C?U – Caravana Sereia Bloom

Caravana Sereia Bloom is the boldest work to date from Brazil’s C?u. Eschewing much of the laid-back, loungey electro-bossa nova and samba that caused Starbucks to make her self-title debut the first international release in its Hear Music series, today C?u seems to have more in common with the psychedelic oeuvres of early Tropicalia artists and Os Mutantes than the restrained musings of Jobim.
Caravana Sereia Bloom is this girl from S?o Paulo’s finest moment in a career that shows no sign of slowing.


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Cursed Sails – Rotten Society

Cursed Sails - Rotten Society

Cursed Sails, the new project of former Woe Is Me members Ben and Corey Farris (along with bandmates Omar Magana and Brent Guistwite) will release an LP titled “Rotten Society” on May 13 via Velocity/Rise Records. Cover art and the track listing are revealed below. Pre-order bundles for the album which was produced by Drew Fulk (Motionless In White), are now available at:


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Christos DC – Long Road on Honest Music

Christos DC -  Long Road on Honest Music

The artist Christos DC aka Christopher Vrenios, was born and raised in Washington, D.C. by parents who sang opera and taught voice professionally. He takes his name from his Greek heritage using a nickname given to him by his grandmother & also to represent his birthplace that set the tone of his musical journey. His sound is best described as a blend of Downtempo, Reggae with overtones of jazz.

His career began in the early 90?s producing hip hop & r&b tracks w/ indie artists from DC & New York, but it was his deep appreciation for the sounds coming out of Kingston, Jamaica that led him to record with legendary reggae artists Sly and Robbie as well as the Firehouse Crew. He was later recruited by Don Carlos of Black Uhuru and The Itals to tour. He spent several years on the road as a guitarist and backup vocalist performing in the United States and a few places abroad. During this time, he also produced and recorded an album entitled Offering, which featured various artists from Jamaica singing over his tracks as well as his solo debut. The album included artists such as the Sugar Minott, Meditations and Don Carlos. The majority of the album was recorded in Jamaica with the late great Augustus Pablo and other well known session players from the island. He then went on to do session work, playing guitar, bass, and even co-writing with the world famous Thievery Corporation, as well as other groups. In 2008 he released his first full album “Time to Rise” which lead him to creating an independent record label Honest Music, that his latest recording “Under The Sun” was released on.

A brand new single w/ a video from the upcoming album “Long Road” is scheduled to be released early 2014 . The song, entitled “Just Talk To Me” features Kenyatta Hill, (son of the Legendary Joseph Hill from the group Culture). “Music is a gift,” Christos says. “When we share it we should consider the effect it will have on others. This is why I make honest music”.


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Da Cruz – Disco e Progresso

Da Cruz - Disco e Progresso

Whether you call it Tropical New Wave or Urban Brazilian Disco – it’s definitely some brand new rhythms Da Cruz are coming up with on their 4th release Disco e Progresso.

Nobody will want to miss Brazil in 2014! The same goes for Da Cruz from Bern/Switzerland, the Group surrounding Brazilian Singer Mariana Da Cruz. In May 2014 they will release two new albums (double CD). One “bright”, one “dark”. “This is the only way to adequately reflect what is going on in Brazil at the moment”, says Mariana Da Cruz. “On one Album you will find the easy-­?going side of Brazil, on the other you will find the soundtrack to a riot.“

Considering their confidence in pushing musical boundaries forward you’d probably locate Da Cruz anywhere close to M.I.A. or Skip & Die. On Disco e Progresso this four-­? piece band miraculously succeeds in creating some highly contemporary yet classical, deeply urban and open-­?minded fusion of styles. Never pretentious and always challenging to your everyday routine of listening habits, Disco e Progresso somehow manages to touch your heart and move your hips at the same time.

It’s no surprise to hear that Da Cruz has recently played the greatest venues and festivals between London and S?o Paulo, Paris and Berlin.

Disco e Progresso is the most colorful and energetic record to be released by this group. More than ever, Da Cruz blends Elements of 70s-­?Disco-­?Funk, Dancehall, Kuduro, New Wave, Breakbeat, Samba and Indie-­?Rock with state of the art electronic music. “Comfy Bossa-­?Nova must wait“, says Mariana Da Cruz.

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Karikatura – Eyes Wide

Karikatura - Eyes Wide

This June, Karikatura will release its debut full-length album, Eyes Wide, recorded to analog tape at Mighty Toad Studios and mixed at Strangeweather Studios by creative luminary Daniel Schlett (Bob Dylan,Yeasayer, Rita Indiana). The music on the album is as diverse as the backgrounds and life-experiences of the band-members; each member contributed songs to the album, expressing his personal vision, and the band shaped the music collectively. They write songs the way a storyteller crafts tales, exploring universal themes through personal experiences. Eyes Wide is also a covert tribute to New York City, where the band spent a year of relative stasis and creative hibernation after three consecutive years of touring.

The album will come out on Ropeadope Records; Karikatura is excited to join the Ropeadope family, which boasts recent Grammy winners Snarky Puppy and a magnificent lineage, including The Philadelphia Experiment, Antibalas, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and many more amazing artists.

Karikatura makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. While the band has toured everywhere from Japan to Brazil, New York City is home. With bright horns, socially conscious lyrics and booty-bouncing beats, Karikatura delivers real songs that transcend style and genre. An organic synthesis of all the music heard blasting out of car windows and shops onto the streets of NYC, Karikatura lives where cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer and indie-rock meets afrobeat. Neither purist nor revivalist, this is music of the present, for the future. The band has released two EPs and has successfully done DIY tours in Europe, Asia and South America.

Born on the road, Karikatura hasn’t stopped moving since. The band was conceived in South India in 2009 by Ukrainian-born, Brooklyn-bred recovering metal guitarist, Dima Kay, at the end of a life-changing journey across three continents. He returned to his adopted hometown of NYC to make the group a reality, joining forces with like-minded musicians: soulful singer Ryan Acquaotta, bassist Eric Legaspi, woodwinds maestro Joe Wilson, drummer Morgan Greenstreet, and brass-blaster Ric Becker. They hit the road, traveling from Kyoto to Berlin, via Bratislava and New Orleans, to spread the joy of music that brings people together. They are equally at home performing at a packed festival in Belgium, a Manhattan jazz bistro, a Czech punk club or the subways of Sao Paolo.

They were also selected for the Music Under New York Program (MUNY), one of only 18 new acts chosen by the MTA out of 300 applicants for permits to perform in the subways of NYC. After just a few months with MUNY, Karikatura was invited to participate in the Red Bull Sounderground Festival in Sao Paulo, alongside other popular street music performers from around the world. They made a major impact on Brazilian audiences, instantly winning fans and building bonds for the future.

2014 has already brought Karikatura to new places, with a three-week tour down to Austin, Texas for SXSW, including shows throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and the Southeast of the US. The band made new fans, new friends and lots of music along the way.

Wherever Karikatura goes, they move people with honest songs, strong rhythms and creative horns. Karikatura brings the world to New York and New York to the world, capturing the present moment, with eyes and ears wide open.


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