Son of Andy: “Looking Up” – creating lyrical atmospheres!

Detroit area native, Son of Andy got his start in 2011 and has been producing music and beats since then. His first album, “Wendigo”, was released in 2017, and his second album “Looking Up” is available for Pre-Order right now. Son of Andy takes it to another level with his latest album. He’s on top of his game and easily out does his past couple of releases. Newcomers can appreciate this just as well as previous fans. Likewise, you don’t even have to be a fan of hip hop to appreciate what’s bought to the table here. For those not familiar,

Fitzsimon & Brogan: “Big Blue World” – a full, punchy pop sound!

Fitzsimon & Brogan is a musical project based in London, whose creators therefore logically are songwriter Neil Fitzsimon, and vocalist Bee Brogan. The two setup their songwriting and production to produce, what they describe as “pure pop for now people.” Both were previously in a band called Pretty Blue Gun who featured guests musicians such as members of The Art of Noise, Dave Bronze (Eric Clapton’s bass player), Tobias Boshell (Moody Blues) and Pip Williams, who played guitar on the Walker Brothers’ track, ‘No Regrets’.  The two critically acclaimed albums were produced by Pat Collier, who produced Katrina and the

Lord Conrad: “Only You” – a journey through sound, emotion and introspection

Italian DJ, producer and model Lord Conrad, continues his prolific run with a series of acclaimed crossover hits like “Touch the Sky”, “Day After Day”, “1 Minute” and “Fight Till The End”. Lord Conrad has made it so far since his introduction to the music scene with his first release. With his innovative sound that only he can perfect, his reception is steadily growing, to beyond the strongest communication devices on the planet. Now with the release of his brand new track, “Only You”, the producer once again takes the music world by storm. His sound has drastically improved through the years, and it

Arush Dayal is a triple threat!

With a career spanning acting, singing, and writing, Arush Dayal is a triple threat. Originally hailing from India, Arush has seen a wide swath of the globe on his quest to hone his craft. He has studied at prestigious acting programs across the world including the Acting Program at the International Academy of Film and Television in Hong Kong and the One Year Conservatory at T Schreiber Studio in New York. Meisner Technique, Acting for the Camera and Commercial Acting are all facets of the industry Arush has studied in depth. He continues to perform both onstage and in front

The Frost: “Keep It Real” – There’s a classiness to this!

The Frost is a multi-genre group comprised of Leah Evans (Vocals) and Christian Gratz (Guitar, Piano). Located in Pennsylvania, their brand new single “Keep It Real” was released on December 7.  The duo emerge at a time when the ranks of sophisticated pop contenders seemed to have disappeared on a daily basis. Simultaneously chic and very creative, they thrive on the considerable charm of lead singer Evans, with her smooth chocolate voice, the instrumental talents of Gratz, as well as the pair’s impressive abilities as a songwriting unit. An absolute stand-out aspect of the new song is the way it’s

Forest Robots: “Timberline and Mountain Crest” – Inspired by natural landscapes

Let’s start of by saying that Fran Dominguez aka Forest Robots is a master at producing chilled out electronic music with heavy beats, and lots of orchestral instrumentation thrown in the mix. To call it electronic music almost seems unfair, as it implies this is music made by machines. Yes, I realize he is called Forest Robots, but this could not be further from the truth, as Dominguez’s music is pumping with life and human emotion. His latest album “Timberline and Mountain Crest” showcases 10 tracks of stunning depth, the kind of album you just throw the headphones on, turn

Edward St. Martin: “Lullaby” – blur the lines between savvy pop stylings and hard hitting kinetic soundscaping

Hailing from San Diego, Edward St. Martin has a background in film composition and classical music. His most recent single is “Lullaby”. Expectations met, superseded and immediately I hit replay. This track is going round again and I’m not the only one within ear shot of my stereo who is pleased about it. The easy laid back crossover Pop/EDM groove take is not unexpected, as I had already read that St. Martin was one for mellow tones combined with pop and soul vibes. But this track has another key element which makes a record of this nature standout. Intelligence. This

Katiah One: “Tail Spin” – an evolving, audacious artist

Soon releasing debut first EP “A Whole Lotta Water Works”, Katiah One is an artist raised on the Upper West Side of New York City. His mission is changing the common perception of the average rapper. Katiah draws inspiration from many genres including R&B and Rock, while his favorite artists include Freddy Mercury, Sam Cooke and Issac Brock.  On his latest single “Tail Spin”, taken off the aforementioned EP, Katiah deals with the deep issues of existentialism, or simply put, the meaning of a human being’s existence. Sure his talking ‘black’ talk, but you can’t go there without understanding the

Alisa Chirco: “Give Me More” – bench marked with confidence!

Alisa Chirco sure isn’t shy about revealing what’s on her mind, on her brand new single “Give Me More”, the follow up to her almost gothic-like pop ballad “Box”. Alisa sounds passionate, wanting and determined, in a driven rock song that is an anthem for empowered women. Her music here is very strong, has meaning, and is legit. The track shows that she is learning to emote in a more visceral and arguably more demonstrative way. Alisa has now escalated to being a rock chic with an attitude and bold open-confessional lyrics. A sensible direction for any reinvention is maturity, and

Roger Cole & Paul Barrere: “Old Folks Boogie Redeux” – true to their sound!

“Ya know that you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise that your body can’t fill!”, this is the line that inspired Paul Barrere to write the original version of the “Old Folks Boogie”, which would subsequently feature on the 1977 Little Feat record “Time Loves a Hero”. The citation came from a line Paul’s dad – an actor at the time – picked up at a vaudeville theater. He would often sing it around the house, so eventually Paul got hooked turned it into a song. For some time, Paul’s partner over at Better Daze Records, Roger

Jason Kerrison: New Ep “#JKEP1” and collaboration with The Hip Op-eration Crew

We all go through those periods when we look at our entire album collection and say a silent prayer hoping a new album release will renew our faith in music. Jason Kerrison’s Ep #JKEP1 hits the spot. Best known as the front-man of OPSHOP, Jason has enjoyed commercial and critical success at the top of the NZ music scene, picking up 9 NZ Music Awards, the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll Award for Song of the Year and having albums You Are Here, Second Hand Planet and Until the End of Time each reaching Triple Platinum status in New Zealand.

jason-kerrison-jkep1-350Jason also formed eclectic hip-hop group The Babysitters Circus , which became the first New Zealand act to sit within the top 5 most played songs on Dutch and Italian radio, and featuring as a judge on New Zealand’s Got Talent in 2012 and 2013. Jason was also made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (M.N.Z.M.) for services to Music in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 2015 finds Jason appearing as a guest judge on the current series of X Factor New Zealand, performing at Music Matters Singapore in May, and reaching the finals of The International Singing Competition.

On purchasing Jason Kerrison’s Ep, #JKEP1, you’ll be listening to Jason’s inner heart with every track. As a songwriter, Jason has a very unique perspective, in that it’s a hybrid of worldly wisdom and childlike innocence. It’s as though he’s experiencing everything he’s writing about for the first time and he’s thrilled with the new discoveries.

The consistency on this Ep is pretty solid too. Each track is well polished and beautifully worded, with my favorites being “You Want Me As Me” and “On My Own”. His sound is that of shimmering pop, with electro-acoustic textures and urban panache. Jason’s melodies are graceful and catchy, while the tones are both fun and reflective.

By acquiring this Ep you’re basically purchasing the diary of a bright minded and world-weary young man, looking at the universe through newly acquired eyes. It’s positively enchanting.

Taking a listen to #JKEP1 you will notice the influences of many genres. The music is mellow enough to listen to when you are working and upbeat enough to find yourself dancing in your chair without realizing it. The songs are not formula driven. There are hooks within hooks, great lyrics and an excellent production to support the emotion in Jason’s wide-ranging voice which conveys all the convictions that he sings about, and then some.

To add even more substance to the music – for the video of his song, “I Don’t Care What They Think”, extracted from the new EP – Jason Kerrison has joined forces with the world’s oldest dance group – The Hip Op-eration Crew.

The Hip Op-eration Crew consists of 22 members aged 68 to 96 years old. Four members use mobility aids, seven members are deaf, five members have dementia, one member is blind and 13 members are in their 80’s and 90’s. The average age is 80 years old and there are five men and 17 women in the crew.

The Hip Op-eration Crew is planning to do surprise hip hop performances at high schools in the Bronx, New York – where hip hop originated from – to show students the positive and powerful influence their urban ancestors have had on the most unlikely group of people on an island off the East Coast of New Zealand.

Making the music video with Jason Kerrison is part of the crew’s fund-raising efforts to get to the Bronx, as every time someone plays the video on YouTube or purchases the track on iTunes, it helps generate a donation to The Hip Op-eration Crew.

Jason Kerrison and The Hip Op-eration Crew

Jason Kerrison and The Hip Op-eration Crew

OFFICIAL LINKS:

#JKEP1 is available here http://itunes.apple.com/album/id972128820

 www.youtube.com/user/jasonkerrison

 www.facebook.com/jasonkerrisonmusic

 www.twitter.com/jasonkerrison

 www.soundcloud.com/jason-kerrison

The Hip Op-eration Crew www.hipop-eration.com

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