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.”