Newark New Jersey is a cultural hub for the battle rap scene, and Arsonal Da Rebel knows that scene well, and is regarded by many as one of the genre’s most highly-ranked, with 67 battles to his name, and more than 87 million views. He’s made appearances on top shows such as Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, and is a testament to how much success is made up of hard work, natural skill, and a philosophy that’s grounded in DIY. He’s the perfect example of a self-made rapper, with his large fan base supporting him and showing that having the goods is what gets you to the top.
With a sound that falls somewhere between Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift, Irish band Wild Wonder are straight out of the gate with new single, ‘Said And Done’. Be warned that the song, which has classic pop bones set against strong vocals and gorgeous instrumentation, will have you humming the extremely catchy chorus all day – and then some.
Proper Einstein, from Swainsboro, Georgia, has learned from the greats, taking his musical inspiration from the sound of the past 40 years or so of popular music. The singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, director, and actor embraces it all as he glides effortlessly between hip-hop, country, and every place in between. Four albums, a quiver of singles, some heavy radio rotation, and some incredible collaborations with the underground’s greatest, his latest creation, the single, ‘Like This’, is a truly fine piece of work.
David Drake is an artist in every sense of the word, although he concentrates his talents on music. He approaches his songs as if they were paintings, with poetic imagery and lyrics taking the listener on a journey that transcends sound. ‘Touch The Burning Sky’, his latest single, paints a picture of wonder, amazement, and awe about the natural world, and with his words and music Drake commands as much soul and spirit as any colours committed to canvas.
Quite a number of KOTH’s singles have garnered praise from esteemed publications, such as The Hype Magazine, and Elevator, and the Seattle artist has supported the likes of Slick Rick, Mobb Deep, and Mos Def, not to mention selling out The Crocodile in his home town, with TylerxCordy. Latest single, ‘My Time’, which is the first track from his upcoming set, ‘First Team’, is a banger of an anthem, with a relatable theme for anyone who’s chasing those dreams and catching them, making their moment – in their own time.
Imogen Shute moved to Melbourne to follow her dream of becoming a recording artist. The Australian pop singer released her first song earlier this year, and with latest single, ‘Just For A Second’, we find her going from strength to strength, as her sound and image are imbued with a new confidence. Recorded at Truth Studios, the track is set for release on August 15.
One could be excused for mistaking this band’s name for a possible catch phrase for the second half of this absurd year we’re currently living in, but aliensdontringdoorbells has little to do with the wreckage of alien craft at Roswell, or the “big reveal” that beings from another world walk among us. Instead, aliensdontringdoorbells are actually a musical crew of three, aboard a ship that brings with it their new single, entitled “Story”.
Still only 12 years old, Tamas Bulla is in no rush to grow up, and understands that these are the best days – the worry-free years – and yet this New Jersey pre-teen is already making a name for himself in music. In the video for his debut single, ‘Out Of Time’, Tamas addresses the new challenges he faces in life as he gets older.
Sergio Myers is a multi-genre artist, who has been making an impact with his emotional hip hop tracks, which closely examine and pull apart his personal life. His catchy and charismatic sound has seen him work with Grammy Award winning producer Arden Altino, as well as MTV, for whom he created the reality TV series, ‘Sorority Life’.
Hailing from the Australian state of Tasmania, pop singer songwriter Nuria writes music about the human experience; her latest single, ‘Touch’, released July 31, took its inspiration from those feelings of longing that have been brought about by the enforced isolation of COVID-19 lockdown. The song was recorded in her caravan home studio, and with further production work by Dave Crowe (aka Resin Moon), based in Alice Springs, The Northern Territory.
Named for the peace he feels around animals, as opposed to people, Skittish is the brainchild of Jeff Noller, with the Minnesota artist being its creative force for more than a decade. ‘Savannah Sessions’, their seventh album, is set for release on September 18, while the single ‘Car Crash Companion’ is out today.
It’s crazy to think we’re talking about albums set for release in October, but suddenly it’s August already, so here we are. Darren Jessee is probably best known for being the co-founder and drummer of Ben Folds Five, but he’s a solo performer as well, and his latest album, ‘Remover’, the follow up to 2018’s ‘The Jane, Room 217’, is set for release on October 16, through Bar/None Records. ‘Cape Elizabeth’, from the forthcoming album, came out on 31 July.
Involved in music since childhood – he was a member of “Project Peace”, the group winning an award for community services – Jerome Frank developed a love for singing and performing while travelling to gigs with his father, at which time he also began writing songs, in order to make sense of problems in his personal life. Currently working with Diamond Jam Entertainment, ‘Toxic Love’ is Jerome’s debut single.