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Rising Star #26

Greetings, fellow music explorers and discerning appreciators of extraordinary artistry! We extend an invitation for you to dive headfirst into the enchanting tapestry of musical discovery at "Rising Star 26."


Embark on a journey where the air is thick with the promise of groundbreaking talent from every corner of the globe. Picture a mosaic of emerging artists, each wielding their sonic paintbrush to craft unique melodies and spin tales that promise to reshape your musical landscape. This event isn't just a performance; it's a revolution, a magnetic force set to transform your perception of music.


Our commitment to crafting a lineup that defies convention has yielded an eclectic fusion of sounds. Brace yourself for an expedition that transcends geographical boundaries, offering not just a playlist but a kaleidoscope of the human experience. From the echoes of triumph over adversity to the gentle murmurs of love and dedication, witness the alchemy that transforms dreams into harmonious symphonies.


The artists aren't merely performers; they are storytellers inviting you to navigate the labyrinthine corridors of their creativity. In the universal language of music, they share their most intimate and profound experiences, beckoning you to become a part of their sonic odyssey.


"Rising Star 26" isn't confined by genres; it's a celebration that encapsulates a rich spectrum of emotions, ideologies, and narratives, irrespective of your usual musical haunts. Get ready to be captivated as innovation takes center stage, and harmony becomes the unifying force that binds us all.


So, prepare for a musical showcase where talent knows no boundaries, and creativity stretches to infinity. The stage is set, and the performers are poised to cast their spells, conjuring a symphony that revels in the vast and varied expressions of humanity.


Are you prepared to be spellbound? Join us on this extraordinary expedition and let "Rising Star 26" redefine your musical journey. The symphony is about to commence – brace yourself for a magical experience! 🌟🎵


"Embarking on an Interstellar Odyssey: Kid of the Star System's 'Horizon Double Negative'"



Step into the extraordinary universe of Kid of the Star System, the 'Interdimensional Wild Child,' a London-based extraterrestrial artist who is redefining the musical landscape with her latest record, "Horizon Double Negative." A sonic journey that transcends boundaries and embraces a myriad of genres, this album is a testament to Kid's unique ability to create an immersive experience that goes beyond mere listening.


Known for infusing her music with a sense of fun and chaos, Kid of the Star System takes her listeners on a warm and comforting journey through the vast landscapes of self-discovery. This is not merely an album; it's a cosmic exploration that engages listeners on a profound level, encouraging them to peel back the layers of their own identities.


Before delving into the depths of "Horizon Double Negative," let's revisit Kid's earlier musical endeavors. With the expressive 'Laws of the Universe' EP in 2019 and her debut album 'Pi r2' in 2021, featuring hit singles like 'Right With Me,' 'Me VS,' and 'Make Your Move,' Kid of the Star System established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the music scene. Now, with 'Luminous,' she takes her artistry to new heights.


The album opens with the pulsating beats of the lead single, "Sleepwalking," a track that sets the tone for the genre-bending extravaganza that follows. As the album progresses, tracks like "VS Self" and the titular "Horizon Double Negative" showcase Kid's impressive range and versatility. The thought-provoking lyrics and introspective musings invite listeners to embark on a journey of self-discovery, challenging them to explore the depths of their own existence and push past their limitations.


In "Luminous," Kid of the Star System beckons us to join her on an interstellar odyssey, where the boundaries between genres blur, and the familiar becomes uncharted territory. The album not only entertains but also inspires and empowers, encouraging listeners to embrace the chaos of life and find solace in the warmth of self-discovery.


As you immerse yourself in the sonic landscapes of "Horizon Double Negative," be prepared for an experience that goes beyond the ordinary. Kid of the Star System has once again proven that her music is not just a collection of sounds; it's a cosmic voyage, an invitation to explore the vastness of both outer and inner space. So, fasten your seatbelts, dear listeners, because Kid of the Star System is about to take you on a musical journey that defies expectations and transcends the ordinary.



"Elevating Sonic Horizons: LJ MASE's Epic Remix of Sugar Nova's 'Finish What You Started'"



Prepare to embark on a sonic journey that transcends boundaries as Melbourne-based producer LJ MASE lends his magic touch to Sugar Nova's original track, "Finish What You Started." The result? An epic, sweeping, Progressive Melodic House anthem that is set to redefine your music experience.


Sugar Nova, the dynamic Denver-based duo comprised of Luke Miller (from the acclaimed band Lotus) and Rachel Eisenstat (from Raven Jane), is set to unveil LJ MASE's remix of their track, promising listeners an ethereal and dance-inducing vibe. LJ MASE, a rising star in the Australian music scene, has transformed the original into a masterpiece, blending lush piano chords and euphoric arpeggios with airy vocals that create a floating yet irresistible atmosphere.


LJ MASE's impressive musical journey has seen him release records on prestigious labels such as Lane 8's This Never Happened, Teamwork Records, Colorize, Sekora, and more. In 2023, LJ MASE solidified his place in the industry with the release of "Take Our Time," a prodigious single featuring Tailor on This Never Happened, earning the stamp of approval from Lane 8 himself. His previous release, 'Reve,' featuring Julia Temos, garnered over 200,000 Spotify streams and received playlist adds on popular platforms like Chill Tracks, Just Chill, and Deep House Relax, expanding his global audience.


As a remixer, LJ MASE has showcased his prowess with stellar edits, including his rendition of DJ Matrick's 'Yours,' released on MaRLo's label Reaching Altitude. With over 70,000 monthly listeners and upwards of 10 million streams across his refined musical catalog, LJ MASE has undeniably carved his niche in the melodic house realm. The support from electronic heavyweights like Sultan & Shepard and Tritonal further underscores LJ MASE's influence in the genre.


Late 2023 brings the highly anticipated collaboration between LJ MASE and Modera, set to release on Colorize. This collaboration promises another season of emotionally uplifting music, adding to LJ MASE's already impressive body of work.


As the anticipation builds for LJ MASE's remix of Sugar Nova's "Finish What You Started," brace yourself for an elevated musical experience that seamlessly blends genres, creating a sonic masterpiece that will linger in your ears and heart. Get ready to immerse yourself in the melodic house realm, where LJ MASE's artistic vision takes center stage, redefining the boundaries of musical expression.



"Rivita Unveils Enchanting Tale: 'In The Mirror' Reflects on the Butterfly Effect of Womanhood"



Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing world of Rivita as she unveils her latest creation, "In The Mirror." Following the success of her previous release, "Too Close," Rivita returns with a beautifully crafted song that not only showcases her unique sound but also offers a profound reflection on her experiences as a woman.


"In The Mirror" is not just a song; it's a narrative spun with threads of introspection, inspiration, and a touch of childhood magic. The accompanying music video, drawing inspiration from the fairy tales that fueled Rivita's imagination as a child, adds an enchanting layer to the storytelling.


Rivita's musical prowess shines through as she takes the reins of the entire creative process—writing, producing, and mixing the track. Her signature vocals weave through the melody, creating an atmospheric and emotive soundscape. Collaborating with guitarist Vitaliy Tkachuk from Ukraine and bassist Bruno Migliari from Brazil through the online platform Musiversal, Rivita brings together a global ensemble to breathe life into her vision.


The song's thematic depth is reflected in Rivita's exploration of the butterfly effect of womanhood. Through "In The Mirror," she lays bare the intricate web of emotions tied to the experiences of being a woman, tackling feelings of invalidation and the insidious sense of unworthiness. Rivita doesn't shy away from confronting these challenges; instead, she transforms them into something beautiful, using art as a medium of empowerment.


The music video, a collaborative effort with LA-based photographer and videographer Alissa Wyle, complements the ethereal nature of the song. The visuals, mirroring the influence of bedtime stories like Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, add a layer of nostalgia and whimsy to Rivita's introspective journey.


Rivita's music isn't just a melody; it's a storytelling experience that invites listeners to delve into the complexities of womanhood and emerge with a sense of empowerment. "In The Mirror" is a powerful anthem, a "Sorry, not sorry" vibe that declares, "It's their problem, not mine." Rivita is not just creating music; she's crafting narratives that resonate with the soul.



"Astralix Takes a Cosmic Leap with 'The Rhythm Fills My Soul'"



Prepare to be transported to a sonic dimension unlike any other as Astralix, the dynamic collaboration between Gary Dranow of The Manic Emotions and Chris Zoupa of Teramaze, unveils their groundbreaking EDM single, "The Rhythm Fills My Soul." This electrifying project marks a wild departure from their well-known hits, "Destiny Road" and "Never Give Up."


Astralix is a trinity of talent, with Gary Dranow hailing from The Manic Emotions in Park City, UT, USA, Chris Zoupa based in Melbourne, Australia, and their producer, Louis Dupont, also from Melbourne, Australia. This unlikely yet harmonious union began around five years ago when Gary discovered Chris while searching for someone to transcribe his Destiny Road album. What started as guitar lessons morphed into a prolific songwriting partnership, resulting in close to thirty songs that make up their upcoming albums, "Never Give Up" and the EDM venture, Astralix.


The journey of Astralix takes an unexpected turn with "The Rhythm Fills My Soul," the first release from their EDM project. The track is a celebration of youth, a nod to a carefree lifestyle, and an invitation to the dancefloor. It's a departure from their usual blues, blues rock, alternative, indie rock, and hard rock sound, showcasing their versatility as musicians.


The single, produced by Louis Dupont, features the talents of hired female singer Malena, adding another layer of diversity to Astralix's evolving sound. The lyrics and music, recorded at a pulsating 125 Beats Per Minute, hit the sweet spot for dancing, creating an immersive experience for listeners.


"The Rhythm Fills My Soul" isn't just a song; it's an exploration of the unexpected, a fusion of diverse musical influences converging to create something entirely new. As Astralix unveils this vibrant chapter of their musical journey, it's clear that their cosmic creativity knows no bounds.


Stay tuned for the forthcoming EDM album from Astralix, and in the words of Chris Zoupa, "the consummate musician and perfect collaborator," be prepared to be captivated by a sound that transcends the limits of expectation. Astralix is not just breaking boundaries; they're forging new musical constellations.



"Tokyo City Groove Unleashes Musical Magic with 'Visions'"



Prepare to be transported to the bustling streets of Tokyo as Tokyo City Groove, the dynamic duo of drummer Kenta Kitamura and bassist Kaoru Yamauchi, introduces their latest musical creation, "Visions." This instrumental masterpiece is more than just a song; it's a rhythmic journey that blends Latin rhythms, light percussion, and a lively melody into a captivating musical tapestry.


If instrumental music isn't your usual cup of tea, Tokyo City Groove's "Visions" is here to change that perception. The song is a melodic narrative with a story that unfolds through a series of Latin-flavored rhythms, intricate basslines, and wild, freely played drums. The duo's proficiency as professional studio musicians, with over 40 years of touring and recording experience, shines through in this technical and experimental piece that symbolizes the essence of Tokyo City Groove.


Formed in 2022, Tokyo City Groove is the brainchild of Kenta Kitamura and Kaoru Yamauchi, who first crossed paths while touring and recording for the renowned Japanese City Pop singer Kiyotaka Sugiyama in 1986. With fusion, jazz fusion, and Japanese City Pop as their main influences, Tokyo City Groove has carved a unique niche for themselves in the music scene.


"Visions" is not just a standalone track; it is part of a larger project where Tokyo City Groove plans to release music consecutively for three months, from November to January. The recording process was intense, with a crowded schedule, but it allowed the duo to channel their concentration into producing music of the highest quality.


The song's Latin-flavored rhythms, light percussion, and lively melody create a varied storyline that progresses with speed. As the middle section introduces classical piano and synthesizer zones, it feels like a refreshing breeze, adding depth to the composition. The culmination in the rhythm zone towards the end brings the song to an exhilarating close, accompanied by a powerful drum performance.


As Kenta Kitamura puts it, "We finally get to do what we want to do, but then we realize we're over 60 and we're running out of time! Give us a chance to try!" Tokyo City Groove invites you to open your ears and hearts to the rhythmic magic of "Visions." Even if you're not a fan of instrumental music, this song promises to be a delightful exception. So, take a musical journey with Tokyo City Groove, where age is just a number, and the rhythm is eternal.



"The Project Unleashes Cali-Rock Magic with 'Over You'"



Get ready for a musical journey through the sun-soaked vibes of California as The Project, a new LA rock supergroup, drops their second release, "Over You." Following the success of their debut single, "Best Days," which has already amassed over thousands of streams listeners on Spotify, The Project is making waves in the music scene.


The brainchild of James Davis, a familiar face from the Cali-rock scene and former lead guitarist of the acclaimed band Shameless, The Project is poised to redefine the sound of California rock. Shameless, known for their Best Hard Rock Band wins at the Southern California Music Awards and Rock City News, and Best Metal Band recognition at the Inland Empire Music Awards in 2006, laid the foundation for James Davis's journey into a sound influenced by both pop and metal.


Breaking out into a new sonic realm, The Project boasts surprise members set to be revealed in the coming months. The current lineup includes the powerhouse vocalist Jeff Plant from Shameless and acclaimed Pump5 drummer Andre Bonter. Andre Bonter expresses his admiration for James Davis's talent, stating, "When I see a friend with THAT much talent, and doing nothing with it, it hurts my rock and roll soul, so I put my super drummer cape on to save the day!"


The excitement doesn't stop there; The Project is gearing up for the release of their debut album, "Best Days," early next year. Recorded at Arrowhead West Studio in Rancho Cucamonga, California, the album is produced by Dennis Hill, known for his work with acts like Face to Face, Sammy Hagar, Montgomery Gentry, The Poor Boys, and Lefty. Co-produced and engineered by Steven Barnett of Pump5, and mixed and mastered by Mike Troolines, whose credits include Los Lobos, Ignite, and Righteous Brothers, the album promises a non-stop feel-good ride through classic hard rock and pop rock.


"Over You" is the second release from The Project, continuing their mission to captivate audiences with their infectious sound. As they welcome you into the sandy beach mosh pit, The Project invites fans of good rock done right to join them on this irresistible musical journey.


Stay tuned for more surprises as The Project unveils their complete lineup and drops the highly anticipated album "Best Days," set to be available on all platforms early next year.



"ABSENTVISION: Crafting Melancholic Magic with 'Stranger'"



Prepare to dive into the immersive world of ABSENTVISION, a solo artist and songwriter who, with the release of "Stranger," has crafted a melancholic masterpiece that blends pop-rock and alternative-rock with dark-pop elements, delivering a sound that resonates with emotion.


ABSENTVISION is not just a musical entity; it's the brainchild of a passionate artist who wears multiple hats, singing, playing guitar and keyboard, and contributing to the production process. The project officially took flight in 2023, but the roots of ABSENTVISION's musical journey trace back to a young age when the artist began singing in groups and writing songs.


The single "Stranger" provides a glimpse into the emotional depth and storytelling prowess of ABSENTVISION. The artist took charge of the creative process, conceiving the melodies and lyrics before recording the single in a home studio. To bring the track to completion, ABSENTVISION collaborated with another producer, resulting in a polished and impactful final product.


The ethos behind "Stranger" revolves around pop-rock and alternative-rock, with dark-pop elements seamlessly woven into the fabric of the music. The track captures the mixed emotions experienced when encountering a stranger with whom a connection is made but is destined to be fleeting. The softer, dreamier sections express the joy of the moment, while the aggressive, rock-fueled chorus conveys the inevitable sadness and frustration of impending separation.


The recording and production of "Stranger" were not without their own story. Inspired by a trip to Paris, France, ABSENTVISION penned the song upon returning to London. The track is a musical reflection on the intense emotions felt during a memorable weekend, where the artist met incredible people who, despite the connection, were bound to become strangers again.


"Stranger" is not just a song; it's an invitation to explore the intricate layers of human connection, beautifully expressed through ABSENTVISION's poignant melodies and evocative lyrics. As the solo artist continues to carve a path in the musical landscape, "Stranger" stands as a testament to the power of fearless creativity and the universal emotions that connect us all.



"Sergiy Rybytskyy: Crafting Cinematic Magic with 'Battle'"



Embark on a musical journey with the Australian and Ukrainian composer, Sergiy Rybytskyy, as he unveils his latest musical creation, "Battle." A maestro in blending classical, prog-rock, romantic, ambient, and neo-classical elements, Sergiy is set to captivate listeners with his dynamic and progressive musical statement.


The artist's musical journey began at a young age, lured by the enchanting call of the piano. Over the years, Sergiy honed his craft, attending courses at the Dnipro Music College in Ukraine and receiving private lessons from the talented composer and piano virtuoso Vladimir Skuratovsky.


The debut album, "New Vista," marked Sergiy's entry into the music scene, blending genres and defying conventional formulas. Praised for its diversity and brilliant creative energy, the album set the stage for Sergiy's sophomore release, "In Labyrinths of the Soul," which continued to receive acclaim for its immersive and layered compositions.


As a neo-classical composer, Sergiy Rybytskyy is not content with resting on past achievements. His relentless drive led to the creation of "Battle," a musical endeavor that promises to be a powerhouse of emotions and artistry. The single is part of Sergiy's extensive body of work, which includes collaborations with publishers and music libraries for commercial use.


The captivating journey of Sergiy Rybytskyy extends beyond albums and singles. His compositions have found a home in television and film, signifying the universal appeal and cinematic quality of his work. With an unwavering passion and a commitment to musical excellence, Sergiy continues to push boundaries and explore new horizons.


Sergiy's dedication to his craft shines through in every note, creating a musical landscape that is dynamic, original, and filled with surprises. "Battle" is not just a song; it's a testament to Sergiy Rybytskyy's ability to weave intricate narratives through music, inviting listeners into a world where emotions and art collide.


As Sergiy Rybytskyy continues to create amazing cinematic songs, soundtracks, and compositions, "Battle" stands as a testament to his impressive passion and skills, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the powerful and art-filled world of his music.



"Shady Oaks Unleashes Raw Energy and Heartfelt Evolution with 'Drinkin' You Away'"



Shady Oaks, the dynamic force of raw rock 'n' roll energy hailing from Denver, Colorado, has ignited stages post-lockdown with an unapologetic musical prowess led by guitarist/vocalist Ty Gallaway. Their latest single, "Drinkin' You Away," serves as a testament to the band's evolution, transitioning from the dark depths of their debut album, MAD, to something more charming and heartfelt.


Shady Oaks' sound draws inspiration from a diverse array of musical influences spanning Jack White, Shakey Graves, Black Keys, to the softer folk rock vibes of The Wood Brothers, Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, and Pinegrove. The common thread is authenticity, rawness, and boundless energy.


Shady Oaks' rise to prominence includes significant gigs such as opening for The Velveteers at the Fox Theatre in Boulder and closing out the Underground Music Showcase, Colorado's own SXSW, in the summer of '23. Their reputation as a powerhouse live act continues to grow.


"Drinkin' You Away" serves as a sonic evolution from the shadows of MAD, showcasing a fusion of modern rock, country, and folk-americana. Ty Gallaway's vocals lead the charge, weaving through genres with ease and grace, encapsulating the band's journey from a dark place to a more heartfelt resonance.


"Drinkin' You Away" delves into the aftermath of a relationship, specifically focusing on the loss of friends during the process. It is a poignant exploration of post-relationship depression, encapsulating the emotional landscape that follows heartbreak.


In a departure from traditional studio recordings, Shady Oaks opted for a "live" approach to capture the rawness and emotion of their music. While vocals were overdubbed, the band aimed to encapsulate the spontaneity and authenticity of their live sessions.


"If this track doesn't get us there, I give up." - A testament to the band's determination and passion, Shady Oaks lays it all on the line with "Drinkin' You Away," an anthem that promises to resonate with audiences far and wide.



"DT. Unleashes Raw Hip-Hop Energy with 'Only A Matter Of Time 2' - A Journey to the Top"



Meet DT., the enigmatic force behind the latest hip-hop sensation, "Only A Matter Of Time 2." This solo artist navigates the rap scene with a style influenced by heavyweights like Larry June, Payroll Giovanni, and Baby Faceray. In a world saturated with diverse sounds, DT. stands out, forging a path to musical greatness.


DT. is a one-man army, creating waves in the hip-hop scene. His prowess extends to every aspect of his craft, from lyrics to beats, making him a formidable force in the industry. Drawing inspiration from icons like Larry June, Payroll Giovanni, and Baby Faceray, DT. infuses his music with a unique blend of styles. The echoes of his influences resonate in every beat, creating a dynamic auditory experience.


"Only A Matter Of Time 2" was crafted in the intimacy of DT.'s home studio. With the help of a few YouTube producers, he transformed his artistic vision into a full-fledged musical journey. At its core, "Only A Matter Of Time 2" embodies the ethos of hip-hop, a genre rooted in self-expression, resilience, and storytelling. DT. uses his music as a canvas to paint a vivid picture of his journey, struggles, and the inevitable rise to stardom.


The album's title, a continuation from "Only A Matter Of Time," speaks volumes. It's a proclamation that success is not a question of if but when. DT. lays bare his ambitions, expressing that his ascent in the music industry is inevitable. Each track on the album weaves a narrative of DT.'s life, capturing the essence of his experiences. The beats serve as a backdrop to tales of perseverance, ambition, and the challenges faced along the way.


"Only A Matter Of Time 2" is not just an album; it's a glimpse into DT.'s reality. The lyrics delve into the intricacies of life, reflecting the artist's authenticity and providing listeners with a raw and unfiltered perspective.


In a world where success is often measured in beats per minute, DT. stands out as an artist who understands that greatness is indeed "Only A Matter Of Time." The journey has just begun, and with each track, DT. solidifies his presence in the hip-hop realm. Get ready to witness the rise of a true musical force.




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