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Josh One releases new single ‘Wrong Way’ feat. Shana Halligan on Plug Research Records

The songwriter, DJ and producer of digital music known as Josh One has released his latest single, “Wrong Way,” featuring Shana Halligan of Bitter:Sweet. The track, dropping October 14th, has been published on the Plug Research Records music label, which sports such popular acts as Boom Clap Bachelors, Coultrain, and Mwahaha. Dark, jazzy, and unstoppably stylish, “Wrong Way” by Josh One is an electronica anthem sure to snare fans of every music genre.

Josh One cites as main artistic inspirations the Beatles, A Tribe Called Quest, James Brown, and Portishead. Of these, the last seems to have influenced “Wrong Way” most. However, as a veteran DJ/producer, Josh One has gained a reputation for making records that are derivative of exactly no one. Asked to describe any themes his new single may have in store for listeners, he says the message is, “That music does not have to be genre specific.”

Neither is his artistic aim without a corresponding methodology. Original tracks by Josh One develop through a homegrown system of inventiveness on the part of various talented performers and individual imaginations.

“I write, produce, program and arrange the music,” writes Josh One. “I also collaborate and write with brilliant musicians to obtain a live sound nobody else can create, and my vocalists usually write their own lyrics.”

As a result, “Wrong Way” sounds like the ghost of Billie Holiday hardwired to a circuit board. A classy, cool and haunting ballad, it is as cross-cultural as it is timeless. To describe its timbre as fresh and unique understates the importance of such rogue and unexpected tones in contemporary music.

The need for new sounds is particularly dire in today’s electronic music category, which has been increasingly plagued by “press-play” DJs since the explosion of EDM fueled by the dubstep fad. Unlike these doppelganger singles intended to bait a specifically targeted audience, “Wrong Way” can mesmerize fans of Skrillex and Ella Fitzgerald equally well.

Josh One first topped the charts in Europe with his #1 hit, “Contemplation (King Britt Funke Mix)” in 2001. His remixes of tracks like “Po’ Folks” by Nappy Roots and “Out of My League” by Fitz and the Tantrums have kept him in the spotlight for more than a decade. His music has been a staple of popular television programs like “CSI New York,” “CSI Miami” and “CSI Vegas,” and also appears in advertisements for Acura and Microsoft. It has been featured on MTV, VH1, ESPN and HBO. Prior to his 2006 Grammy nomination for “Miss Me,” Josh One founded the Boomnote Music label, which has published titles by such artists as Goapele, Blu, Ta’Raach, Uncle Imani (the Pharcyde), Lili De La Mora, Poet Name Life (Black Eyed Peas), Lateef the Truthspeaker (Latyrx), Beat Ventriloquists, Rosey, Julie Walehwa (Contemplation) and Repeater.

Providing clarion, crystalline vocals on “Wrong Way” is Shana Halligan of Los Angeles’ Bitter:Sweet. Bitter:Sweet has been listed on iTunes’ Top 10, and released one of KCRW radio’s “Top 5 Most Requested CDs” in 2006. Their music has appeared on such television programs as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Moonlight,” “Lipstick Jungle,” “Smallville,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Bitter:Sweet have also placed songs in advertisements for “Samantha Who?,” Zune and Victoria’s Secret, and have been singled out on MSN’s front-page feature, “Ones to Watch.”

Shana Halligan released her first solo EP, “Paper Butterfly,” in 2011, which peaked on the iTunes charts at #3.

“Wrong Way” by Josh One featuring Shana Halligan is available online worldwide beginning 14 October 2014. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Stan Swanson releases new EP ‘Driving Down to Eden’

The singer and songwriter known as Stan Swanson has released his latest EP record, “Driving Down to Eden.” The EP is composed of four original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 14 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release on the Stony Meadow Records music label. Generally found online listed in the contemporary folk category, Swanson’s “Driving Down to Eden” is a purely American record colored brightly with earnest storytelling and a dash of rock ‘n’ roll.

That Swanson’s music should fall into the folk genre makes sense. He lists as main artistic influences Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Patty Larkin, Bob Lind, and the Beatles. Like the best folk artists, however, his overall timbre is his own and he sounds like no one but himself. As a songwriter with decades of experience playing his own music, this also seems intuitive. Swanson began writing music at the age of 13 in the 1960s.

“I write songs that speak to me on a personal level,” he explains. “Some have deeper messages than others. I mean, every songwriter writes about falling in love as well as falling out of love. And, yes, I have written my fair share of those. But I also relate to the folk music of the sixties which was a great era for songs that had something special to say.”

Like some of the best loved folk tunes of that epoch, however, there’s more to Swanson’s sound than the traditional folk pattern.

“I am a very eclectic songwriter and although I feel my roots are in the folk genre, my songs take me in every direction possible.”

Swanson’s inclination to diverge from typical modes of folk music is a reflection of his own multifaceted nature. While ‘Driving Down to Eden” is his most widely distributed album to date, he is also the published author of several popular books available online.

Swanson writes, “I split most of my time between writing novels and performing. I have written eight books and am working on a couple more.”

Nevertheless, fiction can only satisfy his muse by so much.

“I’ve played in many groups and bands and then went solo for awhile. I left the music scene for several years, but that magical pull finally brought me back. There’s nothing quite like it.”

“Driving Down to Eden” by Stan Swanson is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Jeff Gray releases new single ‘The Stories’

The composer and producer of electronic dance music known as Jeff Gray has released his latest single, “The Stories,” featuring Corey Friesenhan. The track has been proudly published as an independent release entirely without financial backing from the corporate music industry. Spacious and ethereal, rhythmic and buoyant, vivifying and full of drum ‘n’ bass, “The Stories” is a single which helps define the signature Australian EDM sound called Melbourne bounce.

The DJ from southeastern Australia cites as main artistic influences many of the world’s most respected contemporary digital musicians, such as Avicci, Will Sparks, Calvin Harris, Joel Fletcher, SWM, TJR, and Reece Low. Gray’s own style, however, is only tinted by such inspirations, having an overall color which takes its hue from the sonic culture of his locale.

After leaving the New South Wales Police Force, Gray began performing as a DJ all around the area’s best dance clubs. His official bio states that “Jeff Gray earned his stripes at venues such as the Goulburn Workers Club, the Burns Club in Canberra, the Mittagong RSL Club and various other venues in Goulburn, the Southern Highlands, and the Australian Capital Territory.”

Gray picked up music at the age of seven, beginning with guitar. When the rest of his life got in the way of his music, it would take many years before working as a disc jockey for parties and clubs started his creative machinery whirling again.

“I enjoy playing and making music that makes me feel good,” he writes. “If I can replicate that feeling in others, then that’s a bonus. Music should always be a visceral experience and I hope to invoke many different emotions with music I play and produce.”

Jeff Gray has been producing music now since 2011. His featured musician on “The Stories,” Corey Friesenhan, is a seasoned producer in his own right and will release the second volume of his popular vocal sessions collection, “Banshee,” in October of 2014.

“The Stories” by Jeff Gray featuring Corey Friesenhan is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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La’Que releases new LP ‘Who’s Backstabbing Who?’

The veterans of R ‘n’ B music known as La’Que have released their latest LP record album, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” The album is composed of nine original songs for an approximate total listening time of 40 minutes. It has been released on the Walking Tall Records independent music label. Slick, sonorous, and irresistibly debonaire, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” is an album which can’t help but revive the fire in the hearts of all who hear it.

La’Que cite as main artistic influences such notable performers as Anthony Hamilton, Paul McCartney, Maxwell, and the Temptations. Their signature, inimitable style is gilt with common qualities of all these, but retains that attribute which is perhaps most important to the groove and timbre of an R ‘n’ B record: that unmistakable Chicago sound.

With tracks written by longtime La’Que members Jimmy Lloyd and Terry Snodgrass, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” is a reminder of what made R ‘n’ B unforgettable in its golden era of the 1970s. Bedecked with strings, bass, three-part harmonies and impeccable lead vocals, La’Que’s new album is easily superior to most of the rhythm and blues played regularly on today’s public radio stations.

Speaking of the themes of their new LP, La’Que write that it is, “Very direct to its listeners. We make our music believable and to the point. Our titles of our songs are self-explanatory and very heartfelt and soulful.”

More than merely meaningful, however, “Who’s Backstabbing Who?” has more boogie in its heels than James Brown at a Sunday service. Music fans who enjoy records by artists like the Four Tops, the Spinners, and Gladys Knight and the Pips are sure to be enthusiastic about this new LP from one of mid-western Chicago’s most striking and unstoppable R ‘n’ B groups.

“Who’s Backstabbing Who?” by La’Que is available online worldwide. Get in early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Nuova Divisione release new LP ‘The Last Man in Europe’

The progressive rock band from Italy known as Nuova Divisione have released their new LP record, “The Last Man in Europe.” The album comprises 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of one whole hour, making for a comprehensive treatment of the band’s new material and a fine introduction for rock fans not yet acquainted. It has been proudly published as an independent release without support from the corporate music infrastructure. Written, performed and produced with the most integral principles of classic rock in mind, Nuova Divisione’s “The Last Man in Europe” is definitive proof that prog-rock is both alive and kicking like crazy.

Nuova Divisione cite as main artistic influences such seminal rock artists as the Beatles, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Yes, Brian Wilson, and Simon and Garfunkel. From here their inspirations become less obvious: classical titans such as Rachmaninov, Gershwin and Bartòk are represented, as well as jazz players like Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Ray Charles. Their list of favorites veers away into seemingly unrelated art forms at the last, including names like Stanley Kubrick, Monty Python, and Friedrich Nietzsche.

While this surprising rainbow of input is explained by the overall theme of Nuova Divisione’s album (described below), its sound is a blend of the Beatles’ creativity and Pink Floyd’s tonal inventiveness. Fans of either band are likely to be extremely pleased with their first experience of “The Last Man in Europe,” as are fans of Yes, Simon and Garfunkel, and virtually any group showcasing extremely strong songwriting as one of their chief charms.

Speaking of the plot and motifs of their new LP, Nuova Divisione write, “The album is a concept. The story is quite weird: a mixture between the Book of Revelation, Dhamma Pada, Greek Mythology, Nietzsche, Monty Python and a long lucid dream. To summarize the thing, I would say it is all about self-consciousness. Which is, I think, the one and only method to be happy and safe. You’ve got to love yourself if you want to love other people. And you’ve got to know yourself if you want to understand other people. And love them.”

“The Last Man in Europe” by Nuova Divisione is available online worldwide. Get in early. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Paperfox releases debut EP ‘Dreamcatcher’

The Los Angeles indie and alt-rock band billed as Paperfox have released their debut EP record, “Dreamcatcher.” The extended-play album is composed of five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent release without support from the corporate music industry. Poppy, danceable, upbeat and highly melodic, “Dreamcatcher” is a record which defines the sound, personality and character of the youth of today, and proves that the spirit of indie music in Southern California continues to thrive.

Hailing from LA’s Silverlake area, Paperfox (often stylized PAPERFOX) cite as main artistic influences such contemporary indie-rock heroes as the 1975, Fall Out Boy, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, and Kings of Leon. As might be intuited from such a list, their own sound fits naturally among the tones of these widely popular bands. Every track on “Dreamcatcher” is a shoo-in for radio play, a single just waiting for public attention to focus on it.

That Paperfox’s first record is so easy to imagine being played in cars all along the Santa Monica Fwy is no accident. Paperfox writes of their artistic vision, “None of us have ever played this style of music. All of us come from different musical backgrounds spanning from hardcore, straight-edge, emo, pop-punk, screamo, and other bands from the ‘Warped Tour’ scene… But just recently, [we] decided to see what was constantly spinning on the radio and heard bands like Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, Capital Cities, Arcade Fire, and thought, there’s a market for this, so why not?”

Paperfox are also true representatives of the DIY music underground. Not only was “Dreamcatcher” written, produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves, but also the digital marketing, promotion, web design, social media marketing, and shirt designs were executed by the members of the band, too. With gumption and ability like this in equal parts, Paperfox won’t be confined to the hipster Mecca of Silverlake for long.

“Dreamcatcher” by Paperfox is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Singer-songwriter Retz releases new single ‘Sweet Memories’

The singer and songwriter from Sweden known as Retz has released his latest single, “Sweet Memories.” The track has been published on the Mareld Records music label. With traditional folk-style lyrics and that unmistakably American sound, “Sweet Memories” is a genuine country-western ballad from across the pond, one which no fan of the genre should miss.

Retz (often stylized RETZ) cites as main artistic influences such legends as the Rolling Stones, BB-King, the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Paul Carrack, Phil Collins. Bill Haley, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, and Bruce Springsteen. His characteristic vocal tone has elements of both Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison, and it stands out even against the background of expert guitar work and marvelous songwriting.

Speaking of the themes of his new single, Retz writes, “Whether it’s the love of a man to a woman he’s so drawn to, a mother letting go of her son for so many years, or simply missing a loved one, this song ‘Sweet Memories’ speaks for itself.”

Retz puts his enjoyment of music before other related concerns. “I am an independent artist,” he writes. “The most important thing for me is to always keep it fun to create music. Thereafter, it will be really fun if people like what I create.”

Retz was born in 1956 growing up with rock, soul, blues and country music. He joined his first publicly noted band in the late sixties. He played rock music with Bobcat’s Rock Show in Gothenberg, and after an extended hiatus recorded an EP called “Lightning” in 2012. Spring of 2014 saw the release of his “Ride the Wave” EP, after which he corresponded with Australia’s Ramon Ray. Ray wrote lyrics and sent them to Retz, and “Sweet Memories” is the timely result of their collaboration.

“Sweet Memories” by Retz is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Eric Shenefield releases new LP ‘Southwest’

The jazz pianist known as Eric Shenefield has released his latest LP record, “Southwest.” The record contains 11 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of one hour, bringing “Southwest” closer to the length of a double LP than that of a traditional long-play album alone. It has proudly been published as an independent release without support of the corporate music industry. Mainly focused on the imaginative and liberating principles of jazz fusion, “Southwest” is an especially colorful example of complexity expressed through simplicity, and one of the most inventive collections of original jazz songs to be released in the new millennium.

Shenefield cites as main artistic influences George Duke, Chick Corea, Joe Sample, Oscar Peterson, Jeff Lorber, Elton John, Tribal Tech, the Crusaders, and Steely Dan. Many of the traits which slated these for the annals of music history are present in Shenefield’s “Southwest,” but his own creative motivations don’t play solo on this LP. The composer is quick to point out that this new record showcases some of the jazz scene’s finest instrumentalists at the zenith of their game.

“This album is for people who want to listen to music that is artfully crafted and sonically mixed to hear the contribution of every musician,” Shenefield writes. “It represents the efforts of many very gifted people. I want to share that message with all who hear it.”

Neither is his goal merely collaboration for collaboration’s sake, either.

“It is my hope that people will hear something new and exciting each time they listen. I have written the music, but it is the collaboration of the musicians and engineers that makes it special.”

Pianist Eric Shenefield has been playing for nearly forty years. He considers his current group to be the culmination of a life spent performing music. Having begun at home at the age of eight, his skills honed and polished at the university level, Shenefield now provides services as a keyboardist, band leader, composer and arranger. He has performed in top-40 and jazz bands all over the United States.

“The whirring of a fan or the hum of tires as we travel down the road represent the possibility of inspiration,” he writes. “We can create music by what we feel and hear if we are open to those possibilities. Music is everywhere. Being willing to hear it is the gateway to a whole new world of sound.”

“Southwest” by Eric Shenefield is available online worldwide 1 September 2014. Get in early, jazz-fusion fiends.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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JLoyal releases new EP ‘Trappin’ in My Didas’

The songwriter, music producer and performer of hip hop known as JLoyal has released his latest EP record, “Trappin’ in My Didas.” The EP is composed of three original tracks and a second mix of the album’s title track, “Trappin’ in My Didas,” edited specifically for play on public radio stations around the world. It has an approximate total listening time of 15 minutes, and has been proudly published on the RoadRunnaRecords independent music label entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Raw, rough, and packed with the legitimate, unmistakable style of rap and hip hop from the American south, “Trappin’ in My Didas” by JLoyal is a surprise powerhouse coming late in the summer of 2014.

The various tracks included on JLoyal’s new EP, “Trappin’ in My Didas,” “Gas,” and “Wake Up,” show different facets of the artist’s creativity and vocal delivery, as well as showcasing a range of talents on the studio production side of RoadRunnaRecords. The wide spread of skills offered in this single EP record hint that much more material from RRR is forthcoming. The label, which was founded 1 March 2014, speaks in few words on its official Soundcloud and Facebook pages.

“RoadRunnaRecords is an independent music label in Augusta, GA,” they write. “We take pride in our craft and only put out professional quality music.”

Their first artist and writer/performer of “Trappin’ in My Didas,” JLoyal, began in music at 14 inside the closet of an apartment. He writes that his main artistic influences are “Wit, pure dedication, drive, hunger, humility, and a love for music and success… I kept at it, improving my craft.”

His journey as a musician hasn’t been easy, but it seems the artist and the label have finally arrived.

“Trappin’ in My Didas” by JLoyal is available online worldwide beginning 29 August 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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Street Addiction Muzik Group releases new LP ‘U.S.A. (Undeniable Street Addiction)’

The performers of hip hop known as the Street Addiction Muzik Group have released their latest LP record, “U.S.A.,” which acronym stands for “Undeniable Street Addiction.” The long-playing album comprises 18 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of an hour and 15 minutes. This superlative length brings Street Addiction’s new record closer to the average length of a double LP than to that of a typical long-playing album, which usually clocks in at 40-42 minutes. As might be inferred by the name of the artist, “U.S.A.” has been published on the Street Addiction Muzik Group independent record label. Aggressive, straight-up, and directly from the urban poets of America’s inner cities, “U.S.A.” is a milestone of hip-hop music for the new millennium.

Street Addiction Muzik Group’s “U.S.A.” record is a particularly momentous achievement for the rising rap label, which opened its doors in 2013 with such immediate successes as “REM” by the Young Moors, “Party x Bull—-t” by Yum Pow, and “No Cut: the Red and Blue Tapes” by Hye Def. As a new show of cultural force, however, their new “U.S.A.” album features no fewer – and in fact more than – 15 individual hip-hop groups publishing music on the Street Addiction name.

SAMG writes of this: “’U.S.A.’ is a music compilation featuring many artists under the S.A. Muzik Group umbrella. Each artist has their own message. Each artist has their own style and content. This is what makes the project unique. The bar of quality and lyricism has been set. Each artist has set out to raise the bar. Each song will give you a different feel. This album is like a movie. It will play to your every emotion.”

Speaking of how the label came to be and what brought its various artists to music in general, they write: “We come from different backgrounds, but music is our savior. Growing up, music was the light that guided us through the darkness. It kept us level when things appeared shaky. This is true to this day. We’ve come together through a common love and passion for the hip-hop culture. Our goal is to preserve the music while contributing to and advancing it.”

The idea that the hip hop genre is sorely in need of help is not unique to Street Addiction, but the label’s genuine concern and determination to uphold and elevate the American-founded, urban music style is clear – and they have a plan of action.

“We’re from an era when songs weren’t written for radio,” they explain. “Songs were written from the soul. Today, everything on the radio sounds the same. There’s no variety. This compilation is anti-radio. It exhibits an array of styles. It’s from the heart. This is real hip-hop.”

“U.S.A. - Undeniable Street Addiction” from Street Addiction Muzik Group is available online worldwide beginning 29 August 2014.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

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