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Brooklyn-based experimental electro rockers ackerman is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Jordan McAfee-Hahn, who has uses the project as a springboard to collaborate with a wide community of NYC artists filmmakers, and musicians that have contributed to the project.
Inspired by ‘bedroom pop’ of the early 2000’s, “84 Palms” elicits a softer touch from the band, showcasing Jordan’s ethereal vocals and dialed-in pop melodies over a bed of glistening, synth driven production. That intangible mixture, combined fingerpicked guitars, creates a sound that is synthetic yet natural – a stylistic evolution that points to a promising new aesthetic for the band.
Teddi Gold seemed to bust out of the gate a few months back, a fully formed pop anomaly, boasting the delightfully saccharine single “Video Games.” Her undeniable knack for crafting dynamic tracks with phat beats and ear wormy melodies could certainly place her amongst contemporaries like Charlie XCX and Dua Lipa, but Teddi seems less interested in regurgitating tried-and-true fluff, preferring to adapt the Top 40 format to fit her empowering agenda.
Gold’s newest single, “Figure it Out,” is packed with gorgeous, self-reflective hooks which elicit a feeling of elation and catharsis. The subject matter here could be interpreted as a ‘get over him’ content, but is much more about taking responsibility for your life and becoming a spiritual warrior. Regarding the meaning of the track, Gold says, “Figure It Out’ is my reflection on walking away from a toxic relationship. The pain of letting someone go, but also the celebration of finding your self worth.”
The newest Ela Nedra remix, courtesy of Ruby Francis & Raph A, is a gorgeous summer jam full of punchy synth stabs and shimmering beats. Her signature tropical electro-pop vibes are ever present, but there is a welcomed injection of RnB flavor that pushes the track further into Top 40 territory. It is a surprisingly earthy remix, relying on Nedra’s effortless vocals and positive lyrics. According to the songstress, “I like truth and I tend to listen to my music early in the morning; the quiet somehow makes for peace within. I’m a hippy, I know, just happy to have been given the chance to make and sing music that
relates to where I’m at now. Electronics in sound doesn’t have to be cold! There is heat in the music. You can hear clearly when you listen with your body and heart.”
Electro-rock quartet Remember The Monsters curb their hard-hitting edge with soaring melodic hooks, imbuing their slamming riffs with soulful pop introspection. They came up in the burgeoning Tucson, AZ alternative scene which made them work twice as hard to stand apart from the throngs of upstarts intent on carving out their own niche. Their hunger for perfecting their craft is evident in their newest single, “Sink,” which sounds like a tight hybrid of Muse and Panic At The Disco.
Brighton-based indie-pop 4 piece Fond of Rudy produce hook driven pop that channels Top 40, circa early 2000s. BBC Radio 6,BBC Introducing London, CLASH and Earmilk have thrown fuzz their way and it’s well deserved. “Singapore” is ambitious and just about impossible to get out of your head once the chorus has its way with you.
The single release will mark the beginning of an accelerated drive to the bands first UK tour this summer.
Experimental female pop ambassador Madeline has been serving up delectably strange and empowered media since she arrived on the scene in 2017. It’s only fitting that, when attempting to appropriate the work of another artist, she decided to cover the fairy godmother of Alterna-Pop, Bjork, who wrote “Birthday” in her artistic infancy as a member of The Sugarcubes.
The new video boasts a joyful, simple, uncluttered vibe which is exactly what Madeline intended. “It’s a beautiful ode to the innocence of a young girl, and the beauty of a life. Sometimes I need to remember myself as a little kid. It helps me to have more self love and compassion when my anxiety starts to take over,” she asserts. Indeed, the unbridled performance coupled with the songs lighthearted vibe makes for a deeply therapeutic experience, even if it’s not your birthday, per se.
“Birthday” is lifted from her new EP, Then Her Head Fell Off, which is Madeline’s most left field project to date – brimming with weird, wild and unmistakably original songs.
Alessandro Ciminata is a London-based songwriter who creates romantic indie pop, brimming with bittersweet nostalgia. Instead of leaning into the future for inspiration, Alessandro seems to find his muse in the bygone days when people shared real moments, devoid of smart phones and social media. Reflecting on the themes of his empowering new single “Kings,” Ciminata asserts, “In the era of social networks we sometimes forget what real life is like. Have you ever asked yourself how many unforgettable moments you could lose by looking at your phone? We don’t need to use social networks to feel complete and pretend to be someone we are not. We are who we are and this is unique already.”
Finland-based MC Pete Santos creates a compelling hybrid of world, R&B, and hip hop. His anthemic single, “Heroes,” finds the artist in an uplifting mood, laying down a series of beautifully designed rhymes about his faith in humanity. In a strikingly creative move, the track begins with the original demo of the hook, which Santos and his producer Berat “Flos” Cimily had on the shelf for over two years before they busted it out as the fourth single from the 2019 release Fisherman. Hit play and hold tight for the bright, positive vibrations.
Hollywood songstress Olivia Henry produces sophisticated glam pop, influenced by her previous incarnation as a jazz starling. Her lush compositions often vacillate between zesty, confident swagger and deep-seated insecurity. “Tear Me Apart” falls into the latter category, with Henry detailing the drastic measures she undertakes in order to hold on to a dispassionate lover. Somehow she makes these desperate sentiments seems sexy as all hell.
“Tear Me Apart” is the sophomore single from Henry’s forthcoming release Part I—Expectations
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.