It’s a solo offering from the woman responsible for some of the greatest hits in today’s musical landscape – those by acts such as Ward Thomas and Lewis Capaldi. But now stepping out from behind the producer’s desk, it’s clear that this release is something producer Astraea has been sitting on for some while now, and is read to unleash.
When you listen to ‘Hotel’, by A.T.L.D.V. you might find yourself thinking that you’ve gone back in time, that the track couldn’t possibly be a modern one; there’s a distinct 9os vibe to its RnB sound, with its seamless merging of hip hop rhythms and soulful vocals. But it’s a modern track indeed, and it’s captured the classic feel of the heyday of RnB, while at the same time feeling every bit a part of the now.
Da$Htone is proud of his hometown Chicago, and has taken to the streets with his iPhone, a Steadicam, and a Bluetooth speaker, for the video to accompany his latest single, ‘Someday’. Along the way he’s cajoled passers by into lip synching lines from the song, and put them all together in a tribute to not just Midwestern hip hop, but also to all those who are inspired by it.
We’ve written about Maribased1 a number of times now, and never fail to be amazed by the quality of his flow, and the quick wit of his mind that allows him to switch between styles and rhythm in the blink of an eye. On the one hand he can write a club banger, while on the other he can come up with a sweet and soulful tribute to strong, and independent women. Citing his style as “Northern Flow”, this artist from the Pacific Northwest knows exactly how to make himself stand out, and it’s meant that he’s found a home for his indie music on he likes of BET Jams, and MTV OnDemand, with his singles, ‘Bouncin’, and, ‘Score’n’, as well as his most recent release, ‘Mystery Girl’.
Jedward have kept their fans entertained during the COVID-19 quarantine, which they had been spending in Los Angeles, with best friend, actress Tara Reid, during which time they were interviewed on ITV’s ‘ITV’s ‘Loose Women’. Now back in Dublin, John has uploaded an acoustic guitar cover of The Police classic, ‘Every Breath You Take’.
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.