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SongoftheYear.com Selects Pause's "Caroline" as WinnerMulti-Talented Writer, Producer and Artist -- Pause -- Takes Hip-Hop Category "Song of the Year" Just Under Two Months Following the Release of Solo Debut Album "PACIFIC ROSE" (December 19, 2011)
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/19/11 -- Venice local and multifaceted artist -- Daniel Kushnir aka "Pause" -- has won Hip-Hop Song of the Year for his song "Caroline" in Songoftheyear.com's international songwriting contest.
"I feel honored to receive such an accolade," says Pause. "'Caroline' is a song that holds a lot of emotion for me, so for it to get this type of response is really cool."
Side-stepping the popular drone of synth-cluttered beats and auto-tuned vocals, "Caroline" offers a more melodic, soulful approach to Hip-Hop. The instrumental offers up that golden-age, classic, A Tribe Called Quest "Can I Kick It?" sound and is blended with Pause's new-school flow and uncanny knack of embedding melody within his spoken word. Finally, the track highlights his artistic dexterity as Pause is the lone performer on the song, laying both the singing and the rapping.
Pause on writing "Caroline":
"A while back I was really low. Everything seemed to be falling down around me. To keep my spirits high, I would imagine what it felt like to not worry about the pressures of the 'real' world. Caroline is, essentially, my metaphor for a place or state of mind where we are completely at peace."
Pause cut his chops in the West LA club scene, fronting brass ensemble funk bands and cementing a reputation as a top-line performer and bandleader. PACIFIC ROSE is his solo debut.
Channeling the spirit of the '90s NorCal rap he grew up with -- huge brassy beats, funky low-end, and a tuneful, conscious-style flow -- PACIFIC ROSE features several collaborations with LA underground legend Double K from People Under the Stairs, infusing a jagged edge and sleazy polish into the record.
"Pause puts soul back into Hip-Hop," says People Under the Stairs emcee Double K. "He brings everything you'd want to hear: funk, flow, a producer's ear... he's the total package."
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