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Soul/RnB Twins MMG Release New Single “Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink” and Get Set to Tour Japan

Some bands refuse to get stuck into one specific category or niche. Their sound is diverse, airy and full of character, incorporating a wide variety of influences and approaches in a very organic and natural way.

This is certainly the case of MMG, a duo that seems to know no boundaries when it comes to experiment with sound and come up with cool new ideas.

The duo’s kaleidoscopic blend of R&B, jazz, funk, fusion, and soul could be traced back to a wide variety of influences, ranging from classic artists such as Otis Redding or Chit to modern-day icons such as D’Angelo or Thundercat. This eclectic musical act set out to embody the sound and vision of various ages and aesthetics, including 60s R&B and 70s Disco.

The beautiful thing is that all of these musical influences aren’t compartmentalized in the band’s music, but they coexist together, not colliding but seamlessly integrating into one another. It is not really easy to let so many ideas flow together into the mix, but half the job is done when you get to work with such talented and visionary musicians to bring the project to fruition.

“Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink” is a refreshingly upbeat release that stands out as a vibrant party anthem, enticing listeners with infectious rhythms and memorable melodic hooks.

The duo is certainly showcasing their best shape yet on their latest single, which seems to be a bold statement and a sign that they are perfecting and consolidating their charming sonic aesthetics even further.

I love it when catchy songs also have brains and this is certainly the case with “Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink”. This is the kind of track that you can instinctively connect with –  it has a primal groove, a catchy production, and some fun aesthetics. However, this is one of the songs that allow you to dig deeper if you really want to, discovering multiple layers of influences and ideas, coming together into one appealing package. In other words…who said that interesting music couldn’t also be “easy” and readily attractive to a mainstream audience? MMG is an intelligent pair of musicians who really succeeded in making a very unapologetically catchy song with a lot of heart and brains.

Find out more and listen to “Rockstars of the Roller Skate Rink” by MMG directly through Spotify and add it to your playlist now!.

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Doug Deluca Keeps The Fire Burning With ‘Hit Your Mark’

The history of the blues is long and beautiful, but marked by patterns of the general populace forgetting about the beloved soul that comes from people expressing the depths of their sorrows and hopes and dreams. From blues came rock and funk and soul and so much more. The torch has not only been passed, it has multiplied. Even though people aren’t clamoring for rock music as they once did, Doug Deluca keeps the fire burning with a unique blend of funk and blues-rock on his track Hit Your Mark.

Hit Your Mark isn’t just a throwback to another time, it’s a revival with modern sensibilities. The recording may not sound like Electric Lady Studios, but the effort and heart has clear influences of classic staples that made the guitar such a beloved instrument. While Deluca’s singing isn’t timid, it’s backed off with respect to the instrumentals, which take the focus in the form of a more ethereal front man. This song is like music slapping you in the face to wake you up and help you remember the feelings you love that you don’t always feel in modern times. With this vintage appeal carrying a modern tune, Doug Deluca has certainly hit his mark.

-Paul Weyer

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Corey Zaks Teams With The Nik Naks For This Fun And Quirky Track “Float Away”

A dynamic collaboration, Corey Zaks teams up with The Nik Naks for his fun and quirky first album, featuring “Float Away”. Corey Zaks and The Nik Naks make a naturally felicitous team, creating a light-hearted track which portrays a silly and friendly quality. Harbouring an indie-pop feel, they integrate a retro style funk and soul essence into the mix.

Using a combination of instrumentals, Corey Zaks creates a refreshing and gratifying sound, completely engaging his listeners. “Float Away” focuses on the highs over the lows, drawing attention to the effect Summer has on people, using this to describe a euphoric feeling. The use of string instrumentals accompanied with an idiosyncratic sounding bass demonstrates his nonchalant nature. As the tune progresses, each of the instrumentals play a part which evolves. The synthesizer plays with a futuristic sound, an enthralling addition to the melody that holds a nostalgic persona. “Float Away” opens a door into an untroubled world, presenting life in a joyous vision where the melody is as jaunty as the lyrics.

-Aly McHugh

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Hot Potato Band’s ‘Little Bird’ Will Get You Moving

I am sitting in a coffee shop with my headphones as I am writing this music review – immediately after pressing play, I noticed my head couldn’t stop moving and my feet were tapping on the wooden floor – people were looking at me a little bit, but I didn’t really care, because “Little Bird” is one of those tracks that want to make you move unapologetically. Hot Potato Band set out to create a unique sonic texture by combining great pop and R&B with funk and “Big Band” sounds. Think of what would happened if Maroon 5 where to jam with Vulfpek!

The result is a driven, eclectic and bright sound with a positive atmosphere and a really stunning groove, perfect to appeal to listeners of all walks of life.

The song has a driven and edgy feel, but it takes a step back in the bridge, toning it down a notch only to bring it back later on into the mix! It’s not easy to create catchy music without sounding trite and without compromising on the integrity of the musicianship, but Hot Potato Band certainly nailed it on this track!

 

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Aurora Vice release new age pop track ‘Drowning’

Aurora Vice are nothing less than a redefinition of pop for a new age. Drowning contains all the hallmarks of the classic pop track, clever dynamics, infectious chorus, pace and accessibility, but it also channels so much more. Somewhere between the slick production and the deft song crafting there is room for drama and atmosphere, an air of melancholy and the snap of clever instrumentation and even cleverer sonic choices.

They may flippantly describe themselves as “two kids running about with noise makers” but that wonderful self-deprecation actually masks a duo who make expert and ecstatic gothic-pop, who are both torch bearers for a more eloquent musical past and leading the charge to a more elegant future.

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Check out this Funky track ‘Rollercoaster’ by The Gyro

Funk and rock have had a chequered history, when it comes to cross over experiments,  for every successful fusion there are probably ten bands that you would rather forget. To say that The Gyro’s Rollercoaster fits into the former category is an understatement. Not only does it blend funky grooves with soaring guitar driven rock but also the vocals seamlessly switch from earnest rap to smooth soulful deliveries. That seems a lot to fit into one song but The Gyro do it brilliantly.

It neatly references the past whilst pushing on towards its own future; it weaves iconic sounds with its own original ideas and is packed with energy, verve and vitality. In short they are the perfect band for the post-genre world.

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Ari B releases infectious pop track ‘Dance Into The Party’

If partying is serious business then the music that acts as its soundtrack certainly isn’t. At least the end result should sound carefree and joyous but that isn’t to say its construction should be anything less than meticulously and expertly put together. Ari B walks just such a line. Yes, it may seem just like the perfect seasonal pop song, the soundtrack to a series of summer parties, but look a little deeper and you will see just how clever the inner workings of the music actually is.

Infectious pop built on a lazy funk groove, soulful vibes hung on a skittering dance beat, a winding down club classic, it is all of these things and more. This young Bostonian popster believes that “the purpose of art is to take us away” to act as a catalyst for escapism and Dance Into The Party is nothing if not a ticket to forgetting the world and finding your own pop-funk space, if only for 4 minutes and 22 seconds. But then again who could only just play the song once?

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A&R Factory Present: A+A

A+A Musical duo based out of NY, who started originally writing,producing, mixing for other musical acts and decided to leave that world and do it all themselves. Their philosophy states, “There are no rules or guidelines when it comes to making music because it is all subjective, but as humans, our likes and dislikes are all over the place.” A+A is a musical representation of exactly that. They make the music they love to listen to and inspires them which has a broad range of literally every genre. They have Roots of Classical, Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Folk, Country, Electronic… Pretend all those genres had a baby, thats A+A.

“Run” is their follow up single to their debut album Livingrooms that was released last year.

Check them out here.

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A&R Factory Present: Ripe

Ripe is a Funk/Pop band out of Boston, MA that was born as a result of its seven members’ uniting over one belief: with enough passion and honesty, music can still make the earth shake. With one eye looking back to the inception of both funk and psychedelic music, and the other looking forward with a modern concept of what makes people move, Ripe seeks both to honor musical history as well as to make it. The perfect fruit is equal parts past and present, and this is the approach of the Ripe sound.

With a strong devotion to consistently creating an unforgettable live experience, Ripe has kept the groove going touring nationally from coast to coast. With a recently released sophomore EP, Hey Hello, and plans to start recording a full-length album in the coming year, Ripe is shifting into overdrive with every intention of taking this to the stratosphere. The Ripe family asks you to get loose, get down, and get ready. The party is just getting started.

Robbie says, “We picked the song because we love the song. We’re not really concerned with the style of music as long as it has oh-shit-moments for us, and that song feels like one extended ecstatic release. We wanted the music video to communicate what we feel like are our oh-shit moments, which to us come from the energy we have between each other, and then the energy between us and the crowd at a show. Basically those moments where the feeling of love is so strong you can almost reach out and touch it, where the energy is so electric it feels tangible. We think that feeling is what we have to offer, regardless of what genre of music you come in liking. This is us tapping you on the shoulder and inviting you to join us in the moment.”

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A&R Factory Present: JSPH

Nominated as 2016’s New Artist of The Year by CityBeat, eclectic artist JSPH’s soulful melodies were established in his gospel roots.  His craftsmanship has led him to push the sonic boundaries of pop and soul; evolving, yet respecting tradition.  This developed into a signature style that one may classify as progressive soul.  It creates a canvas that proudly wears its influences on its sleeves; such as, Prince, D’ Angello, James Blake, Toro y Moi, Sam Cooke, The Weeknd and Gallant.  His newest single “Breathe” was featured on Pharell’s OtherTone radio show on Beats 1 and is continuously streamed both in the US and abroad. 

Breathe is a record that’s a reminder to let go. It is my first release since the more darker and emotional EP “Rule.” I chose to have the artwork reflect the juxtaposition that occurs when the beat drops at around the 40 second mark. It transitions from a dark poetic intro into a modern soul anthem. The roses in the darkness are just a reminder that in a life full of potential fear, something beautiful can transpire if we focus on love, and breathe.

JSPH grew up in Northern Kentucky and recalls an inevitable passion to write and sing.  He would copy down the lyrics of songs as a child, study them, then perform them in front of family and classmates. While pursuing a law degree, he would sneak into the fine arts library every chance he had and recalls writing lyrics in his casebooks during class. Instead of raising his voice as an advocate in the courtroom after law school, JSPH decided to continue crafting his voice into a unique musical sound on the stage.

Teaming up with producer DJ Corbett, JSPH began to work on a trilogy of EP’s entitled “Rest”, “Rule” and “Abide”.   He released “Rest” in early 2015 and “Rule” shortly thereafter, and soon began to make waves in the music industry. These waves spread from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, landing him a publishing deal with Heyday Media.  “Forever,” the first single, was selected by director Anthony Diblassi and featured in the movie “Wuthering High School”, which aired on the Lifetime Channel

JSPH’s sound has put him in front of thousands as he’s performed in Chicago, NYC, Los Angeles and Cincinnati along with other cities in the US.  He was nominated as the 2016 “New Artist Of The Year” and “Best Soul/ R&B/Funk Artist” by CityBeat.  

JSPH is now recording “Abide”, the final part of his EP trilogy.

http://www.jsphnvls.com/

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