Sunday, August 27, 2017

Chanale releases new album "I Am The Land"

Chabad singer-songwriter Chanale (Chanale Fellig-Harrel) has just released her sixth album I Am The Land. Recorded shortly before she and her family made aliyah from Florida to Israel, the album serves as an eleven-song, English-language tribute to the Holy Land and its ideals. Producer and artist Sruly Meyer did the artwork, while other musical contributions were made by musician Sholom Lieberman, lyricist Tzippy Cohen-Pearlstein, pianist Aaron Niasoff, and mixers Derrick Estefan and Steve Gordon.

Chanale has been performing since 1999 and has toured in China, South America, and Australia, among others. I Am The Land is her first release since 2011's Taking Over My Heart.

You can find the album on iTunes, or on CDBaby for those in Canada.

Eli Herzlich releases new single "Melech Yochid"

Israeli Hasidic vocalist Eli Herzlich has released his new single "Melech Yochid". The song, a somber ballad with lyrics taken from the erev Shabbos prayers, was composed by Eli Laufer back in 2003 for Camp Bnei Torah. More recently, Laufer's father and frequent collaborator Moshe Laufer produced and arranged the track, Moishy Roth handled vocal arrangements, and Yisrael Lubin executive produced it. Eli Herzlich is reportedly working on his sophomore album with Lubin as producer.

Moshe Feld debuts with "Karev Yom" via lyric video

Israeli newcomer Moshe Feld has just released his debut single "Karev Yom" (Bring Close the Day) in the form of a lyric video. The song is reportedly from Feld's upcoming debut album.

Feld composed the song himself from the words of the Haggadah, while Ron Karsebaum produced the track and co-arranged it with Feld. Bonus points are awarded for a simple yet effective melody and for Feld singing the song naturally without attempting the tiresome vocal acrobatics of many of his peers. Also, the lyric video, produced by Tirtza Fishman, is stylized and very cool.

Amram Adar releases new single "Ein Od Milvado"

Rising Sefardi crooner Amram Adar has released the third single from his upcoming second album, a soulful ballad entitled "Ein Od Milvado" (No One But Him). The track was composed and lyricized in Hebrew by Itzik Shamli, while the solid production work was handled by Tamir Tzur. The album, as yet untitled, is scheduled for just before Rosh Hashana.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eitan Freilich releases "Lehodos Lecha" video

UK frum-pop star Eitan Freilich has released a video for his hit summer single "Lehodos Lecha".

The clip, directed by Dov Smith, follows a meta-narrative wherein Freilich seeks ideas for the video from British Jewish stand-up and the video's real-life scripter Ashley Blaker (think the British Mendy Pellin), only for the lunch meeting to be repeatedly derailed and ultimately lead to a comedic anticlimax. Despite that and the strange lack of Freilich singing onscreen (aside from a few "oh-ohs"), the song is still enjoyable, and Blaker gets in a few amusing faces.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hasidic wedding band pays tribute to Skillet

In the latest installment of their "Freilach Fanfares" video series, the Monroe, NY-based Freilach Band showcased a wedding clip wherein they give a musical nod to Grammy-nominated nu metal group Skillet. The wedding intro piece, arranged by Avremi G and conducted by Tzvi Blumenfeld, contains a recreation of the opening riff to Skillet's 2010 hit "Awake and Alive". The nod was reportedly requested by the family and re-written specially for the event.

Mordechai Shapiro releases "Machar" clip

Frum-pop star and former Miami Boy Mordechai Shapiro has released his latest single and video, "Machar" (Tomorrow). The track was composed by Shapiro and produced by Yitzy Waldner, with lyrics by Miriam Israeli and arrangements by PlayMasters Studio.

"Machar" has much in common with Shapiro's previous hit, last year's "Schar Mitzvah": The video being filmed at Camp Morasha; Shimmy Socol co-writing and co-directing the video; a storyline about a camper feeling out of place; even the R&B feel of the track. That said, there are some significant differences between the two. "Machar" has a tropical house intro, complete with Matisyahu-style vocalizing (although that genre is less prominent in the rest song), and the message is less a theoretical musing about mitzvos and more a practical (if somewhat cliched) offer of hope in troubling times. And similar or not, "Machar" still features capable vocals from Shapiro and an enjoyable song from the team behind him.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Itzik Dadya releases new single "Avinu"

Israeli artist Itzik Dadya has released "Avinu", the latest dance-pop single from his upcoming album. Like many of his recent singles, Dadya wrote, composed, and produced the track under the auspices of David Fadida's FDD Productions, while Ron Tichon mixed and mastered it.

New single: Yossi Green ft. Shlomo Simcha, "Ten Li Bracha"

Composer Yossi Green and vocalist Shlomo Simcha have released a new single entitled "Ten Li Bracha". The orchestral ballad, arranged by Doni Gross, is a bonus track from Green's upcoming album Shades of Green: Layl Shishi, which will include 20 more of his compositions.

Zanvil Weinberger and Malchus Choir release new single "Hoshiu"

Israeli Hasidic artists Zanvil Weinberger and the Malchus Choir, the latter led by Pinchas Bichler, have released a new single entitled "Hoshiu". The electronic dance track was composed by R' Yaakov Lebowitz from a traditinal Vizhnitz nigun, produced and arranged by Bichler, electronically arranged by Bentzi Stein, and mixed by Chaim Moses.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pinny Einhorn releases oddball video for "V'emunatcha"

Israeli Hasidic kumzits star Pinny Einhorn has released a fun, if exceedingly weird, video for his new single "V'emunatcha". The track was written by Einhorn, with an English bridge written by none other than Lipa Schmeltzer, produced and arranged by Shimi Sklar, while the Yedidim International Choir provided backing vocals.

The clip, created by Hyper Productions in Bnei Brak, starts with the simple concept of thanking Hashem even in dark situations and expands it to surreal proportions. Einhorn and friends, while on a camping trip, get arrested and imprisoned for driving (very) unsafely, break out of jail through music video magic, only for Einhorn to fall and break his leg in the street immediately afterward, requiring a Hatzolah ambulance to strap him to a stretcher, which then leads to him limping onstage on crutches at a concert, only to jauntily throw them aside upon reaching the microphone. If that sentence seems run-on and disjointed, it is only slightly less so than the actual video, but Einhorn's boundless energy and gameness for mugging and comic physical punishment goes a long way toward anchoring the madness.

Elad Shaer releases new single "Osher Ad"

Israeli vocalist Elad Shaer has released a lyric video for his new single "Osher Ad". The EDM party track was written by Yaakov Menashe, arranged and produced by first-time collaborator David Bittan, and mixed and edited by Yaniv Blass. It will be featured on an upcoming album by Shaer.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lev Tahor releases first ever video for "Hallelu"

Lev Tahor have released their first ever music video for their song "Hallelu". The song, the lead single from their most recent album LTV, borrows from Lindsey Buckingham's "Holiday Road" while incorporating an original bridge that features the Sephardic Boys Choir. The video, meanwhile, was directed, produced by, and co-stars Meir Kay, and it gets a lot of mileage from his trademark infectious enthusiasm, although it's slightly disappointing that, in LT's first official video, group members Ari Cukier and Gadi Fuchs are barely featured until the very end.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ishay Ribo releases new single "Hine Yamim Baim"

Ishay Ribo has released his latest song "Hine Yamim Baim" (Behold the Coming Days), the first single off his upcoming third album. The track, a soft rock song about the coming of Moshiach, was written by Ribo, who also produced it with Maor Shoshan.

Hodaya Benisho releases video for "Yom Echad"

Hodaya Benisho, a relative newcomer to the Haredi singer-songwriter scene in Israel, has released her second single and music video, "Yom Echad" (One Day). The song was produced and arranged by Yishai Fitzion, while Benisho herself directed the video with photography and editing by Talia Taub. It is part of her debut album, which is currently in development.

While not quite as catchy as her previous single "Yeled", Benisho nevertheless retains the same warm and expressive vocals and encouraging lyrics here, while also experimenting with a darker, more intense sound reminiscent of a late-'90s radio alternative ballad.

Ohad surprises with new single "Nismach Im Hachatan"

Ohad Moskowitz is back with a new single, "Nismach Im Hachatan". Presented by David Fadida, the track was written and composed by Yitzy Berry, who also produced, arranged, and mixed it with his longtime partner Eli Klein.The single is from Ohad's upcoming sixth album, his first since 2015's Segula, which is set for release sometime before the Yomim Noraim.

So this was a pleasant surprise for me, because I am not by any means an Ohad fan. Part of this comes from two years of a high-school carpool whose limited yet incessant rotation included HASC DVDs and Ohad III, but I've also found his singing too loud and exaggerated and more than a little obnoxious, and the music has never been distinctive enough to back it up. Here, however, he, Berry, and Klein manage to turn out a fun and creative version of "Asher Bara" that borrows heavily from '50s doo-wop, complete with a catchy "la la la" chorus and saxophone solo, in a style very reminiscent of his previous hit "Stop", which drew from '70s funk and soul. Clearly, Ohad needs to be doing more retro songs.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Shulem Lemmer previews debut album "Shulem"

Hasidic cantor and recording artist Shulem Lemmer has released an official preview for his upcoming debut album, Shulem. Produced by Yochi Briskman, the album is set to feature compositions by Yossi Green and Pinky Weber and arrangements by Moshe Laufer and Yanky Briskman. No official release date has been announced.

Lemmer, brother of acclaimed cantor Yaakov "Yanky" Lemmer, has been performing since his days as a child soloist and was formerly a lead soloist with the Shira Choir. During that time, he gained viral success with covers of Max Janowski's "Avinu Malkeinu" and Moishe Oysher's "Chad Gadya".

Itzik Orlev releases video "Bo Nadlik T'Esh"

Netanya-based Israeli vocalist Itzik Orlev has released his new single and video, "Bo Nadlik T'Esh" (Let's Light The Fire). The track, a summery Latin-infused EDM jam, was written and composed by Yaakov Menashe and produced and arranged Doron Elimelech. The video, directed and edited Adam Deutsch, was filmed in Tel Aviv's Florentin neighborhood with choreography by Tal Handelsman.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Avraham Fried releases new single "Maslul Mechadash"

Avraham Fried has released "Maslul Mechadash" (New Road), the lead single from his upcoming album Kama Tov Shenifgashnu (How Good That We Met, and subtitled "The Israeli Album"). The song, a rousing power ballad about reclaiming uncomplicated faith in Hashem, sports lyrics from Israeli poet and songwriter Hamutal Ben Ze'ev and was produced, arranged, and composed by Yuval Stoppel. The album hits stores tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eli Friedman releases new single "Markevot Paroh"

Israeli Hasidic singer Eli Friedman has released his latest single, "Markevot Paroh" (The Chariots of Pharaoh), an upbeat pop song with lyrics taken from Shirat Hayam.
Friedman composed the track, while Eli Klein and Yitzy Berry handled the arrangement.

The press blurb describes the song as a "wonderful combination of hip-hop and rap", but really its more of a light reggaeton, so don't go in expecting Friedman to drop a sick verse. That said, the song is fun and danceable with a bit of a darker edge (the minor key melody and lyrics of drowning Pharaoh's army), although with the subject matter this might have been better timed for a Pesach release.

Friedman has been in the JM world as a singer and composer for almost two decades, with five albums of his own and a sixth, co-produced by longtime collaborator Jeff Horvitch, tentatively set for the High Holiday season. He most recently had a hit last summer with "Shma Yisrael".

Avi Perets releases "Kmo Aish" sampler

Israeli vocalist Avi Perets has released a sampler for his upcoming debut album Kmo Aish (Like Fire). The album, produced by Avi Newmark, comes out August 14th.

Parts of the sampler seem to indicate the standard generic Mizrahi-pop and wedding ballads, yet several songs seem to have a grasp of momentum, scale, and satisfying melody that a lot of mainstream JM lacks. We'll see if the record lives up to its bold title, but there is promise here.

The album is currently available for pre-order at

Nemouel debuts "V'Haya Hashem" lyric video

French-Israeli Chabadnik Nemouel has released a lyric video for his latest single, "V'Haya Hashem". 

The track, an upbeat dance-pop song about Hashem's timelessness, is an Israel Lubin project, produced and arranged by Dani Avidani (with Nemouel himself arranging the vocals) with Yaakov Menashe handling lyrics and composition.

Nemouel made a splash earlier this year with his rock-tinged single "Elokai". He is reportedly at work on a debut album.

Meilech Kohn releases "Ein Yeder" preview

Hasidic up-and-comer Meilech Kohn has just released a sampler for his upcoming debut album Yeder Einer, which comes out this Thursday. The album is a production of Gershy Schwarcz.

The sampler gives the impression of a very strange album. While some tracks seem to follow the standard Hasidic template of orchestral ballads and rave techno, others are harder to classify, with unexpected bursts of dissonant rock and even a straight-up Louis Armstrong impression at points, not to mention Kohn's already-odd singing voice. If nothing else, the record sounds weird enough to at least be interesting, which is no small feat in the current JM climate.

The album will be available through Nigun Music, Mostly Music, and all digital download sites. Kohn will also be holding an album release concert at West Nyack Levity Comedy Club the night before the store date, with support from Yeedle Werdyger and the Freilach Band.


Boruch Sholom releases new single "Ki Alecha Eineinu"

Singer and composer Boruch Sholom Blesofsky has released his new single "Ki Alecha Eineinu", a Latin-sounding slow jam co-composed by none other than Mordechai Ben David. The song also features music by Sholom Lieberman and was mixed by Ruli Ezrachi.

Blesofsky debuted in 2015 with the album Bishvili, which featured collabs with Yeedle Werdyger and Lipa Schmeltzer, and returned earlier this year with Neshama Dance. In between, he has composed and arranged for Hasidic headliners like MBD, Dudi Knopfler, Beri Weber, and Benny Friedman.