First The Chainsmokers, and now Pepsi, Rozes releases a live music video from the Pepsi Creators League Studio for her reggae-ton influenced, but somewhat dark pop tune, “Hangin’ On.” I actually had the pleasure of seeing Rozes in her hometown of Philly, which is something you don’t get to see everyday. Cool moment to watch an artist perform in front of her hometown crowd as you can always tell there’s a little more emotion to it. “Hangin’ On” is off of her latest EP, Burn Wild, which you can stream on SoundCloud below.
The only important thing to mention here is that Chance The Rapper won three Grammy’s in February. I remember the days when I was bumping #10Day, which was five years ago, and thinking this guy just gets it. Five years later, he’s won three Grammy’s, has yet to sell any music (never will), and has become a public figure on social issues for Chicago by recently donating 1 million to public schools. You want to talk about a Best of February? New releases aside, that award goes to Chano. Incredible what this guy has done over the course of five years.
We also have a playlist of 30 songs for you, so check that out below.
Friday was a big day for LA-based trio LANY, with the release their new single “Good Girls” and the announcement of their self-titled debut album- hitting music stores & streams near you on June 30th. Let me tell ya, I am pumped. LANY is one of the groups that stole my heart awhile back and continues to leave me wanting more (I’m lookin’ at you, Paul Jason Klein). They are modern, they are raw, they are edgy- and if their live shows are any indication of what is to come, they are on the brink of something really, really special. This latest release “Good Girls” is complete with the beachy pop-synth vibes that run throughout previous jams like “ILYSB” and “pink skies”- vibes we expect to carry through to debut album ‘LANY’. Check it out below, and see the full debut album track listing after the jump.
Full Track Listing of ‘LANY’, (singles in bold):
Flowers On The Floor
So, Soo Pretty
It Was Love
I can’t get 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.
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.
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.”
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!
A new year doesn’t always mean “new me.” It’s hard for people to change, however, a new year does mean new music! If you haven’t, check out our favorites from 2016. While you’re at it, listen to some of the tunes that has the SITR impressed in 2017 thus far. SoundCloud playlist below:
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.
Some tracks are so easy to get into within seconds because they reel you in with a mesmerizing, catchy beat. You turn it on and like that your mind is twisting and your head is bobbing like nobody’s business. “Savage” is no exception and we can thank Paces and Nyne for that. This team-up is a match made in addictive sounds heaven and will likely control your brain for the rest of the night. Get your dose of pop-electronic goodness below.