Scott Ayers was once upon a time in an up and coming indie band called The Lovemakers. Since that time he’s been running a bar, The RIC, which was mighty successful…until Covid-19 happened and then, well, Scott decided he had to do something else. He sold the bar, and got into music, and will release three albums: the first will be released on November 13 this year, with albums 2 and three released exactly a year and two years later respectively. First track from LP1 is ‘Leave Me Alone’, accompanied by a music video, the latter of which should be avoided if you’re allergic to – or just don’t like – cats.
Released on August 15, ‘On Me’ is the new single from Nigerian hip-hop and rap artist, Chucks Èhtréppär, and is from of his debut EP ‘Afro-Trap The First’. Chucks has been writing, recording, and releasing his own music from a very young age, and after going through a number of stage names, his latest takes its inspiration from Chance The Rapper, and indeed, his second name is “The Rapper” spelled in reverse, with accents added for effect.
Originally from Virginia, USA, but currently living in Kuwait, Fai has had the wonderful opportunity to travel the world thanks to her father, who was a diplomat. Taking advantage of this for her music career, Fai pulled to herself a wide network of friends and contacts all over the world, and additionally used her experiences to populate her music. Her debut single, ‘Comet’, is set for release on August 20.
NII CO. was previously signed to Warner Music Philippines and had released three singles with the label before rebranding himself as NII CO. The pop and future bass producer has released his latest single, ‘In My Dreams’, a song appropriate for these pandemic times, about the fear of loneliness, and the search for love and companionship.
Chanique is not your average triple threat. She’s got singing and songwriting under her belt, as well as stage acting. But she’s also a professional model, and a more than competent chef. Basically, Chanique can put her hand to anything and come up a winner, but it’s been from her very earliest days, growing up on the Caribbean island of St Vincent and The Grenadines, that she’s known she was meant to make her name in the world of music, and her latest single, ‘I Can’, is possibly the perfect example, a Chanique primer if you will, of what she can do.
Virginia Beach Fourpiece OK Mayday is made up of friends, including a couple of brothers, who write catchy, fully-realized, soulful indie that stands apart. While their sound could be characterised as basic rock, they also take some of their cues from pop, which ensures that their songs are just that bit more powerful. Their most recent single, ‘Blossoms’, probably stands against any characterisation, but it’s definitely one worth adding to your summer playlist.
Rap, like every other genre of music, is a constantly evolving thing, and in order for artists to make a name for themselves that will see them remembered, they have to move with the times, they have to adapt, and they also have to live the lifestyle. Fans look most to those who truly know what struggle is, and who have had to work hard to get where they are. They can spot the posers a mile off.
Now Endeavor is made up of duo Just Pete and Thom The Disco Spider, a pair of musicians from Detroit whose latest single, ‘You Know Me’, from their most recent EP, ‘Survival’, along with its animated video, is a profound statement of faith in benevolence – pay it forward, reap good karma, do something good today, and you may benefit from it tomorrow.