When ReverbNation approached me in March 2014 about partnering with Pauseandplay.com, I didn’t know what to expect.

They gave me access to a private dashboard, which featured every artist that submitted their music to be added to Pauseandplay.com’s massive new-music release schedule. Hundreds made submissions in just a few days; it was overwhelming. Where the heck do I start? I thought to myself.

Well, you start at the beginning. 🙂

The very first song I cued up at ReverbNation allayed my fears, and it remains my favorite ReverbNation-affiliated song to date: Ian Roberts’ “Sweetlove Butterfly.”

The British singer-songwriter sounded like such a breath of fresh air in an age of overproduced, soul-less, cookie-cutter music. “Sweetlove Butterfly” would fit right in between The Beach Boys and James Taylor on the radio, with a little Henry Gross mixed in. It’s a genuine throwback to the breezy California pop of the 1970s.

The song came from Roberts’ “Come Outside and Play” EP, released on March 17, 2014. Weeks later, he released a music video for “Sweetlove Butterfly.” Directed and produced by Daniel Gentely, the smooth-sailing video featured the skillful Stratford Skaters strutting their stuff at a shopping mall in Stratford. It later won best music video at the St. Albans Film Festival.

What’s Roberts up to these days? He’s been touring France the past month, but he promises to give me a proper update later today (and I will add his comments when they come in). Till then, on with the countdown!

Aug. 26, 2016

Asem (NYC hip-hop artist)“Buyaka” (Hear here)(WBDN / Solid As Gold)
Joey Job (Christian/gospel artist from Ellenwood, Ga.)“Ready to Live” (guests: Joon, Ozie Daniels; Hear here) (Gainst Bank Ent., Aug. 30)
Jonas Martin (Dallas indie artist)“The Color Scheme” (Hear here) (Recapitated)
2Tallin’“Do It” (feat. Draft; Hear here) (Re-Spin Industries, Inc., Aug. 25)

Sept. 2, 2016

Asem (NYC hip-hop artist)“Big Johnny” (Hear here)(WBDN / Solid As Gold)
Audio Revival (NYC rock quartet)“Animals” (Hear here)(Audio Revival, Sept. 1)
Matt Jaffe & The Distractions (Bay Area rock group)“No Hesitation,” “Overboard” (Hear here) (Matt Jaffe & The Distractions)
Adam Jay Keeler (Ceresco, Mich., alt-rock artist)“Still Holding On” (Hear here)(Adam Jay Keeler, Sept. 1)

Sept. 9, 2016

Lorenzo Conti (Italian classical musician)“I Am” (Hear here)(Loveweall, Sept. 11)
Ian & The Dream (alt-pop band from Waukesha, Wis.)“New Dreams” (Hear here) (Ian & The Dream)

Sept. 16, 2016

Kris Angelis (North Hollywood, Calif., indie-pop singer-songwriter)“Heartbreak Is Contagious” (Hear here) (Kris Angelis, Sept. 19)
Demi Davis (NYC dance-pop artist)“Hot” (Hear here)(Premier Entertainment Group)
Ilana J (Birmingham, U.K., indie-pop singer)“Art of Battle” (Hear here) (Sosa Music Group)

Oct. 7, 2016

Moovalya (Phoenix melodic punk trio)“Kings” (three-song EP; Hear here) (Dagger Sight)
World5 (Reno-based rock quintet)“Heartbeat of the World” (Hear here) (Spectra Music Group)

Oct. 14, 2016

Steve Ryan (Atlanta pop-soul singer-songwriter)“Smooth Melodies” (Hear here) (Tate Music Group, Oct. 18)

Nov. 18, 2016

Tyler Colt (pop-rock singer from Redondo Beach, Calif.)“A New Day” (Hear here)(Tyler Colt)

Recent Releases

Aug. 19, 2016

CrowFly (Miami rock quartet)“Losing Our Fear” (five-song EP; Hear here)(CrowFly, Aug. 20)
Leo Diaz“Paraiso Artificial” (feat. I-Smar Jr, Kiki Aguero; Hear here)(Leo Diaz, Aug. 21)
Scooter Beers (Kearney, Neb., rock singer-guitarist Jake Schlueter)“High Fructose” (Hear here)(Scooter Beers)
SunGhosts (Miami alt-rock band)“SunGhosts” (producer: Joel Someillan; Hear here) (Orchard House Music, Aug. 23)

Aug. 12, 2016

The Como Brothers (pop/rock act from Mount Sinai, N.Y.)“Jam Theory” (six-song EP; Hear here) (The Como Brothers, Aug. 16)
Mike Contoni (Pegram, Tenn., singer-songwriter)“Here Comes the Weekend” (Hear here) (Contoni Music, Aug. 15)
Golty Farabeau (U.K. roots reggae artist)“Can We Survive?” (Hear here)(Golty Farabeau, Aug. 10)
B.Hudson (L.A. hip-hop artist)“Beebo” (Hear here)(B.Hudson, Aug. 10)
Melissa Martin (metal artist from Arcadia, Fla.)“Bed of Nails” (Hear here) (Melissa Martin)
The Ries Brothers (Clearwater, Fla.-based rock band)“Street Lights” (Hear here) (The Ries Brothers, Aug. 11)
Brian Lee Robinson (Houston country singer-songwriter)“The Texas Side of Nashville” (four-song EP; Hear here)(JeJaJo)
Richie Stackin (Boca Raton hip-hop artist)“Dabs All Day” (Hear here) (Richie Stackin, Aug. 11)

Aug. 5, 2016

AGGROZILLA (L.A.-based EDM artist)“Revolt of the Dreamers” (with ZXX; Hear here) (AGGROZILLA, Aug. 4)
Dae Juan (Beverly Hills-based EDM musician)“Come 2 Me” (Hear here)(Tama Industries, Aug. 6)
Donnie Lesko“They Lovin’ You” (with ZXX; Hear here) (Ohmega, Aug. 4)
Liber Electro (Ukrainian alt-rock group)“Liber Electro I” (five-song EP; Hear here)(Liber Electro)
Paul Olstad“Git Groove Project” (Hear here) (Paul Olstad, Aug. 8)
Samantha Preis“Lost For Me” (Hear here) (Samantha Preis Productions)

July 29, 2016

Janus Bechmann (Americana artist from Hanover, N.H.)“Some Things Never Change” (Hear here)(Target)
Alex Boye’ (Sandy, Utah-based pop singer)“We All Bleed the Same” (six-song EP; guests: Roseanne, Marabeth Poole; MP3; Hear here) (Boye Central Music)
Corrupt Colour (Jackson Heights, N.Y., alt-rock duo)“Corrupt Colour II” (Hear here)(Lombardo Recordings LLC, July 27)
Hatchling (Spanish indie artist)“16 Pixel” (with three remixes and an acoustic version; Hear here)(Hatchling, July 27)
Matt Johnson (English pop singer-songwriter)“Get Over You” (with three remixes and an acoustic version; Hear here) (Tristar)
Karianne Jean (Nashville country-pop artist)“Don’t Miss EP” (six songs; Hear here) (Karianne Jean)
Matt Lande (Portland, Ore., singer-songwriter)“Covered, Vol. 1” (four-song EP; Hear here) (Pineapple Expression, Aug. 1)
Jack Leyton (Canadian instrumentalist)“Audrey” (Hear here)(RIIL Music, Aug. 1)
Irie Love (R&B-reggae singer from Hawaii)“We Rise” (Hear here) (IrieAloha, Aug. 1)
RIIL Chemistry (Austin teen alt-punk band)“Supernatural Vacation” (Hear here)(RIIL Music, Aug. 1)

July 22, 2016

Ray Goren“Slaves to the Money” (Hear here; See here) (R J Ray Entertainment, July 25)
MikeLyrik (pop/R&B artist from Mount Vernon, N.Y.)“Life Music: Genre Theater” (five-song EP; Hear here) (MikeLyrik)
Cat Southall (Cardiff, Wales, pop artist)“Call of Distress” (Hear here)(Art Head, July 25)

July 15, 2016

Boom Boom (aka Alexandria, Va., dance artist Leslie Dalencour)“I Hate My Job” (feat. G.U.G.G.; Hear here)(LXE Productions, July 20)
Gina Cutillo“Keep On” (Hear here)(Gina Cutillo, July 19)
Detroit Redd (hip-hop artist)“Detroit Redd” (three-song EP; Hear here)(Detroit Redd, July 20)
Edge of Paradise (Calabasas, Calif., hard-rock quartet)“Shade of Crazy” (producer: Chuck Johnson; Hear here) (Edge of Paradise, July 18)
Eddie Hermosa (world music artist from Hermosa Beach, Calif.)“Naturally” (Hear here)(Eddie Hermosa)
Darrell Le Lacheur (Vancouver singer-songwriter)“The Sea of Tranquility” (Hear here)(Darrell Le Lacheur)
Ozzmanic (Toronto hip-hop artist)“2013 – The Risk Tape (The Beginning of the End)” (six-song EP; Hear here)(Ozzmanic, July 19)
Skaz One (Oakland hip-hop artist)“Revolt!Ng” (feat. G.U.G.G.; Hear here)(Skaz One, July 14)
T Steezy (rapper from Williamstown, Mass.)“You and I Together” (Hear here)(T Steezy, July 19)
Our Vintage Film (Nashville alt-rock/pop duo)“Tidal Waves” (Hear here)(Our Vintage Film)

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