‘Disaster’, by Ultra Major, harks back to those days when all you needed was a few friends, a few chords, and an earworm of a song to have a hit. There’s no gimmicks with these guys though, it’s straight up fuzzed-out rock guitars reminiscent of the 90s, the sort of thing that you listen to for years after.
2020 is a year that has proven, and continues to prove, to be one which saps our strength and test our positivity. Every day is another day filled with headlines and news stories that in turn fill us with worry and despair. Even the most positive people find their thoughts are taking a more negative bent.
Never in the history of the USA has it been more important to vote than in this year’s presidential elections. For too long people have believed that their vote doesn’t matter, but it’s simply not the case. And to help that cause, to encourage people to vote, a group of every day American women from all walks of life, have rallied together for the cause, united in the belief that even a small group can make a big difference. The single, ‘We Need You’, by Women Get Out The Vote, is a powerful protest folk-pop song, and with any luck should prove as important and memorable as the rallying cries in the 60s and 70s.
We’ve been writing about Justina Valentine for years now, from the Eastern-vibed hip-hop of ‘Suga Daddy’, back in 2016, to July this year, with her singles, ‘Hide & Seek’, and ‘Just Spit It’. The flame-haired singer, who’s also found fame on TV, as a regular cast member of the hit MTV show ‘Wild ‘N Out’, as well as an MTV fan favourite with appearances on ‘TRL’, ‘How Far is Tattoo Far’, and ‘Revenge Prank’, plus hosting reunions for ‘The Challenge’, ‘Jersey Shore’, and ‘Ex on the Beach’. It’s music that’s her true love however, and her latest single, ‘Lucky You’, takes Justina, and her fans, further than ever before.
Papi Shiitake is the brainchild of Young Tuxx, best known as the frontman of Brooklyn band, Best Behaviour. The project sees him collaborating and co-writing with his long time friend, Ryan Sieloff. The pair unite the East and West coasts of the USA, and incorporate their distinct styles, with Sieloff’s 60s-inspired dreamscapes, and Young Tuxx’s tales of optimistic loneliness. Together they create an alt-surf frock world which comes unfiltered from their creative minds.
Lauren Hulbert, from Oakland, California, has been keeping her audiences spellbound for years now, with her enchanting combination of folk, alterative country-rock, and atmospheric semi-acoustic pop. Her folk arrangements are raw and real, drawing attention to her thoughtful lyrics, carefully considered melodies, and her stunning vocals. Lauren’s latest single, ‘Gone In One’, follows on from her 2017 release, ‘Beneath The Soil’, and comes ahead of her new album, ‘Superbloom’. On top of all that, the track is accompanied by her first proper music video.
Ray Lugar’s latest venture, The Collective Force, has seen him aligning world renowned artists in both the studio and on stage, and the project stands as a powerful voice for all people. Their most recent single, ‘Paper Cha$e’, sees Ray and The Collective Force share how they believe the current culture of money can and must be changed.
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Pennan Brae is right up there alongside such classic rock and blues storytelling songwriters as Elton John, Muddy Waters, BB. King, and Elmore James. The guitarist is also a screenwriter and filmmaker, and loves to poke fun at and celebrate the sound of the 80s. His latest single, ‘Crashland’, is the lead track from his album, ‘The Astronot’, which accompanies his film of the same name.
South Florida native IHateJulian isn’t your average rapper. Not just a jack of all trades, he’s also a master of all, whether it be rap, acting, or running his own business. His latest single, ‘I Ain’t Impressed (Remix)’, features Starling and Lee Cavalli, and it’s a depiction of a day in the life for this superstar.