Gemini Wired has debuted the music video for her single “What Now,” directed by Seng 2KX. Not only is it a soulful, Aaliyah-esque anthem, but an anthem with a strong message: to inspire people to be better, treat each other better, and not allow intolerance and bullying to control your happiness.
Behind the message is a talented young artist, hailing from Boston, expecting her debut solo EP this year. Influenced by The Black Eyed Peas, MIA and Rihanna, she has a smooth and soulful voice with an Aaliyah (RIP) style.
Stream the single “What Now” below or on soundcloud .
Gasmilk has graced us with the first single from his upcoming EP, slated for release later this year. The single, Slow, is a foot-tapping, head-bobbing, dance-floor-ready track that reels you in hook line & sinker from the very beginning. With the dance party edge of Crystal Castles and the smooth vocals of St. Lucia, Gasmilk has debuted a raucous and daring first plunge into the world of electropop. Not to mention, if you like his facebook page you can get a free download of this very track!
Originally from Oakland, California, Gasmilk is the brainchild of producer/engineer Brian Lee White, with the intention of getting his own style and musical ambition into the mainstream. Keep your attention piqued for future releases from this artist, I think we’ll be hearing a lot more of him soon.
Ready for the race? Amatus is picking up speed in the front line with her debut EP BROKEN COMPASS. It’s a mix of well used tribal beats, lilting and melancholy vocals with an insurmountable strength that lingers on the ear and keeps us at her heels.
From the South Side of Chicago originally, Amatus now resides in Brooklyn, and garnered a significant amount of her early musical experience sitting in on sessions with Erykah Badu, The Roots, and Common. Leading up to her devout venture into music, she was turned on to writing by bassist MeShell Ndegeocello when she lent Amatus her first Triton Keyboard.
Amatus is not only a talented songwriter, but a multi-faceted artist with her fingers busy with her boutique clothing line (345prospect) which was picked up by Barneys Co-op for two seasons, as well as currently scoring a documentary for Al-Jazeera America (Daisy and Max) and recently provided sound design and scoring for SUNSET BABY, a play produced at Labyrinth Theatre Company, affiliated with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
BROKEN COMPASS is available for purchase on iTunes .
Latimer House is a heavily new-wave and Brit-pop influenced band that resides in Prague by way of Toronto, London, Baku and Virginia. Their sound combines the previous musical styles as well as influences from the musicians cultural backgrounds, 1960’s and 1970’s pop. Predominantly, they have a Talking Heads-esque sound due to lead singer Joe Cook’s spoken-word lyrical style, with an upbeat, guitar driven quality reminiscent of bands such as The Strokes and Blur.
Their track Shake! off their album ALL THE RAGE (February 10, 2014) holds true to their spoken-word attribute while nicely ornamenting with acoustic guitar. The above song, This Is Pop, stays true to their style while adding a slightly more 1960’s groove.
Latimer House’s album ALL THE RAGE dropped officially February 10, and can be streamed on bandcamp .
Habits, the premiere single of Tove Lo ‘s new album TRUTH SERUM (due March 3), is as candid as Lily Allen with a Lykke Li style and the polish of Katy Perry. She’s been working with the likes of Lucas Nord, singing on his track Run On Love from ISLANDS. She’s got a fantastic first album, the whole thing is a roller coaster ride of electro-pop magic.
Freddie Mercury performing Under Pressure in 1986. Must watch.
Richard Tyler Epperson is a multi-instrumentalist from Salt Lake City, Utah who is awaiting with bated breath the release of his first solo album, Hourglass, on April 8th. With a beautiful and well-crafted blend of electronic and instrumental sound, he has a poppy and soulful groove similar to John Mayer and Bruno Mars. Like Always, the song for the video below, is a lilting and wistful song with a heavy mix of aggression and heartbeat.
Fire and the Romance is an assemblage of musicians/artists who’ve already worked with a bevy of huge names (Ke$ha, Mayor Hawthorne, Demi Lovato just to name a few) and are now premiering their debut EP entitled Adaptations this coming Spring. The above video for their debut single Way Down Below showcases frontman Dion Roy and keyboardist Jenn Stone in a desert wasteland, a stark visual for a radio-ready song packed with drums, guitar and a rich blend of alternative indie and classic rock.
With band members in NYC and LA, they’ve recently begun touring to promote their newly dropped single and upcoming EP release. Stream their music on soundcloud.
With a poppy yet subdued sound, a lilt to his vocals reminiscent of Goldfrapp, Neon Indian, and The Cure, and driving, sexy beats, Blunda is an earful worth listening to. Hailing from North Hollywood, Blunda is the stage name of Andy Blunda, a serious instrumentalist who has worked with a vast number of significant bands and artists (Stone Temple Pilots, Fastball) as well as toured internationally and composed for TV & Film.
This song, “If You Want Me,” has a sexy, loungey vibe with a fast pulse and lots of sensuality. Check out more of his music here.
Solange Knowles may be Queen B’s sister, but she is far from being a recreation of her sister’s icon status. This is my favorite track from her EP True, which is as much a tribute to the classics as a really well-crafted electro-soul album.
Slack Armada’s EP is a cinematic, expressionistic debut full of zeal and vigor. The artist, James Hrabak, proclaims this to be an artistic “rebirth” and with that, we give you this track, aptly entitled “Rebirth.” Purposefully free of vocals, Hrabak uses all aspects of sound to create a surrounding orchestral effect.
"Legend has it that the mute swan lives its entire life in silence, until delivering one beautiful performance in the moment before its death."
And thus beings a poetic and beautiful album by Lakefield , native to Vancouver. Their latest, and final, EP aptly titled “Swan Songs” is a charming and eloquent release, with Kate Rossiter and Steven Luscher’s vocals intermingling with power and grace. It’s as if Feist was singing in Broken Social scene with a heavy dose of Death Cab For Cutie, and a melancholy that is uncompromising of the musical integrity.
The album was written on two continents, their drummer Paul Teehan working on the piece in London at the Limelight, and the rest of the assembled team working on it in Vancouver. There’s also a lovely, colloquial simplicity to some of the songs that is reminiscent of Ithaca New York’s Saint Low, and contemporaries such as Lady Antebellum.
The EP is set for release on Valentine’s Day of this year, and with a debut video this well produced and an album of this stature I am hoping this will land with a big splash in a big swan pond.
Listen to the track for this video, Good Guy.