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R&B PREMIERES OF 2020: Canada’s Hot New export ‘O a k $’ releases a dreamy, melodic and sexy R&B groove on ‘Smoke and Harmony’

O a k $ is a recording artist hailing from Ontario, Canada who delivers distinct, fresh R&B music for the soul. His versatility is one of his biggest strengths as he is able to shift …

ROCK DANCE GROOVES: Get dancing in Carnival party rock style with the uplifting Festival sounds of ‘Dar.ra’ as he returns with hot release ‘Rise Like The Sun’

While we as a world speed forward on an uncharted flight to an unknowable destination, predictions and hearsay is all you hear in the backseats on this excursion into a strange new Paradigm.

One prediction that has come to play out is Dar.Ra whose album New Kinda Normal released in 2019 told of tales of future society changes, while the front cover art showed a couple walking down and empty high street in a bubble.

Did he know something we didn’t at the time and was anyone paying attention to the fine lines of that release. Since we have seen massive changes and other artists not releasing any new material, we have seen more out put from Dar.Ra rather than less.

The EP ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ was an honourable attempt to give the Keyworkers and Frontline Heroes of the Pandemic something more than just a round of applause, something that people could sing and show their Love, with proceeds given to Frontline worker charities.

The ‘Whisky n Honey’ EP featured a great Bowie style track with sublime subplot of a Love given up on for a pursuit of fast love and neon highs only to end up empty and alone wishing for a life that will never come back.

The Lights Dark Nights remix was the epitome of genre called ‘Rock Step’, which Dar.Ra claims to have invented. If you’re looking for the blueprint you can find it on this EP and the ‘New Kinda Normal’ Album

The latest release schedule doesn’t let up with a new single ‘Rise Like The Sun’. A Latin rock groove that cuts through the current climate like a hot knife through butter.

Uplifting sunshine grooves with remixes from Colombian to India, the UK with a few European mainland connections thrown in for good measure. The lyric suggests not been held down by the people in high places, the unknown powers who make decisions about out lives that we have no control over.

‘I want to rise like the sun and hold back for no one’ is a lyric sung with power and persuasion by Dar.Ra who takes a further dig at those powers by singing;

‘I wanna live the dream with impunity like the rich do with ease’, ‘I been crying crying out loud I been down in the dirt the dirt and the dust,
Trying to reach up from the gutter to the stars’

Sums up the frustration of the singer to be heard in a world that is obsessed with money and power rather than concern for the real issues that we face as a human race.

Dar.Ra has a way however of making the Music and melodies sound so sweet that you would miss the subliminal storylines that lurk beneath the clean mixes and beautiful musicianship on each track he puts out.

On the ‘Rise Like The Sun’ single there are 6 mixes all named after different places on the globe in an attempt to bring the world together rather than see ourselves separated by colours and creeds. Columbian Sun Cut is the real deal in the Latin house area and Vidula a producer from Sri Lanka puts his distinct flavours on his Indian Sun Remix.

The other remixes come from Dar.Ra and have an Indigenous theme to them as is also reflected in the Cover artwork which pays homage to the Aboriginal national flag.

Rise Like The Sun’ is out on Kusha Deep Music this fall.

Dar.Ra and the Hits so far…..

Dar.Ra is a Music Writer, Producer and Author who earned his stripes with hits for EMI and 21St Century Artists and set up the Kusha Deep Label in the 2000s releasing his first solo Album in 2009, called ‘Soul Hours‘. The UK, USA music press and radio, made Album of the week on Heart FM Spain, supported the album.

One of the tracks ‘Haunted Dancehall’ featured in a Hollywood film staring Hilary Duff and ‘Snakes On Planes’. Dar.Ra played on BBC Radio Cambridge to a million people live when they connected up their regional stations around the Midlands.

Various EPs ‘Now Is Now’, Live For Love, Cease Fire and soundtrack to film documentary ‘City Of Hope’ have also had millions of streams and lead to the recent album ‘New Kinda Normal’.

The Rock N Roll tour de force, that has seen three singles really make some movements happen in America, with well received Music video’s for ‘Rock Steady’ and ‘Night-Stepper’ being shot in NYC, while ‘Diamonds N The Shadows’ being shot in Atlanta.

Tracks have landed number 1 spots on Rock Radio stations around the USA, play-listed on TV stations LA TV, H2O NYC, Nashville Music TV as well as front cover of Hype Magazine, Top Hitz and Music Hit Box in The UK giving Dar.Ra, a very credible big Star status.

With two new EPs out ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ a tribute to the keyworkers who have stood up to the task of the Pandemic and the Whisky n Honey EP this work continues to shape Dar.Ra’s musical catalogue.

The Beat remix called Bhangra Stance features on the Stand Up EP, is a powerful call to action for change. Top Hitz Music magazine to call the EP number 1 Lockdown release, while Music Mirror called the ‘Stand Up For The Heroes’ track, ‘the Rock anthem that Prince would of written, if he still graced this world’.

Dar.Ra has also written two books under his full moniker Darragh J Brady ‘Road Tales’ which is about amazing people with life changing stories that he met while touring the globe and ‘The Night That Jimi Died’ which is about a girl who channels the Spirit of Jimi Hendrix and rises to change the DNA of the World through Music. Both titles have also been given top reviews on Good Reads and Amazon Books.

The brand new single ‘Rise Like The Sun’ is out now on all good digital retailers.

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‘Joe Hodgson’ blasts out a relaxing, melodic wall of end of era riffing guitar sound on his epic anthem ‘The One that Got Away’

Joe Hodgson is a talented guitarist and musician from Northern Ireland. He grew up there at the height of The Troubles, a time of  systemic violence and huge political and social unrest, eventually finding an escape from it all via music. Joe honed his craft for several years as a band member in local groups before he finally moved to London to take his passion for music to the next level. After dedicating over two decades of his life to writing, recording, touring, and serving as a lead guitarist for various bands, Joe finally decided to launch a career as a solo guitarist.

Joe recently released his debut solo single, “The One that Got Away”, on August 28, 2020. Based on the concept of ‘change is the only constant’, it is an instrumental track written in the aftermath of the break-up of a long term relationship, and it explores the gut-wrenching, visceral effect that this had on him.

VINEMA ROCK: ‘Joe Hodgson’ blasts out a relaxing, melodic wall of end of era riffing guitar sound on his epic anthem ‘The One that Got Away’ – Vinema ROCK

“The song is a reflection of the feelings of longing and regret that I was harbouring at the time”, he says. “The woman in question was also my manager, and it was as if she knew that there was one type of song missing from the album and that by leaving, she would give me a sufficient dose of the blues to drag it out of me. If that was her motive, it was a stroke of genius”.

“The One That Got away” is a beautiful, heartfelt song that takes the listener on an emotional roller coaster ride. The track demonstrates the artist’s astounding music-making skills and a perfect sense of different rhythms and beats. It is a soulful number that will hit you straight in the heart and leave you wanting more.

Joe Hodgson has a broad taste in music. His musical influences include legends like Gary Moore, Eric Clapton, ELO and Jeff Beck. But the artist who initially inspired him to pick up his guitar and create music was Irish legend Rory Gallagher. The first time Joe heard Rory play, he knew instantly that this is what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He explains, “It was mind-blowing and after that, nothing else mattered to me”.

When it comes to his musical style, Joe is a rock guitar player who incorporates influences from various genres including blues, funk, Latin and jazz. Working closely with renowned producer and Ivor Novello winner George De Angelis for nearly two decades, is something that Joe cites as having played a major part in nurturing and shaping his career.

Joe has recently finished working on his upcoming debut solo album titled “Apparitions”. The album is set to be released on November 20, 2020, and will be comprised of 15 self-penned instrumentals. The album is based on the same themes as his current single, “The One That Got Away”, while also delving darker and deeper into the human psyche.

New York music journalist Justyn W. Brodsky recently commented that “Joe is a musician who can paint pictures and tells stories with his guitar”. This is a statement that everyone can surely agree on.

Listen to the single “The One that Got Away” now on Spotify.com.

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Joe Hodgson –  The Full Story

While Northern Irish guitarist Joe Hodgson is an accomplished student of the bluesy hard rock he grew up on, it’s his ability to transcend the genre and use his instrument to paint pictures and tell stories that makes him such a vital artist. His compositions are influenced not only by personal experiences, but also by a love of literature and a deep curiosity about the human condition, and are filled with stirring melodies that can evoke the listener’s deepest emotions.

Growing up in rural County Tyrone, Northern Ireland at the height of The Troubles, music provided a young Joe with a way to temporarily escape the bleak circumstances around him. His love of guitar was ignited after discovering Irish blues legend Rory Gallagher, and shortly after he managed to procure his first instrument, a battered old second hand Woolworth’s Top Twenty guitar. The day that changed Joe’s life for good though, was when he saw another Irish great, Gary Moore, play at the UK Monsters Of Rock Festival. Joe recalls, “I was blown away by the sheer brilliance of Gary’s playing on every level, and from that moment, all I wanted to do was play guitar”. A hobby quickly turned into a passion, and Joe became obsessed with the instrument, spending all of his free time absorbing the popular hard rock and blues of the day, and gigging around Ireland with his first band Steel Claw.

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When the band split up, Joe moved to London where he integrated himself into the city’s thriving indie scene, spending the next two decades writing, recording, touring, and playing lead guitar in various rock bands, releasing numerous albums and singles along the way, and collaborating with an eclectic mix of songwriters on varied musical projects.

During his time in London, Joe worked closely with legendary producer and Ivor Novello winner George De Angelis, who he cites as a major influence on his career, “George took me under his wing and I learnt so much from him about songwriting, production and music in general. He’s a genius and I am very lucky to have met and worked with him”. Joe also embraced the sense of liberation and independence that living in London brought, and it also helped him hone his musical chops; “London changed, challenged and broadened my whole view of music; it forced me to grow up musically, and I quickly realised that touching people’s emotions is far more important than dazzling them with technique”. Joe’s musical explorations led him to branch out and incorporate elements of funk, jazz, and experimental music into his playing, laying the foundations for his future career as a solo guitarist.

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After returning to his native Northern Ireland to nurse his terminally ill mother in her final years, Joe began embracing the spiritual nature of music, composing melodies and themes that helped him find peace, solace, and hope in difficult times. “It was soul destroying to see the person I loved most in the world just wither away in front of my eyes, and it had a profound effect on me and my music. The break up of my relationship shortly after, really was the proverbial double whammy, but playing guitar proved to be my saviour. It was incredibly cathartic and it saw me through some dark and difficult times”. The resulting debut solo album, ‘Apparitions’, inspired by his Mum’s favourite W.B. Yeats poem, and dedicated to her, is a meditative and soul-searching collection of instrumentals, full of evocative melodies and atmospheres, that delivers everything from delicate, mournful slide playing to fast and furious gunslinging guitar rock, and everything in between.

The overarching theme of the music is incorporated on the album cover, and as Joe explains “It’s about how nothing ever stays the same, everything changes or decays; lives are lived, and love is lost, but looking forward is the one thing we can all do.

Yes, we may have regrets, but hope and optimism are usually only around the next corner”. So, far from being melancholic or overly sentimental, ‘Apparitions’ reveals Joe as a guitarist capable of using his music to provide a soundtrack for life’s most difficult and most triumphant times; a man with the ability to express his deepest feelings using little more than his guitar.

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SUPER BALLADS OF 2020: ‘Angelica’ the songstress swoops down with a unique and distinctive ghostly pop sound of worldly majestic timeless beauty on ‘Good Ones’

“I’ll never let you go,
I’ll never let you go”

Anjelica’s esoteric voice rises over and around you, surrounding you like a misty veil of regret and shadows. The above lyrics manage to come across both like a promise and as a prayer. An affirmation, as well as a call for help, that seems to say come back to me.

As someone who has made of habit of finding good dark songs, I was very happy when I discovered Anjelica’s “Good Ones”. Ironic, I know.

At first glance, this brand new track comes across as deceptively simple. It’s a song about losing someone you love too early. And let’s face it, in cases such as this, isn’t it always too early, regardless of the years you got to spend together?

This is pretty much the picture “Good Ones” paints for you the first time you listen to it, and it’s a harrowing, yet beautiful piece that stays with you long after you’ve put your headphones down.

VINEMA SUPER BALLADS OF 2020: ‘Angelica’ the songstress swoops down with a unique and distinctive ghostly pop sound of worldly majestic timeless beauty on ‘Good Ones’

Only, I’ve listened to the track a couple more times since then, and discovered a second, well-hidden layer to the song. It’s the layer that goes past the mourning, and sees through it. It’s that little voice inside your head that even through tragedy tells you that somehow, you have to find a way to move on. To make it.

Anjelica makes it. I would say made it, only as anyone who’s ever loved and lost knows, it’s not a one-time battle, but rather a continuous effort. An everyday struggle that this remarkable artist attains time and again.

She does touch upon it, through some of the lyrics, except she sings them so quietly it can be hard to hear, so you tend to focus on the chorus. And that’s good, that it’s quiet. It’s as it’s supposed to be, because the voice in your head is quiet, too.

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Anjelica manages to capture that voice through her undeniable skill both with songwriting, as well as modeling her voice.

I know this is more of a freewrite and less of a review, but it’s what the song inspired in me, and I feel that pays an even better tribute to just how good the song is. It inspires you.

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RAP TRAP PREMIERES: ‘Indian Trap’ produces new exotic mysterious and heavenly Trap single ‘Ta$te It’ from American author, actress, songwriter and singer ‘Katrina Kusa’

American author, actress, songwriter and singer Katrina Kusa is making waves with her debut single ‘Ta$te It’ Prod. By Indian Trap.

The single ‘Ta$te It’ continues to grow with having over 30K streams on Spotify and a now trending remix with over 100 dances on TikTok.

‘Ta$te It’ is an infectious hip-hop song that features Katrina Kusa’s confident, yet playful tone atop Indian Trap’s signature ground-breaking production. Katrina calls out her haters in the song with a catchy hook that you will not be able to get out of your head.

Produced by Indian Trap, the production features traditional Indian sounds combined with modern day trap and hip-hop elements creating a soundscape like no other.

Rapping comes naturally to Katrina Kusa, who has always had a way with words. The 16-year-old artist is most famous for her award-winning novel, The Kingdom of the Lizards, which was released in 2014. In 2019, Katrina had the opportunity to work on a music project in Los Angeles, CA that included hints of pop, urban, rap, hip-hop, and trap genres.

VINEMA RAP TRAP PREMIERES: ‘Indian Trap’ produces new exotic mysterious and heavenly Trap single ‘Ta$te It’ from American author, actress, songwriter and singer ‘Katrina Kusa’ – Vinema UK

This would open doors for Katrina’s new career venture as a rap artist. In the past year, she has worked with incredible songwriter, Delos, who has worked with Katy Perry and Madonna, as well as aspiring recording artist, Vivaswan.

Katrina was recently discovered by Indian Trap “J2”, (music producer who has worked with Shakira, Beyoncé, Pussy Cat Dolls, and Cassie). J2 introduced Katrina to his world of “Indian Trap,” creating an urban/hip-hop/pop/trap record that led to her debut single “Ta$te It.”

More is yet to come for Katrina Kusa as she begins the next phase of her musical journey.

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GLOBAL RAP STREET PREMIERES: ‘Ain’t nobody touching me’ spits dope newcomer ‘Dricka’ as she stands on her own feet and tells ‘Mama’ the way it is on fantastic new music video.

I think we can all agree that young music with an old soul vibe is the best you can get in today’s music world, and none fills the criteria more than young Alabama native, Dricka.

And when we say young, we mean it, since this gifted rapper and songwriter is only 23 years old, and yet comes across as if she’s lived at least seven decades. That is not to say that her music is in any way old or outdated. On the contrary, she’s got one of the most modern sounds we’ve heard in recent years.

And yet, her latest release, entitled simply “Mama”, will win you over through its old school kind of vibe, and the sheer wisdom inherent in the lyrics.

VINEMA GLOBAL RAP STREET PREMIERES: ‘Ain’t nobody touching me’ spits dope newcomer ‘Dricka’ as she stands on her own feet and tells ‘Mama’ the way it is on fantastic new music video – Vinema RAP HIP-HOP

Dricka is obviously a girl whose mind is as sharp as can be. She’s observant and demonstrates a real skill for paying attention to detail, the sort of skill that is characteristic of true artists.
Her lyrics paint a somewhat grim, yet at the same time hopeful view of life and difficulty, of finding strength and growing up in a world that seems to pay less and less attention to you with each day.

Then, of course, we have her fantastic voice. It has a soulful sort of edge to it, wonderful, and appealing.

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Dricka encompasses both a great tenderness and fragility in her singing, but also a sense of resilience. It’s the perfect voice for the song, if that makes sense, as it highlights and expresses the duality of her feelings in writing this. Feeling both strong, as any person who’s growing up and standing on their own has to be sooner or later, but also expressing an almost childish vulnerability.

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It’s a very coming of age song, except it has none of the cutesiness we tend to attach to those words. It’s a gritty tune with killer vibes that will really make you think, and we highly suggest you go listen to it if you haven’t yet.

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