10 Songs You Should Hear Part VI

10-Songs-6Welcome to the sixth edition of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear. We’ve got a nice mix of artists across different genres on this one—but I’ve been on a bit of a hip-hop kick lately, so you’ll hear a lot of that. I also dropped in on some pop-punk locals performing at Revolution in March, so you’ll hear some of their music as well.

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In no particular order, here are 10 songs out of Long Island you should hear:


1. DA The Future: N’ Luv

DA_10-Songs-6DA The Future is a hip-hop artist based out of Amityville—I first heard of him through the Earwaxx Sessions, which he is a founder. I immediately connected with his message and downloaded his 2014 EP 18N—a collection of seven super-unique tracks including N’ Luv, which really caught my attention. It’s a catchy, vibey, groovy, chill track that gets stuck in your head—and you want it there. After listening to the EP I knew I had to check DA out live, so I caught up with him in April at a show in Copiague—dude didn’t go on until 2am (I’m getting too old for this scene) but it was worth the wait—he’s as charismatic a performer as he is a writer and his live show adds another dimension to his polarizing music. Check out more of his music and music videos at dathefuture.com and give N’ Luv a listen below.

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2. Whittled Down: Living, Forever

Whittled-Down_10-Songs-6Whittled Down (formerly Commonwealth) is a five-piece Emo/Hardcore band formed in 2013. I got to see them play with Shorebreak a couple months ago and fell in love with their song Living, Forever off their EP Bold Print. The songs opening line “As the world spins and I stand still, all these empty days that I can’t fill” is belted out by singer Pat Pierce with such desperation, you can’t help but get sucked in and connect with the song. It struck a chord and I immediately felt what he must have been feeling when he wrote it—which to me, is one of the marks of a successful song. Give it a listen below:

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3. Reek Da Villian: Trouble Waters

Roosevelt’s own Reek Da Villian dropped his latest mixtape Reek What You Sow in October of last year. It’s his first release as an independent artist since leaving Busta Rhyme’s label back in 2014. I just got around to listening to the LP—I had only heard bits and pieces of Reek before and I have to admit this record took me by surprise—I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. It’s on me for not paying attention. The record has a 90’s East Coast hip-hop feel and features tracks with Kendrick Lamar, Swizz Beatz, Ace Hood and more. My favorite track is Trouble Waters—it’s got a great vintage sound, a warm, mellow beat over which Reek raps about his family life growing up. Give it a listen:

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4. TK The Architect: Result of the Fire

TK_10-Songs-6I’ve been up on TK the Architect for a while now—he was featured on 10 Songs Part 1 (Aug 2014) and again on Part 3 (May 2015) for tracks off of his debut record Life In Stereo (Nov 2013). TK’s newest effort Blue Season (Apr 2016) is an evolution from his first album, which was straightforward boom-bap hip-hop (done really, really well). On Blue Season, TK has created a sound all his own; “I genuinely feel that no one could have made this record but me”—and he’s right, there’s not an album I’ve heard that sounds like Blue Season. His roots are still in hip-hop—only now TK focuses on not just his verses, but his guitar parts and music arrangements as well—and it produces a totally unique, genre-blurring album that I’m going to be listening to for a long time. So many great tracks on this one—my favorite is the opener Result of the Fire—give it a listen:

Follow TK on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


5. Moon Tooth: Offered Blood

Ok, so this whole album is sick. It’s not easy picking just one track to feature, but I’m going with Offered Blood because the guitar part about 2:25 in is one of the raddest things I’ve ever heard (guitarist Nick Lee was just interviewed by our friends over at Shoot the Shred, you should definitely give it a listen). Moon Tooth released their debut full-length record Chromaparagon in February of this year, and the album is bananas—just go buy it now.

Follow Moon Tooth on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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 6. Brodie Fresh: Pray

Brodie Fresh is a hip-hop artist out of Elmont—I found him on Instagram as he was promoting the release of his EP Farewell. I checked out his music video for Soul Food and I was sold—growing up in the Northeast, and the New York area in particular, I’ve always been a big fan of East Coast hip-hop—and Brodie embodies that—his raw and raspy flow is what you expect out of a New York MC. I picked up his EP when it dropped in March and it delivers from front to back—my favorite is the opening track Pray. I love when a song tells a story—Brodie has great intuition and his storytelling skills are exemplified on this track. Give it a listen:

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7. Shorebreak: Around

Shorebreak_10-Songs-6Shorebreak is a straightforward pop-punk group out of East Islip. I picked up their December 2015 release Misdirection earlier this year and it ended up on rotation in my studio for weeks. I saw they were playing a show at Revolution and decided to go check them out live. They’re a super fun act to watch—frontman Mike Scarola has that “it” factor you look for in a lead singer and the crowd was belting the songs along with him all night. I just picked up the two Shorebreak records that preceded Misdirection: Displacement (Dec 2013) and Severance (Feb 2015), which I still need to give a good listen, so for now, my selection for Shorebreak song you need to hear is Around:

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8. Dud Music: Mulatto Man

DUD_10-Songs-6_2Dudley Salmon is multi-talented musician out of Brentwood. He’s much more than your average rap artist—for his debut On My Way he wrote, composed, produced and played just about every instrument that appear on the 15-track album. I got a chance to catch one of his sets in March at Trifecta in Copiague and immediately connected with his vibe. His album is filled with great tracks including B-Wood—an homage to life in Brentwood where he grew up—and my personal favorite Mulatto Man where Dudley talks about his inner conflict being inter-racial, he raps “I’m half black and half white, but half the time I don’t know which half to act like”. Give it a listen:

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9. HOAX: Simply

HOAX is a four-piece alternative group out of Freeport. They’re new to the scene, formed in 2015, I found out about them through Rick’s Rising Stars. I found their story to be pretty interesting—frontman and hip-hop artist Michael Raj was just looking for a few musicians to serve as a backing band for his live show. He ended up jamming with fellow Hofsta students Frantz Cesar and Kevin and Jacob Lopez and the chemistry was so good that HOAX was born. The guys still haven’t had an official release—mostly covers and a couple of originals on Soundcloud—but if their song Simply is an indication of what they’re capable of, I can’t wait to hear more.

Follow HOAX on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


10. Colorful Kid: Trickle Down

Colorful-Kid_10-Songs-6Colorful Kid made our 10 Songs list back in August 2015 (Part 4) with the emotive track All Ways off of their debut self titled EP (Jan 2015). They’ve since released their first full-length record Weird Years (Feb 2016) where the band shows off a softer side with tracks like Wood and Concrete, and my favorite off the album, Trickle Down. Give it a listen:

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Thanks for reading 10 Songs Part 6—I’ve gotten such a flood of great local music recently, I’m going to follow up with Part 7 really soon.

Cheers!

– Chris

(PS: If you think you or someone you know should be featured here, email us at chris@stayloose.net)

Time King X Peru Co-Album Release Party

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Two up-and-coming LI bands got together to co-headline an awesome album release show Friday September 4 at Revolution in Amityville. Time King releasing their debut full length album Suprœ, and Peru releasing their debut EP Ordinary People. I dropped by to grab a couple beers, check out the bands and snap some pics.

Little Alien and Allies opened up the show – unfortunately I didn’t get to catch Little Alien.


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Allies are a four-piece alternative rock group out of Nassau County – they released their debut EP The Lobby in November of last year. I just picked up the album and I’m slightly obsessed with the track “Extremities”. These guys are a blast live too:

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Follow Allies on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and grab their EP The Lobby – you can also check out all of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


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These are the dudes I came to see – Time King is tight. They’re a five-piece rock/prog band from LI and their new album Suprœ is the best album I’ve heard out of anywhere in a long time.  To get a taste of their live sound, visit timekingofficial.com and watch their Live Sessions of “The New” and “Take Cover”. Here are a couple shots from their set:

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Do yourself a favor and download Suprœ right now and follow Time King on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You’re welcome.

Check out the rest of my shots from Time King’s set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


Peru

Peru is a three-man soul-infused indie group out of LI – like Time King, they’re celebrating the release of a new album (Ordinary People) and they’ve got a pretty sweet Live Sessions video for the song Forever up on their site also. I’m really glad I got the chance to check these guys out:

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You can listen to their EP on Spotify – follow Peru on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – and you can check out the rest of my shots from their set on the Stay Loose Flickr page.


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10 Songs You Should Hear – Part III

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Here it is: the third installment of 10 Songs Out of Long Island You Should Hear (In no particular order).


1. Bohemians: Colony

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I’ve interviewed and written about this up-an-coming alt-pop group from Manorville a bunch this year – their debut album Settle Down, Carry On has been on rotation in my studio since I first heard about them back in January. Frontman Luke Lotardo (Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards), Eric Milton (Keyboards/Guitar), Eric Pubins (Drums) and Perry Ladouceur (Bass) put together a seriously intriguing album – my favorite track: Colony.


2. Marlo DeMore: Angels and Minotaurs

Marlo is a rapper out of Wantaugh – he dropped his mixtape Still Dreaming in 2013 with a sound reminiscent of rap’s glory days in New York. The album is worth a listen front to back, but my favorite track is the single Angels and Minotaurs – take a listen and you can also check out the video here.


3. The Offshore Regulars: Maria

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The Offshore Regulars are a four piece Rock/Reggae band out of West Islip. They’re currently working on a new EP called Heathens which they’ll be releasing sometime next month. Singer Brendan O’Hara, Guitarist Andrew Culmo, Bassist Jon Eiseman and Drummer Bobby VanNostrand released their debut album The New Guy in 2013 – my favorite track from the album is Maria.


4. Oogee Wawa (ft Joey Harkum): Pack the Van

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A staple on the Long Island music scene, Oogee Wawa has been setting the standard with their brand of Reggae/Hip-Hop. The guys released their sophomore album More Sand Than Money at a huge party at Nappers in Smithtown last month, and the album does not disappoint. So many great tracks, but my personal favorite is Pack the Van.


5. Gutterlife: Complacent

Gutterlife is a four man alt-punk band out of East Islip. The group released their second EP Don’t Sleep in February of this year. Don’t Sleep is a follow up to their debut release Violent Discord, which came out in March of 2014. Both albums are worth a listen, but my favorite track off the new EP is Complacent. Check out the video too.


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6. Go Big: Answer My Call

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Go Big is a suitable name for this group out of Lindenhurst: they’re a big band (8 members) who play a lot of instruments (front-man Jason Rutcofsky plays 5 for example), and the result is a big sound. They released their debut album The Story From Our Side in March of 2014 and you’ve got to listen to Jessica Rutcofsky blow the roof off with a big vocal performance on my personal favorite from the album: Answer My Call.


7. TK The Architect: Passing On The Torch/Name of Progress

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My dude TK out of Oceanside released a two-part music video back in February for songs Passing On The Torch and Name of Progress both off of his mixtape Life In Stereo. The videos came out so well: adding to the concepts and tying together a story between the two songs, I had to share them here. Listen to Passing On The Torch below, and definitely check out the videos for both songs in the links above.


8. Sir Cadian Rhythm: Villain Fear

Sir Cadian Rhythm is a 5 piece alternative band out of LI. Jack Weppler (Vox), Alex Laudani (Guitar), Richie Cluxton (Bass), Keith Miller (Drums) and Marr Carlin (Keyboards) released their debut self-titled EP in February of this year. They’ve got a really cool, unique blend of music – at times they remind me of Incubus, others it’s more Maroon 5. That’s before they break out the horns though, and turn up the bass and infuse some funk and jazz into their sound. It’s a totally cool EP – my favorite song incidentally is the final track on the EP, which is a stripped down, mellow track called Villain Fear.


9. Ant Matos: Me Myself & I

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My dude Ant Matos has been putting in work this year, releasing tracks with Lock the Tree Mason and Reek Da Villian while working on the upcoming mixtape Loose Camp Supreme 2015. He dropped a freestyle on his Soundcloud a couple months ago called Me Myself & I – listen.


10. Adiron: Whiskey Hostel

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Shawn O’Connor joined post-hardcore band Adiron shortly after Whiskey Hotel disbanded late last year. The band is based out of Lindenhurst and released an 8-track EP called Frequency & Pressure last month. My standout track is Whiskey Hostel.


Think your song needs to be on this list? Email chris@stayloose.net – I’m always on the lookout for new local music to listen to and share.

Thanks for reading,

– Chris

Night Out with Nonstop to Cairo

I met up with the guys from Nonstop to Cairo in Huntington Village for a few beers at Nags Head on a cold-ass night in February.

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I shot the first bunch of photos for the new-look Nonstop who are welcoming Alex Turner replacing Dave Bartlett on drums.

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You can check out the new lineup live Friday, February 27th at the Nonstop Keg Party.

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To view all the photos from the shoot, visit the Stay Loose Flickr page.

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Thanks for reading – hope to see you at the Nonstop Keg Party! #stayloose

– Chris

Coming Soon: Interview with Quiet Storm

We sat down with hip-hop artist Quiet Storm to talk music, the scene on Long Island and his plans for 2015.

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Quiet Storm is a hip-hop artist out of Lake Grove – he dropped his debut LP Bad Decisions in 2013 and his song 24 made our list of 10 Songs You Should Hear Part II. He’s currently working on a follow up album called Good Intentions which he plans to release this Summer – we spoke a little bit about that, about the first song he ever recorded, which was for a class project in High School (I tried getting him to release it) and a lot more. Full interview drops in March – in the meantime, check out the teaser below:

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– Chris

Photoshoot with Warden & Fame

I met up with the guys from The Warden and Fame earlier this week to snap some pics and chat a little bit about their plans for the rest of the year and the release of their first single with the new line up. First, let’s take a look at some of the pics and meet the band.

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The guys just released Puff Puff Pass, the first single with the newly formed line-up – you can grab that on iTunes – and they’re currently working on a full-length album with plans to release a follow up single within the next few months. They’ve also got a bunch of shows coming up around the island including one at the Emporium opening for Bad Fish. Link up with them on Facebook for more info.

More work on this collab to come, stay tuned. #stayloose

– Chris

10 Songs You Should Hear

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Here are 10 songs out of Long Island over the last couple years you need to listen to (in no particular order):

1. The Montauk Project: Wingman Anthem

The Montauk Project is a classic hard rock band that has emerged as one of LI’s best with the release of their debut album Belly of the Beast earlier this year. Members Mark Schiavoni (Vox/Guitar), Jasper Conroy (Drums/Vox), Chris Wood (Bass) and Jack Marshall (Lead Guitar/Vox) along with producer Matthew King recorded the album at their home studio after 3 years of gigging between Montauk and Manhattan. The album is complete from start to finish packed with grungy guitar licks, heavy drums and a whole bunch of swag. I could have picked any song on this album to hightlight really (notably “Water Glisten”, a super chill psychedelic track and “Lady In White” with heavy dueling guitar riffs). But I chose “Wingman Anthem” because it’s featured on James Katsipis’ short video “East” and I fell in love with the song and the video.

2. Electrik Tongues: Through and Through

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The Electrik Tongues are a brand new rock and roll outfit out of Elmont formed in the back end of 2013. Band members Mike Mulieri (Vox/Guitar), Will Harris (Bass), Dan Fohrs (Guitar/Vox) and Matt Olley (Drums) hit the ground running, releasing 5 original tracks since their formation, 4 of which you can hear on Reverbnation. Their first two releases “Shake Your Head Out” and “Fight” introduced the scene to their raw punk sound reminiscent of The Clash, paired with an energized live show – but it’s their new release “Through and Through” that seals the deal for me – these guys know how to write infectious, emotionally charged songs that you need to listen to over and over.

3. TK the Architect: Thelonius Monk

TK is a young Japanese/Italian rapper coming up from of Oceanside. He recently released his full length debut mixtape Life in Stereo over a collection of some seriously creative beats produced by Snottaynose. The mixtape is packed with TK’s layed back, but cogent flow – stand out tracks include “Passing on the Torch” and “Round Here” but the tape’s opening track Thelonius Monk is a standout. Check out the video here.

4. Ant Matos: Wicked Rubbish

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Loose Camp’s Ant Matos comes out of Wantagh and dropped his debut full length mix tape “Keep Campin'” in late 2013. He’s been promoting it hard with shows across Long Island and Manhattan along with some serious music videos including his newest video for “Love Goes” produced by Abstrakt Pictures. The mixtape was produced by Petey Force – stand out tracks include the tape’s opening song “No Filter”, “Hold My Nuts” and “Wicked Rubbish”, which is a 3+ minute track with no chorus, just Ant speaking his mind through the most ferocious flow on the album.

5. Taking Back Sunday: Flicker, Fade

These guys need no introduction. Since forming in Amityville in 1999, they have gone on to sell millions of albums as they continue to evolve their sound. Earlier this year the lineup of Adam Lazzara (Vox), Eddie Reyes (Guitar), John Nolan (Guitar/Vox), Mark O’Connell (Drums) and Shaun Cooper (Bass) released their sixth studio album Happiness Is. The album delivers what we’ve come to expect from this group – it’s an excellent effort with standout tracks including “All the Way”, “They Don’t Have Any Friends” and the album’s opening song “Flicker, Fade”.

6. Rye Palmer: Forever Ever

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Rye is a promising up and comer out of Baldwin, with just a handful of songs up on Soundcloud and a few live performances under his belt, he’s already gaining some attention. He’ll be releasing a new song with us at Stay Loose Records in the coming months along with a music video, so stay tuned for that. For now you should give “Coping” a listen, a tribute to Rye’s father who recently passed away from cancer. On his most recent effort “Forever Ever” you’ll hear a young rapper really starting to come into his own – keep an eye on this one.

7. Whiskey Hotel: Krazy That Was Kahn

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The guys from Whiskey Hotel dropped their debut EP Above the Fold at the beginning of the year. The effort has just the right balance of Hard-Rock and Hardcore: John Von Braunsberg (Guitar/Vox) deals out some tight, heavy-driven riffs behind frontman Shawn O’Connor’s (Vox) blazing vocals and the duo’s stage presence and chemistry is excellent. Out of Lindenhurst, he rest of the line-up includes Michael Vaillancourt (Guitar), Thomas Martins (Bass) and George Feis (Drums) – this is an act you should definitely catch live. The EP is nice, but the stand out song for sure is “Krazy That Was Kahn”.

8. Oogee Wawa: We Don’t Care

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Oogee Wawa has been a fixture on the Long Island music scene for years – playing 200+ shows a year across the Island and nationally. Members Jesse Lee (MC), JP Aceto (Guitar/Vox), Chad Chadwick (Bass) and Nick Liodice (Drums/Vox) recorded their debut album Ride Waves at their studio in Ronkonkoma in 2012. One of the most infectious songs on the album is “We Don’t Care”, a pure party anthem any crowd they play in front of can’t resist singing along to.

9. Jake Furia: Access to Ecstasy

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Jake Furia is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Selden. He released his debut The Acoustic EP in 2013 and is currently working on his first full length studio album with backing band “The Be Yourselves”, Russell Miller (Drums), Tameem Shaker (Lead Guitar) and Derek Macmahon (Bass). Jake recorded his latest single “Access to Ecstasy” with Stay Loose Records for which we also shot and released a music video.

10. Nonstop to Cairo: Rooted

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Nonstop to Cairo originally started as a hard rock trio with Nick Diamond (Vox, Guitar), Matt Ezzo (Bass) and Dave Bartlett (Drums) and has since grown into a six-piece Ska/Funk/Hip-Hop outfit with the additions of August Harris (Vox), Haja Rama (Trumpet) and Andrew Hagerty (Trombone). The guys from Baldwin released their self titled EP in 2012 and have opened up for the likes of The Wailers, The Dirty Heads and Matisyahu. Their EP is full of energetic compositions – standouts include the albums opening track “We Be” and “Rooted” which they released a video for in October of 2013.

Thanks for reading, #stayloose

– Chris

Jake Furia “Access to Ecstasy” Music Video

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We just released our first project as Stay Loose Records – a music video for Jake Furia’s new single Access to Ecstasy. I first heard the song as a bonus live track on Jake’s Acoustic EP – it was my favorite track on the EP and so I contacted Jake to see if he’d be interested in officially recording the song and shooting a video to go along with it.

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We hooked up with producer Bill Burns to record the track at his studio in Huntington – I shot a bunch of behind-the-scenes pics that you can see below, also took some video which we incorporated into the video.

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Jake also stopped by the Stay Loose studio for a photoshoot – we used these images for the single’s album artwork and promotion.

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Once the audio and photos were done, we set a date to go and shoot the video. It was all shot in one day, by the water on the south shore of Long Island at Tanner Park in Copaigue.

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And here’s the final video:

I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it. The music scene on Long Island is stronger than it’s ever been and we need everyone’s support to help it grow and get the recognition it deserves. Stay Loose Records has a bunch more projects in the works and we hope you’ll continue to support us as we continue on!

Download Jake’s single for free right here.

Thanks for reading, #stayloose

– Chris

Stay Loose Records

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I’m happy to introduce a new Stay Loose venture that will help us to connect and collaborate further with the local LI music scene and hopefully bring some more attention and appreciation for the talented people coming up out of the area: Stay Loose Records.

I’m working with fellow musician and producer Bill Burns to make this come together and we’ve got some exciting ideas and projects that we’ll be working on this Summer.

Our first project is a collaboration with singer/songwriter Jake Furia: we recently recorded his new single Access to Ecstasy, and we’ll be shooting a music video to go along with it. We’re planning to release the single as a free download this month and hard copies of the single will be available at the Stay Loose table at this year’s Beerfields Music Festival (Saturday, June 21).

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Click here to view full album artwork

Bill and I have also gotten to work recording some of our own instrumental tracks and will be working with local hip-hop artists to release some original material and other unique collaborations you won’t find anywhere else.

That’s all for now, #staytuned #stayloose

– Chris Hoenigmann

Oogee Wawa & Sun-Dried Vibes at Dublin Deck

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Oogee Wawa and guests Sun-Dried Vibes came out and played Dublin Deck on May 13th – Stay Loose posted up for a night of reggae/hip-hop awesomeness.

Hangin’ with some good people before the show:

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Sun-Dried Vibes are on an east coast tour and playing a bunch of Long Island shows including the Montauk Music Festival (May 15 – 18). Based out of South Carolina, this was their first show on Long Island:

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Pick up Sun-Dried Vibes new album Back 2 Square 1 on iTunes – perfect soundtrack for the Summer.

Oogee Wawa is also playing the Montauk Music Festival this weekend – they kicked off the week with a couple of sets at Dublin Deck:

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Oogee has a few more shows planned at Dublin Deck this Summer – visit oogeewawa.com/shows to see when and where they’ll be playing.

Thanks for reading – #stayloose

– Chris