Mikel Wright and the Wrongs – CD Release!

Released July 20th 2012

Last night, July 20th 2012, marked one of the best CD Release parties of the summer! A night filled with familiar faces, and friendly greetings, it was no doubt a great success. Mikel Wright and the Wrongs released their album “We Get Down”, and there was a big dance party, as expected!

One of the best things about the MidWest Music Scene is the deep-rooted, collaborative community that is found here. Mikel Wright demonstrated this type of community perfectly with his opening bands!   For example, Dj Nimo Thehooligan, Duenday, Down Lo, and P.B. & The Jam.  He took the event to a different level by having special guests super jam during each set! Special guests included, Big Zach of Kanser and More Than Lights, Mammoth Jackson, Culture Cry Wolf,  Sine Circle, Tom Alane from Circle of Heat, Mark Joseph from Mark Joseph Project and Down Lo, Sean Anonymous, not to mention, Reed Grimm and Ben Peterson from Shoeless Revolution.  This was a great way to mass support local artists, and the perfect place to do it- The Twin Cities.

Beyond the special experience of being surrounded by such wonderful musicians, collaboration is the leading theme for Mikel Wright’s album, “We Get Down”. Mikel Wright & The Wrongs first broke onto the Minneapolis Music scene in 2007.  The currently tour the MidWest and play at multiple music festivals. Together Mikel and the Wrongs are continually creating a sound of their own. Mikel has the vocal depth of an old blues man with the heart of a twenty-two year old musician. His dynamic voice enforced by the talented band creates a unique funk-filled reggae rock sound that is one of a kind. The bands charismatic rhythms and fascinating lyrics are guaranteed to captivate any audience.

Mikel Wright and the Wrongs’ live shows are always a treat! Fun and interactive, Mikel has a whole “Wrongs Family” that he plays with on different nights at different shows! If you would like to know more information about the “Wrongs Family” check out their info! But no matter who plays, its that kind of music that revives your soul in just one night! Their positive message is refreshing after a long week!

Make sure to follow Mikel Wright & The Wrongs on Facebook, and Twitter, and for more information on the album and band members check their BandCamp.


Sine Circle “Aqueous” – Album Review

Releases July 27th!

I’m extremely happy for the opportunity to take a sneak-peak-preview of Sine Circle’s new album, “Aqueous”! Starting from the first song, it took me on a visual journey. “Aqueous”, is primarily instrumental with concepts that make a unique impression in the world of Contemporary Music. Each song was present with depth, irony, and a melted sense of culture. Of course, I’m going to tell you my favorites, but first, who is Sine Circle?!

Sine Circle is a member of Last Triumph. A collective of artists, musicians, dancers, designers, photographers, producers, chefs, skateboarders, graffiti artists, and engineers, Last Triumph is paving a revolutionary road in the heart of Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Sine Circle was founded by a dear friend, talented percussionist, and skilled producer, Sassan Zaker!

Founder of Sine Circle

Sassan is relentlessly attempting to discover an elevated future sound while blending organic musical elements. “Aqueous”, is a great example of the musical sophistication Sine Circle has to offer. “Aqueous” is releasing on July 27th 2012, on iTunes, BandCamp, Amazon, and in stores for only $5.99.  It will also be available to listen to for free on Spotify. You should also follow Sine Circle on Twitter, and Facebook!

As a singer/songwriter of lyrics, my composition process is quite different from that of a musical producer. I would like to give respectful credit for the concepts derived within this album. Creative energy flowed from song to song, and took me to a place that lyricism never has. Visions filled my  mind with each concept, and it was a smooth experience that captured my senses.

My top three favorite songs are Chase the Sunset, The Origin and The Evolution, and Roots and Wires because of the way they mesmerize. I imagined incredible things inspired by their individualism. Music truly is life, and I love those moments when music can make you feel emotions so real.  “Aqueous” spoke to me, in what seemed like another language, but one I needed to try to find the right words to describe. I also loved the instrumentation of the wooden flute throughout the album. It has a scent of husk, with an organically-ambient character; similar to the ambience of candle light. I can see myself listening to this album doing just about anything, and will on repeat! Thank you, Sine Circle, for sharing your heart through music!

If you’re just as excited now for this album, take a sneak peak on their recently released video below!

Ital Fury

Roots Rock Entertainment is getting ready to release the album of their first artist, Ital Fury, by September 2012.  I am honored to be getting the album early, so look for my album review!

I heard about Ital Fury through Heshima Selassie at McNally Smith College of Music.  Dread heads seem to have a special language with one another, and we met over the common exchange, “I see you dready!”  Both sharing a passion for Reggae, this Roots Reggae artist is on the forefront in the evolution of reggae music, which may even become a new genre of this powerful music called Progressive Reggae. Its thick in the tradition of reggae music, but has a distinct musical arrangement and it’s own new refreshing sound. This Roots Rock Entertainment artist is on the rise on the reggae music scene, bringing positive vibes and lyrics to the world. GET FAMILIAR!!!

Ital Fury is a group has a very old school reggae sound with a new school twist. The songs are passionate and lyrically crisp, the foundation members of the group are Heshima Selassie, and the Nicholson Brothers (Wonder Twins) Richard and Chris.

Yesterday, Heshima shared with me the newest song/video they more recently released.  It was inspired by the death of Trayvon Martin.  Check it out and let them know what you think of it on Twitter!