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NEW MUSIC CRITIQUES Music Connection’s executive committee rates recorded music on a scale of 1 to 10. Number 1 represents the lowest possible score, 10 represents the highest possible score. A final score of 6 denotes a solid, competent artist. For more information, see Submission Guidelines on next the page.

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Contact: microscopiumoo@yahoo.com Web: microscopiumoo.com Seeking: Film/TV Style: Ambient World Electronic Username: microscopiumoo

Contact: socionicband@gmail.com Web: http://socionicband.com/music Seeking: Label, Booking, Film/TV Style: Alternative Metal Username: Socionic

e hear ambient icons Aphex Twin and Harold Budd in the DNA of W these tracks, which show a composer-

tellar peformances, rich production and an ability to craft multi-level, S Tool-like tunes that would improve any

producer working at a high level. Such remarkable clarity and texture to some of these sounds! The eerie "Drone" and the subaquatic "e Distortion" transport you to wide-screen Ridley Scott territory. The former is a floating dirigible of sound with awesome lows and piquant highs; the latter is a fizzy feedback fest featuring giant audio gulps. Meanwhile, the hooky Mid-East flavors of "tfaadpo" show versatility. Filmmakers, here's your guy.

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Sean Hampton

Marcus Leary

allas-based cowboy Marcus Leary has superior material and he does D a decent job of giving voice to it, aided Production Lyrics Music Vocals Musicianship

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by a well-seasoned backup group. We really dig "Me, John & Paul," about childhood friendship through the years, a song that no grown man could resist for its nostalgia value. We only wish the song had more vocal punch in the chorus. "My House" is a snarling, loud n' proud country rocker with a partyhearty singalong. "Coins" is Leary as storyteller again, and it conjures the best of '90s country crooners like Randy Travis.

Contact: iamseanhampton@gmail.com Web: belikesean.com Seeking: Booking Style: Hip-Hop/Rap Username: Sean Hampton

TAJ WASHINGTON

Contact: marcusleary40@gmail.com Web: marcusleary.com Seeking: Label Style: Country Username: marcusleary40@gmail.com

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Emmet Tinley

Contact: nr@nancyruth.com Web: soundcloud.com/nancy-ruth Seeking: Film/TV Style: Latin Username: nr@nancyruth.com bilingual singer-guitarist, Nancy Ruth brings impressive fretwork A and unique vocal melodies to the table,

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"Brooklyn Way" which kicks in with a Biggie intro, Asian-flavored textures and a catchy hook bolstered by agile beat drop-outs. "W.T.T.P." delivers a Caribbean touch and is your basic allout club beat with a Brooklyn shoutout that's all about the party. Hampton throws down a surprisingly southern beat for his sexed-up, slow-drawlin' "Dig Her Down." Though not overall distinctive, this artist's voice is a strong cog in a well-oiled machine.

Nancy Ruth

Contact: Jennifer Yeko, True Talent, jen@truetalentpr.com Web: feudalrecords.com Seeking: Film/TV Style: Singer-Songwriter Username: pending inley's emotive, bittersweet voice conveys a palpable sensitivity to life slings and arrows, while at the same time expressing a determined optimism that makes a song like "Takes a Long Time to Heal" so effective, especially for Film/TV placements. Yes, the songs tend to tred a similar path, but the ladies especially will be touched by "Wherever You Are" and "Marvelous Day" wherein Tinley shows his generosity of spirit and ability to craft acoustic arrangements full of subtlely deployed additions such as cello and EBow.

sci-fi/horror soundtrack. Yeah, the mix is a slight bit noisy, but "Epiphany" is a winner, a rock-radio-ready cut with singer Michael's whisper/whine riding well above the showers of cymbals and riffs. The driving, vigorous "Prodigal" is nearly as compelling, with production finesse that keeps the track peeling like an onion. An Aderol dream space tune, "Aisa Morta" is an ambitious opus that fans can savor repeatedly for subtle tones and touches.

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resulting in Latin-style pop that should please both natives and tourists alike. A relationship gone bad is related in "Para Ti," highlighted by Ruth's nylonstringed flamenco-spirited guitar and low-key handclaps. "Sigo Viviendo" is cut from the same cloth, her voice mixed perfectly to command attention. "Love Denied" has effective claps in the bridge. A mature artist, with a grown-up sensibility, Ruth could do quite well on the winery circuit.

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Music Connection's February 2013 Grammy Issue. Features a Butch Vig Cover Story, Reverb and Delay Tricks, Tips for Sampling and much more!