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Abstractia by BoyInSea

Abstractia A/B Flip
 (Abstractia and Shaker Song)
by BoyInSea

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Released June 29, 2016
Written, Produced and Performed by W. Morrison
Produced by Junie Morrison
© 2016 Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Label: JunieFunk Recordings
Cover Design by Anna B. Sheriff – Ki Shomen Project

It’s the summer of 2016 and there are, as always, major events going on in the world. Negativity is at an all-time high in the news media and it appears that frustration is driving the populace to the brink of post-industrial insanity, causing one to think, surely nobody really wants to live an apocalyptic nightmare. It’s like, one hundred degrees of crazy out here.

With this in mind, a week after the release of his contemporary, ambient EP and audio-visual project, Contemplating: Sound For Mind And Body, Junie Morrison decides that it’s time to take the idea of soothing, perhaps healing music, to another level.

As Morrison puts it, “I wanted to conceptualize an escape from the tensions and atmospheric pollution, even if it’s only a temporary psycho-acoustical one.”

Donning his BoyInSea persona once more, in order to re-establish calm both in his own mind and in the air around him, Morrison sits down at his recently purchased Roli Seaboard to cut a new album. Aided by his trusty Korg Minilogue, his hardy Push 2 and a crap-load of modular synths, he spends the next few weeks composing an album reminiscent of African Spirit Music infused with a distinctively futuristic vibe entitled, Abstractia.

Morrison says, “My thought is that, it’s okay to have positive thoughts. A positive vibe is just that, it doesn’t have to be comedic or silly, it can be serious and profound. Musicians, if they choose to, can drive a tonal wedge though the noisome pestilence; the stench that often accompanies our contemporary societal lifestyles, before it’s able to feedback on itself. Because, part of the problem in our society is the feedback loop. Once we get caught in that loop, it’s almost impossible to find a way out. At times like these, we need a pause, a moment to stop and consider where we’re going, maybe check out the direction we’re pointed in, and make a decision that’s best for us, personally. Music with a positive tonal structure provides us with the opportunity to create a platform that we can use as a springboard into visualizations which, if used correctly, will bring us closer to clearer thoughts. Once there, we have access to a kind of clarity that helps us logic things out.”

BoyInSea - Abstractia

These ideas are definitely reflected in this project. Morrison has conceptualized an even deeper afrofuturistic vibe with his latest BoyInSea offering. He has drawn on tribal influences from around the world, both ancient and progressive and has recreated them on Abstractia, weaving them into intricate patterns throughout his melodies. Let’s face it, Morrison has created a new world here, a world in which you can sense the magical presence of nature; the elements of water, fire, air, earth, and where haunting voices call out to you from a distance, chanting their messages of peace and tranquility. The tracks are beautifully arranged, abstract at times, all the while communicating with you through zen-like meditative tones and atmospheric highs and lows, even animal sounds, some of which are reminiscent of whale song, echoing over squishy beats, funky bass-lines and slippery synths. Abstractia is harmonic bliss, it is music for the soul.

Released on his indie imprint, JunieFunk Recordings, Junie Morrison presents you with the first two tracks from his latest BoyInSea release Abstractia, as an A/B Flip; the title track, Abstractia and Shaker Song.

– Anna B. Sheriff

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Good For You by Tekadelic, Funk and The Rule of The Technomage

Tekadelic - GoodForU
Tekadelic – Good For U (2014)

 Good For U by Tekadelic
Created, Produced and Performed by Junie Morrison

I like all kinds of music. Mm-hmm, my taste is pretty wide, mostly thanks my uncle (I’ll call him “Uncle Bob” for now). Y’all know that one uncle you had as a kid, the one who had that huge collection of vinyl records that he played on a record player you weren’t allowed to touch. That thing was his pride and joy, it played 7 inches and 10 inches, 12 inches and albums. Uncle Bob had a special duster for his vinyl. Just cleaning and fussing. All this stuff about the turntable and stylus. Needle quality by grade? I tell you, I had no idea of what he was talking about, or why it mattered so much.

I realized later that he was what some people call an audiophile. Yeah, I know that might sound weird, but it just means he was enthusiastic about his records and the type of equipment he played them on. Loved ‘em. Plus, he was really knowledgeable about the artists we were listening to.

All kinds of music got played at Uncle Bob’s house, jazz, reggae, funk and soul music were his favorites, but he might throw on a little ol’ fashioned rock and roll every now and then. Depending on the day, and, of course how much he’d had to drink, his tastes would vary from Ella Fitzgerald or Duke Ellington big band stuff, through Fats Waller, Billie Holliday, Dorothy Dandridge, Jimmy Cliff, Coltrane, Miles, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Aretha, a smidge of early Motown, seasoned with some Chuck Berry or Tina Turner. I think if he’d had the chance to learn an instrument, he would’ve played in a band, probably as a drummer.

My generation though, yeah, most of my friends kept to one type of music, staying in their safe zone, already set in stone at a young age. But I learned from my uncle that it’s okay to like whatever you like, and to not let yourself get locked in a box that limits you or your taste. I liked a lot of popular music, underground stuff, venturing into techno, house, garage, grime and so on.

Raves were not really my thing, but I liked the music.
Technological. Electronic. It called to me.

I find the electronic music that Junie Morrison makes fun and interesting because it comes from some other place on the sensibility scale. More so than anything that you might get from the currently popular EDMers out there. Not to take anything away from DJs dropping mixes, or button pushers and splicers, better known as beat makers, cos those guys get some biiigazz crowds, but to me, the Junie vibe’s kinda more about combining technology and musicality than about cake-in-your-face hype.

Junie Morrison is a musician, a producer, arranger, writer, and technologist. Truly, he’s a technomage for our time. He sets his own rules. Creates his own tonal reality. He understands harmonics. For Junie, technology is simply a tool, another instrument to be mastered and bent to his will. He did this with his creation of the Funky Worm sound, using the Arp Soloist, and then with other tracks like Techno-Fréqs, etc., which had a technological feel, but were actually created, and got that real Detroit techno buzz, way before anyone had even heard of the 808.

Good For U by Tekadelic
Created, Produced and Performed by Junie Morrison
Written by Junie Morrison and  B. Sheriff
Cover Artwork by Anna B. Sheriff – Ki Shomen Project
Released January, 2014

Take Good For U by Tekadelic, for instance. I understand that this track was entirely composed on an iPad. Oh, hell yeah! But, d’you know how hard that is? I can’t stress enough just how hard it is to make something that good on an iPad! But Junie doesn’t care. He kicks total ass with gutsy keyboard synths on the leads and he’s pushing out some butt-shakin’ bass lines and drums with a cheeky funk beat and that oh so distinctive hand clap. To make it even better, man, he’s giving it up to the techno-funk gods with his throaty vocals and those live guitars riffin’ and shredding my speakers, and it’s like he does all this without breaking a sweat.

Now, see, this is the kinda thing makes Junie my favorite artist. His productions spell freedom, feeling and fun. So, y’all need to stop playin’ and get this track. Oh, and please, somebody give this man his doctorate, he’s more than earned it.

Peace.

For Junie Blogtropolis
by Anna B. Sheriff

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MicroNagual – Space Wars On The Dance Floor

MICRONAGUAL

Space Wars On The Dance Floor
by MicroNagual (JunieFunk Recordings)
Wes Boatman and Junie Morrison

Sneak preview of the new single “Space Wars On The Dance Floor” from the album, “Vibrate You” by MicroNagual. Written by Wes Boatman and Junie Morrison. Produced by Junie Morrison.

This track is hungry, lean techno-funk, with the purpose of returning to the bare boney roots of electronic dance music.

Buy Space Wars On The Dance Floor on Bandcamp

– Anna B. Sheriff

Junie Morrison – Stick It In (Redux)


Stick It In (Redux)
by Junie Morrison
Stick It In (Redux) on Bandcamp

Released 12 July 2015
Written, Produced and Performed by W. Morrison
Publisher: Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Label: JunieFunk Recordings
Cover Design: Anna B. Sheriff – Ki Shomen Project

@1984 – 2015 JunieFunk Recordings

Copying Atlantis

BoyInSea - CopyingAtlantis

Copying Atlantis by BoyInSea
boyinsea.bandcamp.com

“The BoyInSea projects include an eclectic mixture of styles, like a sort of world funk. I suppose you could call it “eclectica” because of the different techniques involved in the production.”  – Junie Morrison

Originally released in 2010, Copying Atlantis from BoyInSea is an electronic soundscape project developed around a thematic vision of the future through the application of tonal expression and hardcore dance. Created and produced by Junie Morrison and released on his indie imprint, JunieFunk Recordings/MicroNagual.

This 2014 reissue also includes, Will You Dance For Me (Funk You Mix).

1.    Will You Dance For Me  07:29
2.    Stop Calling Me  08:04
3.    Mello Move  08:59
4.    Copying Atlantis  08:24
5.    Ready 4 The Ride  06:55
6.    Atomic Playboy (ToTheFuture)  07:44
7.    The Worm’s Turn  05:33
8.     Number One Nation  09:37
9.     Seeds  07:51
10.  Hey Hey (Hard Rock Mix)  08:27
11.  Will You Dance For Me (Funk You Mix)  05:54

Reissued 02 May 2014
Written, Produced and Performed by W. Morrison
Publisher: Juni Morrison Songs/BMI
Label: JunieFunk Recordings/MicroNagual
Cover Design: Anna B. Sheriff – Ki Shomen Project

© 2010 JunieFunk Recordings/MicroNagual

– Anna B. Sheriff