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Check out Jay Steele’s latest single “For Tha Love”

‘For The Love’ is a joyous record that takes hip hop and gives it an alternative makeover. Standing apart from the crowd just a bit, Jay Steele does his own thing in the modern era of the genre with tracks that include hints of jazz, maturity and a heavy dose of originality. Despite living with severe fibromyalgia, which he details on his song “What I Can Do,” Jay thrives in his music. Wanting to bring back the days of golden age greats like De La Soul A Tribe Called Quest, and Big Daddy Kane, Steele is doing what he can to provide nostaligia wrapped in modern joy.

He married a compassionate special ed. teacher like the ones who helped him when he struggled so immensely early in life, and he made the music he wanted to hear in the world. After being diagnosed with a serious medical condition, he joined the ranks of the disabled musicians around the globe who didn’t let their disability stop them from bringing their art to life. After 20 years and 8 albums of having his music fueled in large part by disdain, anger, and disgust; this album is powered purely by love.

Eschewing celebrity, status, and ego, Jay Steele has expressed that his primary purpose now is making people happy with his music, which is especially epitomized in the lyrics of his song “Spreadin Joy.”

“I’ve seen the laughter, the smiles, the dancing, and the joy that my music has sparked in people,” Jay explains. “I feel like that’s worth more than any amount of money, and my goal now is to spread that joy to those who would appreciate it.”

The album’s positive vibes emanate resolutely right from the first two tracks. “Givin Thanks,” a “Juicy” by Biggie Smalls like autobiographical and jubilant tune, precedes the aforementioned song.

There is an unabashed emphasis on “For Tha Love” of taking the art of rhyme back to the foundation, which is evident in lyrics like, “Conscious raiser – orator – hip hop culture preservator – graffiti – breakin’ – rap – and DJ demonstrator,” which can be found on “Tha Rhyme Conductor.”

The project’s artwork resoundingly reflects this as well with graffiti on the front cover drawn by renowned graffiti artist “MindGem.” Then there is the graffiti on the back cover (of his name and album title) drawn by Jay himself, who is also a long time visual artist.

The beats on this album are very unique and diverse, or in the words of Abstrack Recording Studio engineer Jeff Mulligan, who worked on the project, “Nothin’ on here sounds the same.” Listeners will find a wide array of instrumentation ranging from mesmerizing keyboards, powerful orchestral notes, smooth electric piano, and mysterious and dramatic strings.

“Musical Family” may stand out the most, however, because it amounts to what may be the first mother and son collaboration in hip hop history. On this one, Jay raps over a violin played by his mom, who was Philadelphia All-City Orchestra in high school.

“We produced the beat together,” Jay says. “My mom came to the studio and played a violin rendition of a beat idea that I beatboxed for her.” Ultimately though, an alternative beat presented itself.

“My mom didn’t want to stop playing and kept improvising different sounds with her violin,” Jay recalls. Then, as his mom tells it, “This place kept inspiring me to make all these mystical beats!” She ended up playing one that really piqued Jay’s interest and imagination, and from over 30 minutes of music, Jay selected a spectacular 3 second segment and looped it, and the familial collaboration was conceived.

Another beat that stands out for its eclectic originality is the Silent NRG produced “Global NRG.” This beat was brewed in Hong Kong, and the sounds of the region, including the 2,500 year old zheng string instrument, are inextricable.

Steele’s style showcases a proliferation of alliteration and sublime, tightly intertwined, timed rhymes combined with a mountain of metaphors. His vocals transmit in a raspier fashion half of the time, which has drawn comparisons to Nas. In tandem with his standard tone, the resulting vocal variety makes for a sonically dynamic contrast.

Jay’s customary voice projects very deep, powerful, and smooth in a manner evoking iconic emcees like Big Daddy Kane, Parrish Smith (of EPMD), Doctor Dre, and The Fresh Prince. In fact, some may find “Givin Thanks” to be reminiscent of the timeless classic hit “Summertime,” with Jay espousing meaningful, grateful, and highly relatable lyrics with smooth flavor like that of Will Smith himself.

Of course, when it comes to lyricism, “Tha Rhyme Conductor” again must be discussed. With its crazy combination of crafty puns and metaphors, combined with a myriad of creatively placed, high voltage, cinematic sound effects, this concoction could certainly be described as electrifying. Listening to the lyrics, it’s clear that this type of effect is the intent. “I feel like I was able to summon up all of my creativity, and energy, and to unleash it on this one,” Jay recounts.

Steele’s writing has been catapulted by love, which is abundantly apparent in “No Better Present,” a romantic love song capable of conjuring memories of classic raps like “The Lover in You” by Big Daddy Kane and Method Man’s “You’re All I Need.” The continuity ensues with “Rap Appreciation,” which is a nostalgic love letter to hip-hop itself. It could be construed as a happier version of Common’s “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

“What I Can Do” is yet another very personally revealing and meaningful collection of lyrics. This composition is dedicated to those contending with cases of severe fibromyalgia, as he is. The lyrics depict a bit of what it’s like to experience this disease while offering hope in the form of ideas to help manage it. It ends by revealing that Steele has been a leader of a New Jersey support group for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, and he concludes by providing his email address for those who would be interested in receiving a comprehensive list of resources that could be helpful for managing the disabilities/symptoms.

“Peace Not War” features a rare portrait of a rapper acknowledging his own specific character flaws in an effort toward personal growth. This aim imbues ideas in lines like, “Trying to change everybody – everybody but me – what I need is less me – and more humility.” Jay actually intended to put this track on his album “Solid Steele,” which is comprised of material he made between the years 2001-2006. (It should be noted that from 2006-2013 he released 5 albums, including “Music for a Better World,” under the name “Tha Truth,” which have had a global impact in their promotion of human rights.)

“I didn’t think I was physically capable of recording much ever again when I wrote Peace Not War,” Jay acknowledges. “I was just going to put it on “Solid Steele,” but my wife said she thought I should make a whole new album. She said that’s what she wanted, and that’s when I decided to try and do it.”

An additional aspect of note about this album is the exuberant exhibition of echoes. When Jay first began recording at Mulligan’s studio in Deptford, NJ, the engineer was left awestruck. After amassing decades of studio experience he reflected, “I’ve seen a lot of people try to do that [with echoes], but I’ve never heard anyone do it so well.” Subsequently, when Jay asked him to use his equipment to provide an echo, Jeff responded, “I like it better when you do it.” Alas, from that point on Mulligan began referring to Jay as both “The Echo Messiah” and “The Human Echo Machine.” The latter became the title of an interlude that encapsulates their amusement at the fact that Jay ended up performing virtually the entirety of echoes heard on the project without the aid of studio generated echo effects.

Overall, “For Tha Love” harkens back to the days when hip hop was more innovative, fun, and positive, and artists like De La Soul, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, Beastie Boys, Heavy D, and Kid ‘n Play ruled the day. “Rap Appreciation” is a quintessential ode paying tribute to artists like this that really gets to the heart of the idea of keeping these types of vibes alive (and flowing and growing).

Steele began rhyming while residing in Echelon, NJ, not far from his birthplace of Philadelphia. Jay has come a long way since his early days of raps racked with anger and vengeance (assembled after a tumultuous childhood).

Simply put, “For Tha Love” is the culmination of Jay’s trials and tribulations. It exudes the totality of his musical passion, dedication, and versatility.

It is a return to the vibes of yesteryear and a trip back to raps packed with fun, positive, mature, meaningful, and creative content. In the end, it’s music made by and “For Tha Love.”

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The Happy Curmudgeons releases “I Know How You Feel”

The Happy Curmudgeons are a group of musicians that incorporate many genres of music to get their sound. The band is working with producer, Mark Byerly, of the Bob Seger Band. Their music is mixed by Bill Skibbe at Third Man Records in Detroit.

     The Happy Curmudgeons released their first album, Meant 2 Be, on Dec. 1, 2017.   The band is currently working on their second project and have already released two singles: 2nd Chances and Jack Russell.   The band is now releasing “I Know How You Feel” featuring Jeff Warner on vocals. The song was written by Jeff Warner and Dave Hamilton. Jeff Warner is on vocals and guitar, Dave Hamilton on guitars and Takashi Iio on stand up bass. This emotional song will tug at your heartstrings. I Know How You Feel is an all acoustic performance produced by Mark Byerly. The song was mastered by Bill Skibbe at Third Man Records in Detroit. This band based out of metro Detroit explores many genres, but seems grounded in Americana/Folk/Country.

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Eric Gable brings back that smooth quiet storm flavor

If you were a soul music fan in the late 80s and early 90s, you definitely knew the name Eric Gable. He is an expressive singer with a big voice. He’s moved all the way to #1 with his hit “Remember The First Time”. For the next decade, he would produce a bunch of radio friendly cuts.

Now Orpheus Entertainment is putting together some of Eric’s best cuts – and making them available digitally for the first time. Keep your eyes open for the album Straight from My Heart. This is smooth soul at its finest! The collection includes a song that sounds perfect for Adult Soul radio in 2021. It is a real treat to have this music available on the new album.

Produced by the legendary Paul Laurence, “I Can Make You Feel Good” is a perfect nighttime jam and a true display of an artist at the top of his game. Check it out below and listen to clips from the entire album. Let’s welcome this classic artist back into this growing movement.

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Swanga Swang releases It’s Over

Swanga Swang is a singer, songwriter, and rapper from Texas. He grew up in church and that is where the music all started. He grew up listening to gospel, country, R&B and rap. He began his gospel group with his brother and friends at a very young age. Later in life, he joined a rap group as a singer wherein he created most of the hooks. He decided to go solo in 2016 after purchasing his own studio. Swanga recorded many songs in his new studio and filmed his own music videos as well. Now it’s 2021 and he has a new sound that he would like for the wold to hear. “Music is my passion”. He just released his newest single entitled “It’s Over”. It is a song about how a good relationship started off good but somewhere it went wrong.

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Sweet Success Records releases Gmunns Project

Gmunns is hitting the streets with his new Jazz and R&B single projects in 2020 with more to come 2021.  Gmunns Project features Saxophones Jordan Bolds’ Jazz single “City Roads”. This single is more of a Jazz fusion piece produced to introduce the Jazz world to Gmunns and the new kid on the block Jordon Bolds. Gmunns Project is a producer turned artist who is now releasing his first Jazz single and loving every bit of it. He worked with a bunch of musicians to bring this project together, and it has been well worth the wait.

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“If Mac Miller and Ed Sheeran had a baby”

It was never Hedge’s plan to do music full-time. And even after his second release, the twenty year old would tell you that he’s not really a musician, but just someone who knows what sounds good.

His DIY-living room music on the other hand sounds anything but unprofessional.
Just like any other kid, he started by producing beats on his computer when he was fourteen years old. After some years of experimenting with sounds, he wanted to finally finish one of his songs. And put it out for people to hear.

At this time he got to know the old school Rock-guitarist Olly Lagemann (Cats TV, Loz Tinitoz) who helped him on his journey.

In the end there were not one, but three songs he put out as the Ocean-EP in 2018.
By that time hedge moved to various cities of Germany, studied for a short amount and finally found his place in Hanover, where he’s doing an apprenticeship as a media creator, while still working hard for his passion.

After some time we finally get to hear his second project: “Mellow Days”. It’s his personal inner conflicts translated into music. Self-doubt, as well as frustration and love are the topics he discusses. For every song there is another kind of sound to discover in his six-song ep.

One moment you’re rebelling against the world itself (“ let’s set the whole world on fire”), in another your having a face to face conversation, talking about your deepest feelings in a motel room.
In the next moment your sitting at the piano, talking about love and how it hurts. This happens in an abstract, but still soulful way.

With every track Hedge takes us on a little journey. And you can be sure that none of his songs sound like the other. But why don’t you just take a look yourself.

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2018 Western Canadian Music Awards Jazz Artist of the Year

Rubim de Toledo, releases a new CD entitled, “The Dig.” The album features strong influences from his Brazilian background with heavy jazz, groove, and Caribbean elements.

Award-winning bassist and composer Rubim de Toledo combines the influences of his Brazilian heritage and his dedication to the jazz tradition to create an approach to music that is refreshing and uplifting. Boasting a diverse rhythmic palette inspired by world music, jazz, and contemporary music, a lure towards improvisation and a forward-looking traditionalism, Rubim nurtures a commanding sound and style as a bassist, soloist, and composer.
 

Rubim began his professional career in Edmonton at seventeen, performing with Albertan Jazz legends Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and Clarence “Big” Miller. Since then, he has become a sought-after sideman and a productive bandleader. Rubim is a founding member of renowned Canadian Latin-Jazz group Bomba and has had the honour of accompanying jazz artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mulgrew Miller, Terrell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Oliver Jones, and Jason Marsalis.

With his sixth and newest release, “The Dig,” Rubim distinguishes himself as a composer with a unique ability to explore contemporary styles while maintaining a sound that is modern yet inviting. The disc features seven original instrumental compositions influenced by Brazilian, Caribbean, jazz, and groove-based music.

Rubim has worked extensively since 2007 as musical director with Calgary’s prestigious Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. He is also a passionate music educator and the head of the bass department at MacEwan University in Edmonton.
 

In 2018, Rubim won the Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Artist of Year and was nominated for a 2018 Edmonton Music Award. In 2019, his Latin-Jazz group Montuno West was nominated as World artist of the year at the Western Canadian Music Award, nominated for several Edmonton Music Awards, and won the Calgary Music Award for World Recording of the Year.

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Second Adam is currently a solo-project led by Abram Germano

99175-Able_To_Enable_Album_CoverSecond Adam and the New Creations is currently a solo project taken on by Abram Germano that seeks to infuse rich Christian theology into an indie-rock package with folk-like undertones. From what started out as a special music project for a specific youth ministry event at his church, Second Adam & The New Creations was birthed and turned into a platform from which Abe continues to write and promote his music.

You can expect to hear both indie-rock and folk-rock genres in Abe’s songwriting. The sound draws from Influences from the likes of My Epic or Pedro The Lion with a refreshing balance between calm and harder elements.

Second Adam’s debut EP was released in March of 2015 called Able To Enable and Abe has stated that He hopes to start working on another project in mid-2016. Here’s to looking forward to that!

Second Adam & The New Creations also has a blog where Abe posts expositions of scripture sometimes as well as some of his school projects as he works toward his theological degree in Seminary. Follow them on social media.

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Smooth and conscious with meaningful songs, for the times we live in today

came to St Maarten in 1998, while living in the hash ghetto of Cole Bay; He meet other like mined ghetto youths. He would freestyle all day and all night, with no record studio to record. He practiced constantly, while writing songs through the struggles. He got his first break to record in 2003 in a local manual studio own by a friend. He recorded about 10 songs, dance hall and rap. Without promotion and no cash, all he could do was listen to the music himself. He meet K-Dot in 2007, owner of Smoke House Studio, where he recorded his first Hit record Education is the Key. He has been a part of Smoke House Record Studio every since. He has been on interviews and his song has been played all over the world. He has sold copies of his music independently http://www.reverbation.com/kingclico and http://vibedeck.com/kingclico , on the beaches, businesses and to people he knows. meet his manager Rosalind Brown in 2006, with her direction and help, He continued to strive and recorded 9 songs. checkout what he’s doing now http://mega-productions.org He has completed his album Freedom and now has a new album coming out this year 2016.

“Stay Far I am spreading the message of Love, Peace, Hope, Equal Rights and Justice for all mankind, though my music. I am making a difference by speaking about the needs of the less fortunate!”

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“2007 Golden Viking Radio Award For Best Acoustic Rock Artist”

Papa Satch is a Singer/Songwriter/Producer.He started his music career as a founding member of the bands “Black Horizon,”Blank Stare” and “Mercy Hit”.He was a integral member of the wildly popular band “Spoof”.As producer he wrote sang on and organized the critically acclaimed “Actress, Doggin It” Album.He has just released his Album “Open Dreams”.

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