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MP3: Apollo Brown - "Balance" f/ Kenn Starr & John Robinson
Posted by Steve Juon at Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 at 5:15PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

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MP3: Apollo Brown - "Balance" Feat. Kenn Starr & John Robinson

Apollo Brown Creates Thought Provoking Life Music with Latest Single

The Song:

Off his latest musical brainchild, The Reset, Apollo Brown delivers yet another triumph in sonic production. "Balance," narrated by emcees Kenn Starr and John Robinson, is an otherworldly musical composition. The beat cooks low and slow with an orchestral bass line and swirls with synthesized harmonics that elevate the track to a unique frequency. "I really wanted this song to take the listener somewhere when they hear it," notes Brown. "Some people call it a dreamscape sound. It's just thought provoking life music to me." The sixteen bar verses dropped by Starr and Robinson are well chiseled models of deft lyricism; however, the prime cut from this beast is Brown's beat construction that effortlessly throws listeners off balance in this ironically titled track. "Balance" is up for grabs on Apollo Brown's album, The Reset.

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The Background:

Born into a bi-racial family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Apollo Brown's early influences skewed more toward the music of Journey and The Carpenters than the urban genres his peers often cite as inspiration. This is not to say that once hip-hop came into play, Apollo wasn’t all in. Just as easily as he can praise the virtues of yacht rock, the 29-year-old beatsmith can name personal heroes - Gang Starr, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, M.O.P., Nas, and Black Moon - from the early 90s period in which, for him, beats and rhymes became life. Apollo began making his own music in 1996 using Voyetra audio software, then upgraded to Cool Edit 2000 in becoming a self-described bedroom beat-maker for roughly the next eight years. It was the mid-2000s, and the upstart producer saw no future for his work - work he had dedicated his life to - in an industry where radio was setting a formulaic pattern for mainstream music. But he eventually began to miss the creativity in his craft and began producing once again, releasing the instrumental albums Skilled Trade (2007) and Make Do (2009). He went on in 2009 to win the Detroit Red Bull Big Tune Championships and competed in the national finals. Apollo then signed as a producer with the Mello Music Group in December of 2009. His debut album, The Reset, is available now via Mello Music Group.

About Mello Music Group:

Like Lao Tzu in hip-hop, Mello Music Group provides music for the soul, from the heart of American culture, opening the realm of the intelligent hip-hop experience through melodic evocations, beats that corroborate the truth, and voices that roar above the rising void and impose order on the terrible & triumphant moments of everyday life. This is the compelling sound of Mello Music Group. Industry newcomer Michael Tolle founded MMG in 2007 and is acting Director of Operations. MMG will be releasing projects from Oddisee, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Kenn Starr, Finale, Trek Life, Dudley Perkins, Sareem Poems, UPS, and YU in 2010. .


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