Posts by Olinger
NYC-based indie electro quartet Blak Emoji specialize in pumped up dance rock that belies a deeper message.
Fronted by soulful singer-songwriter Kelsey Warren, the band blasted onto the Manhattan live scene in 2015, following up their renown live shows with their debut EP INTRO, a synth-dipped odyssey through the city that never sleeps. Released in January of 2017, INTRO stoked the flames of Blak Emoji’s hype, resulting in two of the EP’s singles being synced on the ABC television show Quantico.
The band’s forthcoming full length, KUMI, drops February 22nd and features the dizzying club anthem “Lust Love Above” which showcases Warren’s husky Seal-esque vocals over a hypnotic electro groove. While the song boasts a glitzy veneer, Warren manages to imbue the vocals with his trademark authenticity, speaking on the often diametrically apposed feelings of ‘lust’ and ‘love’ which are often inseparable when embarking on a new relationship.
Brooklyn-based Deidre Muro has fleshed out a nostalgic world inspired by girl groups, Go-go dancers, and high flying exploitation cinema. Her brilliant, vignette-like songs inject modern influences into the tried and true formulas made famous by Motown, creating a sound that is highly evocative of the 1960’s yet still adaptable to our modern times.
“Bad Day” is the flagship single from her newest album, Variety Hour, due out February 5th, 2019
Appalachian-inspired Ashville quintet Emma’s Lounge create punk rock roots music, sprinkled with indie electro funk. Prior to launching EM, band spearhead Logan Venderlic was hailed as the Appalachian Tom Petty by The Wall Street Journal and drew comparisons to The Clash from NPR. After a brutal series of events, Venderlic sought refuge in his close knit group of friends who eventually became the brick and mortar of the new band. “Heading For The Hills” finds the outfit in fine form, melding powerful riffs, dynamic backing vocals Springsteen-esque promise land howls. Their newest LP, Confluence, drops next week on October 12th.
Today’s super fly track comes from prodigious Australian American producer VoxEagle. “Salvation” is an insanely potent pop tune that sounds like classic Oasis soaring over pastiche Yeezy art house atmospherics.
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.