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Hear it Now: Oh, Be Clever’s Smart New Single “My Chest”

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“My Chest” is a new, raw ballad from the electronic duo Oh, Be Clever out of Salt Lake City. Their sound is a refreshing blend of indie, electronic, soul sounds matched to fit any mood. However, their latest track is a slightly different from their typical up-tempo style.

Lyricist and vocalist Brittney Shields’ incredible tone is paired perfectly with the sounds of multi-instrumentalist Cory Scott Layton. This song, amongst all of the others, is a flawless representation of the band’s musical chemistry, its like they were made to perform and create together. Things have not always been smooth sailing for this duo, though.

In high school, Shields and Layton used to perform in separate, rival bands. The two groups loathed each other; even escalating to physical violence after they came to blows in a parking lot brawl following a gig. It was that night that Shields and Layton decided to split off from their respective groups to create Oh, Be Clever- and were so glad they did!

“My Chest” is a truly relatable song for anyone who’s ever been in a new, blossoming relationship. Shields writes, “My Chest’ is a really close song to me…This was one of those songs that just FELL out of my brain and onto my laptop. I was starting to date someone new and forgot how good it felt to feel those butterflies and even that pesky little emotion ‘fear.’ So I did what any gal should do…wrote it down and made it into a song.”

This heartfelt ballad has all the workings of a rock/pop anthem but with the intricate beats and melodic rhythm of a true indie track. The hook and chorus truly draw the listener in, while the twinkling and punching beats string the listener along in perfect, rhythmic harmony. This track is infectious and versatile; one that you can jam out to in the car or while chilling with friends at home. Listen below!

The incomparable song stylings of Oh, Be Clever are something you don’t want to miss out on, so find out more about them here:

Official Website: https://ohbeclever.bandpage.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OhBeClever

Twitter: www.twitter.com/OhBeClever

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Hear it Now: Azealia Banks Breaks Free, Isn’t “Chasing Time” Anymore

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“I’m gonna have a fresh start.” – July 10, 2014

As Azealia Banks sent her message out into the Twittersphere with the intent to leave the Universal Music label, it was clear her career was at a crossroads. Her fans were left wondering what would be the next after her collaboration with Lazy Jay “212” gained heat in 2011. It seemed that maybe her reputation of having beef with other rappers created a negative image. Her choice to leave a label without releasing more than a trace of music (a single and a mixtape) and barely breaking the Billboard 200 chart (133) for only a week was questionable to say the least.

Azealia had other plans, however.

Now her newest single “Chasing Time”, released under her own independent record label, is a product of her uprising as a newly independent artist. Azealia has always been an artist on the rise but limited in the same sense. Her latest single debuted at No. 26 on Billboard’s Top Twitter Tracks, her highest since “ATM Jam” and “Heavy Metal and Reflective” peaked at 40 and 46, respectively – but her drama involving other rap and pop culture icons, including Perez Hilton, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea combined with lack of maturity made her time on any chart short-lived and continued to negatively impact her image. Apparently, however, time has been good to Azealia.

With the release of “Chasing Time”, she dropped something catchy and conceptual. It has an instrumental track that doesn’t have a particular key, but is primarily carried by an electronic drum progression with some electronic elements such as synthesizers and sound effects. While she’s been learning about herself as a musician, her desires in relationships gained clarity as well. Using her own brand of lyricism, Azealia expresses her discontent in being with someone negative and how it has been holding her back from reaching her full potential – sound familiar? Could this song possibly be linked to how she felt Universal was holding her back? Either way, the ability to release a piece of work that finds a common ground between musical growth and personal growth is one of the most valuable connections between the heart and soul, and what ultimately comes through the studio speakers during the final steps of the post-production process.

In the case of Azealia, she’s done more than embrace a fresh start, whether it be with a new boyfriend or a new record label: as part of her personal growth, she’s been learning to accept and love herself for who she is and for why her fans love her. While having a controversial personality is nothing new in a music industry already containing the very icons and artists she butts heads with, Azealia Banks’ pursuit of time and career-altering decisions appears to have her headed in the right direction as a newly independent artist.

Check out her latest single “Chasing Time”:

For more information on Azealia Banks, visit:

Website: www.azealiabanks.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azealiabanksmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AZEALIABANKS

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EDM Playlist: Slum Village Remix, Canblaster and Throwback from Skream

We all need some music to make us rock out at times. This week’s EDM playlist is guaranteed to make you dance and lighten the mood for the week. Take a listen to our playlist for this week featuring Slum Village,  Canblaster and others.

Slum Village – “Fall in Love (Moody Good Remix)”

Listening to the first 30 seconds of this song makes you feel like you’re listening to an old-school jam. Then there’s a surprise twist. The beat drops and gives the listeners an unexpected, but amazing change of pace. The beat isn’t as fast paced as other EDM songs, but the slow techno sound makes it unique. What makes the song more genius is the circular pattern of the song. As it ends, the song reverts back to its old school beat and leaves its audience in a daze.

Canblaster- “I Think about You”

“I didn’t know what I was thinking about most of the time, but I know what I am thinking about right now…I think about you.” Aside from the beautiful lyrics, the song has an eerie and mysterious vibe to it, especially with the bass being not too overwhelming.  If you want to hear a song that reminds you of the serene beat of raindrops, then give this song a listen to.

Major Lazer featuring Pharrell Williams- “Aerosol Can”

Major Lazer is made up of numerous DJs and American DJ, Diplo. Combine Major Lazer and Pharrell and the result is a mind blowing song. The song is very fast paced, upbeat and fun. The video itself is simple, but very artistic. The fact that Pharrell was rapping made the song more fun to listen to, especially since he rarely raps. He definitely surprised everyone by showing off his rapping skills.

Jack U (feat. Kiesza) – Take U There

Kiesza’s amazing vocal skills added to a beat that has a club and hip hop vibe creates an unforgettable song. The blend of sounds is truly magnificent and unique. Some would call this song electronic and others would call it dubstep, but no matter what the genre is, it is a masterpiece. It is simply a song that anyone could jam to.

Skream- “Nefariousa”

The buildup of the song leaves listeners wanting more and anticipating what the beat would do next. It starts out with a terrifying rhythm, making the song sound like it came of the soundtrack of a horror movie.  As the song progresses, the beat becomes more intense and louder. The excellent mixture of techno, dubstep and bass in this song makes it a great listen.

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Hear It Now: Maggie Chapman’s Brings Nostalgic to “Sweatshirt”

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At the age of thirteen, Floridian singer-songwriter Maggie Chapman knew she loved writing and singing, but songwriting was simply a side hobby. She and her family did not expect her to pursue it seriously, even after she professionally recorded her first single “Black Keys.” In an unexpected twist of fate, the Nashville music industry ended up offering a warm welcome to Maggie, now 17, and her family. Soon after they relocated to Music City from their hometown of Clearwater, Florida.

With a bold, rich aesthetic presumably inspired by her love of vintage clothing, old music, and classic novels—she is rarely photographed without ruby-red lips, and loves to wear black more than any other color—Maggie’s social media presence is very active. She appears to be one of the most genuine and humble new songwriters around.

Maggie’s most recent single, “Sweatshirt,” is more indie pop than country, but the intricate storytelling abilities she uses in her lyrics are reminiscent of some of Nashville’s greatest legends. Her debut LP is entitled Vignettes, as she likes to capture brief, emotionally-charged descriptive moments through her music. Rather than tell full-length stories, she offers tantalizing glimpses.

“Sweatshirt,” in particular, tells the story of a lovelorn girl holding onto the sweater lent to her by an ex-boyfriend, and later dropping it off on his doorstep covered in her perfume. It may be a cliché but it’s a powerful one, and Maggie creates such a vivid mental picture of the scenario that it’s difficult not to get drawn into the story.

“Sweatshirt” wouldn’t sound out of place on the top forty charts thanks to its catchy melody and youthful theme, and yet there is something timeless and unique about Maggie’s vocals. In addition to this, her songwriting skills are compelling. Each intriguing turn of phrase suggests the wisdom of someone far beyond her young age.

Perhaps there is a good reason for this: in a series of YouTube videos about her career, she explains that she believes that every good writer should never write more than they read—and her knowledge of classic literature is extensive. Authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald inspire her to write songs that will stand the test of time and remain relevant decades from now. She also joked that at the age of twelve, family friends mistakenly believed she had a lot of boyfriends, because of her highly realistic and passionate love songs.

Whether “Sweatshirt” came from a similarly imaginative place or a deeply personal one, Maggie sings with an edge of bittersweet melancholy: “Nights get cold / They always will / And I can’t let go / Because I’ve still / Got your sweatshirt in the back of my car.”

For more information on Maggie Chapman, visit:

Website: http://maggiechapmanmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaggieChapmanMusic

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Hear it Now: Devvon Terrell’s Club Banger “I Like It”

ir.ashx_Listen up to the new kid on the scene, Devvon Terrell. He is a young, charismatic artist giving us, “I like it (Remix)” off of his new EP, The Living WEIRDO_o. The young, rising R&B star from Brooklyn, New York adds his signature style to all of his tracks. He’s an incredibly talented young man and stays personally involved with his music from writing, to engineering and mastering all of his music. His latest track is sure to please listeners new and old alike.

“I like it (Remix)” is a boisterous club hit featuring rapper Kazzie Pop. The familiar structure and subject of the song could bring it radio and chart success. The tune may be a bit generic with the standard braggadocio of life and women but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth listening to, however. It has a familiar sound that listeners will want to hear and a beat that’s easy to jam to.

This party song featuring Kazzie Pop, who serves to pull the listener into the music, is a definite urban R&B hit. The song is similar to Tinashe’s “2 On”, but Devvon has given us the male equivalent. The opening lines, “Same sh*t new day/ F*ck around, just got paid,” set the tone for the rest of the song. Devvon sings about the good life of a young man. Overall it’s a feel good track about having a good time and living the way you want.

For more information on Devvon  Terrell, visit:

Website: http://iamdevvonterrell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DevvonTerrellMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DevvonTerrell

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Hear it Now: Could Aryk Crowder’s “Perfect Body” Be a Ladies’ Anthem?

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Aryk Crowder is a soulful force to be reckoned with. Aryk is a Chicago based R&B sensation with a soothing yet powerful tone. He has achieved rising success and is definitely not slowing down now. Crowder has preformed as an opener for singer-songwriter Matt Kearney and played to a sold-out crowd during a debut appearance at Angels & Kings, owned by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz.

Crowder recently released 2×4 vol. 1 in September, with vol. 2 expected this Spring. This week’s single, “Perfect Body,” is plucked straight from his perfectly crafted EP. This track is the true definition of soulful, with his sultry voice accompanied by a harmonious acoustic guitar.

This track is much more than just a beautiful ballad; it is laced with tense and heartfelt emotion. Aryk says that he was inspired to write this song about body image after watching the documentary Miss Representation, a film about the over-sexualized image of women’s bodies in the media. He is quoted saying, “Far too often in our country, we place a woman’s value along side her looks. It’s an unfortunate viewpoint that needs to be changed.” He really speaks to women in this song by challenging them to not change their appearance to be desired but rather to “Just stay beautiful.”

Not only does Aryk exemplify the perfect R&B sound but also the perfect message to pair it with. His entire EP is a delightful listen, so check it out!

For more information on Aryk Crowder, visit:

Website: http://www.arykcrowder.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArykCrowder/info

Twitter: https://twitter.com/arykcrowder

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The Link Up: When Pop-Rock Roses Revolutions Meets Folky Seiichi Daimo

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One of the most fun things to witness in the music industry is the collaboration of two separate artists. When two artists bring their unique styles to a single piece and make an incredible piece of art, the world is richer for it. We have seen some amazing collaborations this year like Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne or Disclosure and Sam Smith. We’re always on the lookout for new collaborations. A collaboration we’d like to see is singer/songwriter duo Roses and Revolutions and folk singer/songwriter Seiichi Daimo.

Roses and Revolutions is a singer-songwriter duo originally from Rochester, New York. Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt blend their incredible talents to create tracks with a lush, sweeping, acoustic pop-rock sound. They have a style that is unique in their layered rhythms, rich harmonies and mellow style. Alyssa and Matt rely on lovely tapestries of acoustic guitar, tambourines and more to create a beautiful foundation for the vocalizations by Alyssa. Their lyrics create a beautiful scenes covering longing for something new, to the incredibly weightless feeling that you get when falling in love. The duo’s image focuses on soft color palattes and a vintage vibe that gives them a soft, old-timey feel. They released their second album this past April.

Seiichi Daimo is an up-and-coming folk singer-songwriter from New Jersey. The incredible, young Japanese-American musician released his debut album In the Inbetween early this summer. He has a style very much his own and uses his musical talents to create tracks loaded with openness and passion. His tracks have a phenomenal blend of acoustic instruments, fascinating rhythms and strong, driving vocals to draw the listener in. The songs are lush, strong and full. They are mellow, but build to incredible energy and drive. Seiichi’s clean, appealing voice carries his heartfelt lyrics beautifully. His folksy image complete with cap, glasses, bow tie and banjo gives him and old fashioned but charming feel.

We think Roses and Revolutions and Seiichi Daimo would make a phenomenal blend of sounds. While their styles are similar in the acoustic instrumentals that they both use, they have differing facets that would blend well together. Where Seiichi’s sound tends to rely on the lower registers and fascinating rhythms, Roses and Revolutions has a lighter, airy sound. Both artists rely heavily on the melodic pull of their work. Together, they would produce incredible acoustic pieces driven heavily by the appealing melodies. Alyssa’s airy, sweet vocals would blend phenomenally with Seiichi’s clear, clean voice. The more forward-looking lyrics of both groups would be sure to guarantee a beautiful, uplifting collaboration. We think this pairing would be an incredible blend of talents that wouldn’t fail to produce a beautiful new track.

What do you think of the collaboration between Roses and Revolutions and Seiichi Daimo? Are we on to something? Let us know below!

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For more information on Roses and Revolutions visit:

Website: http://www.rosesandrevolutions.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rosesandrevolutions

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RosesRevolution

 

For more information on Seiichi Daimo visit:

Website: http://www.seiichidaimomusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeiichiDaimoMusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/seiichidaimo

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