It really feels like we’ve been in quarantine forever due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve had to adjust to separation and distance, everywhere in the world. Musical artists are no different, but they have a further struggle in that their very livelihood is affected because they’re unable to perform live in public. But thankfully, musicians are very resourceful, and with that comes a lot of hope as well. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Dos Floris, is determined not to let enforced separation get to her, and instead has collaborated with other musicians, as well as members of the general public. Her new single, ‘All In It Together’, sees a 40 person band come together over a video link-up, comprising independent musicians she’s met over time, as well as the public.
You’ll know the phrase, ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’, but you might not know it’s the title of a poem by Gil Scott-Heron, who published it nearly 50 years ago, in 1971. It’s one of the most famous pieces of resistance literature in the English language, and its as relevant, and fresh, today as it was back then. Inspirational to all who believe in the freedom of political expression, it has found a particular meaning for NOLA Resistance, who have been fighting the good fight for many years now. Artists, activists, and musicians, they have put their own spin on the poem, updating it – and quite rightfully so – in their latest single.
Seattle-based singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jalal Andre has been performing for the more than 20 years with indie rockers Echo Texture. His side-project, Glorybots, allows him to set a focus on music outside of the rock sphere, with more complex themes and experimental composition. ‘Wrong’ is the lead single from his upcoming self-released set ‘Invisible’, due out on July 31.
There is a horrible stain on the honour of the United States, with regard to violence against people of colour. We’ve seen this so much in recent weeks, with peaceful protests to bring about human rights changes, and to commemorate the names of those who have died at the hands of police – among many others, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery – and to bring those murderers to justice.
Jonte’ Moaning might be a familiar name to you. The singer and dancer was the choreographer on the landmark video for Beyoncé’s song, ‘Freakum Dress’, and not only that, he also choreographed her 2007 world tour. If you were lucky enough to have caught that show, you’ll instantly recognise his work in the clip for ‘KLASSY’ – even without knowing he’s in the video.
There’s a lot of aggression involved in living in Brooklyn. You all live on top of each other, and it creates a lot of hate: drivers hate pedestrians, who hate cyclists – who in turn complete the circle by hating the drivers…Sun & Flesh know that anger all too well, but they have also chosen to not let it twist them, and instead, have taken the energy from all that aggression, and risen above it, making fast and furious music, anthems of disenchantment, as it were, providing a voice for everyone. Their latest song, ‘Bored’, is the perfect example of this.
Coming from San Francisco, Nick Andre has been producing music for the past decade and a half, and is the founder of Slept On Records. He’s just finished producing the new Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious) album, set for release later this year. We’ve written about him a few times over the past few years, and his latest track, ‘Snake Bite’, sees him joined by Zion I, Lateef The Truth Speaker, And Deuce Eclipse. ‘Snake Bite’ is out today, 29 May.
‘Gettin’ High’ is the new single from Americana and rock songwriter Tyler Boone. Originally from Charleston, South Carolina, he’s now living in Los Angeles, and has signed his first record deal with Antifragile Music, the label belonging to music legend Tom Sarig, who launched the careers of Lou Reed, CAKE, and Against Me!, among others.
When we first heard German band Riches Of The Poor, we were struck by how much they reminded us of bands of the 80s, such as The Cure, and New Order – throw in some early U2 as well. And given they’re actually named after a line in a song by The Smiths, it’s not too hard to imagine why we got this impression.
Vanessa V’s single, ‘Live It Up’ comes after the singer joined up with Left Lane Entertainment, and was able to hone her sound. The track has since been streamed more than 20 thousand times on Spotify alone, and besides its heavy rotation status on Sirius XM’s Shade 45, has also been aired on Power 92 Chicago. Additionally, the song has been made into a dance by choreographers Guy Groove and Jayden Bartels, which has been replicated by dozens of fans.