New Music Daily
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.
Brooklyn based, Nigerian born rapper Thutmose drops your next catch phrase in the form of a song. “WuWu” is your new anthem, your new slang, your new lifestyle. Standing for “what’s up with you,” this bouncy, tropical sound will infect your brain waves and have you hitting the replay button. Hop on this one now before the band wagon takes off for Thutmose, or else you may regret it.
Following the release of I See You, the third studio album from The XX, Jamie xx has now released a vibrant remix of On Hold. As far as solo projects go, Jamie has remained pretty quiet since releasing and touring his debut album, In Colour. Since its release in 2015 fans have been desperately waiting for more but considering he spent five years recording his first, we may not see a sophomore album too soon. At least for now we can bask in his spirited, dreamy sound with this.
Check it out below.
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.
There’s nothing better than stumbling across a surprise, off-album single from one of your favorite artists. In this particular instance, I heard the smooth sound of SZA‘s Quicksand ring through my TV speakers during the season 2 Finale of Insecure (GREAT show, in case you’re in need of a new one)- and I raced to my phone to Shazam it. SZA’s lyrics are so clearly rooted in personal experience that it’s impossible to not feel a connection to them, and to play them out alongside the heartbreaking love story of Issa and Lawrence!! You can consider me completely hooked.
Check out SZA’s new single below, and if you dig it be sure to check out her debut album, Ctrl, and the Insecure Season 2 Soundtrack.
In the seventh installment of his Beats 1 Radio Show, Blonded, Frank Ocean released new track Provider. The song offers the familiar, dulcet sound we’ve grown to know from his recent releases. Throughout the summer in earlier episodes of blonded we’ve seen the release of Lens, Raf, Biking and a remix of Slide On Me featuring Young Thug. With all the madness in the world, a steady stream of music from Frank gives us one thing to smile about. We can only hope this means an album is in the works.
Check out Provider below.
You know the music is good when it sounds fresh five years after it was created. That’s what you’ll find when you hit play on this brief retrospective from Austin singer-songwriter Bryan Ray, who took a break from his solo work as Lonely Child in 2013 to focus on producing for other artists. After a successful streak producing for the likes of Mobley and Marian Call, Ray has decided to dive back into the world of Lonely Child, and with this six-track EP, he is inviting old fans and new fans alike to enjoy the magic of his past work.
It’s sweetly ironic how an artist named Lonely Child can make you feel less alone. He lets the listener know that he or she is not the only one dealing with suicidal thoughts, depression, isolation, and, yes, loneliness. On these six songs, the human condition is expressed purely, concisely, and without judgement. You will dance, laugh, cry, and sing, and you will probably be damn glad you were alive to experience all of it.
LCD Soundsystem is back with another new single, tonite, from their forthcoming album American Dream. This makes the third single from the LP, dropping September 1st. If it sounds familiar that’s because the song was first released live during a five-night string of shows at Brooklyn Steel back in April. If you like what you’ve heard from American Dream so far don’t miss your chance to catch them live this fall, the band will be hitting the road for a world tour following the release of the album in September.
The track was dropped alongside an 80s inspired video, check it out below:
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.
Everyone’s favorite trio of sisters, Haim took to their Beats1 radio show, Haim Time today to release a BloodPop remix of Little Of Your Love. It seemed like we hadn’t seen them in forever before they hit the festival circuit last year, but Haim is back in full swing. July saw the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, Something To Tell You along with a string of tour dates. BloodPop breathes a new, more energetic life into the song with an EDM vibe.
Their classic synth-pop sound shines through alongside emblematic lyrics in Purity Ring‘s new track “Asido”. The Canadian duo released the song on the fifth anniversary of their debut album Shrines. Megan James and Corin Roddick have been relatively quiet since the 2015 release of their sophomore album Another Eternity, only releasing a few remixes until now.
Though the single is expected to be the first from their third album we may not be seeing it any time too soon. Megan and Corin took to Instagram to tell fans, “As we work at our own pace on the third Purity Ring album, we wanted to celebrate with all of you this monument in time. And so, we share with you asido, a parable that holds nothing before and nothing after.”
Check it out below.