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Update: More Dates Announced on Dave Evans South America Down Under Tour !

Iconic Australian Rocker Dave Evans is touring South America at the moment, heading through Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile, Dave will be performing all his ACDC Hits and music from his solo career with the South American Badasses. We’ve already covered some of the info on this, but since writing the first article more information has been released, so here’s an update.

More shows have been added, see the pic below for dates, and check his facebook page for more info and ticket/booking info

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On top of the obvious attraction of the original one and only Dave Evans and his thundering rock vocals, if you were somehow on the fence about going to one of his shows, you might want to check out the array of limited edition merchandise only available at these shows! Tonnes of T-Shirts, Guitar Picks, and for the true aficionados: Dave Evans has his own beer and moonshine! Dave Evan’s Rock IPA and as of yesterday Dave Evans Moonshine. Custom brewed just for Dave, both of these will be available throughout the tour and at selected breweries in Brazil. More info on his Facebook.

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And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, Dave shows us just how hardcore he is with a Fight against Cancer Charity Event sponsored by Harley Davidson. The event will run from the 12th to the 14th and all proceeds are going to the Erasto Gaertner Hospital, which is the largest centre for cancer research and treatment in Southern Brazil, serving 32,000 people per month and performing over 1.7 million procedures just in 2017. They need your help, so show your Hardcore Rock Spirit and give generously! More info such as venue can be found in the image below and on his Facebook page, linked at the bottom of the page.

Update: Within 24 hrs this event sold out, but there are still plenty of other shows to see, hurry and get your tickets now so you don’t miss out!

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The tour is ramping up to be pretty explosive, if you can get to it you should, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t miss out!

More information can be found on Dave’s Facebook page, make sure you like the page and keep an eye out for updates in the near future. Don’t forget to check out the merch previews there too!

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Soularflair Breaks Barriers and Creates Something Rare, Genre Defying Music That’s Truly Unique

Most modern artforms have become an arms race to produce something unique, something unlike anything ever made, everyone is competing to make the newest, biggest, and brightest. This is truer than ever with music. Everyone dreams of making their own sound and hitting the world stage with it, blowing up and getting Known. But while everyone chases that dream, few ever achieve something genuinely and undeniably Unique.

Enter Soularflair, the alias of Adam Mannering, an independent artist from Melbourne Australia. Adam describes his sound as genreless, completely free of limitations. His goal when creating music is not necessarily to defy genre however, but his interest is solely in making music that sounds good to him, which often leads to creating elaborate avant garde tracks that chaotically fuse multiple genres, an interesting reflection on what is presumably an interesting man.

If you were forced to try and describe his music, not a simple feat this writer professes, you might use words like industrial, overwhelming, intense, chaotic, transcendent, or maybe posthuman. And none of those are wrong, but they don’t really capture the feelings of his music accurately. Calling it genre bending or genre defying isn’t inaccurate either, but it’s more that Adam takes several genres that inspire and interest him and take the pieces he wants for a given song and mixes them together.

Let’s get up and close with Adam’s work. We’ll start with something a little familiar before we dive into the deep end though. If you’ve been paying any attention to social media or the popular shows of the last two years you’ve heard of Westworld. The Soularflair remix of Ramin Djawadi’s theme for the Westworld TV show takes something already beautiful, a subtle and moving orchestral theme, restitches it, attaches bolts to the neck and electrifies it, bringing it to life.

The original theme was beautiful, but there was something missing. It lacked a beating heart. Soularflair has taken something dead, opened it up, added a gentle but compelling beat, a subtle electronic influence with minor vocal samples and bass like the beating heart of something once dead but now forced brutally into the sunlight. Alive, extended and improved.

Now that you’ve had a taste, let’s dive deeper. Don’t blink, feel the pull, and follow me into the hypnotic destruction that is Strange Attractor. With visuals that at first seem to be the typical psychedelics we’ve all seen before but take that colourful mindscape and add some deceptively simple deviations that change the tone completely, Strange Attractor is an aptly named song that sucks you in, compels you to keep watching. The jerks and cuts in the visuals emphasize the feeling of being pulled in, devoured almost.

This song is composed of subtle panic and high-pitched electronic warbling, balanced by carefully designed static and a thumping irregular beat. Every beat feels like you’re being sucked in further, and the visuals augment this feeling exquisitely. You’re staring into the maw of something beyond your understanding, transfixed, held captive by its crooning siren song. Then suddenly silence, the visuals dissolve into black, and you’re back to reality, left with a vague feeling of loss and wonder.

After that close encounter, lets change gears a bit and move down to something less mind flaying and a little more human. Soularflair’s What Fresh Hell. The music video for What Fresh Hell features more abstract visuals, but these are totally different. Strange Attractor was cosmic and inhuman, whereas this is constructed from pieces of things that seem familiar. A mosaic of symbols and objects that resemble humanity and scientific research, something unique to humans. Watching this video one finds themselves searching for meaning, grasping at shapes that seem familiar, and sliding off cold metal and sheer black stone carved intricately by something long dead.

The music is a mixture of acoustic and electric noises, everything familiar in object sound, but not in behaviour. The drums and cymbals bring a feeling of ancient percussive dread, signalling doom. The electric guitar is both living and dead, reanimated by unknown forces and grinding at your soul, wailing at you from above like an angel wreathed in black flame. The bass clutches at you from below, dragging you down, down, down, into the darkness… This song is looking into the abyss and feeling your breath freeze as something returns your gaze.

Soularflair is an incredible artist. We throw around a lot of words like incredible and amazing, trying to emphasize meaning and make something stick. But I cannot emphasize enough that my praise is in no way exaggerated. Adam Mannering has unmatched skill at creating worlds with sound and image. A fantastic example of show not tell, Adam takes us on a journey through worlds beyond our grasp by harnessing and manipulating our emotions and imagination. He is more than deserving of your time.

Adam produces all his own music videos, and is available to be commissioned for music videos for your music or band, more info can be found on his personal website in the Videos tab.

You can find the rest of his music online, on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, and his various personal sites and social media. Much of his work is available for free, so if you don’t feel like paying for an album, maybe just throw him a dollar or two or buy him a cup of coffee through the donations page on his website. Help him keep making the music he’s passionate about. I also personally recommend you check out his tracks Exhale and Protoculled, both on his Youtube page.

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Approaching the Ten-Year Anniversary of Tragic Death of Iconic American Rapper MC Breed

On the lead up to the Ten-Year Anniversary of the under-sung legend’s death, let’s take a moment to appreciate his body of work and place in the various rap scenes of the Flint, Michigan born artist. November 22nd, 2008, Eric Breed, known by his pseudonym MC Breed, passed away in his sleep, less than two months after being hospitalised and placed on life support after collapsing while playing pick up basketball with friends due to kidney failure.

MC Breed’s Debut to the music scene was on the album MC Breed & DFC. In 1991 he signed to SDEG Records and released a collab album with DFC, a duo made of Alpha “Al” Breed and Bobby “T-Dub” Thompson, Al being MC Breed’s cousin and both Al and T-Dub being Flint locals and friends of MC Breed’s at the time. The album charted at #142 on the Billboard 200 and featured the single “Ain’t No Future in Yo’ Frontin’” which was DFC’s most successful single.

MC Breed would go on to have an extensive career and discography, with 9 solo albums, 1 collaboration album, and appearing in various compilations, guest appearances, and features between 1991 and 2007. As one of the first successful artists in the genre to come out of the Midwest, Breed’s alignment was initially independent, though he would later align himself with the West Coast after befriending West Coast rapper Too Short.

In 1992 MC Breed released his solo debut, 20 Below, to moderate success, signing with Wrap Records, and releasing The New Breed soon after in 1993. 1994 saw the release of his most successful album Funkafied, which charted at #106 on the Billboard 200. 1995 he released Big Baller, which featured a variety of other Midwest and Southern Hip Hop artists and returning to his roots to align himself with his home in the Midwest and Dirty South.

He released two more albums with Wrap Records, 1996’s To Da Beat Ch’all and 1997’s Flatline, fulfilling his contract with the label and allowing him to move on to sign with Power Records in 1998, with which he released It’s All Good in 1999, and later that year 2 for the Show, a compilation showcasing his famous collaborations with Too Short and legend of the genre Tupac.

In 2000 MC Breed expanded his body of work into film, with Dollar, a little-known film starring MC Breed, Shannon Greer, and MC Breed’s cousin Al Breed. The film has seen a small cult following among fans of MC Breed but did not see success elsewhere and was limited to a release on VHS. Breed composed and released the soundtrack for the film that year, which featured the 1991 hit “Ain’t No Future In Yo Frontin’”. Later that year Breed also released a compilation that would be his last release with Power Records, The Thugz, Vol.1. The compilation featured Too Short, Richie Rich, Bootleg of the Dayton Family and more.

In 2001 Breed’s 13th album was released, The Fharmacist, through Fharmacy Records, a new independent label based in Detroit. Bootleg of the Dayton Family returned to feature on this album, which also featured “Let’s Go To The Club”, a hit produced by Jazze Pha, an Atlanta based producer who has worked with other great names such as Tupac, Snoop Dogg, OutKast, and Brockhampton.

2004 Breed returned with his final solo album, The New Prescription, with a deal through Urban Music Zone Entertainment, a subsidiary of Psychopathic Records. The album received national distribution through Sony/RED Distribution and featured Esham, another artist signed under Psychopathic Records in 2004. While the album didn’t receive much promotion, a music video was made for the single “Rap Game” from the album.

After this point things started to take a turn for the worse. After two years of absence from the music scene, April 3rd, 2006 Breed was arrested in Flint Michigan after an in-store autograph signing, based on warrants for an outstanding $220,000 in unpaid child support. May 11th, 2006 he was sentenced to 1 year in prison for violating probation and failing to pay the $220,000. Breed quietly served his sentence then moved on with his life, or what little was left of it.

September 5, 2008, MC Breed collapsed playing basketball with friends, and was rushed to hospital. Put on life support and later released, Breed was reportedly hospitalised a subsequent 2 more times in September. His collapse was due to severe kidney failure, the 37-year-old rapper’s kidneys were reduced to barely 30% functionality. Little information has been made public about his health, or what the cause of his extremely decreased kidney function, but he died quietly in his sleep a month later, November 11th, 2008 while staying with a friend in Ypsilanti Michigan.

His passing came as Breed was planning his comeback, with a biographical film in the works documenting his life titled Where is MC Breed?, along with a new album titled The Original Breed: Swag Heavy. This album was intended to be released through Ichiban Records, the label for which Wrap Records was a subsidiary of. Breed had reached out to many of his friends and past colleagues to work with him on the album, such as producers Erotic D, Ant Banks, Jazze Pha, Sonji Mickey, and Colin Wolfe, and rappers such as the D.O.C., Spice 1, and Too Short. In September 2008 the album was said to be half finished, and at that time Breed had just been released from hospital, having been on life support for two days. Breed recorded his last song, “Everyday I Wait” featuring Outlawz, two days before his death.

Breed’s friends and family mourned his passing privately, but a few made statements about him to the press. The consensus was that Breed was responsible for launching a plethora of careers. During his lifetime he was greatly appreciated in the Rap scene as a collaborator. Too Short said in an interview, “If you took Breed out of the equation, there are many careers that would never have happened”. MC Breed was a widely influential artist, and while much of his work was under appreciated, his legacy stands in his work, his dedicated fans, and the memories of his friends and loved ones. He will not be forgotten, and will live on through the influences he had.

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Bobby Soul interviewed at YYC Music Awards, Wins Urban Recording of the Year !

Rap star Bobby Soul appeared in an interview earlier this week, alongside fellow artists and friends Kay Layton and Chance Devlin. Bobby and Kay L were part of the four-man collab that took the win for the Urban Recording of the Year 2018 with their track Sail Away. Check out the embed below to listen to the song.

Interviewed by Taylor McNallie, who is noted for her presence in the Albertan music scene interviewing various artists and hosting events and concerts, Bobby, Kay L, and Chance bantered with Taylor about the win, Chance joking that Kay L’s rhyming of Ikea with idea was the real reason they won the award.

Taylor congratulated the artists and pressed them about upcoming releases, to which Chance gestured to Bobby and remarked that they were working together and producing new tracks weekly, referring to Bobby as the mastermind. The group plans to continue collaborating and producing music together, with more hits in the works. They also alluded to future releases and exclusive house shows hosted by Devlin, featuring music by each of them with a high-class setup for live music.

It’s safe to expect more fantastic tracks from Bobby and the others, so keep your ear to the ground and watch his Facebook and Twitter linked below to get the latest news.

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Kay L Nominated Three Times at YYCMA, Wins Best Urban Recording of 2018 !

The acclaimed Hip Hop and R&B artist appeared alongside other big names in Calgary this Year, with three separate nominations. He was nominated for Best Urban Recording of 2018 for his song ‘Nothing 2 U’ with Stephen Voyce, and won with ‘Sail Away’ with DJ Newboy, Bobby Soul, and Bobby Blastem. He was also nominated for Best Male Artist of the Year, for his contributions to the local music scene in Calgary, Alberta. The Zimbabwe born Canadian Artist appeared with the other winners on the red carpet with his award, pictured below.

‘Sail Away’ is a smooth R&B track with a mixture of rap and R&B style vocals, and a clear influence from EDM and club music. The song evokes lavish yacht parties in high class destinations like Dubai or Ibiza. The beach/summer vibe is fresh and compliments the vocal talent from the artists involved. Kay L, DJ Newboy, Bobby Soul, and Bobby Blastem have collaborated to create a song that is clearly deserving of the acclaim it has been given.

His other nominated song ‘Nothing 2 U’ with Stephen Voyce, long time collaborator and friend of Kay L, is a song of heartbreak and lost love, and moving on. It’s a very human story, something everyone can understand. Both songs are available on Kay L’s Spotify and Apple Music, and on Youtube. Links can be found below.

Kay L is signed to the W.O.N. Agency, aka The Window Opportunity Network, a Vancouver based label that’s partnered to Blue Pie Records. The label has a global presence in managing and developing the profiles of artists, and despite only being in operation since 2015 has already secured a deal with arguably one of the biggest artists ever, Snoop Dogg. Founder Jay Simpson is confident in the future growth of the company, stating that “Success is already assured”. Considering their success, I think his confidence is quite reasonable. Contact info for The W.O.N. Agency can be found on their website, linked below.

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J Dubb landed an historic feature alongside west coast legends with ‘The Position (Remix) feat. Snoop Dogg, Machswan100 and Ice Cube.’

J Dubb has created a global remix hit with release of the remix of “The Position feat Snoop Dogg, MacShawn100 and Ice Cube“. His fans are either loving it …..or smoking with it and ….then loving it !

There is no question this is hit fired track featuring Ice Cubb, Snopp Dogg, MacShawn100 and of course J-Dubb. Play this loud with the BASS tuned up to 11.

This track demonstrates J Dubb’s rap capabilities and artistic talents. These four incredible artists together are creating an awesome and sonically captivating musical experience for ya all’s EARS to dig.

It deserves a place in everyone’s playlist!

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