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kademlia on 02/07/2013 at 03:21AM

BJ Block & Dawn Pemberton: II

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Simply titled, II; BJ Block and Dawn Pemberton’s second collaboration bears the same uplifting positive emotion and  meaningful lyrics that has made their first effort, The Land of Make Believe, a huge success.

They’ve continued the tradition of releasing their albums free and everybody is getting a chance to hear it first via Frostwire. Containing eight soulful tracks, it bears the familiar sound of jazz, funk, R&B and gospel that has become a trademark for the feel-good, positive and chill vibe of their resonates with.

After a short introduction, the record opens with Ready Or Not. It lays solid ground for the album by providing a smooth r&b groove and highlighting Dawn’s mesmerizing vocal work. BJ’s smooth guitars along with the groovy bass synch-in nicely adding a jazzy atmosphere that transports a calmness to every fiber of your body as you listen om. It’s a perfect combination that only these two talented musicians can pull off.

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Expect to hear more of this combo as you cycle through the record. Sometimes, for instance, slows down the tempo just right. If you ever need that perfect love song to play as you dance with your partner or have that candlelit dinner, this is the song to put on. If you’re in the mood for dancing, Without A Doubt and What Comes Naturally will help you get your groove on.

As the album winds down, gospel inspired We Cry and Falling Into You closes on a positive note. Providing uplifting lyrical inspiration as well as amazing instrument work.

Converging in a glorious path, BJ Block and Dawn Pemberton have created a special record that communicates beauty, honesty, positivity and raw emotions. It is mesmerizing and will be an absolute delight to listen to no matter what time of the day or no matter what occasion.

BJ Block is a classically trained musician and has been in love with the craft since he was 15. He used to play and tour for acoustic rock band The Ernest Goodlife Band. Meanwhile, Dawn Pembertonalso had an early start in her love for sound. She changed course from piano playing to explore and hone her wonderful voice; singing gospel, jazz, R&B and funk. She is a considered a prominent figure in the Vancouver scene with more than 30 years experience under her belt singing and playing on over 35 recordings.

The success of “Make Believe” inspired BJ and Dawn to keep creating – “II” is fun funded entirely through Kickstarter! If you like what you hear, you can show your support by purchasing a copy of your favorite single (or even the entire record) at your favorite digital retailer. Both BJ & Dawn are independent musicians and the proceeds will help them create more beautiful music to share with you.

The Song ‘We Cry’ was written for the humanitarian organization ‘Nations Cry’ and all proceeds from the song will be donated to their cause.


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NetMusic_Life on 01/03/2013 at 01:39PM

A Magnifique Bande dos Homes sen Medo - "A Magnifique Bande dos Homes sen Medo" (self released)

"A Magnifique Bande dos Homes sen Medo è una spumeggiante e divertente orchestra di strada spagnola di nove elementi, che reinterpreta classici contemporanei con buona tecnica e una dose di energia coinvolgente."

Complete review on NetMusic Life.

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fanfares, funk, jazz, soul
NeoBrazilians on 11/02/2012 at 09:31PM

Circo Vivant - AfroAmericaLatinidade

I first heard Circo Vivant when I was working as a producer back in São Paulo, a couple of years ago. We were organizing a few shows as part of one of the SP's many independent festivals, in a small, alternative, live music place; one of those bookstores-turned-bar. The group, originally from the Northeast of the country, to be more specific - from the city of Olinda, was playing at the occasion. We had never heard of them before. There was a slight tension in the air, but a lot of excitement too.

Hmmm…

I remember calling some friends during the first song: "Guys, do you wanna dance and have some decent amount of fun? Then come and check this out!".

Circo Vivant is a great band to be seen live (take them to your country!).
The natural energy of their songs added to an extremely energetic and full of attitude lead singer is just one of those great combinations. Everything flows.

I kept imagining how they would sound on their debut album - that they enthusiastically talked about, and was still being recorded at the time...

… Well, this is how it sounds:

Afroaméricalatinidade, Circo Vivant's first album, is just as the name suggests, a mix of all sorts of African and Latin American influences, so common to our ears in Brazil that it feels almost natural. Very… Brazilian I would say. ;-)

Produced by Sonic Jr., the album plays around some pretty serious stuff: funk, soul, afrobeat, ska, rock and the traditional frevo - known as one of the most popular rhythms of the state of Pernambuco.

Saravá!



For the complete album: http://www.circovivant.com

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lizziedavis on 06/06/2012 at 12:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Ava Luna, "Past the Barbary"

Ava LunaEver wonder what the soundtrack to a fight between James Brown and Dirty Projectors would sound like? Ava Luna's latest album "Ice Level" would definitely be a top contender. Very few bands can be described as both "Stax meets Kraftwerk" and "nervous soul," but Brooklyn-based Ava Luna's brand of deconstructed R&B is unique enough to make it work.

Last winter, Ava Luna came in to WFMU to play a set on Beastin the Airwaves. It was a long planned and long-time coming event, first discussed back in 2008 before Ava Luna's first album, "3rd Avenue Island" was even released. Clearly, they'd spent a lot of the time between then and now practicing, because they sounded great. Check out closing track "Past the Barbary" below, and download the whole set here!

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katya-oddio on 04/04/2011 at 06:54PM

Juanitos Deliver Newest Party

Every album by the French group The Juanitos is a party. The newest release, Welcome in the House of F.U.N., lives up to the band's party standards. Welcome in the House of F.U.N. delivers a sonic soul party, a vacation in the tropics, and time travel back to the swingingest '60s hot spots! There are even tips of the hat to the Chambers Brothers and Jimi Hendrix. Enjoy!

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60s pop, france, organ, juanitos, soul