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Wirewalker releases new EP ‘Jaw Wired Shut’

The rock and roll crew from Los Angeles known as Wirewalker have released their latest official EP, “Jaw Wired Shut.” The EP is composed of four original, previously unreleased tracks, “Shakedown,” “The Wise Child,” “Smithereens,” and the title track which opens the album, “Jaw Wired Shut.” Wirewalker’s “Jaw Wired Shut” EP has been published on the independent Sanctum Records music label. Endlessly stylish, driving and with measured amounts of verve and aggression, “Jaw Wired Shut” is an album that proves these scions of the Los Angeles alt-rock scene are more than worth the price of admission.

Wirewalker cite as main artistic influences contemporary rock legends such as Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, and St. Vincent. Their sound blends the velvety, melodic groove of UK groups like Pulp and the Catherine Wheel with the more American, pop-infused style of the pre-2000 era of indie rockers such as Drive Like Jehu, Firehose and Pavement.

“Jaw Wired Shut” features stunningly effective keyboard accompaniment paired with subtly powerful bass lines, as well as guitar licks and vocal leads that ring out naturally, unpretentious and raw. Wirewalker’s concrete-solid drums are both energetic and unassuming, the combination of which paints the entirety of the Wirewalker sound in vibrant, electrified tones and grows toward the foreground from track to track.

Speaking of the theme of their new EP, Wirewalker writes simply that “’Jaw Wired Shut’ covers topics ranging from fear of the unknown to exploring human nature.”

Wirewalker’s official bio describes them as having been “formed in 2012 as Ryan Pressman and Bobby Thayer’s musical project. Later, Sean Holt joined the group, cementing the group’s lineup. Since then, Wirewalker’s sound has evolved into an eclectic mix of electronic, rock, hip hop, and jazz styles.”

“Jaw Wired Shut” by Wirewalker is available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Cookie Cartel releases debut single ‘Free Dive’

The composers of digital music known as Cookie Cartel have released their official debut single, “Free Dive.” The single has been bundled with three remixes of the definitive edition, including an extended play version, an extended dance version, and a version edited for play on public radio stations around the world. The single features vocals by acclaimed singer Stef Lang, whose popular LP record, “The Underdog” appeared in May of 2010. An irrefutably infectious digital pop song with elements of chillout, dubstep and house music, “Free Dive” by Cookie Cartel is a single which highlights the many qualities of this undeniable duo based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cookie Cartel cite as main artistic influences such heroes of the digital scene as Zedd, BT, ATB, and Disclosure. As might be expected, their own sound mirrors many of the best qualities of the artists on this list, yet their overall style has its basis in their own music histories.

Cookie Cartel is the stage name of Mary Ancheta and Dan Kearley, who write and produce songs under the name Cookie Cartel which feature various guest vocalists on their tracks. They have been collaborating since 2013, when they began sending sound files to and from one another between Vancouver and the Maldives at that time. They have said that their new single, “Free Dive,” was first inspired by a trip to the Maldive Islands.

Keyboardist and lyricist Mary Ancheta was first part of the popular and jazzy electronica group, Transientworld, who placed as finalists for two consecutive years in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition for electronic music. Ancheta has licensed over 50 film and television placements for her music.

Multi-instrumentalist Dan Kearly is best known for his role in Sekoya, the sound of which the Victoria Jazz Society describes as an “iconoclastic blend of jazz, house, soul, spoken word, hip-hop, and bebop with a fresh touch of funk!” The Society goes on to note that “Sekoya’s debut album garnered rave reviews from Miami to London, resulting in a Canadian Juno nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist.” Kearley has composed beats for heavy metal bands Strapping Young Lad and Lamb of God, and has completed remixes for BT.

The remixes of “Free Dive” have been orchestrated by DJ Hoàng Anh (Vietnam Producer), DJ Hunt (Producer, DJ on Queen Latifah Show), and Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas (Producer, Mute Math Bassist).

“Free Dive” by Cookie Cartel is available online worldwide beginning August 23, 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Black Circle Records releases new LP ‘Eye of the Storm’

The independent music label known as Black Circle Records has released their latest compilation LP, “Eye of the Storm.” The record is composed of 12 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes, and is the first volume of a planned series of such records from the Black Circle label, first founded in 2012. The LP compilation features performances, lines and rhymes by such singers and rappers as Raseek, Apoc, Bone, Chunky, Nova, and Jah D. A widely varied selection of reggae and Caribbean rap tracks full of groove, soul and spirit, “Eye of the Storm” is a definitive statement that Black Circle Records is here to stay.

Not available to the public except in short demo takes until 23 August 2014, “Eye of the Storm” has already been reviewed at a total of 26 times and boasts a startling 4.5/5 stars overall. Black Circle Records’ previous EP compilation record, “Silver and Gold,” turned heads in 2012 with its all-star lineup of performers such as Darwin, Taz and Ragga, in addition to core Black Circle musicians and songwriters Bone, Apoc, and Nova. Bone, Apoc, and Nova have each returned to reprise their roles in more exciting sonic detail for this latest release from Black Circle records, “Eye of the Storm, Vol. 1.”

For listeners with an ear for more than straight-up beats and groovy instrumentation, “Eye of the Storm” offers lyrical content far beyond the stereotypical fodder of popular public radio. Themes on the record stretch from powerful personal experiences to the continuing battle against racism and prejudice, and from the simply romantic to the more spiritually Rastafarian.

Fans of reggae and rap music alike are likely to be enthusiastic about “Eye of the Storm,” the first volume in an ongoing series from Black Circle Records.

“Eye of the Storm” from Black Circle Records is available online worldwide beginning August 23, 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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The Ultra Violets release new EP ‘All the Noise in Your Head’

The Connecticut rock quartet known as the Ultra Violets have released their latest EP record, “All the Noise in Your Head.” The EP is composed of six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 23 minutes. It has been published as an independent release without support from the corporate music infrastructure. Stylish, raw, and refreshingly unique at a time when rock ‘n’ roll perhaps needs something new more than ever, “All the Noise in Your Head” is a fresh tone from the state which brought Rivers Cuomo, Keith Richards and John Mayer to global acclaim.

The Ultra Violets cite as main artistic influences only four sources of inspiration, the Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Muse, and the White Stripes. Their official Facebook page has the crew describing their music with the following tongue-in-cheek list of genres and subgenres: “rock, indie, psychedelic, space rock, folk, garage, ummm…”

Their bio page describes them as “a band out of northwest CT who play songs about space, love, monsters, and whatever else is buzzing around in their brains.”

Speaking of the lyrical themes and overall tone of their new EP, the Ultra Violets write, “Our album says that there are many colorful moods and circumstances that make up all of us, and that there is a fitting feeling, sound, or song for all of them. ‘All the Noises in your Head’ was an attempt to bring together many of the various types of songs that we produce as a band and perform live. So all in all, this is the big picture of what we are as a band right now, encompassed in just a few songs, a glimpse of things to come, when these noises continue to work themselves out into whatever we make next.”

The Ultra Violets have been playing together in various incarnations for a little more than two years.

“We formed a couple years ago,” they write, “and have had many adventures playing shows all over CT. We have a fan base extending outwards from our home base of Torrington, and are looking forward to sharing our music from this EP and beyond with a wider audience.”

Music fans around the world can be part of this wider audience beginning August 23, 2014, when “All the Noise in Your Head” by the Ultra Violets becomes available globally online.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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MfLI releases new single ‘Yolele’

The DJ and composer of digital music known as MfLi has released his latest single, “Yolele.” The track is the most significant official release from the artist since his previous single, “Suzan,” appeared on online music shelves around the world in July of 2014. Like “Suzan” before it, “Yolele” has been proudly published on the MfLi Records independent music label without support from the corporate music industry. Entrancing, rhythmic and infinitely danceable, “Yolele” is a downtempo chillout track from one of electronic music’s most tasteful composers in Europe.

Hailing from Finland’s capitol city of Helsinki, MfLi has cited as main artistic influences Jose Padilla, Miguel Migs, Karen Ramirez, and Roger Shah, “to name just a couple from the EDM genres.” Outside of digital music, MfLi has also publicly noted Milt Jackson, the Eagles, Paul Desmond, Astrud Gilberto, “and many, many more. I generally listen to very wide variety of music as I think music supports the state of mind I want to maintain.”

MfLi has described the sound and style of his new single, “Yolele,” as “a smooth, afro-styled tune for chilling and easy listening :).”

As an added treat for dedicated MfLi fans, “Yolele” has been released concurrently with an official music video titled “Summer Cruising.” The official video has a truncated listening and viewing time of just under two minutes (the original single has a longer approximate listening time of five). The “Summer Cruising” video to “Yolele” been made public on MfLi’s official YouTube channel, where it boasts thousands of views and hundreds of thumbs-up kudos.

The title of MfLi’s new single, “Yolele,” comes from a Lingala word in Bantu, meaning an exclamation of surprise not unlike “Oh la la!” in French.

MfLi works mainly as a music producer of house, chillout and ambient music. He prefers to compose his original tracks using Ableton, MixMeister and a laptop computer.

“Yolele” by MfLi is available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Da 1-Handed Bandit releases single ‘Dis Me’

The performer, producer, and songwriter of hip hop music from the southern United States known as Da 1-Handed Bandit has released a head-turning single, “Dis Me.” The track was published on 2 June 2014 on the Burn’Em Up Productions independent record label, entirely without support from the corporate music industry’s infrastructure. Considered by many to be the definitive and earliest of the singles to emerge from Da 1-Handed Bandit in 2014, an official video of the single was released in an introductory format on the 24th of May and received accolades worldwide. The video was directed by Harold Lyle Films. Like Da 1-Handed Bandit, herself, “Dis Me” is an earth shaking, riveting rap track which seizes the listener and doesn’t let go.

“Dis Me” has given fans and denizens of the hip-hop underground their the first glimpse of Da 1-Handed Bandit, whose more-recently released “I Ain’t Callin Ya” single has officially declared the upcoming publication of her debut LP record. This new album is slated to be released on the Burn’Em Up Productions music label titled, “God’s New Breed.”

Da 1-Handed Bandit was born and raised in Jackson, MI. Her official Facebook page states that the heavy-handed performer now hails from Atlanta, GA, making her music a legitimate part of the urban music movement of the American south. Her aggressive and direct style of vocal delivery puts her in a class all her own today, a time when many female icons in rap music such as Queen Latifah have long-since turned their backs on their powerful identities in favor of softer images. In contrast, Da 1-Handed Bandit is one of the most outspoken and explosive lyricists and rappers in the hip-hop scene, and – like her fans – she takes her music seriously.

“I am not an entertainer!” states her official Facebook page, clearly.

The single and video for “Dis Me” by Da 1-Handed Bandit are available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Farrell, Moran, Barnett release new single ‘Cell Phone’

The trio of musicians known as Farrell, Moran, Barnett have released their new single, “Cell Phone.” The track is the most significant official single to be published and digitally distributed by the group under the Farrell, Moran, Barnett name, though each member clearly has a long history in music. The single has been proudly published on the FMB Records independent music label without support from the corporate music industry. Cool, groovy, and closely adhering to the classic rock and American pop traditions of songwriting, “Cell Phone” is a timely addition to the pop and adult contemporary music genres.

Farrell, Moran, Barnett cite as main artistic influences Simon and Garfunkle, Bob Dylan, and swiftly rising pop star, Ed Sheeran. Of these, Farrell, Moran, Barnett share most of the best qualities of Simon and Garfunkle and Bob Dylan, particularly in the area of songwriting. “Cell Phone” manages to be deceptively simple, pared down to its acoustic root and powerfully evocative at the same time. Vocals are tastefully unadorned and clearly earnest in their warm, raw delivery. Fittingly, all accompanying instrumentation is straightforward, solid, and unobtrusive, building on the effectiveness of the song without frills or gaudy playing.

At the heart of “Cell Phone”’s potency in terms of romantic tone are the song’s theme and lyric content. Like the best of the singer-songwriters pop music has to offer, the track has a central idea and clearly describes it through an infectious chord progression and matching verses and choruses.

“It’s time to say ‘Good night’ to our cell phones,” the chorus runs. “I just wanna be with you alone / There’s nothin’ that can’t wait un-til tomorrow / there’s romance in the air to-night.”

The song is relevant to romantics both young and old and makes a fine addition to any mellow music compilation. Music fans everywhere are likely to hope for more from Farrell, Moran, Barnett before too long.

“Cell Phone” by Farrell, Moran, Barnett is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Malazan releases new LP album ‘Shango’

The composer of digital music known as Malazan has released his latest LP album, “Shango.” The LP comprises 18 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 75 minutes. This length makes “Shango” not only Malazan’s most significant full-length record to date, but also his most significant double LP. It has been published on the up-and-coming independent music label, the Gods of Dance and War. Earthy, raw, and primal in its feel, tone, and warm grooves, “Shango” is a return to the savannas of Africa and the rainforests of Central America with Malazan as your dubstep guide.

Malazan, a DJ from Canada’s Victoria in British Columbia, has purposefully made his record with the idea of bringing listeners back to their roots in mind. This concept of returning home seems (and sounds) to be both musical and cultural in nature.

“This is tribal dubstep,” writes Malazan on his official Soundcloud page. “Let me take you back to the jungle. Because humans are monkeys.”

While it’s certain that tribal drum sounds resonate with every known group of people on Earth, and that this is partly what Malazan means by taking people back to the jungle, “Shango” is also somewhat of a return to jungle music, a smaller branch of early electronica from the 1990s which later came to be known as drum and bass.

Malazan explains, “The name Malazan comes from a book series, the Malazan Books of the Fallen, written by Steven Erikson. [For me,] Malazan is a metaphor for the roots of dubstep and the roots of humanity combined into one music journey. Dubstep comes from dub reggae and 2x4 garage, and what you hear today is far removed from the roots.”

Still, Malazan is no puritan calling out for a return to the traditions of old.

“It is not necessarily a bad thing. Because both [music styles] now exist simultaneously.”

Released to the public partially on his Soundcloud channel and officially around the world on 20 August 2014, “Shango” is already turning heads in the digital music underground.

DJ Umb of writes of “Shango,” “Haven’t posted much Dubstep in quite a while, but stumbled upon this and really enjoying it’s Tribal Dub elements. Listening to this is a bit like traversing through an amazonian jungle in Cinemasound, it’s hypnotic and visually stimulating! Great stuff man!”

“Shango” by Malazan is available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Rapper WalKat releases eight singles on Think Tank Ent. LLC

The vocalist and songwriter of hip hop known as WalKat (often stylized WALKAT) has released eight single tracks on the Think Tank Entertainment LLC music label. The tracks, “Can’t Cope,” “Boomboombap,” “Swaggup,” “Murdaman,” “Chinese Store,” “Cold Street Speech,” “Jason Mask,” and “Jewelry Game” have been published in the period spanning late 2013 to early summer 2014. This octet of singles represents the largest body of material to be officially released by WalKat since his most recent duo of LP albums.

These full-length records, “Da Now” and “Now On,” appeared on digital music shelves around the world in December of 2013, featuring a combined approximate listening time of over two hours across 36 original tracks. Both LPs were published on the Think Tank Ent. music label, formed in 1997. Being both part of the cutting edge and part of the old school, WalKat has returned with more of his distinctive, heavy-hitting hip-hop style and masterful urban poetry.

WalKat hails from north Philadelphia. His official MTV artist profile states that he began rapping in 1988. He cut his hip-hop teeth by freestyling verses to beats from Lady B on Philadelphia’s W.H.A.T. AM radio (currently at 100.3 FM) which he recorded on cassette tapes at the age of 13. Since that time, WalKat has been an avid connoisseur of hip-hop music and an important personage of the urban underground, performing live onstage for over fifteen years. He has been known for loudly voicing his contempt for “the current state of hip hop,” and founded Think Tank Ent. in part to help raise the quality of rap and urban music everywhere. His songs have been labeled “new-school classics” by fans on the East Coast and West Coast of America alike.

WalKat has cited as main artistic influences such legendary performers as Public Enemy, Rakim, KRS-One, Gang Starr, Geto Boyz, Scarface, Compton’s Most Wanted, Wu-Tang Clan, and the Juice Crew. His music is available in over 750 online music outlets worldwide, including iTunes, Amazon and more. His singles and albums can be found on Pandora, the Music Genome Project.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Jacopo Gianninoto releases new LP ‘Herometic’

The composer and songwriter known as Jacopo Gianninoto has released his latest LP album, “Herometic.” The record comprises eight original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. A contemporary, experimental, highly imaginative classical record with a modern heart and an ancient soul, “Herometic” is an album no fan or student of international music should miss.

Jacopo Gianninoto cites as main artistic influences J.S. Bach, Monteverdi, Jordi Savall, Egberto Gismonti, Keith Jarrett, K. Stockhausen, John Cage, and Josquin Desprez. His compositions on “Herometic” are built on traditional underpinnings supported by familiar conceptual infrastructures, but gilt with wildly creative melodies which seem to spin naturally from his instruments without interference from the musician, himself. A live element to his recordings which make up “Herometic” is ever present, adding a jazz-like atmosphere not commonly found in the classical music genre.

Speaking of his start in music, Gianninoto writes, “The moment I started breathing, this is one thing I used to write: ‘When we are born, all of us human beings, the first thing that we do is something that is usually misunderstood as crying, but in a real sense is singing… It is the sign that we are alive, the manifestation of our real nature. We are all musicians, we are all music, but just a few people keep on singing forever. So if they ask me when I started playing music, I always answer that I simply never stopped!”

Asked to describe the overall theme or message of “Herometic,” Gianninoto replies, “My music is part of my spiritual path, something that comes out of my deepest feelings and experiences. I think when someone listens to it they can experience their own things. My dream is that my music could be a sort of a mirror where each can find some little thing about themselves…but, well, it’s just music that comes from me and from my heart.”

Like the rest of Gianninoto’s music to date, “Herometic” focuses on the idea of creating 21st-Century music with ancient instruments, such as the lute and baroque guitar. He seeks to accomplish this with an improvisational spirit which connects to his renaissance and baroque musical studies. He often involves the works of visual artists, dancers, actors and writers for original collaborations developing like concepts from different artistic perspectives.

Jacopo Gianninoto’s official bio describes him as a guitarist, lutenist and composer from Italy now based in Bangkok. He is the creator and director of several artistic multidisciplinary projects such as “Baroque Me Baby,” “Renaissance Redux,” “The Praise of Folly,” “Romance Is a Hoax,” “One/One Performance,” “The Giordano Bruno Project,” “Lux in Tenebris,” “Please Don’t Entertain Me,” “Chiaroscuro,” his recent “Herometic,” and many more.

“Herometic” by Jacopo Gianninoto is available online worldwide. Classical audiophiles and fans of inventive music in general should get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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