Sunday, July 30, 2017

Levi Cohen to release debut "Nekudah Tovah"

Newcomer Levi Cohen will soon be releasing his debut album Nekudah Tovah, which comes out this Wednesday, August 2nd. 


The album, which is said to boast "a unique combo of inspiring lyrics and energetic happy tunes", is the latest from producer Naftali Schnitzler (Beri Weber, Shimmy Engel). Featured composers include Schnitzler, Pinky Weber, Hershy Weinberger, Yitzy Waldner, and Sruly Green, while arrangements were done by the likes of Moshe Laufer, Udi Damari, Eli Lax, Ian Freitor, and newcomer Rafael Sofer.

The album will be distributed by Nigun Music and available for download on all platforms.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Benny Friedman and Meir Kay chart "Evolution of Jewish Music"

Possibly inspired by the Pentatonix "Evolution of Music" video, Benny Friedman and YouTube producer Meir Kay have created their own tribute to the long history of Jewish popular music, extending from the 1920s to now. Besides for Kay and Friedman, the project also utilizes the talents of director Mendy Leonorvitz of On Time Studios, co-producer Sruly Meyer, composer Avrumi Berko, and Danny Flam's New York Brass, among others.

What's really impressive about the video is the range of songs implemented. Not only do they acknowledge historically important forefathers like Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt and the late R' Benzion Shenker, but they also don't shy away from the more unconventional hits one might expect them to overlook. (Even Black Hattitude gets a nod - yeah, give yourself some time to remember that one.) And while not all of the impressions are spot-on (Moshav Band, Blue Fringe, and Matisyahu are especially iffy), anyone who's had to sit through a HASC concert will certainly find joy in the good-natured takedowns of some of the event's more eccentric performers (renditions of Shwekey's "Rachem" and Miami Boys Choir's "Lo Yisa Goy" are particularly spot-on and satisfying).

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Moshe Nerya Korsia releases new single "Tatzil Oti"

Israeli singer/songwriter Moshe Nerya Korsia has released his new single "Tatzil Oti" (You Save Me). The track, written by Korsia and produced and arranged by Reuven Chiyun, is the fourth single from his upcoming debut album.

Gil Israelov releases new single "Shar Shirech"

Jerusalem-based Hasidic singer Gil Israelov recently released his new single "Shar Shirech" (Sings Your Songs), an orchestral ballad devoted to his home city. Israelov wrote the lyrics while Motti Rotler composed the track; the two have previously recorded as part of the Yedidim Choir.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Amram Adar releases new clip "Rabi Nachman"

Miami-based recording artist Amram Adar, currently working on the follow-up to his 2013 debut Baruch Hashem, has released a new video for his single "Rabi Nachman". And as you might suspect from that title, the track, written by Itzik Shamli and produced by Tamir Zur, is an electro-pop dance song.

The video, filmed in Miami Beach with director Yaron Nativ, depicts a man finding solace in the message of the titular Rav after being fired from his job, as well as what seems to be a West Side Story-esque dance fight between Breslov Hasidim and Miami gang members. The press blurb quotes Adar as saying the clip "contains a tremendous message to all, that only happily can we survive in this crazy world of 2017".


Yossi Lebowitz to debut with "Kchoichvei Hashomayim" (+ Hot Take)

Frum-pop newcomer Yossi Lebowitz recently released a sampler for his debut album, Kchoichvei Hashomayim (Stars of Heaven), which will be distributed digitally and through MRM Music sometime in the next week. It will reportedly feature arrangements from the likes of Yisroel Lamm, Ian Freitor, Eli Gerstner, and others.

And now for a Hot Take: The press blurb hypes the album as "something unheard of in JM, a ROCK album," and to its credit, both this sampler and the album's lead single "Keil Nkomois" do seem to back that up, even sounding a bit power metal at times, which I dig. On the downside, it also appears to be suffering from the same flaws as many a JM album, that being an overabundance of schmaltzy ballads disrupting the flow and a lyrically weak English song ("Peace!", which seems to have a bored high-schooler's understanding of the Middle East conflict.)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Shira Choir ft. Avrum Mordche Schwartz sing Zusha songs

The Shira Choir, accompanied by vocalist Avrum Mordche Schwartz, keyboardist Shmily Shapiro, and clarinetist Jonatan Joseph, have released a clip of them performing a medley of songs from the band Zusha. Included in the medley are Zusha songs "Dov Ber", "Mashiach", and a third one I can't quite identify.