Co-Naming The Birthplace Of Hip-Hop, The Art of L’Amour & JeRm La Haine, More Fresh Free Music!

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(Photo I took of the DJ Herc mural located on East 166st & Grand Concourse. BX, NYC)

Welcome back Music Lovers! I have some good news to share as even more developments in the world of music and art arise.  I took a picture of DJ Kool Herc’s mural because it relates to a News 12, The Bronx story that caught my attention several days ago.  I was in the kitchen making a sandwich when I overheard a reporter talking about a new proposal aimed at co-naming Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, Hip-Hop Boulevard!! Wow!

As a Bronx resident I had to dig deeper into this story. Why was Sedgwick Ave so important for Hip-Hop’s history? For those readers who don’t know much about Sedgwick Avenue here’s a little history lesson as to why the place holds such an important cultural relevance to Hip-Hop and the world!

Many people including myself have always thought of Hip-Hop as first emerging in the South Bronx in the early 1970s. Well that idea is partly true. According to article written by David Gonzalez entitled, “Will Gentrification Spoil The Birthplace of Hip-Hop?”  in The New York Times,  Hip-Hop actually got its start in the West Bronx. While some may think of Hip-Hop as officially starting in Harlem or Queens, the residents of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue know better.

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 Digging through the evidence (check the references below) revealed that the building pictured above, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue  is the birthplace of Hip-Hop and Rap , a cultural force that has influenced generations of music fans, DJs and Producers worldwide!

How can this be? Glad you asked!

After hearing the story, I went online and googled 1520 Sedgwick Avenue.  

Just north of the Cross Bronx and along the Major Deegan expressway the highrise has a history unknown to many residents of the community. Admittedly, I did not know of the building’s significance until I researched and wrote this piece!

Cincystreetdesign.com provides details concerning the fact that this location was used by DJ Kool Herc to hold a party so grandiose that the epic reverbs of its influence can still be felt today! It was in the community room of 1520 Sedgwick that DJ Kool Herc unleashed the lyrical art form we know as Hip Hop. I can only say that I wish I was at that party to hear DJ Kool Herc and the invention of HipHop, but I wasn’t born yet. 😦

musical aesthetic as much as he unearthed it, buried in the drum breaks of soul and funk records – See more at: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/campbell-clive-dj-kool-herc-1955#sthash.4dlXstz2.dpuf

So who is DJ Kool Herc and how did all this start?

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(D.J. Kool Herc, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the west Bronx. Photo courtesy of The New York Times)

Wikipedia gave me a rundown of relevant info. Born Clive Campbell in Kingston, Jamaica, Herc immigrated to New York City at an early age and was influenced by  both American and Jamaican music styles. Using his father’s massive sound system to throw all night block parties, Herc united the community of the West Bronx.

Various sites including Allmusic.com point to Herc’s pioneering DJ technique as the isolation and extension of the drum breaks of funk, disco and soul records to induce high energy rhythms in the patterns of club goers. His signature style consisted of using two copies of the same record to endlessly loop a beat during performances.

Here is a video of DJ Kool Herc decribing how he invented the idea of playing two breaks together. Check it out!

During the drum breaks or the instrumental percussion parts of records the party exploded into new heights of dance fever. Realizing the raw energy that he had created, Herc decided to push the excitement further by drawing on his Jamaican dancehall roots.  Herc’s own crew “The Herculoids”, made up of Herc, Coke La Rock, and Clark Kent,  would take the opportunity to recite rhymes over the microphone, in the style of Jamaican dancehall toasting, while the breaks played on.

This innovation of rhyming in sync with the break beats gained a following across the five boroughs of New York City and eventually the world.

Those who could pull off the skill of rapping with the beat were given the title of MC or Master of The Ceremonies.

This is how Hip-Hop was born.

To quote the site cincystreetdesign.com “This is where it came from,” said Clive Campbell, pointing to the building’s first-floor community room. “This is it. The culture started here and went around the world. But this is where it came from. Not anyplace else.”

The technique used by Herc in that community room in 1973  extended into nearby parks and streets before turning into an all out global influence.

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(Promotion for the party that changed the music world, dated August 11, 1973. Photo from http://www.cincystreetdesign.com)

Flash forward to 2014. On Thursday a street naming proposal is hoped to honor 1520 Sedgwick Avenue as the rightful birthplace of hip-hop music.

According to News 12 The Bronx, local historian Jacob Morris is leading the push to co-name Sedgwick Avenue as Hip-Hop Boulevard. He’s not alone.  Morris is getting the support of dozens of Bronx residents who made a request to the Community Board.

Proponents of the idea to co-name Sedgwick Ave claim the world hasn’t been the same since DJ Kool Herc hosted the now-famous house party. News 12 goes on to state that if the community board decides to take up the proposal, it would eventually end up in a vote among all members. Morris says he believes the vote could happen as early as this month.

I love the idea and as a Bronx resident and Hip-Hop lover I want to see the building honored and the avenue co-named. I think the significance of this place must be respected. After all this is where Hip-Hop began, a culture that started from the community of one building and spread around the world. In a word, it is BIG. Hip Hop Boulevard. I dig it!

References:

http://djkoolherc.com/

http://www.allmusic.com/artist/kool-dj-herc-mn0001254243

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Kool_Herc

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1520_Sedgwick_Avenue

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/21/nyregion/21citywide.html?_r=0

http://www.cincystreetdesign.com/1520_Sedgwick/

http://wayneandwax.com/?page_id=271

http://bronx.news12.com/news/proposal-aims-to-co-name-sedgwick-avenue-in-the-bronx-as-hip-hop-boulevard-1.7462227

Marshall, Wayne. “Kool Herc.” In Icons of Hip Hop: An Encyclopedia of the Movement, Music, and Culture, ed. Mickey Hess, 1-26. (Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2007).

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ART NEWS!

Morbid Wonderland – The Art of Ashley L’Amour & JeRm La Haine

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Enter An Exciting World Of Art On The Flipside Of Normal

Morbid Wonderland’s page description on Facebook reads, “A page for all things dark and unusual in art, music, fashion, movies, television & theater.” Nothing could be further from the truth and I love it!

I stumbled across this page one afternoon on my quest to search for some cool new art and music. There I was scrolling the net in the library when something odd caught my eye. It was the image above. “Woah!”, I remembered thinking. “This is pretty cool. A world beyond the world we know!”. This an idea that often pops into my dreams and waking hours. I see art as the realization of a mystery world, a world of subconscious feeling trying to break free through signs and symbols.

The art team of Ashley L’Amour & JeRm La Haine create a narrative feast of sensory stimulation for the senses with their visual work. Signs and symbols come to life in their work. In the realm of digital design and artwork they offer their services to anyone  looking for promotional art, album art, business cards, performance art and much more. Below you will find a small sampling of their striking work. Check it out!

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Did I mention I love the internet? There are so many artists, producers and DJ making valuable contributions to the creative culture, setting trends and inventing new ones that it is awesome when something out of the ordinary sparks curiosity. That is what happened  when I discovered this digital playground for the eyes.

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In discovering Morbid Wonderland and the art of Ashley L’Amour & JeRm La Haine the visuals invoked a strange otherness that drew me closer. Immediately drawn into a Tim Burton meets Alice in Wonderland type world I was foreigner who made my way through the treasures of this strange and beautiful new world.

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Art is life and new artists make new life. In addition to digital design the art duo of L’Amor and JeRm La Haine also offer a selection of custom made masks available for purchase. Known under the name of “Second Skin” ! A world that beckons its viewer to be an active participant in its beautiful mystery. The viewer, the art and the artist become one with the mask. Be sure to click the links below the art to connect with the artists and order your own custom made art mask!

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Enjoy and be sure to support the work of artists who make it their mission to bring you fresh modes of expression!

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Will you use your mask for a festival, an elegant party, a masquerade ball or a night out? Will you put on a show or hang one on the wall next to other art? The choice is yours.

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Yes. You can own these!

 

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These are really, really cool.

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I think I’ll take the Jason inspired one! Visit the links and claim your custom made art! My favorite part is of Second Skin masks are that no two masks are the same because each one is crafted by hand with love. This guarantees you an original artwork! Discover more in the links below.

Graphic Designs Link –  https://www.facebook.com/AstralVisionDesign

Second Skin Mask Link – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Second-Skin/675238735869770

Morbid Wonderland Link – http://www.facebook.com/morbid.wonderland

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 MORE FRESH FREE MUSIC! NEW ARTISTS WHO PROVIDE MUSIC FOR THE MASSES!!

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NAME: STEPHEN HUNT     LOCATION: KENT, BRITAIN (UK)    GENRE: VARIOUS  LINK: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-hunt-j4zz
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From Soundcloud Bio.

“Independent Sub-genre inspiring producer , Electro , soul , jazz , funk , blues , disco , r&b ..that’s what I’m about”

My Take: Truthfully speaking, Fushion picks great tunes to work with. I like his taste in music and his selection. I found myself boppin to his choice cuts. I don’t know why ,but something about the selected cuts and effects used reminded me of Massive Attack at some points in my listening experience. (Love Massive Attack) Good vibes entered my brain when I listened to some of the tunes. Not 100% feeling some of the effects used in these tunes, but overall the vibes were there and it felt good.  Dig it, these were the cuts I thought were dope. Give it a listen and a download! Then sit back and enjoy the free tunes. Follow on Soundcloud for more. I’m looking forward to hearing the evolution of this up and coming artist. Respect.

 

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FRESH FREE DJ SET OF THE WEEK – WOW WHAT A SOUND!

DJ Kim Kong’s  “Happiness”

NAME: KIM KONG  LOCATION: MONTREAL, CANADA   GENRE: ELECTRONIC   LINK: https://soundcloud.com/dj-kimkong
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As a dj trying to perfect my craft I believe that a pure, crisp, clean sound makes for a better sounding dj or producer. I’m on a quest for choice cuts. I rather listen to a dj that has awesome music, than a super popular dj who is scratching music every five seconds with loaded effects.  I dig the tunes and the ambiance. The mood and feeling of music are very important to me, so when I read the title of DJ Kim Kong’s set I expected to feel ‘Happiness”.  Good news music lovers, I felt happy listening to this set. Why? Listen and you’ll find out. Trance Ambient Minimal Electro Dance Goodness!!! You gotta check this one out! FREE? HELL YEAH!

From Soundcloud: “Happiness” My new set, recorded live. Trance Ambient Minimal Electro Dance. Download it! Burn it! Share it! Thank you!”

You know my only feeling of sadness listening to this set was not being in the club when DJ Kong dropped it. That’s ok though…I’ll be pumping this mix on my night drive to the city. You inspired my set DJ Kim Kong!

THANK YOU for this feeling! Amazing work! Also check out “Now”

 

Well that’s all for now! Be sure to check out post 8 next week for more fresh free music and art news. Till next time my fellow music lovers! Viva Good Music!

– O

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You Can Still Stream The 2014 iTunes Music Festival, A 90’s Rave Days Mix & More Fresh Free Music!

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Welcome back music lovers! Happy Friday! Throw your hands up in air and wave them around like you just don’t care. Today is a very special day because of all the free content I have to share with you, not to mention a flashback mixtape and a round up of new artists producing music you just can’t stop boppin to, so let’s get into it shall we?

First off we have the iTunes Music Festival at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin! A collection of music industry heavyweights rocking the crowd! Apple’s music festivals has been rocking music lovers at London’s Roundhouse venue annually since 2007. This time around Apple has decided to host the event in the US for the first time ever and has decided to give fans who couldn’t make it to the show some streaming options to view the festival live from the comfort of your couch!  Sit back and enjoy awesome performances from fifteen of the biggest names in the music industry including Coldplay, Kendrick Lamar, Soundgarden, Pitbull, Keith Urban and more!

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You can stream the performance live or (for busy folk) after the festival for a limited time after March 15th! I love the fact that you can steam the shows and not miss a beat, even after your favorite performer has left the stage! Watch it live right now by using one of the streaming options below! Also check out the list of performances so far below!

Stream the iTunes Festival on an iPhone or iPad Apple has created an official iTunes Festival App available via iTunes or the App store. With the app users has access to information about the artists participating, links to selections from the iTunes music catalog, along with a complete schedule of the the festival performances. Live stream performances by downloading the iTunes SXSW Festival app from iTunes or the App Store then sit back and enjoy the show! https://www.itunesfestival.com/

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Stream the iTunes Festival on Apple TV Besides an app Apple also provides viewers an option with a new iTunes Festival channel to the Apple TV. The channel should already be available for all, in most cases featured prominently among the other channels found on the device’s home page. To stream performances, simply tune in during any of the concerts.

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You can also watch it directly from Vevo. (You’ll need to be using Safari to do so)

Tuesday, March 11th –  Imagine Dragons, London Grammar, Coldplay

Wednesday, March 12th – Kendrick Lamar , ScHoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad

Thursday, March 13th – Soundgarden, Band of Skulls, Capital Cities

Friday, March 14th – Pitbull, Zedd, G.R.L

Saturday, March 15th – Keith Urban, Willie Nelson, Mickey Guyton

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– Fresh Free New Mixtape Discovery –

Artist: Dj Marky

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mixtape: Back To The Rave Dayz 1991 1992 Mixed by DJ Marky

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My View: AMAZING MUSIC, AMAZING! I get a nostalgic feeling listening to this! You will too if you’re a fan of the 90’s rave scene. Enjoy this FREE MIXTAPE and let those memories of club nights and dancing till dawn come back!! There are many things I can say about this collection, but I’ll let the artist and his mix show you. Hit play after the description and dance!

Excerpt from Soundcloud: “Set dedicado a todos que curtiram a Sound Factory Penha em 1991-1992. Dedicated to all the DJ’s, labels and producers in UK that changed my life. Don’t forget the feedback, Nao esqueçam do feedback! Big Love,

DJ Marky”

Back to the rave days
1991/1992 Part I

Mixed By DJ Marky

1- Rhythm Section – Comin’ On Strong
2- SL2 – DJ’s Take Control [DJ Seduction Remix]
3- DJ PC – Control Expansion [Andy B. Remix]
4- Cameo – Money [Joey Beltram Remix]
5- Channel X – Rave The Rhythm
6- The Frequency – Kiss the Sky
7- Q Bass – Dancin’ People [E Type Remix]
8- N’Joi – Malfunction
9- Moby – Go [Rainforest Mix]
10- Altern 8 – Frequency
11- Bizarre Inc. – Playing With Knives
12- The Shamen – LSI [Ed Richards 12″ Mix]
13- Tronikhouse – Up Tempo [Reese Mix]
14- Elevation – Can You Feel It
15- Run Tings – Fires Burning [Mickey Finn Remix]
16- The House Crew – Maniac [Hypermix]
17- The Prodigy – Fire [Sunrise Version]
18- Krome & Time – Manic Stampede [DJ Hype’s Sandringham Road Mix]
19- F.O.A.D – Work It Out – The Redemption
20- Rufige Cru – Menace
21- Manix – Alright Wid Me
22- Foul Play – Finest Illusion [Legal Mix]
23- Run Tings – Back Again [Kaotic Chemistry Remix]
24- DJ Hype – Weird Energy
25- N.R.G. – I Need Your Lovin’ [C.J. Bolland Remix]
26- SL2 – Aftershock
27- D’Cruze – World Within a World [The Criminal Minds Remix]

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COOL PRODUCERS MAKING MAGIC

Artist: KYN KRUNK

Location: Erfenbach, Germany    Genre: Instrumentals/Hip-Hop

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Links:  http://www.reverbnation.com/kynkrunk    https://www.facebook.com/KYNKRUNK

Awesome beats, surprising melodies and a sound that feels like you’re listening to an old record you just discovered in an underground shop are the feelings I get when listening to Kyn Krunk. Kyn certainly lives up to the Krunk!  Each of Kyn’s tracks are unique in that they provide the listener with such rich sonic textures that you can almost piece together your own cinematic story.  I found myself saying, “Yes!” a lot while listening to these beats. Check em out here and visit his facebook for more info! https://www.facebook.com/KYNKRUNK

https://soundcloud.com/kyn_krunk/sexy-beast

https://soundcloud.com/kyn_krunk/gurl-myne

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FRESH FREE MUSIC/MIX DOWNLOADS – MUSIC ARTISTS WHO PROVIDE FREE MUSIC TO THE MASSES

Artist: ✞ЯфPKiLLΔℤ

Location: Brazil       Info: Tropkillaz is 808 BASS MUSIC  provided by DJ Zegon & Andre Laudz

Track: PUMP UP THE VOLUME – Tropkillaz & Meaux Green  Link: https://www.facebook.com/Tropkillaz

I’m feeling this track very much! I like it so much I decided to stop mixing and producing to take some time out to tell you guys about it! I hope you rock out! The music itself tells the story. All you have to do is listen. It is also FREE to own! How cool is that? Your ears will go, “WOAH” and when that happens you know it is real.

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Artist: SevnthWonder

Location: Boston, United States       Info: New music every Sunday     Links: https://www.facebook.com/SevnthWonder

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Oh yeah, I’m feelin this one! Great atmosphere and an R&B and classic Hip-Hop vibe fill the track with a good feeling. It’s a free download, so be sure to claim your copy and support this great new music artist out of Boston! Awesome track! Sevnth Wonder is a cool artist for sure, so I can’t wait to hear more of his future sounds! Check it out! Your ears will go, “ahhhh” and that’s always a good thing! Take a listen.

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Artist: Sascha Braemer

Location: Berlin, Germany       Genre: Electronic       Link: https://www.facebook.com/saschabraemer.official

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I happen to like this mix very much. It’s two hours of epic sounds, so be prepared to party! As the title says, the tape will ready you and your friends for a night of dancing! Think of it as the party to the party, so play this and don’t get worn out on your way to the party! This is also a FREE TAPE! Jump on it and use your cash to get a water bottle. You’ll need the hydration while listening to this hot sound!

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JackEL

Jack Lozeron
Location: Las Vegas, United States                         Genre: Progressive House
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My Favorite track so far has been “Bird Machine”, keep reading and everything changes. At first I was like ok, now I’m like this is cool! I’ll be looking forward to future developments in JackEL’s music. I feel like everyday day is Christmas when I hear “Bird Machine”.
Bird machine is clever, very clever. If it wasn’t for that song I don’t know how I’d get up to finish my posting duties but then came…

I’m Blue (JackEL Remix) – Eiffel65

This is a good remix to a familiar friend I’ve known for years, Eiffel 65’s classic song, “I’m Blue.” The remix is cool, so much so that I reposted it on soundcloud and played it again and again! Now this track is my favorite. It’s great and as for JackEL’s other works, you simply have to check em out. You must do yourself a favor and hit play.

Then discover “Fire Storm”! I’m telling you, discover “Fire Storm”.  “Bird Machine” was woah, “I’m Blue Remix” was wow and “Fire Storm” was woooooah with some great samples there, but I just wish it was a longer song. Too Short!

Why are all these hot songs I like short? That’s when I hear this….https://soundcloud.com/officialjackel/lrad-vs-animals-jackel-mashup . The problem is solved because this mashup that follows “Fire Storm” is CRAZY.  ENJOY!! Oh and then there’s the song, “Like A Pyramid Scheme”….see what happens when you listen? You can’t stop and just want to keep listening. That’s the mark of good music wouldn’t you say???  Just HIT PLAY!

Don’t forget to tune in next week for post 6 and more fresh free tunes and news! Till next time music lovers!!!

Peace & Viva Good Music!!!

-O

Reactions to Kelvin Doe, a.k.a. DJ Focus from Sierra Leone & More Fresh, Free Music!

Welcome to post 4 my fellow music lovers! I came across this video through a link on Facebook dated 2012 and even though it’s an old story, the inspiration of it is timeless. This is a true story of then 15 year old Kelvin Doe, aka DJ Focus, who is known for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13 to aid his community. Doe sets an example for many youngsters with the idea that creativity and imagination can be agents of positive change in the world.

In the video, Doe explains how he helped his family and everyone in the poverty stricken community of Sierra Leone by using the power of technology and music. Digging through trash bins, the teen was able to make use of scrap metal and discarded electronic devices to build his own radio station, batteries and generators using advanced techniques fundamental to reverse engineering.

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Known as DJ Focus, Doe plays music and broadcasts news. He adopted the name because of his belief that anything is possible if you just focus. This amazing young man proves that with enough determination and commitment anything is possible. To support young innovators like Kelvin, please visit http://www.crowdrise.com/InnovateSalone

Enjoy the inspiring video!

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FRESH FREE DOWNLOAD DISCOVERIES –  ARTISTS WHO PROVIDE FRESH FREE MUSIC FOR THE MASSES!

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Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

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“Can’t Hold Us Remix”

Ellis D provides humorous samples from the movie Half Baked, fresh new raps over a Macklemore beat, and an overall good feeling! What more can you ask for? Oh did I mention it’s also a FREE DOWNLOAD?! YES! You gotta give this one a listen and throw your hands up in the air while you’re at it!

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Artist: Freedom Fighters

Genre: Progressive Trance/Psytrance   Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

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Freedom Fighters & Pixel – “Trick n’ Treat” (The Big Smashup)

Links to Facebook & Youtube:

https://www.facebook.com/freedomfightersofficial     https://www.youtube.com/user/FreedomFightersRiot

Excerpt from Soundcloud Bio:

“Freedom Fighters is the musical project of producer Shahaf Efrat (1989), from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Shahaf has been producing his own original music since 2005 and with a rapid rise to fame, performing worldwide since 2007.
Freedom Fighters music can be best described as Techno oriented Progressive Psytrance mixed with everyday life experiences. Whether its heavy underground psychedelic sound or a crystal clear techno oriented tune, one can be sure to recognize the unique signature sound in every track produced.”

My Take: Whenever an experienced music maker offers a mix, mashup, or an original tune free, I jump on it. In doing so I’m introduced to more great music. This time it’s Progressive Trance and Freedom Fighters is an another awesome example of a new take on established music genre. I had a good time listening to this and his other work. Check it out!

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Relaxing Music Artist of The Week:

Need a Name

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Dario Lupo, aka, Need a Name. Genre: Ambient. Location: Melodies From Outer Space.

From Soundcloud Bio: “I create emotional, nostalgic ambient music featuring
larger-than-space reverbs.”  Links to Official Page & Facebook:  http://www.needanamemusic.com/site/   https://www.facebook.com/needanamemusic

Emotional, electronic and cinematic are just some of the words that describe Need A Name’s ambient music. Music artist, Dario Lupo makes use of piano, guitar and ambient sounds found in nature to produce a calm, soothing effect on the listener. Perfect music to relax, listen to his remix of Umber’s “The Day We Left For Earth” or “White Truffle” (My Favorite) or any of his other wonderful original productions. Listening to these tracks invoked memories of Sigur Ros and a bit of Eksi Ekso, but I was in an atmospheric state of total serenity by Dario Lupo’s own sound. Blood Pressure will be lowered and the music will wash stress away, but for best results listen with headphones on the way home from work. The tunes also work well for an evening of ambient listening in the crib.

Highly recommended.

Well that’s all for now! Be sure to drop by this Friday for more news on upcoming tunes, art and fresh free music! Till next time…

Peace & Viva Good Music!

– O