"Try" produced by Blue Lab Beats, is the second single release, following "Insecure," from Staten Island songstress,rapper,writer JUSTY. "Try" will be featured on JUSTY's fall project entitled "Soul Food: An Album." The single touches on maintaining the will to fight for things that are worth it, regardless of the outcome. With hints of R&B, crossover jazz, and rap, "Try" elevates over feel good production and demonstrates Justy's ability to balance lyricism and simple, but poignant vocals.
After releasing tracks with BJ The Chicago Kid and Royce Da 5'9, Peter James is back with the first track from his new EP resistance.
Melbourne producer Fossa Beats today shares his collaborative new track 'Please Believe'.
The track features a number of incredibly talented artists; rapper/ producerFKi 1st (executive produced Post Malone's debut studio album 'Stoney', '5% tint'by Travis Scott, 'Deja Vu' by Justin Bieber & 'Let Me Love You' by Ariana Grande & Lil Wayne) and singer Allen Ritter (has written for the likes of Drake, Rhianna, Kanye, Cardi B). It also includes additional production from Charlie Handsome ('Fade' by Kanye, 'Love Lies' by Normani).
Of the track, Fossa says, "It’s amazing to have such respected and high profile artists in the music industry apart of my project. FKi 1st has been a mentor and close collaborator over the past few years so I’m stoked to have him feature on my debut single."
Co-written and produced by Dem Jointz who recently produced a few songs on Anderson.Paak's recent release 'Oxnard.'
Los Angeles based R&B songstress Ámani makes a stunning entrance with
her debut EP "tbh.". Showcasing a combination of alluring vocals,
unapologetic lyrics and well-balanced production, the project serves
as a deeper dive into an artist well-worth watching in 2019. Speaking
on the release, Ámani states:
"A lot can change, transform, evolve, and grow within a year; I have.
My surroundings have. My relationships have. My perspective on life
and death has. This year has been my most successful to date, but also
filled with the most loss. This year I became a graduate of Berklee
College of Music and the first person in my household to have a
college degree. I also mourned the death of 6 family members and I’m
still learning how to navigate my grief. I moved to Los Angeles and
gained so many new beautiful and genuine friends while also seeing
others for who they truly are and let go of toxic relationships.
Trusting in uncertainty is the most crucial lesson I’ve learned along
with committing to living my truth."
"Finally Alone" describes what so many people go through today: the desire to be with someone you really care about but technology getting in the way. While it's sexy and makes you feel like a million bucks, there's a bittersweet melancholy to it lyrically. "Finally Alone" is the pop/R&B-crossover track that will help Mack transition to the R&B sound he truly belongs in in 2019.
Bridesmen is Los Angeles based Kenton Chen, an indie neo-soul, R&B singer/songwriter who has set out to encourage others to find power within themselves and use compassion to enact change. Known for his work on NBC’s Sing-Off, as well as his performances with Postmodern Jukebox and Scary Pockets, Chen’s latest project is a radical departure from his jazz/a cappella roots. Chen strives to explore the darker side of human nature, the dichotomy of morality and how to be a good person in a world that ostracizes you, i.e. a 'bridesmen' at a wedding.
The root of the new project Bridesmen, is an outlet for Chen to convey the artistic side of himself, unrelated to other people. With a running theme of expressing individual freedom and responsibility, the singer narrates the emotions of loneliness and the effect it can have on people. Chen reveals, "We hurt when we don't understand each other and we hurt when we are unwilling to change. The best thing we can do is be ourselves within the context of what we were given”. As a gay Asian second generation immigrant, he grew up feeling isolated, constantly hiding behind masks to protect himself. In Bridesmen, Chen aspires to uncover these masks in an effort to live a boundless and truthful life. "I want people to know that as I have grown and matured as an artist and a human being, I've come to realize that my specific experiences of being gay and Asian are not particular to me. My life story reverberates far beyond my specificities, and anyone from any race or sexuality can empathize with the need to belong and be understood”, expresses Chen.
Leading single, 'Someone Who Loves Me' highlights Chen’s warm silky vocals, enchanting modern R&B melodies and hypnotic instrumentation. Thematically the single addresses the loneliness we all feel throughout our lives and assures others that we are not alone. "It's okay to be sad, to be frustrated, even angry in our pursuit of life, love, and happiness. And the more aware and vulnerable we can be about it, the more we can be there for each other”, confides Chen.
The stunning visuals for 'Someone Who Loves Me’ features friends of the artist of all races and sexualities, from all parts of the US. One thing they all share in common is their deep need for love. Chen explains, "The idea behind having bare skin is pretty simple. Each person is beautiful in their own skin. I want to highlight that. In our nakedness, we can't hide behind any brand, or gadget and we have to face how we feel in our own bodies. When we come together at the end of the video, I want people to realize that we are on the this journey together”. Combined with Chen’s honest and raw lyricism, the result is a vulnerable yet empowering delivery.
Chen has found success performing/supporting with artists such as Katy Perry, Kesha, Sara Bareilles, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson, as well as touring with Portugal the Man and Ben Folds. His work with Postmodern Jukebox has reached over 8.6 million views on YouTube, garnering attention from across the globe. Chen continues to deliver listeners with poignant storytelling and his indulging neo-soul infused music, with ‘Someone Who Loves Me’.
Straight outta Brixton, London, Fabian Secon has had a rapid rise over the past 18 months and this week he’s back with another banger, new single “My Pain Locked Away”. As always, the track was written and produced by Fabian, and this time he also enlists the talents of mega producer/songwriter Jacob Manson(Rudimental, Ed Sheeran, Craig David).
Speaking on the track, Fabian says, “People often don’t like talking or being open about their struggles, which is where ’My Pain Locked Away’ came from. Just because a person may appear OK from the outside, it doesn’t mean that they are. You never know what someone may be going through internally.”
Having recently surpassed 12 million streams, Fabian is gearing up to play his first headline shows throughRobomagic/Live Nation in 2019.
“My Pain Locked Away” is available to buy/stream now from all digital outlets.
Berlin based, Vienna-born songwriter and producer narou returns with his latest single ‘Prophecy (ft. Hannah Jenkins)’ to be released on 30th November via Chrome Music. Having worked on numerous notable collabs spanning over a dynamic range of emotions and moods, his latest offering lives and breathes on its own, with a singularly strong yet minimalistic vibe.
Having grown up with music from a very young age, with his father also a music producer, narou’s love for writing has continued to evolve. In 2014, he started producing and performing with James Hersey and supported Milky Chance on their European Tour. After moving to Amsterdam to study Sound Engineering, his next steps took him to Berlin, where he further explored and discovered his songwriting and singing.
narou is delving into an electronic-soul and rnb sensibility with renewed perspective in the process of creating an album that will feature his talented friends. As well as numerous collaborations with James Hersey, narou is also a featured artist on a soon to be released single from Berlin based Australian James Chatburn.
'Prophecy' co-writer and vocalist Hannah Jenkins, is a New York-born, Berlin-based singer and songwriter. Coming from a strong soul background, Hannah creatively collects influences from early exposure to greats like Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding, to name a few. She takes these deep roots to a place of gentle modernity, crooning over a simple yet strong beat, and bringing the listener into a place of honest resonance.
“I wrote ‘Prophecy’ at a time when I was letting my own sense of self get clouded by other people's expectations or definitions of yourself - whether it's a romantic partner or even friends and family. Once you let go of that, get in touch with your own currency and give yourself unconditional love, that's where the magic lives for real. Deep down I knew narou would do an awesome job in realizing the full potential of it because I really dig his sort of weird and simplistic style in a lot of his earlier stuff so I ran it by him and he made it what it is.” - Hannah Jenkins
“In the beginning we struggled with the structure and overall mood of the song. I always felt like it needed a stronger hook so I decided to write something and sing it myself. Surprisingly our voices fit together perfectly. The Idea for the Lyrics were to answer to Hannahs cry for love. Saying that no one involved really knows whats going on and that both sides seem confused and hesitant over what to do with their feelings. We hope people resonate with it and see a way out of their own patterns of destructive thinking. And know it's not the end of the world when shit happens to you. You gotta dive deep and find the answers within yourself. And yeah we want people to be nice to themselves and identify and own their own beauty.” - narou
Sara Diamond has been given the gift of song through her family lineage. Starting at the age of 5, singing songs on her mother's children's record label, Sara has come to appreciate the healing power of music. Music has been a constant that, through the trials and tribulations of life, has stuck around.
Sara's goal with music is to inspire others to look inwards and appreciate the myriad of feelings that come along with being human. In accepting the beauty of who we are as individuals, we can learn to love each other without judgement and fear.
Over the past year, Sara has amassed over 13 million streams, through her own projects and collaborations with other artists (Adventure Club, Paris & Simo, Naji). Her debut EP, Foreword, can be streamed on all platforms. The Updates can be found through her Instagram (@iamsaradiamond)
Drawing from a broad base, After Funk's forthcoming LP Santa Barbara nods to R&B, disco, jazz, soul, Latin, and, well, funk. Nothing feels contrived; these myriad modalities are stylistic colors in their compositional palette. Gilding above and grooving in-between it all is the records’ keystone; the velvet, dynamic voice of Yanick Allwood.
Before After Funk, Allwood (who also plays keys), drummer Jaime Rosenberg, guitarist Phil Tessis, and bassist Justin Bontje lived parallel lives steeped in music. Their paths first crossed at the University of Western Ontario. In 2014 they released a self-titled EP and hit the road. Word of their electric live show started to spread, and soon the band was playing alongside Snarky Puppy, Lettuce and more, and gracing the stage at major festivals such as Electric Forest, Harvest Jazz & Blues, and Evolve in Canada.
In 2015 the band released the ‘Til The Sun Comes Up EP, followed by 2017’s FREAK single. In early 2018 After Funk completed their first coast to coast tour of North America. The bulk of Santa Barbara was written, rehearsed, and workshopped in the band’s house on Santa Barbara Road in Toronto.
In addition to the core quartet, the record features performances by: vocalists Kyla Charter (Alessia Cara, July Talk), Stacey Kay, and James Bailey (July Talk), bass clarinetist Jacob Gorzhaltsan (Jack Dejohnette), tenor saxophonist Julian Nalli (Fred Penner), trumpeter Tom Moffett (BadBadNotGood, Arkells), flautist and alto saxophonist Rob Christian, and Cuban percussionist Rosendo “Chendy” Leon (Sultans of String). The record was produced by Jeff Hazin (Yoko Gold) and mixed by Gabe Gallucci (Shawn Mendes).
An imminently engaging, fully-wrought record that takes the listener by the hand and sprints off into a heady journey, Santa Barbara is nuanced, articulate, and profoundly satisfying.
Keithian isn’t a name most would recognize, but the next time you hear it, you will. This New Orleans native has written and produced for some of music’s biggest names and was signed to Virgin Records. But after two failed attempts to release music through them, he decided to take control of his own career and give the label system the “bird.”
“Birds,” the first single from Keithian’s upcoming EP “... to my Pain,” comes off the heels of his “Power” EP which was released in 2016. This past summer, Keithian connected with Caribbean producer and keyboardist Oliver Delcros-Sainville during a session working on music for Rhianna. The pair spent a week in the studio and discovered a connection. Out of those sessions was born the beginning of the songs that would make up Keithian’s upcoming EP.
“‘Birds’ was written about me trying to fall in love, but realizing I’m not fully there,” Keithian said. “My heart and mind was on other shit, like hoes and bullshit. I mean, I’m a guy of nature and when I looked at birds at that time in my life, they reminded me of how I should’ve been flying away from bad behaviors and being honest with that someone I was participating in fake love with.”
Keithian fought over the years to stay true to his culture and heritage in his music. Being Cuban and a Jazz musician, the record labels didn’t know what to do with him. They told him it was hard to gain mainstream success in those genres, and were not willing to support his endeavors. So he went back to Louisiana and created an Urban Pop, R&B and Spanish sound that was natural, authentic and felt “damn good” to him.
“Ultimately, I want my music to be known for good vibes, humility, inspiration and truth,” he said. “My soul is a gumbo of music, just like the world we live in. And since I make music for the people, and there’s people of all kinds of taste and stories, I’ll let them choose what music they want from me. The first song I’d like to give them is ‘Birds.’”
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Keithian - “Birds” (official single)
A 22 year old neo-soul rapper from Philadelphia influenced by her musician parents, that recently found her calling as a rapper/performer under the alias "Rae.Dianz". The final week of August she released an EP titled "BUOCHIC" that conveyed the message of self reflection and overcoming obstacles. She's currently working on an acoustic version of the EP, with guitarist Alexia!
'STRANGE' is an emotionally charged track walking the listener through the ailments of a toxic love. Shane shows how she internalizes the emotions of learning she was being lied to about the relationship her ex had with her "best friend"
“YNY” is the first release of T R Q S, an R&B soul artist that truly captures the sound of seduction and emotion in her debut single. In her first attempt in the music scene, T R Q S highlights her smooth-soulful vocals while immersed in an R&B beat capable of putting you in your feels. Drawing inspiration from her friend’s love life, “YNY” tells the story of a relationship and the fear of being vulnerable with one another. Displaying her exceptional talent through the track’s lyricism and vocals that is beyond her years, T R Q S is a true ode to the roots of R&B.
Introducing R&B soul artist T R Q S in what is her first release ‘YNY’ out now on Yunizon. The 22 year old has been holed up for the last few years writing but only recently felt comfortable enough to bring these songs into the light of day. “I feel as though when I'm in my room there's no judgement and no pressure to create something good so I can really experiment and be true to myself.”After writing in her room alone on a midi keyboard T R Q S shows us writing beyond her years with her latest single, YNY. Taking cues from the likes of Sabrina Claudio, Alina Baraz, Jorja Smith and Kehlani. T R Q S is looking to carve her own path. Telling real life stories that will have you wanting more. YNY is out now on Yunizon Records.
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