Christian singer-songwriter Jokia releases debut EP ‘Not Forgotten’

The singer and songwriter of contemporary Christian music known internationally as Jokia has released her debut EP record, “Not Forgotten.” The album contains six original Jokia tracks for an approximate total listening time of 25 minutes. It has been proudly published as an independent music release without direction from the corporate music industry. Uplifting, inspirational and founded soundly on the Christian Bible, “Not Forgotten” shows Jokia to be a woman of Christ and a clarion voice for the Christian music scene in the 21st century.

Belton, Texas’ Jokia (often stylized JOKIA) cites as main artistic influences Israel Houghton, Kirk Franklin, Cece Winans, Brandy, and Tye Tribette. Her own sound is stylish, heartfelt, and precise in a way not often heard in the era of ubiquitous autotune. Fans of the Christian contemporary genre will no doubt feel drawn to her lyric themes, which are declarative in their spiritual subject matter, but also to the sheer quality of her strong, natural vocal work, which manages to sound beautiful and courageous without the slightest hint of pride.

“The music that Jokia writes and sings is true, genuine worship music,” reads her current official bio. “When people hear her music, they instantly feel the intense joy of worship that she felt throughout her faith. Believing every word with all of her heart, it’s hard not to walk away from a Jokia song without feeling the love and grace of Jesus Christ.”

A veteran of the United States military, Jokia taught herself guitar while deployed in Iraq. By the time she returned home, she knew it well enough to lend her guitar playing to the parish at her home church, Shiloh Worship Center. Today her music is said to have “brought a fresh new sound to Christian Contemporary Music. In a relatively short amount of time, she has invited listeners to engage in worship in a way that few other artists can.”

“Not Forgotten” by Jokia has debuted at #29 for Christian/Gospel Album Sales, #26 in Christian Album Sales, and #7 on the Heatseekers South Central charts.

Jokia has stated that her music ministry goals are to be known as a worshiper. She wants her music to set listeners free by the grace of Jesus.

“Not Forgotten” by Jokia is available online worldwide now. Get in early, Christian contemporary listeners.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“Not Forgotten” by JOKIA –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/not-forgotten-ep/id1222977407

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Rappers Southern Music Group release debut LP ‘This Is What We Stand On’


The performers and producers of hip hop known as Southern Music Group have released their debut LP album, “This Is What We Stand On.” The LP has been proudly published on the Southern Music Group independent label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Bringing 12 original SMG tracks for an approximate total listening time of over 40 minutes, “This Is What We Stand On” is evidence that these hip hop titans from Texas are a crew deserving of attention.

Austin’s Southern Music Group cite as main artistic influences Trae the Truth, Lil Flip, ESG, Lil Kee Kee, Hawk, Dj Screw, and Z-Ro. Their own sound is pure rap music unadulterated by flashy effects and invasive melody lines, drawing power from the urban poetry of SMG themselves: LV da Boss, Texas Terror, and Young RnB.

“This Is What We Stand On” manages to have a unique Southern texture and character without having much in common with the “dirty south” sound. It’s smart, it’s direct, it’s aggressive without being obnoxious, and each track pulls at the listener and doesn’t let go. Fans of witty lines, clever rhymes and that old-school boom bap should definitely apply.

Asked to comment on the themes of their debut record, Southern Music Group write, “Stay real to what you say. Stay true to who you are and not for someone else’s cause or purpose.”

This principle grounds “This Is What We Stand On” with a foundation of respect for their fans and for the art form. It’s a true communication that comes clearly through in their lyrics and delivery of each track.

“Too many artists rap or sing wanna-be fantasy,” SMG write. “They sell out to dreams and fame. We keep it real where everyone who listens and follows SMG can relate.”

The result is a hip hop record that’s more legitimate as artistic social interaction than the typical amateur rap single. Fans of hip hop have much to look forward to in “This Is What We Stand On” by Southern Music Group. Get in early, rap fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“This Is What We Stand On” by Southern Music Group
https://www.amazon.com/This-What-We-Stand-Explicit/dp/B075TY2LQG/

 

Hip hop artist Pedezi releases single ‘We Winnin’

The Midwest hip hop artist known as Pedezi has released his latest official single, “We Winnin.” It has been released in both explicit and radio-ready versions. Both tracks have been proudly published on the Haterproof Entertainment independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry.

Bumping with bass, rattling with rhythm and featuring the lyric skills of one of Ohio’s newest rising rappers, “We Winnin” stands as evidence that Pedezi ranks among 2017’s most intriguing names in hip hop.

Pedezi cites as main artistic influences legends such as Twista, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Jay Z, EightBall & MJG, Master P, R Kelly, Do or Die, Crucial Conflict, UGK, Scarface, Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony, and Lil Wayne.

His own style, much like the given roster, bears elements of both nineties and new-millennium hip hop. Fans of both the old school and the latest pop and hip hop hits will find much to appreciate in “We Winnin.”

Asked to describe the themes of his latest single, Pedezi writes, “Its all about ‘winning’ and taking what you have and making the most of it by any means necessary!”

This aggressively ambitious attitude gives Pedezi’s delivery a confidence that fans across the United States have come to expect from his music. It has also brought him from his childhood group, TJKD –

in which performers’ ages ranged from 10-12 – to playing live as an opening act for titans like T.I., Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane, Twista, and many more in the Ohio area.

Born in Chicago, raised in Fremont and writing, recording and performing now out of Cleveland, Pedezi has a good chance of taking the Ohio area by surprise in Q4 2017 and beyond.

“We Winnin” by Pedezi on the Haterproof Entertainment label is available from over 600 digital music retailers online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“We Winnin” by Pedezi –

https://www.amazon.com/We-Winnin-Explicit-Pedezi/dp/B075V1T54L/

Official Video –


https://youtu.be/3xXdtgKdQXI

Official Site –

http://www.facebook.com/ovalli44

BluesRock & Country Inc. release fourth LP album ‘Rock’n Roll Heart’

The singer and songwriter of country and rock music known as BluesRock & Country Inc. has released his fourth LP album, “Rock’n Roll Heart.” The full-length record contains 10 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 35 minutes. Like previous releases from BluesRock, it has been proudly published as an independent record without the direction of the corporate music industry. Built on deep grooves, twanging guitar strings and raw, warm vocals, “Rock’n Roll Heart” makes a strong argument that BluesRock & Country Inc. may be Southwest Africa’s most genuine rock export.

While “Rock’n Roll Heart” officially comes from the BluesRock & Country Inc. project, the true heart of the record is Namibia’s Jos Slabbert, an Afrikaner of French-Irish descent on the coast of the Namib desert.

Asked to cite some favorites, Slabbert has no problem: “Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley’s first three albums, Allman Brothers, John Mayal and the Bluesbreakers, Keb Mo, the Living Blues, Taj Mahal – too many, really, to mention.”

But what he says next tells the audiophile everything needed to understand “Rock’n Roll Heart.”

“Of all the influences,” Slabbert writes, “blues in many of its colours and variations has played a major role, and as I became older, country music started playing an increasing role, too.”

He notes that “Even Elvis Costello does country now that he has become older and tamer.” However, nothing sounds tame about “Rock’n Roll Heart” for listeners familiar with rock music.

Songs like “I Feel So Good Today” and “I Need Your Sweet Inspiration” remind us that distorted guitars and a one-two beat aren’t necessary for a driving, aggressively upbeat tune. It would verge on futility to find a saxophone lead on an indie release as effective as Slabbert’s, too. Blues chord progressions and lyric themes color the entire LP, while Slabbert’s singing ranges from an unpretentious Elvis to a less tremulous Neil Young. The blend of country and classic rock-n-roll braids as seamlessly as it does on a Creedence Clearwater Revival record.

All in all, “tame” is not the word.

“When composing, I often adopt the simple, direct structural approach of the ’60’s and ’70s,” Slabbert writes. This minimalist style of songwriting translates into a friendly-yet-insistent wave that picks listeners up and runs with them.

Asked to describe the themes of “Rock’n Roll Heart,” BluesRock & Country Inc. says, “Most of the songs on this album are about personal relationships, the central theme being love and its ups and downs, but with an optimistic stance in spite of the odds. The tenth track is shamelessly political and naive, but I like it. I think it does express what many people feel, and even though I wrote it about eight years ago, it has become relevant in a political world where hatred has become fashionable, and I don’t mean just in the USA.”

In the end, Slabbert states that there is a unifying message behind his new album.

“In spite of the odds seemingly working against it, hatred having become fashionable to so many, love will prevail. Sigh! I know I’m naive, but I can’t help it.”

“Rock’n Roll Heart” from BluesRock & Country Inc. is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music retailers now. Get in early, blues, rock and country music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“Rock’n Roll Heart” from BluesRock & Country Inc. –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rockn-roll-heart/id1286299296

Official Website –

https://soundcloud.com/jos-slabbert

Electronica artist Vire releases new EP ‘No Screens’

The artist of electronica known as Vire (often stylized VIRE) has released his latest EP album, “No Screens.” The extended-play record contains five original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 20 minutes. It has been proudly published on the VIREmusic independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Ambient, pulsing, and somehow retro and futuristic at the same time, “No Screens” by Vire gives a fitting voice to the 21st century.

Vire cites as main artistic influences Fugazi, Battles, Mogwai, and Justice. While his own sound has something in common with each (the creativity of Fugazi, the modernity of Battles, the epic buildup of Mogwai, the solid beats of Justice) Vire’s “No Screens” conjures memories of the original 1982 Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis right away.

This will impress audiophiles for two reasons: first, because music lovers have appreciated Vangelis as a vanguard of electronica for decades; and second, because Vire has used 100% analog instruments for “No Screens.” Presumably, this fact provides the inspiration for the title.

Vire himself says of this, “The latest record ‘No Screens’ is a move in a completely new direction. It’s an instrumental record that contains no drum machines, pads, loops, or samples. Instead, ‘No Screens’ was created completely with live-recorded drums and percussion combined with analog synths and other instrumentation. This new approach creates a far more appealing and ‘real/organic’ sound and feel.”

Quick Before It Melts calls Vire’s “Human Contact” EP, “a propulsive, kinetic performance, and some of the best dance music I’ve heard in ages.”

I Die: You Die called his “One After the Other” from the “Surrender” EP, “Fresh acid from emerging Toronto producer VIRE. Nice builds with some classic electro stabbing.”

The We F-cking Love Music Blog writes of Vire, “This amazing one-man band literally built his own electronic drum kit.”

The Torontoist writes, “Noisy, distorted, and just a little disturbing, yet also really, really danceable, VIRE is probably one of the more interesting electronic acts of the festival.”

“No Screens” by Vire is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early. Very early.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“No Screens” by Vire –

https://www.amazon.com/No-Screens-VIRE/dp/B075PD7QD2/

Official Website –

http://VIREnoise.tumblr.com/

Beat composer Mo Beatz releases new LP album ‘Mo Better Beatz Than Blues’

The producer of hip hop instrumentals known as Mo Beatz has released his latest LP album, “Mo Better Beatz Than Blues.” The album contains 14 original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 50 minutes. It has been proudly published on the Mo Better Beatz independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. A cutting edge hip hop record packed with instrumental grooves, “Mo Better Beatz Than Blues” from Mo Beatz is a study in hip-hop music making.

Nigerian-born Mo Beatz cites as main artistic influences Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Pete Rock, and J Dilla. His own sound on “Mo Better Beatz Than Blues” borrows mostly from the hip hop producers of the late eighties and mid- nineties, but Beatz’s sound is all his own. Primarily a work of minimalism and surgical precision, “Mo Better…” teaches that a clean beat with just a dash of melody should give any rapper more than enough to work with.

Mo Beatz originally released “Mo Better Beatz Than Blues” in 2013 to widespread critical and fan acclaim. Now newly remixed and remastered, this clutch of beats never sounded more clear, more crisp, or more dialed-in to that sweet spot every rapper shoots for.

Mo Beatz started his career in hip hop in the 1990s. Disillusioned with his dependence on producers for beats and instrumentals, Beatz learned to work the boards himself.

“Shortly after this move, independent artists and up and coming rappers and singers began to take notice of his hip hop experimental sounds and quickly befriended him for beats,” says the artist’s current official bio. “However, due to the lack of freedom, airplay, respect for the underground artists and their creativity, and the constant changes in the music industry, Mo Beatz decided to take a break from music and went on a little hiatus.”

It was during this period that Beatz discovered instrumental recordings by titans of the 808s and 909s like Jay Dilla and Madlib.

“Mo Beatz found gratitude in their art and began to feel the need to make music again,” his bio reads. “He began to change his approach from a producer to more of an instrumental artist.”

“I love making music,” says Mo Beatz. “It’s a passion of mine. The money is secondary. The joy of making a song and having somebody else feel it is priceless. That’s the validation.”

“Mo Better Beatz Than Blues” by Mo Beatz is available from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide now. Get in early, beat fanatics.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“Mo Better Beatz Than Blues” by Mo Beatz –

https://www.amazon.com/Mo-Better-Beatz-Than-Blues/dp/B075NTH8BP/

Official Website –

https://www.facebook.com/mobeatz4/

JasiCaesar releases new single and video ‘Wake’

The performer and producer of hip hop and pop music known as JasiCaesar has released his latest official single, “Wake.” The track has been dropped with an official lyric video freely available for listening and viewing online (link provided below). Both have been proudly published as independent releases without the direction of the corporate music industry. Rattling, bumping, full of melody and groove, “Wake” proves that JasiCaesar is a name to watch in 2017 and beyond.

The internationally acclaimed JasiCaesar cites as main artistic influences Fela Kuti, Nas, Mode9, 2pac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Lil Wayne. His own sound blends elements of many music styles for a pop melange that appeals to a broad spectrum of listeners. His recent singles, “Eskelebe” and “Bang Bang,” have been featured on Indie Music Chat in Europe and the Americas since they appeared online. Music videos have also been made available for both tracks.

“I never thought people with different backgrounds could appreciate and love my art,” JasiCaesar says of his widespread success.

One of the first glimpses of his upcoming “The World Is Yours” EP album, “Wake” has a tale to tell that is both autobiographical and easy to relate to no matter where you’re from.

“Music kept me out of trouble but also got me into different experiences,” writes JasiCaesar. “My music shares true life experiences. “The World Is Yours” EP [on which ‘Wake’ will appear] is not a project but a life. The song shares strength, hope, power, courage and many more treasures.”

In the end, Jasi notes that the overall theme of his recent music and of “Wake” is one of progress and perseverance.

“Everyone needs to move on no matter what they have been through or are going through,” says JasiCaesar. “These words have got some positive forces behind them.”

JasiCaesar’s current official bio describes him as “a hip hop artist with diverse entertainment skills and a master’s degree holder in economics – cybernetics and management. His creativity has no boundaries from poetry to rhyming, singing to rapping, inspirational quotes and acting. He has proved he is genuine by being consistent yet flexible with his style.”

“Wake” by JasiCaesar and its accompanying official lyric video are available online worldwide now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Wake” Official Video –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leYeujdPBkM

“Wake” by JasiCaesar –

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wake-single/id1272329299

Official Website –

http://jasicaesar.com/

Australian singer Paula Punch releases new single ‘Steer My Boat’

The singer-songwriter of contemporary folk known as Paula Punch has released her latest official single, “Steer My Boat.” The track has been proudly published on the Punch Park independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Mellow, melodic and uplifting, “Steer My Boat” is the latest reason for fans of contemporary folk music to take notice of this creative and unique voice from Australia.

Sydney’s Paula Punch has cited as main artistic influences Ed Kuepper, Joni Mitchell, Ron Sexsmith, Fleetwood Mac, LP, Elton John, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Alanis Morissette, Shawn Colvin, and Lucinda Williams. Her own style varies from track to track, but runs from a bouncy Sheryl Crow to a cross between Carole King and Paul Simon. An acoustic writer at heart, Punch populates her studio tracks with spare instrumentation that never sounds intrusive.

Asked to comment on the overall themes of her new “Steer My Boat” single, Paula Punch writes, “It’s a journey ….. speaking from a woman’s perspective about love, freedom, pain, passion, fun, fear, and hope through my life experience.”

“Steer My Boat” is the fifth release from Punch in a flurry of official 2017 drops including “Lucky Girl,” “Run and Hide,” “Watch over Me,” and “Match.” These popular singles, as well as the rumored upcoming EP album, have all appeared with global distribution under the Punch Park umbrella.

Paula Punch first began performing in the Philharmonic Motet Choir before she started fronting university bands, eventually settling into a career as a session singer. Her success led her to provide backing vocals for Ed Kuepper and recording some of her own originals with husband Phil Punch and Matt Fell. She has since embarked on live performances of her solo material including a string of opening spots for Ed Kuepper.

She is the founder of female singer-songwriter shows at which local Sydney acts perform under the collective banner, the Friday Girls.

Paula Punch now collaborates with guitarist and recording engineer/producer Rob Gist to bring her songs to life, with some music recorded at Electric Avenue Studios.

“Steer My Boat” by Paula Punch is available online worldwide from over 600 quality digital music stores now. Get in early, contemporary folk music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

Steer My Boat” by Paula Punch –

https://www.amazon.com/Steer-My-Boat-Paula-Punch/dp/B075K1LVXG/

Dutch rocker Robin Roelofs releases new album ‘Row Your Boat’

The singer and producer of rock music known as Robin Roelofs has released his latest official LP album, “Row Your Boat.” The LP record contains 16 alternative rock originals for an approximate total listening time of one hour. It has been proudly published on the Land of Words Productions independent music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Raw, varied, and bearing the power and confidence that made rock music a staple around the globe, “Row Your Boat” stands as evidence that Robin Roelofs knows a solid jam when he plays one.

Netherlander Robin Roelofs reads as much as he rocks, if not more so. It should not surprise his fans, then, that he cites as main artistic influences Picasso the painter, Gaudi the architect, and Steinbeck the writer before reaching the category of music and mentioning Mozart the composer.

His music style has been called “unique in rhythm, in broadness, in warmth and chill-factor.” His lyric themes often tend toward the romantic. When they do not, Roelofs writes and sings about social injustice. His current official bio mentions many “shout-outs for peaceful solutions and a crystal clear way of sketching complicated matters in three verses and a bridge.”

One particularly poetic chorus runs, “Against the back ground of a sleazy love affair, a theme like indifference in politics is barbed wire cutting strong.”

Asked to comment on the topics of his new “Row Your Boat” LP, Robin Roelofs writes: “Hope, critical thinking, growth and developing as a human being; Love; Humour.”

“Row Your Boat” is the second LP album to appear from Roelofs in 2017, the first being “English Movies,” which also brought nearly an hour’s worth of music to fans everywhere.

A new single has also dropped from the Dutch rocker, “Hillbilly Setta Balls,” in March.

So unlock yourself and dream away, dance away, groove away, rave away.

The current official bio of Robin Roelofs describes him as “always searching for something new, and only working from the heart and soul.” It’s safe to say, therefore, that we can expect much more from this complex creator from the Old World.

“Row Your Boat” by Robin Roelofs is available online worldwide from over 600 digital music retailers now.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

www.MondoTunes.com

“Row Your Boat” by Robin Roelofs –

https://www.amazon.com/Your-Boat-Explicit-Robin-Roelofs/dp/B075NZLMMY/

Official Website –

https://www.robinroelofs.me

Singer Nova releases debut single ‘Secret Love’

The Canadian-Brazilian singer of pop music known as Nova has released her debut single, “Secret Love.” The track has been proudly published on the Independent indie music label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Pulsing with an ultra-modern house music style and thumping with a back beat that will fill dance floors anywhere it goes, “Secret Love” is a fitting pop track for any DJs play list.

Nova cites as main artistic influences Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera. Her own style belongs beside them seamlessly, bearing many of the same qualities that made these singers legends. “Secret Love” has all the trappings of today’s most popular dance tracks, but Nova manages to stand out with natural, raw vocal strength and attractive verve in her delivery.

Living now in the snowy region of Canada, Nova’s South American fire and passion yet prevail, giving her performances a glow that stands out among her northern peers.

“One lifetime seems to be not enough time to live, love and learn as much as I would like,” she writes.

Nova has been singing since the age of four. Though still very young, she has been writing original music for over ten years. Today, she still pens all of her own music, a feat in a music genre noted for cover tunes and frequently traded lyrics.

At a very early age, Nova entered performance competitions for both dance and song. Her other talents found her acting in musicals and theater, as well, dramatic attributes she shows off in unlisted music videos online and in her live performances.

Asked to comment on the major themes of her new “Secret Love” single, she doesn’t waste time.

“To love fearlessly, to remember that each one of us matters, and to never stop dreaming.”

“Secret Love” by Nova on the Independent music label is available now from over 600 quality digital music retailers online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Secret Love” by Nova –

https://open.spotify.com/album/1TqzDkAQ3I9o53XzBfIYqf

https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1276351558

Official Website –

http://theonlynova.com

“Secret Love” Unofficial Music Video –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfvsCtdbuKc&vl=pt