he songwriter and producer of lo-fi, instrumental hip-hop music known as Lofi Bento has released his latest official album, “Sashimi.” It contains 12 original Lofi Bento tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 mins. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Green Plant Records record label. Chill, cool, and bringing a fresh cultural groove, “Sashimi” introduces Lofi Bento as one of the most intriguing artists of the 2021 year so far.
Tokyo, Japan’s Lofi Bento cites as main artistic influences James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, and DJ Krush. Blending funk, soul, jazz and world music in a whole new way, “Sashimi” by Lofi Bento has a little something for everybody.
“The album was made during a visit back home in Japan recently, and seeing how much my country has changed since I grew up. The album is a form of meditation for me to create and listen to, and so I hope that feeling shines through into the listeners.”
Asked to describe the overall theme of “Sashimi,” Lofi Bento calls it, “a result of my imagination filtered through my body, ears, and hands. There are no deep meanings, just music for relaxing and thinking.”
Still, Bento talks in no uncertain terms regarding the effect he wants the record to have on his audience.
“A feeling of relaxation,” he says. “Thought-provoked, imaginative journeys in one’s mind … the weirdness and wonderfulness of the Japanese country — the food, the landscape, the characters, the music, the energy.”
Green Plant Records describes Lofi Bento as having got his start in Japan “listening to old american jazz and funk records on his parents’ record player, and things have only got better since then.”
Asked for a message for his new, global audience, Lofi Bento doesn’t mince words.
“Be safe. Be kind. Enjoy your life,” says Lofi Bento, adding only, “Thank you to my label for helping me release my first record.”
“Sashimi” by Lofi Bento on the Green Plant Records label is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, instrumental hip-hop fans.
The songwriter and producer of urban and contemporary Christian music known as Sherrell Mitchell has released his latest official single, “I Belong to You.” Like previous drops from Mitchell, it has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Psalm 96 Records music label. With hands-high praise and eyes-down humility, “I Belong to You” is the latest reason for fans of modern gospel music to hear Sherrell Mitchell with fresh ears and an inspired heart.
Seattle’s Sherrell Mitchell cites as main artistic influences Israel Houghton, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Chick Corea, Take 6, Vivian Perryman, Cora Jackson, Walter “Doc Lewis” Finch. His own music blends elements of pop, RnB, soul, and contemporary Christian styles for a 21st-century mode of music sure to appeal to a wide variety of listeners.
The track comes at a trying time in history when people remain huddled for fear of COVID-19.
“In a time of uncertainty when all seems lost,” Mitchell writes of this, “remember that God is always on the throne! And whether it be on this side of heaven or the other side of glory, we belong to God.”
Though he writes, records and performs music today in the Pacific Northwest, Sherrell Mitchell has played across the American west in locales as disparate as Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, and California. Asked to describe his start in music, Mitchell balks.
“Music has always been down in my soul from the beginning,” he says, “a gift from God. Over the years I’ve just learned to cultivate it, embrace the epiphany that it’s not mine, and release it back out into the universe.”
Of course, Mitchell points to faith for his success.
“God will handle the rest.”
“I Belong to You” was engineered by Joel Maddox, mastered by Blake Bickel, and features album art by Hung Pham. “I Belong to You” by Sherrell Mitchell on the Psalm 96 Records label is available from over 500 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, Christian music fans.
The producers of techno, EDM and future-bass music known as Dance Nation have released their latest official single, “Room.” While Dance Nation have been on the BMG Ariola, Edel Records and Warner Music labels, “Room” is on their own Dance Nation LTD label and published via OLEMUSIC Publishing & Edition Intro Meisel GmbH. Colorful, uplifting, and overflowing with groove, “Room” introduces Dance Nation as one of the most intriguing European crews in 2021 so far.
Helsinki, Finland’s Dance Nation cites as main artistic influences Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, “’90s dance music generally,” West Bam, Marusha, Sash, Julian Jordan, Dillon Francis, and Brohug. With an emphasis on melodic hooks and a metric tonne of rhythm, “Room” by Dance Nation has a little something for every fan of modern EDM.
Asked to describe the overall theme of “Room,” Dance Nation say they wanted to, “create a track that makes people want to party and dance, even in these hard times.”
Founded in 1989, Dance Nation are veteran producers DJ Patu (Pasi Elo) and Peter Räsänen. Their previous official releases include such popular drops as “Extended Play” (1992) and “Don’t Panic” (1993) as well as many others. Today, having joined forces in 2019 to produce Dance Nation tracks with a modern twist, their contemporary catalog already includes 2019’s “Arena” and 2020’s “The Force,” “Love Is a Game (Festival Mix)” and “Dirty (Dance Nation Remix)” originally by Serena Deena. Over the years these titans have performed in disparate locales such as Russia, Thailand, England, Sweden and Germany, not to mention their mother country of Finland.
To their fans new and old, Dance Nation had this to say: “Loving and caring are the most important things. After this all is over and we can party again, we will!”
“Room” by Dance Nation from Dance Nation LTD is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, techno, EDM and future-bass music fans.
The songwriter and producer of experimental ambient music known as Cosmic Bird has released her latest official album, “Freedom Galaxy.” It contains 13 original Cosmic Bird tracks for an approximate total listening time of half an hour. It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Cosmic Bird Music record label. Warm, welcoming, highly artistic and refreshingly new, “Freedom Galaxy” introduces Cosmic Bird as one of the most intriguing artists of the 2021 year so far.
“Freedom Galaxy” is the 9thofficial release from Cosmic Bird including two under her original name, Lady Plush. Cosmic Bird, who hails from the UK by way of Italy, has a film-making and otherwise broad artistic background. She cites as main artistic influences “far too many to mention.” Having begun in 2011, she talks enthusiastically about “sci-fi films & soundtracks” and “fantasy and horror film soundtracks,” as well as “cold-war and B-movies,” leaving no room for doubt that Hollywood has had its effect on songs by Cosmic Bird.
Bird also expounds on music pioneers, saying she’s deeply inspired by, “1950s and 1960s electronic-music pioneers like Delia Derbyshire and the whole of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop in UK.” She also talks about “Italian, French and US electronic music pioneers like Raymond Scott or Bebe and Louis Barron to mention a few, together with other film composers of the world and experimental musicians of the avant-garde scenario of different decades.” Finally, Cosmic Bird notes major influences in “world music and multi-ethnic, tribal, pagan, spiritual, ancestral vibes, big on space archaeology — very primitive sounds included but ultimately timeless and breaking time barriers, so to speak.”
Asked to describe the overall theme of “Freedom Galaxy,” Cosmic Bird lists a litany of remarkable inspirations:
“My life, mystery of life all, unanswered riddles we experience. Uncontrollable course of natural or supernatural events and so on. Fascination with astronomy and ancient civilizations, space archaeology, classic horror/mystery films, fears, nightmares, fragments of unfinished dreams, invisible entities, travels, space, astronomy, nursery memories, psychology, psychiatry and neurology, perceptions, oversensitivity, telepathy, inner world and everything paranormal, esoteric, and spiritual, non-religious interests.” Cosmic Bird doesn’t like talking directly about the meaning of her new record, but she does talk around it in fascinating spirals.
“Meaning is a strong word!” she writes. “We give meaning and we interpret what we see or hear or feel differently. Open-ended meaning and themes are those I fed on, nurtured others on, and felt mostly throughout my existence, freedom to move in times of constriction like those we are living nowadays, this perhaps is the message, imagination and fantasy free us from that physical constriction … and most importantly freedom is given to those that have imagination, fantasy and strength to move on despite adversity and grim scenarios. I follow my own star, my own trajectory and dislike copies or imitations, that is not the way to go for me. It takes more talent to be unique and original.” She does have a few concrete messages, though.
“Definitely the will to travel light, deep and far, an invitation to explore much further and to not stop at what we seem to know and definitely to go beyond and above appearance and deja-vu stinky politics.” Asked to describe her new album in her own words, Cosmic Bird lists a series of adjectives: “Epic space, ambient, filmic, soundtrack, experimental, eerie, electronic, power electronics, electronica.” While this may seem like a high bar to reach, she knows exactly how she wants her audience to come away feeling.
“Liberated and inspired,” writes Cosmic Bird, “something they didn’t know before or had known in this way. I’d like them ultimately to follow their own path, their own voice and trajectory. I am happy with this album, it is quite comprehensive of all things I cherished and continue to cherish.”
“Freedom Galaxy” by Cosmic Bird on the Cosmic Bird Music label is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, experimental music fans.
Indie label Beautiful Emergence one-two punches 2021 with dual January releases, “Enough Is Enough” by Brighter Side of Sol and “Breathe” by Illnomadic and Omni MC. Brighter Side of Sol’s “Enough Is Enough” dropped New Year’s Day 2021, while Illnomadic/Omni MC’s “Breathe” appears 23 Jan. Both have been proudly published as independent releases without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Beautiful Emergence Records music label. Bringing ethno-cultural funk and modern soul in equal measure, respectively, “Enough Is Enough” by Brighter Side of Sol, and “Breathe” by Illnomadic/Omni MC are just the latest reasons to watch this exciting new label out of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Brighter Side of Sol (often billed as BSoS) have been described as “a power trio with multicultural band members growing up in different parts of the world.” Their debut album arrived in 2020 bearing lyrics in Tamil, English, and Bahasa Malaysia with music blending funk, blues, and rock. Comprised of veteran players, BSoS members have collectively toured in locales as disparate as the US, Czech Republik, Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey, Finland, Serbia, Tbilisi, and Japan; shared the stage with countless legends including Robert Plant, Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def; played for multinational corps such as Comedy Central, Amazon Studios and Netflix; and worked with local HI heroes like Jive Slinky, Samurai Funktion, The Maneki Nekos, 83 Groove Street, Hook and Line and JP Smoketrain.
Also weighing in at heavyweight status are Illnomadic and Omni MC, whose “Breathe” single is informed by modern soul singers such as Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, and Jean Grae. They are Navid Najafi (Illnomadic) and Geri Nicole Vanore (Omni MC).
Illnomadic is a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winner (Hawaii Music Awards), first for Hip-Hop Album of the Year 2012 and then for “Live From Soul Sound” in 2013. Born in Tehran, Iran and immigrated to New York at the height of the Iran-Iraq war, Illnomadic found home at Hawaii at the age of 19. Today he is one of the most highly regarded emcees and hip-hop educators in the state and an outspoken ally of Native Hawaiians, Hawaiian Kingdom nationals, and indigenous peoples around the world. His 2019 solo album, “Second Language,” was also nominated for Hawaii Hip Hop Album of the Year.
Philadelphia native Omni MC is an award-winning choreographer, educator, entrepreneur, and founder of various community empowerment initiatives including Setu Tribe, a movement-centered women’s empowerment group which has grown to include men and children. Omni is also the creator and host of The Warm Up event in both Philly and Honolulu where these cities’ revered musical masters and fervent novices share the stage to create music together. Omni has studied at CAPA, PhilaDanco, University of the Arts, and Alvin Ailey. Her work includes collaboration with Cee Knowledge, (Doodlebug), Donn-T, Chuck Treece, and Ursula Rucker, and she has shared billing with popular acts such as G-Love & Special Sauce, Lyrics Born and Jedi Mind Tricks. Formerly known as Lady Omni, Omni MC has been an integral member of several projects, including the Femme-Mynistiques, Infinite Giants, and Global Local. Having worked in healing arts for over twenty years, Omni’s expressive mediums include music, dance, yoga, massage and energy work. Today she resides in Honolulu and continues to serve her Philadelphia community remotely.
“Enough Is Enough” by Brighter Side of Sol, and “Breathe” by Illnomadic/Omni MC are available from Beautiful Emergence Records label at over 500 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, funk, soul, and modern Hawaiian music fans.
The producer of rock and singer-songwriter music known as Lucie Lynch has released her latest official single, “Yes I Can.” It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Beautiful Emergence Records record label. Warm, affirming, and uniquely confident, “Yes I Can” introduces Lucie Lynch as one of the most intriguing artists kicking off the 2021 year.
Honolulu’s Lucie Lynch cites as main artistic influences Melissa Etheridge, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Amanda Marshall, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and Eddie Vedder. Fans of Dolores O’Riordan (Cranberries) are also likely to find much to love in Lucie Lynch’s singing. With an emphasis on clarion vocals and inspirational songwriting, “Yes I Can” by Lucie Lynch has a little something for every fan of the modern singer-songwriter sound.
Asked to describe the overall theme of “Yes I Can,” Lucie Lynch writes: “I want to remind people that we are more powerful than we realize. Each human being is such a precious and unique expression of love itself, and my purpose is to invite listeners on a journey on a deeper look into themselves, listen to our hearts, to take risks and step into our own power and truth.”
Beautiful Emergence Records describes Lucie Lynch as classically trained, but with performance chops developed at an early age.
“I started singing at 13 to break through an emotional challenge,” Lynch writes, “and haven’t stopped since!”
In addition to recent music releases, Lucie Lynch is also the co-author of the award-winning musical about love, money & self-worth, “Money Talks: But What the Hell is it Saying?” The popular two-woman musical show is written, produced and performed by Lucie Lynch and Marcia Zina Mager, featuring the talented Alan Okuye on keys.
“Today I am more interested in connecting with my audiences than with impressing my audiences,” Lynch writes. “My live performances are like an inspired conversation around a long, warm kitchen table with good friends sharing their hearts over good food and good wine.”
Beautiful Emergence Records has described Lucie Lynch audiences as “interested in personal growth, reflection, and building community. They are empowered, seeking truth and living into their purpose.”
“Yes I Can” by Lucie Lynch on the Beautiful Emergence Records label is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, singer-songwriter fans.
The songwriters and producers of hard rock and heavy metal music known as Broken Past have released their latest official single, “Some Gave All.” It has been concurrently released with an official music video (link provided below). It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. High-octane, patriotic, and filled with the original American metal spirit, “Some Gave All” introduces Broken Past as one of the most intriguing metal acts out of New Jersey in recent memory.
New Jersey’s Broken Past cites as main artistic influences Black Label Society, Accept, TT Quick, Black Sabbath, and Pantera. With an emphasis on evocative lyrics, sledgehammer guitars and “Some Gave All” by Broken Past has a little something for everybody.
Asked to describe the overall theme of their upcoming debut LP, Broken Past write, “Our album is from the heart, each one of our songs are straight from life stories and paths that have brought us here today ’cause we all have some kind of a broken past.”
Broken Past were formed 2015 by Tony Rodriguez (bass) with Frank Acee (vocals), Wayne White (guitars) and Bryan Stager (drums). They are currently writing and recording their record with John JD DeServio of Black Label Society.
“Music is the best way to escape reality and something that you truly put your heart and soul into,” say Broken Past. “We love creating. We work very well as a whole band and feed off of each other.”
“Some Gave All” by Broken Past is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, hard rock and heavy metal music fans.
The songwriter and producer of pop, hip hop, and RnB music known as Jerk the DJ has released his latest official single, “Showin’ Out (Naturallybleached).” Like other recent releases from Jerk the DJ, “Showin’ Out” has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the Hit Nation Records Music Group record label. Slick, upbeat, and plenty of fun for the dancefloor, “Showin’ Out (Naturallybleached)” is the latest reason for clubs, parties and playlists to feature Jerk the DJ now.
Hit Nation’s Jerk the DJ cites as main artistic influences Michael Jackson, Prince, Quincy Jones, Redone, Dark Child, Calvin Harris, Timbaland, Dr.Dre, and Snoop Dogg. With an emphasis on beats, bass, and hooks that let no one leave the floor, “Showin’ Out (Naturallybleached)” by Jerk the DJ has a little something for every fan of the modern nightclub sound.
Asked to describe the overall theme of “Showin’ Out (Naturallybleached),” Jerk the DJ writes, “This song is about self love, and it is about art. The song was inspired by the legendary rapper, Lil Kim.”
Hit Nation Records Music Group describes Jerk the DJ as “a record producer for Hit Nation Records Music Group. As a record producer and songwriter, he has worked with a few high-profile recording artists, most notably Anjali World and Roxy Blue. Jerk the DJ is a registered BMI songwriter.”
“In middle school,” Jerk writes, “a new recording studio opened up near my house. It used to be packed with people. I learned how to use Fruityloops and ProTools DAW to make beats there. Tracks I produced there were later played on the radio.”
“Showin’ Out (Naturallybleached)” by Jerk the DJ on the Hit Nation Records Music Group label is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, pop, hip hop, and RnB music fans.
The songwriter and producer of pop and modern soul music known as Natural Mystic the Trumpet has released his latest official single, “Christmas Time.” It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Warm, inviting, and filled with the holiday spirit, “Christmas Time” is the latest reason to give Natural Mystic the Trumpet a fresh listen.
“Christmas Time” is Natural Mystic the Trumpet’s most recent official release since his popular “Save a Little Love” single which appeared in spring 2020.
Bermuda’s Natural Mystic the Trumpet describes himself as “an alchemist in the making,” saying that he writes songs specifically to change the world around him for the better.
“My music is meant to promote love and positivity,” Natural Mystic writes. “It is very catchy and groovy, containing the elements of fire and seasoning to get you in the mood.”
Asked to describe the overall theme of “Christmas Time,” Natural Mystic the Trumpet writes, “It shares a love relationship between a couple at Christmas, also the love of family and friends at this important time of the Season. It reminds us of God’s unconditional love for us, and the true meaning of Christmas, which is Christ’s birth.”
This knack for infusing music with deeper meanings is a consistent thread in Mystic’s repertoire, as can be seen in his comments about his April release, “Save a Little Love,” about which he wrote:
“The message in my music is very deep and has a story and meaning behind it. Like a riddle from the wise and a proverb from the old, each song has a way to put it or explain itself. The message is always meant to be positive and spiritual. I’m hoping to touch and enlighten others with the light in my music, hoping it will encourage them to find their purpose and true calling in life.”
This true calling is something Mystic, himself, seems to have happily found.
“I was raised up listening to music on the radio,” he says of this, “hearing old school dancehall, soul, and R&B. Later, I discovered I had the gift to sing. So, I wrote my own music, and put myself out there to develop myself as artist.”
“Christmas Time” by Natural Mystic the Trumpet is available from over 500 quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, holiday music fans.
MONTRÉAL, Quebec, 2020-Dec-03 — /Indie Music NN/ —
The songwriter and producer of soul, pop, and R&B music known as Roger Moore-Hodge has released his latest official single, “The Rock.” It has been proudly published as an independent release without the involvement of the corporate music industry on the RoMoHoMusic record label. Smooth, classy, and filled with the gospel of Christ, “The Rock” introduces Roger Moore-Hodge as one of the most intriguing artists of the year so far.
Quebec’s Roger Moore-Hodge cites as main artistic influences Billy and Sarah Gaines, Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, Bebe & Cece Winans, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Casting Crowns, Kirk Franklin, Todd Dulaney, Travis Greene and Jonathan McReynolds. With an emphasis on uplifting melody, motivating groove, and deeply inspirational vocals, “The Rock” by Roger Moore-Hodge has a little something for everybody.
Asked to describe the overall theme of “The Rock,” Roger Moore-Hodge writes: “It doesn’t matter how tough and difficult the circumstances of life get. There is a solution to all our problems. That answer is Jesus Christ, The ROCK.”
RoMoHoMusic describes Roger Moore-Hodge as born in Barbados, the easternmost Caribbean island. He began singing onstage at the age of five, and soon relocated to Canada’s cultural epicenter of Montréal. Through the ’90s and until 2004, Moore-Hodge performed as tenor in two of Montréal’s premier gospel choirs, Genuine Faith and the R.O.C.K.
Both choirs took him across Canada and the U.S. to play at venues and events such as local churches, gospel concerts, jazz festivals, the Gospel Music Workshop of America, for Governor Generals, Queen Elizabeth II, and at the Summit of the Americas which hosted 35 heads of state from the western hemisphere.
Additionally, Roger Moore-Hodge has shared the stage with such performers as Ginette Reno, Shirley Caesar, Twinkie Clark, Lisa McClendon, Craig Hayes and James Hall, as well as singing backup for gospel legend Marvin Sapp. He performed onscreen in the year 2000 in a quartet for the Growing Pains reunion movie. 2004 saw Moore-Hodge in Atlanta, GA, as a member of Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church, and five years later he returned home to Montreal.
“That was the restorative hands of God upon my life,” says Roger Moore-Hodge. “Being repositioned due to circumstances allowed me to receive the multitude of blessings God had in store for me. It’s as if the Prodigal Son made his way back home.”
Today he attends the Resurrection Center Church in Lachine, Québec as a member of the Worship and Arts Team there, and describes himself as “the proud husband of wife, Simone, and father of three beautiful, miraculous children, for which he gives God all the honor, glory and praise.”
“The Rock” by Roger Moore-Hodge on the RoMoHoMusic label is available from quality digital music stores online worldwide now. Get in early, soul, pop, and R&B music fans.