Nic Hanson – Rain

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I came across this feel-good track the other day by Nic Hanson called “Rain.” It’s got elements of Mayer Hawthorne, Robin Thicke, and Raphael Saadiq with a pop-infused soul vibe.

When I asked Nic Hanson what he had to say about the track, he touched on the track’s inspiration and the benefits of being a creative, independent artist:

“Rain” is like the stuff that plays in my head all the time. I love that vibe and grooviness that came with 90′s R&B but I like the heaviness of today’s music. I like to leave a raw sound – a kind of imperfection – on my songs. I feel that people like me have a tendency to wait too long, THINKING about the right time to do something, wanting everything to line up perfectly. I’m tired of waiting and thinking about creating my art. I just want to create more. I just wanna DO it. That to me is one of the beauties of being an independent artist, having the ability to move at any pace you want.

There’s a huge amount of demand for this type of drive and vibe today, so Nic Hanson may have a bright future ahead of him. He’s worth putting on your radar.

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Draper – Break Over You (ft. Prides)

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​The last Draper song we covered was “Home,” a soulful, melancholy record about seeking belonging bolstered by meticulous production.

His latest, “Break Over You,” is equally impressive, but it operates on the opposite end of the emotional spectrum. This new track is built around massive, sugary synths and booming, ’80s-inspired percussion.

“‘Break Over You’ is about going all in, no holds barred,” Draper said of the track. “I’ve pushed myself to be more bold with my writing and I’m at my most confident point creatively.”

“Going all in” is certainly the right way to describe the new single, which is reminiscent of maximalist electronic artists like Passion Pit or M83. Singer Prides only adds that sense of commitment and freedom with his passionate vocals.

“Break Over You” is another testament to Draper’s ability to craft songs, and between this and “Home” it’s clear he’s a versatile talent capable of capturing many moods.

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Evangeline – My Kingdom (DEVAULT REMIX)


California producer DEVAULT has a knack for synth driven trap music, and his latest remix of Evangeline’s “My Kingdom” is no exception. Chopping up the original’s vocals, the 19-year-old remix enthusiast combines hard-hitting percussion with piercing synths that make this single a festival-ready anthem. Looking forward to hearing more from DEVAULT very soon.

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Keiynan Lonsdale – Higher


If you’re a fan of CW’s The Flash, and a fan of music, then you will be a fan of this. Keiynan Lonsdale (plays Wally West on The Flash) also likes to make music. He’s pretty good at it too. “Higher” is the debut single from the artist showcasing the range that he’s capable of in this new age of RnB. Be on the lookout for more from Keiynan as he looks to build off of an impressive debut.

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Daniel Peterson – The Velvet Rope


Love can be frustrating sometimes. There’s no way around it.  That’s the picture Daniel Peterson is trying to paint with “The Velvet Rope.” A stylish-warm blooded pop tune showcasing the hardships of a relationship. This is the first preview to his debut album, Welcome To My House, Bumblebee.

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Freaks In Love – When We Get High


This is great. A group that is husband and wife. I love it. Liberty Valentine and Random Stoddard are the members of the ironically titled group, Freaks In Love. “When We Get High” serves as the first single off of a 4 track EP, Yee Yaa. Combining 80′s styn pop, and “relaxed” folk, Freaks In Love create a ballad of sorts with all kinds of twists and turns. This is epic.

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