Sunday, June 18, 2017

Yisroel Laub releases "Koily"

Singer/producer Yisroel Laub, best known for collaborating with Nissim on the latter's most recent album, has released a new single of his own entitled "Koily". Laub composed and produced the worldbeat-tinged song at his own Little Box Records studio in central Jerusalem, while Yitzy Berry mixed it.

Dovid Lowy drops lyric video for "Nigun Moshiach"

Singer Dovid Lowy has released a lyric video for "Nigun Moshiach", the latest single off his sophomore album, last year's Inspire. The  dance-pop anthem was composed by Lowy, arranged by Lukas Untersteiner and Ruby Antolin, and features English lyrics by Chaya Nehaus that speak of longing for Moshiach. The song cleverly incorporates the titular metaphor ("the nigun we're all waiting for") as Lowy sings his own rousing nigun over a well-constructed build and drop.

Aharon Razel releases new single "Holech Tamim"

Aharon Razel has released "Holech Tamim" (Walking With Hashem), the latest single off his new album Until I Find A Place. The song, a soft ballad, was composed by Razel with pesukim from Tehilim 15, which describes the type of holy person who will enter Hashem's kingdom. It was produced and mixed by Maor Shoshan.

Until I Find a Place was released on June 9 and is available on iTunes and Spotify, among other outlets.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Video: Yonina, "Adam Shel Chalomot"

Husband-and-wife duo Yonina (Yoni and Nina Tokayer), long known for performing YouTube covers in their living room, have been branching out to original music for some time now, and are currently on the cusp of a full-length album. The latest taste from that album is the pair's just-released single "Adam Shel Chalomot" (Dreamer). 

The song, composed by Yoni and co-produced by Tal Ronen and Synergia guitarist Banua Nahaisi, is a Mizrahi-tinged folk rock tune that sounds like it could have come from an early Moshav Band record. The lyrics, written by Moshe Klugheft, seek to inspire listeners by telling them there is no shame in being a "person of dreams" and looking to the future.

Sruli Broncher ft. Nerya Angel, "Yoter Tov!"

Israeli EDM chasid Sruli Broncher has teamed with singer and DJ Nerya Angel for their new single, an upbeat summer dance track entitled "Yoter Tov!" (Better). Written and composed by Broncher, the song's optimistic lyrics encourage listeners to look for "the lights at the end of the tunnel" even when things are difficult.

Video: Eli Begun, "Haolam Hu Tov"

Singer Eli Begun has released a video for his new guitar-heavy single "Haolam Hu Tov". The video was directed by the song's producer and Begun's brother, Chananya Begun, who often collaborates with him. Eli Begun composed the song himself, while the original Hebrew lyrics were written by Sari Israeli and arrangements were handled by Ian Freitor.

This is Begun's third single, following last year's "We Must Go On" and "Shabbos Hayom". He comes from a musical family; besides his brother, he is also the son of Miami Boys Choir founder Yerachmiel Begun.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hanan Ben Ari releases new single and video "Wikipedia"

Israeli soul/hip hop star Hanan Ben Ari has released a video for his new single "Wikipedia". The song is co-written by him and Keren Peles, while Eyal Mazig handled production.

On "Wikipedia", Ben Ari presents a more somber version of the social commentary on previous single "Tutim", using the titular website and other social media as a metaphor for how Israelis often reduce each other to broad stereotypes ("Every leftist is a traitor, every Arab is a suicide bomber / Every Haredi is a robber and all the settlers murdered Rabin"), leading to the chorus' plea "Don't put me in a cage / Don't summarize me on Wikipedia". He even makes the theme personal by once again advising listeners not to make assumptions about him just because he's religious.

MBD to release new album "Tzaakah"

Veteran Hasidic vocalist Mordechai Ben David will be releasing a new album entitled Tzaakah this Sunday. 

The album, his 35th overall and his first in six years, was produced by his son Yeedle Werdyger, a successful performer in his own right, and will feature thirteen tracks arranged by the likes of Eli Klein and Yitzy Berry, Mona Rosenblum, Eli Lishinsky, and Yoeli Dickman, among others. 

You can listen to a sample of it below.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Aharon Razel ft. Mordechai Ben David, "Ana Avda"

Aharon Razel and Mordechai Ben-David recently released the duet "Ana Avda" as the third single from the former's upcoming album, which has been officially titled Ad Emtza Makom (Until I Find A Place). Composed by Razel, the track was produced and arranged by Yuval Stoppel (Avraham Fried) and features backing from the Yedidim Choir.

Besides MBD, Razel's album will also feature guest appearances from Ishay Ribo and his brother Yonatan Razel.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New single: Yonatan Razel, "Poteach Lev"

Yonatan Razel has released his new single "Poteach Lev" (Open Heart), the title track from his upcoming third album, which comes out May 25th. Razel produced and arranged the track with Alon Yufah.