Wednesday, August 26, 2020

JWQ Showcase 2020: The Appropriation Committee(USA)-An Improvised Life


The Appropriation Committee(USA)-Slick
Album: An Improvised Life
Label: Orenled Music

The Appropriation Committee is a powerful improvisational band steeped in a fusion of rock, jazz, funk, and R&B. Their debut album “An Improvised Life” is an all improvised album featuring: Shawn Cavanugh / bass, Chris Cummings / drums & percussion, Dan DeChellis / keyboards, Ric DelNero / guitar.
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Friday, August 14, 2020

Stephanie McCourt(UK)- NEW EP: ‘WINGS’





Stephanie McCourt is a London-born retro soul singer with a passion for music like no other. With influences including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, Stephanie's unique blend of retro soul, gospel and jazz with modern-edged production is a breath of fresh air to the current 2020 musical climate.


Over the years, Stephanie has caught the attention of many within the industry and national TV, including the likes of Simon Cowell and Rita Ora. Stephanie also caught the interest of Hank Hughes, CEO of F/H Block who has huge success with the likes of Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy. Hugh invited Stephanie to join his star-studded roster for her newest release. 


Having spent months in the studio, writing original material with many of F/H Block's finest writers and producers and having already peaked interest from the likes of Eamonn Holmes and TalkRADIO's James Whale, Stephanie is ready to take 2020 by storm with the release of her debut original material. Expect to hear a delivery of soul, combined with powerful vocals and an abundance of emotion, projected through her captivating voice and expertly crafted music.


Stephanie’s EP – ‘Wings’ – is out now. The 6 track EP will showcase Stephanie’s powerhouse vocals as well as her unique style; combining contemporary production with her retro style and will also feature a collaboration with U.K. rapper Scrufizzer.


Saturday, August 1, 2020

USA: LOS MOCOSOS is ALL GROWN UP: Legendary Bay Area band to release first album in 15 years

Legendary Bay Area band to release 
first album in 15 years


"Los Mocosos is a gumbo of everything we grew up listening to, like salsa, hip-hop, soul, jazz and the Monkees," is how trombonist and co-bandleader Victor Castro described the sound of the band whose name translates loosely to snotty-nose-brats in a San Francisco Chronicle article in 2004. “We all love what we do, and I think it shows when we perform that we're having a good time."

After a several year hiatuses, the good times are back for Los Mocosos as they return to the world stage with a new album to be released on September 18, 2020 titled, “All Grown Up.” But to inspire their fans until then the group is busting out with the single, “United We Stand,” that speaks to the blatant authoritarianism plaguing the streets of police brutality, immigrant persecution, deportation, racism, and protest turbulence.


Los Mocosos grew out of a series of 1996 garage jams in the Mission District. Formed by bassist Happy Sanchez and Victor Castro, the band got its recording legs hanging around the halls of now-defunct Aztlan Records, the first Spanish-language rock label in the country. Their first album, “Mocos Locos” was an underground  barrio classic with themes like “Brown and Proud,” and remakes of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’, “The Lonely Bull,” and cantina classics, “La Boa” and “Volver Volver.”

Out the box people saw Los Mocosos as a continuance of the 1970s Bay Area Latin rock movement, a scene that never really went away. Santana, Malo, Azteca, Sapo, Dakila and others, served as inspirations but the group added a twist that introduced audiences to new sounds in Latin pop like reggaeton, ska and rap.

“We made sure we didn’t leave out any of the sauce of the Mission District, all that Soul and Latin Funk,” says Shorty Ramos, saxophonist with Los Mocosos. “People would ask if we played Salsa and we’d say No, yeah we put a Latin beat in there, but we twist it around. We had a band member that would say we take the clave and turn it in knots.”
                                                                                                                                                                             On the strength of “Mocos Locos” (Crazy Boogers), it landed them on the first WATCHA Tour, the pioneer Latin alternative cavalcade. Los Mocosos got rave review performing alongside Café Tacuba, Molotov, and others as the world was becoming aware of the neophyte Rock-en-Español movement. But the group fell apart when it played the San Jose stopover at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds and the lead vocalist refused to go onstage. But in a matter of months Los Mocosos were back on the scene with a new singer and a new attitude. (DISPATCH CONTINUES HERE)