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Wafia – “Heartburn”

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Wafia is an R&B/pop singer-songwriter/producer based in Brisbane, Australia, and she is gearing up to release her debut EP, titled XXIX, on November 20th. After hearing her captivating voice on Ta-Ku‘s “American Girl“, I decided to check her out.

“Heartburn” is the first and only single that has been released from her forthcoming album. Over a downtempo percussion-driven beat, produced by Ta-Ku and Andrei Eremin, Wafia unveils a tender part of herself where she sings about ignoring her gut when she first sensed that someone was bad for her and, after going with her heart, she came out on the other side heartbroken by lies and betrayal. Listen to the song below.

Ta-Ku – “American Girl” (ft Wafia)

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Last month, Australian producer Ta-Ku released a song called “American Girl”. Unexpectedly, it’s a duet that finds Ta-Ku singing (!!!) on the first verse with Wafia on the second, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Inspired by Estelle’s “American Boy”, Ta-Ku wanted to create a stripped back, emotional version of her song, and I’m glad that he did because it’s incredible.

Wize Crack – “Far Away”

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New Jersey rapper Wize Crack dropped a new song on November 14th (which was also World Diabetes Day), called “Far Away”, for Diabetes Awareness Month. Produced by The Deep Notes, Wize draws attention to the condition by illustrating what it’s like living as a Type 1 Diabetic, how it has affected his life, and his hope for a cure. Listen to the song below.

Stainless Steele – “Sanctuary” (ft Danny Watts)

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Pennsylvania-based producer/emcee Stainless Steele is not only one of my long-time internet friends, but he’s also an incredibly talented musician. I’ve reviewed a lot of his work in the past, and he’s no stranger to CrayonBeats. He will be releasing a brand new album on December 7th, titled Escapism, via his Extra Lovely label. The album will be available on vinyl, cassette (I helped design the cassette layout, woohoo), and digital download.

The New Math – “Get Bodied”

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On the heels of releasing their album, titled Time and Mind, San Jose hip hop duo The New Math are back with a new single. “Get Bodied” finds Dem One traveling through time to deliver a hip hop banger, spitting boastful bars about what they bring to the party, over B.O.O.K.S. One‘s beat of 8-bit electronics dances alongside hard-hitting drums and recognizable vocal samples. Listen below, download for free, and let that music of the future vibrate in your ear.

Rubee Rayne – “Nightshift”

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After releasing her biggest single “DSYLM (Don’t Say You Love Me)” last year and the music video for it a few months ago (watch here), the UK-based singer Rubee Rayne dropped a new song two weeks ago, called “Nightshift”.

As she sings about love, her soft R&B-pop vocals breathe delicately over a warm, glimmering electronic beat that unfolds with a stunning guitar solo. It’s a lovely song. Listen to “Nightshift” below and download for free. “I wrote you a song, baby // I was up all night long, all night long // Just to write you a song // I was up all night long.

Ta-Ku – “Love Again” (ft JMSN & Sango)

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Although Ta-Ku‘s “Love Again” dropped sometime in April, I heard this song exactly 1 month ago today. I had a lot on my mind at the time, so when I heard this song (it was late at night and I was browsing Soundcloud on my phone), I was caught off guard by its beauty and by the emotion. I turned the volume up, hit the “repeat” button to listen to it continuously, and I was all up in my feelings for the rest of the night. I’ve listened to it a lot since then, too, and it’s one of those songs that you can’t hear just once.

Dorian Concept – “Dead Ends” mix

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I think the last time that I caught up with Dorian Concept‘s music was several years ago, when Myspace was still poppin’. Actually, when I look back in my catalog of music, the latest thing that I have of his is When Planets Explode, which was released in 2009 (six years ago!). I got put onto him around the time when Seek When Is Her came out, so sometime in 2006, and he’s come a long way since. While I won’t throw all of his material at you (though, I do suggest you dig through his Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and iTunes pages), I wanted to share a mix of his that I came across last night.

Album Review: Ly Moula – “Avant Savant”

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Somewhat similar to Finkle is Einhorn, producer Lyle Horowitz is rapper Ly Moula. Except, you know, he’s all man. We heard him channeling his inner rapper as Ly Moula as early as 2013, when he released the Blahze Misfits album As Fate Would Have It. We heard him rapping again on the second Blahze Misfits album that caught a lot of flack for its name, and also on my second installment of The Monsters Are Due On CrayonBeats compilation, released in 2014. However, this year is when Ly Moula decided to release his official debut album.

SOUNDCHECK: DOROTHY

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Today, I watched the unreleased music video for DOROTHY‘s latest single “Raise Hell”, without knowing who they were, and was loving their energetic, hard rock sound. I then learned that they are the band behind the bluesy-rock song “Wicked Ones“, which I’ve heard several times in a Levi’s commercial. It’s always good to put a face to a name, especially when they’re faces of wickedly talented people.

DOROTHY is a 4-person rock group from Los Angeles, California, made up of lead-singer Dorothy Martin, drummer Zac Morris, guitarist Mark Jackson, and bassist Gregg Cash. On September 11th, 2015, they released their self-titled debut EP, which introduced the world to 5 original songs. I’m gonna talk about a couple of my favorites: “Wicked Ones”, “After Midnight”, and their latest single “Raise Hell”.

Teenage Love – “Deserted Places” video

Life is just a bowl of cherries, until they’re an accessory in your death. Teenage Love‘s music video for “Deserted Places”, from their debut EP Gold, is a mildly eerie, orchestral pop song about death. Filmed and directed by Sanne This, we see the Teenage Love ladies baking sweet treats, aiding in the sarcastic irony behind a gluttonous slob (played by Karl Wieck Davidsen), who gets killed by his sin.

I like the electro production, layered with sharp percussion, melancholy violin, bouncing “pop pop pop” vocals, and textured synth bits. Can’t forget their hauntingly sweet vocals, especially when they sing together; there’s a brief innocent-turned-growling sound in their voices towards the end, that I like, while singing “let’s forget it all!” Watch the video below!