in around him?” Mitchell explains, “He keeps using the gifts he has. That is the answer to our current economic situation.”

phil-mitchell-band-400“They just keep making quick decisions without considering the consequences. National debt, global warming, bank bailouts, pension abuse, little geothermal energy, expensive health care,” Mitchell lists off as he ponders the problems plaguing his nation. That’s why he’s designing his music to create a positive, impactful conversation about fixing those things:

“One day the government will go broke, the coast will flood... do we just ignore it all? Or are we at a crossroad? I hope more people will start to think a little more about their future and feelings with this album. Maybe they’ll get more involved.”

Mitchell often looks to compelling intellectual quotes from history in his search for answers. “One person said we have been at a crossroads as a nation for more than forty years.” He utilizes these quotes in his pursuits as an author, another creative endeavor he’s very passionate about.

Phil Mitchell also hopes that this album can be a companion to long drives across America, inciting beneficial discussions about the future and the nation. “Imagine if you were going to take a summer vacation with the family,” Mitchell tells us, “First, you would tell the kids about this great nation and the importance of reaching out strong. Concerned about their future... George Washington is needed more now than ever. You would blast ‘White Horse Rider’ over the speakers hoping someone would listen. Because you’re fed up.”

That’s the mission of Phil Mitchell & Band’s ‘Crossroads’ record. They’re fed up with the system. They want to see a change. They also want to remind people to see the light at the end of the struggle as well, though. “Let’s keep moving on. Still believe when most people have given up.”

Again, audiences can find this new intriguing record on iTunes or Amazon. Contact and relevant online networking information is listed below:

Phil Mitchell Links - morningstar _pm@msn.com

FACEBOOK - SOUNDCLOUD - FACEBOOK ALBUM  - ITUNES - BLOG

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United States - Chicago, IL - The Phil Mitchell Band is currently promoting their new record, ‘Crossroads.’ The album dropped in 2014 and is available on major internet music provider outlets. First, though, some information on the band: This is the third record Phil Mitchell has put out. The band consists of Phil Mitchell along with Kevin Branigan and Rex Carroll, who are well-established guitarists in Chicago, and Jammie Bosstel, a long-time rock singer. Lauren Anatolia also provides vocals and the man himself, Phil Mitchell, performs piano. The stylistic direction of the band is focused around Mitchell’s unique piano instrumentation.

Phil Mitchell describes the band’s mantra in the form of a political endeavor, citing that he wants to achieve similar status to acts who have projected political messages in their music - Green Day, the Doors, and the like. “What does an artist do when his world starts to cave in around him?” Mitchell explains, “He keeps using the gifts he has. That is the answer to our current economic situation.”

phil-mitchell-band-400“They just keep making quick decisions without considering the consequences. National debt, global warming, bank bailouts, pension abuse, little geothermal energy, expensive health care,” Mitchell lists off as he ponders the problems plaguing his nation. That’s why he’s designing his music to create a positive, impactful conversation about fixing those things:

“One day the government will go broke, the coast will flood... do we just ignore it all? Or are we at a crossroad? I hope more people will start to think a little more about their future and feelings with this album. Maybe they’ll get more involved.”

Mitchell often looks to compelling intellectual quotes from history in his search for answers. “One person said we have been at a crossroads as a nation for more than forty years.” He utilizes these quotes in his pursuits as an author, another creative endeavor he’s very passionate about.

Phil Mitchell also hopes that this album can be a companion to long drives across America, inciting beneficial discussions about the future and the nation. “Imagine if you were going to take a summer vacation with the family,” Mitchell tells us, “First, you would tell the kids about this great nation and the importance of reaching out strong. Concerned about their future... George Washington is needed more now than ever. You would blast ‘White Horse Rider’ over the speakers hoping someone would listen. Because you’re fed up.”

That’s the mission of Phil Mitchell & Band’s ‘Crossroads’ record. They’re fed up with the system. They want to see a change. They also want to remind people to see the light at the end of the struggle as well, though. “Let’s keep moving on. Still believe when most people have given up.”

Again, audiences can find this new intriguing record on iTunes or Amazon. Contact and relevant online networking information is listed below:

Phil Mitchell Links - morningstar _pm@msn.com

FACEBOOK - SOUNDCLOUD - FACEBOOK ALBUM  - ITUNES - BLOG

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Mountain Mirrors: “Asylum Acres” – celestial and entrancing auditory spheres http://videomusicstars.com/mountain-mirrors-asylum-acres-celestial-and-entrancing-auditory-spheres/ http://videomusicstars.com/mountain-mirrors-asylum-acres-celestial-and-entrancing-auditory-spheres/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:34:32 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9809 mountain-mirrors-680

Mountain Mirrors is a project by Jeff Sanders. Jeff sings, play the guitars, the keyboards as well as takes care of the arrangements of his music. Through the years he has brought in various musicians to ‘add their unique flavors to quite a few tracks,’ says Jeff. The latest album, “Asylum Acres” include performances by Steve Riley - drums and percussion , Kurt Baumer - violins , Dave DeMarco - bass guitars, baritone guitar on "Asylum Acres"  and Phil Rohr bass on "Spell".

Jeff explains the idea behind "Asylum Acres" as being “a sort of a concept album about places you'd visit in dreams, out of body experiences, astral projection etc. Not a "musical novel", but more like a collection of horror/suspense short stories (think Poe, Lovecraft or Stephen King)…”

[caption id="attachment_13415" align="alignleft" width="250"]Jeff Sanders - founder of the Mountain Mirrors project Jeff Sanders - founder of the Mountain Mirrors project[/caption]

“Asylum Acres” is perfectly appealing to me in every way: lyrically, instrumentally, vocally, its unique style, right down to the cover. Every song stands alone on its own merit yet, the album as a complete composition is breathtaking with each track making the previous and next sound even better.

Musically, you'll definitely be reminded of quaint acoustic neo-folk sounds though Sanders is apt to dust them with indie-rock influences and heavy doses of Kurt Baumers able violin. His compositions remind me of the stripped down dark moodiness possessed by Nick Drake, blended with the extravagant musical genius of Lindsay Buckingham’s layered arrangements.

Mountain Mirrors’ music is stripped down, but only to the essentials of beauty - poetic lyrics, warm melodies, and selective instrumentation, as Sanders finds a perfect balance between complexity and simplicity on tracks like “Your Angels”, “Dead River Co.” and “Full Of Flies”. While for me the most striking track on the album has to be “Spell” with its punctuated percussive rhythm and richly layered acoustic arrangement tinged by a brief but intense guitar solo. A more elaborate and engaging guitar solo is also to be found in “Full of Flies (alternate Sandman mix)”.

Throughout the album, Saunders sticks to his strengths and compose a beautiful and coherent mélange of mild-mannered - mostly gloomy - sometimes strangely cheerful - but always insightful songs. Yes, “Asylum Acres” is like an experience unto its own. It is one of those albums that have some sort of creative spark, so when you listen to it, you can tell something remarkable is happening in your presence, though you can’t exactly put your finger on it…

Some artists attempt to compose songs that give listeners lucid imagery, transporting them into celestial and entrancing auditory spheres. Some succeed whereas others need to sacrifice melody to do so, concentrating on ethereal synthesized walls of sound. Jeff Sanders and Mountain Mirrors, however, succeed with simple acoustic instrumentation and tons of melody. And Sanders does it better than any recent artist that I can remember.

You don’t have to be particularly gifted to appreciate “Asylum Acres”. All you need is a pair of ears and a love of real music. This album is an utterly staggering collection of moving music!

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGEITUNESBANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

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Mountain Mirrors is a project by Jeff Sanders. Jeff sings, play the guitars, the keyboards as well as takes care of the arrangements of his music. Through the years he has brought in various musicians to ‘add their unique flavors to quite a few tracks,’ says Jeff. The latest album, “Asylum Acres” include performances by Steve Riley - drums and percussion , Kurt Baumer - violins , Dave DeMarco - bass guitars, baritone guitar on "Asylum Acres"  and Phil Rohr bass on "Spell".

Jeff explains the idea behind "Asylum Acres" as being “a sort of a concept album about places you'd visit in dreams, out of body experiences, astral projection etc. Not a "musical novel", but more like a collection of horror/suspense short stories (think Poe, Lovecraft or Stephen King)…”

[caption id="attachment_13415" align="alignleft" width="250"]Jeff Sanders - founder of the Mountain Mirrors project Jeff Sanders - founder of the Mountain Mirrors project[/caption]

“Asylum Acres” is perfectly appealing to me in every way: lyrically, instrumentally, vocally, its unique style, right down to the cover. Every song stands alone on its own merit yet, the album as a complete composition is breathtaking with each track making the previous and next sound even better.

Musically, you'll definitely be reminded of quaint acoustic neo-folk sounds though Sanders is apt to dust them with indie-rock influences and heavy doses of Kurt Baumers able violin. His compositions remind me of the stripped down dark moodiness possessed by Nick Drake, blended with the extravagant musical genius of Lindsay Buckingham’s layered arrangements.

Mountain Mirrors’ music is stripped down, but only to the essentials of beauty - poetic lyrics, warm melodies, and selective instrumentation, as Sanders finds a perfect balance between complexity and simplicity on tracks like “Your Angels”, “Dead River Co.” and “Full Of Flies”. While for me the most striking track on the album has to be “Spell” with its punctuated percussive rhythm and richly layered acoustic arrangement tinged by a brief but intense guitar solo. A more elaborate and engaging guitar solo is also to be found in “Full of Flies (alternate Sandman mix)”.

Throughout the album, Saunders sticks to his strengths and compose a beautiful and coherent mélange of mild-mannered - mostly gloomy - sometimes strangely cheerful - but always insightful songs. Yes, “Asylum Acres” is like an experience unto its own. It is one of those albums that have some sort of creative spark, so when you listen to it, you can tell something remarkable is happening in your presence, though you can’t exactly put your finger on it…

Some artists attempt to compose songs that give listeners lucid imagery, transporting them into celestial and entrancing auditory spheres. Some succeed whereas others need to sacrifice melody to do so, concentrating on ethereal synthesized walls of sound. Jeff Sanders and Mountain Mirrors, however, succeed with simple acoustic instrumentation and tons of melody. And Sanders does it better than any recent artist that I can remember.

You don’t have to be particularly gifted to appreciate “Asylum Acres”. All you need is a pair of ears and a love of real music. This album is an utterly staggering collection of moving music!

OFFICIAL LINKS: HOMEPAGEITUNESBANDCAMP - YOUTUBE

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NU-MAN is totally focused on his music and career http://videomusicstars.com/nu-man-is-totally-focused-on-his-music-and-career/ http://videomusicstars.com/nu-man-is-totally-focused-on-his-music-and-career/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:37:15 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9806 numan-js-680

Chicago was his birthplace, and he also spent time on the West Coast, but Atlanta, Georgia was the place vibrant performer Nu-Man blossomed into a distinctive, compelling singer/songwriter. Once his family relocated to the locale known as "The ATL," where they still reside, Nu-Man's love affair with music blossomed. He mixes rap's verbal fluidity and improvisational fervor with tones and themes gleaned from pop, R&B, and soul. The result is an edgy, dynamic sound that offers insight into everything from relationships to topical issues.

[caption id="attachment_1842" align="alignleft" width="300"]NU-MAN NU-MAN[/caption]

When asked what inspired him to become a performer, Nu-Man responds in decisive fashion, crediting Atlanta's fertile creative environment with being the catalyst towards a professional career. "I first gained interest in music as a sophomore in college," Nu-Man recalled. "I remember freestyling for the fun of it around others and noticing how people dug the way I flowed." Family members have proven just as important to the development of his hybrid style as some major musical names. "On a personal note, I can say that my older brother, along with other artists in my family were my first major influences," he continues." By witnessing their musical creativity and the high level of sound I interpreted it to be, I was like "wow," that is so cool to be able to create good music. On the other hand, Michael Jackson, Elvis, and rapper E-40 were my outside influences." As someone who mixes spoken word and song, Nu-Man's approach to songwriting reflects a careful balance between expressing ideas in oral or musical fashion.

numan-yougotit-200"My compositions are created both by lyrics first along with the melodies I hear with it, and also by listening to a beat and feeling the direction the beat takes me lyrically," Nu-Man explains. "Interspersing multiple genres into a tune comes naturally," he adds in response to an inquiry about the multiple strains that converge in his music. "I'm naturally a more literal writer as opposed to a more figurative approach. So as I write, I tend to write about real life experiences and the emotions and feelings they generate. Being a pop artist I like more up-tempo songs, while being soulful, I naturally put feelings into it. That makes up my recipe for a good tune." The sources of his songs are as varied as the genres and artists he enjoys. "My ideas for songs come in different ways," he adds. "Sometimes when I hear a track, I will be reminded of a moment. I then ponder on the cause and effects of that moment while I vibe to the rhythm of the track and write. Other times I will find myself feeling some kind of way, and I then put into a song whatever I am feeling at that time. Also, I will hear a song in my sleep, wake up and write it."

[caption id="attachment_1841" align="alignright" width="300"]NU-MAN NU-MAN[/caption]

But while versatility and variety are Nu-Man attributes, thus far there's one arena he doesn't explore as a composer. "At this point in my writing career I have yet to write any political songs." Nu-Man acknowledges. "Topical material I do write sometimes." Nu-Man's roots are evident in both his edgy vocals and love for lyrical embellishment. "I was born in Chicago, but spent most of my youth in California," he responds when asked if he heard or was aware of much house music, a Windy City staple. “I remember loving '80s R&B like the Whispers and Rick James, while also liking '80s pop music."

While now totally focused on his music and career, Nu-Man envisions a time when he can stretch his creative wings. "At some point in time, I am looking forward to writing for other artists," he said. "I have some songs that I can hear some other great voices on as well, not just my own. For me, it is always fun to collaborate with other artists and create music that is unique and different than what I am used to with my own style." In the past, options for independent artists weren't nearly as plentiful as in the21st century.

numan-ivebeenthinking-200Nu-Man's especially pleased with how the Internet has proven a boon for those performers without record label support. "I am glad that the Internet is available for independent artists," he says. "I think it really lends a helping hand when it comes to getting our music heard by the people. Record labels have to pick and choose their artists and it might not be the best way for you as an artist. The Internet really helps independent artists get their music to the people. My goal is to entertain for a living at a high level," he concludes. "I have a strong desire to create songs that will last a lifetime or two and stand the test of time. I am also really looking forward to my very own first Grammy Party." With his enticing, original sensibility and approach, Nu-Man can look forward to a long career and hopefully several other Grammy events in the future. -Ron Wynn

OFFICIAL NU-MAN LINKS: HOMEPAGESOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBETWITTERFACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - ITUNES

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Chicago was his birthplace, and he also spent time on the West Coast, but Atlanta, Georgia was the place vibrant performer Nu-Man blossomed into a distinctive, compelling singer/songwriter. Once his family relocated to the locale known as "The ATL," where they still reside, Nu-Man's love affair with music blossomed. He mixes rap's verbal fluidity and improvisational fervor with tones and themes gleaned from pop, R&B, and soul. The result is an edgy, dynamic sound that offers insight into everything from relationships to topical issues.

[caption id="attachment_1842" align="alignleft" width="300"]NU-MAN NU-MAN[/caption]

When asked what inspired him to become a performer, Nu-Man responds in decisive fashion, crediting Atlanta's fertile creative environment with being the catalyst towards a professional career. "I first gained interest in music as a sophomore in college," Nu-Man recalled. "I remember freestyling for the fun of it around others and noticing how people dug the way I flowed." Family members have proven just as important to the development of his hybrid style as some major musical names. "On a personal note, I can say that my older brother, along with other artists in my family were my first major influences," he continues." By witnessing their musical creativity and the high level of sound I interpreted it to be, I was like "wow," that is so cool to be able to create good music. On the other hand, Michael Jackson, Elvis, and rapper E-40 were my outside influences." As someone who mixes spoken word and song, Nu-Man's approach to songwriting reflects a careful balance between expressing ideas in oral or musical fashion.

numan-yougotit-200"My compositions are created both by lyrics first along with the melodies I hear with it, and also by listening to a beat and feeling the direction the beat takes me lyrically," Nu-Man explains. "Interspersing multiple genres into a tune comes naturally," he adds in response to an inquiry about the multiple strains that converge in his music. "I'm naturally a more literal writer as opposed to a more figurative approach. So as I write, I tend to write about real life experiences and the emotions and feelings they generate. Being a pop artist I like more up-tempo songs, while being soulful, I naturally put feelings into it. That makes up my recipe for a good tune." The sources of his songs are as varied as the genres and artists he enjoys. "My ideas for songs come in different ways," he adds. "Sometimes when I hear a track, I will be reminded of a moment. I then ponder on the cause and effects of that moment while I vibe to the rhythm of the track and write. Other times I will find myself feeling some kind of way, and I then put into a song whatever I am feeling at that time. Also, I will hear a song in my sleep, wake up and write it."

[caption id="attachment_1841" align="alignright" width="300"]NU-MAN NU-MAN[/caption]

But while versatility and variety are Nu-Man attributes, thus far there's one arena he doesn't explore as a composer. "At this point in my writing career I have yet to write any political songs." Nu-Man acknowledges. "Topical material I do write sometimes." Nu-Man's roots are evident in both his edgy vocals and love for lyrical embellishment. "I was born in Chicago, but spent most of my youth in California," he responds when asked if he heard or was aware of much house music, a Windy City staple. “I remember loving '80s R&B like the Whispers and Rick James, while also liking '80s pop music."

While now totally focused on his music and career, Nu-Man envisions a time when he can stretch his creative wings. "At some point in time, I am looking forward to writing for other artists," he said. "I have some songs that I can hear some other great voices on as well, not just my own. For me, it is always fun to collaborate with other artists and create music that is unique and different than what I am used to with my own style." In the past, options for independent artists weren't nearly as plentiful as in the21st century.

numan-ivebeenthinking-200Nu-Man's especially pleased with how the Internet has proven a boon for those performers without record label support. "I am glad that the Internet is available for independent artists," he says. "I think it really lends a helping hand when it comes to getting our music heard by the people. Record labels have to pick and choose their artists and it might not be the best way for you as an artist. The Internet really helps independent artists get their music to the people. My goal is to entertain for a living at a high level," he concludes. "I have a strong desire to create songs that will last a lifetime or two and stand the test of time. I am also really looking forward to my very own first Grammy Party." With his enticing, original sensibility and approach, Nu-Man can look forward to a long career and hopefully several other Grammy events in the future. -Ron Wynn

OFFICIAL NU-MAN LINKS: HOMEPAGESOUNDCLOUDYOUTUBETWITTERFACEBOOK - INSTAGRAM - ITUNES

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BLUES/POP ARTIST *FINN* RELEASES NEW ALBUM AND SINGLE! http://videomusicstars.com/bluespop-artist-finn-releases-new-album-and-single/ http://videomusicstars.com/bluespop-artist-finn-releases-new-album-and-single/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:33:45 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9803 finn-aae-680

THE NEW *FINN* ALBUM - “ART&ESPIONAGE” OUT NOW

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK –  Two brothers from the land down under have been spending countless hours working on a new blues/pop release that is sure to take listeners by the ear with one listen.  Hailing from Melbourne, Australia the pair (Mark & Luke Finn) performing as FINN have created a sonic experience entitled ART&ESPIONAGE.  A lot went into the making of this release and it had high expectations after their 2011, 15track LP album release “FROM THE WELL”.

'Art&Espionage' shows a huge step forward since 2011 showing that the band's potential to expand their sound is evolving into something of major artist caliber. FINN takes the best from their favorite artists and influences such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, JJ Cale, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.  They are storytellers and do it with ease as you can hear on this new cut.

[caption id="attachment_13392" align="alignleft" width="400"]Finn Finn[/caption]

"Art & Espionage was a reflection of the idea that all great artists are thieves. Good ones borrow, and great ones steal. I think it was Picasso who said that...or maybe T.S. Eliot...who also probably got it from someone else! The aim with this album was to steal from as many of the great artists that we grew up listening too, and make something that was a unique combination of that. Hopefully that comes through, and people can trace the influences, one way or another."  ~FINN

The two stepped into the studio to record at Melbourne's BLACK PEARL STUDIOS with producer Terry Hart of Maestro Productions.  The band brought on Joe Carra of Crystal Mastering to lend his professional ears to the ever so important mastering of the album. With this team something special was created and crafted over those days which would become the album you hear now.  The band took careful consideration picking their first single release off the album and officially will have the track “CITY LIVING” as the kick off track for press consideration.

[caption id="attachment_13394" align="alignright" width="400"]Luke Finn Luke Finn[/caption]

The band evokes a range of emotions that truly can connect with any listener regardless of social class or gender.  This ability in not only their writing talents but also their impeccable instrumentation truly blends with the lyrics in a symphonic ease - it's just a straight up enjoyable album to listen to. No fluff or anything fake about it, which is what the music industry needs more of these days.  Art&Espionage is a straight cut record that delves into the simplicities of one's life.  FINN's ability to connect with their listeners marks them for a band to be put on your radar for 2015 artist's to watch.

The band is currently accepting requests for album reviews (digital copies available upon request) along with interview and booking requests.

For more information the band can be reached via their publicist at:

Meghan Campbell +1 917-870-7009 artandespionage@gmail.com

Web links: http://www.artandespionage.com http://www.facebook.com/finnmusic http://www.soundcloud.com/artandespionage/city-living

Album now available on iTunes @ http://smarturl.it/finnalbum

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THE NEW *FINN* ALBUM - “ART&ESPIONAGE” OUT NOW

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK –  Two brothers from the land down under have been spending countless hours working on a new blues/pop release that is sure to take listeners by the ear with one listen.  Hailing from Melbourne, Australia the pair (Mark & Luke Finn) performing as FINN have created a sonic experience entitled ART&ESPIONAGE.  A lot went into the making of this release and it had high expectations after their 2011, 15track LP album release “FROM THE WELL”.

'Art&Espionage' shows a huge step forward since 2011 showing that the band's potential to expand their sound is evolving into something of major artist caliber. FINN takes the best from their favorite artists and influences such as Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Jeff Buckley, JJ Cale, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash.  They are storytellers and do it with ease as you can hear on this new cut.

[caption id="attachment_13392" align="alignleft" width="400"]Finn Finn[/caption]

"Art & Espionage was a reflection of the idea that all great artists are thieves. Good ones borrow, and great ones steal. I think it was Picasso who said that...or maybe T.S. Eliot...who also probably got it from someone else! The aim with this album was to steal from as many of the great artists that we grew up listening too, and make something that was a unique combination of that. Hopefully that comes through, and people can trace the influences, one way or another."  ~FINN

The two stepped into the studio to record at Melbourne's BLACK PEARL STUDIOS with producer Terry Hart of Maestro Productions.  The band brought on Joe Carra of Crystal Mastering to lend his professional ears to the ever so important mastering of the album. With this team something special was created and crafted over those days which would become the album you hear now.  The band took careful consideration picking their first single release off the album and officially will have the track “CITY LIVING” as the kick off track for press consideration.

[caption id="attachment_13394" align="alignright" width="400"]Luke Finn Luke Finn[/caption]

The band evokes a range of emotions that truly can connect with any listener regardless of social class or gender.  This ability in not only their writing talents but also their impeccable instrumentation truly blends with the lyrics in a symphonic ease - it's just a straight up enjoyable album to listen to. No fluff or anything fake about it, which is what the music industry needs more of these days.  Art&Espionage is a straight cut record that delves into the simplicities of one's life.  FINN's ability to connect with their listeners marks them for a band to be put on your radar for 2015 artist's to watch.

The band is currently accepting requests for album reviews (digital copies available upon request) along with interview and booking requests.

For more information the band can be reached via their publicist at:

Meghan Campbell +1 917-870-7009 artandespionage@gmail.com

Web links: http://www.artandespionage.com http://www.facebook.com/finnmusic http://www.soundcloud.com/artandespionage/city-living

Album now available on iTunes @ http://smarturl.it/finnalbum

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Rosaye: “Let Me Be” – when musical instinct and talent come together! http://videomusicstars.com/rosaye-let-me-be-when-musical-instinct-and-talent-come-together/ http://videomusicstars.com/rosaye-let-me-be-when-musical-instinct-and-talent-come-together/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:11:27 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9800 rosaye-lmb-680

At a young age, Rosaye was already surrounded by a diverse range of music and performing arts, but being incredibly shy she often felt like being the least talented person in the room. However her passion, vocal prowess, musical ability and hard-work ethic are carefully moving this Australian-based, New Zealand-born talent, into the upward spiral of female singer-songwriters.

On her arrival from New Zealand, Rosaye quickly found a way - through a newspaper ad – to record demos of her original songs in a backyard studio. She later spent time in a Melbourne studio, writing and recording a number of songs, while also gaining industry experience by assisting independent artists film their video clips.

[caption id="attachment_13388" align="alignleft" width="300"]rosaye-lmb-400 The single cover[/caption]

In 2014, she funded the recording of her first single “Letters” with producer Tim Carr at Studio 301, which has received rave reviews. She also ran a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the recording and release of her first EP due for release in May 2015. In the meantime, Rosaye has released the second single, “Let Me Be”, from the upcoming EP.

Once again, Rosaye’s whiskey voice is delicious, and I'm here to tell you I'm devouring every note. This song has not left my media player since I put it in a week ago!

There's no dismal teen bubblegum drivel here. This is what pop music should be. The track resounds with its percussion, string pads and piano hooks, telling the listener that Rosaye is definitely on her way.  For some reason she calls to mind a mystical blend of Enya and a powerhouse Pat Benatar  - strong music, good beat, great lyrics, and just one heck of a song.

Nowhere is her lyrical tenacity more prevalent than on “Let Me Be”, where she tells a loved-one that he needs to move on, because after the countless promises and disillusions, she already has: “Leave me alone just let me be, why wait till now to come through for me, Better late than never means nothing to me, Leave me alone and let me be…”

[caption id="attachment_13163" align="alignright" width="300"]Rosaye Rosaye[/caption]

Her songs are well rounded, yet also catchy, but never fluffy. I think it comes down to the fact that Rosaye can really sing and has a subtly that you won't find in many voices. She is equally comfortable singing pop and ballads.

I admit that my expectations to “Let Me Be” were sky high too. I am very fond of Rosaye’s first single, “Letters” and thought that it would be nearly impossible for her to follow it up with a second single of the same high quality. So actually I'm surprised to say that not only have my expectations been met, they have also been exceeded!

“Let Me Be” has good potential of making a solid radio hit - where Rosaye displays a truly beautiful voice and sings with a sincerity and purity that could make even angels envy her. Her control and fluidity make it easy to get caught up in the lyrics.

There are times when musical instinct and talent come together to deliver material which has a quality that hits the ‘sweet’ spot in any listener. “Let Me Be” is a prime example!

OFFICIAL LINKS: Homepage - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Youtube - CdBaby - iTunes - Amrap

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At a young age, Rosaye was already surrounded by a diverse range of music and performing arts, but being incredibly shy she often felt like being the least talented person in the room. However her passion, vocal prowess, musical ability and hard-work ethic are carefully moving this Australian-based, New Zealand-born talent, into the upward spiral of female singer-songwriters.

On her arrival from New Zealand, Rosaye quickly found a way - through a newspaper ad – to record demos of her original songs in a backyard studio. She later spent time in a Melbourne studio, writing and recording a number of songs, while also gaining industry experience by assisting independent artists film their video clips.

[caption id="attachment_13388" align="alignleft" width="300"]rosaye-lmb-400 The single cover[/caption]

In 2014, she funded the recording of her first single “Letters” with producer Tim Carr at Studio 301, which has received rave reviews. She also ran a crowdfunding campaign to help fund the recording and release of her first EP due for release in May 2015. In the meantime, Rosaye has released the second single, “Let Me Be”, from the upcoming EP.

Once again, Rosaye’s whiskey voice is delicious, and I'm here to tell you I'm devouring every note. This song has not left my media player since I put it in a week ago!

There's no dismal teen bubblegum drivel here. This is what pop music should be. The track resounds with its percussion, string pads and piano hooks, telling the listener that Rosaye is definitely on her way.  For some reason she calls to mind a mystical blend of Enya and a powerhouse Pat Benatar  - strong music, good beat, great lyrics, and just one heck of a song.

Nowhere is her lyrical tenacity more prevalent than on “Let Me Be”, where she tells a loved-one that he needs to move on, because after the countless promises and disillusions, she already has: “Leave me alone just let me be, why wait till now to come through for me, Better late than never means nothing to me, Leave me alone and let me be…”

[caption id="attachment_13163" align="alignright" width="300"]Rosaye Rosaye[/caption]

Her songs are well rounded, yet also catchy, but never fluffy. I think it comes down to the fact that Rosaye can really sing and has a subtly that you won't find in many voices. She is equally comfortable singing pop and ballads.

I admit that my expectations to “Let Me Be” were sky high too. I am very fond of Rosaye’s first single, “Letters” and thought that it would be nearly impossible for her to follow it up with a second single of the same high quality. So actually I'm surprised to say that not only have my expectations been met, they have also been exceeded!

“Let Me Be” has good potential of making a solid radio hit - where Rosaye displays a truly beautiful voice and sings with a sincerity and purity that could make even angels envy her. Her control and fluidity make it easy to get caught up in the lyrics.

There are times when musical instinct and talent come together to deliver material which has a quality that hits the ‘sweet’ spot in any listener. “Let Me Be” is a prime example!

OFFICIAL LINKS: Homepage - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram - Youtube - CdBaby - iTunes - Amrap

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Eletronic Music Producer & Artist – SemTex http://videomusicstars.com/eletronic-music-producer-artist-semtex/ http://videomusicstars.com/eletronic-music-producer-artist-semtex/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:59:22 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9797 semtex-profile-680

SemTex is an unsigned artist but self-distributes via his own label "Second City Records". He has been producing electronic music for just over 2 years now. Homing in mostly on Dubstep, but in general enjoying the sound of anything with deep bass and high leads.

Following inspiration from artists such as Zomboy, KOAN Sound and Flux Pavilion he has now begun the quest to make his own signature electronic sound. With a growing internet presence and support from BBC Hereford & Worcester and West Midlands Radio he's sure to be a leading contender in the electronic scene over the coming years.

Official SemTex Links: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SemTexDubstep Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/semtexdubstep Beatport - https://pro.beatport.com/artist/semtex-uk/401800 Spotify - http://open.spotify.com/artist/4588O7Fyd3baKrVMRhQwQO

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SemTex is an unsigned artist but self-distributes via his own label "Second City Records". He has been producing electronic music for just over 2 years now. Homing in mostly on Dubstep, but in general enjoying the sound of anything with deep bass and high leads.

Following inspiration from artists such as Zomboy, KOAN Sound and Flux Pavilion he has now begun the quest to make his own signature electronic sound. With a growing internet presence and support from BBC Hereford & Worcester and West Midlands Radio he's sure to be a leading contender in the electronic scene over the coming years.

Official SemTex Links: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SemTexDubstep Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/semtexdubstep Beatport - https://pro.beatport.com/artist/semtex-uk/401800 Spotify - http://open.spotify.com/artist/4588O7Fyd3baKrVMRhQwQO

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Frank Topper & Charles Busman – “Border States” and “56 Minutes and a Shower” http://videomusicstars.com/frank-topper-charles-busman-border-states-and-56-minutes-and-a-shower/ http://videomusicstars.com/frank-topper-charles-busman-border-states-and-56-minutes-and-a-shower/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:15:59 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9794 topper-brusman-border-680

Border States is the second of the one-two punch that begins with 56 Minutes and a Shower that represents the Lyricist Frank Topper together with Musician and Composer Charles Brusman at their raw and rugged peak!

[caption id="attachment_12620" align="alignleft" width="300"]Frank Topper Frank Topper[/caption]

The songs combine Topper’s ever-sharp writing wit and Brusman's signature blues-rock influences and distinctive, almost conversational vocal style with a psychedelic hippie sensibility of peace, love, and cosmic adventure. Blues grittiness evoking conjugal visits and border runs sees the Topper-Brusman team juggle their way through a couple jailing themes, as the tracks take you on a challenging journey with equal parts down-home humor and wistful heaviness. As always, Frank Topper’s lyrics will have you seriously thinking...with maybe just a little smile on your face and a lot more affinity and comprehension in your heart.

Topper investigates a number of themes throughout his song lyrics, but at the core of almost all of them lays his thorough understanding of the intricacies that love and interpersonal relationships bring -be that between family members, friends or lovers. He can be dead-pan cold with simple and direct lines such as, “Told my girlfriend she’d made mistakes, Wasn’t no more my girlfriend,” from the track Border States, or he can be a little more cryptic with a phrase like “Teacher of lessons I learned, Asked for my defects removed, Yet you are still looking at them, Why I remain unimproved,” taken from the same song.

[caption id="attachment_13337" align="alignright" width="220"]Charles Brusman Charles Brusman[/caption]

But it’s when Frank Topper’s storytelling paints us an unequivocally candid picture, that his messages through conspicuously clear-cut words hits home, as is demonstrated in 56 Minutes and a Shower: “56 minutes and a shower , All the time I get with you, Little while catching up face-to-face, You telling me what’s new, Fake flowers in a plastic cup, Governor on the wall, Thin mattress with sleet gray sheets, Guards stationed down the hall, I know it’s hard to understand, Passing through another checkpoint, But the prosecutor proved me wrong, Judge put me in the joint ”

Clearly, Topper gets to the heart of the matter as well as anybody. His songs sound like that of a man who has been everywhere and done everything. It often feels like he is writing for himself and allowing us the privilege of listening in.

Though not perfect and neither attempting to be, with an informal rough and rugged production, Charles Busman delivers each song its own flavor, its own sense of being, and its own response in the way the listener feels during and after listening to it. These are songs that go beyond technical virtuosity and straight to the soul.

If it's not to your taste after you've given it a chance - well you can't argue with taste. But you can't argue for it, either! For whatever its worth, I think Frank's freaking amazing!

OFFICIAL LINKS: FRANK TOPPER Twitter - YouTube

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Border States is the second of the one-two punch that begins with 56 Minutes and a Shower that represents the Lyricist Frank Topper together with Musician and Composer Charles Brusman at their raw and rugged peak!

[caption id="attachment_12620" align="alignleft" width="300"]Frank Topper Frank Topper[/caption]

The songs combine Topper’s ever-sharp writing wit and Brusman's signature blues-rock influences and distinctive, almost conversational vocal style with a psychedelic hippie sensibility of peace, love, and cosmic adventure. Blues grittiness evoking conjugal visits and border runs sees the Topper-Brusman team juggle their way through a couple jailing themes, as the tracks take you on a challenging journey with equal parts down-home humor and wistful heaviness. As always, Frank Topper’s lyrics will have you seriously thinking...with maybe just a little smile on your face and a lot more affinity and comprehension in your heart.

Topper investigates a number of themes throughout his song lyrics, but at the core of almost all of them lays his thorough understanding of the intricacies that love and interpersonal relationships bring -be that between family members, friends or lovers. He can be dead-pan cold with simple and direct lines such as, “Told my girlfriend she’d made mistakes, Wasn’t no more my girlfriend,” from the track Border States, or he can be a little more cryptic with a phrase like “Teacher of lessons I learned, Asked for my defects removed, Yet you are still looking at them, Why I remain unimproved,” taken from the same song.

[caption id="attachment_13337" align="alignright" width="220"]Charles Brusman Charles Brusman[/caption]

But it’s when Frank Topper’s storytelling paints us an unequivocally candid picture, that his messages through conspicuously clear-cut words hits home, as is demonstrated in 56 Minutes and a Shower: “56 minutes and a shower , All the time I get with you, Little while catching up face-to-face, You telling me what’s new, Fake flowers in a plastic cup, Governor on the wall, Thin mattress with sleet gray sheets, Guards stationed down the hall, I know it’s hard to understand, Passing through another checkpoint, But the prosecutor proved me wrong, Judge put me in the joint ”

Clearly, Topper gets to the heart of the matter as well as anybody. His songs sound like that of a man who has been everywhere and done everything. It often feels like he is writing for himself and allowing us the privilege of listening in.

Though not perfect and neither attempting to be, with an informal rough and rugged production, Charles Busman delivers each song its own flavor, its own sense of being, and its own response in the way the listener feels during and after listening to it. These are songs that go beyond technical virtuosity and straight to the soul.

If it's not to your taste after you've given it a chance - well you can't argue with taste. But you can't argue for it, either! For whatever its worth, I think Frank's freaking amazing!

OFFICIAL LINKS: FRANK TOPPER Twitter - YouTube

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“King Louie” by Tommy Deep – INSOMNIFIED releases 4 Remixed Versions http://videomusicstars.com/king-louie-by-tommy-deep-insomnified-releases-4-remixed-versions/ http://videomusicstars.com/king-louie-by-tommy-deep-insomnified-releases-4-remixed-versions/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:57:21 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9791 KL-680

Recently we reviewed the track King Louie by Tommy Deep, the 26-year old DJ-Producer who has long experimented with new sounds, striving to create club-based music with strong roots in the soul genre. Deep said that King Louie” is a culmination of  ten years of working on his technique and audio engineering, as well as developing his own unique musical style.

King Louie was released on December 1st, 2014 through the INSOMNIFIED record label on Beatport, iTunes, Amazon and other major digital download platforms. With its synth-based chords and rolling bass lines, “King Louie” was conceived to set club dance floors on fire.

And if that sounds like the apex of any dance track’s foremost aspirations, think again. INSOMNIFIED have just dropped 4 remixed versions of King Louie” to satisfy the widest EDM tastes. The 'Deep House' remix by MAGNETIE, a 'Progressive House' remix by LAEL BELLOTTI, an 'Electro House' remix by ROCKET JUMPER and finally the 'Drum'n'Bass' remix by MODIFIED MOTION & FACTION.

These remixes in my opinion are quite amazing. For those needing a dance floor fix, each remix of King Louie” serves up all of EDM’s trademark dance beats, syths, basses, breakdowns, build-ups  and excellent electronic flourishes. Here, all of remixing Producers’ emotive energies and raw musical capabilities have been focused into this track. If you've wondered what the music part of good dance music sounds like, here's as good a place as any to start.

'Deep House' remix by

MAGNETIE

[caption id="attachment_13329" align="aligncenter" width="200"]MAGNETIE MAGNETIE[/caption]

'Progressive House' remix by

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[caption id="attachment_13328" align="aligncenter" width="200"]LAEL BELLOTTI LAEL BELLOTTI[/caption]  

'Electro House' remix by

ROCKET JUMPER

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'Drum'n'Bass' remix by

MODIFIED MOTION & FACTION

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Purchase the King Louie Remixes HERE

Social media links: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/INSOMNIFIEDMUSIC Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/INSOMNIED247 YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Insomnified SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/insomnifiedmusic Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/insomnified

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Recently we reviewed the track King Louie by Tommy Deep, the 26-year old DJ-Producer who has long experimented with new sounds, striving to create club-based music with strong roots in the soul genre. Deep said that King Louie” is a culmination of  ten years of working on his technique and audio engineering, as well as developing his own unique musical style.

King Louie was released on December 1st, 2014 through the INSOMNIFIED record label on Beatport, iTunes, Amazon and other major digital download platforms. With its synth-based chords and rolling bass lines, “King Louie” was conceived to set club dance floors on fire.

And if that sounds like the apex of any dance track’s foremost aspirations, think again. INSOMNIFIED have just dropped 4 remixed versions of King Louie” to satisfy the widest EDM tastes. The 'Deep House' remix by MAGNETIE, a 'Progressive House' remix by LAEL BELLOTTI, an 'Electro House' remix by ROCKET JUMPER and finally the 'Drum'n'Bass' remix by MODIFIED MOTION & FACTION.

These remixes in my opinion are quite amazing. For those needing a dance floor fix, each remix of King Louie” serves up all of EDM’s trademark dance beats, syths, basses, breakdowns, build-ups  and excellent electronic flourishes. Here, all of remixing Producers’ emotive energies and raw musical capabilities have been focused into this track. If you've wondered what the music part of good dance music sounds like, here's as good a place as any to start.

'Deep House' remix by

MAGNETIE

[caption id="attachment_13329" align="aligncenter" width="200"]MAGNETIE MAGNETIE[/caption]

'Progressive House' remix by

LAEL BELLOTTI

[caption id="attachment_13328" align="aligncenter" width="200"]LAEL BELLOTTI LAEL BELLOTTI[/caption]  

'Electro House' remix by

ROCKET JUMPER

[caption id="attachment_13331" align="aligncenter" width="200"]ROCKET JUMPER ROCKET JUMPER[/caption]

'Drum'n'Bass' remix by

MODIFIED MOTION & FACTION

[caption id="attachment_13330" align="aligncenter" width="200"]MODIFIED MOTION & FACTION MODIFIED MOTION & FACTION[/caption]  

Purchase the King Louie Remixes HERE

Social media links: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/INSOMNIFIEDMUSIC Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/INSOMNIED247 YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/Insomnified SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/insomnifiedmusic Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/insomnified

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Kontradiction: “Cup Noodles” – a masterful use of language and a great display of storytelling http://videomusicstars.com/kontradiction-cup-noodles-a-masterful-use-of-language-and-a-great-display-of-storytelling/ http://videomusicstars.com/kontradiction-cup-noodles-a-masterful-use-of-language-and-a-great-display-of-storytelling/#comments Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:52:29 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9787 kontradiction-680

Kontradiction is an upcoming music artist from Brooklyn NY who is in a group called GBOD (Golden Boyz) consisting of Kontradiction the rapper, Traffic the producer and Comedian Mixxy Gambino. Their goal is to bring creative and influential music to the masses and shake the rap/hip hop game. The group started out just by wanting to be different and innovative, however possible, they just found music as an outlet to do it and take them where they want to be in life.

[caption id="attachment_13238" align="alignleft" width="400"]Kontradiction Kontradiction[/caption] Kontradiction’s first official mixtape “Cup Noodles” is currently making waves on Datpiff.com, while his latest video "Smoke With Me" has just been released on Youtube. Kontradiction has a bit of an old school rap style which means that 10 years from now you could listen to the 14 tracks on to “Cup Noodles” and still feel these songs as fresh and as relevant as they are now. Moreover his songs are realistic, intelligent story-telling compared to what other artists are rapping about.

This young rapper proves that the industry needs to step back and stop pushing crap with 1 or 2 hit tracks and a bunch of filler and let the artists do their job. Kontradiction stepped up and showed the world that you can rap about something of substance and not have to settle for mediocre songwriting just to receive radio-play.

“Cup Noodles” talks about appreciating the intangible things like love, friendship and family and some tangible things dear to the hiphop game, like money, parties and sex. He takes us on a journey back and lets us in on his hard times, the fun times and those ever-precious chilling-out times, while still touching on relevant issues.

The lyrics, the beats, the samples, the melodies, and the overall concept of this album is just brilliant for a crew of newcomers. I am starting to think this kid is wise beyond his years. With a masterful use of language and a great display of storytelling, Kontradiction proves that hip hop isn't completely dead. He stands head and shoulders above the current roster of mainstream radio rappers out right now. He has definitely taken the game to another level; so insightful, original, and reflective.

The beats deserve a very close listen. Far removed from the overplayed, usual downloadable stuff, filled with cheesy pop hooks and stuffed with electronic effects, the producers featured on “Cup Noodles” have created a magnificent set of organically jazzy, warm and soulful beats that suits Kontradiction’s unforced, laid-back flow to a tee. Hot names to remember are ThoVoBeatz, Freddie Joachim, mjNichols, Faye Valentine, Jaze Baqti, JocBeats, Weirddough, Traffic and Evil_Needle.

[caption id="attachment_13239" align="alignleft" width="300"]Kontradiction and crew Kontradiction and crew[/caption]

So when the beats shine and the rapper’s flow is as smooth as a pair of silk panties sliding across the hottest crotch, you know for sure that the tracks are on fire! The pick of the bunch for me, has to be: Subway Thoughts(Prod. by ThoVoBeatz), Where Do I Go(Prod. by ThoVoBeatz), Chicken n Thighs(Prod. by mjNichols), Relax(Prod. by Faye Valentine ft. JayLotus), Nod(Interlude) (Prod. by Freddie Joachim), Lonesome Journey(Prod. by Jaze Baqti), Paint a Picture(Prod. by JocBeats), The Block(Prod. by Traffic) and Road Blocks(Prod. by Traffic). But don’t take my word for it, you go ahead, listen and choose your own favorites.

“Cup Noodles” is absolute quality in terms of lyrics, flow and production. This is a great Hip-hop mixtape, no matter which side you look at it from! And while listening to this classic in the making, prepare your mind and soul for “Black Canvas” the new Kontradiction mixtape ready to come out of the studio oven soon!

OFFICIAL LINKS: Cup Noodles Mixtape - Soundcloud - Twitter - Youtube

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Kontradiction is an upcoming music artist from Brooklyn NY who is in a group called GBOD (Golden Boyz) consisting of Kontradiction the rapper, Traffic the producer and Comedian Mixxy Gambino. Their goal is to bring creative and influential music to the masses and shake the rap/hip hop game. The group started out just by wanting to be different and innovative, however possible, they just found music as an outlet to do it and take them where they want to be in life.

[caption id="attachment_13238" align="alignleft" width="400"]Kontradiction Kontradiction[/caption] Kontradiction’s first official mixtape “Cup Noodles” is currently making waves on Datpiff.com, while his latest video "Smoke With Me" has just been released on Youtube. Kontradiction has a bit of an old school rap style which means that 10 years from now you could listen to the 14 tracks on to “Cup Noodles” and still feel these songs as fresh and as relevant as they are now. Moreover his songs are realistic, intelligent story-telling compared to what other artists are rapping about.

This young rapper proves that the industry needs to step back and stop pushing crap with 1 or 2 hit tracks and a bunch of filler and let the artists do their job. Kontradiction stepped up and showed the world that you can rap about something of substance and not have to settle for mediocre songwriting just to receive radio-play.

“Cup Noodles” talks about appreciating the intangible things like love, friendship and family and some tangible things dear to the hiphop game, like money, parties and sex. He takes us on a journey back and lets us in on his hard times, the fun times and those ever-precious chilling-out times, while still touching on relevant issues.

The lyrics, the beats, the samples, the melodies, and the overall concept of this album is just brilliant for a crew of newcomers. I am starting to think this kid is wise beyond his years. With a masterful use of language and a great display of storytelling, Kontradiction proves that hip hop isn't completely dead. He stands head and shoulders above the current roster of mainstream radio rappers out right now. He has definitely taken the game to another level; so insightful, original, and reflective.

The beats deserve a very close listen. Far removed from the overplayed, usual downloadable stuff, filled with cheesy pop hooks and stuffed with electronic effects, the producers featured on “Cup Noodles” have created a magnificent set of organically jazzy, warm and soulful beats that suits Kontradiction’s unforced, laid-back flow to a tee. Hot names to remember are ThoVoBeatz, Freddie Joachim, mjNichols, Faye Valentine, Jaze Baqti, JocBeats, Weirddough, Traffic and Evil_Needle.

[caption id="attachment_13239" align="alignleft" width="300"]Kontradiction and crew Kontradiction and crew[/caption]

So when the beats shine and the rapper’s flow is as smooth as a pair of silk panties sliding across the hottest crotch, you know for sure that the tracks are on fire! The pick of the bunch for me, has to be: Subway Thoughts(Prod. by ThoVoBeatz), Where Do I Go(Prod. by ThoVoBeatz), Chicken n Thighs(Prod. by mjNichols), Relax(Prod. by Faye Valentine ft. JayLotus), Nod(Interlude) (Prod. by Freddie Joachim), Lonesome Journey(Prod. by Jaze Baqti), Paint a Picture(Prod. by JocBeats), The Block(Prod. by Traffic) and Road Blocks(Prod. by Traffic). But don’t take my word for it, you go ahead, listen and choose your own favorites.

“Cup Noodles” is absolute quality in terms of lyrics, flow and production. This is a great Hip-hop mixtape, no matter which side you look at it from! And while listening to this classic in the making, prepare your mind and soul for “Black Canvas” the new Kontradiction mixtape ready to come out of the studio oven soon!

OFFICIAL LINKS: Cup Noodles Mixtape - Soundcloud - Twitter - Youtube

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Nyentek – Okay, So Let’s Say…pushes the limits of sound and sensibility http://videomusicstars.com/nyentek-okay-so-lets-saypushes-the-limits-of-sound-and-sensibility/ http://videomusicstars.com/nyentek-okay-so-lets-saypushes-the-limits-of-sound-and-sensibility/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:14:01 +0000 http://videomusicstars.com/?p=9784 nyentek-680

A self-proclaimed firm supporter of DIY music, New York-based artist Mislav Forrester and his project Nyentek have contributed a huge number of recordings to the experimental music space, including his most recent effort, Okay, So Let’s Say… (Jan. 2015). This 16-track album showcases the lengths to which Nyentek will go to produce a mind-bending, at times blissfully bizarre, collection of music that pushes the limits of sound and sensibility.

Okay, So Let’s Say… kicks off with “Shred,” which immediately transports the listener into a frenzied world of drum beats that back everything from reverberating notes and short, repeated melodies to clicks and clacks and beatbox-esque mouth effects. The track seems to build up to something but never comes down before abruptly fading out and into the next track, “Lazer Vizion.” “Lazer Vision” is the first song with lyrics, delivered in a rhythmic monotone that resembles lo-fi beat poetry.

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Later on in the album, “Baby” is a particularly humorous track, especially when the song’s words and their delivery are combined in the way Nyentek has devised. The chorus, for example, is simply, “Baby, oh baby / You look so good / Baby, oh baby / Good enough to eat,” and verses include lines like, “Babies are little humans / Their heads are disproportionately large / And that is why they have to be born / Without the skills most animals have / Calling someone a baby is diminutive / And implies a kind of childishness or weakness / In short, it’s an insult / So it’s time to revolt.” The actual music is simpler and more reined in than most of his other tracks, as the lyrics take the driver’s seat, which makes it a stark contrast and standout song as compared to the rest of the album.

On the other hand, songs like “Dissidents” find a way to emphasize both zany keyboard lines and lyrics. This time around, the lyrics do take on their usual monotone quality some of the time, but at others, particularly in the first verse, Nyentek shows off his vocal prowess with an ear-splitting singsong and brief falsetto interludes. Surrounding the vocal riffs are bip-boops, amp-busting distorted noises and melody licks that fly up and down the musical scale.

Through this album and his other many recordings, Nyentek, who is a full-time music teacher, hopes to inspire other educators to view creative self-expression as valuable and viable, even when it doesn’t necessarily need a huge investment of money or time. While he does hope to bring joy to others with his music, Nyentek’s main focus is creating music for himself and testing the creative waters allowed by the experimental genre and the manpower behind today’s keyboard and computer-driven musical creations.

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A self-proclaimed firm supporter of DIY music, New York-based artist Mislav Forrester and his project Nyentek have contributed a huge number of recordings to the experimental music space, including his most recent effort, Okay, So Let’s Say… (Jan. 2015). This 16-track album showcases the lengths to which Nyentek will go to produce a mind-bending, at times blissfully bizarre, collection of music that pushes the limits of sound and sensibility.

Okay, So Let’s Say… kicks off with “Shred,” which immediately transports the listener into a frenzied world of drum beats that back everything from reverberating notes and short, repeated melodies to clicks and clacks and beatbox-esque mouth effects. The track seems to build up to something but never comes down before abruptly fading out and into the next track, “Lazer Vizion.” “Lazer Vision” is the first song with lyrics, delivered in a rhythmic monotone that resembles lo-fi beat poetry.

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Later on in the album, “Baby” is a particularly humorous track, especially when the song’s words and their delivery are combined in the way Nyentek has devised. The chorus, for example, is simply, “Baby, oh baby / You look so good / Baby, oh baby / Good enough to eat,” and verses include lines like, “Babies are little humans / Their heads are disproportionately large / And that is why they have to be born / Without the skills most animals have / Calling someone a baby is diminutive / And implies a kind of childishness or weakness / In short, it’s an insult / So it’s time to revolt.” The actual music is simpler and more reined in than most of his other tracks, as the lyrics take the driver’s seat, which makes it a stark contrast and standout song as compared to the rest of the album.

On the other hand, songs like “Dissidents” find a way to emphasize both zany keyboard lines and lyrics. This time around, the lyrics do take on their usual monotone quality some of the time, but at others, particularly in the first verse, Nyentek shows off his vocal prowess with an ear-splitting singsong and brief falsetto interludes. Surrounding the vocal riffs are bip-boops, amp-busting distorted noises and melody licks that fly up and down the musical scale.

Through this album and his other many recordings, Nyentek, who is a full-time music teacher, hopes to inspire other educators to view creative self-expression as valuable and viable, even when it doesn’t necessarily need a huge investment of money or time. While he does hope to bring joy to others with his music, Nyentek’s main focus is creating music for himself and testing the creative waters allowed by the experimental genre and the manpower behind today’s keyboard and computer-driven musical creations.

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