There’s always one in the deck. ‘Wild Card’, the latest EP from Rochelle Bloom takes listeners on a dark journey tackling themes of self-empowerment, culture, relationships, and the unsettling idea of settling. Known for her effortless flows over dark and hard-hitting beats, this new EP doesn’t disappoint. The Atlanta-based hip-hop artist is undoubtedly lyrically gifted and has established a space for her unique sound within the industry. In addition to opening for heavy hitters like Ludcaris and Rae Sremmerd, her track “Dandylion” was featured on the series reboot of “Charmed”. As she continues to put her pen to work, be sure to keep tabs on all her upcoming releases.
Raw, introspective and fueled by feminine rage, Sam Casey’s latest EP, ‘More Songs About Weed and Toxic Relationships’ is an unfiltered and unapologetic response to the question, who is Sam Casey? Inspired by the good and bad aspects of love that filled the past two years of her life, Sam gives an honest look at the effect certain relationships had on her. There are no secret messages on the EP, no hidden meaning. It says what it means and it means what it says. And so do I. One of my biggest strengths is my affinity for everything real. This is the third EP from the Toronto-based singer-songwriter, who from a very young age has established her boss-girl mentality. Her songwriting originally started out as journal entries and later sparked the beginning of her music career. Rooted in personal experiences of toxic relationships and struggles with mental illness, Casey bears […]
In Jona Ferreira’s new EP release ‘Te Amo Tanto Que Te Odio’, he focuses on the dichotomy of love and hate, as the literal translation of its name in English is “I Love You So Much, I Hate You”. As two sides of the same coin, “Levy” is all about passion and intimacy and “Ruleta” deals with themes of hate, jealousy, and anger. Boston-born Dominican artist Jona Ferreira was inspired at a young age by a blend of genres including Bachata, Dancehall, Hip-Hop/R&B, Reggaeton, and Salsa. These various styles of music helped shape and establish himself as an artist with a global romantic sound.
The Hause’s new EP ‘Hause Arrest’ captures the heart and soul of Amapiano, the latest house music wave hailing from South Africa. The buzz around this specific fusion of deep house, Afrobeat and jazz has certainly increased over the years and is finally making a mark in the US. While this new genre serves as a key influence on the style and dance culture within South Africa, you can also find it sweeping Tik Tok with its viral trends and challenges. The underground genre gained popularity during the pandemic but is now a staple in the LA and NY music scenes. With rhythmic and percussive bass lines tied with airy synths and tranquil vocals, the ‘Hause Arrest’ EP delivers an enchanting collection of quintessential Amapiano tunes. Comprised of multi-talented musicians and instrumentalists, The Hause is a new music collective from Accru, Ghana. The band consists of local artists MisterKay, Mark Adachi, Yom Woody, Bolton and MASTER MAISON […]
“Some Songs”, the modestly titled sophomore album by Nashville singer-songwriter Juni Ata takes us on a nostalgic trip through classic Americana. Touching on all the precious moments we experience throughout life’s journey, Juni’s earnest and emotional vocals breathe life into his poetic lyrics. The five-track EP features a range of talented local musicians and singers Sierra Ferrell, Madi Diaz and Lauren Farrah. This record was a labor of collaboration as much as any other love. From the outset it was an endeavor that provided us impetus to calling up everyone we knew, admired, or to whom we otherwise felt drawn. Some said yes, some maybe, some no. The people that said yes became the album. Their voices are forever entwined with mine, their stories blurring to take shape in my song. In this case, it took a village to raise a child. And what a dear child she has grown to be! – Juni Ata After […]
The sophomore album from Canadian singer-songwriter Päter, ‘WHEREFORE WEEP I THEN?’ is a pure expression of their unique, eccentric indie pop style. The EP addresses struggles of love and all its accompanying anxieties; all delivered in a wry, subversive tone. Päter’s latest single, “FAN FAN FAN” is a quirky breakup song which approaches the sensitive topic with a welcome bit of levity: FAN FAN FAN was written from the point of unrequited love when you’ve cried every last tear, lost every last minute of sleep and things start to get a bit topsy turvy. There’s a deliriousness to it. I wrote this when I was feeling particularly stubborn about a relationship that wasn’t going my way. It let me release the tension around it and laugh at myself a bit. I think if you’ve ever been there, you’ll understand the melodrama of this song. It feels that dramatic when you’re in it. – Päter Iran-born and […]
The eponymous album ‘Navah Sea’ by British producer/songwriter Phil Simmonds discusses themes of love and the evolution of relationships, self-reflection and personal growth. The album is pleasantly eclectic with a bit of a chamber pop throwback vibe a la Sgt. Pepper’s and Pet Sounds. Phil’s soulful, melancholic vocals create a dreamy vibe throughout the album. This vocal aesthetic is most potently expressed in the song “Maybe You Could Change the World”, a beautifully poignant ballad about a father’s mixed feelings of hope and concern at the birth of his child. The moniker, Navah Sea was originally created by Phil Simmonds to highlight his skills as a singer and artist after being widely known for his production and songwriting. As a producer/songwriter, he worked on Eryn Allen Kane’s critically acclaimed “A Tree Planted By Water”, and with artists like Kareem Lomax, Masego, Snoh Allegra, Nao and Lucky Daye. Starting off as a touring musician in his teenage years, Simmonds later transitioned into a musical director for Jessie J, Conrad […]
Iconic hip hop producer and member of legendary hip-hop group Jurassic 5 DJ Nu-Mark is back with a brand new EP entitled ”Test Patterns”. This six-track instrumental EP features Nu-Mark’s signature production sound, firmly rooted in the past but with a progressive, futuristic sound that sets him apart as one of the premier producers making beats today. An accomplished DJ, producer, recording artist, composer and label owner, DJ Nu-Mark has been churning out straight fire since the 90’s. As a solo artist, Nu’s collaborations under his own name and the alias TRDMRK include features with major artists like Aloe Blacc, MF Doom, Charles Bradley, Quantic and Del the Funky Homosapien. No stranger to Hollywood either, he’s had soundtrack credits and guest appearances in blockbuster films like Ride Along, Shaft, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, MacGruber and Tom & Jerry: The Movie. He has graced stages all around the world from Glastonbury to Coachella and has been featured in […]
The sequel to his debut EP Lust, Love and War – Detox & Quarantine | Part 1, bicoastal rapper TruRebel Migs returns with a the more laid back and melodic record Part 2. In contrast to Part 1 which dealt with the realities and struggles of living through the pandemic, Part 2 is more lyrically positive with a thematic focus on love. So it’s no coincidence that he’s dropping the record on Valentine’s Day. Mostly composed via stream of consciousness and freestyle, the songs “Fish In Agua,” “Surf & Turf” & “Wet Wet,” incorporate aquatic metaphors as a motif throughout the record. The production also incorporates the concept of binaural beats, using various frequencies to produce an effect on the brain. TruRebel Migs grew up in the Bronx raised by a single mom in the projects, but his love for music and relentless hustle helped guide him to a better life. Since the release of his debut single “Same” in 2017, he […]
The debut EP Enfield by Tejano artist David de la Garza, better known as DLG., is a journal of his personal development. Each song was composed in a different place — either mentally, physically, or in the case of “Tortuga” temporally, having been recorded when he was just 14. The concept is to not just showcase a collection of new songs, but to document his growth as an artist over time. Behind the lush grooves, the songs deal with the notion of stepping into the unknown and knowing that it will change you. DLG. focused on these themes of self-empowerment and the progression of life as he continued to grow and develop as a musician himself. “The Storm” specifically was made almost entirely with sounds from objects in my bedroom. The kick drum is me literally kicking a microphone, the snare is me slamming a book shut, and lots of other small weird sounds. […]