Haesemeyer’s Christmas Song ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’

SF folk rock artist, John Haesemeyer, just dropped a Christmas song today, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” with a contemporary, mid-tempo, soul groove.

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“I hadn’t planned on doing a Christmas cover, but last week a music blog asked me for one so I figured why not?” Haesemeyer explains that he grew up singing in church choirs, and always loved the ancient lyrics and vibe of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” sung at Christmas services.

The song’s lyrics go back to 700 B.C. and the music was written in the Dark Ages. “Whoever the monks were who put it to music had soul,” Haesemeyer chuckles.

The song was pulled together quickly. Haesemeyer worked with Levi Seacer (of Prince fame) to develop the groovy vibe. “We did it in a day. We didn’t overthink it. I think the honesty of the vocal and the spirit of the song comes through that way.”

Seacer was also involved in arranging the soul singers on the single (Think I’m Going Down) from Haesemeyer’s September release.

John Haesemeyer (HAZE-mire) is a San Francisco based performing artist who fuses folk and pop genres, emphasizing intimate vocals, acoustic guitar, orchestral instruments, and the rhythm section of a rock band.

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The zzips Release Their Nostalgic Debut Album ’20 Years Late’

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Meet ‘The zzips’ -living proof that Rock n’ Roll is not dead, and is in fact very much alive and kicking. A diverse duo made up of frontman James Butler and writing partner Graham Cupples. Bringing you their debut, yet eagerly anticipated, album ’20 Years Late’. Within their songs, they address issues that are prominent within British society, and question the policies of consumerism, greed and elitism after partaking in social observation. The album is both a call to arms and a cry for revolution and change, whilst some of the songs simply follow what happens within their day-to-day lives. Finding a release in the power of song-writing helped James through some serious personal difficulties over the last almost four years.

With an impressive résumé, and many famous faces among their fans, The zzips have already earned themselves a well-deserved prestigious reputation. Graham has supported Gary Numan, and James has opened for bands such as Oasis, Smash and Steps. In true rock n’ roll style, and following in the footsteps of some of the greatest rock artists, The zzips have also performed at Glastonbury festival.

Between the two of them they have written and produced their entire album, which in the era of the typical pop-culture boy-band genre, gives them a chance to display and show off their many talents. Alongside the music, James is a psychotherapist, working with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. His interest in psychology is often apparent in The zzips songs, consistently raising the question ‘Why?’

Think classic 90′s rock, with a modern Blues twist and challenging lyrics. There is a very bright future predicted for ‘The zzips’, make sure you’re a part of it!

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UK EDM single ‘Dimensions’ by Prizm

If you could pick one word to describe new Electronic and Dance Music group PRIZM, it would have to be “Energy”. Starting out as three young lads from South London, each have got their sights set on one goal for their futures: music.

PRIZM are an Electronic Dance Music DJ & Production group from South London, UK. The group formed in January 2014, after knowing each other for numerous years before that, meeting in college and in secondary school. All originally set out on different paths, the idea came about when converging on the world of music, and each individual’s future prospects. Many colleagues were setting out to take on the world of Hip Hop and Rap music, to which Kaanivore and Hitman saw a gap in the market, and had a real talent to produce Electronic Dance music. Soon enough, Jordan, through close friend Kaanivore, was added to the group it set out on what will be a difficult, but hopefully a successful path.

From their current work so far, you can tell that the next stage to fame is just around the corner. With the huge EDM floor fillers such as Supernova and Alive, to a more pop enthused Party Animal and Colours, PRIZM are no doubt delving into every conceivable area of Electronic Dance, and you would never dream of these tracks being started from scratch.

They are inspired by a number of artists, upon which they mould their productions around, but like every successful artist, PRIZM has its own entity and with their music they want to let you feel a passion for dance music, and become inspired to go out and achieve your dreams.

As well as music production, the PRIZM boys have an array of experience behind the DJ decks. Before and after forming, experience was brought to the table through wedding and party deejaying, to combining for the Mile End DJ Festival, hosted by the Sound of DJ’s group. Around every corner there is an opportunity, PRIZM see their target and they go to achieve it.

Just from seeing the grin on their faces, you can tell that the path to success will be a short distance away. They appreciate anybody who is a fan of their music to support them and their goal.

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October’s new album ‘Christmas Is Here’

October are a veteran art-pop duo that have been together since the 80′s. Bill Chiklakis and Kevin Tofalo are the songwriters and performers whom combined to create the duo. The band is from the Boston area and has previously been known for their ‘October Moon’ release.

Now they have released their highly anticipated 4 track Christmas album entitled ‘Christmas Is Here’. You can listen to this album below. It’s sure to put you in the Christmas spirit with the holiday quickly approaching. So be sure to spread some Christmas cheer by spreading this album around with your friends. You can pick it up from CD Baby now. Enjoy!

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‘Good Guy Dies’ Vocalise a Protest against Domestic Abuse with Their Brand New Single ‘Hit Me Back’

Rock/Pop-punk duo ‘Good Guy Dies’ are a fresh new act on the UK music scene, powerfully protesting against injustice and discrimination. Made up of Latvian vocalist Cherry Makej, and guitarist Joe Hodgson from Northern Ireland, the pair have spent the past two years perfecting their sound and style; their album was produced by none other than George De Angelis (Seal, Rod Stewart, LeAnn Rimes).

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The listening experience can only be described as an eclectic fusion of sounds and genres – think classic rock and punk pop, synthesized with elements of electronica, underpinned by thunderous driving beats. Cherry’s powerful yet sultry vocals are complemented by Joe’s punchy guitar playing with a profusion of razor-sharp riffs. They deliver compelling and electrifying live performances and their stage persona oozes charisma and attitude.

The single ‘Hit Me Back’ is based on a story of a relationship which spirals into domestic violence and confronts the idea that love can be expressed in a relationship through violence. This has been drawn from Cherry’s background, as that particular belief is rife through many Eastern European relationships – a saying in Russia being “if he hits me, he loves me”. This song encourages women all over the world to stop hiding their abuse.

George De Angelis, Ivor Novello award winning songwriter and producer talking of Good Guy Dies:
“I really enjoyed producing the Good Guy Dies album. They have some really great songs and what I like is that they’re not scared to tackle subject matter that other bands either wouldn’t think of, or would be too scared to talk about. I’m thinking particularly of “Hit Me Back” and “Whether She Wants It Or Not”. I also love the fact that they’re always up for experimentation and are always seeking a unique direction; something which gives me great latitude on the production side of things.”

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