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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Desert Moons unveil melancholy debut single ‘ROUGH TRADE’



NSW Central Coast-based indie-electronic duo, Desert Moons (Brothers Jake and Simon Dobson), have just revealed their self-produced debut single ‘Rough Trade’ - recorded at their home studio.

Combining beautifully crafted organic and electronic instrumentation, ‘Rough Trade’ is a stunning eclectic piece of experimental-electronica that melds themes of dark dream-pop, indie-rock and hip-hop; taking cues from the likes of their staple influences Radiohead, M83 and Daniel Johns.


Stream the track on Soundcloud HERE

Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jake Dobson describes the creative process behind ‘Rough Trade’ –

“This track was originally an idea of Simon’s conceived in our home studio. We sent it back and forth to each other over a period of a week, until it became what you hear today. We had a lot of fun with this song. We tend to always produce our favourite works when we’re evenly collaborating. The lyrical theme is an ode to my past struggles with motivation. Writing songs has always been an incredibly therapeutic process and this was certainly no different; ultimately serving as a catharsis.”

Both Jake and Simon have been playing and performing music since an early age. They’ve worked as session musicians in the studio and live, as well as releasing music and touring the world with their bands. Desert Moons is the first project the brothers have collaborated on as a duo and was formed with the intention of exploring song crafting boundaries. They’ve written and recorded over thirty songs, which they plan to roll out over the coming months.



To celebrate the release of their debut track, the group have also announced their maiden performance to take place at Rare Finds #33 held at Oxford Art Factory’s Gallery Bar, Sydney on Friday September 29.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Sydney-based punk-rock trio Whispering Jackie release new single "Breaking Up"



Sydney-based punk-rock trio Whispering Jackie have recently released their new single ‘Breaking Up This Time’. Recorded and mixed by Daniel Antix (Gay Paris, Sound of Seasons) at Def Wolf Studios, Sydney, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ is the lead track lifted from their forthcoming sophomore EP ‘For The Moment’ (due late-2017)

Combining elements of punk, grunge and garage-rock, ‘Breaking Up This Time’ takes cues from the likes of the group’s staple influences Magic Dirt, Sonic Youth and Hole, whilst melding more modern sounds of White Lung, Best Coast and DZ Deathrays.

Stream the track on SOUNDCLOUD HERE



Front woman Sare Jackie describes the inspiration and meaning behind the track:

“Breaking Up This Time describes being in an on-off relationship and the ambiguity of not knowing where you stand. The song is sung from my point of view where I'm the one that's being left, and I'm pleading with them to stay, even though I know deep down it's not the right thing for me. It's a situation that heaps of people find themselves in, so I wanted to write a song about that struggle. Everyone's afraid of being left alone.”

Whispering Jackie’s 2016 debut EP ‘Social Isolation’ was received warmly by the Australian punk community, with single ‘Casino Mate’ getting spun on triple j’s ‘short.fast.loud’, 4ZZZ, FBi, RTR and various other community stations.

Marty's take: If it's a good dose of punk-rock you need to get the adrenaline pumping then these guys have the energy to deliver it.




“Part of me is somewhat concerned about Sare's vocal chords, but I feel that is the essence of punk rock. This is ruthless. Nice one!”
Josh Merriel – triple j (AUS)
“That's a serious set of pipes!”
Lachie Macara – triple j (AUS)


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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Keep On Rockin'...Australian Pop of the 70's compilation album..original artists



This eclectic mix of 45 tracks from the early to mid 1970's has everything from rock, pop, soul, country, progressive, glam, punk and singer-songwriters. The collection of artists range from solo performers like Brian Cadd, Doug Ashdown, Renee Geyer, Kevin Johnson, Russell Morris, Richard Clapton and Jon English to groups like TMG, Flake, Ariel, Stars, Ol'55, Mississippi, Supernaut, Railroad Gin, King Harvest, Finch and Rabbit. For fans of 70's Aussie music this is an essential collection.






Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunshine Coast singer/songwriter Shristi Jade releases debut EP


Shristi Jade is a recording artist and songwriter originally from the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her debut self titled EP "Shristi Jade" was released on June 30, 2017.  The EP features lead single "Own", a song that showcases Shristi's angelic vocals and pristine songwriting.

From a young age, Shristi Jade loved singing and performing. She was always writing poems, not realising that they would one day become songs. She has cited her major influences as Jhene Aiko, Mariah Carey and Brandy. 

Back in 2015, when Shristi attended Los Angeles Fashion Week, she connected with LA based, multi-talented artists “The One” and “QB”. Following this meeting, she had a recording session with Tochi Uzo, where a promising artistic bond began. 

Following this, her music career came to fruition when she had the opportunity to work and record with James Russell, the creator of Heliport Studios in the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Heliport Studios is owned by best selling authors Barbara and Alan Pease, working with the likes of international superstar, Rihanna. 

Since then, Shristi Jade has been writing and recording music in studios across LA, the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne and London. 

To further her flourishing music career, she has moved to London where she is working with talented producer NOSA Appollo, recording tracks at the Chocolate Factory, which has hosted artists such as Bobbi Lewis, Kz The Producer and Longlivtheplug. 



THE EP 

Shristi Jade's three track debut EP is brought to life through her ethereal sound. The record reflects a young woman's journey through losing herself to a betrayal of the heart. 

The EP comes out at a personal and musical transition for Shristi Jade. 

"Every song on the EP was inspired and written after I made a decision to live a life which was true to my passion," she said. The themes are present not only in the music, but in the album art design created by Brisbane based artist, Mosessa. 

"The album art represents a true version of myself, wearing a traditional Nepalese sari. It was important for me to present myself in a way that showcases the way I was bought up." 

Shristi Jade's father is from Nepal and her mother is Australian. 

"I have always felt so proud to be part of two unique cultures. While writing the EP, I was inspired by my upbringing and the notion of "knowing thyself." 

"Shristi Jade" EP is available on all digital music outlets. 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

RAAVE TAPES unveil angsty new single ‘k bye’ and national tour dates



2016 triple j Unearthed ‘This That’ competition winners and Newcastle crowd favourites, RAAVE TAPES, have just returned with their raucous new single ‘k bye’ and announced national tour dates.

‘k bye’ tells a tale of adolescent debauchery, engulfing the listener in an atmospheric haze reminiscent of a suburban house party. Recorded in a Newcastle basement by close friends Fraser Marshall and Jack Clark, and mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301 (Flume, Empire of the Sun), ‘k bye’ captures the raw energy of the Newcastle-based trio’s notoriously wild live shows.



Click to stream 'k bye'

Front man Joab Eastley describes the inspiration and story behind the song –

“The track was inspired a few years ago at a Newcastle house show ~ when I was a much younger, much more naive version of myself. It was a Sunday night, I had work in the morning, so I was just stopping in on my way home. It's subtly opening a dialogue about the inextricable links between illicit behaviour & underground youth subcultures ~ all wrapped up in a neat little party track. And no, the irony isn't lost on us.”

“This is 2 minutes and 45 seconds of pure swaggering fun”
- 4/5 Stars
Gen Fricker - triple j (AUS)
“2 U xoxo is pleasantly raw, grinding along with enough attitude to force you to stomp your feet and bang your head at"
Pilerats (AUS)

The band’s most recent single, ‘2 U xoxo’, garnered strong support from the likes of triple j, FBi, MTV, key Australian blogs and the Hype Machine blogging community. In between recording and releasing new music, the band have maintained a strenuous live schedule, playing Mountain Sounds Festival 2017 and performing alongside the likes of Hockey Dad, Winston Surfshirt, The Gooch Palms, Polish Club and Skegss to name a few.



To celebrate the release of the new track, RAAVE TAPES will traverse the country in October performing in Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Muswellbrook, Wollongong, Canberra and Melbourne, initiating new bassist Lindsay O’Connell into the band. The trio have also teamed up with local sponsors to produce a mini-festival in Newcastle on Sunday August 20, aptly titled RAAVE TAPES Shut Down The Argyle House, featuring twenty artists across three stages, including Good Boy, VACATIONS and Kwame.

‘k bye’ is available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers  

RAAVE TAPES K BYE TOUR DATES:

WED 30 AUGUST | SOSUEME @ BEACH ROAD HOTEL, BONDI
w/ Bleeding Knees Club
SAT 16 SEPTEMBER | GROW UP! FESTIVAL, MAITLAND
FRI 6 OCTOBER | THE FOUNDRY, BRISBANE
FRI 13 OCTOBER | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH
SAT 14 OCTOBER | FRANKIES PIZZA, SYDNEY
SAT 21 OCTOBER | BOTTOMS UP FESTIVAL, MUSWELLBROOK
WED 25 OCTOBER | RAD BAR, WOLLONGONG
THUR 26 OCTOBER | TRANSIT BAR, CANBERRA
FRI 27 OCTOBER | PENNY BLACK, MELBOURNE
SAT 4 NOVEMBER | THE EDINBURGH CASTLE, ADELAIDE 

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Blues artist Jesse Redwing new single/video 'Turn Away' feat. Wilsn from debut album "I'm Comin' On"



Sydney blues machine Jesse Redwing is back with a heartbreaker of a new single, the titanic vocals of Melbourne soul songstress Wilsn by his side, and news of his debut album. ‘Turn Away’ featuring Wilsn, is the official first single from Redwing’s debut record, I’m Comin’ On, out now via Create/Control records. 

download and stream the single HERE

..and the album "I'm Comin' On HERE

The single’s release has been accompanied by a stunning new video that brings to life Redwing’s sorrowful lyrics and tells the story of a love torn couple, happy and passionately embracing one minute; violently splitting apart the next . The video premiered on Wickedd Childd who described the single as featuring, “a whole lot of heart.”



“This song shows my more introspective side,” Redwing concedes. “It's a straight up heartbreak song that I was lucky enough to collaborate on with the biggest ballsiest soul voice going, Wilsn.”

“I was stoked to work with up-and-coming filmmaker, Sam Powyer, on a dark yet energetic video which tells the story of the song without getting corny.”

Redwing, who’s spent the last few years earning a reputation as a ferocious live force, announced his signing to Create/Control records last year with the electrifying single ‘Round It Goes’. Having grown up on punk, Redwing found inspiration in the likes of Eric Clapton and the Stones, then took a step back to what he refers to as, "the real sh*t" – Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and other legends of Blues, to distill what’s become his own fiery brand.

Backed by his band the Real MVPs (drummer Nicholas Meredith and bass player Brendan 'Thumper' Clark), Redwing has positioned himself to explode his dynamite sound on I’m Comin’ On with the assistance of producer Stephen Mowat, who helped bottle the lightning that is the Jesse Redwing live experience and cut it to tape.

"I wasn’t born to the blues, says Redwing, but it found me somehow and now there’s no turning back." Create/Control is pumped to ride shotgun with him for the journey. 




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Friday, August 18, 2017

ARIA-nominated Sydney group Born Lion premiere new single ‘Evil K’


After what was an auspicious introduction, one of Australia’s most exciting punk-rock acts, Born Lion have made their return with new single ‘Evil K’, tour dates and announced the release date for their forthcoming and sophomore studio album titled ‘Celebrate The Lie’ (due late-October).

Produced by Jimmy Balderstone (Luca Brasi, High Tension, Grenadiers) and mixed by Ryan Hazell (The Drones, Green Buzzard), lead single ‘Evil K’ combines hard-hitting, razor-sharp punk’n’roll with unapologetic monstrous pop-hooks, taking cues from the likes of staple influences The Bronx, Converge and Queens of the Stone Age.   



Front man John Bowker describes the creative process behind ‘Evil K’:

“Evil K was the first song we wrote with our new drummer, Andres. It was such an exciting time and this song felt like the start of something really special. I penned the lyrics after watching a late night doco on these ageing stuntmen whose childhood hero was 'Evil Knievel'”.

Since being crowned winners of triple j Unearthed’s 2013 Soundwave Festival competition, Born Lion have continually put out critically adored music, with three of their singles ‘D for Danger’, ‘Good Times Jimmy’ and ‘Good Dogs Play Dead’ all being added to rotation on triple j. Their 2015 debut album ‘Final Words’ was nominated for an ARIA for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album. 

In the live arena, the band have traversed the countryside multiple times on their own headline tours and supporting the likes of The Hives, The Bronx, Royal Blood, Marmozets and Karnivool. To celebrate the release of ‘Evil K’ the quartet will head out on an East Coast run performing in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

In the coming weeks, Born Lion, will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘Evil K’.

‘Evil K’ will be available worldwide via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all other good digital retailers on Friday August 18 through Four/Four.

BORN LION
EVIL K TOUR

FRI 15 SEP | WAYWARDS, SYDNEY NSW
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Particles

SAT 23 SEP | THE REVERENCE, MELBOURNE VIC
w/ Special Guests Rad Island + Ships Piano

SAT 30 SEP | THE FLAMIN GALAH, BRISBANE QLD
w/ Special Guests Radolescents + Beth Lucas & Band

All shows are Free Entry

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Indie-Electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes new single single ‘Wake Up’



After announcing the release date for their debut EP ‘Visions IV’ (due August 25), Yamba-based indie-electronic group Nocturnal Tapes offer up another taste of the forthcoming record with new single ‘Wake Up’ – recorded and produced by the duo themselves at their home studio and mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, Cosmos Midnight, Kučka).

New cut ‘Wake Up’ is an intricate slice of house-infused electronica, taking cues from the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Talking Heads and Kaytranada. Awash with sonic textures, the dream-laden track glides along effortlessly blending organic and electronic instrumentation, and finished off with the soaring and endearing vocals of front man, Harry Suttor.  

Suttor describes the story behind ‘Wake Up’:

“Without getting too dark, the song is about how everything in your life is leading up to the ultimate moment of death; time is a way we all die. So, why are so many of us wasting our lives locked to screens and living in routine?”.


Since their 2016 inception, Nocturnal Tapes have released a slew of tracks strongly embraced by the likes of triple j, Spotify, MTV, ABC’s Rage, community radio and worldwide blogs; which resulted in a top twenty position on the esteemed Hype Machine Now charts.

They’ve traversed the country multiple times sharing stages with Boo Seeka, Bootleg Rascal and Tash Sultana, and performed at boutique festivals Mountain Sounds, Sweaty Palms, House of Voodoo and UTS Summerfest and Winterfest.

Nocturnal Tapes were recently announced as the national support for Luke Million’s national tour in September, which includes shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne.

"'Wake Up' marks a welcome return".
Indie Shuffle (USA)
"Be warned – you may find yourself publicly breaking into dance".
The Wild Honey Pie (USA)

‘Wake Up’ is now available to stream via Soundcloud

NOCTURNAL TAPES
UPCOMING TOUR DATES

FRI 1 SEP | FAT CONTROLLER, ADELAIDE SA *
SAT 2 SEP | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD *
FRI 8 SEP | JACK RABBIT SLIMS, PERTH WA *
THU 14 SEP | LISMORE UNI BAR, LISMORE NSW
FRI 15 SEP | OXFORD ART FACTORY, SYDNEY NSW *
SAT 16 SEP | HOWLER, MELBOURNE VIC *

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Melbourne duo HPKNS new EP release "This Is What You Get"....alternative blues-rock



‘This Is What You Get’, released May 2017, is the debut EP from Melbourne duo HPKNS (pronounced Hopkins, aka James Deville and David Lovegrove). 

The record is raw and unfiltered to capture the simplicity and early stages of the bands life. 

Stream on Soundcloud HERE

The writing obsesses over the illusions of lust and desire while the edgy and dark narrative style of lyrics draws inspiration from another Melbourne native, Nick Cave. Musically there was a strong urge to do as much as possible with as little resource as possible. The challenge of restraint produces an apocalyptic post-blues sound with power and violence reminiscent of other two pieces, The White Stripes and Royal Blood. 

Download on Bandcamp page HERE

All music was written in two weeks from their Southbank apartment and recorded in 3 days at Hothouse Studios, St.Kilda.

All Songs: J Deville & D Lovegrove 
Recorded & Mixed by Jez Giddings / Hothouse, St Kilda 
Mastered: Jack The Bear Deluxe Mastering, Brunswick

Official websitehttp://www.wearehpkns.com/



      





Friday, August 4, 2017

Indie-Electronic songstress Nikkita Ra debut single 'Unity' and stunning video



Sydney-based indie-electronic songstress, Nikkita Ra, has just unveiled her stunning debut single ‘Unity’ and accompanying music video, shot in downtown Las Vegas.

Former front woman of widely loved hip hop-infused rock band, She Rex, Nikkita has now turned her attention to her solo career. Her impressive first offering melds soft, dreamy vocals likened to Lana Del Rey with ambient instrumentation likened to FKA Twigs, resulting in her own brand of atmospheric indie electronica. The hazy, romantic visuals of the accompanying film clip provide the perfect compliment to the track.

Nikkita describes the inspiration behind the single and video:
“The song is about a couple who get lost in a moment of heightened love and hedonism and make a split decision of mistaken love and romance. I have always loved musical storytellers and have never experimented with it before…I think the song and clip also come from a place inside of me that feels we have been taught false ideals by the media about romanticism and this has been to the detriment of real grown up love. Filmed in Vegas, the capital of hedonism and snap romanticism, it has a slight hat tilt to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or True Romance.”



Nikkita is keeping herself busy in the studio, quietly crafting her debut EP ‘Alexis’ (scheduled for late 2017).

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The beautiful voice of indigenous singer-songwriter is silenced...a very sad loss...tribute post

I have taken this from the Putumayo World Music Facebook page:

We would like to remember the great Aboriginal singer-songwriter, Dr. Yunupingu, who died this week at the age of 46. We have refrained from using his first name and image in respect for Aboriginal traditions. Dr. Yunupingu was born on Elcho Island off the coast of Australia and became a voice for indigenous peoples on the global stage. He was a talented multi-instrumentalist, but his true gifts were his voice and words. His multi-platinum albums recorded in his native tongue of Yolŋu and English raised awareness of Aboriginal music, culture and issues around the world.




(this video does not contain any images of deceased people and highlights the colour and beauty of the Australian landscape of which the indigenous people of this country belong)

He was a unique voice in the world; we’ll always enjoy his music and honor his legacy. If you wish to learn about or support the Dr Yunupingu Foundation in support of Aboriginal communities, please follow the link below:
CLICK HERE

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Indie-Dub trio Bootleg Rascal new release 'With You' music video



After releasing and touring their stellar new track ‘With You’ nationally to capacity crowds, Sydney indie-dub trio Bootleg Rascal have just unveiled the accompanying music.

Featuring stunning and eclectic collections of imagery, the clip for ‘With You’ is a departure from previous video productions by the group, by avoiding a traditional narrative. Director and producer Dan Hodgson collaborated with band members to develop a series of short scenes, with the underlying concept drawing inspiration from 2010 science fiction film ‘Inception’ - intending to pull viewers into a state of lucid dreaming.

Guitarist, Jimmy Young further describes the motivation behind the clip:

“Rather than stick to a conventional and cohesive narrative, we wanted the clip to be completely incongruous; jumping from scene-to-scene erratically to accentuate the dream-like experience for viewers. It’s a collection of intriguing standalone shots, which loosely connect in a more underlying and haunting type feel.”



Bootleg Rascal are currently working on their second album with longtime collaborator, Ian Pritchett. The upcoming record emphasises their melodic knack and explores a recent Rascal obsession for 80's synth sounds and crunchy, old school drum machines. With splashes of Kid Cudi and Massive Attack, their new record is set to be an extension of everything we’ve come to love about the band, while delivering a new depth of maturity and some of their best song writing to date.

‘With You’ music video is available to view via YouTube now


“‘With You’ is a cross-genre slice of spaced-out soul and groove, with live instruments poking through a haze of lingering vocals and a cracking hook to boot.” Life Without Andy (AUS)

“Take some glowing old school vibes from the 70s and blend them with a snappy modern sensibility… that’s what you get with Bootleg Rascal.” Ear to The Ground Music (USA)

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sydney experimental-electronic duo Blondebears debut single "Dissolve"





Sydney experimental-electronic duo Blondebears are Jake Stiles and Sebastian Morales. On their debut, the two songwriters deliver the mesmerising track titled ‘Dissolve’ – produced and recorded by the group themselves at their Sydney-based studios.

Opening with warped synths, soothing falsetto and hypnotic beats, ‘Dissolve’ soars into a gradual crescendo; unapologetically melding its array of hauntingly beautiful and cracked sonic textures. As the layers ascend and overlap seamlessly, the dream-laden journey eventually enters a state of climax and resolves fading out distantly; leaving behind an air of melancholy.

Stream 'Dissolve'

The moody cut also carries a deeper and underlying hypothesis further explained by Stiles –

“'Dissolve" is about empathy for other human beings and living in another person’s body for a day. What should you do with someone else's life? The character abuses their new body/lifestyle and disagrees with how others lead their lives but eventually empathises with other humans after living as them and feeling new emotions and experiences. I feel it is paramount to accept people from different circumstances or life experiences. With imagining how they live their day to day lives we can better understand others from another perspective.”

Stiles and Morales first met through an unsuccessful attempt to sneak into a music festival underage. Sharing a common love for music the boys experimented with different instruments and sounds until finding what would be known as Blondebears. The two plan to continually release new songs over the year and launch their live show nationally.



‘Dissolve’ is available via Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and all good digital retailer’s 

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Instrumental guitarist Ash Ravens new self-titled album release..professional adept in multiple genres


Ash Ravens is a professional guitarist, songwriter and teacher currently residing in Melbourne, Australia. Ash has so far played with and filled in with several different bands and solo artists in Los Angeles, USA and Melbourne. He has also toured with up and coming country artist Adrian Thomas at the TAMWORTH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2016.

Ash is a graduate of the prestigious Los Angeles College of Music (formerly known as LA Music Academy or LAMA), where he studied with the world's best music educators - Jody Fisher (world renowned jazz educator, author and performer), Tariqh Akoni (Musical Director Josh Groban, guitarist for Chaka Khan etc), Tony Inzalaco (Frank Zappa) Dave Hill, David Pozzy and many others. During his time in Los Angeles, Ash has performed with several bands as a fill-in guitarist and as a member at venues such as House of Blues Hollywood and at the Whiskey.



Ash performs with various bands and artists, does studio/session guitarist work and arranging, along side teaching guitar in Parkhill Primary School Ashwood and privately. He is a member of the long running Beatles Tribute Group - Beatles and Beyond. Being a professional guitar player, Ash understands the value of blending in with the band and his guitar playing style is incredibly 'fluid' - being adept in a multitude of genres and sounds. Ash can fit himself in virtually any band, all the while his original work reflects his unique musical fingerprints and an expression of his soul.

album links:
Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2rekXgd | 
iTunes: http://apple.co/2qqgVA6 | 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2re9vkU | 
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2qPLEYS 

Youtube: www.youtube.com/kalapoka666