New Music Daily
Since introducing Sloan Evans on the site a year ago, he has caught the attention of some important ears. He is now the first artist managed by VLONE, the lifestyle brand and label of A$AP Bari, and yesterday, he released his first single “One Thing.” The song is deceptively complex with its catchy hook and pulsating beat. It shares a close kinship to Post Malone‘s best work. Stay tuned for more from Sloan. I doubt he will wait another year to drop the next single.
We have been big supporters of Herrick & Hooley ever since last year’s eclectic debut Herrick & Hooley’s Famous Honey. Today, I am proud to share another stunning debut. MM & HH is the debut project from Mallory Merk, a singer-songwriter and model based in New York. The EP, produced by Hunter Lewis of HH, is basically the audio equivalent of melted butter. On each track of the EP, Merk finds the right pocket and attacks it with eloquence and purpose, gliding over the instrumentals with a certain smoothness that can only be analogized to butter. Her sound falls at the intersection of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B. It’s Lana del Rey embracing a trap flow. It’s Mallory Merk creating what she calls “trap-jazz.” I recommend you play these six songs at high volume in your apartment now.
Syd has had quite the year with The Internet (hello to their first Grammy nomination!) and it’s a wonder how any of these young artists could keep the fire going, but they are not stopping. Syd is clearly not taking a break and is cooking up some goods for us while we wait for another album from The Internet (please, hook us up soon). “Amazing” is a smooth r&b love track, produced by the equally soulful Dornik. It’s impossible to not feel every tender word Syd is serenading us with and it has us feeling some type of way (if we do say so ourselves). Dornik brings it that extra bit of flavor and makes this a match made in heaven. (Dornik and Syd collaboration album, anyone?). Check out the love song team-up below and get in your feelings.
Newcomer Ezkiel has a brooding and deliberate pulse to his music. Equal parts mysterious and vulnerable, the Chicago-native’s production style is reminiscent of early The Weeknd, pairing eerie synths with hip-hop percussion. “Just need you to focus,” he urges his muse on the chorus with a seductive croon. We’ll most definitely be paying closer attention to Ezkiel whenever his next record arrives.
Stream Ezkiel’s “Focus” below and let us know what you think in the comments.
The Melbourne based act Fractures has yet to release a debut album, which seems slightly crazy considering how long the act has been around now (we swear, we’ve seen the name everywhere for the last two years!). We’ve gotten a taste of what the artist is about from a few tracks here and there, but we’ve been waiting for a whole plate of goods for awhile. “Alchemy” is the first single off of the artist’s debut album and it’s got our hearts pumping. It’s got that sound that makes you feel emotion within seconds of hearing it and it simply has a beauty that’s indescribable. The debut album is meant for release early next year and is bound to keep us on our toes. Check out “Alchemy” below to tide you over for now.
With intricate guitar and pounding drums, the debut single from Soulnoise is a genre-blending trip. Comprised of Jonah McGowan, Lucas Messore, and Jamal Gaines, the trio linked up in Chicago (Gaines’ hometown, Messore is from Miami and McGowan from London), and their music has the combination of soulful introspection and rap edge that has helped the city’s music scene reach the national conversation over the past few years. “Hold Me Down” is an inspiring anthem, and a showcase of the group’s unique hybrid sound that is clearly a product of the members’ far-flung origins. Part story of adversity, part inspiring underdog triumph, McGowan and Gaines take turns trading tales over searing guitar from Messore and Jon Perkins.
Even the story of how “Hold Me Down” came together is one of serious dedication. “We basically could only record in the studio when it wasn’t booked with clients. which meant that we had to record like through the night and late as fuck on random days,” McGowan explained. “So we were all like taking the El late night to get to the studio, it was a hustle for sure.”
The track is the first off their Future EP, which drops August 22nd. If the single is any indication, expect more genre-defying, fist-pumping tunes from Soulnoise.
When Oh, Be Clever released “Love You Now” around the beginning of the summer, I was majorly impressed by the way Brittney Shields’ vocals sounded over the softer soundscape Cory Layton had put together. “Love You Now” was something very different from the duo, and I praised the versatility present in the record. For reference, here’s that original track:
But I know what you were wondering. “What if this track, being one of the more laid back Oh, Be Clever songs yet, was even MORE laid back? Like ‘haven’t moved from the couch in hours’ kind of laid back?” Well that’s where Jeff & Philo come in.
This remix sounds like one of those looped vine videos of someone riding a bike behind some super bright summer video filter. The synth work on the instrumental sounds scientifically designed to force you to chill, and the non-offending drums lend to that feeling. I could imagine playing this remix for around 2 days in a row without finding the motivation to stop it- partially because of how good it is and partially because of how calm I feel listening to it. The added genius of this remix lies in the way Jeff & Philo took a genre which usually ditches vocals for instrumentals and still allowed Brittney Shields’ vocals to play a major part in the overall sound.
The sounds of r&b are taking over the radio these days with the success stories of Bryson Tiller, The Weeknd, Tory Lanez, and all the other current princes of r&b. It feels like the boys are taking over (with the exception of Kehlani and Jhene Aiko) and it feels like we could use some more powerful women in this r&b lineup. Luckily, Sinead Harnett is a rising star that happens to have some serious soul. “If You Let Me” is her latest track which she wrote with Grades and it’s probably her most traditional r&b track yet. It’s got that cool, slick vibe without even trying. Sinead effortlessly serenades us in the most tender way and we can’t help but fall under her spell. “If You Let Me” is on Sinead Harnett’s newest EP, but you can listen to it below.
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.