Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mike Shannon & Big Bus Dream

4th Ward Record announces Mike Shannon's 1st solo effort, "My Dream My Fantasy". The release encompasses his 18 years as founder and primary writer with 4th Ward and Big Bus Dream. It blends both his acoustic roots, as well as a more powerful electric arrangement. Shannon's stories include subjects from drug addiction, Alzheimer's Disease, aging and gun violence. Says Shannon, "All of my time, heart and energy over the last 18 years has led to this new release...because, in the end that's really what it's passion and my dream. Though often felt more like a fantasy"

Produced by Shannon, along with Eddie Z, Jamie Hoover and Ray Henderson, "My Dream My Fantasy" includes new tunes, along with hand-picked prior tunes re-tracked and re-mastered. Shannon says, "They are now closer to how I initially heard them while writing and in the studio."

My Dream My Fantasy is available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and many other outlets.



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Singer Songwriter Phillip Brandon Debuts With A Genre-Defying Musical Gift For The Planet: The Story Begins

Proud Morehouse Graduate Steps Out Making a Profound Musical Difference

Debut CD In Stores October 20th

Springing forth following eight years of tours as "Narrator" with platinum selling rock band Trans Siberian Orchestra to a feature role in the life story of Gospel legend BeBe Winans, "Born For This: The Musical," singer-songwriter Phillip Brandon is making good on the promise of his purposed and abundant gifts to share songs of love and optimism all his own via his powerful debut album, The Story Begins - a warm wraparound throwback of soul-stirring Contemporary Jazz, R&B and Pop.

The ten songs produced by prolific songwriter Preston Glass (Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Kenny G) as well as DrFord dynamically range from originals such as Phillip's epic wedding song "The Promise" (inspired by many of his friends getting married coupled with his parents' marriage of 37 years), the uplifting "Chocolate Child" (channeling Sammy Davis, Jr. and Gregory Porter) and the luscious piano ballad "A Funny Thing Happened (On the Way to Goodbye)" to the tender Tropicana of the Stevie Wonder-esque "Looking For You (In Somebody Else's Eyes)" and an emotional cover of the late, great Luther Vandross' "Wait For Love." The album also includes the beautiful jazz piece "Stay in the Moment" that features Phillip's mother Brenda Davis, a one-time backing singer for the immortal Ray Charles as a ‘Raelette.'


Preston praises tenor/baritone Phillip thusly: "What sets him apart from others who possess similar richness (Will Downing) is his theatrical experience which he draws from liberally in his interpretation of a lyric."

Los Angeles native and Venice High School / Morehouse College graduate Phillip states, "I create songs from the heart and a spiritual space of hope. (Singer-Songwriter) Richard Marx once said, ‘When you're creating, you have to be selfish to share what's on your mind and hope it's on the minds others' as well."

Reflecting that all-inclusive melting pot, Phillip will tour in support of The Story Begins with his international band of drummer Victor Á. Carracedo from Spain, guitarist Eugene Gorskiy from Ukraine, keyboardist Stan Loken from America, and bassist Carlitos Cuba from Cuba. Prepare for scintillating experiences all when you surrender to the spells of Phillip Brandon on record and in concert!





Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Acoustic Trance - San Francisco Music Duo Love Lyzardz Modernizes Psychedelic Folk/ Releases New 4 Song Demo

Love Lyzardz is thrilled to announce the release of its new four song demo. The release was scheduled to coincide with the advent of the so called Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. The demo will be accompanied by the launch of its new website and various social media outlets.

The Love Lyzardz was formed in October 2014 when a casual invitation to jam evolved into a hypnotic blend of rock, folk, country, psychedelic and classical music that was indefinable, until one day while on a drug induced level of higher consciousness, the words "Acoustic Trance" exploded into existence from the fifth dimension. It was at that moment, lead vocalist and violinist Reign Diamonds and guitarist Dez Del Rio realized that what they were creating was not just a new sound. It was a new movement.

This unique blend of genres inspired the Love Lyzardz to coin the moniker "Acoustic Trance" to describe their eclectic blend of sounds. The demo consists of 3 original tracks and one cover. "American Doll" the first track on the demo and the title of the Love Lyzardz future first album, re-imagines the psychedelic sounds of the Doors by combining hypnotic instrumentation with profound poetic songwriting. Reminiscent of the sexually charged power pop epitomized by late 70's new wave bands like The Knack and The Records, the second track "Bedroom Eyes" delivers a pop rock sentimentality that pierces the veil of teen angst and is an ode to the modern love song. Third is an instrumental cover of Plaisir D' Amour. Elvis Presley used the melody from Plaisir D' Amour to create his 1961 pop hit "Can't Help Falling in Love". The duo uniquely marries violin with guitar to create a simple, soulful acoustic version of this beautiful ballad. The final track "Marilyn Smile" is a tribute to the queen of Hollywood Marilyn Monroe that hauntingly conjures the sultry glamour of a 30's/40's torch singer in a smoky bar.

Inspired by the 1960's hippie movement, esp. their message of love and beauty, the "Love Lyzardz" reject the stagnant ideologies that divide humanity and instead embrace the universal languages of love and music. In a world made up of divergent customs and beliefs where values often clash, music unites people of different cultural backgrounds in a healthy manner. Music, dance and poetry are divine gifts from God. They emit a mysterious power over our emotions and when they are allowed to shape our society, the world is a better place. Whether you are sixteen or sixty, you will find a Love Lyzardz song that touches your soul and ignites your spirit. So walk with us between the worlds and join our spiritual evolution. Together as one we will ascend to new heights and carve out a bold new future.

"Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination". - Plato



Monday, October 16, 2017

Tony Range Spices Up The Dancefloor With His Massive New Riddim 'Love Story'


Canadian producer and artist Tony Range is causing a heatwave with his new summer anthem, 'Love Story.' After hearing this track for the first time, you will immediately start skankin' to Tony's tropical vibes.

'Love Story' describes the experience of two individuals who find themselves in one of the inspirationally hype parties at which Tony's tunes are usually played, and fall in love on the dancefloor, with at least one of the individuals almost certainly twerking to the punchy bassline typically found in Tony's sound.

However, the exotic grooves which lace afrobeats are not Tony's only musical influence. The harmonious melodies which legendary producers such as Teddy Riley introduced into modern R&B, weave their way into 'Love Story.' Tony's sound is truly global. He brings together influences from the US to Europe to the Caribbean to Africa, to create a unique, bouncing sound which will have the whole club, the area outside the club, and the queues down neighbouring streets to get into the club jumping.

Tony Range's style is so artistic, if 'Love Story' were a painting, it could be named 'bop on canvas.' This song avoids the typical sung chorus and generic bars of many hit records. 'Love Story' is an authentic, uncompromising riddim, that will have the club screaming 'pull up the tuneeeeeee!'

Join Tony on his tour of world's finest sounds by downloading 'Love Story.'

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Slade Actahvis' New EP 'Draft Day' Is So Cold It Sent A Draught Through Our Speakers


Slade Actahvis shows why he would be first pick if there were a draft of top upcoming Ohio rappers, with his soulful, addictive EP 'Draft Day.' The EP mixes smooth, club-ready production with ice-cold bars to create a blistering project, which will leave Slade's competition frostbitten. Having made quality tracks for years, Slade uses this EP to show exactly why he is one of Ohio's biggest talents.

The EP's lead single 'Yah Yah' sees Slade calling out the fakery he sees regularly among numerous rappers. By contrast he has remained real and will always be one of the realest MC's in Ohio, in spite of his immense success. His production makes this track a certified smash, gliding swag vocals over a mellow, funky beat, which will have you bopping for days.

Slade's EP has too much sauce, so much in fact, that Urban Dubz is concerned that 'Draft Day' may cause a sauce shortage in the Ohio area. You need to hear this EP. If tracks such as 'Like It's Nothing' are not on your playlist, we feel sorry for your playlist. Slade's infusion of the jazz he grew up listening to into his music adds a unique aspect to his sound, which you will be unable to take off repeat.

'Draft Day' is out on the 18th August. Pre-order from the 4th August and make sure that your music selection doesn't fall off this fall.
Listen to lead single 'Yah Yah' on Soundcloud right now

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