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Jo's Picks Of The Month: February 2024


By Jo Louks.



This article is a regular monthly contribution, published exclusively in the Sound Café magazine with the intention of providing you with information on artists that you might not have heard of, but I think are truly worth exploring further.



PAUL RUSSELL



Paul Russell is an American Rapper, singer, and business consultant. In 2020 Russell had a snippet of "Lil Boo Thang" go viral on Tik Tok, he then signed with Arista Records and the full single was released in August 2023. "Lil Boo Thang" peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100.


As a result of the song's success, he went on to make live guest appearances at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in the following months.


On January 26, 2024, Russell released his second single through Arista Records, "Say Cheese".


This song makes me want to get up and dance, not that I can, but I do. Hope you enjoy it.




AJR



AJR is an American Indie Pop band made up of three brothers, Adam, Jack and Ryan Met. Multi instrumentalists, vocalist and songwriters. The brothers grew up in New York City, did a lot of busking and singing covers until they broke thru as a boy band.


They have released five studio albums under the independent label AJR Productions. As of 2023 AJR had over eleven million US digital single sales. The boys have done very well over the years considering they began writing, producing, and mixing their own material in the living room of the Chelsea apartment in Manhattan.


Check them out, there's some fun songs.







"My collection of K-TELS playing on my portable candle record player is where my relationship with and love for music of all genres began. It continued throughout my life, from going to concerts through to my more recent luck in being involved in an album production, from studio recording to mastering. WOW! What an experience, and from it I've gained an even greater respect and appreciation for what it takes to make great music!


Couple that with my air guitar acumen, and that of course makes me a consummate professional in bringing 'Jo's Picks Of The Month' to you.


All kidding aside my repertoire of songs is vast and what an honour it is to share my picks with the readers of The Sound Cafe Magazine!" - Jo.





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