Two Tiffanys celebrating what they love by giving it a stage and using their voices to spread the word.


Astrid S – “Hyde” video

Astrid Smeplass, known today as Astrid S, is a Norwegian pop singer and songwriter whose musical journey began at an early age when she learned piano at 6-years-old and began writing songs as a young teenager. She got noticed when she was 16-years-old, having auditioned in the Norwegian version of American Idol, in 2013, and then made it through to fifth place (see all of her performances in this 20-minute video). Now at 19-years-old, she has dropped three singles (“Shattered” and “2AM” released in 2013 and 2014, respectively); she won “Best Norwegian Act” in the MTV Europe Music Awards this year; and she has a brand new single (“Hyde”, which I’m sharing today) that released late October and its accompanying video has racked up nearly 90K views since its release on November 5th.

Manila Killa & Kidswaste – “Can’t Do Without You” (Caribou cover)

Whenever I hear a remix or cover of a song, especially if it’s a song I’ve never heard of, I have to go find the original to hear to compare the two–because, no matter what, you’re always going to compare the songs and see which one is better. Is the remix/cover going to be better? Will it pale in comparison to the original? You know how it goes.

Santigold – Who Be Lovin’ Me ft. ILOVEMAKONNEN

So, Santigold just dropped the video for Who Be Lovin’ Me from her upcoming album 99 ¢ents (1/22/16). It seems like such a long time since I’ve heard any of Santigold’s newer music and I can’t lie, I didn’t immediately love this at first listen. I honestly think the song isn’t as good as what I remember her music to be, but I’d also be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling it (after a few listens).

DOROTHY – “Raise Hell” video

My first introduction to the band DOROTHY was two weeks ago, when I saw a secret preview of this music video and then shared their newest single “Raise Hell” (and some of their other songs) in one of our SOUNDCHECK posts. Today, the Los Angeles rock group dropped the song’s music video, just in time for Thanksgiving.

In the video, the band shows up to a family’s house for Thanksgiving, only to find that their seating is at the kid’s table. Pissed with the lack of respect from a stuck-up family, the band raises a little hell by flipping the table, starting a food fight, and doing a bad-ass performance of the bluesy-rock song. Sometimes you gotta start a riot to create a little fun. Check it out.

Foreign Air – “Free Animal”

Having crossed paths numerous times over the years while in different projects, Jacob Michael and Jesse Clasen recently found themselves looking for a new creative outlet when they decided to form the indie rock band Foreign Air. With their debut EP slated to release in February 2016, the duo released its first single a week ago.

Donna Missal – “Hotline Bling” (Drake cover)

After Drake‘s “Hotline Bling” song/video came out, the internet flooded with memes, jokes, and parodies. Then there are song covers, of course, which I haven’t really heard (not that there aren’t a ton, but I didn’t go out searching for them, nor were any sent to me -emoji praise hands here-). I’m not a big fan of Drake to begin with, so I welcome covers of his songs sometimes and, today, I heard one that I liked!

Tour Necessities Q&A: Brzowski on A Few Days to Churn tour

It’s been a little while since I talked with someone for my Tour Necessities Q&A series, so I decided to hit up my friend and Maine-based hip hop artist Brzowski. He is almost done with his solo “Series of the Witch” tour, which has taken him through Texas, Tennessee, Maine, Vermont, and Rhode Island, with his final show is in New Hampshire on December 3rd, at an undisclosed location. After that, he will be heading out on a special 5-day tour with Uncommon Nasa next month, and they will be cruising through 5 different cities: Washington, Baltimore, Charlotte, Charleston, and Philadelphia. So, I did a Q&A with him a little bit about this past tour and the one he’s about to be on, so check it out below and make sure you see him perform when he’s in your city.

Wafia – “Heartburn”

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”

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)

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.