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Maini Sorri and Magneto Dayo - Blue SongMaini and the American hip-hop artist Magneto Dayo won Arzuk Music Award 2017 in California on January 17th, 2018. They won in Freestyle/Rap/HipHop category with ‘Blue Song‘.

Arzuk Productions & Entertainment is a production company located at Barstow California. Arzuk Productions is run by Gonzalo Arzamendi, Raymond Rowe, Bobby Ludlam, and Steven Zukaitis.

Blue Song single was released on June 9th 2014. Music is written by Maini Sorri, lyrics by Gary Cornman & Dashawn Williams, remix by Carsten Lehmann. Video by Johan Zetterlund. Label behind the Blue Song release is Reya music.

When 2 Worlds meet article scanned 800Maini and Magneto Dayo were interviewed by Daily Press, Virginia, Samantha Camilletti in Summer 2017. The interview was published on July 17th, 2017.

‘When 2 Worlds Meet’ set to release this Summer

“Swedish Finnish singer Maini Sorri and hip-hop artist Magneto Dayo say they hope their new album “When 2 Worlds Meet” will shake up the stigma of genres and change lives after its release later this summer.

Maini Sorri Hongslo and Magneto Dayo, born Dashawn Williams, are two solo artists who came together purely by chance to create this album.

“It was a wonderful surprise that he found me on the internet and told me that he likes my songs and wanted to collaborate and record with me,” Sorri said. “It was really exciting. Two worlds definitely met.”

The album will be a mixture of hip hop and electronica pop.

Dayo was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., but moved to Newport News when he was 14, he said.

“This will sound like nothing you’ve ever heard. This album is really for the people that love good music,” Dayo said. “When I say that, I’m talking about the people that are not locked into one genre, but people that love the sound of great music, regardless of the genre.”

Although from different genres, Dayo and Sorri seemed to agree that their music is about bringing people together and binding them over a common cause.

“I hope that our songs will be many people’s favorites. I always hope that as many as possible will hear my music, enjoy it and share it, and I hope that we will spread peace, love and understanding to the world,” Sorri said. “Let’s appreciate our differences and treat each other as we want to be treated, with love and respect. We don’t want to build walls, we want to build bridges.”

Read the whole interview at Daily Press

20171213_140326 Radiohusets gran kv smallOn Saint Lucy’s Day December 13th 2017 Maini Sorri was invited to Swedish Radio Sisuradio in Stockholm for an interview in live broadcast in Iltapäivä talkshow. The interview was about spreading her music around the world, about being included in Spirit of December Vol. 7 album in Florida, USA, and other highlights during her career, and about her memories of Saint Lucy’s Day celebration.

The interview by Jorma Ikäheimo and Hanna Paimela Lindberg is in Finnish. You can listen to it and read the article here.

The picture is of the Christmas Tree at Swedish Radio.

 

RS artikel 170921 FB 20170923_195504 640September 9th 2017 Ruotsin Suomalainen newspaper published Maini‘s interview.

“Swedish Finnish Maini Sorri makes music and recordings. She has released 19 singles and made music to her life’s work. Composing songs and make recordings is her passion, and the fruits she wants to send to the world for everybody to hear.”

The whole article in Finnish by Laura Helin can be read in the picture of this post.

 

20180131_120453 UNT 170406 Internet ger 800April 6th 2017 Upsala Nya Tidning published the interview “Internet gives her new fans all over the world” about Maini and her music career, at the time for her birthday.

“During her whole life Maini Sorri has composed, sang and played. She co-works with two producers in USA and several lyrics writers around the world. ‘It is a fantastic feeling to hear myself on Radio’. Maini Sorri can nowadays often hear herself on international radio stations.”

Maini says about her interests: “Music, nature, environment and justice. It could be you and I who were forced to leave everything and flee from war, violence and persecution. We must open our doors.” You can read the whole interview in Swedish by Kristina Bate Holmberg here

 

Maini Sorri and northern lightsMaini Sorri - Someday (Official Music Video) with breath taking nature views was released on September 26th 2017, produced in Pakistan.

Someday endured 43 weeks on Music World Radio’s Top 20 Charts in Spain among rock groups from America and Europe. Someday EP was released  on March 1st 2010 in UK and on September 13th 2010 in USA. Label is Reya music. Vocals and music by Maini Sorri,  English lyrics by Barbara Helsingius, orig. lyrics by Mikko Anttila, instrumental by Jaakko Viitala.

Maini Sorri  – Christmas In Our Hearts (Official Music Video) with amazing snowy nature views was released on December 11th 2017, and produced by Trustudios, UK.

Christmas In Our Hearts was released on Spirit of December Vol. 7 album in Florida, USA on November 23rd 2017 by Music Revolution Records. Christmas Our Hearts EP was released in Sweden in December 2006 and in November 29th 2010 in UK.  Label is Reya music. Christmas In Our Hearts was Maini’s first CD in English. Vocals, original lyrics and music by Maini Sorri, English lyrics by Barbara Helsingius and instrumental by Jaakko Viitala.

Spirit of December Volume 7 - Songs of Peace Love and Hope - Front CoverMaini Sorri’s Christmas In Our Hearts is featured on a seasonal compilation album titled Spirit of December 7: Songs of Peace, Love and Hope; courtesy of record label Melodic Revolution Records.

As an annual tradition; Melodic Revolution Records releases Spirit of December to promote seasonal spirit and good will from one person to another through the positive power of music and has been rather poetically released on Thanksgiving Day. You can stream the entirety of the 14 track Spirit of December 7: Songs of Peace, Love and Hope album for free from November 23rd 2017 until the end of January 2018.

Maini Sorri - Parting Of Our WaySome cuts from Maini‘s Parting Of Our Way reviews:  Jer at Sleeping Bag Studios writes: “Parting Of Our Way”ends up becoming quite the ride through a clever metal-melody that’s got a brilliant display of contrast between sweetness and the extreme. Orlando Mestre of the USA slays the guitar-parts completely, flexing much musical-muscle, style, chops & skills…”

“Orlando was a perfect choice to bring out the vibrant guitar-riffs and non-stop energy that fuels the music of “Parting Of Our Way” – and Maini is an equally-perfect choice to bring the lyrics/vocals to life through stunning contrast.”

“…it’s the magic in Maini’s performance that makes these words come alive.  Her sweetened tones sound innocent, yet bold in the mix of the music around her voice…”   Read the whole review here

A&R team at Got That Music LLC Records/All Purpose Music Group LLC writes: “The vocal performance has a soft angelic delivery with good melody range.”.. “The overall track sound is up to industry standards, good mix. Maini Sorri is a talented singer with a powerful produced musical composition!” “It’s a great song to be placed in movies and on television.” “Very marketable record!”

“Great overall sound, this team of producer, songwriter and singer have a lot of potential together!”

Rick Jamm at JamSphere writes: “The whole rock, ambient metal idea, is really cool, and blending it with Maini’s airy, high pitched vocals provides an interesting contrast.” “Her delivery is excellent, she has wonderful tone, and her harmonies sound absolutely beautiful.”

“When the music transitions from a heavier phase of the song to a dreamier, spacy feel, these transitions flow nicely. Guitars fade appropriately, percussion switches to a softer, electronic effect, and the vocals take the forefront, highlighting the strength and beauty of Maini’s voice.”

Brian Lanese & Orlando Mestre produced the track, and they did a fantastic job.”.. the two producers seemed to have clear ideas, without over producing. In conclusion, this is simply a fantastic track.” Read the whole review here:

Brett Stewart at Independent Spotlight writes: “The intensely prolific songwriter, who now has 25 albums in her discography, has proven to be a resilient and compellingly creative talent.” “Written by Gary Cornman with instrumentation by Orlando Mestre, the powerhouse track is arguably one of the more driving, bombastic efforts in Sorri’s catalog”

“Vocally, I’d perhaps align Sorri with a performer like Yoko Ono. She has a very expressive, unique voice, and it’s a good one, too.”…”I adore how Sorri harmonizes with herself; it’s a great sound.” “Parting Of Our Way’ is an excellent track. I love that Maini Sorri is continuing to experiment within her sound.” Read the whole review here

Andrea Caccese at The BandCamp Diaries writes: “Maini is a rare talent: she is great on melodies and on moody vibes, but her brand new single, “Parting of Our Way” is also proof that she can really rock when she wants to.”

“The song features really great overdriven guitar tones as well as some really powerful drums and some beautiful synth keys.”… “Maini particularly shines on this track by layering multiple vocal harmonies that truly constitute the vocal strength of this track.” “The song is fairly different from most of her previous work, and it is incredibly refreshing to see an artist that isn’t afraid to challenge her own boundaries and constantly experiment with new things and new takes on sound.”

Read the whole review here

Read Maini’s promoter Jason Bonnar’s great selection of  her album, EP and single reviews here.

The Metronomicon Slay the Dance Floor

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor featuring Maini Sorri’s Lost Love released for PS4 and Xbox One on August 29th and 30th 2017 respectively and following the same tradition as The Metronomicon’s original PC and Mac release on September 29th 2016; Slay the Dance Floor has been receiving rave reviews ever since.

How to Purchase The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor on PS4 and Xbox One

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is available digitally via the European and US PlayStation and Xbox Live Stores with a variety of bundles and packs. You can find out how to purchase and the price points of The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor on PS4 and Xbox One via the Available Now press release.

Written Reviews (in order of highest to lowest review scores)

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The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is receiving rave reviews on PS4 and Xbox One including the following written reviews:

The Drastik Measure – 9.9 out of 10 (PC expansion)
“Amazing blend of rhythm and RPG mechanics, good strategical depth in RPG choices with regards to equipment/skills, varied and impressive soundtrack–generally no duds, appropriate song sequencing, vibrant and over-the-top visuals paired with quirky dancing animation, packed with the Puubas’ unique brand of humour everywhere–item descriptions, cutscenes, etc, various difficulty settings make it simultaneously newbie-friendly and catering to rhythm veterans, daily challenges and high score leaderboards add a LOT of replayability, wide support for controllers, guitar controllers, dance pads and HIGHLY polished.”

PlayStation Nation – 9.5 out of 10
“While playing Metronomicon I didn’t want to put it down until my hands hurt, and sometimes persisted in spite of the fatigue. This is just a fantastically crafted game. The systems all work great together and the soundtrack contains more earworms than should be legally allowed in a game.”

Sick Critic – 9.5 out of 10
“Playing this game was a magnificent treat, both for the hands and ears. Puuba has tried to mix and match all these different genres for a while now, and they’ve finally hit every single note perfectly. The music was diverse, the gameplay was engaging and free-flowing, and it’s one of the best games of the year. Just get it right now. An amazing audible experience that manages to keep its stride, to become a Game of The Year Contender, and the best rhythm-action game to come out in years.”

Marooner’s Rock – 9.4 out of 10
“The soundtrack is incredible, as before. There are multiple songs that will absolutely get stuck in your head. Addictive gameplay, killer soundtrack and adds improvements over an already great game.”

Comics & Gaming Magazine – 9 out of 10
“If you’re looking to unlock your inner D&D dance machine, look no further than The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can whip out your Rockband 4 guitars. You know, really get immersed in the whole party style. Just be prepared for some humbling gameplay and to come away singing the songs for days on end.”

Desconsolados – 9 out of 10 (Spanish)
“As if it has not been noticed in the analysis, The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor has enchanted me. The musical selection is enormous, varied and of quality, while the mechanics are simply great.”

Gaming Trend – 9 out of 10
“The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is one of the most infectious rhythm games this year. Its perfect blend of music gameplay and RPG mechanics is an ambitious one that sticks the landing, and the addictive soundtrack will have your toe tapping long after you turned it off. Just stay away from the dancing bears if you’re not shaking it like a Polaroid.”

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Honest Gaming Reviews – 9 out of 10
“Any rhythm game is only as good as the soundtrack of it. This is where Metronomicon really shines. There are 50 tracks in total in the base game (more to come via DLC packs) and even after 7 days straight of playing the game, I still haven’t become bored with the music. There hasn’t been one single time where I’ve thought ‘Oh no , not this bloody song again’. There are a few genres included, electronica, indie, synthwave and I love them all. In conclusion, Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor was an absolute joy to play and I had huge amounts of fun with it. It’s a title that I will come back to again and again in pursuit of higher scores and maybe sometimes just to chill out and listen to the tunes.”

Life is Xbox – 85 out of 100
“Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is an addictive and really fun game that uses the best from the roleplaying and rhythm genre mix. It has a great list of songs, depth and unique gameplay, replay value and more! Great soundtrack, fun gameplay with depth, replay value and really fun local co-op.”

Gaming Age – 83 out of 100 (B+)
“The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor went from being a game that wasn’t on my radar, to being one of the more engrossing blends of video game mechanics I’ve played all year long. The stellar soundtrack combined with a solid base of RPG trappings makes for a really enjoyable time, and something that I doubt many developers could stick the landing on as well as Akupara Games and PUUBA have done here.”

Use A Potion – 8.3 out of 10
“Still, no matter how enjoyable and on point its RPG elements might be, a rhythm game is nothing without a banging soundtrack to go with it. Thankfully, Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor has a great selection of tunes. Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor’s blend of RPG action and rhythm based gameplay is something I could never have imagined working, but now that I’ve actually played it I simply can’t get enough. It mixes up the two genres in such a creative and imaginative way, in turn providing an experience that’ll provide hours upon hours of zany, adventuring fun. Whether you’re a fan of RPGs or a fan of busting some moves to a rhythm game, Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is definitely worth checking out.”

Comicbook.com – 4 out of 5
“The song selections are very good, with some not-so-typical tracks from talented artists. It successfully merges two great tastes together into one inventive experience that players won’t get enough of. It’s a good time with solid controls, abundant multiplayer options (and leaderboards) and a fun little presentation. When it comes to delivering an entertaining music experience, Metronomicon kills it.”

Common Sense Media – 4 out of 5
“Rhythm-based adventure that’s got a quirky beat. Matching character strengths to enemy weaknesses, trying out new skills and spells, and mixing up the party members is like tuning an instrument, and when it all comes together, it’s music to the player’s ears.”

GamesBeat (Venture Beat) – 80 out of 100
“The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is a lot of fun if you’re into rhythm games. I don’t think any other game quite like it is out there.”

GameSpace – 8 out of 10
“Metronomicon Slay the Dance Floor is a ton of fun and I hope to see more rhythm RPGs in the future. The soundtrack is also top notch and I often had various songs stuck in my head long after I stopped playing. For anyone who likes RPGs and Rhythm games, this is one you won’t want to pass up.”

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GameZone – 8 out of 10
“I’m not sure what I was expecting when I first booted up Metronomicon, but what I got was a pleasant surprise. The soundtrack is comprised of a lot of indie artists, and it’s pretty great! If you’re a fan of rhythm games and want to add a little bit of RPG quirk to your correctly-timed button presses, then you can’t go wrong with Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor.”

Saving Content – 4 out of 5
“The soundtrack itself has a lot of various songs from slower paced songs to fast beats of electronic or techno. It was easy to get into the music and just enjoy the beats. My 3 year old daughter watched me play and even had a blast just jumping around to the music. Some nice solid selections. The Metronomicon is a solid musical experience with a cool twist. It offers a story mode, challenge modes, and endless mode and is just a fun light-hearted rhythm game that can be fun for people of all ages. Highly recommended, and if the music genre is to a player’s preference, then quest onward and tap to the beat!”

Windows Central – 4 out of 5
“A music game with RPG mechanics is something you don’t see every day. Fighting monsters to electronic indie songs is quite enjoyable. Lots of modes to keep the party going, plus local co-op!”

4Players.de – 7.5 out of 10 (German)
“The mix of rhythm game and fantasy roleplaying works suprisingly well – mainly thanks to the fact that the basic mechanics don’t stray too much from the Amplitude formula. So in the end it boils down to your musical tolerance. If you don’t mind electronic and and a wide range of indie music, you’ll get a lot of fun out of this one.”

Xbox Gamer Reviews – 7.3 out of 10
“Metronomicon may not feature any of the big names in the music industry, but the songs themselves will certainly leave a lasting impression. The songs are catchy as hell. The Metronomicon has combined two opposing genres with positive effects. The role playing elements fused with rhythmic gameplay creates a fun adventure, with some wacky outlandish characters. The levelling system allows you to progress further. Finally the songs will stick in your head.”

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Bonus Stage – 7 out of 10
“With plenty of catchy tracks, a fantastic co-op mode and a brilliant coming together of two diametrically opposed genres, Puuba Games’ The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor delivers one of the more compelling rhythm games released for quite some time. Mechanically and conceptually it’s as good as anything out there. It’s quite unlike anything else out there, and with very few rhythm games on the market right now, The Metrnomicon: Slay the Dance Floor delivers a much welcome entry into an increasingly niche genre.”

Digitally Downloaded – 7 out of 10
“Taken exclusively as a rhythm game, there is so much to appreciate about Metronomicon. It does bring some new tricks to a genre that often feels quite stale for ideas, and has a truly killer soundtrack.”

Gamers Heroes – 7 out of 10
“I can safely attest that it’s quite different from the typical rhythm games we have come to expect. This game has sword-and-sorcery RPG elements, a fun story, good voice-acting, a fantastic soundtrack – which is a healthy mixture of electronic, pop, techno-pop – and quirky aesthetics. And if that wasn’t enough, the gameplay is actually quite deeper than it appears.”

The Xbox Hub – 7 out of 10
“Decent Indie artist selection, Guitar Hero Vibe, song variety, RPG elements blend well, replayability and plenty of game modes.”

Game Tyrant
“The game is a lot of fun and easily addictive! From the moment I started playing it, I caught myself constantly promising “one more song,” but it was never just one more song! I thoroughly enjoyed this mix of genre! Truly an innovative title worth the hours of game play I can guarantee any music gamer will put in to it!”

Hardcore Gamer
“The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor has grabbed me all over again, especially with well-designed PlayStation trophies that keeps the next one tantalizing close to unlocking. Anyone that enjoys a good rhythm game set to electronic music would be only hurting themselves if they don’t open up The Metronomicon now.”

Reviews and Gameplay Stream Videos

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There are also a variety of YouTube videos accompanying written reviews or capturing live gameplay streams including the following:

Cornshaq Gaming (Review)

Rand al Thor 19 (Review)

Superken Gaming (Review)

Let’s Play The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor #1 – Behonkiss Plays (Gameplay Stream)

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor – Full Game Hard Mode (1st Try) [Xbox One] – CladMaster Gaming (Gameplay Stream)

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor Gameplay – Gaming Trend (Gameplay Stream)

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor – PS4 Gameplay 1st Look – Nalyo Gaming (Gameplay Stream)

Official Developer Videos

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There are official developer videos such as trailers including:

Launch Trailer

Live Action Trailer

Home Console Announcement Trailer

The Metronomicon Minute #8 – Cut Scenes (featuring Maini Sorri’s Lost Love)

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is available for purchase on PS4 and Xbox One. The rhythm action RPG features Maini Sorri’s Lost Love as part of a diverse, expansive soundtrack.

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The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is available digitally via the European and US PlayStation Stores with a variety of bundles and packs including The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor for £16.99 on the European PlayStation Store and $19.99 on the US PlayStation Store.

The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor – Deluxe Edition comprising of the game and the 38 song soundtrack for £19.99 on the European PlayStation Store at  and $24.99 on the US PlayStation Store, while the soundtrack is available separately on the US PlayStation Store priced at $7.99.

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A Challenge Pack Season Pass is also available for £6.49 on the European PlayStation Store and $7.99 on the US PlayStation Store which includes all current and future Challenge Packs with each Challenge Pack containing three songs, three special challenges and three exclusive gear items, while each Challenge Pack can be purchased individually for £1.69 including Indie Game Challenge Pack 1 on the European PlayStation Store and $1.99 on the US PlayStation Store, alongside the Chiptune Challenge Pack 1 on the European PlayStation Store and on the US PlayStation Store which is complimented by a variety of individual avatars that are available for £0.39 or $0.99 each.

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The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor is also available digitally via Xbox Live for £15.99 on the European Xbox Live Store and $19.99 on the US Xbox Live Store, while each Challenge Pack can be purchased individually for £1.59 including Indie Challenge Pack 1 on the European Xbox Live Store and $1.99 on the US Xbox Live Store, alongside the Chiptune Challenge Pack 1 on the European Xbox Live Store and on the US Xbox Live Store.

The Metronomicon’s PC Steam release has been receiving rave reviews from the gaming media and you can read all about that here with undoubtedly more impressive reviews to come from The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor’s home console launch.

A launch trailer provides an inkling of the fun and humorous nature of The Metronomicon: Slay the Dance Floor which can be viewed and Maini Sorri’s Lost Love included in a promotional video covering The Metronomicon’s cut scenes.

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