Riley is from Harlem, in New York City. He’s an up and coming rapper, but he’s also an athlete, an actor, a comedian (unintentionally) and most of all, a dream chaser. His latest single, ‘Fasho’, featuring V$ Asad, is the first taste of Riley’s upcoming album, ‘First Quarter’, and the music video has already found its way onto BET Jams.
For Katmaz’s latest single, ‘Alone (with me)’, the music video was shot in the middle of McCarren Park, in the middle of Williamsburg, the Brooklyn neighbourhood in the centre of New York City’s independent rock music scene. Seems only fitting for someone who is building up for himself a reputation as one of New York’s most enterprising young independent artists.
Door 10 of our Essential Advent Calendar this year opens on Ingrid Michaelson, who duets with Jason Mraz on her new holiday single, ‘Christmas Valentine’. The singer songwriter has nine albums under her belt, and loves making music that people connect with – so it’s no wonder she loves Christmas music!
Brooklyn’s Makes My Blood Dance first came to our attention back in June, with their single, ‘Beaming Right Up’, which was a blend of disco, glam, electropop and metal. Now they return with their latest track, ‘Sick As Our Secrets’, and their sound is an homage to a punk rock camaraderie that anyone would be glad to have.
Today, Netflix released ‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé’, which presents an intimate look at her historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, Homecoming gives a peek into the process and emotional physical sacrifices it took to conceptualize and execute a performance of that magnitude that became a cultural movement. This stand-alone Netflix original is now available globally on Netflix.
Sonic Rade are a Swiss Pop trio with three albums under their belt: ‘Let It Out’ (2013); ‘Sideways’ (2016); and their brand new self titled album, ‘Sonic Rade’, released this year. Their music is high energy mixed with shades of melancholy, and their latest single, ‘Let’s Dream Tonight’, comes with a video which sees them head for the heart of New York City – Times Square.
‘Moonlight’ is the latest release from Earthquake Lights, a delicate, hypnotic, and very appealing track built on a chord progression that teases resolution but never achieves it. It’s accompanied by a music video shot by prolific Korean-American artist, Minu Park, whose work has been recognised by the great Werner Herzog.
According to Wikipedia, “Populuxe” was a consumer culture and aesthetic in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s, with the term being a combination of “popular” and “luxury”. It’s a particularly apt name for the modern-art trio from Brooklyn, New York, who constantly find ways to reinvent themselves, with each new release. Their latest album, ‘Lumiere’, released last year, is a lush, aesthetically pleasing, mash-up of sounds akin to that of Pink Floyd and David Bowie.