Breathing Under Water by Max DeVincenzo from debut album Suspended Dreams.
Video by Jonathan Galle
Horns- Alex Cazet (Saxophone) Mark Wilkolak (Trombone) and Matt Wilkolak (Trumpet)
Recorded by Kevin Harbison at Dave Grusin Hall at CU in Boulder, CO
All other instruments, composition, and production by Max DeVincenzo
Songwriter, producer and musician SG Lewis today shares the video for his collaborative new single ‘Better’ with rising US star Clairo. The result of a chance writing session in LA, the track instantly became a viral hit last month and was labelled “addictive” by Pigeons and Planes” with Hypebeast calling it “the perfect summer jam”.
The innate chemistry the duo shared in the studio has now naturally translated into the fun, care-free video for ‘Better’. Shot in Chicago and produced by Weird Life Films (Ravyn Lenae, Soccer Mommy), ‘Better’ features both artists as they drive around the city in full-length tracksuits in a loving homage to classic Hype William’s directed videos of the later nineties, early noughties.
Speaking on the track, SG says “I played Clairo the instrumental and she jumped on it straight away! The process was so natural, I kept the beat unquantized from the jam as I felt like it gave the record an old disco feel”. The single is the perfect marriage of SG’s signature warm, sunny house production and Clairo’s dreamy vocal delivery. Clairo reflects, "Sam is one of the most talented producers I know. We met the same day that we made this song, and just clicked instantly. “Better” is one of the first real steps I’ve made into ‘pop music’ and this collab feels like a match made in heaven!"
‘Better’ is the latest in a long run of exceptional collabs for SG, with his upcoming album featuring J Warner, Kartell and a host of others yet to be announced. After an incredible run of dates across Europe, America, Australia and Asia so far this year, SG also recently announced a landmark headline show at London’s iconic superclub Printworks on December 7th. In addition he will return to the US for a full tour starting in September making stops at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere on September 28th & 29th and LA’s The Fonda Theater on October 19th.
This year, SG Lewis began releasing music from his ambitious three-part album ‘Dusk, Dark, Dawn’. Currently in phase one - ‘Dusk’ - SG imagines the trajectory of one night out in club music and is a loving tribute to club and youth culture. Referencing a wide breadth of styles and genres, ‘Dusk’ uses disco, west coast hip-hop and 80s electro to set the scene. Soon to move into Phase 2 - ‘Dark’ - he’ll use heavier styles like techno and rap to move the crowd into the night before heading off on his worldwide tour.
US pop prodigy Clairo is on an undeniable ascent, with collaborators including Rejjie Snow and Danny L Harle and her ‘diary 001’ EP receiving major accolades across the world.
Vice has teamed up with 2x-Platinum selling recording artist Becky G and Nigerian singer/songwriter Mr. Eazi for his brand new single, “Don’t Go” – available now on all DSPs via Atlantic Records. The rhythmic-infused production blends Becky G’s glossy vocals with Mr. Eazi’s signature “banku music” sound, for a track destined to be a summer playlist staple.
The release only adds to of Vice’s discography of genre-bending singles, including “Obsession (25/7)” featuring Jon Bellion & KYLE (deemed “a feel-good record that should heat up” by Complex), “Steady 1234” featuring Jasmine Thompson & Skizzy Mars (winner of Musical.ly’s NextWave competition and called “a new level of cool”by NYLON) and “Piñata” featuring BIA, Kap G & Justin Quiles (praised by Billboard for it’s “distinct sazon”). Boasting nearly 200 million worldwide streams, Vice continues to perform on stage at some of the hottest festivals across the country (including Coachella, Ultra Miami) and holds residencies at Marquee (Las Vegas, New York), XS, Intrigue Las Vegas and more. Keeping his sound fresh and innovative, he has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Rihanna, Capitol Cities, Linkin Park and Kelly Rowland.
Multiplatinum producer Mike Free has released the video for "How You Love That," which premiered on HipHopDX. Directed by Mr. Real Movie and featuring Niko G4 and Mani Coolin, the track is the first release from his upcoming Ratchet Wave project due out this month. The project will feature appearances by Quavo, Tyga, Gucci Mane, Dave East, City Girls and more.
Newcomer SS announces himself with these stripped back club inspired visuals for his latest single ‘Gasolina’. Dropped on GRM Daily, the video follows his remix of Not3s’ ‘M3 Not You’ from earlier this year, with both tracks showcasing what’s to come from the burgeoning producer/mc/creative. Recent studio sessions with the likes of Dappy and G-Money have resulted in a collection of tracks which will make up his debut EP, chalked for release later this year.
As CEO of Sound Records Ltd (a label he set up himself), the ambitious youngster aims to put out music from other acts as well as his own. Having already made some serious moves in 2017, at 16 he produced the award winning afrobeat star Samini’s single ‘One Shot’, a song which earned radio plays on BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra and further interviews with DJ Edu and Abrantee. Off his own back his second release ‘Know’ was championed by HotNewHipHop, indicating a potential cross-Atlantic appeal for his music also.
Whilst having a vibrant sound in line with his peers, SS’ music is deeply rooted in artistry and musicality from the past, as he embraces the classic records he was brought up - from Reggae, Hip Hop, R&B, Rare Groove, Jungle, Garage and the like. His music covers the emotions of a young man finding his place in this ever changing world.
‘Gasolina’ is out now on all streaming platforms
Jamaica's highly-touted musician Chronixx announces a headline show at Alexandra Palace on 11th November 2018 today. The one-off headline show, which is Chronixx’s first London date since his sold-out show at Brixton Academy last summer, will see Protoje & The Indiggnation supporting. Tickets will go on general sale from Friday 3rd August at 10am and will be available to purchase from www.chronixxmusic.com.
To celebrate the announcement of his upcoming headline show at Alexandra Palace, Chronixx has released the music video for ‘Skankin’ Sweet’, directed by award winning Storm Saulter and shot in Jamaica.
Produced by French production duo Bost & Bim (Capleton, Morgan Heritage, Sizzla, Admiral T), ‘Skankin’ Sweet’ is the most streamed song from Chronixx’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY nominated debut album ‘Chronology’. In addition to being one of the set highlights from the word-wide Chronology Tour last year (which saw Chronixx perform to a combined audience of over half a million), ‘Skankin’ Sweet’ was performed by Chronixx on the likes of Later… with Jools Holland, Radio 1Xta Live Lounge and NPR Music Tiny Desk.
Since 2012, 24-year-old singer songwriter and producer Chronixx has organically built a devoted fan-base and turned industry heads as one of Jamaica’s fastest, most-promising talents to represent the iconic Caribbean island to a global audience. Described as a “legend” (by the likes of Noisey and GQ), who is “putting Rastafarianism back into Reggae” (The Guardian), Chronixx’s own take on the roots sound has been lauded as the jump of point for a “musical revolution”.
Fans include Usain Bolt (whose Tracks & Records restaurant housed Chronixx’s first live show), Mick Jagger (who celebrated his birthday side of stage at Chornixx’s 2018 Summerstage Central Park show ), U2 (who invited Chronixx to perform with them last summer at a charity concert in New York), Jimmy Fallon (who booked him to play on his Tonight show off the back of one EP release), Major Lazer (who curated and released his first mixtape), Rudimental (who featured on ‘Chronology’), Nasand Ms Lauren Hill (who toured with him last Autumn) and adidas (who recruited him as the face of their Originals Spezial Line).
TICKETS FOR CHRONIXX’S HEADLINE SHOW AT ALEXANDRA PALACE ON 11th NOVEMBER GO ON SALE FROM FRIDAY 3rd AUGUST AT 10AM AND ARE AVAILBLE TO PURCHASE FROM WWW.CHRONIXXMUSIC.COM
WATCH/ SHARE THE MUSIC VIDEO ‘SKANKIN’ SWEET’ HERE:
One More Time is Moxie's R&B rendition of the nostalgia that follows an obsessive yet tainted intimate relationship filled with imbalance and lust.
Produced by Greatness Jones and Jordan Thomas, Professor Green’s ‘Count On You’ features vocals from upcoming East London singer, JstJck. Premiered last night on Radio 1Xtra by DJ Target, it follows the 2018 release of Green’s ‘Mercedes Riddim’ ft. Dutch and ‘Unruly’.
The music video for ‘Count On You’ was shot in Holborn and directed by long-term collaborator and globally renowned photographer and film-maker, Simon Emmett. Highlighting Green’s status as arguably one of the UK’s most eligible Batchelors, the video centres around the theme of him speed-dating and features a cameo appearance from former Love Island contestant Montana Brown.
Firmly established as one of the crossover superstars of British music, the Hackney born and raised rapper, Professor Green (aka Stephen Manderson), has notched up two Top 3 albums and over 3.5 million combined sales in the UK alone since starting out as a revered battle MC. All in addition to presenting six critically acclaimed documentaries (for the BBC and Channel 4), publishing his autobiography ‘Lucky’, continuing his ongoing work as Patron of anti-suicide charity CALM, and, most recently, becoming a regular columnist for newly launched men’s title, The Book of Man.
‘Count On You’, released via Relentless/Sony, is available across all platforms now:
Los Angeles emcee Jeremy Ian Thomas also known as Surreal is an emcee’s emcee guaranteed to be solidified as one of hip-hop’s clearest voices. We first heard Surreal on “True Indeed” a collaboration effort between the jazz duo Jay & Soulo otherwise known as The Sound Providers. Surreal’s ability to rock an entire album with no features, covering the bases and basics of life, immediately made him a standout.
It didn’t end there though, in 2006, Surreal released his sophomore project “Future Classic” with DJ Balance under the Hip Hop Is Music imprint. During this time Surreal had his hand in a number of records and albums collaborating with the likes of Ohmega Watts, Marco Polo, Braille, Future Shock, Sareem Poems and more. Years down the line we got “Pardon My Dust” a properly curated collection of unreleased content. After “Pardon My Dust” our hero seem to...disappear…
Here we are a decade later, but where has Surreal been? He’s been through film school and with that education, he’s actually directed videos for Denmark Vessey and Oddisee and Brands like Nike and Reebok to name a few. Now a full-time filmmaker, Surreal is fully aware of the transitions and transformation the music industry has endured. However the emcee who grew up in Tampa Bay Florida has been growing and evolving as well.
While we may not have heard a project from Surreal in a decade, he’s been creating this entire time and is getting set to release his “Hello”. “Hello” is a grand return for fans of Surreal, but also a proper reintroduction to people who might’ve missed the first portion of Surreal’s journey in music. With “Hello” right around the corner Surreal plans to show us the full breadth of his work, combining his video experience with his intricate and versatile wordplay to bring the listener an experience we need in these times like these.
West Coast legend Daz Dillinger and rising star Rich Espy are kicking off the summer with a brand new video for their banger "Sunrise.”
The collaboration, which is featured on Rich Espy’s new album Westland, fuses two generations of West Coast talent together and is also a family affair, as Daz is Espy's uncle.
Their familiarity and chemistry is evident on the first listen, with the smooth production providing a perfect backdrop for their tales.
The new visuals enrich the listening experience by giving viewers the full California experience, including the signature palm trees, sunshine and scenery that inspired the song and both artists.
Puma Blue’s incendiary set at The Great Escape to a packed out room at The Arch prompted Clash to conclude: “Puma Blue stole the show on Thursday night with an incredible performance – taut, emphatic, and blessed with wonderful songwriting.”
Now fast rising South Londoner Puma Blue – aka Jacob Allen - continues to share his timeless atmosphere with the latest visuals for fan favourite Moon Undah Water which peaked at #1 on Hypemachine and receive radio support by KCRW, Worldwide, BBC 6Music, NTS. The track gained critical acclaim amongst tastemakers including Dummy, Crack, Notion, Clash, Hypebeast and Wonderland amongst others.
The track’s central looped riff is hypnotizing in its simplicity, but it grows in intensity with Puma Blue’s impassioned croon escalating to an impassioned howl as saxophone scrawls across the band’s lurching grooves. Moon Undah Water is out now on Blue Flowers(Nilufar Yana, Westerman, Gotts Street Park.)
The new video channels Puma Blue’s dusky midnight vibes that break through the track. The evocative nature of the music is carefully caprtured by director Netti Hurley ,whose previous video credits include Coping for Dazed, and Adidas. The video was institctively shot around London, with Allen and Hurley leading the way.
“Jacob’s music inspires a lot of feeling, in a kind of effortless way, so wanted the video to reflect this. Lo-fi relaxed candid and intimate. Submerged feelings and thoughts, dreamlike, poetic but very DIY.” Explains Hurley: “Spontaneously shot, with no plan, just wandering across London with a camcorder.”
Allen adds: “It ended up sort of becoming this old karaoke video, and we kind of tried to embrace that. I liked the idea of this song being forgotten about and then brought out at a karaoke bar in 50 years as a kind of ace up the sleeve of someone who happens to randomly know it.”
Although ‘Moon Undah Water’ has been part of his songbook for a while, Puma Blue was inspired to finally record the track, that features his heavier live sound, after working on it fresh from completing a tour. The song was written and produced by Puma Blue - aka Jacob Allen - with mixing and additional production courtesy of Dilip Harris (King Krule, Mount Kimbie).
"Coochie Money" holds traces of 90's rap track, waxing lyrical about the topics we hear most frequently in hip-hop (money, partying and women), but done in a classy, subdued fashion over a dusty instrumental. With hints of soul, spoken word, and in some parts, a flow which could be mistaken for a young Tupac track, Seri's diversity of sound, grasp of rhythm and rhyme, as well as overarching artist direction (which extends to his visual and brand identity) puts him in the same league as artists such as Tyler The Creator, Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar.
Harsh Armadillo is six guys and a girl who don’t sleep until you’ve burnt through your insoles, and tried that breakdance move from your fifth grade talent show. They create original music for moving to– a combination of funk and hip-hop roots with the bass, the drums, the horns, and the voices that hit like a vitamin for your soul. The gang hails from Boston’s leafy hat; a little known mecca they like to call New Hampshire. They have no affiliation with the state of Texas and have never encountered a wild armadillo. You can find their music, videos, and tour dates at harsharmadillo.com.
Founded in a moldy basement in 2013, Harsh Armadillo continues to crush doctor’s predictions for a blindly short lifespan with the release of their new EP ‘BITE’. The previous five years consisted primarily of blue Gatorade fueled rampage, punctuated by two full length releases– ‘Thayer It Is’ (2014), and ‘Blame Bad Habits’ (2017).
Los Angeles has long been recognized as a hub of rap talent and it’s no different for rising star Airplane James, who just dropped a new single called “5 FT” featuring Jay Worthy.
The Diamond Lane Music Group rep has a classic LA banger on his hands with “5 FT,” complete with that signature Cali style and sound from both rappers, who make it clear to keep any drama at least five feet away from them.
The song is a preview of things to come on his latest project Plane Conversation, set to drop later this year. The visuals for the project stay true to the city too; taking viewers for a visit through both sides of LA’s infamous gang streets and also includes a cameo from Diamond Lane star Problem.
"Pray" is the current standout track from Toobe Fresco's new album "Never Better". To commemorate this, Toobe joined band-mate Pearce Gronek and developed an incredibly soulful and reflective acoustic live video for the track.