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Channeling nostalgia from late 90s era urban pop, sultry NYC songstress Amira B combines raw lyrics with groovy funk vibes. Her latest single, “Never Gonna Fall In Love”, is a chilled out slice of R&B that draws inspiration from both Mariah Carey and Natasha Bedingfield and features a verse from rapper Rich G. who channels some serious Young Jeezy vibes.
Amira is celebrating the release of the single with an Artist Residency at Pianos on August 7th, 14th & 21st.
Hailing from a small town in Oregon, bedroom producer THECLECTIK boasts a big, bright melodic pop sound that was forged in the furnace of rave culture and new jack swing.
His bubbly debut single, “I Found You” ft. Ze Rox & Jay Tablet, calls to mind the sparse purple vibes of Prince, paying homage to his retro roots while pushing the R&B sound into poppier territory. The track’s simple yet alluring sense of space and rhythm evokes both THECLECTIK’s ties to the underground and his love for the glitzy sheen of early 90’s urban pop.
The resulting combination is deeply alluring, assisted by the gorgeous, layered vocals of Ze Rox and a supreme off-the-cuff flow from Jay Tablet. It’s a bouncy, earworm that will have it’s claws in you after one listen.
Multi-faceted artist JD Samson, formerly of the seminal electro-punk group Le Tigre, and acclaimed French producer and DJ Yuksek have dropped their nu-disco/house banger “Don’t Even Try.”
Samson is a culturally influential curator, DJ, musician, visual artist, and advocate of the LGBTQ community around the world, and currently a professor of music at NYU. She has written and produced for other artists, including Christina Aguilera, Pussy Riot and Cobra Starship. Yuksek is a seminal artist in the French House dance scene, and has made music with the biggest names in the biz, remixing and collaborating with Gorillaz, Phoenix and more.
NYC-based Language cue up some speedball revolver riffs with a highbrow twist. While their tunes often channel old school punk vibes while their tight narratives are imbued with scholarly insight into world history and socio-political functions.
Language‘s Charles Sloan (bass, vox) shares, “I started with of a couple ideas: a middle school project where I had to decide what I would take with me on a spaceship to a new world, and the story of Aeneas, one of the mythical founders of Rome, who took his father, statues of his gods, and his son and lead them out of a burning Troy. It’s all reduced to a few shouted phrases, which is where the desperation and irrationality enter.”
Minnesota-based songwriter Andy Cook crafts surprisingly poignant folk rock. His jangly musings are both earthy and cerebral, putting him on course for the pantheon of classic American songwriters. “Swirl”—a song reminiscent of Real Estate or Kurt Vile, is one of the many standouts from his forthcoming 22 minute EP Modern Man. The gorgeous tape echo-drenched, desert rock odyssey addresses the pressures and images surrounding us daily, and the desire to be “in” while still being individual.
Brooklyn, NY-based noise-rockers Russian Baths produce monstrous walls of chiming guitar ambience. One might assume these dense, aggressive tones would require the vocal chords of a screamo front man to penetrate, but in an utterly unique role reversal, we are gifted with the etheric musings of Jess Ress. The combination ends up sounding a little bit like Dolores O’Riordan fronting a Chapel Hill noise pop band, with a dash of 70s space rock for good measure.
Last week Cleveland-based MC Dave Zup dropped his cathartic LP, Oh, It’s Going, which he quietly crafted after a skateboard accident left him immobilized for months. Zup used the isolating downtime to create his debut solo LP and can be heard venting his pain and boredom in realtime, on heavy duty painkillers. On lead-off single “Every4Hrz”, Zup tells his story through a haze of prescription meds, blessing the sparse production with his signature irreverence. His stone cold flow is so sharp, not even a drug coma could hinder his in-the-pocket delivery.
LA-based, Boston export Jenna Lotti crafts anthemic, hopeful pop bangers – ya know the kind that make a hectic day slightly more tolerable? Her dialed-in pop has been featured in American Songwriter and PopMatters with local buzz via Sound of Boston & Boston Globe. A move to LA this past year coincided with the recording of her ambitious new song “Warning Signs” for her forthcoming EP, and if this is representative of what we can expect on her new release, Jenna Lotti is without a doubt going to be a viable fixture in the singer-songwriter / pop landscape.
With only one debut EP their name, Hoeksema have established themselves, as a master of hushed ambience, conjuring up the fractured dark vibes of Youth Lagoon and Purity Ring. “Palais” is the inventive lead-off single from the stunning new EP, Life After, which mines personal depths of lead singer Samuel’s recent tribulations with loss. It’s a striking interplay of syncopated pads, subtle vocal melodies and lush keys that makes for one of the most hypnotizing listens of the summer and the perfect accompaniment for shedding our skin into the new season.
Rising Appalachia’s superb sibling sonics have made them a household name amongst festivalgoers as they’ve traversed the globe, playing alongside Michael Franti, Nahko, the Avett Brothers and Trevor Hall. Their new single “Occupy”, which features an elegant and potent spoken word bridge, uses 2011’s ‘Occupy’ movement as a frame of reference for the importance of taking responsibility for both our interior and exterior worlds. One of many standouts in their back catalog of radical social/enviro musical activism.
19-year-old Kylie Odetta’s sophisticated tunes are brimming with cross-over potential, appealing to fans of jazz and top 40 while falling in step with the slow-burning R&B of Alina Baraz and Yuna. With her newest release, Undertow, Odetta has backed away from the indie electro vibes of her previous EP and stepped into a more contemporary pop role that meshes her signature gorgeous vocals with warm brass and mature musical arrangements. Her musical acumen is certainly a sound to behold and she has proven herself consistent in delivering high-quality, emotive songs that evoke some of the greatest songwriters in recent history. The crowning jewel of Undertow is the delicate banger “Stress” which puts off a serious young Alicia Keys vibe, complete with sultry attitude and in-the-pocket finesse.
Undertow is out today and can be purchased via iTunes