New Music Daily
Even Allday, Australia’s preeminent left-field druggie rap-singer, isn’t immune to the Toronto influence. His latest single, “Sides,” clearly has some northern sensibility with its ominous synth beat and NYNE doing a pretty decent Weeknd impression on the hook.
“Sides” is the rapper’s first track since his Startup Cult record dropped in 2015, and it has us realizing just what we’ve been missing over the last 10-plus months.
That album cemented him as a master at walking the line between pop rap and something woozier and darker. The chorus here is Views-level catchy, and Allday’s verses have some serious bite, similar to “Right Now,” another surefire banger that was a highlight of Startup.
All in all, “Sides” is proof that Allday remains in mid-season form.
Inspired by a student uprising to obtain their rights for basic education, DJ MUZI crafted the euphoric protest song “WTF you mean” to combat the injustices in his native South Africa. Thanks to positive nods from artists and labels like of Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy & Rinse FM, the talented young Producer now has a global mouthpiece to share his unique message and bold fusion of hip hop, electronica and kwaito (South Africa’s homegrown club sound). The video depicts the vulnerability of everyday people in a world where we’re all affected by these economic, social and racial injustices and comes as a soft launch for MUZI’s debut album, Boom Shaka, out 9/2 on his own label WE.THE.BUNDU via !K7. Boom Shaka can be pre-ordered HERE
NOVA has long been known as a one of the premier young producers in the game (some of you may remember him as one of the initial Jon Waltz collaborators). For the past year and a half, NOVA has been releasing solo tracks featuring his own vocals. His songs continue rap and R&B’s current modus operandi of extending the range and possibilities of autotuned vocals. It is not a particularly unique sound; NOVA just does it better. It helps that he is his own producer. These four tracks flourish in the pockets where NOVA flexes his production chops, adding depth and detail to otherwise ordinary moments. This EP is the result of years of experience in imagining sounds and executing songwriting ideas.
Download 19 here via a PayPal donation to NOVA’s mom.
THEY. gave us a taste of what a rock and r&b fusion could sound like with their track “Motley Crue”, which they released last year. Ever since that moment, we’ve been on the edge of our seats to see if they’d keep the unique vibes going. Luckily for us, they’re keeping that special spark with their new track “Deep End”. It wouldn’t be THEY. if there wasn’t r&b flavors laced with rock ‘n’ roll. There may be sensual, smooth vocals, but the edginess is still in full swing. If you want to feel a little punk when listening to r&b, go ahead and dive into this one. Listen to THEY.’s “Deep End” below.
It’s safe to say we haven’t heard from Refs in awhile, they came to reel us in with their debut track “Pain Goes Away” and then disappeared into oblivion (pretty cruel, if you ask us). Luckily, they’ve come out of hiding and are back with a bang. “Turn Around” is their new tune and it’s an absolute pop gem. It’s one of those tracks that will stay in your head after 1 or 2 listens, so approach with caution. It’s completely catchy and has us ready for what’s next. Let’s hope it’s not another year until we hear more from Refs, for now check out “Turn Around” below.
Zoe Cartier is an autotune architect from New Orleans who floats over beats and has likely had intimate relations with your girl. Her newest mixtape Enfant Sauvage (that’s French for “wild child”) is a focused, career-altering testimony on sex, drugs, and general savagery.
LA transplants the KnowMads were featured on Sunset back in 2012 as they were riding the groundswell of Seattle hip hop hype that catapulted Macklemore into mass consciousness. While the duo hasn’t quite hit the FM airwaves as hard, they have built a steady grass-roots following that has continued to support them as they uprooted to Los Angeles. The change of scenery is reflected in their latest LP, Knew School, which features some of their most accessible tunes yet.
We have the pleasure of premiering their newest single “Freshman Year” whose summery piano laden beat is complimented by the boys heartfelt high school nostalgia; painting a vivid and compelling picture of how hip hop shaped their formative years.
Banks has always been the r&b princess that stole our hearts, but she’s got a new flavor that will have fans feelin’ her (and possibly themselves, too) even more than before. It’s been a little too long (okay, only about 2 years) since we got Banks debut album in our hands, but she’s back and she’s bringing things to another level. “Fuck With Myself” is the ultimate “I love myself” anthem for all of us that need it. The message is clear, but the video for the track takes the mood to a dark, slightly creepy place. It’s like an obscure horror movie, starring a beautiful female lead. Needless to say, it’s absurd in the best way, just the way we like it. If this is any indication of what Banks is about to bring, our souls are about to get a piece of lovely darkness. Check out the disturbingly beautiful video for “Fuck With Myself” below.
Abir is a Morocco-born, Virginia-raised, Queens-based singer-songwriter with a penchant for great songwriting and a voice that can (probably) shift tectonic plates. A few days ago on her 22nd birthday, she released the massive, impeccably produced and written track “Girls,” which comments on the superficial club culture most of us reluctantly participate in. By the song’s conclusion, you realize that everyone is “on their bullshit,” drunkenly fronting to anyone who will listen. It is actually kind of depressing to think about, but Abir coats her message with enough sugary pop goodness for all of us to forget our worries for approximately 3 minutes and 25 seconds.
Check out the accompanying piece of bathroom horror stories and .gifs from Abir’s friends and collaborators via Milk.
If Dreamers were the poster boys for youth culture hedonism, “Sweet Disaster” would likely be their theme song. The fuzzed out guitar licks and punchy synth hooks even make the morning after hangover sound appealing. Cheeky retro references of 70′s rock icons spliced with drug lingo and club imagery? Sign me up. It may seem calculated but is never forced and in the end, I’m left in awe of their midis touch for dance-floor pop rock. It provides a sweet rush of vital, albeit synthetic, power… like a Monster energy drink after a night of heavy boozing. Their debut LP, This Album Does Not Exist, is due out August 26th and can be pre-ordered here.
High Rule feeds the ears of music with “No Filter,” a witty, and playful take on pop culture in our society. While not my favorite from the Chicago based duo, High Rule still stays true to their unique sound, and as a result, it’s still something to mess with. This acts as the second single off of their debut EP, In Real Life.
Sam Buck Rosen is a openly gay bro-country singer-songwriter and painter from a small town in Massachusetts. While I have a relatively limited knowledge of country music, I did grow up in a small Southern town so I went through a brief* Corey Smith phase. Buck’s brand of hometown blues reminds me a lot of Smith. His songwriting is his strength. With his latest two releases “Faces” and “Tuesday Night Lights,” he paints a picture of youth and promiscuity that you cannot help but relate to.
*but important to my confusing development as a young, Southern brown boy