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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, as well as the vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Looking for Lester. He is also the co-author of the book Elliptical: The Music of Meshell Ndegeocello.

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