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André Akinyele Releases New Pop/R&B Single “Compassion” feat. EFFIGY, Available 08.18.2017

 

Andre Akinyele's single cover for Compassion

 

André Akinyele announces new album entitled Telegram Mews to be released November 3, 2017 inspired by Drake, Frank Ocean, and Maxwell with hints of the soul essence of Marvin Gaye. The first single "Compassion" featuring EFFIGY, a rising hip-hop/rap artist from Ithaca, NY, brings Effigy’s mastermind genius of flow and lyricism in the likes of hip-hop artists Lil Wayne and Earl Sweatshirt. Like a smooth and precisely constructed masterpiece, André Akinyele's pristine vocal twists and turns result in "Compassion" being interlaced with sleek production.

 

“Compassion” feat. EFFIGY will be available Friday, August 18, 2017, the first single taken from the forthcoming André Akinyele new pop/r&b/soul album Telegram Mews.

 

 

“Compassion” arrives Friday, August 18, 2017 on iTunes, Amazon, YouTube and the Spotify streaming service and gives fans a taste of what’s to come from his forthcoming new album Telegram Mews, slated for release on November 3, 2017. Akinyele states that the single’s “title says it all, as much through atmosphere, and as it does with words.” He explained that the song’s “choruses drift through conscious revelations.”

 

Between 2012 and 2016 Akinyele released three albums, a remix EP, and authored a book. 2012’s The Potomac Syndrome was a return to his funk roots and a return to his Prince influenced sound, along with a nod to Lenny Kravitz. It was hailed as one of his best efforts after performing jazz for a long period with his band Gemini Soul as the bandleader and bassist. His follow-up, 2015’s Metal Skin and Ivory Birds questioned the world where no one or nothing was off limits and included the passionate cover of Tori Amos’ “Crucify”, taken from her 1992 Little Earthquakes album. Also that year, he co-authored a book titled Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello to rave reviews. Next, his 2016’s The Unauthorized Playlist brought an ol’ skool vibe using underground hip-hop, funk, and futuristic sounds to explore the madness of keeping secrets, the anger of friendship betrayal, and the rise of self-empowerment, for which the album took cues from contemporary hip-hop, r&b, and “neo-soul” visionaries such as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, and D’Angelo to create a distinctive consciousness.

 

Almost two decades into his music career, André Akinyele remains a magnetic and relevant presence in the music industry.

 

Andre Akinyele

 

“Releasing this new forthcoming album has been an emotional rollercoaster, as the industry is constantly changing, and being independent is even more challenging. I’m an artist/musician that loves making music and as long as there is an outlet, I’ll continue, but with caution!” Akinyele stated. The pop/r&b/soul singer also stated, “Compassion begins today!”

 

Andre Akinyele's album cover for Telegram Mews

 

The new album Telegram Mews, inspired by Drake, Frank Ocean, Maxwell, and the essence of Marvin Gaye is scheduled to drop on November 3, 2017. The album will feature EFFIGY, DJ Glo, Jon O’Bergh, and many others. “I’ll keep it real, yes. And, you’ll do the same, yes. No need for pretend, no”, Akinyele sings on the new track. “All we need is compassion, everyday compassion”.

 

Listen to the new single in the available audio/video clip above.

 

Label Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2016
 
Contact: Orange River Records
(571) 205-2677
email: orangeriver@mail.com
 
NEW RELEASE: ANDRÉ AKINYELE RELEASES NEW ELECTRIFYING R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUM "THE UNAUTHORIZED PLAYLIST" JUNE 3, 2016
 
The Unauthorized Playlist album cover
          Tracklist:

          1. Give & Take
          2. What a Day
          3. After Dark
          4. Turnin' Me to Stay (feat. MV)
          5. Jam All Night
          6. Sky's the Limit
          7. Alright Tonight
          8. What You Really Want (feat. LoLo & Big Mike)
          9. Keep Movin': Who's on the Telephone (feat. Lil O, DJ Glo, & GDP)
        10. Midnight (feat. MV & FV)
        11. Sweet
        12. Up (feat. FV)
        13. Need & Want


ALEXANDRIA, VA—(Orange River Records - June 1, 2016) - Taking cues from contemporary hip-hop, R&B, and “neo-soul” visionaries, such as Pharrell Williams, Erykah Badu, and D’Angelo to create a distinctive consciousness, “The Unauthorized Playlist” uses underground hip-hop, funk, and futuristic sounds to explore the madness of keeping secrets, the anger of friendship betrayal, and the rise of self-empowerment.

André Akinyele is slated to release “The Unauthorized Playlist” on June 3, 2016, available at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. The album features thirteen tracks including “After Dark,” “Alright Tonight,” “Keep Movin’: Who’s on the Telephone,” and “Up” and features special guests MV, LoLo, Big Mike, Lil O, DJ Glo, GDP, and FV. Hear and order "The Unauthorized Playlist" on iTunes!

With pristine vocal arrangements on top of an ol’ skool vibe, André Akinyele’s new album is a worthy contrast to his earlier works. “The Unauthorized Playlist” is sexy, direct, and intimate with songs like “Jam All Night,” “Turnin’ Me To Stay,” and “Midnight,” with the latter evoking R&B/Soul singer Maxwell. The album backs away from the typical mixtape scheme and introduces a playlist concept. “The Unauthorized Playlist” is one of Andre Akinyele’s most electrifying, eccentric works.

About André Akinyele

A radical in his own right, multi-instrumentalist André Akinyele has defied stereotypical genres to focus on his diverse musicality, a conscious rejection of mainstream conformism. Almost two decades into his music career, he remains a magnetic and viable presence in the music industry. After several successful albums with his band Gemini Soul, in 2012, he released The Potomac Syndrome, which was a return to his funk roots, Prince influenced sound, along with a nod to Lenny Kravitz. Hailed as one of his best efforts, the songwriting was mature and on point, as was his highly anticipated follow-up effort Metal Skin and Ivory Birds (2015) that questioned the world where no one or nothing was off limits. He is also the co-author of the acclaimed book “Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.”

Artist Website:
www.andreakinyele.com

For further information, please contact Orange River Records.

Orange River Records
Alexandria, VA 22304
Phone: 571-205-2677
E-mail: orangeriver@mail.com

About

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer André Akinyele has recorded under the names Marcel and Ajamu Akinyele, exploring multiple music genres. He is the bandleader and bassist of the jazz/funk fusion band Gemini Soul, the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Looking for Lester, as well as the vocalist and keyboardist for the electronic synth-pop duo Lavender Lush. He is also the co-author of the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.

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