New Music Daily
I can’t enough of 19 year old R&B-pop rising star Khalid, who dropped the title track off of his debut album American Teen today. Set for release on March 3rd, Khalid’s debut is poised to be one of the breakthrough albums of 2017. His soulful sound and honest songwriting//storytelling featured in earlier releases like Location, Saved and Coaster, have helped the young artist carve out a space and a platform for himself within the crowded music landscape. His songs tell stories of love, heartbreak and hope- sharing wisdom that extends far beyond the teenage years. The title track, American Teen, is an anthem that sets the tone for the rest of the album- listen below and keep an eye out for the full album release in early March! It’s going to be a good one, trust me.
We get it, it’s still cold out and snow is even falling in some places, but let’s take a step back for a minute. Imagine a drive with the windows down, sun shining, and warm wind blowing in your hair. You’ve got a tune blasting and guess what that tune is? Her’s’ new song “Speed Racer”. Why this one you may ask? It’s the indie-rock feel good vibe that you need to accompany you on a beautiful day. So when the sun starts shining again, you’ve got your best friend track ready for you. “Speed Racer” is that upbeat indie rock sound that isn’t complicated or crazy, but hits that feel good spot every single time. Listen to it below and get your summer dreamin’ on.
Dutch-Zimbabwean artist Rina Mushonga is coming in hot with her latest track, “Atalanta”. The track, released earlier this month, has many layers and textures that combine to make a beautiful combination of sounds. It’s a little bit of indie, pop, experimental, and plenty of zest. Mushonga knows how to go outside of the box, to say the least. She’s filled with fire and we’re completely drawn in. Check out “Atalanta” below and feel the heat (of a great track).
It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a whopping five years since Electric Guest released their debut album Mondo. What took so long? Apparently, they had an album ready, scrapped it, and now here we are. Plural is officially out to the world and we’re happy they took their time with this one. “Oh, Devil” is one of the standout tracks on Plural with its infectious undeniable pop vibe. It’ll quickly get you tapping your feet (or just letting it all out with killer dance moves). Electric Guest stays true to the sound we came to love from the band, but doesn’t fall short of keeping us excited. Check out a taste with “Oh, Devil” and don’t forget to spin Plural for your indie-pop needs.
NoMBe is gearing up for the release of his debut album, They Might’ve Even Loved Me, which is an album dedicated to all those women that have helped shape, and influence the artist that NoMBe is today. From his godmother, to high school crushes, all this music is derived from real life experiences.
In 2015, NoMBe released “California Girls”, which I still listen to on a regular basis. That was the first taste of the genre-bending artist. A couple weeks back, NoMBe let out “Wait.” Showcasing his vocals over a soothing guitar line, “Wait” is powerful in it’s simplicity. A few days ago, NoMBe released “Young Hearts.” Contrary to “Wait,” “Young Hearts” is more of a story told through the production, revealing the ups and downs of being young, and in love. You can find “Wait” and “Young Hearts” stream below.
This is the year of NoMBe. His work is incredible in all facets in the way he tells his story. Join us over the next year, as he intends to give away the entire album, one story at a time.
Bonus! Below is the music video for “Young Hearts.”
Lostboycrow is high up on my list for artists to watch out for in 2017. With a strong 2016 behind us, we start out his 2017 with the release of “Verona,” which acts as the first single from his upcoming EP due out later in Spring. With Verona being the setting to Shakespear’s “Romeo, and Juliet,” Lostboycrow creates a light, uptempo backing to the obstacles that lie ahead in love. Music is cool.
Bonus! Check out the acoustic version of his pop hit, “Stay a Little Longer.”
Stevie Talks is open about the origins of “Polyanna.” Ever had a relationship where you knew it was awful for you, but you were blinded? Then, when it’s all said and done, you realize how much you can’t tolerate that person? “Polyanna” paints that picture perfectly for you, as quoted by Stevie “I wrote this song about a girl I cannot stand.” He probably took the words right out of your mouth, but regardless, “Polyanna” has a feel good vibe to it, so enjoy!
When you think of Oklahoma, virtuosic rap may be the last thing that comes to mind but Tulsa-based Marshall Sinclaire is primed to put his State on the map. His new subwoofer suited single “Hydraulics” offers up the slow-burning, late night vibes of classic Nas and Tech N9ne, bucking the the current trend of unintelligible, bubblegum trap. While the tracks first few stanzas finds the MC gaining his footing, it isn’t long before he is off to the races and delivering a stellar second verse with ninja-like wordplay and progressive storytelling. The compelling lyrics are complimented by a wicked, notched down hook that bounces along beautifully to the dark piano notes and wicked sub bass line. “Hydraulics” is one of the many excellent cuts from Sinclair’s new album, noth(k)ing, out later this month.
Ever since the band FOE came to an end, Hannah Lou Clark has been hard at work with solo material. The grunge-pop princess has released two great EPs and is bracing for her third. “Don’t Sweat It” is oozing with Clark’s signature sound, so long-time fans definitely won’t be disappointed. It’s rock with pop sprinkled over it. You’ll basically want to play air guitar while singing along to every sweet catchy word. Hannah Lou Clark is the rock-pop princess we’ve been missing in these times (where have you been old-school Avril?!). Check out the track below and keep an eye out for her EP coming soon!
Akiyoshi Ehara approaches remixes in a consciously distinct fashion. His take on the “Inevitable Conclusion” is at least three times removed from the Oakland-based Makeunder’s original, putting an experimental 90′s slant on the bittersweet, neo-psych original. The avant-garde elements blend seamlessly with frontman Hamilton Ulmer’s tapestry of pitched vocals, providing a bittersweet RnB flavor over the stylish post-house beat. While the track is heavy on syncopation and jam packed full of sounds, the overall vibe is peaceful and unobtrusive. A wonderfully creative symbiosis of two very different artists.
Sometimes a track can sound like an automatic hit and you find yourself wondering, “how is this not invading the radio?!”. This time around it’s an electric pop number from Ryder, a Los Angeles based artist. “Nirvana” is a dreamy, catchy tune that’ll perfectly sit itself into your head for hours because of its undeniably addictive chorus. So what more can we really ask for? Check out the fresh pop track below.
Nigerian-born Daye Jack comes baring venomous flows and a keen endorsements from Hip Hop elite like Mike Elizondo – the man responsible for signing Dr. Dre and Eminem. The raw rock-tinged beat is a swell proving ground for the young MC who bounces compound syllables across it’s tape echoed guitar pings. It’s an impressive introduction to Daye’s debut LP, “No Data” which is set for release in Spring 2017.