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Rashell releases new single ‘C.A.L.I.’


Rashell has released her new single entitled C.A.L.I. which can be downloaded from iTunes for just $0.99.

Rashell started singing at a very young age. Learning melody’s from gospel songs, she started singing live to simple songs with easy melodies in a small Baptist church. She moved frequently through the United States and Rashell never had a place called home. Every move was short lived, but she learned how to express her emotions through her music.

Rashell was inspired by some of our most legendary recording artist such as: Teena Marie, Denise Williams, Mariah Carey, Rachelle Ferrell, and Mary J. Blige, saying “I remember the first time I heard the song “Fire and Desire”. I was in my room with a small hand held radio and I said wow who is that? I have got to learn how to sing beautiful like her! Then I heard Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” and I was amazed. I remember thinking I can’t that note at the end, wonder if I can high that note, after a few tried I was able to mimic those high whistle tone notes.”

Rashell

While Rashell never had any vocal coaching she simply fell in love with singing and spent every waking moment learnng everything she could about it. By the time Rashell reached preteen she begun making headlines, when she impressed casting director Matt Casella at the age of fourteen with only her personality and a big smile. She was one of thousands that had made the cut to become a Mouseketeer on the next phase of the Mickey Mouse club. She headlined in the San Mateo Times for her talent at the auditions and having such a great beautiful voice and a loveable personality.

Rashell was nominated in Sacramento News & Review Sammies Award for Best R&B Artist of 2013 and has featured in publications such as “All About Jazz” “SACTV”, “Sacramento Talent Magazine”, “INDY Show” and many more. She has worked together with artist and promotional groups such as: RichRap of The Stooies Bros, Emoe of Paystle Music, Nitris 211, Pryme Tracks/Last Laugh Records, Chunky Baby, Ray of Light Dance Studio, Raid, Bee-Locke, Reazon, just to name a few. Rashell has also been a ghost writer/vocalist for many talented artist. She will be a star to follow, shining more brilliant and vivid with every passing year. This sexy soulful songstress is multi-talented from her writing to her vocal ability. Her musical expression will inspire you her debut solo album “Fighting For Love” is set to be released the soon, make room on the Billboard charts_ for the sweet and raw sounds of Rashell.

If you want to find out more about the lovely Rashell then you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.


The Best ALS Ice Bucket Challenges in Music


The current charity awareness craze going around social media is the Ice Bucket Challenge. The idea is to raise awareness for ALS by having a bucket of ice water thrown over you and then nominating someone else. The challenge has been running now for several weeks and we have seen such a wide range of celebraties and public figures take part, ranging from footballers and footballers wives, to former presidents of the US.

It is a great way to raise awareness, have a bit of fun and see a lot of celebrities get soaked at the same time. It is a fantastic portrayal of the power of social media

ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is also known as motor neurone disease (MND) and Lou Gehrig’s disease. It is a neurodegenerative disease, which causes muscle weakness and atrophy throughout the body.

The Ice Bucket Challenge has seen many casualties so far, but seeing as this is a music blog we are going to show you some of the best videos of famous musicians getting absolutely soaked!

He is definitely not everyone’s (if many people’s) cup of tea. But hey, we enjoyed seeing Justin Bieber have a bucket of ice thrown all over his scrawny ass!

Bret Michaels continues his awesomeness by completing the challenge live on stage:

What is this post lacking? Oh that’s right, hot ladies. Bring on Taylor Swift alongside Jamie King, who definitely got in to the spirit of things:

Bit of Britney you say?

For all you hoes out there here’s Dr Dre:

Remember Fall Out Boy? A bit of Dance Dance? Well you can see them here taking a fantastic bucket of ice water to the face. Take that you Blink 182 wannabees!

And of course, the challenge is a great way to also promote yourself – Enter Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters:

I have to say, I’m starting to enjoy seeing people I’ve looked up to (or absolutely detested) get soaked with ice water. Let’s continue with a bit of a Skyyyscrappeerrrrr (did you also know she featured in We The Kings’ single ‘We’ll be a dream‘? well you do now!:

Okay right, lets find two more of the best ALS Ice Bucket challenges in music to top it up to an even 10. Who do you want to get soaked next? It’s got to be that charismatic son of a bitch Jack Black. Warning, this video was filmed on a potato:

And last but not least lets go for a bit of ROCK! One of our all time favourite vocalists, whether it be heavy or melow we hear him SCREEAAAAM:

If you enjoyed this little gathering of videos for the ALS Ice bucket challenge, please follow us on Twitter & Facebook and be sure to check out all of our other features we randomly write when we’re bored.

If you’ve taken part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge why not leave a link to your video below!


Heiress to Atlas release ‘Heliotrope’ & Vanguard E.P


Nominated for two 2014 LA Music Awards under Social Media Artist and Dance/Electronica Artist, ‘Heliotrope’ is the latest single from the fantastic Heiress to Atlas.

Heiress To Atlas are an emerging alternative electro rock/pop duo consisting of powerful vocalist Vidya Sethu and multi-talented instrumentalist Mac Thomas.

Born in London, raised in Singapore, and based in LA, Vidya has experienced many cultures and that shines through in their music. Having met on popular classified website Craigslist, they cemented both a musical and personal connection, creating Heiress to Atlas.

Heiress To Atlas

It’s not a surprise that Heiress to Atlas are starting to create a lot of noise in the LA scene. With two nominations under their belt for this year alone, they have a fantastic online presence (with a kick ass website that you can check out here).

With a diverse cultural background, the band also draw from a wide range of musical influences. Marc’s instrumentation draws inspiration from a wide range of styles including melodic rock, urban, and of course electronica. Vidya’s vocals are powerful, expressive and full of soul, and mixed with their gritty lyrics the duo create a sound that is unique, captivating and a throwback to yesteryear.

The latest single ‘Heliotrope’ is a messy, uncontrollable mess of inspiration. It begins with a melodic 80’s synth riff, supported by blues inspired percussion, which is then followed by the rising of the metaphoric curtain and the introduction of the vocals. Vidya introduces herself into the track with the words ‘turn your flowers to the sun, reach to all we could become. Locked within a gilded cage’. The mesmerising and playful yet gritty lyrics really add to the beautiful melody created by the instrumental backing.

Listen to ‘Heliotrope’ here:

The duo have also released their three track E.P along with ‘Heliotrope’ by the name of ‘Vanguard’. If you like what you hear above make sure to follow them on all of their lovely social media sites and on Soundcloud as they’re due to release track 4 and 5 of the E.P within the next month or so.

Follow Heiress to Atlas on Twitter, Facebook and Soundcloud so you won’t miss out on their brand new tracks that are coming soon!


Music Used in Famous Online Slots Games


An online slots game that does not play music to players just won’t attract any of them, for which reason developers of online slots games use the best music and sound effects to give players a memorable gaming experience. While the background music soothes and relaxes casino players as they spin the reels, the sound effects encourage them to stick to the game and makes them feel like winners even if they have not won a great deal of money.

Playing Slots to Music

Players return to slots games that not only give them opportunities to boost their casino bankroll, but also play the best music when they spin its reels. All casino game developers use music and sound effects in their slots to attract and retain players. The most common game sounds are those created when the reels are set spinning and when players spin a winning combination. These sounds vary from game to game and players are free to turn them off if they find them too distracting.

The background music or the music that is played while players spin the reels of the slot makes the game unique as it is carefully selected to match the theme of the slot. For example, if the slot is based on the nature theme, it will play some soothing tunes as players spin its reels. Players also have the option of turning off the background music and listening to any other music of their choice as they play.

Great Movie Slots

The best music is incorporated in movie slots or slots based on movie themes, especially those available at online casinos powered by Microgaming and Playtech.

Playtech’s Marvel slots and Microgaming’s The Lord of the Rings, Terminator 2, and Tomb Raider are immensely popular not only for their lucrative features, but also for the great music, sound effects, and video clips taken directly from the movies they are based on.

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Feel Positive and Happy

According to a recent study conducted in Canada, the results of which are published in The Journal of Gambling Studies, slots music and sound effects make players feel positive and happy. The slot’s music and sound effects are capable of stimulating players and exciting them, making them feel elated and entertained even when they lose money or win small cash prizes. The music used in the most famous slots games increases optimism in players, giving them the “winner” feeling.


Anie – Lovekill


“I exist to edify every person’s pursuit of the illusive.” A quote from Anie that showcases her creative, mysterious and eclectic style.

Anie is a new artist that shrouds herself in mystery. Not only do we not know anything about her, we are left wondering whether she even exists. Rumours are that Anie was created by a collective of artists from the east coast, however some believe that she exists in human form. The project is mostly a mystery, so far consisting of strange films filled with ambient strings, noise and flickering frames. She has rarely spoken publicly, but has made a brief statement on her social media accounts, describing her goal to “reconcile the vast loneliness and absurdity of existence,” as well as her intent to release an upcoming short album, named Lovekill.

Lovekill is a beautiful and powerful introduction for Anie and can be listened to below:

An astonishing collection of intricate pop songs, Lovekill is set to be released on August 22, 2014. The EP will be available, in its entirety, for free streaming and download from Soundcloud and Bandcamp.


How to make festivals safer


TORO bodyguard Festivals are getting safer – but it’s still wise to take precautions this summer.

One the whole, a festival is a pretty safe place to be. Human nature dictates wherever there are thousands of revellers intent on parting hard, there’s always the potential for a spot of bother here and there – but the evidence seem to suggest festivals are actually getting safer all the time.

For one thing, the figures show most festivals are reporting year-on-year falls in crime. Also, it’s worth taking a close look at the crowd. Gone are the days when acts did their sets before scurrying out via limo or helicopter as soon as their job was done; most festivals are now places where the rich and famous (including the actual performers) actually want to spend time. It’s certainly no novelty to see the likes of Kate Moss in the crowd as big-named festivals have transformed into prime celebrity hangouts.

Of course, not all of us have a personal bodyguard at our disposal. If you’re planning to go to a festival this summer, it’s worth applying a little common sense when it comes to staying safe. Here are a few things to think about before and after you get there.

funny festival guy

When you get there, don’t make your car a tempting target

So you’ve arrived safely, the sun’s shining and you’re keen to get set up. Don’t leave your jacket (or anything else) lying around on the seats. Anyone intent on doing a quick smash and grab on a car is looking for a target that will bear fruit. USB cables on the dash, sat-nav sucker marks still on the windscreen; these are the type of things that single out your car from the rest.

Think about how best to stay connected

How did we arrange meet-ups before mobiles? You may be about to find out. Signal strength can be patchy at festival venues so when you get there it’s worth having a look at where you can get a reception. Doing your own thing and wandering around is all part of the fun – but if you want to touch base as a group from time to time to make sure everyone’s ok, the most reliable way forward is to pre-arrange a meet-up at a landmark for a set time.

Think about whether your phone battery is likely to last the weekend. Many festivals have charge-up points but you might not want to face a long queue at one. A portable battery pack is one option. Also, if you’ve got an older ‘brick’ of a phone at home that’s less battery hungry than your iPhone, you might want to think about transferring your sim card to that for the weekend (it’ll be less of a target for thieves too).

Should I bring a lock for my tent?

A padlock on a tent suggests there’s something inside worth stealing and serves little purpose given a tent can be easily sliced open. You can do without your iPad for the weekend – (and that goes for all non-essential valuable stuff).

Sadly, it’s not unknown for festival campers to wake up to find the tent has been raided while they’ve slept. Don’t leave your wallet in your jeans pocket at the foot of the tent; hide your valuables carefully before you settle down for the night (under your sleeping bag perhaps). Better still; make use of onsite lockers and valuables areas. One tip is to leave the inside of your tent deliberately messy. A thief wants to be in and out in a flash – so make it look like it’s not going to be worth the rummage.

Get to know the people in the tents around you; that way you and your neighbours can spot unwelcome strangers more easily.

Spotting trouble

As with any big night out, it’s a matter of common sense. The vast majority of people are just like you, out to have a good time. The sheer size of a festival means it’s very often easier to walk away from trouble when you see it than it is in the confines of a city centre pub. If you wouldn’t go wandering about on your own in the dark at home, you shouldn’t do it at a festival either.

Staying safe and staying connected means you can get on with making the most of your festival experience.
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Slightly Left of Centre – Call Me for the Weekend


With their own brand of eclectic pop, Slightly Left of Centre are a trio of music lovers residing in Melbourne, Australia. Formed by close friends Vince and Mick, Slightly Left of Centre take a mix of 80’s and 90’s pop and infuse it with electronic and rock elements to result in one hell of a sound.

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Since their formation in 2010 the band have been recording tracks in their own purpose built studios – so not only do they create their funky beats, they also produce and mix all of their own material as well.

Their new release entitled ‘Call me for the weekend’ tells you everything you need to know about the Australian outfit. Lots of fun, unbelievably funky, and just a little bit different, the track was released on the 6th June and has been impressing fans, old and new alike, who continue to show their support through social media.

‘Call me for the weekend’ is taken from their second album, which aims to showcase some of their most diverse material to date. Their first album ‘The Right Direction’ was released in 2012 to a very popular reaction and was even available to download for free! Now for a band who need to make a living from selling their music, this speaks absolute volumes about how much they love what they do – and it definitely comes across in their new single.

Definitely a people’s band, Slightly Left of Centre are going about things the right way! With great music, friendly personalities and their desire to deliver everything they can for their fans, SLC are ones to watch out for.

You can follow Slightly Left of Centre on Facebook and Twitter. Their social channels are constantly streaming with interesting updates, and for heaven’s sake buy the track here!


Foundry Sessions – from The Foundry Studios in Sheffield


The Foundry Studios is a commercial recording studio facility in the heart of Sheffield owned and run by production company SoundBytes Media who are dedicated to developing and supporting new music. The Foundry Session’s are recorded live with no tuning or over dubbing so artists are showcased for what they can really do. It offers a great platform to help promote both new and established artists alike.

Foundry Sessions

Check out some of the latest sessions here.

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The Moons release ‘Body Snatchers’


Formed in Northampton 2010, The Moons is the creation of singer, guitarist and songwriter, Andy Crofts. With two critically acclaimed albums to date, ‘Life On Earth’ (2010) and ‘Fables of History’ (2012), which was produced by The Moons and Stay Kybert, The Moons are purveyors of the great British pop song.

the moons

The latest single is their second release from their new album their new album ‘Mindwaves’. Their previous album entitled ‘Fables of history’ received good reviews and coverage, including an 8/10 review on NME – where reviewer Hamish MacBain wrote “the quality – of the harmonies, the instrumentation and most importantly the songs – is high, and remains so throughout.” And it’s only gotten better!

The new single ‘Body Snatchers’ takes influence from White Stripes, with it’s kaleidoscopic beat, crunchy riffs and powerful drumming. You can watch the new video below:

Andy Crofts has carved out a distinct and rebellious sound in The Moons’ new single ‘Body Snatchers’. Download the single from iTunes and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and their official Website.


Shore Drive releases debut album “Color Blind”


Anthony Terlizzi dedicated his life to music at the University of New Hampshire when he formed the band Fake Empire with musical mastermind Brian Leahy and vocalist Emily Ranauro. Fake Empire became local favorites, playing numerous shows in the area, but only recorded a handful of songs in the time spent at UNH. Upon graduation in 2010, Fake Empire members dispersed.

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Anthony moved back to his hometown Brewster, NY where he felt inspired by the surroundings in which he grew up in. He translated his surroundings into music, which led to the creation of his debut album, “Color Blind.” Color Blind embodies various styles of music. There are two instrumental tracks, “Heron” and “Tonetta.” There are songs that exemplify a singer-songwriter, acoustic feel which are influenced by artists such as Neil Young and Mark Kozelek. Color Blind also introduces grunge style rock songs including “Hydroplane” and “Fire Remains.” Everything you hear on the album was done by Anthony, and the album was even self produced. The album was recorded off the shore of the lake where he grew up in his home makeshift studio. “Color Blind” exemplifies the exuberance of Terlizzi’s craft combining elements of Rock and Folk with intimate guitar and vocal melodies.

Despite the title of the album being spelled incorrectly (that’s right we’re from the UK and proud!), the emotionally packed debut album from Shore Drive is one to remember. Sounding like a mix between the acoustical stylings of Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday and the post-rock instrumentals of God is an Astronaut, Anthony has crafted a great sound.

Follow Shore Drive on Twitter & Soundcloud - Check out ‘Color Blind’ right now on Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes.




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