ILLBILLY HiTEC - NO BORDERS
iLLBiLLY HiTEC is a Berlin based collective, that is out to put the rootsy vibe back into modern productions, blending influences of dub, cumbia, bass music, hiphop and jungle into a very own style of reggae. Live they team up with MCs and guest musicians, to fuse the raw energy of a traditional band performance, with the flow, excitement and hype of a DJ set. The "No Boarders" EP is iLLBiLLY HiTEC’s taster from their upcoming album to be released in October 2016. What ́s new about I.H.? First of all, the band has an expert alongside the mixing desk and on the production side. The well known and Juno Award winner Jesse “Dubmatix” King KING from Canada takes care on the production and looks after tweaking the knobs at the desk at the right time. On vocals we do have Kinetical, Promoe, Emwan, Horseman to celebrate a fusion of reggae with rap lyrics. They grab reggae by the root to conjure up a varied mix of digital reggae, hip hop and dub. As a bonus there are three remixes by Dubmatix, Max Powa and Fleck.
BLACK ART JAZZ COLLECTIVE – PRESENTED BY THE SIDE DOOR JAZZ CLUB
A totally great group – all hip leaders who've given us great records on their own in recent years, working together here as a combo with a really fresh sound of its own! The music draws on the strengths of the individual members, but also really pushes forward, too – as their unified voices create moments of pride and power that are maybe even brighter than recent records on own – a truly artful collective expression of the talents of Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vincente Archer on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. There's maybe more angular lines than we might have expected, but still a deep sense of warmth as well – on titles that include "Essence Of Beauty", "Double Consciousness", "Going Somewhere", "Salvador Da Bahia", "Devil Eyes", and "Awaiting Change. ~ Dusty Groove
GWEN YVETTE - VICTORIOUS
GwenYvette can be described in one word Soulful. Strong comparisons in voice and delivery are often made with R&B/Soul greats such as Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. GwenYvette was born in New York and raised on St. Helena Island, a small sea island on the coast of South Carolina. Her native soulful delivery and beautiful voice have inspired the Rebirth of Soul movement which recently has sparked the resurgence of classic R&B/Soul music. Despite the hardships that accompanied dealing with depression, failed relationships, and loss, GwenYvette has has emerged, and reignited her passion for singing. Bypassing big record labels standards, she has found her audience while pursuing her career with no restrictions. Currently working on her forthcoming album, entitled, "Dreams & Visions" her goal is to simply re-introduce soul music to an older audience while influencing and gaining a younger following. She currently can be seen performing at The Champagne Room, Island Grill, various clubs, weddings, community and private corporate events with her funk and soul band, T.C. Soul Playas.