Heavy Hitters Music is proud to introduce LA-based singer/songwriter, Brklynn. Her music, produced by the remarkably talented Alex Koch, is intensely lush, atmospheric and cinematic, employing elements of Pop, EDM, and R&B. It’s made for chilling or the perfect seduction. If you love Lana Del Rey, you’ll love Brklynn.
Our artist Kathryn Dean recently spoke to The Vinyl District about her first experience listening to music on vinyl and how it inspired her as a songwriter and music listener. “The measured ticks and tacks of a turn signal in an otherwise quiet car. The pitter-patter of rain on the skylights of my childhood home. Pretty much any word that passes through Morgan Freeman’s lips. These are among the few sounds in the world that can calm me to my very core even without actually having to hear them. Just the thought of these sensory sensations is able to render my mind silent in a way that no mind-body-based or breath-focused guided meditation ever has.” “However none of these things even hold a candle to the sound a record player makes in the seconds after you drop the needle on the outermost edge of a vinyl record and just after the final notes of the last song of both the A and B sides of the record. That static alone was enough to make me buy a record player for myself at age 16 with the money I had saved from babysitting. It was and remains the best impulse purchase I have ever made. After two months of my record player pretty much just sitting on my desk because the only record I had was some indie band’s album that I bought on a friend’s recommendation, and try as I might I just could not get on board, my brother gave me what I consider my first album. It was the Sigh No More album by one of my favorite bands, Mumford & Sons. That album got me through one of the darkest periods of my life and I can still remember the countless nights spent lying on the carpet in my room, staring at the ceiling, listening to the record on repeat, only being pulled out of the trance I was in when it came time to flip the record over.—Kathryn Dean
I never truly realized the power of music to help you escape your own warped reality and to make you feel like you are not alone until I heard the album’s final song, “After The Storm” coming through my record player’s speakers. Despite having heard the song plenty of times before getting the record on vinyl through headphones and car speakers, it was only when I heard it the way that I have since come to believe music is supposed to be heard, on vinyl, that the booming kick drum felt like a heartbeat, and that the lyric, “There will come a time, you’ll see/ With no more tears/ And love will not break your heart/ But dismiss your fears/ Get over your hill and see/ What you find there/ With grace in your heart/ And flowers in your hair,” pierced through the fog in my mind and resonated with me.
It was that feeling that I was left with as the static sounded after the song ended that made me want to be a songwriter, and for that I am forever grateful. I have even added the sound of vinyl static to the beginning and other select parts of one of my new, not yet released songs, “Broken Home’s Daughter” so that those of my fans who have never experienced that feeling can hopefully feel that same effect.
I have felt like such a proud parent—which at 20 years old is not a frequent sensation that I experience—seeing the resurgence of vinyl records in the past few years. While I have used the phrase, “how can this be considered music” a few times, if I referenced my favorite artists and bands, the average listener will have probably at least heard of most of them, so I do not feel that I can truly be classified as a music snob (like say John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity).
That is why even my fellow Top 40 radio listeners should feel comfortable taking my word on the matter when I declare that despite all of the advances made in speakers/sound systems and consumer headphones, that nothing beats vinyl when it comes to sonic quality. I get that record players and their accompanying record collections take up more room than an iPod/iPhone does and that they are heavier to carry around, but unless you have access to a professional recording studio, you are not hearing your favorite music the way that its creator(s) intended for it to be heard.
Not only that, but having a working record player on display is like having 18 year old scotch in your liquor cabinet—it makes you seem more refined and creates the perception that there is more to you than meets the eye. Whether you make the switch for the sound quality improvement or for the extra style points, know that you are making a great investment.”
Kathryn Deans’ forthcoming full length album produced by Chris Seefried (Andra Day, Lana Del Rey, Fitz and the Tantrums) arrives in stores this fall. Hit the Lights is available now.
Major Play Music and Heavy Hitters Music is proud to have exclusive Sync and Master representation of JAMMË - the Self titled album produced by John Phillips (The Mamas & the Papas). This collection is totally evocative of the British rock sound of the late 60's, with complex harmonies, meaningful lyrics, and a sound reminiscent of Badfinger, Herman's Hermits and The Beatles.
Under the brilliant and watchful eye of “Papa” John Phillips, these lads created songs with remarkable melodic sensibilities, brilliant harmonies and hooks that will transport you another time.
Jamme: Don Adey, Paul Downing, Terry Rae, Timmy Smyser, Keith Adey
Genre: British Rock, 1960's Rock
Similar to: Herman's Hermits The Beatles Simon and Garfunkel Cat Stevens
We are proud to have exclusive representation of the complete Master Catalog * of Raquel Bitton. Not only is Raquel Bitton one of the greatest interpreters of the Edith Piaf repertoire, but her albums span a wide range of styles from classic boleros to jazz standards in both French and English. Her album Boleros transports you back to her birthplace, French Morocco, where Spanish music was on everyone's lips while In A Jazzy Mood reflects Raquel Bitton's love for Paul Misraki's mesmerizing work and undeniable influence on French music.
* CATALOG REPRESENTATION OF THE MASTER RECORDINGS ONLY.
BOLEROS: Romance intertwined with passion - Boleros celebrates the music of Armando Manzanero, Consuelo Velasquez, Augustin Lara, Wello Rivas, Don Fabián and other legendary composers. Engineered by 11-time Grammy award winner Rafa Sardina and accompanied by a lush 28 piece orchestra, the tracks feature top Latin Jazz musicians including: Ramon Stagnaro on acoustic guitar (Andrea Bocelli, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel.)
IN A JAZZY MOOD: Songs of legendary French composer Paul Misraki whose impact on French music is nearly incalculable - In A Jazzy Mood features latin jazz tunes, sultry jazz ballads, and swing numbers in French and English. If you've seen the films of Orson Welles or Jean-Luc Godard you know the music of Paul Misraki. Bitton was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Misraki on this album.
Our artist, Kathryn Dean wrapped up 2015 with a stunning 14-page spread in Regard Magazine's music issue. In her interview with Regard, Kathryn talks about her debut album, "Hit the Lights", and the songwriting process:
Kathryn is currently on tour
with Anna Nalick [“Breath (2AM)”] and she will be hitting the road in April with John Waite [“Missing You”].
Tour Dates with Anna Nalick
THU. JAN 14 Ludlow Garage - Cincinatti, OH
FRI. JAN 15 Musica - Akron, OH SAT. JAN 16 Listening Room - Port Clinton, OH SUN. JAN 17 Rumba Cafe - Columbus, OH BUY TICKETS HERE
Tour Dates with John Waite WED. APR 6 Tupelo Hall - Londonderry, NH THU. APR 7 Boulton Center - Bay Shore, NY FRI. APR 8 Iridium - New York, NY SAT. APR 9 Iridium - New York, NY SUN. APR 10 Havana - New Hope, PA BUY TICKETS HERE