MUNCHIES

Paying ironic tribute to Johnny Depp’s infamous tattoo (despite him ultimately editing it to “Wino Forever”, which is frankly also not a bad band name), this self-described Indie Jazz Yacht Rock quartet from Montreal is as wonderfully quirky as their namesake. Also aptly named is their album Feelgood, with songs like “Happy Days”, “Joyride” and “Keep Kool” setting a pleasant upbeat tone throughout the record. Their distinctive sound is extremely technical yet very smooth, kind of like Dirty Projectors meets Brian Wilson. If you’re looking for smooth indie rock that plays a bit ironic or comedic, these are your guys. I mean just look at them. You get it.

Artist/Producer Lij Gilmour is best known for blending swirling ambient electronic elements with the traditional writing style of a singer-songwriter. After appearing on The Voice in his native Australia, Lij headlined two sold-out national tours across the country. In the past couple of years he’s amassed millions of streams on Spotify and built himself a global following. Lij Gilmour’s brand new single “burning down” pairs his soft melodic vocals with haunting textures and trap hats. Lij explains, “The song is about the experience of battling with your mind. Feeling guilty for what you think about doing over what you know you should do. A lot of the time, as humans, we are our worst enemy and this song is a depiction of that.”

Above the Arctic Circle during Norway’s season of darkness, a chance encounter between an American and a Norwegian spawned a transatlantic musical partnership called The Familiar. The duo of native New Yorker Ruth Mirsky and Tromsø-born producer Mads Martinsen is the northern lights meeting the skyscrapers of New York. Their sound, hailed as “seductive synthpop” by The Guardian, has evolved over the past few years with two independently released EPs, numerous music videos and syncs including a spot for HP Enterprise, MTV’s “Awkward” and a trailer for the Norwegian series “Unge Lovende”. The Familiar are back with a powerful new single “Everything”, the first release off their forthcoming debut full-length album. The song is a smoldering tribute to northern Norway—a magical place that beckons like a siren, where time seems to freeze in a darkness that never moves. Gloves and a warm hat are recommended before listening.

Artist/producer Adrian Daniel has an earnest Pop/R&B sound nestled between his emotive lush vocals and an airy falsetto that commands one’s attention. Following his packed hometown performance in December headlining Best of the Borough at the Brooklyn Museum, Adrian announced the upcoming release of his latest single “Love Me”. Adrian’s past syncs include the soundtrack to Honey 3: Dare To Dance, where he was featured alongside superstars Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo and Major Lazer. His next placement will be in the upcoming season of Netflix’s Kim’s Convenience.

With the recent revival of 80s nostalgia in movies, TV, fashion, music, and just about every aspect of pop culture, electro synth-pop duo PRXZM is riding the newest new wave. The band’s aesthetic has always been inspired by that decade, but over time they have evolved and fine-tuned their production style to blend with a modern electro pop sound. Bandmates Nick and Emma describe their single “What It Means To Win” as: “…a track that came from finding ourselves looking for meaning in what success actually feels like. Is it more than creative fulfillment? An award? Recognition? When you’re chasing a dream it’s easy to lose sight of what brought you there in the first place; the passion and love for the dream that drives you to create. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll always feel like a winner.”

CASHÆ’s single “Endless Summer” (ft. Kiddo AI) is being featured in the season finale of MTV’s “Ex On The Beach” airing on October 17th. About CASHÆ Producers Abomb and Joseph Michael met in a sound recording class while attending Miami Dade College. Abomb introduced himself after overhearing Joseph Michael singing and playing his own rendition of ‘Santeria’ by Sublime on the piano. They both recognized each other’s true talent and potential to not only be incredible musicians together but business partners as well. Once in the studio, the vibe between them was undeniable. Three months later, Abomb and Joseph Michael joined forces to open their own studio. Bangers began to flow. With sounds and skillsets complimenting each other so effortlessly, they decided to make the collaboration official in 2016. Together, they named the new DJ duo CASHÆ, and worked together to define their own sound in the industry: Trapical. CASHÆ’s […]

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CRSB’s song “With You (ft. Irie Love)” is being featured in Episode 411 of Queen Sugar, airing August 28th on the Oprah Winfrey Network. About CRSB CRSB is a duo based out of the San Francisco Bay Area who creates their own brand of Island Soul-infused Pop. Consisting of members Chris Ramos and Sonny B., the group combines honest and memorable songwriting with a heart right out of the islands. Their releases consistently create a unique sound that only CRSB can accomplish; bridging the gap between island music and pop culture. Their acoustic-driven, ukulele-based songwriting, and their polished, island pop sound always leave their audience feeling good and wanting more. About “Queen Sugar” Queen Sugar tells the story of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. At the center of the family are Nova, a journalist and activist; Charley, the wife and manager of an NBA player; and formerly incarcerated father […]

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