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Tauren Wells Flies Solo On Debut Album Hills and Valleys 

Tauren Wells was riding high as the frontman for pop-rock band Royal Tailor, one of the most popular Christian groups of the last decade, when he felt a calling to shift gears.

“It’s easy to step away from things when they’re going poorly, but more difficult to step away when things are going well,” Wells said. “My family was growing and I was really plugged into my local church, and God was leading me to step away from the band dynamic.”

So Wells decided to make a big change and go solo, releasing the Undefeated EP in 2016, leading to his first full-length solo album, Hills and Valleys, an R&B and funk-infused tour de force out now on Reunion Records.

“The album is very diverse, no two tracks sound the same,” Wells said. “I pride myself in that because so many people are just downloading the singles they want, but I like the listener being able to go through all the tracks and hear something different both message-wise and stylistically in the music. I’m proud of it.”

When it came time to finish the record, Wells turned to the mastering ace who had previously worked with Royal Tailor.

“It wasn’t even a point of conversation, my executive producer Jason McArthur and I were just like ‘it’s Vlado,'” Wells said. “The album really opened up when Vlado put his touch on it. He just has such a great way of doing what he does and every time that I’ve worked with him and heard his work, it’s just stellar. Everything is hitting on every level sonically – the lows are warm, the tones are rich. He’s that dude for me.”

Meller had similarly kind words to say on the talent and professionalism of Wells.

“Tauren and Jason McArthur did a wonderful job making this album sound great, and I greatly enjoyed mastering it. I congratulate Tauren on a very successful transition from Royal Tailor to a solo career and look forward to hearing what he has in store for the future.”

For more information on Tauren Wells’ Hills and Valleys, visit http://www.taurenwellsofficial.com

Five Years of Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE

It feels like just yesterday that Vlado Meller was mastering the debut studio album by an up-and-coming R&B singer and songwriter who emerged from the Odd Future hip-hop collective. Now, five years later, Frank Ocean is one of music’s biggest and most visionary stars, bridging the gap between pop, R&B, hip-hop and avant-garde electronica.

That album, channel ORANGE, was released this week in 2012 and ended up being both an influential game-changer in the pop music landscape and a smash success. Metacritic’s review aggregator named it the best-reviewed major album of 2012, and at the 2013 Grammy Awards – at which Frank performed a dazzling rendition of “Forrest Gump” – channel ORANGE won Best Urban Contemporary Album and Frank was also nominated for Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

channel ORANGE was not the last time that Frank enlisted Vlado for his mastering services – Vlado recently worked on a string of surprise singles from the superstar, including “Chanel,” “Biking,” and “Lens” (assisted by fellow Vlado Meller Mastering engineer Jeremy Lubsey).

Congratulations to Frank on five years of tremendous success and for creating an album that has already made a monumental mark on modern music!​

YOMBE – “Tonight”

We’ve beeen holding onto this one for some time, and we’re glad it’s finally available.  Congratulations to the Italian duo YOMBE for releasing their new single “Tonight”.  Available today!!

YOMBE – “Tonight”

Mastered By: Jeremy Lubsey

iLLionaire Records releases double CD package!

Congratulations to iLLionaire Records and the young CEOs – The Quiett and Dok2 – on the release of their double CD package! The set includes the Dok2 album “Reborn” and The Quiett album “Millionaire Poetry,” as well as the CD-only bonus track “Money Over Bullshit Remix” (featuring Sik-K, Superbee and CHANGMO).

 Mastered by Vlado Meller with assistance from Jeremy Lubsey.

 

Noga Erez – “Off The Radar”

Congratulations to Noga Erez on releasing an amazing album that is out right now.  This album is certainly in rotation around the office here.  We wish them much success on this amazing release!

Noga Erez – “Off The Radar” (City Slang)

https://nogaerez.lnk.to/offtheradar 

Produced by Ori Rousso and Noga Erez
Mastered by Vlado Meller at Vlado Meller Mastering
Assisted by Jeremy Lubsey

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