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Album Review: DíSA – “Sculpture” EP

Even though Copenhagen-based pop artist DíSA released her debut EP, Sculpture, in March, I only began listening to it a couple of days ago. I am captivated by her commanding presence over the atmospheric, easy-listening electronic beats (produced by Anders Bach); her ethereal, sometimes haunting, vocals; and the lyrics, because the songs are either a familiar thought/feeling that I have had, or they’re really easy to sit back and take in…much like a roller coaster ride, with its ups and downs. This 5-track EP has a mixture of high and low feelings, and it’s an enjoyable, enchanting listen.

White Like Fire – “Crimson” video

From White Like Fire‘s (@whitelikefire) new EP, watch the music video for the rock-and-roll jam “Crimson”. The push-and-pull of the song’s instrumentation and Tyler’s singing, between the energetic verses and the melodic, catchy chorus is magnetic–it will have you thrusting your body in every which direction, in the best way possible. Especially alongside those electrifying guitar riffs, hard-hitting drums, the “hey!” shouts that jump in every now and then, and the fun keys that dance their way in (I love the way they’re punctuated at the end, sounding like a little retro ditty). Its upbeat nature is perfect for a good-time party atmosphere, much like the masquerade hang-out that they are performing for in the video. Directed by Bradley Atom. Check it out.

Jojee – “I Don’t Give A”

Jojee (@jojeemusic) is a New Hamshire-born, New York City-based independent pop singer whose passion jumped from persuing musical theatre at a young age, to fashion in college, and making music in her spare time. She began putting covers on her Soundcloud, before meeting producer Mickey Valen, in 2014, who helped inspire her music evolution. Set to release an album together this year, she released the first single today, called “I Don’t Give A”.

#RapWithPiano Project: I Love Myself

Japanese producer, composer and ‘soul pianist’ SWING-O aka 45 (@swingo_aka_45 ) started his “Rap With Piano” project a few weeks ago on Soundcloud, uploading his soul piano version of Kendrick Lamar’s “I Love Myself” and inviting rappers to drop a few bars to the beat. Currently there are 18 emcees involved in the project including our friends Julian Nagano and Hanzo Reiza and there are more tracks being uploaded everyday. Listen to a few of my favorites of the current roster of SWING-O’s #RapWithPiano and if you’re feeling it, there’s also a link to download the instrumental so you can upload your own verse!

“The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” Documentary

NYCHOS (@nychos) is an Australian graffiti artist and illustrator that became known with his clever street concept Rabbit Eye Movement (REM) 10 years ago, in which the icon of a white rabbit popped up in the streets worldwide. I got familiar with his work back in 2013, when I stumbled across his unique art that depicted the layers of animals, separating the layers of skin, organs, and bones to showcase their anatomy. They are so awesome, and a visual treat to look at. Since then, I’ve been following his work and haven’t looked back. That brings me to this documentary.

VS – “Took A Vow” video

New York rapper VS (@vsthereal) dropped a music video for his song “Took A Vow”, from his forthcoming mixtape R.O.M Vol 2. In the song, he raps about his promise to always have passion and honesty for the things that he loves most, while the video finds him roaming the streets of New York City, passing females to get food for his family. The video was directed, shot, and edited by Phil Gates. Check it out.

Rock Mecca – “Hell’s Angels” (ft Canibus)

Last week, New York emcee Rock Mecca (@rockmecca) released another single from his forthcoming Ironworld album. On “Hell’s Angels”, Rock recruited hip hop veteran Canibus, and the two unleash lyrical fury from the depths of the fiery underground, spitting verses that illustrate their drive and fight to get to the top. Expect no mercy and no pity. Produced by Jake Palumbo. Stream the single below.

Album Review: Frameworks – “Tides”

Matt Brewer is an electronic producer and composer, from Manchester, UK, that goes by the alias Frameworks. In 2012, he released his first EP, called Vanish. Fast-forward to this year, when he released his debut full-length album, titled Tides, on March 23rd. I decided to check out the album, after watching the music video for the downtempo hip hop tune “A New Sun”.

Harleighblu- Futurespective EP

Featuring just three tracks, Harleighblu’s new EP is a nice teaser of what she’s got in store for her next album. The three tracks hint to her playing with different electronic elements to her already signature hip hop, jazz and soulful influences. Of the three tracks, I like Mmm and I feat. Lost Midas the most–they’re both a little more on the risque side, but she’s never been afraid to say it like it is. Listen to the EP below and tell me what you think:

Stacey + Alan : Summertime

Stacey and Alan Schulman are a jazz duo from New Jersey, USA who have been performing together since 2005. Both are accomplished musicians with a plethora of big name projects in their credentials separately, but together they are also something worth noting. Their debut CD A Love Like Ours was released on May 22, 2015 and thanks to their smooth sound it has catapulted to the top of the jazz charts across the board. All proceeds from the album go to supporting Lyme Disease Research, too! Their cover of Summertime is the perfect and I really felt the need to share it with you guys!

Smoke Season – “Bees” video

Ever since I heard Smoke Season‘s (@smokeseasonband) seductive “Bees” single, I’ve been playing it constantly. It’s still such an enjoyable song to listen to and sing along with, especially during the uptempo, catchy chorus, because that’s when you can raise your voice and sing all out, along those rock guitar riffs. Well, mid-May they dropped a music video for this song.