Electro-soul composer Manic Focus recently announced his fifth studio album, Minds Rising, due out on Friday, April 21, 2017. The second single, “Putting All Of My People On,” is finally here, featuring Chicago MC ProbCause. The new track comes after a “Stronger” release with the powerful vocals of Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), the inimitable beats of Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), and the prolific production and innovative experimentation of Late Night Radio.“Putting All Of My People” exists nicely between the worlds of instrumental trap music and popular rap, sharing equal focus between Manic Focus’ production and ProbCause’s laser-focus lyricism. Stream is below:We can’t wait to see Manic Focus team up with Break Science for a very special “Manic Science” set in St. Augustine, FL at Fool’s Paradise! Listen to their most recent collaboration, released last week, right here. On March 31 & April 1, Lettuce is bringing Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Floozies, The Motet, The Main Squeeze, Organ Freeman, with Oteil Burbridge and Antwaun Stanley as artists-at-large! For more information, head to the Fool’s Paradise website.
Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Ohad Narkis, PlayOJOCan an operator’s ability to remain as open and transparent as possible become a unique identifier within the online casino industry?Ohad Narkis, Co-Founder of Maple Marketing, has bet big on ‘player responsibility’ with the launch of new online casino PlayOJO. Will his gamble pay off?Launching a new online gambling property will always test the hardest of stomachs, as leadership is faced with a gruelling terrain in which to conduct business, especially with raising costs, greater competition and increasingly stringent regulatory policies.Adding further worry, operators have seen compliance failures make national media headlines in 2017. For example, 888, one of Britain’s biggest online gambling firms, was ordered to pay a record penalty package of over £7.8m for what the Gambling Commission described as ‘serious failings’ in its handling of vulnerable customers.Nevertheless, Narkis believes that social responsibility can be used as a commercial driver for online casino PlayOJO, launched in March 2017. He is straight to the point about PlayOJO’s take on the UK market, stating that his firm will take a ‘no nonsense approach to its brand, voice, and proposition’.“We were made for the player, and believe in being as open and transparent with them as possible,” said Narkis. “That means no shifty small-print, no lengthy T&Cs, and no ridiculous wagering requirements attached to bonuses and prizes. We just offer real money and real play. It’s as simple as that.”Narkis admitted that 2017 has been a consequential year for social responsibility, and one in which high profile incidents have tainted the online casino industry’s reputation.“Online casino should be all about maximising the fun factor, but players also want to know that the money they win or are awarded in bonuses and prizes is their money,” he said. “However, because this is often not the case, the online casino industry has a bad reputation when it comes to fair play.“This has not been helped by the Commission’s decision to slap 888 with a £7.8m fine for dropping the ball when it comes to responsible gambling measures. It is another reason why we have taken the approach we have; we want our players to be healthy and happy.”Not satisfied with marketing and messaging transparency, Narkis and Maple Marketing have invested deep resources into developing the most ‘fair play’ online casino destination.He explained: “Our system, OJOplus, pays players money back on every bet, win or lose. And when we say money, we mean money, paid immediately, directly into their accounts, with no restrictions.“Of course, this is not a ground-breaking idea. We are simply replicating what happens in land-based casinos; players simply take their chips or winnings receipt to the cage and collect their cash. They are not required to wager it 20x before leaving the casino.”Looking forward to new challenges faced by PlayOJO, Narkis states that a key corporate goal will be to win the ‘trust lost’ between gambling consumers and bigger online casinos.“Players are not naïve, and are becoming increasingly frustrated with online casino sites that do not put them first,” he concluded. “They want greater control over their play, the limits they want to impose on it – as well as the marketing collateral they receive – and the bonuses and prizes they are awarded. Operators need to take this on board and make changes.”With Narkis’ no nonsense approach, PlayOJO may well be the brand to follow in 2018.
Asante Kotoko say they will no longer work with their Norwegian head coach, Kjetil Zachariassen, 4 months after his appointment.Even though the club is yet to officially announce the decision, highly placed sources in the club have told Citi Sports that their relationship with Zachariassen has come to an end and he will be notified of the development.Club sources say that the decision to part ways with Zachariassen was reached after he failed to get the club into the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup group stages.The two qualifying campaigns ended in failure after defeats to Etoile Du Sahel in the Champions League and San Pedro in the Confederation Cup and per the targets and objectives stated in Zachariassen’s contract, once he could not meet the demands of the job, his exit was always bound to happen.After the loss to San Pedro, fans of the club wanted to see the departure of the coach and so, he could not come back to Ghana after the team’s management said that it could not guarantee his safety due to the reactions of the fans to the defeat.It is expected that the news of Zachariassen’s sacking will be made public on Wednesday.