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Uncle Frank Release Double Side Single

80's synth rock makes a welcome appearance in Uncle Frank's new double sided single Love Lion and Tokyo. According to the band, the new album will be out "soon" and will deliver some funk rock jams to their funk rock fans. The duo has already had a renowned presence overseas, garnering multiple plays on BBC Radio 2 and BBC6 and features in some popular UK magazines. 

If anything categorizes this band, it’s the constant use of sounds like "hey", "oooouhh", and "oohhh". These sounds take the place of lyrics and only seem to induce mild eye rolling. The 4 piece is led by  multi-instrumentalists Frank Benbini & Naim Cortazzi who work to give us the ideal jam for a summertime 30 and up dance party. The two sided single is a continuation of their office party DJ style and will soon be heard at bar-b-ques around the world.  They sit on the line of lame and cute where countless bands stay until they eventually disband. Hopefully something drastic happens to energize these semi pro groove seekers.

If you want more of the PG-13 feel good jams, check their social media!

Uncle Frank: Twitter // Facebook // Soundcloud

FRTNK Release New Single

Los Angeles' own alternative hip-hop duo FRTNK (Fourteen K) released their brand new track, "Aqua" via TeamBackPack this week.

The sentiment behind the song is to live care free, and be happy despite the struggles you may face. The band explains,  "it's a playful track that's meant to ignite that childlike feeling in all of us. From the playful melody to shouting out the vowels, how we can combat our adulthood is by reigniting the simplicity of just living in the now like we did when we were kids." 

Stream it down below!

"Aqua" is a song about letting go of the struggles in life and allowing yourself to be happy. The band elaborates, "Aqua" is one of the singles leading to the band's forthcoming EP, to be announced soon. 

FRTNK (pronounced "Fourteen K") is an American alternative hip-hop group hailing from the greater Los Angeles area, known as the Inland Empire. Formed by artists Benjamin Aragbaye, Bryan Ramos and Barin Butler, the group's musical style joins the electronic sounds of rock and Neo-RnB, while seamlessly merging it with heavy 808's and groovy synthesizers. Each being only in their early twenty's, their daring dream-like production laid with raps and harmonies has already generated comparisons to world renowned musicians like Outkast, Kanye West, The Neptunes, and The Gorillas. This book-smart, skater-type band has been studying music since they were in elementary school and they've found some way to blend and mesh opposing musical genres effortlessly. Their first official recorded work, Operation AU, was released in November 2011. This six track EP and their follow-up freshman project Moreno Beachhave peaked the interest of many indie & major labels in America and overseas, FRTNK's songs "Imagine" and "Can I Love You" landing on the desk of Director Issa Rae. FRTNK has been working diligently in their California home studio recording and producing for themselves & other artists. 

Head to TeamBackPack today to check out FRTNK's latest track, "Aqua." Follow FRTNK online for new music, updates, and more.
 

FRTNK: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Soundcloud

TK The Architect Reveals New Album

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On April 29, 2016, New York, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist TK The Architect celebrates his first and independently released alternative hip-hop & R&B album, Blue Season, with a show at Bar Matchless alongside Feather+Eyes, Hunter and Wolfe, and Light Craft and accompanied by his supporting band, The Get Back Kids. 

The LP fluidly fuses the cacophonous delivery of TK The Architect’s rap verses with under-toning smooth symphonic soulful grooves and live instrumentation, primarily played by himself.  It is also a direct reflection of himself, mirroring his upbringing, music history, and surroundings. Growing up in a bilingual home in New York, TK (born Zach Takayuki Zanghi) was raised by his Japanese mother and Italian father. This mixture of cultures became an essential aspect of his identity and his ability to bridge words was crucial to the development of some of his lyrics. His musical background also played a significant role in both the creation of Blue Season and in the development of himself as an artist. He’s been an instrumentalist since the age of nine and has toured as a guitar tech/stage manage where he adopted the name TK, an abbreviation of his middle name. 

Blue Season does not encompass all of his productivity, though. After touring, he earned a dual degree while releasing several DIY projects, his most recent being Life in Stereo. He’s also founded CON TEMPLATE, a collective of artists, musicians, and other creatives. He advocates for youth talent in his neighborhood by arranging and booking festivals for them in the local community. 

Blue Season not only depicts TK’s full range or work ethic and artistic capability, it also reflects the most common human experiences by communicating his experiences through quality lyrics and reverberations. 

Track List
1.  Blue (Intro)
2. Result of the Fire
3. Shore Somewhere (Interlude) 
4. Water
5. Wait Up Slow Down
6. OGOGOG (Interlude)
7. Current Passing
8. Peace of Mind
9. If You Can
10. Blue (Reprise)




“I genuinely feel that no one could have made this record but me,” TK says, “This is the first time I found a way to connect everything I do, as a musician/producer and as an MC.”

For more on TK The Architect, or what's going on, check out the links below!

TK The Architect: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

 

Oxymorrons Release Remix

Blooming from the crevices of Queen’s concrete, alternate-urban hip-hop and pop pentad K.I., Deee, drummer, Marty Mayz, guitarist, Adam November, and guitarist, Joe Jordan, collectively known as Oxymorrons, afforded the world happy holidaze on 4/20 after debuting “Hello Me” (Colino Fresh Remix) shortly before their show with Waka Flocka Flames at Webster Hall in New York City. The group’s name epitomizes the dynamic of their sound.

The hard delivery of their hip-hop punchlines, ran away or preceded by smooth, synthetic vocals, layering mild loops of the accompanying instrumental, is often interrupted by cacophonous, glorious percussive reverberation. This is most evident in their song, “808 Clap;” Their rap verses ride womanly operatic vocals, the repetition of the phrase “808 Clap,” occasional bass kicks and claps, and at the end of the tune, the heavenly strumming of harp playing overlaying the singing drapes a blanket of flowers over the gravel and grime of their flow. 

Their contrasting artistic style has classified their music as an entire spherical force of its own, rolling them into the direction of success, magnetizing the desire for collaborations from well acclaimed artists such as Travie McCoy, Saba, Marian Hill, Pharrell Williams, and Wynter Gordon. It has also led to band partnerships with companies such as RedBull, Rocawear, Converse, DeadBolt, Karmaloop, and Modify Watches. 

Their all-encompassing, organic modus operandi in “Hello Me” (Colino Fresh Remix) and has set many stages ablaze including those which the band played on alongside Outkast, Gym Class  Heros, Ludacris, and Common. Check out the mesmerizing track in the link below: 

The original, and a song that will be in their upcoming EP, Complex But Basic (anticipated release for later this year by Tommy Boy Entertainment), “Hello Me,” can be purchased on iTunes, or can serve as mood music for their custom online video game on their website!

Upcoming Shows: 
Apr 26 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY (w/Mr. Lif)
Jun 4-5 - Free Press Summer Festival - Houston, TX
**more dates TBA

Keep Up With Oxymorrons by following them online!

Oxymorrons: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Youtube

DALEK Shares New Single

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New Jersey based progressive hip-hop trio, Dalek share their new single, “Control,” from their first album in six years, Asphalt for Eden! They also announced their record release show at The Bell House in NYC on April 22, 2016. 

Check out the Soundcloud stream for "Control," below!

For the past decade and a half, the group has been known for their old-school-street poetry influenced language and delivery underscored by enticingly alarming, sinister sounds. 

They’re eccentricity manifests most in their full-length albums: Gutter Tactics (2009), Abandoned Language (2007), Absence (2005), From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002), and Negro Necro Nekros (1998) - all of which were released through Ipecac Recordings. Dalek supported these albums on tour for a decade, and has performed with many influential artists!

That includes, (but is not limited to) KRS One, Tomahawk, The Melvins, TOOL, Grandmaster Flash, Jesu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pharcyde, RJD2, DeLa Soul, Prince Paul, Lovage, ZU, Black Heart Procession, Gaslamp Killer, Earth, Flying Lotus, The Bug, Mastodon, and Fantomas. 

After taking a break from the tour, the group was revived and reformed by virtuoso and producer, DJ Dalek creating a new line-up. This consisted of DJ rEk, who works the turn-tables, as well as co-producer Mike Manteca who manages samplers and effects. The trio united to share their original, experimental sub-hip-hop genre through their long anticipated album, Asphalt for Eden

Check out the track list below!

DÄLEK, ASPHALT FOR EDEN TRACKLIST:
  
1. Shattered
2. Guaranteed Struggle
3. Masked Laughter (Nothing's Left)              
4. Critical
5. 6dB
6. Control
7. It Just Is
 



For more information on Dalek, check out their social media!

DÄLEK: Website // Facebook