Break Through Artists

blenkaBlenka is a music/design duo that blends visual aesthetics into music. They use new technologies, recombining elements from the 70s with a Scandinavian/Euro flavor.

Harald: Svenska Tekniker, applies his Swedish aesthetic and science to nasty beat production and highly detailed visual media. Tamara: Space Kreatör, builds layered worlds inside of worlds with expressive and melodic vocals.

essenceSan Francisco singer-songwriter, essence, has released her much anticipated third album entitled "Feels Like the Future," independently, available now on iTunes, it's sound is a distinct hybrid of electronica and indie pop.

Deeply influenced by the sudden loss of her father in 2007, and inspired by the birth of her son, Rhys, only a few months later. "Feels Like the Future" is a collection of fourteen intimate and spirit lifting tracks that preserve Essence's trademark sound of blending sweeping vocals and honest lyrics.

"Feels Like The Future" is a collaboration among a handful of world class producers: Karl Derfler (No Doubt, Tom Waits, and countless film soundtracks), Count (Rolling Stones, Lyrics Bjorn, DJ Shadow), Garth May (producer of previous essence releases "Conception" & "Mariposa,") David Della Santa and Dan Wool. Each producer brought something unique to the mix, so there is dimension to the record as a whole, and yet unity is achieved by the common thread of essenceís songwriting and soaring vocals.

In her eleven year span as a recording artist, essence has earned a devoted following in San Francisco where she has sold thousands of CDs and headlined some of the city's most prestigious venues. She has also shared bills with Tom Petty, Shawn Colvin, Natalie Merchant, Ani DiFranco and Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes.

ben-westbeechBen Westbeech is back, and back in style, by the sounds of this new track “The Book.” Take a listen below. His new album, There’s More To Life Than This, out on Strictly Rhythm records.

 


Welcome to world.  Welcome to a truly multi-talented musical force.  Welcome to an album that‘s a hybrid of myriad styles and genres.  Welcome to something unexpected, heartfelt, genuine, true and most importantly of all, fun.  Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life - Ben Westbeech’s debut album - displays a wide range of musical influences and styles.

 

Futuristic suburban soul, fuzzy-edged funk, unpretentious pop, robust jazz, freshly laced hip-hop and dancefloor derived sounds ranging from drum n bass to house are all present.  The result is a potent cocktail blended by, and filtered through, Ben’s creative and multi-talented musicianship.  Rather than confine himself to the role of singer-songwriter, classically trained Ben also takes the credit for playing most of the instruments, and for much of the mixing and production of the album too.

jay_jSince this Grammy® nominee burst onto the Dance Music scene, Jay-J’s been creating critically acclaimed songs for the industry’s top labels and Producers. Credited as the “Godfather of the SF sound”, Jay-J’s been shaping House Music with over 150 releases appearing on Ultra, Defected, OM, Naked Music and Moulton Studios. He’s also remixed artists from Jill Scott to Joss Stone and has collaborated with producers from Kaskade to Miguel Migs.

Jay-J’s unique productions have caught the attention of Coke®, Apple®, Garageband® and MTV®, resulting in his own Coke® bottle for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to DJ’ing the 2006 MTV AVMAs®
feat. Snoop Dogg. On his label, Shifted Music, you’ll find a collection of dancefloor hits, radio friendly house tunes and as well as the Re:Souled | Shifted Music Remix Collection comp series which features some of the best talent Jay-J’s discovered while touring the globe.

jay_j_lovealiveNot one to rest on his accomplishments, Jay-J spent the last two years crafting his debut artist album, LOVE ALIVE; a smooth collection of meaningful and positive songs about love and sensuality. More than just ‘dancefloor music’, Jay-J delivers the goods and raises the bar with this strong, lyrically driven,warm and uplifting album. Not bound by any particular genre, Love Alive touches upon a wide range of music ranging from soulful house to downtempo chill to R&B and Electro. Thoughtful lyrics and beautiful vocals are provided by Big “Brooklyn” Red, Michelle Shaprow, Charlene Moore, Brian “BAM” Morgan, Judy Albanese and Fabian Leo with lush sounds and edgy instrumentation performed by Scott Wozniak and Tim K.

Whisper features Michele Shaprow on vocals.

dezarateDezarate hails from Spain and is making some amazing down tempo grooves Catalan style.  Getting his start back in 1997, Chema Dezarate of DeepClass Records worked hard in the Barcelona scene.  He would soon find himself playing throughout Europe and by 2002 he would land in the U.K. for events with Ministry of Sound and Bacardi B-Live.

In 2005, he moved to 'LLoret Del Mar' where he opened up a franchise for Plastic Records which offered a DJ Academy and Production courses.  His work here would not only grow his songwriting and production skills but also land his msuic into the hands of labels such as Ministry of Sound, Cafe Del Mar, Buddah Bar and Deep Class.

He now hails in the booming metropolis of Mexico City where he is remixing, writing and recording.  It isn't all about the down tempo beats, he also has worked with some of the biggest names in House (Danny Tenaglia, Jake Childs, Q-Burns, Inland Knights) and is set to work with the Tequila brand 'Jose Cuervo' for a Republic tour.

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