Monthly Archives: July 2011

Amplify Dot – “Semantics” feat. Kano [VIDEO]

More than ten years ago Amplify Dot, aka A.Dot, made her debut performance at Brixton Academy in her native South London. At the ripe age of 14, the blooming female rapper dazzled the packed house who had turned out to see another notable female rapper. Missy Elliot, of A.Dot’s performance, later told her “One day, you’re going to be big.” With plans to consummate said presage, A.dot continues her quest for greatness. Amplify Dot released her latest mixtape entitled Born Ready this spring on AmpedUP Records, which she is the proprietor. Recently, A.Dot released a music video to “Semantics.” Featuring Kano, an English national with Jamaican roots, “Semantics” showcases this rising star’s visible talents.

Bonus: A.Dot has also recorded a video for the title track “Born Ready” which you can check out below. Make sure you head over to A.Dot’s website to check out what’s new and stay on the up and up with A.Dot’s next moves.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

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Top Shelf Jazz – “Gentlemen in Squalor” [VIDEO]

photo courtesy of Nick Clack.

Self-titled “Fine Purveyors of Filthy Swing,” this rowdy bunch of talented misfits are spewing their lewd and lascivious jingles across the United Kingdom and beyond.  Jazz and swing music, genres usually recognized from their grace and class, takes on a new twist in the form of Top Shelf Jazz, who has enamored as many new fans as they’ve disgusted.  “Gentleman in Squalor” is the title track to the most recent album, which released this spring. Top Shelf Jazz’s bawdy lyrics and blithe personalities will have you laughing and the music will certainly compel you to the dance floor. Make sure you head over to there official site to check out more samples of their music and the always entertaining section of hate mail that they’ve received over the years.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Not Machines Live at Tin Can Ale House in San Diego, CA [PHOTOS]

Not Machines Live at Tin Can Ale House in San Diego, CA

Not Machines– “So Long”

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Photography By: Shane Suski |Ambassador of Photography | San Diego, CA| @shanewithmwl | Beat-Play and Music Without Labels, LLC

Jumping Back Slash – Shosholozaaaaaaa [MUSIC]

Jumping Back Slash

Kwaito music has traditional roots in South Africa, beginning in Johannesburg in the 1990s.  It’s a variant of house music that uses African sounds and samples.  An awesome musician that recently caught my attention, Jumping Back Slash, has been producing kwaito house music that mixes up lively traditional songs with classic US house.  Check out this sick track, I expect great things from this artist in the future!

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

The Joshua Farm & Beat-Play – Growing Together [PHOTOS] [EVENT]

It feels amazing to be back in the long, hot days of summer, and nothing says “summer” more than fresh produce.  Recently, I attended the open house at the Joshua Farm in Harrisburg.  It’s an urban farm that sells organic fruits and vegetables while promoting education and vocational services for at-risk youth.  Marking five years of sustainable agriculture and youth employment the farm welcomed the community with tours, scavenger hunts, amazing food from the farm, live music by Crooked Hill and a mural at the entrance of the farm sponsored by Beat-Play.

Just like the music we represent, Beat-Play is an ambassador of diversity.  As a small company, we are proud to cross-pollinate our independent music interests with other brands that promote things that are fresh, innovative, and good for your soul.  While our collaboration with The Joshua Farm may be recognized as a symbolic gesture for growth for everybody involved, Beat-Play believes in the values that are garnered with positive community organizations.  We are proud to partner with The Joshua Farm because we know that they are working for the greater good.

By: Elizabeth Stene & Dave Botero | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Caleb Hawley – Harlem, NY [NEW MUSIC]

Caleb Hawley is a pop folk artist from New York that brings more than catchy melodies and incredible talent to his music.  Caleb combines soul and passion into his music to surround his voice, humor, and songwriting.  After seeing him play this spring, I was hooked.  That’s because his intricate guitar playing and incredible sense for melody and groove in songs is far above average.  Hawley continues to impress people with his music by receiving honors in the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010).  He has written and produced three albums in his career as a songwriter, and he continues to tour the country playing a variety of venues and festivals.

The real inspiration to be a songwriter came after Caleb graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition.  He then decided to fully pursue his passion and moved to New York City.  He has since shared the stage with industry greats such as Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins, and Edwin McCain.  Caleb Hawley can cover a wide range of music because of his talent and influences.  While one song may seem as relaxed as James Taylor, another may capture the soul and passion from a singer like Stevie Wonder.  Add riffs and rhythms that you might find in music like John Mayer or Dave Matthews, and you have Caleb Hawley.  Seeing him perform was definitely one of my favorite shows in the last six months.  He gave his audience energy, joy, and laughter from the first song to the last.

Caleb Hawley may have talents like some other artists mentioned above, but he has his own original style and sound.  He is an outstanding guitarist that is capable of producing riffs rarely heard by his contemporaries.  You can tell he hears the whole song when he writes it because the feel is so dialed in.  From his first album titled “Greatest Hits” to his latest “We All Got Problems,” you will hear the cleverness and the excellence that is Caleb Hawley.  From personally purchasing and listening to his second album “Steps,” I definitely recommend that you check him out.  Listen to Caleb Hawley’s music and see his tour schedule here.

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

DANk – Richard the third – slip (DANk REMIX) – [MUSIC]

DANk

His infectious, squelchy glitch-hop bass lines and neck-break beats are always incredibly loud and penetrate through your body. Bordering on funky at times, Dank completely inhabits every room or festivals that he plays.  This multi-talented artist has released solo projects – Cooking the Books in 2008 as well as teaming up with Liver, Mix n Blend, and most recently Disco Israel, dubbed Sedge Warbler, whose debut album is Welcome to the Universe.  Listen to one of DANk’s recent remixes for a sample of great Capetonian glitch-hop.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Will Gray – Broke* Documentary – “Introducing Will Gray” [FILM & MUSIC]

Every single aspiring independent artist, band, producer, or musician should pay close attention.  We all know that the music industry has undergone extreme changes, and it continues to change in this current age of transition.  Labels are folding, music is free, and the digital age is upon us.  What do we do?  Can artists still do this, be happy, and support themselves?  All these questions and more are discussed in Will Gray’s Broke* Documentary.  However, Will didn’t just wake up one day and decide to do a documentary about the struggles of emerging artists.  He has been living it for over a decade.  Broke* is about the music industry, and what it takes to thrive as an independent artist or music executive in search of their big break.  The documentary features interviews from industry names like Don Was, John Legend, Isaac Slade from The Fray, Seth Godin, Kelly Clarkson, and many more.  After sifting through 300+ hours of footage and more than 60 interviews, Broke* has been created and directed with perfection.  In fact, the film won the Special Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival this spring.  “The film digs beneath the clichés and standard storylines to reveal an industry struggling to find a new identity and an artist who’s simply trying to establish one.”  The question: “Can a new act be “broken”?”

Will Gray is not only a great director for his documentary Broke*, but he is an amazing musician that combines folk and hip-hop to create some truly incredible, fresh, and intelligent music.  His influences range from jazz greats like Miles Davis to pop icons like Michael Jackson.  “Will Gray is an independent Hip-Hop/Americana artist who has shared the stage with acts ranging from Erykah Badu, Twista, and Jurassic 5, to Justin Townes Earle and Los Lonely Boys. His original songs have been licensed by MTV, Ford Motor Co., Warner Bros. Records, Playstation, and Motorola.”  This is music that I feel speaks to everyone musically, and conceptually.  Will Gray released his debut album “Introducing Will Gray” under the production of Grammy Award-winning producer T Bone Burnett.  Check out one of my favorite songs from the album called “Back to the Wall:”

Will Gray may be one of the most influential artists of this generation; not because his music is number one on the charts (although it certainly could be), but because he is grabbing the industry by the horns and showing the world what it takes.  As the industry continues through a transitional period, this film gives an inside look at how music executives, producers, and artists feel about its current and future status.  Will music survive the digital age?  Will true and significant art be able to endure pop culture?  What is the breaking point, if it still exists?  As music continues to thrive upon the feel-good listener, Will Gray’s music explores new musical concepts as well as lyrical concepts untouched by the mainstream.   Please explore what this artist has to offer at willgraymusic.com.  Check out the Broke* Documentary, and buy “Introducing Will Gray.”

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

Ard Matthews – Fire Within [MUSIC]

Ard Matthews

Durban born, Ard Matthews is an extremely talented acoustic rock singer/songwriter.  Influenced by classic jazz musicians such as Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong, Matthews began playing music as a teenager, after winning a singing contest at the age of twelve. His talent has brought him all over the world, including living abroad in the United States and England.  Although Matthews in currently concentrating on his solo work, he is famous in South Africa for being the lead singer of Just Jinjer.  Recently, Matthews performed at the independent TED conference in Cape Town and is now touring around South Africa.  Listen to Fire Within and check out the work in progress section of his blog.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC


Stacy Clark Live at The Walnut Room, Denver, CO [Photos] [Video]

Stacy Clark Live at The Walnut Room, Denver, CO

Jimmy Iles Beat-Play Stacy Clark

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Currently Stacy is on tour promoting her album “Connect The Dots”, check to see if she’s coming to your area and show her some love!!!!

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Photography By: Jimmy Iles | Director of Operations | @JimmyMWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC