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Ultra Naté releases dancefloor magic with ‘ULTRA Deluxe’

Ultra Naté proudly presents “ULTRA Deluxe.” This monumental Deluxe re-issue of her 10th album is a testament to Ultra’s enduring legacy in electronic, dance, and pop music.

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“ULTRA Deluxe” is a dazzling collection of 18 tracks that showcases Ultra Naté’s unparalleled talent and her ability to seamlessly bridge genres. This Deluxe edition boasts remarkable collaborations with music luminaries including Osunlade, Quentin Harris, Henrik Schwarz, Slowz, Mood II Swing’s Lem Springsteen, and Grammy-winning sensations Blue Lab Beats & Tracy Young. The album also features the recent #1 nu disco hit, “DANGEROUS (So Dare Me),” a sensational collaboration with Les Bisous, and the 2022 crossover anthem “YOU’RE FREE,” featuring electronic duo Icona Pop.

But that’s not all. “ULTRA Deluxe” comes packed with two previously unreleased gems, specially crafted for this edition. Ultra Naté’s ability to continuously reinvent herself while staying true to her musical roots is on full display in these new additions.

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The journey through “ULTRA Deluxe” is a thrilling ride, kicking off with the infectious groove of “HAPPY FEELING” and leading you through a sonic adventure that spans over 1 hour and 14 minutes, culminating with the liberating anthem “FREE.”

Ultra Naté’s music has always been more than just beats and lyrics; it’s a celebration of life, love, and the dancefloor. “ULTRA Deluxe” is not just an album; it’s a sonic memoir of an artist who has shaped the course of dance music history.

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Prepare to immerse yourself in Ultra Naté’s world of infectious rhythms, soulful vocals, and timeless melodies. “ULTRA Deluxe” is a must-listen for anyone who has ever found solace, joy, or liberation on the dancefloor.

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California King unveils its new rock album with “The Last Lovers”

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California King, a Brooklyn-based band, has recently launched their new album, “The Last Lovers,” which features 10 tracks that defy genre boundaries. The group, deeply influenced by the Brooklyn Rock scene, has established itself as a critical figure in the Black Rock movement by blending rock, soul, and Afro-Punk elements to create a unique musical fusion.

The Last Lovers” was recorded at a studio in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and is the brainchild of Mike Mills, the vocalist, guitarist, writer, producer, recording engineer, and album mixer. The album explores the theme of love in various forms, from lost to found, spanning from the energetic rhythms of the opening track, “The Last Lovers,” to the emotive anthem “Something Human” and the haunting “I Think I Like You,” showcasing California King’s emotional depth and artistic prowess.

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The album’s lead single, “The Last Lovers,” was conceptualized during the pandemic, capturing the essence of individuals coming together against societal challenges. This track sets the tone for the album as a celebration of unwavering love during difficult times. Notable tracks include “My Desert Heart,” a poignant reflection on yearning, and “Mandala,” an ode to the complex dynamics of love and desire. The album concludes with “Roses,” an advanced single embodying the perseverance required for nurturing enduring relationships.

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California King, consisting of Mike Mills, Howard Alper on drums, Ernest G. D’Amaso on bass and backing vocals, and Asim Barnes on guitar, brings their diverse influences to life, drawing inspiration from the likes of Howling Wolf, Jimi Hendrix, and The Black Keys. Their previous performances at prestigious venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Whitney Museum, and Afro-Punk events have solidified their image as a vibrant group with a distinct, fiercely DIY ethos.

The Last Lovers” is a valuable addition to any music collection, offering an essential listen for enthusiasts seeking introspective charm combined with rock and soul swagger. Each track invites listeners into a rich soundscape of shimmering melodies and evocative whispers, culminating in a profoundly immersive sonic experience.

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UniversalDice Releases “Slip Away”

UniversalDice’s latest single, “Slip Away,” unveils a lyrical tapestry rich with depth and nuance, inviting listeners to delve into themes of existence, love, and mortality. Crafted by songwriter and frontman Gerry Dantone, these lyrics serve as the beating heart of the band’s musical journey, challenging conventions and prompting introspection.

The opening stanza sets the tone for the introspective journey ahead, with imagery evocative of dawn breaking and the fleeting passage of time. “Wake, for morning’s flung the stone / That put the stars to flight,” beckons the listener to awaken to the transient beauty of existence, reminding us that each day is a precious gift to be cherished.

As the song unfolds, Dantone’s lyrical prowess shines through, weaving a narrative that oscillates between moments of profound melancholy and fleeting euphoria. Lines such as “How sad a heart that cannot ache / Is never drunk with love” resonate with a raw emotional intensity, underscoring the inherent vulnerability of the human experience.

Throughout “Slip Away,” Dantone’s lyricism transcends mere words, offering a poignant meditation on the nature of life and death. The refrain, “Don’t let life slip away,” serves as a rallying cry to seize the moment and embrace the full spectrum of human emotion, even in the face of uncertainty and impermanence.

But it’s not just existential musings that define the lyrical landscape of “Slip Away.” The song also delves into the complexities of love and connection, exploring the transformative power of human relationships amidst the vastness of the universe. “Can you feel the blinding light / That warms us from above?” Dantone asks, juxtaposing the cosmic with the deeply personal in a poignant reflection on the enduring power of love.

One of the most striking aspects of Dantone’s lyricism is its ability to transcend the boundaries of the individual self, offering a universal message that resonates with listeners across cultures and generations. Themes of mortality and meaning permeate the song, reminding us of the interconnectedness of all living beings and the importance of living authentically in the face of uncertainty.

Musically, “Slip Away” serves as the perfect vehicle for Dantone’s lyrical exploration, with its soaring melodies and dynamic instrumentation complementing the emotional depth of the lyrics. The song’s gradual crescendo mirrors the ebb and flow of life itself, building to a climax that is both cathartic and transformative.

“Slip Away” stands as a testament to UniversalDice’s commitment to crafting music that challenges the status quo and prompts reflection. Gerry Dantone’s lyrical prowess shines through, offering a poignant meditation on life, love, and the human condition. As the song fades into the ether, we are left with a lingering sense of wonder and awe, reminded of the beauty and fragility of existence.

 

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