JJ Soul Band

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The songwriters, Kormáksson and Soul, met in Iceland 1993 and soon began writing music together. In 1994 they made their first CD, “HUNGRY FOR NEWS”, with JJ Soul Band and “CITY LIFE” in 1997. On both CDs the music is many-sided; blues, R&B, fusion, rock, pop and latin, sometimes all in one (blues-confusion?). Singer/songwriter JJ Soul is from Oxford, England but Ingvi is from Iceland as the rest of the band. The band has hitherto mainly served as a vehicle for the songwriting team. The band’s third CD is “REACH FOR THE SKY. The band’s fourth album is BRIGHT LIGHTS (2008). – Two songs, “City Life” and “Do, Re, Mi”, appeared on 4CD-compilation “The 1st Smooth Jazz Avenue” (Sony BMG Music Entertainment) in Poland. The band’s rendition of “My Funny Valentine” is on 3CD-compilation “In Love With Jazz” (QL Music, Poland)

 

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Nominated HMMA, Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2013.

Excerpts from reviews (Bright Lights) I seldom heard more talented musicians gathered on one album. Also the arrangements and lyrics are top level, and sound tight, complicated and easy listening at one time Harold van Dorth, August 12th, 2008 Bobtjeblues (August 2008)

 

 

Bright Lights, the newest album from JJ Soul Band, is a nice combination of easy listening blues and adult contemporary pop-rock. There’s a little something for everyone in this album. With a stellar band and instrumentalists at hand, the boys from Iceland execute nicely. ..All in all, it’s a well-produced and recorded album. Awakenmusic (October 2008)

 

 

Well played and arranged, unimpeachable mixing…excellent musicianship… JJ Soul’s voice sounds great….top level blues/jazz/fusion album. – Dagbjartur Gunnar Lúdvíksson – Monitor; 19/08/2008

 

 

The (musical) approach is characterized by artistic shrewdness and good taste. Bright Lights is a fine and solid album, unaffected and competent. Interpretation always full of artistic aptitude and perception. Orri Hardarson – Morgunbladid, 9. Aug. 2008.

 

 

LATIN FACULTY – LATÍNUDEILDIN (2012):

The album contains 2 discs.

CD-1: English lyrics by JJ Soul, Portuguese lyrics by Jussanam da Silva and two instrumental songs.

CD-2 includes the same songs with Icelandic lyrics written by various authors.

Nine vocalists perform on the album, veterans like Gudrún Gunnars, Eivor Pálsdóttir and Thor Breidfjörd and younger generation jazz-singers like Marína Ósk and Erla Stefáns.
The musicians include Jóhann Ásmundsson (of Mezzoforte) on bass who also engineered and mixed the album, Einar Scheving on drums, Vignir Thor Stefáns on kbs., Edvard Lárusson (of JJ Soul Band) on guitar, Birkir Freyr Matthíasson on trumpet and Stefán S. Stefánsson on saxophones who also produced the music.

 

THE COMPOSER:
Ingvi Thor Kormaksson is a native Icelander and has occupied himself with songwriting for the past 30 years or so and has to this day 11 albums to his credit. Altogether; he has had more than 150 of his compositions recorded by various Icelandic artists. He writes mainly in the AC (adult contemporary) genre, but jazzy chord progressions and bossanova rhythms are often featured in his music. Folk music traditions and blues can also be heard.
Collaborating with JJ Soul from Oxford, Ingvi has written music for JJ Soul Band’s 4 albums (see JJ Soul Band on Reverbnation and MySpace).

LYRICIST JJ Soul is from Oxford, UK; artist, art teacher, singer, songwriter, lyricist, author of books.

“Since my teenage years I’ve admired the music of Brasil; Jobim, Bonfá, Lins and many more composers, and all the wonderful vocalists. Bossanova and samba rhythms have been featured on my albums, even in the more blues or folk oriented ones. Finally I decided to write music for an album that would showcase Latin music only. There are two or three salsa songs here, but mostly the music nods towards Brasil and could also be categorized as AC or smooth-jazz.” – (Ingvi)

 

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The fundaMentals

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The garage /hard rock band The fundaMentals are loud, obnoxious, and fun. And that’s what real rock and roll was meant to be, wasn’t it? The The fundaMentals bring enough volume, attitude, and humor to make you rock out with your mock out.
The fundaMentals were formed in 2008 by The Icon (guitar, lead vocals) and Danger Dan Goodnight (lead guitar), and joined along the way from various homeless shelters and halfway houses by Sir Chas House (bass), Big Hoss (keyboards, vocals) and John “The Hammer” Marnie (drums, vocals), in ‘The Elephant Graveyard of America’, Port Charlotte FL, where old things go to die. Deported from various states of this fine land, a higher authority brought this mix of personalities rarely seen outside of a federal correctional facility together to deliver the festival of rock and roll whoopass the world desperately needs in these dark days.
The fundaMentals new EP, “Full ‘Mental Jacket” brings you 6 tracks of their unique brand of trashcan rock, a sonic pipebomb-in-the-poop-chute, a full-throttle rock and roll foot in the wazoo from a band that lives for the adrenaline rush that playing it brings.

 

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R J Pitie

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J. Pitie – a born South African jazz creator & musician – is one such musician who blushes quite plenty when people talk about Smooth Jazz. Having experimenting with Time, Genres, Beats, Sounds and much more in his music he loves irregular phrases, irregular times, irregular tempos & irregular beats and doesn’t apologize for that. He is more in a genre that you’d term fusion but is in fact Smooth Jazz added Symphonic elements with a given African (Setswana Folk) feel/touch and some relatives of varieties in genre configurations…similar to many more smoothies out there. He started as a musician who rarely would lead his songs; most of the times you’d find him in the backline…like a band leader who never plays any instrument in his band than conduct.

 

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I-NZ

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I-NZ is a New Zealand rap MC based in Dubai. Born in Scotland to Iraqi parents, his cultural diversity shines throughout his music creating a marked uniqueness within a highly competitive and heavily talented environment. Raised in a household of lawyers with a deep interest in politics, I-NZ’s music can occasionally have a slight political undertone. Having discovered his love for musical story telling at the age of 24 in Dubai, it didn’t take long before he found himself affiliated to a rap duo called “Traknotz”. In 2011, Traknotz released a nationwide hit titled “Dubai” that led to a morning show interview on 104.1 Radio 1. I-NZ, as part of Traknotz, has performed at the Formula One, Virgin Megastore Festival and FORTLOM in 2012, where he opened for recognized acts Malikah and Omar Offendum.
Since 2015, I-NZ has embarked on his solo musical career with a hope to inspire and educate others through meaningful music, while maintaining a commercial sound in order to broaden his appeal. With a sound that aims to bridge his Eastern roots with his Western upbringing, I-NZ believes that Dubai is the perfect multi-cultural platform for his voice to be heard.

 

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Porter Rich

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Born in the birthplace of Hip Hop, the Boogie Down Bronx, rising Hip Hop MC Porter Rich aka Young Lye is a 21 year old recording artist whose stage name is a playoff of the strength and respect for the king of the jungle. Young Lion as it stands for, his latest single ”Got Me Some Bands” is the subject of a to-date 6 month campaign based on the premise of heightening awareness of his brand, this heat track will be on his next mixtape called “Porter for President” Vol.1 coming soon. Stack Large Empire Porter Rich has spoken again with his newest hit heat track called “No Hook” – it got premiered on Hot97fm NYC by DJ Drewski, who’s also from TV reality show Love & Hip Hop NYC. Be the first to hear this real rap / hip-hop new heat track right here. #YouKnowTheVibes.

 

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Mr Smith Aka Bo$$ Money

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Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” had just hit theaters a week prior when the man who’d be known as BO$$ Money made his debut in Greenwood, South Carolina. He spent part of his childhood there until his mother passed away in 1999. As the new the world entered the new millennium, the teenager had to start over in a new city with his father. While some may’ve fallen through the cracks in that situation, he flourished as he killed it in speech, debate and community activities. All of these above laid the foundation for the performer he’d soon discover he’d be. Soon after he’d graduated high school a DJ friend of his introduced him to recording music and then and there, BO$$ Money was born. Now he’s working alongside legends such as D.C.’s Godfather and Atlanta’s own Kool Ace as he lives that grind hard, shine hard lifestyle. When the world was singing along to the likes of “SexyBack,” “Check On It” and “Money Maker,” BO$$ Money was dropping his debut. 2006 saw the release of the said debut, “True Words”. Since then the emcee has churned out almost a dozen albums. His latest being 2018’s EP, “TLE Cook Up”. The new album features We$ B on the lead single “DoubleBack.” It’s a song that is all about motivating and highlighting the hustle while at the same time entertaining the masses as a banger. Of course being from South Carolina, he represents that southern style with tracks like “Dirty South Slang.” At the end of the day, BO$$ Money is about the motivation. He notes, “I’m giving you a real perspective on life as we live but also giving back by sharing the knowledge through the music. In my own pimped out boss playa down south way.” BO$$ Money has played throughout the south. From his hometown in South Carolina to Club Harpo’s in Memphis to Knockouts Bar & Lounge in Atlanta. His latest performance took place back home in Columbia, SC at Park Place where he held his TLE Cook Up album listening party. Much like his idols Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent, BO$$ Money doesn’t just want to focus on music. He wants to be a well-rounded artist and delve into acting and the business side of music. To be a mogul is the goal and he’ll continue to grind hard and shine hard until his goals are reached. ​

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blow_Flyy

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Blow_Flyy who performs out of Toronto Canada, hailing from Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia, is a new age artist with new thought process, he does it his way, for the fans, that is without rhyming, instead being a story teller. When it comes to the industry, he like most artists who are true to the game and themselves is OK grinding pursuing his career solely as an independent artist so to keep full control of his own musical content. While many artists are looking & chasing labels to be signed, he remains loyal to his identity and genre. As an artist who has clean content, he has potential to gain a lot of respect within the wide spectrum of the industry. Respect with parental units and less vulgar entities will bring new money in a present yet undisturbed revenue stream. Blow_Flyy is destined to make a dent in the industry starting in Canada, to the U.S., and then world-wide, definitely keep your eyes on this artist….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blow_Flyy

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Blow_Flyy who performs out of Toronto Canada, hailing from Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia, is a new age artist with new thought process, he does it his way, for the fans, that is without rhyming, instead being a story teller. When it comes to the industry, he like most artists who are true to the game and themselves is OK grinding pursuing his career solely as an independent artist so to keep full control of his own musical content. While many artists are looking & chasing labels to be signed, he remains loyal to his identity and genre. As an artist who has clean content, he has potential to gain a lot of respect within the wide spectrum of the industry. Respect with parental units and less vulgar entities will bring new money in a present yet undisturbed revenue stream. Blow_Flyy is destined to make a dent in the industry starting in Canada, to the U.S., and then world-wide, definitely keep your eyes on this artist….

 

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The Last City

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The Last City combines classical instrumentation with indie rock arrangements and pop melodies. Adrien (guitar and vocals) and Lizbet Palmer (violin and piano) draw from such influences as Damien Rice, John Mayer and Fall Out Boy. As “religious free agents”, their music and lives explore different cultures and spiritual practices, but is also willfully human. After living abroad in Japan for three years, they are currently laying roots in Dallas, Texas.

 

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Happy Otherwise

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Introducing Happy Otherwise, an essentially indefinable band from Portland, OR.

The three band-mates, singer/songwriter Josie Johnson, drummer/producer/sound engineer Kendra Lynn and bass guitarist/studio musician Adam Justin Raitano discovered each other a little over a year ago at Jackpot! Recording Studio.

During the past year they have been playing together in Portland and on the road from San Francisco to Minneapolis and have returned to Jackpot! to record a CD of the new music.

 

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