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IN CELEBRATION OF HIS LATEST ALBUM BATTLE STUDIES, ARRIVING IN STORES NOVEMBER 17
Seven-time Grammy Award winning musician, John Mayer, will perform at The Sound Academy in Toronto on Tuesday, November 24 to celebrate the release of Battle Studies, his first studio album in three years. The special event is presented exclusively by Sympatico.ca and will be taped to air online in the new year. Tune into www.inmusic.ca for future broadcast updates.
John Mayer’s Battle Studies, scheduled to be released on Columbia Records on November 17, will be the fourth studio album for the seven-time Grammy Award winner. The album was co-produced by John Mayer and Steve Jordan and debuts three years after his critically acclaimed 2006 album, Continuum. The album incorporates 70’s and 80’s California rock/pop influences and includes a collaboration with music sensation Taylor Swift, on the track “Half of My Heart.”
Tickets for the live performance will be made available exclusively to Local 83 members on October 23, 24 hours before the general onsale. If any tickets remain, they will be available for public sale on October 24th at 12noon EST via paperless ticketing at Ticketmaster.ca. To ensure that the tickets remain in the hands of the fan, paperless ticketing requires that the cardholder who purchased the tickets presents their credit card at the door for admission.
Free Download of Universal Robot Band’s “Barely Breaking Even (Club Version)”
If you grew up in the ‘80s and had even the smallest of passing interest in music, particularly club music, chances are you were very familiar, albeit unwittingly, with the work of John Morales. On the radio, in the record racks and most importantly on the dancefloor John’s work helped define an era and influence future generations of DJs, producers and artists.
The M&M Mixes is a history lesson in dance music. John formed with the late Sergio Munzibai M+M productions whose output of over 650 mixes will be unmatched by many celebrity big name remixers of today. From the Rolling Stones to Gloria Estefan, The Temptations to Hall and Oates, Aretha Franklin to BBE – we have all been moulded by John’s everlasting influence. This superb double CD presents some of John’s finest works. CD 1 of classic boogie, cult favorites and unreleased demo mixes while CD 2 showcases – for the first time – previously unreleased mixes of gems from the legendary Salsoul catalogue from anthems like Ain’t Mountain High Enough to underground faves Funk Deluxe. All the remixes featured on this compilation are never before released versions of some of his most influential works with the most credible dance artists of the 80’s. The whole compilation will also be available on all digital platforms and there will be a limited triple vinyl version of this release. 1000 copies only. Bottom line – this is the first ever compilation of his works.
The M&M stamp became synonymous with almost every major dance release of the era. In fact it wasn’t uncommon for the duo to remix upwards of 10 records in any given month. Alongside cult and groundbreaking records for the Fantastic Aleems (‘Get Down Friday Night’), Class Action (‘Weekend’), and of course Jocelyn Brown (‘Somebody Else’s Guy’) they refashioned certified pop smashes for DeBarge (‘Rhythm Of The Night’), Harold Faltermeyer (‘Alex F’), Shakatak (‘Down On The Street’), Miami Sound Machine (‘Dr Beat’), the Temptations (‘Treat Her Like A Lady’) and hundreds more in an eight year period that saw them almost an ever present on the Billboard Dance, R&B or Hot 100 pop charts. Tina Turner, the Rolling Stones, Spandau Ballet, Aretha Franklin, Shalamar, Hall & Oates, Dan Hartman, Candi Staton, Melba Moore, Rose Royce, Billy Ocean, Debbie Gibson, Odyssey, the Commodores and even Peter Schilling and Rod Stewart, in fact just about every major artist of the day was in someway retouched by the hands of Morales & Munzibai. M&M worked together till around 1989 (Sergio passed away in 1991) and John’s solo production projects in the ‘90s included such acts as Debbie Gibson, Brenda K Starr, Denise Lopez, The Thompson Twins, Blow Monkeys, Five Star and Art Of Noise. In 2009 John mixed several releases including the expanded version of Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye albums.