The Kickdrums has returned with “Sunshine Guy” – an ethereal burst of indie rock melancholia that lyrically reflects the strange days that we’re trudging through so far in 2020. While the song was written before we lived in a state of pandemic, it perfectly encapsulates the emotional rollercoaster and weird state of mind that most of us have experienced since being locked in quarantine. The song is built on layers of synths intricately arranged and intertwined with a bouncing bassline and reflexive percussion to create a soundscape that feels both otherworldly and intimately relatable. The Kickdrums is the recording alias of producer/singer/songwriter, Alex Fitts. Over the course of his career, Fitts has been celebrated for his incredible dynamism as a songwriter/producer. He’s produced for such legendary artists as Kid Cudi, 50 Cent, K Flay, Lana Del Rey, Freddie Gibbs, and Slaughterhouse while maintaining a sizable cult following on the artist […]
Bay Area hip hop artist Call Me Ace is a millennial professional and disruptor who loves to challenge the status quo. In his new EP Working From Home: Extended, Ace reflects on what “survival” means during these virtually unprecedented times: global pandemic, racial injustice, and social unrest. Following the release of Working From Home in February, Ace delves deeper into his attempts to persevere within an unfair system while struggling with exhaustion, repression, and hopelessness. The EP suggests there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s faint. Although the project’s title continues playing on the corporate phrase describing a flexible work environment, the title also symbolizes how the uncertainty of the future continues to be extended. Call Me Ace’s 2019 album Airplane Mode debuted at #3 on the iTunes Top 40 US Hip-Hop Album Chart as well as #50 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales chart. Working From […]
Our society is going through big changes, voices are getting loud and the BLM movement is soaring. The concept behind Yuni Wa’s new single “Dark Matter Theory” is inspired by this movement, but with a bit of a twist. Dark matter is a phenomenon that is unseen and not well understood in the natural observable universe. Though fully invisible, physicists know it exists because galaxies would fly apart if it wasn’t there to hold them together. This song is his personal homage to black strength and how far-reaching black concept art can extend. As with all of his music, “Dark Matter Theory” is inspired by a blend of sociopolitical affairs, science and futurism. Anyone that sends us briefs has surely been pitched some of Yuni Wa’s extensive and diverse catalog at one point or another. He’s just incredible, just be sure to turn it up!
Minneapolis-based solo pianist John Hayes returns with his second full-length release, The Last Best Place. Inspired by the unexpected loss of a friend, The Last Best Place captures a range of emotions as well as Hayes’ intimate recording process. Each piece was written softly, late at night, wanting to tell their own story, yet all finding a way to remain connected to the same narrative. “The Last Best Place was very much an unexpected album for me. After recently moving into a new studio I was dealing with several different anxieties. Being on my own for the first time, another unexpected loss of a friend, trying to progress my music. All these things lead to a great deal of uncertainty in my life. It is funny how we always tend to gravitate towards the things that are most familiar to us during uncertain times. For me, that will always be […]
NYC rapper YONAS is back with another powerful track, his new single “Good Day” has us vibin’ through the highs and rollin’ through the lows. With his inimitable flow and contagious cheerfulness, he infuses the track with happy-go-lucky energy and the sheer joy of being alive, no matter what the circumstances. With “Good Day,” YONAS escorts listeners on an enthusiastic musical expedition, providing sunshine during an otherwise taxing situation. As he introduced the #GOODDAYCHALLENGE to social media, he encourages fans and listeners worldwide to take to Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok & Twitter to describe, via video, what they’re doing to stay positive during the current pandemic. After a run of successful collaborations and acquiring half a billion streams cross-platform, YONAS is at the top of his game. This and the next few singles are sure to take him to new heights, representing some of his most sync-friendly work to date. […]
Uncompromising, muscular and powerful, the music of Two Fingers is also full of subtle touches, humor and a supple sense of rhythm. Originally formed in 2009, the project was the creation of Brazilian-born electro-jazz/breaks/jungle trailblazer Amon Tobin and U.K. drum’n’bass artist Doubleclick, together with several guest MCs whose contributions are integral to the project. Now just one of Tobin’s many alter egos, Two Fingers brings a fundamentally new and dynamic direction incorporating visceral elements of dancehall, dubstep, and grime. “To the haters who said I’d gone soft, I give a long hard stare and boldly present Two Fingers. -Amon Tobin “FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” is the title track off an unexpectedly defiant and uplifting new album, featuring collaborations with Ivy Lab, Little Snake, and G Jones.
Chances are you already know Claire Guerreso and have probably licensed her music at some point. Her massively successful songwriting career has seen an enormous number of sync placements over the years, with her original work being featured in shows like Greys Anatomy, Nashville, Pretty Little Liars, All American, Nancy Drew, Sacred Lies, Love Island, Staton 19, as well as several film trailers, promos and nationally broadcast TV spots. With a deep catalog of incredible music spanning several genres, there are few briefs we get these days that don’t result in us pitching some of her songs. Top shelf. With everyone feeling a lot of stress and anxiety in this moment, there are times it can feel a bit like a nightmare. Claire’s upcoming single “Wake Up” is an epic anthem letting people know they are not alone in their struggles. “Sometimes, we wish the bad things happening in our […]
Amanda Ibanez, better known as Kiddo A.I., was raised in a family of gifted musicians and was completely aware of her destiny from a young age. Not just a talented singer and topliner, she’s also a multi-instrumentalist and a fluent Spanish speaker. She’s what you might call fuego femenino. The first few years of Kiddo’s career saw a string of successful collaborations in different genres. Following her first vocal feature with rapper Bernz, she caught the ear of his label’s co-founder Tech N9ne who pulled her in to collaborate on his track “Til I’m Gone”. She then went on to work with popular DJ duo SMLE, racking up a collective 10 million Spotify streams between the three singles “Into Something”, “2 Me” and “Stranded”. We first encountered Kiddo last year as a member of Miami’s Cashae collective with their song “Endless Summer”, which we placed in the season finale of […]
Since her departure from the Brooklyn indie rock band Debbie Downer, multi-instrumentalist Nicole Mercedes has developed a haunting approach to songwriting that’s wry and witty, yet still vulnerable. Her sophomore LP Look Out Where You’re Going is dreamy and melodic, featuring tastefully arranged organ and synth parts that give the record a profound sense of depth. “This album chronicles the end of one of those long, meaningful relationships that mark a departure from the safety of being attached to someone to the chaos of being on your own,” – Nicole Mercedes Collaborating with producer Joe Rogers (Laura Stevenson, Rubblebucket, Deer Tick’s Andy T), and mostly tracked in her bedroom, Mercedes encapsulates the feeling of long afternoons gazing through rainy panes, desperately longing to be somewhere else. Something we can probably all relate to right now!
Not only did legendary R&B artist JoJo Hailey (Jodeci, K-Ci & JoJo) make a dynamic comeback this year with the release of his first ever solo single “Special”, but he also announced the launch of his new label JT Entertainment. The press accolades he received for the Valentine’s Day release of “Special” were tremendous, landing him a Billboard premiere and interviews with KDay FM, HipHopDX and Rolling Out. The song was written as a tribute to JoJo’s wife Tashaunda Hailey, but works as a universal anthem to show your love and appreciation for any special woman in your life. Following up with the release of the official remix produced by Mike Smoov, JoJo takes things up a notch by adding a feature by none other than Snoop Dogg! In the remix version the legendary rapper shows his vulnerable side with lyrics like: “See patience is a virtue, I see you […]