INDIE NEWS BEAT
August 9, 2005 Edition
* Redshed Sign To This Sound
* Dress Code Goes To Purgatory
* CME Records Group Bows Debut Release by Christopher Michael
* OS.0_3 Luke Fair Released
* ‘Vu Du Large,’ Sizzling Debut From Seven Piece French Hip Hop Unit La Cedille
* Capo Regime Plays At Vegas Freedom Frenzy
* Ocean Of Light – Best Of AD Music Volume 1
* ANA! Live In Amsterdam New CD/DVD
* Recording Artist K-CINO Searching For A Cure With ‘A Better Way Foundation’
* Alaadeen’s New CD Requested By WVOF 88.5 FM
Sheffield and Rotherham based band, Redshed, have signed to new independent record label, This Sound.
The band have been a regular feature on the north and north west live scene and the announcement comes hot on the heels of their performance at the Leadmill supporting Brighton’s indie breakthrough band, Kooks.
"This is happening at the right time for us. We’ve establishing ourselves on the live circuit over the last couple of years and have won a couple of major regional Battle of the Bands competitions on the way. But we’re ready to reach out wider and this deal will allow us to do that.
"We’ve already issued a self-released EP ("You Won’t Sell Our Lives"; available through the bands website, www.redshedlive.co.uk) and that’s had a great response. But there comes a point at which the band needs to be able to concentrate on playing and writing new material and to let the label take care of recording and distribution and generally getting our stuff out there properly."
Critically acclaimed electronic/dance music act, Dress Code will perform at Purgatory, 12th & Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH Sept. 23, 2005 as part of the MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF). The show starts late-night at 1AM and will feature tracks from Dress Code’s current CD "Sonic Boom EP" and several unreleased original tracks.
Dress Code’s Derek "DJH" Holley says, "This is going to be a high-energy DJ set funky rocktronic dance music with live instruments and vocals added to the mix…and the show is being videotaped for an upcoming release."
CME Records Group announces Christopher Michael’s premiere album "Visions", the 6 song CD is a compilation of catchy hooks, meaningful and memorable lyrics, and stellar songwriting. Christopher Michael has been a multi-instrumental singer and songwriter since he fell in love with the guitar at age 17. Throughout his career, he paved the way for his success by writing, producing, and playing in bands with influential writers and prolific musicians including; Anthony Kryzan (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz, Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Waite), Scott Mataxis (Prophet, Vixen).
Writing and recording the "Visions" EP was a therapy for Christopher, as he dealt with issues of faith, death, depression, and loneliness. "Even though the CD deals with so-called dark issues," says Christopher, "it’s not a depressing album. It’s more of a ‘therapy’ thing with a positive vibe hoping for a better future."
The crowd favorite and standout track #3, "Hi", with its thumping beat and implied lyrics makes you wonder if the title of the song was spelled correctly. Track #1, "Help Me Now", captures the feeling of helplessness in the world. It builds to a powerful, emotional ending crying, "God, Help Me Now" On my knees I surrender!", showcasing Christopher Michael’s versatile voice. Track #2, "Time" can make one seriously ponder the short amount of time we have in life.
At the forefront of Canada ‘s growing dance scene and increasingly making his presence felt on the world scene, is Luke Fair. He’s performed at some of the most prestigious venues and events in the world, offering club goers a taste of his funky – techy eclectic house sound each and every weekend. His sets include everything from groovy house and techno to funky progressive and electro. Constantly re-editing tracks to customize his sets; Luke’s ongoing desire to make every set stand out from the others is crystal clear.
Luke has pushed his sound the world over, headlining at world-renowned clubs like Pacha (Buenos Aires), Bedrock (London), Red Light (Paris), Space (Miami), ‘Zouk’ club (Singapore) and The Womb (Tokyo). He’s headlined the 8000 person ‘Moonpark’ party in Argentina and Luke’s recent Eastern European tour with John Digweed ended at Godskitchen’s massive Global Gathering festival.
Luke’s skills have won the praise of some of the industry’s biggest players. He was chosen by Danny Howells and Deep Dish as their ‘future hero’ in DJ Mag’s Top 100 issue and, most recently, Luke was selected by none other than DJ Sasha to open up for him in every US city on the Involver CD release tour.
Over the past few years, Luke has garnered attention for extremely diverse and genre-crossing studio efforts. From dubbed-out house to melodic progressive, his tracks have been played by djs from all across the dance music spectrum. Everyone from Sasha to David Morales to The Plump DJs have all included Luke’s production in their sets. Pete Tong has also featured numerous Luke Fair productions on his world famous BBC Radio 1 ‘Essential Selection’ show.
With a burgeoning catalog of critically acclaimed hits like the recent on-fire imports from funked-up psychedelic dance/rock act Kava Kava (Maui) and the progressive compilation Interesting Flavours, Chocolate Fireguard Music Ltd. is quickly establishing itself as one of the UK’s most exciting dance music tastemakers. Now things are really about to explode as CFM digs into the French hip-hop scene with Vu Du Large, the hotly anticipated debut from the seven piece group La Cedille.
Yet another must-have import out of CFM founder (and Kava Kava frontman) Pat Fulgoni’s home base of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Vu Du Large is currently available for purchase online via CD Baby, and its tracks can be downloaded on iTunes. These outlets give listeners a chance to sneak preview the material in anticipation of a formal announcement regarding brick and mortar U.S. distribution.
Music Week said it best about this incredible, groove intensive septet: "La Cedille (also known as Ca) bring together North African and French influences with hip hop and a brass section to create their very own sound." Hailing from Besancon, France, their sound has been likened in the French Media to that of The Roots and Opus Akhoben and its members have been described as "distinct and remarkable individuals who, in concert, become one innovative and explosive entity."
The Plaza Hotel downtown caddy-corner to the Fremont Experience was host to a unique event that enjoyed the robust participation of thousands of locals and out of town guests. Vegas Freedom Frenzy was conceived to honor fallen local military heroes and their families.
Capo Regime, along with other local musicians and talent donated their time to assure the success of the event, revving up a cheering crowd.
Capo Regime in particular, has had quite a full schedule owing to the success of its new CD Let It Ride, which included the smash hit "Las Vegas Theme" held by many to have inspired the Vegas advertising catchphrase "What Happens Here Stays Here,’ and several movie sound track projects.
Ocean of Light is an excellent introduction to the A.D. Music Record Label, a label that has released over 50 melodic electronica albums since 1989. While this CD is primarily a compilation of previously released tracks, it has a coherence defined by the label’s vision and style. Featuring music from Code Indigo, Robert Fox, Bekki Williams, David Wright, Enterphase, Catalin Marin, Callisto, Witchcraft, The Kobolt Project and Raviv Gazit, this is a highly recommended compilation.
The largely instrumental tracks explore new age, melodic space music and chill out styles. The cuts share a relaxed vibe, and have an attractive surface without sacrificing depth. David Wright and Robert Fox show up solo and as Code Indigo,. Also featured are Bekki Williams, Callisto, The Kobalt Project, Witchcraft, Enterphase, Raviv Gazit & Catalin Marin.
Several tracks stand out on the album. Code Indigo’s 24 AM is lovely, mixing new age orchestration with jazz-influenced piano. David Wright’s Beyond Paradise has the relaxing seaside vibe of Vangelis’ Oceanic, conjuring images of a beach paradise. Wright’s A Certain Malaise moves into chill out territory, combining modern percussion sequencing with laid back synth work.
Ana Popovic is an extraordinarily gifted talent born in Yugoslavia, now residing in Holland. This hot, young blues artist is acclaimed in Europe as well as the States. Ana Popovic’s impressive list of awards started in 2002 when she was a three-way nominee for "Best Singer," "Best Guitarist" and "Best Album" at the French Blues Awards. She’s the first European ever nominated for "Best New Artist Debut" at the WC Handy Awards in Memphis, USA (2003). In 2004 she was nominated for "Best Blues Album” at the Jammie Awards in New York City, and won the prestigious Jazz award ”Jazz a Juan Revelations" in Juan-Les-Pins, France.
ANA! Live in Amsterdam her third release with Ruf Records is in stores this week. It was recorded live on January 30th, 2005 at the Melkweg in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I’m Here To Steal The Show is the refrain from her first song "Don’t Bear Down On Me," and it’s also Ana’s motto for live performances. And indeed, that’s what she does! 29-year-old Ana Popovic proves with her own songs and fresh interpretations that she is a star-on-the-rise. Ana’s award-winning music extends even beyond contemporary blues — she stands for modern and cross-border blues with rock, soul and jazz elements.
Underground Superstar K-CINO, the headlining artist on "Tha Awakening Tour", the largest hip hop tour to hit the nation this Fall, has formed a non-profit organization called ‘A Better Way Foundation’ to aid and support cancer patients. K-CINO, along with other members of the Board of Directors of SSC Records, established this foundation not only to further develop scientific methods of cancer research, but also to help individual patients cope with the harsh realities of terminal diseases.
"Seeing the day to day struggles of a cancer patient first hand, with my cousin and co-CEO of SSC Records battling Hodgskin’s Disease, I learned how difficult it is not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Most of the cancer support organizations are aimed to aid the patient in the physical, but not in the mental or emotional sense. I also wanted to make sure that we included a program for friends and families, because cancer is almost as hard on them as it is on the patient."
K-CINO continued by saying, "…you know, people say there isn’t anything you can do for terminally-ill patients; I say that’s bullsh*t. They gave my cousin a month to live on his deathbed, and look at him now. Even if we can’t cure cancer, we can at least make it as comfortable as possible for the patients, so they want to live, and they want to continue fighting."
Jazz Radio Programmer, Gi Dussault has just requested to receive a copy of "New Africa Suite" by Alaadeen. Dussault will air selections from the new CD on the "Upper Room with Joe Kelly" radio program. "I was listening your music on the net and I really like what you’re doing," Dussault stated in his request for a copy of "New Africa Suite".
In addition to stellar performances by Alaadeen (saxophones, composer, producer), his "New Africa Suite" [ASR3001] recording features the talents of: Harold O’Neal, a brilliant young pianist who most recently can be heard on Greg Osby’s Blue Note records release titled "St. Louis Shoes"; a young bassist of unlimited talent and potential named Seth Lee, who also recently performed with saxophone legend, Benny Golson during his concert in Kansas City; the multi-talented drummer, Donivan Bailey, who also plays with Bobby Watson’s 18th and Vine Big Band and numerous other ensembles of note; and a very talented Latin/World percussionist named Ray Stewart who is another Kansas City musician deserving wider recognition. The last song on the CD, "The Jannah Now", features other great Kansas City artists of note too. They are: Christopher Clarke on piano, Tyrone Clark on electric bass, and Michael Warren on drums. Fine performances are captured by all of these artists…