Produced by Kahan’s frequent collaborator Joel Little (Lorde, Khalid), Noah wrote “Mess” last fall while he was home in Vermont in between sold out tours. Of the song, Noah explains, “My life has taken a 180° turn. I’m on a very different path than what I thought I would do. I get nostalgic for the locale where I grew up, because the scenery is so beautiful. Going from this to bigger cities and tours is crazy for me. The truth is—regardless of where I’ve gone—my parents still yell at me to pick up the dogs’ shit when I’m back home.”
He continues, “‘Mess’ is a song I wrote during a very overwhelming and generally sad time in my life. Being able to work on this song and bring these feelings to light was a lifeline for me, and I hope it provides you with similar comfort.”
“Mess” follows the global success of Kahan’s breakout singles, “Hurt Somebody” and “False Confidence.” With over 200 million global streams to date, “Hurt Somebody” is triple platinum in Australia and gold in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland and New Zealand; and it peaked at #1 on the Top 40 radio charts in Australia for three weeks, making it the third most played song on the Australian airwaves in all of 2018 where Noah has become one of the most buzzworthy new acts. “False Confidence” continues to grow with over 15 million streams to date and is currently sitting in the top 5 at Triple A radio in the U.S.
Noah Kahan will be hitting the road with James Bay this month on his North American tour, performing at New York’s iconic Beacon Theatre for two nights on March 12 and 13 and at Los Angeles’ The Wiltern on March 25. He will also be joining Dean Lewis on his headline tour in Europe and the U.K. in April. See the full list of upcoming dates below. Tickets are available now at www.NoahKahan.com/tour.
In two short years, music quite literally carried 22-year-old singer, songwriter and artist Noah Kahan around the world—a long way from his native Strafford, VT (pop. 1,045) and the 133-acre tree farm where he resides. On the trip, the alternative troubadour notched an international hit in the form of “Hurt Somebody” [feat. Julia Michaels], while his singles “Young Blood” and “False Confidence” also racked up millions of streams and he sold out headline tours in North America, Europe, and the UK and hit the road with artists like George Ezra and Leon Bridges. Not to mention, he has garnered critical acclaim from Billboard, Stereogum, Clash, Idolator, and more. In the midst of this whirlwind, he assembled his upcoming full-length debut album. The first single “Mess” illuminates his marked growth as a songwriter and storyteller by way of its biting lyrics and undeniable sing-a-long, underscoring a heartwarming and often hilarious portrait of hometown longing.
The smooth bass lines and even flow of the track’s vibe is offset with Xiuhtezcatl’s woke and provocative lyrics. Jaden Smith undeniable lyrical prowess adds a stunning layer both sonically and lyrically. Jaden reflects back on the project and comments, “X Is One of my favorite artist of this generation and I’m honored to work with him every chance I get.”
Read and listen to the Complex exclusive premiere of “Boombox Warfare” here: https://www.complex.com/music/2019/02/xiuhtezcatl-jaden-smith-boombox-warfare. “Boombox Warfare” drops today on all streaming platforms and here[http://smarturl.it/boomboxwarfare]. “Boombox Warfare” comes out on the heels of Xiuhtezcatl’s debut full length album Break Free. Critically acclaimed by fans and critics alike, the new album has garnered support from tastemakers like Rolling Stone, Remezcla, I-D, Complex to name a few.
A progressive hip-hop artist at his core, Xiuhtezcatl splashed into the public eye as an activist speaking out on critical issues including climate change and Indigenous rights. His performance at and support of the Standing Rock movement made national headlines as Rolling Stone took note and named him one of the 25 under 25 Changing the World. He has become a voice for his generation, highlighted by his work with the Earth Guardians and his passion for youth empowerment. His work as an advocate for the youth and environment includes an address at the UNGA, TED Talks, interview by Bill Maher and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Currently, he is one of the faces and a spokesperson for Shepard Fairey’s + Amplifier’s #WeTheFuture campaign, and suing the U.S. government for violating our constitutional rights by perpetuating the climate crisis in the trial of the century – Juliana vs. the United States. His first book We Rise was published early last year.
Xiuhtezcatl will be touring with his band and performing fan favorites alongside new material. Audiences can expect to see live drums, strings, synth bass and Isa, his sister, on vocals. Live shows are high energy, guaranteed to leave audiences turned up and hyped! Check out the tour dates listed below or track them here.
DJ and producer Chantel Jeffries releases a new song “Facts” ft. YG, Rich The Kid, & BIA via 10:22 pm/Capitol Records /Virgin EMI. The song showcases Chantel’s production abilities alongside powerhouse verses from superstars YG and Rich The Kid and up-and-coming female rapper BIA.
Additionally, Chantel has announced her 2019 Las Vegas residency with Hakkasan Group marking a monumental milestone for Chantel’s career, establishing herself as one of the select few female DJ’s with a major Las Vegas residency. This weekend, Chantel will showcase her skills at multiple Super Bowl LIII events in Atlanta including the Boosty Bellows x Eleven Miami pop up with Tiesto on Friday, the Fanatics Annual Super Bowl Party, and alongside Rae Sremmurd at TAO’s Super Bowl takeover on Saturday night.
Chantel’s previous releases have garnered over 70 million streams worldwide including her debut hit “Wait” ft. Offset, which debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales chart.
British-born songwriter, producer & artist, Shae Jacobs returns with an infectious, new Pop-R&B-tinged track “Not Supposed To”, the fourth single installment from his forthcoming EP (TBA).
With a soaring voice that combines technical chops with passion and versatility, Shae shines on his latest, upbeat record. The artist opens up about his disloyal girlfriend and his mixed emotions after discovering she’s betrayed his love. Shae croons about not being able to move on - doing everything he can to get her off his mind - but still being torn in two between wanting to be with her but knowing he’s “not supposed to”.
With his previous releases, Shae established himself as a multitalented artist known for exploring relationships, heartbreak, and healing with soulfulness beyond his years. In 2018, Shae unveiled three, independently released singles including "Fxck Me Up,” “Space,” and“Jealous”, which have earned placements on Spotify’s US NMF and the Top of Breaking Pop playlists, along with Apple’s Best of Week.
Now signed to Prescription Songs in LA, he has worked with some on the biggest names in music, including Snoop Dogg, Jason Derulo, Sean Paul, Sigrid, Plan B, Shift K3Y, and Charlotte Lawrence. Shae also previously featured on the Juno award-winning single ‘Off The Ground’ alongside BitFunk.
Toronto by-way-of Paris, Steven Vidal aka STWO has teamed up with Roy Woods, one of OVO Sound’s key players, to release “You, World, or Myself via Ultra Records - LISTEN HERE. STWOs ambient, sleek production and melancholy tone of Woods’ vocals build off each other to create a track that is minimal in composition, but deep in emotion. “You, World, or Myself,” is a strong follow-up on STWO’s continued collaborations with the community who shaped today’s hip-hop and R&B sound.
After ‘Neither do I Feat. Jeremih’, I wanted to make something more light and when I made the beat I thought of Roy Woods right away, really happy with it, it worked out perfectly,” shares STWO.
Stwo (pronounced "stew") has come a long way since initially garnering the attention of many when he released his track "Loving U" in 2014, which has amassed over 40 million streams on SoundCloud and Spotify in the years since then. Stwo’s past work has also brought the best out of some of hip-hop’s most formative acts. Earlier this year, Stwo collaborated with hip-hop artist 6lack on records from his East Atlanta Love Letter album which debuted at #3 on The Billboard Hot 100. Prior to 2018, the French producer and DJ has collaborated with artists such as Drake, Frank Ocean, Jeremih, Sevdaliza, Daniel Ceasar, Majid Jordan, and more industry heavyweights. Aside from Stwo’s work in hip-hop and R&B, he’s also made his mark on the dance music industry. “You, World, or Myself,” is out now, stay tuned for more from STWO in 2019.
Nicky Romero returns with another dance/pop-crossover smash in the form of his new release "My Way." The Protocol Recordings labelhead teamed up with promising young singer/songwriter Alice Berg for the track, whose breathy vocals give life to Romero's percussive breakdown and organic melodies. "My Way" is technically a song about a tumultuous relationship on a downward spiral, but its empowering lyrics and uplifting soundscapes make it more of a catchy song to belt out in the shower than a breakup song. "My Way" serves as a breakout for Alice Berg's upcoming new music, who is signed to LMG|OUTFLY and has over 35 million streams as a featured artist. The 20-year old triple threat has been mysteriously quiet on social media lately, but rumor has it that we're about to hear much more from Berg coming in early 2019. Nicky himself kicked off his North American tour on November 23rd, hitting Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco and more.
Nicky Romero has quickly progressed from a young musical prodigy to one of the most prolific names in modern dance music. He is not only a talented DJ and producer, but also the label mogul of Protocol Recordings and a mentor to the up-and-coming artists whose careers he helps to cultivate. Over the course of his music career, Romero has created both iconic originals and high-profile collaborations with artists such as Avicii, Calvin Harris, NERVO, ZEDD and more. Through the constant evolution of his sound and reinvestment in emerging artists, Nicky has proved his ability to evolve with the ever-changing landscape of electronic music. His latest releases have spanned the spectrum of electronic music, including the dance-pop gem "Be Somebody" with Steve Aoki and Kiiara, the indie-electronica track "Paradise" with Deniz Koyu and Walk off the Earth, the country-inspired "Rise," and his club-friendly hit "Duality." Nickyand Protocol crew continue to step up their game with every release, so keep an eye out to see what they have up their sleeve next!
Nicky Romero's US dates:
11/30 - Chicago, IL - Prysm
12/01 - New York, NY - Marquee NYC
12/03 - Boston, MA - The Grand
12/06 - Philadelphia, PA - NOTO Philadelphia
12/07 - Las Vegas, NV - XS Las Vegas
12/08 - San Francisco, CA - Temple
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”Turn up on Sunday" is a rare gem of a Hip-Hop track from Washington D.C.'s own Grateful Edmund. The gospel-inspired track produced by Hits By Jude brings back a feeling the culture has been missing for quite some time. Although the overall tone of the track feels like a gospel track, it actually feels more like a day party or grown man infused party record that you could even play at a wedding. "Turn up on Sunday" could be this generations version of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's Summertime song. Check out the song on Youtube or stream "Turn up on Sunday” on Spotify and Apple music right now.
Bio: Grateful Edmund the emcee from Washington, D.C. helps keep the culture of Hip-Hop alive bringing back soulful beats and sharp lyricism. His music inspired by some raps caviar like AZ, PUSHA T, NAS, and JAY-Z, his music quickly reminds you of some of the greats of the 90s but still has a fresh take on the music for today’s audience. He released his first single "FREE YA MIND" in February (2018) and has since released a second single "Every N**ga is a Star" in June as a smashing follow-up both singles give a solid perspective of what we can expect down the road from the upcoming project "THE LAST 10" Mixtape. Grateful Edmund has toured internationally, visiting the UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and North America, as well as shows in South America, Canada, Australia, and Japan.
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Bad Habits is featured on Smoke and JuJu's debut album, Fried English. It has received over 7000 streams in its first week on Apple Music, including 4 spins of Apple Radio.
Atlantic recording artist Max Frost has announced the release of his eagerly awaited debut album. GOLD RUSH – which includes the breakthrough hit, “Good Morning” – arrives at all music retailers and streaming services on Friday, October 5th.
Executive produced by Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (Fitz and the Tantrums) with production by Mick Schultz (Rihanna, Jeremih, YG), GOLD RUSH is heralded by today’s arrival of Frost’s latest track, “Eleven Days,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
Frost celebrated the announcement earlier this morning with a high profile national TV appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America featuring live performances of both “Good Morning” and “Eleven Days.” The appearance follows Frost’s recent national TV debut performance of “Good Morning” on the nationally syndicated LIVE! With Kelly and Ryan, streaming HERE.
A remarkable solo performer hailed for stealing the show with his captivating one-man-band performances, Frost will introduce fans to GOLD RUSH on a wide-ranging North American headline tour. “The Gold Rush Tour” hits the road beginning October 9th at Santa Cruz, CA’s The Catalyst Atrium and then travels through mid-November (see attached itinerary). For complete details and ticket availability, please see maxfrost.net/tour.
In addition, Frost will be joining Panic! At The Disco for three dates on their Pray For The Wicked Tour – August 3rd in Houston (Toyota Center), August 4th in Dallas (American Airlines Center), and August 5th in Tulsa (BOK Center).
“Good Morning” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The track is joined by an equally colorful companion visual, streaming now at Max’s official YouTube channel HERE; along with the recently released acoustic video of “Good Morning,” which can be viewed HERE.
“Good Morning” can be heard sound tracking a yearlong advertising campaign launching Pepsi’s new bubly™ line of sparkling waters. In addition, “Good Morning” has been featured in promotional spots for ESPN’s new morning show, GET UP, as well as in recent episodes of ABC’s hugely popular AMERICAN IDOL and GREY’S ANATOMY. Additionally, “Good Morning” is featured in an advertising campaign for Vodafone in Germany. Named by both NPR and Rolling Stone as one of “10 Artists You Need To Know,” Max Frost has earned acclaim with his electrifyingly idiosyncratic sonic blend, a musical merging of soul, funk, hip-hop, and pop that saw 2013’s breakthrough single, “White Lies,” lauded in such high profile national outlets as Interview, Billboard, and NPR Music.
Max Frost has also become an in-demand collaborator in his own right, including DJ Snake’s hit single, “Broken Summer (Feat. Max Frost).” Most recently, Frost had a once in a lifetime experience working with Elton John in a London studio for an upcoming collaboration with DJ Mustard.
Rising Neo-Soul polymath XamVoloreleases new single Lose Love, the first track to be taken from his upcoming debut EP A DAMN FINE SPECTACLE.
Written and produced by XamVolo during sessions in LA alongside heavyweight producer Freddie Joachim (J Cole, Aloe Blacc, Joey Bada$$), Lose Love’s bouncing groove opens up the EP. Released via Universal on the 13th April, A Damn Fine Spectacle is an inventive concept EP and serves as a teasing distillation of what is to be explored on his forthcoming debut album, All The Sweetness on the Surface.
A testament to XamVolo’s cinematic method of creating worlds within his music, across four songs, it tells a neo-noir story of a young girl who finds herself confronted with a hive containing a black honey substance, (which XamVolo has named ‘Slaize’) that can grant her every desire.
XamVolo explains “Everybody wants something, whether it’s money, power, justice, a clean slate, or a new pair of shoes. Some people would go to great lengths to acquire the things they want, but whenever there's an easier option available, most people would rather save themselves the hassle. This EP [and the album to follow] are all about the nature of our desires. When someone is told of this black honey – of an easy way to obtain everything they’ve ever wanted – their curiosity is piqued.”
Windows Ninety8 releases first single, Benzine
Windows Ninety8, Toronto’s next biggest hip-hop export, has released his much-anticipated single, Benzine. Watch the video here: bit.ly/windowsninety8.
Carrying more than just a unique sound and witty song writing in his arsenal kit, Windows Ninety8, a BLOCKTRADE Music artist, brings an element of mystery and neck turns with his peculiar appearance. The artist pays homage to his name by physically embodying it – you will never catch him without his monitor on.
This single kicks-off his series of new releases as he prepares to share new content through to 2018.
The song is now available on all major streaming platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify: fanlink.to/Benzine
Round and Round has a banging beat, a melodic chorus and lyrics that most everybody can relate to.
Baby Gas is an underground rap artist from Stockton who has found himself much success in the recent year. Not only was he featured on the local radio, however, one of his Youtube videos, '30 On Me' blew up to have over 1 million listens. This artist and his group are on the up and up and don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.
Produced by Nana Rogues (Drake) and Jay Prince, “Hold On” is a perfect example of the truly relatable song writing that Mahalia has become so well known for.
The track; a rich slice of R&B and Pop-flecked jam, sprinkled with originality and pushed into the present day is quintessentially Mahalia – encompassing the classic sounds of the past while refusing to be hemmed in by one particular genre; her open-hearted lyricism holding it all together like magic dust.
"Hold On was a tune that needed to come out of me for a long time and it finally did when I stumbled upon an old flame of mine in my home town. It's a long story so I won't go into it... however, I originally wrote "Hold On" in the studio with Jay Prince. I then had a little session with 'Buddy' during his recent trip to London and he came at me with the geezas perspective...! Have a listen – hope you enjoy.”
Mahalia released her debut single “Sober” back in July, which to date has amassed over 2 million streams, and saw her grace the Berlin online platform COLOR’s last month, where her performance of “Sober” accumulated over 250k views in just five days ( link ). She subsequently sold-out her first London show and further announced a second at Hoxton Bar & Grill on Wednesday 15th of November – ( tickets here ). In addition, the songstress will be touring the UK & Ireland on a 9-date tour later this month – ( tickets here).
At 12 years old – the age most of us are aimlessly riding bikes or trying to avoid homework – Mahalia was picking up a guitar and penning love songs. With her entrancing, soulful tones, wise yet relatable wordplay and intuitive sense of melody, it quickly became clear that she had a natural sense of musicality, and that she’d be doing this for the rest of her life.
Now 19 and based in Leicester, Mahalia is ready to fully unleash what she’s been brewing for so many years into the world. In the time since she first picked up that guitar, she’s dropped a scattering of releases – from 2012’s indie-flecked acoustic dream “Head Space” to 2015’s gorgeously understated 4-track EP “Never Change” – and last year’s genre-flipping mixtape “Diary of Me”. But for Mahalia, it feels as if she’s just getting started.
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International sensation Tash Sultana reveals a brand new single, ‘Mystik’ released via Sony Columbia. The Australian singer recently made her US TV debut, on Late Night with Seth Meyer - watch her performance of ‘Jungle’ here . Tash returns to the UK later this month, playing a sold out show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on October 29.
'Mystik' was written recently in Tash’s home studio whilst on a break from touring the globe for the last 18 months. Once again Tash played every instrument on the recording, with the addition of a new saxophone she picked up and learnt to play a week before recording. The song was tracked and mixed with ‘Notion EP’ engineer Nikita Miltiadou at Melbourne’s own Smooch studios. The single will feature on Tash’s highly anticipated debut record due in 2018.
“I had a mental block for f***ing ages, then one day in my studio I woke up jetlagged at 5am and this just fell out of my finger tips” – Tash Sultana
To date Tash has amassed tens of millions of streams online, landed at #3 in triple j’s Hottest 100 with ‘Jungle’ - which is now at platinum sales in Australia, top ten ARIA chart with ‘Notion EP’ which then stayed in the chart for 6 months, topped the iTunes charts in multiple countries, sold out theatre shows worldwide, graced major festival stages around the globe, even picked up a j award in 2016 along the way!
She recently took the #1 spot on US Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart, and appears on Late Night With Seth Myers on October 2.
New single ‘Mystik’ is available worldwide now: http://smarturl.it/TS.MYSTIK
"Drew Barrymore" is the new single from LA-based indie/R&B artist Bryce Vine.
He says on the track - "Drew Barrymore has become iconic to my generation. In a way, she's like Hollywood royalty. There's something special about her that is hard to put in to words. The girl i'm talking about in the song has that same charm. it's an unexplainable admiration for a special person - whoever that may be in your own life."
Earlier this year, Peezy signed to Bay legend E-40's Sick Wid It Records, eventually grabbing a deal with 300. Today, he's announcing his debut EP, Humble Beginnings, which is scheduled for an October release and is exclusively produced by Cardo (who's also worked with the likes of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Jeezy, among others). He says he learned a lot in the process of putting together an entire body of work. "All my life, if I wasn't feeling something, I'd just stop it and move onto the next thing. But I learned that putting a whole tape together, you could record one song that you don't like but that don't mean you gotta put it on the tape. I'm sitting on 90-95 songs right now. But I'm only putting six songs on Humble Beginnings.