Asphalt Jungle’s latest release delves deep into the sensual tones of Lofi with jazz sensibilities and beautiful guitar voicings featuring award winning jazz guitarist Brian Tarquin. Lofi Jazz Study Beats Collection contains 16 tracks of songs composed as a result of the pandemic. The band was locked in the studio much of 2020 into 2021 in Woodstock NY and produced a collection of Lofi Jazzhop perfect for the soundscape of a world slowly coming out of Covid-19.
Asphalt Jungle has a long and successful history in the music industry. Their sophomore album Enjoy This Trip, released on Hypnotic Records, successfully charted Top 30 on the CMJ charts. It album features the chill track “Tekken” that first debuted as MTV’s “Road Rules” theme and the Bob Marley club remix, “Don’t Rock the Boat." Not your typical redundant DJ music, they are true musicians bringing musical sensibility to each track. All Music Guide declares, “It’s a rare dance music album that offers equal rewards to the head and the feet. Very highly recommended. They have over 3.5 million streams on Apple, Spotify and Pandora radio.
In the early 2000’s, multi-Emmy award winning guitarist/composer Brian Tarquin started a boutique record label called BHP MUSIC/GUITAR TRAX, specializing in instrumental guitar music. Having been a successful jazz artist with a number of radio and Billboard hits in Smooth Jazz he decided to start an artist run label. He concentrated on producing records for the artistic value; not the commercial one.
Tarquin tapped into his contacts and began to release the Guitar Master Series licensing various tracks from artists such as: Randy Coven, Zakk Wylde, Stanley Clarke, & Joe Satriani. He also composed specialty albums, inviting famous guitarists like Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Leslie West, & Gary Hoey to guest on each track. The label released various Classic Rock Tribute albums as: Get the Led Out! Led Zeppelin Salute, El Becko: Jeff Beck Salute, and Lenny: Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few. In 2010 Tarquin produced and released bass virtuoso Randy Coven’s last album, Nu School featuring Leslie West. The label became a favorite among guitar heads and received rave reviews from Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Guitar World, and Vintage Guitar Magazines.
At this same time, Brian built a recording studio called Jungle Room Studios where many of the releases were recorded. The studio features an extensive analog/digital facility featuring a collection of classic outboard gear such as: Trident recording console, Neve Compressor 33609, Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor, Neve 1074, Chandler ltd Germanium Compressor, and a host of other gear including an array of microphones, guitars, and amplifiers. Jungle Room Studios has been featured in Mix, Vintage Guitar, Progression, and Recording magazines.
In 2019 the label received the Global Music Gold Award for Orlando In Heaven for “Best Album.” Three years in a row (2016-2019) Tarquin received “Best Album of the Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for the releases Guitars for Wounded Warriors, Orlando in Heaven, and Guitars for Veterans.